The winner of the Weekly Planning Routine is...Reesey Rossi!!  Thank you to everyone who entered and I am so excited to be sending a package out to Reesey.  There will be more giveaways ahead and if you have followed on YouTube, Instagram and the blog you may already be entered!  Wishing you all a great week ahead.

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Meal Planning Weekly Planning Routine Part 3

Meal planning is such an important part of my weekly planning routine.  The way I see it, meal planning can help turn a long busy day into a fun night spent around the table with the family. 

Planning  dinners for the week and the  grocery list that goes along with it takes me less then an hour on a Sunday morning.  You need only 3 things to meal plan; your daily planner (calendar), a notebook and a bunch of tried and true family recipes.  To begin, I go through my planner for the week to see what our evenings look like.  Who has practice, a scout meeting or any after school activity.  I also check if we have any dinner plans away from home.  In my notebook I lay out the week in a very simple grid, Monday through Sunday.  Every week I make a big pot of soup and a freezer crock pot meal.  These crock pot meals are meals that I prepare in advance and freeze in a gallon zip-lock bag.

 These are great to have on hand when our days are tight. Soup is a healthy way to always have a meal on hand.  Soup is perfect to pack in lunches and also for a quick dinner paired up with a sandwich or salad.  

Once I decide on which days I will make soup and which day I will have a freezer crock pot meal, I fill in the rest of the week with family favorite meals.  There are a few factors that may influence the weeks meals.  I try to always use what I already have on hand in the frig and freezer and I always like to try something new.  I have a large collection of recipes, so finding something interesting to make is never a problem.

 I go ahead and make my grocery list from the menu planned for the week and head to the store.  Having a meal plan not only takes the stress out of "what to have for dinner" it helps me stay on budget at the grocery store.

I'm doing a little giveaway to thank everyone who has visited the blog and watch my last few videos.  It has been fun making My Weekly Planning Routine videos and although there were some awkward moments, I think videos are a happy addition to the blog.  I will be giving away an Erin Condren Notebook, an Owl Planner Clip from my ETSY shop and some fun planning accessories. So to enter you need to follow me here on the blog, subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE and follow me on Instagram HERE.

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Weekly Planning Routine Part 2: Family Binder

Keeping a Family Binder has been part of my planning routine for at least a decade.  It was the first step I took in the process of getting organized all those years ago.  As our family has grown, so has their schedules and activities, and this binder continues to play an important role in keeping us on track.       

 For more detailed information, check out my recent blog post HERE .  

Weekly Planning Routine Part 1

I'm so happy that you have enjoyed my recent Plan 2 Plan posts about keeping myself  and the family organized each week.  Keeping a daily planner, family binder and meal planning has really helped keep me on track and be prepared for what comes my way each week.  Since there were a few questions about my routine, I put together a few videos to give a bit more details.

Part 1 is all about how I use my daily planner.  I hope you enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

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