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Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Plan

Hi Everyone,

I will admit this grocery haul isn’t one of my best. It was a short week to plan because I knew that, with the Chicago trip, I wouldn’t get a chance to go grocery shopping until Saturday morning so I had planned the previous week for extra meals. So this week was only Saturday – Wednesday and in theory, it should have been easy on the budget week but it didn’t turn out that way.  I got pulled into impulsive some items and when I blow the $30 I had left in my budget on the first store I didn’t completely say suck it but I wasn’t too cautious about my total.


Total – $96


Fresh Thyme – $23

kodiak cakes (I paid $6.99 for this but found it at Meijer for $4.99. Again not my best shopping day), 2 sweet potatoes, 2 russet potatoes, Apple Cider Vinegar, Yellow Thai chicken curry, red grapes and a few chocolate covered almonds (because James went potty at Fresh Thyme).


Aldi’s – $38

2 dozen eggs, whole milk, yogurt drops, romaine lettuce, yellow squash, zucchini, 2 boxes of shells and cheese, individual cups of mac n’ cheese, bugles, mini cucumbers, bananas, avocado oil, pinto beans, black beans, strawberries, riced cauliflower.


Meijer – $45

Gala Apples, animal cookies, cashews, almond butter, body wash, asparagus, pork loin, 2 can of peaches, 2 cans of pears, can of mixed fruit and diced mangos.

Besides paying $2 more for the same pancake mix, I also didn’t make the best decision with the pork loin.  I had it on my menu and honestly, it sounded really good so although I couldn’t find it at Aldi’s and wasn’t on sale at Meijer, I still got it.  Paid way too much for it and it completely blew my budget.

This week’s menu

Saturday – Yellow Chicken Curry with cauliflower rice and roasted potatoes

Sunday – Pancakes (I had leftovers)

Monday – Taco salad w/ pinto beans

Tuesday – Pork with roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes

Wednesday – Salmon and veggies

What does your meal plan for this week look like?

What do you do when you can’t find the item you need for a meal at a reasonable price?  Do you go ahead and get it or do you think of something else?



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7 Fun Fall Activites in Central Indiana

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here.  We had a pretty mild August then the beginning September decided to bring all the heat and humidity but finally with the addition of a lot of rain, it finally feels like fall.  And with fall brings all things pumpkins, apples, and scarecrows that you can handle. If you live in central Indiana I have put together a list of fun places to visit and activities to do this fall season.

Anderson Orchard


Address:369 E. Greencastle Rd.  Mooresville, IN 46158

Price of Admission – Free

Looking for a place that will fill your fall bucket – look no farther than Anderson Orchard.  You can pick your own apples and stock up on your fall produce.  Craving Apple Cider, Apple Pie or a Cider Slushie, stop by their Apple Barn and concession stand to get your apple fill. There are also kid activities like straw piles and playground that will keep your kids happy while you finished your second caramel apple or apple slushie.

Dull’s Tree Farm


Address: 1765 W. Blubaugh AvenueThorntown, IN 46071

Price of Admission:  $10 per person.  2 and under free.  Discounts for military and senior citizen.

Dates: September 29 – October 28, Open Saturdays and Sunday

We originally started going to Dull’s Tree Farm for our Christmas tree (if you don’t go up there to get your tree, I would highly highly recommend) but in the past couple of years we have been going up there to get our pumpkins as well and I might even prefer it to Christmas time, but it’s still great.   The fall season has more activities than the winter season.  James had so much fun on the giant slide, riding the oil barrel trains, and picking out his own pumpkin along with 25 other activities that you can do there as well.  Which means a full day of fall fun.

Exploration Acres


Location:  6042 Newcastle Rd, Lafayette, IN  47905

Price of Admission:  $11.50 for adults ( 13 and up)  $8 (6- 12)  free for 5 and under.  $8.50 Seniors and Military.  There are also discount rates for weekdays.

Dates: September 14 – October 28th

Looking for something a little more north of Indianapolis – Check out Exploration Acres.  It boasts a giant corn maze, 20 acres that is that has 4 separate mazes and over 10 miles of paths.  If this doesn’t wear out your kids, nothing will.  There is also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and straw mounds and tunnels.

