Marriage and Money – with Josh Lawson – ITA66

Marriage and money – it doesn’t have to be an argument waiting to happen. Josh Lawson, author of the book ReAlign, is joining me on the podcast today to talk about money personalities and the true purpose of our finances.

Josh created a fantastic free guide for you “10 Questions to Ask Your Spouse to Get on the Same Page About Money” – click here to grab your copy. And be sure to enter the giveaway for Josh’s book at the end of this post!

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In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • About the different money personalities, learn which one you are and how to get on the same page as your spouse.
  • How to make Christmas and the holidays a little less stressful when it comes to finances.
  • The importance of the question: “What is the ultimate purpose of my finances?”

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How To Save At The Grocery Store

True story – I used to go to the grocery store so much that the checkout people invited me to their weddings and baby showers. While I did make lovely friends, I also wasted a LOT of money on random purchases because I had NO idea what I was going to cook for dinner each day.

Enter PlanToEat.com. Now, not only do I know what I’m going to make each night, but I also piggyback meals so that I use leftovers from one meal in the main dish the next night. Roasted chicken becomes chicken quesadillas or chicken soup. Less wasted food, fewer trips to the store and more homecooked goodness.

Voila!

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Grace Laced Motherhood with Ruth Simons – ITA65

We’ve talked about the power of giving grace to our children, but what if we, as moms, walked in ABUNDANT grace too? Today we are chatting with Ruth Simons. She is the “unlikely mama of 6 boys and wife to one patient man.” She is a shoppe owner/artist/writer at GraceLaced and one of most eloquent and inspiring women I follow on Instagram.

Today we are talking about how the cross intersects every moment of our daily lives and how to live a grace-laced life. Grab your headphones, a cup of something warm and yummy and join us for a chat.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How what we rehearse in our minds all day long affects our mothering
  • It’s not about perfection and having it all together, it’s more about what God has already done for you and how His grace provides exactly what you need in the moment.
  • It’s ok to be real in your motherhood.  Don’t let the “real moments” rob you of the joy of motherhood.

That Time I Failed To Plan…

Crazy week here. I didn’t meal plan this week so I don’t have a bunch of handy dandy recipes for you. Thankfully, my prior meal planning (and Plan To Eat’s handy “Freezer” label) came to the rescue because my freeze had plenty of home cooked goodness that I could pull out at 5 o’ crazy and still have a nice meal on the table for dinner. Winner winner chicken dinner.

Click here to get your free 30 trial and stay tuned for the Meal Planning Bootcamp that I’ll be leading after the holidays. We are going to rock 2015, my friends!

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Motherhood on a Tour Bus – An Interview with Mother and Musician with JJ Heller – ITA64

Ever wonder what other mother’s daily lives look like? Today I’m taking you behind the scenes with one of my very favorite musicians, JJ Heller. She shares what it looks like to be a mom and musician. Motherhood on a tour bus, airplane and rental car. I adore JJ’s sweet heart and amazing talent.

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I especially love the story of how JJ and I connected and what my sister in law and the TV show So You Think You Can Dance had to do with it all. It truly is amazing how God weaves stories together…

Grab your headphones and join us for a chat!

It’s Here!!!!

Alright, my friends. My favorite Black Friday Weekend Sale is here. Plan To Eat is offering 50% off their year subscriptions. You’ve heard me tell you how much I honestly love this service. I love how I can meal plan for an entire week in less than 5 minutes AND it automatically makes my shopping list for me.

It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing…

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You still have time to try their FREE 30 day trial today and then take advantage of their sale later today or tomorrow. The sale ends Monday.

Meal Planning Bootcamp?

For those of you who choose to take advantage of the deal, I plan to hold another Meal Planning Bootcamp (it was a huge success last time) after the holidays. Stay tuned!

