The start of a new journey!

I wanted to share with you a little bit of where my journey has taken me the last month or so.

Right before Halloween I had the opportunity to join an accountability group to keep each other motivated to beat holiday weight gain and from losing the progress we had worked so hard for over the year.  After it was over I decided I wanted to help motivate people to stay healthy and active.  I had been doing it for friends here and there, but I lacked the tools I needed to really help them achieve their goals.  So I signed up a couple days later and started using the workouts almost daily mixed in with my yoga, walking, jogging, and toddler chasing.  On Dec 6th I received my first Shakeology shipment and I had my first shake that day.  Here is more info on Shakeology and it’s amazing benefits. 

These pictures were taken just over 3 weeks apart and the last 10 days I started drinking Shakeology.  I worked out at least 5 times a week, but those workouts were only 10 to 30 minutes long and done in my living room!  I had some treats because ya know tis’ the season, but I made healthy choices with my meals so I could eat real food without starving.  I didn’t stress about every little thing because I have 2 kids that stress me out enough.  Health and fitness can be as easy or as hard as you make it, so I try to make it as easy as possible!

To give you a little more of a break down, I only lost 2 lbs in these 3 weeks.  But I am less bloated and more defined!  That number on the scale is not the only thing that matters!  Before I took the last picture I didn’t think I looked that much different.  I thought maybe my stomach was a little flatter, but I am probably just wasting my time.  And then when I put them together I saw the difference it made and I knew this is the start of something great!  

This is why you take before pictures even if you only have them for yourself!  When you see something every day you don’t notice the changes.  When you have that side by side comparison you will be so happy you did.

But I want you to know that the scale isn’t everything and feeling better physically is what matters.  I feel stronger, healthier, more energized, less bloated, I have less junk cravings, and I’m not as hungry!  That’s the stuff I care about and want to share with others.  If you would like more information or have any questions please let me know here!

Stressful Business

You may or may not know that I am the co-creator and co-owner of Buddha Performance. For the last almost year my husband and myself have worked on our brand and getting it to where it is today.  While I am so proud of how far we have come, it’s has been and still is stressful.  So I wanted to talk about how I have dealt with the stress while growing a business!

If you don’t know anything about Buddha Performance let me fill you in.  We are a yoga and meditation lifestyle company with products that promote a positive and healthy life.  We want to keep the importance of being mindful and physical at the top of our priorities, so my stress release has stayed in line with our core values!  

I have found that my best stress release has been simply taking a couple deep breathes when feeling overwhelmed.  Focusing only on my inhale and exhale for 1 minute will make a huge difference.  So starting there is always my go to.  Doing a deep meditation isn’t always easy to do when you’re working on something so this is a great way to take a minute to refocus on what needs to be done.  And as a stay at home mom on top of building a business I have found that I am normally doing way more than I need to at once and this makes me stop everything when everything is too much.

Which brings me to my next point.  You can either do 100 things at once and barely get anything done, or you can focus on one or two things at a time and get them done sooner and more effectively.  I think this applies to any situation, not only when running a business.  We live in a world that we have to be doing so many things at once or we don’t feel satisfied.  Keeping it simple will keep the stress down some.  So take a step back and figure out what needs to be done first and do that and only that.  

Of course it wouldn’t be right for me to not include yoga.  When I am busy it is harder for me to do as much yoga.  Most of the time I don’t do a lot at once.  I will do little 5 to 10 minute flows through the day and if I have time I will do a longer flow after the kids are in bed.  But I think the most important thing you can do is not stay in the same spot for hours at a time.  Stretch in your chair if you can’t get up (Chair Yoga above), but if you can get up and move around get a little yoga in.  Try a couple forward folds, crescent moons, standing backbends, anything that you can to move and get a little stress relief.  

I can’t run a company that is focused on being healthy and taking care of yourself if I don’t do the same for myself.  Stress can easily take over and some days are harder than others, but I know that I am in control and I will do what it takes to continue doing what I need for myself to make sure I am able to take care and help others.

