February went especially well despite some challenging situations. We were required to pony up more money for preschool (summer) program fees. Which I absolutely do NOT mind doing but it was hard after the big property tax hit, increased pre-tax deductions for dependent care from my check, waiting for reimbursement, and then finding out, indeed, […]Read More How’d we do? February Meal Planning Run-Down
I hate to say a recipe can change your life but I have and I won’t stop. I made this recipe using simple ingredients you can buy at Aldi exclusively if you so choose. It will be better than most sauces on the market and will cost far less (as you will see). Even if […]Read More Crock Pot Marinara to Blow Your Mind!
I’m keeping up with my recipes. Today, let’s go through one of the simplest soups you can make with a few ingredients you usually have on hand (maybe minus the parm and heavy cream). It’s also a really affordable recipe you can buy with aldi-only ingredients! Recipe: 6 cups of chicken broth or chicken stock […]Read More Cheesy Chicken and noodle slow cooker soup
We built a home gym this week or started to. I’m thankful it survived the great flood of 2019. Our basement survived some awful flooding due to 11 in of rain in 72 hours (5 inches in about 4 hours) and serious rain wrap and cloud rotation. Last week, I realized self-care needed to be […]Read More Self-Care and How I’m lowering my barriers!
Grocery shopping is the bane of my existence. My husband is a stay-at-home-parent these days (on the job market) but he’s not a cook. Also, grocery shopping is not his game – it’s really hard to effectively grocery shop for meal prep if you are cooking-averse. Instead, I have elected to pay for some […]Read More How to Grocery Shop Like a Baller on a Budget
Ever since we started meal prep, my opinions about handy peripherals has changed. However, I can say that for less than $500.00, you can purchase essentials to make your life so much easier. And probably after 2-3 months, what you save in meal prep, you will pay it all off! Thus, if you can get […]Read More Peripherals and Tools: What You Need to Rock Meal Prep
These potatoes are a must-have in our house for any large holiday meal (and then sometime in between). They are rich, thick, and incredibly cleaning. Also indulgent! These are not health food but they are good. I’ve combined recipes over time with these and find they suit my needs perfectly. These also make a large […]Read More Incredibly Easy Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Sorry for the long as all get out hiatus. Work life has been both amazing and overwhelming. More on that later. We moved (twice in 4 mo) across the country. We bought a house. I have a new, amazing job. I hosted a huge data event. But now, things are starting to slow down. I’ve […]Read More How To Meal Prep Like a Goddess… Er… A Tired Working Mom with Standards
This last week has tested my strength and stress level. I am loving the work I’m doing. It is meaningful, I am appreciated by team members, my graduate students, my boss, and my big client sent a glowing review of my collaboration with his people this week. I’ve been working so hard on this university […]Read More Finding male allies in parenthood.