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Simple Meal Planning

I know there are all kinds of fancy apps and computer programs to meal plan. However, I am still an old school pen and paper kind of girl. The easiest way for me, is to keep a journal with my meal plans for dinners. We are a large family of 8 and I also cook 5 nights a week for my parents. So, most nights I am cooking for 10.

How I Menu Plan for THM

My method is easy, but it works for me. I bought a nice Erin Condren notebook to use. I love it because it is sturdy and cute. Since I look at the thing constantly and take it with me to the store I wanted something that would hold up. Not that you have to use a “cute” notebook. The cheap $.25 one from back to school sales would work perfectly too.

I flip the page each week and start my menu plans on the left hand side. Then on the right side I write out my grocery list for each meal while I am making the menu. It is seriously that easy. I do 1 week at a time. I was doing 2, but I have learned that I prefer my produce fresher and a weekly trip just works much better for me.

Journal Meal Planning with THM

I don’t really plan out my breakfast and lunches anymore. I have a routine that seems to work and I just keep my staples stocked in the house. I rotate through my main breakfast options: eggs, overnight oats, protein shakes, and toast with Trimmy’s. For lunches I eat leftovers or make up a big salad. I always try to have salad ingredients in the fridge. My favorite version is to make a BIG bed of greens then top with some chopped up egg and turkey then add whatever vegetables I have in stock. My favorite go to dressing is the Grand Greek from the new cookbook or the Bolthouse Farms Ranch (I find mine in the refrigerated part of the produce at Walmart).

I realize this is the most Kindergarten way to meal plan, but it is easy and it works great to keep me organized. How do you meal plan for your family?

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Using Essential Oils To Help With Mastitis

Any woman who has ever had mastitis can tell you it is one of the most painful things you can go through. I have never had mastitis before so this was a first for me. I think I would rather have another C-section than have another bout of mastitis. It was that painful!

How I Used Essential Oils to Help with Mastitis

Over the past few years our family has been transitioning to a more natural way of dealing with ailments. Back in the day I would have rushed to start taking the meds that the doc called in for me. Let me tell you it was tempting with the amount of pain that I was in. However, I decided to use the oils that I had on hand. Did you know using essential oils can help with mastitis?  I LOVE essential oils! I use them daily on just about everything you can think of. We have been using Essential Oils on various things throughout the last few years, but to be honest I wasn’t completely sure they could handle treating an infection that bad and painful.

I started dosing myself with oils morning, noon, and night. I used Frankincense, Thieves, and Oregano on the bottoms of my feet. Then I used Lavender, and Frankincense directly on my chest. Within 24 hours I noticed drastic improvement. After 48 hours, my fever was breaking on a regular basis, and I was feeling human again. By day 3, I was back to my old self. With the exception of being really tired, all the symptoms were gone.

I am now a fanatic when it comes to my Young Living Essential Oils!

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New Year ~ New Goals

New Year New Goals

I have so many new goals that I want to accomplish this year. So many in fact, that I have spent the first few days a bit overwhelmed with all that I want to do. You know what though. Having plans is good. Stressing out about them isn’t.

You have to take each one with baby steps. We have all heard the expression- How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That is how I am approaching the new year. Here are a few of my goals for 2013

  • Getting Healthy {notice I didn’t say lose weight} For me this time it is about a lifestyle change. One healthy choice at a time. Not another crash diet.
  • Being More Organized- One closet at a time, it doesn’t all have to happen in one week!
  • Growing the Blog- Letting God have the say. Doing my part without stressing about the numbers.
  • Being More Consistent- I have a bad habit of being a yes girl. Signing up for every challenge and being stretched too thin. I am going to be choosing more cautiously in 2013 what I commit to.

These are just my personal goals. Of course we have our family goals in addition to this. As crazy as it sounds we have been really feeling like our family was supposed to lean towards a more vegetarian lifestyle. This won’t be an overnight change and I don’t think we will ever be completely vegetarian. We are cutting down and cutting out certain meats. For starters we are cutting all pork, and cutting back on most of the others as well. I have done this before {not as faithfully as I would have liked} We really saw great improvements with how we felt.  If you are following me on Pinterest I have a vegetarian board that I will be pinning recipes to. You can find it HERE.

We have finally found a protein shake that we ALL like. All 4 of my tiny tots want it for breakfast every day. It is healthy and full of good stuff for their little bodies. I found a product I believe in and it is working for us as a family. No more chemical based diet junk. I am super busy so being able to grab a protein shake or bar for breakfast or lunch works really well for me.

I am hoping

What are some of your goals for the new year?



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