08: week in review

February 26, 2023


corinna's 4th birthday balloon - M Loves M @marmar

Happy Sunday! What a busy but special week! My parents, their dog Zoey, and my brother came into town to celebrate Corinna’s 4th birthday. We cooked up some yummy meals and had a few special birthday celebrations! They left today and we’re all missing them dearly. There’s just never enough time. Since we’ve moved out of California our time together is even more precious so we try to savor it all. We’re thankful for their drives to visit though, especially in this season when it’s more challenging to travel with a newborn.


my plan is to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.

MONDAY- Winter Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup– I loved that I could use leftover chicken from our Sunday dinner, as well as other veggies in our fridge.

TUESDAY- Classic Beef Bourguignon– ok I had no idea how complicated this recipe was so it was a little ambitious of me to make without an extra set of hands but thankfully it turned out well! The recipe needs to be rewritten to include times of cooking, and also when to add in the shallots, but everyone loved it. It was a good hearty meal when my parents and brother arrived in town.

WEDNESDAY- Taco Bowls – this is becoming a weekly staple around here! We’re learning that chopped lettuce on top (not on bottom) is a must!

THURSDAY- Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls– We made these again (second week in a row) Whether you make it with rice or cauliflower rice, it’s a hit!

FRIDAY- dinner at The Warehouse – This was our first time visiting the new food hall in downtown Boise. It was fun to get out for dinner for the first time in a while.

SATURDAY- Cripsy Oven Pulled Pork with Coleslaw from this this cookbook – Another repeat two weeks in a row! Love how relatively easy this meal is to put together and it perfectly serves a crowd.

SUNDAY – Leftovers and this Winter Salad– this salad looks so delicious, and healthy too!

birthday cupcakes and coffee - M Loves M @marmar

leftover birthday cupcakes with coffee.. yum!


I finally got my jeans from Gap and I’m thinking the winner is this pair of classic straight jeans in high rise. I also liked this pair, although it’s a stiffer style of denim. If you’re into mid-rise jeans (I wish I could right now!), this would be a good pair to try. I’m so happy to finally have a pair of jeans that fits during my postpartum period.

For Corinna’s birthday celebration, I wore this floral maxi dress from D.Ra. We had a surprisingly warm and sunny 50-degree day so it felt so fitting!

floral maxi dress from d.ra cottage core style - M Loves M @marmar


LOFT– 30% off spring styles!

J.Crew– 25% off with code GOSHOP


I made Corinna’s birthday cake from the Sweet Laurel cookbook and it was so delicious! If you’re looking for a grain-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free cake, this Vanilla Coconut Jam Cake fits the bill perfectly!

I’m currently reading For the Children’s Sake and really enjoying it. It’s a great book about reclaiming a child’s education, spurring you on to teach your child through daily life, and also goes over a lot of Charlotte Mason’s principles.

How cute is my parents’ puppy Zoey? She’s an English Springer Spaniel, almost one year old, and has the sweetest freckles all over!

birthday cupcakes - M Loves M @marmar for the children's sake book - M Loves M @marmar corinna and augustine with springer spaniel zoey -M Loves M @marmar baby beatrice - M Loves M @marmar

I hope you all have a lovely rest of your weekend! I’m thankful everyone is taking naps so I can wrap up this post and then hopefully get back to my book before starting dinner. It’s been a busy week so I know everyone is a little tired, myself included!


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