It’s not even 9AM yet, and I already feel beyond loved. Thanks so much everyone for all the sweet Happy Birthday emails, messages, facebook statuses, tweets and everything! You’re awesome people! And thank you so my sweet sissy who blogged about me. Awww. :)
Last year, on my birthday I wrote about 28 things about me. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’ve learned over the year as I grow into the ripe old age of 29. *deep breath*
1. I learned how to grow a garden!
And that hard work paid off.
2. I learned that I LOVE Zumba!
3. I’ve learned that through hard work and dedication, I can achieve goals I’ve set out to do.
and that through accomplishing those goals, I’ve felt even more empowered to venture out of my control zone and always strive for even greater things.
and that my friends is just a few of the things I’ve learned this past year… and thanks to all of you, who have been amazing blog readers & friends. xoxo
Thanks so much ya’ll for all the great dinner tips on this post. I wanted to share those tips with you, in case you missed them…
As far as exercise, is it possible to go for a walk or a jog while your son is at football practice? Even if you have to make phone calls or something at the same time, you can still walk and do it! Another fast favorite is the BodyRock.tv workouts…a lot is just using your own body weight, and you can find workouts for 12-16 minutes that will make you SWEAT and burn later! I always rely on those when I feel like I have zero time but need to get something in.
Sorry for the novel of a comment – I can just totally relate to having no time! Good luck to our mom in need!
I think Lindsey’s idea about maybe trying to walk/run during football practice is a great idea! Also, if you are making dishes that you just have to bake for dinner like casseroles, you could use that baking time to go run. Just have your husband keep and eye on dinner.
For dinners, my suggestion would be to look for 30 minute meals that are fast. We also like to make homemade pizza dough and pizza sauce and freeze it for quick and easy dinner options when we don’t want to really cook. We just thaw it out, toss in whatever vegetables we have in the fridge that we don’t want to go bad and toss some sauce on top.
As far as food – I second the crock pot meals! There is a woman who cooked solely in her crockpot for 1 year and she blogged every single recipe. Some are hit or miss, but there are some good ones. Bonus: every recipe is gluten free (they are a GF household) so there’s that bonus!
Second, I would recommend making casseroles ahead of time and just popping them in the oven to re-heat. It will take you 30 minutes of cooking time and you’ll have a fresh cooked meal right there. There are so many great recipes for casseroles and you can even freeze them ahead of time and thaw overnight before you want to eat. I’m not a big freezer fan, but I know lots of families that freezer cook 1 day for the entire month!
Lastly, fast meals! Pre-cooking/prep on the weekends is wonderful. Grill up chicken breasts or veggies and throw them in the fridge. You can even pre-saute your veggies. Then throw everything into a scramble for dinner with eggs. Or institute a sandwich night where you make veggie sandwiches or grilled chicken sandwiches. On the side you can have cut up veggies and hummus or yogurt dip.
It’s really all about planning and the more time you put into planning your meals before you get home at night, the more time you’ll save eating healthy meals! http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
Congratulations Randi, please email me at [email protected] to claim your winnings!