how do I get ahead?

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I need your help guys.  Seriously.  

I have just entered fully into this crazy multiple kids in school – meaning way too much time in the car – season of life and it is totally kicking my ‘you know what’.

I don’t know how you all do it!  What with rushing breakfasts, packing lunches, constantly making snacks, and then prepping and cooking dinner in the midst of all that, I am just plain exhausted.

And I won’t lie…  we have eaten way more than our fair share of mac & cheese lately!  My goodness, I feel like I spend 99% of my life in the kitchen.  (Good thing it’s my favorite room!)

I am trying to get better at prepping things ahead of time, in order to simplify my life a little bit during this hectic season.  Bure here’s where I need your help.

What are your tricks and tips for simplifying this chaotic season of life?  (Besides running through a fast-food joint or ordering take-out!)

Packing lunches the night before, prepping breakfasts the night before, and getting crockpot meals ready to turn on in the morning are a few of the ways I am trying to improve the flow here in the kitchen.

But you know what?  Before I got my new Maytag appliances, especially the big roomy fridge, it was so hard to do some of those things.

Even packing a lunch the night before was hard sometimes trying to find places to store it in the fridge for later.  And prepping a crockpot meal was not even possible, since there was no way to fit the crockpot insert into the fridge until morning!

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Even with all this room though, I am running out of fresh ideas.  And my family is getting a little tired of the same old, same old.  So…

What are your favorite crockpot (slow cooker) meals?  

What are your kids favorite lunches?  

What are your favorite after-school snacks to make??

What are your favorite school morning breakfasts?

Wow, I am full of questions today aren’t I?  I told you I needed help!!

Please, please, I would love your tips.  How do you stay on top of things when it feels like you spend half your life in your car?!

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  • Judy C.

    Check out http://www.makeaheadmamas.com & also http://www.crockpotladies.com for some awesome ideas. :-)

    • http://arthomas.blogspot.com annaliseree

      Thanks Judy! I will!

  • Rachael

    Um, when you get if figured out let me know! I try to do lunches the night before for my husband and 10 year old. Lucky for me they are not adventurous eaters and request pb & jam. I would be bored out of mind after years of this, but it makes my job easier:) He usually goes for chips and salsa after school. heavenlyhomemakers.com is one of my favorite sites for make ahead meals.

  • Rachel

    We have 4 boys, and in order to make it to school on time each morning we NEED to pack lunches/snacks the night before. Our school happens to be nut-free (and are boys are super picky eaters) so we do lots of bagels with cream cheese, cheese and crackers, cheese sandwiches, or waffles… always with a fruit, yogurt, and drink. Predictable, easy, and yummy. :-) Good luck!