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(c) Conor Lawless
Ever look at your friends’ houses and think, “I’m a total failure as a wife and/or mother?” My friend Stacy’s house makes me crazy. She has a daughter nearly the same age as Charlie and her house is always tidy and clean. I’ve never even seen a stray hair on her bathroom counter. Seriously??? She’s also a health nut and cooks every night. They rarely eat out. Why am I even friends with her? The worst of it is that she doesn’t act like she’s better than anyone. She doesn’t brag about having it all together. Irritating! Yet, I just adore her.
Well, I don’t know what her secret is, but in the last few months I’ve discover two amazing online resources that have changed my day-to-day life and the feelings I have toward my home. Y’all know I can get stabby when things aren’t in order and with a toddler it seems like nothing is ever in order.
Where I used to walk into my kitchen/bedroom/bathroom/living room and see too much work to even start, I now sometimes can’t find a thing to do because everything is where it should be. Not kidding.
I used to think of dinner around 3:00 p.m. and get all panicky trying to figure out what to make with the ground beef and various vegetables in my refrigerator. Now I start dinner at 5:00 without a single thought prior to that moment and have it on the table by 5:30. And my groceries cost about $40/week.
First, let me say this IS NOT a sponsored post. No one is paying me to tell you what I’ve found. I just feel like I can’t hog these two resources to myself. That would be mean and selfish. It would make me look like a better mom than you, but that wouldn’t be nice.
Let’s start with dinner. E-mealz is an online meal-planning program. Each week you get a new menu and grocery list based on your grocery store and dietary preferences. The plan we chose was Wal-Mart Low Carb. The meals take less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook (unless it’s a crock-pot recipe) and groceries for the week are rarely more than $40. No lie. Now, this is just dinner. We mostly eat sandwiches or left-overs for lunch and oatmeal for breakfast. When you add in paper products we probably spend $65-$70 total each week.
While e-mealz isn’t free it’s definitely affordable at $15/3 months. Go there. Now.
I promise you’ll be glad you did. Of all the people I know who use this service (all four of them) no one has uttered a single word of complaint.
The other life-changing online resource is free. WOOHOO! This one is on the justmommies website and it’s a housekeeping/home organizing plan. Basically, it tells me that today I need to clean out my car (because I’m not capable of thinking to do this on my own), do laundry and vacuum the living room. There are daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Don’t worry if you miss a day, there are “catch up” days built in. There are also days when you don’t do anything .
Sample Day on Justmommies.com Home Organization Plan
Those are my two sanity savers for today.
None of us should spend our days grumpy because our houses are trashed and the people living there rely on us to be fed.
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