Oh the joys of being a mom! We need more hours, more hands, more eyes and legs! But don’t worry we all feel this way at some point. Remember you are amazing and your kids love you. I have one child who is about to start driving so I’m not as busy as I have been but I have learned to plan and prioritize. Making sure I do not just for my family but for me as an individual. Don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself, trust me your kids will thank you when you aren’t pulling your hair out and are relaxed 😉
I have decided to write a few life savers for me, from organization to the dreaded dinner! Keep in mind that it’s not perfect, and I do fall from it time to time but it has kept me a float in times of need.
Start with a timeline of your week, adding everyone’s schedules including your own “mom time” even if it’s just 30 minutes a week. There are a ton of free downloadable sheets on Pinterest, or even use your computer calendar. I go as far as using an old fashion calendar on the wall that I bought from the dollar store. My work schedule is on there, my son’s scheduled on there, paydays, weekend plans etc. Share with you family the schedule, and also the “mom time” aka DO NOT DISTURB. If you have more than one child add some one-on-one time with them during the week, again as simple as 15-30 minutes of focused time. And you couples…don’t forget your dates too…this is very important. After you have put in place schedules, then add the household chores and shopping. The day you pick your grocery shopping is the day you should do your weekly meal planning.
On to meal planning…what to make and how much time is always an issue. I have chosen to share a few of my favorite go-to meals. Easy and very delicious. One tip when I choose my weekly meal plan I look to see what is on sale and go from there, I keep my food budget around $80 a week. This includes breakfast, snacks and dinners, for about 5 days. I leave a couple of days for left overs and a day I call “fend for yourself”. This could be perfect for taking your “mom time” 🙂
Baked Spaghetti. My sons favorite! Yes simple and easy.
Choose a sauce your family likes, mine does NOT like chunky lol.
I use a veggie noodle or a gluten-free noodle
I buy 1 lb of sweet Italian sausage and 1 lb of lean ground beef or turkey
Shredded cheddar cheese
Cook the sausage and beef together, adding some Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Cook the noodles as directed on the package.
Once they are all cooked and drained mixed the meat and noodles together, adding some cheddar cheese. Place it all in a baking dish and then top with more cheddar cheese. Bake till hot and melted!
Nothing fancy but super easy and simple. To make it even easier, prep as above in a disposable pan, cover and freeze. When ready move from the freezer and place in the oven till hot all the way through.
Shredded Chicken Tacos
This one is really easy and probably my favorite. I make more than needed so I have extra chicken for my lunches. 2 simple steps…1. add chicken to your crock-pot 2. Pour a jar of salsa over the chicken! That’s it 🙂 I do low for 8 hours, so its slow cooking all day long. Shred the chicken and make your tacos. I use the chicken and add brown rice and vegetables or add it to a salad and I have a couple lunches as well. I recommend 4 chicken breast (thick) to a jar of salsa. You choose what ever salsa you like. I have even used green verde.
Melt in your mouth…Crock pot Pot Roast
Super easy and super amazing!!!
1 packet Gravy, dry Brown
1 packet Salad dressing – italian, dry
1 packet Salad dressing – ranch, dry
1/2 cup Water
Combine the Dry Ranch Dressing packet, the dry Italian Dressing and Brown Gravy packets with a 1/2 cup of water and pour over roast in a crock pot. Another low for 8 hours. Serve with what ever your family desires!!
Here are a few simple snacks to go that we love here:
- Grapes…I buy both red and green, clean and then divide all the grapes into baggies so they are easy to grab and snack
- Meat and Cheese…thinly sliced turkey and thinly sliced cheese (your choice) thin enough so you can roll them up. Put about 2-3 rolls in baggies, easy to go snack
- I love the Smart Pop white cheddar popcorn, but to keep me from eating the whole bag LOL again I divide it up into individual baggies. This is also cheaper than buying the already individual bags.
- Apples and peanut butter, my favorite. I cut the apples and put in baggies and I have small individual serving Tupperware that I put the peanut butter in.
MY GO TO LUNCH
Salad in a Jar 🙂 Most people who know me know I love my salad in a jar. You can prep 5 at a time for the week.
- Start with your favorite dressing
- Add your salad ingredients (wettest to driest)
- top with greens, pack in tight and put the mason jar lid on.
There’s no real recipe because it all depends on what you like in your salad.
Some ingredient ideas:
tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, asparagus, celery, peppers, carrots
mushrooms, zucchini, beans, lentils, peas, corn, broccoli
boiled eggs and cheese (feta, gouda, cheddar etc.)
rice, pasta, quinoa or couscous
nuts and greens as lettuce, spinach or arugula.
I really hope you enjoy some of these recipes and hope that the tips help to make your days a bit less hectic. Just remember you are not alone, we all feel overwhelmed sometimes, just take baby steps to getting things in order. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or say NO if something doesn’t flow well with your life. Always leave time for yourself, rest, read, meditate, listen to music, what ever you need to do to bring you peace. Stay focused on your list and your time, soon it will flow easily and gracefully. Don’t overwhelm yourself and over think the future, only work on your list and organizations a week at a time until it comes naturally. Remember baby-steps 🙂
**recipes from Pinterest…there are some amazing one’s on there 🙂