Joyfully Made Crochet

I mentioned last week that I was working on opening an Etsy shop, and it’s finally open!

A few delicate earrings and some fun bright hair clips are listed do far, please watch for much more coming in the future!

Check it out if you have a minute, Joyfully Made Crochet
 And find it on Facebook and Instagram too!

Where Am I Wednesday

Just thought I would pop in and share a little update with where I have been these last few months…last post was way back in May (opps!) and those posts were struggling to be anything more than weekly meal plans. Life has been busy, and so the blog suffers because of it. Why has life been so busy? Well, here is a break down:

  1. Baby #4. I’m nearly half way through another pregnancy! This little one is due in January, and though I have been feeling great, my mind is always up for forming sentences and getting those words out on here.
  2. Mother’s Group. Over the past several months I have been working on getting a Mother’s Group started at my Parish. With the help and guidance of Dorothy Pilarski (of Dynamic Women of Faith), and the approval of the Arch Diocese of Toronto, she has launched a great program, that I am helping a little bit with in my area.
  3. Summer. A house full of kids makes it hard to think straight sometimes. So I am very hopeful that once school starts back in a few weeks, and I’m left with just the 1 year old at home, blogging will become more regular again.
  4. Trips. Going with our summer vacation, we went on a family trip. We drove across the US and Canada to visit family in Saskatoon. And yes with all the kids. A 6 year old, 4 year old and 11 month old. 10 days, lots of driving, but also lots of fun stops. It was fantastic and we all cant wait to do something like it again.
  5. Etsy. I have wanted to open some kind of Etsy shop for a few years now. I just love the community, and all the amazing products they sell. I finally decided on crocheted accessories, starting with earrings, necklaces and hair clips. I will share lots more with that once it is officially open, but you can follow on Facebook and Instagram. Joyfully Made Crochet is the shop name, and I’m hoping it will open in another week or so.

As always, you can follow Not A Coupon Queen on Facebook, but for the most up to date stuff on my life, Instagram is one place I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth!

I hope you all have been enjoying your summer, and I hope you stick around for much more in the next few months!

Meal Plan Monday May 11 2015

Oh goodness what a week! I had such grand plans. Blogging ideas, organizing and cleaning tasks that needed attention, but none of it got done last week. We were hit with a stomach bug, and hit hard. We still aren’t all perfect yet; this one is brutal! It seems to come and go, like one day you are fine and can eat anything, and the next you are throwing up again. My poor son has had it the worst!

So as you can imagine, my Mother’s Day wasn’t all I dreamed it to be, since most of us were sick to some degree. But my husband (only ever sick with a head cold) managed to still spoil me and take care of everyone! Gifts, flowers, food, and lots of family time watching Netflix. I turned out to be not half bad!

This week kicks off the crazyness that is baseball season. This year, two of our kids are playing, so that means early dinner twice a week. This also means those nights have to be meals that the kids will eat without fuss. We don’t have time to site there for 45 minutes convincing either of them to eat! I’m still hoping to keep things healthy, and not just give them Kraft Dinner twice a week ;).

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – meatballs in bbq sauce with roasted veggies

Tuesday – honey lime chicken with Greek salad

Wednesday – homemade mac and cheese with ham, and broccoli salad

Thursday – homemade pizza

Friday – baked fish with coconut ginger red beans and rice and roasted veggies

As always I am linking up with Org Junkie, happy menu planning!


Meal Plan Monday – May 4 2015

May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars day!

So, it’s been how many weeks since I posted? I hope there are still a few of you out there waiting anxiously for these posts  ;).

Life is super busy right now, and I ma having trouble fitting everything in to ever day. Keeping 3 kids alive/fed/happy, keeping a clean house, keeping up on laundry, finding time to work out, work a few days a month, and now I am working with my Parish to start a Mother’s Group too. You know, because I’m not busy enough! And as much as I love writing, blogging started to feel like something I had to do, and thus made me not want to do it. I really hope I can find time to get some posts out, especially ones others than my meal plans, but no promises. I hope you stick around to see what, if anything, gets posted!

I do love sharing our dinners with you, to show just how great planning ahead is, and that you can eat healthy meals on a budget. So here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – homemade burgers and salad

Tuesday – pork tenderloin with easy potato skins and roasted mixed veggies

Wednesday – sweet and sour meatballs with roasted veggies (different ones than on Tuesday)

Thursday – spring veggie tortellini bake (I make a homemade cheese sauce, instead of all the cream cheese)

Friday – Greek dip platter with pita bread

Happy meal planning everyone! As always, I’m linking up with Org Junkie. 


Meal Plan Monday – March 30 2015

March is almost over. It’s Holy Week. It’s technically spring even though it’s still cold here. Time just moves so much faster when you are busy. Last week I didn’t get a meal plan posted since my son had the stomach flu. Thankfully he was the only one that got it! I’m possibly getting sick now, and the baby is stuffy and feeling warm, though that could just be from teething. Life sure keep you on your toes! But even more serious than all those little things keeping me busy, we have been dealing with some very heart breaking issues with my extended family. I won’t get into that here, since it isn’t my place to discuss, but goodness hug your loved ones, and never let a day go by that you don’t tell them how much you love them because you never know how quickly they can be taken from you!

My nephew is also having surgery this week, and likely won’t be up and about and in the mood to celebrate Easter next weekend. And since he loves turkey, my mom decided to cook hers yesterday, and boy was it delicious! We host a brunch on Easter morning my family, so I have that to plan still, and we will have another big Easter dinner with my husbands family. So much yummy food, and so many treats! I try to keep my brunch as healthy as possible, with lots of fruit, and even getting turkey sausage instead of pork, since we will all be indulging in lots of chocolates throughout the day. I hope you all have a blessed Easter!

Here is what we are eating for dinner this week –

Monday – sweet and sour meatballs with rice and turnip

Tuesday – my famous spaghetti

Wednesday – kolbasa stirfry

Thursday – pizza and salad

Friday – fish and chips

So far for my Easter Brunch I am planning the following:

scrambled egg bake

– turkey breakfast sausages

– cut up melon and berries

– lemon pound cake

maybe hashbrowns? some homemade artisan bread? I always feel like I don’t have enough fruit and veggies at brunch! I would love to here if you have any favourite brunch recipes.

As always, I am linking up with Org Junkie.