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Meal Planning for Kids

Some children will eat exactly what they are given without complaint. I envy their parents. My son, while not rejecting everything outright, does not always share my taste in food which means I need to meal plan with him in mind. It is not practical to have two separate meal plans each week but it is possible to choose dinners which can easily be adapted to suit both of us. Here’s how.

What Does Your Child Eat?

Write a list of all the foods you know your child will eat regularly, such as pasta, chicken, cheese, broccoli, potatoes, etc. This will be the basis for your weekly menu. If you have a really fussy eater focus on getting the best quality food into them that you can. Write down the foods they absolutely hate and will not eat. You may have to find a substitute for these if they are a critical ingredient in a dish the rest of your family likes.

I plan at least five evening meals a week that I know my child will eat without fuss. I am determined to broaden his palate but I can’t face more than two nights of protests and tantrums a week! On these nights I always include something I know he will eat, but which isn’t his favourite.

Kid Friendly Meal Plan

If you have never meal planned before you may find the process a little slow, but trust me that it does get quicker and soon you’ll wonder how you got by without it! I start my meal plan with my calendar near me so I can see what after school activities we have during the week. I then look to see what ingredients I have that need using up, and base my meal choices around that. A typical week could be: Continue Reading

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How do you motivate yourself on “off” days

We all have those days where we just don’t feel motivated to do anything. Eating cookies and binge watching Scandal is often a desired prescription for many. But what if we decided to brush off the cookie crumbs, jump out of our comfort zone and find motivation in unlikely places? I’ve listed four ways to beat the blues and discover something new.

Go for a walk

Nothing motivates you to exercise more than slipping into your shiny new Lululemons, right? You promise yourself you’ll go to the gym because that’s what ‘proper adults’ do.  Then as your heading out the door you realise you don’t have a gym membership and your now just a person in stylish work out gear. But don’t fret! There’s a park nearby! Fire-up the tunes and walk like your life depended on it.  Being out in the fresh air beats the sweaty gym any day of the week.  The outdoors provides plenty of possibilities to get a little bit lost and discover a new neighbourhood. Feeling those endorphins pumping is all the motivation we need. Continue Reading

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Ten things to simplify your day

Nobody likes to be overworked – this much is true.  There are even some of us that don’t like working at all, but, hey, you’ve got to pay the bills somehow.  What so many people don’t understand when it comes to applying themselves in the workplace and motivating themselves to get the job done is that it takes a minimal amount of effort to work smarter and more efficiently – here are just a few ideas as to ways in which you can make your working life simpler.

  1. Prioritise Correctly.

You might well be tempted to leave the more difficult or time-consuming tasks until last – after all, you’re only human – but the fact is, these jobs will still be there at the end of your shift if you don’t get them out of the way sooner rather than later.  It’s a no-brainer – do you really want to be left with the difficult stuff when you’re about ready to leave at 4:55pm?  Thought not.  Burn through the big stuff early and your day will go quicker.

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