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Simplifying Menu Planning ~ 10/8 October 8, 2012

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Falling Brown Leaf

 

We had to turn the heat on this morning for the first time this season…LOVE LOVE LOVE this weather.  The chill in the air has definitely put me in the mood for all things pumpkin.

Pumpkins

This week I am going to make Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal for a heartier before school breakfast.  It seems like the cooler the weather the more my kids need to eat!  And as a special treat for myself I am going to attempt to make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I hoping this taste as good as the expensive, high calorie, drive thru version, I love so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             Image courtesy of Michael Elliott / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

For the days we do not have leftovers for lunch this week, we will be having Smashed Chicken, Avocado & Chickpea Sandwiches….um….YUM!..can’t wait to try this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod!

 

All the recipes from Life As Mom, 78 Ways to Enjoy Fall Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap) look incredible.  I would love to try them all but for this week I am going to make Apple Chips from Simple Bites for a healthy snack.  And to satisfy my sweet tooth this week, Baked Pears with Carmel Sauce from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

 

Monday ~ Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup with Cornbread

Tuesday ~Roast & Boiled Potatoes with Carrots (I learned to make Pot Roast from my Grandma.  I sear the Roast in a frying pan on both sides until it is practically burnt.  I then throw it in the crock-pot with garlic, onion powder & approx. 1/4 cup of water mixed with the drippings from the frying pan.  Cook on low for 8 hours….simple and delicious!)

Wednesday (Meat-less Meal) ~ Cheesy Corn Cakes with Spicy Avocado Salsa

Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet

Friday ~ Homemade Pizza (with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce)

Saturday ~ Bubble Up Enchiladas

Sunday ~ Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato ‘Icing’ with Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls
I came across this post this morning from The Mom Writes, 15 Free Printable Menu Planners for Busy Home Managers.  I am still loving my menu planning notepad (shown below) but this is a great list of free resources for menu planning.

 

I hope everyone has a great week!  Comment below and let me know how your menu planning is going…..

 

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Have an organized, stress-free holiday season Week 1 Printable

Studio Oh! Meal Planner Notepad, Kiwi

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Simplifying Weekly Menu Planning August 6, 2012

Today is Monday and I am going to do what I said I was going to do…I am going to plan my meals for the week.  I have a cup of my favorite coffee, I have my supplies…I am ready to get started.

Getting Organized

I use to write my meal plan out in my daily planner but I believe this is one reason I got off track before.  It was an out of sight, out of mind kind of thing.  I decided this time to go with a magnetic notepad that I can put on the front of my refrigerator…right in front of my face!

#1 large divided notepad to write out my menus – this way I can see at a glance what is going on for the week, as well as, what meat I need to pull out of the freezer when.

#1 small notepad to write out my shopping list – this also goes on the refrigerator so we can easily write down an item we use up during the week.

Menu Planning Notepads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also realized that I already have quite a bit of food on hand between my pantry and my deep freeze.  HOWEVER, this is what my deep freeze looks like…

Deep Freeze Unorganized

Yikes! who knows what is in that unorganized mess.  I do know that there is nothing older than a year in there…only because we lost all our food in a four-day power outage when hurricane Irene came through at the end of August last year.

I started searching the internet for the perfect freezer inventory printable and while I was doing that I came across this blog post by Amy Bayliss at Cajun Joie de Vivre, Creative Organization: Organize Foods in the Deep Freezer w/ Printables.

Love her ideas on organizing a freezer without the use of an inventory list!

 

 

 

 

 

Goals For The Week:

  1. Organize my deep freeze using Amy Bayliss’ method
  2. Make a menu based on the food I already have

 

Menu Plan for the Week:

Monday ~ Taco Salad with Guacamole Salad

Tuesday ~ Thai Chicken Pasta with garden salad

Wednesday ~ Leftovers

Thursday ~ Pork Chop Casserole w long grain rice

Friday ~ O.T. E (we are going out to eat with friends)

Saturday ~ Homemade pizza (sauce)

Sunday ~ Whole fryer (cooked in crock-pot) with mashed potatoes and Weeknight Dinner Rolls

 

Anybody else tackle meal planning this week?  How do you keep track of your menu?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizing My Photos and Other Keepsakes- Finally! May 21, 2012

Organizing my photos has been on my to do list since… well forever (for four years anyway!).  I was never a photo person, I always forgot my camera, I would lose my film before I got it developed (I’m dating myself here), etc. etc. etc.  Then my girls were born almost four years ago and I have been snapping away ever since.  I have photos everywhere…on my phone, on my computer, in my e-mail, in boxes in my closet…..

Not only do I have all these photos but I have tons of other memorabilia, i.e. my baby shower invitation, first coloring page, first haircut curl, etc.  The goal was to make beautiful scrapbooks with all of these photos and keepsakes.  The girls will be four in July, so far I have their first two months of life complete in a scrapbook…ugh!

The task just seems so overwhelming….until this post from GetButtonedUp showed up in my inbox this morning, The Ultimate Guide to Curating Memories for Scrapbooking Slackers.  I have been officially motivated!!  I know that I won’t get four years worth of memories complete this week but I will make progress!!

