Breaking the Cycle of Ordering Out!

Breaking the Cycle of Ordering Out!

I have a serious problem…. I order out, at least 4 nights a week….

Every Sunday I sit down to plan a grocery list. After a weekend full of chips and salsa, pizza and Thai food, all I want is to plan healthy meals to cook for my entire family, Sunday through Thursday. Simple enough, right?

I work hard at planning my meals. I always go to Thedefineddish.com for great healthy filling, delicious recipes, then I scour through cookbooks to search for healthy meals. Once I have my list complete, I feel on top of the world!

Sunday night: a healthy meal is on the table.. there is always whining from the kids, but it’s only Sunday and I am soooo motivated that I can take it!

Monday night: After a full day of running around, taking kids to school, checking off the to-do list, picking kids up from school, enforcing homework, playing nerf guns with Kace… I don’t totally feel like cooking, but I will. There will be a LOT of whining, but I can get through it because it’s only Monday, I have to suck it up!

Then Tuesday comes… same routine.. rushing around, after school play dates, running Livia to musical theater. Kids are whining from the second they walk in the door about Kace being too loud, or wanting to watch youtube, or Kace taking all of clothes off and trying to pee on the couch. The idea of cooking gets more and more daunting…. I can feel my heart rate speed up just thinking of trying to cook while Kace is climbing on top of the counter tops trying to smack me in the face with a spatula and Livia and Violet are whining because they don’t want to eat whatever it is I’m making… thats when I give in. Favor to the rescue!

Wednesday night: I think about cooking for a brief moment, but after guitar lessons and soccer games, all while toting my two-year old mini monster around, Favor or UberEats is sounding pretty good.

Thursday night: Its almost the weekend so… why not just order out?

Friday and Saturday: HAH! Def not cooking.

Then Sunday repeats!

I have created a vicious cycle of not only spending too much money ordering out, but wasting perfectly good groceries! It has to stop! I need help-lol! Hold me accountable! This week I am going to stick to my meal plan! I WILL cook one meal that the whole family will (be forced to) eat Sunday through Thursday.

Here is what I’m making:

Sunday- Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, and grilled corn on the cobb.

Monday- Grilled Chicken with arugula and warm chick peas. This is going to be a tough one to get the kids to eat it, but it will be Monday and I will be motivated enough to stick it out!

Tuesday- Tacos! I know its not the healthiest thing ever, but the kids will eat it, and I can make it into a Taco salad for Kevin and myself.

Wednesday- I’m going to go with “Southwest Soup”, a family recipe that is super easy, and I can get all 3 kids to eat it. Livia will whine about it, but she’ll eat it! You basically dump chicken breasts, chicken broth, 2 cans of black beans, 2 cans of corn, 4 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis, chili powder cumin, and salt in a pot and cook it! Shred the chicken and serve with a little sour cream. Easy peasy!

Thursday- Turkey meatballs with marinara sauce, and a salad. I mayyyy give in and let the kids have peas for a side, because the griping over salad may drive me up the wall!

WISH ME LUCK!!! Tune in on instagram stories (@stephikruse) every night to see how it goes down :).

Love,

Stephi

Back To School …Back To School..

Back To School …Back To School..

The dog days of summer have come to an end…. well, sort of. It will still be hot as Hades, but two out of 3 kids are back at school, and I will am down to one handsome little monster to entertain for the remainder of hot summer days.

Don’t get me wrong, I am sad that summer break is over. However, the age difference between the girls, and Kace, really kicked my booty this summer! The girls wanted to get out and have things planned all day, everyday, of summer. I normally love to have fun activities/adventures planned, but throwing my little pool monster into the mix is not easy. I’ve had to work around nap-time, and the very beginning of him expressing himself through fits (giving me nightmares of the terrible two’s that are on the horizon). It has been a balancing act of entertaining all 3 kiddos, while also figuring out how much pain and stress I’m willing to endure, while doing so ;-).

