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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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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