Cook With Me Trader Joe’s and Sprouts Grocery Haul!

On my way home from Hadara’s dance class, I stopped at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts for some groceries.  It was late so I decided to pick something to cook from the Trader Joe’s frozen section.  I was craving Asian food, so I chose Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Chicken Fried Rice.  It wasn’t too pricey.  Both came out to $8 for a quick 5 minute dinner.

This was my very 1st time trying Trader Joe’s frozen Asian foods, so today my family gave our honest opinion and review of what we thought in the video above.  I also show you everything I bought from both grocery stores as I cook dinner.  This haul video is different than my other ones, because I’m actually cooking something I bought and reviewing it all together.

Overall, we thought the meal was very tasty.  The chicken was a little extra crispy, but then I did throw it in the frying pan frozen.  However, the instructions said I could.  Both of the meals were very easy to make.  Just cut open the bag and throw it in a skillet.  It did take longer than 5 minutes though.  I like to make sure my chicken is cooked fully, so maybe it’s my fault.

I’d say it’s mostly a healthy meal because I fried it in coconut oil and all of Trader Joe’s products are promised to be non GMO.  I can’t say it’s 100% healthy or great for clean eating, but Ruben and I enjoyed it.  Hadara on the other hand, hated it.  So, maybe it’s not kid approved.  Hey, either way, it was a dinner that did deliver and solved my “what’s for dinner” problem.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s frozen food or have any suggestions I should try?

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Our Very First Attempt at Classical Morning Time! Homeschool Vlog

This month, I discovered the Charlotte Mason homeschool approach and was smitten.  I’ve been homeschooling Hadara for seven years, yet barely now, I just found this amazing way of homeschooling.  I couldn’t wait to begin.  This week, we tried a new homeschool approach called classical morning time.  It’s one beautiful aspect of the Charlotte Mason way.  Today, I share snippets of our first two days trying it out, tea and all!

Couples Workout Routine

Today I have the honor of having my husband Ruben join me for a special couples workout in honor of Valentine’s Day!  Ruben and I had a blast filming today’s workout video!  He’s such a good sport.  He just started to workout again and I’m so proud of him for pushing through this workout.

Working together as a team is one quality that makes a strong marriage.  These exercises require the couple to work together in order to complete the workout.  It’s a fun workout you can do at home at anytime of the day or night.

Come on, grab your spouse and let’s get fit!


Free Valentine’s Day Spelling Words Pack

Valentine’s Day Spelling Words Pack is here and just in time for February. It’s a one week spelling activity pack of 5 pages which includes: winter spelling 15 words list, copy work 3 times each, sentences, abc order, pre-test and final test fill in the blanks. Great for 1st grade-6th. Use this pack as a fun alternative to your spelling curriculum, or with your winter unit study.

Hadara and I love to take a week during the month just for fun season units where we read books according to the holiday or season we are going through.  This helps break the monotony of using our regular curriculum.  You’ll love this easy to use Valentine’s Day Spelling Pack. Plus it’s free!

Download your free Valentine’s Day Spelling Words Pack below.

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More VALENTINE’S DAY posts:  

Free Valentine’s Day Spelling Words Pack 

Bible Verse Valentines

Couples Workout Routine 

Valentine’s Day Wall Art Printables

Recently, during one of our daily vlogs, called Hadara Learns How to Play Drums, I gave you a peak into how we were decorating for Valentine’s day.

While Hadara and I were decorating, we found that we didn’t have much to decorate with.  I decided to create some simple wall art printables to add some flair to our kitchen and living room.  I use the same frames and just change the printable out every season.

This time, I asked Hadara to help me.  I opened up Pic Monkey on the desktop and gave her a quick lesson on how to make graphics.  Before I knew it she was engaged and creating beautiful graphics.  I eagerly shared on Instagram stories how cute they look displayed on my baker’s rack and white shelf in the kitchen.

This mom was so impressed and excited because that means in the future I can put her to work for me.  What a blessing it would be for her to help me create my blog and pinterest graphics.  Hadara ended up making three wall art printables and we decided to share them with you!  Just click on the graphic and print according to your printer selections.

This wall art printable is called love and is made for a 4 x 5 but can be printed in various sizes.


This wall art printable is called you are the key to my heart and is made for a 3 x 4 but can be printed in various sizes.  


This wall art printable is called roses are red and is made for a 8 x 10 but can be also printed in smaller sizes.

