Meal Planning: March, Week…4?

I’m  not sure what week it is because we’ve been gone. So I’m guessing 3 or 4…Anyways, we are so happy to be home and to be back to some warmer weather! I am not so happy, however, that I am back to the daily grind of stay-at-home mom work. I mean, I love being able to stay home with E every day (ok, most days. Some days. Every other day at least) but for the past 18 days I didn’t have to cook or clean or I had ready-made babysitters at any given moment (thanks Mom and Dad!). It was glorious!!!

The good news for you is that I’m back to meal planning. You’re welcome.

If this is the first time you are using my meal plan read the notes below. If you have questions, feel free to comment or email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com. If you’ve been here before, you know what to do.

Notes

  • I linked the recipes I found online. Most are on my Pinterest page, so click the button to the right to follow me. If you have questions about any of the recipes, feel free to email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com.
  • If you’re using my grocery list, I only put things on there that *I* need. So be sure to double check it for things that you need. And some stuff has nothing to do with the recipes, just stuff our family needs. Just double check it, ok?
  • Feel free to leave any of your meal ideas or yummy recipes you’ve found in the comments section. Its like high-school, we all just want to copy someone else!

Menu/Meal Plan

ThursdayChicken with mushrooms and asparagus and roasted potatoes

FridayCrunchy coconut chicken with rice and broccoli

Saturday– Slow cooker cabbage rolls with roasted potatoes and asparagus

Sunday- Basil and tomato chicken with pasta and peas

Monday- Spicy bean, rice and chicken burritos with corn- This recipe doesn’t call for chicken but I’m adding it to the burritos

Tuesday- Carobonara

Wednesday- BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables

Thursday- Apple cranberry stuffed pork loin with cheesy scalloped potatoes and carrots

Grocery List

Click the link to see the editable and printable grocery list that goes with this week: March- Week 4

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Meal Planning: February, Week 4

I had some friends this week text me and message me privately on Facebook with some ideas of where to find meals and with some recipes. Thanks so much ya’ll, its nice to have new places to go to search for meal ideas especially since I feel like my mind has been fried lately with mommy/house hunting/ileftthestoveonforoverninehours brain. Whoops.

If this is the first time you are using my meal plan read the notes below. If you have questions, feel free to comment or email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com. If you’ve been here before, you know what to do.

Notes

  • I linked the recipes I found online. Most are on my Pinterest page, so click the button to the right to follow me. If you have questions about any of the recipes, feel free to email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com.
  • If you’re using my grocery list, I only put things on there that *I* need. So be sure to double check it for things that you need. And some stuff has nothing to do with the recipes, just stuff our family needs. Just double check it, ok?
  • Feel free to leave any of your meal ideas or yummy recipes you’ve found in the comments section. Its like high-school, we all just want to copy someone else!

Menu/Meal Plan

Thursday– Pasta with sausage and peppers

Friday“Ab lean” burgers with roasted sweet potatoes and corn on the cob

Saturday– Brinner- French toast/pancakes, bacon, eggs

Sunday- Garlic and lemon chicken with green beans and roasted red potatoes

Monday- Chicken fingers with roasted potatoes and seasoned mixed veggies

Tuesday- Chile Colorado Smothered burritos with Mexican corn

Wednesday- BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots

Thursday- Crockpot Tuscan pasta with tomato-basil cream sauce and chicken

For this weeks accompanying grocery list, click here: February: Week 4

Happy eating!

Meal Planning: February, Week 3

Lately I’ve been having a hard time coming up with my meal plans for the week. I’m finding lots of great things on Pinterest, but I don’t know, I just look through and can’t seem to find anything. Its like when you look into your closet filled to the brim with clothes and you go,  “I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WEAR!!!” #firstworldproblems.

Anywho, if this is the first time you are using my meal plan read the notes below. If you have questions, feel free to comment or email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com. If you’ve been here before, you know what to do.

Notes

  • I linked the recipes I found online. Most are on my Pinterest page, so click the button to the right to follow me. If you have questions about any of the recipes, feel free to email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com.
  • If you’re using my grocery list, I only put things on there that *I* need. So be sure to double check it for things that you need. And some stuff has nothing to do with the recipes, just stuff our family needs. Just double check it, ok?
  • Feel free to leave any of your meal ideas or yummy recipes you’ve found in the comments section. Its like high-school, we all just want to copy someone else!

