Monday, January 29, 2018

MPM: why meal plan?

We tend to get into some silly habits over the holidays and just roll with the punches, so to speak. Most of the year, however, we're a meal planning household. We've just gotten back into the swing of meal planning again. Whether you're new to meal planning or stuck in a rut, I thought it might be a good time to list some of the great reasons to meal plan. 



1. It saves time 
If you have a meal plan, you will be more efficient when you are shopping, you will stop wasting time standing in front of the fridge wondering what to make, you can even save prep time by prepping for two meals at once (since you know which meals are coming up) and of course, you can make just one trip to the supermarket per week. 

2. It saves money 
By having a plan, you avoid buying things you don't need, are less likely to waste food and also less likely to panic and buy take away food. 



3. It allows delegation
It is such a relief when I am wrangling kids and nappies and I come out to see hubby has already started dinner because he already knows what we're having that night. 

4. It stops the dread 
I absolutely hate that feeling of frustration when I have to decide on something for dinner, it's a feeling that can last for hours if I'm having trouble thinking of something. Providing a meal for my family should be a joy, not a chore.



5. It reduces waste
Planning ahead means I only buy what I need and anything that might be leftover is pre-planned to be incorporated into future meals. 

6. It stops the endless questions 
My kids: "Muuuuummmm, what's for dinner?" 
Me: *points at list on fridge* 

7. It gives more change for better nutrition 
When you plan several meals ahead, you have the time to make sure that each meal is nutritionally balanced alone and in context with the previous/following meals.

I'm sure there are more reasons, but these are just some of the reasons why meal planning works for us.  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

New Year Post

Happy 2018! 


I have made a goal to blog regularly this year. I had the first few weeks of the year off because it has been sooo busy at work. Normally the time before Christmas is busy (which I guess it was) but due to some restructuring, a lot of things were delayed until after Christmas and so the first week or two back after our break were just ridiculous. 


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Here's an image I made of all the calls I took/made over just one morning. It doesn't even include the texts or the emails, nor the fact that some of these individual lines included two or three attempts to call before it connected! 


Still, better to be busy than broke, right? 


I've also been keeping an actual journal, just jotting down some of the things we do each day, some of the things the kids say, what we ate etc. A few months ago we were cleaning out some cupboards and found a journal I kept for a short while around the time my eldest turned one. The kids were in *stitches* as I was reading out the entries. So when it came time to write my Christmas list I knew what I wanted... a journal! :)