HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL?
Have you ever been asked how you do it all? No matter what you do: work, work & home life, or as a stay at home parent; how do you do it? ALL of it.
I know people mean this as a compliment. It’s said to those that seem to be
handling juggling life pretty well. It’s said to those who must have finally figured out the perfect way of managing time to complete everything and make everyone happy.
I am going to ruin this for you – but I am not that person. I know, it’s kind of a shock. I am amazing. (I am also ever so slightly sarcastic.) But really, I am NOT that amazing. I most definitely do not do it all. And if I did, I really would not be doing it very well.
In fact, I am writing this as I sit on the couch, staring at piles of clean but unfolded laundry. Laundry that is now strewn around the family room floor because my 18 month old is slightly unhappy that I ignored his requests for endless snacks. But how I do laundry is for a different day.
So why am I telling you this? Why am I breaking down whatever “competent, do it all, stay at home mom” image I had?
I’m sharing my messy life, because I want you to know that I don’t know what I’m doing. Yes, I may have figured a few things out. But if having four kids has taught me anything, it has taught me that I have a lot to learn and that I need to constantly adapt and learn new ways to make life work. I am always re-evaluating what to prioritize each day. And really, when I should just scrap it all and go play outside. If I’m honest, that happens the most.
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: GROCERY SHOPPING
I am co-hosting a link up with a dear friend of mine, Lori, from The Boutelle Family. We will be sharing how we accomplish day to day tasks and inviting others to link up and comment with their ideas. We love that we can all come together, give suggestions and share new ideas to encourage one another, and hopefully, make our day a little easier. Today, it’s grocery shopping and meal planning. Being completely honest, I am excited to read what you all share! I am constantly looking for ways to make day to day life work better and smoother!
HOW I SHOP I’m going to be super honest. I shop for everything at Target. And not even a Super Target. I go when at least 2 of my kids are in school. I go with a list of my “must buy” items, but otherwise, I wander and buy from ideas I’ve had or based on what’s on sale. I do not meal plan. At all. Instead, I guess. I probably look insane, wandering aimlessly through Target, frequently doubling back when I realize my meal ideas have gone a different direction, searching on my phone for the recipes that reside in my head, scanning items into the Cartwheel app…all as I push a cart filled with frozen waffles for Man-Child, as Baby Boy maneuvers his way out of the seat belt into an almost surfing stance. So I’m not at all surprised when at least half the Target employees on weekday mornings recognize me.
But somehow this craziness has worked for us. Some weeks I have to run out for a missing ingredient. Some weeks I end up scrapping my plans and freezing the meat. And other weeks I amaze myself. But usually, we end up with a mix of a few nice meals and a few quick & easy meals.
But I know summer is coming, and though I am planning summer camps and activities, I cannot guarantee that I will always have less than 4 kids with me when I go grocery shopping. In the past my husband has gone shopping after work. This was great, but hard. I never had lists ready (because I don’t meal plan), so we never had all the items on hand to make real meals. I have taken all of the kids shopping with me, but I prefer not to. It ends up being too stressful for me and for Boy Child. So here I am, mom of 4, really and truly eager to learn what you do, how you make grocery shopping and meal planning fit into your life, and how you make it work!
If you blog, link up with your This is How We Do It: Grocery Shopping post! I know Lori and I are eager to learn your tips!
If you don’t blog, leave a comment below with your meal planning/grocery shopping tips!
And be sure to check out the posts linked below! They will be sure to give you some new ideas on how to make grocery shopping and meal planning work better for you!
Link Up Information:
1. Fill out form, by clicking link below.
3. If you use social media, feel free to use #ThisIsHowWeDoIt. I will check it and will share as many as I can throughout the week!
4. This link up is open all week!