A Little Love

Is it February already? January flew by me in a blur – last I checked, it was New Years. Honestly, each month seems to fly by until mid August and slows down to a snail’s pace until October. I’m really not a big fan of  the back to school season.

Another Valentine’s day is just around the corner. I know for some, it’s just a reminder that they aren’t in a relationship, but as a child, my mother did all that she could to make us see the holiday as one about the love we have for those in our lives. We always got a sweet gift to wear, like a pin or necklace or earrings, and a bag of treats. I may not have had a lot of friends or ever a boyfriend on the holiday, but I always felt loved.

These days, I have a quiet night with the Hub s. Dinner at home (usually something we rarely have, like flank steak) and a movie, away from the hullabaloo at the restaurants. We don’t do big presents, but we focus on the love we share for each other and for our daughter.

Because this life really isn’t about the gifts or the cards – it’s about the relationships we have with the people around us.

So, as my Valentine’s gift to you, my dear readers, I designed a desktop calendar.  Just a little something to help you feel the love this month 🙂 Enjoy!

{click to enlarge & download}


What? A Freebie?

Ok, so I used to be a compulsive meal planner. I’d have three weeks planned out ahead of time, with the grocery lists made up and we always knew what we were eating any given night of the week. It truly saved my sanity while working a stressful job (who really wants to cook dinner after a day of packing machine orders, invoicing, bill collections, booking business trips for co-workers, etc??). Then I got pregnant and it was all down hill from there.

Since my pregnant “everything smells horrible, so fend for your self, because I’m eating Mission tortilla chips and Pace mild salsa again” days, I haven’t been able to keep a meal plan going. It really would be nice, to avoid the texts at 5 pm to my hubby asking him whats for dinner and then rummaging around in the kitchen while my kid eats left over mac n cheese and a whole cucumber.  I’d like to blame my lack of drive on my husband’s work schedule (he doesn’t get home until 7:30-8). So what if I feel silly eating with my two year old and crave adult conversation while consuming my slaved over meal? It’s just pure laziness. Just like not doing the dishes after every meal.

So, today I spent the better part of the evening designing a one week meal plan template that should (cross your fingers) help me to get back on the wagon. And since I put so much effort into it, I thought I’d share it with all three of you who read my blog.

It’s a jpeg because I’m still saving my pennies for Illustrator and I’m too lazy (there it is again, that L word) to figure out how to save a psd file as a pdf. For the same reason, I can’t take credit for the cute berries, either. (A huge thank you to pixelsandicecream) So, clickety click to enlarge and print. Enjoy!