Circus First Birthday Party

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I kind of dug myself into a hole by throwing such a big first birthday for Evelyn. Remember that one? It took weeks and weeks of prep to get it just right. And I couldn’t stand the thought of my kids, as teens, going through photos and noticing that Evelyn got an incredible first birthday and Remi’s was a cake and some balloons.

I thought I was doing a little less DIY with this party but man, it took the whole freaking day to set up. And the party was at 2! Whatevs. It still turned out exactly as I had envisioned. Maybe even better.

Circus seemed like such a fitting theme for a first birthday party! It’s the ultimate birthday experience. You get all those kooky games one plays at typical birthday parties, with a theme that draws guests in! Now granted, most of our guests were a little on the young side so some of the games were kind of lost on them. But I think a party like this is still appropriate for a first birthday if you have older kids coming. Or if you take the games up a notch, they could be more geared towards the adults. A party is a party…no matter the size of the guest.

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The thing I regret the most about the decor is probably that I wasn’t able to make a circus tent happen. I did make one. It was a red and white striped table cloth draped over a hula hoop. It was going to hang over Remi’s high chair. But once we hung it up and the wind started blowing, it sort of a resembled a bag of trash. Sad.

I tried to create a small form of grand entrance at the entry to the backyard with tablecloths but it didn’t really translate. And at that point, I was running out of time. The good news it, guests only saw it for a fraction of the party. The good stuff is on the inside.

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See those signs? I could have made them myself but I opted to buy them. Yes, I know it says ‘Carnival’ and not ‘Circus.’ Who care? The thing the least amount of people took part in was the face painting station. Understandable I suppose. My sister-in-law was in charge and ended up just painting Remi out of boredom. But it was pretty cute.

The station was equipped with regular face paint and face paint crayons. But also some temporary tattoos and glitter heart stickers.

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What’s a circus without games?! Okay, yeah, that’s probably more of a carnival. It was a circus/carnival theme okay?

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You like those mad artistic skills? That’s right, I painted that ha. We nailed my artwork to an Ikea wooden stool (you know the one, it’s amazeballs) and grabbed some hula hoops from the dollar store and BAM! Ring toss!

I should mention that 94% of the stuff for this party came from the dollar store. Seriously. Food included.

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I kept calling this game Ball-In-Hole which doesn’t so much roll off the tongue but do you have a better name? It’s just four pool noodles (dollar store) and some packing tape. Lots of packing tape. Then I added some spunk with bows and points signs.

We already had the balls, because children. But I got the cute orange serving bowl at…you guessed it, the dollar store.

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My acrobats were probably my favorite part of everything! Aren’t they so cute! I just attached Evelyn’s Barbies to some hula hoops and Chris hung them from the trees. How circus is that?!

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DIY ‘Just forget the world’ Wall Art

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I saw something like this on Pinterest that I just loved. I love this song, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and these lyrics just seemed perfect for bedroom art. The theme in my room is modern with gold accents and you know the saying, “Go Gold or Go Home!” (That is the saying right?)

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Anywho let’s get onto the tutorial:

Ingredients  Supplies:

2 Canvas, Mine are 16×20

Stencils or sticker letters

Gold metallic spray paint

Glue, hot glue or spray adhesive

Scrap piece of cardboard

**Shopping tips:

  • Both my canvases came together from Hobby Lobby I think. They were $7.99 total.
  • If you have awesome handwriting, you could totally paint the words on yourself and save yourself the trouble of finding stickers. I really like the script font as opposed to a Times New Roman looking situation and luckily I found the perfect stickers at Hobby Lobby for $7.99. Unfortunately there were not quite enough letters for the full phrase but it worked out for me because I only used some of them as stencils and the others I actually glued on. It will make more sense when you read the tutorial.

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Instructions:

001 Set out the stickers on each canvas to get the spacing right. The stickers didn’t stick to the canvas for me so it wasn’t really a problem to move them around to get them to look how I wanted.

