Back to School Lunch Ideas

Back to school means back to school lunch as well.  What are your kids going to eat? Packing a lunch allows you to have more control over what your kids eat.  You can pack the foods you know they like.  You can still send money to buy milk or juice, or provide the drinks as well. […]

Aug, 03

Family Meal Planning Tips

Do you find that you are making the same meals over and over again? Yeah, me too. It seems like I get in a rut and just rely on the same recipes each week. And that can get pretty boring. To shake up our meal time routine, I gathered the family together and got them […]

May, 03

Once A Month Cooking

If you are like most moms around the world, there never seems to be enough time or energy at the end of most days to prepare the nice home cooked meal you would love to have ready made for your family. Unfortunately, cooking a good family meal requires both time and energy. To avoid this, […]

Apr, 25

Smart Grocery Shopping Strategies

Grocery shopping is a chore most of us dread. It can be especially frustrating once you get home and realize you forgot to get an item or you neglected to give the clerk your coupon for that great buy one get one for free deal. You organize every other aspect of your life, so focus […]

Apr, 11

What’s For Dinner? Menu Planning Tips for Busy Moms

Dinner is the last meal of the day and a time when families can get together and discuss their day. It is also a hectic meal for busy moms who are just getting off of work or who have been busy with other activities all day. If you are a busy mom or you know […]

Apr, 05

List of the Day: Grocery List by Category

We  spotlight and make one of ListPlanIt‘s printable lists available to everyone everyday for one day only.  Each day, you can look forward to being introduced to a new list that just might rock your world!  ListPlanIt has a plethora of checklists, worksheets, schedules, inventories, and to do lists that are just waiting to be […]

Apr, 13

List of the Day: Weekly Meal Planner

We  spotlight and make one of ListPlanIt‘s printable lists available to everyone everyday for one day only.  Each day, you can look forward to being introduced to a new list that just might rock your world!  ListPlanIt has a plethora of checklists, worksheets, schedules, inventories, and to do lists that are just waiting to be […]

Apr, 06

Resources for your Weekly Planning Retreat

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the idea of taking a weekly planning retreat.  I love the idea because by setting an appointment with yourself and making planning a priority, you are giving home and family management its due diligence.  There is a lot of work to managing at home.  It can be […]

Apr, 07

List Spotlight: Two-Week Menu & Grocery Planner

This is a new feature here on the blog to spotlight the many uses of the lists to which members of ListPlanIt have access.  However, you don’t have to be a member of ListPlanIt to check out the list and even to view my own version of the list.  You might just find some inspiration […]

Sep, 10

Steps to Simple yet Effective Menu Planning

One of the simplest ways that you can save money on your grocery or entertainment budget, manage time and stress levels in meal preparation, and improve the health of your family is plan ahead for your meals at home.  It may sound overwhelming to get started, but once you start and develop the habit, you’ll […]

Sep, 09

Tips for Cutting your Grocery Bill without using Coupons

Though I’ve never been a hard-core coupon shopper, I used to cut coupons out of the Sunday newspaper and then make my grocery list based on what coupons I had. Now, I hardly ever use coupons (except the occasional coupon I pull off of the can or box that I am buying). I know a […]

Aug, 19

list of crowd-pleasing recipes for summer entertaining

This week, we’ll be focusing on food when planning for summer entertaining.  Whether you are inviting over a neighbor or the neighborhood, having some delicious dishes is always the first step to a successful get-together. When you are feeding a crowd, it is nice to have dishes that are easy to grab and go.  Unless […]

May, 29

list of appetizers for summer entertaining

This week, we’ll be focusing on food when planning for summer entertaining.  Whether you are inviting over a neighbor or the neighborhood, having some delicious dishes is always the first step to a successful get-together.  Appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, finger foods, starters, or whatever you call them in your neck of the woods are a great […]

May, 28

Vintage Rules for Food in Modern Times

I used to consider food as a way to fill my hungry belly, not giving much thought to what it might do (or not do) for my body.  I paid more attention to the price and convenience than I did the ingredients.  With a busy family of 6, it is not easy to prepare a […]

Apr, 23

List of Recipes to Inspire your Easter Menu

Easter is on Sunday, March 31 this year and less than two weeks away.  Most families look forward to sitting down to a nice Easter meal, complete with some early spring treats.  It is a great time of year for reflection and appreciation.  An Easter meal often starts with slow-cooked or roasted meat or main […]

Mar, 19

Simple Meal Planning & Dinnertime Prep

Dinner used to be a huge source of stress for me.  I worried about what I would make, if I had the right ingredients, and if my family would like what I made.  After several years of preparing dinner 6 or 7 nights a week (we’ve been eating pizza on Friday nights since our children […]

Jan, 16

list of ways to create new food traditions at Thanksgiving

We wait all year in anticipation for that glorious Thanksgiving dinner. Holidays give us an opportunity to take note, if even for a moment.  With family and friends together, a holiday offers a chance to savor the goodness of life. For many families, Thanksgiving has its tried-and-true recipes that bring the smells and flavors of […]

Nov, 13

list of ways to cut costs & provide healthier lunches

The school year is well underway now and the chaotic dust of a new schedule has settled. Instead of opting for the illusion of convenience, you can save a lot of money and provide healthier lunches for your students by taking a few extra moments to prepare them at home. It takes a little effort […]

Oct, 16

list of ways to add nutrition AND value to your meal planning

When it comes dinner time, the goal is to prepare a healthy meal for our families without hurting the budget.  While it may be important to cook with affordable ingredients, it is crucial that the food that we feed to our family be nourishing and provide the necessary building blocks for healthy brain and body […]

Oct, 09

list of healthy afterschool snack ideas

The school year is now in full-swing and everyone is slowly adjusting to the new schedule that comes with this new chapter of life. Chances are, when your child comes home from a busy day at school, he/she runs straight to the kitchen and is ready to devour anything in sight. Younger children are fed […]

Sep, 17

list of ideas to inspire you for fall

Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22 this year, but with the low temperatures at night and the crisp September air during the day, it is definitely time to start thinking about fall.  After a long, hot summer, most people are ready for the change that comes with fall.  Here are some ideas from around […]

Sep, 10

list of ways to curb lunchtime waste

Now that school is back in session, many children will be toting their lunch with them each and every day.  While it may not sound like much to think of one child with a sandwich in a ziploc baggie, an individually-wrapped granola bar, a pudding cup and plastic spoon, a juice box, a paper napkin, […]

Sep, 05

list of simple summer recipes for the family

Summer is in full-swing and the weather is definitely hot. When the sun is out and temperatures rise, chances are you aren’t going to feel like cooking on the stove or in the oven and heating up the house even more. But fear not hungry friends, as there are plenty of other options to satisfy […]

Aug, 08

list of ingredients for a summer salad buffet

* This post was written by guest blogger, Amy Broughton of 20MinuteMom.com. There’s something about Summer – the temperature guage rising, the longer evenings, the relaxing schedule – that makes one want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with those you love. When planning your next gathering, consider serving up the […]

Aug, 01

list of tips to have an easy, breezy 4th of July BBQ

* This post is written by guest blogger, Cassandra Gershaw. We’ve officially hit summertime (aka BBQ prime time) and if you’re planning to be the Hostess with the Mostest this 4th of July (one week from today), you’ll need a list for that! No one wants to be a ball of stress the day of their […]

Jun, 27

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