Meals of the year Monday

I’ve noticed how well my life seems to go if I know what my family will eat. Meal planning sounds like some OCD persons way to make us all feel inferior but it is actually the cornerstone of leading a stress free life when you’re a parent.

Eating happens daily, only second to sleep in the amount you need. Your nutrition will reflect in every aspect of your life from your mood to the way you look. My menu this month is here!

My before school menu is a basic outline to choose from. If you’re wondering what goes into a breakfast pizza its a simple piece of toast or flatbread, marinara, mozzarella, meat of choice (we typically do sausage for the breakfast pizzas). Eggs are a great addition to any breakfast but my kiddos don’t eat them so I didn’t include them since this is my actual plan.


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Breakfast can be what you make it! Pasta gives the little ones something to burn as they start an active day

Monday- Pasta

Tuesday- Croissants, French Bread, Granola & fruit, Nutella or peanut butter

Wednesday- Breakfast sandwich

Thursday- Breakfast pizza

Friday-Donuts or pastries (treat day)

Lunch is known to be a bit more difficult because you’re typically packing and sending, but with the right containers lunch can be gourmet! The stay warm containers work for more than just soup. The make up of lunch for my kids is the main course, something salty (chips or nuts), a fruit, a veggie (celery sticks, carrots, etc…) something sweet (usually homemade cookies) and a juice. Fridays are always pizza day for my kiddos. I order a large pizza from our favorite pizza restaurant and freeze it in a stay fresh container and violá pizza for lunch box on Friday!

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Chop it up for the lunch box and add a dip

Main Courses for lunch

Week One- M-Ham (or meat of choice) and cheese sandwich, T- Spaghetti, W- Chicken and rice, Th-Veggie or Hotdogs, F- PIZZA 🙂

Week Two- M-Baked Potato, T- Chicken nuggets or strips, W- Macaroni and Cheese, Th- Ham(or Cheese)burger, F- Pizza

Week Three- M-Tacos, T- Chicken noodle soup, W- hot-wings, Th- sirloin tips and mashed potatoes, F- Pizza

Week Four- M-Hotdogs, T-Chicken Nuggets, W-Hot-wings, Th- Tacos, F-Pizza

Lastly, Dinner is where our creativity can flow! Throughout the rest of the Mondays I will include some of the fun recipes we use at our home to make mealtime fun and exciting. Lets start here with the outline of what a week in The White House looks like.

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Baked potato and chives

Monday- Soup and Salad

Tuesday- Croc Pot meal prepped in the morning (Tuesdays are our long days)

Wednesday- Indian or Mediterranean inspired meal (break out your cookbook or google if you don’t have any)

Thursday- Spanish speaking country cuisine from Puerto Rico to Spain to Argentina!

Friday- Dinner out on the town!

Saturday- Soul Food

Sunday- Seafood

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A little tea to help calm and digest before bed

I hope this simple outline can simplify your life!

Happy Eating in Lisa’s Lane!!

Happy New Year….Prep

So another New Year is upon us and we are hearing people talk about resolutions, how they don’t believe in resolutions or how nothing ever sticks. Well, I am here to tell you one sure fire way to make it stick…..commit to it!

This is your year! This is the year that you are going to get your marriage on track or get married, your going to lose weight, your going to go back to school, you’re going to buy a house, you’re going to run a marathon, youre going to become a minimalist, you’re going to move to another city or home, you’re going to do it! Now that I am in the year of 40 I get a lot of questions about how I feel about it and I had to do some reflecting. I feel amazing about it! I feel like my life I is where it is supposed to be therefore theres really no other way to feel. I also know the biggest reason it feels so great is because I set goals often and I don’t give up until I achieve them.

As we enter into the new year lets start working on setting a plan so 1 January we can be ready to enact them.

  1. Sit quietly with no distractions and think of what you want your life to look like and write each thing down
  2. Write down step by step how you think you will accomplish each one of those things
  3. Pick which thing you will focus on first, second, third etc…
  4. Add start date to your calendar and follow up with a date you will check your progress.
  5. Keep moving until life looks the way you want it to and don’t let distractions keep you away from your goals.

These are the first 5 simple steps to accomplishing a goal. Let’s get moving down Lisa’s Lane!

Gone with the wind in the New Year!

Clear the Clutter!

When we think of clutter we often think of that closet in the house that has a ton of things we always think we will need but never do.  That closet is full of clutter but there is another clutter that will probably drive you a little more insane and its right in the palm of your hand.  That phone of yours needs a detox.

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The closet of champions chaios

We often want to get rid of clutter but look for a time to get it ALL done.  Well heres a news flash….Rome was not built in a day and neither was your clutter :)!!  I had to get this in my mind to start the declutter process.  My clutter led me to the ultimate procrastination event.  I never had enough time to tackle the clutter in my house, or in my desk or in my phone or on my calendar.  Now I have a plan.  I call it my ABC Declutter.  There are 26 letters in the alphabet so I give myself 26 days to declutter, one letter a day.  I go through my phone and delete all of the A contacts I don’t use on day one.  I may decide to do A-E or just A but at a minimum I’ve done A.  Then each day I attack the next letter on my list.  I do the same with my emails.  I type in the letter A and I address or delete all of my “pending” A emails and then I move on to the next letter until I am at Z. Before you know it you’re all caught up!

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This works on your house too!

A=Attic

B=Basement or Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 etc until you finish your B’s then Bathroom 1 Bathroom 2 Bathroom 3.

C= Closets- Closet 1 Closet 2 then on to Cabinet 1 Cabinet 2

D= Deck, Dining room, Den etc

E= Entry

F= Floors, Fixtures, Family Room, Furniture (yep Furniture can be clutter)

G= Garage

And so on.  Map out your house and label each area then attack.  Declutter your phone, computer and electronics.  Figure out what to do with all of those photos in your phone.  Make a scrapbook or a picture book to share with friends.  If I know nothing else I know clutter can cause depression.  Clear out the clutter and that just may be the first step to a happier existence!

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Clutter Free in Lisa’s Lane!

What do you think when you Think Baby….

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It’s been a little while since I’ve had to think baby,  but a group of gals excited me when I stumbled across their blog.  I have a few friends that have new babies, a few with buns in the oven and even more that are hoping a swimmer will meet their egg in the near future so I am dedicating this blog topic to them!#lisaslane

Zoe Withers, Josephine Peterson and Angela Jansen have created an amazing resource for moms and mommies to be.  Their site Thinkbaby.org is a place to go to get everything you need from baby food ideas to potty training hacks.  As I scrolled through the pages I thought back to a time when I would spend the whole day wardrobe shopping for my Kingston, only to realize that the first year of his life he wore nothing but onesies lol!  Had I been reading Think Baby I might have saved a few dollars after reading “Things you need (& don’t need) in your first 2 months with a newborn”.#lisas lane

 

Not only did the blog capture my attention with information on the do’s and don’ts but there is a complete guide on baby products with pictures and all!  I can’t say enough great things about this site. If you or someone you know is in baby land this is a great place to sip and see.  Have your coffee in the morning over a good read!#lisaslane

Thinking baby in Lisa’s Lane!