Meal Planning, Everything I do for Success

My husband never heard of meal planning until I started doing it after my son was born. I stumbled across it when I was trying to find ways to be a good stay at home mom. I was intrigued at the thought but felt that I wouldn’t be able to stick to a meal plan. A couple months later, I was meal planning.Theme Meal Ideas (1)

Meal Planning wasn’t actually that difficult but it did take me time to get used to it and the idea of sticking to something. I have been doing it for 2 ½ years now and it has gotten easier for me to stick to it and to actually plan.

You got Weekly Meal Planning, which you can meal plan just for the week or a couple weeks at a time. There is also Monthly Meal Planning which you plan for the month in a couple hours and you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the month.

I did weekly meal planning up until this past month, I would forget to meal plan. I decided to try monthly meal planning and I feel that I saved myself time and a headache.

Benefits of Meal Planning

I am able to save money when I meal plan, since I know what I need to get at the grocery store. I was able to save around $100-$200 a month.

I don’t have to quickly come with a meal at night which saves me time and frustration.

Variety and Exploration to our meals , there is a theme for each day which gives us something new almost every night. I don’t seem to eat just pizzas and pastas every other night.

How I Meal Plan

Tools I use; Planner with Calender, Line Paper, Pinterest, Cookbook, Theme List, and List of Foods like and Dislike

Theme Meal ListTheme Meal Ideas

Create you Theme Meal List before you dig into actually creating you meal plan.

Having Theme Meals assigned for each day, helps me to have a variety of meals.

I will change it up each season, I changed out between salad and sandwiches(Spring & Summer) to Soups (Fall & Winter).

There is many different types of themes that you can find on Pinterest. It took me a while to figure out what worked for our family, so I tweaked it here and there.

If you have a theme you are able to narrow down your search on Pinterest or in a Cookbook.

Writing Out Your Meal Plan

Now That I have My Themes for the Meals, I take out a paper in which I listed out the days with the dates underneath them. Next to the dates, I wrote out meals that I thought would be good for that day, like the example down below.

Ex. Friday

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My rough draft before putting in my planner, excuse the messy hand writing.

9/6- Fish and Fries

9/13- Meatloaf and Smash Potatoes

9/20- Pollo Asado

9/27- Roasted Rep Pepper Pasta

Writing it out on paper before putting it in my planner, helps me be able to change a couple things and keeps my planner less messy.

I try to makes sure to have foods on the table that my husband will enjoy and that my son will eat but that can be difficult.

My husband will eat anything but there isn’t exactly a favorite but he doesn’t like Asian or Indian food as much but he will eat it if placed in front of him. My son is the pickiest eater I have ever met and it does annoy me.

Having a list of foods of dislikes, likes and foods that didn’t seem to work or took too long will help you plan and reapeat or not repeat the meals.

Time to Put in the Planner

I  am able to write it in my planner, where I can now look at each day. I will put next to the recipe if I need to prepare the night before. Each week when it comes time for grocery shopping I am able to look at the meals to make sure I written down what I need. It helps out meal prepping since I know what I will be having and what I will need to prep for the week.

I hope this helps you meal plan and gave you a couple ideas. Stay tuned for the meal prepping post!

 

Cleaning My Kitchen!

I am standing in the mess of a kitchen. Oh the anxiety of cleaning such a mess. I am about ready to tackle it.

I don’t seem to cook a healthy meal in a dirty kitchen. I feel more stressed and can’t seem to tackle the rest of the day. I feel guilty as my husband will walk in the door to see a mess.

So let’s set the Timer!

The dirty kitchen I am Tackling…

I needed to get the dishes done first since it was the toughest task to get done. I managed to wash, dry and put away the dishes a little after the time went off by 10 minutes.

I took things off the counter that didn’t belong and put them in their proper places. It seems that the kitchen always collects random things!

I had to get to organizing the cup cabinets as I wasn’t able to fit all of my son’s bottles and parts in the cabinet.

I ended up cleaning off the fridge, clearing away the clutter. I was going to clean the microwave but don’t have lemon juice.