002 Since the stickers didn’t stick to the canvas, I used a glue stick to press them down all the way. I only did this with the first canvas. I wanted all the edges to stick so that when I spray painted them, the letters would appear crisp.

003 Now it’s time to spray paint. I only spray painted the first canvas. Make sure to follow the basic spray painting rules: Never hold the can still, or you’ll get splotches. Keep an equal distance from the canvas the whole time. You know…that sort of thing.

004 Thankfully glue sticks are not that reliable, so it’s easy to peel off the letters. You don’t have to wait too long after spray painting because it dries fairly fast. And that’s it! Canvas one is done!

005 For the second canvas, I reused whatever letters I could from the first canvas, since they were already spray painted gold. Then I took the remaining letters and stuck them to a piece of cardboard in order to spray paint them. They stick better to cardboard than to canvas so you don’t need to use a glue stick on them.

006 Spray paint the letters, give them a minute to dry, then peel them off and place them on your white canvas.

007 Ideally you want to use spray adhesive to adhere the letters to the canvas. I didn’t have any on hand and was eager to finish the project, so I just used hot glue. It works but it’s a little tedious and you have to get all the edges and be careful that they don’t bubble. Then after it’s all done and dry you have to peel off the hot glue strings and excess glue.

And that’s it! Hang them up and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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If you make this, I’d love to see pictures! Tag me on instagram @bossyjocie or Facebook, Bossy Jocie.

Ikea Dresser Makeover

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I had such a hard time finding night stands for our master bedroom that were the look I was going for and weren’t like $100 + each! Not in my budget. I ended up choosing these little dressers from Ikea. I like that they have drawers to hide all the junk that is usually in our night stands and they are the perfect nakedness for me to do whatever I want with them. PLUS they’re only $35 each!

The dressers were pretty simple to put together but I still felt super accomplished and proud of myself for following the weird Ikea instructions.

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I had stain left over from staining my bannisters back in December so I just used that to stain the dressers and then picked some totes adorbs hardware from Home Depot to put on the finishing touches.

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I’m so happy with how they turned out! They are exactly what I wanted in my price point with minimal amount of work. Seriously, staining is the easiest way to update a piece of wood furniture. This project has given me motivation to stain my kitchen table!

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Making Costumes for the Tinkerbell Half

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When running a race at Disneyland, you must have costumes. Not only to make you feel happy while you run, but also because the other runners enjoy the parade of costumes to entertain them as they run 13.1 miles.

Darla and I knew right away that we wanted tutus and a cute shirt and it wasn’t that hard to make it happen. I designed the shirts (with the help of google and picmonkey) and tried to order them on Zazzle but Zazzle was like, “Hey this is probably a copyright issue, so we can’t make this for you. Sorry man.” And I’ve had some bad luck with iron-on shirts in the past so I sent the images to Darla and she bought some cute tanks from Victoria’s Secret and ironed them on for us.

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I played my part by making our tutus. It’s super easy, just a little tedious. So if you’re going to make two adult tutus, I’d recommend setting up a binge-watching sesh on Netflix to keep you entertained.

To make the tutus I bought:

  • 4-5 yards of tulle per tutu
  • One package of elastic

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First things first, I cut all the tulle into strips that were more or less the same length. You want the strip twice as long, since you’ll fold it in half when you tie it to the elastic. I’d recommend keeping the strips a tad longer than you think you want them. It’s easier to trim a tutu than it is to add fabric (actually that’s pretty impossible).

Next you’ll want to measure your waist and sew the elastic accordingly. When measuring your waist pull the elastic just a tad to make sure it actually stays on when you’re running (or whatever other activity you’ll be performing while wearing le tutu). I like to have about a 1.5-2 inch overlap when I sew it.

Last thing to do is tie on the strips of tulle. Just fold the tulle in half and put the tail in through the top loop around the elastic. The closer you put the tulle and more tulle you use, the fluffier it will be.

