Monday, October 14, 2013

Menu Planning Part 2

We've had family from out of town come in so I'm posting this way later than I planned! This is day 14 of my 31 days series: Making a house into our CASTLE. You can read more about it here

I'm back with part two of how menu planning is going for me. I actually started planning for meals and cooking at home a couple weeks ago, but with blogging it seems like everything gets posted a little bit later than when it happened. So I just published a post a few days ago about how I really don't like cooking and how we eat out way too much. 


I'm happy to report that I am cooking at home a lot more now! The planning and organizing everything has helped me tremendously. I will admit we have still ate out a few times. I'm working on trying to break that habit tho!

So I shared with ya'll the printable I made for myself for meal planning and a shopping list. I really like using it a lot. Here's a picture I took of meal planning from last week. 

Today I thought I would share the meal planning system I'm working on.

I bought a really cute and colorful binder for our meal planning. I figured at least the binder would make me happy since cooking and grocery shopping isn't my favorite thing.  :)

I got some sheet protectors from Dollar Tree. I am in the process of printing out our favorite recipes to add to it. I also like the idea of a binder, because now if I see a recipe I like online or browsing Pinterest, I can print it out and stick it in there. I am going to organize the recipes a little better, maybe getting some page dividers, after I get more in there.

I've been keeping our menu plan/shopping list handy in there so I can have it all in one place. I'm keeping the whole binder in the kitchen so when I think of something to add to it I can.

This is the beginning phase of organizing our meal planning. I'm sure I will tweak things to have them work better. But as of right now, it really seems to be helping me! I am a person that needs a little organization to be productive with things. 

So now when 5 o clock rolls around, I don't have to frantically think of where I should go pick up food, I just start the meal I have wrote down. This has really helped make our house feel more like "our castle".

So how do ya'll do your meal planning? Do you have a certain system for it you love?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Enjoying the little things...

This is day 13 of my 31 days series: Making a house into our CASTLE. You can read more about it here

(via Pinterest, source unknown)

This quote is one of my favorites. How true that is! As part of making our house into our castle, I've been trying to enjoy the "little" things more. Just writing this series has been very reflective for me and opened my eyes to how many things I have to cherish.

And none of those things are material things. 

These precious moments we have with our families are really the important things. 

Some of our "little" things in life we have experienced this weekend:

Going to the library and reading Dr Suess books with my boys

Eating a coconut cream pie while watching football together

Seeing my five year old little boy writing a girl an I love you note {I can't believe that is already starting!}

Lots of hugs and kisses from my one year old son

Listening to the pouring rain outside while drinking my coffee

Hearing my kids play together 

Seeing my one year old climb up in his big brother's bed and cuddling with him

Finding and reading an old love note my husband wrote me when we were teenagers

It's funny all these seemingly "little" things are what makes my life so enjoyable and happy. And it is what helps make my house feel like our little castle.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying those "little" things you have going on in your life!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Spending time with the family...

This is day 12 of my 31 days series: making a house into our CASTLE. You can read more about it here.

So this isn't what I planned on blogging about today. I actually had something organization related that I needed to finish up to post today. 

But a big football game that my husband wanted to watch was on. 

So I kinda of dropped everything I had planned, and instead I cooked a special meal for us {which is kind of a big deal for me if you read this post} and got to enjoy the game with him and my boys.

Which if you think about it, really goes with my theme for this month more than anything. A big part of making this house our castle is putting the less important things needing to be done on the back burner for a little bit.

I had a blast cheering with my boys and watching the game with my hubby. Which is funny because I'm not even that big of a football fan. But, if it's with the people I love, I love it.

This weekend will be a couple short posts as I spend some fun time with the family. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Saturday!