August Monthly Meal Plan

I am back with a new August Meal Plan. Sorry that I have been a bit MIA but life is a bit different now and I was in no mood to do monthly meal plans or much of anything else to be honest with you guys. But life must go on and one way for me to keep things in order is to have my meals planned out for us. I am still including grill recipes because it is still Summer here even though it doesn’t feel that way when you go to the stores and shelves are filled with Halloween candy and Fall decor. I have also created a new Cooking Channel on Youtube and you can watch a full video on what my thought process is when it comes to my monthly meal planning

My August Meal Plan

The reason why I write it all out in pencil is because in case I want to change things around. I also wanted to share my new menu board that I created on my DIY channel. I love using it every week

Here are some of the new recipes that I will be trying out this month

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (because we were suppose to be in Hawaii )

Grilled Shrimp

Santa Fe Chicken

Bacon Ranch Chicken


Chilli Lime Chicken

You can also get all of these recipes on my Summer Dinner Board on Pinterest

And if you need more inspirations on meal planning make sure you check out all the rest of the meal planning posts as well as my meal planning video on my Cooking Channel

Happy Reading


Gallery Wall

I have been wanting to create a gallery wall in my Living room for several years now and something has always prevented me from doing it. Not this year. It was my NEW YEARS resolution for my home to create this gallery wall. With my 13 year old golden passing in October it gave me even more reasons to do it since I wanted him to be a part of it. I got some gift cards from Michaels for Christmas and decided I was going to put them towards the frames. Wow frames can be expensive. I ended up going with their cheapest ones since they were the look that I was going for.

The frames that I got are these When I got them they were 50% off so that was a great deal.

Than it was time to pick out the matting for the frames and these were even more expensive.

The one I got was–8in-x-10in-opening/10084042.html?productsource=PLPRV. This was not on sale so I only got one and used 40% off coupon.

I than bought Poster board×28-white-poster-board-by-creatology-10ct/10176772.html?productsource=PDPRV and cut out my own. The poster board was acid free and leak proof which is good for the pictures. I got my pictures printed at Costco which was very inexpensive. The hardest part was narrowing to six I wanted to put on the wall.

I decided to create a memory wall for a summer cottage that we vacationed for almost ten years at every summer. Not only was it our favourite place to visit and relax as well as enjoy the lake as much as we could, It was my golden’s as well. He spend hours and hours of swimming in the lake. Once I got all my matting cut out and picture frames assembled it was time to put it up on the wall. I used the paper that came inside of the frame to map out my wall and figure out where I wanted to put up the frames.

I attached the paper with a tack and used that hole for screw guide. I also used a level to make sure that all the frames were levels and tacks in the right place. I also used drywall mounts (it think that is what they are call ) to put the screws in and hang up the pictures. One last thing I did is used a measuring tape to make sure everything was evenly spaced out. I could not be happier with the way this gallery wall turned out. Now I have my buddy looking down at me all the time and I get to look at a place that made me happy for so many years.

If you would like to watch this tutorial you can see it here

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January Meal Ideas / Meal Plan

I am back with another month of meal plans. This is a first one for 2020 and My goal for 2020 is to provide my family with variety of meals as well as serve up healthy and delicious meals. My family has several dietary needs and I strive to provide clean made from scratch meals as much as possible. Since most of the meals are lower in carbs I do let you know different carb options you can add to your meals since sometimes I do add them for my kids depending how many carbs they had that day. I also like my dinners to have plenty of vegetables and I always serve them with a side salad even if I don’t list the salad in my Monthly Menue.

Here is my meal plan for the Month of January

I will include the list of meals and link a recipe to any that I have. I would also like to invite you to join me on my Youtube Channel where I share many recipes, meal prep, what’s for dinner and other cooking / kitchen related content. You can subscribe here

