The Not-So-Simple Thing I Did to Help My Kids Eat Better (Plus an Unforeseen Benefit)

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I briefly mentioned this in my post about our meal plan but didn’t go into any detail about it. So now I will. As a family, we recently decided to make a change to our meals. Because our kids didn’t eat well. At all. And we wanted to help our kids eat better, not just in quantity (cause they ate practically NOTHING!) but in quality also.

Here is how we used to do things:

Breakfast

I don’t like mornings or waking up so it was cereal for breakfast almost every day. If Austin wanted something else before going to work, he had to fend for himself.

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Meal Planning

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We’ve all heard how meal planning can help save you money on groceries. I actually started meal planning to save me panic at 5:00 when I still didn’t know what we were going to eat for dinner. We lived an hour away from any stores or restaurants or fast food so it was up to me to cook and to make sure I had the ingredients I needed for several weeks. So, as much as I didn’t want to, I sat down one day to write up a meal plan. And I had no idea how. People write posts explaining it and I read those. I still had no idea what I was doing. Most of their meal plans were centered around the weekly sales ad at their favorite stores. I didn’t go shopping once a week. I sometimes only went once a month! Besides, this wasn’t an easy job; did I really want to have to do it every week?? No. I didn’t. So I decided to make it up. Much like I did when I set up our budget. That had worked out well for me. Maybe I’d luck out again. And I did.

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Deep Mulch Gardening

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The amazing transformation of our garden from one year to the next!
The amazing transformation of our garden from one year to the next!

Oh gardening. I’ve got to be honest. We have had a very rocky relationship (pun intended). I love it. I really really love it. But oh I hate it so much! I always gardened as a child with our family. We had a huge garden because we had a huge family. While we weren’t the envy of the valley or anything, we had a pretty successful garden in a part of the world that prohibits things from growing as much as possible. I believe having this moderately successful upbringing set me up for failure. I thought it was genetic and I was just good at gardening. Oh how laughable now.

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DIY Easy Wood Scratch Repair – Chemical Free

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Disclaimer: Contains affiliate links for which I receive a small commission from purchases.

I found these before and after pictures from several years ago and thought I needed to share this quick and cheap trick for fixing worn wood with you. I have other products I have tried and like but none of them are as cheap or as handy as this! While I no longer have hardwood floors, I found this actually works best on furniture or doors/walls or wooden decorations. I learned after this day that it only lasts through one washing so using it on things that won’t be frequently washed or receive a lot of wear is the best way to use this method.  I never did find a permanent fix for those floors without a full refinish. The doors looked just as good the day I moved out as they did in this post though. Now, proceed to witness the magic.

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4 Steps to Setting up a Perfect Budget

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I mentioned earlier that I was fabulous at budgeting. I don’t think it’s very fair to say that and then not share how I actually budget. This is something that has literally changed our lives and only for the better. I spent a lot of time thinking about budgeting and trying to understand it before I ever launched into it myself. And I hated the idea.

“So confining,” I would say.

“I couldn’t handle that kind of restriction.”

“I don’t want to have to limit myself.”

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