weekly check in!

by Janetha on April 13, 2014

in dogs,meals,oh baby

hey, guys! how has your weekend been? hopefully you had some time to relax. i just got home from grocery shopping and have a couple hours to kill before game of thrones comes on, so i thought i would check in with this little blog of mine.

my weekend has been pretty fun! one of the highlights was taking the pups to memory grove yesterday. it was suuuper sunny and warm here in utah and we made sure to soak it up. here are a few pics.

 

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like i said, i was just grocery shopping. after saving so much money at target recently, i decided i wanted to try being thrifty again.. haha. it’s a challenge! so i came across a $10 off $50 of groceries coupon through their mobile coupons and then i received a $5 off groceries coupon in the mail. i stacked those with my cartwheel app coupons and the printable coupons and saved $22! sorry if i sound ridiculous, but i have never tried saving money at the grocery store in my life (i know, i am dumb) so this new-to-me savings game is kinda fun. OH! and guess what?? my target now carries kombucha.

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score. now i don’t have to leave town to go to whole foods for kombucha. that is one of mine and marshall’s vices that we definitely will keep spending $$$ on.. unless this baby decides to take all of our money, and then we may have to give it up, ha. or brew our own, but that seems a little ambitious. 

i still do my weekly meal planning. i know i never talk about it anymore (or talk about anything, for that matter) but i thought i’d share this week’s menu!

breakfasts are always a protein shake for me and trader joe’s steel cut oats for marshall. 

lunches this week will be tuna & pickles sandwiches with BBQ popchips, greek pasta salad, and any leftovers from dinner. 

dinners are as follows:

  • sunday: sweet potato gnocchi (frozen from TJ’s) with rotisserie chicken breast added for protein, spinach salad, and garlic bread
  • monday: hamburgers, potato salad, and baked beans (gonna fire up the grill for the first time this year!)
  • tuesday: pulled pork sandwiches & this awesome mayo-free coleslaw
  • wednesday: BBQ pork pizza (using leftover pork) & a side salad
  • thursday: green chile & chicken enchiladas
  • friday & saturday: wing it

should be a tasty week!

something else i did at target was look for a swimsuit. that went downhill quickly because my body is so weirdly shaped right now. my belly isn’t quite big enough to fill out the maternity suits. my boobs have gone from a larger A/barely B to an almost D, and i have a super short torso as it is and one pieces are too long for my short body. so when i was searching for a swimsuit to wear to a water exercise class i am taking with my BFF, i quickly realized it was easier said than done. and i gave up. clothes shopping just isn’t what it once was, haha. oh well.. it’s temporary!

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instead of shopping for clothes for myself, i have really gotten sucked in to shopping for clothes for my little dude! even though he won’t be showing up until august, i have had a fun time finding clothes for him to rock when he does arrive. i have to admit, i have fallen in love with baby brands like mini rodini, nununu, and mini & maximus. but there is no way in hell i am paying $48 for a flipping onesie. since stylish baby clothes can be damn expensive and they grow out of them in 2.2, i have turned to instagram shops that sell super cute baby duds for a fraction of the price! here is a sampling of some of the things i bought this weekend.. i spent less than $75 and got over a dozen things–including pricier stuff like shoes and jackets!

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speaking of baby stuff.. i have to give a big congrats to a few new mommas! congrats to jenn, linz, and my co-worker corey & his wife dayna. they all welcomed baby boys into the world this week. three new babies that i know of, and one more on the way since lindsay is in labor as i type! another boy. boys all around, it’s crazy!

in other baby related news, i have an anterior placenta. found that out at my doc apt on thursday. this is what it looks like (i had no idea before google):

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so, basically, since the placenta is on my front side, i will feel a lot less movement. boooo.. i love feeling kicks, even though they’ve been few and far between. but apparently the placenta can move throughout your pregnancy, so who knows what will happen. this is all brand new information to me, i am not sure what to do with it all. our baby can hear now, though, so we relaxed yesterday with some tunes via marshall’s iPhone near my belly and we were able to feel him kicking away for a bit. made me happy.

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ok, ok, i will stop with the baby talk for now. 

before i take off, i have to let you active ladies know about my friend paige’s upcoming boot camp! it’s 8 weeks long and only $35. sign ups go through april 17. if you are looking for something fun and new to spice up your routine, i highly suggest you give this a shot. paige is very knowledgable when it comes to fitness and she has a fresh approach to exercise. if i wasn’t such a lazy butt i would do it, too, but.. yeah.. haha. (i did make it to the gym ONCE last week! go me..) here are the deets!

