I’m taking a work trip to Chicago for a whole week by myself for the first time since I had my first child. I’m a pretty disorganized cook. Meaning, I don’t meal plan much and I am always hoping I have ingredients I need to make something to eat for dinner. While I’m away, my family could eat out every day or use a microwave and warm up frozen dinners, but we try to eat healthy.
When I do plan for things, this is what happens….I make meal plans that resemble sub plans(I’m an art teacher)…
I did my best to create a system that fits our dietary needs that my husband could eaily use to feed the family and that they would actually eat. It’s pretty basic. Our meals usually consist of a meat and a veggie. Simple enough for my husband to cook.
First, I took a picture of each shelf and drawer in the fridge and freezer and then the different cabinets with our dry goods. I used a word doc and put the photos in order from the top shelves/drawers to the bottom. I usually put away the groceries, so I’m hoping this makes it easier for my husband to find all the ingredients.
After taking pictures of all of the food, I made a spread sheet with the location of each item and some dinner ideas that I know my husband can cook.
Hoping it works!
Having a life coach is probably one of the greatest investments I’ve made recently. My main reason was to get my priorities and identity straight. My identity consists of spending time with Jesus, being an artist, art educator, wife, mom, nanny to my niece twice a week, being responsible for the health and life of human beings, the family budgeter, cooking, cleaning, staying fit, eating healthy, and looking somewhat put together while juggling all of these things. I’ve got A LOT going on and time management, prioritizing and organization are not my areas of strength (I’m an artist). I also feel like I’m fighting an internal battle at times with who I am and who I want to be. It’s freakin hard to be all of these things at times.
If this sounds like you and you are dealing with an internal battle and feeling like the struggle is super real, a life coach might be what you are needing to get some peace of mind and some grounding in your life. My life coach is Sarah Siders. Her goal is to help you prioritize, get your life organized, work on your identity, take risks, live out your dreams, and come alive. If you aren’t sure you want to commit to a life coach, she is giving free consultations right now. Check her out!!
I’ve been working with her for the past three months and in that time, I have pinpointed my ideal clients, got a legit website up for Jazzmin Earl Photography, figured out my photography style, figured out what my priorities are and how to keep life flowing in a somewhat nice cadence. I’m not struggling as bad and am actually feeling accomplished and confident in many different areas of my identity.
I use this stuff in place of butter for my eggs and toast, mixed into some steamed rice, in smoothies and coffee, as carrier oil for essential oils, on the bums of my babes to prevent and heal rashes, for cracked lips, for cracked nips (breastfeeding nightmare!), as a moisturizer, as a massage oil, and to stop the door hinges from squeeking( I would have never thought).
So far I have tried all of these things and they all seem to have worked or at least helped. If you want to learn more ways to use this amazing stuff check out this link from wellnessmama.com. Also I would love to hear how coconut oil is used in you day to day.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a Dr., just a frugal mom trying to find ways to use natural products around the home. Use at your own will.