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?


That’s what we’re talking about today with Jessica Turner, blogger at 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. 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.


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!


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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.


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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.

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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.


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…

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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.


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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.



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.

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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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