eMeals 7 Day Challenge – Wanna Join Me?



I shared at the end of 2013 in a post about eMeals and their terrific meals plans that center around eating better for your body.  I personally use the PALEO plan and really enjoy it. It makes it easier for me to eat Paleo and feed my family.  The meals are yummy, my family is eating PALEO and they don’t really understand the benefit, but that is okay, because I do!  They even had a very hard time determining that the topping on the Paleo Shephards Pie  {an eMeals recipe!} was in fact mashed cauliflower and not mashed potatoes!  

Are you looking to make a switch in your diet and caring better for your body?  I am thrilled to share that eMeals has come up with a 7 Day Challenge for both Clean Eating as well as a Paleo Plan – and they are offering the full week’s menu plan for FREE!

I am planning to do the 7 day challenge for Paleo beginning on Monday, January 20th – will you join me?  You can pick the Clean Eating Plan or the Paleo Plan, it is up to you.


I printed out the Paleo Jump Start Guide which was 11 pages – this is full on press ladies!!  

For both 7 day challenge plans you get:

  • An overview of the plan (either Clean Eating or Paleo)
  • Weekly Eating Outline Template
  • 7 Breakfast Recipes
  • 7 Lunch Recipes
  • 7 Dinner Recipes

Not sure which plan to pick?

What Can Paleo Do for You? 

Helps control your weight

A diet high in protein from meat and eggs and high in fiber from fruits and vegetables will help you feel full longer while eating fewer calories and stabilizes your blood sugar to help avoid cravings.  I have noticed an incredible decrease in my afternoon cravings and also love that what I do eat is HIGH in nutrient value.

Stay energized all day

By avoiding refined carbohydrates and those foods that amount to wasted calories, you increase your energy level and avoid the afternoon slump.

Reasons to Eat Clean

Help control your weight

A diet high in fiver from fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans can help you feel full longer while eating fewer calories.

Reduce your risk of chronic diseases

When you take care of your body by giving it real food, it is amazing how it will respond!  You won’t get sick as often and can really reduce the chances of big time disease.

Ensure that you feel your best every day

A balance of whole grains, protein, and fiber helps you stay energized throughout the day and sleep better at night. Give your body GOOD food!

Ready to take the 7 day challenge with me?  Go over and start by picking a plan either Paleo 7 Day Challenge or Clean Eating 7 Day Challenge and then download the Challenge Jump Start Guide and get ready.  

To be honest, I am altering the PALEO plan just a bit and will be able to use leftovers on a few of the days.  If I were to go strictly off the plan as is, I would blow our family budget for the week.  So take a look, make what changes you need to do and let’s do this for 7 days – that is all – 7 days, then see how you feel!

If your not up for the challenge, no worries – maybe you will love knowing that eMeals just released a new store plan – the Costco meal plan!!

Through 1/31, eMeals is offering 15% off your order when you enter code DINNER15 at checkout, which will make any of eMeals Menu Plans as low as $4.11 per month!  You also have the choice to add in a breakfast, lunch and dessert plan if you like too, making meals a breeze at your house!

If you hate planning meals, working out a weekly menu and want to change your eating, but are not sure where to start – this method is WAY cheaper and a better value than any diet planning service you will find! 

If you would like some simple ideas on making family dinner more fun, I am sharing over on the eMeals blog today too!

I’ve been a faithful eMeals subscriber for over 4 years and it has made my life much easier!  Click here to learn more about my love for this amazing, time and money-saving meal planning service.

Main image courtesy of eMeals

eMeals to the Rescue Again!


I’ve been sharing with you a bit about my journey since beginning a 30 Day Paleo Challenge last month.  I was thrilled when I heard from many of you who were going to give it a try too!  That is the best part, sharing in something together.

I am happy to say, I’ve managed to stick with it and am happy with the success I’ve had.  I am down 9 pounds and I know I’ve lost a few inches.  My clothes are loose and my endurance and energy is up!  The wonderful 30 Day Challenge that I was following over at Robin’s Sweet Confessions started as a great guide and then I was able to choose other Paleo meal choices as well as continue with my workout to train for my half-marathon next month in San Diego (so excited!) [Read more...]

