MY BAB GOALS FOR 2018

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JEN’s GOALS

Ok, it is now my turn to share my goals for 2018. I am hoping by writing them down and sharing out in the virtual atmosphere I will be more accountable. Heck, maybe I will even have goal check in posts!

  1. The first goal is really to spend more time on this piece of the world wide web that Wendy and I share with you. I will admit that most of the heavy lifting of this blog comes from Wendy. My goal is to try and get more fun IG content and posts and make it more interactive and fun!!
  2. Exercise… isn’t this a goal that all of us have every year. This year I wanted to do something different. I work full time, have two kids and the list goes on and on and I feel like I never have time to dedicate to exercise. I get frustrated when I “fall off the exercise wagon” and struggle to get back on. I will also admit that I already wake up at 5:30 am (yep, Wendy you read that right!!) so getting up earlier ain’t happening. I also like my sleep since I don’t drink coffee so staying up late to workout also ain’t happening!! I saw an ad on IG for this app called “7 Minute Workout Challenge” and I thought, I can squeeze 7 minutes into my day. It is the only app I have ever paid for and let me tell you I am kind of addicted now. I have done it 26 days straight– yep you read that correctly and am already starting to see results. I have never stayed committed to an exercise routine that long, ever!! None of the exercises are complex (think: jumping jacks, push ups, etc) but they do enough to boost my exercise confidence and I actually look forward to it everyday. I now find myself wanting to do more than one cycle and keep going. Swimsuit season is just around the corner so this is great motivation!! And no, this is not a paid or sponsored portion of our post this is truly just me finding something and loving it!
  3. Quality time with my husband. I feel like every year I say this and every year it continues to be true. Often times after work, the kids, the house, and doing dumb grown up things (i.e. pay bills) we barely can keep our eyes open let alone spend quality time together. I want to try and make a big effort to get more date nights
  4. Less is More. The day after Christmas we went through a massive purge of toys and stuff to donate to Goodwill. My goal for 2018 is to be more mindful of what we bring into our house and teach the kids more about how you don’t “need” as much.
  5. Monthly Me Time. I always put everyone else first and it is my goal to do things alone, just me to get some breathing room. Fingers crossed I can make this happen!

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Weekday meals that are quick, easy, with a touch of healthy – that everyone eats

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As working moms with busy kids, we struggle to find meals that are quick and easy, throw in you want it to be healthy and something everyone eats and you’re asking for a lot. To be honest, we don’t really cook much and we do not have Instant Pots, so when all else fails, there is take out. But here are a few meals we got from Pinterest, cookbooks, and cooking blogs to come up with meals to fit our criteria and the bubbles we drink with them.

Jen

Hi, my name is Jen and I hate cooking. As in I do not enjoy it in any way. Maybe if I was just cooking for myself and had all the time in the world and a glass of wine in my hand I would like it but when nights are busy and I am tired and the kids are hungry cereal sounds like a great meal. My kids are super picky and of course like different things and I try very hard to not be a short order cook (heck I am barely a “cook”) so here are some tried and true common dinner staples that are not longer than 30 minutes. And don’t require complex recipe following!

  • Fish, veggies and pasta: My kids loved the baked tilapia from Costco (all praise Costco!) and it is a great way for them to get introduced to seafood because it doesn’t have a “seafood” taste. I always pair it with a veggie (my daughter LOVES steamed broccoli, corn for my son) and then a light alfredo type pasta.
    • Bubbles: Pinot Grigio
  • Spaghetti with meat sauce: Again, thanks to Costco I always have ground beef or ground turkey on hand. I brown that up and add can pasta sauce to let it simmer. Then I cook up the noodles and usually garlic bread and veggie sides. While my kids eat it in different ways (one doesn’t want the sauce on top of the noodles…) they at least all agree it is yummy.
    • Bubbles: Red Blend or Cab
  • Taco night! I buy the little taco boat shells and all of the sudden my kids think dinner is fun. My daughter also is obsessed with guac and salsa (who could blame her) so I have that as fun toppings and sides and the kids can make their own.
    • Bubbles: Margaritas or Prosecco
  • Breakfast for Dinner: There are two things that my husband is in charge of when it comes to cooking grill and breakfast. The kids love eating eggs, bacon, sausage and bagels. So when we are in a real hurry we scramble (pun intended, hehe) up some dinner.
    • Bubbles: Mimosa’s
  • Crockpot Meals: My favorites are chili and beef stew, they are super easy, just require me to dump a bunch of stuff in and turn on.
    • Bubbles: Whatever you want, you aren’t cooking!!

My other secret, I don’t even have time to look on Pinterest for recipes. I head to one place: Mix and Match Mama’s website. I have one of her cookbooks and if you want no stress or effort, she does it all for you with weekly meal planning.

Wen

A few years ago we started to cook more and eat out less (can we stop for a minute and talk about how expensive eating out has become?). I have tried Blue Apron, Home Chef, and Hello Fresh – all had pros and cons, but they’re subscriptions and on the weeks that we were unable to use, I would forget to skip the week, so I was spending the money, and in the end cancelled.

Now, on the weekdays we cook Monday-Thursday, Friday’s are moms night off, which tends to be our pizza night. I too, am not a good cook by any means, but meal planning is one thing that I do and try to incorporate something new or different every once in a while.

