May 182014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

This past week was as busy as I thought, even more so in fact. I was so happy to have a simple menu plan.  This week has the potential for the same sort of business, though we are starting to get into a routine.  It really was apparent how much the lack of a routine, or the lack of knowing the routine, made for crazy, stressful days.  This is one of the reasons I love menu planning with Plan To Eat – they make it easy to plan a menu which then leads to having easier days.

Even when the kids were having trouble sharing toys, the baby was crying because it was time to eat, and I could not think clearly due to all the chaos no need to worry, I already had a plan.   The next day, I became wrapped up in the ‘now’ of spending time with my youngest (it was just me and him that day) and realized I was supposed to have started lunch.  No worries.  It had been pulled out to defrosted the night before because I knew then what we were going to be having for lunch.

easy peasy chore chart morning routinesAnother step I’ve taken recently to make my days easier was to use Easy Peasy Chores. No longer do I have to keep track of myself and the kids, remembering who needs to still do what.  No longer am I the one responsible for reminding forgetful kids what they are responsible to do next.  All I say is, “Have you checked your Routines yet?  Are they finished?”  (We call our chores our routines as that is what we are working on creating right now.)  This is especially good for our easily distracted and forgetful child.  And for the non-readers or reluctant readers, the pictures are great visuals to let them know what they are to accomplish.

easy peasy chore chart evening routinesIn the evenings when it is just me at home with the kids and my brain is plain old tired, I do not have to remember all that needs to be done.  It is on the chart.  If a kid feels like arguing I can always tell them to take it up with the chart.  They love having all their magnets turned to the star side and often remind ME of what I should already have done so they can continue on with their Routines.  Things like having breakfast made and sitting out their vitamins are often reminders given to me in the mornings.  🙂

mixing egg and bacon strata


  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Cereal
  4. Pancakes
  5. Shakes
  6. Cream of Wheat
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit

sauce ingredients for Chinese BBQ recipe


  1. Eat out
  2. Pizza
  3. Chinese BBQ Pork, rice, peas, beets
  4. Salad
  5. Hot dogs, chips, peach slices (lunch at the park)
  6. Spaghetti with meat sauce
  7. Sliced ham, pickled beets, peas, cooked potatoes



  1. Leftovers
  2. Omelette, muffins, sliced peaches
  3. Schnitzel, mashed potatoes, beets, steamed carrots, chocolate mousse
  4. Macaroni and cheese
  5. Tomato soup, corn bread
  6. Salad
  7. Sandwiches – salami and turkey salad, chips, pear sauce

 ham salad sandwich with sweet potato fries hummus veggies

Linked up with OrgJunkie, April’s Homemaking, and Feeding Big.

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s  May‘s Monthly Meal Plan.

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  5 Responses to “Routines and Planning Make Life Easier – Menu Plan Monday, May 19, 2014”

  1. […] your routines without Mom needing to remind you (okay, I need to work on natural consequences with this one, it […]

  2. […] is also a focus on habit forming.  We have been doing this with the Easy Peasy Chores, but there is room for improvement and self regulation (i.e. not saying “have you updated […]

  3. […] Reading Eggs quickly became something we could use as a ‘reward’ for finishing up morning routines.  How great is that?!  No sugar or bribing with money.  They get to play on the computer and […]

  4. […] throws my kids off and makes my life more emotionally and energy draining. (They do not do well with routine changes.)  I still have high hopes for the Team Challenge, as there are a variety of activities I can do […]

  5. […] Planning ahead has always been one way I try to keep things from getting too chaotic.  I would rather be able to focus on enjoying what is going on around us … or being able to spend time at home with a book and cup of warm drink of choice. […]

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