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Issue #40 - My Love/Hate Relationship with Meal Planning
I'm writing this on Thursday afternoon, the day that I usually set aside for meal planning for the upcoming week. I see the necessity of meal planning, I do, but that doesn't mean I look forward to it!
You see, if I didn't plan out at least dinners for the upcoming week, my grocery trip would be a waste of time because I wouldn't really know what I was looking for and I'd end up not getting things that I would eventually need and probably get way too many things that I didn't need. How can you shop if you don't have a plan?
I suppose you could just buy a bunch of staples, but I just feel like that would still result in more trips to the store later on to pick up those one or two items that you forgot.
Meal planning saves gas, time and money.
It also saves my sanity in the long run because before we did meal planning, I would agonize all day long about what I wanted to make for dinner. Those days I had not idea what to make? They either
ended up in us eating out or something that was not very healthy.
Speaking of healthy, right now I'm in the process of once again revamping how we eat. I'd like to find a way of eating that is big family, budget friendly but is healthy, doesn't take long to prepare and works with a busy lifestyle.
Does such a think exist? I know it involves cutting out processed foods and sugar and probably wheat. It's the time it will take to prepare stuff that always throws us back into the convenience foods. Well, that and our addiction to sugar!
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know!
Morning Time Bundle on Sale
I'd also like to point you to a wonderful selection of plans that Pam Barnhill has put together to make starting out with a Morning Time Basket a whole lot easier. She has her bundle on sale only till this Sunday, July 23rd, so I know it's short notice, but it's worth hopping over there to check it out.
For $39 you'll be getting:
The Back to School Morning Time Plans, SQUILT Mozart Composer Spotlight, Birds Video Art Course
NaturExplorers Beautiful Birds Nature Study, A September Listening Calendar from SQUILT — Enjoy a bit of wonderful music everyday, Chalk Pastels Art in Space ebook from chalkpastel.com — Get ready for the solar eclipse with some fabulous and fun space art, A 10 nature walk sampler from 40 Creative Nature Walks: Outdoor Science Labs on the Go from NaturExplorers and a BONUS: Three weeks of Morning Time Plans. Our normal seasonal plans are seven weeks. This super-set of plans includes 10 weeks of scheduled plans.
You can check it all out here!
"A Plan for Joy" on sale, too!
Don't forget that now through July 31st, you can get "A PLan for Joy in the Home" on sale for $20.
Your purchase will also get you a chance to win a free copy of the wonderful book "Treasures and Traditions".
Get your copy NOW!
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