One of the best things I ever learned from my mother was how to meal plan and make a grocery list properly. I never knew what a gift this was until later in life watching people grabbing whatever they wanted into their carts or stressing about the infamous question, “What’s for dinner?”
My meal planning has several stages, but I’m going to discuss just step one tonight. The first thing I do is set out the weekly schedule. James has an odd retail work schedule that’s forever changing, there are always things going on at school or with the girls, and times when we have something special going on. I recommend you keep a master family calendar somewhere. Mine is best kept on my phone because it syncs with James’ phone. Once the schedule for the week is laid out I can properly plan my meals. When James closes, we have “quick meals.” When he is home, we have more involved meals. One reason is because it’s easier for two people to accomplish almost anything. But it’s also because he’s the better cook out of the two of us. 🙂 I have “everyman” nights where it is everyman for him/herself. There is also the newly installed leftover night because I’m sick of throwing away food. Such a waste!
Next week I’ll post a sample meal plan with a schedule. While waiting for that bit of gold, check out I’m an Organizing Junkie. She has great ideas on Mondays for family meals.
On my first Tuesday post, I’m going to put up five songs that I work to during my 45 minute conference time at work. The playlist is even labeled “work time.” (I’m SO creative.) 😉
I have found that work doesn’t feel like work if I’m bobbing around in my Mom jeans to these great tunes. As I’m ripping my classroom apart for the end of the school year, I like to turn these up on my Promethean board and jam as I reorganize and purge for the summer. Enjoy!
1. Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way
I’ve always enjoyed this song! Dad was so critical of Cindy Blackman on the drums, but as a professional drummer, I’ll allow him to be picky. Personally, I think she did a great job adding a jazzy twist to this tune. P.S. I think Lenny looks a lot better as Cinna in the Hunger Games.
2. Britney Spears: Womanizer
Has she lived down her bad choices yet? Whatever the case, this song is just catchy enough to get me moving. Catchy songs always get the job done, in my humble opinion. 🙂
3. Usher: Caught Up
Usher. *shiver* I just LOVE this song! How can you not at least tap your toe to this?
4. Beyonce: Crazy In Love
The queen of all that makes me smile in the music world. I have a special tie to this video. I remember holding my first itty bity baby watching Making the Video and feeling a mother’s pride for my own child and for Miss Beyonce going out on her own. This song still gets me rockin’.
5. Robert Randolph and the Family Band: Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That
This is such a fun way to end! Sometimes I even get the students involved dancing around as we clean up for the day. “It don’t matter” – It just sets you up to end in a good mood!