Guest Blogger

Lisa Holcomb

Lisa Holcomb

Lisa is co-founder of Build A Menu, an online menu planning website that helps families get their grocery bill under control and helps them to bring “dinner back to the table”. She is known as the "Queen of Meal Time Makeovers". She is an advocate for family nutrition, savvy grocery shopping and family dinners.

Lisa is a published writer and speaker and has a bachelor of science in Child and Family Development. She is a strong advocate for family meal time, having spent many hours researching the positive effects and benefits of families that eat meals together as well as the negative effects not eating together as a family can have on children and teens.

She and her husband Will, have six children (her oldest two children are married and have babies of their own) and live near Austin, Texas with their four boys ages 9-19. She and Will adopted their youngest two boys through the Texas foster care system. Because adoption is so important to them, Build A Menu gives a portion of all its proceeds to adoption care ministries from around the world.

Lisa often finds that living in a house full of boys means she’d better be ahead of the game when it comes to planning dinner since they’re almost always hungry! They are quite happy to be one of Build A Menu’s test kitchens.

For more from Lisa Holcomb:
Facebook: BuildAMenu
Twitter: @buildamenu


Blog Posts by Lisa Holcomb

  • Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals

    Setting Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals

    Many people are already making their New Year’s resolutions and thinking, “this time I’m going to stick with it.” So often however, our resolutions go the way side within a few weeks. In one survey, 45 percent of those who set New Year’s resolutions had broken them before February. How do we avoid this burnout? […]

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  • Children Stress Free Christmas

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Children Stress Free This Christmas Season

    Holiday season is right on top of us. Even though stores were playing Christmas music and putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween, it isn’t officially what I would consider “Christmas” until the day after Thanksgiving. Along with the Christmas carols, Christmas baking, stressing over holiday budgets and shopping comes STRESS! Often adults think they are […]

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  • Holiday Leftovers

    10 Tips for Using Holiday Leftovers

    A feast is always one of the highlights of the holiday season. We go all out planning, cooking, and yes, eating the feast. But when it’s all done and the table has been cleared, what do we do with all that leftover food? Here are some great ideas and a few recipes from Build A […]

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  • Avoiding Overeating

    Tips for Avoiding Overeating During the Holidays

    Here come the holidays and with them comes food, food and more food. If you believe the old saying, “through the lips and onto the hips”, you’re probably already stressing out over how you’re going to control the temptation of the constant barrage of goodies that comes along with the holiday season. One of the […]

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  • Holiday Meal Planning

    Steps for Holiday Meal Planning for the Family

    The holiday season is almost right on top of us. For many of us, that can evoke an immediate sense of panic. What are we going to plan for the all-important meal? How do we plan for it and not stress out over trying to decide on what to prepare, how to make everyone happy, […]

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  • After-School Hunger

    Beat the After-School Hunger

    Your kids hit the front door after school and what is the first thing out of their mouths? “I’m starving!” And it’s said with enough enthusiasm that you would think they hadn’t eaten all day. They want food and they want it fast. As tempting as it might be to shove a cookie in their […]

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  • Avoiding the Lunch Box Blues

    Avoiding the Lunch Box Blues

    If you have school age children, then you probably know all about the smashed banana or sandwich in the bottom of the lunch sack. It doesn’t take long before kids start to get tired of the same old thing. Not to mention, if you were to take a peek into many children’s lunch bags, you […]

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  • Rise and Shine for Breakfast Time

    Rise and Shine for Breakfast Time

    We all know they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Then why are approximately 8-12 percent of school age children skipping breakfast? By the time kids hit their teens, as many as 20-30 percent are skipping breakfast. Why exactly is it so important that kids (and adults as well) […]

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  • Nutrition School Performance

    Nutrition and School Performance: Does it Really Matter?

    Back to school season can be a struggle for many parents. Trying to make sure that our kids get healthy meals and snacks throughout the day can seem almost overwhelming. Why is it so important? Well, what our kids are taking into their bodies has a direct effect on their school performance. Studies show that […]

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  • Meal Planning During the School Year

    5 Tips for Meal Planning During the School Year

    For most of us, school has either started back up again or will be starting in the next few days. That means evening homework, sports activities, band activities, etc. You know, all the things that go along with school starting back that can make our lives so hectic. How do we maintain some sort of […]

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