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We ended up trimming our tutus to stick straight out more than lay down. But all in all we looked fab!

What costumes do you wear when running races at Disney or anywhere else?

Vintage Tea Party Photo Shoot

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be part of a gorgeous stylized Mother’s Day photo shoot collaboration. My good friend Megan of Wild Rose House set up the whole shoot, found all the contributors and styled the whole thing! She does amazing work as a florist and styling photo shoots. I am still so impressed with how it turned out!

 

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Megan asked me to do nails for the shoot and I was more than happy to oblige. Then, as it turns out, she asked Evelyn and I to model in the shoot too! It was such a blast and I got some beautiful photos of my sweet daughter and I that I will treasure forever.

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Janessa, of JMarie Photography and Design, was so good with the girls. I was so impressed by Janessa’s skill in getting the girl’s attention and engaging them so they had fun and smiled pretty for the camera. I mean, have you ever seen so many little girls cooperating all at once?!

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All the models in the shoot are good friends of mine. We met several years ago doing a play group and have stayed close ever since. It was so fun to get to do the shoot with them. We got some momma pampering by Bree and McKenzie, a much-needed gift for moms who are always on the go to keep up with kids. We even got to shop for our dresses together at the Dress Collective. It was a little throw back to getting ready for prom with all my girls! Nothing brings you closer together faster than sharing a teeny dressing room with three other girls.

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The tea party set up was something straight out of a romantic fairytale. Megan definitely has the artistic eye. She was able to find contributors for each of the tiny details. Everything from the china to place card calligraphy was provided by a skilled vendor. Each place setting was carefully completed with a stack of china plates, a linen napkin and a teacup on top framed by gorgeous gold utensils.

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As we sat down, we couldn’t help but feel like we had been transported into a storybook land where dining rooms are nestled in the shade of the forest and tables are always decorated with decadent flower cakes. Every where you glance on the table reveals a new bright color of flowers tucked into teacups.

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We all laughed as we played pretend with these cute little girls who were elated to be at a real tea party. We clinked tea cups and spoke in silly British accents. We asked, “How’s the crop?” and “Have you been to any good cricket tournaments?” It was a jolly good time and a great opportunity to play with our sweet daughters.

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We couldn’t keep the girls away from the cupcakes for too long and they were ecstatic to inhale every last crumb. And immediately afterward proceeded to run off and chase each other in a fit of giggles, leaving us moms to make our own hilarity.

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It was a beautiful tea party, thanks to everyone involved and such a blast to be part of. I can highly recommend any of the vendors. See below for a full list and enjoy the photos!

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Jamberry Bridal party

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^^She’s wearing gold sparkle with chantilly over the top on the ring finger and thumb.

When Chris’ brother got married, I decided to give the bride an early wedding present and offer to do her nails for the big day. She was so excited to have Jamberry nails for her wedding and took advantage of a super classy design.

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^^They’re wearing boysenberry with gold sparkle accent and the bridesmaid is gold sparkle with boysenberry accent.

Her bridal party decided to get in on the action and have matching nails for the big day! The pictures looked so great, especially the close ups of their bouquets. All those matching nails..I can’t even handle it! Since each sheet of wraps comes with enough for two manis and two pedis, all the bridesmaids could share and it was only about $6 each.

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^^Everyone had their own bag with everything they needed to get the perfect Jamberry application.

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^^Everyone gets their wraps, application tools, and a catalog

I did a party the day before the wedding to help all the girls get their jams on. The party was so fun! I had a great time getting to know all the bridesmaids. Give me a good girls night any day! It was a great chance for them all to have a relaxing afternoon together the day before the wedding. Sometimes weddings can be a big ol’ ball of stress for everyone who is working to make it perfect and a little spa party in the middle of it all is a nice pampering distraction.

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^^boysenberry and gold sparkle

The bride’s nails were perfect for all those close up ring shots that will be framed on her wall and in photo albums for the rest of forever.

