I have some exciting book reviews and interviews coming up in the next few weeks – both here and at CatholicMom.
One of the books reminded me to post my month-long menu planning, in order to grocery shop only once a month. When I have done this, the fruit of that effort has been:
- Cheaper grocery/eating out bill each month because of preparation;
- Less time in the kitchen because the menu is planned and I don’t spend inordinate amounts of time “thinking” and figuring out what to make for dinner;
- Less stress because everyone is on board, and knows what is coming up. When children come home in the evening, they are able to start their tasks, like homework, helping the little ones, or chilling out a little.
- More time for Mommy to spend with each kid on evening activities.
All in all, the stress levels are reduced, and our family is able to focus on what is important in our family: faith first, family always, and a little reading/relaxation time. It works very well.
Here is the menu plan I created last December (2012) that incorporated both the menu and the evening Advent activity each night. The Advent stuff will make more sense when I review Dr. Jennifer Grenardo’s book, “Danny Celebrates Advent.” Let’s just put it this way…my 7 year old loved the book, and she also loves our Advent traditions! This book will surely be one for the kid’s reading shelves – entertaining and most importantly: catechetical.
Meanwhile, I would LOVE to hear how other working Catholic momma’s create mealtime routines, considering your work outside of the home, along with all the other responsibilities.
Peace of Christ to you and yours!