Posts Tagged ‘Plan’

Jan 21 2017

If “Plan A” Didn’t Work …

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Aug 25 2015

Travel & Vacation: Mickey Mouse Travel Folders


Travel Folders

When we are planning for a trip I try to compile various pieces of information for that specific trip into one spot.  Anything from Hotel Reservations, Tickets, Events, Schedule, Activities, Coupons, and more.  If it is a trip that we have some time planning it is fun to get folders that coordinate with the theme.  The kids get excited when they see a travel folder being updated.  Whenever I receive a new piece of information for that trip I add it to the folder.  By the time we are ready to head out usually everything is completely ready to go and waiting for us in our folder.

Sometimes the folders coordinate with the theme of the trip, like the Mickey Mouse folders for our Disney trip, while other times I just get a colorful folder and place it in a spot where I can easily add items to it.  There are a few places we tend to go more regularly so I have a permanent folder for those locations.  As I find fun activities, events, or get discount tickets in that area I add it to the folder.  It makes it easier when we have a last minute trip.  Usually the biggest problem we have is narrowing down which activities we really want to do because there is so many great activities that we enjoy!

Thankful for an opportunity to travel with the family.  When everything is organized and accessible it is one less thing to have to worry about before leaving the house.  Little preparations ahead of time make packing up more efficient for the whole family.  Plus, it helps ensure that you have all the little items (tickets and paperwork) you need once you arrive at your location.


Mickey Mouse!  Whose ready for a Disney trip?!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

Jan 16 2015

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Jan 14 2015

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Sep 22 2014

What’s for Dinner: Our Weekly Menu Plan

It is hard to believe another week is already upon us.  My husband and I were going over our budget this month and decided that the multiple “little” grocery store trips were pushing us over budget so I am going try to do only one grocery stop a week.  The once a week grocery trip will include any household or health and beauty items.  Also, we have items in our pantry and freezer we need to use up as well.   Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Seafood Entree): Chili, Cornbread
  • Tuesday (Kid’s Night to Cook): Pizza, Fresh Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree): Breakfast for Dinner – Pancakes, Fresh Fruit
  • Thursday (Pasta or Pork Entree):  Special Event – STEM Club Welcome Meeting & Other Activities
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef or seafood entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz