Preparing for the Week – Parenting Alone

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Rob’s out of town this week! That means I’m preparing for the week and parenting solo with my daughter, which makes life SUPER busy. So, I sat down Sunday morning to make sure we have a plan for the week.

I would love to share with you how I do this and give you some time-saving, feel-good tips for when your life feels busy and overwhelming.

Start the week by asking what feeling you want to lead with and what you want to focus on getting accomplished…

For me, this week’s desired feelings were productive, calm and ease. It’s always important that I keep a calm, loving and peaceful home for our family, so I chose this feeling to support  me in staying intentional about being chill while doing all the things.

Next, it’s super helpful to spend 20 – 30 minutes and create a meal/snack plan for what you’ll be eating throughout the week.

This is at the top of my planning to-do list because believe it or not, one of the biggest things that can stress me and baby girl out is FOOD (no meal plan + unprepared Mama = hangry toddler). Plus, it’s always a focus for me to make sure we’re fueling our bodies with nutritious whole real foods; and it’s easiest for me to allow this to happen when I have a plan.

See if there is a meal delivery service where you live, and allow yourself to have some meals prepared for you during your solo week.

Since Rob and I typically tag team cooking and preparing our breakfast, lunch and dinner, I knew this week was going to get a bit hectic with him being gone. So I decided to give myself a break. I got a little help from my friends at KitchFix, a Chicago-based meal delivery service specializing in gluten-free, dairy-free prepared foods.  Plus they deliver it straight to your door.

The best part is, after working I won’t have to slave over the stove making a meal, I’ll already have my meals ready to go so Shay and I could enjoy being together.

See if there is a meal delivery service where you live, and allow yourself to have some meals prepared for you during your solo week.

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Make sure to plan and prep some easy to grab snacks for the week!

My favorites are simple smoothies that I can prep in Ball jars and stick in the freezer. I pull a couple out the day/night before and let them thaw so they’re ready to go in the morning while keeping the nutritional quality intact. I also love to prep a couple frittatas and load them with colorful fresh veggies as a nice breakfast or quick snack that’s super easy to warm up. It’s important to me to show and teach Shay mindful eating at meals, so it definitely helps not being rushed in the AM.

Weekly Self-Care

I’m looking forward to this week because I am grounded in how I want to feel, I know that all of our foods are prepped and ready to go, and I have time carved out for taking care of myself. Now, the time my daughter and I have together this week will be focused on each other instead of running in multiple directions.

Do you have suggestions to what I could be adding to make my week a bit easier and flow more?  

To your FAB health & happiness,