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Do you struggle to get dinner on the table every night? Do you feel like you’re constantly waiting until the last minute to figure out dinner and then sort of going into panic mode when 5 p.m. rolls around and the people in your home are hungry?
(I know. What is it about people wanting to eat every single night?? I always say that if we didn’t have to eat, sleep, or wear clothes, it would save us so much time and effort! I mean, no laundry, we could use all 24 hours in our day, and we wouldn’t ever have to make food or clean up dishes!! ;))
If making dinner every night is a challenge, here’s my #1 tip for getting dinner on the table every night:
My #1 Tip: Plan & Prep Your Dinner in the Morning
Don’t wait until 5 p.m. to think about what you are going to eat for dinner. Don’t even wait until 5 p.m. to start making dinner. Get into the habit of planning and prepping your dinner before breakfast or right after breakfast.
I know that you have a lot to do in the morning. I know you might just feel like, “I gotta get out the door! I don’t have time to think about dinner in the morning!”
But trust me on this: you will be SO glad you planned and prepped ahead later on in the day.
I’ve been experimenting with using my Slow Cooker almost exclusively the past month and I’ve been challenging myself to make dinner and have it in the Crock-Pot before 11 a.m. (Yes, that’s not really breakfast time, but I’m all about giving myself some grace! ;))
You guys! I cannot believe the difference that this makes! When I get dinner made in the mornings, I go throughout the rest of my day feeling like I’m so on top of things (even if I am kind of a hot mess the rest of the day) because dinner is DONE!
In addition, it encourages our family to eat healthier since we aren’t tempted to grab quick food or take out, it saves money because we are eating at home, and it encourages our family to be more consistent about eating dinner together. Plus, it just makes me really happy to be making yummy food for my family and having them love what I’m cooking!
3 Resources to Help You Get Dinner Done Early
- Follow Me on Facebook — At least 3-4 mornings every week, I’m doing a live video on Facebook in the mornings as I’m making dinner. This is not only public accountability for me, but I’ve heard from my followers that this morning video reminds them to get dinner prepped and gives them some great ideas of very simple recipes they can make. Follow me on Facebook here.
- Join the Eat at Home Challenge Facebook Group — Need more encouragement to get dinner on the table every night? Join the Eat at Home Challenge Facebook Group. It’s a group full of women who share what they are making every night for dinner. It’s filled with great ideas and inspiration! Go here to request to join the Eat at Home Challenge Facebook Group.
- Sign up for the Eat at Home Menu Plan — I cannot sing the praises of this menu plan enough! We’ve been using it for our family for the past month and just love, love, love it! The recipes are so simple, so yummy, and have been a hit at our house. Plus, it’s only a few dollars per week and you get three different menu plans for every week — which is so worth it if it saves you a lot of time, money, and stress! (We use the Slow Cooker menu plan and highly recommend it.) Find out more about the Eat at Home Menu Plan service here.
What tips and advice do you have for getting dinner on the table every night? I’d love to hear!
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On Wednesday, I told you about How We Planned and Prepared for Our First Family Camping Trip and then yesterday, I shared about 5 Important Lessons We Learned on Our First Camping Trip. I promised you all that I would share my Master Camping List today.
This list of things to take on a camping trip is one I compiled based upon many of your suggestions, based upon other things I read on the internet, based upon talking to other people who had been camping, and based upon what the experienced campers in our group recommended.
Some of you might be wondering why on earth I’m sharing my list when we’ve only been camping on time. Well, trust me, I don’t think that qualifies me to be a camping expert by any stretch of the imagination. 😉
However, when I mentioned this list I had put together and how it had made such a difference in helping us have a great camping trip, so many of you begged for me to share it. So, because I thought it might be helpful to someone else who is considering camping this summer, here you go…
Before you go out and buy supplies for your camping trip, consider some less expensive options:
- Borrow — There are probably a lot of people you know who have camping supplies in their garage or shed or attic or basement. Ask around to see what your friends and relatives own and see if you can borrow it for your camping trip.
- Rent — Some stores will rent camping supplies out. This isn’t the best option — especially if you are planning to camp regularly — but if you are planning to just try camping one time to see if you think it’s a great option for your family, renting might be the way to go.
- Buy Used — Look on Craigslist, at garage sales, on Facebook Yard Sale Groups, or ask around to see if anyone has camping supplies they are selling.
My Master List of Things to Take on a Camping Trip
Chairs — Any kind of fold up/portable will do, but if you want something really comfortable, I highly recommend these Zero Gravity Chairs (and they are just $39 on Amazon right now!)
Tent — Make sure it’s large enough for everyone to comfortably sleep in. We set ours up ahead of time to make sure that it would comfortably fit us all and to make sure we knew how to set it up quickly.
A Tarp — To use underneath your tent, to use to cover things up if it rains, etc.
Sleeping Bags/Pillows/Air Mattresses/Sheets — Or whatever bedding you are bringing. I highly recommend the air mattress idea if you are not really big on “roughing it”.
Blankets — Bring ones that you can get dirty or don’t mind getting wet or bugs.
Flashlights — One for everyone in your camping party. I also highly recommend headlamps instead of flashlights.
Toiletries — Shampoo/conditioner/body wash, deodorant, etc.
Toilet paper — In case the shower house doesn’t have any or runs out.
Hand Sanitizer & Pump Soap — Just in case the shower house doesn’t have hand soap like ours didn’t have.
Sanitizing Wipes — We used these a LOT. Bring a big tub of them!
Extra Batteries — For flashlights or any other battery-powered items you are bringing.
Towels — For the shower house, for swimming, etc.
Cooler and ice — Consider freezing water bottles or other liquid in bottles (milk, etc.) that you are planning to bring and using that instead of ice. It’s less messy and more space efficient.
Food/Snacks — Make sure to bring a lot of food. You will be hungry!
Flip Flops — For the shower house. You do not want to be showering with bare feet. Ick!
Clothes/Swimsuits — Make sure you bring clothes for both warm and cold weather. The temperature might change quite a bit.
Lanterns or String Lights — It will be very dark at night. In addition to flashlights, it’s really nice to have at least a lantern or two.
Ponchos/Raincoat — In case it rains.
Sunscreen/Bug Spray — We were especially concerned about ticks, so we coated ourselves in bug spray.
Hats — Especially if you’ll be going when it’s hot and sunny.
Extension Cord — If your campsite has electricity.
Water Bottles or Other Water Set-Up — You’ll be very thirsty!
Lighter/Fire Starter/Fire Wood
Rug for Outside the Tent — To help with tracking in less dirt into the tent.
Small Handheld Broom — To sweep out the tent.
Phone Chargers or Portable Battery for Phones
Let me know what I forgot on this list! I’m still working on finalizing my master list so I’d love to hear what you think I should add to it.