Quick Links

  1. JJ’s You Tube Channel
  2. JJ’s “I Dream of You” Album
  3. JJ’s Children’s book
  4. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Videos

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As I mentioned in the podcast, here are some of the videos from JJ’s concert at our house. This song is called “Your Hands”:

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Your Best Christmas Ever – with Jennifer Dukes Lee – ITA #63

Holiday overwhelm. How do we fight it? Accomplished author turned country girl, Jennifer Lee Dukes shares her thoughts about making this the year of the “pre-approved” Christmas…where we celebrate His approval of us rather than to gain the approval of others.

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Today we also talk about how you are one of kind. I show my nerdy side a bit and share an inspiring statistic. Yes, I just said “inspiring statistic” – listen and I think you’ll agree…

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How making a list of ordered priorities with a guiding principle at the top will help you have a simple, meaningful Christmas.
  • When we feel half hearted, not whole hearted we question ourselves and identity, especially at Christmas.
  • Jesus is the only unchanging part of Christmas and that is what we are celebrating.

Tweet to Inspire: “Love others from your approval of Christ, rather than for the approval of others.” – @Dukeslee on @inspired2action –> http://ctt.ec/q14w8

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My Favorite Freezer Recipes

The holidays are busy and I don’t always have time to cook before we have to run to the next event. That’s why I’m stocking up our freezer with simple, fast healthy meals that I can always pull out in a pinch.

Here are my favorites:
Chili – super simple and can be used SO many ways.
Salsa Chicken – this one is even easier and more versitile. We use it in burritos, over rice, on nachos. Yum.
Lasagna – an old freezer staple.

I’m so thankful for how simple Plan To Eat makes my batch cooking and meal planning. I just drag, drop, grab my phone and head to the store because PTE automagically makes my shopping list for me. Golden.
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(Note that their huge Black Friday 50% off sale is coming up, so now is the perfect time to check them out.)

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Announcing The HelloMornings Advent Study Power Pack!

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New Things Coming…

There are SO many exciting things in the pipeline. And I’m absolutely thrilled about the ways I’m going to be able to better serve you as moms through the projects in the works right now.

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Finding (and giving) Grace in Motherhood: An Interview with Jeannie Cunnion – ITA62

You’re going to feel a weight lifted off your shoulders as you listen to Jeannie Cunnion, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child’s Heart with God’s Extravagant Grace
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. Her humble attitude and transparent walk through her own journey of accepting God’s grace reminds you that motherhood tends to reveal everyone’s weaknesses. So take a deep breath, sit back and listen. You aren’t the only one striving for perfection in parenting.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • What it means to have a wholehearted child and how you parent one.
  • How to raise kids with the freedom from the pressure of being perfect.
  • How to weave grace into your parenting, even in discipline.
  • How it really must start with allowing God to do a work in our own hearts before we can model this freedom to our kids.

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My Least Gracious Hour

Truth be told, I am the least gracious to my children in that 4-5 o’clock hour when I’m putting dinner together, helping kids do homework and preparing for the next day. I call it the Fourth Quarter. It’s go time. The game is on the line and the pressure is on. (Sports analogies for the win!)

It has truly been such a blessing to not have to wonder what I’m making for dinner. Oh, I’m still grumpy and a little frazzled from the process of cooking (not my strength) but having a meal plan each week eliminates the frustration of figuring out what to have or the guilt of ordering another pizza.

It’s weird and possibly a little dorky to think that a meal planning website has made me a better mom, but it’s actually true. Now if only Plan To Eat could create a house cleaning website…

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(Note that their huge Black Friday 50% off sale is coming up, so now is the perfect time to check them out.)

Here are a few highlights from my meal plan this week. (Please remember I am not a gourmet chef. I am a “get out of there” chef. I like simple, fast and relatively healthy recipes. The Pioneer Woman…I am not. :)

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Personality Types and Parenting with Megan Tietz – ITA61

Understanding how you’re wired and how your children are wired can make a massive difference in the effectiveness of our parenting. Today we are talking to Megan Tietz about personality types and parenting.

