Menu Mondays are Back!

With all the craziness that came with the month of May, I dropped the ball big time on menu planning!  I tried but failed miserably.  YIKES, I know!  Back at it again this month!

Breakfasts

Smoothies
Eggs, spinach, & cheese
Overnight oats (LOVE overnight oats straight from the fridge during the warm weather months!)
Out to eat for brunch

Lunches

Leftovers
Salads
Potluck
Smoothies

Dinners

BLT Salad with Avocado & Egg

Chopped romaine, halved grape tomatoes, crumbled bacon, chopped hardboiled egg, avocado slices, simple vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken over Zoodles & Sauce

Grilled chicken, zucchini noodles, sauce made from roasted garlic, sautéed onions, spinach, grape tomatoes, olive oil & salt/pepper, topped with a little parmesan cheese

Spicy Marinated Pork & Eggs

Click here for recipe.

Potluck

I’m bringing a Strawberry Spinach Salad with goat cheese & almond slivers with a strawberry vinaigrette.

Cauli-fried rice with veggies

Cauliflower rice with peas, asparagus, carrots, onion, corn, green beans, scrambled egg, garlic, & soy sauce

Homemade Taco Pizza

Click here for my favorite pizza crust recipe.  Topping with salsa, taco beef, bell peppers, onions, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, & cheddar.

Meatballs & Spaghetti Squash

Click here for recipe.


A Typical Summer Day

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Summer!  Having all my girls home with me over the past week has been so much fun.  I find that I do best when we have a LOOSE schedule for the summer days.  Our schedule goes like this:

7am – 8am: Breakfast

8am – 9am: Chores

9am – 10:30am: Work out & snack

10:30am – 12:00pm: Play/Activity

12:30pm – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 1:30pm: Reading

1:30pm – 4pm: Naps/Quiet time

4pm – 5:30pm: Snack/Play/Activity

5:30pm – 6pm: Dinner

6pm – 7pm: Family time

7pm – 8pm: Bedtime for the girls

 

Just to be clear, this is a fluid schedule.  Approximately zero days go exactly like this plan.  Haha.  I use the schedule more like a guide than a rigid timetable.

Over breakfast, we practice some sort of learning.  Right now, I am teaching the girls our complete address and important phone numbers, like mine and my husband’s.

Start ’em early, y’all!

As for chores, we do laundry, vacuuming, window cleaning, bathroom cleaning, organizing, straightening anything that was left out from the day before, etc.  My girls are ages 7, 4, & 2, and each of them contribute the best way that they can.  I love having chores schedule right after breakfast.  The girls do a great job of helping at that time in the morning!

Working out & snack is actually something that doesn’t happen every day at all.  I’ve mentioned before that I take a fitness class specifically geared towards moms.  I LOVE this class, and I try to attend 2 to 3 times per week.  The best part of class is that all the kids play together while the moms work out.  My oldest daughter has been so excited to get back to class so she can play with her friends from last summer!

The fitness class is held at a local park, so after class, we often stay to play and have a picnic lunch.  If we don’t go to the fitness class or if we don’t stay and play at the park, we often meet up with friends for a play date.  We have lots of fun things to do where we live – lots of parks, splash pads, playgrounds, orchards, etc.  If we have to stay home for whatever reason, I try to come up with something fun to do.  Science experiments, cooking sessions, and board games are always fun to do with the girls.

After we have lunch, the girls usually wind down by reading for a bit.  Then it is time for nap!  My oldest doesn’t nap, but she usually spends naptime reading, playing quietly, or doing another quiet activity.

Once everyone is up from nap, the girls get a little snack and play for a while.  Sometimes we do some sort of activity or they help me with prepping dinner.  More often than not, my husband is home by this time, so he plays with the girls… lots of chase and giggling and growling as they pretend to be tigers or cheetahs or mummies… while I make dinner.  I adore making dinner and hearing all their antics.  It’s one of my favorite times of day!

Really, I do. #NoRegrets

After dinner, we have more family time.  We’ll play outside, perhaps we’ll watch a little movie, or sometimes we play a board game.  I’ve been dreaming of doing a giant jigsaw puzzle together, but I’m not sure my 2 year old will go along with my dream just yet.

After that, we start getting everyone ready for bed.  The regular stuff – baths, brushing teeth, brushing hair, pjs, reading, snuggling, songs, etc.

And that, my friends, is how a typical day goes in my house!  Again, we don’t follow this schedule perfectly, but having a flexible schedule keeps us from wasting the day away and wondering what happened to our summer!

What do your summer days look like?  Does anyone else follow a little schedule for the summer? 🙂

 

 

xoxo

 

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