MPM: Week of July 28

As of Sunday evening (when I am writing this) we are still waiting for the arrival of baby boy Martin. I managed to catch up on my money management and since we've been enjoying our week and a half staycation ... we've been spending a bit more on food than I like. So, I'm going to do a meal plan for next week. It's going to be simple, because I don't know how far we'll get before baby boy arrives and then the hubby has to take over.

Here is what I am thinking:

Monday: Taquito Salad
Tuesday: Black Bean Asian Tostadas
Wednesday: Oven Baked Ravioli
Thursday: Chicken Parmesan Casserole (make double and freeze)
Friday: Baked Ziti (double and freeze)
Saturday: Dinner with family
Sunday: Dinner with family

Ok that's a plan for 5 days. I assume we'll eat with my parents at least 2 days this week on the days I really don't feel like cooking.

I'm hoping baby boy makes his appearance and messes this plan up!

The Waiting Game... Part Two

Oh, how fun it is to read pre-Lucille posts and compare them to my life now. Five days before Lucille arrived I did a post about what I was doing while we waited for her arrival. Well, here I am again - on maternity leave and no baby yet. My husband has started his vacation time too... so we are having some family time just the three of us.

It is no where near as boring and relaxing as I described last time, of course. Lucille is a full-blown toddler now, running around and getting into everything. We are enjoying the time - but I'm sure not making brownies, or catching up on my T.V.

So this time around, we are still working on organizing baby boy's room. I picked a "world traveler" theme -- and its coming together slowly -- but he won't have a crib in there until he is out of the pack n play in our room... which was about 4 months with Lucille. At that point we hope (cross your fingers for us) that Lucille is in a toddler bed.

We are trying to organize the rest of the house too. We had to move my office stuff into our master and upgrade our internet to include a landline.

We've been having fun too. Taking Lucille to the State Fair, the Sacramento Zoo and the Folsom Zoo. But there is no sitting around. No baking. I'd like to get a few more meals frozen for when I have the baby, but we'll see if that happens.

I did get a mani / pedi (thanks to a birthday gift from my aunts) but one nail and one toe were ruined within an hour (Lucille bit some of the nail polish when eating a grape out of my hand and stepped on my foot with her shoes on to mess up the toe.)

Ah, I already can imagine how life with 2 under 2 is going to change things....

Stay tuned.

New Ross in Sacramento ... and a Giveaway!

As a Sacramento native I am really familiar with the Town & Country Shopping Center at the corner of Fulton and Marconi. Of course it has a Trader Joe's which is great  -- but it had a few great things that I miss: Sacramento Brewing Company and William Glen. Both were great locally owned businesses. 

The good news is that they have finally finished up the remodel of the back side of T&C with Bed Bath and Beyond and TJ Maxx open - the one additional store I am really waiting for them to open is the new Ross. To celebrate their new store, Ross sent me a gift card and is offer a gift card to one of my readers! I'll be doing a follow up post after the opening about the story (and what I got with the gift card) but I want to get this gift card into your hands in time for the opening of the new store.

It's always fun to explore a new store and Ross has such great deals that I'm looking forward to finding some new clothes for me and the babies. 

The giveaway ends July 16th at 11:59 p.m. PST and is open for anyone living in or near the Sacramento area (basically someone who would be able to check out the new store!), ages 18+. Enter below, using the Rafflecopter form. Easy peasy.
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*DISCLOSURE: As I mentioned, I received a gift card, but was not compensated for this post. The opinions are all mine!

Zulily: Harajuku Cute

I am obsessed with a sale going on over at Zulily right now. The Harajuku Cute sale has some original brands and outfits for kiddos, both boys and girls and all ages.

The 'Mini Ornithologist' tee pulled me in first, and I immediately bought it in the smallest size they had (which was a 2T.) By the same brand, Mokuyobi Threads, the Orange 'Camera Crew' tee is a great option too - if cameras are more your thing.

From Dolce Liya, the White Floral Raglan outfit is great - I wish they had this in 12-18 mo. size for Lucille right now. Other eye catchers: the Purple Deer Applique tee from Hollywood Mirror and the Black & Pink Floral Leggings from Di Vani are favorites.

Anyways, I encourage all my mom readers to check out this and other Zulily sales going on right now. Always good and original stuff. I'm a sucker every time!

Zulily links are referral links. 


I know you have all seen it - but just in case you haven't - watch Always' new video #LikeAGirl. I know I'm an emotional mess this last month of pregnancy, so this made me tear up a bit. I hope Lucille never thinks she can't do something just because she's a girl.

Have a good, long weekend and enjoy your 4th of July, safely!

MPM: Week of June 30

Welcome July! It's baby count down in our house - so the meal planning is getting less and less creative. I tried to spice it up this week with some new recipes mixed in with a oldie or two. We'll see if I stick to it. We never know if my husband gets to observe holidays (like the 4th of July) until the day or so before -- so we may or may not be barbecuing that day.

Monday: with family
Tuesday: Zucchini Feta Pie
Wednesday: Taquito Salad (an oldie obviously!)
Thursday: Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
Friday: BBQ (hopefully.)
Saturday: Stove top Pastitsio
Sunday: Happy 40th Birthday to my husband!

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July ... and some yummy food planned.
More menu plans at org junkie - of course.

Around Town: Sacramento during 4th of July week

I haven't done an Around Town feature in a LONG time. But I have been doing some research on what to do this week - since we have 4th of July and my husband's birthday (the big 4-0) is next Sunday.

July 3 is a River Cats vs. Grizzlies game, and the River Cats will be in Red, White and Blue patriotic jerseys and they'll have a post-game fireworks show. Also on July 3 - you can go watch Angels in the Outfield at Howe Park at their Movie at the Ballpark event. Another July 3 movie event - is Yankee Doodle Dandy at the Crocker Art Museum.

On the 4th of July we'll be watching the Arden Park 4th of July Parade. I can't wait till the kids are old enough to participate. I remember decorating my bike and riding in it when I was a kid.

Next Saturday at Fairytale Town is hosting an International Celebration, featuring dance troupes from all over the world. Sounds like a great event for the kids, especially if they like music.

The California Automobile Museum has a new exhibit that tells the story of early car dealers in Sacramento. If you or your kids are interested in old cars - that would be worth checking out. It just opened yesterday, and runs through November - so you have plenty of time to check it out.

July 6 - there is a Sacramento Republic FC game. They sell out - so if you are interested get tickets now.

Image from the Graphic Fairy.