Our job is to feed people.

It’s so easy to feel worn down by our work in the home. The work is always needing to be done again, over and over, day after day. Won’t it ever stop?
 Do you want it to? Of course not. Not really. To wish it all to stop is a death wish – and nowhere is that more clearly seen than in our most basic of tasks – feeding people. What happens when people don’t eat? They die. Feeding people … Read More

Eat intentionally.

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Organize your attitude #49 Yes, what we eat affects our moods. You know it. I know it. We don’t like it, but it’s true. We’re used to looking at food and it’s effects on our waistlines, but what about how it affects our attitudes? In the end, both are likely to be better off for our attention and diligence. Eat meals; don’t graze. Meals, eaten while sitting at the table with the family (or, honestly, a good book), are relationally … Read More

Wear an apron.

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Organize your attitude #43 Can an accessory change your attitude?

 Sure! For one, an apron can make it feasible to get dressed each day – which we’ve already established helps our attitudes – by protecting those clothes from messy work. But also, an apron helps us set a tone and a mood. It can become a cue, telling us, “Now it’s time to get into dinner-prep mode” or “Now it’s time to go on a cleaning whirlwind.” In a way, … Read More

Have a grocery route.

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Organize your attitude #42 We need to feed people, one way or another. Often the part that really crimps our style and our attitude is the grocery shopping component. Sales? Freshness? List? Menu plan? So many considerations are at play while we make a million decisions with every step along the aisle. Grocery shopping is something that must be done, but would be better done efficiently and as infrequently as we can manage. A little upfront thinking and stratagems can … Read More

The Best Menu Planning Method for Each Personality Type

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Ok, I just can’t get enough, and I hope you can’t, either. There’s more than one way to menu plan, and your personality will predict which one is most likely to work for you. SO049: Menu Planning for Each Personality Type So let’s break it down and see why that is and what might work for you that doesn’t work for me or your best friend – and why! Menu Planning for ISTJ & ESTJ Types ISTJs & ESTJs function … Read More

5 Grocery Store Tips

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Ack! No milk! Off to the grocery store! Was there something else you needed? There was, wasn’t there? What was it?

 Oh, look, this is on sale. That isn’t, but I think I need some. Might as well wander down this aisle to shortcut to the other side. Oops – walked straight past the pasta, and we definitely need some of that. How many grocery store trips feel like a random grab-bag and confused wandering? It happens to us all, … Read More

Recipe: Pizza Flatbread – Easy Kid Lunch

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Lunches always baffle me. It seems like it should be so easy, but I’m often stumped. Leftovers are nice, since we’re home for lunch, but we only have leftovers about half the time. So, often, we fall back on the kids’ favorite that they can make themselves: cheese melted on chips and sliced apple. Last week, however, we were going to be out for a picnic lunch with friends, and I was going to make pizza for dinner. An idea … Read More

8 Ideas for Making Family Dinners Happen

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by Christia Colquitt The value of family dinners is not a secret. We have seen the statistics. We know that it is important to sit down and eat dinner together on a regular basis. But still, today an average dinnertime is less than 12 minutes. Sixty years ago, it was 90 minutes! It is said that kids and teens who share family dinners at least 3 times a week: Are less likely to be overweight Are more likely to eat … Read More

Eat breakfast.

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Organize your attitude #31 Do you stop to eat breakfast every morning? A cheerful disposition is not only mental. It is also physical. Our stomachs have a say in our attitude, and we would do well to not overlook that reality. We’re not above our bodies. When we are hungry, when our blood sugar drops or spikes, when we don’t drink enough water, we will have a harder time maintaining our mental equilibrium. We need to eat breakfast. Breakfast is … Read More

3 Easy Steps to Meal Planning for Busy Moms

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By LaToya Edwards I have this problem: my children like to eat. I mean 4 or 5 times a day they are asking for a meal or a snack. I bet you have the same problem at your house. As a new mom I really struggled with getting meals planned, bought and cooked each day. I remember trying every single method of planning and prepping that I read about. I was so overwhelmed that I just didn’t know what to … Read More

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