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I believe in good food; food that tastes good and is good for
you. To feed my family of five, I had to get organized, to feed them the way I
wanted. I created a list that could work with my changing tastes, and level of
organization. This is my list and I hope it works for you too.
Kim McCrimmon B.A. M.E.des
1. Get the right tools - Find a meal planning and grocery list tool that works for you. Consider using a tool like
the Unbusy on Purpose Grocery List and Meal Planning pad so you can keep track of what you need, delegate jobs, and easily see your list as you do your shopping.
2. Get out your recipe books - Pick the recipes you would like to cook. Plan for leftovers and freezing options. Keep track of the page numbers.
3. Shop the sales - Get out a big sharpie and grocery store flyers. As you look through the flyer, circle the
items that are of interest to you. Keep track of these items on your grocery list. My neighbour makes a spreadsheet with the list of stores on top and items down the side as a tool to compare prices. I just choose the store with the best overall sale to suit my needs. My favourites are buy one get one free. I have saved hundreds of dollars buying non perishables that way.
4. Stock up and save - As you are shopping the sales, pay particular attention to non- perishables, paper products
and meats. I rarely ever pay full price for toilette paper anymore. Whenever I see it on sale, I buy in bulk. Meat is another great way to save. If you stock up on the meat on sale, you can freeze it. Each week if you do this, you will
have a freezer full of an assorted variety of meat.
5. Keep freezing bags and pans on hand - Make sure to stock up on various sizes of zip lock freezer bags and
tins to freeze your favourite meals and leftovers.
6. Make a plan - Use a meal planning tool like the Unbusy on Purpose Meal Planner pad to map out how you would like to eat for the week. Include spots for leftovers, eating out and special events. Here you can plan what you need for school
lunches and dinners before evening activities.
7. Make your list - Use a grocery list like the Unbusy on Purpose Grocery List pad to keep track of all
the items you have chosen. Easily navigate the grocery store, make more nutritious choices, save money and time and better reflect your eating preferences.
This year renovations were on our to do list. Lots of them. As a result, we needed
to invest our time and money into the home. What
happened was the unexpected decision to stay home for most of the summer and not
do all the day camps we had done in years past. It felt like jumping off a cliff
into the oblivion of keeping kids occupied, stimulated and active. What I
discovered was we ended up having a wonderful and relaxed
We did lots of activities close by, met with friends
and did a whole lot of exploring right in our back yard. Our climbing tree was a
star performer with the kids spending hours a day creating imaginative
playgrounds in her branches. They were thrilled each time we found a new berry
on our bushes, tomatoes on our plants or squirrel racing through our
I kept thinking they would nag me for more, but it
turns out they were quite satisfied with the experience of less doing and more
being. Collectively our minds quieted and our senses were enhanced. Each day was
a trip into the unknown, with no plans but a desire to follow what wanted to
unfold. We were in harmony with one another and content to relax into the lazy
days of summer.
Sleep ins, big breakfasts and regular trips to the farmers markets made for a
delightful experience of summer. Our home became our
oasis and we lived each day as if we were enjoying life in a remote cabin.
I was amazed to discover the ease of living this way. I
find myself wishing for more summer rather than praying for school to start. We
got out of the rat race and loved it. No packing for big trips, counting the
days to escape our lives. No coming, going, then going again. We stayed still
this year and look forward to other kinds of adventures life will bring in the
future. What we discovered is our kids became much closer to one another, we had
the time to learn how to work together harmoniously, and our home has come into
order as our spirits had a chance to rest.
The experiment worked and we discovered that who we are, and what we do is enough
for love to thrive and bloom
Life sometimes comes at us like a speeding bullet. One thing, then the
next, then six others until we start to wonder what to do and if that even would
matter. When we are so far away from where we want to be and on life’s
treadmill. Then our lovely mind starts to chime in. Oh goody….another problem for
me to solve. I am good at that. Let’s get out the continuing education calendar,
the kids camps list and head to the hobby shop. Time to cut the budget, renovate and leave town.
This part of our brain loves problems and wants to solve them. In the past, our brain
did a heck of a job. But when life feels overwhelming, one more new direction
may not be what the dr. ordered.
Instead consider how life might be simpler if in this moment of anguish
you did nothing. Stopped and sat in your chair and held on for life - resisting
all temptation to solve the problem - to release the idea that there is even a
problem. To let go of the story that you are in a mess and that perhaps instead
you are at the most magical moment of your life. For when you stop for a moment,
you can begin to feel. To feel is to open the door to the mystery and let this
moment like so many just pass. To not react, or get your hackles up. To respond
to life in a way you would welcome a guest to your home. With grace, ease and
peace. To say “hello” take a breath, visit for awhile and then say “good-bye.”
Your life does not have to be at the mercy of these guests. These
experiences in your life do not need to own how you feel. You get to do that. So
before you decide to quit your job, sell your house and leave the country, just
sit for awhile. Let yourself get quiet and start to tell yourself that
everything will be okay. To breathe and let go of the grip that this situation
has on your life. You are safe where you are and life will open up to you as you
make space for the new to come.
I have had a profound awareness brought to me via dust. It is amazing
how one can travel through life completely unaware of certain parts of it. To
have it be there and yet not to be seen or even in ones consciousness. This is
true for me and dust.
This summer our city was hit with a big flood. Although our house was
not affected, I felt compelled to clean. To clean under and behind, for fear
that somehow the water vapours of this traumatic flood had indeed reached into
our walls and invaded our home. Like so many other Calgarian’s I was cleaning
out my basement. Perhaps to just feel part of what was going on, but I sense
more as part of a collective consciousness that was summoned to clean. I found
myself filled with energy and stamina to reach behind things, under things, and
above things like never before. To sort, file, toss and sterilize as though I
was rummaging through the debris of my basement.
I was amazed to find great amounts of dust. One would assume that the
amount would indicate a lack of regular cleaning. Sadly no. I do clean regularly
and this is why it is such an interesting awareness. That even though I clean
and inhabit this space on a regular basis, there still was so much dust that I had
never seen before.
Then came the insight of how this is true in our perception of life. We can inhabit our daily
lives and miss so much, even though it is right there all the time. It isn’t
until we bring our awareness to it, that “it” can be seen and become part of our
consciousness. Now that I know where and how much dust was in my basement, I
now find myself seeing it everywhere. I have been cleaning furiously this
summer to address the build-up of dust in our home. Places I never even thought
to look or clean before.
I like to think I am scrubbing my energetic being at the same time. Releasing blocked energy
and attracting new abundance and the greater appreciation of what I am yet to see.
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