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You’re going to love listening to Megan. Her warm voice, gracious wisdom and powerful insight on personality types and parenting will leave you wishing this was a 3 hour podcast.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How knowing our personalities can have a HUGE impact on our parenting.
  • The importance of parenting to our children’s unique personalities.
  • Ways to take personality tests to yield the truest results.

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Master Your Meal Planning

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Honestly, I hadn’t done my meal planning before I started writing these show notes. So, I just popped over to PTE and built my meal plan for the week and got it done in about 5 minutes. Love that.

Be sure to check them out and grab their FREE 30 day trial.

(Note that their huge Black Friday 50% off sale is coming up, so now is the perfect time to check them out.)

Here are a few highlights from my meal plan this week. (Please remember I am not a gourmet chef. I am a “get out of there” chef. I like simple, fast and relatively healthy recipes. The Pioneer Woman…I am not. :)

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Automating Motherhood – Systems and Ideas for Simplifying Motherhood with Kellye Peters – ITA60

The nerd in me is so thrilled about this episode. Today I’m chatting with my very dear “in real life” friend, Kellye Peters about chore charts, lists and getting organized.

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Kellye and I have been friends for over 10 years and I am constantly amazed at how well she manages her home. She has fantastic ideas and an extraordinary gift for decor and design. After a recent discussion about daily lists for our kids, I knew I had to share her wisdom with y’all.

Isn’t her kitchen gorgeous? (Even in a slightly blurry photo!)

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In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • About simple systems and lists that will make your motherhood easier.
  • Why it’s important to teach our children build routines
  • How routines can help us be better moms
  • The biggest obstacle to our organization

Automate Your Meal Planning

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I’ve used Plan to Eat for years and it’s one of the biggest ways I’ve simplified my time. I used to reinvent the wheel every single week (well, when I had the energy to meal plan…) when I planned my meals. Now, it just takes me about 5 minutes a week to plan (since PTE automatically generates my shopping list) and then another 5 minutes to check things off my list before I head to the grocery store. So wonderful.

Be sure to check them out and grab their FREE 30 day trial.

Here are a few highlights from my meal plan this week. (Please remember I am not a gourmet chef. I am a “get out of there” chef. I like simple, fast and relatively healthy recipes. The Pioneer Woman…I am not. :)

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ITA59 – Don’t Give Up On the Girl Inside – A Chat with Emily Wierenga

“Don’t give up on the girl inside.” I can’t stop thinking about this simple phrase Emily said in our conversation about her story and her book Atlas Girl.

As moms, the voice of the girl inside can get drowned out by all the expectation, comparison and busyness of life. Sometimes we can forget who we are, what we dream and the story that made us who we are.

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In this simple conversation, Emily shares her story of how cancer, an eating disorder and ultimately God have shaped her heart and her motherhood.

Grab a cup of tea and join us on the couch for a conversation that will inspire and challenge you.

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Inspire a Love of Reading in Your Children – with Sarah Mackenzie – ITA58

Reading aloud with our children is one of the most powerful habits we can develop. But how do we find the time? What if we don’t like reading either? How do we help our children develop a love of books?

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We answer all these questions and more in this week’s podcast with my guest is Sarah Mackenzie from the blog Amongst Lovely Things and the podcast Read Aloud Revival.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • What are the best books to read aloud for your child’s age?
  • Is there a difference in the benefits listening to an audio book or a person?
  • If you read just 5 minutes aloud everyday for 1 year, guess how many hours you will have read? You won’t believe it!

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A huge thanks to this month’s Podcast sponsor -PLAN TO EAT- be sure to check them out!

This week has been CRAZY and makes me even more thankful for this site. I normally try to think through my meal planning at least a little bit, but I just don’t have time this week, so I’m super thankful for their “saved menus” feature. I just drag a saved menu onto my calendar and now my son and I can head to the store after school with our list ready to go.

Time savers like this save my sanity!

My dinner recipes this week are:
Chicken and Rosemary Vegetables
P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef
Asparagus Geneva
Chicken Tortilla Soup

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