Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ fried shrimp, baked potatoes, salad, garlic biscuits
Tuesday ~ chicken taco soup, guac & chips, fruit
Wednesday ~ toasted ham & cheese sandwiches, sweet potato fries, fruit
Thursday ~ dinner on the go....{Frozen on Ice}
Friday ~ mushroom chicken, noodles, crab rangoon

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Breathe...{getting organized}

I just completed a bible study called Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath by Priscilla Shirer.  It was a wonderful study with a great group of ladies!  The idea is slowing down from all the busyness, clearing out the clutter and making time for us to focus on God and what he has in store for us.  During one week of the study, Priscilla issued a challenge for us to take 14 minutes each day to spend time with God.  One of my goals during this study was to be a better manager of my time and get in bible reading, devotions and prayer each day.  This was a great challenge but harder than it seems.  I am not good at quiet!  This verse is a great reminder and I am continuing to work on this.

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5 NLT

The other part of her challenge was to clear 14 inches of space, remove clutter from our lives.  So over the course of the last few weeks I did this at least 3 times....and it feels great!

I started in my closet and got to work on my over abundance of scarves.  I have a hanging organizer that was filled to the max!  Scarves falling on the floor, hanging on the door, draped everywhere because they had outgrown their space.  So as hard as it was I laid them all out on my bed and got to weeding them down.  I started with the ones I wore the most and put them back on the hanger.  I took out the ones that I hadn't worn in forever or knew I wouldn't wear.  I still have quite a few scarves but I can see them all...and they aren't overflowing into other areas. 
Then it was on to my desk.  I had quite the pile that had been accumulating for weeks...maybe since Christmas.  All I really needed to do was put things where they needed to be.  But some of it was paperwork that needed filed or dealt with...so I finally devoted time to get it done.  Now I am striving to keep it clean...or at least cleared off weekly.

And just this week I tackled my scrapbooking area.  I got a new Raskog cart from IKEA with some Christmas money.  So when it came in, I decided to take this opportunity to go through some supplies and weed out what I wasn't using.  I love being organized and knowing what I have and where it is!
What are some areas that you could clear out and make some space? 


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ pasta, fried mozzarella, salad
Tuesday ~ chicken & wild rice soup, bread
Wednesday ~ pork fried rice, fruit
Thursday ~ fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad
Friday ~ biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon

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Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
Tuesday ~ fish tacos, refried beans, chips & guac
Wednesday ~ sloppy joes, sauteed zucchini, tater tots
Thursday ~ homemade pizza, salad
Friday ~ breakfast for dinner

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Sugar {Lip Scrub}

I don't know about you but this winter has been hard on my lips!  They have been CRUSTY, peeling, dry and just plain hurting.  So I went to my trusty friend Pinterest and found several recipes for a DIY lip scrub. I chose one using only 3 ingredients....

...sugar, honey and vasoline.  I found a cocoa butter vasoline at my local dollar store and loved the smell it brought to the scrub!

Mix the ingredients together and store in a cute little container!  ;)

Now get exfoliating!  Just put a dab of the scrub on your finger and rub on your lips for 30-60 seconds.  Then rinse off using warm water.  Pat them dry and apply your favorite lip balm.  I have been doing this everyday for about a week and my lips feel great!

1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vasoline

Mix together and get to exfoliating your lips!!! 


Preschool Registration...

Now is the time!  If you have a little one that is 3 or will be turning 3 by September 1st, now is the time to register for preschool for the fall.  I know it seems early but that's just how it works.  I posted about my first time preschool experience and expectations here.

Here are a few ideas of what you can do to find the right Preschool for you and your child... 

Talk to your friends who have children of similar age or older and ask what they did or are doing for Preschool.  Nothing is better than hearing positive feedback from trusted friends about a potential school for your child.  If you don't have friends who can offer you advice in this area, get out the phone book...if you still have one around, lol...or Google Preschools in your area.

No matter if you have a good recommendation for a school or not, call and schedule a visit to check it out for yourself.  Our director shows the interested families what our classes look like in action, tells them about our program and what they can expect from our Preschool. 

Once you have decided which Preschool is right for your child, get registered!  There are usually several forms that need to be filled out, physicals to be gotten and registration fees to pay. 

Now you can start getting your child excited for starting school!  Some are ready from the get go but others need a little more time.  Here are a few fun books to help get them ready for their new adventure...
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney.  {This series is a favorite of mine!}
What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Murkoff
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ pizza, carrots, fruit
Tuesday ~ cheesy potato soup, bread
Wednesday ~ steak bites, salad, sweet potatoes fries
Thursday ~ pork chops, mashed potatoes, sauteed zucchini
Friday ~ almond coconut tilapia, rice, green beans

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