I’ve always been interested in the whole ‘meal planning’ thing. I know that it helps save time by eliminating having to think about what to make for dinner, and I know it helps you shop smarter, therefore saving you money. So I tried it once. And failed miserably.
But I'm not a quitter. Especially when it comes to laziness and food.
Determined to understand this thing, I tried to read through all the proper how-to's out there. But I still couldn't understand the process (mostly 'cause after reading the first couple sentences of these "easy" guides, my eyes began to cross, and I'd have to take a break by reading all the legit celebrity "news" on Just Jared...).
So I made up a way to do it. And I LOVE it. But that's because MY version of meal planning (which could actually be how meal planning works, but again, I wouldn’t know because I'm too lazy to read through an article) requires only a handful of steps. Check it out and see if maybe this system would work for you!
The Lazy Man’s Meal Planning Guide
Find a piece of paper
Find a pen
Look in your fridge or freezer
Make a mental note of all the meat you have in there
Make a mental note of all the veggies you have in there
Look in your pantry
Make a mental note of all the stuff you have in there
Crap, that’s way too many steps when I already proclaimed that this was the LAZY man’s way of doing things. So here, look at my picture and get a sense of how I did things:
See? Envelope and pen. Write down all the meat. Write down all the ways I know how to make that meat that uses the stuff I already have in my fridge and pantry. Number all the meals I can make. On any given night, make one of the meals. Cross it off the list when done.
BOOM. Enjoy all that extra time and money I just saved you.
You know how when you go to put on some eyeliner, but it’s a little hard applying it, because you’re not used to doing it, because it’s been a while since you wore makeup?
It is way too easy for me not to care about my appearance.
I stay home all day long, my kids use my clothes as a place to wipe their dirty hands and faces on, and I do a boatload of chores. Why on earth would I want to get gussied up for that?
Until someone invents a stain-resistant, sweat-proof, smell-proof, wash-with-any-color outfit, I'll settle on my two go-to "looks" - a.k.a. My Standard Mommy Uniform: In the Summer I wear a tank top, shorts and flip flops and in the Winter, I wear a sweatshirt, sweats and flip flops.
(Gotta keep it California-real with the flip flops all year round…)
Ah, but that's boring, huh? And there's something to be said about looking nice. On the two or three days a week where I put on makeup and wear nice clothes, I feel awesome about myself. On these days, I wish I had a reason to wear eye shadow every day. On these days, I feel like I could play basketball in four-inch platforms. On these days, I feel like me.
I look in the mirror sometimes and I’m like, “Really? That’s how you wanna go out?” and I feel embarrassed. My 30s cannot go down as “The Decade Of Sweats”!
So I’m making the effort to do it right. I pledge to do two things that make me feel good about how I look on the days that I’m not seen in public. TWO things, not one, because… why not? And brushing my hair and teeth doesn't count. Although, there have been days where I was lucky to just brush my teeth...