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Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies.

So, I went ahead and did something that I swore I would not do.

I made some of my own homemade cleaning supplies.

In talking to other people and moms/parents, I’ve discovered that people do this for three main reasons. It’s cheaper, safer, and better for the environment. These are three pretty good reasons, I guess.

Most of the people I’ve personally asked about it do it’s for the “safety.” They all want to keep chemicals out of their houses and away from their children.

I’m not really sure that that’s my reason, though. Hey, I’m being honest — right? It’s not that I don’t want a safe environment for my baby. Because I do. And all of my cleaning supplies are in one locked cabinet that he has no access to. I don’t use bleach on his toys and then tell him to put them in his mouth. I use the harsher products on things that he more often than not doesn’t come in contact with.

But that’s besides the fact.

I was bored. We’re short on money. And I was curious. Those are my reasons.

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Meal Planning Monday.

I missed last week’s Meal Planning Monday due to the husband being home from work all week (NOT a good thing — he was home due to not being able to work in the weather/rain). I need to get on top of scheduling my posts ahead of time so I can make sure they get done no matter what.

Monday: Chicken Thighs, Scalloped Potatoes, & Veggies*
Tuesday: Beef stir-fry. 
Wednesday: Pork Chops & Veggies*
Thursday: Spaghetti & Meatballs. 
Friday: Something fun — maybe pizza? 
Saturday: Tuna Casserole. 
Sunday: Leftovers – if there are any. If not, something easy! 😉 

(*we always have lots of bags of frozen veggies on hand, especially during the winter when fresh fruits and vegetables are much more expensive. Usually I just grab a bag from the freezer, and whatever it happens to be, that’s what we make!)

My meals have been pretty boring lately. Maybe I’ll spend some time this week looking up some new recipes. I’d like to find some new crockpot recipes, too, for the upcoming weeks.

We just went grocery shopping, but had to do a smaller “shop” thanks to lack of funds. So meals this week may not be super exciting, but they work well enough. 😉

Also, Christmas is just around the corner. Has everyone started planning their Christmas meals? I’m starting to think about/start planning out mine this week.

That’s it for this week’s Meal Planning Monday! This hopefully will be a post that I’ll be posting every Monday! If you like the idea of Meal Planning Monday’s, link up with me in your blog — and leave me a comment if you do! If you see something that you like and would like a recipe, leave a comment, or you can find my email under the contact page.

Also, if you haven’t downloaded the meal plan yet, hop on over to this post to grab it!

[I am in no way affiliated with or compensated for promotingwww.theprojectgirl.com. I found the site while searching around the Internet, and really like it. If you like what you see here, visit it, too!]

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Monday Meal Planning (Thanksgiving Edition).

My hopes are to post this every Monday morning for the following week. Since I posted my “mealplanning” entry already, but with last week’s meals, I’ll get caught up by posting the meals I just planned for this upcoming (Holiday) week. Then from there I can continue on posting it Monday morning’s for the week.

Monday: Chicken Thighs with Scalloped Potatoes & Veggies
Tuesday: Steak & Onion Sandwiches with Steak Fries
Wednesday: Chicken Breast (most likely baked) with Spanish Rice & Veggies
Thursday: Thanksgiving (we’re not hosting — so no cooking!)
Friday: Leftovers (hopefully we’ll bring home Thanksgiving leftovers with us!)
Saturday: Steak & Scalloped Potato Salad
Sunday: Macaroni & Cheese with Veggies

That’s it for this week’s Meal Planning Monday! This hopefully will be a post that I’ll be posting every Monday! If you like the idea of Meal Planning Monday’s, link up with me in your blog — and leave me a comment if you do! If you see something that you like and would like a recipe, leave a comment, or you can find my email under the contact page.

[I am in no way affiliated with or compensated for promoting www.theprojectgirl.com. I found the site while searching around the Internet, and really like it. If you like what you see here, visit it, too!]

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Meal Planning Mondays.

I’ve just recently started meal planning. So far, I really like it.

Every Monday (whenever I get the chance — in the morning, or the afternoon before dinner), I sit down at the table and print out my meal planning chart — Giving credit where credit is due, I found this particular chart on www.theprojectgirl.com. I spent quite some time searching and “googling” and looking for a chart that really met my needs. This one is so perfect for me, that I couldn’t have made it better myself.

Screen shot of meal planner, downloaded from theprojectgirl.com

The great thing about this particular chart I found is that it’s a whole page split in half. One half is labeled day by day — only one slot for each day. I find a lot of meal charts are broken down by breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And well, I just don’t have time to plan out THREE meals a day. But I DO plan out dinners. Then on the other part of the page, there’s a broken down “grocery list”. I REALLY like having them together on one page. We don’t do our grocery shopping every week, so whether we go every 2nd or 3rd week — I need to have a running list to be able to mark stuff down either as we run out, or as I think of a new recipe and find there’s an ingredient I don’t have. The grocery list is broken down into categories — meats, dairy, frozen, canned, dry, snacks, etc.