End Results!

I still got the microwave and some cabinets to organize but I feel I can now cook a healthy meal. It only took me over hour to do it all but worth it.

Next week, I’ll write on How I organize my kitchen to function for me!

When I have a clean kitchen, I am able to put more time in meal making. I am able to eat healthier and my seem go smoother than if I have a dirty kitchen. I also less stressed when my husband comes home.

Homemaking: What the Summer Lacked and Gained

Its almost school time which means that its technically fall about to start. The weather here in Wisconsin is getting cooler which I am not ready for. What I am ready for is to get back into the groove of things.Homemaking_ Getting Back in the Groove

This past summer many things have gotten either out of control, forgotten or pushed aside. I did start a couple things this summer that I wish I did all along. What is some major things that make up homemaking that I didn’t or did do and what I learned from not doing some of the important things of Homemaking.

Didn’t Do! I was out of touch with MEAL PLANNING no matter how much I had the intentions of doing it. I found that because the summer days were long and hot I didn’t want to put a lot of effort in making food. My husband would be working long hours and not get into the house until it was near 7 pm which by then my oldest and I ate our meal. I don’t think that I we ate together about 60% of the time. When I didn’t have a meal plan prepared I didn’t know what to eat, and I didn’t make a decent or healthy meal for the family.

Did for a week! I have tried MEAL PREPPING before and didn’t like it since it was a one type of meal for the rest of the week. This time around I decided to prep individual foods that would be used in meals any time of the day. It made making meals faster, easier and less stressful especially with having 2 children.

Did Do! I never thought I would be BAKING BREAD like I watched my grandma did when I was living with her. I enjoyed the fluffy fresh bread that came out of the oven and felt that it was healthier. I know what I am putting in my bread and I know that it doesn’t have any preservatives.  I find that I am eating more sandwiches and making sure that I am getting more fibers in my diet.

Didn’t Do! I enjoy a CLEAN KITCHEN, it sets the tone of how my day is going to turn out. I discovered if I don’t have a clean kitchen than I am not going to make proper meals, meal prep or make bread. I find that a dirty kitchen makes me feel overwhelmed and than I don’t get anything done that is on my workload list.

Didn’t Do! Oh I didn’t BUDGET this summer like I needed to and it showed. I spent so much money this summer especially the month of July. For the size of our family I normally only spend about $1,200 a month. For the month of the month of June and July I went over that and I didn’t make me feel great. For the Month of August I had to reset my spending and even though I didn’t make it under the budget amount but I didn’t make close to overspending like the other months. I will be adjusting my budget amount and in hope that we can keep to it.

I know that I let many things go to wayside during this summer, and all of them were very important. I might not be ready for fall to be here but I ready to get back to these important things of Homemaking.

 

 

 

SAHM Life Changed Me!

I knew that as humans we change but I didn’t realize how much I have changed since becoming a stay at home mom 2 1/2 years ago. I almost gave up being a Stay at home mom to my oldest when I was dealing with Postpartum Depression but I am mighty glad that I didn’t since it showed me so much about myself. SAHM Life Changed Me

 

The First 2 1/2 years of being a stay at home mom/homemaker, I had discovered and rediscovered myself. I faced many challenges that brought out different aspects of who I am that I never thought I would see about myself. There is so much more that I have been able to do as a SAHM than I imagine.

 

I Found My Purpose, Strength and Potential. 

While I was going through PPD I was searching for my purpose. I just couldn’t figure it out for the life of me. It took me a whole year of searching to realize that it was in front of me the whole time. I just needed to accept that my purpose, and started to strive to thrive as a SAHM/homemaker.

During and after going through PPD, I needed to find and build up my strength both mentally and physically. Mentally, I started to get stronger in how I think and do things. I started to find determination to strive that I never seen before and started seeing my potential which my husband said he saw in me before we got married.

