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Running, Reading, Food and Family Goals for 2016

Goal setting at the beginning of the year is something that I look forward to. This year I broke my goals down into a few groups and I’m sharing them here with you today. Accountability is so important! Help me stay on top of my goals for the year. These goals also shed a light on the direction that I want to take my blog in 2016. Running, Healthy Food, Wildtree, Family, Reading. Those are all things I’m passionate about and all things I’ll share on the blog.

Running

I miss running consistently but it is slowly coming back to me after the birth of my daughter in October. Setting running goals and competing in challenges is very motivating and helps me wake up in the morning. My biggest hurdle for these goals is being able to get my run in every day. It’s tricky to balance the timing of heading out for an early morning run and nursing a baby. I’m taking a no excuses approach to my running goal unless my baby girl needs to nurse. That’s obviously more important!

  • Goal 1: Run Consistently. Strive for 5 runs per week. Work up to about 30 miles per week.
  • Goal 2: Strength Train Regularly. Strive for at least 2 times per week.
  • Goal 3: Sign up for races or challenges. Having a race on the calendar or needing to hit a certain amount of miles for #Challengeville is highly motivating.
  • Goal 4: Eat Healthy Real Food. This goes hand in hand with my running goals for the year.

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Healthy Food | Real Food

I’ve been a Wildtree Representative for several months now and I can’t say enough good things about the company. The food is fantastic. It’s made with the finest natural and organic ingredients available. What I put on the table for my family is important for our health and I enjoy helping other families put healthy food on their table as well.

  • Goal 1: Menu Plan. Each week I’m planning on sharing my menu plan with you. I’ve been really good at planning out the week for us at home but I’m hoping that sharing it with you will help to give you some ideas on what to fix for dinner.
  • Goal 2: Organize Our Pantry. My goal in this area is to organize the pantry so it’s easier to get to the healthy food that I want our family to eat. Hopefully this is a short term goal and I can get it finished in January!
  • Goal 3: Eat a Variety of Food. I love when my kids try something new and like it! Trying new recipes exposes the kids (and us!) to different flavors and we’ve already found a lot that we enjoy. The photo below is from Wildtree’s Thai Green Curry that we made a few days ago. A completely new recipe and so delicious!

Wildtree Thai Green Curry | A Mother's Pace

Reading

Reading is so relaxing for me and my TBR (to be read) list is growing every day. When there is so much to be done every day it’s hard to get in reading unless I make it a priority. That’s why it’s one of my goals this year.

  • Goal 1: Read 24 books in 2016
  • Goal 2: Read for at least 20 minutes. Every. Single. Day.

Family

Family is last on the list here but most important overall! My main goal for the year is to concentrate on spending quality time together. More game nights, more stories, more pretend play.

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So that’s it. Those are my goals for the year. I look at this list and all together it looks a little overwhelming along with all my daily responsibilities. But I have a plan to fit it all in and I’m sharing that with you next week!

Have a great weekend!

What is your top goal for the year?

Do you set aside time to do something fun for yourself, like reading?

What’s for Dinner

March Madness, weekend errands, running and family time has filled up our weekend. It’s been a hectic one so I’m jumping right in today with some photos of meals from last week and then our meal plan for next week.

[breakfast]

Due to lack of planning on my part we ended up with green yogurt and granola on St. Patrick’s Day. The kids thought it was fun though so it was alright. Next year I’ll be more creative.

 

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[lunch]

I enjoyed a snack plate recently for lunch. It was fun to eat a variety of foods and very filling. Hard boiled eggs are so good. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often.

 

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[dinner]

Tilapia Tacos, one of my favorites. I never imagined that I would like fish tacos until I tried them and now it’s something we make often and enjoy.

 

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[dinner]

Spring is here and that means that we’re grilling out again. I enjoyed a burger after my long run on Saturday and we also grilled out more food for upcoming meals this week. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean my husband. He’s the one that grills in our family. Nothing complements a good burger more than a side of sweet potato fries!

 

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And that brings us to next week. Here’s what I have on our meal plan for the week.

[monday] Frittata

[tuesday] Grilled Sundried Tomato Sausage

[wednesday] Leftovers

[thursday] Sweet Potato Topped with Chili

[friday] Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

[saturday] Grill Out

[sunday] Slow Cooker Chicken with Rice Pilaf

 

Is your weekend busy or relaxing? What’s something that you have planned for dinner this week?

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Tips for Roasting Perfect Veggies

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It’s no secret that we love to roast veggies at our house. It’s in our meal plan almost every week and I’m sure we’ll keep on roasting even in the heat of the summer just because the veggies taste so good.

We have our standards, our favorites that make it into every batch. Those include sweet potato, carrots, onions and brussels sprouts. We also include an apple every time we roast veggies. It adds an extra bit of sweetness to the savory and is so tasty. And then we have our new favorites including beets and broccoli. Finally, we’ve been throwing any other veggie that we might have on hand to the mix to add variety.

 

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This week when we tried roasted broccoli for the first time my 4-year-old son declared that broccoli was his new favorite veggie. This is the same boy that wouldn’t even touch the stuff the day before. Makes a mama proud!

Tips for Roasting Perfect Veggies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut veggies so that they are all similar in size. I usually try to cut mine so they are around an inch.
  • Invest in a silicone baking mat. It makes clean up so easy and the veggies don’t stick to the pan at all.
  • Add veggies to the pan, I use a jelly roll pan. Drizzle olive oil and add seasonings. I usually only add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Roast beets separately in another pan or dish to avoid turning other vegetables red. I also store them separately in the refrigerator if we have leftovers.
  • Pick what you like but try something new. I’m trying radishes next time we roast.
  • Finally, roast for about 30 minutes and then ENJOY!

I have just a couple of meals to share with you this week before I get to our menu plan.

[snack] Apples with Peanut Butter. So simple but so yummy.

 

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[lunch] Salads. I’ve been topping greens with everything this week. Tuna salad, deli turkey meat, leftover steak, even leftover roasted veggies. I’ve been craving the greens.

 

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[dinner] Pork Chop with (surprise!) roasted veggies and a salad.

 

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Now on to our meal plan for the week. We ended up eating out more than anticipated last week and leftovers lasted longer than I thought so I have some repeats.

[monday] Something green. I’m still searching!

[tuesday] No Peak Chicken

[wednesday] leftovers

[thursday] Quinoa Burgers

[friday] Tilapia Tacos

[saturday] Sausage Bake

[sunday] Frittata

 

 Do you roast veggies? What’s your favorite? What are you eating on St. Patrick’s Day?

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