Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday- Temporal DeClutter

Socks, Socks, and more Socks. This week I made a goal to tackle the sock problem in our house. Here is what it looks like now....

It's been like this for a LONG time. I ignore the problem by throwing them in this basket. Poor kids have to come and search through the basket to find their own matches EVERYDAY...something needs to be done. I found some tips for organizing socks on http://organizing.yourway.net:

One of the most time-consuming, frustrating and puzzling aspects of laundry for most people is…socks. Where do all of those missing socks go? How do you sort socks when you have a half dozen tiny feet who wear just slightly different sizes? Why don’t both socks of a pair ever make it into the same load of laundry? Below are seven tips you can mix-and-match to help you keep those socks together!

1. Use a mesh laundry bag for all socks. The downside to this one is you have to actually get all the socks in there in the first place, because who wants to go digging through the dirty laundry for socks?! However, I do love to do this for baby socks, especially after we learned that those tiny socks are small enough to get sucked into the drain pipe of the washer and clog the whole thing up!
2. Use small clothes pins to clip pairs of socks together. Again, you’re going to have to make sure you do it as the pairs go in the basket, and I’m afraid this could be a noisy solution as well! Depending on when you do laundry and where your laundry room is, though, the potential noise may be worth a try!
3. Buy a different type/color sock per child. For example, buy your 2-year-old daughter pink ankle socks, your 4-year-old son black socks and your 7-year-old son white socks with a grey toe and heel.
4. Label each pair of sock with a “dot system.” Take a permanent marker and make one small dot on the underside of your oldest child’s socks. Add two small dots to your next child’s socks and so on. You will be able to quickly see which socks belong to which child. And if you pass socks down (if your socks last from one child to the next, I’d like to know how you get them to do that!), you can simply add a dot.
5. Buy Old Navy’s children socks. I love these socks, which are labeled with the size as part of the no-slip grip on the soles. This is the way I do it, and even my 4-year-old can help me sort the socks, practicing her number recognition while she helps!
6. Keep a basket for lonely socks in your laundry room. There’s no point in putting a lonely sock away without its missing half. Keep them in the laundry room so that you’ll be able to quickly match them when the other sock shows up!
7. Only buy one type of sock and just buy 1 or 2 colors. This is similar to Tip #3, but also works for adults. Rather than having to worry about sorting and matching the socks, you can simply stuff, pile or neatly lay them in your drawer (depending on your personality type!) and still be able to quickly grab a pair when needed.

Do you often end up with missing socks? What tricks do you use to help keep socks together?
I LOVE this...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday- Spiritual Strengthening

AND...a Sunday night Chit-Chat. There are a couple of blogs out there doing this (http://halfdozendaily.blog.com/) and I wanted to join them. It sounds fun.

What are you......


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Just got done with the SAG awards....starting TAKEN (movie with Liam Neeson)

Kids getting ready for bed, brushing their teeth

Leftovers tonight

Took the dog for a walk, which I need to do more often. It's good for him AND me. Made new chore chart/Allowance system for kids. Husband refinished our kitchen table with chalkboard paint. The kids love it!!

Getting more things organized around the house. Possibly getting my massage that hubby gave me for Christmas.

Day of Rest...going to church with family and hanging out with the kids.

Ok, your turn!!! Start with a photo you love, copy & paste the following & please link me up or comment so I can read about your weekend!

What are you…

Listening to?
Happy you accomplished this week?
Looking forward to next week?
Thankful for today?

Sunday- Spiritual Strengthening

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday- Financial DeClutter

Week #3 with Suze Orman. I am learning SO much from her class. Are you? I've ordered my Money Class book from Amazon...can't wait to get it! Get yours on Amazon now by clicking on the link to the right.

Financial Disasters: What Does $6500 of Clothes and Shoes Look Like?

Mother of four Erica has a serious spending problem. The amount of money she spends on clothes, shoes, eating out and manicures adds up to more money than she and her husband make. With little in savings and no college funds for their kids, this family needs help now. Will Suze be able to convince them to stop spending and start saving?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday- Physical DeClutter

I am not a runner. I HATE running. I have never had the desire to run EVER!! My preferred exercise would be swimming, biking or dancing. That's if I would exercise. I really don't like to exercise either. I'm a lazy bum. And, it's getting worse the older I get.

