Monday, August 12, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Years ago, when I first had a blog, I found I'm an Organized Junkie and Menu Plan Monday. I was hooked. I had never planned meals before and found myself with 2 kids and a stressed military life. I got right to work with this and had some success with it.  Now I have 3 kids and a military life and planned meals is my lifeline.


I recently found a menu planning template at The Nourishing Home that I love. My favorite part is the "Do Ahead" section. This allows me to jot down things like boil eggs a day or two ahead of when I need them or cook extra chicken to make chicken salad sandwiches.  I print this out each week and store in my home binder. I check it each morning to see what my day looks like. 

Sunday:  Pizza
Monday: Fried Potatoes & Eggs
Tuesday: Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Potatoes
Wednesday: Meatballs, corn on the cob
Thursday:  Ham, Macaroni & Cheese
Friday: Dinner Out
Saturday: ??

I also plan out breakfast and lunch. We are all about making meal time easy during this deployment. I buy more easy to make meals and cook much less from scratch. It was so hard for me to break myself from the way I was cooking, but I was so stressed. Right now, in this moment of our lives, you will find more frozen pizzas and chicken pot pies that I have ever bought before.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Preschool Time - Sensory Bin Overview

 I took some inspiration from Carisa at 1+1+1=1 and made some sensory bins for Scarlett. She sits at the table and can work on these and I can see her from the living room or the kitchen. 

The clear bin is a shoe box bin from Big Lots. It does have a lid. 
The yellow bin is from Dollar Tree.  
All the little accessories are pulled from the kitchen, toy box, or under the beds - totally not kidding!  

This bin has multi-colored rice and some fun blue accessories. We are not necessarily doing a color-of-the-week thing, but we do things like this to emphasize colors. 

Cotton balls, foam shapes, and rocks make up our other sensory boxes.  Scarlett loves the rocks most of all. I think we will add 2 more bins just so there are some variety. 

Lastly, I have 2 of the yellow containers that my husband brought home at some time. These just have some fun things to keep a little one busy. I keep this on the table next to her sensory bin. Scarlett will bring us a book or yell at ask us to play with her.
These bins are not more of our preschool curriculum. They are just fun. More on these later.

Such an abundance of great ideas.
Preschool and Kindergarten Community at Homeschool Creations