Monday is organization day

Once I get the kids off to school, the to-do list for Monday usually includes:

1-Eat
2-Grocery List
3-Grocery Shopping
4-Calendar review and print
5-Household organization and emails
6-Food prep

1 – because you cannot do 2 or 3 properly without having done 1

2 – when I write my grocery list, I write the headings Breakfast, Snacks, Lunches, Dinners and sometimes add Beverages.  Breakfast in our house is always supposed to include fruit and some form of protein (as well as toast, cereal or whatever which I consider primarily tasty empty calories).  I make sure there is something from each of these categories for both the adults and the kids in the house.  I make sure there are appropriate morning and afternoon snacks for everyone, lunch fixins for those of us who take lunch.  Dinner is always a challenge for me, so I list at least three meals that can be put together during the week based on our upcoming schedule.

3 – I like to go early because it’s faster when it’s empty.

4 – I review the upcoming week and print it.  I look ahead 2-3 weeks and see if there are babysitters I need to organize, or need to make sure my husband will be around for things.

5 – I review kids’/school papers that need to be reviewed, pay for activities and bills and sent emails to setup for babysitting or other activities.

6 – I like to do simple food prep on my days off.  Today, I packed containers with my breakfast cereal for the week.  I eat GoLean which is fairly low in calories and fat but high in fiber and protein.  I add 1/4 cup of nuts for more fat and protein in my little setup.  In the mornings, all I have to add for my breakfast is fresh berries and milk.  Middle and I take lunch, so I prepack veggies for the week, chopping if necessary.    This week’s veg is edamame which I love because it provides vitamins, fiber and protein.  Just have to watch the salt content.  Sometimes I chop for dishes I will be making later in the week.  (I do love crock pot cooking).

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