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What I Wore Wednesday, July 23rd

Join us for What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy.
I didn't feel good last week (which is evident by the pictures - please forgive me for the crappy pictures) and I didn't spend as much time as I should have on my outfits.  I also missed linking up last week so this week you have two weeks worth of outfits!

Work Day
Black Tee - Thrifted Khaki Pants - New York and Company Scarf - Scarfand's Light Weight Jersey Infinity Scarf (Red) Shoes - Old Bracelet - Kardashian Kollection Text Oval Pyramid Bangle

Work Day
Black Sweater - A Christmas Gift from my Grandmother that came from Sears Skirt - thrifted Shoes - Sears (similar pair) necklace - Meijer

Work Day and Date Night
Sweater - Mossimo from Target Tunic - Daisy Fuentes from Kohls Leggings - Hanes from Wal-Mart Shoes - Old Necklace - Candies from Kohls Bracelet - Sears

Work Day
Sweater - Mossimo from Target Cami - Meijer Pants - New York and Company Shoes - Nine West Necklace - Meijer

Work Day 
Sweater - Mossimo from Tar…

Menu Plan Monday, July 21st to 27th

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Where did summer go?  It's hard to believe how fast summer has flown by and that July is already almost over!  I don't know what to think about it!  Last week was a good week for us.  We tried a couple of new recipes and they both turned out great!  So the Garlicky Baked Shrimp and the Baked Chicken and Wild Ricewill definitely be added to our menu rotation.  With the Baked Chicken and Wild Rice we added in mushrooms which I definitely recommend if you try this recipe!
This week we are cleaning out our freezer and trying to use up some of the things that have been swept to the bottom of it.  So this week is all about using up what I have on hand.
Here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red
Monday - Eating Out Tuesday - Grilled Chicken Fettucine Alfredo (this keeps getting skipped - definitely making it this week) Wednesday - Honey and Thyme Brined Turkey Breast(we will be using turkey br…

Menu Plan Monday: July 14-20, 2014

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Last week we tried a couple of new recipes and they were a huge hit.  The Paleo Chicken Marsala had an amazing taste and was easy to make.  The only thing I did not like and it could be something that we did, was that the chicken seemed a little powdery from the spices and flour.  We are going to make some adjustments next time and see if that improves this.  The Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon was also a new recipe and was by far my favorite meal of the week.  If you are looking for an easy, delicious weeknight meal I highly recommend giving this recipe a try.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
Monday - Eating Out Tuesday - Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas (we skipped this last week)\ Wednesday - Red Beans and Rice (also skipped last week) Thursday - Baked Chicken and Wild Rice (new recipe) Friday - Garlicky Baked Shrimp, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes Saturday - Depends on Plans Sunday - Grilled Chicken Fe…

Dollar Shave Club Review

I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions in this review are genuine.  I pay for my subscription but the links included in the review are affiliate links.  This is just something that I found that I liked and wanted to share! Recently ads for The Dollar Shave Club have been popping up all over my Facebook page.  After ignoring them for a while I decided to look into it.  After checking it out we decided to give it a try.
Basically The Dollar Shave Club works like this:  you choose a monthly subscription and each month they ship razor blades to you.  With your first monthly shipment they send you a handle which you keep to use with your monthly blades.  There are three subscription plans available which really are minimal in price.  The first plan is the The Humble Twin which is $1 a month plus shipping and handling charges.  The second plan is The 4X which is $6 a month with shipping charges included.  The third plan is The Executive which is $9 a month and als…

What I Wore Wednesday - July 9, 2014

It's Wednesday and I a once again linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

This is one of my most comfortable outfits.  I loved it so much that I wore it to work on Thursday and then again to church on Sunday!  I figured that it was two different audiences so wearing it twice in the same week wouldn't be the end of the world.

Tunic - White House Black Market Leggings - Hanes Shoes - old, old, old Bracelet - TJ Maxx

This was my outfit for work on Thursday and I decided that with the comfort of the maxi skirt I would forego the Spanx.  Bad decision!  Next time I will wear my Spanx with this outfit.
Skirt - Meijer Tee- Meijer Necklace - Meijer Shoes - old

Happy Fourth of July!   Tee Shirt - Guess Jeans Capris - Lee Sandals -- Guess Jeans

Back to work on Monday with this dress from White House Black Market, heels are from Sears

And Tuesday's outfit.  Up until last week I hadn't worn leggings since I was 12, but I am falling in love with them.