Magical Bean Recipes Rescue the Budget


We’ve been making some changes in our home with regard to the food we eat over the past month.  We’ve gone to drinking raw milk, eating only pastured eggs, grass-feed beef and cutting back on unnecessary snacks.  There are many reasons for this choice and I will share more in the weeks to come as I journey this new frontier for our family.

But, one thing I have discovered is our food budget is being stretched – real food is more expensive.  Instead of paying $2.98 for a gallon of milk, we are paying $9.99 for a gallon of raw milk.  Eggs are no different – $4.69 for a dozen instead of $1.59.  I have had to look for ways to reduce my food budget and one of those ways is to use more beans!  Yep, that magical fruit!

I wanted to share with you two recipes I’ve been using and love.  One is a recipe for Black Beans that I have adapted from eMeals and the other is for homemade refried beans.  I’ve been making batches of these beans in the crock pot and then freezing them so I have a stock pile of ready made food available.  They are easy to make, can be done during the day while I am doing other things and it saves us money, they taste better and are better for us! [Read more...]

eMeals Makes Back to School Easy!


Yes, it is time to think about Back to School.  Some of you are like me and still have several weeks left of summer, yet I know a few who already have kids back to school.  I honestly cannot wait for school to begin – I love having the structure of the school year to keep everyone focused – especially me.

With Back to School comes issues like earlier bedtimes, morning routines, packing lunches and having yummy after school snacks.  I remember coming home from school when I was younger and looking forward to what my mom had for us to eat.  I still am that way, looking forward to the snacks!

Wouldn’t it be great to have some ideas for after school snacks already planned out for you?  Kinda like my Summer Survival Calendar, where you just follow the directions, no thinking involved – just get the supplies for the day listed.  Well, eMeals has got your back!

eMeals has created a Back to School Calendar with 31 Days of Snacks that is FREE for eMeals members, you just login to your eMeals account and access it to see the full calendar.  Print that baby off {I already got mine!!} and you are all set.

Here are a few of the simple recipes you will find that will surely appeal to your little ones – and even big ones!

Pretzel Stacks

Stack small pretzel twists, peanut butter, banana slices, and mini chocolate chips into a tower for your kids to enjoy a fun snack!  They look good enough to eat in the above picture.

Nutella Grahams

Dip graham crackers in chocolate hazelnut spread and sprinkle lightly with wheat germ. Serve with milk for a little calcium and extra dairy for the day!

eMeals is the site {my favorite meal planning site} that helps busy moms get dinner on the table by providing you a weeks worth of menus with simple/easy recipes and a shopping list.  The best part is you can pick from a huge variety of menu plans – AND they have an APP, so it makes it even easier to plan menus, shop and keep yourself organized.   Exactly what a busy mom needs during the Back to School season.


They’ve also created a simple Back to School Survival Kit – which is a 7 page PDF that includes:

Back to School Checklist
Lunch Notes
Healthy Lunch Menu for One Week

Download yours for FREE!

This is a great addition to the printables I include in my Back 2 School Survival Guide.  If you are needing to get your ‘rear in gear’ and plan for Back to School, don’t miss this great discount to join eMeals -use the discount code SCHOOL15 for 15% off any new eMeals subscription.

What is your favorite after school snack to offer your kiddos? 

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Easy Cooking While on Vacation


Meal planning it one of the most important tasks that a busy mom can take the time to do.  It is a task listed for each week on Sunday in the Weekly Household Planner, but I have to admit, I rarely do it on Sunday!

Last week I took the time to really plan meals for our trip out of town for Memorial Day Weekend.  Often I just throw some things in the cooler and off we go, but instead of packing things we didn’t need or wouldn’t end up using, I decided to take a more strategic approach.  Vacation meal planning can become tricky, but with a little time and planning a mom can enjoy vacation – even when she still has to cook.  I am proof of that!  Let me share how I planned a successful weekend of meals that took only a minimal amount of time away from my family while on our get-a-way retreat! [Read more...]