Now tell me what you do as a stress release?  I can’t wait to hear from you and I hope this gives you some ideas!


Meal Plan Monday 10/2

Happy Monday y’all!  I am going to keep this week short.  I have struggled a little this week with planning what I wanted to talk about next.  So I thought I would talk about the most simple way to do your first week meal plan.

I know my meal plans are a little much for most people.  I am able to be at home and cook more than most, so I don’t want you to think that just because I have a crazy menu that yours has to be the same way.  It can be as simple or as detailed as you want it to be.

So let’s start with knowing what your week looks like.  Think about what your work/school schedule is, what plans you have with friends and family, and how much time you will have to cook.  

If you work late 1 day a week, make that leftover day or crock pot day. If you have off for the whole day plan on doing something that will take a little more work.  

Some days when I do my grocery shopping I don’t feel like coming home and cooking for an hour.  Those are the days I cook hot dogs, baked beans, and mac & cheese or a frozen pizza.  Some days you just need to feed your family and take it easy and that’s perfectly fine!  I bet your kids will be just fine and be pretty happy about that pizza for a change.

Here’s a super easy and fast meal plan to give you some examples.

  1. Baked chicken tenders and fries
  2. Spaghetti
  3. Chicken, potatoes, green beans, covered in ranch powder and baked (can be fixed before hand and just popped in the oven.)
  4. Hot dogs, baked beans, mac & cheese
  5. Crock pot chicken covered in cream of chicken soup and served over rice
  6. Fish sticks and fries
  7. Sauteed chicken, corn, black eyed peas

The main reason to meal plan is to know what you’re doing each day so you don’t have to worry about it, what you need to buy so you don’t have last minute trips to the store all the time, maybe have a little less fighting about who’s turn it is to pick something to eat, and take away a little stress!

So try to make it as easy as you can to start with and grow from there!  You can do it if you really want to, I promise.


Meal Plan Monday 9/25

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you had a great weekend and are excited about what great things will come this week!  So for today’s Meal Plan Monday I wanted to talk about some ways I try to cook healthy.  Someone asked me about ways to cook ground turkey so I thought I would touch on that and give you something other than chicken to eat that is healthy.  


Don’t get me wrong, I love chicken.  We have chicken at least 4 days a week.  But I need breaks.  Even though you can find 5 million ways to cook chicken, at the end of the day it’s still chicken so I try to make every other meal we have with other meats.


I used to think ground turkey was so nasty.  I remember the first time we tried it we made turkey burgers and they were so bad I could barely eat it.  But years later I gave it a chance and it’s now used at least once every week!  Anything that calls for ground beef is now turkey.  My favorite is buffalo turkey meatballs.  They are low carb and so freakin good!  I normally have them with a salad, but I have also made sliders with them.

~Buffalo Turkey Meatballs~

You will need…

  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. ½ cup almond flour
  3. 1 packet of dry ranch dressing
  4. 2 tbs ranch dressing
  5. ¼ cup hot sauce
  6. ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  7. 1 egg

Preheat oven to 500° (yes 500)

Grease baking sheet.

Mix together ground turkey, almond flour, cheddar cheese, ranch, dry ranch, hot sauce, and egg.

Mix well and form 12-18 meatballs.

Place on baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes.


I also do a Ground turkey stroganoff that’s so easy and we almost never have leftovers because it’s so good!  It’s not as healthy, but the kids (and me) love it because it’s over egg noodles and it’s still way better for you then Hamburger Helper!

~Ground Turkey Stroganoff~

You will need…

  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 2 beef bouillon cubes
  3. 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  4. 8 oz sour cream
  5. 4 oz cream cheese
  6. 2 tbs onion powder
  7. 16 oz package of egg noodles

Start cooking entire package of egg noodles.

Brown turkey.  Drain any liquid.

