Simple Color Coded Meal Plan

Want to make a simple meal plan?

When it comes to keeping things simple, meal planning is very helpful. 

During the school year, I have always kept a meal plan to avoid the 4 o'clock, "What will I make for dinner?"

I started years ago by making a simple meal plan by days of the week. For instance, Tuesdays we are out of the house, so it is always a crockpot day. Fridays are always pizza. Sundays are always some kind of pasta. The other nights are designated as soup night or Mexican, etc.

This way I can vary the dishes, but the themes are the same, making it much easier to plan.

On this plan you can see that Mondays are soup, Tuesdays Crockpot, Wednesdays are "easy" days, Thursdays are Mexican, Fridays are pizza, and Saturdays vary. The colors represent each day of the week and "theme."

I have created a color coded meal plan that you can use in a few ways.

  • Print it out and use it as is- of course, substitute your family's likes and favorites.
  • Print out the blank template and fill it in 


  • Use post it notes to plan- this way you can move them around as needed!

Remember, the goal here at Simply Living for Him is to spend more time on things that matter- your family doesn't care if your meals are Pinterest perfect. They just want to eat! ;) So plan ahead, lessen the stress, and enjoy family time at the table.

*These are just suggestions and samples based on our meal plan- we don't eat beef, so you won't see it on here. Substitute your family's favorites!

I have included a few days for things like trying a new recipe when you have the time, or letting kids pick the meal and let them prepare it! There are also spaces for "breakfast for dinner" etc.

Use the printables as you see fit for your family...

Click on the picture to download the PDF's

Another way to keep things simple this year- download an instant library for the whole year- encouragement, planners, organization, freebies, and discounts. Over 100 items for 25 cents each!
The Homeschool Omnibus! (My ebook Simply Homeschool 2nd Edition is included!)



Simplify Challenge #2- Store Treasure in Heaven

This week our simplifying challenge is to focus on where you are storing your treasure. As I read Psalm 49 this morning, I was inspired by the commentary in my study Bible:

We are deceived everyday into thinking our lives will last forever. We are deceived in thinking all the earthly pleasures here will satisfy us. Sure some of them do, but for a limited time. As my Grandma used to say, "You can't take it with you." And she was right.

What we have here, is just a blink of an eye. We are just passing through into something far beyond compare for those who are in Christ. Yet, we live like this is it. We spend time toiling and collecting for here, and don't really focus on eternity. Yet eternity matters.

I am working this week to focus on doing more things for eternity. I am determined to keep my mind focused on the things that matter. 

How I am doing it:

  • Reading my Bible first thing in the morning. I always am more focused when I fix my eyes on Him.
  • Less computer time. I am on the computer to keep my businesses going, but I have set strict hours for myself and when time is up time is up. I want to invest my time more with my kids and family. Completely focused.
  • Reevaluating the things I think I need. Material things. We need so little, but want so much. Yet, the more time I spend with God, and the more I fix my eyes on eternity, the less my desire for earthly "stuff."
  • Investing more in people than in things. Going out of my way to share Christ's love with those around me everyday. Taking the focus off of myself and my own comfort, for others. Even when I don't feel like it, going out of my way to be a witness for Jesus.
What are you going to do this week to simplify, so that you can store treasure in heaven?

Share your thoughts, photos, and more...on facebook, Instagram, or here in the comments. We can encourage each other. Fill those newsfeeds with something positive! Inspire each other to live for eternity.

Encouragement, Curriculum, Planners, Mp3s, Freebies Discounts and MORE for One LOW Price!

this post contains affiliate links

The Homeschool Omnibus is HERE!


And there is something for everyone!

As a mom who wants to conquer clutter, ebook bundles are a blessing! You get 83 books all without taking any shelf space!

