Monday, March 25, 2013

Klein Haus Happenings

So much has happened since my last post on here! 

Our chicks arrived:

Some of the chicks in the box they were shipped in.

We enjoyed a busy but fun spring break:

We added to our garden, and sampled a preview of our bounty:
Bub thoroughly enjoyed every bit of that tiny radish--leaves and all! And he'll typically turn down a store-bought radish, so that is a big deal!

My dad finished our cabinet doors, and they were installed!

We had a {semi-successful} yard sale, and enjoyed the company of family and some dear friends.

Apparently bunny breeding has begun...
Munchkin, one of our bucks, enjoying a relaxing afternoon  out of his cage.
 {He then proceeded to dig a couple holes in Sissy's garden, suspending bunny free-time in the yard.}

Spring is in full swing, as evidenced by possibly my worst seasonal allergy attack ever. That also means that Lily, our pregnant doe is getting ready to kid.

Sweet Mama

And our chicks (now 2 weeks old) are getting their big girl feathers!

I'll be back tomorrow with our meals for the week and the meatloaf recipe. Now it's time to buckle down and get back into the school mindset after our 10-day break. Happy Monday!

Monday, March 11, 2013

What's Been Hiding in My Closet {and our weekly meal plan}

Half of my KCC stash for tomorrow's sale
I have been busy, busy, busy the past few days preparing for the Kid's Closet Connection consignment sale. I have been saving the kid's out-grown clothes, toys, and baby gear for the last year in preparation for this sale. This is my third time participating (our move prevented me from getting in on their last fall sale), and I love it more every time! Each Spring and Fall, Kid's Closet Connection holds several sales around my metropolitan area. Moms from all over price and tag their gently used kids' items, and drop them off at their local sale. KCC takes care of the rest, advertising (often on the news, etc.), and manning the sales. Consignors can even volunteer to help out in exchange for a KCC gift certificate. At the end of the sale you have the option to pick up any unsold items, or KCC will donate the leftovers to a charity of their choice. In addition to the obvious benefit of de-cluttered closets, consignors can earn a nice return on their time & item investmen--a whopping 70% of their sales, minus a small ($12.50) advertising fee.

I LOVE these sales because I make money, but they're also great for saving money. With over 200 families participating in each sale, there are SO MANY great deals to be found, whether you are just starting your family, searching for maternity clothes and baby gear, or are outfitting your middle-or high-schooler. First-time, foster, and military moms, as well as volunteers are allowed to shop the night before. And if you like their Facebook page, you can get an early-shopping pass and enter to win a $100 gift certificate! {Click here to find a sale in your area!}

Unfortunately, I have really procrastinated this time (which I swore I wouldn't do!), and I have about 200 items to prep and drop off tomorrow afternoon--my local sale starts Wednesday. As a result, I have slacked a bit with my dinner planning for this week. My parents watched our kiddos on Saturday so we could go out on our anniversary date, so I didn't get to the Mongolian beef last week. We'll be having that tonight. Also on our table this week will be:

  • Spaghetti squash with some Aidell's sausage I scored at Costco last week
  • fish tacos
  • ground {grass-fed} beef tacos (I'll have these & the fish on top of a salad. Kids will have them deconstructed, and Hubby will eat them with tortillas.)
  • Orange Chicken (I'll sub coconut aminos for the soy sauce)
  • Blackened Skirt Steak BLT Salad
{I am in no way profiting from this post--unless you attend the sale & buy some of my stuff this week!--and KCC has no idea I was planning to write this post. Just wanted to pass on some great deals!} Have you ever participated in a consignment sale? What's on your table this week?

Today I'm linking to Menu Plan Monday at and Menu Monday.