Meal Planning {Week of April 24}

What's for dinner Here's a week of easy, healthy meals to get you through your week!

Hey friends!

I hope you are having an excellent weekend. Ours kicked off with a full Saturday morning. I did a quick run, went to yoga, came back home to quickly shower and then took my daughter to gymnastics. After that, went back home to pick up my son and Ron for baseball. So much for a lazy Saturday morning!

During my run, I was trying really hard to remember what I did on Saturday morning’s before I had kids. I’m not one to sleep in so I know I didn’t do that. Go to the gym? Shop? Clean the house? Watch movies and stay in my PJ’s all day? I seriously can not remember. It must not have been too exciting if I can’t remember. Regardless, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

It’s meal planning Sunday. Time to plan out what’s for dinner this week. The kids are on school vacation this week so things are a little off for meals. We are doing a little getaway so it will be a nice break from having to plan every meal. I’m getting bored with my food lately so I need to scour Pinterest for more yummy recipes. Any recommendations?

Sunday: Grilled maple salmon + veggies

Monday: Salsa Verde Chicken Enchilada

Tuesday: out

Wednesday: out

Thursday: out

Friday: Ron’s homemade pizza

Saturday: Garlic Dill Salmon + Brussels Sprouts

For more dinner inspiration, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

High Five Friday April 22 2016

High Five Friday is here! It’s time to spread good vibes because we all could use more good news right? Want to get in on the action? You can find all the details HERE.

5 from Instagram – Are you following me? Please do!

A bird’s eye view on a bluebird day. You can’t beat a view like that.

Same place, different day, still one big hill to climb over and over. Getting stronger each and every time. Eight weeks to Mount Washington!

I run the day before the day runs me. Or at least that’s why I tell myself.

Can you tell I’ve missed my sunrise runs? I can’t get enough!

When you reach the summit of your hike, you must #stopdropandyoga. I don’t want to jinx things but I think spring might actually be here to stay. Woohooo!

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5 Things

Obviously, the Boston Marathon was on my mind for most of the week. So much good news to spread from Marathon Monday.

Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet’s True Grit – First off, I applaud everyone who ran Boston on Monday. The conditions were tough. I couldn’t even imagine how rough it was for every single runner. But this girl…damn. That is some true grit. FYI – prepare to shed some tears reading this.

The 7 Most Inspirational Moments from the Boston Marathon – If you want to be inspired, watch a marathon.

You Are What You Repeatedly Do – Can I get a YES!!!! from everyone for this post from Laura?

How I Became a Positive Person – Great tips on how to live your own life and be happy.

Things I Want My Daughter to Know When Things Get Real – Not just my daughter but every single woman, of any age, in the world. High 5’s to all the ladies!

Let’s Go Camping! {Giveaway}

Camping season is upon us! Stock up on all your camping essentials from Kohl's.

This is a sponsored on behalf of Kohl’s. While I was not paid to write this post I did receive products.

Some of my greatest memories from childhood are from family camping trips. We would kick off the season Memorial Day weekend where we’d pack up the camper and head to a lake. Sometimes it would just be my parents and brothers. Others, my grandparents or aunt, uncle and cousins. We would spend the days fishing, wandering and playing in woods, riding our bikes, paddling in the lake in our canoe or just hanging out. Of course, each night there was a campfire and s’mores. What’s camping without s’mores?

When we camped, there was no agenda. Wait, yes there was. The agenda was to unplug. And this was before cell phones and the internet. Back then unplug meant get away from telephones attached to the wall, running water, electricity and indoor bathrooms.

I couldn’t wait to pass on the camping tradition to my kids. That is until I actually had kids. Camping with young kids did not sound appealing to me. At all. I know a lot of people do it but as a mom of twins, I lived and breathed by a set schedule for at least the first 3 years of their lives. The thought of packing all of their stuff and going a night or two with zero hours of sleep did not sound like fun. Call me crazy, but sharing a 4 person tent with Ron, two humans and a dog that don’t know the value of personal space, while “sleeping” on the ground, was not high on my “Must Do” list during the early years.

Let's go camping! Enjoy the outdoors and make lasting memories for the whole family.

Last year, we thought we were ready. We did a test run in the backyard. The kids were excited. Ron was excited. I was excited. And then night time came and my son was no longer excited. Let’s just say the camping experience did not go over well.

This year is THE year. We’ve been putting together our summer bucket list and camping often is on the list. What better way to get excited for camping than with new gear? Thankfully, Kohl’s came through. Did you know they have an extensive camping department online and in store? I love Kohl’s for their great deals but I had no idea they carried so many great outdoor brands like Coleman.

I wish I could say we have already been camping but it’s only mid-April and we live in New Hampshire. The overnight temps are still a little too cold for more liking. So we tested out some of the new gear in the backyard to see how it worked.

Kohl's has all of your favorite camping gear like this Coleaman tent.

It’s been awhile since I bought a new tent and my-oh-my how things have changed! Room dividers, closets with selves and bars – what?!? We could fit at least two of our tiny 4 person backpacking tent into our new one. My personal space fears are no longer an issue. And it’s a breeze to set up.

Kohl's has all of your favorite camping gear including sleeping bags and air matresses from Coleman.

It’s also been awhile since I bought a new sleeping bag. Memory foam. In the sleeping bag. Oh yes. And it is heavenly. Why did it take so long for someone to come up with that genius idea? Thank you Coleman!

Let's go camping with great Coleman gear from Kohl's.

We have a large air mattress for Ron and I so we picked up two Coleman self-inflating camp pads for the kids. Fingers crossed they stay on them and don’t try to steal my cushy mattress.

Kohl's has all of your camping needs. From propane stoves, cookware and tents, they've got you covered.

With two more (very hungry) mouths to feed, we thought it was time to invest in more food prep gear.  We wanted a stove that was light, compact, and easy to use. This 2 burner propane stove is perfect for cooking up any dish I want. And this stainless steel mess kit is just the right size. It has fold-away handles and nest together for compact storage.

I think we are ready. Let’s go camping!

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