Two Easy DIY Gifts

A special shout-out to my loved ones who will be receiving the gifts mentioned below. Rest assured, these gifts were not last minute. I’ve been busy prepping and tying bows for weeks. That being said, these giftscan be made very last minute.

  1. We ordered personalized wine labels from Etsy . I spent under $10 for 8 labels, and they shipped fast. Since you’re most likely in a crunch for time if your’e reading this, you can easily buy a PDF file from Etsy and print your own. I purchased budget-friendly wine at the liquor store and then soaked the labels off in cool water. I added a simple gold bow to make them look more festive. These are perfect hostess gifts. Since my extended family is so big, we don’t gift-give for adults anymore. I still like to get a little something for my cousins, and this is the perfect small Christmas token.  

2. Who doesn’t love chocolate this time of year? I saw these on Pinterest last month. Since I’m the Queen of Pinterest Fails, these seemed like a safe bet. I printed these tags from Etsy  after an emotional visit to the Staples Print Center. In a nutshell, it took me 45 minutes to print 3 sheets of labels. (It’s all good though. I’m not bitter. Nor is there any sarcasm in the previous comments.) I will be attaching these to a few gifts and giving them out to a few coworkers at school. These are also perfect for the little ones I tutor for in the afternoons.  

Planning for the Week

TwentyFivePlusFive Sunday

I have to preface this post by giving a disclaimer. Before I met Ben, I lived on my own or with roommates for most of my 20’s. I became very independent and really started to fall in love with the idea of meal-planning and cooking healthy meals for myself. Now, I happily plan and cook for both of us. At this point in our lives, we have the flexibility to catch weeknight workouts and shuffle our schedules based on just the two of us. (Any moms and dads of little ones who are reading this- I assure you that I’m appreciating these luxuries.) Here is my weekly routine:

First

Get out your pen and paper- it’s time to start making some lists. Decide on five meals. I usually browse Pinterest looking for quick, healthy dinners. I don’t eat dairy, and we try to stay away from gluten and processed foods as best we can.  My “healthyish dinner ideas” board on Pinterest is everything. These are my favorite dinner recipes, and I can easily access them on my phone or computer. You can, too, by clicking here. 

A few of our favorites- sheet pan chicken and veggies, apple hash, and high-protein chopped salads.

Next,

Plan out your workout schedule. Since leaving Equinox, I now visit several studios each week for a variety of classes. I’ve been absolutely loving it, but it takes a bit of advanced planning.

Then,

Shuffle your recipes based on when you’ll arrive home each night. This is when I get out my chalkboard sign and fill-in all the gaps. I make a more complicated dinner on a night where I’m home earlier. I’ll also make dinners that yield more leftovers earlier in the week, because I know Ben loves taking leftovers for lunch. I make a to-do list in terms of cooking. Some days I will prep and cook more than one dinner. The apple hash recipe I mentioned above reheats very well.

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Finally,

Hit the grocery store and don’t forget your reusable bags. If you’re like us, hit multiple grocery stores. Our goal at the end of every week is a near-empty fridge. I really can’t stand wasting food.

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