49: week in review

December 10, 2023


christmas dinner table- M Loves M @marmar

I hope you all are enjoying your weekends! It’s felt so merry around here lately. The house is all decorated for Christmas, we’re playing our favorite carols and celebrating with family and friends. We went to my brother-in-law’s house tonight for our second annual gingerbread night which has been much anticipated. The kids watched the old Frosty the Snowman and were laughing so hard. Corinna wore her high-up shoes and they both loved the blondies with ice cream for dessert. It was so cold outside which made it even merrier inside!


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

MONDAY- Creamy White Lasagna Soup– wow this was amazing! I am printing this out and making it again for sure. I liked that I could use up some half-empty packs of lasagna noodles too!

TUESDAY- Green Rice Burrito Bowls- love adding this cilantro vinaigrette to our white rice. It makes such a big difference!

WEDNESDAY- Sausage Sheet Pan Supper- love an easy sheet pan dinner!

THURSDAY- Sesame Ginger and Chicken Rice Bowl- from this cookbook

FRIDAY- Sourdough Pizza Night! I topped ours with carmelized shallots, Gruyere, mozzarella, Castevetrano green olives, and green artichokes

SATURDAY- My sister-in-law made the yummiest soup and salad. I brought our favorite onion dip and some blondies!

SUNDAY- Meatballs with Marinara over Polenta- This should be an easy, kid-approved meal!

sourdough pizza with green olives, artichokes, and gruyere- M Loves M @marmar gingerbread cookies- M Loves M @marmar

This Gingerbread Man book was so cute! We used this recipe for cookies and they were perfect!


red sweater with jeans - M Loves M @marmar dra dress- M Loves M @marmar d.ra sweater with jeans - M Loves M @marmar

I’m incorporating lots of red and festive prints this week. I’m in the process of a mini-closet clean out and I found several items that I’ve noted to wear over the next few weeks.


Anthropologie– extra 40% off sale items

Everlane– Up to 30% off Cozy Gifts

GAP– 40-60% off gifts plus 50% off sale


This week I started to get ahead of some Christmas wrapping. I watched a few movies while I was at it. If you’re looking for a cute Christmas rom-com, I saw 12 Dates of Christmas and I loved it. Not too cheesy either! I also started watching Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby which is an old classic, and the movie that inspired the song White Christmas (so yes, before the other classic movie with Bing!)

Augustine is doing such an amazing job with his homeschool math. We’re about 90% done with his Math 2 which is amazing considering he would technically be in 1st grade this year. My plan was to go slow and steady and take time on bigger concepts but it’s been clicking so well. We’ve been so happy with The Good and the Beautiful curriculum and I can’t imagine switching because it’s worked so well for us. Very thankful and wanted to share for any of you homeschooling mamas!

This week we went to Edward’s Greenhouse and it was so beautifully decorated for the holidays. It was fun to walk around and look at all the winter plants and enjoy the warmth. We went back home and did some water coloring which we all really enjoy. I painted the pink poinsettia that we got as a gift from our sweet neighbor!

beatrice and white pumpkin- M Loves M @marmar edwards greenhouse- M Loves M @marmar pink poinsettia and watercolor - M Loves M @marmar little gold bow shoes- M Loves M @marmar

Have a great week everyone!