How Making Time for YOU Can Make You an Even Better Mom – with Jessica Turner – ITA72

Are you doing everything for everyone except yourself? Is it even possible to take care of our families and ourselves too? How do we find the time for things that bring us rest and bring us joy that aren’t necessarily related to motherhood?

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That’s what we’re talking about today with Jessica Turner, blogger at TheMomCreative.com and author of the new book The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How to discover hidden pockets of time we can use for self care
  • The power of quiet in our lives
  • Why it’s not selfish to take care of yourself
  • How self care can help you serve others better

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A Simple Way To Save Lots of Time

One way I save a lot of time is by menu planning. I know it sounds a little counter intuitive – it doesn’t seem like doing an extra thing would save time. But I can say from experience that it not only saves time, but money too.

Just last night, I was able to sit and enjoy reading a book during what is normally the craziest part of the day. I had already planned and prepped our dinner, so on a cold blustery day when I wasn’t feeling great, I just sat with my kids, read and enjoyed the smell of baking lasagna (Yum!).

For my non-cooking self, it doesn’t get much better than that. PlanToEat.com makes it super easy (and fast!) to meal plan. The site even automagically makes your shopping list for you!

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Hope For The Weary Mom – with Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker – ITA71

Motherhood and weariness. They just seem to just go together – like peanut butter and jelly or minivans and Cheerio crumbs. So how do we find hope in the midst of the overwhelm? That’s what my guests today are going to share with you.

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Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker are moms, authors, bloggers and fellow weary moms who have found hope and want to share it with you today.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • That you’re not alone. Brooke and Stacey share how they hit bottom and found hope.
  • How weariness can actually help you.
  • The one thing you can do right now to fight weariness and find hope.

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One Simple Way to Fight Weariness

Few motherhood tasks drain me like preparing and planning meals. I think it’s all the decisions involved (what am I going to make for breakfast? Is anyone allergic to that? Will anyone eat it? Is it a pain to cook? Do we have all the stuff to make it?).

When you multiply that times five family members and 3 meals a day for all eternity…I’m just tired thinking about it.

Plan to Eat simplifies that whole process for me and I really believe you will find it crazy helpful too. You can try it out for free and I think you’ll agree. (That rhymed. Maybe I should consider becoming a professional poet. Watch out Maya Angelou. Whoohoo! See what I did there? Can’t stop me now.)

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Personality Types and Marriage – ITA #70

Megan Tietz is back on the show to talk about how our God-given personalities impact marriage…and what to do about it. We discuss how your marriage can function at it’s best by truly understanding one another and the way each spouse sees the world. Even when we are very different we can still compliment each other with intentionality and lots of grace.

We’ll talk about how understanding our personalities can greatly improve how we deal, as a couple, with finances, parenthood, family goals etc.

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In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • About how Meyers-Briggs in marriage unlocks our different modes of communication.
  • How you can help your husband be at his best by understanding his personality type.
  • There is no good or bad personality type its just the way we are made.

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“Understanding our personality offers an explanation but not an excuse for our behavior.”

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Weekly Tip: My Favorite Healthy Breakfast

I’ve been reading a lot lately about nutrition and how it impacts our energy. You see, my energy level and those of my children always seem to be inversely proportionate. When they are high energy, I want to sit alone in a dark room. When they are low energy…well, that never happens.

I’m no nutrition guru, but I’ve started taking small steps that have made a big difference. Two of those steps are drinking a lot of water first thing to rehydrate my body. And I’ve also been steering away from cereal, my old staple, in the morning and focusing on protein and greens.

Here is my favorite new breakfast burrito recipe that is SO handy. I’ll make 30 or so of these and freeze them and I have a super quick, super healthy breakfast always available. I use low carb tortillas, egg whites and turkey sausage. I also really pack in the spinach. Even my kids like them!

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Eliminate Meal Planning Stress – My Top 5 Tips – ITA69

Since so many of you have been going through the Meal Planning Bootcamp with me this week, I thought I’d follow it up with some of my top meal planning tips in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast.

I love how you all have taken action and have worked so hard this week. You’ll be able to reap the rewards of your effort all year long!

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In this episode I’ll cover:

  • Why meal plan?
  • How to keep it simple.
  • Weekly prep tips.
  • Why we should plan to fail.
  • Tips for shopping with kids.

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Join Us!

Want to learn more about meal planning? Check out the entire Meal Planning Bootcamp series. It’s packed with videos and lessons that will transform you into a meal planning ninja in no time.

If you’d like to check out the system I use to manage my recipes, menu plan and shopping list, click here to check out PlanToEat.com’s free 30 day trial.

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The Meal Planning Boot Camp Day 4: Q & A and the Friends Section

(If your just joining us, welcome to Meal Planning Boot Camp. Each day this week I’ll post a lesson and a homework assignment. Click here to read the complete overview.)

Graduation Day Update

We had some blog post delivery issues late this week for those of you subscribed to Inspired To Action via RSS and email.

As a result, I’ll be moving Graduation Day to Monday. This will give everyone the weekend to catch up (or even just add in a few more menus and recipes) and it will also allow you to put all your hard work to the test at the grocery store this weekend.

