Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittle,Graceandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariefever.Hellofriends,welcometothefeedyourfamilytonightpodcastepisode222today,weregoingtotalkaboutfourtipsforbusyweeklastweekifyouarefollowingmyinstastorieswasjustareallyextrabusyweek.Ihadalotgoingonwithmywork.ItwastheweekthatIdidrecipetestingandvideoproductionwasoneofthosefreakweeksforeverythingallfellintothesameweekthatmadeforabusymama.Ialsohadextrathingslikeparentteacherconferencesatschool.AndwhenyouhavetwokidsinthesameschoolwithateacherseachparentteacherconferencesisagameofTetristhattakesalotofbrainpower.MyhusbandandIonSundayafternoonsgothroughandwesyncallofourcalendars.IhavetoadmitthatIamapenandpaperpersonandIlovemydayplannerandIloveusingapapercalendar.Butwealsosingitwithmydigitalworkcalendarandourfamiliesdigitalcalendar.ItsareallyimportantexercisethatwedoandsoasweregoingthroughthisIknewthatitwasgoingtobeaverybusyweekandIplanforit.Inyourfamilywhenyouarepersonallybusyorwhenyourfamilyslifeisextrabusycanbereallyoverwhelmingandmanyofusresorttothedrive-throughandImnotsayingneverhadtodrivethrough.AlthoughIthinkthattheresalotofgreatwaystoavoidthedrive-throughtotalkabouthowyoucanprepareforanextrabusyweekforbeingyourfamily.Ihaveworkgreattipsforyou.ThefirstoneisalwaysPeterFamilytonight.ImgoingtosayplanandIknowplanningtakesalittlebitoftime.Iknowthatittakesalittlebitofeffortbutjust15-20minutesupfrontcansaveyouhoursonthebackendanditcansaveyoualotofaggravationandbrainspaceandIfeellikethatbrainSpaceisreallyimportantonbusyweeksbecauseweoftenjustgetintogeteverythingdonemodeandourbrainsdonthavetimetorest.ThattotallyhappenedtomelastweekthatmybraindidnothavetimetorestandbyFridaynight8.Iwasinbedreadytogotosleepfor10hours.Itsjusttakesalotofbrainspaceoverextrabusy.Butupfrontisgoingtofreeupsomuchbrainspacesousedtofeedyourfamilytonight.Wedonothaveacopyofthat.YoucangetitinthenotebookonAmazonjustsearchonAmazonfeedyourfamilytonightnotebookandithasbeendiscountedlately.Sothatsbeenreallygoodgetthenotebookorgetthefreeprintabledownload.Itsfreeatfeedyourfamilytonight.CalmplanonthatWeeklymealplanningsheet.Ittalksaboutlookingatyourscheduleandyouractivitiesandthinkingaboutyourenergylevelsfortheweek.AndIwishthatyouknowaregoingtobebusy.Ittakesalittlebitmoreplanning,butitwillhelpyousomuchonthebackend.UsuallywhatIplan.IreallythinkmainlyaboutthedinnersandwekindofhaveastandardrotationofthingsthatIkeeparoundforbreakfastandlunches.ButwhenIamheadingintoanextrabusyweek,Ioftenthinkalittlebitmoreaboutourbreakfastinourlunches.IfIdontIendupjustgrabbingrandompiecesofjunkandIdontfeedmyself.Welllifeisextrabusy.Thatiswhenyouneedtogiveyourselfextra.Wellanyway,soIkindofthinkalittlebitmoreaboutmybreakfastandmylunchisIalsolookatouractivitiesandwhatlifeisgoingtobelikeandIsetthatdinnerbellandIvetalkedaboutthisbeforeinotherepisodessettingthedinnerbellisyourtargettimewhenyouaregoingtoeatandonbusyweeksatleastinmyhomethatoftenmeansthatweregoingtobeeatinginshiftsbecausethatusuallymeansthatIvegotdifferentpartsofthefamilymovie.Differentratesandthatspartofwhatmakestheweekfeelextrabusy.AndsoIneedtothinkaboutwhatmealsarewegoingtobeeatinginshifts?AndIneedtoplanmealsthatwork.WellwhenyouaretryingtofeedyourfamilyatdifferenttimesatnightyouwanttothinkaboutthatcanbeintheoventhatcanbejustkeptonwarmSetterinyourslowcookerthateverybodycantakeouttheirportionwhentheyreavailabletoeatorfoodsthatreheat.Wellyoufixthemhavethemreadyforthefirstroundoffamilythathadtoeatandthenthelateplatescancomeinandjustreheatit,butyoudontwanttoplanjustanykindofmealforashiftnearyouwantashiftmealtohavethekindsoffoodsthatcansitwellat1:14toreheatwell.Thesecondpartofplanningisyouneedtodothatprepworkforyouaregroceryshopping.Andifyoureheadingintoabusyweek,thismaybethetimetoscheduleagrocerydeliverygrocerypickupsothatyoudonthavetophysicallywasteyourtimewalkingthroughthestorehaveapersonalpreferencething.ButifthereeverwasatimetousegrocerydeliverygrocerypickuponbusyweeksthatisdefinitelythetimeinadvanceofthosepeoplethatsaysspendalldaySaturdaypreppingallofyourmeals.Iamnevergoingtobethegirlwith15beautifulperfectpackagesofsaladsreadyformetopulloutallweeklongformylunchesandmydinners.Imnottalkinglikeintensemealpreppingsession,butIamtalkingaboutthingslikewhatIdo.Xevenhaveitcooked.SoallIhavetodoisreheatitinthemicrowave,ormaybeIllmakeabreakfastcasserolethatIcaneatforbreakfastormoreoftenthannotwelleatatlunchtimesothatIcanhaveaquickandeasyfoodtofeedmyselfduringtheextrabusyweek.Idontwantyoutothinkaboutagiantprepsessionbutyoumightwanttothinkaboutdoingalittlebitofprepandthatkindofgoeswiththatplanning.Whichagainisthefirsttipforbusyweek.Mysecondtipforbusyweeksistoletthegrocerystoretakecareofsomeofyourprepspendalittlebitofmoneyandbuyyourshortcutinaway.YourekindofbuyingTimebylettingthegrocerystoredosomeoftheworkforyou.Now,IhavetosayImusuallyaverycost-consciousShopperandIamabargainshopper,buttherearetimeswhereitsokaytospendmaybejustali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venexpectedittobeandIdidnthavetimetositanddotherecipetesting.SoIflip-floppedtwodaysofmymealsandinsteadofservingthatMongolianbeefthatIwastestingonwhateverdayitwasprobablyTuesdayeyesurgeononWednesday,andIhadWednesdaysMealwhichwasuptoplayingbackupmealofchickennoodlesoupserversonTuesday.Nobigdeal.MysoncomplainsalittlebitbecauseReallylikesMongolianbeefandwhenhefoundouthewashavingchickennoodlesoupinstead.Hewasnotthehappiestbutyouknowwhat?Everybodywasfed,andthatwasokay.Nothing,Imbusyweeksiswhenwehitbusyweeksorbusyseason.Everythingisnotgoingtobeideal.Everythingisnotgoingtobeperfect.Andsometimesyouhavetomakecompromisesandthatsokaybecausefeedingyourfamilyisenoughoverthecourseoftheweeksinthemonthsoftheyears.YoucangetthebalancebackbutImbusyweeks.Itsokaytoplanahead.ButthegrocerystoredosomeofyourshortcutsuseyourfreezerstashanddontbeafraidtoplanonthosebackupMeals.IwanttohearwhatyoudoandwhatfoodsyougotowhenlifeisextrabusywilltalkaboutthisinthefeedyourfamilytonightFacebookgroup.Iwouldloveforyoutojoinmeoverthereandwecantalkabouthowwegetthroughfeedingourfamilyonvisited.Sofornow.Thankssomuchfordoing.ThanksforlisteningtofeedyourfamilytonightpodcastwithyourhoesMariefiebach.Ifyouliketheshowand1/2nomore.Pleasevisitfeedyourfamilytonight.Calmandifyoudliketohelpsupporttheshow,pleaseleavearatingorreviewoniTunesorapplepodcast.Ithelpedspreadthewordthatyoucanbeyourfamilytonight.

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