5 Steps To Keep My Mornings as Stress Free as Possible

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5 Ways to Keep My Mornings as Stress Free as Possible

Even though I don’t work outside of the home, you should see my to-do list.  I have taken on: a blogging business, homeschooling  5 of my 7 children (one is graduated, yay!) as well as just keeping everyone fed and the house looking halfway decent.  It can be hard to wrap my brain around!  Just this morning, I was texting my to-do list to my husband as he was reminding me of more that I had to do.  I got overwhelmed quickly!!
It’s times like these, that I like to have a plan in place.  Keep in mind, I’m not really a “plan” type of person.  I like to wing it.  But, as I get older and have more things to do, I’m finding that if I plan things a little better, I’ll be happier.  I know some of you already do this, but the rest of you, if you’re sidetracked like me, this is how you can sign up for a little less stress in your life.

My Plan to Keep My Mornings Flowing & Stress-Free


  1. Look at your Calendar Weekly – Every weekend, I take a moment to review my calendar.  I check to see if there’s any appointments that I need to take note of and I make sure to make any adjustments to my daily schedule that I need to.  I know this should be a given, but several years ago I’d never even think to do this….so now it’s a part of my regular routine.
  2. Schedule all appointments on the same day if possible. – Speaking of appointments, be sure to have a general day that you try to  keep your appointments on and schedule as many as possible on the same day so that you’re not out of the house or running like crazy too much.
  3. Make a Daily To-Do List, Prioritize the top 3 things you need done.  OR Make a Daily Schedule and stick to it!  I’ve been wanting to be a strict scheduled person for years.  It hasn’t worked for me yet, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try again this year.  If I don’t do the full schedule, I’ll go with the daily to-do list.  In addition to helping my kids through their school days, I always work towards goals that I need done around the home as well.  Depending on our school load and how much they are able to work on their own that particular day, is how large my to-do list is.  Some days it feels like I get nothing done, other days, I get a ton done.
  4. Lay out Your Clothes the Night Before – I do this one more for my husband than for myself, but when I know I’ll be in a time crunch I do it for me, too.  He has been known to wake me up, in a rush, complaining that we have no clean socks or underwear.  I can often drum up one clean pair, but I really like laying his clothes out for him, so I know he won’t wake me up in a panic the next morning.  Yes, he can do this himself, but his personality at home isn’t really one to do this on a regular basis, so I try to do it.  Do I always?  No…but it’s a goal.  Sometimes this requires staying up and doing a load of laundry.  That’s why it’s a good thing to start laying your clothes out about an hour or two before bed time, that way you can get anything into the washer that you’ll need for the following day if you happen to be a bit scatter brained on the laundry (like me).
  5. Only Cook One Meal Per Day.  Seriously.  I don’t cook breakfast or lunch, even though I’m a stay at home mom.  It creates more dishes and more work.  I do feed them though, don’t worry!  LOL.  When I’m in a pinch, I’ll throw out some fruit or veggies or sandwiches, but when we need a change and I want to make sure we have protein, sometimes I’ll rely on foods we can cook in the microwave quickly, like Jimmy Dean® and State Fair® to provide me some easy to serve options.


Jimmy Dean at Walmart


State Fair® at Walmart



Recently, we went to Walmart where I always shop for my Back to School conveniences and found the Jimmy Dean® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches.  They made a great (and delicious, too!), quick breakfast for the kids.

Jimmy Dean® Sandwich


For lunches or after school snacks, we’ll use the State Fair® Corn Dogs, for a quick option.


Corn Dog


Here’s an extra fun tip for you.  This little tidbit isn’t exactly related to busy mornings, but another thing I like to do is when we go to the local community’s carnival and don’t want to spend money on the food stands, we will cook a bunch of State Fair® corndogs and wrap them in foil.  We will walk around with our corndogs that we paid a whole lot less for than everyone else out there.  It’s one way that we save money with our large family of 9!

