You want to be a good homemaker but you are not a stay at home mom?
Or you are a stay at home mom taking care of the kids but you don’t know where to begin?
Here are 3 steps to feel better about yourself as a mom and a wife and learn how to take good care of your family.
I want to begin by telling you what an amazing mom you are! Don’t ever feel ashamed because you don’t know how to do something or you don’t do what’s expected from you by others! Obviously God made us all different, what works for them might not work for you. We all have different expectations for ourselves and life, but please don’t be too hard on yourself… it is okay if you don’t know where to begin! Give yourself grace …. Rome wasn’t built in 5 days!
I am here to give you some advice and share what works for me, hoping you can make it your own and use it. I am writing a series of blogs on this topic because it would be too long to cover everything in one article.
1; Form family habits that make sweet memories in the kitchen
Today I’m going to talk to you about your kitchen…. What we eat day by day and how we prepare for the week, and it is not going to be the usual “prep your meals” ahead kind of deal…Why ? Because it does not work for me and my family. It is totally okay if it works for you, but like I mentioned earlier we are all different. If you hoped to get a new meal prep idea out of this blog I suggest to look on Pinterest, they have fabulous options for that! Believe me I know, because I tried probably most of those with little or no success! I love looking at those posts with the beautiful pictures! All the options look amazing and organized and neat! I have hundreds of those pinned to my board planning to use them one day….Meanwhile I’ll just stick to my reality and my 40 hour full-time job that leaves me with very little time in the evenings to enjoy my family. This is why it is so important for me to make sure that before we leave the house we eat breakfast together and also eat dinner together at our table. I am very determined about quality time here lately. I don’t want electronics to steal my family. So my husband and I try to incorporate a lot of offscreen activities, but that’s for another blog.
So let it be cooked breakfast or cereal or even pop tarts, I prefer us to sit at the table together. Of course some mornings we miss out on that but that is because we are not perfect. We try to focus on making it at least a 3-4 times a week. My favorite time is dinner time because we can talk about our day and we can stay engaged with the kids. You would be shocked what you can learn about your family at the dinner table…
2; Shopping List
Let’s move on to our shopping list! It is very simple if it has more than five ingredients it is probably not a good idea to buy it, because the rest is going to be additives and colorings most of the time. Veggies and fruit will always be a priority for me. Also healthy fats like fish, avocados, nuts…etc. When I get school snacks, ketchup or milk (which I know my kids consume every day) I will pay the extra buck to buy those organic. I don’t mind to pay extra for that. We don’t eat fast food or eat out so we save a little on that. Most of the time I try to get store brand organic snacks, those products will not be so overpriced. We do pizza night on Fridays. We will rent a movie to watch and have some pizza, popcorn and ice cream. This is also a tradition we implemented by the years. We don’t buy low-fat or sugar-free things, we use honey or maple syrup to sweeten. This month we started to pay extra attention to our sugar consumption, I was actually shocked how much sugar intake we had as a family, but I will talk about this a another day.
We drink our water during the day and the kids drink juice with their lunch usually.
They will drink milk with breakfast or dinner, we really try to limit soda to special occasions.
3; Prep for the week
We have tried different ways to do this, but honestly it takes effort and discipline to keep up with it week by week. After grocery shopping we wash our veggies and fruit and cut them up if it’s needed. We will make little snack size ziplock bags filled with veggies and fruit but we don’t make more than a couple of days worth of that because these things will not stay fresh for very long. We prep snacks like pretzels and nuts in small bags ahead so all we have to do is just throw it in the kid’s lunch box.
We will make salads in a few jars ahead for lunch for me and the hubby and boil a 12 pack of eggs. These will be easy for us to just grab and go!
I plan out our dinners for the week and we take the leftovers for lunch. That’s it! It is not overwhelming and won’t give me anxiety over planning every little thing out.
These 3 simple steps help me with keeping my family healthy and happy!
Hope it helps you too! If you have any question don’t hesitate to ask!