freezer meals

25 freezer meals that will change your life!

Remember pre-kid days when cooking dinner wasn’t stressful?

Granted, there are some people who still love to cook, but personally, I find the whole ordeal super chaotic. Kids are hangry. I’m exhausted. The clock is ticking until it’s finally bedtime and I can enjoy yelling at the kids to stay in their beds while I finally put my feet up, watch inappropriate Netflix shows, and have a glass of wine.

From cutting up vegetables to washing the pots and pans it takes me, on average, an hour to make dinner. 1 hour X 30 days in a month= 30 hours of cooking time. Ew!

Imagine if I told you that you could condense those 30 hours into one solid 6-7 hour day of cooking freezer meals? If you make all your meals in one day you’re entirely negating the need to chop up different vegetables every single day, or cook ground beef one pound at a time, or do one batch of dishes. You can do it all on the same day, and if you manage your time well, you can multi-task like a BOSS!

Freezer meals are THE BEST! Seriously.

Every single week I sit down and do some meal planning. At least three of the meals on the list come straight from the freezer. I get a ton of relief knowing that I don’t have to cook those nights. I’ve honestly found that I’m calmer throughout the day knowing that there are freezer meals waiting for me to choose from!


Super cool (get it? I crack myself up!) freezer meals

Chicken/Turkey

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole by Anne’s Entitled Life

Chicken Pot Pie Hand Pies by Two Healthy Kitchens

Mini Crustless Quiche Cups with Sausage and Cheese by Two Healthy Kitchens

Crock Pot Mexican Chilli by Joyfully Thriving

Turkey Spinach Meatballs by Melanie Cooks

Lemon Chicken by Recipe This

Cranberry Chicken by Dukes and Duchesses

Beef

Pan Fried Chinese Dumplings by Savory Tooth

Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie by Thrifty Jinxy

Pressure Cooker Salisbury Steak by This Old Gal

Low-carb Meatloaf by Wholesome Yum

Low Carb Stuffed Peppers by Low Carb Yum

Nearly Carb Free Meatballs by Low Carb Yum

Meatballs by Kennary


Spaghetti Sauce by Deliciously Plated

Homemade Chef Boyardee Beefaroni by Eat. Thrive. Grow

Instant Pot Chilli by Recipes From a Pantry

One Pot Steak Mac N’ Cheese by Recipe This

Spaghetti Bake by Mission to Save

Chinese Take-Out Beef and Brocolli by This Old Gal

Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy by Evolving Motherhood

Vegetarian

Pizza pockets by Tales of a Tired Mom

5-Spice Carrot Soup by Recipes from a Pantry

 

Etc.

Egg Muffins by Tales of a Tired Mom

Fathead Pizza crust by Wholesome Yum

freezer meals that will change your life

That’s almost an entire month of a new meal every night!! If you’re not finding what you’re looking for here give this Pinterest board a try. There are tons more ideas in there!

What are your favorite freezer meal recipes? Leave the links below!!

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How a meal plan will save your money and sanity

It’s 4:00 p.m… You’ve been running ragged all day and it just finally dawned on you that you need to start making dinner soon.

Aiy yi yi.

You really want to suggest to the kids that you have popcorn and cut up raw veggies, but they’re not entirely enthusiastic.

Plus, that’s what you had for dinner last night.

You really want to order in some pizza, but money’s tight. You barely had enough to pay for all the groceries you bought earlier this afternoon, let alone to pay for pizza.

Here’s what you do:

You begrudgingly scroll through Pinterest until you find a recipe that looks easy enough to make. Well, look at that. You don’t have all the ingredients. Back to the drawing board. You repeat step 1 again until you find something that you do have all the ingredients for.

By now it’s 5:30 and you’ve entered into “Hangry Hour”. You’re trying to read this new recipe while warding off tired, hungry kids. The situation is not good.

You burn dinner because you had to tend to two of your children trying to kill each other in the next room. You physically bring everyone to the dinner table, slap some blackened goop onto their plates, and glare at your child when they begin to even think about complaining about what you’ve made. Your eye is twitching and they know shit’s for real. Everyone eats their dinner in silence.

Here’s what you should do

how a meal plan will save your money and sanity

Picture this:

It’s 4:00 p.m… You’ve been running ragged all day and it just finally dawned on you that you need to start making dinner soon.

Aiy yi yi.

You refer to your plan that you made earlier this week and see that you’re having Homemade Mac n’ Cheese tonight. You’re prepared for it because you got your groceries earlier today. You knew what you would be making all week and were able to form a detailed grocery list to ensure your full preparedness.

