Lutons Lately + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We were both laid-back AND productive, and I call that a win.  I can’t even begin to believe that this is our last full week of summer before school starts back next Wednesday!  So we’re trying to cram a few fun things into this week, in addition to starting fall baseball and softball for the girls (!!!), and also get some school supplies and back to school clothes bought!  No rest for the weary, right?!  Anyway, we’ve been pretty busy lately, rounding out our summer, and I thought I’d share what we’ve been up to lately!

We have been spending time at our favorite little local park when we can.  It has a nice little pond with ducks to feed, a good walking path, a great playground for the kids, and a shaded picnic table and benches.  We like to go late in the afternoon when it’s not terribly hot, and I’ll walk while the kids play, and Scott will either walk with me or sit and watch the kids.

Last Monday, I had my monthly ShowMe50 Lean In Circle for work!  It’s a business event, but it doesn’t feel like work– I truly look forward to it every month!  ShowMe50 is a client of mine, and is a non-profit organization dedicated to leveling the playing field at work for women.  The Lean In circles provide leadership training and skills development, while also giving attendees the tools to start the conversation in their organizations to promote gender equality.  My confidence as a female entrepreneur and small business owner has greatly increased as a result of attending the Lean In Circles.  If you have any interest in attending or want more information, visit the ShowMe50 website!4

The definition of a mom win: convincing the kids to do a chore while they actually have a ball doing it.  For our family, washing the cars is a total mom win!  The kids get in their bathing suits and we fill up a big bucket with sudsy water, grab all the sponges, the kids wash the cars, and they have a blast!  I sprayed them with water (and had to wash the windows and hood since they couldn’t reach), they ran around, laughed, squealed, and played, and we get two clean cars out of the deal!  Every time we do it, I wonder why we don’t do it more often.

Thursday evening I had another work event- this time, a glass-blowing class!  I met the ladies from the industry association, Women in Manufacturing in Atlanta for a fun networking and social outing.  I have a few customers in the manufacturing industry, and it’s great to go to events like this, and get to know the people I work with.  And this event was so much fun!  We met for light appetizers and wine, then made glass flowers at the Janke Glass Studio.  It was a little scary (that glass is HOT!!), but really fun.  I’d love to go back- it would be so much fun for a date night!

We took it easy Friday night because we had to get up at 4:30 Saturday morning to head out for a day of service!  We volunteered at the VEO- Veteran’s Empowerment Organization Saturday morning.  The VEO helps transition homeless veterans into housing and helps them continue to adjust to civilian life and into employment.  THe VEO is so generous, not only with their facilities and programs but also with their love and their non-judgemental acceptance of vets.  They do amazing things, but need help!  Scott helped beautify the grounds and did some cleaning and yard work, while the kids and I set up a lemonade stand with lemonade, juice, and water, chips, and homemade cookies and brownies.  We wanted to not only thank the volunteers but thank the vets for their service!  The kids were naturals, and I was so proud of them.  They were so happy to give out their goodies (though they did get a few tastes too :)), and Ben ended up being quite the little salesman!  I really want to expose the kids to more volunteering opportunities and teach them the importance of serving others, especially while they are still so young.  It’s important to learn about giving early, and if we can make it an enjoyable experience, even better!

We were supposed to go to an end-of-summer party Saturday evening, but after we got home, Gracie took a nap and woke up with a fever.  I stayed in the kitchen almost all day and made vegetable broth, the most delicious homemade apple pie (one more check off the summer bucket list!), and baked oatmeal muffins that we can all grab for quick breakfasts.  Since Gracie was still running a fever on Sunday, we stayed home from church and took it easy.  She and I snuggled on the couch all morning and watched cooking shows (her favorite), and then I went to the grocery store later in the afternoon.  The kids had a movie night and watched Beauty and the Beast (they LOVED it), ate popcorn and mini Milky Ways!

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We have a few new recipes to try out this week, and after the success we’ve had so far with meatless dinners, I’m excited!  Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Sunday- Roasted Vegetable and Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Beets and Sauteed Kale (shown above- we ate this last night and it was delicious!)
Monday- Vegan Hotdogs with French Fries and Pickles
Tuesday- Mexican Street Corn Tostadas with Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw
Wednesday- Ratatouille with Creamy Grits
ThursdayVeggie Lettuce Wraps with Rice
Friday- Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup with French Bread

What are you eating this week?  Are you trying to get back in the swing of things just in time for fall sport and school to start back up like we are?  Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

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