Mix in sour cream, cream of mushroom, salt, onion powder, beef bouillon, and cream cheese.

Cook on low for 15 minutes.

Drain noodles and mix everything together!

How I do it is a little different from the original, but here is the link to where I got it from if you would like to see pictures.


We tried spaghetti squash for the first time not long ago and it was so good.  I do my sauce in the crock pot just so it can cook all day and I don’t have to think about it.  The hardest part of part of it all was cutting the squash.  After that it was super easy.  I was cooking for 4 adults and 2 small kids so this was a little more than I would normally make and I didn’t really know how to judge how much noodles it would be (and I still don’t really know how to judge), but we ate a lot and still had a big serving left over.  

~Spaghetti Squash~

You will need…

  1. 2 to 3 Spaghetti Squash
  2. 2 to 3 tbs salt

Cut ends off squash and cut into 4 rings.  

Cover in salt and rub in.

Preheat oven to 400°.

After 15 minutes the salt will pull moisture out.

Take paper towels and wipe dry.

Place on greased baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, turn over and cook for additional 15 minutes.  

Take fork and if the inside of squash easily pulls away from skin it’s ready.  If not cook for 5 extra minutes at a time.  

Pull insides off skin and fluff.

Serve soon after, it cools quickly.


~Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce~

You will need…

  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. Half an onion chopped
  3. 1 jar of organic pasta sauce
  4. 14.5 oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes
  5. 6 oz can tomato paste
  6. 3 garlic cloves chopped fine or 1 tbs garlic powder
  7. 1 tbs of Italian seasoning
  8. Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix your favorite jar of organic sauce, can of tomato paste, can of diced or crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion, garlic glove.  Sometimes my husband sneaks in red pepper flakes to give it an extra kick.

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8.

Brown turkey meat and drain.

Add to sauce mix and cook for 1 to 2 hours on low.   

I hope this gives you some ideas.  And I would love to hear how you use Ground Turkey so be sure to drop me a comment!

To finish this week’s post off, here is my meal plan for the week!

  1. Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole, Green Beans
  2. Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Tots, Corn on the Cob
  3. Spaghetti Squash
  4. Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa Fried Rice
  5. Cauliflower Pizza Casserole
  6. SW Chicken Quinoa, Black Beans
  7. Fish Tacos, Mexican Style Quinoa

Some of these are new for us, but we have been trying to expand our menu so hopefully I have some new stuff to share with you next week!

Meal Plan Monday!


Hey Y’all!  So I am going to really start dedicating more time to the blog and get it going again.  I have let it slide and I feel like I need to get back at it.  I am going to try and set certain days for specific topics and see how that goes.  

To start off I wanted to do “Meal Plan Mondays”!  I could not make it without meal plans.  I really have no idea how people, especially with families, don’t meal plan.  I would go crazy.  So for this week I am going to share with you how I plan my menu and shopping list and some tips to make it work.

Each week I plan for 7 dinners (or lunches depending on what shift my husband is working) since most of the time we have leftovers for the third meal.  I don’t normally plan anything other than sandwiches or salads for when we don’t have leftovers.  I hate wasting food so making sure we use up everything is important.  That is if we have left overs.  As the kids get older our amount of food ate at a time is also growing.  But sometimes we cook a ton of something and I know we will get tired of it before it’s all used so I freeze serving sizes in ziplock bags to eat later.

To start out I always check what food we already have and if I can work that into what we are going to have for the next week.  For example, I have instant brown rice, black beans, and taco seasoning so I will do my SW Chicken because I will only need chicken and Rotel.  Work with what you have and it will make shopping and planning easier, as well as cheaper!

I rotate chicken meals and non chicken meals.  My husband could eat chicken everyday, but I need breaks so this way works for us.  I will normally do a fish, ground turkey, and sometimes some type of beef or pork.  I always try and keep it as healthy as I can so red meat gets left out most of the time.    