Feasts of the Hunter’s Moon


Location: 3129 S. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Price of Admission:   Adult – $ 13, child (4-16) – $7, kids (4 and under) – Free   Weekend passes are also available.

Dates: October 6th and 7th, 2018

Growing up in Lafayette, Indiana The Feast (as the locals call it) was something that I was always aware of and we would even take a couple of class field trips during the fall when it was up and going.  For the people who aren’t aware of what the Feast is it’s an 18th Century reenactment of life Fort Quiatenon during the annual gathering of the French and Native Americans.   While at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon you will be able to experience French and Native American’s music and dance, fife and drum corps performance and military drills and demonstrations.  You will able be able to do some hands-on activities like candy-making, costume try-on, storytelling and bead bracelet making.  I can’t wait until James and Norah are old enough to be able to go and experience it.

Zooboo at the Indianapolis Zoo 


Location: 1200 West Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

Admission:  Adult $25.95, Child (2-12) $19.70, Under 2 – Free

Date Open:  Thursday- Sundays October 4th – 28th, 2 -7 PM

This year the Indy Zoo is bringing up the popular Pumpkin town complete with adorable cats and fancy rats.  It also has Round-Go-Merry – the zoo carousel that is put in reverse just for the zooboo and Broomstick Alley which is fun for all ages.  One of the best parts of the zooboo is that the animals are so much more active because it’s cooler weather and later at night so you get to see a little more than them just laying around.

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie 


Address: 13400 Allisonville Rd Fishers, IN 46038

Admission:  Thursday or Sunday $17, Friday or Saturday $21

Dates: October 11-14, 18-21, 25-28

This is probably one of the most popular fall events in the Indianapolis area and for good reason too, there are so many activities to do. Get the evening started with a haunted hayride where you might be chased by the headless horseman and follow it with either 11-acre corn maze, barrel-train ride for kids, 100-foot potato sack slides, the amazing magic show, Headless Horseman marionette show, spooky storytelling, bounce houses, mini golf, and giant pumpkin plinko.  There are so many times to do that you might need to take more than one trip.

Stoney Creek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival 


Address: 11366 State Road 38 East Noblesville, IN 46060

Admission: $5 parking fee, except on Mondays

Dates: September 29th – October 31st, 10am – 5 pm

Stoney Creek Farm offers a lot of fun activities that are very child-friendly such as the Rubber Ducky Races, the Kiddiepillar, Haunted Hoophouse Maze and hayrides. While these activities do have a cost to them ranging from $1-$3, you can enjoy the playground equipment, straw pile and all those adorable farm animals for free. And don’t forget to grab your pumpkin and favorite fall goods from the greenhouse before you leave.


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Weekly Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA.  Some weeks are just a lot crazier than others.  Two weekends ago we drove into the potty training world and even though I was home for about 3 days straight I feel like I got less down and the house was even messier than then normal.

Anyway, let me share with you my grocery haul and menu plan.  Next week, the kids and I are going to be heading up to Chicago to help my sister out for a few days while her husband is on a work trip.  My sister has a 2-year-old boy and is 9 months pregnant with their second baby so she needs all the help she can get.  And since I work from home, it’s easy to travel up there and help her out.  I will be sharing more about our trip and what I do to pack/plan for a trip like this.  Since she is very pregnant and I’m still on the whole 30, I’m just going to make our dinner and bring it with me.

Total spent – $105  / Budgetted $75


So it’s another full week of meals to cook and plan.  I’m not going to lie, Wes being on vacation for the past week has put a major dent into my grocery budget.  I’ve recently switched from shopping at Meijer to Fresh Thyme supplement my hauls from Aldi’s.  It’s closer, has free fruit for Norah and has more options for healthier foods.