  • Skillet lasagna: this is my go-to meal since it’s quick, low mess, and we all enjoy it. I make a variation of this recipe from Damn Delicious and serve with salad and garlic bread.
    • Bubbles: Meiomi Pinot Noir
  • Italian Pork Chops: I LOVE one pan meals – easy clean up and boneless pork chops cook up quickly. Sear the pork chops, remove for a few minutes, add garlic, cherry tomatoes (canned work too), and some spices – oregano, basil, a pinch of salt and pepper and cook that for a few minutes, then add the chops back in along with fresh spinach and a splash of the white wine you’re drinking. Cook it all up until the spinach gets a little wilted, add a touch of fresh parmesan cheese and you’re done. Plate the spinach, add the pork chop, top with the tomato mixture, and garnish with Trader Joe’s balsamic glaze.
    •  Bubbles: Any white wine will do, but I prefer Pinot Grigio with pork chops
  • Chicken Parm Meatballs: these are so easy and freeze well too, so I tend to have them on hand for easy nights. The recipe is from Dinner: A Love Story and once mixed up, take about 20 minutes to bake. I’ve served with a side of green veggies or pasta.
    • Bubbles: Red Blend
  • Pasta e Fagioli soup: this pasta and bean soup is a fall/winter favorite that can be made with or without meat. I like to cook this up on a Sunday, enjoy for leftovers, and freeze to have on hand.
    • Bubbles: Cab or Merlot

  • Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables: sheet pan dinners are the rage right now – quick, easy, healthy, and almost no clean up – winning! I do make my own teriyaki glaze, but you can buy one to make this meal even easier. We use broccoli, carrots, edamame, and I’ll cook up some rice for this one. Pinterest has a lot of sheet pan ideas – I make one a week they’re that easy.
    • Bubbles:  Sauvignon Blanc

 

Happy Cooking, Eating, and Drinking!

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My BAB Goals for 2018

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We’re halfway through the first month of 2018 – can you believe it? Time seriously flies.

We thought we would share some of our personal goals for this year. Some are little things that we hope will make a difference in our day to day, some are projects that will take some time, but we’re looking forward to accomplishing these goals this year!

Wen’s Goals

1. Declutter like a Mother – I started this challenge on January 1 and am loving it. I’m being ruthless and honest about every item I come across. It was slightly embarrassing to realize I was using makeup from 5-6 years ago (so not okay!). I plan to continue decluttering and making monthly trips to the consignment and donation stores to get the stuff out of my house.

2. Curb the “no thought spending” – this is a big one as it’s way too easy to click and ship or to hand over that gold card at Starbucks and not think about the real cost. It’s easy to order a tube of toothpaste online, but it wasn’t that cheap and the overall packaging is wasteful. The other day, I asked my husband as we paid for our drinks in the Starbucks drive thru – would you have paid $8.xx in cash for that? His answer – probably not. We’re also guilty of seeing *sale* and think we need it, when we do fine without it. (Tip – this is also a good time to go over monthly expenses to see what can be cut or subscriptions you can cancel.) Spending in check.

3. Return to self-care Sunday’s – I used to take a few hours to myself on Sundays to do a face mask, take a bath, sip a glass of wine, read a book, shop alone, get in some spin or Pilates classes and I miss it so. I had major surgery in December 2016, and I’m still recovering and fell out of routine, but I need that me time.

4. Get fit and healthy – I started an ab and squat challenge at the beginning of the year and have found it manageable with my busy schedule. I found some challenges and videos online that I can squeeze in with my limited free time. Also in this is taking my vitamins and drinking more water. My goal is to lose a few lbs but overall I want to feel better, gain more muscle, increase my energy, and have my clothes fit well. Which brings me to…

5. Incorporate real food into meals – I’ve been doing pretty well with planning out our meals but now I’m ready to eat more real, more whole, more plant based, and less processed. I have been ordering grass-fed meats from a butcher for awhile and love hitting the farmers markets in the summer. The off-months take more effort. It will take some time to prep but I think we’ll all feel better in the end.

6. Make time to be present – as I was writing this my daughter said “mom, I want you to see this amazing thing I made” and it could have been so easy for me to say “in a minute” but I didn’t. Seeing her excited over her mess creation was worth it, that I would have been mad at myself for saying “later”.

7. Get to know the sports parents – we sit on the sidelines, cheer for each other’s kids, and barely know each other’s names. We’re not into the traveling team sports yet so we only see each other once a week, but I would like to be able get to know them instead of feeling like “hi…you”.

8. Reconnect with friends – we have a good group of preschool families we are so happy to have found, but we have felt bad about letting some of our old good friends take a back seat. i.e. We had plans with one couple to have dinner over the summer and it never happened. One reason or another, it wasn’t a priority, but it should have been.

9. Tackle home projects – we’ve got a move coming up and need to do some updates that are long overdue. I’ve been waiting on my husband to do a few things and well, I’m tired of waiting. I’ve added “call the handyman” to my to do list and am scheduling my brother-in-law to come over and get them done.

10. Get up earlier – this is going to be my biggest challenge. I don’t sleep well, so I don’t like getting up earlier than necessary. (I’m working on a bedtime routine for myself too.) My daughter is and always has been a good sleeper, which I’m so thankful for, but then I don’t have her waking me up or requiring me to get up any earlier than I really need to. But, since our nights are so busy, I need to make time in the morning for some little things – drink my coffee, empty the dishwasher, pack lunches, workout…If I’m really ambitious, I’ll work towards getting ready before my husband and daughter are up but I don’t see me getting up at 5:30 am anytime soon.

We hope your year is off to a great start! We’d love to hear your goals, comment below or on our instagram post!

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