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Menu Planning + FREE PRINTABLE

source: coopfoodstore.com

source: coopfoodstore.com

I must admit, I hate grocery shopping with a passion. I think it’s just the lazy side of me and I really don’t like spending money. However, it must be done and I am the designated grocery shopper.

Each week, I have the task of figuring out which meals to do for the next 7 days. I recycle a lot of meals, but sometimes I like to experiment with a new meal. I would say the majority of the time that experimental meal doesn’t go well. Aside from that catastrophe, I typically use Microsoft Word to organize the meals and shopping list. It works, but it’s not pretty and I’m asked daily what’s for lunch and dinner. And to be quite honest, it’s “out of sight, out of mind,” so sometimes I don’t keep up with it.

To try and remedy that, I made up a Menu Planner and Grocery List printable that I’m going to start using. I’m also going to put it up on the fridge so my dearest can see exactly what’s tasty that day. He’ll probably still ask me though.Menu Planning

I wanted to make it available to my readers in case it could make your life any easier or more aesthetically pleasing.

Download the FREE printable HERE.

Benefits of Menu Planning

1. Saves Time

  • My menu planning motto is, “cook once, eat twice.” That’s why I cook enough for dinner and lunch the next day. This saves my brain from worrying about the next meal.
  • You don’t need to go to the grocery store every day. I like to go once a week.
  • There’s no “What’s for dinner” dilemma. I know in my household, if I don’t have a meal planned, there’s a lot of back and forth of “What do you want for dinner?” “I don’t know, what do you want?” “I have no idea. What sounds good?” “Mmm, I don’t know. What do you think?” Have you had this conversation before? 🙂

 

2. Saves Money

  • I end up spending more money if there’s no menu planned for the week. I’ll get the meal we want at the store and I may not realize that it doesn’t fit into the weekly food budget. If I do this multiple times throughout the week without being conscious of the amount of money each meal is costing, I’ve lost the food budget I had.
  • If there’s no menu planned, I impulse shop as I’m shopping for the meal of the night. I think, “Oh yeah, I may need some lettuce or something within the next few days.” Now I’m just guessing at what I MIGHT need. Many times, that lettuce goes to waste.

 

3. Improved Nutrition

  • With a menu, I am fully aware of how healthy each meal is. If it’s one of those quick trips to the grocery store, we probably didn’t think too much about how healthy the meal is because we’re hungry and just want to be done with it. The menu provides me a way to add in those fruits and vegetables for side dishes and snacks that a daily dash to the store doesn’t.

 

I hope that the FREE template helps you create a more organized, stress free home. If you’d like it more tailored to your needs, let me know!
Side note: I suggest, if you download it, print on both sides of the paper. 

By the way, look out for one of the “3 Things to Cook/Bake” from my “Taste of the Seasons” series. I’ll be cooking up some chicken pot pie sometime this week.

Happy shopping, home philosophers!

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Two Blog Giveaways

TWO GIVEAWAYS!

I just wanted to let all the home philosophers know that I Heart Nap Time is doing two giveaways. Now for the details!

GIVEAWAY 1: $100 Gift Card to Staples

The first is is for a $100 gift card to Staples courtesy of Avery and BlogHer. Martha Stewart launched a holiday line at Staples, so if you win and buy anything Martha Stewart, you know you’re getting pretty classy stuff . You can enter that giveaway HERE. I’m receiving an entry to win just by blogging about the promotion. Yay! Oh, and HERE are just some of the cool Martha Stewart supplies.

Source: staples.com

 

GIVEAWAY 2: Silhouette Portrait

The second giveaway is for a Silhouette Portrait. It’s a an electronic cutting tool that prints out serrated shapes, letters, etc. for you to use in your crafts. You can watch a video to see how it works HERE. This machine would bring me much happiness in making homemade cards. No more hand cutting!

Source: iheartnaptime.net

Who doesn’t love some free stuff?

Now go enter, home philosophers! I’d be so happy if one of my readers won. Good luck!


