Last Day of Pre-K!

Hi friends, this week was Mia’s last day of Preschool! They had a little program for all of the parents, showing us what they’ve learned for the whole year! I’m so happy for her because it was such a special year and she made lots of friends, learned so much, and built her confidence. Yesterday (Friday) we attended their end of school get together/birthday party of one of her classmates. Lots of fun despite the PNW rain!

We had dinner at a local Pizza/Italian restaurant to celebrate the event. Thank God both kids behaved. HA!

A little throwback of her first day of school!

Have a great Father’s day weekend friends!

Flowers Blooming!

Hi Friends! How’s it going? Our Roses and Rhododendrons are blooming right now. I don’t really notice our Rhododendrons unless I’m in the kitchen but these last couple of days the kids and I were in the park so we got to see it outside. It’s really pretty and they are all over our neighborhood right now. I particularly loved the red ones. The double delight roses that my MIL gave us are starting to bloom too. I cut one this morning so I can enjoy it inside the house. The best smelling roses that I know of / have smelled.

Double delight Roses
Go Mia Go!
talking to her Aunties!

I did the groceries for the week and spent $96 (and another $10 for our milk delivery). I consider it low because we normally pay around $150 for a weekly grocery and that’s not including meat/chicken. We try to buy in bulk when we shop for meat/chicken/beef. Prices are going up for sure so I always check the grocery ads to see if there are sale items that we can use/like. This week the cereals that Hubs likes are on sale. Not sure if this is the lowest price we can get, but we are low on cereals and I don’t want to be driving all over the place for cheap cereals when gas prices are increasing too. It says I saved $23, so I will take it.

Hubs made homemade pizza this week. Matthew really loved it. It was good but Hubs wants to try other pizza dough recipe. We added caramelized onions and it added so much flavor:)

I cooked Chicken adobo this week too. Recipe by Joshua Weismann, my DIL sent me a video of him making adobo. (He has a youtube video,you can check it online). It’s a legit recipe and authentic to what I grew up back in the Philippines.

For affordable breakfast, I made potato hash and eggs. Toast and eggs! Easy and budget friendly recipes.

So far the grocery budget is doing well. I continue to use what’s in the freezer and pantry, but I plan to get meat this month too (running low on ground beef, pork). Hopefully I can find a good deal on that!

Have a great evening friends. It’s raining nonstop here, so no park for the kids! Going to do some crafts here.

More Gardening and Low spend update!

Hi friends! I spent my morning planting the rest of the vegetables/plants that we have and I’m tired!HA. It’s been a productive morning in the yard, and I still have two pots I want to use so I will probably be going back to Home Depot to buy more flowers and 1 hanging basket, then I think we will be done. I took a couple of pictures but forgot to include the vegetable box (my toddler was having too much fun playing in the dirt too!) I got distracted!HA

Hubby is very ambitious with our garden this year. He wanted us to plant strawberries and an eggplant! LOL. Mind you we’ve planted both before(twice) and we always fail, I think it’s because of the weather. So yeah, he’s determined to plant again and hopefully we will be successful (maybe 3 strawberries?HA).

Hello Strawberry plants! Please don’t disappoint my hubs!HA
our spinach pot!
my gardening buddy!

It’s been 6 months since I started my No/Low spend year! It’s been going great, I can’t believe that I haven’t bought any new things for myself. Aside from the Staub pots that were gifted to me and the Ipad, nothing new for me. It’s a big help personally that I continue to declutter my stuff/our house so I’m careful about what I bring inside the house (as the homemaker I’m the one taking care of stuff so I try to be picky). My family doesn’t follow this “challenge” because my kids are growing and they need comfortable clothes/shoes that fit them. Hubs is not participating too, he still loves his Starbucks coffee every week!HA. He buys me coffee too so I do have splurges when it comes to treats, Hubs likes to spoil me and the kids:)

I’m looking forward to continuing this challenge for the rest of the year but I “MIGHT” buy some new work out shorts because one of my work out shorts is beyond repair. HA! We will see…

A little list of my Low/No spend challenge

I plan to have a low spend June month, because we have lots of expenses when it comes to house maintenance fees. We had our roof gutters cleaned out, pressure washed the back patio / front steps, garden weeded out and cleaned. This is just seasonal expenses that we budget for because when you own a house, there is a lot of upkeep that needs to happen.

I plan to stick to our budget and live minimal this June. I will try to share here what I’m doing in terms of groceries, meal planning, etc.

Have a great Thursday friends! Weekend is almost here:)

Memorial weekend and Gardening!

Hello Friends! Where did the time Go? It’s already June, Mia will be done with school this month, so let the summer fun begin! We have lots of plans these coming months with family visiting us too, we are really excited! We enrolled Mia in soccer and golf lessons too. We’ve been having nice summery weather this past week (it’s been rainy today though) so we started planting our garden and hopefully this will be a successful gardening year!

Our view from the kitchen couple of nights ago! God reminding us how beautiful His creation is:) Amazing!

No filter needed!

Hubs and I got to have a lunch date when my In laws offered to watch the kids. We had Ramen at our fave place:) We stopped at Home Depot and Fred Meyer to get herbs/vegetables for our garden.

We had a simple Memorial Day at the house. Thank You to all the men and women (and their families) that gave their life for our country’s freedom. We had the usual burgers and side dishes for the gathering. Hubs baked our buns and it was a hit!

We’ve been going to the park a lot too because Mia loves playing on the monkey bars!

My Big girl loves the park!

Have a great evening friends!