Meal Plan Monday


Gosh things have been so crazy the past year and is finally starting to settle down a bit where I can plan my weeks out right again.  As always, I have a free meal plan printable worksheet that you can use.  CLICK HERE to print it.

For us, here’s what our next week of dinners will be:

Monday: Sour Cream Beef Enchiladas

Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti and Meatballs

Wednesday: Grilled Sandwiches

Thursday: Homemade Pizza

Friday: Crock Pot Roast and butternut squash

Saturday: Biscuits, Eggs, Sausage

Sunday: Leftovers!

Using Dreft Through the Early Years #Amazinghood

Dreft Amazinghood

Laundry, Laundry everywhere!  In a house full of 4 children and 1 on the way, many of my days are spent doing laundry!  As a new mom, you may have many concerns. Will your little one will be allergic to the detergent that you are using?  Will it be too harsh on their precious skin?  How will I ever get these toddler food stains out of their clothes?

Dreft has the solution!  Dreft is available now in stages to cover all your needs from newborn through messy toddlerhood.

  • Dreft Newborn (Stage One): Expectant and new parents can wash their little one’s fabrics with Dreft’s same beloved hypoallergenic formula, designed to be tough on stains and gentle on baby’s skin with the beloved Dreft baby scent.
  • NEW Dreft Active Baby (Stage Two): Specially designed with a growing, developing baby in mind, NEW Dreft Active Baby helps to remove 99% of baby food stains and other outdoor messes with a gentle, hypoallergenic formula and fresh scent.
  • NEW Dreft Blissfuls (Stage Three): NEW Dreft Blissfuls in-wash scent boosters gives families the baby fresh scent they love. Safe on all fabrics, these beads help bring back that nostalgic, amazing baby scent (and all those memories) with every wash.

Dreft Amazinghood 1As we start preparing for our newest addition, I’ve begun washing all of his clothes in Dreft.  The scent is absolutely amazing!  Baby fever is in full swing now!

Check out this video to see how other parents are enjoying their Dreft #Amazinghood

Dreft has partnered with new mom and singer Kelly Rowland to unveil the brand’s new line of laundry products that take care of family laundry needs at each life stage – from pregnancy through toddlerhood and beyond.  Join us on Tuesday, May 5th, from 9-10pmEST as we talk with Kelly about her life as a mom and how she plans to celebrate her very first Mother’s Day!  RSVP here:

Also, make sure to download Dreft’s “Amazing Baby Days” app now available for FREE on the App store. This one- of-a kind app helps parents – and parents to be – capture the amazing moments of pregnancy through their baby’s first year and has recently been updated so that moms and dads can make keepsake movies from photos and videos captured within the app!

Make sure to visit Dreft on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the #Amazinghood news!

Dreft Amazinghood Giveaway

One lucky reader will win their own Dreft Prize Pack which includes:

  • Dreft Product Line
  • Little Me Receiving Blankets
  • Booster Chair
  • Lovey
  • 5 Year Memory Book

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below:

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This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review and compensation, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Up to 50% Off KitchenAid Items – Think Mother’s Day!

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, we have a great deal on KitchenAid!  Amazon is offering 50% off KitchenAid items for today only!  There are some fantastic deals on everything mom would want or need!  Hurry on over for the best selection!

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Another item to consider is the Chicago Cutlery Fusion Knife Block Set 1090390, 18-Pieces, Stainless Steel, which is 47% off today!

84% Off Veggie Spiralizer!

We love making spaghetti and fun out of our veggies!  Amazon currently has this DRAGONN® Spiral Slicer Spiralizer Complete Bundle for only $8.99!  That’s 84% off!  Great reviews, too!

