4 Simple Reasons We Eat Dinner Together 


You could say we’re “old fashioned” when it comes to dinnertime. A majority of our dinners are homemade and we eat together at the dining room table every night. (Sure, there’s an occasional “eat wherever you want” but it’s few and far between.) Here are 4 reasons we eat dinner together as a family:


Healthier Meals.

I’m sure this isn’t the biggest reason why we eat dinner as a family- but as a family of 5 on a budget, it helps. Homemade meals are much healthier than buying take-out regularly. Sure, there are nights that we buy take-out AND eat together but it’s still few and far between. Plus: Healthier foods equal healthier kids.

 

Communication.

Now that the older two kids are in school, sometimes our dinnertime is the only time we can really sit down and talk about our day. I love listening about what’s going on at school and what they’re learning. They always have the best stories to tell us and we usually end up laughing more than eating! 
 

Unplug for 20 minutes.

My husband and I have a rule- no phones at the table. If someone calls us, texts, or emails us… they just have to wait until we’re done. This time is 100% for us as a family. We want zero interruptions in our time together. 
 

Teach manners.

Table manners are important to us too. We started teaching them to the girls pretty early. Some family members think we’re just mean- but I’m pretty proud to be raising little ladies that have good table manners. How can you teach good table manners when your kids aren’t eating at the table? 
Do you make it a point to have a meal with your family at the table regularly? What’s your biggest reason? Comment below and let’s talk about it! 🙂  

 

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Meal Planning Monday #1

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Happy New Year! Are you ready for the start of 2015? My new year’s resolution is to help make my family life a little easier. This means I’m going to be planning our meals on a weekly basis to help reduce the cost of groceries, the amount of waste, and to provide better meals for the family. I started doing this a few weeks ago and found that we would save (on average) about $50-$75 per week on groceries, eliminated the amount of food we were just throwing away, and we were eating better meals and less fast food. Sure, it takes some time out of the day to plan but it only takes me about 20 minutes to decide on what we’ll eat. I’m not super strict about it either. I use this plan as a guideline for what meals we’ll eat that week, not necessarily on that day. For instance, the dinner I have written down for Monday night may not be prepared and eaten until Thursday night. I will also state, this is in NO WAY a cooking blog. Most of my recipes come from other bloggers or websites because I’m not always the best cook. (Just ask my husband!) I won’t be posting the recipes, but feel free to ask about them in the comments and I’ll let you know where I got my recipe from and/or I’ll post the recipe. 🙂 Happy Meal Planning Monday!!

 

Week #1

 

Monday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Toast
Lunch: PB&J, Apples, & Carrots
Snack: Cheese & Crackers
Dinner: Meatloaf, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

 

Tuesday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Scrambled Eggs
Lunch:Mac N Cheese & Peas
Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers
Dinner: Homemade Stromboli

 

Wednesday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Cereal
Lunch: Ham Sandwich, Grapes & Carrots
Snack: Green Pepper Sticks
Dinner: Chicken Fried Rice

 

Thursday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Bagel
Lunch: PB&J, Yogurt, and Carrots
Snack: Cheese and Crackers
Dinner: Lasagna, Salad & Garlic Bread

 

Friday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Cereal
Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Snack: Popcorn
Dinner: Pizza Night

 

Saturday

Breakfast: Eggs, Sausage, & Toast
Lunch: Leftover Pizza
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

 

Sunday

Brunch: Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Eggs, & Bacon
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, & Green Beans

 

Questions about anything? Post them in the comments below! What are some meals that you’re having this week? Share them by tagging @fluffbumbabiesmama on instagram or using the hashtag #FBBMealPlanning 🙂

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