Weekly Menu Plan + “Stock Up and Save” Deals

Real Food Menu Plan for April 17-23: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Easter is around the corner.  When most people think of the grocery store around Easter they think of candy and Easter baskets, but did you know Hy-Vee still has some really good sales on real food items this week like spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and many other things?? Below you’ll find a menu full of real food items that line up with the weekly sale.  We think you’ll really like it…even if it doesn’t contain any Easter candy.

And hey, with Easter coming up, you might need an easy Easter craft to do with your kiddos or an Easter book to read with them.  Our hope is that these posts will help you as you celebrate this holiday with your family.

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.

6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Stay-At-Home Mom

If I could go back to the beginning, here are six pieces of advice I would give myself as a new stay-at-home mom.

Being a stay-at-home mom is not for the faint of heart. Polly’s latest revelations about this past year are case in point. All three of my children are in elementary school now, but those nine “little years” at home with them were not easy. It sure was worth it, though.

The job a stay-at-home mom does day in and day out has an immeasurable impact not only on her children but potentially on the world. I really believe that. In fact, I wrote a whole series about the impact of motherhood and some encouragement for the stay-at-home mom that you may find helpful.

The old saying is true about my time staying home: The days were long but the years were sure short. Through those years, I learned a few things along the way. I SO wish I could have said several things to myself at the start of it all in 2007 when my son was born.

If I were talking to myself at the start of this journey, here are six pieces of advice I’d give. Most of these apply to working moms just as much as stay-at-home moms. I hope they encourage you today!

Build a Blog That Will Thrive!

Blogging Basics lays out 15 simple steps toward earning income from a blog. Each short chapter gives one action point for laying a solid and successful foundation for your site. Mompreneurs, Rachel and Polly, built their blog Thriving Home five years ago and now both have generous part-time incomes and flexibility with their families as a result. This might be the cheapest and most valuable blogging resource out there for new mom bloggers!

Have you ever wondered if you could make money blogging?

Do you have questions about what it takes to create and maintain a blog as a part-time or full-time job?

Want the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes at Thriving Home?

Want to see exactly where we make our our money from and where we spend it?

If any of these questions have sparked your curiosity, you might be interested in our Blogging Basics Series!

Blogging Basics lays out 15 simple steps toward earning income from a blog. Each short chapter gives one action point for laying a solid and successful foundation for your site. Mompreneurs, Rachel and Polly, built their blog Thriving Home five years ago and now both have generous part-time incomes and flexibility with their families as a result. This might be the cheapest and most valuable blogging resource out there for new mom bloggers!

In short, we have taken all of the information from our Thriving Blogger’s emails, updated it and packaged it into once nice neat package that you can download and work through at your own pace.

In addition to these 15 chapters packed full of valuable blogging information, we will add you to our Thriving Blogger’s email list that we send our monthly income reports to. Pretty cool huh?

Here is what two fellow bloggers have had to say about the series:

So, how about it?

Let us get you started the RIGHT way. I promise you, I SO wish we would have had a resource like this before we started Thriving Home. We would have saved a lot of money and time!

Check out Blogging Basics. 

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” Deals

Real Food Menu Plan for April 10-16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Spring is upon us, which means grilling season.  Grilling season is the perfect opportunity for real food.  Don’t believe me? Check out this post on 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas.  We’ll make a believer out of you! If you need us we’ll be outside…on the patio… by the grill…sipping some sort of fruit smoothie.

P.S. The fruit smoothies are brought to you by Hy-Vee and the GREAT sale they are having on organic frozen fruit!

P.S.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 “Health Food” Amazon Prime Favorites (and How I Use Them)

These 10 products are my go-to health food buys on Amazon Prime. So much cheaper than buying at the store!

Please note that this post contains some Amazon affiliate links. We explain what the means here.

Polly and I are big believers in eating a mostly “real food” diet to stay healthy and enjoy food over the long haul. That just means we try to cook with as many whole food ingredients as possible and eat at home a lot. But, it actually isn’t always easy to find ingredients and products that fit our “real food philosophy” and are affordable at local grocery stores.

Like you, I’m on a limited grocery budget. I want my money to be used on ingredients and products that give me the most bang for my buck and for my health. So, I’ve put together a list of my 10 favorite Amazon Prime “heath food” products that repeatedly make my grocery list because of their versatility.I’ll explain why I think each of these products are a worthy investment and some ways I use them in my kitchen and around the house.

By the way, you can try Amazon Prime for free, if you don’t already have it. Between free 2-day shipping on most items plus all the tv shows available, we have totally gotten our money’s worth! Can’t beat the convenience of ordering from home, too.

Disclaimer: I have to say this, right? I am not a doctor or medical professional. So, although I link to many sources below to make my points, my product recommendations are my personal and non-professional opinion. Please do good research before using a new health food product to decide if it’s a good fit for your own dietary needs.