Friday, September 21, 2018

friday favorites

Note: I'm really trying to improve the kids' privacy in this space--especially the older two--so you will likely be seeing way less pictures of them here. So if you notice the only pictures I usually share are of Etta (until she gets a bit bigger) that's why.

 {1} Jon made coconut curry with brown rice the other day. Generally speaking, I really dislike curry. I've tried it multiple times and it just wasn't my favorite. This dish, though, blew me away! I'm trying to get him to write down the recipe so I can share it here. Etta was also a huge fan and stole my plate.

 {2} This is less a favorite and more of a because of course it did. The other night we were streaming Jersey Shore Family Reunion on the laptop. We had it connected to the TV. Ever since we got my sister's huge tv, our media area has been a mess. The laptop was sitting on top of the router which was on top of the mantle. It was dark. The signal was terrible so I decided to try to rearrange the mantle. Apparently, I had left a knife up there who knows how long ago. While I was rearranging, the knife fell (I didn't even see it fall) point side down and stabbed me in the foot. While I was looking down (and bent over) at my knife wound, a tall glass votive I had on the mantle proceeded to fall and clubbed me in the back of the head. Thankfully it didn't shatter until it hit the ground, but I was barefoot so Jon had to bring my (dirty, apologies) sandals so I could clean up. The good news is we have really terrible knives so I barely got injured (that streak is actually blood from the pin-hole sized injury from when I slipped my sandals on)--just my pride. My house is revolting.

 {3} Since Jon is vegan I very rarely cook meat. In keeping with that tradition, I failed to prep the pot roast the night before so Jon got to cook our meat this week. Gotta say--vegan knows how to cook. (If anyone wants the recipe this was easy - 2 c.broth, salt, pepper, 1 tsp. parsley, 4 cloves smashed garlic, 1 quartered onion, 3 tbsp. tomato paste, 3 bay leaves and the roast all put in the slow cooker on low for - however long it takes). 

 {4} Elden and Edith have been particularly into drawing lately. They discovered my heart hole punch in the basement and have decided to work that into their art. Elden actually sold his first drawings ever last night - he sold one titled "Chicken Fingers" (which was a tracing of his hand and each finger was a chicken head) to Jon for ten cents and then two drawings to Jon's parents--I think he sold both of those for twenty-five cents total. So if anyone wants an original drawing by our sweet 6-year-old, drop me a line and I'll hit up the artist. He does commissions, too.

{5} Thank you, Dunkin Rewards, for this free and much needed almond milk pumpkin latte after my miserable night's sleep last night. You are definitely a favorite.

{6} Jon has now snuck two love notes into my lunch bag in the past week. Lest you think our marriage is nothing but roses and secret love notes, this is him putting the effort in after a long conversation (which was the result of a big fight) we had a few weeks ago. Yes, I am also making an effort in specific areas, too. The fact that he has gone out of his way to do this knowing I had spoken of my need for--for lack of a better term--non-sexual intimacy, makes it all the sweeter. Marriage is super hard, guys. We are always learning and our needs are always evolving and sometimes your spouse decides to be vegan and you cry a lot. The key is to never think of giving up as an option (except in very valid circumstances such as abuse).

Linking up with Katie, Claire, AmandaAndreaNarci and Erika!

Monday, September 17, 2018

mixed diet aldi meal plan #7

Nothing like starting a new job to totally turn your world upside down. I am still finding my footing and trying to establish a good schedule that balances our lives. Meal planning has majorly fallen by the wayside since I the new job but that's probably the biggest area I need to get back on track with, so here we are! Other than being a bit hectic with back to school, dance classes, new job, etc. everything is going well on the home front. The kids are great, loving school and have been spending a ton of time going to birthday parties and doing fun things.

Dinner: spaghetti squash with chickpeas and spinach (I am using this recipe but subbing spinach for kale)
Groceries: spinach, shallot

Dinner: Creamy vegan potato soup with vegan bacon
Groceries: celery, carrots, garlic

Dinner: pot roast with mashed potatoes, corn and gravy (Jon is making himself curry this night)
Groceries: beef, corn

Dinner: vegan sweet potato tacos
Groceries: lettuce

Dinner: leftovers
Groceries: none

Lunch: pizza
Groceries: cheese

Dinner: spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
Groceries: baguette, radishes

Friday, September 7, 2018

affordable friday amazon finds

I've been doing a LOT of window shopping now that fall is approaching and I thought I'd share some of my favorite finds!

 How cute is this deer tutu dress!? Edith would love it. Size 5 is currently less than $7. 

