“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu: March 29-April 4

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

A major key to eating healthier and saving money is meal planning. When I plan my meals, I feel less stress throughout the week, spend less time and money at the grocery store, and usually serve my family a fairly well-rounded diet throughout the week.My hope is that my mostly “real food” meal plans each Saturday will help you do the same!

P.S. Please don’t feel overwhelmed when you look at my plan. I certainly do NOT get to all of my plans each week. I do what I can with the time I have and then we eat a lot of leftovers.

Dinner

Sunday:

Slow Cooker Shredded Balsamic Beef*
mashed potatoes (I use a mix of half Yukon gold and half sweet potatoes)
green salad with Balsamic Dressing with Herbs
grapes

*Save extras for Tuesday night’s meal

Monday: Meatless

Hearty Vegetable Soup
whole grain baguette
cantaloupe

Tuesday: Leftovers

French Dip Sandwiches (use leftover Shredded Balsamic Beef on wheat buns)
raw veggies with hummus and/or ranch dip
apple slices

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner

Oven Omelet
Brownie Baked Oatmeal*
grapes

*Double and freeze one for later.

Thursday:

Whole wheat spaghetti with marinara
Meatballs with Sneaky Veggies* (I’m using ground turkey this time.)
peas
strawberries

*Double and save extra meatballs for Friday night’s meal

Friday:

Meatball Subs on Wheat (use leftovers from Thursday)
steamed green beans
pear slices

Saturday:

Chicken Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Peppers
cantaloupe

Breakfast Ideas:

Fake-Out Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches
Fruit Pizza Roll-Ups
fried eggs and wheat toast

Snacks:

Homemade Popcorn
Banana Bites

Free Printable Menu Planner

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

menu planner

Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

Boredom Buster- Paint a Box!

We’ve been cooped up way too long.

Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something… stat.

As of late, my three year old has taken to painting and can actually do it now without creating a masterpiece on the table, wall, her body… you get the point.

So in a moment of mommy genius (or perhaps desperation), I suggested she painted the box I had just gotten in the mail. (Thank you Vera Bradley.) I thought she’d scoff at the idea but apparently the suggestion was quite appealing to the three year old mind. Preschool Activity -- Paint a Box-3

This girl loved it.

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Maybe I’m biased but I think the box actually turned out quite pretty! She had so much fun using all of the colors, mixing them together to see what happened and using different brushes.

Preschool Activity -- Paint a Box

If she becomes an artist as an adult I might give credit to this moment in her childhood. You might want to take a minute and check out what Rachel’s kids did with a box, too. Bottom line: Give your kids a box!

If you don’t think this is the right activity for your kiddo, make sure to check out loads of other learning activities for all ages we have shared about in the past.

Megabus Adventures

This past weekend I embarked on a new adventure: The Megabus. Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 10.00.25 PM

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This is the top floor of the two story megabus

The Megabus is kind of what it sounds like. A huge bus that takes you places. It travels back and forth between Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and Chicago. 

A bunch of my college friends and I teamed up to throw a baby shower for my dear friend, Mary Kate in Chicago. Rather than drive countless hours by myself, fight the traffic and parking in Chi-town, I opted to take the megabus. 

Ya’ll. It was hilarious. 

Let me just walk you though my adventure.