Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Trim Healthy Mama Notebook

I made myself a THM notebook to include all the recipes and awesome resources I have acquired while starting my Trim Healthy Mama journey and thought I would share it with you. However, I have to give credit where credit is due and I got some awesome ideas from Stacy at StacyMakesCents and Gwen at Gwen’s Nest. You should follow those links and check out their ideas.

I wanted my notebook to include all the THM recipes that I have been collecting as well as tips, etc. but I needed it to be in an organized fashion. So I made several sections.
Here are my sections:
“S” recipes
“E” recipes
“FP” recipes

I have pretty sheets for some of the section dividers and for my front cover thanks to Stacy and Gwen, see the links above.  I love paper and I love dividers and I love the plastic sheet protectors to keep my papers clean and neat! I also love sticky tabs. Can you tell I thoroughly enjoyed making this notebook? Well, I did! 

In the very front of my notebook is my menu plan. You can find these blank menu plans here, thank you Gwen! I can just open it and glance at what we are having for dinner that night or get an idea for breakfast.

I need to be able to find my recipes quickly but also to know which type of food I am eating, S, E, or FP. So what I did is to not only have sections but to divide those sections using my sticky tabs. Behind my S divider I have sections for breakfast, main dishes, sides, desserts, snacks, and dips/dressings/etc. I have those sections behind my E and FP dividers also. So I can easily find an S dessert or an FP snack idea. Because my sticky tabs came in three different colors, all of my S tabs are one color, E is another color and FP is another color. Woohoo for color coding!

This shows the side of my notebook and all the dividers.

The pinkish tabs are my S sections.

The greenish are E's and FP's are yellow.

After my meal “type” sections I have a drink section which includes all the yummy beverage recipes I have printed out (all types).  I also made a section for breads because I wanted those recipes to be easy to find and all in one place.

 My tips/resources section is for my documents like “what category each food is in”, the building blocks document, and other helpful resources from the web. I found most, if not all, of these resources in the files section of the Trim Healthy Mama facebook group. That is also where I found a lot of the recipes I have printed off. If you have not joined that group but want to follow THM, I highly recommend you join now. That is right, go here and do it now before you get sidetracked and forget what it is you were supposed to do. Yes, it is that helpful!

I have also printed out several THM recipes from Pinterest.  I do have a Trim Healthy Mama Pinterest board, if you would like to follow it you can click here.

I hope this inspires you to get your THM materials organized and quickly accessible to make your Trim Healthy Mama journey an easy one ~ if you haven’t already.




  1. Well this just made me smile my face off. :-) Thanks for linking at Trim Healthy Tuesday!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  2. Love this! I have a notebook of sorts, but it is not very organized and certainly not as pretty as yours!

    Cindy Young

  3. Thank you Cindy! I use it constantly so I had to have it organized :)

  4. I think this would really help me. Thanks for sharing!
    Harvest Lane Cottage

  5. Laura, I hope so. It has really helped me to keep up with all the recipes!

  6. I am having a hard time getting the hang of this whole plan - I think this might help. Thank you

    1. Mary Ann, I do hope this helps you. Remember, just try to learn one step at a time, it makes it much easier than trying to change everything at once. Good luck!

    2. Thank you Rashel!!!

      Much appreciated!!

  7. The Pinterest link for your board is not working, or maybe it's me. Please help :)

  8. Thank you so much for letting me know Hillary! It should be fixed now :)

  9. I don't suppose there's anyway to purchase one of these from you or have you make me one???