1.17.2014

Some Friday Goodness....

Hi ladies and hellllooooo, Friday!

The mini and I have a fun little day ahead and I'm pretty excited about that.  :)  One of the glorious parts about working part-time is that I really and truly look forward to the days that it's just me and J.... pretty sure I'm going to kiss his sweet cheeks 82 times today and let him get away with whatever he wants. ;)  Well, whatever he wants except for his new found love of trying to body slam me and act like a WWE wrestler.  Not even kidding.  And he weighs 1/4 of what I do, so it's no joke.  Toddlers be crazy, y'all.

Moving on - let's get to FIVE ON FRIDAY!  Like most days on this blog, I'm sharing a very random round-up of things. 

[ONE]
I need this weekly meal planner in my life.  The good news is that it's a free printable, so that's happening asap.  Is it just me or is meal planning such a hassle?!?  It's a lot of work to (1) find some great recipes, (2) write out all of the ingredients you need, (3) get to the grocery store, (4) unload it all, (5) and then actually cook the meals!  Maybe I'm being dramatic and it's not that tough???  Either way, I want something that I can glance at every single week and immediately know what I'm cooking that night (and also know that all of the ingredients have already been purchased and are ready to go)!  So, my plan with this adorable free printable by Elephant Stationary Studio is to send the file to my local Office Depot and ask them to make a little tablet out of it (yes, they can make almost anything into a tablet where you just pull off the top sheet and move on to the next).  Maybe they can even put a magnet on the back.  If not, surely I can pull that off.  As much as I despise having junk on my refrigerator, this will soon be found there.  I'm excited.  :)  Ps - thank you so very much, Elephant Stationary Studio, for sharing such goodness!  Also worth noting - yes, this entire paragraph is absurd and a complete and total "first world problem".  I mean really.... I just wrote like 10 sentences about how meal planning is so hard.  Ridiculous!
[TWO]
But really.

[THREE]
If y'all haven't already heard the big news, my sweet (real life) friend, Emily, has started sharing some great language development tips and tricks on her blog and has also opened up a shop!!!  She's a Speech-Language Pathologist and truly one of the kindest hearted people I know (and I seriously mean that - she is precious and such a good person / great mama).  Anyway, if you are anything like me, you often worry if your mini is meeting the expected milestones / if they are talking enough, etc.  Since obviously this is my first go around with raising a mini and I'm no expert on speech and language development, some of Emily's ideas and resources have been so helpful!!  Stop by her blog and follow along if this is something that's of interest to you too!  I follow her shop on Instagram too because I love seeing tips and ideas at a quick glance!!  You can find her on Instagram at "DEAROEVERYDAYSPEECHANDLANGUAGE".  

[FOUR]
I'm thinking about throwing a Valentine's party for some of my closest mama friends and their minis.  Our "Pjs & Donuts" Christmas party was cancelled, so I feel past due for a little party. I thought this dinosaur severing dish was really cute and would go well w/ the dinosaur themed Valentine's I'm working on for J.  

[FIVE]
Dear husband - fo' real.  And you know how I feel about chocolate and puppies.  XO.

Okay, so now it's your turn to link-up with us!  It's beyond easy and so fun [but really, share any five things, link back to one of our blogs, post the fun logo below and link-up!].  Make sure to stop by and say hello to my sweet friends who host this along with me every Friday!  AprilChristina and Natasha make this little link-up go round!  :)

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34 comments :
Jill said...

I'm in love with this printable. I had no idea Office Depot would do that for you...the tablets that is! I might have to have one :) I totally agree with you on the "hassle." I get the groceries just fine. Execution/follow-through is my problem :P

Jen said...

Happy Friday, friend!!! I'm so with you on the working part-time! It really does make you look forward to your days off and the time you get to spend with them is even more cherished!!! Loving those quotes - both of them - perfect!!!! That dino tray is adorable! Hope we can all get together soon!!!! OX

Erin said...

I almost spit my coffee all over my computer reading #2, so thank you for that! Hysterical. And I love that printable/ the idea to get it made into a tablet. Thanks for sharing your friends blog. Hadley isn't old enough to talk yet but I'm bookmarking that site!

Jamie Eason said...

Love that printable! Too funny - I posted about weekly menu planning in my five on friday today. I SO need to use that printable! Have a great weekend!

Royal @ Royal Proclaims said...

I think a Valentine's Day party is an adorable idea!

Natasha said...

not sure you could be any cuter...if i was in houston, i would totally bring the minis over for v-day celebrations!!! i totally agree with you on the lick the face of the skinny girl too--forget to eat?? i count down the hours UNTIL it's time to eat (and drink, hehe)

have a fabulous weekend and hope you and j have a great friday!! OXOX

Emily said...

