In junior high, my history class did all of our work in what was termed “interactive notebooks.” Interactive notebooks had classroom/reading notes on the right side and a visual aid on the left side. It gave us a chance to be creative and visually learn about the topics at hand. Who knew that 20 years later Bullet Journaling- would be the adulting version?
Maybe one of my biggest challenges as homemaker is my grocery shopping and meal planning. Of course, meal planning has the added challenge of finding the meals that Mr. S and Obi Wan will eat. Also, I cook with the intent of eating the leftovers or freezing a portion for later. Anyone on a budget or into meal prep can tell you that there are great recipes for meal prep and cooking in bulk can help cut costs. Plus, once its made, you don’t have to cook for several days afterwards.
Here’s where I have found bullet journaling to be helpful. My journal records all the meals I make that have the highest success rate. This means that I have a page that lists all the most popular meals I make. I have broken things down by meals, protein, and style of dish.
Miscellaneous covers the dishes I may not want to categorize due to variables like protein and veggies. So, now that I have my family favorites in one place, I can put it into the calendar and I then know what needs to go on my shopping list. The next section in my journal is broken down by stores. Here in Mission Valley, we are centrally located to the 4 stores that I shop at:
- Trader Joes
I have broken down the staples that I get at each store. Costco is a beautiful mecca of bulk coffee, toilet paper, formula, diapers and wipes. As my son’s appetite grows with him, I find myself going through bread, tortillas, cheese, blueberries, goldfish and apple sauce pouches with alarming rapidity. Costco is my favorite place to go for these things because the prices are just a better value. Costco also has the added bonus of providing my perpetually hungry toddler with a variety of new foods to try. It’s a nice way to see what my kid will or will not eat (spoiler: he enjoys smoked salmon but not panko crusted chicken nuggets, that maverick) The downside is that he shrieks at me until we hit every one. Or I distract him with gigantic stuffed bears. My big purchase at Costco for meal planning is the chicken breast. They are in individual sections and a good value at 2.99/lb. I will sometimes separate a couple packages and prep some freezer meals and then just freeze the rest for defrosting as inspiration strikes.
The next section is where I put my shopping list. This way I can look back at what I bought and adjust future lists accordingly. I have become so forgetful due to lack of sleep and maybe a couple of soccer induced concussions. Keeping it in one area helps keep me organized which is something I struggle with. In the front of my notebook is an area where I can store receipts for the month and examine my spending.
The last section is really up to you how you want to structure it. With fall coming up, I head my “meal calendar” with the weather forecast. The second temperatures drop, I am pulling out my crockpot to make delicious stews, soups and perfecting my macaroni and cheese recipe. Also, I usually only plan meals
three days in advance. I can’t go further because I almost always change my mind about what I’m going to cook based on how the week is going. Additionally, if you are trying to cook “clean” i.e. no processed foods, you should be buying ingredients fresh as you can get them. I know this isn’t always realistic with kids but it’s just good practice to buy fresh for the health of the household. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime Now if you can’t get out of the house. At the end of the day, however you cook is up to you. No judgment from me.
Hopefully you found this to be helpful in case some of the more elaborate bullet journals are too much. There’s no right or wrong way to do it!
p.s.I love the Papermate InkJoy pens for journaling. Great action and colors.