Well to the ways of her household

Every week, schedule shopping into you iCal. (This cannot be normal, but I seem to love shopping so much that even grocery shopping is a highlight to my week.) Although, I don't always enjoy watching the money just go, I have found that getting the monthly (weekly, bi-weekly, however you budget) budgeted amount for grocery and household goods in cash in an envelope has been very helpful to curb overspending. The engineer and I have been faithful Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Graduates for 7+ years now and in his teaching, I learned that studies on the brain showed that people who paid for purchases with a credit or even check card activated the pleasure center of the brain as where paying for purchases with cash activated the pain center of the brain. Try it for yourself, but I am a total believer! Parting with "real money" (cash) is much more painful to me than swiping a card, even if I'm buying milk and toilet paper.
In keeping your life simple, a couple tips on shopping lists. One idea is to have a monthly (or weekly) master shopping list. I used this for years. My list looked like this:

Toilet Cleaner
Clean Shower
Air Freshners
Lighter Fluid
Garbage Bags
Paper Plates
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Softener Salt
Bar Soap-Zest
Hair Spray
Cotton balls
Contact Solution
Bath Bubbles
Cottage Cheese
Frozen Veggies
Frozen Pizza
Frozen Bread Dough
Flour – white & wheat
Brown Sugar
Powdered Sugar
Chocolate Chips
On Sale Fresh Fruit
Green Pepper
Peanut Butter
Mac & Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Tortilla Shells
Each month, I printed this list, crossed out the items we didn't need more of for the coming month and then kept the list with me when I was shopping. Of course printed out, there was room to add to my list special ingredients for recipes and requests from the family.
For a while, I used the app called Grocery iQ. It allowed me to make a list of favorites (this would be my master shopping list), add stores, access online coupons, and more. I still use this to remember what kind of oil to buy for the car and truck, and what size air filter for the furnace/air conditioner.
It was a good app, but because I'm one of "those" couponer and sale-circular shopper, I found it easier to just keep my shopping list and sale items we purchase anyway in notes on my iMail (that syncs to my iPod). It seemed quicker to me to be able to type my list on the computer when I was at home, and while on the go, be able to edit it on my iPod.

Keeping milk and juice in the fridge, healthy & nourishing snacks on hand, and yes, even HelloKitty bandaids in-stock is providing for my family. They may never notice I have them stocked, but they will definitely notice if I don't have the essentials available! Sometimes it's an overwhelming feeling but I stop to trust in God that I'm falling in-line with the example of the Proverbs 31 woman:
She seeks wool and flax,    and works with willing hands. (v. 13)  
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. (v. 14)
She rises while it is yet night    and provides food for her household    and portions for her maidens.  (v. 15)
She is not afraid of snow for her household,    for all her household are clothed in scarlet. (v. 21)
 She looks well to the ways of her household    and does not eat the bread of idleness. (v. 27)

Decide how you will organize your time and your shopping list in a style that fits you and provides well for your family.

Eat, drink, find enjoyment!

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment and see good in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18
Although I struggle with enjoying food in excess when I take my eyes off Christ, I am thankful that God gave us food to enjoy! Though I'm not sure how something can be both joy and pain, planning a menu for my family is both. Joy when I'm full of great ideas and creative things to try. Joy when their eyes light up at the phrase, "Mac and Cheese Casserole" but pain when I have no creativity, no plan and hear, "Mom, can you not make this again. It's not my favorite." However, it is part of my job as a worker at home. (Which, overall, I do love.)
Over the years I'm learned and tried different methods of approach to menu planning: Monthly menu plans, weekly planning and a 3-week rotation. If you are new to menu planning and the kitchen seems daunting, the 3-week rotation is perhaps the best place to begin.
On average, we eat the same foods about every three weeks. So with the 3-week plan, you gather your typical recipes plot them out in a 3-week rotation. Along with this, it is handy to have a corresponding grocery list for these recipes.
For years, with young toddlers, I liked doing monthly menu planning. Set aside at least 1-hour to make a list of  15-20 meals to be served in the calendar month. I found this allowed for consuming all the leftovers, eating out and of course, ordering in pizza. (In our home, I typically only make the evening dinner meal--with enough leftovers to pack for a lunch the next day--so if you make lunches or full breakfasts, you'd have to add the total menu ideas.) Make a corresponding grocery list and stock the pantry. Then as you go through the month, every day you can decide what's for dinner that night. I even kept my monthly list from year to year because what we eat typically corresponds to what foods are in season and on sale during various times of the year. This made the task less daunting after the first year because I could use most of the same menu ideas the next year. 
Currently, I create a weekly menu plan based on sale items and favorite recipes that appear on my favorite food blog, www.budgetbytes.blogspot.com. I have "Menu" on my iCal as reoccurring event at 6pm. When I plan my menus, I simply type in the menu item on each event and then add necessary grocery items to my shopping list. (More on shopping lists next week.)
Everyone is different, but for me, I am paralyzed without a plan. If I have a plan, I can easily get in motion, i.e. thaw & marinate meat, prep the veggies, load up the crockpot in the morning when we have a busy day, etc.
What tips can you share in regards to menu planning? Do you have a favorite app to share? Decide today to start menu planning and save yourself mucho bucks (and calories) by not eating out as much and save yourself the stress of 5:30pm and frozen chicken!

Your steps

The invention of iCal and the "Cloud" have changed for the better my monthly calendar. I recall the days of printing out each week and posting it on the refrigerator. While that was good for my family to see what was coming for the week and each day, I like the idea of using less paper and just sharing necessary agenda items with them by "inviting" them to an event.
I've also heard of families successfully utilizing google calendars to share one common calendar. We just never got on that wagon.
My iCal is my lifeline because if I don't write something down, I won't remember it. Just this morning, the calculating one pulls out my iPod and starts reading my calendar for the day.
"Breakfast 7 AM, Verse of the Day with girls 7:15AM, Preschool 9AM..." Yes, that's right we haven't been doing Verse of the Day at breakfast. Out comes the Air1 app and their Verse of the Day. (Seems you have to read your iCal for it to be useful...)
I also love using different calendars. I have a calendar for each family member, menus, auto maintenance  (where I keep track of miles and when oil changes are due), garden produce, birthday and anniversaries. I remind myself to renew library books, change the air filter in the furnace and it's essentially where I keep my daily focus because each item is an event in the day.
God wants us to plan and allowing Him direct our steps.
The heart of a man plans his way
but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Many are the plans of a person's heart
but it the the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Often when I'm not sure what order to do things in or how everything is going to get accomplished, I pray, "God direct my steps today." And later in the day when things don't go quite like I had anticipated, I say, "Thanks God for showing us the way to go. It's not what I thought, but it's good. It's your way."
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and rely not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Decide the best way for you to keep track of you calendar in a organized fashion. If you have a great idea to share, post it in the comments. We can all learn from each other. Keeping a calendar will add peace to your home!