It’s not the most popular time to talk about New Year’s resolutions, I get that – but I like to go against the flow.
One of my “resolutions” this year was to get more on my computer/tablet/phone, since I finally started using a smart phone in late fall and got a little tablet for Christmas. If I didn’t force myself to learn how they worked I’d let them run out of batteries and sit on my desk unused!
Which reminds me, I think my tablet has been sitting, out of batteries and ignored, for almost a week now. *cringe* Hey, nobody’s perfect!
Last week’s Monday Mission was a challenge to use technology in the kitchen to make life easier. I got some good recommendations for new podcasts to check out in the comments (now will I find the time to actually get that information to my phone where it belongs? Debatable…) and also some pretty sweet apps.
Special note: Did you know that Monday 4/14 is the “encore” day for the Mom Conference? The top 5 or 6 interviews will be replayed, and it looks like one of my favorites, Amy McCready from Positive Parenting Solutions, is going to make the cut. I highly recommend catching her session, which will be free anytime from 10 a.m. EST Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday.
You can register HERE to get the links to listen, and if you totally miss it, you can purchase the downloadable library of the entire conferences plus 20 bonus items as well (but the price goes up Tuesday, so be sure to peek into it asap).
This “Hangout on Air” is a little like a talk show that you can listen to while you work, too – it’s just 30 minutes, half the length of my usual show, and I certainly hope you find some practical advice and ideas from Susan Donley, the KS reader who inspired this whole idea, and Clint Bounds, creator of Plan to Eat, the meal planning software Susan and I use.
Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed the show or have any questions for us, and also if you have any topics you’d like to see addressed in the future or speakers you’d love to hear. Thanks!
If you can’t see the video above, click meal planning with technology to see it right on YouTube.
I know you might not have even 30 minutes to listen to this hangout, even if you’re multitasking. For those of you who like to skim, here are some minute-marks to help you find just what you’re interested in.
2:00 Susan’s story Begins telling about their adopting 4 boys at once and suddenly needing a schedule!
5:00 Katie talks about throwing away paper planners and forcing herself to get online with meal planning
6:00 Susan’s baby steps to integrating Plan to Eat with her calendar – a screen share of exactly how it looks
9:45 Clint explains which calendars integrate with PTE and why Plan to Eat is an “onion.” (Think Shrek)
11:15 The problem of the “up front investment time” with a new meal planning system
13:45 “It was my wife’s fault.” Clint’s story of the inception of Plan to Eat.
15:40 The “up and coming” features on Clint’s to-do list including how PTE is joining the social aspect of the Internet. (Here’s the link to the KS group on Plan to Eat, by the way, so that you can be part of that!)
18:45 Susan’s system for meal planning – how long does it take, how many days at a time does she plan? And how did she get started?
21:20 Cool PTE tip on marking “private” recipes plus Plan to Eat’s care for bloggers’ recipes
24:40 Tweaking/editing recipes in Plan to Eat
26:45 Susan and I beg Clint for new features!
29:30 A revelation – adding notes to the meal plan calendar. Might change Susan’s life!
You can see all the other HOA (Hangout on Air) topics for foodies right HERE. We’ve had some good ones so far and more to come!