Menu Planning Monday: 5/12-5/18

Menu Planning Monday 5/12-5/18

Menu Planning every week is an excellent way to plan a shopping list in advance for each meal you will make. I've done this for years, and ultimately this method saves time during the week, and a lot of money!  These aren't really set to particular nights. I switch them up during the week sometimes. Give it a try. You'll see a difference in your daily routine. 

*Trying a lot of new recipes this week so don't hold me to these being good. I don't know yet!

Monday: (Soccer night!)
Sandwiches & Fruit

Crockpot Sesame Chicken
Husband's homemade fried rice w/vegetables
Homemade crab ragoon wontons

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
Roasted Zucchini & Squash

Baked Spaghetti
Caesar salad
Homemade garlic bread

White Chicken Chili (Carroll Shelby's spice kit is great!)

Homemade Mexican Rice & Beans

Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans


Earn cash back when grocery shopping with SavingStar! New coupons available!

-This post has been synced to auto post on my Facebook and Twitter accounts-

SavingStar is an awesome extra way to link up to your frequently used grocery cards. It is not available to use in all stores, but I use mine for Harris Teeter shopping trips. I've been using it for well over a year! Sometimes there are even coupons for produce!

There are currently new coupons available to link up to your grocery cards. There are new coupons almost weekly that are available to link up.

How it works:
You can use this in conjunction with any store and manufacturers coupons. All you do is create an account, link up and click the coupons you'd like to use. Coupon offers change from time to time, and you receive e-mails notifying you of new offers.

The value of each offer does NOT come off of your receipt or show at the cash register. Instead you are credited whatever the value listed is into your SavingStar account. It can take a week or more to reflect within your account. You can only use each offer once. 

Once you reach $5 or more of earnings within your account you can cash it out to receive money in the form of a bank account deposit, Amazon gift card or PayPal. I love using the Amazon gift cards because we shop from Amazon almost every week. One of the perks of having Amazon Prime.

So click, shop, and save!  

For more information you can check out the SavingStar "How it works" section on their website.

*This was written on my own accord. I am not currently working with SavingStar.

Saturday 9 Meme: An Easter Meme. Here Comes Peter Cottontail

It's a rainy Saturday here in South Carolina so here goes. Memes are a great way to get to know bloggers a little better.  Autosynced to post on Facebook and Twitter.

1) Which do you prefer: colored hard-boiled eggs, chocolate marshmallow eggs, or plastic eggs with coins inside? Plastic eggs with coins inside sounds good. I need some quarters to keep in my car for Aldi since I cleaned out all of my change of my old minivan when I bought this suv a few weeks ago. Hard boiled eggs are great to use for deviled eggs later though.

2) What's your favorite color of Peeps (yellow, purple, or pink)? Yellow because they just seem like a classic.

3) All this talk of sweets is making Sam hungry. What's for lunch? I have no clue at the moment. Whatever I decide sounds good at the moment will be happening.

4) This song was introduced by country singer Gene Autry and it's still a favorite. Please share some of the lyrics. (And you're on your own; Sam didn't include a link to the song this week.) I have no favorite lyrics to Here Comes Peter Cottontail. I know. Such an Easter grinch.

5) Gene Autry was so popular that a town in Oklahoma named itself for him. Have you ever been to Oklahoma? No I haven't, and I have no plans to. I am terrified by the thought of tornados. In addition to singing, Mr. Autry made 93 cowboy movies.

6) What's the last movie you saw? Watched GI Joe again last night. I really like that movie. I am a chick that watches movies that are more geared towards the guys. I really love the Transporter movies. Come on...Jason Statham is HOT.

7) He and his horse Champion also had a TV show. Can you name another famous horse? Drawing a blank here. I need more coffee.

8) Gene Autry also recorded "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer," and it was, of course, wildly popular, too. Who is your favorite recording artist? I have way too many to mention. I am really into music from other countries. People generally have no clue who the hell I am talking about when I answer questions like this. I love Empire of the Sun, Phoenix, and Reik at the moment. Here are a few that some of my fellow Americans should know though. Some are not mainstream though- Dave Matthews Band, Foster the People, Minus the Bear, Fitz and the Tantrums, Foals, Mutemath, Neon Trees, Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay and an array of older bands.

9) Back to the holiday celebration at hand -- Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? Being happy. I am bipolar so I really cherish the days that I am happy, and not a complete asshole to people such as my husband for no true reason. It sucks, but there are moments that I realize this is just how life is. One day at a time. The past few weeks have been the best that I have had in years. I dropped a lot of crap from my life that didn't need to be there. It was holding me back from living to my fullest. Ever since I have hit age 30 in January I have viewed life differently. It has been my favorite age so far. Unusual I know, but I think I have finally grown up in many ways. I have readjusted my attitude to where I am trying to control my emotions better too. I gave up for awhile and didn't try to control things.


