When writing up a meal plan on Halloween, it’s important to resist the urge to write “candy” in every spot. Tempting as that is, you’re probably better off taking a piece here and there and eating it in the closet like a normal Mom. It’s called portion control.
I don’t want to start a political battle here (especially because I’d rather watch Yo Gabba Gabba than see one more election ad), but I think that it’s important to teach your kids about taxes using their trick or treat candy.
There, I said it.
My kids do this thing where they wait until I’m distracted. Then they put a package in my hand, knowing I’ll unwrap it and hand it back to them. Basically giving them permission to snack at will.
But I’m not one of those moms that lets her kids snack at will. Hence the need for deception.
I give them an A for effort and creative use of their resources. But most of the time I snap out of it and withdraw my passive permission before they’ve scarfed down their candy (or whatever they’re after).
I try to keep snacking down to a minimum. It’s too expensive to feed this crew whenever they’re “hungry”. But more importantly, I want them to recognize the difference between real hunger and boredom (or whatever emotion they’re trying to eat).
Is the weather beginning to cool in your area? Fall is a great time for pumpkin and apple flavored everything into your meal plan. So you can bet I’ve added it to mine!
Meal planning always saves me both time and money. I enjoy meal planning for 2 weeks at a time, because that means I don’t have to sit down and make my plan every single week.
Happy Meal Planning Monday! I totally fell off of the meal planning wagon for a month or so. It happens every so often. But it never takes very long before I miss my menu plan and get back to making one.
Not because I love planning. (I don’t!) But because I hate choosing what meal I’m going to throw together every single day.
Late July in our house means it’s time to get ready for our county fair. It’s a busy time, and that requires simple meals. During the fair, we will end up eating out of the back of our van quite a bit. We do a lot of PB&J sandwiches. We will also likely eat at the fair at least one meal. (We have constant shows all day Monday.)
Welcome to meal planning Monday! If you’re one of the happy few people who enjoy meal planning, that’s excellent. Hopefully my ideas will spark some new ideas for you.
If you don’t enjoy meal planning (put me in this category), try to do it anyway. Future you will thank present you for putting in the work now rather than making all of those decisions day in and day out.