Your children play lovingly while you create a flawless meal. You all sit at the table while you laugh and joke. Your children and partner sing praises to you. You’re pretty sure you saw Goddess give you a big ol’ thumbs up.

What do you have to thank? Your meal plan.

How to meal plan

1.First things first, download this lovely FREE meal planner that I created especially for you lovely Moms.


You can either print out multiple copies and use one a week, or you can put it in a frame. I found one at the thrift store. This way, you can reuse the same sheet. I just draw on the glass with a whiteboard marker or Sharpie.

2. Write down a master list of all the meals that you like to make and everyone likes to eat. Put the meals that cause the least whining at the top and gradually make your way down to refusal to eat and “would rather starve”.  If you’re having a hard time finding recipes check out this board on Pinterest. You may find something that makes everyone happy.

3. Designate a meal for each day of the week. Take note of what’s going on each day and base the complexity level of your recipe on that.

4. Take note of the ingredients you will need. Write them down on your grocery list.

5. Put your weekly meal planner somewhere you can see it. This will allow you to get into the right frame of mind for making dinner. It will also remind you of what’s in store for the rest of the week. Life is funny and you may need to make some adaptations.

 

Having a meal plan will save you money. You won’t waste time and energy on trying to figure out something for dinner, give up hope, and order pizza. It will allow you to buy exactly what you need from the grocery store-which means you’ll likely waste less food!

A meal plan will also save your sanity. You read the first scenario. It wasn’t pretty. Scenario 2 seems way more appealing, yes?

 

How about you? What is your experience with meal planning? Has it saved you money? Has it saved you sanity? What are your pros and cons for having a meal plan? Share in the comments below to help others decide if having a meal plan is right for them!

 

how to increase happiness

Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness Every Day

Being a Mom is wonderful.

Mostly.

Amongst the sibling fighting, struggle to get everyone out the door in the morning, never-ending snack making, and sheer exhaustion it can be difficult to remember just how wonderful being a Mom can really be.

It’s easy to get caught up in the struggles that are part of being a parent. We all strive to be happy. It can be a challenge to reach our maximum happiness potential when our only opportunity to think about how we’re going to get to that point is when we’re peeing.  It takes a conscious effort and visual reminders to set our awareness to the things that increase our happiness. Throughout a busy day, this can be a tough routine to get into. it’s worth it, however, to get yourself into a mindset that is conducive to your self-growth and frame of mind.

Here are some easy methods to increase your happiness level throughout your day:

Express gratitude

When you wake up, say aloud three things that you’re grateful for. Change them up every day. If you’re finding it hard to come up with new things every single day try and think of small things that may seem immediately insignificant, such as: you woke up, you had a bed to sleep in, you are breathing, you had a good dream, etc.

Change your perspective on everything

Be hyper-aware of the way you’re thinking about things and try and switch them around. For example, You get a bill for hydro in the mail that you had forgotten you had to pay. Instead of feeling perturbed that you have to pay this bill, remind yourself that you’re lucky you get to pay this bill. It may not seem like you’re lucky to get to pay a bill, but if you focus on the positive parts of the “negative” experience you will begin to understand that in the grand scheme of things you’re a lot luckier than the large population of people on this planet that don’t have the opportunity to pay a hydro bill at all.

Start a happiness journal

Every night before bed write down one thing during the day that made you happy. It can be a good memory for the day, something someone said, something you saw; anything that brought you happiness throughout the day. When you see these things throughout the day make a mental note of them. Not only will this trigger your mind to focus on the positive in the situation, it will encourage you to be more present and see the beauty in what’s going on around you.

I write down a memory a day in my planner. I have my blog planning on the top, personal planning in the middle, and a happy memory from each day at the bottom.

do a happiness journal

Spend time with happy people

You don’t need toxicity in your life. Try and avoid people who bring you stress and gravitate towards folks who allow you to feel calm. Call up a friend for coffee or head somewhere you feel content.

 

Find things that make you happy and involve yourself in them. If reading is your jam make sure you get in a few pages every day. If hiding in the laundry room eating chocolate is your thing, do that! You taking the time to bring more happiness into your life will inevitably make you a more positive mom and overall person. You owe that to your kids…and to yourself!!! 

You’re on your way to being a happier, healthier person, Mama. Nicely done:)

Do you know what else can increase your happiness? My brand new e-book!! Get a sneak peek on a few pages!!

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A year in the life of a three-year-old: I’m the smartest person in the world!

Have you ever wondered what your kiddos are thinking about? Particularly your three-year-old?

