Family Meal Planning

One of my new years resolutions was to try and get more organised ( freeing up time to be more ‘present’) and a big time sucker in this family comes down to meals and their planning or lack of ( think having to run to the supermarket on the way home desperately trying to find something for dinner for seven of us taking all fickleness into account)!

Every few days I do an online shopping order and when I ask “What would you like for dinner?” am met with the usual rounds of “I don’t know” ‘whatever’ or  worse “I don’t care” ( and this includes my husband) although when it comes down to it they all have many opinions once the meal is served and it turns out it wasn’t what they wanted or expected!

So for January we have started this weekly prompt to help us meal plan quicker ( me) and them to understand what might be coming up and reduce complaints!It has actually worked pretty well so far…when I say it is vegetarian etc and they start to groan I say ‘Well it is meat free Monday” as if it is the law so it’s not really my fault and they just accept it!

MEAT FREE MONDAY – With two vegetarians in the house I am well aware of the affect that over animal produce is having on the environment and am keen to take part in the movement ( if I had a chef who cooked meals for me I would definitely turn vegetarian myself but unfortunately my plant based cooking skills leave alot to be desired).

TACO TUESDAY – Ok so this is actually Travel Tuesday but I prefer the sound of Taco tuesday.  So this means international food night, we might do a Greek, Chinese, Japanese or Indian theme etc. and try and go for a full three courses!

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY – Wednesday my oldest two have dinner with their grandparents so I can feed the kids a little earlier and hopefully do bedtime a little quicker) so whatever means easy wash up options such as beans on toast, cheesy pasta, scrambled egg, bagels ( or it has been known a bowl of cereal)!

THIN THURSDAY – read healthy thursday but I couldn’t handle the lack of alliteration. Jacket potatoes, fish, plenty of vegetables and fruit after dinner.

FUN FRIDAY – So the kids unsurprising favourite day of the week, it could be burgers or hot dogs, fish fingers and scampi, mash or chips.

SPAGHETTI SATURDAY  Not solely spaghetti but more of an Italian theme going on a Saturday. All of them love all things Italian so Saturday we go all out with garlic bread, spaghetti dishes or cooking a pizza together ( with gelato for after of course)!

SUPER SUNDAY – Think roast, casserole and dumplings and big hearty meals or if it’s been a particularly stressful week then the even more super idea of eating out and having no washing up after wards!

Print Natalie Christensen and Jim Eyre at Minimalzine, Letterboard Letterfolk, Ikea kitchen handles We are Konoc, weather chart Annual Store

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow book shelf

I’ve had a bit of a computer issue fuelled break from making posts for a while so expect a whole splurge! To kick off here are some pictures of our rainbow themed shelves, just for a little spring time book inspiration. We asked for some ideas over on instagram too so here’s a few recommendations to get you started…

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, I am a Bunny Ole Risolm, Where’s Mrs Hen by Ingela Arrhenius. Nature’s Tiny Miracle Bee by Patricia Hegarty, Little Honey Bee by Katie Haworth, It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles, Planting a Rainbow Lois Elhert, The Story Orchestra by Jessica Courtney Tickle, Spring by Gerda Muller.

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The Best Ball Pit Ever from The Modern Nursery

I have searched for a good looking ball pit for years, and just when I had given up hope I saw this amazing monchrome one at The Modern Nursery, and it is even better in real life (and very worthy of the post title)! I was supposed to save it for christmas time but the kids ( ok and I) couldn’t resist…

Pyjamas The Bright Company. Rug Was The Most Loved, Monochrome Rainbow Kids Boetiek, Rocker Ooh Noo , Accessories Miniwilla

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