Discovering many Skills and my Creative Side

I thought that as a stay at home mom that I wasn’t going to do much other than clean and take care of my child. I started noticing that I had a creative side to me and skills that I didn’t realize that I had. I was able to relearn skills that I haven’t used in a long time. I am able to explore new aspects in life and be more outside the box than I was before.

Facing Bad Habit Head On and Creating New Healthy Habits

I wasn’t able to deal with my bad habits when I was working 8 to 9 hour shifts. I felt that I was just trying to survive the workload that was placed in front of me. The past couple years I have been able to focus on years worth of bad habits and finding ways to break them. In the midst of breaking bad habits I am able create new healthy habits.

More Feminine Less Feminist

During the Past couple years I have seen a shift in Feminist Movement and I had to question if I was one or not. I realized that I rather be old fashion Feminine than Modern Feminist any day. I like being more family minded than career minded. When I got married to my husband I knew I didn’t want to be equal to him but for him to be the Head of our Home, I enjoy that he is the man of the house.

Money Conscious 

I was terrible with money up until my son was 1 1/2 years old. I blew our money than it came in and I was always so guilty about money. I spent money because I was bored, I spent money because I thought I need something to help me in life and I spent money because I was guilty. I was guilty that I was spending my husband’s hard earned money and when I realized that it was our money once it entered our home because I did work by taking care of our home and child, my spending habits changed. I started wanting better quality products and less quantity and became more minimalist when it came shopping.

These were a few of the many things that I have seen about myself that has changed or created or learned since I became a SAHM/Homemaker. I wanted to write this after reading about a couple things about why you shouldn’t be a SAHM and what it does to a women. When I became SAHM it was kinda of a shock for a couple people but to me it isn’t something I want to change. I enjoy it!

Simplifying my Home

“Why does it seem that now a days people don’t keep anything?” an older women asked me one day in the Chiropractor office, when I told her that I didn’t keep any of my oldest boys clothes. I was 6 months pregnant and she asked me what the gender of the baby was in which I said it was another boy. It seems that everyone assumes that you automatically keep your oldest child’s clothes, making me feel guilty that I did not do so.

I am minimalist and I thought I talk about Why I am, how It came about, and how it has helped me to be a better homemaking and shopper.

  1. I have always have the inkling to organize and declutter, no one taught me how to do so. I was taught to clean but never to actually organize and declutter but I automatically decluttered my clothes when it didn’t fit or if I didn’t like it.
  2. My grandparent’s and my father is one of the reasons that I declutter. When I grew up with my grandparents I remember piles of things around the house, shop and storage that my grandpa had. To me it was normal but at the same time I noticed that not everything was being used. 40% of it was used over the course of time and 20% was used daily. Father has the same habit, he forgets that he has a tool so he ends up buying another which he ended up with 2 of the same tool.
  3. When I got married my husband had more stuff than I did and he was shocked by the amount of stuff that I had or the lack of things.
  4. When we moved into the house, with the things from the wedding, baby things and both of stuff it filled the house. Our house isn’t small which it can seem to others its small/medium but when it is full of things it didn’t look like I ever cleaned up the house. It also made it feel that I couldn’t find the motivation to actually organize my home. It was easier to clean and organize once I started decluttering my home and getting ride of things that didn’t serve a purpose and wasted precious space.
  5. I didn’t use the KonMari method to clean my home. I actually do not like the method.
  6. My home is not minimalist but simplified but minimalism has helped me with my sanity. I do have a minimalist closet. My husband doesn’t understand the minimalist lifestyle but he also grew up to hold on things and took me a while to get him to declutter through some of his ratty clothes.
  7. I found that minimalism had helped my mindset when it came to shopping. I love shopping but I was wasting money on useless stuff so now I am more intentional on what I buy. It also saves me money which my husband loves.
  8. I don’t feel guilty when it comes to having less and not keeping everything that comes in my home.

I know that minimalism has America by a storm but I think its a good thing and can work for anyone. I feel that it helps me not be totally materialistic and feel that I have to have everything that is being advertised. You will see me explain more especially when it comes to Homemaking and how minimalism has helped me clean.