You my friend are the sweetest, most supportive friend a girl could ask for! I can not tell you how much it means to me-except it made me cry (yep, I am an emotional crazy hormonal pregnant lady!) seriously, your friendship means the world to me! Thank you so very much!!!! I truly hope that some of the little ideas/activities I can share will help make a small difference or give support to any Momma's out there that might need it. Thanks again, love and HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!! XOXOXO

Brooke Haas said...

Lol at #2 OMG!!!! Those printables are fantastic and just what I need to start menu planning, thank you! Also, that dino tray I love!! Hopefully we can finally get our kiddos together soon! Have a great weekend friend!

Andrea H. said...

I struggle with meal planning, too! Those printables will be super helpful!! And I love the dinosaur DIY dish. That is a super cute idea!

Andrea
alhadventures.blogspot.com

Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed said...

What an adorable printable! Can't wait to use that! I can use all the help I can get as far as meal planning goes! Thanks for sharing dear!

Rebecca Jo said...

yeah... this girl has never ever forgotten to eat :)

Kayla White said...

Perfect timing for me to find this! I'm wanting to start meal planning, and I am a list LOVER, so this is great! Thanks for sharing!

Julie Joy said...

Thanks for sharing the meal planning printable! I have been using a boring one I found on pinterest so I think it would be lovely to switch it up a bit! I have a hard time sticking to meal planning because like you said, by time you put all the time into planning the meal and have to cook, it's some what exhausting! Lol. I didn't know that you can get tablets made up! I might have to look into that in my area! :) Have a great weekend!

Shelby H. said...

YES to #2. What real person's day doesn't include (or revolve around) meals!? That dinosaur platter is perfect for a kiddo party. Have a great weekend!

Stephanie Fretwell said...

Love your 5 on Friday posts! I use an awesome website called Plan to Eat for all of my meal planning. There's even an app for your phone :) You upload recipes from websites, enter your own or get them from other users AND it makes your grocery list for you! That was what hooked me. Anyway, just wanted to share a helpful tip. Happy Friday!!

PS - my friend Courtney, from Canyon, sent me to your wonderful blog!

[darci @ the good life] said...

Stephanie - I'm checking that our right NOW!! It sounds amazing! And how neat ..... Courtney Henry maybe? If so, I love her!!

Nat said...

I'm awful at meal planning but I know I should probably start!! Thanks for sharing the speeh pathologist blog- this is great information to know!

melissa said...

#2 - Best ever. Hilarious. And that meal planner looks awesome!

NapaKat said...

#2 cracks me up, I've never understood that. Do they not have noses. I think I can skip a meal and then we pass a coffee shop, or a burger joint and I make a hard left hah. Mmm food. Good luck on your meal planning. I'm good about shopping once each week, but never have an idea about how a meal will come together until I make it. Planning would be a huge time saver at night.

Enjoy your wonderful day off.

Lindsay said...

I'm dying at #2!!!!!

Meghan said...

Haha my idea of meal planning is going through our go to meals and deciding what day to make them. I feel like I have two weeks worth of dinners tops and then the get repeated! I might need to add variety!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

I just started meal planning last week with a little bit of success; however, I kind of like going to the store everyday! Also, that dinosaur plate is amazing!!!

Megan said...

Emily is the best! And meal planning is a must, get yo' meal plan on lady!!!! :)

xo
Megan
Hello Newlywed Life Blog

Kristal @ The Strong Family said...

I feel the.same.way. about meal planning. If you find any tips or tricks that you just love, you should definitely blog about them!

Paulsen Mommy said...

That's so cool that Office Depot can do that! Happy Friday!

Leah @ Everyday Love said...

Have you heard of eMeals? THey have a blogger program and make meals planning SUPER EASY!!!

Sara Elizabeth said...

That serving dish is hands down the greatest thing EVER.

Chelsea G said...

I've been pinning meal planning printable's and this one takes the cake! Also, not having to print 52 of these, staple them together and then hang annoyingly on the fridge because Office Depot does it for you...BRILLIANT!!!

Stephanie Fretwell said...

Yep, Courtney Henry!

Becky M said...

So true about the skinny comment! Made me laugh out loud!

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Katie @ yellowmangolife.blogspot.com said...

Love that dinosaur tray!! Too cute! And agree about the skinny comment...come on now who in the world would "forget" to eat????

Brittany said...

Meal planning is so annoying, but in the end it's so worth it. And those cute printables make it a whole lot more fun too :)

And I love that dinosaur tray so much!!!!

B @ The Sequin Notebook said...

That dino tray is so cute - it's cracking me up!! Thanks for hosting!

The Mrs. said...

Number 2 is priceless!!!!!

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