Meal Plan

ThursdaySlow cooker carnitas with corn and black beans and guacamole

FridayChicken gyros with salads

SaturdaySalmon with avocado salsa and cheesy roasted potatoes

Sunday- Chicken with tomato-herb pan sauce served with pasta and snap peas

Monday- Korean beef with rice (add edamame for E) **I am using steak cubes instead of ground beef**

Tuesday- Chicken with mushroom sauce served with quinoa and asparagus

Wednesday- Brown sugar and balsamic glaze pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts

Thursday- Pasta with sausage and peppers

Click here to see, edit, and print the grocery list for this week: February- Week 3

Meal Planning: February, Week 2

Yah! I love meal planning days. Mostly because it gives me an excuse to look on Pinterest. If you’ve been checking out my meal plans for the past couple of weeks, you know what to do. If you’re new to this, check out my AWESOME (-ly ridiculous) vlog I did for Homefront United about the way I meal plan. It will explain how my grocery list works, which you can find below the menu.

Go ahead and click here because for some reason I can’t embed it into my actual blog. Stupid.

That video only took me like 2 hours to make because I kept screwing up. Bah, whatever. I’m a VLOGGER now. Add it to my resume. Wha wha *said in gangsta voice while I throw up my stay-at-home mom gang sign*

Notes

  • I linked the recipes I found online. Most are on my Pinterest page, so click the button to the right to follow me. If you have questions about any of the recipes, feel free to email me at barefootandboots at gmail dot com.
  • If you’re using my grocery list, I only put things on there that *I* need. So be sure to double check it for things that you need. And some stuff has nothing to do with the recipes, just stuff our family needs. Just double check it, ok?
  • Feel free to leave any of your meal ideas or yummy recipes you’ve found in the comments section. Its like high-school, we all just want to copy someone else!

Menu

Thursday– Baked turkey cutlets with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus

Friday– Salads with chicken or ham and potato soup

SaturdayCreamy crock-pot chicken and broccoli over quinoa (sub greek yogurt for sour cream)

Sunday- Cream cheese chicken with green beans and roasted potatoes

Monday- Beef tacos with Mexican rice and corn

Tuesday- Italian baked chicken with mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots

Wednesday Baked chicken caprese with fresh bread

Thursday- Slow cooker carnitas with corn and black beans and guacamole

Grocery List

February- Week 2

**Anything marked as TJ’s I got at Trader Joe’s. Not that you have to shop there, but I just didn’t want you to get confused by my hipsterness**

Meal Planning: February, Week 1

I know, I know, I’m late. My stupid laptop wouldn’t connect to the stupid internet like all week and then E got her stupid vaccines which made her stupidly cranky. I’m not bitter or anything.

But nonetheless, the menu is here! If you’re not quite sure how my menus and grocery list works, here is a little rundown:

  • I have listed below my menu for the week, and a link to my editable and printable grocery list that will open as a Word doc.
  • My grocery list is categorized using the headers at the top. Its in order of how our commissary is laid out. If you decide to use my list as a guide, change the headers to fit your needs whether that be the layout of the store or simply categorizing things differently.
  • My meals go from Thursday to Thursday right now, but sometimes that changes when we miss a week because of traveling or something. Also, some of the stuff on the grocery list is not related to the menu itself but just stuff our family needs otherwise. Go ahead and judge, its cool.
  • Be sure to double check the recipes and the grocery lists for items you may need. I only put items *I* need to make my meals on the list, not every ingredient for each recipe. For example, if a recipe calls for minced garlic I won’t put that on the grocery list because I already have it. So don’t come knocking on my virtual door complaining that you didn’t get minced garlic because I didn’t put it on the list! You will get virtually door-slammed in the face.
  • Any recipes that I found online are linked either to my Pinterest or the website I found them from. If there is no link, its because I just use my mad-skillz to make them myself. If you would like a recipe for something I haven’t linked, just ask! And click on my Pinterest button the the right to follow me like the stalker you are. Come on, you know you want to.

And here you go- the deliciousness that is the first week of February! Oh and PS- I did some repeats on the menu because I didn’t get to them last week.

Thursday– Lasanga with meat sauce

Friday– BBQ chicken pizza

SaturdaySweet corn chicken quesadillas with black beans and corn

Sunday- Crockpot Thai chicken with rice

Monday- Philly cheese steak sandwiches with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob

Tuesday- Ham with green beans and roasted potatoes

Wednesday- Honey sesame crock-pot chicken with rice and edamame

Thursday- Baked turkey breast with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus

Here is the grocery list for your shopping: Week 1

If you would like to take a look at last week’s menu, click here.

