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Meal Planning with the Simplified Planner

September 10, 2012

Ok, I admit it. I’m the world’s worst cook. No really… there have been incidents with second degree burns, salty blueberry muffins and exploding pound cakes. This year, I finally decided that since I now have a little family of three to feed, it was time to sharpen my domestic skills and learn how to cook. But – learn how to cook REAL food – food that’s good for my family and nourishes them rather than slows them down. If you followed my amazing blogging spree earlier this year (I was blogging every day for a few weeks – it was a world record for me) you know I tried a lot of new recipes. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago, when my amazing (and very talented) friends McKay (of Oatmeal Lace) and Amy (of Lily & Bliss) and I made a pact to get real in the kitchen, that I really started being serious about meal planning and cooking good dinners for my family.

We do breakfast, lunch and snacks easily around here (steel cut oatmeal, Van’s waffles, Isagenix shakes, pre-made salads, lots of fruit, cheese and crackers, etc) but dinner is always my hang up. We work hard and play hard, so by dinner time we’re all left staring at each other wondering where we can go (with a toddler) or what we can whip up. (Please forgive my terrible iPhone photo above : )

I realized it was time to head this stressful moment off at the pass (which always happened right smack in the middle of Brady’s ‘fussy time’ — 5-6pm every day without fail) by figuring dinner out the weekend prior. When I was designing the Simplified Planner™, I knew this had to be part of it. The Weekly or Monthly Calendar Pages can be used for this, but I prefer the Weekly Calendar because there’s a designated space for “dinner” on each day (a built in meal planner!)

McKay discovered the TRICK to meal planning and I’m stoked to share it. The three of us have been using it for a few weeks now and it’s AMAZING: PlanToEat.com is an online “Simple Meal Planner & Grocery List Maker.” Sort of like Pinterest, you save a button (I named mine RECIPES) to your browser link list and click it whenever you’re on a cool blog or website that has a recipe you want to try. A little side-window opens, imports the recipe into your Plan To Eat queue or planner and viola! The greatest part…. you then login to Plan To Eat, drag and drop recipes from your queue into your calendar, hit a “grocery list” button and you’re READY! Could it be any easier?

Now what I do (because I like to have things on paper that I can carry around with me) is I copy my meals into my Simplified Planner™. I take my list to the store, grab what I need on Sundays and I’m ready to go for the week.

Seriously. It’s so easy.

Amy and McKay and I are each committed to cleaner eating for our little families of three (they both have precious toddlers too) so we share our “queues” (aka recipe boxes) and borrow each others recipes. I’m working on week three of this process and so far, it’s awesome.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Sign up for Plan To Eat here! And build your Simplified Planner™ here before we sell out! We’re down to double digit inventory numbers of the Signature Binder in turquoise – it’s selling FAST! You can purchase the Weekly Calendar pages I mentioned above here as well.

Every week I’ll be posting my adventures in meal planning with my Simplified Planner™ so stay tuned! Next up, making those Ham and Cheese muffins you see above with Brady! They were delicious!

A few of my favorite toddler / clean eating / family food sites for recipes:

  • Skinny Taste (I love my crock pot and they have awesome recipes here)
  • Weelicious (Super cute recipes for babies, toddlers and kids)
  • Food Network (Love this for the basics)
  • White Hot Inspiration (my friend Cassie – LOVE everything she cooks – not to mention her daughter is PRECIOUS)

What are your favorite sites and blogs for healthy, family friendly recipes? I need to add to my list (and my Plan To Eat recipe box!) Follow me on Plan To Eat (emilyley)

xo,

Emily

PS: The super cute recipe cards above were from a slew of letterpress exhibitors at the  2011 National Stationery Show.

The NEW Simplified Planner – NOW AVAILABLE + A CONTEST!

September 05, 2012

YAY!! CONGRATULATIONS TO LOGAN — OUR RANDOM WINNER OF THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNERS FOR YOU AND A FRIEND! Logan, email us at hello@emilyley.com with your choice of binder color and address and we’ll get those sent out to you! Thank you so much to everyone for helping us spread the word and entering!!

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! It’s here! I’m just over the moon to release the new Simplified Planner today! Quantities are very limited so get ’em while they’re hot!

This planner is designed for busy mamas, creatives, business women, pigtail brushers, tailgate hostesses, girls night organizers and grocery list dominators. Y’all, let’s face it. We’re BUSY. It’s time to simplify life so we can get back to what matters.