Aldi’s Haul – $85

2% milk, half gallon of whole milk, bananas, 1 lb strawberries, 3 lb spring mix, fresh green beans, grape tomatoes, whole grain white bread, 2 dozen eggs, 2 broccoli, 3 lb gala apples, applesauce, 2 frozen mix veggies, 1 lb ground turkey, 2 boxes shells and cheese, microwave mac n cheese, Italian chicken sausage, 2 bags of shrimp, goldfish, butternut squash, 5 lb golden potatoes, can of green beans, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 3 lb lemons, zucchini, cauliflower rice, almonds, mini cucumbers, paper towels, mini muffins.

Snacks for James’ class – cheeze it’s, vanilla wafers, raisins.


Fresh Thyme – $20

bacon, sage, 7 russet potatoes, clementines, 3 green bell peppers, avocado, 8 dates, 2 sweet potatoes

Menu Plan

Friday – Broccoli and Shrimp

Saturday – Steak w/ green beans & sweet potatoes

Sunday- Waffles

Monday-  Chicken Fingers and French Fries

Tuesday- Sloppy Joes     One of my favorite recipes I’ve found on the whole 30 and Norah loves it too.

Wednesday –  Spaghetti & Meatballs – I’m gonna have zoodles but I’m also going to do pasta for my sister and the kids.  Here is the whole 30 spaghetti sauce that I like.

Thursday – Chicken sausage and veggies

Friday – Pork Chop w/ butternut squash  I’m using boneless pork chops because that’s what I had in my freezer and I didn’t have the room in my grocery budget for bone-in ones.

For our lunches and breakfasts while we are in Chicago

I’m going to have hardboiled eggs and some roasted potatoes that I’m going to prep at home and just reheat and lunch is just going to be leftovers.

For the kids – I’m planning on doing mac n cheese, pb&j, turkey slices, string cheese for lunches and muffin and donuts w/ yogurt for breakfast.

So that’s my food plan for the week.  What does your look like?  When you drive do you bring your own food or do you eat out?


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Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Plan

So I had to switch up my meal planning a little bit.  I usually go grocery shopping on Tuesday but due to a weekly walk with my neighbor, I’m going to move it to Thursday.  So instead of my normal 7-day meal planning, I did a 10-day plan.  And to add a little more to the mix, my budget was also reduced because of purchases I made over the weekend for some food.  So doing 10 days on $56 was going to be tough.  Sadly I didn’t make it but I did get it done for the $75 that I budget that I had set aside for my weekly grocery trip.  I pulled the extra cash out of my freezer meat budget.


The total that I spent for this week’s grocery was $112  ($75 from this week, $25 from freezer budget and $12 rollover from the previous week)


Aldi’s – $55

Watermelon, mini muffins, zucchini, bananas, eggs, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, spring mix, 2% milk, whole milk, 8 x baby food pouches, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, broccoli, whole cashews, mini cucumbers, brussels sprouts, sugar,Italian sausage, sugar snap peas, strawberries and blueberries.


Fresh Thyme – $23

Chocolate chip cookie, Medjool dates, frozen waffles, dijon mustard, bacon, 3 green bell peppers, red bell peppers, russet potatoes, sweet onion, sweet potato, Yukon gold potatoes.

This that I got before my weekly shopping trip

Meijer – $ 25

Cucumbers, parsley, potatoes, peppers, bacon, sliced turkey, 2 spring mix salad mix, spinach mix.

Fresh Thyme – $ 9

Milk chocolate almonds and almond butter

Meal Plan

Monday- Chicken Tenders and Fries

Tuesday – Pork Chops with brussels sprouts and baked apples

Wednesday – LO

Thursday – Chicken Fajitas (These ended up being steak fajitas because I didn’t have enough chicken)

Friday – LO

Saturday – Grilled Chicken with mushrooms and Zoodles in a tomato sauce

Sunday – Pancakes

Monday – Sloppy Joe Bowls   This is becoming one of my favorite recipes.  I’m thinking about doubling the recipes and freezing some for a quick meal.

Tuesday – LO

Wednesday – Sausage and Veggie skillet

I also wanted to included a couple of finds that I was pretty excited about.

I found both of these at Aldi’s and they are both Whole 30 compliant.


I found this at Fresh Thyme and it even has the whole 30 logo to show that it’s approved.

So that’s why grocery haul and meal plan for this week.  I’m already halfway through it and it’s turning up pretty tasty.