Tunic - W…

Menu Plan Monday: July 7-13, 2014

I hope everyone here in the United States enjoyed their three day holiday weekend!  Usually I am dying to get out of town on the Fourth of July but this year we decided to stay home for a relaxing weekend after spending the month of June running like crazy.  So it's back to work for me today, I hope it's a little more of a relaxing day for you.
Here's what we have planned for our menu this week: Links to recipes are in red
Monday -  Paleo Chicken Marsala, Mashed potatoes, Asparagus
Tuesday - Grilled Chicken With Rosemary and Bacon, Roasted Red Potatoes, Lima Beans
Wednesday - Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, Brown Rice
Thursday - Red Beans and Rice
Friday -  Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday and Sunday - depends on weekend plans

Happy Independence Day! And some last minutes Fourth of July Ideas!

Happy Fourth of July!  After being gone EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND for the month of June we are gearing up for our first weekend at home since Memorial Day.  Our Fourth of July celebration will be very laid back with some time spent in the pool today, cooking out on the grill, and shooting off some fireworks of our own.  Normally we go all out for the Fourth but this year we are all just so tired and need some rest.  
Just because we are spending a low key Fourth of July at home it doesn't mean we don't want to do it in style.  So if you are like me and looking for some last minute ideas for your Fourth of July here are a few easy to put together treats.

4th of July Jello Parfaits from Hoosier Homemade

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Strawberries from Our Best Bites

Patriotic Marshmallow Popcorn from Makoodle
You can find more Fourth of July Treat Ideas on my 4th of July Pinterest Page!

What I Wore Wednesday - July 2, 2014

Since I have gone back to work full-time in an office I am much more concerned about what I am wearing each day.  I have always been a fan of The Pleated Poppy's What I Wore Wednesday but have never participated.  Now I am participating for my first time and I am super excited!
So here is my situation - I have not worked in almost ten years and my wardrobe is very limited when it comes to office wear.  I have also recently lost several pounds thanks to Trim Healthy Mama and I am still losing so what clothes I do own don't fit for the most part!  Add to that the fact that I am on a very limited budget when it comes to clothing and you can see the frustration I am running into every morning when I get dressed. So here's what I have worn this week:

This was Saturday when we went to the museum and of course I forgot to take a full body shot.   Shirt - BB Dakota Illeana Tunic Borrowed from Letote Black Capris - Mossimo Necklace - Meijer Bracelet - Borrowed from Letote

This is…

Menu Plan Monday - May 11 to 18, 2014

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. The past few weeks have been crazy for me and I haven't been eating correctly because of it.  I know I need my menu plan and this week I am going to get back on track with our eating, Monday Breakfast - Banana Cream Cake Lunch - Taco Salad 3 ways Snack - Cottage Cheese with Tomatoes Dinner - Beef Stroganoff Tuesday Breakfast - Volcano Muffin in a Mug Lunch - Dreamfields Pasta with peas and Parmesan Cheese, grilled chicken breast Snack - 0% Greek Yogurt with Berries Dinner - NuWave Oven Chicken with Wild Rice Wednesday  Breakfast - Banana Breakfast Shake Lunch and Dinner - Eating Out Thursday Breakfast - Oatmeal Lunch - Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt and Apples Snack - Cottage Cheese with Tomatoes Dinner - Hearty Turkey Chili Friday Breakfast - Fudge Brownie Muffin in a Mug Lunch - Leftover Turkey Chili, Strawberries with Fat Free Reddi Whip Snack- Fresh Veggies with Yogurt Dip Dinner - Eating Out Saturday Breakfast - Berry Oat…

Menu Plan Monday: April 13-20, 2014

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie. So my first full week back at work is officially in the books.  It has been difficult trying to figure out how to eat healthy while away from the house has been a little bit of trial and error but at the same time I have done a great job at staying on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  My only problem?  Supper!  By the time dinner rolls around at 6:30 PM, I have been up since 5 AM, worked an 8 hour shift, and am exhausted.  That is why pizza sounded wonderful to me last Monday!  We  already have to eat out way more than we should because of our busy schedule and that is something that I need to work on. Here's what I have planned for us this week: links to recipes are in red S, E, and FP denotes the type of Trim Healthy Mama meal they are Monday  Breakfast:  Apple Oatmeal Muffins (E) Lunch:  Tomato Soup (E), Orange (E) for me Cheeseburger Macaroni Snack:  Cottage Cheese and Tomato (FP)  Dinner: Gouda and Spinach Stuffed Pork Ch…

