“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: May 2-8

May 2-8, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

It’s sort of silly how much I enjoy scanning our own Recipe Index and my Pinterest boards each week as I prepare this menu plan. I know…#nerdalert. But, you know why? It’s because that’s where I’ve saved my favorite recipes. So I love to make them again and again for my family and to share them with you.

This week I’m looking forward to trying the Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches again. My husband requests these from time to time. Double up and freeze some in the marinade to save time later.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Top 10 Favorite Local Items at Hy-Vee (+ Why Buy Local?)

Buying locally helps the community, the environment, and often results in tastier, healthier products! Here are our Top 10 local favorites at Hy-Vee.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Polly and I love the farmer’s markets in our town of Columbia, MO and enjoy much of the local produce and products that our farmers and vendors have to offer. But, honestly, it can be a pain sometimes to drive across town and only at certain days/times of the week and for only part of the year.

That’s why I’ve loved seeing our Hy-Vee stores support and carry more and more local products. In fact, each of the local Hy-Vee stores here work with over 100 vendors, many of whom have at least 10 varieties of products. I’d like to share with you today 10 local items that I’m really enjoying and think you will, too. First, though, let’s chat about buying local. What does it mean and why is it worth it?

10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

One of the greatest parenting struggles in our culture might be summed up in one word: entitlement. How do we combat that at home? Here are 10 easy ways to start cultivating grateful hearts in your kids.

Yesterday I shared a bit of our parenting struggles as of late (read: entitlement!) and wrote a review of the outstanding parenting book called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. While immersed in the book, I began implementing several of her ideas and writing down some of my own to try in our home. I’d love for you to join me on this parenting path to giving our children “life’s biggest ‘yes'”, as Welch so aptly puts it.

Here are 10 ways I am trying to cultivate less entitlement and more gratefulness in our home:

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World {Parenting Book Review}

Raising Grateful KidsWe moved to a new school last August. My 3rd grader in particular has a hard time with change, so Nathan and I were nervous for him. Overall he did very well with the transition. However, one of the new parenting challenges that reared its head at that time was an intense “I need to fit in” complex. “Mom, all the kids wear brand named athletic clothes! I need Nike and UA shirts and shorts!” Of course I didn’t want my son to feel out of place at his new school, but was giving into his persistent requests for more what was best for him?

As parents we love to give our kids good gifts. And, I think this desire reflects our Father in heaven who also loves to give good gifts to his children. But, maybe you have noticed like we have that oftentimes the more we give our kids, the more insatiable their appetite for more becomes. More toys. More sports. More treats. More time on the Wii. And a curious thing happens at least in my house. More stuff does not equal more grateful attitudes. It often breeds discontentment and entitlement instead of a heart overflowing with thankfulness.

Probably like you I want to raise happy children. I want to cultivate hearts that are content and appreciative. I want my kids to take their eyes off themselves and look to the interests of others. So, what is the answer to all of this? Maybe, just maybe, it starts with saying “no.”

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 25-May 1

April 25-May 1, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Here’s a fun promotion this month if you shop at Hy-VeePerk of the Month: Swipe your Fuel Saver+Perks card during April for a chance to win a $5, $10, or $20 Hy-Vee Gift Card. In fact, the cashier told me this morning as I was checking out that she gave one away just yesterday.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.