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Shannon is a wife, mom and Corporate Content Strategy Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She and her sweet family reside in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She is 35 years old, married to Brad and they have two beautiful daughters: Ellie, 5 and Finley, 3
Shannon’s favorite Streamlined & Simple product is the Detailed Meal Planner.
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DO YOU MEAL PLAN ON A SPECIFIC DAY?
Typically I plan on Sundays. I am working hard at trying to plan ahead so my time during the week is optimized for my kids’ needs.
Between working full time and having both children in school now – I’m making a conscious effort to mitigate unnecessary things during the weekdays, like meals that require a lot of prep.
If I have a general idea of what we’re having for dinner each night it helps my husband get dinner ready and nearly on the table before I walk in the door. We team up to tackle dinner duties since our schedules are staggered (he starts work at 7, I start at 9).
WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR MEAL PLANNER?
It’s on the side of refrigerator. When we run out of things or have a thought of ‘we need this,’ both husband & I use the planner to write it down. If we don’t write it down, then we almost always forget it.
HOW DO YOU GROCERY SHOP?
It’s a mixed bag nowadays – but I primarily prefer to shop online and pick up my groceries. As a working mom I can’t explain how appreciative I am for online grocery shopping.
On Sunday’s I will write down my recipes for the week and ‘shop’ my pantry for the ingredients. After that’s done I write down whatever else I need, plus essentials (toilet paper, foil, soap, etc.). I then sit down on my couch and order the groceries while my kids play.
Sometimes when our weekends are super busy I don’t have time for this – which is more common for me now that school is in. So sometimes the meal planning/online grocery shopping happens early Monday morning before work and I’ll pick up the groceries on my way home. But if I can avoid taking the kids into the grocery store – I do! This saves me both money and my sanity.
For instance, the last time I took both my girls with me to the grocery store I spent $10 on 2 juice bottles that had Minnie Mouse heads on them. I also purchased 2 different kinds of goldfish crackers because each kid wanted their own bag. If I l eave them at home or shop online, guess what? No one is picking out a personal bag of rainbow vs. gold goldfish and drinking juice from Minnie Mouse’s head!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR DETAILED MEAL PLANNER?
The detailed planner helps me find everything I need quickly whether shopping online or in-store. It leaves me with a confident feeling instead of the dreaded, ‘I know I’ll be back here tonight/tomorrow because I forgot something’ feeling.
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