So lovely to introduce my sweet friend Tiffany, my first guest blogger! So glad to have ya here Tiff! More Mommy blogging coming, leading up to Mother’s day!
When Tif told me she wanted me to guest post on her blog, I thought she was joking. I run my own little blog over at Mommy Needs Pockets http://www.mommyneedspockets.com, where I talk about poop, tantrums and the joy of being a mom to a former preemie/NICU baby turned toddler, but guest blogging in Tif’s world of beauty and photography, I am a fish out of water.
Motherhood is hard. With every hug, kiss and smile comes a lot of work. So much work, some moms decide to stay at home with their little ones. I am not one of those moms. I love to work. I love my job. And, if I am honest with you and myself, I wouldn’t survive being a SAHM.
Work allows me to be around other adults. But it also means time away from T. Since returning to work after maternity leave, my husband and I have played a tricky game of rope balance. We haven’t perfected the art of home, work, marriage and rearing a child, but we have found a way to make it work for us.
For us, one of the time savers was meal planning and freezing!
I did an entire post with recipes on my blog http://www.mommyneedspockets.com/2012/02/freezer-meal-planning.html, so I won’t bore you with all the details, but here’s the skinny:
· I sat down one day and realized we spent way too much money eating out.
· After doing tons of research (on Pinterest) I decided on meals, how I would cook them and how many.
· I shopped at ALDI! I got our entire meal selection for under $200!
· I spent one Friday night making all sorts of great meals that lasted us many, many weeks!
· Now I come home, pull the meal out of frig, pop it in oven.. BOOM. Dinner is served.
If you would of told me a couple of years ago that I would be a meal planning/meal freezing Nazi, I would of called you a dirty liar. But there are so many benefits to meal planning. I really encourage you to try. The biggest one for us..
The time we get to spend as a family as a result of me not slaving over dinner for an hour when I walk in the door.
This summer will be tough test for us. We aren’t huge casserole people during the summer. I have found some summer casseroles that I am really excited about! If you have any to share–please, hook me up!
UPDATE: FYI Tiffany is hosting an Oreck GIVEAWAY on her blog! Go enter! http://www.mommyneedspockets.com