• Strategies for Easy Meal Planning
    Meal Plan

    Meal Plan Ready

    Strategies for Easy Meal Planning Here are a few strategies for easy meal planning that have helped me to have a meal plan ready (most of the time). I’m not perfect at meal planning, but utilizing these tools makes it easier and helps me have a meal plan most of the time. Family Meal Planning Strategies:  First, have a place where you plan to write your plans down on. I like to use a meal planner. After years of making my own for personal use and trying other planners out that I had purchased, I put together a meal planner that has everything I use for meal planning. While you…

  • Kid's Perspective of Moving
    Moving

    Moving Interview

    From a Kid’s Perspective I interviewed my two oldest children (separately), to get their perspective’s on moving. While, every kid is different, and my children’s perspective’s will defer from that of other kids, in some ways they may be similar. Recently, posting about moving with kids, got me thinking it might be helpful to include my kid’s perspective’s. First, my oldest, whom I refer to as teen, can remember the past 4 moves well. Next, my second child, I refer to as buddy remembers the past 3 moves. Within a couple weeks of our last move, I interviewed both of them. It should be noted, that our last move was…

  • Tips for Moving with Kids
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    Moving with Kids

    Part 3 of 3 in a Moving Series Regardless of whether the kids are excited about the move or not, it’s a big change for them. Planning and preparing can go a long way to help the kids with the transition.  I’ve moved with a variety of ages of children over the years of our moves. I’ve had an infant for couple of moves. I understand many of the challenges that come alongside moving with kids. Before and During the Move First, this is probably a given, but talk with your kids about the move. Let them know what to expect. Also, share with them things they have to look…

  • before and after a move
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    Moving Tips: Before and After a Move

    Part 2 of 3 in a Moving Series I’ve learned something new with each of our moves. As I write this I’m preparing for another move. I have some moving experience (This will be move 10 in our 16 years of marriage-ugghh!). Our family has always done our own moving, with the help of kind neighbors, friends, and family (when we have lived nearby). Before the Move: Start packing early. Moving seems to have a habit of speeding up as the moving date approaches. Part 1 of this series is devoted to packing. Check it out here. Keep a “to do” list. Write your list down on paper or a…

  • Packing Move
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    Packing for a Move

    Part 1 of 3 in a Moving Series Moving often feels overwhelming and packing is a big part of moving! Our family has always done our own packing, often (although, not always) with the amazing help of family (when we’ve lived nearby) who have generously donated their time to help us with the process either in entertaining young children or lending a hand to help pack (or both- thanks mom). We’ve learned a few things about packing throughout all our moves. 7 Tips for Packing See if you can find free boxes. Call local stores and ask if they have any free boxes you can come pick up. We have…

  • Create Favorite Meal List
    Meal Plan

    Family Favorite Meals List

      Creating Your Family Favorite Meals List With a Family Favorite Meals list, putting a meal plan together that everyone (or at least most of the family) enjoys is easier. A Family Favorite Meals list is what it claims to be: a list of the family’s favorite meals. Typically, I plan two weeks worth of meals. With my Family Favorite Meals list, I simply fill in a couple days each week with a meal from the list. Doing so saves time. Moreover, I know that most of the family, if not all, will enjoy the meal. Also, I keep ingredients on hand for many of the recipes, so when we…

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