Paper, Planning and Paleo

Pinterest Organziation BindersIt all started with an innocent menu planner. You know, the ones that you see on Pinterest all the time; the ones that we (or just me?) print out so we can finally get organized because it seems like we eat out too much. We know we really should eat at home more often because it’s so much healthier, much more affordable, etc. etc. etc. The simple menu planner sent to me by my friend Pam, which I printed out a BUNCH of times (52 weeks in a year!) led me to re-visit the paper trail.  I remembered how much I love writing things down; I love taking notes; I love making lists (and crossing items off!). It it feels like I’m doing something…accomplishing something…am I alone here?

Aside from the fact that we are now an i-everything family, I’m going back to the basics…actually writing things down.  Here’s the deal: I use iCal, actually, several of them ok, about seven. They are some kind of fast, but because they’re so fast I realized I don’t have the time (or make the time?) to actually absorb the information I’m entering. Here’s a great example:  School Spirit/Family Night at Chick-fil-A on Thursday. Great, it’s on the calendar; we’ll be there. But did I account for that when I went grocery shopping? Nope. Extra food we aren’t using means extra money that didn’t need to be spent. Sure, I can freeze it (and I will) but this happens ALL. THE. TIME. I’m quite guilty of wasting. Wasting money, wasting perfectly good food and wasting a “teachable moment” for PR. Planning is good people!

Cuisinart SmartPower Portable Blending/Chopping System

Cuisinart SmartPower Portable Blending/Chopping System

And so is eating at home. While we’ve made great strides over the years, we’ll be doing more of this in 2014. SR has no idea, fyi. If you know us, you know he’s a meat, potatoes, veggie guy (but don’t let them touch!). I’ve got some health issues, so I’m curious about the Paleo thing. Let me know if you’re doing it and how it’s going? Is it realistic for busy people?

For now, I’m incorporating “real food” into my daily smoothies. Thanks to SR for my favorite Christmas gift – the Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System. We used to have the Magic Bullet, I feel like this is an upgrade.

Going to build a (it’s-going-to-be-so-awesome-I’ll-never-forget-anything-and-it-might-help-world-peace-too) binder with paper (gasp!) and get my act together…



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