My January Dinner Plan

  1. Pork Roast and Chicken Noodle Soup. I like to make soup as part of a meal prep for the week for my lunches as well as for Daycare and kids school lunch. I make it from scratch and freeze the broth for other soups I will be making that month. You can see my soup recipe here
  2. Chicken Stirfry
  3. Pork Tenderloin Marsala. I will be serving it over cauliflower mash and a salad
  4. Baked Chicken Caesar. I will be serving the chicken with a side of roasted vegetables and a salad. For the kids I will make rice to put the chicken and sauce over it.
  5. Korean Chicken Thies. I serve this with and Asian Slaw and rice for the kids
  6. Meat Loaf with side of roasted cauliflower and mashed potatoes for the kids. As well as a salad
  7. Low Carb Chicken Cordon Blue with pasta and butter sauce for the kids and My husband and I will have zucchini with the same butter sauce (melt butter add garlic, red pepper flakes and parmesan) and a salad
  8. Home made pizza and Lentil Soup
  9. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
  10. Chicken Alfredo I serve kids with penne and for us I will some zucchini and salad. The sauce I use is
  11. Hungarian goulash
  12. Fish and Chips with coleslaw. For my husband and I I use turnip fries and the kids get regular potatoes fries.
  13. Butter Chicken I will make rice for kids and cauliflower rice.
  14. Chicken cacciatori I make it with pasta for the kids and cut up veggies like peppers and zucchini for us
  15. French Dip. I use buns for the kids and lettuce for us. I will also have a salad.
  16. Cream of Cauliflower Soup
  17. Thai Lettuce Wraps
  18. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken with rice for the kids and salad for us
  19. Buffalo Ranch Wraps With salad
  20. Taco Casserole
  21. Fried chicken with roasted potatoes and turnip fries and salad
  22. Spaghetti over pasta for kids and spaghetti squash for us
  23. Salmon and salad
  24. Chicken Burritos in a wrap for kids and over salad for us with roasted veggies
  25. Schnitzel with home fries for kids and salad for us

Just a side note my kids will eat all the salad and veggies that I serve in case if I didn’t write it in. The only difference is my husband and I eat lower carb most times.

Hope you find these meal ideas helpful and they help you with your meal planning.

Happy Reading.



I am sharing some of my free printable here. These will help you plan the most beautiful Christmas Decor for your home. They are simple lists and you can print as many as you need.

Check out my Christmas Planner

Christmas Decor Planing List

march Meal plan

Over on my YouTube channel I shared tons of tips on how to create a monthly meal plan and I also briefly touched up on how I create my Weekly Meal plan. I strongly encourage you to check out this video if you are just starting up with meal planning or need to shake things up in your meal planning world. I also shared my March full monthly meal plan so I am sharing it here as well and including some recipes to get you started.

Here are some of the new recipes I am trying out

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

Pork Carnitas

Mongolian Beef

Buffalo Chicken soup

Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

Taco Soup

Coconut Curry

If you want to watch any of these recipes in action make sure you are following along on my YouTube Cooking Channel

Make sure you check out the Monthly Meal Planning video

Happy Meal Planning


February 2021 Meal Plan

Cheers to another month. Here is my February meal Plan. Happy to report that I have stuck to my January Meal Plan about 85%. I am going to do this months a little different so let me know if you like it this way more or the other way. If you want to see my January Meal plan you can do so Here

  1. Pork Tenderloin with baby potatoes, green beans and salad
  2. Chicken Burritos
  3. Chillie
  4. Salmon
  5. Chicken Stir Fry
  6. Pizza Night (homemade pizza)
  7. Zuppa Toscana
  8. Balsamic Chicken with Veggies
  9. Tacos
  10. Meat Loaf
  11. Shrimp
  12. Chicken and pasta
  13. Beef Dip
  14. Italian Minestrone
  15. Drunken noodles
  16. Eggroll in a bowl
  17. Slowcooker Marsala Chicken
  18. White Fish
  19. Stew
  20. App Night (recipe and video coming soon)
  21. Wonton Soup
  22. Baked chicken Thighs
  23. Mexican Street Tacos
  24. Spaghetti
  25. Shrimp and pasta
  26. Stuffed Pork loin
  27. Cream of Broccoli Soup

The meal without recipes are ones I prepare often and really don’t have a recipe. I am working on creating them for all the meals but at this time if you are really interested how I make something just send me a message.

I hope you found this list of meals helpful in creating your own meal plan

You can also check out my What’s for Dinner playlist over on my Youtube channel

Happy reading


Farmhouse DIYs with serious style and low budget

Do you love changing up your home decor often? I sure do. But that can be very costly. So what can we do? I love to craft and paint furniture so that is my go to for Home Decor as well. I have put together my favourite Farmhouse DIYs that I have created and I want to share them with you

This has to be one of my favourite DIYs that I have created using Dollarama’s Cheese board for $4.00. You can find this DIY here

This Candelabra was a thrift store makeover. With a little bit of chalk paint it gave it a whole new life. You can find this makeover here.

