Weekly Meal Plan #5 & New Upcoming Events Widget

Sam and I went to the grocery store this morning so we’re all set for meals for the week.

weekly meal plan sticker

Monday: Zucchini Lasagna (from Skinny Taste) (Determined to finally make this since I bought ricotta a week ago)
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken (from Sally Cooks)
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza & Salad
Thursday: Home Group maybe or leftovers
Friday: Out or leftovers
Saturday: Hummus/veggie wraps
Snacks: Caramel Apple Energy Balls (from The NY Melrose Family)

How did I do with the meal plan last week?  I made the soy dijon chicken thighs and wasn’t really a fan.  I think I’m just not a fan of chicken thighs.  We ate it but probably wouldn’t make again.  I also had to bake mine way longer than the recipe suggested.

I made the slow cooker beef stew and we all loved it.

I made the Mediterranean Tortellini Salad except I didn’t follow the recipe at all and just made a pasta salad with random stuff we had in the fridge and bottled dressing.

I didn’t make the zucchini lasagna (but it’s on this week’s plan again) or creamy black bean chicken soup.

Also, I switched WordPress themes over the weekend.  I wanted a cleaner and wider format so hopefully this looks better to you!  I’m still tweaking it a bit.  I’ve also been messing with www.canva.com creating blog graphics like the pink one above.  I’m hooked.

Events Widget
Lastly I added an Upcoming Events in Pittsburgh widget over on the right side of the page (unless you’re looking at the mobile version).  I created a google calender with family-friendly events in the city and they’ll be listed there.  I also included all the upcoming consignment sales.  I hope this is helpful to you. If you know of an event to add, please let me know!


What’s going on this weekend?

It’s Friday!  Nap time again.  Yay!

I had another midwife appointment this morning.  I’m going weekly now.  It was a quick appointment. The baby is head down and his heart rate sounded good.  The appointment wasn’t until 10:15 AM and Sam and I were still rushing around this morning.

Sam didn’t wake up until 8 and then I decided that his toys needed to be organized so I took out everything and sorted and then labeled his blue bins.

He doesn’t have a lot of big toys.  He seems to acquire a bunch of random little things which end up everywhere, mostly under the couch and in my car..

This week has been pretty low key.  Sam was supposed to have Mother’s Day Out on Wednesday but he woke up with a cold.  Sadness.  I was really looking forward to it.  So we camped out at home all day Wednesday and watched lots of cartoons.  I tried to bribe him to take medicine with ice cream but he wouldn’t even taste the ice cream.

Wednesday evening, Sam seemed to be doing better and we had to drop off Aaron’s car to be inspected so we all took a trip to Target.  I was also out of overnight diapers so we had to get some.  (Sidenote: Target now sells an overnight version of their brand diapers.  I was tempted to try them but didn’t.  Has anyone tried them?)

This was my second attempt at couponing.  I ended up saving a total of $32.14 bringing my total down to $119.14 so I was pretty happy.  It was all stuff that I would have bought anyway with the exception of getting two free greeting cards.

I was a little embarrassed to have to have the cashier scan four different bar codes on my phone (all the Target mobile coupons & Cartwheel) and I still managed to forget to have her scan one, but it actually went pretty quickly and she didn’t mind at all.

I didn’t have a car Thursday because Aaron was using mine since his was being inspected and it was raining so we were stuck inside.  Sam was feeling a lot better so we were both going stir crazy by lunch time.  Luckily, Aaron was able to come home at lunch and we went to pick up his car.

After lunch and nap, I took Sam to get a haircut then we wandered around a thrift store until about 5.


Hiding in some coats at the thrift store:

The plan for this weekend:

Tonight we’ll probably get some food out somewhere for dinner.  Tomorrow Aaron is going to continue work on Sam’s new room so I think I’m going to take Sam to the gym to go swimming.