Every year I convince myself that I'm going to lose weight and look good in a bathing suit by summer.....and it never happens. This year, I am saying it again. Hubby and I have a trip planned to the Dominican Republic in May for my 39th bday and our 15th wedding Anniversary celebration. I WANT to look and FEEL good. I NEED to do it.

I found something that has me actually looking forward to exercising and even RUNNING. Maybe I will actually accomplish my weight loss goals this year. I'm gonna do this run in June.....so I need to get training for it now. I am so excited for this......LOOK HOW FUN!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wednesday- What's Cooking?

I found this great recipe on http://orgjunkie.com and HAD to share....it was a hit!! AND, so simple to make! My kind of dinner.....enjoy!

Thai Chicken Pasta
3 ounces uncooked multigrain linguine
1/2 cup salsa
2 tablespoons reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon orange juice
1-1/2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
1 tablespoon chopped unsalted peanuts
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

Cook linguine according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe dish, combine the salsa, peanut butter, orange juice, honey and soy sauce. Cover and microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Add the chicken; heat through.
Drain linguine. Serve with chicken mixture. Garnish with peanuts and cilantro. Yield: 2 servings.

Tuesday- Temporal DeClutter

I had a "mini" anxiety breakdown over the weekend and this is why....4-5 days out of the week, I am a single mother. My amazing husband works 50-60 hours a week (when Overtime is available) to provide EVERYTHING for us. I am very THANKFUL for his sacrifice and hard work. I LOVE being able to stay home with my kids. The flip side is that I am left with the mother-load list. Do you know what that is? Do you have one of those too?

These are the things that are ALWAYS on my mind....constantly spinning around in my head to get done or work on. And at the same time I am supposed to be happy and excited to wake up every day, OH, and look good too!! Right! My kids are getting older, 13, 11 and 8 year old twins, so it's not as physical as toddlers but way more emotional now. And, get ready to hand over the money...there is ALWAYS something else they "NEED". Here is "some" of my mother-load list..I'm sure I will think of more after I post......

Pay Bills-on time
Grocery Shop- we never have "good" snacks
Laundry- always ends up on my bed
Cook- not often
Clean House- why don't they follow my chore chart?
Keep Organized- I'm good at this
Taxi Driver to
Church Activities
School Play Practice
Voice lessons
Play Dates
Sports (depending on season)
Have Family Night/Scripture Study/Prayer Time
Date night with Hubby???
Dentist/Dr Appts current
Teenage Drama Counselor- my worst nightmare
Homework/Reading- Every night with 4 kids
School Project Due Dates
Parent Teacher Conferences
School Surveys...I think I have done 5 this week
Writing Check after Check for something at school
Church Meetings and Visits
Orchestra Concerts
Dance/Cheer Performances
Sporting Events
Birthdays- their own and then friends
Keep Part time job with Airline for Travel Benefits and Play Money
Keep Baby Books/Scrapbooks for Kids-Memories
Time for me- what's this?
Keep Kids on Routine/Consistent Schedule
BedTime...worst time of day huh?
Discipline- I'm the Bad guy
Holidays....Halloween/Christmas/Easter etc
I can go ON and ON and ON and ON and ON.....................

Is it possible to De-Clutter my Mother-Load List??

I found a cute post on http://simplemom.net. Here is how she breaks her Mother-Load list down...

For my sanity, for my clarity, for my goal-oriented self, I’ve employed the concept of Most Important Tasks.

My MITs are my top three things I want to accomplish that day. If nothing else gets done, I’d say my day was a success if those three things happen. They usually pertain to my home management job, but often they focus on a personal habit I’m working on. For example, my MITs today are:

1. Read my Bible for 15 minutes.
2. Wash, dry, fold, and put up one load of laundry.
3. Spend quality time with my husband and kiddos.

The first task is personal and aimed towards a habit. The second item is purely home management. And the third one is important for the relationships that matter most to me. We need some good together time.

I’ll focus on these three things, knowing I’ve got much more to do than just these. But now that I’m focusing my energy on these three things, I’ll feel really accomplished when they happen. When I finish these things and get some other things checked off on my day’s to-do list, then that’s an added bonus. What a great day!

Thanks SimpleMom.net, I LOVE this concept and am going to try to implement it into my daily routine......MIT's. Also...HAD to share this Video.....LOVE IT!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday- Mental DeClutter

This story was sent to me from my sister. I have 3 daughters....it's an eye opener!

How to Talk to Little Girls

I went to a dinner party at a friend's home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time.

Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, "Maya, you're so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!"