Whole 30 Dump Ranch Dressing Recipe

One of my favorite recipes that I got out of my first run of Whole 30 is the Dump Ranch Dressing recipe.  It’s so good that I use it even when I’m not doing the whole 30.  I like it because it’s quick, simple, I can mix up the flavor as I like and can make it from stuff I already have on hand.   So I’m going to share this recipe with you and hope it becomes one of your favorite recipes too.


1 large egg, at room temperature   – THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT.  IF IT’S NOT AT ROOM TEMP THAN IT WON’T BLEND.

1 cup light olive oil  – I had this second to last in a slow pour

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk

1/2 cup of fresh herbs –  I like to use cilantro, parsley, dill and garlic

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. You can use either an immersion blender or a food processor (that’s what I use) and I add all the ingredients except for the oil.

2.  I turn the food processor on high and slowly pour in the oil so it combines really well with the other ingredients.


3. Then I just put it in a mason jar because it makes me feel fancy.

So that’s it.  My Dump Ranch Dressing Recipe.  Super easy, super tasty and super customizable.  And I  hope you enjoy it!




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Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Plan

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of week again for my weekly grocery haul and meal plan.  This week’s grocery haul is a little different than lasts weeks because I cut my grocery bill by 25%.  The last couple of weeks I’ve been diving back into the cash envelopes and breaking down the costs for things.  One thing I like to do is buy my meat in bulk so I calculated the cost of 1/4 cow, 80 lbs of chicken and about 50 lbs of pork and it equaled about $100/month.  So instead of adding another $100 to our monthly budget, I decided to pull $25 from each week and to my surprise this week I was able to keep it under budget, UNDER my $75 budget.

I spent in total $61 of my $75 grocery budget.  I do expect that I might have to go back and grab a couple fresh produce items since I didn’t have that in my grocery haul on Tuesday.  I am also going to be moving my grocery haul days to Thursdays while I believe  I have enough food to make two extra days, I’ll use that extra $14 just in case I need more food.

I will post more about my cash envelopes and how I divide them up and how much I put in them in a few weeks after I get the kinks all out.  But I will go ahead and share my grocery haul and meal plan for this week with.

I didn’t get a whole grocery haul picture because I was a little pressed for time because James was going to get off the bus in a couple of minutes.

Aldi’s Haul $33

2% milk, syrup, 1 dozen eggs, 1 lb of strawberries, almond milk, banana, mini muffins, green grapes, 8 baby food pouches, 2 avacados, 3 lb apples, grape tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, peanut buter, 2 shells and cheese.



Meijer’s Haul – $28

3 – 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, ben and jerry’s ice cream, big bag of tootie fruities (off-brand fruit loops), 2 icing tubs, 1 bag of chocolate chips, loaf of texas toast, smoked sausage, 1 can of green beans.

*when I saw that I was gonna come in under budget I brought some extra stuff.  I like to follow the rule of buy one for now and 2 for later and thats what I did with the ice cream.  It was only $1.88 each so $1.11 off so I had the room and grab two extra for later.

My Meal Plan

Tuesday – Homemade Pizza*

Wednesday- Leftovers

Thursday- Smoked Sausage, mac n cheese, and green beans

Friday- Leftovers

Saturday- Steak and Potatoes*

Sunday – French Toast

Monday –  Homemade Chicken Fingers and French Fries w/ homemade ketchup

I put a * by the meals that I rolled over from last week.  We had a couple of things popped up during the week where either I didn’t have time to make dinner or didn’t have to so to save money, I just put them on the schedule again.

The recipe for the chicken fingers isn’t the one that I’m gonna use on Monday because I’m starting the Whole 30 again and need to use one without flour.

What does your meal plan look like this week?

How much do you spend on groceries each week?




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My Weekly Grocery​ Haul and Meal Plan

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to start a new segment on my blog where I share my weekly grocery haul, my menu plan for that week and any great deals that I find that week at the stores.  So let’s get started.

I shop at two different stores, Aldi and Meijer.  I go to Aldi first because I usually find the best deals there on the items but you never know what they are going to have in stock and go to Meijer to get anything left on my list.

