Weekly Grocery Haul & Meal Plan

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Hi everyone! Last night's dinner was pork stir fry. The pork came out of the freezer, andwe had rice, onions and garlic already, but the rest of the veggies were from our giant grocery shop that we did over the weekend. We also had to buy some stir fry sauce. Stir fry is one of those things that is so yummy and relatively easy to make but when we have it with rice it is just not something we can get ourselves to do during the week. We usually make it with rice noodles because they cook much faster than actual rice does. But it was Sunday and we had the time. 
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This morning I put up a Grocery Haul & Meal Plan video over on my YouTube channel. I talked about our meal plan for dinners for the week and some of the changes from the grocery list that we made while we were in the store shopping. Definitely check it out if you like seeing what other people buy. :)


Breaking in the Table

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We finally had a chance to break in the extension on our new kitchen table last night! It worked out really well. My mom came over to babysit so we could get started with some spring cleaning and run errands without also having to parent a toddler at the same time. Before we left her to do the bedtime routine for us we all had dinner. I was surprised at how well the table still fit in our kitchen. Steve sat in one of the new folding chairs for the first time. He said he was just sitting a bit lower than in our regular chair but that it was fine. Harold thought it was funny to sit in a different spot - he usually sits at the end of the table.

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We ended up having quite the feast. We made steak, homemade macaroni and cheese, and asparagus and then we also had lentil soup that my mom made and brought over.

If you missed my Ikea Haul video over on my YouTube channel then I'll link it here so you can see the table and chairs that we bought a few weeks ago. The table comes in three sizes and we have the middle size. I think it is really good for small spaces and I love that the extension stores inside the table.


New Toddler Wardrobe

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Harold is a giant! He's 19 months old, he's in 18-24 and ((gasp!)) 24m/2T clothes! Over the last few weeks we've changed over his wardrobe so he's a bit less squished. He did get a few things at Christmas that were already in his closet but it's been filled out so I put up a Toddler Clothing Haul video over on YouTube of the clothes he's gotten recently.

ALSO... In case you missed it, his 18 month update video went up not too long ago and it's pretty cute! :) Enjoy!


Chef Harold

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How cute is Chef Harold in these pictures?! I did a video review of the play kitchen he got for Christmas, which is the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen. He absolutely loves it and we play with it every day. The personalized chef's hat and apron were also Christmas gifts and were made by the Etsy shop BreastFriendsConnect. Obviously he'll need to grow into the apron, but he loves putting the hat on and off himself (if I'm being honest he could use a bit more practice) and I love that she sized it to fit perfectly now but it adjusts to fit, literally forever because I can make it fit me!

Definitely head over to YouTube to watch Harold give a tour of his kitchen. It's pretty cute! :)

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It's Finally 2018!

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Happy New Year! It is finally 2018! I am happy to close the book on 2017 and crack into a new calendar for a fresh start. I want to read more, exercise more, drink more water, blog more...and to just to give the word less a little use, I want to feel stressed LESS.

If you are not a consistent follower over on YouTube then you may be a bit out of the loop on some of the changes over there. I have decided to give the ManfridaTV channel a rest and move any future vlogs over to the Alice Manfrida channel. I will still be doing family vlogs from time to time, but they will be fewer and farther between. All of my content, except bookish videos, will be up on that main channel. I will still be putting videos up on the girlofyarn booktube channel and hopefully I can dedicate a little more energy over there.

Anyway, I thought I'd start this year's blog content off by looking back - all the way back to Christmas a couple of weeks ago! Ha! I vlogged on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so if you haven't already seen that video then you can see it HERE.

My first video of 2018 was a New Year's Goals video. I checked in with the goals I made for 2017 and set some new intentions for the year ahead. If you want to see that video click HERE.

I hope that the first week of the new year is going well for you. Thanks reading and watching!

:) Alice