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

Have a menu plan.

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Organize your attitude #30 Do you know one real downer that happens all too often? Not knowing what’s for dinner when 5pm rolls around. You know what I’m talking about. And, yes, it happens to me, too. Do you know one real awesome feeling? Knowing at breakfast time what’s for dinner, pulling the meat out of the freezer the night before, and maybe even doing a little head-start prep while the kids eat breakfast. A menu plan makes those mornings … Read More

Friday Four

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1. Homeschooling This was break week, so there was no recognizable homeschooling. Piano practice continued, but there was much more playing – including programming time on Khan Academy. My 8 and 6 year old both finished their math books last week, but have an xtramath score goal they must reach before they move to the next book, so they both chose to do xtramath 3 times this week – and the 6-year-old beat the goal! We went to the pumpkin … Read More

When no one wants to make dinner…

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By Karen Dubarry It’s 5:00 PM. You’re tired. The kids are cranky. Everyone is starving. There’s no dinner on the table. What now? I’ve been there. Despite my best intentions to plan every meal and to use my crockpot as often as possible, there are evenings when I’m not sure what’s for supper and I really don’t feel like cooking. What’s a busy family to do when no one feels like making supper? Repurpose Leftovers Here’s a hint about leftovers: … Read More

Fried Rice Family Dinner, a home cooking “recipe”

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The fridge is full of bits and pieces of leftover meals from the week, but no one is excited about eating a meal of leftovers – especially when there’s not enough of one thing to go around. Let’s remake it into an entire new meal that seems fresh and new, instead of leftover buffet! That’s what fried rice, a recipe in Simplified Dinners, is best for! Simple, homemade fried rice will remake leftovers into a great all-in-one family dinner. Here’s … Read More

Meals are for connecting: 5 ways to build relationships in the kitchen

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by Christia Colquitt Have you ever read something that completely changed your mindset? The kind where you could not get it off your mind until you did something about it. I remember the day well that my mindset completely changed. The book Hands Free Mama had been tucked away in my closet for over a year before I gathered up the courage to open it. Why? I was terrified. I was afraid to go Hands Free. I knew my life … Read More

How to declutter your home

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So you want to get organized. Where do you even start? To be organized means to be purposefully prepared. The best preparation for the work of organization is to declutter: declutter stuff, declutter life, declutter your head. Organizing starts with decluttering, but decluttering is actually a much bigger job than simply clearing out closets. Here’s how to declutter your home – and also your head. The Containers: Declutter your home & head Decluttering is one of those processes that makes … Read More

3 Secrets that Will Make Your Canning Day a Success

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My husband still remembers being sardined into his mom’s minivan between his brother and sister, the backseat folded down and piled high with fruit and vegetables from Eastern Washington. The orchard-fresh, abundant goodness made the trip over the mountains more than worthwhile. The heavenly smell of ripening peaches filled the air as they drove, and the kids all had bellyaches by the time they got home from eating so much fruit. His mom would spend the following weekend canning all … Read More

Keeping an Evernote daily to-do list

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I’ve written before about the benefits of writing a daily to do list on an index card, but for several months I’ve experimented with using Evernote for my task list instead of a daily index card – just to see how going all digital would work out for me. I have gone back to writing out a short daily to-do note, but I learned a lot from my little experiment. Using Evernote for a daily to-do list and journal is … Read More

Refreshing Iced Herbal Green Tea – no sugar!

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The weather is heating up and a cold, tasty beverage is exactly what hits the spot on a hot afternoon. But so many of the iced drink options are calorie-laden, full of sugar or juice or dairy. I wanted a drink that I could drink glass after glass without guilt or counting – that I could slug while still keeping my weight loss plan. I’ve hit upon the simple drink that fits the bill: iced herbal green tea. I can … Read More

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