Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tasty Tuesday (??)

I was thinking that I should probably come up with some catchy name for when I post my meal plans on Tuesdays (you know, like every week!)...or even Wednesdays.

Tasty Tuesday? What's For Dinner Wednesday? Yay? Nay? Regardless, I stink at posting on Mondays.

Anyhoo. Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Pasta Fagioli

Tuesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta (a tried and true Starr staple)

Wednesday: Pepper Jack Potato and Bacon Soup

Thursday: Meatball Stroganoff

Friday: Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan Pancakes (we didn't get to these last week)

And now: A little September catch-up...just in case you don't follow me on Instagram.

{One of my besties from college got hitched and I was lucky enough to be in on the festivities!}

{That umpire and catcher belong to me.}

{Wacky Wednesday for Homecoming week. KT did end up wearing pants. Pantless = a little TOO wacky...even for us!}


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meal Planning Monday...on a Tuesday and my SPRING mantle.

Our girls' rec softball league is officially over and I'm downright giddy about being able to FINALLY plan/cook better meals and being able to sit down together as a family for dinner again! Those 5:45 games, be-there-at 5:15 games/practices were totally cramping my meal planning ways!

Anyway, we still have practices and other commitments in the evenings, so the need for quick & easy meals remains, but no rec softball frees up a good deal of time!

This week I have breakfast scheduled twice (because? Why not?!?) and two different crock pot meals planned, making this menu seem easy peasy.

Monday: We had BLT Pizza...perhaps the last time this year???

Tuesday: French Toast Bake. This is one of my favorite meals because I can, literally, throw it together in 10 minutes in the morning, then it is ready all ready to go in the oven that evening.

Wednesday: Pot Roast and baked potatoes

Thursday: Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo

Friday: Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan Pancakes

Moving on.

Yesterday as I was carrying all my fall decor up from the basement, I realized that I never posted pics of my "spring/summer" mantle. Really, not necessarily a big deal OR even worthy of sharing, HOWEVER, next spring when I'm ready to put up a next mantle, I DO want to remember this one. It was easy, fun, and just very "us." You know? So, here it is:

Annnnnd my cute sidekick:

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mom On The Go Must-Have: Collapsible Wagon

One of my absolute favorite things is finding products/services/routines that just make life easier. We could all use a little simplicity in life, don't cha think? That's why I think it is soooooooooo important that we, as moms, as women, as...ya know...HUMANS, share these discoveries when we come across them.

I'll start.

I *coveted* {these} collapsible wagons at the ballpark all last year before biting the bullet and purchasing our own this year.

The result? LIFE-CHANGING (yes, a wee bit dramatic, but seriously!)! This guy is super handy, folds up to fit the back of my van, and can hold alllll of our necessary game-watching gear...plus so much more! Bonus: the little girls like to pile on top of our stuff for a free ride, which I don't mind because we tend to get where we're going just a bit faster.

And there you have it! One of my #MomOnTheGoMustHaves (yes, I totally just made that up!). So, whatcha got? What are YOUR favorite products that simplify this mom stuff? I'd LOVE to hear!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

MPM...and photo overload

My meal planning is getting a little repetitive, buuuut things are looking up -- cooler weather is on it's way, which can only mean one thing....SOUP!  Hooray! You'd better believe that next week's menu WILL include some warm soup for the soul.

Anyway. Now that I've professed my passion for soup (again!), we can move on to this week's menu:

Monday: Spicy Sausage Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches 

Wednesday: Spaghetti & Garlic Bread

Thursday: Amish Breakfast Casserole

Friday: Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

Alright. Now this is the part where I completely overwhelm you with photos from the last few weeks. Lucky you!

Happy Monday, friends!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Missy's WAHM/Making-The-Most-Of-My-Time Plan

My 3 big kids have been in school for just over a week now and the babe will be heading to preschool after Labor Day.  This means that I will soon have 3 mornings a week to.my.self.  Like, sans children.  There will be no noise, no potty-watchers, no whining, no spilling, no tantrums, and no mess-making.  So basically? NO FUN!  I get it. This sounds like an ideal situation...especially for someone that has been on mommy duty 24/7, 8 out of the last 9 years. And, don't get me wrong, I am a little excited for the peace and quiet/opportunity to work in silence.

