Menu Plan Monday ~ July 21/14

Menu Plan Monday for the week of July 21/14

Hello!  It’s time to do a menu plan for the week!  Having a menu plan makes for one organized week and you will feel less stress in your day especially when it comes to 4:00 or as I like to call it, the witching hour.  You know the one I’m talking about!

So I hope you are enjoying summer, I am spending less time on the computer these days and more time with the kiddos.  With a daughter graduating next year I’m so very aware these days at how fast time is flying.  Got to make every day count!

Menu Planning Resources:

Here are some excellent menu planning resources for you this week:


10 EASY Summer Slow Cooker Recipes ~ @ Home.Made.Interest

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101 ~ @ The Diary of a Real Housewife

Hope that helps!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  2 Ingredient Grilled Pork Chops served with corn and baby potatoes

Tuesday:  Mexican Black Bean Wraps with Avocado and Tri-Color Slaw

Wednesday:  Paleo Parmesan Chicken served with broccoli

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Pizza Panini Sandwiches

Saturday:  Grilled Chicken Fajita Chopped Salad

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)

Hope you have a delicious week!


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One of my favorite menu planning resources:

  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Summer Homework for Kids

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.

We “do summer” a little differently at our house…. after a school year that is full of activities and sports and lessons and commitments- we take the summers off. My kids don’t go to camp, we don’t sign up for tennis/golf/soccer/chess/horseback riding lessons…. we try (as best we can) to leave our schedules free. We sleep in. We eat all of our meals together. We swim in the pool. We play tag and fireball and a dozen other made-up games until the darkness (and mosquitos) chase us back inside. And then we’ll hang out and watch a Food Network or Discovery Channel show, or even watch a throwback family movie. We all look forward to this downtime…. with plenty of family road trips sprinkled in to explore new places and see far-flung family members.

But that’s not to say it’s all laziness and fun and games. Because I am also “THAT MOM” that requires her kids to do some summer homework. I know that if my kids don’t spend some time regularly reading, reviewing math facts, and having the chance to practice some key concepts taught in solving word problems and reading comprehension…. that they will struggle in the fall when it’s time to return to school.

summer homework for kids at So this summer, I took an idea from the work the kids do in school, and I hand each of my younger kids a weekly packet to complete at their own pace.

Homework Log

Each packet comes with a log sheet, so they can record what they are reading and when they have practiced their math facts online. We’ve also been enjoying some family read-aloud time – I’ve been reading the book “Fablehaven” and my kids are loving it! They can list the family read-aloud time twice a week on their homework log, but they need to read on their own or aloud to me at least three other times a week.

Homework Resources

For math fact practice, they are using several online programs…. IXL is the program that they have been using at school and we can also access at home, but we also are trying out mathfactspro and factmonster too.

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To create the homework packets, I decided to purchase some workbooks that I felt closely mirrored what they learned in school this past year, specifically Singapore Math word problem workbooks as well as some Scholastic workbooks that work on practicing reading and reading comprehension. These books also get the kids to do some writing- which I like. I found all of these on Amazon.

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In each packet I include 5 pages of math word problems….

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And 3 pages of reading work. I just simply tore up the workbooks to assemble the packets in the way I wanted, focusing on the areas that I felt each of my kids needed to work on.


My kids love an incentive program (notice that I don’t call it a “bribe”!). So I have stashed away some fun drawing books, Minecraft books, and books of horses that I know my kids will love… and I will dole them out over the course of the summer to keep my kids motivated to work through their summer homework.

How do you approach summer homework and school review with your kids?

Sharon Rowley Head Shot 150 x 150 Thumbnail If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and holding a DIY summer camp! You can also find me over on GreatFamilyRoadTrips- where I share ideas and itineraries to inspire you to hit the road!



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4 Ways to Clear Your Mind When You Don’t Have Time

Clear Your Mind

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. It’s one of those days. I’ve got stuff to do and my mind is muddled. I haven’t been getting good sleep lately; dreaming all night every night (because my brain won’t stop) is exhausting. I’ve got to clear my mind. Have […]

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Bathroom Reorganization AGAIN

Bathroom Organization

Okay friends I’m at it again.  Yes I’ve reorganized my ensuite bathroom again.  For those that might not know about my love hate relationship with my ensuite let me fill you in.  First let me just say that I absolutely love having an ensuite, I’m not complaining about that.  I’m not even complaining about the […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ July 14/14


Hello! Time for another edition of Menu Plan Monday otherwise known as the best place to start on your quest to get organized. So we are in for a super nice week this week so I don’t want to have to turn on my oven to heat up my house. So I managed to come […]

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His and Her Bathroom Organizers

His and Her Bathroom Organizers

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kalyn at Creative Savings. When my husband and I moved into our new home, we made a pact that we were not going to let clutter take over our lives. Everything needed to be organized and in it’s proper place as much as possible, especially now […]

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Organizing Shorts for Summer

Organizing Shorts for Summer

Summer is finally here and along with that comes summer clothes.  My old method of organizing shorts in my closet was to stack them on a shelf.  You know what a stack of anything does don’t you?  It teeters and then falls.  This means I have to waste time cleaning up a mess.  I really […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ July 7/14


Hey lovely Menu Plan Monday gals and guys.  Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are ready to get this next week off to an organized start.  Best way to do that is by planning a menu out.  Remember it doesn’t have to be complicated.  Select five EASY recipes for the week, shop for […]

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