Want to know why else you need the Homeschool Omnibus?
My ebook Simply Homeschool 2nd Edition is included!
  • These books are written by other homeschooling moms in the trenches
  • This is the time of year where we need a boost to get our year started right- these books will do that for you!
  • Find everything from encouragement, to curriculum, to organization books- all in one!
  • The cost of the Omnibus is less than you would pay to enter a homeschool convention- and you get 83 books PLUS so many extras including Mp3 downloads, discounts, and more freebies!!! Seriously, you can NOT miss out on this one!!
  • There is something for everyone in the family!
  • It is like a professional development conference- in your Pjs and at your leisure! ;)
  • Each book comes out to only 25 cents!!
  • You will get several discounts and freebies from your favorite companies!
  • Kindle and PDF format available!
Besides the 83 books, you will also get:
Applecore 75% off Annual Gold Membership
BRAIN-athon Emporium $15 off your $75 order Brookdale House Downloadable Freebie Handwriting Practice: From the Bible! Book 2 $ 7.99 value
Constitution Games, LLC 25% OFF your entire order
Creative Career Academy  30% off your order (so you pay $8.75) 1 Week of Video Game Design & Animation Training value $12.50
Dual Credit at Home  $100 off 
Education Cubes Become an Education Cubes member for a one-time fee of only $8 (regular $12)
Fortuigence  Downloadable Freebie -End Blank Page Terror Forever: 24 Pre-Writing Tools and Guidebook to Organize Content, Take Notes with Ease and Make Your Kids Confident Writers! $ 20.00 value
Harmony Fine Arts 40% off grades 1-8 ebook plans
Home Learning Association Downloadable Freebie Terra Scholar - A Complete Handbook for Today's Homeschooler $ 20.00 value
Jim Hodges Audio Books Unabridged Recording of the G. A. Henty Historical Novel "For the Temple" $ 18.00 value 
KidsEmail.org 60 Days Free of Kids Email
Kirsten Joy Awake  Downloadable Freebie Bible Writer- Volume 1 $ 4.99 value
Love2RideHorses-15% off your entire order
Media Angels, Inc. Discount 50% off Media Angels, Inc. Downloadable Freebie Mommy Jammies Mini-Bundle $ 9.99 value
Meet Penny Publications  60% Off Meet Penny Premium Membership
New Millennium Girl Books 40% Off Ocean Adventures in Writing
NotebookingPages.com  Basic Lined Notebooking Pages $ 12.95 value
Outdoor Hour Challenge $10 off an Ultimate Naturalist Library
Paradise Praises  40% off Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms 50% off Bible Activities Bundle
Scripture Lullabies  15% off entire order
Starfish Project  $10 off $20 or more 
What's in the Bible? 30% off orders over $30
WriteAtHome  Downloadable Freebie "Top Ten Teen Writer Mistakes" Ebook $ 10.00 value
Your Story Hour 50% off mp3 download of Great Stories Volume 10


