Adventures in Meal Planning

tumblr_mz96fvlgMs1rqj2w5o1_500When I was engaged, I spent hours dreaming about all of the dinner parties and brunches (like the fabulous one pictured above) we would host in our new home together. I knew what our dining table would look like, how I would style our bar cart, and I registered for every kitchen gadget you can think of. Unfortunately, I forgot about one major marriage detail: I am now in charge of feeding another human every single day. I went from being a single law student who started cooking (or ordering) dinner no earlier than 7pm to a wife who has to make sure her husband eats something other than a burger and fries or pizza for dinner every night. I’m also lucky enough to be married to a man who has a BIG appetite. He also loves to workout, so he needs big meals to replenish all of those calories burned.

For the last two months I’ve tried to get by with my old “plan dinner at dinnertime” routine and it has not been working at all. Not only do we end up eating dinner far too late, but I’m still left with the rest of the week to figure out. I have a bunch of friends who plan their meals out at the beginning of the week (or even month) and I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon. We’re also trying hard to clean up our diets since we’ve been eating like college students ever since we got married (pizza, kraft mac and cheese, wayyyy too many desserts). So I’m especially focused on adding more real, unprocessed foods into our meals and getting rid of the junk.

I’m currently surrounded by all of my cookbooks, a notebook, and a planner, but I need your help: Do you plan out your family’s meals? How do you stay on budget while still eating whole, unprocessed (and preferably organic) foods? Do you prep your meals at the beginning of the week or cook everyday? What are your favorite food/recipe blogs? I need all of the tips I can get!

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J.D.

IMG_5368Although I completed my law degree in December, my commencement ceremony was this past weekend in New Orleans. It was a jam-packed weekend filled with graduation (and Mother’s Day!) celebrations, sightseeing and too much eating. I used it as an opportunity to introduce my family to my favorite places in Nola and we had an absolute blast. We didn’t have nearly enough time to do everything I wanted to do, but it was still a fantastic weekend. I promise to get back to regular posts tomorrow, but today I wanted to share a few snapshots from the weekend. Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Wise Words // Invest In People

tumblr_m9g3mfnt4K1r63tjzo1_1280This quote perfectly sums up the reason Sam and I moved back to the small college town where we met. We needed space to establish our new family, to build a community with our lifelong friends, and to immerse ourselves in the church that is becoming our home. The transition isn’t always easy, but it is more than worth it.

What are you investing in? What are you building?

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Gallery Wall Ideas

29cc93177926d0323dbb94dddc1192fcThe wedding dust has settled, (most of) the boxes have been unpacked, and our first house is really starting to feel like a home. The only problem is that I’m still recovering from all of the planning/moving/marrying craziness that I’ve been avoiding the final touches. We decided not to paint the walls before we moved in because it was too much of a hassle, but I knew that I didn’t want to leave the walls blank. We have plenty of photographs and art prints to hang so now I just need to decide how I want to display them. I love a good gallery wall, but I can’t decide which style I like best. Should we do a uniform color/size frame or a mix? Should we hang the photos with washi tape or small push pins so that we can switch them around frequently? And where should we hang them?

Do any of you have a gallery wall? How did you hang the pieces and where did you put it?

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What To Wear To… Graduation

10411033_10102049285212879_5283373054605709219_nAlthough I graduated in December, my actual commencement ceremony is Mother’s Day weekend. That’s only twelve days from now. And I just realized that I haven’t even thought about what I’m going to wear. I went to school in New Orleans so I already know that it will be blazing hot and humid. Therefore, I need a lightweight dress. Graduation is held in the Superdome (where the Saints play) so I also need comfortable, easy-to-walk in shoes. I also want a dress that I can wear again throughout the Spring and Summer. I decided to check ASOS because I know their prices are good and they have a huge inventory. It took me at least an hour to go through all of the dresses and I still don’t think I saw everything. Here are the top 10 dresses on my wishlist. Help me narrow it down! And if you’re graduating this Summer, let me know what you’ve decided to wear.


 
 

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