Weekly meal planning: It’s what’s for dinner.

A few posts back I shared our non-commanding command center, created to support our newly-formed habit of of weekly meal planning.

We are so pleased that Sara Tetrault of Go Gingham has asked us to write about what we’ve learned so far on her blog today.

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I read Sara’s blog all the time to get her great tips for fancy, frugal, and fun living. Her ideas for home, food, and family are always practical and do-able.

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Last week Sara published a great post on making the switch from paper to cloth napkins. I’m in!

Sara–who swears by weekly meal planning and is full of great ideas on how to make it work–is the main reason we’ve become converts to this way of doing food. She convinced me that it was a sure way to reduce stress, poor food choices, and our food bill. She was right.

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Last week we planned for pulled pork, which we used in green chile, sandwiches, and enchiladas.

Sara is one of the few bloggers I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in real life, and the real-life Sara is just like blogger Sara: upbeat, energetic, funny, smart, and–yes–frugal. We met to take a field trip to the Bins, the place where things that have lived too long at Goodwill go.

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(Image via Go Gingham)

I really meant to take photos and write a post back when we went, but I was having too much fun just hanging out with Sara and talking a mile a minute with her. (As you know, when I have to choose between blogging and living, living always wins. :-))

We really hope you will check out our post, and I highly recommend spending some time poking around on her site. Here’s a few of my favorite posts to get you started:

Bathroom renovation:  This post contains links to others Sara wrote about renovating their bathroom for less than $1,000. Great information  if you’re tackling a similar project!

Gardening strategies for non-gardeners:  This post is giving me confidence to think that we can actually begin a garden this year.

Green living is often grey:  I so appreciate Sara’s thoughtful approach to the topic of living green–smart and practical and non-judgmental.

Hope you’re all doing well. We’ve been loving our spring break this week, with visits to family, lots of relaxed time with our kids, and SUN, glorious sun! (Sun during spring break in western Oregon/Washington is a rare occurence. We are full of gratitude for its appearance these past few days.)

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While we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa, Grace taught me to Instagram. Such an easy way to share photos. If you’d like to keep up with our day in/day out stuff, you can find me there under the name thissortaoldlife.  Also sharing them on Twitter (@sortaoldlife).

It’s where you can see some of the cool stuff I’m seeing…

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and fun stuff we’re doing…

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Would love to connect with you there, and hear about what you’ve been up to this week. Hope you’ll let us know in the comments.