I created a menu to write my blog posts from, but honestly, sometimes I am not in the mood to write about what is on the menu. Sometimes I do not feel like writing at all.
I promised my husband that I would not write specifics about my family. So for the most part this blog has stayed pretty innocuous. I have thought about writing about the struggles that my family has to maintain balance and sanity. But for now I will just keep this kind of general.....This weekend I am working on a couple of things:
A. Relaxing, school starts on Monday and I need to be mentally and physically ready.
B. Getting my ducks in a row. I have four kids that I need to have on a schedule and things ready for the new school year.
So how do I do that? Here you go:
First of all, our "chores" have changed because we have less time to get them done. I have used program after program on my android and my ipad. I still keep going back and forth to find a great option. I had been using cozi.com but then I decided that I can't copy and paste an entire list to that. So I am still working on which program I will use, but for now it will be home routines. I downloaded this app over six months ago and even though I love my android because it is on me all of the time and I do not use my ipad as much, this is still hands down the best program I have found to manage my lists and my kids list. I can email them to the kids and I can also get them to copy and paste the entire list in their home routines in just two steps.
Next thing is meal planning. I have been using Plan To Eat for over a year now. While I like it, I disliked the fact that I could not import recipes from blogs. They have worked on it and it is better but still not great in my opinion. It is time to renew my membership. $40.00 is a big chunk for me, so I am wondering if I will renew or not. I am going to do a test trial with Big Oven again. I downloaded that program a few years ago. Even though it is not as pretty as plan to eat, it is significantly cheaper. I am also looking at Allrecipes. I would really like to have nutritional information. Big Oven automatically calculates the nutritional information. Probably the only thing I really don't like about Plan to Eat. Still thinking about this one.
I have established google calendars for all of the kids. At the beginning of the week I print out a calendar for each one of them so they know what they have to do each week. Then I put the information on the large calendar in the kitchen. We have a wonderful calendar that I purchase each year from More Times Moms. They have great customer service. One year they changed where they put the holes for the calendar and I called them, they refunded my purchase price. This will be the fourth year I have purchased a calendar from them. I love it!
Ok so that is what I have started so far, I will finish up the laundry this weekend and will be ready to start school on Monday!