Why Meal Planning Is The Best Budgeting Tool

Why Meal Planning Is The Best Budgeting Tool

I started hearing about the concept of Meal Planning a few years ago. Back then however it  came  from my extremely fit and active friends. Today Meal Planning at least in my circle has been coming more and more from my mommy friends. You see as I have discovered Meal Planning is not only a key to weight loss and/or a balance lifestyle; but it is also a key tool for efficiency and household money management.

If there is one luxury that I was always willing to spend money on it was food. Austin and I before Morgan loved to eat well – very well! We dined at the finest restaurants in Los Angeles and on our travels. And we made sure that we used the best ingredients when we cooked at home. When Morgan arrived we didn’t skimp on the ingredients in fact they became almost exclusively organic and natural. However we did cut back drastically on going out. You would think that would have meant that we were saving more. In fact the opposite happened. Because I was cooking more we were spending more. Our monthly grocery bill was soon becoming outrageous.

After a few months in denial, thinking it was just the increase in prices. I slowly started to realize that my additional spending was attributed to not having a plan! This is when Meal Planning entered the picture. Once I started Meal Planning I was able to drastically reduce my weekly grocery bill from roughly $160-$170 per week for a family of three to $100-110 a week. Today I am going to review with you 9 of the best Meal Planning tricks that I have learned along the way that has saved me on average $240 a month or $2880 a year!!!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition AwardI was so honored and humbled when I checked my comments this morning. I have been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award from a fellow mommy blogger! Thank you so much Taylor from Simple Living Nursing Mama for nominating me! She has an awesome blog that I have been glued to all day! Taylor is a wife, mother, nurse and new blogger! Her Simple Living and Motherhood post is one of my favorites, because it ends in the most poignant way – Choose Joy! It just instantly made me happy and overcome with emotion, because us busy mom’s sometimes forget how to just be happy and slow down.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It is an award that is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers that appreciate all the hard work and effort that you put into your blog! We all know how hard it is, and it is a good way that we can support each other. It is also a great way of networking by finding new blogs and also finding new readers for your blog!

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  5. Comment on each blog and let them know that you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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5 Must Have Products That Make Pregnancy More Comfortable

5 Must Have Products That Make Pregnancy More Comfortable.

As I’m now well into my third trimester I have noticed that I am becoming more and more uncomfortable. Sitting, standing, driving and sleeping all have their downsides. I don’t remember being this uncomfortable when I was pregnant with Morgan, but maybe that’s part of the whole after birth amnesia that people tell you about. Not remembering how much it hurts etc! Although I can assure you I still remember ever second of labor and birth and for some crazy reason I decided to do it all over again. Is it too late to turn back?

If Parker arrives early just like Morgan did then I only have three weeks to go! If he decides to cook until he’s full term I have 6 more weeks of discomfort. I don’t know which option I’m hoping for more, longer pregnancy or shorter discomfort?

I knew that in order to make these last few weeks the best that they can be that I would need to turn to my trusted friend Amazon for some ideas. Needless to say I went a little order happy but the items I found have really made a huge difference! I’m hoping that if you are pregnant (any trimester) that these products will work as well for you as they have been for me. Here they are:

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The Administrative Side Of Giving Birth. Are You Prepared? [Template]

The Administrative Side of Giving Birth

For today’s post I am resurrecting a past one that I written regarding the Administrative Side of Giving Birth. We have so many decisions to make right after giving birth, and so many people to contact regarding maternity leave. The last thing you want to do is stress about that fact that you can’t find your leave of absence coordinators number or your bosses number for that matter.

I am currently about to embark on this journey once again as Parker’s due date is now only 7 weeks away. I was actually very thankful that I wrote all of this down since my mommy brain couldn’t remember everything I put together last time around. Hope you find it as useful as I do!

Hospital Bag – Check.

Camera Bag – Check.

Car Seat – Check.

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Why “Organizing For Your Lifestyle” Will Immediately Inspire You

Why Organizing For Your Lifestyle Will Immediately Inspire You

This is a sponsored post. I sometimes receive products and/or services compliments of various companies. I however will only recommend products that I love and that I know my readers will love too. I was in no way required to write a positive review. The opinions shared below are completely my own.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that at no additional cost to you I may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using my links. I however will only recommend items that I have in fact used and love.

Just like Spring I believe that Fall is a time for new beginnings. In the Fall leaves change colors and fall from the trees, birds and butterflies migrate South for the upcoming Winter months and I personally am in the mood to purge and organize. The Fall inspires me to review my belongings, have fun garage sales and give that eBay account a boost in sales. That is why I am so very happy to share with all of you the latest book that has ignited that spark. It is called “Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases” by Jane Stoller.

Jane’s style of writing is so inviting. The entire book can be read in just an afternoon, not because it is lacking content but because you can’t wait to see what bright idea she throws at you next. The book begins with Jane’s mantra, “organizing is a lifestyle, but it needs to be your lifestyle”. This is so true, so many times other organization books try to alter your mindset completely, which does not work for everyone. Jane’s alternative to a one size fits all approach is to make sure that her reader is comfortable with the changes they are making so that they will continue to live an organized life long after reading and implementing the techniques in her book.

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Introducing September’s Featured MOMtrepreneur. It’s Me! Organizing Motherhood!

Introducing September's Featured MOMtrepreneur. It's Me! Organizing Motherhood!

It occurred to me a few weeks ago that my readers might not know my motivation behind starting Organizing Motherhood. So what a better way to officially introduce myself than to become my own Featured MOMtrepreneur! 