Do you have a plan to make your morning routines a little more smooth?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

A Fitness Update & This Week’s Low Carb Menu

Mother and child at kitchen


I’m trying I tell you!  It’s been hard for me to wrap my brain back around getting into shape and eating well.  I’m not sure why I always jump back off the get healthy bandwagon, but I do it over and over and over again.  So here I am, still trying to find my way back onto the wagon.


I started a new fitness adventure.  Our church has a weekly group where we are all preparing to run a 5k.  I just walked/jogged my first 5k in April this year, but this time I’m going to improve my pace and endurance.  I actually hate running, but I find that if I am calculating my mileage with the Pacer App, I will run a little bit to get it over with quicker.  Whatever works, right?  Regardless, I’m getting in the habit of regular exercise once again.


I went shopping for my next Crockpot Freezer meals plan that I’m developing.  Do you want to know what’s on it?  It’s Low Carb!  That means I won’t have to think about what not to eat at dinner time, because I’ll already have it all figured out.  I’m attempting to try Trim Healthy Mama (THM) again.  I think I understand it finally, but know it will take some practice to make sure I have it down correctly.  What I like about Trim Healthy Mama, is that you can have dessert.  You may have to make it yourself and alter your ingredients to something a little healthier, but knowing you can have dessert makes it a little more bearable.


So, on this week’s menu, I’ll be making:

  1. Round Steak Casserole (my recipe calls for potatoes, but I’ll be substituting brown rice which is aloud on THM)
  2. Chicken Cacciatore – Served over raw Zucchini noodles
  3. Herbed Turkey Breast 
  4. Philly Cheese Chicken – Served in a bowl over lettuce (I think) or on a low carb pita
  5. Stuffed Peppers 
  6. Chille Relleno Casserole 


And now, you are wondering where the recipes are, right?  Well….I’m working on that.  I’m altering several recipes, so once I get them put together and try them out, I’ll be sure to post them here.  In the mean time, if you can’t wait until then, I bet you could do a google search and find something similar that would work for you.  I’m going to be doubling my recipes so that I have 2 week’s worth of meals done.  I’ve been off of the menu planning train and need to jump back on that one, too.  There’s no time like back to school season to start going with some needed consistency again, right?


I’m going to continue putting together Trim Healthy Mama meal plans, or at least low carb ones.  If you have any ideas of things you like or would love to see on the menu, leave me a comment on here or on Facebook.  I’d love to hear from you!

23 More Slow Cooker Recipes – All in One Place

Were you receiving my emails in April, when I was doing the big slow cooker series?  We had some great recipes shared!  Well….I’m finally getting around to putting all of the links in one place, so you don’t have to search for them if you are looking for one!  Yay, me!  I really hope this is helpful to you.  I will also add this link to the Freezer to Slow Cooker page for your reference. I hope you’re having a wonderful May!  I can’t believe it’s already almost June!


Slow Cooking in April



  1. Crock Pot Chicken and Veggie Pot Pie
  2. Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe
  3. Authentic Red Beans in the Slow Cooker – Puerto Rican StyleEnchilada Casserole Recipe in the Crockpot
  4. Zesty Kielbasa Soup Recipe for the Slow Cookerzesty kielbasa soup in the slow cooker
  5. Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Butternut Stew
  6. Healthy Crock Pot Spaghetti
  7. Bolognese sauce in the Slow Cooker
  8. Slow Cooker Coconut Pork Curry Recipe
  9. Roast Turkey in the Slow Cooker Recipe
  10. Slow Cooker Drunken Honey BBQ ChickenDrunken Honey Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  11. Cheesy Crockpot Sausage & Potatoes Recipe
  12. Hearty Chicken Chili Crockpot Recipe
  13. Crockpot Tomato Cabbage Soup
  14. Super Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Recipe
  15. Beef Topped Bean Enchiladas Recipe for the Slow Cooker  Enchiladas in the SLow Cooker
  16. Brisket in the Slow Cooker
  17. Crockpot Balsamic Pork Loin
  18. Healthy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup
  19. Chicken Enchilada Nachos in the Slow CookerSlow Cooker Chicken Nachos
  20. Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
  21. Healthy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup
  22. Herbed Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

  23. Lamb & Bean Stew Recipe for the Slow Cooker