These are so fun! Download and print a set of free ‘honest’ Christmas gift tags from Bunny Particular!
Do you want to know my secret for a stress-free Thanksgiving? (or any big family meal for that matter…) Yeah? Okay. Just have your Dad, who loves to cook, prepare all the main dishes and Turkey, then all you have to do is bring along the dessert. 😉
While this is a realistic scenario for our Thanksgiving and special occasions, (my dad is the best!) I’m sure it’s not for most families. We can get away with this because we usually have a maximum of 8 people to serve.
Since I know big family meals can be hectic (I’ve experienced many of my husband’s extended family get-togethers), I thought creating a checklist would be really helpful to those of you that want to cut back on some chaos.
This checklist doesn’t tell you what to cook (I trust you have your family favourites) but I’m hoping it will give you a guideline for when things can be completed. I realize that Canadian Thanksgiving is just mere weeks away, but I think this checklist can be used for any holiday dinner. Simply click on the image below or click here to download your free Checklist for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving.
How do you lessen the stress of big family meals? Also, I’d love to hear what goes on your Thanksgiving menu in the comments!
It can be difficult keeping kids busy while you shop the aisles of the grocery store. After all, there is so much to look at and both you and your child can become easily overwhelmed. Luckily, there are ways to keep kids occupied while you shop. A scavenger hunt of sorts is a great way to keep kids busy while you check off your own shopping list. Look at these 40 things to look for at the grocery store, perfect for turning into a checklist for kids to keep them occupied!
Now, let’s look at 40 items your kids can keep an eye out for at your local grocer. How many of these items do you think they can spot and check off? You can print off this list for easy reference and checking. Or, print the items off, cut them into strips, and let children pull a strip out of an envelope as you shop. They can then look for each item as they pull it. There are so many ways you can use this list!
40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store
1. A shopping basket
2. A bunch of bananas
3. Produce bags and ties
4. A produce scale
5. Fresh herbs
6. Roses in a color other than red
7. Jelly in a flavor other than strawberry or grape
8. Sprinkle donuts
9. Someone shopping with a list
10. A squeaky shopping cart
11. A delivery man
12. Strawberry milk
13. Cereal with a cartoon character on the box
14. Potato chips in a red bag
15. A box of jello with fruit on it
16. A meat butcher
17. A bakery employee
18. Paper coupons
19. Cheese that isn’t orange
20. A bottle of root beer
21. A patron shopping with a baby
22. Baby diapers with a baby on the package
23. Sale signs
24. Produce sprinklers
25. Price tags
26. Clearance stickers
27. Rentable Rug cleaners
28. Bulk candy bins
29. Dog treats with a dog on the package
30. Fresh fish
32. Nail polish
33. A fruit that is green.
34. A vegetable that is red.
35. Any kind of pie
37. A receipt
38. Shopping bags
Are you ready to get hunting? Consider these 40 items to search for in your grocery store and see how much fun kids can have hunting these items down!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of meal planning (and think you should be too 😉 ). It puts deciding what to cook on autopilot all week long. No more last minute trips through the drive thru or slapping together a so-so meal that everyone will complain about anyways.
Jotting down your list of meals in a plain notebook or a scrap of paper is great, but did you know you can totally up your meal planning game? How? Well, with these 7 free printable weekly meal planners that will knock your socks off. I found some pretty amazing printables! All different kinds so there should be something to suit your specific needs.
Check them out and let me know which one is your favourite.
Free Printable Menu Planner
From Little Coconutty.
This one is great because it offers spaces for planning breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, there’s a spot to jot down your shopping list.
Sticky Note Meal Planner
From Planning Inspired
I love this one! The sticky notes make it so flexible and fun! Don’t want meatloaf on Thursday? Switch it with the Tacos!
Weekly Menu Planner
From Miss Information
I like this one for its simplicity. It would be great up on the fridge! It even includes a separate shopping list that would be helpful.
Weekly an Monthly Menu Planners
From I Heart Nap Time
I love the colours on this menu planner. Tons of room to plan each meal of the day. I even love that there’s a monthly menu planner included!
Coloring Weekly Menu Planner
From Artsy Fartsy Mama
Maybe meal planning is cathartic to you? Spend some extra time each week planning and coloring with this printable!
Laminated Meal Planner
Now, this is a great idea! Use a dry erase marker to write out your menu for the whole week with this planner. Then, once the week is over, wipe it clear and start fresh for next week.
Visual Meal Planner
From Pennies and Pounds
I’m liking this unique twist on the usual weekly planner. It’s a visual planner that allows you to plan the main dish and side dishes. Neat!
Whether you’re new to meal planning or you’re just wanting to liven up the way you’re doing it, any one of these free printable meal planners will do the job perfectly.
Let me know what you think of these great meal planners!
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