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The Life of a Super Organized Mum

Friday, January 15, 2010

Menu planning

Whilst spending some time this past few weeks updating things around the house for the new year I also gave our little menu planner an update : ) I am thinking this will be something I do every year along with changing the planner routine and making a new calendar. I touched a little on this planner in my very first blog post back in June, since then this great download has become available on the Becky Higgins website in an word document so you can edit it which is even better!! It will not let me link the exact post for some reason but it is the November 10th post.

I have been using this simple planner for most of last year and our family LOVES it. Simon said it is one of the best things I have implemented in our home recently- so I was pretty happy with that : ) I love not hearing the "What's for dinner" question all day long as that we all know what we are having for the whole week. I love that it has gotten us into a great little routine of sitting down on a Sunday night at some stage and spending 10 minutes talking about the up and coming week and what we have on. Under each day of the week there is a what's going on section- this is where you can write a basic message about what is happening on that day. I have all of this info in detail in my planner but it is just a reminder in reference to dinner plans.

We then chat about what frozen meals we have pre prepared and what meats we already have in our freezer to make meals out of- this cuts down unnecessary trips to the shops and extra cost. And that is really it. There is not a lot to it- it's a pretty easy system to work with and we love it. The meals often change depending on the day of who feels like cooking etc so it really is just a guide but it is every so helpful- as is looking back through the previous months meals for inspiration. I hope that explanation helps those of you that asked.


Blogger Brooke said...

Once Emily is at school I am going to give this a try.

How many meals do you feel you need to have "in the bank" to have enough variety?

January 15, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a great idea. I love the clipboards you have created. I assume you have made them? If so, what materials do you use and where have you sourced them?

Love the blog!

January 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Hi girls : ) I probably only have about 20-25 meals we do regularly then we add in new meals and eating outr etc.

I didn't make the clipboards, I wish I was that clever LOL They are made by a company called Cafe Press : ) Sold in most scrapbooking shops- same with the clipboard for the Routines.

January 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Shar said...

What a great idea! Where do you store things like your menu plan and routines? I'd love to implement things like this, but am worried that they'd just get hidden away in a drawer and forgotten about.

January 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM  

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