Who am I? I’m a lot of things to a lot of different people. To my two step-kids I’m Lynsie and to my four kids I’m Mom . To my friends and colleagues I’m a Chef. To my cooking class students I’m a Teacher. To my husband I’m just plain Lyns.
I love putting on many different hats, and in fact, I thrive quite nicely from rotating through a lot of jobs in one single day. My days are jam-packed and filled with as many activities and memories as I can possibly stuff into their mere 24 hours.
One of my many jobs is writing, teaching and maintaining this blog. I don’t even see it as a “blog.” The way I look at it, it’s a much-needed avenue for funneling all of the things I do into an easy to read and understand version for those interested in streamlining their budgeting, shopping, meal planning, food-prepping and healthy cooking.
I began this blog after a big change in my life occurred (the loss of my father). I felt ready for a change, and with four kids under my belt and my food business recently closed, I was really ready to plunge into a challenge. Meet DinnerDivide!
DinnerDivide was born from the simple idea of taking a look at my family’s grocery budget and knowing I could do better. In September of 2012 I decided to take charge of our family’s food life, and I began the task of cutting our grocery bill in half each month from $1200 to $600. But wait, it gets better! My goal was to do this in a healthy and meaningful way. Soon, I was not only saving tons of money ($21,000 by June 2014) but I was cooking healthier food than I ever had for my family and even better yet: we were losing weight and our pantry, fridge & freezer were at capacity! We didn’t (and still don’t) want for anything. At the urging of many dear friends and Charlottesville locals, I began pouring a lot of energy into this site for the sake of education. After discovering that our family of seven was spending as much on groceries per month as a family of the same size receives in food stamps, I knew that this was a lot bigger than one family. Because of this, I began teaching cooking classes to help guide those interested in the right direction. To see a list of my past & future classes, check out my SavvyShopper Series tab.What I’ve learned, and subsequently what I teach, can help many in my community. And it doesn’t stop there. I realized (with the help of the supportive folks around me) that DinnerDivide is something that has the power to reach across this country to all who are in need of budget refinement, healthy eating and food education!
So with five years of solid work under my belt refining my ideas, meet the newest member of the DinnerDivide family:
Meet Vie! Vie is Charlottesville’s new Meal Planning Service. We have an awesome team that is in the process of launching (this January) a customizable meal planning experience tailored to fit your needs. We offer weekly grocery shopping lists, meal plans & recipes, as well as short, easy-to-follow videos to help keep that education piece going. What’s more, included in your meal plan are built-in tips & tricks to save you money at the store and to teach you how to become an executive chef in your own kitchen. All you need to do is subscribe and tell us where you like to shop and what your dietary needs are. It’s that simple! Meal Plans are for Students, Singles, Couples & Families and start for as little as $1/meal. Subscribe today for the year and get two months-worth of meal plans for free!
What’s more…by subscribing to this community-based service, you can automatically help a family in need! Full Share is our special program that is focused on providing healthy food and solid education to those in our community who are living a life of food insecurity. For every subscription purchased, one will go to a person or family in need. It’s the easiest and most satisfying way to help address the big food problem we have in this country and get things moving in a new, better & healthier direction.