I do like to take separate pictures of what I get at each store because I think a lot of people overlook Aldi’s and what they might have but I surprisingly get about 80% of my grocery list there and it costs about half of my total budget.

My grocery budget was $100 but I finished at $102.


My Aldi’s Haul  – Total $69


2% milk, whole milk, almond milk, eggs (2 dozen), gala apples, pretzels, mozzarella cheese, half & half, tortillas, celery, banana, mini cucumbers, sliced mushrooms, bread, strawberries (2 lbs), bow tie pasta, frozen corn, frozen Brussel sprouts, spinach, broccoli, baby golden potatoes, mini peanut butter crackers, 10 baby food pouches,  yogurt drops (2), mini blueberry muffins, tomato sauce, cereal bars.

My Meijer Haul – $ 33


toilet paper, trash bags, animals cookies, Kodiak cakes, brownies, tomatoes, 5 bell peppers, 3 Russet potatoes, frozen carrots, frozen broccoli, white onion and 2 Roma tomatoes.

I know it’s crazy right.  It doesn’t seem like Meijer should be that expensive but here we are.   The reason why I got the produce that I did at Meijer instead of Aldi’s is that I’m not a huge fan of buying their onions and potatoes in just bulk because I never use them fast enough.  Also, I haven’t had the best of luck with Aldi’s peppers.  They came 3 in a bag for about $1 a piece but I always seem to get a bad one so I stopped buying them.  But honestly, that’s the only bad produce that I’ve gotten repeatedly not great.

My Weekly Meal Plan

Tuesday – Sloppy Joes on baked potatoes    We had these already and they were so good.  Norah (not the pickiest baby) even likes it.  Totally making it again.

Wednesday –  Leftovers

Thursday – Homemade Pizza  Will post my recipe for this later.  I’m also searching for a non bread machine recipe too.

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – Steak and Potatoes     I still have from sirloin and round steaks in my freezer so I’m going to use that instead of the flank steak because I already have it on hand and flank steak is expensive.

Sunday – Pancakes   I don’t know about you but Sunday aren’t that easy going days that they used to be.  Between the church struggles and just a different routine for the morning by the time that dinner comes around I’m not in the mood for a big meal and especially a big clean up.  So last week we had Binner and it was perfect, simple and easy and we are doing it again this week.  My plan is to make extra so I can use them for breakfast for the rest of the week.

Monday – One Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta   This originally wasn’t what I was going to make on Monday but I ended up going with this recipe for two reasons.  One I can deconstruct it easily for James and Norah.  I pull out some pasta, chicken, and veggies without any sauce on them so I can try to get James to eat them.  The second reason is that since all the ingredients are either frozen or canned I don’t have to worry about them going bad before the day comes for me to make them or make a second trip to get them fresh halfway through the week which always leads to me spending more.


So that’s my grocery haul and meal plan for this week.   What does your meal plan or grocery haul look like?





6 Steps to Meal Planning Success

Either Monday or Tuesday night, I grab my small notebook and start to menu plan for my grocery shopping trip the following day.  I’ve menu planned almost weekly for the last two year or so.  I couldn’t imagine trying to go grocery shopping without a menu planned it.  I would spend so much money and time just wondering the store trying to think of meals and going back for that random item that I forgot that I needed.

I’m not gonna lie when people say that they don’t menu plan, I do wonder how you grocery shop and what your grocery budget might be like.  But I know it can work for some people but I need a plan and this is how I do it.

1: Find a best menu planning method that works for you

I know this is very undescriptive but there are so many options out there from pretty printables on Pinterest to a Menu planner petite planner from Erin Condren.  My personal favorite is just this simple $3 notebook that I scored from the Target Dollar Spot in January.  I’ve done the big binder with all the sheets and we don’t have a colored printer so the pretty sheets just wouldn’t be the same but the little notebook has really worked for me.  It’s not the full-size notebook and fits perfectly in my backpack and doesn’t take up much space in the cart when I have it out.   One side of the page I make a list of the days of the week (more on this below) and the other side is the items that I need to get.  Simple and that’s how I like it.


