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It’s been a tumultuous year for everyone, including my family. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, my job and my husband’s jobs have seen some difficult changes, our children had a six-month break from school (so fun for my mental health), and it seems that every day is one big question mark. To be honest, I’ve had to go into survival mode and dig deep to find the strength to come out of this with positivity.
Then a lightbulb moment hit, and it was so simple: “We’re just going to do our best this year.“
“Just do your best,” has become my mantra this year and my saving grace. The previous sprint I felt to always be perfect became more of a casual walk. While I can’t control much of what’s going on in the outside world, I can focus my energies on what’s going on inside my home. That I can control.
So instead of stressing about what you can’t control, focus on what you can.
Doing Our Best: 4 Things You Can Control Every Single Day
1. Family Dinners.
Think of this: all the tumult in this world, all the hate, could be profoundly changed by one simple nightly tradition: family dinner. It’s the best way to connect with your children, to laugh, to sympathize, and to take advantage of small teaching moments together.
One thing I’m adamant about in our house is family dinners. And we are a crazy-busy family, just like yours. My kids have activities every single night but we always wait for each other to eat, even if that means we eat extra early or extra late. And I’m so busy, I rarely have time to plan and shop for meals, so I take all of the stress out of it by ordering Blue Apron.
The meals are delicious and so filling! And when I used this link, I got $60 off my first three orders, making each week’s worth of meals (3 recipes a week) for only $39.95. That’s less than buying groceries! And every meal is gourmet and flavorful! Way better than what I would just “wing it” on my own.
Doing our best tastes pretty good.
Here’s what came in our first box: Seared Tilapia & Gremolata, Indian Style Chicken tacos, and Creamy Spinach Beef Burgers. (See what’s on the menu this week!)
Tonight, we tried the Seared Tilapia & Gremolata and it was amazing! What I love about Blue Apron is that everything is so organized and the recipes easy to follow.
Did you know you can even gift Blue Apron to a friend or family member!
When we cook together, my husband and I can crank it out in less than 30 minutes. The lentils and fresh peas with a lemon dressing in this dish were out of this world!
Why I’m completely sold on Blue Apron…
- It puts the fun back into cooking. No more recipe fatigue, and no stress on what to cook and when to shop. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
- It’s flexible. I get Blue Apron every week because I love it and it saves my sanity that much. But you can skip weeks or change it up whenever you want. Super flexible with your lifestyle.
- It’s a great value! When I go shopping for meals, I end up buying a cartload of junk too because I get easily distracted. With Blue Apron, it ships to my door FREE (don’t need to waste gas), and each box has every single ingredient carefully packed and portioned for each meal so there’s no waste. It costs me LESS than grocery shopping because I don’t buy all that extra junk. You can even get $60 off here!
- It only takes 35 minutes. That’s it. Most Blue Apron recipes are done in under that!
And so many changes going on in the world daily, there is one constant that has brought me so much relief and that is our family dinner with Blue Apron. It’s the one thing I can rely on—affordable meals, ready to make for my family without the worry of grocery shopping and recipe searching. It’s one way I really do feel I am “doing my best.” On Blue Apron nights, my family gets a warm, delicious meal that makes me excited about cooking again.
2. Living by grace
The day I started relaxing goals for perfection, the world became brighter. With so many cancellations, it feels like a special treat when anything happens. So when my daughters’ softball team gave us the green light to play, we were all so happy, even if that meant a team consisting of 2nd graders up to 6th graders and every girl having a different jersey color, no one cared! We were so happy just to be able to play.
If this year has taught us anything, maybe it’s to be forgiving and even laugh it off–doing our best when things don’t go as planned.
3. Having a “Roll with it” attitude
Similarly, shrugging off rigid expectations and learning to roll with it has done wonders for my family. We’ve learned to kick perfection to the curb as we just take everyday and try to make it a good one.
When you can’t control what’s going on outside of your home, you can focus on what’s inside it. Love, consistency, and grace are going to get us through this year and will become valuable life lessons that we can carry on the rest of our lives.
If you want to bring back family dinners and take the stress out of cooking, hit up Blue Apron and get $60 off ready-to-deliver delicious, recipes right to your door.
While 2020 may not have been the year we planned (my trip to Italy has to be postponed so I’ll just have to make some good Italian food in the meantime!), we are doing our best on the things within our power to change.