These are one of the most used DIYs in my home. The watering can came from Dollarama and with a little bit of paint and rope got a brand new life. The bead tassel garland is one of my faves. The beads came from Michaels with 40% off coupon, came to under $4.00 since I had some left over after the DIY was done. The rope came from Dollar Tree. You can find both of these DIYs here

These beautiful galvanized DIYs were all made from Dollar Tree supplies. These are great to be used in your Spring and Summer Decor but can also be used all year round. The can be found here

I have been so into concrete look DIYs this past year and these are amazing and made from Dollar Store materials. You can find them here

This DIY not only is cute but it’s one of the most used DIYs in my home. This one came at no cost since I got the piece of wood for free. You can find it here

This DIY is definitely a center piece in my Master Bathroom. And coming in under $3.00 you can not beat that. You can find the DIY here.

I hope you have enjoyed these DIYs. And if you are looking for more inspiration you can check out my full Farmhouse DIY playlist here

Happy Crafting


winter home decorating after christmas

Today I wanted to share my home decor after Christmas with you. I love decorating for Christmas and have it up for almost two full months. So once Christmas is over I am ready to simplify my decor. Don’t you find that when you take down your Christmas Decor your home is so empty? Because I replace every piece of my regular decor with Christmas Decor my home becomes a blank canvas. This year I was planning on going out and buying a few new pieces, I typically like to do this in January but this year I was ready for a big change. But unfortunately the government put a stop to that by locking us down so I had to shop my home instead. I fully decorated my Living Room, Family Room and Dinette. My Kitchen and Formal Dining room are still work in progress.

I also decorated my front foyer so I will start with that. I kept it very simply and cozy with some wood accents.

In my living room I wanted to have that cozy Winter feeling. I added some greenery, wood and lots of thrifted items.

Moving on to my Family Room which is a heart of my home and where my whole family hangs out in including my puppies. I wanted to keep it very simple but yet very stylish.

Over in my dinette I included a bit more color but still kept if very simple. As you can see I am using mostly green and white decor with hint of wood for different texture and lots of galvanized metal. I am really enjoying this style. For color I am adding lavender. I always loved decorating with lavender during Winter months. One thing that I would love to add to my decor through out the house is some wicker planter with most likely fake plants but I am open to some real ones just not sure if my puppies would eat those ( I currently have a 11 month old and 11 week old puppy).

Once I finish decorating my kitchen I will most likely share that decor in a separate blog post. And if you would like to see what it looks like now along with the rest of my decor make sure you watch my newest video on my Home channel

Sometimes Winter decorating can be challenging and often even I find myself stuck and not sure which direction to take my home decor. Hope you found this blog post inspirational and helpful. Thanks for reading.

Happy Decorating


Self Care at Home

One of my goals for this year is to spend more time on Self Care. Self Care doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. For me it’s about both my mind and my body. I believe that if you nourish and take care of your body it is half the battle for your mind. When I think of Self Care these are the things that I think about

  • nutrition
  • physical exercise
  • meditation
  • and giving myself time out

The first one is Nutrition. I want to nourish my body with the best possible nutrition. I do follow clean eating already I just have to work on eating a more balanced diet. I love fruit and probably eat more than I should so I would like to eat more veggies instead. I love treats. Even though I make most my self I still shouldn’t eat as much as I do. So finding balance is important to work on for my self when it comes to food and nutrition. It’s ok to have treats but they should only be a treat. I believe that if you properly nourish your body it will be easier to do all the other things.

Tips on improving my Nutrition

  • Get back in to cooking more. I cook a lot and these last few months I have found myself not wanting to cook or cooking the same old boring food. Meal planning and looking up some fun tasty healthy recipes is what I am focusing on. I bought a new meal planner, pulled out my recipe books and checked out Pinterest. The meal planner was so inexpensive but it’s little things like that that inspire me to do better. Sometimes it’s a new appliance or someones post on Instagram. I say whatever works.
  • I also like to log all the food I am eating. This happens to be a hard one for me and I don’t always remember to do it. I use an app through Beachbody to track my food and also have a fitness journal that I use to write everything in. I love paper journals so that is why. If you don’t care for things like that an app would be great.
  • Find like minded people to follow on instagram, facebook, youtube or any other social media that we are so obsessed with. Might as well work for us. I find accounts like that to be very inspiring and motivating.

Physical Exercise.

