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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?





Whole 30 Prep Week

Hi Guys!

So I’m two days in on the Whole 30 food challenge and it’s going pretty well.  I’ve already learned a lot from my food habits and it will be interesting to see what I learn after 30 days. For those who aren’t familiar with the Whole 30 food challenge.  I’ll explain it briefly.


The What: For 30 days, you eliminate all grains, legumes, dairy and sugar from your diet and then slowly reintroduce them to see if your body has a reaction to them.  They say in the 30 days of not eating these food groups, your digestive system will heal itself from any damage you have done in eating not the best foods.  And will give you a clear imagine on how your body responds to certain food groups and how they truly make you feel when you eat them.  If you want more information check out

The Why: So if I’m not allowed to eat all my favorite foods then why am I doing this.  I feel like I need a hard reset.  I don’t know if you have ever had your computer or phone just act weird and the only way to fix it is either CRTL-ALT-DEL or hold the off and home button at the same time until they reset and they are good as new.  That’s what I’m doing for my body and eating style.   I’ve tried for the past few months to lose about 10 -15 pounds from Norah and James’ pregnancy but I just can’t stick with it.  I’ll say no desserts until 8 pm and I find myself eating them at lunch.  Or no ice cream unless it’s on the weekend, yet Wednesday night and I’m enjoying a big bowl of it.  I need to take them all away, I’ve starting to learn that when it come to eating healthy, I’m either a all or nothing girl.  So to reset my body and my eating habits, I need it all to go away.   Yes, while I would ideally like to lose the said mentioned weight but I’m also doing it because I want to feel comfortable in my skin and clothes, set a health example for Norah and James’ and set my body up to have a healthier pregnancy when we decide to have another one.  At the end of both my pregnancy I’ve had high blood pressure (it might be a little bit of white coat syndrome and in postpartum my blood pressure is never an issue).  Not to the risk of preeclampia, I did have the swollen or other symptoms, but I was included with both pregnancies and I would like to do everything I can to help me prevent that.

The How:  Going into this challenge, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy for me.  So I knew that I needed a plan.  I need to meal plan my breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.  If I didn’t, I would be able to stick with it.  Since I have young kids at home, I’m not able to completely clean out the house of everything that I’m not allowed to eat.  The kids do need their snacks for theirs and mine sanity.  That and I don’t want to buy everything again.  So I needed to plan it.   I looked through the two cookbooks and picked out recipes that looked good to me and that I thought I would make.  I wrote down all the ingredients that I need for the food so I don’t have any excuses not to make it.  I also brought the Whole 30 Day to Day book to help me get through it.  To give me support and guidance as I make it through.

Even though I couldn’t get rid of all the food that I can’t eat, I did pack up what I could and put it done in the basement.  Out of site, out of mind.  I pulled a lot of the food that I eat when I get snacky, like the baking and pasta shelf and the cabinets with most of the breakfast foods and chips.  I emptied out the bread drawer and put it in the freezer to use it later and not waste it.    If I find that I have a problem with any of the other food that left in the house, my plan is just remove it.  That’s one of the big things they talk about in the book, if this happen, then I’ll do this.   It helps you prepare for situations before they actually happen so you can make smart decisions.

I feel like by taking these steps, prepping my house, figuring out my why besides just to lose weight, meal planning the whole week and every meal and figuring out my if/thens that I’ve had a successful two days on the Whole 30.   I know two days doesn’t seem like much but sometimes the beginning of any journey is the toughest part.

If you are interested in during the whole 30 with me, let me know.  Also if you have done it before, I wanna hear about all your tips and tricks.





I’m Back!!!

Hi Everyone,

It’s True, I’m back from my little hiatus.

So I have this itch and for some reason only blogging can scratch it.    My life isn’t any less busy or crazy, if anything it’s busier and crazier.   Wes’ business is in its summertime hustle and the kids are growing so fast.  James just turned 3 (yay threeangers!) and Norah is almost 1 and so close to walking so she getting into everything.  So between taking care of the kids, the house and the office side of our business, it doesn’t leave me very much time for myself.  But I’m working on that.

Version 2

I finally got around to planting a garden this year! and I’m super excited about it.  I love being able to get fresh veggies and herbs (OMG fresh basil. I heart you basil) right out of my backyard is letting me live my best life right now.  I always forget how big the plants can grow, hello zucchini plants.   Since I haven’t been able to do a garden in two years, there are a lot of weeds that are popping up in the garden so it’s a lot of maintainance right now, especially after a big rain storm, so I’m gonna be spending the next few days out there putting the garden back into shape because it’s a little crazy right now.  I will do a full garden up date later this week when it starts to looks more like a garden and less like a small jungle.


I don’t know if you watch Queer Eye on Netflix or not but this show can change your life and I’m just not talking about the people who get the makeover.  This show is all about self love and self care and it’s trully inspiring.  Not only do you  need to love yourself, no matter where you are in your journey, but you also need to take care of yourself.  Which as a mom, it’s hard to do.  You feel so tired and so delipated after a long day of taking care of everyone else,  that you have no energy left to take care of yourself and thats not good.  You can’t be your best self if you don’t take care of yourself.  So for the first time in a long time, I took a bath last night.  After the kids went to bed, I drew myself a bath and poured a glass of wine and I took a bath.  And this morning,  I kept a promise to myself, got up early and went out for a run.  And I’m feeling pretty good right now.  Yes, the kids have only been up for 30 minutes and we still have about 12 hours until bedtime.  But this morning and last night, I did a little self care and I’m feeling pretty good this morning.  And as the Fab 5 say, Yass, Queen!


We took a tip up to Chicago this past weekend for my nephew’s second birthday, it’s about a 4 hour trip each way and I was able to actually read a book!  I know a shocker.  I can’t remember the last time I finished an actually book, not counting audiobooks.  But in this roundtrip I was able to finish Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and I know I’m not the first to say this but this is a must read for any Mom.  After reading it, it makes you feel unstoppable and that you can do anything.  Hence telling myself that I’m gonna wake up early this morning and go for that run and make sure that I kept that promise.


So thats just a little update of where I am and what I’m doing.  Like I said before, being creative (blogging, writing, sewing and gardening) is an itch, like the huge bug bites on my legs, that I just have to scratch.  So I hope you stick around and go on with journey with me.  This Hooiser Mama Journey.