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Tips for Healthy Meal Planning for Busy Families

As you already know, summer is right on our heels as the school year only has about five weeks left for most of us. While many feel that summer is the time for rest and relaxation, it’s anything but that for parents with kids involved in multiple activities. Throw family reunions, weddings and other special occasions in the mix and you’ve got a very busy 12 weeks!

This can make planning healthy meals next to impossible as most of us find ourselves going through the drive through at least 3-4 times a week in the summer…or eating food at the concession stand! Even if you aren’t spending all your time rushing kids from one activity to another, it can be difficult to plan healthy meals as you prepare for vacation, attend a wedding or visit a relative who just had a baby. Below are a few tips to help you with healthy meal planning no matter how busy you find yourself this summer!

Make Multiple Meals at Once. It’s not that crazy to find yourself with only one or two “free” days during a week in the summer. Take advantage of these “free” days by making multiple meals at one time. You can make one meal for that day and then one or two more similar recipes (keep some of the main ingredients the same for simplicity) to freeze and just pull them out later to reheat before serving. Keep Fruit Salad on Hand. Who doesn’t like fruit salad? One of the best things about fruit salad is that it’s easy to make and incredibly healthy for you. An additional benefit of fruit salad is that after it’s been served with a meal, it can be used for as a meal by itself the next morning at breakfast. Simply put…

Keeping Up with the Jones

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Gotta keep up with the Jones.” Whether we openly admit it or not, keeping up with our family, friends and neighbors is something a lot of us try to do from time to time. You know, when your friend posts a picture of the brand new washer and dryer set she just got, it makes you feel a little envious and may lead you to start thinking, “hmm…my washer and dryer are both getting old…wonder if I should just go ahead and get a new set too?”

One of the areas where a lot of people really try to keep up with the people they know is in the clothes they wear. This is especially true for children attending school day after day. There are certain brands and looks that are favored among people today, putting more pressure on us (and our kids) to keep up our wardrobes.

While it’s certainly not bad to set goals and treat ourselves with new things, it can be bad to allow this to consume our every thought. In the overall scheme of things, keeping up with the Jones’ is not important. What’s most important is that our children feel loved, are provided for and the relationships we have with our kids (and other family members). Below, in no particular order, are a few examples of the negative things that can happen when we focus on keeping up with the Jones’ in respect to the things we have.

Financial Stress – It takes money to buy things, especially the “nice” things are friends, family and co-workers are constantly buying. The sad thing is that many people can’t afford to pay for these things outright, so they charge them. You can only charge so much before you get in…

Tips for family pictures

Tips for Family Pictures

You may be thinking about having new family pictures taken because it’s been a few years (or decades) since your last family pictures were done. That’s great! However, family pictures do take a bit of planning in order for them to be successful. Below are some tips to help you get started.


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