To say the month of March has been crazy would be an understatement, of course! In these times of uncertainty, I continue to look for what I know to be normal with a daily routine…which includes reading blogs and writing my own. I look forward to this light-hearted corner of the internet now more than ever!
I hope this post finds you happy and healthy.
WHAT WE ARE EATING THIS WEEK:
Sunday – I made this Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna recipe. I’ve made it before, and my whole family loves it. I served it with rolls and roasted broccoli (I just drizzle extra virgin olive oil on the broccoli and sprinkle salt, pepper, and Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning on it and roast for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees–since that’s what the rolls were baking on)
**also, I can never find the small lasagna noodles, so I just use rotini.
**and–I’m sure you can make this recipe without an Instant Pot. You’d just have a few more dishes with one pot to cook pasta and another to brown the ground beef, etc.
Monday – leftovers with bagged side salad.
Tuesday – Breakfast for dinner! Eggs, bacon, pancakes, and hash browns.
Wednesday- Baked chicken, Bob Evans mashed potatoes, and fruit.
Thursday – leftover chicken with cheesy broccoli and fruit.
Friday and Saturday- We’ll support local restaurants and order carry out dinner.
WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
Easter. I’m afraid Easter will look very different for us this year. Worse case, we can still dye eggs and do an egg hunt…even if it’s not with extended family.
WHAT I’M LOVING:
Trying to look on the bright side…I’m loving not setting an alarm lately! 🙂
Also, Nordstrom was having a huge site wide sale last week with 25% off. I had a gift card to use, and I had a few things on my “wish” list. I was happy to purchase them with the 25% off offer!
I love Nordstrom’s Zella leggings. I purchased the hat and flip flops while dreaming of summer. Landyn shared the hat recently. Also, last year, I ordered same flip flops in tan. I wore them a ton, so I thought I’d get another pair. Also, I rarely buy kids clothes from Nordstrom, but I knew Hayden would love these Nike shorts. I purchased two pairs: one for now and one for his Easter basket.
Last year, I purchased this sunless tanner from one of my friends who sells Rodan + Fields. I love it. It provides a subtle tan and is easy to apply.
I received this steamer for Christmas from my mom (I gave her the idea :), but I haven’t had time to use it until now.
Yesterday, I took the time for some self-care, and use the tanner and gave myself a ten minute facial!
I’m not trying to be on the other side of this pandemic pale with wrinkly skin!! 😉
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
Well, we are definitely spending a lot of time together! Also, the downtime means more time for reading, movie watching, and walking around the neighborhood.
And, like most parents, we are working on a home “school” routine!
We even had time to decorate cookies thanks to Maddie at Maddie’s Cookie Co.
WHAT I’M DREADING:
Honestly, just the uncertainty of not knowing how long the social distancing will go on…(and on, and on)
WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
You mean besides keeping my kids busy and keeping my sanity? haha
Well, I’m working on future blog posts. I’m also making an effort to give myself grace during these days at home. While I’m a home body and don’t mind being at home, we all may need a little space from time to time. Or there may be a day where my kids are on electronics more than they should be…and I’m reminding myself that it’s all going to be ok!
WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Have you heard of Wall Pops? I follow Michelle (@ellerydesigns) on Instagram. She’s made drastic changes to her laundry room, bathroom, and mantle using Wallpops wallpaper and floor tiles.
I’ve ordered the Shiplap Peel and Stick Wallpaper to do an accent wall in our master bedroom. We haven’t even updated the wall paint in our master, so I hope to do both over our extended time off.
WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
I’m currently reading The Secret to Southern Charm which is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series. I will share about my other three books I’ve recently read in this Friday’s What I’ve been Reading post.
We’ve had more time for movie watching lately. We’ve watched My Girl, Stand by Me, and The Little Giants in the past week.
I’ve also started watching The Crown again on Netflix. I’m a few episodes into Season 2. I also love The Rookie on ABC, and I’ve been getting caught up on that.
I’ve been watching American Idol this season. I’d been wanting to find a show the whole family can watch, and I love the judging trio of Luke, Katy, and Lionel!
Lastly, I tune in every day at 5:00 for Governor Beshear’s daily COVID-19 news conference. Honestly, the updates have become a part of my routine and a candid way to receive information without feeling overwhelmed. It’s a time to be together with #TeamKentucky
If you are in Kentucky, then you’ll understand the meme below. 😉
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
At the moment, the sound of our grass being mowed! The first cut of the season was long overdue!
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Well, you know what they say…”Dress for the job you want, not the job you have…” Well, I’d say I’m currently trying to dress for both. So…I ordered these pjs from Target. They should be here early next week!
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
I’m sure more quality time with my fam! If the weather cooperates, maybe we can drive somewhere to go on a hike. We definitely need a change of scenery!
WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
Hopefully some sense of normalcy? Or at least maybe we will feel more at ease with this at home routine by then? Also, maybe we will know what the end of the school future holds? Although, I suspect I already know that answer…#sigh
I feel like this post is a lot of life should have been ….but instead it’s…So, I hope the post isn’t taken in a negative light. It’s just such an adjustment to this new (hopefully short-lived) normal. Taking the stricter steps to curtail this virus are certainly necessary, and I continue to count my blessings while engaging in social distancing!
I’m also taking this time to try to blog a bit more often. Tomorrow, I have my FIRST EVER “Day in the Life” post and Friday I will have my “What I’ve been Reading” post for March. This means another “first….” for me… F I V E days of blogging in a week. I don’t think this will be the new normal, but while I have the time (and can think of content), I may try to post more than my normal three days a week.
Here are Monday and Tuesday’s posts:
Don’t forget to check out the other ladies’ posts! What’s Up Wednesday posts are always some of my favorites to read.
Thanks for reading!