But I didn't. I squelched myself. As I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them how darn cute/ pretty/ beautiful/ well-dressed/ well-manicured/ well-coiffed they are.

What's wrong with that? It's our culture's standard talking-to-little-girls icebreaker, isn't it? And why not give them a sincere compliment to boost their self-esteem? Because they are so darling I just want to burst when I meet them, honestly.

Hold that thought for just a moment.

This week ABC News reported that nearly half of all three- to six-year-old girls worry about being fat. In my book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, I reveal that 15 to 18 percent of girls under 12 now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and 25 percent of young American women would rather win America's Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Even bright, successful college women say they'd rather be hot than smart. A Miami mom just died from cosmetic surgery, leaving behind two teenagers. This keeps happening, and it breaks my heart.

Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What's missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.

That's why I force myself to talk to little girls as follows.

"Maya," I said, crouching down at her level, looking into her eyes, "very nice to meet you."

"Nice to meet you too," she said, in that trained, polite, talking-to-adults good girl voice.

"Hey, what are you reading?" I asked, a twinkle in my eyes. I love books. I'm nuts for them. I let that show.

Her eyes got bigger, and the practiced, polite facial expression gave way to genuine excitement over this topic. She paused, though, a little shy of me, a stranger.

"I LOVE books," I said. "Do you?"

Most kids do.

"YES," she said. "And I can read them all by myself now!"

"Wow, amazing!" I said. And it is, for a five-year-old. You go on with your bad self, Maya.

"What's your favorite book?" I asked.

"I'll go get it! Can I read it to you?"

Purplicious was Maya's pick and a new one to me, as Maya snuggled next to me on the sofa and proudly read aloud every word, about our heroine who loves pink but is tormented by a group of girls at school who only wear black. Alas, it was about girls and what they wore, and how their wardrobe choices defined their identities. But after Maya closed the final page, I steered the conversation to the deeper issues in the book: mean girls and peer pressure and not going along with the group. I told her my favorite color in the world is green, because I love nature, and she was down with that.

Not once did we discuss clothes or hair or bodies or who was pretty. It's surprising how hard it is to stay away from those topics with little girls, but I'm stubborn.

I told her that I'd just written a book, and that I hoped she'd write one too one day. She was fairly psyched about that idea. We were both sad when Maya had to go to bed, but I told her next time to choose another book and we'd read it and talk about it. Oops. That got her too amped up to sleep, and she came down from her bedroom a few times, all jazzed up.

So, one tiny bit of opposition to a culture that sends all the wrong messages to our girls. One tiny nudge towards valuing female brains. One brief moment of intentional role modeling. Will my few minutes with Maya change our multibillion dollar beauty industry, reality shows that demean women, our celebrity-manic culture? No. But I did change Maya's perspective for at least that evening.

Try this the next time you meet a little girl. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it. Ask her what she's reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? There are no wrong answers. You're just generating an intelligent conversation that respects her brain. For older girls, ask her about current events issues: pollution, wars, school budgets slashed. What bothers her out there in the world? How would she fix it if she had a magic wand? You may get some intriguing answers. Tell her about your ideas and accomplishments and your favorite books. Model for her what a thinking woman says and does.

And let me know the response you get at www.Twitter.com/lisabloom and Facebook.

Here's to changing the world, one little girl at a time.


Sunday-Spiritual Strengthening

Friday- Financial DeClutter

I hope you are watching America's Money Class with Suze Orman on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). It is a definite MUST WATCH. Here is a clip from Class #2. Wise Wisdom from Suze!!

Deleted Scenes: Prioritizing Debt

Suze explains how to get out of debt by paying off high-interest rate credit cards first while simultaneously improving your FICO score.

Thursday- Physical DeClutter

My sweet BIL still checks in on me from time to time to see how I am coming with my weight loss goals. The past couple of weeks have been harder for me. The winter weather and I do not mix. I am a California girl....beach, sunshine, ocean breeze. Not snow, fog, ice and freezing cold temps. So, sweet BIL sent me this to motivate me during my depressing winter months......

So, here are 15 excuse busters to nudge you, push you, or inspire you to stay motivated and keep moving through the cold months.

Excuse: "It’s too hard to get out of bed on cold, dark mornings."

It’s true that temperature and light have direct impact on our body rhythms in the winter extremes. But there are simple things you can do to encourage yourself to leave the comfort of your warm bed.

