Some girls grow up idolizing Madonna, Britney Spears, or other celebrities. I grew up wanting to be Rachel Green. I watched FRIENDS from the "Pilot" and cried at "The Last One".
I LOVE this show! 10 years after the last episode aired I still set my DVR to record the re-runs. My favorite character was Rachel. I always loved how she truly worked her way into fashion, her attitude on life, her bad decision making and the love she had for Ross. Aaahhh... that is my love story :)
One of my 30 before 30 goals was to re-watch ALL the FRIENDS episodes. I can finally cross a to do off my list :)
For my own personal enjoyment I decided to make a list of my 10 favorite episodes. Enjoy! :)
10. The One with Phoebe's Wedding: I love the story behind her wedding, the drama with her "planner" Monica, how beautiful her wedding was and Chandler and Ross arguing over who was a groomsman.
9. The One Where Paul's The Man: Bruce Willis. That.Is.All :)
8.The One with The Chick and The Duck- The Chick and the Duck are introduced. SO FUNNY!
7. The One Where Rachel Tells....: This Episode Rachel tells Ross she is pregnant. His reaction is PRICELESS!!
6. The One with Unagi- Rachel and Phoebe attend a self defense class. Ross teaches them about the art of "Unagi"
5. The One with The Cop- Ross buys a new sofa and tries to enlist Chandler and Rachel to help him move it. "PIVOT!!!"
4.The One Where Ross is Fine: Ross walks in on Rachel and Joey kissing. He invites them over for dinner. During the whole evening Ross drinks and keeps saying "I am fffiiinnneeeeeee..... Everything is just working out!" Best quote of this episode "MY FAJITAS!!!"
3.The One Where They All Turn 30: Rachels 30th birthday party. Sssooo funny!!
2.The One Where Ross Finds Out- Ross and Rachel kiss for the first time. :) :)
1. The Last One- Part 2- Everyone ends up happy. What more can I say. :)
What are some of your favorite FRIENDS moments?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Since I am in the middle of re-building my wardrobe I thought it would be perfect timing to take advantage of the 31 days of October.
October 1st I will start.....
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Monday, September 24, 2012
Me "What do you want for dinner?"
Mr. Chic "I don't know. You?"
Me "Not sure... Burgers?"
Mr. Chic "No burgers do not sound appetizing. Steak?"
Me "Eh... pasta??"
Mr. Chic "No, Had pasta for lunch"
Me "Stop and grab KFC?"
Mr. Chic "Perfect!"
You see the never ending cycle of annoyance over what to have for dinner and then stopping because we are to lazy to cook. I am not saying the way I meal plan is perfect-o but it works for us. :) I would LOVE to hear how you meal plan!
We plan our meals like this:
Saturdays- light breakfast, snack, Date Night
Sunday- Larger breakfast, snack, Dinner
Monday- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, Dinner
Tuesday- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
Weds-Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
Thurs- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
Fri- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
1. AFTER dinner I sit down with hubby and we plan our meals. I love this worksheet from mommytracked.com You can download it for free HERE. There are TONS of printable online. I suggest goggling "Meal Planning Printable" and finding the one that works best for you. Make sure you leave the blogger a comment and say "Thanks!"
2. Before looking at the weekly grocery ads I take a peak at my coupon file and check out the pantry. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS shop your pantry, freezer and fridge before looking at the ads.
3. While we are planning what we want to eat we also look at the ads for our local grocery stores. We mainly buy our groceries at Smiths and our meat at Rio Rancho Meats. We try to support as many local farmers as possible too.
4. After we create our plan I double check the local Albertsons ad just to make sure they do not have anything we need to stock up on. ;) Majority of the time Smiths is cheaper and their rewards program is AH-Mazing but I always check :) Its my OCD thing :)
5. SHOP- We like to shop on Friday evenings. The stores are less busy and we have already ate so less "mmmm that looks good" falls into our cart. I set a budget before we go. Always set a realistic budget. If you need meat, milk, eggs, veggies, etc don't say "I will only spend $40". Its just sets you up to be boo boo lipped :(
6. Up groceries away
7. Hang out with Hubby
While cooking a light breakfast I wash the veggies, separate meat, and misc prep work
We normally have a large breakfast on Sunday mornings. Normally we have the burners going, ovens on, dishwasher is filling up so we start prep cooking for the week.
An example of prep cooking is, if I am cooking bacon in the oven I can throw some baked potatoes in, bake my casserole, etc. If the oven is already on why waste the space and energy???
On Sundays I also make all the breakfasts for the week. Some mornings we like breakfast burritos, others its just fruit. Mr. Chic will also make himself Oatmeal during the week. Normally I make about a dozen burritos and freeze them. This lasts a couple of weeks for us.
I also separate snacks into easy grab bags, brown the burger I need, separate groceries that need to be frozen, etc. Any food I can make a head I will (pasta sauces, soups, etc). Normally after we cook I will toss in a couple of dutch ovens with some soups and let them slow cook. After the soups are done I portion them into containers and freeze.