Happy eating!!!

Apparently E has been listening to JT because she’s been crying us a river…

Naps and bedtime used to be easy. Except for this past week. E is fighting sleep like its her job, and its driving her mother insane. Of course we’ve had these battle of wills before the same thing always crosses my mind: should I let her cry? Does she not feel good? If I hold her, just this one day, will it cause a pattern? IS SHE GOING TO HATE ME FOREVER BECAUSE I MADE HER TAKE A FREAKING NAP?!?!

We have tried anything we can think of- we let her cry, we extend her awake time, we try to wear her out as best we can. The thing is, I know she’s exhausted because she’s yawning, tugging her hair, rubbing her eyes, etc. And she falls asleep while I’m rocking her. But as soon as I make a motion to get up, she loses it. Yesterday at naptime she cried for over 30 minutes before I finally went in and got her. We waited another 45 minutes, with lunch in between, to try again. She finally went to sleep that time after another 30 minutes of crying. And then, last night, she cried for AN HOUR before she put herself to sleep. UGH.

Every.single.time I put her in her crib, she screams. Like I’m-laying-her-down-in-a-bed-of-lava type screams. She’s pissed. She eventually will stop screaming and just walk around her crib. Then I get pissed, because all I can think of while I stare at the monitor is, “TAKE A NAP CHILD, I WANT TO WATCH REAL HOUSEWIVES OF WHATEVER CITY IS ON RIGHT NOW.” So then I get frustrated so I take her out, we play or eat or do something to make her tired, and we try again. And she screams. She’s determined to give me another gray hair, I’m sure of it.

A week ago, I would have told you she’s a good sleeper. I would rock her for a minute or two, put her down and she would put herself to sleep no problem for naps and bedtime. But now, all of sudden, she’s a wreck. I have already Dr. Googled it and I have found a thousand different solutions from “you are a terrible mother for making your child cry it out” to “your child is manipulating you and she needs to learn.” So awesome, I have no idea what to do.

So I’m turing to you, my loyal (5) readers. Any suggestions? Here is some things about E that might help you help me. And if your suggestion works, I might pay you. Maybe. Probably not.

  • She isn’t teething- She has all her teeth except her 2-year molars. I think we’ve passed the teething stage for a bit.
  • She isn’t hungry- I feed her right before nap until she tells me “all done.”
  • She is about 15.5 months old.
  • She has met all her physical developmental milestones like walking.
  • She doesn’t have a fever or any other signs of being sick (she has a slight cold but this whole flipping her sh*t when going to sleep started before the cold came about).
  • She may or may not hate me. Debateable.

I guess I better go get her since she’s been screaming while I wrote this post. God’s of Starbucks, please save me.

My gift to you

I’ve already written this post once but the internet ate it. So I’m writing it all over again. You’re welocme.

I’M BACK, PEOPLE! (I wanted to use another word but I’m a mom now, of a TODDLER, so I guess I have to watch my language. I guess).

And that is my gift to you. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Happy *insert your choice of holiday here*.

After much debate on whether I should continue this blog or not- do I have time? does anyone really care about my awesomeness? do I really care to share my awesomeness?- I decided that sharing my amazing writing and my humor is what I was meant to do in this life. Or maybe it was to be the best wife and mother possible. Debatable.

Seriously though, I really enjoyed blogging. It was something I did for myself that I could point to and say, “Hey, I did that and I’m pretty proud of it.” Plus, when the other moms at the playground ask what I do on my “me” time, I like to be able to tell them I’m Gossip Girl. Minus the highschool/college gossip but add in military life, wife, and mom.  Totally the same thing.

Alot has gone on in the past 7-ish months. Some things were great and amazing (like my husband coming home- YAH!!!) and some things sucked. Some days I would think to myself, “That would be a great post,” but I felt like it was silly for me to come back after weeks/months. But here I am anyways. Again, you’re welcome. And just in case you were wondering, here are some of the big things that happened with our family.

