Meal Plan 10/02/2017 - 10/06/2017

I'm super excited because this week is a HelloFresh week. What's HelloFresh? Check out my post here and then use code HILLARY60 for $30 off your first and second boxes!

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Monday: Mujadara for Meatless Monday

Tuesday: HelloFresh box!

Wednesday: Red Coconut Curry Meatballs with Cabbage Salad and Rice

Thursday: HelloFresh box!

Friday: HelloFresh box! 

What's on your menu this week?

Tiny Happy Tuesday: 17

What is Tiny Happy Tuesday?

Tiny Happy Tuesday is a prompt to stop, drop, and think of all the good stuff (no matter how minuscule) that adds up to one wonderful life. 

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Tuesdays are my busiest days and Tiny Happy Tuesday has suffered. I'm feeling distinctly UN-Tiny Happy Tuesday today so I'm using my coffee drinking time before the kids wake up to practice a little gratitude. Will you join me? 

  • Poppy has recently started saying the word "poop" and it is hilarious. When she speaks, she is loud and sure of herself. She talks (gibberish mostly) all day long. For some reason she says "poop" so delicately and daintily. 
  • Yesterday was picture day at school. Grady wore his dressy jeans. He asked me to iron his shirt. He put gel in his hair. He is such a little grownup sometimes. I'm not sure my heart is ready for it.
  • I have had to cancel numerous hair appointments over the last year because of kid shenanigans. I finally have another appointment booked, at a new salon because my awesome hair stylist found a new career and quit hair (the nerve!) I'm very excited for my new hair (and crossing my fingers that I actually get to keep this appointment).
  • I have food in my belly and a roof over my head, and it's good to acknowledge those things when everything else is grating on me and causing me to want to hit my head against the wall repeatedly.

Want to join me? I'd love for you to grab my graphic and join the Facebook group, and share in the fun (don't forget to use the hashtag: #TinyHappyTuesday so I can follow along!).

Meal Plan 09/25/2017 - 09/29/2017

Last week hit me like a ton of bricks and I cried more times than I'd like to admit. I am determined to tackle this week with more preparation, and more intention, in an effort to, I don't know, make it through seven days without sobbing. Dare to dream, right?

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Monday: Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa for Meatless Monday. My sister sent me this recipe last week. I'm skeptical but also it took five minutes to throw together so even if it sucks it kind of wins based on convenience and nutritional value. 

Tuesday: Spaghetti! I made a double batch of beef ragu for the freezer so I just need to pull a bag out and defrost it while the pasta cooks. Tuesday is our busiest day this week so I'm feeling extra smug that I've got a nutritious meal prepped and ready to go already. 

Wednesday: Peanut Butter Pork. My slow cooker is getting a workout this week. It must be autumn. I'll serve this with zoodles or maybe some cabbage sauteed with garlic and onions. 

Thursday: Leftovers! 

Friday: Dishevelled Josephs (hat tip to Sarah for making me laugh every time I make Sloppy Joes). If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll make pretzel rolls.

What's on your meal plan this week?

{Giveaway} Learn Your Messy ABCs with Oscar the Grouch & his Sesame Street Friends!

Grady and I recently had the chance to review Put Me in the Story's Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book. I'm a huge fan of Put Me in the Story (remember when I ordered Poppy a personalized Easter story instead of doing a chocolatey Easter basket?) 

Personalized story books are a great way to boost the enthusiasm of early readers. Grady is working hard on learning his letters and sight words; his whole face lit up when he opened the package and saw his name front and centre on his very own story.

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I loved adding my own personal message to Grady, and including one of my favourite pictures of the two of us. The ordering process could not be easier. You're guided through each step, quickly and painlessly, and have an opportunity to review the final product before placing your order. Grady's personalized book was delivered in less than a week.

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{Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review; all opinions stated are my own.}