Happy Thanksgiving week! (to people in the US anyway ;) ) This weekend definitely had its ups and downs. On Friday, my mom and I went to go see Mockingjay Part I and it was absolutely amazing. Anyone else see it yet? Thoughts? I’m not going to lie – I forgot about a few things that happened in the book, and I think that made the movie that much better!

Saturday I felt off all day – my head was pounding even more than it had been, and I was just tired and not feeling well. Well, wouldn’t ya know I woke up in the middle of the night with a 102 degree fever. Yuck! Thankfully John took the girls to church so I could rest for a little while in the morning and gave up some of his work time in the afternoon so I could rest. (As a business owner, he does most of his paperwork on Sundays – the work never ends!) After a quick trip to urgent care for some medicine, it was determined that I had a sinus infection, and I am already feeling so much better! Which is great because the thought of having to reschedule all of my parent teacher conferences for the day was giving me heart palpitations.

It was also great because that meant I could truly enjoy spending some time with my little ladies yesterday afternoon!

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I have climbers… and it’s pretty terrifying. They try to scale just about anything. Let’s just say that this activity table, which they felt was the perfect climbing apparatus, has been put away.

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Oh, and sitting in baskets is totally a thing.


This week’s meal plan is pretty  short and sweet because of the holiday, but I thought I would include the girls’ lunch plan as well since many of you were interested in seeing what I feed them. It’s nothing exciting, and they like most of their meals “deconstructed”, but I love seeing other ideas on what to feed picky toddlers, so I’ll share with you!


Saturday – black bean & spinach quesadillas with pico de gallo
Sunday – pasta with spinach & meat sauce
Mondaychicken taco chili
Tuesday – leftovers
Wednesday – cobb salads
Thursday – Thanksgiving! I am contributing The Pioneer Woman’s Brussels Sprouts
Friday – Thanksgiving leftover night

Girls’ Lunches

Saturday – leftover macaroni and cheese, broccoli florets, grapes
Sunday – deli turkey, cheese, bread with hummus (this was boycotted), apple sauce pouches
Monday – grilled cheese with chopped spinach (hide those veggies for those picky ones!), avocado, pomegranate arils
Tuesday- black beans, diced tomatoes, avocado, tortilla with cheese
Wednesday – meatballs & marinara sauce, bread with butter, grapes
Thursday – Thanksgiving
Friday – wing it

I try to give the girls variety in their lunches because something that they liked one day, they might not like the next. I also try to give them at least one item that they enjoy (that can be difficult because they like different things) so they don’t end up in a giant puddle and throwing a huge tantrum throughout the meal.

I’m going to try to stay as with it as possible for the next couple of days, but hang tight with me if I miss a day. Conferences always have me wiped! I am, however, going to share my survey results with you sometime this week. You.Guys. Are. The. Best… just thought you should know that!

Have a great Monday everyone!


fun facts friday

November 21, 2014
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1. Chicago has been bitterly cold this week – like, January style temperatures. I don’t think the wind chill has gotten up past 10! All I have to say is, at least I don’t live in Buffalo, NY! 2. MOCKINGJAY!!!! Anyone else going to see it over the weekend? My mom and I are going […]

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gift guide for her – christmas 2014

November 20, 2014
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Anyone else always at a loss for when your family members ask what you want for Christmas? Yeah, me too. I always give it a little thought about a week before Christmas because the Husband needs (aka: wants) a detailed list with links to what I want. I can’t say I blame him – I […]

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comforting meals in one pot

November 19, 2014

  Check out Only One Pot Needed: 12 Recipes that Won't Disappoint by Chelsey at Foodie.com You guys seriously rock. I can’t wait to share my survey results with you sometime next week and give you some of my ideas for future posts. One thing that was quite evident is that you guys like recipes […]

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chiberia & reader survey

November 18, 2014

Well, it’s finally happening. Chicago is bringing me to my breaking point. Anyone looking for any extra roommates? Two of us may be tiny little (cute) terrors, and one of us is also furry and has four legs. But Chicago (aka Chiberia) isn’t doing it for me anymore. Can we just talk for a second […]

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scenes from the weekend & meals for the week

November 17, 2014
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Why do these weekends always fly by so quickly? In good news, there’s only one full week left of school until I get to spend a few extra days with my little family for Thanksgiving break next week! I only have to get through report cards and two nights of conferences to get there! This […]

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fun facts friday

November 14, 2014
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1. I have to tell you about how much of a character my niece Aubrey is. First of all, do you remember when she was an itty bitty baby? She’s now three and so stinking funny. The other day I came home from school and she gave me a picture she drew (see below). I […]

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baby fashion q&a

November 13, 2014
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I am pretty surprised how often and how many questions I get on where I get my little fashionistas’ clothing. I have almost no fashion sense at all, and what I have is never used on me. It’s funny – when I go shopping these days, I rarely look at things for myself. I head […]

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family dinners

November 12, 2014
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Favorite time of my day right now? Sitting down to dinner, all four of us. Together! I know, I can’t believe it either. It took us a long, long time to get to this point. When the girls were a little younger, they ate dinner a little earlier, so John was never home to eat […]

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day in the life

November 11, 2014
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4:17 AM – Alarm goes off to work out. Hah. That’s not happening. Set another alarm for 5:20. Wait.. did my children really sleep all night? Look at monitor. Haven’t moved a muscle. Success! 5:20 AM – Get out of bed, make bed in the dark, hop into the shower. 5:40 AM – Feeling lazy, […]

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