Old School Filing Cabinet

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A few months ago I decided that I absolutely needed more storage space in my office.  I love to have things organized, hanging files with their little label tabs all lined up make me happy.  Weird, I know.

Lucky for me, I just so happened to have this beauty stashed in my little corner of the garage, just waiting for some attention.

Filing Cabinet

A super awesome friend of mine gave this to me when they were moving several states away {come back Beth!!}.

This hefty beast isn’t like the filing cabinets you buy nowadays.  It’s a combination of wood & metal, totally old school.

It does have a little wear & tear, a little water damage possibly on the bottom edges, but all in all, this thing was built to last.

After some clean up & a little sanding over a few rough patches, I went to town painting, using paint from the mistint section of Sherwin Williams {read – SUPER cheap!}.

Filing Cabinet

Because I was anxious to get my office storage in place, I got a little lazy & decided not to paint the drawer fronts.  I had considered making this a two-tone piece anyhow & because the drawer hardware would have been next to impossible to remove & because I thought trying to paint over the hardware would create one giant mess, leaving the drawers brown seemed to be the best option.

Filing Cabinet

There’s definitely some character marks in the brown paint, but I tend to like that look.  At some point I may end up adding a little more character by distressing the rest of the paint as well, but for now, I’m really happy with the look.

Filing Cabinet

And check out all that storage space!  Oh yeah!

Filing Cabinet

One more look.

Before….

Filing Cabinet

And after….

Filing Cabinet

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Weekly Meal Plan

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I shared last week some of the reasons why I do a weekly meal plan & the method I use.  Check out that post here, if you missed it.

Here’s what my meal plan looks like for this week:

Suppers

Classic Slow Cooker Roast, Potatoes & Carrots

Marinated Steaks with Salads & Garlic Bread

Grilled Barbecue Chicken Wraps

Upside Down Pizza with Salads

Easy Noodle Stir Fry with Salads {recipe from Heavenly Homemakers}

Snacks

Veggie Dill Dip {to go with carrots & bell peppers}

Cheese Sticks

Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

Sorry I don’t have more recipe links to share yet, I plan to get more of my recipes posted here in the coming weeks.

Happy Monday all!


Weekly Meal Planning

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You’ve probably all heard about how meal planning saves your family’s time, health, money & helps you avoid last minute drive through suppers.  Well, all of those reasons are why I decided a few years ago to make meal planning a priority.  I can definitely say  it has saved me from many “5:00, what’s for supper?” panics!  Although the thought may seem daunting, it may not be as hard as you think.

I’ve tried different methods of meal planning, from doing a monthly plan, to a weekly plan, and have used different tools for keeping things organized.  I think I’ve finally settled on a method I really like.  The lovely Edie, over at life{in}grace suggested using a Google calendar to lay out your meal plan.  There are several things I love about this method.  I can view my calendar, or meal plan as it is, from my phone.  I can also type in or copy & paste the actual recipe into the calendar entry (or paste a link the the recipe if it’s online).  And, I can use the “repeat” option to schedule our favorite recipes to recur as often as we’d like.  So, I can set it to schedule hamburgers every other month, or plug in our Sunday night tradition of “mom’s night off from cooking” nachos.  As I continue to use it, a lot of the work is done for me!  If you’re looking to start meal planning, or if you’re in search of a new way to do it, definitely give this a try!

I love to plan things out, but flexibility is also a must for me!  Although I do plot out our suppers on specific days, I know well that meals will likely be shuffled around throughout the week to accommodate what we have planned for the evenings or simply because something sounds better one night than another.  As long as I have 5-6 meals laid out for the week, I know what to grocery shop for (if I don’t already have the ingredients on hand) & I don’t have to stress over what to make, because let’s be honest, often times this is a bigger task than actually making supper!

Supper is the only meal I consistently plan for around here.  Breakfasts tend to be a rotation of our good ‘ole stand by’s & lunches are almost always leftovers.  We do tend to snack a fair amount (aka, a lot – probably more than we should), so I try to plan out a couple of healthier snack options each week to have on hand, especially since we don’t do the typical processed stuff like store-bought cookies or crackers.

My meal planning day is always Monday.  This just seems to be the best time for me to look ahead to the rest of the week & make a plan.  If you do your grocery shopping over the weekend, Thursday or Friday may be a better day to look ahead to the following week.  If meal planning is a goal, find what works for you & stick to it.

Starting next week, I’ll be sharing my weekly meal plan here.  So if you’re in need of some fresh ideas, come back & check it out!