Today’s Lesson: The Friends Section and Q & A

In today’s video, I discuss several of your questions as well as the Friends section of the Plan To Eat website.

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The Meal Planning Boot Camp Day 3: The Shopping List

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Lesson 3: The Shopping List

We all know that grocery shopping with little ones is stressful enough. Adding a disorganized shopping list to the matter certainly doesn’t help. So in today’s lesson I’m going to show you how Plan To Eat helps you to make the most of your time in the gauntlet of fire – aka grocery store.

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A Few Tips

Have a shopping day. I’ve found it extremely helpful to have one day a week when I do my grocery shopping. For us, that day is Sunday. It helps me to know that each week I can reset and start fresh. Even if my meal planning fell apart the previous week, Sunday is a clean slate.

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The Meal Planning Boot Camp Day 2: The Menu Planning Process

(If your just joining us, welcome to Meal Planning Boot Camp. Each day this week I’ll post a lesson and a homework assignment. Click here to read the complete overview.)

Well Done Recruits!

Great job making it through day 1.

I’m proud of you, but…don’t think I’m going easy on you now. If you haven’t finished yesterday’s homework, go do that before moving on. I want you to have at LEAST a dozen recipes by the end of the week in your Recipe Book. It will help you make the most of PTE.

No use trying and not going all out, right?

Lesson 2: Meal Planning

Today we are going to look at the planning section of Plan To Eat. This is where all the goodness happens. Even though I love how simple it is to enter recipes, it’s the planning part of the site that makes me sing its praises.

Call me a nerd, but I think it’s really fun to be able to drag and drop recipes onto the calendar to plan my week. And when I discovered I could SAVE that week’s meal plan and then just drag and drop an entire weekly menu…I wept softly.

Wait…no I didn’t. Drill Sergeants don’t cry. Alright, forget that. Get to work. Here’s today’s video lesson:

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The Meal Planning Boot Camp Day 1: Your Recipe Book

(If you’re just joining us, welcome to Meal Planning Boot Camp. Each day this week I’ll post a lesson and a homework assignment. Click here to read the complete overview.)

Getting Started

Today is Day 1 of the Meal Planning Boot Camp and it’s going to the be hardest day. You’ll need to work, but if you can survive this, you will be a meal planning ninja in no time.

Yes, I just mixed metaphors. I’m a pretend drill sergeant, I can do that. But for the record, Ninjas do not go to boot camp.

Moving on…

Today is all about entering our recipes into PlanToEat. If you already have your recipes gathered, this will be a pretty straight forward process.

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Join Us For The Meal Planning Boot Camp!

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(Here is the main page for the Meal Planning Boot Camp with links to all the lessons.)

Welcome New Recruits

I’ve shared about doing this Meal Planning Bootcamp for a few weeks now on the podcast. I love how excited you all are about it! I thought I’d give you a little overview and a few tips before we get started.

Why?
I’m doing this “boot camp” because over the Thanksgiving holiday I shared about the website I use to do my meal planning. It’s called PlanToEat.com. I was blown away by how many of you signed up for it. I want to follow up and make sure you have everything you need to make the most of it.

Hence, boot camp…

What Will You Learn?
This meal planning boot camp is going to be centered around the PlanToEat.com service. Why? Well, because it’s the only meal planning system that has ever worked for me, so it’s the only method that I could cover with any semblance of authority.

However, the overall method of organizing recipes into weekly menus with a corresponding shopping list will help anyone on any system. And the accountability of going through the bootcamp together might just be the motivation you need to get your meal planning in order.

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However, I’m not a food blogger or any sort of meal planning expert. I’m just a mom who loathes meal planning, cooks only when forced (It’s like my family expects to eat every single day. What’s up with that?) and wants to simplify the process as much as possible.

This system allows me to meal plan in less than 5 minutes each week. How awesome is that?

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Fitness Motivation for Moms in 2015 with Alisa Keeton – ITA68

Ready for a different perspective on fitness? Alisa Keeton, wife and mom of 2, from RevelationWellness.org joins us today to talk about how fitness is more than just getting fit.

Alisa invites us to bring God into every aspect of our lives, including our approach to fitness. She puts God’s message of healing and redemption at the center. Whether your fitness journey is just starting or you are well on your way, you will be encouraged by Alisa and her heart for God and seeing transformation in others – inside and out.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How to get motivated and stay motivated on your fitness journey.
  • Invite God. Start small. Accept the grace that God is so readily giving out.
  • What it means to fall forward.
  • The importance of asking God who He wants you to be and where He wants to take you on your fitness journey.

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Meal Planning Bootcamp Next Week

I’ll be hosting my meal planning bootcamp next week January 19-23. If you haven’t yet signed up for Plan to Eat’s free 30 day trial, today is the perfect day. That will give you a little time to play around with it before we get to work next Monday. Stay tuned!

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Favorite new recipe:
I made these relatively healthy rice krispy treats yesterday and they were a HUGE hit in our house. Best of all, they are super fast, simple and no sugar.

Click here to start your free trial of PlanToEat.com and get ready for the Meal Planning Bootcamp next week!

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