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^^Gold Sparkle and Chantilly

Are you planning a wedding or event where to you want to have matching nails without breaking the bank? Jamberry has so many options to choose from and the best news is, I’ll come help you get a perfect application. These can be great for a girls night in, spa night, right before a vacation, you name it. Gorgeous nails are appropriate for every occasion.

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^^Boysenberry and ombre lotus accent

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^^Sisters of the Groom wearing boysenberry and ombre lotus

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^^Groom’s sister rocking plum lotus from the Jamberry junior collection

You can view all the nail wrap designs online here. Email me to place your joint order and book a party.

Make & keep your new year’s resolutions! Free Printable!

It’s that time of year again when we all take a step back and figure out what we want to do differently in the coming year. We take this chance for a fresh start to examine our lives and make changes for the better. We call them New Year’s Resolutions which is a fitting name since most of us forget about them by Valentine’s Day. Maybe a better name to encourage staying on track would be “Resolutions for the coming year” or even better “Goals”.

You can make goals for anything during any time of the year, and really you should edit your goals often. If you only make goals once a year, it’s more likely that you’ll only think about them once a year. Revisiting them and editing them to fit our current situation will keep them more relevant.

However, since you’re most likely thinking about resolutions for the coming year now, I wanted to share with you a great tool to coming up with realistic goals and staying on track until December of 2016.

New Year’s Resolutions Workbook

I made this little workbook for myself as a way to figure out what my goals actually are and come up with a manageable plan to keep up with them all year long.

First: Broaden your goals.

On the first page you try and broaden your goal to the widest encompassing, least specific thing. At first glance this goal might seem unattainable. But getting it as broad as possible makes it easier to refine it next.

For example:

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Second: Refine your goals.

Now that you have a broad idea of what you want to accomplish in the new year, take it down a few notches and refine it to something you can realistically accomplish. On the goals by month page, you can break a goal like “Be healthier” down into 12 steps to get there.

For example:

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Third: Plan the details.

So to be healthier in January, you’re going to exercise more. Great. Now plan what that looks like on a weekly and daily scale. Maybe weekly you’ll exercise 5 days. On the daily you might plan a certain time of day to get that done.

For example:

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Fourth: Post Prominently.

Now that you’ve gone through the little workbook exercises and figured out what your goals are and how you’re going to achieve them over the next 12 months, write it out concisely on one page and post it somewhere you’ll see it everyday. I printed this page out twice. One to go inside my workbook and one to hang up next to my calendar to keep me on track.

For example:

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Now it’s your turn!

You can control your New Year’s Resolutions by planning out how you’re going to accomplish them. There’s no reason to give up by February. Saying, “I’m going to be healthier this year” isn’t very effective when you don’t have a plan to get to that healthier you. Or when you have no set idea of what a healthier you looks like.

Click on these images to download them, then you can print them as is or put them in a word document to make sure you have the sizing the way you want it and then print them out. I printed pages 2-5, double sided, then hole punched it and used brads to keep it together. (But remember to print out page 5 twice, one for the workbook, one to hang up.)

Then it’s as easy as filling it out and hanging the last page up somewhere prominent.

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A Thanksgiving Tree

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First of all, I know what you’re thinking.

This is just some lame excuse to put your Christmas tree up early isn’t it?

Why yes, yes it is. But let’s be honest, who needs an excuse anymore? My neighbors fully decked out the outside of their house for Christmas on November 1st. Like lights, wreaths, an enormous nutcracker on the front porch, the whole shebang.

I’ve been wondering where I would put my Christmas tree since before our living room even had carpet. Or walls for that matter. (If you’re new here, head on over to the home remodel to see what I’m talking about.) When the living room was more or less put together, I realized that it’s super tiny and there isn’t a whole lot of room for a big ol tree.

But the ceilings are high so I decided to get a tall and skinny one. And when I set my mind to wanting to buy something, I can’t really change focus until that something is in my living room, put together and plugged in. So here we are.

