Meal Plan 08/21/2017 - 08/25/2017

Last week was ridiculously busy but my meal planning and prep paid off. We ate relatively nutritious, home-cooked meals every night. It felt like a major win and ordering pizza last night felt sweeter than usual (I'm all for healthy eating but you'll pry delivery pizza from my cold, dead hands). 

This week is less busy but being prepared last week felt so good (and honestly felt like one of my only victories) that I want to continue the trend.

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Monday: Thai Green Curry with Chicken (I was recently given this cookbook and I'm excited to try my favourite dishes.) I'll serve over quinoa with steamed broccoli on the side.

Tuesday: One-pan Farro with Tomatoes (I'll add feta cheese at the end, and olives on top of mine.)

Wednesday: Shredded chicken enchiladas with fresh guacamole. 

Thursday: Leftovers.

Friday: Grilled flank steak over giant green salads.

What's on your menu this week?

Meal Plan 08/14/2017 - 08/18/2017

This week is going to be crazy busy, you guys. I know I say that all the time but this time I really mean it. Shawn and I both have a bunch of stuff going on and our days are going to be packed. I spent today stocking the kitchen to try to avoid a week of cereal and delivery pizza for dinner. Not that there's anything wrong with either, I'm just trying to fuel my body with the stuff that makes me unstoppable, rather than the stuff that makes me feel stabby and tired.

Monday: Rainbow Quinoa Salad (which leaves me with leftovers for work lunches) for Meatless Monday, served with chicken wings for the carnivore crowd (Shawn).

Tuesday: Pulled pork in bbq sauce, served with purple cabbage coleslaw and roasted broccoli. 

Wednesday: I made a batch of crockpot shredded chicken and enchilada sauce and froze them today. I'll defrost them Tuesday night and whip up a pan of enchiladas with fresh guacamole when I get home from a work thing. My parents are taking care of the kids all day so I want to have an easy dinner to share with them.

Thursday: BLTs served with broccoli slaw and Okanagan peaches. 

Friday: Michigans to use up the ragu I made last week when I foolishly thought Grady would eat spaghetti and then had to freeze when he decided it's a food he no longer accepts. (Kids, man. These babies of mine have been sent here to teach me something. Patience, probably.)

What's on your meal plan this week?

Hair

Can we talk about something frivolous for a minute? I realize in the grand scheme of things my hair is not exactly a pressing matter but I need hair help. I need suggestions. I need advice. I need someone to tell me what to do.  

This is my hair: 

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This is also my grumpy morning face.  

My hair is very fine and is also thinning thanks to kids and cancer and wonky hormones. I haven't had it cut in 8ish? months. The last time I had it coloured was April of 2016. 

I have a hair appointment scheduled for Saturday. Normally I would just show up and my amazing stylist would tell me what she was going to do, she'd do it, I'd love it, end of story. But my amazing stylist has left the hair world (SADNESS) and I'm going to someone new. Cue panic.  

I had virgin hair when I started seeing my old stylist so she was able to do my foils using "high lift" (I don't know anything about hair but this excited her). Do I continue highlighting my hair? Do I go darker? Do I chop it all off and start new? Tell me what to do. 

I wear my hair up in a messy bun pretty much every day. I have a lot of postpartum regrowth creating a fuzzy halo around my face and nape of my neck. The regrowth is about 50% grey because bodies are the worst. My hair is wavy and gets curlier the shorter it gets. The picture above is after I blow dried it without product. If I let my hair air dry it's a frizzy, wavy mess. 

I am not adverse to longer, sideswept bangs but my hair can't do blunt bangs. I cannot do a lot of layers or the frizz gets out of control. I am toying with attempting the Curly Girl Method to see what happens (but I'm also so very tired so probably I'll attempt it in 2019).

So! What should I do with this mop? Bonus points for links and pictures.  

Meal Plan 08/07/2017 - 08/11/2017

I went back to my office job a month last month and my meal planning here on the blog is reflective of how much meal planning I've been doing in real life (spoiler alert: it's been non-existent.) I've got to get back in the habit of meal planning because our vegetable intake has steadily decreased as our pizza intake has increased. 

This week is a little easier because today is a stat holiday. I just have two days in the office this week, which makes dinner time a lot easier. I get home around 6:00 on days I work in the office, so I don't have the time or inclination to spend a lot of time making dinner.

Monday: One-pan Mexican Quinoa Wraps for Meatless Monday (and leftovers for work lunches tomorrow).

Tuesday: Cajun chicken wings and roasted broccoli for Shawn, roasted broccoli with cheesy scrambled eggs for me. Peanut butter on whole wheat, no crusts, for Grady (#pb4life).

Wednesday: It seems bizarre to make spaghetti in the dead of summer but it's the only meal we all enjoy so spaghetti bolognese it is (with leftovers for work lunches tomorrow).

Thursday: BLT sandwiches with fresh fruit and veggies on the side.

Friday: Charcuterie Friday (can't stop, won't stop).

What's on your meal plan this week?