The Confident Mom http://www.theconfidentmom.com Empowering Moms - Strengthening Families - Embracing God's Design Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:44:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Menu Plan in Less Than 15 Minutes http://www.theconfidentmom.com/09/family-manager/menu-plan-less-15-minutes/ http://www.theconfidentmom.com/09/family-manager/menu-plan-less-15-minutes/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.theconfidentmom.com/?p=195766 Since moving to the beach, I have taken great care to develop a system for meal planning. Being without a dinner plan when the closest market is 30 minutes away spells DISASTER! I have always been a meal planner, but some weeks I drift from a real organized plan. Does that ever happen to you? As I get back into my routine, I wanted to share some of my steps of how I menu plan for the week in less than 15 minutes. Collect Recipes and Pin Them Pinterest is a great invention if you really put it to use in good ways, like keeping a dinner recipe board of […]

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How to Menu Plan in Less Than 15 Minutes

Since moving to the beach, I have taken great care to develop a system for meal planning. Being without a dinner plan when the closest market is 30 minutes away spells DISASTER!

I have always been a meal planner, but some weeks I drift from a real organized plan. Does that ever happen to you?

As I get back into my routine, I wanted to share some of my steps of how I menu plan for the week in less than 15 minutes.

Collect Recipes and Pin Them

Pinterest is a great invention if you really put it to use in good ways, like keeping a dinner recipe board of your family favorites. I just started this Family Favorites board and have found it so helpful when I sit down to plan my meals for the week. I can quickly see the photos of the meals and I write down what appeals to me at the moment! I also am a fan of using eMeals to collect meals that are easy and simple for my family. I can keep those in my notebook. See below.

Write It Down

No if’s, and’s, or but’s – put a meal title on each day that you need to have a dinner made. Don’t make general ideas. Write it down and go right to making the list of ingredients you need to make the meal. If I am in question about any ingredients, I will write them down and then can easily cross them off when I check my pantry stock. So write down your meal and ingredients at the same time.

Keep a Notebook

I will print out many of my recipes and keep them in a divided notebook for easy reference later. I also have a folder where I place all the recipes I need for that week so I am not searching for them later, wasting time, and adding to frustration. I keep the folder in the front of my notebook. I am a paper person, so even when I pin recipes, I still print it out. Call me old-fashioned, but it works for me!

Have a Weekly Menu Planner

This is a game changer. I have to write down my ideas and the days I intend to make meals, not so much for breakfast and lunch, but certainly for dinner. It is pivotal in how I carry out my intended plans. So, if you don’t have one, you can print this FREE Weekly Menu Planner out that I have for my readers. I use it and love it to keep things simple and easy.

Make Double

This is my favorite way to extend my meal planning and time. When I can I will double the recipe (or sometimes even triple it) and freeze a second batch of soup, stew, a crockpot recipe, or a casserole. It saves me time and also I will have a ready made list of dinner ideas set to quickly add to my weekly menu plan. I keep a running list of my freezer items so I can draw from it.

Rotate

If you find a weekly plan that worked well, save it and repeat! This is my genius plan – seriously! I can take those meal plans and put them “as-is” through another week maybe 5-7 weeks after the original plan. This saves me a ton of time and also circulates many of my family favorite recipes in our schedule.

What is your biggest tip for easy meal planning? I’d love to hear!

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5 Must-Have Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes http://www.theconfidentmom.com/09/essential-oils/5-must-have-essential-oil-rollerball-recipes/ http://www.theconfidentmom.com/09/essential-oils/5-must-have-essential-oil-rollerball-recipes/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.theconfidentmom.com/?p=196812 I am sharing a few of my favorite blend recipes for my oily sisters that we constantly have on hand. I have so enjoyed learning about the properties of essential oils and combining single oils into amazing blends where they can work together to help support our bodies.   Young Living has the most essential oils out of any company in the world – the most singles, blends, and oil infused supplements too – which blows my mind sometimes! Even still, I love to do a bit of “mad scientist” in my kitchen and blend up a few too!  All these can be placed in a 5 ml or 15 […]

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5 Must-Have Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes

I am sharing a few of my favorite blend recipes for my oily sisters that we constantly have on hand. I have so enjoyed learning about the properties of essential oils and combining single oils into amazing blends where they can work together to help support our bodies.  

Young Living has the most essential oils out of any company in the world – the most singles, blends, and oil infused supplements too – which blows my mind sometimes! Even still, I love to do a bit of “mad scientist” in my kitchen and blend up a few too! 

All these can be placed in a 5 ml or 15 ml bottle (I reuse my old empty Young Living bottles, but if you don’t have any empty bottles I would pick up these to use). Put the indicated drops of oil (or double it) and then add some carrier oil for the dilution you desire. For these I always dilute with at least 1-2 teaspoons of carrier oil, just for preference. I will place a rollerball topper on, and they are ready to go!

Happy Mama Blend

Happy Mama Essential Oil Blend

When you feel like you just need a little something to take the edge off, this one will do it. We all have those days where the morning gets off to a rough start or the dog throws up right when you are running out the door to an appointment. This is when you may need a little emotional support to bring you back to a happy place.

I love having this mixed up and ready to apply. I carry it in my purse. It’s a must! And do not be afraid to use it on other unsuspecting humans – like kids or husband!

Calming Zen Blend

Calming Zen Essential Oil Blend

Do you see a bit of a trend here? My original interest in learning about essential oils was all about supporting my emotions. I was in need of something to help me find calm, ease the mommy frustration, and get my joy back. So I have a lot of different blends for emotional support.  This one is especially wonderful in the evening and also for active kiddos who may be driving you crazy!

Winter Wellness Blend

Winter Wellness Essential Oil Blend

This blend packs a powerful punch. We use it almost daily in our home before my little guy heads off to school. The oils here all have amazing properties and are so soothing. We apply this to the bottoms of our feet, on the spine, or behind the ears. This one is typically diluted with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil. It’s efficient and effective!

Happy Sinus Blend

Happy Sinus Essential Oil Blend

Winter can be a drag for many – but with consistent use of this little gem, you can breath easy all winter long and even into the spring. I will apply this to my forehead or even across my cheeks if need be. I will also run it along the back of my neck or on my chest.

Breathe Chest Blend

Breathe Essential Oil Chest Blend

This will open your airways up to keep breathing easy. The smell is divine and powerful! Dorado Azul is so unique. I love it! This one must be diluted, so be sure to add at least 2 teaspoons of carrier to this recipe. Amazing when applied on the chest or along the spine.  

Mixing up blends so they are ready to apply is one of the best ways to be ready for anything. I have these mixed, labeled, and ready to go.

Which one will you mix up first?

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