Create heat. Adjust the thermostat timer to warm your home or bedroom before the alarm goes off. If the temperature outside the duvet is as enjoyable as inside, poof! the excuse is gone. Even better, put your workout clothes on the heater or radiator so they are toasty warm and ready for you when you climb out of bed.

Recreate early sunlight. Invest in a bedside lamp that simulates natural daylight. For example, the Phillips ‘Wake-up Light’, endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation, gradually increases the light and comes with built in clock and alarm. Starting your day with natural light will help activate your internal clock to get ready to take on the day.

Tune your alarm. Rather than a normal, annoying alarm clock, use your iPod or similar device to play specific songs that get you going. It doesn’t need to be your techno dance mix but something that lifts your mood and energy will do wonders for your ability to get out of bed on the first try.

Find a friend. Find someone who will commit to joining you in the morning for walks or workouts, and hold you accountable for showing up. Knowing someone is waiting for you to share the pain of the early darkness might be just the stimulus you need to throw back the covers and get out of the house.

Excuse: “I may be out of bed but I still don’t want to go outside.”

It’s easy to fall into a vicious cycle of excuses that destroy momentum and kill motivation to be active. Use these ideas to boost your mood from the get go.

Put your head under water. Rather than clinging to the comfort of your favorite housecoat while shuffling to the kitchen for a coffee, make a beeline to the shower. The water will wake you. Getting dressed right away also will help get you past the urge to lounge lazily over your latte.

Dress the part. The truth is there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices. Is it time to upgrade to proper winter performance gear? If you’ve balked at the cost of higher-priced winter hats, gloves, tights, tops or jackets for outdoor activity, just ask anyone who’s used them: The price is easily offset by the increase in enjoyment, comfort and enthusiasm that helps counteract the cold. If you already have some, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new piece. A new base layer or trail running shoes might be the bribe you need to head outdoors on a regular basis.

Keep it simple, smarty (K.I.S.S.). The best way to overcome our excuses is to not create them in the first place. The more things that need to fall into place in order to get to the gym on time, the more likely we are to find a reason not to go. If you have to drive too far in the snow or ride a cold subway across town, you’re creating extra hurdles that will attract excuses.

Keep it simple: go for a 25-minute run around the office block at lunch, do three laps of your neighborhood first thing, or switch things up at the gym by using only the cardio machines you don’t have to wait for. You’ll finish a quality workout with less hassle and at a pace that feels rewarding.

Warm up indoors. Do some jumping jacks, leg lifts or pushups in your living room before heading out. Not only will it get your heart rate going and your blood circulating, it will make it very difficult to slide back into bed. Excuses be gone!

Tap into technology. Proclaiming your intention to workout each day on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or online community (e.g. Nike+) can strengthen your commitment, even if it is to avoid the embarrassment and guilt of not following through.

Excuse: "I can't find the same passion or fire to do it regularly."

What drives you in the summer is probably different from what motivates you in winter. When there's not a big race on the horizon, what fuels your daily ambition?

See the big picture. Find, or make your own 12-week calendar from January to March. Put it on one page and post it somewhere you’ll see it every day (bedroom wall or office desk) . When you look at all three months together you realize how fast it’s going to go.

Use this to plan and track your workouts and the winter events you’d like to participate in. Winter can seem long but if you focus on the big picture, you’ll see the spring thaw is just around the corner. With it looming that close, you’ll be more motivated to get fit and ready for the first race of the year.

Use mini-goals for major rewards. Set small targets that lead to higher intensity, focus and discipline to stay on track each day. Perhaps the number of miles this week, the number of workouts over the next seven days, or steady improvements in strength gains on the bench press. For maximum motivation, always write your goals down, making them specific and measurable, and track progress so you can reward yourself for the results.

Create your own challenge. Speak to the gym manager and together devise new and motivating challenges for members. If your health club doesn’t do an indoor triathlon or duathlon, take charge and make it happen. Not only does it keep you fit but it helps build your commitment to train and create camaraderie with other members.

Remember what works for you. If you find yourself suitably motivated in the summer, what specifically created that motivation: Targets? Goals? Friends? Coach? Competition? The great outdoors? How can you tap into the driving force and the feeling it creates in the summer and replicate something similar now?

Turn from student to teacher. If you’re an experienced athlete, now is a great time to offer your knowledge to someone who could use extra guidance to get into the sport. Is there someone you know that has hinted at trying a triathlon? Become their mentor. Just be sure to ease them into it and go at their pace, not yours. You’ll find that sharing your enthusiasm with someone else also gives you enthusiasm to fuel your own workouts.

