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 https://carlsbadcravings.com/thai-chicken-satay-with-peanut-sauce-recipe/
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (because we were suppose to be in Hawaii ) https://www.cookingclassy.com/hawaiian-chicken-kebabs/
Grilled Shrimp https://valentinascorner.com/grilled-shrimp-recipe/#recipe
Santa Fe Chicken https://www.spendwithpennies.com/santa-fe-chicken-packets/
Bacon Ranch Chicken https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-chicken-foil-packets/
Chicken Sandwich (COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A SANDWICH) https://cincyshopper.com/copycat-chick-fil-a-sandwich/
Chilli Lime Chicken https://rasamalaysia.com/chili-lime-chicken/#mv-creation-50
You can also get all of these recipes on my Summer Dinner Board on Pinterest https://pin.it/1VbmKjo
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
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 https://youtu.be/75uuF9U6Qy8
My January Dinner Plan
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.
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 https://www.eatwell101.com/crock-pot-lemon-garlic-butter-chicken-recipe
Pork Carnitas https://www.jessdukes.com/recipes/porkcarnitas
Mongolian Beef https://therecipecritic.com/slow-cooker-mongolian-beef/
Buffalo Chicken soup https://www.yummly.com/recipe/21-Day-Fix-Instant-Pot-Buffalo-Chicken-Chili-2295556
Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken https://lifemadesweeter.com/kung-pao-chicken/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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)
DIY INTERCHANGEABLE PEN VARIETY PACK
Crossbody Clutch $38
Layers Colorful Beaded Box $32.00
For Planners in your life (my favourite)
LAYERS LIFEPLANNER™ BUNDLE $96.60
MEAL PLANNER BUNDLE $52.50
BEST-SELLING PETITEPLANNER BUNDLE $81.50
For the Teacher and yes there are items for them and tons of them
NOTE FROM THE TEACHER NOTEPAD $10.00
BALLPOINT PEN $1850
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
Today I am sharing this very easy dish. It is super budget friendly and part of my $10 Dinner Challenge that I hosted over on my Cooking channel on YouTube. This such an easy dish that can be frozen for more dinner options. I like to grill tons of sausages one night, use some for dinner the first night and than make a big batch of this pasta the next night and freezing half of it for a freezer meal to use later when I am busy. I am a huge fan of cooking once and eating multiple times. So lets jump into the recipe
4 sausages (it can be any turkey, pork or chicken)
2 to 3 large tomatos (chopped )
2 red or yellow bell peppers (chopped)
1 cup of spinach
1 tbs fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 pkg of pasta ( I used small shells you can use penne or rigatoni as well)
1/2 cup of Romano or Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of pasta water
1tbs or red pepper flakes (optional if you like a bit of heat)
1 tbs of olive oil + 1 tbs of olive oil
Heat up first tbs of olive oil than add minced garlic cloves and sauce until fragrant. Add chopped peppers and cook until soft. Add sausage and heat through. Follow with spinach, basil and tomatoes. Cook until spinach wilted.
Meanwhile you should have water boiling for pasta. Cook pasta accordingly to the package or until al Dante
Once pasta is cooked add it to the meat and vegetables. At this point if you find that it is a bit dry add pasta water. I didn’t need to because I was using pork sausage so they were a bit fatty which made pasta not so dry. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with cheese. You can now also add red chilli pepper flakes. Enjoy
You can watch the recipe here https://youtu.be/fFKoObT64JU