January 2018 Clean & Easy Meal Plan

After the holidays I’m ready to shed a few holiday pounds. Do you know what I mean? No matter how hard I try, the holidays always seem to sabotage my healthy habits of diet, exercise, and sleep, so after the dust settles and the last of the Christmas decorations are boxed up, I’m ready to get back on track.  So, if you too have fallen prey to the Christmas candy, cookies, and treats, then January is the perfect month to reclaim your health, to start afresh, or to cultivate new habits. One … [Read more...]

A Quick & Simple (but Healthy) December Meal Plan

December is a notoriously busy month for most of us. Between last minute gift-buying and holiday functions, shopping and baking, wrapping and decorating, there's little time left for all the everyday chores of cleaning, cooking, and laundry. So it's easy to skip meal planning and order pizza. Every once in a while take-out might be the sanity saver you need, but it's hard on the wallet and one's health. Having a meal plan in place can help tremendously during the busy holiday season. (If you … [Read more...]

November Meal Plan

Last month was my second-ever endeavor to meal plan for an entire month, and it was SUCH a blessing! One less thing to plan. One less thing to ponder over. I simply wrote down ingredients I needed and went shopping. Easy-peasy. So, I'm doing it again because we're entering the busy season, and I know supper will be the last thing from my mind amidst all the activities, baking, crafting, shopping, eating, and running from place to place. While it's tempting to chunk the meal plan when … [Read more...]

What We Eat for Breakfast: Our Family’s Daily Spread

When I posted our meal plan for the month, I mentioned how on Fridays, I usually plan all our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the week. Doing so helps me see what I need to buy at the grocery, and it means one less thing for me to think about during the week when my mind is already on overload. The reason I only listed our dinner plans in my October Meal Plan is because we generally have the same breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day of the week. I've found that the fewer decisions I … [Read more...]

October Meal Plan

I'm a meal planner. While a weekly meal plan is usually my go-to, I'm finding that planning meals for the month frees up my time during the week. I know some people prefer to be spontaneous, but that doesn't work for me. I enjoy cooking but need a plan or else when 5:00 rolls around, I lose my cool. It's not pretty. Usually, I plan meals for the week. On Friday afternoons, I sit down with my computer and family cookbook and look at what's on sale at the local grocery store. Then, I plan … [Read more...]

Summer Meal Plan: Cool Meals for Hot Days

It's only the middle of June and we've already hit 90 degree weather here in Tennessee! While I love sunshine and warm weather, I do not like a hot house. In fact, earlier this week I turned the oven on in the afternoon to fix a roast and could not cool down until I took a cold bath later that night! That's when I decided to create a Summer Meal Plan. My Summer Meal Plan consists of recipes that do not require the use of the oven. Instead, I'm opting to use my crockpot, Instant Pot, … [Read more...]

31 Dinner Ideas for the Month of May

I love to cook. If you know my mom, then you wouldn't be at all surprised. She is a masterful chef who my husband lovingly refers to as "the MacGyver of the Kitchen" because she can take 3 seemingly unrelated foods and turn them into a gastronomical masterpiece. I don't have her creative knack for cooking but I'm trying. Unfortunately, my children would prefer burgers and chicken tenders over Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas (yum btw!) or Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (not so yum). While … [Read more...]

16 Cool & Healthy Summer Treats

I have a little sugar problem. Actually, after completing my first Whole30, I discovered that I am seriously addicted to sugar. Nevertheless, life is short, and I believe wholeheartedly in (1) moderation and (2) making the best of the days I have numbered. That means we eat dessert on a fairly regular basis. However, I can sense my girls also cultivating their own sweet teeth tooths, and I'm not sure that's a road I want them to walk down. So, this summer, I've been looking for healthier … [Read more...]

Quit Trying to Be Super Mom!

This is Day 13 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. My house is a mess. Baskets of laundry -- both clean and dirty -- are scattered around the house awaiting their final destinies. The food in our fridge is either spoiled or inedible. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {June 1-7}

I can't believe we're already in June! The weather is definitely warming up here in Tennessee, so we're venturing outside in the early morning hours to play and then coming in for school. This week kicks off our official "start" of the school year. Yes, I know most people are finishing up now, but we've had a 6-week long break, and we're eager to get back in to our routine. So, here's what's on our menu this week: Sunday B: Cinnamon rolls (store-bought), sausage links & eggs L: … [Read more...]