I get larger trays of chicken and ground turkey and divide into serving size bags to freeze and the day before I need it I just pull it out of the freezer and it’s ready to go.  If you forget you can always drop the bags into a bowl of hot water to thaw.  

I also try to have veggies at every meal (even if they are chopped up and hidden!).  It doesn’t happen every time, but I do my best.  Sometimes it’s easier said than done with a toddler that can spot an onion in a plate full of noodles, but it can be done.  

Keeping fruit is a must in our house.  I am super picky on what I give my kids so fruit is their sweets and guess what?   They don’t mind one bit!  They love fruit and we go through a lot and I’m happy to give it to them.  I normally always have fresh apples, watermelon, bananas, cantaloupe, grapes, mangos, and pineapple when they are in season.  It’s a bit of work to cut everything, but so much better.  I normally just cut it all at once so it’s only one mess to clean up afterwards and store in containers so it’s easy to pull out and serve.

When I am planning I will have Pinterest pulled up or my cook book (all my favorite meals that have been passed down to me or we have found online and love) and get our main item for each meal and then fill in as needed.  For example, I found an amazing and easy Alfredo Sauce recipe that can be used so many ways.  I will do a shrimp alfredo over pasta or stuffed shells with chicken alfredo.  But I also have super easy days that we have sauteed chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans. It doesn’t have to be a fancy meal every day.  You just need something planned so you’re not standing in your kitchen at 6 pm with no idea what you’re going to fix.

I also would go crazy if I didn’t have a crock pot.  When I was working it was a must.  Now that I stay at home with the kids it keeps me sane.  As much as I enjoy cooking (and I really do most of the time) I don’t want to spend an hour or more cooking every day.  So if you can use a crock pot do yourself a favor and plan as many meals as you can with it.  Tip: Find crockpot bags!  They are liners you put in first so you don’t even have to wash the pot!  I hate washing them so this is a life saver.  They are normally with the plastic storeage bags in packs of 3 or 4 for like $3 or $4.  WORTH EVERY CENT!

I hope this helps you at least give meal planning a try.  I truly could not go without doing it!

If you have any questions please let me know!


Turning a bad attitude around

A couple nights ago I woke up and could not go back to sleep because I was trying to decide how I was going to cut my legs off from the uncontrollable itching of poison ivy.  This is the first time I have ever had it and I swear I only wish this on a couple people.  It’s not like the pain in the ass mosquito bite itch, it’s this uncontrollable itch that makes you want to rip your skin off (at least for me).  

While I was up in this panic of itching I decided I was not going to be getting up at 6:30 to be to a yoga class at 7:30.  I knew I would be in a super bad mood and I didn’t want to be trying to do yoga and wanting to claw my legs off at the same time.  So right there I was setting myself up to have a bad day and I did just that.  

I woke up mad because I couldn’t get the baby back to sleep at 7:40 and then a comment was made to me that I took bad and it was a snowball effect.  Everything and everyone made me mad after that.  I finally decided I would go get a shower and have some alone time. As I was planning my pretend fight over that comment that was made (and let me tell ya, it was getting heated), I realized I was just digging myself a deeper hole.

 So I stopped myself because I knew it was going to kill the whole day if I let my negative attitude continue.  So in the shower I meditated for maybe 2-3 minutes.  I only focused on my breath and calming myself.  After a couple minutes I decided I was going to do my best to stay positive for the rest of the day and not let 1 thing ruin a whole day.  

I may have went back to my lower self out loud a couple times on the way to and from the grocery store and to myself while inside (tourist town on the weekend in July = a lot of people that have no idea what they are doing or where they are), but for the most part I did pretty good.

I know I will never be a 100% positive person.  We are human and shits gonna happen.  We can’t just turn the other way because it’s not a positive situation. I mean I don’t get to just leave my kids on the floor while they throw a fit because they didn’t get their way (even thought I want to a lot).  But we can stop our self when we are getting too wrapped up in the negative thoughts that fill our heads while in a bad or frustrating situation.

