A more detailed blog post including pics 's coming very soon, but I wanted to go ahead and make a list here of the meals I'm gonna put together this week to prep for the next 3-4 weeks. I've been "monthly cooking" now for several years but I'm noticing that I'm putting on weight and not feeling my best. I know I feel better (and look better) when we eat more whole, healthy foods. With that in mind, my usual freezer meals need revamping. Cue Pinterest. My first step is always to peruse Pinterest and find recipes my entire family will eat. Thankfully, my children are amazing eaters and don't complain very often (that's one area Adam and I parent really well). Here is my list of meals I'll prep to make this coming week: Fajita Chicken Mongolian Beef (served over rice but I will pair mine with extra veggies) BLT's using turkey bacon (I'll eat mine in lettuce wraps) Italian Soup Turkey Burgers Chipotle Mock Chicken (using boneless, skinless thighs) Burrito Bowls BBQ chicken Fish Foil Packets (This will not be a freezer type meal) Taco Soup Homemade Chicken Nuggets Whole Roast Chicken with Veggies Honey Lime Ginger Pork Tenderloin Chili Here are some FREE Printable Freezer Labels I created so you can simply print them off and tape to your freezer bags as you're making your meals. Tomorrow night after church I'll make my grocery list compared to what we already have and grocery shop Monday morning. Then, I'll spend the rest of Monday prepping and freezing everything. All of these meals listed should last about a month since I'll be doubling/tripling them.
Dressing well doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune. I firmly believe if you're patient and shop the sales, you can look just as trendy as you'd like to for much less money. And since I'm a modest gal who's nearly 5'11", I really have to dig around the racks to find outfits or dresses that fit me well and fit into our budget. Here are my biggest tips to dress for less: (shown below are my church/date night/special days outfits. Other days I pair these items with shorts/jeans.) 1. Don't be afraid to shop Goodwill and consignment shops. (I have to be extra careful when digging around these stores as my children are HIGHLY allergic to pet hair.) If you keep in mind you're looking for any piece that'll fit you well for less than $6, you'll score some amazing deals (extra points if you can alter your own clothes to help the fit be perfect). Then you can pair these pieces with other items already in your closet.
In this pics above, the black/white chevron skirt was only $3 at Goodwill and fits perfectly both shape and length. The purple and black skirt in the 2nd pic was also $3! The beige skirt was only $4 is an awesome staple piece!! 2. Shop the clearance sections in Target. Boy, oh boy, I have found some amazing clothes on those %70 and %50 off racks. You'll know it's on clearance by the red/white sticker on the tag.
The black dress above along with the cream top were both only $13 each. For staple pieces, that's a great deal!! 3. Always pair your findings with what you already own. There's nothing better than paying NOTHING for clothes you already have but you can find new ways to pair them.
In the pics above, the Hawaiian skirt was only $3 at Goodwill while the denim top (that I've been wanting to buy for years now) was at Target for $15. I didn't mind paying that since it's a basic piece I can wear LOTS of ways. In the 2nd pic, I already had the navy blue jersey skirt so I paired it with a really pretty ruffle top I got from H n M for about $9 I think.
4. Be patient. The item just placed on display in the stores WILL come down in prices. Just give it a few weeks/months and watch for the discounts. Also, check your mail/email for coupons to sweeten the deal.
All together, these outfits cost around $78 and I can mix/match them with lots of other pieces I have already in my closet. I'm very excited to dress modestly but not frumpy. And Adam is happy I'm not spending a small fortune to look nice!! (My personal fav stores are Goodwill, Target, JCPenney and HnM).