The Week in Review

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Fishkids and grandparents

It’s been another full week for the FishFam. I’m so thankful to be able to share my life with these sweet people.

We spent the early part of the week in the Santa Ynez Valley with the grandparents. Sleeping in on Sunday morning was a highlight. Being spoiled by the grandparents ranked high, too.

Trying out a new restaurant in Solvang called Chomp Burger was another. (Good, but not cheap. They need to lower the price of the kids’ meal or erase the word affordable from their menu. #justsaying)


I became a regular workout fanatic, making it to the gym for five days straight. What has come over this girl? I dunno. But, I’m hoping to “build up my core” and strengthen my back a bit. I repeat: what has come over this girl?

I feel really good, though I’m not seeing body changes. That’s okay ’cause I feel good.


Hubs and I tried out a new restaurant for date night: Fratelli’s. I couldn’t help but think about the bad guys in the movie, The Goonies. The people there were very nice. And there was no stiff in the ice cream freezer. That I know of.

Dinner was great. We split an app, salad, and calzone. The bill was $40 plus tip. Not horrible, but not cheap, either. Makes me rethink the date night thing. Maybe I should make peace with fast food? I dunno. Maybe we should take up bowling. That would fit the whole Gym Girl image, wouldn’t it?

Today finds us celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday. Pictures to come next week, I hope. Like I said, it’s been a full week.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:


This month’s Eat Well, Spend Less series was all about Summertime:

Coming next week:

  • more Summer Fun
  • Booking It
  • What’s in the Produce Box?
  • Zone Defense Check In (see your assignment here)

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Charyse says:

    Sometimes we go to a park for date night to walk or play frisbee…then stop for frozen yogurt on the way home. Date night tends to be a bit leaner toward the end of the month so we have to get creative.

  2. I would ike to see some articles on cooking for weight loss on a budget.

  3. Can’t wait for Booking It. LOVE that feature.

  4. No kidding on rethinking date night costs! We rarely go out to eat or to a concert or something for just the two of us that involves spending $50-100. I just don’t see the point. Would rather have the money to buy something like books or music or clothes than to have it whiffed away by a meal that will be digested in a few hours. We all have our preferences, but I guess I’ve learned so much from blogs like yours about making and doing things yourself to cut down on grocery bills that I just see that restaurant bill like a week’s worth of groceries! I like Charyse’s idea – walk, then fro yo.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      It’s only in the last four years that we’ve had regular date nights. We’ve always been restaurant people. But, as hubs says, my cooking has improved a lot and costs have gone up, so it’s becoming less fun.

  5. I have found if I feed my competitive juices I stick to working out longer and I found a great app that helps me be competitive w myself. I use Nexercise. You earn points for doing your workouts, and once you use your points to buy gift cards (hello, amazon!). You also get rewarded randomly with little surprises. A free song from amazon, free pr of glasses, etc. You can even work this into your date night (depending on how much Hubs enjoys working out). You guys can take out the bikes, go for a run, or take a hike. Perfect time of year to pack a picnic and take it with you. 🙂

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      MyPlate lets you earn points, too. I was doing that until my phone crashed and it lost all my points. Ha!

  6. Good for you for making it to the gym for five days in a row. I only managed four this week and four the week before, but next week will be five.

    Last weekend a couple that we are friends with wanted to go out for the guys birthday. They of course picked the most expensive place in town : / . Even after a group on and a gift certificate we sent 170$ on our portion so that blew our restaurant budget out of the water for June, and we are starting the pantry challenge early! So I empathize with your expensive date problems 🙁

    What hubby and I like to do is dinner at home and frozen yogurt/ dessert on the town. We rarely spend more than 10$ on a dessert, but we still get out of the house and have time to talk. Or even Starbucks for a decaf at night. (Depending on the mood)

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Hubs might be reading this post or all y’all’s minds. He said, “Let’s eat at home and go out for coffee or dessert.” ha! Great minds think alike.

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