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1/2/13 4:27 P

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Hi! After I finished reading your message here I got my Daily Spark notice and it had a list of slow cooker soups. some of them sound pretty good. I have persoanlly made the Buffalo Chicken Soup and my husband & I both liked it. Maybe one of these will appeal to you and your DH?

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1/2/13 4:16 P

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I think Linda hit on all the top ideas! I truly believe in making lists and prioritizing! Some things we worry about just don't need to get done! I make use of my slow cooker/crock pot alot! It really helps when both of us are too busy to cook and it keeps us from grabbing fast food! Batch cooking helps too like Linda said. I cookd a big crock pot of oatmeal then I have it frozen in 1 cup containers and just pop in the microwave each morning for a hot breakfast. I multi-task too. I check out Spark People when something is cooking; I set the washer on and go do other things; i exercise when watching TV.... Is your husband able to do anything for himself? Has he applied for disability to have some income come in while he cannot work? I suggest doing that immediately b/c it can be a long wait. And, don't give up! Keep applying if they turn him down! Good luck! I hope you can find a balance! Come here and vent when you need to! We all agree that we feel free to express ourselves here about anything and everything!

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1/2/13 11:28 A

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Well not knowing your specific circumstances, I can only offer a few tips that have worked for me.....

Make a list of all the things that needs to be done, then prioritize them. Base the priority on absolutely need to do, down to would like to do but the world won't end if I don't do it.....

I found out that some things that were stressing me out, were not all that important in the great scheme of things.

Look for ways to simplify life in general. Do you eat casseroles, soups, stews, etc? Do you have a slow cooker? (or a pressure cooker?) If you get the ingredients together the evening before, pop it all in the slow cooker in the morning before you go to work, you can come home to a meal already hot and cooked. Obviously, you will have to experiment with recipes to find what you and your husband like or don't like. Mark the recipes so you will not re make something you did not like. Likewise mark the ones you do like so you can make it again in the future. Another thing to consider is sitting down and making up a menu for the following week, mark what you need to get from the store versus what you have in your pantry. If you do your shopping on the way home from work one evening, make sure to take the list with you that morning so you don't have to go home to get it (it will save you some time.) Now you know you have everything you need for a full weeks worth of meals.

Don't hesitate to make extra servings that you can put in the freezer for use later. In other words, cook once, eat twice.... In the morning, just put the frozen meals in the fridge to defrost, and then heat up when you get home Don't think of these as leftovers, call them planned overs because you would have planned to have the extra for another meal......
When I make fried chicken, I always make at least 4 or 5 servings, eat the one that evening and I still have 3 or 4 that I can plop into the microwave when I am short on time another day.

Try to set aside some time that is just for you. Take a bubble bath, or read a book, get a manicure, even go to the mall. Of course this time has to be worked into everything else, but if you set aside 1 or 2 hours a week just for you, it can help relax and regenerate you....

I really hope you will find some of these tips usefull. I hope Melissa and or Anna with have some other ideas for you.....

Take care. I hope you had a great New Years.

Linda

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1/1/13 10:48 P

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I have been feeling overwhelmed by everything going on lately. I had to take on a second job after my husband had surgery. (We gotta pay the bills somehow). How do you keep your mind focused on health and wellness throughout the day especially when you come home exhausted? How do you fight that lazy feeling you get when you feel like doing nothing? What do you do to fight feeling overwhelmed by everything you know you have to get done?

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