Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday is upon us and for you savvy housewives, this is a good time to get things rolling for your busy week ahead! It's fun to chat with all of my gal pals and see what they think about the blog, their housewife tips, challenges, etc. A lot of what I hear is that sometimes it's too hard to change a pattern. I encourage you to make one small change at a time. A little work now will pay huge dividends later! Don't be overwhelmed by the scary closet in the guest room holding years, possibly decades, worth of items needing to be sorted, discarded, and organized. Start with something simple. Whether it's a load of laundry (from start to finish) everyday or planning your menu for the week, it will allow you more time later!

Our Sundays in the Fall are the best. Football is literally on all day long, from NFL Countdown to the Sunday night game. Even with the tumultuous Bronco games all Bronco fans endure, Fall is the best time of year. Seeing all three of my boys in orange and blue makes a Mama proud! This home bound Sunday schedule also allows me to get my week planned. It's absolutely wonderful to start Monday morning with very little laundry, grocery shopping done, meals planned, and week's activities unfolding. Make it easy on yourself. For instance, my five year old has soccer on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm and soccer on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm. I know there are certain nights it will be more challenging to get an elaborate meal on the table, boys showered, and in bed on time. Sunday is a good day to cook something large you can use in various ways throughout the week.

This does not have to be daunting, it will save you later in the week. To give you an idea, here is what our meal schedule looks like for this week:

Cooking red sauce all day to use later in the week.
Dinner: Pizza, had 2 leftover take & bake pizzas from our Red River Shootout party yesterday.

Cooking green chile all day to use throughout the week.
Dinner: Italian sausage tortellini with red sauce, salad, & garlic bread.

Dinner: Green chile burritos.

Dinner: Meat loaf, fancy smancy mashed potatoes, & steamed broccoli.

Dinner: LEFTOVER night!!! A smorgasbord of whatever you are hungry for and can be found in the fridge.

Kid Dinner: Spaghetti & meatballs, steamed veggies.
Adult Dinner: Dinner party at our house. I am making the main dish and dessert. I am going to make traditional lasagna with the red sauce made today and for my dessert will probably make (don't hold me to it) tiramisu or cheesecake.

There you have it. Even a rough outline will help free up time during the week and reduce dinner time stress and McDonald's drive thru emergencies. You can still relax on Sunday Funday but do a little Mama work too. This is a prime example of spreading everything you have to do out over the week so you're never bogged down. I am excited to hear how it goes for you! I know you can do it!

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