Meal List: Menu Planning with Choices

It’s the last week of Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. A big thanks to Sharon from Momof6 for the motivation and great tips on menu planning (and everything else!)

Ah, menu planning. I have tried and failed several times. So, what’s the problem? I was making it too complicated and not planning ahead. I am not a chef, I am a mom that wants to save money and time while making healthy meals for my family.

Meal Planning Theme Nights

I’m taking Sharon’s suggestion and making theme nights. Here are our themes for meal planning!

Menu List Meal Planning Theme Nights getSNAZZY
Monday – Mexican Tuesday- Italian Wednesday – Easy Thursday -Slow Cooker Friday – Favorites Weekend – Open (We usually have leftovers for lunch)

 

Menu List with Choices

I get stuck in a rut and we eat the same boring meals all the time. Not anymore, here’s my menu list with choices! Click here to download a PDF of my Menu List: Meal Planning with Choices. We will follow the theme night and reference this list of meal ideas. Each Sunday at our family meeting we will pick choices for the week and add them to the dry erase menu board in our kitchen command center. Then I’ll make my shopping list using Grocery iQ. No excuse for not cooking at home, I will have the ingredients and a plan BEFORE 5 o’clock.

 

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Click here to download a PDF of my Menu List: Meal Planning with Choices

* Select Main Ingredient (Meat, Seafood, Vegetarian) 1. Select Cuisine or Meat Choice as starting point 2. Pick Sauce / Seasoning 3. Select Cooking Method and Find Recipe (I have a binder of favorites) 4. Pick Sides * All the combinations won’t work, but experiment and try something new!
{Plan, Prepare, Eat, Enjoy!}

 

p.s. What menu planning system do you use? What are your “go-to” meals?

 

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Thanks for joining me on my 4 week journey: Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp.

Click each week to see my progress!

{Intro} Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp
{Week 1 } Set Up Some Stations!
{Week 2 } Establish Routines
{Week 3} Getting the Most Out of Your Calendar!
{Week 4} Menu Planning

 

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Get Your Life Organized {Week 3} – Getting the Most Out of Your Calendar!

It’s {Week 3} of Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. Here was our homework from Sharon, “This week I would like to for you to take a good hard look at the calendar system that you are using to run your life. Does it still work for you? Does it give you the ability to access it wherever and whenever you need it? Is it easy to use- doing some of the work for you?”  Mostly, Yes and now it does…

My Calendar

I am a gmail girl and an iphone lover. Don’t laugh, but I have 6 gmail accounts and corresponding calendars. (it works for me, especially since I can access them from any computer or my phone)
1. Personal Account  2. Family Combined  3. My Business – www.resumebutterfly.com  4. My Blog www.getSNAZZY.com 5. My other business www.livinglifedesigns.com  6. My junk mail aka when I sign up for things (I just use the email; I don’t have the calendar set up)

 

I have been using the calendar app that comes standard on the iphone, it allows me to see all the calendars on one screen, but doesn’t have a print feature. Today I found something GREAT…

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CalPrint for iPhone Calendar Printing (and viewing)

CalPrint is available on itunes for $1.99 – totally worth it for the added features and flexibility.
Highlights: You can view and print lists of appointments plus daily, weekly and monthly calendars
You can email PDFs of your calendars too! Each calendar has a different color too (can’t customize very easily) Here’s the itunes description: “CalPrint uses your existing calendar entries on your iPhone (Exchange, iCal and Google Calendars etc) and is not just a great calendar printing utility, it is a fully featured calendar viewing and organizing app that enables you to view, group, add or edit your appointments and tasks. You can easily get an overview of your schedule by Day, Week, Month or as a list of appointments.”

 

Sharon with Momof6 uses iCal (I don’t have a Mac, yet anyway) and prints her weekly calendar and adds “to do” list items. CalPrint will allow me to print off my calendar (that includes alllll of my gmail accounts) as needed too. I’m going to add a bulletin board to my Command Center (in place of the printed family calendar) and pin my weekly calendar there.