If you are new to Organizing Motherhood then you have been missing out on learning about some amazing Moms! Every month I aim to feature a MOMtrepreneur, a MOMtrepreneur can be anyone. From a stay at home mom blogger to a 9-5 working mom that has a passion for sewing. I know so many remarkable moms out there that hold down a 9-5 job, have a side hustle and raise amazing kids. How do they do it, especially with only so many hours in the day. I am here to find out and share these astounding ladies stories with all of you in addition to promoting their businesses. Because most of all us mom’s need to help one another and support each others ventures!

This is my 7th MOMtrepreneur Feature. You can read my past features below. Starting with a very good friend that owns and operates a stunning baby accessory brand. You definitely don’t want to miss these fantastic ladies:

When I started the MOMtrepreneur features I never imaged it would be so enjoyable, but it really is! It would be an absolute pleasure meeting more mom’s among my readers. If you are a MOMtrepreneur like the ladies featured over the past 6 months and would like to share your story on my Blog please send me an email at organizingmotherhood@gmail.com. I will send you all the details! Please reach out and share your story with all of us!

Today’s feature is of course out of the ordinary, because I am featuring myself! I most of the time hate being the center of attention but I think it is important for all of my wonderful readers to know why I started Organizing Motherhood. Without further ado I would like to introduce myself!

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3 Of The Best Baby Products For Your Second Baby

3 Of The Best Baby Products For Your Second Baby

When I had Morgan almost two years ago the amount of stuff that we needed seemed overwhelming. However now that I am almost due with Parker, I was struggling to think of what we could possibly need. It’s funny how with the second baby you realize that most of the gizmos and fancy baby items are not at all useful. For example, why did we need a wipes warmer. I still can’t figure that one out. I used it just a few times and then realized it was more of a hassle then it was worth. In fact it never really kept the wipes that warm and instead was just another power sucker!

In today’s post I am going to share with you 3 Of The Best Products For Your Second Baby. These are the items that I will most definitely be using with my new little bundle of joy.

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How To Explain The Significance Of Labor Day To Your Toddler

How To Explain The Significance Of Labor Day To Your Toddler

In the middle of March I wrote a super successful post about the history and origin of St. Patrick’s day. I wanted to research it because honestly I didn’t know anything about it. Yet I was dressing Morgan in green head to toe! That post ended up launching a series of posts after I received multiple comments to create a post for each holiday. I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway. What a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. You can read all of the past posts below:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day
  2. Easter
  3. Mother’s Day
  4. Memorial Day
  5. Father’s Day
  6. Fourth of July

I learned so much from doing these posts, and I found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Significance Of Labor Day To Your Toddler. It’s such an interesting and dubious part of American History that we should all learn about. Here are the top 5 things that I have learned about the significance of Labor Day that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google. As always Google was able to steer me in so many fascinating directions while researching this history. I had no idea that the pioneers of Labor Day were so committed to making the experience of being an American worker a safe, secure and protected one.

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Introducing August’s MOMtrepreneur. A “Tru’ly” Passionate Branding Consultant

Introducing August's MOMtrepreneur. A Tru'ly Passionate Branding Consultant

Every month that goes by I am both amazed with how fast time goes and excited because it means I am one month closer to being a mom of two! August’s MOMtrepreneur is also a mom of two, a 2 year old and a 6 month old. If being a mom of two wasn’t hard enough she decided to take a leap of faith and start her own branding consultancy. Her Tru Brand Agency is a digital marketing and media agency. Read more about her business below and how she can help us fellow bloggers protect, define and monetize our brands!

If you are new to Organizing Motherhood then you have been missing out on learning about some amazing Moms! Every month I aim to feature a MOMtrepreneur, a MOMtrepreneur can be anyone. From a stay at home mom blogger to a 9-5 working mom that has a passion for sewing. I know so many remarkable moms out there that hold down a 9-5 job, have a side hustle and raise amazing kids. How do they do it, especially with only so many hours in the day. I am here to find out and share these astounding ladies stories with all of you in addition to promoting their businesses. Because most of all us mom’s need to help one another and support each others ventures!

This is my 6th feature, I literally can’t believe it. You can read my past features below. Starting with a very good friend that owns and operates a stunning baby accessory brand. You definitely don’t want to miss these fantastic ladies:

I was so lucky that Trunae from the Tru Brand Agency responded to a post of mine on Social Media. When I started the MOMtrepreneur features I never imaged it would be so enjoyable, but it really is! It would be an absolute pleasure meeting more mom’s among my readers. If you are a MOMtrepreneur like Trunae and would like to share your story on my Blog please send me an email at organizingmotherhood@gmail.com. I will send you all the details! Please reach out and share your story with all of us!

Today’s feature of Trunae from the Tru Brand Agency is a truly exciting one. She is someone us bloggers must get to know! A Branding Consultant that can assist us with our blogs in the best possible ways. I can’t wait to learn even more about her and I am so happy to have met her! Now I would like to introduce all of you to Trunae –

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5 Surprisingly Inexpensive “GREEN” Party Necessities

5 Surprisingly Inexpensive GREEN Party Necessities

I love planning parties! In fact my sister and I have turned it into a sport! We just love the decorations, the themes and the unexpected accessories. Lately however I have been much more conscious of what certain party planning necessities do to the environment. I’m talking about all the plastic goods. There is so much waste! Plastic plates, utensils, bottles, platters, serving spoons etc! It’s shocking how much thrash can come from a simple party. I have become determined to throw parties without the excessive waste.

This past weekend Austin and I celebrated our baby shower for our soon to be baby boy. We are so very excited about our family expanding. And as always I was so very excited to put on a great event! With the waste issue at the forefront of my mind, I set out to find products that were environmentally friendly. I was actually quite surprised that the green products I was replacing all the plastic goods with were much cheaper. Cheap and good for the environment, I’m sold.

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