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Our Menu for the Week of July 1st – In The Garden

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Menu Planning, Our Menu | Comments Off on Our Menu for the Week of July 1st – In The Garden

Last week we had a ton of fun with the  Virtual Book Club Summer camp hosted by Toddler Approved blog. We did a lot of activities, reading and we made some fun snack and lunch ideas. It was so fun to try to create a lady bug sandwich, lady bug strawberries and caterpillar celery sticks. :)

Here is a few pictures from our week.
Bug Week .jpg

This weeks theme is in the garden. We got all our books for the library and I picked out snack ideas on Pinterest.

There not too many changes for our menu this week because I’m keeping it simple by making just about the same thing that we had last week. A few different recipes for dinner and garden inspired lunch and snacks.

Well, we are off to another exciting week, I hope you have a fantastic week!


  • Trail mix granola, yogurt and fruit
  • Breakfast casserole and fruit
  • Pancakes and scrambled eggs
  • 4th of July breakfast




What’s on your menu this week? Anything fun?

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Our Menu for the Week of June 24 – Bug Week

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Menu Planning, Our Menu | 2 comments

A few weeks back one of my friends from back home had mentioned there was a virtual book club  at Toddler Approved blog. I was instantly excited about this because I love having a theme or activities to do with my little guy durning the week, but sometimes it takes a lot of time to come up with ideas and then plan it out. After looking at the themes they had planned for each week, I began coming up with fun food idea’s I could do to incorporate into our menu. You’ll notice on some of the lunch and snack items that they have the word “bug” in them. Of course they are not real bugs, but food that is made to look like them.

I have a few more activities and books to coordinate with this week theme on Pinterest and be sure to check out Toddler Approved Virtual Book Club Summer Camp if you have little ones at home too! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

grouchy lady bug

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  • Country fried chicken and scrambled eggs 
  • Trail mix granola, yogurt and fruit
  • Breakfast casserole and fruit
  • Pancakes and scrambled eggs




What’s on your menu this week?

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Organizing Craft Supplies in the Kitchen

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Organization | Comments Off on Organizing Craft Supplies in the Kitchen

I absolutely love doing crafts and projects with Little Buddy or make things for others. The problem I was finding was all of my supplies were located in our guest bedroom closet which didn’t provide much workspace or easy accessibility. I’d have to bring all the boxes out to the kitchen, along with the supplies like markers, crayons, paint and so forth.

So a few weeks ago, I got the crazy idea to move everything to the pantry. I feel very blessed in our new place to have a pantry with optimal space. Not only would it be great to have it all the supplies in one place, but it would mean no more excuses for not getting out the crafts.

Granted, I understand not everyone has a plethora of space in their kitchen pantry or even have one for that matter but I do have a few tips to share that might help you with organizing your craft supplies.

Craft Organization

#1.  Finding the space

If your kitchen is the place that you too do all your craft activities, then it might be very helpful to have some of your “everyday” items close by so you can pick up your project where ever you left off.

Maybe it’s a cabnet that some items can be purdged and relocated to another area to allow some of your supplies. If you have a linen closet or laundry room off your kitchen, finding a space there might be helpful.

Behind the Door Craft Organization

#2. Use Your Pantry Door or Kitchen Door

Clear plastic shoe organizers behind doors make perfect pockets for craft supplies. I’ve had my crafts like this for the past few years and it’s been great for knowing what I have on hand, accessibility when I need and its great when you move often.  I would roll it up, place it in the a box and set it up in the next place. Even if you’re stationary for awhile, maximize these little pockets with individual items like: crayons, scissors, tape, glue, and popsicle sticks will keep you organized and your stuff convenient.

Vertical space

#3. Maximize Wall Space

In your pantry, utilize wall space to hang items that can be easily accessed.

#4. Keeping your Cost Down on Storage Containers

The most inexpensive storage containers I have found to work well are plastic shoe boxes. Wal-Mart typically sells them for 97 cents, as does Target. I have these in just about every room of my house when it comes to organizing bathroom supplies, toys, hardware and other miscellaneous items broken into categories. These stack nicely in pantries or cabinets very well.

Other ways to decrease your out of pocket expense (if you are just getting started) is to look at garage sales, thrift stores and clearance deals at craft stores. I’ve bough all my craft boxes (photo boxes) at Michael’s, when they were marked down to 2 dollars a box.

 #5. No space No problem

If relocating all your crafts wont fit in your kitchen but you often do your projects there. Keep a small box with your supplies and projects readily available that way its easy for you to pick it up whenever you’d like.

Well that is my new kitchen organization project all completed! Now its time to go get all the crafts out and whip up a project with Little Buddy.

If you want some more craft organization ideas, head on over to Pinterest where I’ve gathered some more ideas for you!

Have a lovely day friends!

Where do you keep all your craft items? What are some tips you could share on organization? 


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Our Menu for the Week of June 9, 2013

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Menu Planning, Our Menu | Comments Off on Our Menu for the Week of June 9, 2013

The last two weeks have surely flown by! I had to take last week off from posting but I’m back this week to share our menu. I hope to share some of our kitchen adventures very soon! But for now, I hope you enjoy our menu!

Grain free pizza dough

Grain free pizza dough that we love!

Have a lovely week!




Snacks and Dessert

What is on your menu this week?

Sharing today at Menu Plan Monday. 

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Our Menu for the Week of May 27, 2013

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Menu Planning, Nutrition, Our Menu | Comments Off on Our Menu for the Week of May 27, 2013

If you’ve been following my blog over the past year, you’ve probably noticed changes in our menu (more vegetarian, gluten free and paleo recipes). I have a huge passion for food, nutrition and health. I’m constantly reading new research articles on these topics and is one of the main reason for some of the changes or ingredients I use on a regular basis.

I believe food is our fuel and the way to heal, promote and grow our bodies in a natural way. For our family, its not about organic, it’s about simple whole foods that keep an active toddler healthy and a mama and daddy fueled to keep up with him. :) Although, I have some pantry items that are organic, I strive to keep our frig and freezer stocked with whole foods no matter if they are organic or not.

We in no way have a perfect diet, we have little treats here and there too.  Just this past weekend, I enjoyed cake at a birthday party and flat bread pizza from Chili’s on Sunday after church. :) So with that being said, you’ll see some new menu recipes or ingredients around here. If you are on a nutrition journey like our little family, I hope the recipe links I share each week, help you too! :)

On another quick note, the past 8 weeks have been quite busy around here with my little family, going to school and enjoying getting together with friends weekly. It’s not to surprising that these few changes have diminished my time online here on my blog. I’m so thankful for each one of you who stop by regularly (and those who visit for the first time). Now that I’m in more of a routine, starting on Friday I’ll be starting a new little blog series and I’d love you to come back by then! Until then, have a lovely week friends!

Planning ahead

Here is our menu.





Make ahead

Do you have any nutrition or health goals you and your family are trying to reach? If so I’d love to hear about them! 

Sharing today at Menu Plan Monday. 

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