This is one area that I excel in. I love my workout program that I have. I use Beachbody (if you want more info message me). It is much cheaper than the gym and it provides me with everything I need. From vigorous exercises to yoga and meditation and everything in between. The best part about it is I do it from home. I don’t have to worry if I washed my face or wore clean clothes. I just roll out of bed and a minute later I am at my home gym. I have a blog post on my home gym and you can read it here. I am ready to update that post and will do so later this month. I have added and made a few changes to it. Having said all this you don’t need Beachbody or fancy equipment to get moving. It is what works for me but everyone is different. There are lots of fun youtube workout that you can do. One of the ladies I love is Andrea Jean Fitness. Or a simple walk or run outside will do. I walk my dogs twice a day for about 30-40 min each and I love it. However I do live in Canada and am not looking forward doing it in -35c. So my point is any type of physical movement does amazing things for your mind.

My Physical Exercise Tips

  • find something you enjoy
  • do it everyday

Meditation has become such and important part of my everyday life. I do it for about 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. It is one of the hardest things I do. You would be surprised how hard it is not to think about anything. I also have a gratitude journal as well and reflection journal. I write in my gratitude journal in the morning and reflection at night after my meditations. For meditation I use Beachbody as well as Calm app

Tips for Meditation

  • take 10 minutes out of your day to take deep breaths and sit still

Giving my self a time out is probably the hardest thing for me. I am a very busy women. LOL. I have three youtube channels, a blog, help my husband out with business, when there is no pandemic I plan Disney Trips for others and work full time. Now obviously this is a choice and I love everything I do. But sometimes I don’t stop and go all day. Last year I actually scheduled me time in my planners and consider it as an appointment. On Sundays and Wednesday’s I have me time. I make my self a nice cup of tea or a glass of wine, run a bath with some of my favourite bath bombs. Although I haven’t been able to get any since my favourite store is in Disney World. I love doing face masks and eye masks or any type of pampering thing. I have a playlist on my iTunes with relaxing music and love defusing relaxing essential oil mixes. It takes me about an hour and it does wonders for me.

Tips for self care

  • do something relaxing that you love (bath, book really it is up to you to choose what you do)
  • make sure you schedule it in and stick to it

Self Care at Home doesn’t have to be expensive or hard to do. And what works for one person might not work for you so make sure you do you.

Hope this was helpful and inspiring

Happy Reading


January 2021 Dinner ideas

Well can’t believe 2020 is almost done. One more day. I am welcoming 2021 with open arms and hoping it is much better than 2020. Don’t get me wrong 2020 had some ups but with so many downs its hard to see the ups. For me I broke so many good habits I had at the beginning of 2020 and now I am working so hard to get them back. One of them being meal planning. I started off really strong in 2020 than March happened and I felt like my life stopped. My mind was pre occupied with so many uncertainties that planning my meals was the furthest thing on my mind. I tried to get back into it in August but just couldn’t find the motivation to continue. I pretty much flew on a side of my pants in September, October, November and December. Which was good for no one especially my waist line. I am committing now to change that and coming at you with a brand new healthy January 2021 Dinner meal plan. I got already February in the works as well. If you have been following me for a while you should be fairly familiar with my style but if your are new, here is how I meal plan for the month:

  • I start by checking my freezer for the meat that I have
  • I used that meat to start my meal plan. This ensures I use up all the meat before I buy more
  • I have a list of our favourite meals and I also ask my family what they would like to see on the menu
  • I also try out a few new recipes that way we keep things interesting. I primarily use Pinterest for all my new recipes
  • I write all my meal plans in pencil that way I can change things around if they don’t work on the day I scheduled them for
  • this year I purchased a new weekly meal planner you can find it here
  • you can get a free monthly meal plan blank printable here
  • I typically plan out my month just dinners at the end of a month for the following month
  • I have been going grocery shopping every other week due to the current situation so I plan out my weekly menu where I include lunch and breakfast as well as my Home Daycare Lunches too.

Here is my January Monthly Dinner Plan

Here are some of the recipes I am using this month


You can also get more ideas for What’s for Dinner as well as recipes on my brand new Cooking Channel

Hope you find this helpful. Let me know down in the comments if you meal plan and some of the tips and trick you might have that would be helpful to all the reader

Happy Meal Planning


Christmas Home Tour 2020

Believe it or not it is that time of the year again and even though this year was rough and most likely we will be spending Christmas with just four of us I am super excited that it is that time of the year. I finished decorating this week and now I am ready to start shopping.

I did a few things different this year so let’s get started at my front porch. I love decorating my front porch I feel like it is your first glimpse of what to come. I used several thrifted items with some DIY projects and of course my Fresh Greenery projects that I love and do every year.