 

My Old Fashioned Spiral Notebook

I also have a small spiral notebook on my nightstand to jot down “to-dos” that I think of when I’m about to go to sleep! I then transfer them into my phone so I will have my info everywhere I go. I haven’t figured out the best iphone app for my “to-dos” that aren’t date/time specific. Suggestions? Right now I just use the note app or put them in my calendar under an random time.

 

Grocery IQ

Grocery-IQ iphone app logo shopping list made simple getsnazzyJust a quick note about one of my favorite iphone apps. Grocery iQ is the only way I keep my shopping lists now. I never lose a piece of paper or forget to take the list with me. I created an account on my computer and also have the app. I made lists according to my favorite stores and also a list of favorite items to make list making extra quick. I could go on and on about the great features…  oh and it’s FREE. Check out the Grocery iQ website or visit itunes!


Stay tuned as I continue with the Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. You should join!

p.s. What calendar system do you use? I would love it if you’d leave me a comment! Follow me on Pinterest too :) All opinions are my own.

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Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp {Week 2 } – Establish Routines

{Week 2} of Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp is to establish routines.

I am a planner. I love routines.

Routines are things that you can do regularly to make life easier. They don’t need to be complicated. Here are some of our basic routines that we do to help calm the chaos- as a mom of two kids under age 3, I definitely need routines!

I made these routine charts and put them in the hallway by the kids’ bedrooms. I included pictures since they are too little to read!  Establishing routines keeps things running smoother.  Tweak depending on age, but I basically do the same routine for our 1 year old and our almost 3 year old.

Good Morning Routine

Morning Routines for Kids After School Routine FREE Printable getSNAZZY

After School (I added a few steps for older kids, our preschooler doesn’t have homework yet!)

After School Routine for Kids get your life organized boot camp FREE Printable getSNAZZY

Good Night Routine for Bedtime

Bedtime Good Night Routine for Kids get your life organized boot camp FREE Printable getSNAZZY

Click here to download all 3 checklists (morning, after school and bedtime routine) as a PDF. Or you can right click on the images above and “save as” to your computer. Do you do things in a different order? Leave me a comment and I’ll make a few other variations in an upcoming post.

Notice that these charts are checklists and not sticker or reward charts. They just display the expected activities as a reminder, so I am not doing the nagging and reminding.

Routines Reduce Power Struggles

As Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions says, “Routines are a parent’s best friend when it comes to reducing power struggles. When there’s a logical, orderly procession of events that’s been established, the pressure is lifted from the parents – they’re no longer the “bad guy.””

Be consistent, follow through. Ignore any attempts to negotiate and soon your kids will follow the routine without a fuss. Things definitely aren’t perfect at our house and it still gets crazy, but routines are a definite must to calming the chaos!

I especially love the idea of “when-then” routines. I’ve been reading the book, If I Have to Tell You One More Time. . .: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling. The author, Amy McCready, says, “The most effective type of routine is a “When-Then” routine, which places a desirable activity (snacktime, TV time) at the tail end of a list of undesirable, but necessary, activities. And it’s always phrased the same way. For instance, you can inform your kids that “When the yucky stuff is out of the way (make bed, get dressed, tidy room) then breakfast is served.” Or, when your homework is done, lunch box cleaned out and backpack ready and by the door for the next day, then you can go out and play with your friends.”

Preschool Checklist for Backpack

Another quick routine I’d like to share is our preschool checklist. I printed this checklist and put it in a luggage tag on our daughter’s backpack.  Every night before school I double check that everything is ready and then in the morning I take another quick look to make sure we don’t forget anything. It was especially helpful when my husband took her to school a few times when I was at home with a newborn. I haven’t forgotten her lunch yet (knock on wood).

School Bag Checklist on preschool backpack - morning routine - before school luggage tag - getSNAZZY

Do you love routines as much as I do? Checkout Sharon’s video from Momof6.com http://momof6.com/mom-organization/get-your-life-organized-boot-camp-week-2-establish-routines/  for some great tips about routines. I especially like her idea of identifying things that I do every day that I could do more efficiently once a week (like picking out clothes).

What are your routines?

