29: week in review – M Loves M

summer bike ride - M Loves M @marmar

Happy Sunday y’all! Getting this post up a little later than usual. We’ve been celebrating Matthew’s birthday all week which has been so fun. I feel like I love Matthew’s birthday week as much as my own. It’s just the best to celebrate our favorite guy. To make things extra special, I made his favorite recipes all week, and two birthday desserts: his forever pick of a mud pie, and also this strawberry pretzel cake (but with Biscoff instead of gingersnap cookies although Matthew would love that too I’m sure!)

Here’s a recap of our week:


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

MONDAY- Honey Garlic Shrimp and Corn and Bacon Avocado Salad – one of our favorite summer salads!

TUESDAY- Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

WEDNESDAY- BBQ Chicken Salad with Avocado Ranch– so yummy and easy to put together

THURSDAY- Sourdough Pizza with leftover pulled pork, red onions and bbq sauce (and a margarita pizza for the kids!)

FRIDAY- Spicy Orange Sesame Chicken– tastes better than takeout in our opinion!

SATURDAY- Grilled Skirt Steak and Orzo with the best basil vinaigrette ever – seriously make that vinaigrette and put it on everything!

SUNDAY- leftovers

fried eggs with oregano- M Loves M @marmar

If you haven’t made fried eggs with oregano yet, you’re missing out! This is my go-to breakfast that I have most days of the week.

smitten kitchen big pie crumb bars - M Loves M @marmar

New favorite summer dessert: the big pie crumb bars from the Smitten Kitchen’s Keepers cookbook. SO good! I used a combination of plums, peaches, raspberries, and blueberries. I wish the recipe was available online but trust me, this cookbook is worth buying!

scrambled eggs with herbs - M Loves M @marmar

Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs will always make me think of family holidays because it’s a simple breakfast but feels special and fancy. I love to make this for Christmas morning to go along with our coffee cake, but it’s just as delicious as any other time of year!

strawberry pretzel cake from half baked harvest

The strawberry pretzel cake I mentioned above. I have a feeling it will be another new summer staple. Very kid-friendly too!


casual summer outfit - M Loves M @marmar

This white button-up shirt has been a staple for me for the past several years. I found it on sale here! It’s such an easy pick for any denim outfit, but I also love it with linen shorts.

black tank with linen pants - M Loves M @marmar

Staying cool in this hatch tank and these linen pants. This is a weekly favorite for me. I really love the beige and black color combo outfits right now, although I know it’s not very summery.


The Anniversary Sale is happening! It’s kind of crazy to think back on how much time and effort I put into those sale posts every year. It was a lot of work, and while I enjoyed it, I’m happy not to be spending that much time on it this year. I thought I’d just highlight a few favorites:

Gap– 50% off!

Wayfair – Outdoor Clearance

Banana Republic– Big Summer Sale- I am loving BR these days. Everything is so good and this sale is one to take advantage of!


We’ve been taking it easy today because Augustine stepped on a wasp the other day and his foot has been so swollen. Thankfully it’s looking a lot better but it’s hard for the boy to get around. It sounds like it can be swollen for a week but we’re praying it doesn’t take too long.

I know I mentioned this book to you a few months ago, The Mission of Motherhood. I really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to reading it again with my friends for our Book Club. It’s a book that would be so encouraging to go through with other mamas. By the way, have you seen my Amazon Storefront? I have a section for favorite books on there, as well as homeschool resources, favorite books for kids, etc.

nap time with eye masks

I hope you all have a wonderful week and stay cool! It will be another hot week for us so I’m seeing some splash pad and pool days in our future. Oh and naps too!