Stop our minds from racing and breathe.  Tell yourself to take a deep breath in and slowly breathe out.  You don’t have to chant “Om” or anything else.  Just breathe and when you allow your thoughts to come back make the decision to think better.  


Your inner voice can be a mean and self destructing beast if you let it control you.  When you learn to control it you will be a much happier person!


30 days of yoga

What would happen if you did yoga every day for 1 month?  What would happen if you decided you are going to make a public announcement that you are going to do it?  Will that make you stick with it?  Or will you just delete that announcement and act like it never happened when you just don’t feel like doing it anymore?

Well on June 1st I made an announcement saying I would be doing 2 yoga challenges for the whole month.  That day I decided I needed some way to be accountable with a daily practice and to make sure I did yoga everyday.  I wanted to have something to push me into new poses and add to my practice.  And that’s exactly what it did.  

1 of the challenges were hosted by 2 very advanced yoginis (@weirdomandys & @carleebyoga on instagram) that do most of their practice inverted so I knew this one might be a little more than my normal day routine, but it is a challenge so I was excited to learn from them.  They also had weekend guest host so that broke it up a little as well.

The other was a mix of 4 host.  One that is more of a beginner level (@louiscsnow), one that loves splits (@jennyg2bfit), one that is almost always inverted (@arcierojoe), and the other one had very broad range in her practice (@yoga_at_a_glance).  I knew I would get a ton of different styles with this one so I was excited for this one as well.

I knew it was going to be hard to do a long practice everyday, but making sure I did some yoga everyday was the goal.  If I didn’t get any done through the day, as soon as the kids were down I would clean up and start.  

Some days I would get 5 minutes in to stretch and take my pictures and other nights I would practice for 45 minutes to an hour.  But something was better than nothing.  So as long as I got on the mat everyday I was happy.

It stopped feeling like something I had to fit in and more of just something I did.  Making it a habit and not a chore.

I started to feel better the days after I had longer practices.  Not only my body, but less stressed as well.  I sleep better and when you have a baby that hates sleep, the sleep you do get is even more important.

In the two and a half weeks since the challenges ended I have let my practice drop a little because of massive yard work to clear for a fence and I can feel it.  My body now needs yoga.  It needs to be stretched and pushed to the next level and I am so excited to get back into it more.  I can’t wait to have my yoga area in the yard to escape to and start sharing more of this beautiful practice I have feel in love with.  

I can not recommend doing a challenge enough.  It’s nothing but encouragement and will open you up to so many new things and variations.  Don’t be scared to try.  Be proud of where you are in your practice and be eager to learn more.  You are right where you need to be in this moment and you will be even better tomorrow!  


Mindfulness is hard sometimes



When trying to be push away all the negative around you and being mindful about what you say and do to other you also at times find yourself caring too much about how others feel.  Well at least I do.  I think about how I might have made someone feel by saying or not saying something or even the tone in which I say it.  I think about about how I didn’t call or text someone and if they wondered if I am mad at them or I wonder if I did something wrong when I don’t hear from them.  I worry about shit that doesn’t matter.  Yes you shouldn’t say things that are intended to hurt someone, but you can’t control how people take what you say.  You can only be true to yourself and leave the rest behind.

I have the worse habit of when I do the dishes my mind will go into overload and I will think of everything that I shouldn’t.  Things that happened months ago and I will go in circles about it getting just as upset if not more than I was when it happened.  It drives me crazy and I do my best to stop it every time, but somehow it always happens.  So I have started turning on music when I am doing them just so I have something I keep my mind in a good place.  

I think the first step to becoming mindful is knowing when you are going to a bad place and being able to stop it.  It isn’t something you can change in a day, a week, or even a month.  It takes a lot of time and I am still nowhere close to where I need to be.  It’s something I have to try not to do everyday, but I’m changing by not letting it go on.  I am trying to put a stop to it as it happens and noticing when it’s not worth my time to worry about.