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Stay tuned as I continue with the Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. You should join!

p.s. Downloads are free, but I would love it if you’d leave me a comment! Follow me on Pinterest too :) All opinions are my own.

DIY Organized Family Command Center {Free Printables}

Organized Family Command Center

I made an organized family command center (without buying anything new)!

What do you already have at home that you can use?  Get started today!

I’ve been thinking about making a Command Center since we moved into our house (ummm… that was 5 years ago) So, what was the problem?  I never got started because it was overwhelming. Well thanks to Momof6 Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp I finally got motivated. Sharon – thanks for the great tips!

 Command Center How To:

  1. Decide what things you want featured in your command center. Check out my organization inspiration board on Pinterest.
  2. Gather your supplies
  3. Plan your layout, measure twice!
  4. Print documents
  5. Hang Frames
  6. USE your command center daily! It doesn’t do any good if it isn’t functional, adjust as needed.

 

My Command Center Supplies:

Hanging on the walls

Family Photo

Family Photo - Kitchen Command Center

Family Motto / Mission Statement – Ours spells SMITH FAMILY

Smith Family Motto - Family Mission Statement - getSNAZZY - Command Center

Initial – wooden letter from Hobby Lobby, I covered it in scrapbook paper using double-sided tape and outlined it in Sharpie

Family Calendar (click here for free PDF printable) 16×20 Frame

Blank Family Calendar - Organize - Command Center - getSNAZZY

Cleaning/Home Checklists (free PDF printable) 2 4×6 frames – Daily and Weekly/Monthly

Family Command Center Cleaning Checklists Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp getSNAZZY

Babysitter Checklist from imom – 8×10 frame – I printed my own header and taped it on top :)

Babysitter Checklist from imom Kitchen Family Command Center Free Printable getSNAZZY

Blank Menu for Meal Planning (click here for free PDF printable) – 8×10 frame

Blank Menu for Meal Planning Family Command Center - getSNAZZY

Last Name Painting – http://www.nameoftheangel.com

On the counter top

File Organizer – Oxford DecoFlex Letter Size Desktop Hanging File

Hanging Folders (labeled Bills to Pay, To Do Immediate, To Do Future, Meal Planning, Coupons, School)

Small Spiral Letter Holder

Post Its, pens, pencils, notepad and dry erase markers with erasers (to write on the glass of the frames)

Cabinet

ClosetMaid 2-Door Organizer – Espresso (I added my own knobs)

  • Right now this cabinet has snacks for the kids organized into dollar store bins (I recycle all of the packaging as soon as I get home from the store, it takes up a lot less room!) I might relocate the snacks and do something else with this space.  Ideas?

Dollar Store Bins for Supplies or Snacks Kitchen Organization getSNAZZY

 

Random notes:

I used Bookman Old Style and Simply Gorgeous fonts

Scrapbook paper is discontinued. I used “My Mind’s Eye BH Backyard adventure” for the initial and BasicGrey.com Periphery for the calendar background.

 

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Stay tuned as I continue with the Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. You should join!

p.s. Downloads are free, but I would love it if you’d leave me a comment! Follow me on Pinterest too :)

 

Thanks for joining me on my 4 week journey: Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp.

Click each week to see my progress!

{Intro} Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp
{Week 1 } Set Up Some Stations!
{Week 2 } Establish Routines
{Week 3} Getting the Most Out of Your Calendar!
{Week 4} Menu Planning

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Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp

I’m jumping into Momof6′s Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp!

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Join us! {Week 1} – Set Up Some Stations!

I’ll be posting my progress along the way.

I’m I used to be a pretty organized person, but as our family has grown I find myself feeling more cluttered and less organized. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.

Here’s what I realized:

1. Keeping yourself organized is one thing, but organizing a whole family is a different story. Being a mom is great, but can also be overwhelming!

2. Making a plan and getting in a routine helps tremendously

3. DONE is better than perfect

4. If something doesn’t have a “home” I tend to put it in a pile or a stack. AHHH. Which reminds me of this quote by John Wooden, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

5. I’m ready to get organized with some strategies that I can keep up with! You should join me!

 

Off to work on setting up my stations! You should too ;)

 

 

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