  • J came home!!! It was possibly the best day of my life (our wedding day and E being born are easily a close 4th and 5th…bahahaha), and it *almost* made the seven months he was gone worth it.
  • E turned ONE and we became parents of a walking, talking, and….yep, still breathing TODDLER. I guess we’re doing something right.
  • Holidays- traveling majorly sucked but being with my entire side of the family was great.
  • Other stuff but you’ll have to come back and read about…ha ha ha (<—read that as Dracula’s evil laugh…I don’t know how to type it out).

I have a huge list of things I’m going to write about here in the future, so I hope you stay with me for a little bit to see it through. Some topics will be fun and HILARIOUS (because, you know, I’m funny) and some will be more serious and will reflect current events. Here are some posts I’m really looking forward to writing:

  • The transition back to life with my husband
  • Cloth diapering and homemade cleaners
  • Support of the military community
  • Pinterest obessions
  • Military healthcare
  • PCSing and buying our first home
  • Baby poop
  • Veteran’s topics
  • Trying to get pregnant
  • The fact that I use bullet points way too often

I don’t know how many people actually read or care about this blog. But I have fun writing it, and maybe someone somewhere out there can get or learn something from it. I love writing and I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to do so.  If you’re reading this, thanks for staying with me! I understand, I would stalk me if I were you too.

Mucho love-o,

Barefoot and Boots

PS- Thanks to my “Boots” hubby for encouraging me to restart this blog. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have your support and love to back me up on all my crazy ideas. I love you!

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

My husband would be so proud that I’m using an 80’s soft-rock ballad right now. Don’t tell anyone I told you, but he’s a sucker for Michael Bolton and Whitney Houston. In fact, I think I’m getting him this for Christmas:

So anyways, back to the important things in life: me. I have been MIA lately. Its just been a combo of traveling, trying to get back into our routine, laziness, and “Gossip Girl.” I freaking love that show. Maybe because its about someone just like me, a famous and awesome blogger. Or maybe its because its like a bad car accident- the acting is ATROCIOUS and the story lines are totally out there but I just can’t freaking look away. I’ve only seen Seasons 1 and 2 SO DON’T RUIN IT FOR ME or else. I know where you live…

Ok, but seriously, I’ve been busy. I joined a running group (whoop, whoop Stroller Warriors!) that runs twice a week. They are kicking my butt but I love it. I’ve also started to get on a sewing kick thanks to my friend that became my “Gossip Girl” dealer. So with mommy group, running, and general baby/house/dog care I’ve been busy. Life of a stay at home mom, what can I say. Its awesome. But I still feel like I have 29834098325 things to do before J gets home and I don’t know how I’m going to do it all

See, I’m in this weird limbo phase. We’re over halfway done with the deployment and I always think, “Wow! Only x more months/weeks!” But then reality hits and I think, “Wow! Still x more months/weeks! I think I’ll sit on the couch and eat cake instead of cleaning the closet out.” Its hard to explain but I feel like I should be getting stuff prepared but then again its not really quite close enough to prepare. Its close but far.

I also have been having slight panic nesting attacks. Its like the end of pregnancy all over again. I want to clean every inch of the freaking house and redecorate/reorganize/redo every room and closet. Here’s the thing: these panic attacks happen at like 9pm. During the day I’m in lala-land saying, “Oh lalalala. So much time. I’ll do it lalala later.” And then E is in bed, I’m picking up around the house and I think, “I really should clean out that closet. And wipe down those drawers. And clean out the fridge. AND I HAVE TO DO IT NOW.”

I think military wives go through nesting on both sides of deployment, though. I know I did it before J left and right after he left. And then somewhere in the middle we let things go. And then the end is looming and that nesting instinct kicks back in. And then they get home and mess up every room in the house with all their CRAP. Seriously, its like they are trying to leave a trail of bread crumbs/dirty socks, shorts, camis, and gear back to Afghanistan but its all contained in our clean houses.  Awesome, thanks.

However, I do have my to-do list ready. And its like a mile long. Right now I am just thankful that I am lucky enough to have my husband be on the out and out. I thank God for keeping him safe and for helping me get through this deployment. Its been such an experience and I’ve made some AWESOME friends along the way. But now its time for me to nest. Peace peeps.

 

Its raining, its pouring…

We don’t have many rainy days like this where we live. Well, I guess we have a good number but I never really noticed sans baby. Before E James and I would hunker down, watch Bones all day, and eat junk food. We’d take naps in the middle of the day and I more than likely wouldn’t make dinner because I’d be too tired from doing nothing all day. But now we have E. And I’m alone. AND I’M BORED!

