Monthly Musings: Back to School and Fall Prep


Hey there Besties. Thanks for joining me for Monthly Musings. It's been a little bit of a tough week around here and I am embracing the creative outlet that is Good Better Best. So ready to join Holly and talk Back to School and Fall Prep for Monthly Musings. Let's dive in.

1. Do you meal plan and prep? Any favorite back to school recipes to share?

I absolutely meal plan every week. I could not handle our schedule if I didn't sketch out what we were eating every week. 

The three most requested meals in our house are:

Taco meatballs

Baked chicken tacos

Chicken sausage with spinach and polenta

All of these are easy, fast, yummy and light. Add them to your rotation.


What's Up Wednesday August 2021


Happy Wednesday Besties.  I can't believe we are already here at the end of August. It has been a Good but busy summer and I am actually ready for things to happen this fall. As I do on most final Wednesdays of the month, I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday (and don't forget to join Holly and me for Monthly Musings tomorrow). Settle in with your favorite beverage and find out what we have been up to this month.

What We're Eating This Week

It's the first week of orientation at school, the first real week of hockey and just an all around busy week of getting back at it. Keeping dinner familiar and easy.

Monday -Chicken sausage with polenta.  I feel like this meal is on What's Up Wednesday every month. Probably because it is always requested and I can get it on the table in about 25 minutes at this point because I have made it for years. It's so Good though!

Tuesday- It's going to be a night of hockey and then I am helping a friend with something. The "food fairy" has been here, so there is plenty to eat, we can all figure out something.

Wednesday-Thinking pork chop Milanese in the air fryer, green beans and potatoes au gratin.  

Thursday-Another hockey night so something easy like grilled cheese and fruit for my gluten eaters and then I need to figure something out for myself.

Friday-We will be heading out for a hockey tournament, so either dinner on the road or dinner with the team. 


Monthly Musings Topics August 2021--Back to School and Fall Prep

Popping in on this Monday morning to post the topics for August for Monthly Musings with Holly and Patty. Thursday is the last Thursday of the month so we will once again be hosting our fun link up.  Join us as a writer, reader or both!  Ready for the questions? Go!

Holly and I love to have people link up with us, but we ask two things:

1) Stay on topic and link Monthly Musings posts only.

2) If you join us we would love to have you visit other writers who link with us and try to comment on their posts. It is fun and help builds our lovely community.

I will definitely see you back here on Thursday and hoping to see you on Wednesday for What's Up Wednesday


Friday Favorites: Safe Sunscreen, Cute Graphic Sweatshirt, Cocoon Wrap. Beverly Hills Housewives and New Trash Can

Hey there Besties, we are back from our dreamlike vacation on Hilton Head Island. It was a truly delightful week in a place that brings me Joy. Now we are back to work, getting ready for hockey season and back to school. I am stopping by the site to link up ErikaAndreaNarci to share a few things that brought me Joy this week.

1. Lavish Skin Perfecting Mineral Sunscreen

Sunscreen has really been in the news this summer. Several well known sunscreens were yanked from the market recently because they contain cancer causing ingredients. I actually used to use one of these sunscreens on the regular. In addition to cleaning up my beauty game I am really cleaning up my sunscreen game.

I use Daylight tinted or clear every day. Running Daddy and Hockey Guy used the clear on our trip last week and no one burned.  Hockey Guy has a tendency to burn on his cheeks and this time no burning with Daylight.

I am super excited Ever came out this summer with the Lavish Mineral Sunscreen.  I have a lot of trouble with the sun due to my health issues and often get itchy rashes from the sun. The Lavish sunscreen is SPF 30. Typically I would choose a higher sunscreen but I decided I was really going to test this out last week.

Since it is a lotion and a thicker product, it was the product I put on first and then followed up with a mineral spray in the afternoon on the beach. I can tell you that I used the Lavish sunscreen before boating and every day on our trip. No burning, no rashes, no peeling and no scary chemicals. 

If you need any advice on Ever sunscreen or other clean beauty items visit my website or reach out to me via the contact feature. 

2. Simply Southern Bee Kind Terry Pullover

I am a big Simply Southern fan and they just happen to have an outlet in Hilton Head. I don't think they have a lot of locations so the prices are really Good. I could not resist this super sweet pullover.

The fabric is super soft and I think it is going to be a really Good transition item for fall. 

3. Baby French Terry Cardigan

Speaking of comfortable, this baby French terry cardigan from Banana Republic Factory is so soft. I put this on before bed and then again first thing in the morning. It is the Best item for the transitioning of seasons. 

I mostly use it for lounge wear but depending on your style it might make a Good regular cardigan. 

4. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Holy smokes is this season Good. With the Erika situation, I don't really know what to believe. I don't think it's Good though. 

Erika wants to know where the money went.  Hmmmm.

For the record, I am Team Sutton/Garcelle and Crystal is growing on me. Rinna used to me one of my favorites and I don't know what her angle is this season.  Also for the record, I continue to be right about Kyle.

Have you tuned in this season? Leave me your thoughts in the comments.

5. Mainstays Kitchen Trash Can

Ok, this is a totally boring favorite but if you need a new kitchen trash can, check out the Mainstays motion sensor trash can.

It holds a ton and with the motion sensor, it is way more sanitary.

I hope you have a Good weekend. We are getting ready to start school next week so it is going to be a busy one around here. Best of luck to all the kids heading back to school and all of my teacher readers. If you have a kid headed to college for the first time this fall, big hugs to you. 

I will see you back here next week for What's Up Wednesday and Monthly Musings with Holly and Patty. For Monthly Musings we will be talking back to school and fall prep. 

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