Step out of the ordinary. Months of in-season intensity and pushing your limits will tire the best of us. Do you need a physical break from what you’ve always done to give your body time to recover and heal?

Take a yoga or pilates class. They are easy on the joints but provide great lasting benefits. Do you need a mental break from a tough season? Cross train with a different sport that doesn’t require a stop watch or power meter. This will help ease your mind from information overload so you can stay active without stressing over stats.

Don’t hesitate. Give one of these a try this week and share your ideas for what keeps you motivated.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday- What's Cooking?

Next time you think about Eating Out....picture this!!

After 11 days of sitting at room temperature in a Ziploc bag, this is the photo of the 2 burgers. Obviously, the one on the right is the homemade burger and the one on the left is the McDonald's cheeseburger.

The McDonald's burger was purchased about 30 minutes before I made the control burger.

The McDonald's cheeseburger smells the same as when it was purchased. When opened - it showed no signs of decomposition.

The homemade cheeseburger had to be tossed out because it smelled really bad.

Why didn't the McDonald's cheeseburger rot?

My answer is simple. It isn't food. Here is the definition of food:

Any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.

Where I get stuck is the word nourishing. If bacteria or fungi aren't interested in "eating" this cheeseburger, how can it be nourishing to human beings?

On a personal note, I used to eat fast food regularly. My university was across the street from a McDonald's and my home in San Francisco was about 100 yards from a Burger King.

I'm not sure when exactly it was, but I starting getting bad stomach aches whenever I ate a cheeseburger from a fast food venue. My stomach just couldn't handle the food. At first, I thought it was because of the grease. But, I can eat other really fatty things without a stomach ache.

Maybe I am getting stomach aches because my body cannot DIGEST this burger. If bacteria from the air can't digest the McD's cheeseburger in 11 days - how is my intestinal bacteria (along with stomach acids) supposed to digest it in 24 hours? Just a thought.

Every school science class can do this experiment for $3, and I think it is worth doing. We need to discuss this "food" with our children and our families and decide how it contributes to our overall health.

Food for Thought??? Story found at http://www.snack-girl.com

Tuesday- Temporal DeClutter

Over the weekend my teenage daughter and I went to visit some good friends that we haven't seen in awhile. They also have 2 teenage daughters. We've known them since our kids were all babies. It was fun to catch up and commiserate with each other (over having teenagers, of course). She is one of my craftiest, most creative friends. I am always amazed at her home and the projects she keeps up with. Of course, I HAD to share this organizational one that is great for teenagers. Check it out......Make-up Magnet Boards. Isn't that sooooo clever? I died, and so did my teenager.

All you need is a magnet board, frame, scrapbook paper (if you want to decorate the board) and heavy duty, teeny/tiny magnets to hot glue to your make-up. She lives in a pretty rural area and found all her supplies at a local hardware store, so I am assuming you can find any or all of your supplies at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or any craft or hardware store. I'm gonna attempt to make some and I'll let you know where I found my supplies. I just couldn't wait to share this AMAZING thing with you. Enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday- Mental DeClutter

Thought I would share a couple of quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. today! We have a lot to be thankful for.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday-Spiritual Strengthening

Friday- Financial DeClutter

So, did you watch the first session of Suze Orman's Money Class on the OWN network last Monday night? It was amazing!! I took lots of notes. Here are some to share....

Are You Ready to Buy a Home Quiz?

1. Do you intend to live in your home for a minimum of 5-7 years?
2. If you lost your job-or wanted a new job to advance your career-could you reasonably expect to find a comparable job locally?
3. Can you afford a 20% down payment?
4. Do you place high value on knowing you don’t have to answer to a landlord?
5. If you can't answer "yes" to ALL these questions...you can't afford to buy a home!

Money Secrets Revealed: Play House

Suze explains to potential homeowners how to "play house" before deciding if they should purchase a home.

I also liked the Action Plan she gave to one couple. I am going to adapt the following to our Action Plan:

1. Get a Will and Living Revocable Trust
2. Pay down Student Loans
3. Build an Emergency Fund
4. Increase Contributions to Retirement Account
5. Open Roth IRA's
6. Download and Sign Suze's Truth Pledge here.... http://static.oprah.com/images/own/2011/moneyclass/AMERICAS_MONEY_CLASS_101_ACTION_PLAN_CERT.pdf

If you missed the Class...tune in on Monday night for the next one!

