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Trello Hacks: Organizing Your Grocery List

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Physical grocery lists ALWAYS get lost in my house.

It’s just doomed to happen and there is no saving it. It gets lost on the way to the store. Or it falls off the fridge and a dog eats it. Or now I even have a baby who thinks that paper is the best snack in the world. facepalm. So going digital was the way to go for us. But many “grocery list” apps drive me crazy. They just have a single list or the list is broken up into catagories that just don’t work for me. See, Simeon and I are bargin shoppers. We know where to get some of the cheapest food for basics, but also like to go to different stores for better quality meats or produce. And most apps, you can’t label what store you want to get the item from.

Enter Trello.

I had already started my love affair with trello months before I decided that this was where we were going to house our grocery list. Actually, I wrote about it on the blog for Beauty Bright Design. It also shares a peak at one of the ways that I have tried doing a grocery list board in the past. But Simeon didn’t like it that much, so we are onto idea two which is much simpler! But I’ll be sharing both ways in case it works better for you the other way as well!

But Why is Trello So Amazing for Grocery Shopping Lists?

1 || Update on the Go - Ever see an amazing meal on TV or have a random thought in the bathroom about how you are almost out of toilet paper? Has that thought ever made it to the kitchen to put these items on a grocery list? Very rarely. I love being able to just pop Trello up ON MOBILE and add whatever I need. It’s perfect.

2 || Connect with Your Spouse - Gone are the days of accidentally starting two separate grocery lists and someone not getting what the other person needs. We are both on this board TOGETHER and can see if the other person has already added something, or if one person is actively at the grocery store, they can see what the other is adding in real time. No more calling the other person a million times during one shopping trip! Just update Trello and shoot a quick text or turn on notifications that something has changed!

3 || Less Waste - Once a list is used, it is soo hard to re-use it. You probably crossed things off, the paper got crumbled, or it got smeared to high heaven when you dropped it in that puddle. So you grab another piece of paper and another and another. Going digital starts to slow down your carbon footprint and it’s just a small change you can make today to start going ZeroWaste.

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So first things, first.

If you don’t have Trello already, SIGN UP NOW! Seriously, how have you lived your life so far?!? Then go ahead and make a Home Team, this is so you can link up with anyone in your household that needs to be adding things to the grocery list.

Route #1 Of How to Build Your Trello Grocery List

Make Your Lists

This is the meal planning and grocery list all in one package! It starts with 5 Lists: Grocery List, Dinner Ideas, Lunch Idea, Breakfast Ideas, Snack Ideas. You can also add more lists if needed (Drink Recipes, Baby Food Recipes, Dessert Recipes, etc)

Trello Grocery & Meal Planning Example

Filling in Your Lists

Start by filling in your lists with all your favorite recipes. Use the checklists to list your ingredients (this is the most important part!) and then in the description, you can link to the actual recipe if needed. Or type it out. Or if you have it memorized just leave it blank :)

Putting the ingredients in the checklist is important because you can change checklist items into cards for your actual grocery list in the first list. It does make the item disappear from the checklist, but you can duplicate the checklist before you change things over.

Organizing Your Grocery List

I go to multiple different stores when I grocery shop, so I LOVE to color code on this grocery list which items I get from which stores and put them in the order of those labels.

Route #2 of Building Your Grocery Shopping List

This is the method that we currently use and is the easiest to use. The board simply has the places that we shop listed and we put the items that we need in each list as we go. We do our meal planning on Google Calendar now because it gives us a good look at our day in one glance.

Simple Trello Grocery List

It takes a lot less maintenance and is very simple. It was how we originally used the board, but then I thought I could improve on it. For people who have the Type A personality or don’t have a new baby clinging to them, it still works great, but we need something that is simple for now. Meal planning that we can easily just move around. Grocery lists that we can easily transfer to grocery pick up sights.

Family Photos with the Pup

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This past August I got a hold of my favorite photographer, Miranda from Miranda Renee Photography, and asked her how she felt about photographing dogs! She admitted that it wasn't something that she usually did but was extremely excited to give our family portraits a try! 

In all honesty, I was super nervous about these photos. I hadn't been feeling exactly . . . pretty. I ended up gaining a lot of weight these last few years and was feeling pretty uncomfortable but I knew that I really wanted updated photos. So I scheduled them anyway, and honestly, I am so incredibly happy that I did! These photos are amazing and I don't think I would have wanted to have missed this time in our lives in the future.

These photos were to celebrate our new beginnings. Our little family. Our new state! New career paths and a refocus on each other.  

The Weekender Project|| 14

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Again, its FRIDAY!! I actually had a pretty productive weekend this past week! I got two out of three of my goals accomplished and I was pretty proud of that!


1| Finish MPD Packaging - I have two packages for the two sites that I design for! A Basic package (just a blog design) and a branding package (blog design with social media branding) for Blogger and Squarespace. I am currently working on seeing if I can add Wordpress Self-Hosted as well! A third package for everything is in the works too. ;)

3| Spend Bonding Time with my Husband -  We had a lot of fun watching a movie while cuddled in bed and getting to spend time together for a good portion of this week!