There isn’t much to do on a rainy day with a baby (a baby that doesn’t watch movies yet anyways). So I decided to come up with some things that I could do with E on days like today. Because, after all, I have close to half a year before my husband comes home and more than likely we will go through another rainy day.

  • Indoor play place: We have a few indoor play places here so if you have one around you, that could be something fun to do.
  • Create an indoor sandbox: Just get a large tub and fill it with sand and some toys. You can do the same with water too! It will be a mess but if you put a large plastic sheet or old bed sheet down, clean up is easier.
  • Take a trip to the aquarium: Super fun for kids to do, even when they’re young because they will love looking at all the bright colors and/or napping in the stroller. Check for military discounts or with your ITT office to see if they have special rates!
  • Go swimming: In the bath tub! Either with your baby or, if they are old enough, by themselves. Include bath toys and maybe some beach toys and have a pool party in the house!
  • Mommy and Me workouts: There are several DVDs you can order on Amazon in which you interact with your baby to complete the workout. This can be fun for baby and productive for you, and gives you something to do while you’re waiting for the next nap time.

If you have older kids, its probably easier to find things to do together like bake goodies, play with play-dough, play board games, etc. But babies are hard. They need our attention for most of the day and playing with the same damn toy that sings”Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” 87 times gets boring. For both of you.

Do you have any fun rainy day activities that you like to do with your little one? List them in the comments below and help us other moms get through these crappy days.

PS- Make sure you have a bottle of wine on hand for when the baby goes to sleep. Or Baileys or Kahula to put in your hot cocoa. Even if that means naptime. At noon. Whatever.

Get me out of this funk!

As you may (or probably not unless you’re my mom or dad) have noticed, I haven’t been a cool, trendy blogger for the past week or so. E and I have been in a funk. She’s been sick, and her mom’s been sympathy sick. Until yesterday when I got real sick with something flu-like. Let me tell you, being sick with a sick baby and there is no daddy to help- not fun.

So, since we’ve been feeling crappy everything around us has turned into one big pile of poop. Which in this house is pretty literal. The house is a mess. I haven’t actually made dinner for myself in like….oh, forever (note that all the recipes and weekly menus have disappeared. I can’t keep up right now and I don’t want to post anything that is half-ass). I haven’t gotten dressed except into yoga pants, I don’t really shower,  and I haven’t done anything with my hair but put it up in a very messy bun (and not those like cute, good looking messy buns. Its more like the mom bun).

All in all, this is a pretty good representation of the past week:

That’s me. Except I’m not blonde. And I would never wear that sweatshirt.

So last night after writing a 10 page email to my husband about how I feel gross and how E isn’t pulling her weight around here (seriously, you can’t even put your diapers in the laundry? YOU peed in them. Sheesh.), I decided its time to get myself out of this funk. Here’s my plan:

1. Shower. Like actually shower. Even wash my hair.

2. Get dressed. This includes some makeup and actually doing something with my hair other than the mom bun.

3. Get E dressed. Apparently she still hasn’t mastered this skill on her own yet either. WTH.

4. Keep up with daily house-cleaning chores. Its been so easy to slack on vacuuming, laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, etc without James being here. Things don’t get dirty as easily but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be cleaned. And honestly, I feel 1000xs better when things are clean in my house. Thanks, Dad, for that trait.

5. Go to the store and buy FOOD. Seriously, this whole eating cereal 12 times a day can’t be good for me. I’ve pretty much become a vegetarian out of laziness. Not cool.

So far today I’ve done the first 2. Please, its only 9:30am, I’ve still got time today. And E is napping and when she wakes up we’re working on the self-dressing skills. Hey, I’m making progress right?

I know as a military wife and a mother, its easy to slip into these funks. Sometimes it seems as if there is no point to do anything because the spouse isn’t home anyways. But I think that makes the time drag by so much more slowly. I wasn’t feeling good about myself or my home, and that made me feel like this week has only crept by. Its seems silly, but doing those little things like actually getting dressed every day makes me feel so much better and in turn, I can be a better mom and wife. Many times we wives/spouses and mothers/fathers put ourselves second (or fifth) and that can take a toll over time (apparently for me, this toll only lasts a week. I’m a wuss). But now that I’ve shaken off my funk, I feel so much better!

I know the hard part is keeping up with it. But hey, if I can keep up with the Kardashians, I can keep up with anything (I love that show. Judge me.).