Weekly Recap

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is still enjoying the time inside while #socialdistancing! I am somewhat being sarcastic, as I know I am already going stir crazy myself. However, hopefully, you have enough to do to keep you busy– like read Weekly Recap post! This week I have a super easy and delicious burrito bowl to share with you. I also will share a few random Amazon finds, and I’ll be talking about how you can shop local to support small businesses during this time.

Simple and Delicious Burrito Bowl

This is so easy, and the ingredients are perfect staples for storing during our #socialdistancing. You can swap out the meat of your choice for plant based protein, ground beef, or turkey. This recipe was a hit in our household, even for our toddler!

What you Need:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 lb. of ground meat (or your choice of ground protein)
  • Taco seasoning
  • White rice
  • Colored peppers (fresh or frozen at this point)
  • Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)

Instructions:

Cook ground meat in skillet on medium heat until cooked through (about 10 minutes). Add in taco seasoning, and stir. You can add sliced colored peppers to the meat skillet to cook all together, or cook on a separate skillet. While meat is simmering, cook white rice per box instructions. Then, heat up black beans in a pot on the stove for 3-5 minutes.

Once the above ingredients are cooked, it’s time to assemble your bowl. I add a scoop of rice first, followed by meat, beans, and peppers. I top with avocado slices, cilantro, and Primal Kitchen’s Cilantro Lime Dressing. That’s it! It’s so easy and a great “throw together” meal with ingredients that can be stocked up and stored for a while. Enjoy!

Amazon Finds

We plan to have the boys share a room when our soon to be newborn is old enough. Therefore, we have a temporary space set up for him, and are holding off on big purchase items like a dresser until it’s time to decorate their shared room down the road. I found this 4 Drawer fabric dresser that is great for storing all of baby’s clothes and fits perfectly tucked away in the closet. The great thing is, this dresser can be used multiple ways that include: craft storage, shoe or clothing storage in anyone’s closet, toy bin, and even toiletry storage. The options are endless, so you will definitely get your use out of it! It’s a great affordable storage option if you’re looking for one at only $55.99.

I just ordered one of these portable chargers, and I cannot believe I waited so long to do so! With how much my phone is used for these days (GPS, social media, now blogging, grocery shopping… you name it, I use my phone so much throughout the day that I’m always frustrated at its inconvenience when I have to plug it into an outlet that isn’t near by and leave it there. This portable charger can charge up to two devices at once and can be taken anywhere. You can use this on the plane, or it can simply charge your phone while in your purse, etc. I plan to buy a few of these, and have one in the diaper bag for times we are at the park and my phone needs charging. This one charges multiple types of devices such as cameras, tablets, and phones.

How can you Support Small and Local Businesses during COVID-19

I am passionate about this topic because I have many friends who have owned their own business for some time now, and some who have just started theirs in this last year. The financial implications in overhead alone is just one of the main difficulties our small business owners will face during this time. I realize that we all are in economic uncertainty right now, but if you are able, please consider contributing to support our small businesses during this time so that we can continue to have them when this is all over. I’ve included this wonderful clip of ways you can help!

  • Give them a shout out on social media! Almost all of us online shop. By providing exposure to these small businesses, we are increasing the likelihood of people purchasing from these businesses while #socialdistancing in their home.
  • Purchase a gift card from their store to use at a later date or as a gift for someone you want to bless.
  • Write a good review. If you cannot support financially during this time, we all know that reviews go a long way in determining our purchases. I read reviews on products every time before I purchase! Taking the time to do this is at no financial cost to you.
  • Reschedule rather than cancel. I realize that some of these #socialdistancing timelines are uncertain right now, but put something on the books for next month so businesses can at least count on business flow in the near future.
  • Order take away from local restaurants who are still open (most have drive ups where you don’t even have to go inside).
  • Check in and ask how you can help! They may offer a suggestion that’s not mentioned on here!

That’s all for this week! I am sending you all love from afar. Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Em

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