Posted by: Krys | April 16, 2010

Meal Planning Help for the Helpless

At one point, before E was born, I had developed this amazing schedule for chores, errands and meals.  I was planning our meals, creating an organized grocery list, and getting the shopping done regularly.  The house was in great shape and we were eating home cooked meals regularly.  It was a peaceful, wonderful time.

And then E was born, and my organized, sane life fell to pieces around her.  My beautiful, amazing, awe-inspiring little girl threw our lives in to complete disarray, and now, the only thing I have enough mental energy for is making sure E is fed, clothed, washed and rested.  The rest of us (mom, dad, dogs and cat) have been pretty much left to fend for ourselves.

Well, that’s not good enough for me.  SO, I researched a bunch of different meal planning sites, and the one I like best is E-Mealz.com.  For a paltry $5 per month, I have access to a complete weekly meal plan, including grocery list.

The reason I like them so much more than the other meal planning sites is that they go way beyond a simple meal plan and list.  The folks behind E-Mealz have taken the time to look at the weekly specials for a number of different stores, and depending on where you shop, you just sign up for that store, and each week, you get a meal plan that takes advantage of those specials.  This will potentially save us a hundred dollars A MONTH.

They have a couple dozen plans to choose from, and offer stores like Walmart, Aldi, Publix and Kroger.  They also have “any store” options, in case you don’t shop at any of the specific stores.  They offer plans for families and couples, for 7 days and 5 days.  They have plans for low-carb, low-fat, or low-calorie diets.  They have vegetarian options, too!

I selected the Points Plan for 2 people shopping at Walmart.  It includes 5 dinners made to fit into the Weight Watchers points system, which is great for me these days, since I’m back on WW.  E’s daddy’s sort-of on it, too.  We’ll both do a lot better with the E-Mealz plan in place, I’m sure.

Anyway, I am trying very hard to get back into the groove that I was in before E came along.  I was so proud of everything I had accomplished in becoming a truly decent homemaker, and although I know that new moms get a “pass” on housekeeping for a spell, I think it’s time to kick some homemaker butt again.

Moms – have you been here before?  How did you break free of the baby black hole?  E is my world, and all I want to do is spend time with her to the complete exclusion of everything else.  How do you get past that?

Disclosure: If you do decide to try out E-Meals, you can help support our family by following the links in this post.  Once you subscribe, encourage your friends to subscribe, and you can earn free meal plans, too!

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Responses

  1. It’s hard, isn’t it? And I’ve found it doesn’t get better when you have more than one. I have a toddler and a baby, and I find that I’m spending time with one or the other. It’s hard to find time to do all of the stuff that I know must be done.

  2. This is really a great concept. I’m having a hard time with meal planning and housework now – I can only imagine how challenging it will be when a baby arrives. Can’t wait to read how E-Mealz helps your family – always looking for meal planning ideas!

    Thanks!


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