And that’s where Daniel Tiger comes in. All my fellow moms of toddlers raise your hands if Daniel’s in the house!! Daniel is in our house all the time. If you don’t watch the show, it’s a cartoon based on the characters in Mister Roger’s neighborhood and it’s full of catchy tunes that teach kids things like, “Grown-ups come back” and “Friends help each other, yes they do, it’s true” and my personal favorite, “If you have to go potty, stop and go right away. Flush and wash and be on your way.”

But I digress.

On a particular episode of Daniel Tiger it was Thankful Day and the whole town (neighborhood?) gets together and hangs thank you cards on the tree to those they are thankful to. All the cute little characters draw pictures and whatnot to their parents, teachers, and mailman and that’s when the light bulb went off in my head.

Yes this is a children’s show, but that’s a good idea.

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have and apart from eating a crap ton of food (which I guess means we’re thankful for how much we have..or something) and going around the dinner table to say what we’re thankful for, our family traditions don’t focus a whole lot on gratitude. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday for gathering and spending time with friends and family but when are we acknowledging our gratitude?

So here I am with this undecorated Christmas tree in my living room and this Daniel Tiger thank you tree idea in my head and BAM! The Thanksgiving tree is born.

The basic idea is to take time either throughout the month of November or just on Thanksgiving day itself and write a thank you note to someone. It’s a way to show your gratitude and help someone else feel appreciated. If you do it all November long, you could just set your cards on the tree as you write them, for decoration, and then mail them out later.

I love the idea of everyone sitting down and reading our cards to each other before we indulge in a lovely meal. And hey, maybe we’ll save the cards with the Thanksgiving decorations and each year the tree will get more and more full of cards and we can always look back and remember what, or who, we were thankful for in years past.

So here’s to a new Thanksgiving tradition! What do you like to do to show you’re grateful during Thanksgiving?

Free Printables for Weight loss motivation

So my Bossy’s Losing it posts have been a bit scattered. I had a little lapse in motivation but don’t worry, you’ll get a new one on Saturday and it will be loaded with what to do when you just don’t feel like staying on top of it.

Until then, I’ve made some free printables for you! Yay! In the last Bossy’s Losing it post, I listed several suggestions to use as your own weight loss mantra but I only posted my mantra as a printable. My lovely mother requested that I turn the rest of those mantra suggestions into printables as well. So I did.

And here they are for you! Just click on the photo and you can print it right from your browser or download it to your computer and then print it from there. Happy weight loss motivation!

I printed a couple of these out to hang on my fridge which is where I go when I want food. When I see them there they give me a chance to rethink my food choices and make healthier ones to stay on the right track.

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suck it up

 

will you

 

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Meal planning made easy

Meal Planning made easy

Getting married was totes awesome and exciting as a young nineteen year old. It was full of new adventures but with that came a whole crap ton of new adult like responsibilities. By far the worst of these that I was burdened with as a wife was meal planning and grocery shopping.

I have spent countless hours over the past 5 years trying to make this process as easy and painless as possible. I tried talking my grocery list into my phone so I didn’t have to write it down. I tried copying and pasting recipes into a word doc to print out ingredients. I’ve tried complication spreadsheets of recipes and food groups and ingredients. In the end everything I tried was miserable and torturous and left us eating random cans of food in the pantry in an effort to avoid the process altogether.

That was until I found this app that TOTALLY changed my life. My. Whole. Life. Go to the app store right this instant and get MealBoard and your life will be changed too.

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So here’s why it’s so fabulous

Upload Recipes

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The app has a handful of recipe sites that it partners with and you can go to those sites and choose any recipe you want and hit the import button and BOOM it appears in your little recipe section of your app. Why is this necessary? Because from your list of recipes you can drag them into the calendar so you know what days you want to eat what. It even gives you the option to say what’s for breakfast lunch or dinner (if you’re one of those crazy people who plans ALL THE MEALS).

 

But Jocelyn, I don’t like recipes from any of the websites that partner with this app. I want my own recipes on there..this will never work..wahhh.

