>Weekly Meal Plan

>Not working, having 2 fairly young children and budget cuts have totally drained our funds! One way we have tried to save money is by cutting out extra spending. And for us, a major source of extra spending was ordering in, dining out and grocery shopping multiples times per week. To combat this, I started planning our meals monthly. I check the cabinets and freezer towards the end of the month and try to come up with meals from what we have without being too repetitive. It’s harder than it looks!!Well let me cut to the chase, I posted meals for the month of May and was thinking it was a better idea to post them for the week. Sometimes my meals get REALLY boring and I eat a bowl of cereal instead so if you have suggestions, please let me know.

Sunday: @ my parents’ house
Monday: Steak, potatoes and broccoli
Tuesday: Turkey roll ups, green beans and rolls
Wednesday: Stir fry and Lipton chinese rice
Thursday: Baked pork chops, lima beans and baked apples
Friday: Chili & corn
Saturday: Lemon pepper chicken, carrots & spinach
One day I will get pics up and figure out how to make a recipe page.

>Car help!

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As a first time mom I researched every little thing and tried tons of products.That was very nerve wrecking and time consuming and now with two children, nearly impossible.With any luck I can assist at least one person by posting things I find helpful every now and then.So, here goes!

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Have you all tried RepairPal.com?I love cars, but as much as I hate to admit it, I know nothing about them.When you go to RepairPal, you are provided with the top three rated repair shops in your area. You will also find a map conveniently locatedat the top of the page for each of these shops. Other listings are located below the maps.

Need specific care such as an oil change or brake job? This site can help with that too.I’m lucky because when a bright red foreign symbol pops up on my dashboard thingy, I just call my dad.For those of you who see the image, consult the car’s manual and still have no clue what it means, this site is also great.It has an encyclopedia that explains common car ailments (like when you go in for an oil change and they tell you that you need something about a rotor?) AND how parts work together.

So when you get a chance, check out RepairPal.com… preferably before you need something done to your car.

Here’s to impressing the men in our lives by pretending we know tons about cars! Photobucket

Oh and check out their car ads like this Acura TL too!!This site has EVERYTHING!

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>Fearless Fridays

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My fearless act of the week was…

Establishing a bed time!!!!
My daughter has been sleeping 6 or more hours without waking each night and going to sleep on her own around 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM since she was born. We call her “knock-out Nadia” because if she is tired, she will sleep no matter how bright, noisy or uncomfortable it is.
My son fights sleep like it is his worst enemy. Getting him to sleep made me more exhausted than keeping up with him all day (which, I might add, is pretty exhausting!). He was going to sleep anywhere from 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM. This week I started out with trying to have him to sleep by 9:00 PM with the ultimate goal being 8:00 PM. Last night he was asleep by 8:17 PM!!!
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For the original Fearless Fridays post, click here.