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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Teaching your kids about justice and loving your neighbor just got easier. Meet the Glow Campaign

Note From Kat: This post is from my very good friend, neighbor and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

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Mamas, I’d like to tell you a story. And then invite you to join us.

Last spring my daughter Sophie and her friend Ana were celebrating a classmate’s birthday in school. A little boy in the class didn’t like cupcakes and became very vocal about how he would have preferred a different snack. Not sure what was wrong with him – I would have gladly taken that cupcake off his hands.

Mrs. Keltner, the teacher, mentioned to the kids they should be thankful to have a cupcake. She told them that there are kids all around the world who don’t get enough food to eat and would probably love to have a cupcake for a treat.

That struck a cord with Sophie and Ana. At recess they began to think about what life would be like if they lived in poverty, were orphans or didn’t have access to clean water.  It made them sad to recognize that was a reality for so many kids. Despite the fact that they were seven, they decided to do something about it.

Fueled with a passion to make lives better for kids around the world, their charity was born.

The Glow Campaign. Creating brighter futures for kids.

The Glow Crew in South Africa visiting a day care center and learning how we can help children there.
The Glow Crew in South Africa visiting a day care center and learning how we can help children there.

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Overwhelmed? Learn To Say Your Best Yes – An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst – ITA57

Every “yes” is a commitment of our time and energy. How can we make wise choices? How can we say no graciously? Join Lysa Terkeurst and me in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast as we discuss how to free ourselves from overwhelmed schedules and the fear of saying no.

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In this interview, Lysa shares with us:

  • How to change your overwhelmed schedule.
  • The 3 clues that reveal whether we should say yes or no to an opportunity.
  • The “scripts” Lysa uses to graciously says no when pressured to say yes.
  • A simple way to start “unrushing” your life.

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ITA56-How To Transform Your Mornings

How we start matters. The first few minutes of anything, be it a movie, race, game or our day set the tone for everything that is to come. This episode of the podcast is all about learning to start our days well. This simple habit can literally change everything for you…

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ITA55 – Motherhood and Nutrition – Simple Steps To Eating Better – A Chat with Trina Holden

Eating smarter could be one of the fastest ways to become a better mom, because what we eat affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we respond to those around us.

“You are what you eat.” You’ve heard it before. Maybe you’ve even said it to your kids. But how often do we, as moms, think about the effect of food on our actions and attitudes toward our children?

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On today’s show, Trina Holden, shares several simple ways to make better food choices and even get our families excited about healthy eating. No, really.

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ITA54 – The House That Mercy Built – Kristen Welch’s Inspiring Story

How can an average suburban mom change the world? Kristen Welch is sharing her incredible story on the podcast today.

Her journey took her around the world, but as you’ll hear in this episode, she found just as much need right in her own backyard. Kristen is humble and wise and a woman of action. Don’t miss this podcast!

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ITA #53 – No More Mommy Brain – Finding the Time for Learning – An Interview with Stephanie Langford and Erin Odom

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Motherhood can be an incredible season of learning and it doesn’t have to just be about motherhood related topics. Today, I’m chatting with Stephanie Langford and Erin Odom – the amazing (and wonderfully humble) women behind Ultimate-Bundles.com about how they have made time for learning about all kinds of things, ranging from cloth diapering to traveling around the world, all while raising a crew of little ones.

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Playground Missions: Changing the World One Juice Box at a Time

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Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

My husband and I were a year into planting a church in Seattle when my daughter was born. Of course, I was thrilled to be a mom and have this little blonde baby to spend my days with. Who wouldn’t? I was prepared for sleepless nights and days spent in yoga pants, but there were some aspects of the motherhood transition I wasn’t as prepared for.

As someone who had been doing ministry for years, it took some getting used to seeing how motherhood aligned with my passion for church planting and discipleship.

I was able to schedule in a few meetings with girls during naps, but most of the time I was at the library story hour or pushing a swing at a playground. While the journey had some ups and downs, I am more convinced than ever that raising kids offers a massive opportunity to show the love of Jesus to an entire demographic I previously had no access to.

My kid’s friends.

This summer two things happened that showed me what an impact my parents had on kids that I played with when I was little. In June I was talking to a friend that I had known since elementary school, but really got close to in high school. She had come from a broken home and my parents always invited her over after school. She joined us for countless meals and weekend hang outs.

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