Thursday- Physical DeClutter

You know...when I think of physical de-clutter, I think of all the extra weight I am carrying around. BUT, every once in a while I think it's important to pamper yourself a little so you can feel better about yourself, physically speaking. This week, I got my nails done and I am feeling a little more girly. FUN! Here are more ideas for pampering:

Day at the Spa
Hair color or cut
Bubble Bath
Skin Treatments
Take a Nap (my favorite)
Girls Night Out

What are your favorite ways to pamper yourself? Please share!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday- What's Cooking?

I believe it takes a village to raise a child. I have some good friends in my neighborhood and we all take care of each other and each other's kids. It's the best!! Recently, while I was sick, a good friend brought over her homemade lasagna for my kiddos. It was AMAZING! Once, I felt better, I think I ate the rest of it myself. I demanded she give me her recipe. I'm going to attempt it on my own....maybe I'll make 2 so I have one just for me. Here is the recipe:


1 lb. ground beef
1 lrg. can spaghetti sauce
1 box oven ready lasagna noodles
1 onion (diced)
1 T Italian Seasoning
16 oz cottage cheese
1 pkg parmesan cheese
1 pkg mozerella cheese

Meat mixture:
Brown beef
Saute Onion
Add Spaghetti Sauce

Cheese Mixture:
Cottage Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Mozerella Cheese
Italian Seasoning

Layer Noodles, Meat Mix, Cheese Mix repeatedly until all gone. Top with any grated cheese!! The cheesier the better. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Tuesday- Temporal DeClutter

Do your kids have too many toys? Especially after Christmas...are you finding that they have so many they don't play with any? Too many toys (choices) can be very overwhelming for children. They become so frustrated with having to choose that they end up just throwing them all on the floor. Does that happen in your house?

I taught preschool for many years and found that using a toy rotating system worked really well for the little ones. They became more excited when a certain toy was introduced each day.

All you need to do to organize your toys is to separate them into categories. For example, Legos, puzzles, dolls/barbies, cars, coloring/art, etc. Each category should fit in one storage bin (you pick the size). If your bin is overflowing, time to consolidate and get rid of some. I promise, your kids will never know.

After you are done consolidating and organizing the toys into categories you are ready to start the toy rotating system. Each day, only pull out 2 bins of toys. I believe if you give them more than 2 choices they will start to get overwhelmed and frustrated. AND, the fighting will begin. So, Monday you can get out the legos and art. Then Tuesday, try the puzzles and dolls. You choose. But only 2! The kids will enjoy this system and their TOYS more. Guaranteed!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Friday-Financial DeClutter (on Monday)

Didn't get to posting last Friday. Here is what I am looking forward to tonight....Suze Orman's Money Class starts on the OWN network. Hope you get a chance to watch it. Let me know what you think.

Monday- Mental DeClutter

Oh...the Life of a Mother!

"If you give a mom a muffin, she'll want a cup of cocoa to go with it. She'll pour herself some. Her three-year-old will spill the cocoa. She'll wipe it up. Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks. She'll remember she has to do laundry. When she puts the laundry in the washer, she'll trip over boots and bump into ...the freezer. Bumping into the freezer will remind her... she has to plan supper.... She will get out a pound of hamburger. She'll look for her cookbook. (101 Things To Make With A Pound Of Hamburger.) The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail. She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow. She will look for her checkbook. The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old. She'll smell something funny. She'll change the two-year-old. While she is changing the two-year-old the phone will ring. Her five-year-old will answer and hang up. She'll remember that she wants to phone a friend to come for cocoa. Thinking of cocoa will remind her that she was going to have a cup. She will pour herself some. And chances are, if she has a cup of cocoa, her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it." by Kathy Fictorie

Sunday- Spiritual Strengthening

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday- Physical DeClutter

Sent to me from Fab BIL.....I weigh in again tomorrow. I'll let you know!

10 Eating Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

If you've ever worn (or chuckled at) one of those "I run so I can eat" T-shirts, this info is for you. How you eat goes hand in hand with your workout plans and is proven to bring people's weight loss goals into their grasp more quickly and easily. Try these top 10 strategies from experts from our Nutrition Together program to help you shed the weight and keep it off.

