Family Photos, Fundraising, and Meal Planning

Blue Wheel Photography Family Photos

I’m very excited to share this post with you all-it involves Family Photos, Fundraising, and Meal Planning for a busy family. My very talented friend Laura Gainor-who just so happens to take the most beautiful photos (see above) and is a proud mom of 2 little ones- will be hosting mini photo sessions for families with ALL all proceeds benefiting Junior Achievement of Wisconsin  as she prepares to run a 1/2 Marathon. Click here for more information.

When I was finding out more about this event, I asked Laura about family life and how she plans for dinner and handles meal time, her response really blew me away:

“As a busy mom and wife, the three most important goals I try to achieve on a daily basis is that 1) my family is safe and healthy 2) my kids have the opportunity to learn something new every day and 3) that I have the opportunity to get home in time to make my family a good meal and all sit together to talk about our day.

With my new part-time job at Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, I have been blessed to be able to focus on and take the time to enjoy these three things. Before this opportunity, life seemed to be flying by and I felt too rushed. I am thankful every day to see how JA is impacting students’ lives by teaching them real-world skills, watching Clara and Garrett’s facial expressions as they learn something new (that normally I would have missed) and being able to thank Brian for giving me this opportunity by cooking for him each day.

To help us out even more, one of the best websites I was introduced to was eMeals, which provides Weekly Dinner Menus with Matching Grocery List. This makes the grocery shopping and meal-making so much easier since the time period from 4:30 til dinner time at 6:00 can be a bit nuts entertaining the kids, changing diapers and trying to cook dinner while we wait for Brian to get home. With eMeals , I get a new weekly meal plan sent to my inbox, with the grocery list included, and I choose from the 7 recipes to decide which ones I’ll cook in the upcoming week. It helps me save money on groceries so that I don’t waste money buying things I don’t need and I don’t need to research recipes to cook!

One of my favorite recipes so far is the Chicken Sausage, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash. I’m a sucker for sweet potatoes and this is such an easy recipe that Clara also loves to eat. (which we’re entering the picky-eating phase, so this is a huge win). Thanks to eMeals for making dinner-time so much easier in our household!

I also want to thank Philia for all of her cooking inspiration, amazing recipes and for sharing information about my fundraising as I prepare to run the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon on June 21! I am not a runner, I barely have time to workout, so I am excited to accomplish such a huge achievement and also give back by raising money for Junior Achievement. I would love to provide families with photo memories of the people they love, while also supporting a great cause! “

Wow-how sweet is that? Thanks Laura! I will definitely be checking out eMeals! Laura was even nice enough to send over an example of  one of the plans and shopping list that includes the Chicken Sausage, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash (here is the eMeal Meal Plan).  Soooo…if you’re in the Milwaukee area February 15th I would highly recommend setting up an appointment to get some photos done and meeting this super talented mama of 2. If you can’t make it for the photo sessions would like to help her reach her fundraising goal, click here !

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