Here are the books included in the Omnibus!
  • 100+ Notebooking Page Templates by Adelien Tandian from Blessed Learners
  • 101 Independent Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers by MaryEllen Bream from Imperfect Homemaker
  • 2014 iHomeschool Studio MP3s by iHomeschool Network from iHomeschool Studio
  • 2nd Grade Fruit of the Spirit Penmanship by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • A Diligent Heart Planner by Marlene Griffith from A Diligent Heart
  • A Gentle Answer by Christin Slade from Joyful Mothering
  • A Life That Flourishes by Alisha Gratehouse from Flourish
  • A Seasonal Start in Fall Chalk Pastels by Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge
  • A Simple Guide to Saving Money on Food by Kyle McVay from Aspired Living
  • Alphabet Dictionary by Jenn (aka Mama Jenn) from MamaJenn
  • And the Word Became Flesh: A 90-Day Chronological Journey Through the New Testament by Kathy L Gossen from Cornerstone Confessions
  • Basic Shapes for Beginners by Heather Greutman from Golden Reflections Blog
dotted line
  • Beginner’s Cursive Fruit of the Spirit Penmanship by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • Bible Writer-Vol. 2 Scripture Memory and Copywork that Teaches Who Jesus Is by Kirsten Torrado from Kirsten Joy Awake
  • Blog Planner 2014 by Sarah Avila from My Joy-Filled Life
  • Chalk Pastels-Art at the Beach by Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge
  • Children’s History by Janine LaTulippe from Blue Manor Education
  • Christmas Crafts for Kids: Add on Printable Book by Beth Gorden from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  • Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of the Day by Kendra Fletcher from HomeschoolingIRL
  • Classic Literature Pack Volume 2 by Erica Arndt from Confessions of a Homeschooler
  • Color-By-Number ABCs by Lauren Hill from Mama’s Learning Corner
  • Color-By-Number Holidays by Lauren Hill from Mama’s Learning Corner
  • Cornerstone Confessions Everything Planner by Kathy L Gossen from Cornerstone Confessions
  • Cursive Fruit of the Spirit Penmanship by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
dotted line
  • Dear Wife: Letters from a Help Meet by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • Designing Your Language Arts Curriculum by Jimmie Lanley from Jimmie’s Collage
  • Elementary Art Color Theory Pack by Heather Aliano from Only Passionate Curiosity
  • Encompass Preschool Curriculum by Kathy L Gossen from Cornerstone Confessions
  • Essay Tune Up by Jimmie Lanley from Jimmie’s Collage
  • Essential Chefs: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Essential Oils in Your Kitchen by Mary Clendenin from The Encouraging Home
  • Family Homeschool Planner 2014-2015 by Patricia Espinoza from Raising a Self-Reliant Child
  • Family Mission Planner by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages – Text and Notebooking Pages by Marianne Vanderkolk from Design Your Homeschool
  • Forever Blog Planner by Tina Robertson from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
  • Freezer to Slow Cooker Week 2 by Sarah Robinson from Sidetracked Sarah
  • From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms by Mary Jo Tate from Flourish At Home
dotted line
  • Gloria: A Christmas Hymn Study by Kimberly Sorgius from Not Consumed
  • God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum by Stacie Nelson from Motherhood on a Dime
  • Hands-On Learning by Kris Bales from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
  • Help! I’m Homeschooling! by Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge
  • Holy Communion and Reconciliation Worksheet and Activity Packet by Angie Kauffman from Real Life at Home
  • Homechooling Your Kinesthetic Visual Learner by Tabitha Philen from Meet Penny
  • Homeschool Teacher Planner by Renee Brown from Great Peace Academy
  • Homeschooling 101 by Kris Bales from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
  • Homeschooling an Only Child: When Just One is Just Right by Jimmie Lanley and Amy Stults from iHomeschool Network
  • Homeschooling High School: Ten Steps to the Finish Line by Marie-Claire Moreau from Quick Start Homeschool
  • How to Choose “Just Right” Books: Helping Kids Grow as Readers by Becky Spence from This Reading Mama
  • Intentional Marriage: The Art of Loving Your Husband {A 31 Day Devotional} by Crystal Brothers from Serving Joyfully
dotted line
  • Introductory Entomology by Eva Varga from Eva Varga
  • Kindergarten Fruit of the Spirit Penmanship by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • Large Family Homeschooling by Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows
  • Mrs. Hutchinson’s Classroom Guides: Homeschool Basics by Alicia Hutchinson from Investing Love
  • My Book of Centuries, a notebook for Pre-K-3rd grade by Lara Molettiere from Lara’s Place and a Cup of Grace
  • Not a Statistic: Parenting in a Broken World by Kimberly Sorgius from Not Consumed
  • Notebooking Success by Jimmie Lanley from The Notebooking Fairy
  • Out of this World! by Jessica W. from Balancing Everything
  • Picture and Writing: Older Ages by Diane Hurst from Gentle Shepherd
  • Planner Perfect. A Fresh Idea On Organizing Your Life by Jenny Penton from Planner Perfect
  • Pocket Chart Calendar Bundle by Jolanthe Erb from Homeschool Creations
  • Raising Rock Stars Preschool by Carisa Hinson from 1+1+1=1
dotted line
  • Reality Check by Alisha Gratehouse from Flourish
  • Simply Homeschool 2nd Edition: Have Less Fluff and Bear More Fruit by Karen DeBeus from Simply Living for Him
  • Spice Up Your Homeschooling by Sara McGrath from Unschooling Lifestyle
  • SQUILT Volume 2: Classical Era by Mary Prather from Homegrown Learners
  • Table Talk: Dinner Conversation Starters by Sarah Avila from My Joy-Filled Life
  • Thank You Notes for Kids by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • Thanksgiving Heart: Cultivating by Stacie Nelson from Motherhood on a Dime
  • The ABCs of the Bible Scripture Copywork by Sarah Avila from My Joy-Filled Life
  • The Bold Meal Planning Method Deluxe Kit by MacKenzie Monroe from Bold Turquoise
  • The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John from The Busy Mom
  • The Cherished Home: Protecting What’s Important by Mary Clendenin from The Encouraging Home
  • The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide by Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool
dotted line
  • The Story of Christ’s Birth by Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes
  • The Ultimate Guide to Field Trips in Canada by Sharla Kostelyk from The Chaos and The Clutter
  • Thriving the First Days of Becoming Mommy by Elaine Mingus from Super Radical Christian Writer Chick
  • Trees Fun Fact Cards by Sallie Borrink from Sallie Borrink Learning
  • Understanding Copywork by Amy Maze from Classical Copywork
  • Unfulfilled: A Help Meet’s Journey by Misty Leaskfrom Beautiful Ashes
  • Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning by Sara McGrath from Unschooling Lifestyle
  • We Got Jazz! Exploring the Pioneers of Scat, Bebop, and Swing by Selena Robinson from Look! We’re Learning!
  • Weekly Homeschool Planner by Jolanthe Erb from Homeschool Creations
  • Writing a Biography by Valerie McClintick from The Crafty Classroom
  • You Can Do It Too: 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Story by Lorilee Lippincott from Loving Simple Living
  • The deadline for refunds is September 5, 2014.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25. Do not delay in downloading them!
  • Positively NO refunds if the server shows that any files have been downloaded.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20th
  • Visit the FAQs page for the fine print


