Although summer isn’t official over, mine is. We really enjoyed this last weekend at the shore. I indulged in nightly ice cream from Aunt B’s, we a pizza dinner picnic on the beach followed by a day grilling on the beach. We dug a million holes and built a trillion sand castles for the kids to smash. We swam in the ocean and laid in the warm sun. And now it’s time to say goodbye to all that and bring in fall.
I’m excited to get back to normal routines for all of us, and that includes everything from a normal bedtime to having a meal plan each week. It was hard to plan this summer when I only needed 4-5 days of groceries and everything had to be used up before each weekend.
Here’s our dinner plan this week:
Monday: shrimp scampi with arugula a la Giada, salad with apples, dried blueberries, walnuts, balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Tuesday: chicken fajitas
Wednesday: tasting plates (Armenian string cheese, olives, lavash bread, carrots, celery, hummus)
Thursday: artichoke and mozzarella stuffed chicken breasts, rice pilaf, garden salad
Friday: homemade pizza and salads
Market spending this week: $156
I’m trying, yet again, to rein in my market spending. I’ve been thinking about switching to another market like ALDI to get my staples and to only fill in the blanks at Whole Foods. Does anyone shop at ALDI? What are your favorite items there? We have one close by and I stopped in to check it out. I was surprised by how nice the produce was. Maybe next week I’ll shop there!
I miss my old Gold’s Gym in RI. I miss Maria’s step classes and kickboxing and making friends and getting in a great workout. I’m so bored with my Insanity videos and runs. Obviously my life is different now as a married woman with two children, but I’d love to fit gym classes back into my life. I have two gym options and I can’t decide which to join. Help?
- great classes
- right next to my favorite market
- has babysitting service that I can use for Ali if I want to work out while R’s in school
- really like the instructors
- It’s a 10 minute drive away
- Because I have to drive, I won’t be able to go in the snow
- Expensive (because of the babysitting)
- great classes
- good price
- walking distance (10 minute walk)
- would make friends in my neighborhood
- hard to get into classes. Classes open up 24 hours before and they fill almost immediately.
- no babysitting so I’d have to go when Trig can be home or during my workday. Not sure how feasible that is for the long term
- unfamiliar with the instructors
Thoughts? I’m leaning toward gym A, but I feel like I have to give gym B a fair chance since it’s so close to my house.