May 10, 2011

Make a Meal Planning Magnet Board


Different seasons of life require different methods of meal planning.  Right now, with twins on the way and hubby working shift work, I needed a system that didn't require me to rack my pregnancy-fried brain for meal  ideas every week, while also allowing me the flexibility to change my mind at every pregnancy-craving-induced whim.

I created this menu board by painting a dollar store cookie sheet with chalkboard paint.  I then painted on my title and some decoration. 

I typed and printed some of our favorite meals and side dishes.  I then used some adhesive magnet tape to turn my food choices into magnets.


I wrote the days of the week in using chalk.  The chalkboard feature also allows me to write in foods I may want to try that I don't yet have a magnet for. 

The finished product sits over my stove to remind me what is planned for dinner this week.


And should I decide one evening, for example, that I'm not willing to endure the heartburn of lentil tacos tonight, I can easily enough switch meals with another day of the week or rearrange my meal plan entirely!

Do you have a meal planning technique that works for you?  Do you find that what works for your family is often changing based on circumstances and seasons of life?

14 comments:

  1. THIS ROCKS! Absolutely brilliant and I was just looking for something to help me with meals!

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  2. i love this! i might just try it. is chalkboard paint expensive?

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  3. Hi Beth! I think I paid about 8 dollars for a little jar of it, but if you're just doing little projects like this it goes pretty far. AND it has about a million uses...all of them awesome! lol.

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  4. Cute! I always meal plan and have the ugliest dry erase board on my fridge as I write this so I love this idea! I am visiting via Leanne's linky party!

    Kari

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  5. WOW!! This is so fabulous, cute, creative, inventive . . . amazing! And congrats on the twins!! My identical twin girls turn 20 next month!! You are in for a very fun ride -- being a mom of twins is a blast!

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  6. I absolutely love this idea - you're very clever! At the moment, I have a big book diary where I have my weekly/daily planner and on each day I write what I'm going to make. But, I think that, when I have children, this could be an easier option! Thanks!

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  7. What a great idea. I love how it turned out. I'll be featuring this.

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  8. This idea has completely inspired me! I just completed a series of posts on my blog about menu planning- so I have a method of planning the meals that works for me.... but your board creates the perfect way for me to communicate it to my kids! Maybe then they won't ask me 37 times each night "What's for dinner Mom?"
    I am going to include a picture and a link to this post in next Sunday's Links to Love (5/22) at www.momof6.com!
    Warmly,
    Sharon

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  9. Love this!!! I think this may be my answer to my own menu planning delima!

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  10. This is super cute! I just happen to have some dollar store cookie sheets already leftover from another project. I think this will be perfect for my snack offering list for the kids. Thanks!

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  11. I have been searching for a cool menu plan display idea. I love yours! You've inspired me. Thanks!

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  13. I love the idea of the chalk-board paint tray- I think I am going to hang one in a central location for the family to note "stuff" that they run out of;ie;deodorant,saline solution,shampoo-
    THANKS!!!

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  14. Great idea! I am constantly racking my brain for quick go to meals that we've done before and I don't like having a set weekly meal chart planned as things change all the time. This would be great. Also, lentil tacos sound yummy. I'm following your eat your pantry challenge and have a ton of lentils and only two recipes for them. I would love it if you are willing to share your lentil taco recipe with us!

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