Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!

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Freezer Cooking, Here I Come!

I have a friend that takes her time each Sunday to plan meals for the week and does a lot of advanced preparation by freezing meals, or portions of each meal and only has to add the fresh items later.  This truly saves her a lot of time and money throughout the week. After pinning several freezer meal ideas, recipes, and tips on Pinterest, I believe I am ready to give it a try.

Next Sunday I have decided that I will try and make the whole weeks worth of meals in advance, and add only fresh ingredients when needed.  I have researched the plans and ideas and things that have seemed to work for everyone online, and will spend some time this week coming up with a menu and a strategic shopping list ensuring I have all the things that I need.

I am hopeful that this will save me time during the week, allow us to eat more healthy, and cut down on those “oh I’m too tired, let’s just get pizza nights!”  As a Mom, I feel like any thing I can do to save time to spend with my kids it is definitely worth it, hope it works out as well as I have planned :).

Do you prepare meals in advance? Do you have any tips that have worked for you?

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