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Creating Thanksgiving Memories

I want to introduce you to some not so common traditions for Thanksgiving. I was prompted to write this post because since my grandpa died several years ago, I’ve been thinking about how to better preserve my family’s Thanksgiving memories. Let me tell you the story first.

My grandpa began declining in health around the holidays a few years ago and died right after Christmas. He was able to join us for Thanksgiving, but we knew it was going to be the last one with him. We were frantic taking family photos so we could have some visual memories. For some reason we never take holiday photos together. My grandma is relatively health, but at some point, she is going to pass on. I wanted a tradition that would help preserve some memories of my family at Thanksgiving aside from photos.

I love my grandma’s handwriting. She writes in cursive and it’s beautiful. I began thinking about how everyone knows what their family’s handwriting looks like. If a family member has passed away and we find a note or a card with their handwriting on it, we tend to feel comforted and nostalgic.

I took this idea and ran with it to make a priceless family treasure.

Creating Family Memories

THANKSGIVING ALBUM (later turned book)

What You Need:
1. 4″x6″ album: I got mine at Target for $4.00.

2. Cardstock: I would go with a light color. I also used a textured cardstock.

3. Template: You can have the one picture for FREE! I’ll also include a title page. Click on the links to download the “Thankful Card” and “Thankful Card Title Page.”

Instructions:
You can use the FREE templates I provided or make your own. If you use mine, print out however many you need and trim according to the trim lines on the printout.

Hand them out to your family and friends at Thanksgiving. You could even take a picture of each person and insert the photo above their thankful card.

Source: beckyhiggins.com

THANKSGIVING FRAMED POSTER BOARD

What You Need:
1. Poster board: traditional size 22″x28″

2. Frame:  size 20″x28″; Micahels always has great sales and coupons on their frame

3. Letter stickers: this is to spell out “GRATEFUL,” or “THANKFUL,” or whatever you want!

4. Writing utensil – markers, pens, etc.

Instructions:
Cut down your poster board to fit into the frame. Put your letter stickers on the board.

Now you’re ready to introduce it to your family at Thanksgiving. Take out the poster board, have your family write what they are grateful for, put it back together, and hang it up for everyone to see. Once you run out of room on your first poster board, there’s enough room to put more.

 

THANKSGIVING TABLECLOTH

What You Need:
1. Tablecloth/runner: make your own or buy a light colored one

2. Permanent Fabric Marker: fade resistant when washed or dry cleaned

Instructions:
Once you have your tablecloth, bring it out each Thanksgiving to have your family write what they are grateful for on it with the permanent fabric marker. Wash and put away until the next year.

Source: blurb.com

THANKSGIVING BOOK

What You Need:

1. Contents from the album you created and maintained for many years

2. Reputable book making company: Blurb makes fantastic quality books for a decent price

Instructions:
Eventually, maybe every 5 or 10 years, you could make a book from what you’ve accumulated in your binder. Of course though, a book doesn’t have the hard copy of your family’s writing. It would just be a fun, beautiful memoir to have; another way to preserve the family tradition.

Thankful Card Template

I hope you like the Thankful Card templates I made. Be sure to download the card templates I provided above. It’ll save you tons of time. If you’re wondering how I made them, let me know and I’d be glad to do a tutorial. If you’re wanting other years for the Title Page template like 2013 and so on, let me know that too and I’d be glad to provide them for you.

My 2012 Thanksgiving Tradition

I’m going to make the Thanksgiving Album a tradition from now on. It’s super cost effective. Plus you can use the same album for several years if you don’t have that big of a Thanksgiving get together. I’m definitely going to try and actually take photos from now on too. I’m going to regret not having the photo memories. I’m going to love watching the age metamorphosis. Well maybe not so much for myself 🙂

Your 2012 Thanksgiving Crafts

I want to see what you’re doing this year. Email me, comment with a link to your website or a photo of your crafty goodness, or just tell me about it! I also want to know which of the above crafts you like most or you see yourself doing at some point.

Happy Thanksgiving crafting my lovely home philosophers!