But, I am going to miss my foursome something fierce.  

In order to offset my sadness/potential loneliness, I've decided that a plan is in order. I always need a plan, but with the inevitable mix of emotions AND increasingly heavy workload, I know that strategy and focus will be especially important. My ultimate goal is to get as much work done as I can on those three mornings while Kaiah is at school; however, I also hope to use the kid-less opportunity to volunteer in the other kids' classrooms, meet friends for coffee, workout, schedule appointments, etc.

In keeping with my OCD tendencies, I figured it would be a wise idea to actually put my plan down on paper (errr..blog).  That way, when I get in a rut (because it WILL happen), I can refer back to this post and give myself a swift kick in the rear! So, here it is: Missy's WAHM/Making-The-Most-Of-My-Time Plan!

1. Make a list. I use TeuxDeux to keep me organized. I'm a huge fan and monthly subscriber of this application that allows me to update lists via my iPhone or desktop AND create lists for all my different clients.  Of note: I'm totally the girl that adds mundane tasks to her lists (like "make breakfast") just so I can check them off when complete.

Here's a screenshot of a recent list for The Social Starr (NOT my daily list -- which is much, much longer!)

2. Stick to a routine. This one's self explanatory, and will likely go something like this (on M/W/F while Kai Pie is preschoolin' it up!):

  • 4:45 -- Wake up
  • 5:00 -- Run/Workout
  • 6:00 -- Shower
  • 6:35 -- Get kids up
  • 7:00 -- Breakfast for kids
  • 7:15 -- Get kids on bus
  • 7:30 -- My breakfast/Catch-up on emails/client social media profiles
  • 8:15 -- Get Kaiah ready for school
  • 8:45 -- Leave for preschool
  • 9:15 - 11:15 -- WORK
  • 11:30 -- Preschool pick-up
  • 12:00 -- Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:15 -- Quiet Time (QT) for KT/more WORK for ME
  • 2:15 -- Playing, reading, walking, hanging with my girl
  • 3:15 -- Big kids get off bus
  • 3:30 -- Snack/homework
  • 4:15 -- Start dinner
  • 5:00 -- Eat dinner
  • 5:30 - 8:00 -- Evening activities, depending on the day
  • 8:00/8:30 -- Bedtime routine for the muchkins
  • 8:30-10:00 -- Hangin' with the hubs/work catch-up/preparing for the next day/SLEEP!

3. "Eat My Frog" first thing.

I posted this a while back on The Social Starr Facebook Page and, as it turns out, I'm not the only one that prefers to take on my most dreaded/challenging task first. Not going to lie -- every morning I have to consciously MAKE myself do this, or I will end up lost in the wonderful world of Pinterest and coffee. The rewards, though, are great! I find so much satisfaction and motivation in completing the thing I was dreading most. Talk about momentum for the rest of my day!

4. Be flexible.

Truth be told, this is a tough one for me (see above). I thrive on routine and list-making (again, see above) but, as we all know, life likes to throw us curveballs! Sick kids, client issues, impromptu opportunities, etc. These are the things I can't avoid, but need to embrace. This girl can use a little more spontaneity in her life.

5. Have fun!

Never before in my mom life have I consistently had uninterrupted hours to myself. This year my motto is going to be: Make The Most Of It! And that doesn't just mean with work. Admittedly, this self-employed stuff has been tough. The work is never done. Even when everything is checked off my list, there is always more I could be doing. And that's hard for me. Plus? Guilt tends to creep in whenever I'm not working my day away like I feel like I should be doing. So, my plan? Show myself some grace and allow for the fun stuff, too -- even if that means grocery shopping sans little Starrs, a trip to the mall, Starbucks bible study, or cleaning in peace (yes, music and dancing might be involved). Also? PROJECTS! I have so many ready to tackle! 

I can only pray that this transition is really as easy as 1-2-3-4-5. I plan on checking back in with you all periodically for REAL life, honest updates as I enter this uncharted territory. In the meantime? HERE GOES NOTHIN'!



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