1. Eat healthy to stay healthy. Studies show that people who eat an unhealthy diet (loaded with fast-food meals, sugary drinks, high-fat snacks, lots of desserts/sweets, and low in fruits and vegetables) have significantly higher rates of chronic disease such as high blood pressure and heart disease. The most successful weight loss programs provide clear and uncomplicated nutrition guidance via tools such as "this is a healthier choice than that" food graphics.

2. Lose weight at a safe rate. Weight lost too quickly often returns -- sometimes with additional pounds. The safest diets promote weight loss of no more than two pounds (or 1 percent of total body weight) a week.

3. Learn how to control emotional eating. Experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is caused by emotions. Successful weight losers have learned to apply behavior modification tools to help them deal with their emotional eating triggers and learn healthful techniques to help manage these emotions.

4. Control calories and portions. Research has proven time and again that to lose weight you must consume fewer calories than your body expends, regardless of the carbs/fat/protein ratio. Nutrition Together uses a special "food-weight" system to help make these calories-in, calories-out calculations quick and easy to do on the fly -- so you can still eat the foods you love and lose weight.

5. Keep a journal. Studies show that people are most successful at maintaining healthy eating habits when they watch and record the type and quantity of food consumed. Take it a step further with an Accountability Journal to help you track both eating and exercise choices.

6. Weigh yourself often. Frequent weighing is proven to help clients achieve and sustain weight loss. Not weighing in is actually associated with greater weight regain. The Nutrition Together program encourages private, weekly weigh-ins, as well as periodic body fat and waist circumference measurements.

7. Get support and rewards for your successes. Weekly contact with a support person -- and small rewards along the way -- are proven to increase the likelihood of maintaining new healthy habits. Ask for details about our Nutrition Together program that spurs you on with contests, prizes, online support and nonfood rewards for your accomplishments!

8. Eat small, frequent meals. The more meals and snacks you eat a day, the healthier your weight is likely to be. Eating breakfast and eating frequently increases total calorie burn. Aim to eat a healthy breakfast every morning followed by four or five small meals throughout the day.

9. Choose the macronutrient content of your meals wisely. The type of food you select can help you boost your metabolism and feel fuller and more satisfied longer. For example, protein reduces appetite and costs your body the most calories to metabolize. Fiber is filling and helps keep hunger at bay, helping you make wiser choices at major meals.

10. Include strength training, not just cardio. The most successful programs for promoting health and long-term weight control involve combinations of exercise and diet. Balancing cardio exercise with strength training is the best prescription for promoting health, fitness and weight control. Fitness Together and Nutrition Together offer the ideal combination, (healthy eating advice and exercise) under one roof, with private, personalized one-on-one workouts and nutrition guidance.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday- What's Cooking?

WOW.....the kids went back to school yesterday and I cannot seem to get myself back into the swing of things. We had too much fun together over the Holiday break. Do I really have to get back into the routine of homework, cheer class, scouts, church activities, cooking etc? I still have my Christmas Tree up. So, needless to say, I did not make anything for dinner tonight. What did you have? Please share! I'm running out of ideas.......see my empty menu board. HELP!!

Tuesday- Temporal DeClutter

I think Oprah has been reading my Blog. I'm serious. Have you ever watched the OWN network? It's Oprah's Network and she has some AMAZING shows on there. Some of them include Extreme Clutter, America's Money Class with Suze Orman, Home Made Simple, Addicted to Food, Super Soul Sunday.....are you sensing a theme here? These shows cover ALL the topics I am covering on my blog. Cool huh? I watched Extreme Clutter the other night and thought I would share Peter Walsh's 10 Easy Ways you can De-clutter your home and life. No better way to start the New Year than by De-Cluttering!!

How to Keep Your House Clutter-Free
Tackle messes one room at a time.
When you buy something new, practice the "in-out rule:" For every one new item, get rid of an old one.
Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
Make cleaning up fun for your kids.
Create a vision for the room you're cleaning.
Teach your kids how to sort.
Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don't.
Establish a "magic triangle" in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.
Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.

Read more at www.oprah.com or better yet, check your local listings for the OWN network and we can discuss the shows as they relate to my daily posts. FUN!!

Monday- Mental DeClutter

LOVE this quote. Thanks to a dear friend for posting it on Facebook this week, I HAD to share!

"We women have a lot to learn about SIMPLIFYING our lives. We have to decide what is IMPORTANT and then move along at a pace that is COMFORTABLE for us. We have to develop the MATURITY to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be CONTENT with what we are."--Marjorie Hinkley