But I do think that finding a method that works for me has what makes all the difference in how regular I menu plan and I do it every week.  I don’t have a ton of pages to keep track of or flip through when I’m at the store.

I do want to stress that this is the method that works best for me.  If you like all the colorful printable or like the big binder with multiple pages, that’s great.  If it helps you menu plan and saves on your budget, that’s even better.  You do you!

2 – Figure out the day that you are going to need to cook and what those days look like.

This is can either make or break your menu plan and grocery budget.  The first thing I do when I sit down to do my menu plan before I start to think about recipes or write down what items I need to get at the store.  I write down the days of the week then I take note of the days Wes is at the station (I don’t cook on those days) and if we have any other plans in the evening.   If I know that I’m going to my parents for the day, I’ll pick a crock pot meal or something insanely simple to cook for dinner because I don’t feel like cooking when I get home with the kids after their house.

Knowing how your week looks, what days can you make the long meal because you are going to be home or what days do you need that simple and quick meal because you have 5 other things going on that night.  The more you think about your week, the more you can plan for it and less likely you are going to say ‘screw it’ and pick up fast food.

Also, you need to think about breakfast and lunch as well.  I don’t normally menu plan breakfast. I have a couple of simple meals that I rotate through and keep the items on hand.  Lunch depends on a lot of what my dinner menu looks like.  If I have a meal for dinner that will produce a lot of leftovers then I’ll just do that for lunch but if they won’t, then I’ll plan something for lunch normally something that I can prep once and eat it for the rest of the week.

3.  Take Inventory of your pantry, fridge, and freezer.

This will save you huge on your grocery budget.  Before you get you lost in your recipe page on Pinterest, take stock of what you have already brought.  Do you have that meal that you were going to make last week but you ended up going out instead?  If it was good enough for you last week, move it to this week and if you are missing a couple of ingredients, add them to your list.   Think about that meat that is frozen in your freezer that you forgot all about – make something with that.  Or find a way to repurpose your leftovers.    You probably have more complete meals in your pantry/ freezer than you think you do.  Use it and save yourself some money.

4.  Check out the Ads.

We almost all know that the best deals are the front page.  That’s where the best deals are and the rest of the ad is fluff.    I don’t shop the ads as well as I should.  I like to look at them for meat but I don’t really do it with the rest of my grocery items.   I would like to get better at buying my pantry items at the best prices I can find like I do with my meat.

5.  Finally, write down the recipes

I don’t really do themed days but some days of the week we do have the same thing as pizza Friday and Binner (breakfast for dinner) on the weekend.   I try to find recipes that are simple, don’t require a lot of different ingredients especially ones that I don’t normally have.  Some weeks, it’s all new recipes, other weeks it’s a bunch of old favorites or a mix of both.

6.  Making my list of items to get

After I figure out the recipes that I’m going to make this week, I write down all the ingredients that I need to get at the store. And all the other things that I need for the house or for the kids or snacks.

I used to make a big list, divided by store and store department but it all just got too much.  So now I just do one list.   I have a good idea of what I can get at each store so I just go through the list as I go through the store.

7. BONUS TIP Write down the price of the item and add up as you go.

I’ve only recently started doing this and it has really paid off on keeping my total within my budget.  Since I go to two different grocery stores to shop, I try to keep a total in my mind about how much I need for the next store so writing down all the prices helps me do that.

So those are my 7 tips on how to meal plan successfully and how it can keep your grocery budget in check too.

Do you menu plan?

Do you like to try out new recipes or do you make the same ones every week?





My 5 minutes, 5 products under $40 Make-Up Routine.

Like most moms out there I don’t have a lot of time to do my makeup or sometimes I don’t feel like putting a full face on but I do want a little something to even out my skin tone and give me a little pep.  So I’ve developed this 5 minute, 5 product makeup routine that does just that.