Wordless Wednesday: Biggest Mistake

So true! 
Once you let go of anything holding you back in life you'll see that the weight lifted off of your shoulders is amazing.

Post written in advance to auto sync and publish on 4/16/14.

Random Thoughts Tuesday: I'm back, and life is good.

I took a blogging hiatus if you didn't notice. I just have to from time to time. I am actually on a Facebook break at the moment. This website and my Facebook fan page are synced so I don't even have to login to facebook to share this link on my page. It will share automatically. The same for The Savvy Savin' Mama on Twitter. It's all synced to auto post.

My personal Facebook account was burning up too much of my time. My eyes have recently been opened by a few things that have occurred that I am missing out on precious time with my family! Life is short. I see this more and more with each passing day. I need to be more focused on my own life. Although I have never not been involved in my life I really do feel that I am missing out on things by being glued to my phone. I do have a bit of time during the day to myself these days when I'm not volunteering or watching another kid, but I shouldn't be constantly on Facebook. It is not healthy. More people need to realize this, but I know how easy it is to get sucked into it all. 

I have made some big changes to myself over the past week or so. Mentally. I have changed my outlook completely. It's a relief to rid myself of some things that were weighing me down mentally for the past few years. I have had one of the best weeks that I have had in a few years, and everyone around me notices it. I am actually feeling HAPPY and productive. My attention has shifted back where it needs to be. Maybe a break from Facebook has helped with that as well although I was beginning to change my outlook prior to the break. I want to spend spring break with MY kids. Not with everyone on my Facebook list. They can see our staycation spring break later after it's over, and my kids are back at school. Why does everyone have to see everything as it happens? I'm so guilty of that. My husband has never liked Facebook. He only gets on there to write me during the day or look at pictures that I post. Society is suffering from Facebook though. We all need to learn how to disconnect, and limit ourselves. Look around...everywhere you go people are glued to their phones. I feel kids are suffering because of it.

Anyhow, you should see my house. It's looking amazing. I always keep a clean house, but I have been doing some major spring cleaning. I have tons of things piled up on the side of my garage for a yard sale next weekend. I even cleaned my garage out before making my neat piles of mess to get rid of, and I think that it looks the best that it has since we moved in. All of the laundry is done at the moment. Seriously. That's what happens when I disconnect from the internet because I am the type of person that needs to keep my mind busy. I have scrubbed tile in my kitchen, dining area, laundry room and half bath by hand. It's a LOT of tile. The grout is looking awesome. 


We recently thought about putting our house on the market. We do every spring now for several different reasons. There have been things here that have bothered me since a few months after we moved in. We bought the house in Fall 2011. We have done a lot of little improvements lately with that mindset. We love projects as you can see from the pictures I shared of one of our projects in one of our bathrooms. I love seeing before and after results. 

We thought we would find land elsewhere to build a home on, but after riding around doing a lot of research the areas that we thought we would like are not so likable after all. Everything happens in it's own time. We are ready, but we need to make sure that wherever we go that it is somewhere we will stay for many years to come. Plus after you put in work like we have been doing on our house it makes you want to stay. Especially with our current house payment. We don't HAVE to sell this house. We don't have to get anything bigger. That's the beauty of it. I'm still working with my Realtor to get some ideas for the heck of it though. 

Adios Minivan

My new ride!

Another random thing- I got a new car a few weeks ago. I'm not a minivan Mom anymore. I did it for 4 years, but we are not able to have anymore kids so I really don't need it anymore. I love my new ride! It has taken some time to get use to having a smaller vehicle. It's the nicest ride I've ever had though. Plus the backup camera has ensured that I back up out of my weird driveway straight without plowing trash cans. It's amazing. Friends think it's amazing too if that tells you anything about my back up skills. When your van door almost crushes your kid and doesn't allow you to control the power to stop it then it's time for it to go. The morning that happened we were immediately on the search for a new vehicle. My husband left work early to make it happen, and had the new ride in our driveway that afternoon! Life has been really good lately, and not just because of a new car.

I'm going to try to be a more productive blogger again. I have written a few posts in advance that are scheduled to post on various days. This way I am not going against my goal of not being glued to a computer every day! Heading off of the computer to spending time with my kids! Love to all.


Wordless Wednesday: My new mindset at age 30.

This has become my new mindset at age 30.

This is a day late but things have been crazy as I'm sure many have noticed from my lack of posts. I'll write about all of the craziness soon, and be doing some massive deal updates! Keep an eye out! 

Wordless Wednesday: If you've got it then you've got it. If you don't then you don't....

Enough said.


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The Lovely Bones
The Secret Life of Bees
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Memoirs of a Geisha
Little Women
The Da Vinci Code
Pride and Prejudice
The Kite Runner
The Diary of a Young Girl
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Notebook
Gordon Ramsay: The Biography
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