Simplify Challenge #1- Our Time

Simplifying Challenge #1

This week I posted on facebook that I wanted to start a series of challenges on Simply Living for Him- challenges to not just simplify, but to get rid of distractions so that we can focus on God more clearly. There's so much out there already about decluttering, and minimizing, (which I am all about....) but....this is more than that. 

Simplifying is a posture of the heart. At the core, simplifying is about learning to live more simply... for Him. Having less and doing more. 

More Jesus. Less me.

I want to start this week with a challenge for you all to spend more time doing things that honor the Lord. We only get so many moments on this earth, let's make them matter.

One of the biggest time wasters these days (and spirit suckers) is the internet. Or maybe for you it is spending time on something else. So let's evaluate our time with the Lord and see how it compares with our time doing other things.

Is He first?

Are you spending more time with the Lord or doing other things? Now, by that, I don't mean you need to be in your Bible more waking hours than not, but having Him at the forefront of your mind and making Him a priority is a constant. (pray without ceasing) If you are doing this, then you are more aware of the times when you are wasting time, or going down a road that may not be fruitful or glorifying to Him, because you are more in line with His will.

All of our behavior should glorify Him. It is what we are made to do. It is more difficult to do that when we are engaged in activities, whether in thought or deed, that are not fruitful.

When we spend endless hours online, whether it be shopping, researching things, reading things, or whatever it may be...it can be a sign of not keeping Him first. For when He is first, the desire to fill up on worldly things naturally lessens.

For me, when I get up in the morning, if I read my Bible first and spend time praying over people and things...my focus in so much different than the mornings where I get up late, am rushed, quick read my Bible verses, etc. My heart is not in the proper place. My whole day changes when my heart is not focused early on.

So...here are a few suggestions to challenge you this week with your time.

