10.01.2014

Just a Little Update

Well, if you've been around the last few Wednesdays, you might expect another post in my blog planner series... And I intended to share another free printable with you today. BUT life got in the way. I hope to get back to the series next week. Thanks for understanding!

In other news, a friend of ours came over a couple of weeks ago to take pictures of our sweet girl, and here's a sneak peek... LOVE! I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures...


Until next time...

9.30.2014

{October} Monthly Meal Plan

Shut the front door. September is gone... How did that happen?! I have to admit that September treated us well. Very well, actually. With the birth of our sweet baby girl, it was the best month we've had this year! I posted our monthly meal plan last month, but I have to admit that we didn't stick to it at all... Ha! I had a feeling we wouldn't, but we wanted to have some sort of sketch for the month. The organization was a comfort if nothing else!

I made a meal plan for October, and I think we'll be better about sticking to it this month... I think. We'll be eating from the freezer, and we plan to cook easier meals as well. The main goal is to eat... And take care of our baby girl. That's it. Yay!

Oh, and I've got another free meal planning printable for you! I'll share a link to the printable below our meal plan... Hope you enjoy!


Alrighty... Ready for the meal plan? Let's get to it!

Sunday: Roast, Potatoes and Carrots
Monday: Homemade Pizza
Tuesday: Ranch Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans
Wednesday: Tuna Melts
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread
Friday: Manicotti and Salad
Saturday: Toasted Sub Sandwiches

Sunday: Sarah's Chicken over Pasta
Monday: Breakfast
Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread
Friday: Spaghetti
Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas

Sunday: Taco Soup
Monday: Homemade Pizza
Tuesday: Crispy Ranch Chicken
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Wraps
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread
Friday: Chicken Parmesan
Saturday: Grilled Hamburgers

Sunday: Chicken Enchilada Soup
Monday: Breakfast
Tuesday: Beef Enchiladas
Wednesday: Toasted Sub Sandwiches
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread
Friday: Sarah's Chicken over Pasta
Saturday: Grilled Chicken Wraps

Sunday: Hamburger Soup
Monday: Taco Salad
Tuesday: Homemade Pizza
Wednesday: Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread
Friday: Spaghetti
Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas

If you'd like this month's free meal planning printable, you can find it here!

There you have it, friends... Our meal plan for the month. We're super flexible around these parts these days, so I'm not going to stress about sticking to the meal plan... But it's nice and super convenient to have ideas for dinner in this season of life!

Hope y'all enjoy the printable!! Until next time...

9.29.2014

Meal Plan Mondays {09.29.14}

Happy Monday, y'all! Hope you had a great weekend! I mentioned in my Hannah update on Saturday that I'm all out of pre-scheduled posts, so that means we're in live time now... I'm still hoping to post semi-regularly around here, but snuggling my baby girl {and taking care of her!} is my number one job... SO we'll see how it goes. She's currently in Daddy's arms, so I thought I'd swing by and share this week's meal plan! Yay!!

PS - I found this cute notepad at Target and I'm lovin' it! It's got a magnet on the back, and I'm planning to hang it on the fridge... Caleb likes to know what we're having for dinner, and since he's been helping in the kitchen so much, I figured I could keep him in the loop!!

Alrighty, here's what's on this week's meal plan:
Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Ranch Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans
Wednesday: Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread
Friday: Manicotti with Bread and Salad
Saturday: Toasted Sub Sandwiches
Sunday: Sarah's Chicken over Pasta

This is our first full week of cooking on our own. Some of these meals are from the freezer, so that'll be a help! We'll see how the "sticking to the meal plan" thing goes... Ha!

Well, I think my girl is going to wake up hungry soon... And if not, I have a pile of things on the kitchen table in front of me that need to find homes. SO we're wrapping this post up with that.

Until next time... Have a great week!

