While I have been doing pretty good each week spending around $100 per week for groceries, that is for 5 people primarily and 7 people three weekends a month, I decided that I wanted to start trying to find other things to make for dinner. I also need and want to encourage more veggie intake in my household for not only my kids but for myself. I am not great at eating veggies, not because I don’t like that, simply because I got lazy with eating them.
When I was unpacking in the new house I found my The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook and thought maybe this would really be a great thing to test out. I love the this cookbook goes beyond simply sharing 200 recipes for quick, delicious and nourishing meals, it goes on to share tips on grocery shopping, using coupons and meal planning as well as other tidbits of useful information.
This is my Week 1 Main Dish Meal Plan — meaning each day this is the recipe I shall try. Each meal will have either veggies “hidden” within the recipe or on the side as well as a fruit choice for some meals.
Each of the above recipes do tell you the side to have with it, but I will be adjusting a little based on known likes and dislikes around this home. I am so excited to be testing out this cookbook that I received a long time ago through my other blog!
How do you feed your family on a budget, any tips or suggestions?
There are so many amazing places in New Hampshire to visit for the day, a weekend or even a week. I live in New Hampshire but I absolutely love staying here and going to the White Mountains or traveling to the seacoast to witness it’s beauty. Thinking back to a place that I loved viewing a few years back was North Conway, it is a beautiful little town with train rides, local shops and places to stay for a weekend or even a week. Before traveling to any place you do need to make sure of a few things:
North Conway has many attractions to visit such as the Cathedral Ledge and the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center. There are activities to do such as the MWV Moose Safari, Stables at the Farm by the River and International Mountain Climbing School. Before you plan this trip be sure to look up North Conway hotels to ensure you all have a place to stay while visiting!
So one thing a person does not have control over is who someone else is as a person, and how someone else feels about something. The specific topic of “you cannot change another person unless they wish to change” and “you cannot help how you feel, nor how someone else feels as that’s an emotion. No one controls another persons feelings”, are lessons I have taught my kids from day one. I have taught my kids to be respectful, kind and to love everyone. I have taught that hate, stupid and negative words that hurt others are not acceptable, among other things.
In October my oldest will be 11. She is also my only daughter.
Up until this past weekend it did not dawn on my just how much like me this little girl is. Miss Ki has a brilliant and fair mind. Ki is understanding and compassionate yet to the point. As I watched my daughter interact and discuss with me issues or concerns in her mind, my jaw dropped because it was as if I was having a conversation with myself. The conversation lent itself to be fair, understanding, compassionate but at the same time to the point. I could not have been more proud!! To see my work as a parent start to pay off through a serious conversation with my daughter.
On another note, my daughter is a lot like me in that we feed off of other people’s energies. We can sense when someone else has a negative energy about them, a negative mood and what not. We can sense this without even speaking the person, hearing them speak or anything, we just have this keen sense of feeling and/or sensing whatever energy the other person is putting out there. When there is a negative energy about us we get off track, we feel drained, tired and emotional, we get angry and have these sad emotions. Negative energy really is bad, it pulls even the most positive of people downward giving them the feeling that they have to fight harder to remain positive.
There is no need for someone to have such negative energy. Talk. Be honest. Be Respectful. Things can get resolved if you utilize the resources and loving people around you. With that being said, negative energies that have overcome a young one may make them more susceptible to outside influences and that is scary to me. I could not ever imagine having any grown adult take advantage of a child, children are so innocent and sweet and honest … then put them into their home environment and they learn to be malicious, manipulative, disrespect and much more because that is what they live around.
So while I work to get back in to the positive groove of things, I have to remember that not all children and adults can be saved, without walking the paths they need to walk, heck some do not ever get saved. I also Thank God every day to be blessed to have what I have, to be who I am and that my kids were raised by such a person, because I watch as they become that loving, nurturing, honest person too!
Neither of our daughters have ever had to share a bedroom so when we combined our families that meant the three weekends a month Miss Chey is here she has a bedroom shared with Miss Ki. That is their space and eventually they will get to paint it in their own unique way, but first we had to find them bunk beds to ensure the floor space could be used by them in a better manner. So today we are heading to pick up this for our girls …
I found this second hand but it doesn’t include the mattresses, that is perfectly fine. Lately I have heard horror stories of people who use second hand mattresses. This will make so much more useable space for the girls in their new bedroom!
This is what has been keeping me busy … the closing happened, the moving truck was being picked up … the kids were ready to assist in getting into our new blended family household…. we arrived and we had to unpack … the boys had a blast checking out their new bedroom and started rough playing almost immediately …
As we walked around, I felt almost in dream land because our open concept dining and living room just is sooo biggggg…
I love that we have a gas fire place in the living room, while it isn’t going to heat a whole house, it looks appealing and will add some warmth this Winter in assistance with our heating oil.
Our kitchen is not super huge, we need more cabinet space for sure but overall it is a cute kitchen that in this picture was still full of boxes… the girls were in charge of getting those boxes unpacked…
Even Jenny the Pug has been enjoying her new home, she has a leash that was already attached here on the house, we believe it may have been previously used for hanging clothes outside but works perfect for Miss Jenny the Pug and she loves being outside running around with us on this leash thing …
So moving has been a huge time taker and combining his kids, my kids and us into a new home has been a fun yet new experience for us all. We are working out the kinks and trying to unpack while get work done and be fun Summer parents too. So I am busy but it’s all with great end results I am positive of that!