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Clean Eating Jump Start Guide

Complete the 7 day challenge with the Jump Start Guide. Includes:
  • Clean Eating Overview
  • Weekly Meal Plan Outline
  • Seven Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast Recipes
 
 

Jon Acuff Brought Dinner Back!

Jon AcuffJon Acuff is one of many Dads around the world who is acutely aware of food- even if he doesn’t cook (ok…. he did one time!) And while he is keenly aware that the way to a heart is through the stomach…. he and his wife, Jenny, live out that a crucial way to connect to each other and to their two young daughters is around the dinner table. This past week, we enjoyed the last post of Jon’s dinner challenge to his family, to us and to his readers…

My E-Mealz Story

Confession time.  I’ve never really been a good household manager.  As a young working wife, I could quite efficiently handle the day-to-day dealings of taking care of “he and me.”  Yet, when babies started arriving – 1, 2, 3 and…

Behind The Scenes at “Better Nashville” Taping

When Kacy Hagerty – host of popular NBC show “Better Nashville” – contacted us wanting to profile one of our members in a feature about dinner planning, budgeting and grocery shopping, we knew exactly who to ask! Kimberly Thomas is one of our most ardent supporters and menu plan followers. Her life works well, and her family finds a regular connection around the dinner table with her E-Mealz plan in hand. She loves to share E-Mealz with her friends and anyone she encounters who express frustration with grocery budgeting and meal planning… I was there to document and encourage Kimberly. But as it was, Kimberly and Kacy encouraged me! They were both amazing, articulate and enthusiastic. I thought you would enjoy a view behind the scenes. Here is a glimpse of the day…

Jon Acuff is Bringing Dinner Back! Week #2: Better dinners through bigger stories.

Today marks the end of week two of the dinner challenge. (You can read about the first week “Dinner Unplugged” right here.) This week, we decided to mix it up a little and in addition to eating together, add a “family game” to the mix. My five-year-old will crush you at UNO given the chance so we tend to avoid that particular game. Here’s what we ended up doing instead.

Jon Acuff’s New Idea~ “I’m bringing dinner back.”

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Jon Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like, was about to launch a “wicked” crazy idea he has been tossing around in his brain-on-fire. Well… here it is! This is an excerpt from today’ post on his blog.

“Sometimes, I think our culture views having dinner together as a family as something that’s “old fashioned.” That might have worked for Norman Rockwell and Little House on the Prairie, but those butter churning, corn cobb pipe whittlin’ days are long behind us. The modern family is too busy to connect at the table like that anymore.” Jon Acuff

A New Year & A New Way To Get Organized

A New Year means that it is time to re-access, restructure and reorganize. “Reorganize” seems more applicable to my reality than “getting organized” because I am ALWAYS “getting organized”! I finally realized that I need to go about this organization thing in a new way. Let me back up by saying I am a grateful recipient of the organizational benefits we have all enjoyed since Jane DeLaney’s brain posted on-line in the form of E-Mealz. My brain would have NEVER come up with her simple system for making dinner planning, budgeting and shopping such a breeze.

Spuds Post: “Getting Back to Simple… Isn’t”

I needed a system that would give flexibility, simplicity of use and a system that could help us save money on our monthly food bill. The E-Mealz system has answered each one of the requirements, and exceeded many expectations. In October we saved well over $350 on groceries. This month, we are tracking to save well over $500 from our previous monthly grocery totals of $1500 per month. And, with a little bit of “customizing” I’ve been able to make the E-Mealz system work even better for our family.

Veteran’s Day

On this Veteran’s Day, as we sit around the table tonight and eat our yummy E-Mealz dinners, I would like to remember our soldiers as they are eating their not so glamorous pre-packaged MRE’s (meals ready to eat) instead of eating with their families.