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you can click this link to read more about the boot camp. 

okay! i am gonna go work on dinner and make that greek pasta salad for our lunches! i hope you guys have an awesome week. utah locals, don’t forget to enter the massage giveaway (ends tonight!)

love you all! 

Qs~

1. do you use coupons?

2. what’s on your menu this week? links welcome!

xo. janetha g.

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Linda April 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I always forget to bring my coupons with me when I go shopping so I decided it wasn’t worth it. I applaud you saving $22 on your grocery bill. I like places where I get savings using my reward card. I never forget those.
I started meal planning a couple of months ago. I love knowing what I’m going to make.
http://sillylittlemischief.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-to-eat-this-week_13.html
Although it is getting a little warm here so I might need to start transitioning to salads.

Jessie April 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Random, but on the baby clothes deal: if you find a cute piece of clothing you HAVE to have that’s $$$. Buy it in 24mo or 2T bc they spend a lot more time in that size. Lyric has been in 2T since last summer & will be re-wearing almost all the same summer clothes this year.

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

Thank you for the tip! Keep em comin, haha

Lee April 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I had an anterior placenta and had a very hard time feeling movement. I don’t think I felt anything until like 28 weeks or so. And even after that, I felt flutters, not full-on kicks or anything. But he was fine, I just couldn’t feel it.

Kelsey April 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Love when you post! I really love when you post all things baby, meal planning and any grocery fun!

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

<3

Casey April 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Please share the instagram sites! I’d love to get some cheaper cute boy clothes for my little guy too!

&& I have an anterior placenta… and boy do i still feel kicks. He’s even kicked so hard to move things lying on my belly.

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 8:44 am

Here a few!
@juicebox_threads
@shopthewildthings
@re_fashionshop
@shopthekelloggkid
@kaidens_closet
@hipsterbearwear

If you check them out and see who they follow, you will fall into a rabbit hole of literally hundreds of shops! You can find some that have the style you are after. It’s fun!

Bridget S. April 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I love coupons! It is such a thrill to work out deals by combining sales and such. I just purchased some great black braided strap sandals for $4.76 using sales and bonus rewards. I have a stash of grocery coupons in my course at all times. Love the Target deals!

This week’s menu is heavy on prepared items as my husband is traveling near the end of the week and we need to use things up. S- brown sugar roasted pork shoulder and wilted cabbage; M- tortilla created tilapia (frozen), rice and black beans; T- tomato curry chicken breasts salad, and quinoa ; W- smoked salmon with potato pancakes (frozen). Thursday will be a mass collection of leftovers. Haha.

Bridget S. April 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Whoops meant…in my purse and tortilla crusted tilapia.

Annette@FitnessPerks April 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I need to get on that coupon-thing! I am so bad about it. I do know where stuff is cheaper in places, so I do shop a few stores–I guess that helps! hah.

Loved the weather on Fri & Saturday here! Today not so much. But it’s cool-it’s spring, and I know the hot stuff will be back. yesssss

By the way–kid 2 kid is a consignment store, and it’s awesome (in UT). Because babies hardly wear stuff, most of the stuff is like brand new and it’s wayyyyy cheap. It’s rad. Cheers!

Erica April 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Just rock a regular suit! Haters be damned :). Ah! The clothes! So cute!!!! Im terrrrible at coupons

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

Lol.. I wish I could. I tried on a bunch of regular suits and my porn star boobs hated it. But I will find one!!

Nicole C April 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Not to jump in the convo but I saw porn star boobs and laughed. I’m using mine to hold up my iPad and type this, there are many uses hahaha! For reals though, being short with boobs is tough, half your torso becomes…occupied.

Em April 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Hi,

I had an anterior placenta, as well. I felt MANY kicks/movement frequently, especially from 28 weeks on. Just wait until your babe is a little bigger and I bet you’ll still feel quite a bit. xo

Kerryne April 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

He’s going to be the most stylin dude in town! I miss you!

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

I know :( Can we hang out soon???

lindsay April 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm

ohh yay for target booch! don’t hate me but my Randall’s sells it for $2.50. Thrifty indeed!

and no movements? boo! but maybe that means easy pushing? i don’t know, just guessing.
;-)

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

Lucky! That’s so cheap!

