Sometime in the past few years I read a book that talked about planning out your dinners in advance. I believe the particular book I read was in regards to saving money and talked about planning for a month at a time. When I first read that I thought… “No way… that would never work for me!” And yet, I was willing to give it a try. I started with one week at a time. After a few weeks I thought, this is going pretty well, and jumped straight up to three weeks at a time. I’ve found this to be my happy place. I once tried four weeks, but the planning took too long to be quite honest!! I’m getting ready to make my dinner plan for the next three weeks so I thought I would share my process with you! Perhaps it will inspire you to give meal planning a try!
You might think that this is an odd title for a blog post. Especially seeing as though I am in my 40’s now. Where did the time go?! But I have thought a lot recently about what I want to be when I grow up. How do people figure out what they want to do with their lives – what they’re “meant” to do? Sometimes I feel like I just throw things at the wall to see what will stick. I discuss struggles with finding my passion in my previous blog post Another day, another butterfly. If you haven’t watched the link in there to Cass Phillipps TedX talk, I highly suggest watching it.
Unlike children’s books, the podcast market is wide and varied. You can find a podcast for almost any topic. While I believe there are a variety of ways you can listen to them, I personally have only used iTunes. I’ve only been listening to podcasts for about a year – I was first introduced to them by my husband. And it took him bugging me to listen to one of his before I finally had a listen. I found I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts. Some of the ones I’ve tried I’ve ended up turning off about 5-10 minutes into them because they just didn’t work for me. In this post, I will share with you the ones that I do listen to, and why.
So today one of my favorite bands, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers tweeted out that 20 years ago today the Refreshments started touring with the Gin Blossoms and Dead Hot Workshop. I tweeted a response about how, once upon a time, a couple of college girls traded cigarettes for autographs along with a picture of a 20 year old box of cigarettes with signatures (see below). A short while later I get a notification on my phone… Roger Clyne (@azpeacemakers) retweeted your Tweet! Now being the mature, 40+ year old mother that I am, I started fangirling out. I mean, I literally just joined twitter two weeks ago – and my very first retweet was from Roger?!! Would I jump up and down in my kitchen about a tweet? Maybe…. So I thought I would share how it all went down 2o years ago.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a bibliophile. I love books. I’d like to say I’ve never met a book I didn’t like, but I had to read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair when I was in middle school. To be fair, maybe I would enjoy it now… but my vague recollections of the book make me think probably not. I don’t have nearly as much time to read books these days, at least not books without pictures. Having spent a decent amount of time with children’s books, I thought I would give my 2 cents on my favorite children’s books of late. – several of which have come via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. If you aren’t familiar with this program and have children between 0 and 5 years of age, please look it up and see if it is available in your area (availability is only in Australia, Canada, United Kingdoms and the United States of America). Each month they send your child a new age appropriate book, free of charge. My girls get excited when their monthly book comes in (ok, Mom gets excited too). I’m actually going to be a little sad when they end up aging out of the program. But back to the books…