Oh I also came across two other kid’s consignment sales coming up:

 Christ Church at Grove Farm MOPs Kid’s Clothes & More Sale
249 Duff Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
Friday, Oct 10 : 9 AM – 2 PM
Saturday, Oct 11 : 9 AM – 12 Noon (half-price red tags)
(Cash or check only)

Christ United Methodist Church Kid’s Resale
44 Highland Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Friday, Oct 17 : 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, Oct 18 : 9 AM – 12 Noon (half-price day)
(Cash, Check, debit/credit accepted)

Pittsburgh Kid’s Consignment Sales

It’s Fall kid consignment time! Here is a list of all the big sales that I know of. They’re all coming up in the next month. I’m planning to go to Snugglebugs this weekend.

Snugglebugs Toddler to Tween
September 6-8
Iceoplex at Southpointe
114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317

9 AM – 8 PM : Saturday, Sept 6
10 AM – 8 PM : Sunday, Sept 7
10 AM – 8 PM : Monday, Sept 8 (Half-Price day)

(Accepts MC, Visa, Cash)

Little Blessings Dressings
September 11-13
Washington County Fairgrounds Building #1
2151 N. Main Street

8 AM – 8 PM : Thursday, Sept 11
10 AM – 3 PM : Friday, Sept 12
8 AM – 2 PM : Saturday, Sept 13 (Half-Price day)

(Accepts MC, Visa, Discover & Cash)

Kid’s Closet Connection
September 12-14
ELKS Lodge
20720 Route 19
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania 16066

9 AM – 8 PM : Friday, Sept 12
9 AM – 6 PM : Saturday, Sept 13
9 AM – 2 PM : Sunday, Sept 14

(Accepts MC, Visa & Cash)

Gigantic Sale 
September 18-20
Grace Community Church
56 Prestley Road, 15017
Collier Township

9 AM – 7 PM : Thursday, Sept 18
9 AM – 7 PM : Friday, Sept 19
9 AM – 2 PM : Saturday, Sept 20 (Half-Price Day)

(Accepts MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX, Checks w/ ID & Cash)

Sunflower Sprouts
September 18-21 & 25-27
Northway Mall
8000 Mcknight Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM : Thursday, Sept 18 ($10 Entrance Fee)
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM : Friday, Sept 19
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM : Saturday, Sept 20
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM : Sunday, Sept 21

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM : Thursday, Sept 25
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM : Friday, Sept 26 (Half-Price Day)
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM : Saturday, Sept 27 (Half-Price Day)

(Accepts Cash, Checks w/ ID, Visa & MC over $20)

JBF East over (was August 21-24)

JBF North
September 19-21
7600 Grand Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15225 (Neville Island)

9 AM – 9 PM : Friday, Sept 19 (Public Sale: $3 admission fee all day. Join their mailing list to get a FREE ADMISSION pass)
8 AM – 5 PM : Saturday, Sept 20
8 AM – 5 PM : Sunday, Sept 21 (Half-Price Day)

(Accepts MC, Visa & Cash)

Snugglebugs Baby/Toy
October 3-4
Iceoplex at Southpointe
114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317

10 AM – 9 PM : Friday, Oct 3
9 AM – 8 PM : Saturday, Oct 4 (Half-Price starting at 5 PM)

(Accepts MC, Visa, Cash)

Kid Mania
October 3-5
Washington County Fairgrounds
2151 North Main Street, Washington, PA  15301 (Hall #1 & #4)

9 AM – 6 PM : Friday, October 3
9 AM – 6 PM : Saturday, October 4
9 AM – 2 PM : Sunday, October 5  (half-price day)

(Accepts MC, Visa, Discover and Cash)

Before Sam was born and when he was still in size 24 months and under, I could find lots of things at these sales. Now that I’m shopping for 3T and size 8-9 shoes, I find much less. I used to buy almost all of Sam’s clothes at the consignment sales but now I do a lot of shopping online for him and can often find sale prices comparable to consignment prices.

I still like to shop the consignment sales for outerwear, shoes, toys and jeans though.

Some helpful tips:

  • If possible, go alone. The lines can be really long and the aisles narrow so it’s kind of tough with your child. If I do bring Sam, I put him in the stroller with snacks and plan to not be there very long.
  • I like to get there as soon as the sale opens, shop fast and get in line right away before the huge line starts forming.
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag.
  • Shop the shoes first because they go fast.
  • Before paying, go through and eliminate about half the stuff I picked up.