  • ? EASY-TO-USE INGENIOUS DESIGN – Use a simple turning motion (just like sharpening a pencil) to instantly turn boring vegetable into irresistible veggie spirals – Dishwasher safe & easy to clean – Fits easily into any kitchen drawer! User friendly and Ergonomic Design – Non-toxic: spiralizer
  • ? TWO SUPER SHARP JULIENNE BLADES – Our vegetable spiralizer is Quick and easy to use with dual stainless steel blades and 2 pasta sizes! No clogging or jamming. Special Sturdy Japanese Stainless Steel Blades stay sharp and never rust!
  • ? PERFECT FOR CARROTS, ZUCCHINI, CUCUMBER, TURNIPS & SWEET POTATOES – Spiralize endless julienne strips of countless vegetables for low carb, healthy vegetable meals! Food only comes in direct contact on the stainless steels! Easy to handle, and operate safety with built-in finger guards – Work better than expensive models!
  • ? GET HEALTHY – Vegetable spiral slicing goes hand-in-hand with low carb, Paleo Raw food and Gluten Free diets promoting WEIGHT LOSS – more vegetables and fewer carbohydrates will lead to a HAPPIER, HEALTHIER lifestyle for you and your family.
  • ? LIFETIME WARRANTY We Offer An Iron-Clad 3 Tier 100% Money Back Guarantee: ? If you’re not 100% happy with your spiralizer, ship it back and we will refund your money ? If the product breaks or is damaged, ship it back and we will replace it for FREE. ? Even if you lose the spiralizer, just let us know and we will send you out a replacement for free!

(Thanks Time2Save)

Step2 Arctic Splash Table – Only $28!

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Wow!  Here’s a great deal on a water table! has the Step2 Arctic Splash Table down to only $28 from $49.97!

  • Multi-level water play keeps kids interested
  • Step2 water table features an ice slide, tunnel and dumping bucket
  • Includes polar bear, walrus and penguin squirt toys
  • Raised design helps keep kids’ feet dry and clean
  • Suitable for outdoor play on warm summer days
  • Provides a place for active, imaginative play
  • Features a glacier mountain with an ice slide

Score free shipping on orders over $50 or free in store pickup on this item.

42% Off Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine Starter Bundle!

Great news if you’re looking for a deal on this!  Amazon has the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine Starter Bundle for a whopping 42% off today!  Also ships for free!

  • This bundle includes a New Silhouette CAMEO, 2 12″x12″ cutting mats, 2 cutting blades, a Silhouette Pick Me Up tool, a Silhouette Metallic Sketch Pen Pack, and a $25 download card for the Silhouette Design Store.
  • The Silhouette CAMEO is an electronic cutting machine that can cut a variety of materials (from vinyl to fabric) up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long.
  • This model improves upon its predecessor with a responsive touchscreen, a handy on-unit cross cutter, and built in accessory storage.
  • The CAMEOs Print & Cut feature lets you cut precisely around designs and images you have printed on your home printer. Perfect for making stickers, printed iron ons, and much more.
  • The CAMEO includes Silhouette Studio, an easy to use but powerful program which allows you to create your own designs using your own fonts and images with your CAMEO.

May Events for Local Readers

May is a busy month in the Athens area!

May 1: Come experience the moon on Lake Chapman at Sandy Creek Park and paddle around the lake during this evening program from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. You can use one of the park’s canoes or kayaks or bring your own. For ages 12 years and older. The fee is $8 for Athens Clarke County residents and $12 for non-county residents. Pre-registration and payment are required.

May 1 – 2: The Athens Symphony will conclude their 2014-2015 season with an Athens Symphony Pops Concerts at 8 p.m. in The Classic Center’s Grand Hall on Friday and Saturday. Complimentary FREE tickets will be distributed at The Classic Center Theatre box office. Tickets are required for entry and are limited to four per person. Regular box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturday.

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May 1 – 2: Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful (KAACB) Trash 2 Treasures yard sale is a sale like no other! KAACB keeps an eye out for treasures that people try to send to the landfill all year and save them for this sale. Furniture, art, home goods, toys, and unique items you just have to see. $3 admission to the pre-sale on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., but admission is FREE on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The sale will be at the old Solid Waste Facility, located at 1005 College Avenue, Athens.

May 2: Come for a FREE naturalist walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., collect some natural items on your walk and then trade them at the Nature’s Trading Post event from 11 a.m. to noon.

May 2: There will be a community block party to celebrate the reopening of the West Broad Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1573 West Broad St., Athens. The FREE event features craft, produce, and prepared food vendors. Entertainment will include free horseback rides, a bouncy castle, a demonstration from Canopy Studio, a cooking demo, a drum circle, and other live music. Weekly markets will continue at West Broad every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until December.

