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Finding Time in a Busy Schedule with Lean Cuisine


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It’s been several years since I started Frog Prince Paperie, and probably as long since I have written anything really personal here…mostly because I figure you all are more interested in seeing pretty parties, recipes and tutorials!


But since it has been so long, it might be time to let you know there is an honest to goodness warm body behind the web page.  Frog Prince Paperie was opened in 2010 after my son’s first birthday party with an etsy shop. At the time, I was living in a small town with no prospects of getting a job in my field (marketing) and in truth, I was just about pulling my hair out with no creative diversion and two really small kids to take care of all day. Now, I really and truly love my children and do just about anything for them, but there was a part of me that needed a different sort of sense of accomplishment aside from being the best mom I could be.

And that is when it started. It has been an amazing few years, and I never dreamed I would be doing what I am or working with the companies I have been able to work with. Flying to New Orleans to style a shoot for Zataran’s? Writing for national magazines? Meeting with Better Homes and Gardens? Being seen in Southern Living? Never crossed my mind those kind of things would happen a few years ago when I was sketching frogs for a birthday party.

But it was work to get to this point. Lots of work. Like I never stepped away from the computer for about the first two years kind of work. Building my little business was really all-consuming and took virtually all my attention, effort and waking hours during that start-up period. With a great deal of guilt, I admit it took more time from my family than I should have allowed. And secondarily, it also took a lot of time from even just thinking about me–when everything else had to come first, taking care of myself always came last.

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So I ate poorly. Never exercised. Didn’t get enough sleep. Neglected the laundry, dishes, and household chores in general. Tried to cram the schedule of what felt like three families into my tightly packed calendar and then made the insane schedules happen. I gained quite a bit of weight, was constantly tired, and, well…cranky.
Somewhere in there I had a an epiphany that things were going to have to change or I wasn’t going to be much good to anyone for the long term.  I decided to start moving. I threw my then almost three year old in the stroller and started running. Really, I almost died those first few months — running around the block was pure torture. But I celebrated being able to do just that short distance. I built up to a 5k, did a race…and promptly got passed by a flock of 7 year olds and a three legged dog. (True story.)
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And now I run. A lot. And no longer get lapped by pets with missing limbs. The 7 year olds…well, those kids are just wicked fast! Next week I’ll be running my third half marathon, and I’ll finish my ninth in March; I really feel with all my time constraints and medical problems that if I can do it, well, it’s possible for just about anyone. (This is my pile of running shoes from this year!)

In the end, although I felt leaps and bounds better, exercise wasn’t enough to get totally healthy and slim down. Getting into my head I could make room in my life for exercise opened the door wide for getting it into my brain I could also start taking time to eat right…which meant carving more time out of the schedule and work-time.  I decided work will always be there, but this is the only body I get and I’ve got to take care of it!

Our household is pretty healthy now-a-days. No sodas, lots of fresh from the organic co-op produce, lean cuts of meat and virtually no junk food. We do have an occasional sweet because, well, it’s hard not to with all the parties around here, but we just practice moderation.

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That said, I am so so not perfect. Our schedule is still manic. On top of working a full time plus job, both my kids are now old enough to each have their own extracurricular activities in addition to school. The mom taxi runs 6 days a week. (!) With everything going on, I still struggle to always get healthy meals on the table. Taking a shortcut every once in awhile helps out tremendously, and I am so glad companies like Lean Cuisine are answering the need for quick meals that are 100% natural, like their new Honestly Good meals. No artificial ingredients, minimally processed, and no preservatives–and some really creative flavors make skipping the drive through for these quick meals a no brainer.
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For six minutes in the microwave, I get to eat a wholesome, delicious meal that fits into my schedule…without undoing all the had work I’ve done getting healthy.
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My local Super Target had some super creative flavors of the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals–the Pomegranate Chicken was my favorite, but there were also Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken to choose from. That’s six good reasons to work an all natural meal into your busy schedule.
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As if offering these new wholesome meal wasn’t enough, together with their farmers, they’re also donating a portion of the vegetables grown for Lean Cuisine Honestly Good  meals to local communities.

And that’s sort of my personal recap from this year. I’m 22 pounds and 6 sizes down, and stronger and healthier at 37 than I’ve ever been in my life.

What sort of shortcuts to you take to make sure you are the healthiest you you can be?


Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Paula!!!! What a story!!! You look just absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing your story and for the tip about the Lean Cuisine meals-will def. try them. Much luck and success to you as always!


Paula @ frog prince paperie

Saturday 16th of November 2013

Thanks, Linette! I appreciate it.

Christine {Pure Joy Events}

Thursday 24th of October 2013

That's so much for sharing your story, Paula. You look amazing!


Friday 25th of October 2013

Thanks so much, Christine!


Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

Congrats on the transformation! I too have gained weight and it's been a challenge running a baking blog, and because I'm a fitness instructor. These Lean Cuisine meals look like ones I could get behind. In the past I've shied away from most frozen meals but I think that's about to change. High 5 Paula!!!


Friday 25th of October 2013

It's so hard being everything! Best of luck on YOUR journey! :)


Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

Way to go, Paula! Now I don't feel so bad that I can just get around the block when I run! There's hope. :)


Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

Totally been there, done that. :)


Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

Congratulations Paula! What a huge accomplishment! I love your personal and inspiring post. It's nice to get to know the person behind the brand. :)


Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

Thanks so much, Carla! The accomplishment has taken some time, but I don't regret a minute of it!