Now’s your chance to find out! On top of getting deep insight into what your littles are thinking, you’ll also benefit from this e-book by:

*Laughing until you pee! Okay, I’m not sure that’s a benefit, but you really do need a break from the hardships of motherhood. You may as well get a good laugh while you’re taking some much needed “me” time to read a book without illustrations (even if it is while you’re hiding out in the laundry room dipping into that stash of chocolate while listening to your kids frantically search for you so they can ask you to make them a snack…)

*No longer feeling embarrassed by the things your child is doing that you think are absolutely not normal. You will learn that everyone’s child does things just as, if not more embarrassing.

*Not feeling alone in motherhood. You will learn throughout this book that your frustrations and fears are shared by many moms just like you. You’re not alone in this journey.

I'm the smartest person in the world

Don’t wait! This is your chance to see things from your child’s perspective:

  • DAD WAS ATTACKING MOM!! WITH HIS BUM!!! UNDER THE SHEETS!!!!!!!!!”
  • “What kind of sick freaks would go to a shower of babies???”
  • Mom is sick. Or so she says. I personally just think she’s hoping for a day of being lazy.”
  • “I also told any women that we encountered during the day that Mom has MyPeriod so that they could take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe.”

And more!

Get yourself a hot cup of coffee and hide in the laundry room next to your chocolate stash. Make sure you don’t laugh out loud, though. You don’t want to be found!!

Get your copy of this great e-book: “A year in the life of a three-year-old: I’m the smartest person in the world” NOW!!

 

healthy

THIS is how to be your best, healthy self

Woot! Happy New Years!

It’s now officially the end of 2017 and you’re onto a new year.

As you sit here reading this I can only assume you’re feeling a little less than spiffy. You probably had one too many glasses of champagne last night and your kids are less than sympathetic.

Note to self: Keep the kids for the party. Get a babysitter for the night after. 

My suggestion to you right now is to Pin this photo to Pinterest just in case you’re completely repulsed by what you’re about to read and want to try again later when you’re feeling a little more motivated.

 

Healthy is sexy

It’s pretty easy to fall into this habit of not doing the things that keep us Moms healthy. We do everything in our power to make sure that our children are receiving the best of everything in terms of their nutrition and exercise, but we often fall short on giving ourselves the same things.

Guess what, though? Making sure that you are healthy is going to make it much easier to make sure that your kids are healthy! Keeping on top of your fitness and dietary regime will make you feel better. It will help in all areas of your life. You’ll have more energy, feel more confident, release those happy endorphins, and generally feel good!

Great, but how do I do it?

Going to the gym is challenging. Unless you can figure out a way to go when your partner or family can watch the kids, it’s pretty complicated! There’s getting the kids there, unpacking them all, putting them in childminding, fearing that they’re going to freak out in childminding, having to get them from childminding, picking them up, loading them back into the car, and getting them home. it’s almost a workout just getting the kids to and from the gym!

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There’s an easy solution: At home workouts!

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Not only do you not have to pack up kids and gear to head to the gym filled with muscly men watching themselves in the mirror, there are also many other perks to working out from home:

-there’s no one around in case you pee your pants

-the only sweat you’ll smell will be your own

-you can blast your favorite tunes-no headphones, yo!

-no waiting for equipment

-no younger women who clearly haven’t had children prancing around flaunting their perky breasts

-gym attire not necessary (ever tried a nude workout? It’s probably not pretty-but there won’t be anyone around to care!

In 2016 I tried my hand at the BeachBody workouts. I did the 21 Day fix EXTREME. It required minimal equipment: a tension strap, 2 different dumbbell weights, a yoga mat, and my running shoes. Best of all, I didn’t have to leave my house! It nearly killed me, but ultimately I was much better off for it.

Eating healthy foods

It’s easy to get caught up in the “I haven’t eaten anything since breakfast and now it’s 4:00 and I’m starving so I’m going to eat some candy before I make dinner” habit. Unfortunately, it’s a detrimental one. Making healthy choices about what you’re putting into your body is so important. It will affect your mood and energy levels.

Try making it a little easier for yourself to make those healthy choices:

-Cut up enough vegetables for a few days. Keep them in a container in the fridge.

-Make a smoothie jam-packed with berries, greens, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and even protein powder!

-Keep junk food out of plain view. If that’s what you see when you feel your tummy grumbling that’s what you’re going to go for.

-Meal plan your meals so you can make sure you’re coming up with healthy meals.

A new years resolution you’ll want to keep

Let’s be honest here: New Year’s resolutions are incredibly easy to make. However, your good intentions tend to dry up by about January 4.

In order to prevent that from happening this year I’ve created a group called “No Jumping Jacks” for Moms who all want to get themselves more fit and healthy. Do your favorite at-home-workout. Complain about how hard it is. Showcase your hard-earned glass of wine. Share your favorite healthy meal. Oh, and when the workout calls for 20 jumping jacks you don’t have to do it-I certainly won’t be. This group will be available to moms at ANY fitness level, doing ANY sort of healthy living improvements. Share your struggles. Get some ideas. Stay motivated to be your best, healthy self!!