Menu Plan Monday - March 7th to 13th, 2014

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Life around the Modern Day Mom house is crazy any day of the week but here lately that craziness has been amped up a little bit not only are we a homeschooling family with kids in multiple sports but I have been attending college full-time with 18 credit hours this semester, on top of that I have accepted a full-time job in a lawyer's office and my husband began taking a college class of his own this month.  Needless to say we are a busy family who wants to eat healthy but need quick and easy right now!  Here's what I have planned for us this month: links to recipes are in red S, E, FP, and crossover denotes the type of Trim Healthy Mama meal Monday Breakfast:  Volcano Mud Slide Muffin in a Mug (S) for me oatmeal and fresh fruits for my husband and kids Lunch:  Tomato Soup with Sour Cream & Cheese (S), strawberries with fat free reddi whip (FP) soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for kids Snack:  0% Greek Yogurt wi…

Menu Plan Monday for March 24 - 30, 2014

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Spring is officially here!!! I am so excited for warm weather, gardening, birds singing....oh wait, there's snow in the forecast this week...  Never mind!  I have joked about it before but I seriously do feel like this is the winter that will NEVER END!  This will be another busy week for us and we are going to be doing a bunch of quick meals for dinner.  I am going to do my  best to stay on plan with Trim Healthy Mama this week but I am not so sure how well it will work. Here's what I have planned for this week: Links to recipes are in red S, E, and FP denote the type of Trim Healthy Mama meal Monday Breakfast:  Banana Cream Cake (E) - scroll down to comments to see measurements for full sized cake Lunch:  Eating Out will be an S Dinner:  Stuffed Salmon Fillets Snack:  Volcano Mud Slide in a Mug Tuesday Breakfast:Apple Oatmeal Muffin in a Mug (E) Lunch:  Grilled Chicken Breast (FP), Cottage Cheese with Tomatoes (FP), S…

Menu Plan Monday, March 17th to 23rd

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. My kids love holidays and it's not for the presents or days off from school - it's for the food.  Every holiday I try to whip up a few special treats for them to make the day special and Saint Patrick's Day is no exception.  We will be enjoying our traditional corned beef and cabbage, along with some St. Patrick's Day Rice Krispie treats and some yummy looking Leprechaun Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn (of course mommy will have some sort of THM friendly snack instead).  So they are super excited this week to be celebrating Saint Patrick's Day and the food we will be eating to celebrate it! Here's what I have planned for us this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Breakfast:  Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E) Lunch:  Tuna Salad with Apples and Greek Yogurt (E), St. Patrick's Day Rice Krispie Treats (for the kids) Dinner: Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage(S), Mashed Potatoes (for the kids) Evening S…
Trim Healthy Mama is one of the latest diet plans (I am sorry lifestyle changes - not diet plan) that is quickly gaining popularity and I have been eating the Trim Healthy Mama way for six weeks now after taking a break from it over the holidays. While the book itself is over 600 pages and contains plenty of recipes, many of the people using the Trim Healthy Mama plan still want more recipes to choose from. Luckily, many recipes can be found online that are acceptable under the Trim Healthy Mama plan. If you are looking for more Trim Healthy Mama plan recipes here are four places where you can find them online. 

Gwen's Nest
Gwen, who blogs at Gwen's Nest, follows the Trim Healthy Mama plan and posts plenty of Trim Healthy Mama recipes on her blog. She has even created a categorized list of Trim Healthy Mama recipes that are organized by meal and type. The recipes are well written, and contain pictures, which make you want to make the recipe immediately. Among the recipes Gwen…

Saving Money While Eating Healthy

Last week I was asked about my grocery shopping budget and shopping habits now that I am following the Trim Healthy Mama diet.  If you are a long time reader of my blog you will know that I was once a hard core couponer and have talked often about couponing in posts like "Using Coupons and Clearing up Coupon Confusions", and "Works for Me Wednesday - Coupon Binder".  Couponing was a lifesaver for me for the longest time because we were on a very tight budget and it allowed me to feed my family on a very tight budget.  As time progressed I began to change our eating habits and stopped using coupons altogether as we began a whole foods type of eating.  My grocery bill went sky high, my pantry started thinning out, and my kids were complaining because there were no quick snacks. This wasn't working for us either.  Now we find our family still eating somewhat of a whole foods diet, although not as rigid as we once were, and needing to tighten back up on our grocer…