Sunday, February 16, 2020

What's for Dinner: February 16 - February 22

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

Ume Flower | Photo by Takemaru Hirai via Unsplash

I had such high hopes for this weekend. Even though I had another long week at work, I added an important appointment to my calendar on Saturday.

Our sweet boy has been super clingy lately. Some days, he won't let me leave his classroom after I drop the kids off at school. Most nights, he follows me around the house, chatting a mile a minute. And some nights, he'll wake up a handful of times and insist on snuggling with me on the couch.

The signs were there. He wanted more time with me. Not wanting to disappoint him, I decided it was time to focus on carrying out a specific item on my 40 Before 40 list. It was time to plan a special mother-son outing with J.

When we woke up this morning, I told him that we were going out, just the two of us... That I couldn't wait to show him where we were going. But then the stream of "no"s started, and my excitement started shrinking. Thank goodness his mood changed once we got in the car and we wound up having a great time together.

Then we got home and the wheels came off. Neither kid wanted to nap and they couldn't figure out how to play in the same room without arguing. I did my best to show them patience and understanding, but even I have my limits... and I wound up losing my temper. More than once.

Things managed to stabilize by the time bedtime rolled around, but, wow... I hated myself for losing my cool earlier. I just hope today goes more smoothly.

While I practice my deep-breathing, why don't you check out what I've planned for dinner at our house this week?

Friday, February 14, 2020


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

Love of Macarons and Pink Gerbera Daisies | Photo by Brigitte Tohm via Unsplash

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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

I'm a little disappointed in myself that I didn't put more effort into Valentine's Day this year. Especially the Valentine's Day cards for the kids' classmates. In the past, I'd spend hours on Pinterest looking for cute homemade Valentine's Day cards... and then I'd spend even more time putting together treats like these.

But not this year.

Trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance has been exhausting. Honestly? All I want to do is sleep. Of course, I knew I wasn't going to have the energy to create elaborate Valentine's Day cards this year.

So we went to Target instead.

The kids are happy with the cards we chose, but I can't help but feel guilty about not doing more. ::sigh:: While I try to shake off that mom guilt, here's the latest batch of Tidbits for you to read at your leisure this weekend.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

26 Date Night Dishes

Skip the dinner reservation and rekindle the romance at home with these delicious Date Night dishes for two.

Date Night Dishes for Two | Taste As You Go

I'm going to make a confession.

I am in awe of those couples who are successful in scheduling regular Date Nights. I'm even more in awe of those parents who are able to do so.

Stephen and I have attempted to carve out time for us twice since the start of the new year... and we've had to cancel our plans not once, but twice. Needless to say, it's been discouraging. Especially since the reasons for having to cancel were out of our control.

We have another Date Night on the calendar later this month, and I'm hoping our plans go out off without a hitch. Because, honestly, if we have to cancel again... I'm going to start thinking we're never going to get out of the house without our kids.

Or... we're going to figure out a way to get the kids out of the house so we can stay home and have a Date Night in. That way we can cook dinner for two and whip up a decadent dessert to enjoy while watching a movie.

Do you and your sweetie prefer a cozy night in over making plans to go out? Keep reading for these 26 Date Night Dishes that you can make in your own kitchen.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

What's for Dinner: February 9 - February 15

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

Sprinkles in a Heart-Shaped Bowl | Photo by Carolyn V via Unsplash

February started off as roughly as January ended. But it's safe to say things have turned a corner. I've almost completely recovered from my sinus infection. And while the house is a little on the messy side, everyone else is healthy.

*knocks on wood*

I had an event at work yesterday, so I made the decision to relax when I got home rather than stay up late to write. Then we needed to make a Target run after church today, so that's why this menu plan post is coming to you later than usual.

I have some more household chores to tackle this evening... While I figure out where to start, why don't you check out what I've planned for dinner at our house this week?

Also... don't forget to enter my Applegate Turkey Burger Giveaway! The deadline to enter is coming up and I don't want you guys to miss out!