meal planning made simple

*This post contains affiliate links. I did not receive payment from eMeals or Groupon. I simply want to share my personal experiences and thoughts.*

I am touching base today to begin a progression of posts on digital tools that are helping to simplify our lives.

I love to cook and used to love the process of meal planning. Once our second child arrived, I have found it difficult to make the time that I used to ensuring our meals are filled with the types of food that we love and are made of our favorite ingredients. Even when I did have more time I struggled sometimes to find new ideas and especially different side dishes to match our main courses.

…and then I met eMeals! What attracted me most to this tool is that it generates my meals and shopping list for me (print or app). Also, I can delete the items I already have in my pantry, adding staples and other items to it, as needed. Continue reading

the 100 likes giveaway: enter to win your copy of Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown



Well folks, the intentionista page now has 100 likes! My heart is happy. Now it’s time for some raffle fun! It is with great appreciation that I am giving away a brand-spanking new copy of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way way we live, love, parent and lead, by Brene Brown. Thank you for your readership, enthusiasm and community. We are all certainly on this journey of life together.

Brene Brown says it so perfectly, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

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mindfulness for the holidays


As we approached this holiday season, our family decided that we wanted to be more mindful of the true meaning of the holiday spirit and for us that means: Love, laughter, togetherness, gratitude, giving and celebration of life (and those we have lost).

We decided to do a few things differently… Continue reading

the many uses for a wall made of chalk…


I’ve been asked by several friends and readers to write a blog post about the giant chalkboard wall in the kitchen. How did we do it? What do we use it for? How do we clean it? Continue reading