Menu Planning Button
It used to be that I would pace between my pantry and fridge each day at 4 PM, wondering what we were going to have for dinner, and then, we would end up having the same four meals all the time! There was no variety. And I was doing decent at staying within our grocery budget, but there was a lot that went to waste. So a little over a year ago, I decided I need to change that. I began sitting down at the beginning of each week and making a plan for our dinners. Then a friend challenged me to do a monthly menu, which at first made my head spin.
At the beginning of each week, usually on Monday, I post a menu plan for that week. I post breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that we will be having throughout the week, along with any other kitchen projects I may be working on. It does take some time to sit down and come up with 20+ meals, but it has has numerous benefits! A few of the benefits we have seen from menu planning: saving time on a daily basis, buying more intentionally at the grocery store and thus stay within our grocery budget, more nutritious meals and snacks, and more variety! My hope is that by posting our meals, you are inspired with meal ideas and to even try menu planning for yourself.
School Mom Button
A newer, and not as regular, column that I have is "School Mom". I have a 2-year-old daughter, and another daughter on the way, due in August. I absolutely love to see my daughter's face light up when she learns new things. The Lord has shown me that time with her is absolutely precious. Many of my friends have begun enrolling their children in Mothers Day Out or other preschool-type programs, and this has been a struggle for me. Over the last year, I have really felt God leading me to be the one to teach her daily - both now and hopefully in the future for official "homeschooling". "School Mom" is my own version of preschool activities and learning led by me. Sometimes we join up with friends and take field trips. Other times we do hands-on activities I've found on Pinterest. It's been a huge blessing to me, and I hope it blesses you as well.
A BIG thank you to Ashleigh for taking the time to do this for me! :) Please be sure to stop on by her blog and say hi!
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