Before                                                  After

The Products That I Use:

  1.  Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC  Cream ($14)- If I’m not really going anywhere fancy or just doing errands around town, I don’t like to wear anything heavy.  So this CC Cream is my go-to foundation.   It evens out my skin tone but still looks natural.
  2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder ($10)- I like to apply a little powder over the CC cream to set it a little bit.
  3. Elf Brow Pencil ($2) – My eyebrow turn a little blonde on the ends so I use this  fill out my brows
  4. Maybelline The Flashies Volum’ Express ($6) –  This was actually my second layer of mascara until I lost my first one.  I’m really not too picky about mascara and it’s just the one that I have right now and it does the job.  It makes my eyelashes look thick.
  5. Covergirl Cheekers Blush ($3) – In all honesty, I like this blush because it’s cheap.  The color goes on well and it seems to last for a while.

How I apply my make up

I squeeze a little physicians formula on my hand and use my beauty blender to apply it to my face.  I try to focus on the middle part of my face where it’s the reddest and uneven skin tone.

After blending in the foundation, I cover it with a little powder just to set it.

Before                                              After

You can see in the first picture, my eyebrows get blond and thin at the end, so with the ELF pencil, I just fill it in to frame out my face.


Not the best picture, but here is a close up after I put my mascara on.

I did grab a picture of me before and after the blush but I just put it on the apples of my cheeks and blend if I need to.

And that’s it, my 5 minutes, 5 product Mommy Make-Up Routine.

What products do you use?

Do you have a different makeup routine depending on what your day looks like?



Year of Growth

Planning My Year of Growth

Last Sunday, as I was driving to church, I had this idea that popped into my head.  The idea was what if I took 12 areas of my life that I would like to improve and spend 30 days (or a month) working on each one. What would my life look like a year from now?

I’ve learned while doing this 30 Whole Day Challenge is that if you focus on improving one area of your life for a certain amount of time, it really change make a difference. I’m gonna talk about this more when I do my review of the Whole 30 but it has helped me reevaluate what I eat, what I feed my kids, my emotional relationship with food and realizing that one is just enough.  But if unless than 30 days has changed my relationship with food, what could 30 days for other areas of my life.


So I took a little bit and thought about the areas in my life that I would like to improve.  Some of them came really quick – relationship with God, my marriage, friends, and finances.    Some of the other ones took a little more soul searching and thought – my relationships with my kids, sisters, and in-laws.   Then I thought about areas that I would like to try and branch out in – minimalism, meditation, fitness.    And the last areas that I want to improve on are two areas that I’m already doing but can always improve on – saving and shelf cooking.

I think working on and improving each of these areas in my life will lead to huge growth for me.  It will help improve my marriage, my relationships and myself.

You may be asking yourself, well what are you going to do after the 30 days.  My plan is to take what I’ve learned from those 30 days and induced it into my regular life, mainly just the key points.  They say that after 30 days your actions become a habit and that’s what I hope happens.


The first area that I’m gonna work on is my relationship with God.  If my relationship with God isn’t good, isn’t on point, then I’m going to see the kind of growth I want to see.   Luke 1:37 says “For with God Nothing is impossible”    And that’s why I’m starting there.

So here is my game plan for Month 1 – improving my relationship with God.

  1.  Pray when I wake up and before I go to bed every day.  Right now I only really pray when something is really wrong or when I do the generic prayer that I do with James when it’s his bedtime.   They say that the best way to improve your relationship with God is to talk to him.  Go to him for every need, worry or thought.
  2. Do my daily devotional in the morning via the First 5 app.
  3. Every day/ night complete one page of the Faith Dare –  this book is a 30-day guide to help you live your life to the fullest while improving your relationship with God.
  4. Listen to God-centered music and podcasts.
  5. Practice grace and living a God-centered life every day.

So those are going to be the five things that I’m gonna practice every day to strengthen my relationship with God and to start the Year of Growth.

Here is my rough order of when I’m gonna tackle each month, they make move around a little bit depending on what I need in my life at the time.

August – Relationship with God

September – Marriage

October – Finances

November – Saving

December – Relationship with Kids

January -Minimalism

February -Fitness

March- Friends

April -Relationship with Sisters

May –  Meditation

June- Relationship with In-Laws

July – Shelf-cooking

So this is my plan to help myself growth in the next 12 months.

Have you ever felt motivated to grow yourself?  what did you do?

What area in your life would you like to grow in?