West broad farmers market

May 2 – 3: Indie South Faire is having their Springtacular from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in downtown Athens on the corner of College and Washington Streets. This is a curated open-air market that brings together artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work in a festive atmosphere for lovers of the handmade, vintage collectors, those looking to connect with the artistic community or become a part of it. FREE and open to everyone!

May 2 – 3: The 37th annual Athens Human Rights Festival will be held at College Square in downtown and includes speakers from local, national and global organizations and live music. The younger crowd will enjoy an array of informational booths and youth performances. This FREE festival is from 10 a.m.–12 a.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.

May 3: Come see the State Botanical Garden of Georgia come alive at night from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a full moon hike. Each hike will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. The cost is $5 for individuals or $15 for families.

May 9: Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park in Athens will have a Birds, Bears and Bagels program at 7:30 a.m. Zoo staff will lead a beginner level bird walk around the zoo and Birchmore Trail. Work up an appetite searching for birds and finish in the zoo – just in time to let the bears into their exhibit for the day. Have bagel breakfast treats and even prepare a few for the bears. Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them. The fee is $2 for Athens Clarke County residents and $3 for non-residents. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, May 6 by calling 706-613- 3580 .

May 9: Sandy Creek Nature Center presents its popular Journey through the Stars series from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. guests will hear the “Legend of Ursa Major” and discover the journey of the great bear through the different seasons. Children 4 years and older. The fee is $7 Athens Clarke County resident families, $10 Non-resident. Critter Tales will also be presented at 2:30.

May 9: Oconee County’s eleventh annual Movie in the Park will start at 6 p.m. Come to Oconee Veteran’s Park for concessions and fun, then at 8:45 p.m. watch The Lego Movie on a big screen. Bring your chairs and blankets for this FREE popular event.

May 12: The Georgia Museum of Art, UGA, will present a workshop on drawing from nature at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join artist Toni Carlucci to learn some of the secrets to drawing plants, flowers, and other objects of nature using fun and easy techniques. Open to children ages 8 and older. FREE but preregistration is required.

May 15: Friday night paddles at Sandy Creek Park. Come experience the moon on Lake Chapman and paddle around the lake during this evening program from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. You can use one of the park’s canoes or kayaks or bring your own. For ages 12 years and older. The fee is $8 for Athens Clarke County residents and $12 for non-county residents. Pre-registration and payment are required.

May 17: The Athens Youth Symphony Spring Concert will be at 4 p.m. at Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center. More than 70 young musicians from all over Northeast Georgia will perform for FREE.

May 18: Set sail with young Jim Hawkins aboard the Hispaniola for the mysterious Treasure Island at the Morton Theater at 10:30 a.m. This merry musical adaptation leaves out the rum-soaked violence of the book in favor of the fun, the action, and the moral foundation of this timeless classic. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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May 22: Come for family fishing at Sandy Creek Nature Center’s Claypit Pond. Bait, cane fishing poles and tips are provided. A catch is not guaranteed, but the fun is! The fee is $7 for Athens Clarke County families, $10 for non-ACC families. Preregistration is required.

May 25: Ashford Manor in downtown Watkinsville will host a Memorial Day Concert On The Lawn. The Funk Brotherhood will perform a mix of 70’s funk featuring a Kool and The Gang tribute, rain or shine. Bring your own tents, blankets and snacks. Tickets at $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for children under 6 years of age.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the gate.

May 29: Natural Assistant Program (NAP) training will be at the Sandy Creek Nature Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you have a teen who wants to have a future working at a nature center, this program explores all the facets of a nature center. Please register for the FREE event by May 23.

May 30: Extra Special People, Inc. is hosting a Jump, Fly Festival to raise funds for their camps for people with developmental disabilities. The jumpers spend the months leading up to the festival raising funds, then celebrate with skydiving! Food, fun, and entertainment like live music, pony rides, bounce houses and crafts create a festive environment for watching the jumpers make their descent. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Skydive Monroe.

Shame Interrupted by Edward T Welch – Free for Kindle!

Update: Price back up to $2.99.

What a surprise that this is currently free on Kindle!  This is one of the books as part of our summer ladies book club studies at church!  Head on over to get Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection on Kindle for FREE for a limited time!