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I haven't meal planned in two weeks and the difference in our schedule and routine is kind of cringeworthy! So, if you were ever on a meal planning ledge of "should I or shouldn't I? You should. Trust me. 

MONDAY pierogis and sausage

WEDNESDAY black pepper chicken

Most of the recipes I found on Pinterest (of course) and they've just been sitting in my food board waiting for me to try them. They all look pretty picky kid-friendly and easy enough to throw together on a weeknight. I think I'm most excited about the chicken sandwiches - the kids love chicken and ranch so I'm hoping it's a winner. And since we have L's last ballet class of the season that night, it's the perfect recipe to throw together in the morning and have one less worry in our busy evening!


Beach season is officially happening here on the southern east coast! Since we're always at the beach or the pool, I keep a bag packed and ready to go whenever the whim strikes. I try to keep our essentials all together in one place so that it's easy to find and easy to put back away (this is KEY for my family!). Our pool needs are a little different than our beach needs so I keep two bags packed and I thought I'd share our favorite beach must-haves. 


"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every year. Every single year when May rolls around, we start spending our evenings at the beach. We do it just long enough before tourist season really kicks in and it reaffirms our love for the ocean. Got cranky kids? Drive 'em to the beach. Having a rough day? Go to the beach. It's healing on so many levels. 


It's Mother's Day week! We have a really calm week ahead of a fun weekend so I'm hoping to catch up on some things around the house and dream about creating a backyard oasis. I'm really excited to try this recipe so I threw it in the meal plan. I'm adding grilled chicken and I'm hoping it's the perfect addition to our summer food rotation (which is usually all things sandwiches and whatever we can throw on the grill!).


It's Sun-YAY! I'm so happy that this weekend has felt stretched out more so than rushed and short. I love nothing more than a weekend that is actually chill and let's you reset before the new week. I mean, parts of this weekend were the pits (like getting peed on - potty training is a whole new ballgame right now) but others (like dinner outside with my loves) were just what I needed. 


Swim lessons, teacher appreciation week, ballet class, and playing catch up! It's going to be a busy week but it's full of sunshine so I think we'll make it through. 😉


Sitting down to plan our upcoming meals each weekend has really been helping me to nail down some routine in our week. Instead of scrambling every Monday morning for groceries or stopping by the store every evening, I order them online on Sunday evenings and pick them Monday morning after dropping Lia off at school. It's working well for us and having a dinner plan before 4 o'clock every day keeps our evenings a little more on track and makes me less panicky and agitated. 

And a less panicky and agitated mama makes everyone happier, am I right?