So, here’s what I do. On Monday, I take my planner and go into the kitchen. I take a look in the fridge, freezer, cabinets, and pantry closet. Then, I try to come up with meals using what I ALREADY have. That way I don’t have to plan a shopping trip to complete my plan. And as the week goes by, as I come up with new ideas for the following week or if we run out of something, I write it down on the grocery list, so I will have that stuff for my next meal plan.

Since I haven’t done this week’s meal plan yet, I’ll post my meals from last week.

Monday:  Baked Pork Chops, with Cajun Red Beans & Rice.
Tuesday: Chili
Wednesday: Cream of Chicken Breast, with ziti, cauliflower, & homemade rolls.
Thursday: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Take Out Night (?)
Sunday: Baked Chicken Thighs, with Scalloped Potatoes and Veggies.

That’s it for this week’s Meal Planning Monday! This hopefully will be a post that I’ll be posting every Monday! If you like the idea of Meal Planning Monday’s, link up with me in your blog — and leave me a comment if you do! If you see something that you like and would like a recipe, leave a comment, or you can find my email under the contact page.

[I am in no way affiliated with or compensated for promoting www.theprojectgirl.com. I found the site while searching around the Internet, and really like it. If you like what you see here, visit it, too!]

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Multitasking Super Mama.

Before I had a baby, people told me, “Don’t stress so much over a clean house. Once you have a baby, your house will NEVER be clean again.”

You bet my eyes popped out of my head and my mind instantly began to race. NEVER CLEAN AGAIN!? That just can’t be true!

So I made it my goal (and to this day, still make it my daily goal) to keep a clean house. I’ve read lots of moms say that they’d rather spend time playing with their babies, because babies grow — and there will be time to clean the mess later. That may be true, and I love playing with my baby — but that doesn’t mean we can’t play in a clean house!

I’m VERY motivated to keep my house clean. I start every day by getting up somewhere between 4 and 5 a.m. The first thing I do is start the coffee (lately, I’ve even been good enough to set the timer the night before, so when I get up the coffee is ALREADY brewing!). I make my husband’s lunch for work — either sandwiches, or reheating and filling a thermos with leftovers. I include snacks. Sometimes I fix him cereal before he leaves the house, sometimes I pack up a nice hot breakfast sandwich for him to have once he gets to work. After I finish, I’ll do the dishes.

Yes, I like to do dishes at 4 a.m.

For the next few hours, I watch a little of the morning news while I change/feed/do whatever else with the baby. Normally around 7, he nurses to sleep in my lap, and I can relax for a bit. When he wakes, we have breakfast together.

After breakfast I let him play by himself, whether in our living room or in his bedroom. He’s safe and I’m only down a short hall, where I can check on him every few minutes. (You get used to constantly hopping down the hall to sneak a peak and make sure he’s ok.)

While he plays, I get started on whatever’s on the list for the day. Oh — the list. Don’t you have one, too?

I have a chore chart that I usually print out once a month. It hangs in my laundry room, and I can check off chores as I get them done. There are daily chores — like dishes and vacuuming. There are weekly chores, like cleaning the bathroom, and laundry. Keeping a chart and knowing that there’s a certain day for each chore REALLY helps. I only do laundry on Fridays. I clean the bathroom on Wednesdays. I sweep on Tuesday and Thursdays.

I try to get everything done for the day by noon. If I have some extra time I’ll do things like blog posts, photo editing, or some crafting. At noon we have lunch, and in the afternoon — we do whatever WE WANT. Play on the floor. Dance to music. Take a shower. TAKE A NAP. That’s the time I spend with my baby. And whatever we’re doing — it doesn’t even matter, because we’re doing it together.

Around 3:3o or 4 I start dinner. Dinner is as easy as can be — just check the meal plan chart on the fridge and GO! (What — you don’t have a meal planning chart, either?? You REALLY need one!) Sometime early that morning I probably took out whatever meat needed to defrost, and by the time 4 comes I just throw it wherever — in the oven, on the stove, or if I’m lucky, the crockpot is already going. We cook and have dinner at the dinner table EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT together.

After dinner, we start our “loosely” schedule (more on scheduling another time … or lack thereof in our case) bedtime routine. It usually consists of a bath, some pajamas, a book or some playtime.

That’s my day. It’s a full day. Sure, getting up at 4 a.m. isn’t for everyone. But I honestly enjoy it. I make time in my day for everything. I keep a clean house. I cook meals for my family. I spend time with my family.

Now, if there was only enough time in the day for me to have a little “me” time… But that’s for another day, I guess!

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