I am currently listening to an audiobook “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck” by Mark Manson and it is exactly what I need to be listening to right now as I try to change my mindset.  I plan on writing about it after I am done, but I am just getting started on it so give me a couple weeks.  I am tired of caring about what people think of me and my family.  I can count on 1 hand how many people really care about how I am doing, so why do I worry about what any of the others think?  They don’t pay my bills, take care of my children, or clean my house so why do I give a fuck?  The simple answer is I shouldn’t.

I think we are all so worried about what people think that we can’t stop that little voice in the back of our head that makes us question everything we do.  Well I am on a mission to figure out how to shut that bitch up and not give a fuck about what others think.  Excuse the language – wait, no I’m not.  I cuss like a drunken sailor pretty much all the time.  I love the word fuck and it helps me destress.  So I’m going to stop caring if people are bothered by how I talk, it’s how I am and if a “fuck” slips out just take it as it is and move on.   

I want to stop worrying about all the bull and start worrying only about the stuff that really matters.  I want to devote all that unneeded stress on things that need my attention.  Dedicate that time to making my family able to live anywhere we want and not being tied down to a job, keeping my family and myself as healthy as possible, teaching my sons to be amazing mindful men, being a good wife, and caring about the few people who really care about my little family.  Fuck the rest of the bull shit.  

As of right now I don’t have any tricks to tell you on how to stop thinking about all the crap that doesn’t matter besides try to meditate and turn on music, but I am going to figure it out.  I don’t want to live the rest of my life worrying about what other people think of me or my lifestyle.  I want to enjoy my life and have a clear mind to make good mindful choices, not choices that are based on what other people will think about them.  

So don’t worry about that family member that is never happy with anything, or that co-worker that makes drama out of how a pen writes.  Let it go as fast as it came to you as you smile and walk away.

Namaste beautiful!



How I started doing yoga


I have yet to take a yoga class.  To be honest I am scared to take one.  I can mess up 1000 times in my house and no one will see me, but I can’t hide my fails in a class full of people.  But what if it’s a small class?  Well then I’m worried the teacher may focus on me because I’m not as good as the others and I get embarrassed super easy when it comes to stuff like that.  And there is also the setback of how much a class cost.  All the classes around me are in the $20 a class range and while that isn’t that bad,  I wouldn’t be able to do that a couple days a week.  Maybe if they had free daycare, but that isn’t a thing.  So how do I practice?  I have really found all I have needed so far on Youtube and instagram.  I have watched so many videos and step by step guides on how to do poses without paying anything (other than Yoga Burn program).  I hope to one day be able to take classes and my dream is to someday become a teacher which will obviously take at least 200 hours of class, so if I ever want those dreams to come true I will end up in a class.  But I wanted to show you that you don’t have to go that route if it’s not where you want or can be at the moment.

So I am going to list some of the things that I have tried and continue to use to grow my yoga practice.

I found Zoe Bray-Cotton the creator and owner of Yoga Burn on Facebook.  She has a fitness program designed using faster paced yoga.  She was doing a week long core challenge with daily videos explaining what poses would target the area where we most have problems with (as I hold my hand up!)  She is so positive, uplifting, and has no problem laughing at herself.  She had no problem answering any questions people had on videos and was very involved with her page.  After the challenge was over I decided to order her program and I use it a good bit (not as much as I should, but I try to get it in at least once a week.) She has done 1 other challenge, post videos of her flows, other workouts to add onto your yoga practice, and about her diet.  She is pretty active on her Instagram @yoga.burn and she is pretty responsive on there as well when you send her an DM.


I also go to PsycheTruth Youtube channel a lot.  They have a ton of great videos for every type of yoga you are looking for and most are under 30 minutes.  If you want a full body practice or are looking for a way to get that kink out of your neck from sleeping wrong, they have it all and tell you in the title what it’s for.