There’s nothing more motivating than another Mom’s encouragement! Keep yourself accountable and help others stay on track by joining this group!

YOU OWE THIS TO YOURSELF!

Your health is so important, Mom!

Start 2018 off right! Well, actually, let’s wait until tomorrow. It’ll be way easier to start it off right when your head isn’t pounding…

natural ways to deal with hemorrhoids

Childbirth can be a pain in the butt! This is what you can do about hemorrhoids!

There are few things that a person truly has to see to believe: a UFO, the Loch Ness monster, and the gigantic hemorrhoids that can result from vaginal childbirth.

9 (million- amiright?!) or so months is ample time for a woman to become educated and informed on what her body is about to experience. She will be fascinated by the changes her body will make physically. She will be aware of the aches and pains that are normal while she grows life inside of her. She will understand the process of labor and know the calming strategies for when she delivers her precious baby.

Although, there are some things a woman will not ever be able to learn from parenting books or social media. There are facts surrounding vaginal birth that seem to be avoided by the general public. Nobody seems to want to discuss pooping on the table, how a woman’s vagina looks after birth, and hemorrhoids that are so big they deserve the second name choice you had for your new baby.

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Hemorrhoids…*shiver*

Hemorrhoids often begin to rear their ugly heads when a woman is pregnant. When she’s carrying a child in her body there’s a whole lotta pressure bearing down on her backside.These nasty hemorrhoids often loiter for a few months, making their presence vaguely known here and there. It’s typically not until she’s given birth that they make their grand entrance.

When a woman gives birth she gets to celebrate the life of her child. However, she must also grieve the death of her modesty. She just had the most exposed experience of her life as she pooped on the table (it ain’t no myth) moments before showcasing a baby coming out of her vagina through her splayed legs to the group of enthusiastic spectators. She felt confident explaining to the young student doctor that he, in fact, did not freeze her properly and that she could, in fact, feel him stitching her up. She has no problem taking off her nursing gown to put her baby to her breast in front of the room of visitors.

However, no words can describe the humiliation of having a well-intentioned nurse come to check up on the painful monster that has grown from her anus.   

Her pride and ego will heal quickly once she arrives home from the hospital, but the physical pain she’s feeling in her rear end will need some tending to.

Her doctor has recommended she get a medicated topical cream, but her partner, still in shock from what was seen in the delivery room, did not hear her request to go buy some. She is forced to take matters into her own hands and use things from around the house:

How a woman can heal her hemorrhoids

how to deal with hemorrhoids

-She sits on soft surfaces if and when she sits. That breastfeeding pillow she has is very multi-use.

-She drinks lots and lots of water.

-She tries to get plenty of rest.

-She eats highly fibrous foods in order to avoid constipation and keep things as smooth as possible.

-She took a lot of gear from the hospital when she left. Those uber-comfortable, uber-sexy mesh undies, mondo sized pads, and peri-bottles. She can use that to clean her entire nether region.

-She has a sitz bath whenever possible.

-She soaks a cloth in Witch Hazel and puts it between her bum cheeks to reduce swelling.

-She checks out Pinterest for other home remedies and assesses which ones would be suitable for her comfort level. A nice condom filled with ice cubes up the butt may work for some, but maybe not for her. 

She complains loudly because that provides the most relief possible and because she deserves to do that, dammit!

Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, it’s wise to be slightly cryptic in your advice to the new Mom in order to avoid embarrassment and possible hormonal outbursts from saying the wrong thing (this ain’t no myth either). Unless she explicitly shares what a pain in the butt childbirth was for her you won’t know for sure whether hemorrhoids is a condition that she’s currently suffering from. The pep talk she gives herself as she waddles into the bathroom is an indication, but it’s best not to assume.

Kindly suggest that she takes care of “yourselves” -”[her]selves” being her and her hemorrhoids. Bring her countless glasses of water while explaining that dehydration can cause fatigue (**this will work as a double positive: she will assume that your gesture implies she doesn’t appear fatigued. Go with this. Tell her how beautiful she is at the moment but don’t make eye contact with the bags under her eyes-she’ll figure out you’re lying). Bring her a food plate of dried figs, grapes, and bran muffins for “nourishment” purposes.

Whether or not you’ve had issues with massive growths on your rectum is beside the point. One can only begin to imagine the discomfort that they cause. Be secretly sympathetic while maintaining an element of smugness: you know darn well that this pain in her ass will be nothing compared to her sweet little baby when they grow into a teenager.