Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 4 (And What to Do If You Mess Up Your Meal Plan)

The other night, I went to make dinner after a very busy afternoon out, and realized that most dreaded of mistakes. The meal plan on the fridge said “Roast beef”. The large roast was sitting downstairs. In the freezer. Frozen solid. Did I mention it was 5pm? Despite my best intentions (like planning for meal prep and trying to look regularly at my meal plan throughout the week), mistakes still happen. Meat doesn’t come out of the freezer. We forgot to buy pasta at the […]

3 Tips That Will Truly Help You to Manage Your Grocery Budget Better

Once upon a time, there was this girl who was very careful with her budget. So careful that her husband trusted her implicitly, and she carefully maintained her grocery budget with cash each month, so as not to overspend. She was so insistent that this method worked, she even wrote profusely on the topic. This worked well for several years. Then this girl discovered that upon returning home from an overseas trip, she was pregnant with her 4th child. Then two homestay students arrived, fatigue and nausea […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)

Welcome to the 3rd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! How are your meal plans coming along? Is it getting easier to put them together? Do you find that you are saving money? Time? Dinnertime sanity? I’d love to hear how the challenge is going for you! Our Favorite Japanese Recipe: Okonomiyaki (As-You-Like-It Savory Pancakes) Although I promised more grocery budget tips, I found that I had so much to say on the topic (yes, that’s why I wrote the book– […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (Plus Grocery Budget Tips)

Welcome to the 2nd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! I was so excited to see so many of you participating actively in the challenge, whether by sharing a link to your own meal plan or simply posting your meal plan up on the Facebook page. I personally love the accountability of this challenge and how all of you spur me on to keep going. I took a look through quite a few of the meal plans for my own inspiration […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: The Official Start of the Meal Planning Challenge

Welcome to the “official” (see last week) start of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! This challenge will be running for the next 6 weeks (Sept.26- Nov.7). Every Monday I will be posting both my own menu plan for the week, some tips on aspects of meal planning OR some recipes I want to share with you, as well as a link-up for any bloggers to join in with their own meal plans. Unsure of what this challenge is all about? Go back […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Week 1 of the Meal Planning Challenge

Welcome to Week 1 of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! What? You’re not ready? You thought it started next Monday, the 26th of September? Oh, you mean the date on the pretty graphic I had made? Ahem… you know you’ve got pregnancy brain when you plan a challenge to start on the 26th, and then you go ahead and start it on the 19th. I was convinced that this Monday was the first day of the challenge, spread the word, got pumped up, […]

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successful

With the Plan It- Don’t Panic meal planning challenge beginning this Monday morning, now seemed like the perfect time to share some really helpful resources to help you succeed with your menus. Learn more about how to make meal planning work (and some different methods for doing it), find tons of my favorite online recipes and cookbooks, and score some great resources for planning and tracking all of your meal planning efforts. The How-To of Meal Planning: Healthy and frugal meal planning help Part 1 […]

You Asked For It: Plan It- Don’t Panic! {A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge}

All those who know that meal planning is a good idea, but struggle to actually do it, put up their hands! (Is yours raised?) I definitely relate. I have been meal planning on and off (more on than off) for about 6 years. I know the benefits. I write about them. My budget and our family’s nutritional status can attest to the fact that meal planning most certainly works. Still, it isn’t always easy. We go through different seasons of life and routines changes. We […]