I have a ton of yogis on my Instagram and I find inspiration in looking through their post, but I have some that I would love to be even a tiny bit as good as they are.  Most of them have been practicing for many years and some only a couple.  But they are so passionate about it and you can see their love for it everyday.  Just a couple of my favorites are @gyspyon_ @the_southern_yogi @ladiboomyogini @tattooedyogimama @thegivingmom @barefootkerry @emiliasyoga @erinkellyart. Then there are so many group pages that share tons of different people that I could look at all day.  Just get on and look up #yoga or #yogi and you will find a ton of videos and poses that you can work on.  And don’t be afraid to google how to get into a pose.  I do it all the time!

I am in no way telling you to not take a class.  I am going to break out of my shell soon and do it, even if it’s just a mommy and me yoga class with my boys.  I know I need to take that next step, but I am a better person when I am prepared so doing it this way for now works for me.  I want you to know that you can get into it without paying a ton to find out if you even like it.  And don’t give up if it doesn’t go smooth the first time.  I mean what in life ever goes smooth from the start anyway?  Now go down dog while your animals are the only ones there to see.



I love me some Aldi!



Have you ever heard of the grocery store Aldi?  If you haven’t I’m sorry and I hope one opens close to you soon.  If you have heard of it and are close to one, but still haven’t went then you are missing out!  Let me tell you why.

Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping.  I didn’t have anything to make for dinner and we were out of all the important things and being that it was Friday it had to happen that day.  See, when you live in a tourist town you DO NOT go to the grocery store on the weekends in season.  My definition of hell is Walmart in Myrtle Beach with too many tourists that don’t know where anything is, are as slow as your great grandmother, and think because they are on vacation they do not have to use common courtesy or sense.  Please remember this next time you are on vacation.  People live and work where you vacation and we have to do everyday things in that area, so please be nice and mindful of how you act.  Ok, sorry I am over my little rant there.  On with my story about grocery shopping.  

So since it is starting to be the busy season I meal planned for 2 weeks and off to Aldi I went.  Now if you have never been to Aldi before let me tell you a little about them.  They are super cheap because they have these great tricks to help save them money and in return save you money.  Like when you go to get your buggy you have to put in a quarter to unlock it from the rest (so they don’t have to pay someone to run around the parking lot to get the buggies left all over the place) and when you are done you put it back to get your quarter.  They only carry maybe 2 brands of each thing so they can have more things overall.  When you check out they put all your stuff back in the buggy and have an area for you to bring your own bags and load up or if you see an empty box anywhere you can take it and use that to keep everything in.  They cut out on their labor and you save money.  And I am perfectly fine putting my stuff in the bags how I want it to save money.

Now like I said I was planning to buy food for 2 weeks which means 14 dinners, snacks, fruit and veggies for baby food, and a couple lunches since we normally just have leftovers. I was hoping to keep it under $200 and I had a few things already at home so that helped cut down a little, but I was still thinking it would be close.  And before I tell you how much it cost, let me list just my 14 meals out for you so you have a little idea of what all I was getting.

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Mac
  3. Shrimp and broccoli Alfredo
  4. Tuna Cakes and Fries
  5. Turkey Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, and Cornbread (our not so healthy meal)
  6. Ground Turkey Stroganoff
  7. Stew Beef, Rice, and Peas
  8. Bowtie Lasagna
  9. Southwest Chicken and Rice
  10. Baked Chicken, Mac & Cheese, and Black Eyed Peas
  11. Chicken Tacos
  12. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Fries
  13. Chicken Parm Casserole
  14. Eggs, Sausage, and Toast

And like I said a good bit of other things to go with all that.  So what was my grand total?


I was pretty freakin proud of that.  I am telling you, if you haven’t been to Aldi you need to. It’s amazing and you will fall in love too.

If you have any questions about any of my meals or how I meal plan, send me a message at and I will be more than happy to share with you!

Thanks for reading and Namaste!