9.27.2014

Hannah Update {{Three Weeks Old}}

Well, little one, you're three weeks old today! I. cannot. believe. how. fast. time. is. flying. We're so incredibly thankful for you, sweet one. Being your mama is the very best job I could ever hope for, and I feel so blessed to have that job title!


Here's how you're doing, little one...
Eating: You're still nursing well... Daddy says you're going to have rolls, and Grandma said you're a chunk. We haven't been to the doctor for your two-week check-up yet, but I have no doubt that you've gained your weight back! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to nurse you. I'm looking forward to when you're making eye contact and cooing so it becomes more of a bonding time for us.

Sleeping: Mommy is trying to learn your sleeping routine... I think you like to be awake more than I realized you would, so I try to make you sleep more than you really want to. It's a learning process for both of us, so please have patience with me!

Milestones: You're still gaining strength in your neck... Poor thing, you throw it around and it seems like it would hurt when you hit my shoulder or chest. You don't seem to mind too much. You went on your first road trip this week and did okay... Until it was time to come home. You were ready to be home before we made it home, and your tears were a bit rough for this mama to handle!

Clothing: You're almost done wearing newborn clothes... Not sure how much longer it'll be!  I think you'll be in 0-3 month clothes for quite some time though!

Diapers: You're still in newborn diapers, and I had to buy another box of newborn diapers this week... I guess I thought you'd be in size one by now. We should soon see if we need to break open the box or if you're big enough for the others...

Social Interaction: You're still super snuggly... And Mommy and Daddy still love it!

Likes: You still like snuggling and a clean diaper. You also like lights and looking around! You seem to be a very alert little one...

Dislikes: You don't love bath time... For now! I hope you'll love it when you're older.


Grandma went home this week, and the adjustment has been okay... I think it's been harder for me than for Hannah! Ha!! Grandma, we're ready for you to move to Oregon. Hannah is really doing well overall. Everything has been a learning process for both Caleb and me, as well as for Hannah. I suppose that's what parenthood is all about though, right? We're thankful for our baby girl... And love the extra snuggles she sometimes requires!

Oh, and on a blogging note, I'm all out of pre-scheduled posts. Eek! I'm hoping to continue posting regularly, but just in case you don't hear from me in a while, that's why! I've got posts in the works, but Hannah is priority over blogging... I know y'all understand!

Until next time...

9.24.2014

Blog Planner Series {{End of Month Stats}}

Well, lovelies, it's Wednesday - time to share another free blog planning printable! Last week I shared my new statistic tracker, and I hope it was a help to you bloggers {especially those who are looking into offering advertising or having statistics available for those who are interested in advertising on your blog!}. This week I'm sharing an end of month statistic tracker... I find this little printable helpful for comparing each month to the month before. This helps me see patterns of growth and where I can continue growing!

Blog Planner Series - FREE Blog Planning Printables

I like being able to see which social media outlets are growing and which ones aren't... It's not 100% necessary for general blogging; so if you don't use this, don't feel bad! I would say it might be most helpful with those who are dabbling in advertising... Just my opinion!
Blog Planner Series - FREE Blog Planning Printables

And here was last May's printable ready for use at the end of the month...
Blog Planner Series - FREE Blog Planning Printables

I have to admit that I haven't been super great about tracking my statistics... I think I mentioned that last week. I've printed this printable out for use for the rest of the year, and I hope to get back to offering advertising soon! Anyway. I just wanted to throw that in so you don't feel bad if you don't track your stats! It's. not. the. end. of. the. world. I can't stress that enough. It's really not! Anyway. For those who are interested, here's a link to the free printable! Yay!
Blog Planner Series - FREE Blog Planning Printables

In case you've missed any posts in this series, you can find them here:
{{ Starting Out }}
{{ Daily To-Do List }}
{{ Blogging Contacts }}
{{ Link Party Tracker }}
{{ Link Party Information Tracker }}
{{ Sponsors }}

Your turn: Do you track your statistics at the end of each month? Does it help you know where you should spend a little more time advertising your blog? Leave a comment!