2| Organizing my Bedroom & Office area - This one is coming along very slowly. As you can kind of see in the photo above! We bought a new filing cabinet that I have to add to my office area as well, and finally took care of our christmas tree and the broken freezer that we had been meaning to take to the dump for a few weeks. So at least some organizing got done! Just not everything. :)


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1|| Prepare to Install the first finished blog design of 2016!

2|| Finish my Branding Audit - As you might have noticed in my graphics, I am currently changing my branding a little more to fit myself, instead of the robot that I was trying to turn my blog into. But I'll discuss that more next week.

3|| Have fun with My Adorable Neice - I'm doing  shoot with my BIL & SIL on Friday and then Simeon and I are kidnapping our little niece so that mom and dad can have a fun date night for my SIL's birthday! It will be her first overnight with us and I'm a little nervous! But we are stocked up on cheese sticks and Disney movies, so I think we will have a fun time. :)

What are your goals for the Weekend?

5 Tips to Get Your Family to the Table

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This post is sponsored by the 

Billion Family Dinners Challenge campaign

. All opinions are my own. #BillionDinners


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ended for Simeon and I last night! To be honest, getting dinners in together was a lot harder than I thought it was, but it was fun to document the ones that we did get to have together. I was actually pretty proud that we were able to get to 11 dinners in two weeks! There were plenty of things that I have learned in the last few weeks on what it takes to really gather up even just two people around a dinner table to eat a meal without technology.  But even as difficult as it can be, there are so many things that make it worth it.

My top three are

1| We discussed our future

- right now there are a lot of things that are up in the air. We graduate in just a few months and have to start making decisions. Dinner was a good time to discuss the latest developments in the potentials for our futures.

2| Game Time

- My sister had the great idea that during our dinner together that we should play a game while we had dinner together and it was ridiculously fun!

3| Inside Jokes

- You have to get off your phones, TVs, and computers to create inside jokes with your friends and family. So seriously do it! These are the memories that you will always remember. The jokes that you will laugh about for years to come. And you can't make those staring at a screen constantly.

But obviously you have to get to the table with your dinner first.

So here are some tips to get there smoothly.

1| Plan Ahead

- Meal planning isn't something that I'm the best at, but it is something that helps get you to the table. Simeon and I don't eat until he gets home from work around 9:30 at night. If I don't have dinner done by then, it will be insanely late by the time we do.

2| Take Away Distractions

- Put your phone in another room. Move the TV out of the place where you eat. Just get the electronics away and don't get distracted! :)

3| Have Conversation Questions

- That's one of my favorite parts so far of the

DinnerCall app

. As it tracks your dinners together, it also gives you a conversation starter! It has a fun little question to start things off for you!

4| Clear a Spot to Eat

- If your little family is anything like mine, our dinner table is more for storage than it actually is for eating. We tend to either eat on our couch (because we like to watch shows) or on the floor in our living room. No matter where you eat, you really should make sure that you can eat together. Sitting next to each other or facing each other.

5| Get Everything Together

- With it being so late when we start eating, Simeon and I have a habit of just grabbing our food and only worrying about other needs as they come. But to be able to not have an interrupted conversation, it is best to get all those things (like your drink, condiments, or the salt & pepper) beforehand instead of constantly jumping up to get them!

If you haven't yet, take the

#BillionDinner Challenge

! I know you will love every second of it just as I did!

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This post is sponsored by the Billion Family Dinners Challenge campaign. All opinions are my own. #BillionDinners

Family dinners took on a different aspect when Simeon and I got married. Our family is just the two of us and is so late in the day that honestly, we just eat in front of the TV with one of our favorite shows playing (lately it has been either Leverage, Once Upon a Time, or the new Doctor Who). It isn't a big deal and we don't really connect during this time.

And it is nothing like I pictured our meals being like when we walked down that aisle to each other.

I had known that it was going to be crazy. Simeon works evenings at Walmart so he doesn't even get home until 9:30 at night. We are both still in school so the wear and tear of doing school, work, blogging, chores, and research, it all takes a toll on us by 9:30 at night. As introverts, we're both talked out at this time and just want to enjoy each others company with minimal talking, and just enjoy our show.

I wouldn't say that our meals are horrible together or anything.

But it's not what I want for our relationship. And this challenge is the perfect way to kick start a difference!!

What is the #BillionDinners challenge? It is a two week challenge to have 10 family meals together! No phones! No TV! No outside distractions! It doesn't have to be a fancy meal. Or in a fancy setting. As long as you are together with your family (be it big or small), you can join in this challenge!

Just download the DinnerCall app to your phone, log in, and set the timer for your meal.

Not convinced that you need to join in the Billion Family Dinners Challenge? Let me share some facts with you.

Did you know that just by eating together as a family you'll not only be able to learn more about each other and what happened in each other's days, but can lower obesity levels, lower substance abuse rates, and lead to happier and more secure children.

Now I know if you are reading this blog, you might not be in the position for children yet, but why not set the standards for family meals in the future by having them now?

Even if you aren't married and are away at college, friends are family too! Sit down and make a meal together in one of your apartment's and you would be surprised by how much fun you will have! Turn it into a board game night as well!

No matter what your situation is, get your group together, turn your phones on silent (remember the app tracks your time spent together!), and enjoy each other's company over a nice hot meal.

I'll be sharing my progress in the challenge over twitter and I can't wait to see your family dinner posts as well!!

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