Episode 7: Chop, Chop, Om — Real Life Meal Prep Tips as Self Care

Mention meal prepping and visions of spending our entire Sunday in the kitchen dance in our heads. But is this really what it takes?

We chatted with the queen of meal prep, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean, to find out. Because we had a feeling there might be a different way. As it turns out, there are several different ways. And if you find the one that's right for you, you might even start to think about meal prepping as a form of self care.

Go figure.

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Episode 6: Meal Planning Isn't Magic (But You Should Do It Anyway)

Admit it: Six o'clock on a weeknight is the worst time to be the family cook. The kids are cranky, everyone is hungry, and who knows what your picky 3-year old is going to actually eat tonight. Staring into the fridge wondering what the hell you're going to pull out is one way to get the job of feeding your family done, but what if there was a better way? In the first part of our two part meal planning mini series, Meghan walks us through the magic of meal planning and Stacie asks the tough practical questions about whether meal planning is right for every family and what we can do instead to take the stress out of Wednesday night dinners, because Wednesday are the worst!

Join us as we dive into meal planning for real, family life.

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Episode 5: The Inconvenient Truth about Dining Out With Kids

Here's an idea: Let's take feeding kids public! We’ll bring them to a restaurant full of other adults who aren't compelled to think that our kids are cute. We’ll pay to make the experience happen. And let’s throw waiters who are loathe to deal with our small people in the mix, too, so we can pay them extra for having to serve us. Sounds fun, right?

This, friends, is dining out with children. Let us speak of why we partake of this ritual. Because, yes, we believe it's worth it. (But, yes, it's possible we're just crazy.)

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Mini Episode: GOOP and the Most Superb Love-Hate We've Ever Known

It's been a little while since everyone worked themselves up into a frenzy over the recent New York Times Magazine article about Goop, but in true busy mom fashion, we were busy with school lunches. But we couldn't let the moment pass completely, because we love to hate her so much. 

Okay, that’s not quite why we had to record our conversation about the article. We did that because we think there's something deeper going on with Gwyneth and Goop and wellness and women and how we care for ourselves and maybe even our kids. So, welcome to the first ever Didn't I Just Feed You?! mini episode.

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Episode 3: Three Experts Walk Into a Lunchroom... and We End Up with One Piece of Advice.

In the last episode of our three-part series on school lunch, Stacie and Meghan explore the lunch box from three wildly different lenses.

We ask an elementary school teacher to dish on what really happens in the lunchroom. Laura Fuentes of Momables talks us through packing allergy-friendly school lunches — even if your kid isn’t the one with food allergies. And artist/chef Jenny Dorsey talks about her IG series Privilege, which explores eating a lunch box packed with Chinese food in a cafeteria full of corn dogs and frozen pizza. 

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Episode 2: The Bigger Promise of School Lunch with Catherine McCord

It’s easy to think about packing school lunch as just another task to check off your list. You look for tips on how to do it more efficiently. You seek out ways to urge, or maybe even incentivize, your kids to get with the program (and eat their damn lunch). And do this on repeat 180 times during the school year. It’s not much fun, but as long as you get through, it’s good enough.

This week, Stacie and Meghan speak to Catherine McCord of Weelicious who inspires them to think about school lunch as so much more. Not more work, but more freedom for parents and more opportunity for kids. Her tips are more than practical — they actually inspire you to shift your perspective.

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Episode 1: So It Begins — 180 Days of School Lunch

Every year, back-to-school season has families buzzing with excitement. New sneakers, new outfits, fun school supplies — even as a busy parent, it’s hard not to get wrapped up. That is, until you remember that back-to-school also means packing school lunches. 180 times. For each child.

Finding school lunch inspiration after, oh, the first week, can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled out the big guns. Check out our first episode in a three-part series on surviving a year of packing school lunches. In this one, we share our foolproof tips and tricks for keeping it healthy, fun, and most of all, easy. Which, yes, includes getting the kids involved too. Here’s how.

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