Mondays and Wednesdays are crazy!
On Mondays, my in-laws graciously take the kids for the day. On Wednesdays, Lauren, our wonderful nanny, comes to help out. The original idea behind these days was to give my in-laws time to be closely involved in the kids’ lives and to allow me a break to maintain my sanity. I will admit, I had misguided fantasies of days filled with mani-pedis, massages, and Mimosas with friends at 10am on a Wednesday.
After the first week of this “break time”, reality set in. What actually happens is about 10 hours of running around like a crazy person, trying to accomplish all of the things that are nearly impossible and usually unpleasant to do with the kids in tow. Doctors appointments, meal planning (which usually involves getting distracted on Pinterest for a few hours), grocery shopping, blogging, washing/folding about 10 loads of laundry, etc. It probably wouldn’t surprise many people if I said that I dreaded doing all of these chores. Years ago, I did dread these sorts of things. However, I can honestly say that I enjoy them because it’s time I get to spend by myself.
Alone time! It goes under the category of “Things I Didn’t Appreciate Until I Had Kids”. On these days, I get to do what I want, when I want to do it… by myself. I have the freedom to go to the bathroom without interruption or an audience constantly narrating the step by step process of exactly what I’m doing. Folding 10 loads laundry means that I get to catch up on all of my guilty pleasures like episodes of Real Housewives and binge watch things like One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek on Netflix. Meal planning and grocery shopping are uninterrupted time to make lists and accomplish things outlined on those lists. Those that know me, know I’m a planner. I make lists, I make lists of lists, I try to plan out every detail of how the next X many years will play out. “Tightly wound” is the way the people in my life lovingly refer to me and my need to plan EVERYTHING. So, as you imagine, meal planning brings me a sense of accomplishment.
When I decided to start this blog, I wanted to share our love for cooking and food. Many times people think you have to spend your life savings to eat well but that’s just not the case. I want to provide you with tools to make healthy cooking/eating easier and doable on any budget. I have spent countless hours researching to find the most efficient process for discovering delicious recipes and then creating a meal plan that actually fits into our weekly/monthly grocery budget. I think I have finally found it. It’s a tool called Ziplist. I should mention here that this is not an affiliate link and I do not receive any compensation from Ziplist for mentioning them here. I just think it’s a great tool! It allows you to save recipes to a recipe box and creates a shopping list for you. I’m working with them to get a branded page that can be accessed directly from Seasoned with Chaos. But for now, just follow the steps below!
After you press save, it will take you to this screen:
The first time you log in, you will want to go to the settings section to add the stores you shop at so that you receive information about weekly sales:
Put your zip code in and enter the stores that you typically shop at:
You can then return to your main page and see your shopping list, as well as any sales at your grocery stores that week. If you see items you need, just press “Add to list”.
I am in the process of creating a tool that will have a budgeting component and work in conjunction with Ziplist. My goal is to have it done in the next month or so! Until then, I hope this makes your life and planning a little bit easier! I’m off to take advantage of the remaining 3 hours of my “alone time”.