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More VALENTINE’S DAY posts:  

Free Valentine’s Day Spelling Words Pack 

Bible Verse Valentines

Couples Workout Routine 


My $42 Trader Joes’s Weekly Grocery Haul and 1 Week Meal Plan


1/2 gallon Almond Milk $2.99

 1/2 gallon Almond Milk Unsweetened $2.99

1 six pack Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt $2.99

1 package of Plain Bagels $2.99

1 jar of Pizza Sauce $1.99

1 jar Marinara Sauce $1.39

1 organic Frozen Pizza Crust $2.99

1 bag of White Cheddar Puffs $1.99

1 pack of Corn Tortillas $1.29

1 package Roasted Turkey  $3.29

1 package of Pitted Prunes $3.69

1 package sliced Muenster Cheese $3.99

1 olive oil Potato Chips $1.99

1 Cinnamon Raisin Bread $2.99

1 Cinnamon Squares Cereal $2.69

1 Dozen Eggs $1.29 

TOTAL $41.54

Weekly Meal Plan 


Oatmeal, Bagel

Cereal, Bagel

Yogurt and Granola

Pumpkin French Toast (link to post), Eggs, Hasbrowns


Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese Puffs

Mac and Cheese x 2

Veggie Soup,

Eat Out


Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Rice x 2

Crockpot Meatloaf, Baked Potatos

Chicken Pasta Marinara

Crockpot Chicken, Potatos, Carrots x 2

Homemade Pizza, Green Italian Salad

Eat Out  x 2

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Easy Penguin Craft DIY

Today I have a fun and easy penguin craft DIY that we made during homeschool.  We are studying penguins in January as part of our winter unit study.  Hadara loves penguins so she’s learning so much about her favorite animal.

Hadara’s also reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins this month so when I found this fun and easy craft on pinterest, I couldn’t resist making it!  We made our own pattern, because I was too lazy to get my printer to work.  However for those of you who want a quick printable, you can find a free pattern from this craft blog.  Unless you’re like me and just like to wing it!  Tracing circles to make the pattern could be a great way to learn about shapes, circumference of a circle and learning how to be creative (not perfect).

Be sure to watch the video to see how we made this cute penguin and let me know how yours turns out!

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More Homeschool Posts: 

Winter Spelling Pack 

Kid’s Cookie Cutter Valentine Cards

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Workout With Me! 15 Minute HIIT Workout

Are you ready to get your Monday started?  Today I have another workout video in my new Monday Workout series on my YouTube channel.  This time I do my 15 minute HIIT workout with you in real time for total body toning, cardio and strength training.

So, it’s me in my kitchen with you getting fit and healthy no matter how busy we are!  You don’t need anything special for this workout, except some weights, but that’s optional.  It’s also great to have a workout partner for inspiration, so thanks for being mine.  Oh, and don’t forget the water to keep you hydrated!

In case you’re wondering, in this video I’m wearing my favorite workout tee, that says, “LIFE IS TOUGH BUT SO ARE YOU“.  I also wore this in my video where I share with you my Word for 2017 and what this message means to me.  I do have a coupon code if you’d like to get one of your own tees like mine or others.  They have a great selection of inspirational messages.  They make great workout tees!

Comment below and let me know what you think of this workout and if you have any requests for other workout videos? OK ladies, let’s do this!!

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My $79 Grocery Shopping Haul and 2 Week Meal Plan 

Trader Joe’s 

1 Bag of White Cheddar Puffs $1.99 

2 Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt 6 pack $2.99 

2 1/2 Gallon Almond Milk $2.99

2 Organic Mac & Cheese $1.29

1 Bag Frozen Organic Corn $1.79

1 Bag Dried Pitted Prunes $3.69

1 Crunchy Cinnamon Squares Cereal $2.69

1 Nature’s Path Granola Pumpkin Flax $2.99

1 Frozen Breakfast Quiche $2.49

1 lb. Grass fed Angus Ground Beef $5.99

1 Dozen Eggs $1.29

1 pack Sliced Roasted Turkey $3.29

1 jar of Pizza Sauce $1.99

1 pack of Corn Tortillas $1.29

1 Breakfast Hash browns  $1.99

Total:  $46.02


1 lb. Organic Broccoli $.80

1 Organic Cabbage  $2.32

1 5-lb. pound Russet Potatoes $2.98 

1 Organic Green Kale $.99

1 Alfredo Seasoning Mix $1.59

1 Avocado Oil Potato Chips $2.00

1 Nature’s Path Instant Oatmeal $3.29

One Organic Ranch Dip Mix $1.29

One Organic Sloppy Joe Mix $1.49

1 Vanilla Coconut Yogurt $3.99

3 packs Chicken Breasts $3.87, $4.19, $4.29

Total:  $33.07


Weekly Meal Plan 


Oatmeal, Bagel 

Yogurt and Granola

Pumpkin French Toast, Hard Boiled egg 

Cereal, Bagel 

Pumpkin Pancakes, Hash Browns 

Beef Chorizo and Eggs 


Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese Puffs

Tuna Fish Sandwich, Chips 

Mac and Cheese x 2

Veggie Soup, Roll


Sloppy Joes, Season Potato Wedges

Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Rice x 2 

Crockpot Chilli Beans, Cornbread 

Meatball Subs, Green Salad

Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Roll 

Chicken Penne Alfredo, Broccoli 

Pasta Rosa, Garlic bread

Crockpot Chicken, Potatos, Carrots x 2

Crockpot Chicken Broccoli, baked potato x2 

Cheseburger Sliders 

Download the 2 Week Menu Plan below.