I digress! The girls are BOTH at elementary school as of last Thursday. Yes, I said BOTH! My little Violet baby is off to Kindergarten. I was a mess last Thursday, and absolutely fed into my emotions by playing Abba’s “Slipping Through My Fingers” while sobbing in my car. In order to distract myself from the inevitable realization of time flying by WAY too fast… I shopped! 😉

I decided I’m not buying a whole “back-to-school” wardrobe because they have too many clothes as is, and we wont feel fall-ish weather until at least December! However, I let each girl pick out a new outfit for the first day of school that had them feeling confident, and excited, for a great year ahead! I linked some great back to school essentials below

BACKPACKS:

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my big girls <3

For backpacks, I usually turn to Amazon! You can always find unique styles for good prices! Nordstrom also had some great backpacks! I also love the idea of getting some patches for the girls to pick out in order to have their own individual flare!

SHOES:

Going for comfortable, cute sneakers and lightweight natives!

LUNCHBOX:

I let the girls pick these…. ( they will maybe use them 5 times… I am alllllll about cafeteria lunches 0:-) ).

CLOTHES:

These are a few cute items I couldn’t resist 🙂

I hope y’all were able to hold it together a little better than I was!!

xx,

Stephi

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Bye!

Holy Guacamole!

Holy Guacamole!

What is the one food you cannot resist? Some people love desserts, some people are chocolate fanatics… For me, the food that I absolutely cannot resist is guacamole!! Who’s with me??

With today being National Avocado Day, I thought the best way to honor that magical fruit (yes, fruit), would be to share my favorite guacamole recipe. I have toiled for years, with hundreds of different recipes for this heavenly treat. It’s taken countless hours, lots of burns from hot jalapenos, and LOTS of taste testing, to finally come up with the perfect combination of fresh ingredients for my WORLD FAMOUS guacamole.  Okay, maybe not world-famous *yet*, but it will definitely leave your guests (or yourself) shouting “Holy Guacamole!!!!!”

Ingredients:

3 avocados
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro

Directions:

In a large bowl, add the peeled avocado and lime juice. Toss to coat, then mash. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it up with a little tender love and care ;-).  Build up the will power to let it sit for at least 30 minutes to give the flavors time to blend together, and Voila!!! You now have a crowd pleasing, amazingly delish, homemade guacamole to make all your dreams come true! (At least that’s how I feel about it).

 

** for those that like it extra spicy, add more cayenne!

xoxo,

Stephanie

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVORITES

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVORITES

My favorite sale of the year is here…. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!! Time to scoop up some fall staples at a great price.. what’s not to love? I will just go ahead and cut right to the chase. Here are my fav clothing picks from the #nsale. Scroll all the way to the bottom for my top 5 favorite pieces 😉 Absolute must-haves (IMO).

TOPS: 

JACKETS:

BOTTOMS:

SHOES:

ATHLETIC:

DRESSES:

TOP 5 PICKS:

Reasoning behind my top fav?

Striped duster–  Such a statement piece! Wear it with a black tee and jeans with cool mules for an everyday cool vibe. Pair it with jean shorts and a plain tee for a super casual boho feel. Put it over a black mini dress for a sexy date night option… so many ways to mix it up.

Black heeled mules– I paired with almost every outfit. They have a fun 90’s vibe, plus they are the most comfortable heels I have ever put on my feet!!!

Spanx leggings with a fun stripe detail-  ENOUGH SAID!!!!! Okay, okay, I’ll say more…. Spanx leggings are life! They suck everything in.. pick my mommy booty up a little higher and they are the perfect basic to have in your wardrobe! Pair them with a cool band tee and sneaks. Put them on with a dressy black bouse and heels. Put them with a basic white v-neck and tie a jean jacket around your waist for the perfect, effortlessly cool and casual outfit. Trust me and just buy them!!! Size up!

White heeled booties- All I can say I saw them and died. Then I tried them on and died again! OBSESSED!!!!

Veronica Beard cropped jeans– They are pricy, but way pricier after the sale. Plus, they are just too cool and the fit is amazing! They fit TTS!

Stay tuned for my fav picks for accessories, kiddos, and the men in your life 😉

Happy Shopping!!!

XOXO,
Stephi

 

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