The Perfect Girl: Book Review

My favorite books are mysteries and The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan is a bit of a mystery about a teenage girl, Zoe.  Zoe is a brilliant pianist and has a genius IQ but has had a major bump in her road.  She was a underage drunk driver who caused an accident and killed three people.  Despite telling the truth at her trial she was found guilty and sentenced to time in prison.  The story begins once she is out and has started a new life, in a town, with a new family.  Her mother has made it her mission to erase the past and keep it a secret.  The story is told from several characters points of view which makes it very interesting.  Another tragedy happens in Zoe's life and as the story unfolds we find out what happened and who is at fault.

This book is an easy read but is a fairly long book.  I thought that the story ended somewhat abruptly but that overall I liked the book and would recommend it to others.

Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, Brave Hearts.

My two brightest shining stars make every holiday that much brighter and our 4th of July was no exception.  We started with a lake weekend in Shaver with great friends, worked for a couple of days and then spent the holiday at a swim bbq again with amazing friends.  When you combine swimming, good grub, great company and cute smiles you just can't go wrong. Thank you Marsh Family for hosting an amazing weekend and thank you Wiegand's for a great BBQ!

Pregnancy Workout Routine

This post is sponsored by Degree Women but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Pregnancy changes everything including my workout routine.  I've been in love with High Fitness since January but a couple of months ago I had to back off because my body could no longer handle the high intensity.  I'm very sad about it because it wasn't just for my body but also for my mind.  High Fitness gave me an energy like no other and it was a release for me.  In the meantime, I have to keep moving because this pregnancy is wildly different from my first two.  I don't know if it's the age or because it's a boy (probably both) but the weight just came quickly from the start. 

Fourth of July Crafts & Treats

Make your holiday extra sweet with these Firework Show Fun Bags and Firecracker Cupcakes!  Both are simple to do with a big impact.  I made these bags for the kiddos on our 4th of July Lake Trip this last weekend and they were a hit.  The firecracker cupcakes were even a bigger hit when the kids got to the surprise inside.

Fourth of July- Firework Show Fun Bags

Friday Favorites 6/29

Summer needs to slow way down!  It's flying by but we are loving every minute of it.  We're still doing swim lessons and the girls are doing fabulous.  It only took Madi two lessons and she is swimming like a pro.  Both girls are working on strokes now.

Meal Planning- July

After touching on meal planing in yesterdays post I thought I'd share my latest meal plan calendar with you and revisit some tips.  Meal planning helps me to actually get a meal on the table every night and take the guess work out of dinner.  Cooking isn't my problem, its coming up with what to eat.  If I meal plan then I don't have to think about it.

If you want to create your own I have a few suggestions.  First type out all the meals you make and your family likes to eat.  I list them all on the side of the calendar and then start dragging them to the days.  That way I can see everything together and then plan them strategically.  Next, put things together that make your cooking easier.  For example, rigatoni and taco salad are close together.  This way I only have to brown ground beef once and separate for two different meals. Another example is chicken ranch tacos and chicken quesadillas.  I just put in extra chicken in the crockpot for the first meal and save some for the next night.

This has also helped with grocery shopping and saving money.  In one Walmart Grocery pickup I'm able to grab the majority of the items.  Of course I can't buy everything at the start of the month because they won't last but this has helped so much for planning for the store.

Let me know if you have any questions or want a recipe.  Also please share your favorite (EASY) recipes with me; I'm always looking for something new to switch things up around here.