Time for another installment of “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life” (POYEL for short). I know you’re jumping up and down in anticipation of getting your hands on some simple and nutritious meal plans and starting your month off right. But before we get to that, I wanted to take a second to ask how everyone’s doing with their new cleaning schedules. I’d love to hear how your new systems are working for you and I’m trying to figure out the best way to do that. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in doing a link-up post? Emailing me so I can put it all onto a pinterest board? How can we best share with each other so that three weeks from now, when the shiny newness of POYEL has worn-off a bit, we’ll have somewhere to go back to and renew our motivation?
In the spirit of being completely honest, I’m currently accomplishing about 2/3 of what’s on my chore chart
(which means my house is about 60% cleaner than before!). For right now I’m good with that. I’ll try to get a little better as the weeks go on but, for me, this is definitely a marathon – not a sprint. More than anything else, I need to get myself into the habit of looking at the thing every day.
Ok, enough with dusting and vacuuming already. Honestly, as excited as I am about POYEL, I still can’t believe I’ve churned out four posts on cleaning in the last two weeks. And I know I still owe you some info. on setting up a weekly schedule outside of the cleaning. It’s coming, but for now I’ve had my fill of schedules and lists – lets get to eating!
I had every intention of doing this phase similarly to the last – collecting info. from all of you (in this case, recipes) and then spending hours compiling it all. Thankfully, my friend Mel came to my rescue. Three things you need to know about Mel:
- She’s a busy mom of a 3 year old daughter and (soon-to-be) 2 year old son.
- She’s got an amazing talent for finding meals that are easy to make, kid friendly, and seriously nutritious.
- She’s got a big heart. She’s one of those rare people that truly does things in the interest of helping others.
And here’s how Mel’s participation in all of this came about. I was sitting in her kitchen a few weeks ago and she was telling me about her participation in Team In Training
(i.e. running a half-marathon to raise funds for blood cancer patients and their families) and how much she’d love to raise money for the cause by doing more than just running the race. I took one glance at the immaculate meal plan displayed on her computer (which just happened to be sitting on the counter) and suggested that she offer up something similar here on MPMK in exchange for donations.
Mel being Mel insisted that she’d only feel comfortable giving away the meal plan for free to everyone and asking those who were so inclined to donate. So below you’ll find two buttons, the first will take you to a calendar with six glorious weeks of meal plans – complete with themes like Mexican Monday and Slow-Cooker Thursday. The second will take you to Melanie’s fundraising page thru the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Under each of the six weeks, you’ll find two links: a weekly shopping list as well as a document with links and instructions for making all of the healthy and delicious nightly dinners. Mel was very concerned that the meals be family-friendly and she spent many hours combing her recipes and the internet to bring you some really good stuff. There’s no minimum donation required and every little bit helps. Thus far, POYEL has been very popular – which means that if everyone who uses these meal plans donates just a small amount, together we can make a meaningful impact towards a very worthy cause.
I’m sure meal planning is something we’ll keep coming back to with POYEL but for now I just want to say a HUGE thanks to Mel for all the hard work she put into this and to all of you for contributing to her cause! To recap, here are your instructions for today:
- Download the meal plan and instantly free up an hour or two of your week.
- Donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support cancer patients and their families and instantly feel the positive karma washing over you.
- Leave a comment letting me know what you think is the best way to share your POYEL progress.
This post is part of MPMK’s “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life”. You can read all about it here, check out all of projects here, and join thousands of POYEL facebook group members here.
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