You can watch my Full Front Porch Decorate with Me here

Once we move inside I wanted to have that rustic Santa’s Workshop vibe and I think I did achieve it a bit. First thing you are greeted with is my tall 9ft Christmas Tree. I would say 90% of decor is hand made and you can check out a full list of my Christmas DIYs here.

If you want to watch decorate with me you can do that here

As we walk pass the entryway here is where I went completely different. I wanted my Living Room to have that Winter Wonderland feel with that red from entry way to tie in. I love love the way this room turned out.

Over on in my Formal Dining Room is where our Hot Cocoa Station is and also where my Christmas Tree #2 is. This is my newest tree. I got it last year from Lowes but unfortunately I could not find it on the site anymore.

Now moving on to the heart of the house where we as a family spend together. Over in my Family room I went with more of a traditional look.

In my kitchen I went with a gingerbread theme. I started this theme last year and I absolutely love it. If you would like to watch my Kitchen decorate with me you can do it here

The last room that I will be sharing with you is my Master Bedroom. I went with a cozy cabin look in this room and let me tell you it feels super cozy, warm and inviting. You can watch my decorate with me here

You could also watch my full home tour over on my Home YouTube channel

Hope you have enjoyed my Christmas Home Tour 2020, I would love to know what room was your favourite down in the comments

Happy Decorating


Erin Condren holiday gift guide

I can’t believe it is that time again. Time to shop and figure out gifts for everyone. This year has not been easy for anyone and Holiday shopping is never easy in my opinion so I decided to provide you with a simple and fun gift guide for everyone in your family.

I recently had a chance to explore the Erin Condren Holiday Collection. They sent me a big box of gifts from their 2020 Holiday Collection to explore and share with you. I was very pleasantly surprised with all the different products that they offer not only planners and journals. There is something in this gift collection for everyone.

I am going to start with stocking stuffers and these gifts are $25.00 and under

Air Pod Case $24.00

Flower Power Puzzle $25.00

Colorful Playing Cards $10.00

Metallic Starry Sky Enamel PopGrip $15 (love love this on my phone)


Crossbody Clutch $38

Layers Colorful Beaded Box $32.00

For Planners in your life (my favourite)




For the Teacher and yes there are items for them and tons of them



And for those that you are just not sure about how about a gift card. They have those too

I hope you found this gift guide helpful and feel free to explore all the wonderful products that they have. Make sure you take advantage of the Black Friday Sales

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays


Fall Home Decor Ideas

I am finally ready to share with you my Fall Home Decor Tour. I always do seasonal decorating and most seasons I decorate my main floor only. At Christmas I decorate our bedroom and the hallway. But for Fall it is Main floor that gets a face lift.

I am obsessed with seasonal decorating and I think me being at home and working from home I crave the change of scenery. My husband not so much but he has gotten use to it.

I also love to decorate my front porch for the seasons so I am including that as well. If you don’t want to read about my home tour make sure you go to the bottom of the page where I am sharing my Home Tour on my Youtube channel so you can watch it there.

For my front porch this year I went with simple with lots of mums and fake pumpkins. The reason I chose fake pumpkins is because I am sharing my home tour fairly early in the season and I didn’t want the real ones to go bad on my porch. I wanted my porch to feel cozy and inviting.

As you can see love using lots of blankets and pillows for that cozy feeling. Love having a cup of coffee on the weekend morning or a glass of wine at the end of a night maybe wrapped up in the blanket for those cooler mornings and evenings.

I take that same cozy look and recreate it in my home starting in the front foyer.

I also love using scents be it candles, wax melts or essential oils for that punch of seasonal smell. I think it is so inviting when you walk in to a nice smelling home. I am not an overly big fan of very sweat smells but love combinations of crisp morning, pumpkin and apple smells.

Lots of my decor that you see in my home are my own DIYs which you can find on my DIY channel over on YouTube

One of my favourite rooms in my home is my formal living room. I love curling up on the couch with a good book whenever I have a chance.

For my formal dining room tablescape I used tons of different pumpkins and greenery and love the way the centre piece turned out.

Now moving on to the hear of the home where my family spend the most of their time in especially now with online school and working from home. My kitchen and my family room is where we all meet in the mornings, lunch time and evenings. I especially wanted to make these room feel cozy and festive for the season but also practical since they are used all the time.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour. Let me know which room you liked the best or piece of decor you liked the most.

You can also watch my tour here

Happy Decorating

Thank you for reading


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