This fuzzy women's pullover looks SO warm, not to mention adorable! Some colors/sizes (light grey, small for instance) are only $14.99!

This dress is currently available as an add-on item in size large for $4.99!

This dress is $7.99 with free shipping on orders more than $25.

I need this shirt. It's less than $7 and highly rated.

There are tons of children's items on Amazon right now for less than $3 a piece. You can see more of these items here. This particular shirt can be found here.

There are tons of fall children's books on sale for less than $8 right now. Click here to view a full list. Here is a direct link to the book pictured.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

five on friday

I started my new job this week and it's been a whirlwind--I had two networking events and a small conference to attend all in the first five days! I'm really excited about my future here (it's a medical device startup company founded by my grad school friend) and the company itself. It's definitely an adjustment but one perk to the job is I get to watch the Blue Angels practice for Cleveland's air show right outside my office window.

 {1} Etta is obsessed with all things bubbles. The other day I said something to Jon about a bubble bath and his eyes got wide and said "don't say the b-word around Etta!" because she will pitch a fit if she catches wind of something relating to bubbles and doesn't get to blow them. We're pretty sure we will be buying her a bubble machine for her birthday.

 {2} Picture day! We let the kids pick their own outfits and background colors. Elden's top tooth was probably super janky in the photo (it was hanging on by a thread and probably twisted *cringes*) but I can't help but smile at their individuality and desire to be dressed fancy.

 {3} It was really stormy the other day and while we were watching the front blow in the kids ran and got their binoculars to check out the clouds. It seems so dark--this was only around 3:30 pm!

{4} Speaking of janky teeth... it fell out last night! Elden was so excited that the tooth fair brought him "a whole dollar!" and I hope he never loses his enthusiasm for the little things in life.

{5} Etta is the family bully and the older kids spend many of their afternoons lamenting her antics, but Elden has SUCH a soft spot for her when she's not on a rampage. He reached out to hold her hand while we walked to the bus the other morning and it was so sweet.

Linking up with Katie, AndreaNarci and Erika!

Friday, August 24, 2018

five on friday

 {1} Jon found these beasts hiding in our cucumber vine. He had been wondering why three other cucumbers were barely growing so when he saw these it all made sense. Yes, I pickled them. Yes, they were delicious.

 {2} Edith is adjusting well to preschool, though it is wearing her out. The other day Jon panicked because he was outside during quiet time and when he came in he couldn't find Edith anywhere. Long story short, she crawled between our pillows and blankets on our bed, totally covered herself with our comforter and was flat on the mattress (so invisible to the naked eye). 

 {3} As I was going through my work cell phone I stumbled upon a ton of pictures from Etta's first few days of life that I don't remember taking. I believe this is the first picture we ever took of her. 

 {4} Elden and Edith have been all about their scooter and balance bike, respectively. Edith is getting so confident at hers and picks her feet up like it's nothing. 

{5} Today is my last day at my current job. It's bittersweet for sure but I'm really excited about this next chapter.

Linking up with Katie, AndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

first day of preschool

Before I get into the first day of preschool I need to share this pic - my mom made this dress for Edith from one of Jon's old dress shirts! How freaking cute is she!?
 For her first day of school, Edith originally wanted to wear a dress. However, we realized she tends to get completely naked when she goes to the bathroom if she's in a dress (she's afraid it'll get in the toilet which - as an adult female - is legit) so she decided to wear a skort and shirt instead.
 Of course I had to take a few sibling photos.
Etta quickly realized a sibling photo was being taken without her so she jumped into the frame with THE BEST cheese face ever.
Originally Edith told us she didn't want us to walk her to her class but we begged her to let us she changed her mind so we walked her in. She was so excited to go but you could also see the nerves on her face and she mentioned her stomach felt a little sick. She is one of very few girls in her class so I suspect she will have a very limited friend group (she is very much in the I don't like boys camp in this stage of life) but she had a great first day and is so happy to finally be in school.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

mixed diet aldi meal plan #6

Dinner: Vegan cream of broccoli soup (this got bumped from last week)
Groceries: none (already have everything)

Dinner: Loaded nachos
Groceries: tortilla chips, lettuce (have everything else as our household staples)

Dinner: Pizza Friday
Groceries: none (already have everything)

Dinner: Vegan shepherd's pie
Groceries: potatoes

Lunch: leftovers
Groceries: none

Dinner: Buffalo chickpea salads
Groceries: lettuce, celery

Dinner: Freezer foods (burgers for kids, frozen vegan chicken for us)
Groceries: buns

Groceries: squash, kale 

Dinner: Tacos
Groceries: sweet potatoes