“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: January 9-15

Real Food Menu Plan for January 9-15: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

The New Year means a renewed commitment to eating healthier for many of us. This week I’m sneaking in loads of veggies and fruit into our menu plan with the likes of Cancer Fighting Soup, Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (like apple pie for breakfast!), and Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Veggies. Even the Mini Italian Burgers I’m making have a big ole handful of fresh chopped herbs inside.

Want more ideas for incorporating fruit and veggies into your family’s diet? Try some of these 50+ delicious dishes.

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.

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Small changes around the house can really start to add up when it comes to living healthier, saving money, and preserving our environment this year. But, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start, right?

One small but very doable change we’re both working toward is ditching the paper towels and using reusable dish cloths. Between three messy kids each, loads of friends in and out the door, and lots of cooking, both of our households can fly through roll after roll of paper towels.

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Why Mommy Meltdowns are OK Sometimes


A few weeks ago I was having a hard day.

Minor things had been chipping away at me all day long and my resistance was low. When my infant refused to go down for an afternoon nap I hit my tipping point and began to crumble. A mommy meltdown was in full swing.

We’ve all been there, right?

When we just can’t take any more and start to fall apart at the seams. (Really hoping you are nodding along in agreement).

I used to feel guilty about feeling this way. My internal dialogue would tell me that if I loved my kids more, these wouldn’t happen. If I loved God more and would just be more like Jesus, I wouldn’t hit the end of my rope so quickly. I’d think about my friends and how they probably never have this struggle. So not only would I be a mess because I was running on empty but then I would feel guilty for the fact that I had the meltdown in the first place.

As a result, I would scold myself, strap up my boots, and tell myself that I would do better next time. I would try to find some type of strategy that would keep me from hitting that low point again. Only to find myself back in the same spot sometime down the road.

In short, I thought mommy meltdowns were the sign of failure.

Christmas Break

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that Rachel and I are in the middle of a small blog break over the holidays. We’ll be back after the new year. If you are missing us just a tad too much, you can still follow along on Instagram. Polly’s been keeping that feed alive with a few posts.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 26-January 1

Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 26-Jan 1: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday break. For my post-Christmas plan, I’m focusing on some warm, cozy family favorites to keep the everyone happy over break. One surprisingly simple yet delicious meal is the Turkey, Pesto, and Swiss Paninis. Give those a try if you haven’t yet.

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.