My Trim Healthy Mama Notebook

My Trim Healthy Mama Notebook

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Please see this update on my journey with Trim Healthy Mama.

When I wrote my post about Trim Healthy Mama there was a lot of interest in my Trim Healthy Mama notebook. You wanted to know what was in it. And I am happy to answer that. Now, if you start asking me questions about what’s in my drawers, I might have to draw the line…nah, probably not. Unless DRAWERS means pants to you, then yes – I draw the line there.

I’m a nerd…I like charts and printed things. I like page protectors and things lined up all nice and pretty. It’s how I function – and it’s how I don’t lose my mind. So, this is a look at my notebook…and you can customize it for yourself.

First off, Barry made me this nice pretty cover. It’s different than the one you saw in the original post because I updated my notebook with a better binder and more pages. He made a nice pretty PDF so you can print one off for you if you so desire. :-) CLICK FOR THM COVER PAGE.

THM Notebook

My book consists of four main sections: S Recipes, E Recipes, FP Recipes, and Index. Each of those sections is a printable for you if you so desire. I made them so you could easily print and start your notebook. Just click on the link and print. Booya.

What do I have behind each section? Recipes and information. I have lists of what foods are good for each fuel source. Where did I find those lists? First, they’re in the book…but I printed these directly from the Facebook THM files. You can go there and find all sorts of things to print for your book. These files will eventually be updated and moved to the THM website.

I also have some printed recipes for each fuel source. As I try or create a new recipe, I print it off and put it where it belongs…so I don’t have to wig out when the internet is down and I don’t have a recipe printed. I like paper.

My THM Notebook

In my THM notebook I mostly have snack recipes. I need them to be quick and easy to find. This is my LARGE binder that houses favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and homemade staples – I didn’t want my snacks and THM info getting lost in there.

If you don’t have a Favorite Recipes binder, make one. It’s a life saver for those times when I need something and the power is out…or the internet is down – tell me I’m not the only one who has freaked out when the power was out and I needed something online? Don’t lie.

My THM Notebook

Where do my recipes come from? Some of them are from the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook page where people post things they’ve created. I try them and if we like them, they go into my notebook…in a page protector – because I’m a nerd AND a messy cook.

Some of them I’ve created myself and you can look forward to seeing those in the future. :-)

Some of them are from my Pinterest page.  I spend massive quantities of time on Pinterest. Also, some of them are directly from the Trim Healthy Mama Pinterest boards. Great ideas there and good notes in the comments.

My THM Notebook

In the very back I have an Index. In this section is a list of the different recipe sections in the book and what recipes are included in those sections with page numbers. I also found this on the Facebook page, however there is a great index in the back of the book that you could copy and put in your notebook if you so desire.

When we try a recipe from the book, if it’s something we just LOVE LOVE LOVE (hello Skinny Chocolate and Cottage Blueberry Porridge!), then I type it up on my computer, print it out and put it in the corresponding section. Yes, I realize that’s OCD…but I like having them in that format when I’m cooking and meal planning.

My THM Notebook

Speaking of OCD, I had to get my book bound so that it would lay flat. :-) This might be one of the best ideas I’ve ever had…it ranks right up there with Chicken Fajitas. I can use it so much easier now!!!

This was done at Office Depot in 30 minutes and it only cost, wait for it…………$3.73!!!! Do it. You know you want to.

Also, you’ll see my nice, lovely tabs – idea courtesy of Gwen’s Quick Start Guide. I’m organized. Can you tell? Just don’t look in my closet. Thank you.

My THM Notebook

On the back of my binder I have this stevia conversion chart from NuNaturals. It’s the stevia that I use – it’s an extract. If you don’t use this particular type of stevia, it’s still a handy chart to have because it gives you a starting point for how much stevia to use. If you’d like a handy printable, just CLICK HERE…I made you a PDF. Because I’m cool like that.

On the very last page of my notebook is also a Truvia Conversion Chart that I printed. I don’t buy Truvia because it’s expensive and I try to avoid additional additives here and there…I easily make my own Truvia using this awesome recipe from Healthy Indulgences.

So, there is my notebook, with 6 printables for you guys. :-) And because I love you, I’ll also link a few recipes below so that you can have a starting point for your snacks. Booya.

Change your life, become a Trim Healthy Mama.

S Snack Recipes:

E Snack Recipes

FP Snack Recipes:

**This post is linked at Better Mom Monday, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success, at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love, at Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks, at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick, at Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping The Floor,  at In And Out of the Kitchen at Feeding Big, at Homemade Mondays at Frugal by Choice Cheap by Necessity, at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Show Me What You Got at Our Delightful Home, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Premeditated Leftovers,  at Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings,  at Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy’s Recipe Box,  at Traditional Tuesdays at Intentionally Domestic,  at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, at Teach Me Tuesday at Growing Home,  at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Trim Healthy Tuesday, at Domestically Divine Tuesday at Far Above Rubies, at Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday at Day2Day Joys, at Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom,  at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Whole Foods Wednesday on This Chick Cooks,  at Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday, at Wellness Wednesday at Intoxicated on Life, at Wonderful Wednesday at Ducks in a Row, at Show and Share Wednesday at Mostly Homemade Mom,  at Thrive At Home Thursday at Live Called, at The Project Stash at Seven Alive, at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs, at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity,   at Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch, at Thursdays Treasures Link Party at Chocolate, Chocolate and More,  at Thank Your Body Thursday, at Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life,  at Pin It Thursday at Sweet Bella Roos, at Natural Living Link Up at Little Natural Cottage, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Simple Lives Thursday at My Humble Kitchen, at From the Farm at Fresh Eggs Daily, at Shine on Fridays at One Artsy Mama,  at Foodie Friday at Simple Living and Eating,  at Freedom Fridays at My Turn For Us, at Friday Favorites on Simply Sweet Home,  at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club,  at Weekend Whatever at Creative Christian Mama, at Serenity Saturday at Serenity You, at Strut Your Stuff at Six Sisters, and at Friday Link Party at The Pin Junkie.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Rashel

    I hope you don’t mind I linked this post on my blog and used the photo of your notebook cover. I appreciate all of your work and for sharing it with all of us. Thank you. Here is a link to the post in case you want to check it out.

    • Stacy

      Thank you for the attribution! :-) I appreciate it…and when you start up your THM posts, I hope you’ll come link them up on Tuesday! :-)

  • Stacy

    No….I just keep snacks in my THM binder. Meals and breakfasts go in my big Favorite Recipes binder. :-)

  • Jacqueline Snell

    Stacy you are so great! Thanks for all your hard work:-)

    • Stacy

      :-) You’re welcome! I hope it’s helpful.

  • Becky Salter

    I love you. And yes, I know that’s a little weird. But I hope you know it’s not meant in a creepy stalker way, but more as a You’re amazingly awesome way. Thanks for putting this together. Printing now. Heading to Office Depot tomorrow.

    • Stacy

      It’s not weird. :-) I get it.