Talk More, Tech Less: Balancing Technology and Family with Dawn Wible – ITA75

How can we allow technology in our homes without having it take over? How can we help our kids navigate the online world and avoid tech dependency? We’ll discuss this and more in today’s show with Dawn Wible, founder of TalkMoreTechLess.com.

Dawn’s wisdom is so filled with grace and SIMPLE ways to…talk more, tech less and deepen our relationships.

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In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • Staggering statistics on technology use today.
  • Simple ways to increase communication with our kids.
  • The unique role our generation plays in the story of technology.

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One Simple Way To Talk More, Tech Less…

One of the best ways to connect with our families is to gather around the dinner table as often as possible. Whether it’s just for 6 minutes like Shauna Niequist shared in last week’s episode or for longer, there is so much value in coming together and talking as a family.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that bring my family running to the dinner table:
Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
Blueberry Muffins
Baked Brown Sugar Chicken Wings

And, of course, I want to say a HUGE thanks to PlanToEat.com for making it so easy to put good, healthy meals on the table. I can organize all my recipes, make super fast meal plans and let PlanToEat.com quickly create my shopping list for me. I highly recommend it!

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Savoring Motherhood and Making Time For Your Creativity with Shauna Niequist – ITA74

Motherhood can be crazy at times. How can we savor our ordinary moments in the midst of it all? That’s what we’re talking about today with author (her new book Savor released last week and hit #3 on Amazon!) and mother of two, Shauna Niequist.

I love how intentional she is about her life and yet there is such a thread of grace throughout everything she shares.

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In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How to savor life in the midst of the crazy
  • The biggest barrier that keeps us from savoring our moments
  • How to keep your calling alive no matter the season

And I love this quote from Shauna in this episode:

“Invest yourself deeply in what is instead of being so caught up in what you thought it should have been, I think that is a recipe for a very present, very rich life.”

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My Favorite Meal Planning Solution…

Last week was Spring Break so I didn’t do much planning, we just relaxed and spent time with family. So now that we’re getting back into the swing of things, I’m super excited to get my menu plan in order for the week.

I love how easy PlanToEat.com makes it to not only make a meal plan, but the fact that it magically makes my shopping list too? Priceless.

I’ve created a simple email course version of the Meal Planning Bootcamp. If you need help with your meal planning, sign up for Plan To Eat’s free 30 day trial and then check out MealPlanningBootcamp.com to walk through the process of setting things up quickly and easily.

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How To Impress Your Kids…with God’s Word – OhAmanda – ITA73

It’s one thing to want our kids to learn about God. It’s another thing to try to figure out how to teach them ourselves. But as you’ll learn in this interview with Amanda White, it doesn’t have to be a big, complicated, scary thing.

Actually? It’s really easy.
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Amanda White is a writer, wife and mother of two amazing kids. She’s written two ebooks – Truth in the Tinsel and A Sense of the Resurrection and she blogs at OhAmanda.com.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • Learn the incredibly simple ways to surround our kids with God’s word.
  • Learn simple ways to start great conversations with our children.
  • Discover some of our favorite resources for impressing God’s word on our kid’s hearts.

HelloMornings

In this episode I mention that registration is open for this session of HelloMornings. HelloMornings is an online community of women who are committed to making the most of their mornings by spending time with God, planning their day and making themselves fit for the life God has given them.

God. Plan. Move.

If you’d like to join us for the session that starts March 9, learn more at challenge.HelloMornings.org.

You can also learn more about the study we’ll be doing this session by clicking here.

My Favorite Cozy Soup Recipes

Chicken Noodle Soup – I love to keep a few containers of this in the freezer for cold days or when someone isn’t feeling well.
Ham and Potato Soup – so yummy.
Tortilla Soup – this recipe is great because you can pop in in the crock pot and come home to a yummy dinner.

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I keep all my recipes and do all my meal planning at PlanToEat.com. You can check out their free trial my clicking the link below and also watch the little welcome video I made for you. If you’d like to learn more about how to use PlanToEat.com and maximize all it has to offer, check out my tutorial at MealPlanningBootcamp.com.

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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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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.

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Own Your Life – with Sally Clarkson – ITA67

I’m thrilled to bring you the wisdom and inspiring words of Sally Clarkson today. I treasure any time I get to spend with her and I am so happy she is here to encourage you!

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Today she shares about the themes in her new book that has just been released Own Your Own Life.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How you will be challenged to a life that is empowering not depleting.
  • How God can use you in the very place you are in right now.
  • What it means to live an excellent life with what God has given you.
  • How love is the foundation of you being influential in your kids’ lives.

Oh, and If you’re going to be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area next month, I’d love it if you’d join me, Sally and Ruth Schwenk from TheBetterMom.com at Sally’s MomHeart Conference. Click here for all the info.

Update On Meal Planning Bootcamp

I announced that I’d be doing another Meal Planning Bootcamp starting on the 12th, but I decided to postpone it until the 19th. I know many of you are participating in this first session of HelloMornings, which starts on the 12th, and I didn’t want to overwhelm you with too many challenge starts in one week.

So the Meal Planning Bootcamp will start on the 19th. Stay tuned for more info.

And if you don’t already have a PlanToEat.com account, be sure to go get your free trial so that you’ll be all ready for bootcamp when it starts. During bootcamp, I’ll walk you through all the ins and outs of PlanToEat.com and the system I use to keep healthy meals on the table for my family.

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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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