Wednesday, August 31, 2011

a sticky situation

I was going to post my menu plan on Monday (because I did actually do it), but you know what?  I've already altered it.  We ate leftovers Monday, and tonight we're eating something completely off-the-list.  (My roast didn't defrost, so I needed a Plan B.  It was actually comical--I started two other things before settling on the quiche we actually ate.  I also now have a head start on tomorrow's meal, so I guess that's good). 

I did go to the grocery store yesterday, and I spent $63.08.  This is an improvement over the last month, so I'll take it.  :) 

I do have a funny story from today, although I am somewhat reticent to post it here.  It's kind of embarrassing, but honestly it's too funny not to share!  So red-faced and all, here goes (if you're especially sensitive, stop reading here). 

Natalie got into the bathroom cabinet this morning.  She got into my stash of pads.  She tore open several, removed the backing to reveal the sticky strip, and stuck them to the toilet seat.  Oy!  They stick really well to porcelain, if you're interested.

She and Sarah are both also decorated (clothes, skin) in marker ink from art time today, but that's pretty normal.  :)  Hopefully my laundry skills will be able to rescue the clothing! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

no more mop and bucket

I have a Shark steam mop that I use to clean our floors.  I got it with my Christmas money (, I'm one of those weird people who enjoys getting things like household appliances for Christmas.  If you get inspired to buy me a blender, let me know!).  I like the convenience of the steam mop.  I like the fact that I don't have to mess with mop solution (I hate the smell of cleaning chemicals anyway.  Water is cheap and has no smell).  I like the fact that I can wash and reuse the mop pads, as opposed to the Swiffer where you have to keep purchasing new ones.  I like that it's lightweight and easy to use. 

But you know what my very favorite thing about the steam mop is?   Sarah loves it.  She asks to be allowed to mop.  Who ever heard of a kid begging to clean the floors?  My floor has been mopped more frequently since acquiring this mop than ever before.  I think it's been steam-mopped three times just since last night.

Today some sticky lemonade got spilled.  We all clean up our own messes around here, so Sarah got towels to sop up the liquid, then immediately got the steam mop to take care of the sticky.  It took about two minutes, tops.  Or it would have...if Sarah hadn't asked to mop the rest of the floor while she was at it!  Who am I to turn down a kid who is that excited to mop?  (By the way, Natalie likes the mop too.  She has a harder time maneuvering it, but she likes it.)

Maybe you should get one of these, huh?  It's kid--approved!  :)  (Yes, it's an affiliate link, but please take this post in the spirit it's intended; I just think it's cute the girls like the mop so much.  I'm not really trying to do a "hard sell."  Of course, if you DO happen to need a mop right now, it wouldn't hurt my feelings if you bought it through my link!)  ;) 

Euro-Pro Shark S3101 Electric Steam MopEuro-Pro Shark S3101 Electric Steam Mop

Monday, August 22, 2011


In a conversation with my SIL, I mentioned that I was menu planning today.  She asked if I was going to post my menus.  It's been awhile since I posted menus or grocery shopping results.  It's been awhile since I've even thought about menu planning or trying to save on the grocery budget.  My spending in this area shows this, unfortunately. 

Truth be known, I haven't felt overly great over the past few months and I haven't done much of anything.  The house, the blog, the budget, etc. have all shown the effects of this.  But I am slowly getting back on track and "back in the game."  So I'm going to go back to the beginning and start again.  I've had successes already; my exercise program has become more consistent the last couple of weeks.  I'm putting the house back in order.  And I know how much I spent on food in August so far so that I can begin to work toward lowering that amount in the weeks and months to come (and no, I'm not telling the amount.  It's embarrassing). 

However, I'm hopeful.  There's plenty of room for improvement here!  :) 

I haven't really assigned specific days to any of these meals; I was just trying to get down ideas of what I could make with what I have.  And some of the meals listed might not get made this week at all; I was giving myself some options and some wiggle room, so there are a few extras here to choose from. 

Pumpkin waffles
Cereal and milk
pumpkin pie oatmeal

Cheesy chicken and rice (thanks, Tara!)
Barbecue chicken pasta bake (thanks again, Tara!)--this one's iffy--not sure I have all the ingredients
Pasta carbonara
lentil tacos
burgers and fries
potato soup or taco soup
beef, black bean, and Spanish rice burritos or black bean burritos
macaroni and cheese

Saturday, August 13, 2011

a few Easter pics

In keeping with the previous post's theme of keeping promises, I seem to recall promising awhile back to post Easter pictures (okay, it was a LONG while back!).  Better late than never, right?

Please ignore me and just enjoy the girls in all of their Easter finery!

Sarah and Natalie had a great time coloring eggs with my dad. 

keeping a promise

I hate pictures of myself.  I'm not a big fan of taking pictures either (hence the lack of pictures on this blog), but at least being behind the camera keeps me from having to be in front of one.  Some people are photogenic; I don't happen to be one of them.

A few weeks ago, I got my hair cut.  It was the first time in about two years I have been able to get a cut, so quite a few inches got chopped.  With that much needing to go, I did a donation to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths.  I've been enjoying my much shorter, easier-to-deal-with hair.  Happily, I've gotten lots of compliments on the new look as well. 

My long-distance relatives want to see my new look though.  Nelson obligingly snapped a photo.  I really don't like the picture much, but I sort of promised that I would show my mother-in-law and sister-in-law the results of my trip to the salon. it is.  Terrible picture, but it will give you the idea anyway.