  • Tape a Bible verse to your computer, or wherever that place may be that is distracting you or wasting time. Let it be a reminder of where your heart should be.
  • Spend time with the Lord first in the morning, but don't leave Him there. Be in constant communication throughout the day. Keep Him at the forefront of your mind.
  • Ask yourself in all you do- is this behavior glorifying to God, honoring to God?
  • Are the activities you are spending your time on fruitful? What is the purpose?
  • Keep a log of your time spent on the internet. Keep a log of the time spent studying the Word. Compare the two and see where your time needs adjusting.
  • Schedule internet time, or extra activities. When the time us up- it is up! Do not spend useless hours scrolling and surfing!
  • Print out this FREE printable and use it to help you focus your time and your heart

Journal about these verses:
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
Colossians 4:5 
If you are encouraged by these challenges, and you feel led... share them with your friends. Post a pic to Instagram, facebook, or twitter- Let's band together to Simply Live...for HIM!!
Next...share what you are learning through this. Share how God spoke to you during your Bible time, and let's learn from each other. 
Flood the newfeeds with Bible verses and encouragement! 

JUST don't spend too much time on there ;)

#simplylivingforhim #havelessdomore #Jesusisenough #lessmemoreHim

Have you listened to my free Mp3 yet? If you are preparing for back to homeschool- listen and be encouraged!


Beyond the Four Walls...Life is Our Classroom!

Welcome! Have you subscribed to this blog yet? I encourage you to do so-it will be delivered straight to your email!  Subscribe here!

When I first began homeschooling, we had a classroom. 

And although sometimes our homeschool looks like this:

Over the years I have realized that school at home need not be confined to a classroom, in fact it should not.
Nowadays it looks more like this:
No, education should not be confined to a classroom but should take place everywhere else. 

Life is education. 
While it is fun to have  a"place" at home to have "school"~
 never let the confines of a room limit your child's world...

Life is a classroom...

There is freedom in homeschooling!


Simplifying Back to (Home) School FREE MP3 Download!

It's that time of year...time to break out the fresh new planner, the blank lesson plans, and the newly sharpened pencils! Oh, the joy of a fresh start! This is the year it will be different...this is the year we will get it right!

Then, we get overwhelmed and distracted and quickly the joy is lost. Are you planning your new year? Are you wanting this to be the year where you finally get it right?

Well, guess what homeschool mama? Each year is new and full of challenges and that is where God grows us. Discover the joy in your homeschool when you keep focus on God and what He wants to do in your homeschool!

Don't let the distractions pull you away from your true purpose.

Wondering how to schedule? How to choose curriculum? Where to start?

Come be encouraged..you may be surprised a the #1 thing you need to do right now before you start planning!

You can download the MP3 for FREE- at Bible Based Homeschooling!


Simplifying Back to (Home) School

I know this may sound strange...but if you want to prepare for your upcoming school year, get off the Internet! I know, I know, it is so full of wonderful resources, articles, blogs...oh, and Pinterest! So many ideas!

I have found myself there. Paralyzed by information overload. I start out with some quiet time to plan, and end up scrolling, clicking, and browsing through, only to find myself a few hours in, with nothing done. I usually end up feeling worse about my choices, because everyone else looks like they are doing so much more.

Homeschool mama...I want to remind you God is bigger than the Internet. He called you to homeschool and He will equip you His way. Sure the Internet is full of resources that are helpful, but we can't rely on them or let them consume us.

The very best resource there out there for your homeschool is God and His Word. Do you spend time with him? Seeking Him? Asking Him to lead your homeschool and your choices? Do you fully rely on God?

Before you start planing your homeschool, pray. Read His Word. You will then be equipped for this journey.

Don't get wrapped up in the Internet. 
Get wrapped up in Him. In His Word.

Listen to this FREE download on Simplifying Back to (Home) School!

I also talk a bit about planning for the new year in my latest book Simply Homeschool 2nd Edition. Now available in paperback, Kindle, and PDF.