We created the Simplified Planner for that very purpose. Each and every piece has been meticulously crafted to fit your lifestyle. Build the Simplified Planner to be exactly what you need it to be. Choose from weekly or monthly calendar pages, journal pages, dividers (with a place for lists!), contact pages, A-Z dividers and even POCKET pages to keep it all together! We’ll be adding to the collection as we go, so stay tuned for even more accessories to outfit your perfect planner.

The greatest part — you don’t NEED a lot of the fluff that comes with other planners. Now, you’ll have just what you NEED to accomplish those need-tos and spend more time on the want-tos. Also stay tuned to the blog where we’ll be posting free printables for you to print, punch and slip right into your Simplified Planner!

I couldn’t be more excited about this product. I believe in it a thousand times over and can’t wait to get yours in your hands. Now, to answer a few FAQs:

WHO IS THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER™ FOR?

Busy women! Moms! Business women! College gals! High School girls! The Simplified Planner™ is designed so that you can build your planner to fit your lifestyle – whatever age, whatever story. You create your perfect planner.

HOW DO I CREATE MY PERFECT SIMPLIFIED PLANNER™?

First, start with your Signature Binder. We have three gorgeous colors to choose from: turquoise, pink and tan linen. Then, choose your calendar pages: weekly or monthly. Then, it’s up to you! Fill your planner with accessories, dividers, journal pages, pockets and whatever else suits your fancy and helps simplify your busy life!

HOW MUCH DOES THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER™ COST?

We have lots of pieces to choose from – beginning at $8!

WHEN DO THE CALENDAR PAGES START?

Whenever you’d like them to! Our Calendar Pages are undated so that you can purchase and begin your Simplified Planner™ whenever you’re ready! No waste, no extra fluff! The Monthly Calendar Pages include 18 months (a year and a half) and the Weekly Calendar Pages include 60 weeks (just over one year).

I OWN A STORE AND I’D LOVE TO SELL THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER™! CAN I?

Absolutely! Email hello@emilyley.com for wholesale details! We’re partnering with brick and mortar stores across the US, in the UK and in Australia to bring the Simplified Planner™ to women everywhere!

HOORAY for the greatest, simplest planner I’ve ever trusted my busy days with. I’ve been using my Simplified Planner for almost six months and I am just tickled to death to finally share it with all of you. Purchase yours here! (Quantities are limited!)

xo,

Emily

Images and video by the ever amazing Gina Zeidler

AND NOW… A HUGE CONTEST!!

WIN TWO fully outfitted Simplified Planners™ — one for you AND one for a friend! Spread the word about the new Simplified Planner™ to be entered to win! Your planners will be fully outfitted with a Monthly Calendar Page Set, Journal Page Set, Contact Page Set, Dividers, A-Z Dividers AND Pocket Page Set! You’ll choose from tan linen, turquoise or warm pink Signature Binders! The big winner will be announced on Friday, September 14!

HOW TO ENTER (there are FOUR ways!)

  • FACEBOOK: Share this post on Facebook. Comment here to let us know you did it! Be sure and tag Emily Ley on Facebook.
  • TWITTER: Tweet this post on Twitter. Comment here with your Twitter Name to let us know you did it! Be sure and use hashtag #simplifiedplanner
  • INSTAGRAM: We love Instagram! Screenshot and share this post on Instagram to help spread the word! Be sure and tag @EmilyLey and use hashtag #simplifiedplanner
  • PINTEREST: Pin the graphic above and let us know you’ve pinned it here!

Hint: The more you share, the better your chances! Thanks for helping us spread the word! HOORAY!

YAY!! CONGRATULATIONS TO LOGAN — OUR RANDOM WINNER OF THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNERS FOR YOU AND A FRIEND! Logan, email us at hello@emilyley.com with your choice of binder color and address and we’ll get those sent out to you! Thank you so much to everyone for helping us spread the word and entering!!


 

A special SALE to get ready for…. the new ELP SHOP!

February 23, 2012


To prepare for THIS AWESOMENESS, all prints and Simplified Notepads are now 50% off in the Pop Up shop!! Today and tomorrow only! Use code HAPPYDAY at checkout.

xo,

Emily

PS: Have you seen Boatman Geller’s super cute new iPhone covers below. I die. You better believe I will be ordering my own soon.

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