The keys to meal planning are:
- Shopping Smart
- Prep Cooking
- FREEZE your leftovers!
- Pack your lunch
- Keep fruit handy for snack time
- Stick to a budget
- Stock up on great deals
If you are starting out with meal planning I suggest planning one week at a time for 2 months until you get the swing of it. After that you will be organized and have some ideas on meals you like, what you can freeze, etc.
Next week I will continue the smart shopping tips with how to stock your pantry and freezer on a budget. :)
What are some of your meal planning tips??
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
I have been a follower of Erica B. for a few months. I love her blog!
Her about me section is EXACTLY why I LOVE her blog!
Her about me section is EXACTLY why I LOVE her blog!
- Erica B.
- Welcome to my DIY Style blog! How many times have you seen clothes in an upscale
department storeor a posh boutique and cringed at the sight of the price tag? I've done it many times and have said to myself, "I could make that"! While reading my fashion sewing blog, you'll share with me in my adventures in taking "boring" patterns from drab to fab by creating "inspired" looks pulled straight from those boutiques, the runway and fashion magazines. Also my adventure in learning to tailor and couture sewing techniques.
- I love re-purposing clothing, sewing and I too am learning to tailor my own clothing. I was browsing around her blog last night and she posted one of the most beautiful skirts I have EVER batted my eyelashes at.
- Visit her post HERE
- Isn't that skirt amazing! Take a peak over at her blog for the full post! Don't forget to follow along with her. This gal is so creative, hip and you will LOVE her posts!
- Visit Erica B. DIY Style! HERE
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I have been finding so many great deals shopping lately. Friday night I picked up 2 shirts and a pair of boots at Target for about $20! LOVE!!!
Getting dressed this morning I decided I wanted to wear my new Minnetonka Moccasins. If you have never tried on a pair of Minnetonkas DO IT! They are the most comfortable shoes ever. Living in New Mexico I am fortunate they are at every shop in Old Town Albuquerque. I want to find a pair of boots. Having calves makes this a bit harder but I am determined! :)
Top- Target (about) $7 BUY IT HERE
Jeans- Lane Bryant (around)$20. slim cut
Moccasins- Minnetonka (around) $35
Necklace- Groupdealz (around) $15
Monday, September 17, 2012
Being a household of two Mr. Chic and I are TERRIBLE about dining out all of the time. We grab breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner outside of the house. We waste a TON of money!! Last week we decided to do a little experiment. We created a meal plan for the week, a budget and went shopping.
During the week of 9/8-9/14 we spent $79 on food. 2 people! $79! AH-mazing!!! We made an effort to really plan, eat left overs, buy a bit more in bulk, eat a tad less meat, and we saved!
Friday night 9/14 we should have created our plan, budget and went shopping again. What did we do?? NADA!!! Let me give you a glimpse at our spending from Friday-Monday at 9:29PM.
9/14/12: Wendys- Lunch for me $3.99
Dions- Dinner for 2 $15.04
9/15/12- Rudys BBQ- $25.69
9/16/12- Wecks- Breakfast for 2- $21.25
Pizza Hut- $34.80 (left overs for dinner on 9/17)
TOTAL- $45 ish
Now.. add another $20 on misc crap we bought all weekend (soda, chips, water, etc for the dog event)
2 people spent about $110 dollars on food in 3 days. We also ate like crap.
My friends.... this is a prime example of why meal planning, budgeting and shopping are sssooo important!
The lesson to be learned here is to stick to our plan because now our grocery budget is totally busted for the week and I have to go to the gym!!!
A very bummed out Mandy Jean :(
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Oooo... my poor pantry. For the last 5 years it has been a catch all, food storage, extra appliance storage, sometimes medicine cabinet, and the door that is ALWAYS shut in my house. Sad because it could be such a cute little area.
This week I decided to clean out my pantry. I love having a pantry in a small kitchen but the metal shelves do not help anything!
I started off by pulling EVERYTHING out of the pantry, tossing dated food, boxing up food that can be donated, pulling appliances out that we never use, washed all the shelves, door and floor.
I started putting items back in and I realized how much I dislike the wire shelving. Seriously home builders! Spend the extra $10 for wood please!!!!
After thinking about how I could add something stable to the shelves I had a bight idea!
I could make temporary shelf covers with cardboard, decorative and decorative contact paper.
1. Using ribbon. Cut cardboard to size
2. Cut contact paper to size. Leave an inch on all sides to fold over
3. Peel 1st quarter of contact paper back
4. Lay cardboard on 1st quarter of paper and GENTLY peel the remaining 3/4.
5. Tuck edges under
All of the supplies that I needed to organize my pantry I had but if you were to go out and buy the supplies here is what you would need:
Dollar Tree: Cardboard Sheets (I needed 3), Contact Paper (I needed 3 rolls)
Supplies at home: Ribbon for measuring and sharp scissors.