Every so often, one of the other parents I know will ask me a question I get a lot: "How do you do it all?"
And every time I hear this I think...wow, do I have them fooled! My house is a mess, I am way overweight (which means I do not get a lot of exercise time to myself) and I have an extremely helpful husband who does so much of the work (laundry, dishes, helping with dinner).
I do think though that there are a couple areas in which I shine - because I really enjoy doing them. I love organizing and meal planning. I love looking at my Google calendar and seeing everything in order and all the possible events for us to enjoy as a family. I love being able to click and see what I need to take out for dinner in advance and not scrambling last minute to get something on the table. I love knowing that we are getting the most out of our weekends, and that if something falls through I can check out our Family Fun Calendar and find an option there without wasting a whole day.
Life is short - and being organized helps be get the most out of it.
Hopefully some of my links below can help you be a little more organized and planned out as well. (Only if you want to be though!)
Family Fun Calendar: This is where I list everything that is going on around Delaware that would be fun to do as a family. If I think about it, or if the activity is age specific or free, I also try to list that in the event title.
Events include seasonal activities like apple picking and bonfires in the fall, train rides and free photos with Santa around Christmas, kid-friendly Noon Year's Eve events, and Easter egg hunts and visits with that famous bunny. There are also year-round events like kids only concerts, toddler friendly jump time at local trampoline parks, movie nights at our local museum and more.
I hoped to have something for everyone - all ages, kids only, free, educational, exercise-based. If there is something I am missing - please let me know here: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find it here.
Meal Planning Calendar: Kind of self explanatory. I try to only list things that adults and littles can eat, and I try to vary the meals. This means that hopefully you aren't eating chicken 3 times in a week. I also try to schedule this out so there are a couple nights a week where Mom isn't cooking (or whoever the main cook in the house is.) These nights are ones where maybe Dad can pitch in, or there will be a leftover night to clean out the fridge and give everyone a break. This way, especially if you have a toddler like we do, Mom can spend a little more time with the kids during the week, and not feel so rushed.
The meals generally include some type of protein, some type of grain and some type of veg, and I try to vary them as much as possible. If the recipe is something very basic, like a burger, I haven't added a link to directions. However, if it is something I haven't tried yet, or something that maybe not everyone may be familiar with, I have tried to make sure to add the link on the calendar.
I will also try to start adding photos when I can - especially of meals that I am making for the first time!
The calendar and recipes can be found here.
I hope that these two will help a little in someone's quest to being more organized or content at home. Or that maybe it will even lead someone to ask you "How do you do it all.?"
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