Lauren April 14, 2014 at 5:20 am

I am seriously dreading bathing suit shopping this year! I hate any kind of shopping right now because I am in the same position as you! There has to be a miracle suit out there somewhere.
Glad you are feeling good and baby is doing well! We find out the sex this weekend and I couldn’t be any more excited!!
Love you!

Nicole C April 14, 2014 at 9:49 am

Hello friend! Happy to see a blog post :)

I use coupons but not as well as I’d like. I saved over $30 at the grocery store yesterday. All due to the Smith’s app on my phone.

I made a ziti, sausage, broccoli alfredo mashup last night. Pretty damn tasty, I swapped out the alfredo for marinara, still good though. Otherwise, it’s steak, pulled pork, carnitas, grilled pizzas for us this week. Let’s see if it actually happens.

ps, when I did an adoption for kids at Christmas, I always found basic clothes for cheeeap at Old Navy. Babies and kids stuff. Might want to check there too.

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

Thanks! I will check there. I just hate how tacky a lot of the baby boy stuff is, haha. I am not into lame sayings or cartoony graphics..

That pasta dish sounds so good! And M hates alfredo so the marinara swap would have made him happy, hah.

Ohhh.. there’s a Smith’s app? I better get it. Thanks for the tip! xoxo

Nicole C April 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I agree, I don’t like those cartoony graphics or sayings either. They had jeans and t-shirts for toddlers but I’ve found so much stuff there. I will check my stores next time I’m around one.

Tagged you in that pasta dish on Pinterest.

Yesssss, Smiths app. I shop and find coupons at the same time, it’s fabulous.

Emily R April 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

Congrats on saving so much money at Target! I have cartwheel but always forget about it…but I DID take advantage of that $10 off $50 deal this weekend!

on our menu this week…
brown sugar chili rubbed salmon w/ asparagus & sweet potato
broccoli chicken pesto pasta
baked salmon salads
mexican quinoa & rotisserie chicken salads
pizza – going to try to recreate a fabulous pesto pizza I had at Whole Foods the other day!

hope you have a great week!

Janetha April 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

make sure you buy the dough from whole foods! that’s the only pizza dough i ever buy.. and it’s SO cheap. their pizzas are the best!

Emily R April 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

That’s the only pizza dough I ever buy, too! Haha.

Calee April 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Love the clothes you’ve picked out for the little man. He’s gonna be one stylin’ kid. Our friends have a baby (whose name is Rosco, which I love) and they put him in some similarly styled duds. He’s always the cutest.

PS That curl of Marshall’s in your face totally makes me miss Mark’s long hair. Too bad he’s now got a job that would never allow for that.

Lauren @ Me and the Mountains April 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I rarely use coupons. I find that coupons make me buy more things that I don’t really need and I’ll buy something just because I have a coupon for it! Love the photos of the doggies from the walk (and the video of Penny on IG!)

Paige @ Your Trainer Paige April 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

A few things!
Marshall’s hair is so long! Love hikes in spring time :)

Your little guy’s going to have some serious style! I’m going to have to bookmark it for when we decide to have a baby (just 1, and I’m having a boy, I already decided, hahah)

Also, thank yooouuu for writing about my boot camp! You are the bestest.
xoxo

Rachel April 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

FYI – you can stack a manufacturer’s coupon on top of a Target coupon (from their website) and save double the $$!

Target also tends to have good baby basics (onesies, shirts, shorts) and a lot of stuff you can buy now for next season at super cheap. especially since you know eventually a baby will grow into a bigger size :)

janetha April 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Great to know! Thank you!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

oooo..I need those arrow leggings!!

janetha April 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

well they are only a cool $39 new (holy shit).

kristen @ livinlifeinlouie April 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I love using coupons, but I am horrible about looking for them, or remembering them. Love the baby clothes!

Pua April 16, 2014 at 12:49 am

You’re not alone with the “new-to-coupons” thing… I’m so bad about using coupons! BTW, I feel you on the clothes thing. The other day, I looked in the mirror and thought, “WHOSE body is THIS?!” Haha… I’m right at the in-between stage of pregnancy where people look at me and I can tell they’re thinking, “Did she gain weight? Or is she…?” :-)

Linz @ Itz Linz April 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

thanks girl!! xoxo i use coupons when i have them and convienent – i’m all about saving money but i’m no crazy coupon lady haha and i need to check out those baby shops!! william needs premie stuff!!

Purelytwins April 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

we still spend money…way to much money on kombucha :)

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