Sunday, January 19, 2020

What's for Dinner: January 19 - January 25

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

Snow-Covered Wooden House | Photo by Greg Rakozy via Unsplash


If you guys caught my latest batch of Tidbits, then you'll remember how ready I was for the weekend. After a hard week full of work-life balance challenges, I had my eyes on Saturday night.

Date Night.

We had tickets to a show, and I had a babysitter booked weeks ago. I was so proud that we were making the effort to get out of the house without the kids. And I was happy that I'd be making progress on my goals for the year.

But then the snowstorm started. Stephen and I were willing to try making it down to the theatre for the show, but then our babysitter canceled. Which turned out to be the right call given how quickly the snow was falling... And it didn't matter anyway since the theatre notified us that they were canceling the show.

Naturally, my mood shifted pretty quickly. I was counting on a night out, just the two of us. I wanted that time to focus on my marriage. But I also wanted the time to give myself a mental break from my mom responsibilities.

Damn snow.

I've been having a hard time pulling myself back up after that disappointment. And now I have to figure out how to get back in the game, so to speak. Stephen and I have another hard week of juggling ahead of us, so I hope I can shake it soon.

In the meantime, I have dinners to plan and to get on the table. So, without further ado, here's what I have planned for dinner at our house this week.

PS. Did you guys know I created a special What's for Dinner? Facebook Group? If you're on Facebook, then check it out!


Friday, January 17, 2020

Tidbits

Sharing what I'm loving right now, family/life happenings, favorite finds, and whatever else pops into my head.

Bundle of Newspapers | Photo by Fabien Barral via Unsplash


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I am so happy the weekend is here. After spending the first part of the week in Atlanta for work, I'm tired. I've been playing off the beat ever since I got home from my conference and could use a day to reset.

Plus, if the weather cooperates, Stephen and I are planning on going out for our first Date Night of the year. Keep your fingers crossed for us that the snowstorm that's headed our way doesn't ruin those plans... or my efforts toward meeting my goals for the year.

Speaking of those goals... I've been proud of myself for following my content calendar and blogging on a more regular basis. For the most, I've stuck to my publication schedule and have only published one post late.

Not bad!

To keep the ball rolling, here's the latest batch of Tidbits for you to read at your leisure this weekend.

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Live Green in 2020

It's time to share my theme for the year and how I'm using it to guide me in my third year of keeping a bullet journal.

Live Green in 2020


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In 2019, I embraced my chosen theme -- Less is More -- as best I could. By the end of the year, I was proud of the progress I had made on my goals. When considering themes for this year, though, I realized I still had some work to do on last year's goals.

So I picked a theme for this year that would allow me to continue moving forward. Inspired by my green goals of reducing food waste and reducing household, I'm aiming to Live Green in 2020. I'm going to continue keeping a bullet journal to help me stay organized... Plus, I do a much better job on goal completion when the goals are all outlined in one place.

Live Green in 2020 | Taste As You Go

The minimalist look I adopted last year worked so well that I'm going to use it again this year. To expand upon the idea that less is more, I've decided to stop using some of the standard bullet journal spreads. I will no longer create the monthly spread at the start of each month. I found that using the monthly spread resulted in a lot of extra writing. It didn't make sense to me. Why was I writing things out in the monthly spreads only to rewrite them on my weekly spreads?

So I stopped creating them altogether. And life was great.

Keep reading to see how I plan to Live Green in 2020 this year and how I designed my bullet journal spreads this time around!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

What's for Dinner: January 12 - January 18

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

Atlanta Made | Photo by Ian Schneider via Unsplash


These past several days have been tough. Stephen was out of town for work, leaving me to juggle everything on the home front... And now I'm out of town for a conference.

I knew we'd only have a couple of hours at best to coordinate after he got home. So I did my best to get things in order over the course of the week. I created the menu plan and ordered the necessary groceries. I ran from work to our sweet girl's first swimming lesson... and then on to the news that our toddler is ready to take potty training more seriously.

I wasn't anticipating adding potty training to the agenda for Saturday. So, of course, progress on my to-do list was sporadic. But I pushed through and managed to tackle the majority of the laundry and cook two dinners. This way, Stephen only had to reheat meals for him and the kids rather than cook much of anything from scratch.

Unfortunately, I didn't finish everything on my list like I wanted to... which is why our menu plan is coming to you so late tonight. I had to wait to sit down and write this post until after my conference sessions wrapped... and after stuffing myself full of Southern food before retreating to my hotel room.

Before I crash, here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week.