Lutons Lately + Weekly Meal Plan

I tell you what, life has been crazy lately! I know I’ve only written a handful of blog posts in the last few months, and every time I do I say, “I’m back!” like I’m back to stay, but then it’s another few weeks before the next post. It has definitely not been my intention to be inconsistent in my posting here, but, man, that is just how life is sometimes!

So I thought I’d give you a bit of an update on what’s been going on around here!

  • Supply Chain Now Radio
    Scott started the SCNR podcast about 2 1/2 years ago now, and back in May and June we went ALL IN and decided to give 100% of our time and efforts to the podcast. It has been incredible and challenging and rewarding and exhausting and unlike any other experience we’ve ever been through. People ask me a lot how it is to work with your spouse, and honestly, it’s better for us than I would have ever imagined! Scott and I both work in similar ways, which is a really good thing, but it’s challenged the way we communicate with each other, and it gives us an opportunity to support each other in different ways. It’s hard as hell a lot of the time (“If it were easy, everyone would do it!” is practically our motto), but it’s also very empowering and demands an even deeper dedication to each other. Also very time consuming, haha! There’s always work to do, hence the shortage of posts around here, ha!
  • Magnolia Marketing Group
    Oh, by the way, I still have my own business! MMG has evolved a bit over the years, but we specialize in website design, social media marketing, and branding for small businesses, and we have been on a major roll lately!! I have built SO MANY WEBSITES in the last few months (also extremely time-consuming, and best for me to do once the kids go to bed, cutting into my blogging time!), but it really is very rewarding to go from nothing to a fully functional digital presence for a client. And I’m actually in the process of upgrading my own website, and updating some of my systems and processes to make work easier and maximize my time-management. Ain’t got no time to be inefficient, y’all!
  • New Orleans
    On to the much more fun stuff! My parents got married on October 27, 1979 and honeymooned in New Orleans. So to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this past month, they wanted to return to New Orleans, and bring me and Scott and my brother and sister in law along for a long weekend of fun!! We stayed in an amazing condo in the French Quarter (totally felt like an apartment straight out of an Anthropologie catalog), and pretty much ate amazing food for 72 hours straight. We hit many of the places mom and dad visited on their honeymoon and a few new favorites too. Additional post coming this week with more details about all the fun!
  • Halloween!
    Since we were in New Orleans the week before Halloween, we missed out on the school and church Trunk or Treats, so Halloween night was the one big shot the kids had at celebrating. The rain held off for us, though, and we had a great time. For school, the kids were to dress as their future selves, and Brantley dressed as a teacher, Grayson a chef (and brought in some spooky spider cupcakes she and I made!), and Ben was an architect. They looked so cute!! Then for trick or treating they put their real costumes on, and Brantley was a panda, Gracie a unicorn, and Ben was Mario. There were not many kids out in our neighborhood, so the kids RAKED IN the candy! We had such a fun time organizing it and trading when we got home (always my favorite part), and then they were beasts to wake up on Friday morning after a sugar-filled late night! But a good time was had by all. Now onto the BEST part of the holiday season (CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE WE ARE IN NOVEMBER AND IT’S HOLIDAY SEASON NOW??!!)!

  • ThredUp
    Ever since I cleaned out my closet way back in January, I have had bags and bags of clothes sitting around that I intended to sell and/or donate to Goodwill. Not anymore! I ordered clean-out bags from the second-hand consignment website ThredUp and have loaded them full of those discarded clothes to get rid of them once and for all! They will go through your clothes and choose some to take and sell, and then donate the rest for you. Then they’ll pay you (through a shop credit or check) for the items they select. I’ve done it in the past, and they’re picky and you don’t make a ton of money, but it’s easier than trying to do it yourself, less time-intensive, and they have a TON of cute stuff for great prices to choose from once you get your credit! I’ve ordered a lot of things from there, from brands I’m very familiar with, and everything is in excellent shape, like new. If you want to try it out, you can get $10 off your first order if you click here, and if you want to clean out your closet, click here to get free expedited shipping on your first bag!

I love fall for so many reasons, but one of the best things about fall to me is that its’ SOUP season! I could eat soup nearly every day of my life, as long as it’s chilly enough. And since it’s FINALLY chilly enough, we’re eating soup twice a week every week, and sometimes for lunch too! Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday: Turkey Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole & Green Beans
Tuesday: Fall Chopped Salad with Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, & White Beans
Wednesday: Turkey, Pumpkin, & White Bean Chili (this is AMAZING)
Thursday: Ham, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, & Asparagus
Friday: Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon

I hope you have a wonderful day and great start to the week!

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