Preparing for Baby with a Freezer Full of Meals

I fully believe in the benefits of freezer cooking, and I honestly wish I was better at actually doing it. Unfortunately, as many times as I've thought about it over the past six years, the only time I've ever actually pulled it off is before having a new baby. Before our last two babies were…

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Meal Planning Doesn’t Always Work {Plus 6 Tips for Success}

Shhh, don't tell anybody I said this, but...meal planning doesn't always work. Sometimes I plan out a full menu, buy everything I need for each dish...and we end up eating carryout three nights in a row anyway. (Well, not really because we live in the middle of the boonies, but if we could, we would!)…

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Menu Planning Process

Menu planning is one of the habits that makes the biggest difference in our family's budget and my stress level. By taking a few minutes each week to plan out our menu and create a shopping list, I avoid buying food that we don't need and won't eat and eliminate the whole "standing in front…

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Surviving Summer Cookouts on an Allergy-Friendly Diet

The following post is from Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: Memorial Day is right around the corner, and so are lots of summer cookouts, picnics, and BBQs. Anyone on a restricted diet will tell you that invitations to these events can cause waves of anxiety, especially if the dietary change is new. Do you…

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5 Ways to Eat More Produce on the Go

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to eating fresh produce? Sometimes, when I stare into my well-stocked refrigerator in search of a quick bite, no matter the amount of produce that seems to overflow from the shelves, I feel…

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Why I Love My Envelope Budget System

The following post is from Kate of Modern Alternative Mama: The food budget is one area that I manage alone.  The rest, my husband and I share (and frankly he does the day-to-day stuff because as long as we agree on the big stuff, I don't care about the details!).  The budget can quickly get…

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Simple Foods for Busy Seasons

The following post is from Kate of Modern Alternative Mama: My fourth baby was just born.  I'm honestly not doing a lot of cooking at this time. But you know, my kids -- they still want to eat!  Can't seem to get around that one.  My husband likes to eat too (although at least he…

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Five Easy Ways to Serve Guests on a Special Diet

The following post is from Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: I've been eating a gluten-free and refined sugar-free diet for over 9 years and to date.  Only two people aside from my husband have cooked meals for me that I can fully partake in. Am I upset about this? No. But, if everyone had…

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Can “Real Foodies” Shop Discount Stores?

The following post is from Kate of Modern Alternative Mama: We all want to save money on groceries.  They're a major expense for any family, especially growing ones.  But when you are committed to "real food" suddenly the game changes.  There are rarely coupons for real food, and they don't sell grass-fed beef at scratch'n'dent-type…

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How to Build a Stockpile You’ll Actually Use

The following post is from Jessica of GoodCheapEats and LifeasMOM: Building a healthy and frugal pantry can be a challenge. But, it's a rewarding one. I love to cook, my family loves to eat, and all of us are happy knowing that what we're eating is good for us. Having a full pantry is a…

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