Weekend Recap & Menu Planning Monday 10/6

Another week has come and gone already. Worse yet, the weekend came and went even faster! We seem to be on this trend of having one busy weekend followed by a not busy weekend. When we have a busy weekend it is stupid busy. When we have a not so busy weekend it is such a breath of fresh air. The hubs’ family wanted to spend some time with Payton so we were on our own Friday night. So we had a random date night. An early Happy Hour dinner at Bar Louie in St Charles followed by coffee at Picasos. It was fun and spontaneous!

Saturday we had a great morning workout and brunch with friends. Then we met up with the family to pick up Payton. We got to relax at home for a few hours before going to meet up with friends for dinner. While Saturdays are usually go go go, I try to take Sundays to get stuff done. That is when I normally do my meal planning.


I looked at this week’s eMeals Clean Eating Slow Cooker Plan and decided that 3 of the dishes looked really good, so I added them into our weekly plan. I super duper puffy heart love my crock pot.

Sunday- Smoked Meat and Dip
Monday- Chili
Tuesday- Chipotle Pork and Garlic Potatoes (eMeals)
Wednesday- Cuban Sandwiches & Artichoke Dip (eMeals)
Thursday- Gingered Broccoli & Beef with Glazed Carrots (eMeals)
Friday- OUT

Saturday- Leftovers

I love planning ahead, it makes it so much easier! For example, the Chipotle Pork on Tuesday doubles as the meat for the Cuban sandwiches on Wednesday. Cook once, eat twice. Also with the eMeals app on my phone I can skip the meals I wasn’t planning on making and it automatically updates the shopping list for me. I’m all about working smarter, not harder.

After putting together the menu I headed to the grocery store. I usually shop for 80% of my groceries at Target and get the 20% of specialty items, meat, and produce from Dierburgs (a local grocery store). Target has an awesome app for your phone called Cartwheel, I use that with Coupons, sales, and the Red Card and end up saving a good amount of money. I love saving money.

What are you eating this week? Did you have a good weekend?

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie for more Menu planning tips and inspiration! 


Menu Planning Monday 9/29

Not too long ago I wrote a post about how I meal plan. Since menu planning is such an important part of my routine I decided to try to make it a regular part of what I share here on the blog. I hope sharing my meal planning tips and ideas helps you find new recipes or meal planning ideas. So, here goes Menu Planning Monday! I’ll be linking up with OrgJunkie for her Menu Plan Monday Link up!

Sidenote: For the last year or so I was following a strict meal plan from my nutrition coach. It was extremely helpful for the season I was in, but it was so stressful to try to keep up with that meal plan and still have something different for the husband and kiddo. Planning/cooking 3 separate dishes at every meal time just hasn’t been feasible in the last few months since my surgery, so I’ve just been doing my best to make smart, balanced, and healthy decisions… Just living out #WYCWYC.  I’ll update ya’ll on my future nutrition plans in more detail in another post. IMG_6762Just like yours probably is, my life is crazy busy. Here is a very generic example of my day:

5:15am- Wake Up, Get Dressed (unless it’s Tuesday, then I’m up at 4:15!)
5:30am- Wake Payt up, get her dressed and ready to leave
5:45am- Head to CrossFit
6:00am- Work out
7:00am- Coach
8:00am(ish)- Head Home for Breakfast and work
8:30am-12pm- Work from home…. Emails, spreadsheets, stats, more emails
12pm- Lunch/Chores
1:00pm-4:45pm(ish)- More work.
4:45pm- Finish up work, pack up to head back up to CrossFit to coach
5:00pm-7:30pm(ish)- Coach
7:30pm- Head home to eat. Clean up after dinner.
8:30pm- Put Payton to bed. Chores. Prepare for next day.
9:00pm- Bed.

There is not much time built in for cooking or running to the store for forgotten ingredients. Since there is literally an hour from the time we get home to when it is time to get ready for bed I do my best to have dinners already prepared. I live and die by my crockpot during the week. Usually when I’m making lunch I’ll go ahead and put dinner together as well. I have some family favorites that I will have in the rotation ever few weeks, but coming up with meal ideas that are healthy and quick is the most stressful part of meal planning. Thank goodness for eMeals! I’ve been a member off and on for the last couple years. I used it back when we were eating more paleo-ish, I’ve done the store specific plans, but most recently I’ve discovered their Clean Eating Crockpot Plan. The weekly plan gives you 7 meal options with sides. I pick and choose a few of the meals to try out each week, mostly because I don’t want to try something new every single night. There are also a few meals that don’t jive with our personal taste, mainly the fish meals. I fill in the holes with those rotating favorites. The meal plans come with shopping lists and estimated costs, which is really helpful for budget planning as well. This kind of planning help is especially useful for back to school season as you try to get back to a routine.

Now on to the menu…

Sunday- Teriyaki Grilled Chicken//Coleslaw//Asian Salad
Monday- Crockpot Orange Chicken
Tuesday- Pasta Sauce and Meatballs (eMeals)
Wednesday- Smokey Chicken Fajitas  (eMeals)
Thursday- Texmex Rice Bowls using leftover Smokey Chicken (eMeals)
Friday-  Family Date Night Out
Saturday- Leftovers

If you are interested in checking out eMeals, use the code SCHOOL to get 20% your plans.

What’s on your menu this week?

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Out of the Ordinary Day

Hey Guys!

How is your week going so far? Seems like my week has been SO long. How is it only Wednesday? Today is a super special day… It’s my husbands 29th birthday! So we decided to take the day off. Payton had school so after working out this morning we went to breakfast with some friends then headed home to clean up before making the trip out to Sump Coffee… Mid-Week Coffee Date for the win!


Obviously I love coffee, so a new coffee experience is always welcomed. It was a great ambiance. It was really all about the coffee. They buy their beans green and roast them. The flavors are out of this world. It is not a frilly coffee shop. They carry only whole milk and soy milk and have no syrups or cream. Coffee truly is an art to them and I enjoyed it.

After that we went down to the Central West End and found a cool place for lunch. I forgot to take a picture, what kind of blogger am I?! I had a great Chipotle Chicken Salad and lots of chips and salsa. After we picked Payton up we went to get cupcakes. Because every birthday deserves a good cupcake!

When we arrived home I was super excited to see that my text book arrived for my Precision Nutrition Certification Course!!

I have been wanting to do some sort of nutrition certification for a long time now. I’ve looked into lots of different options but when I found this one I knew it was the one. It is not just about nutrition in general, but sports and exercise nutrition. I love that it combines the science and the application. They have a Level 1 and a Level 2 certification. I’m doing the Level 1 now and plan on getting the Level 2 next spring. I’ll share the journey with you along the way, of course.

After sneaking in a little bit of work we decided to go out and celebrate some more. We ended up at the local kids party place. I am not usually a big fan, mostly because lots of small children make me feel stressed… but on a Wednesday evening it was empty! Score!


We played lots of Ski Ball


Chris won the jackpot on Deal or No Deal


And I beat Chris twice in the Sink It game.

It was such a fun spontaneous day! I love spending time with the hubs and kiddo. And I love being able to celebrate another birthday with the man I am lucky to call mine. He is my best friend and biggest supporter. He is my sanity and keeps me grounded. Plus he has a pretty epic beard. I mean, look at it…


Can’t argue with that, can ya? #BeardStrong

Happy Birthday!

How do you celebrate birthdays?
Are you Pro or Anti beard?