Stop your whining! The app gives you a little code to let you login online and sync it to your computer. Then it’s as simple as copying and pasting recipes from other websites or manually inputting some from your favorite cookbook. Yes this part may be a bit time consuming but you only have to do it once and then you’re done for like ever.

Speaking of time consuming but only doing it once, this app has another feature that seems really cool but I have yet to use. You can take an afternoon (or month depending on how much you have in your pantry) and use the pantry tab to input all the food already in your house. That way when you’re shopping you don’t keep buying more of the same thing. 16 boxes of lasagna noodles anyone? No? Ok.

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But wait, it gets even better! Then you click on the little ‘shopping’ tab and you can sync your calendar of recipes to your shopping list. If you planned for the whole month, you can choose which days should sync to your list so you don’t have to shop for the whole month if you don’t want to. But that’s not even the best part.

The only thing I hate more than meal planning is grocery shopping. I’m always carrying around this massive list and end up leaving an aisle before I got everything I needed and having to go back and forth across the store like 50 times and it takes forever and then you add two babies into that and it’s a nightmare.

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Then this app syncs the ingredients to your recipes in the grocery list, it also organizes the food by category!!! WHAHHH?!?!? I’m totally forreal right now. So there you are in the produce section of the store and you just scroll down to the produce part of your list and get everything there and walk over to the deli knowing that you didn’t forget ANYTHING!

Then you can check it off bing bang boom. The grocery shopping feature is nicer than other lists I’ve used because it doesn’t delete a checked item right after you check it off. I’ve had problems of accidentally bumping into the check mark and losing an item before I realize that I still need to get it. On this app you click the trashcan button at the bottom and have the option of deleting all items or just deleting checked items. Or if you like to see a job well done you can just leave them there and be happy with all that’s in your cart.

 

If there are certain things you like to buy at different stores you can have shopping lists for each store you like to go to.

If you have items that you need to add to your list that aren’t in one of your recipes, no sweat man. You can add the item, input what aisle it’s in, the quantity you need, etc. But to make things go faster a lot of normal items are already inputed. Say you wanted to add bananas to your list. The app knows that bananas are in the produce section and it even predicts that you were typing bananas after only the b-a-n and just like that it’s added to your list.

No more fumbling with a piece of paper and pen. No more forgetting to get something in a certain aisle. It’s a beautiful thing my friend.

The only thing I’ve found that can be a little tricky is that sometimes the app gets confused and will put something in the wrong section of your list. Like one time 28 oz of tomatoes ended up in the produce section of my list instead of the canned section and I got a tad confused. Like how do you buy 28 oz of fresh tomatoes? But I digress.

Meal Plan On-the-go

 

The reason Meal Board works so perfectly for my situation is because it has eliminated the 3o minutes to an hour that I would have to sit down and plan our meals for the week or month and make a grocery list. In fact, I hardly plan at all anymore.

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Often times I’ll update my grocery list as we run out of something because my phone is pretty much always on my person. Then when I’m out doing things with the chillins and think to myself, “Hey self, you should run to the store and grab something for dinner tonight. But what will you cook?” I don’t have to resort to something boring like spaghetti. I just choose a recipe, sync it to my grocery list and before I know it I’m loading my bags into the trunk of my car while my son sleeps in his carseat and my daughter noshes on some M&Ms because the trip was short that she stayed happy the whole time and earned herself a treat.

Now yes, the app does cost a little bit of money, $4.00 to be exact, but if you’re wondering if that’s worth it than you obviously didn’t read the above post thoroughly enough. Go back and don’t skim this time…I’ll wait.

So what are you waiting for. Go get it and plan how you’re going to spend your extra 30min to an hour that you save every week. I think I’ll use that free time locked in a dark closet with headphones in listening to anything other than crying children. I can’t wait!

**I was not paid to write this, or asked to write this, heck, I paid to get the app myself. That’s how amaze balls it is.**