Hey Journey Mamas….Michelle here. This week Sandy & I are going to tag team our Surviving the Holidays Tip. We are both THMs (click HERE to connect to our THM Affiliate link) but come from a different stage in life. We are empty nesters (Our son is a Senior in College), and she is a single Mama, and raising a very energetic almost teen boy, with a super busy schedule. We will always come from slightly different perspectives, and we think that makes for a well rounded, cover all the bases blog!
If you haven’t figured this out yet, I like to plan.:) I function best when I know where I am headed, what is expected, and how my time is best managed. Now, I am able to switch gears quickly and think fast on my feet. I have strong critical thinking skills (I am a Critical Care Vascular Nurse) so that is key for my job, but I don’t fly that way in my personal life. Funny, I know…but that’s me. I also LOVE a challenge!
So, I am planning all my meals from the freezer and my pantry for the next week!!! This has a 2 goal purpose: First, I want t make space in both my pantry & freezer. Both are feeling cluttered to me, and I want to clear some space before the holidays. Secondly, I want to save some moolah! I want to save my grocery money for Christmas. If I can pull together 7 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 Dinners & 14 snacks from what I have on hand, I will accomplish both my goals!! A win win :-), and you want to know the best part?…….I’m taking you with me!! I will be blogging this challenge for all you Mama’s to watch and hopefully be inspired!
I will be posting some of my Pantry, Freezer…..Whatever I can find meals throughout the week. I’ve already purchased my Turkey when they were on sale a few months ago, so I’m even ready for Thanksgiving! I will also share how much I saved over the week! Wish me luck!
Hi THFFs (Trim Healthy Friends Forever)…Sandy here. Chickies, I fly by the seat of my pants…However, as long as I shop for the right foods (always having the same staples on hand – see the Shopping List on our blog), the THM Meal Plan offers so much versatility that I do not struggle “throwing” something together. We have our favorites and a freezer in our basement (yes, even with just the two of us), because I find it much easier to make a crock pot full of wholesome goodness (especially this time of the year) and freeze a few…actually, just like Michelle, we are now eating off of our pantry and freezer to allocate funds toward CHRISTMAS PRESENTS (click on our Amazon Ad affiliate to do ALL OF YOUR HOLIDAY shopping and help us fund our blog at no additional cost to you). I never get an argument from my 12-year old son on leftovers at this time of the year 🙂
I shop the Black Friday sales and already know what gifts I am purchasing as I think and plan throughout the year as I listen to people and hear the desires of their heart…I like to plan like my friend, Michelle…however, this chapter of life I’m at doesn’t quite allow for that.
KEEP TRIMMIN’ OFF!!!