28 Easy Lunches For Busy Working Moms!

I admit, I am addicted to the convenience of fast food. BUT, I know better, so I work on doing better! Here are 28 great ideas for easy lunches for the busy, working mom!

This meal plan from Litehouse includes a shopping list and directions to prepare 7 healthy lunches in one day. I already do a ton of meal prepping on the weekend, thanks to PrepDish, so prepping these lunches will not add much more work than I am used to. And, my goodness, prepping ahead saves me so much time and money!

I always have a container of my Super Tuna Salad on hand! It is great on sandwiches and on its own. Plus, it makes my husband smile!

These 12 High Protein lunch ideas  keep me full, focused, and keep my hands out of the candy jar at work!

Try these Greek Chicken Lunch Bowls From Super Healthy Kids.

I am obsessed with these lunchbox ideas from Bless This Mess. 

You can get a lot more inspiration from my Pinterest lunch board!

 

Back To School Menu Planning

Back to School Meal Ideas

Back to School Meal Ideas

 

With the kids heading back to school, and one fewer kid at the table (sniff), it is time to buckle back down with meal planning.

Summer can be fun with lazy days and no bedtimes. We tend to not even start thinking about dinner until after I get home from work, and then work together to get something on the table–which often includes a last minute trip to the grocery store. Summer dinners are later (sometimes as late as 7:30!)

But, with school starting and homework, and sports and choir practices, we need to be more consistent about meals in our house.

As a working mom I’m blessed with a husband with a flexible work schedule who handles the after school rush. He is also willing to at least start cooking dinner–with one requirement: I have to leave him a recipe. And it can’t be a recipe like we women share (throw some chicken and some rice in a pot, etc.). My husband has a masters degree in engineering. He values precision. So, I have to leave him with a real recipe. . .and I need to make sure that all of the ingredients are actually in the house.

This transition can be softened with the help of one of my favorite organizational tools, eMeals! eMeals provides you simple breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert meal plans to help you easily and effectively plan meals for your family.

One of the new favorites is their kid-friendly meal plan. Each meal plan comes with a ready-made shopping list to help you get through the grocery store in no time flat! Sign up for eMeals now and you can get 2 bonuses:

 

  1. Save 20% with code SCHOOL on any eMeals Meal Plan
  2. A FREE Back to School Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 3 Power Breakfast Recipes, 2 Lunch Box Recipes, 2 Weeknight Dinners, 2 After School Snacks, and 1 Yummy Dessert!

You can see an example of one of the recipes from the Back to School kit below to enjoy with your kids.

Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-ups

  • 8 slices bacon
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 lb thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or any shredded cheese)
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain.

Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise and guacamole over each tortilla.

Layer turkey, bacon and cheese on each tortilla.

Add lettuce, if desired.

Roll up tortillas,and cut in half.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes

Working Mom Guilt, Easing My Mind

Working Mom Guilt

Working Mom Guilt is Real

I want you to know, that while I write about the wonderful parts of being a working mother, and the fact that I really do love the direction that my life has taken in the past year, there are still some downsides. Working mom guilt is a harsh reality.

Nothing, no nothing, breaks a mother’s heart more than the plaintive cries of her wee one saying, “Mommy, I just want you..”

Because she is not lying.

She just wants mom.

And on some level, when I hear those words, I’ve failed my child in some way. I feel guilt. Deep, aching, working mom guilt.

Continue reading “Working Mom Guilt, Easing My Mind”

Work-Life Balance Hacks

IMG_0394 One of the biggest struggles for working moms is finding a way to “do it all” or to have it all. Motherhood is already fraught with guilt, but when you add a career to the mix, the guilt does not only double. . .it triples.

I found this transition particularly difficult as I had spent so much time out of the career zone. In my sixteen years as a stay at home mom, I had plenty of jobs outside and inside the home, but none were careers. None of those jobs demanded that the lines between home life and work life would be so blurred as a career would.

My career assumes a traditional forty-hour workweek. I also have a monthly evening meeting, various fundraising events that happen within and outside of my “work hours”, occasional travel and various miscellaneous activities. While I may leave my office at 5 PM, my mind is constantly on my job.

Add into the equation the fact that I have six children and a husband who also juggles a busy career with multiple non-traditional commitments. Continue reading “Work-Life Balance Hacks”

Yes, You Really Can Love Your Job! #MC #spon

Why You Need a Job coach, from dakotapam.com
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Why You Need a Job coach, from dakotapam.com

There is a secret in our society.

Work can be fulfilling, and even fun!

There seems to be a negative stigma surrounding work. You’ve seen them, the memes that go around Facebook about Monday being the very worst day of the week.

Let me be straight with you. I’ve been at my new job for just under a year now. I’ve not dreaded going to work for one single day.

The old saying is true, “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life!”

But, sometimes getting to that point is hard. When I began my job search, I was not really sure what job I would love. I had been out of the working world for many, many years. The things I studied in college were decades away; and my goals, ideals and aspirations had changed along the way as well. Continue reading “Yes, You Really Can Love Your Job! #MC #spon”