 

The Ultimate Guide to Curating Memories for Scrapbooking Slackers

Scrapbooking.

There’s something truly wonderful about that concept, isn’t there?

The idea of gorgeous volumes, one for each major family event (or year), standing spine-to-spine on a shelf in the living room for all to enjoy is simply wonderful to imagine. Too bad reality gets in the way of those memory-curating fantasies, right? Most people are months, if not years, behind where they think they should be when it comes to organizing their pictures and mementos of good times spent with family and friends. One woman we spoke with recently figured she’s at least 6 years behind and many more still hadn’t sorted through and organized the thousand or so pictures they snapped on their last family trip.

If you’re behind, don’t despair. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for getting your memories organized.  Read more…

 

Do you have your photos organized?  If so, how do you keep up with it?

 

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Creating a Memory Tote For My Kids – Organizing All Their Art Work May 1, 2012

Now that my girls are in school and bringing home art projects on a regular basis, I decided it was time to put a system in place for organizing and protecting all of these projects.

To create a Memory Tote we used:

  • 18 Gal. Storage Totes – (I picked these up at Wal-Mart for $5.50 each)  You will want one for each child.
  • Legal Size File Jackets – (These are file folders with enclosed sides.  I found these at Staples for $12.49 for a 12 pack)  You will use one folder per year per child.
  • Small bin with lid – (Wal-Mart had for $1.00)  This is to hold non-paper arts & crafts.
  • 12X12 box for the inbox – (Also found at Staples on the clearance table for $3.99) This will serve as your designated arts & crafts inbox.

Memory Tote Supplies

I let my girls pick out the color of the totes and small bins and we even found matching makers to label everything!

Step 1: Get all arts & crafts into the new designated inbox. To keep them from getting mixed in with our regular inbox “stuff” I have designated a separate inbox for their projects and the girls are in charge of placing their crafts in the inbox as soon as they walk into the house with it.

Step 2: Once the inbox is full, the girls and I go through the inbox together to decide what to do with each project.  My girls are only 3 so we do not have an overwhelming amount of arts & crafts just yet but I know it is only beginning so how to decide what to keep, what to give away and what to (gasp!) throw away!

Some questions I ask myself when deciding what to do with a particular project:

1.  Is it unique to my child?  Does it show her personality off?

2.  Does it show a stage of her writing or drawing capabilities and skills?

3.  Does it represent a certain memory that is special to my child?

Step 3:  Process each paper/project…

To keep – for those projects that have been deemed worthy of keeping file into the appropriate folder.  We used one folder per kid per year.  When this folder is full we made it a rule that we cannot keep anymore projects, unless the folder is purged and room is made for the new project.

To give-away – the girls’ grandparents LOVE receiving art & craft projects from the girls in the mail.  We do not have family close-by so this is something the girls can do special for the grandparents and aunts & uncles.

To throw-away – unfortunately it is not possible to keep every sheet of paper that the girls color.  So, if the girls and I together decide to throw an item out we always take a picture of the project before tossing.  That way we can look back over all their creations without contributing to any clutter!

Seasonal art – fall is my favorite season and last fall the girls made this really cool project with trees and leaves at Sunday School.  In our living room we have frames that hold art projects.  So, instead of filing these away I  have stored them with the fall decorations so that this fall I can put them in the frames and enjoy them all over again.

Kid Art Frame

For items that are not flat/paper, place in the small bin….

Small Bin

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Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

Tackling my Paper Overwhelm! March 6, 2012

I had a system in place for handling all the paper that came into our house but since my girls have started school and other extracurricular activities – we quickly outgrew that system.  In the past, I have had an inbox (drawer) close to the garage door.  This is where any paper that entered the house was dumped so it could be sorted and processed at a later time.  This had worked out well because it was right where we came in and tended to drop everything anyway.  I had a set time each week that I went through my inbox and paid the bills, filed papers away, etc.   However, as you can see…my inbox (drawer) was overflowing before that set time arrived each week.  I had to start a stack on top of the desk…

I also had an inbox upstairs by my desk.  While generally I don’t recommend having two separate places for basically the same thing, I was finding myself making stacks in every room upstairs that needed to be carried down and put in the downstairs drawer.  Not to mention, that when I do process all my papers I do so upstairs at my desk…I just pull out the drawer and carry it upstairs during my set time.  So, the upstairs inbox was where every piece of paper that made it upstairs would go – so it can be sorted and processed at a later time.  Items like receipts from shopping bags, magazine tear sheets, etc. ended up here.

As you can see, this inbox was overflowing too…urrgghh!  If you are wondering what in the world that is on the top of the pile, that is a bright orange dinosaur one of my 3 year old’s made at preschool 🙂

After dedicating a few hours to sort through my two in-boxes, I found three culprits to be the main source of my paper overwhelm.

1. My kid’s arts & crafts –  I noticed that craft projects, coloring sheets and finger paintings (and bright orange dinosaurs) were a major part of my overflowing inbox issue.  As a solution, I have decided to create memory totes for each of my girls which will include a separate inbox dedicated solely to their creations.  The good thing about this system is that the girls are in charge of placing all their masterpieces into this inbox – no more art projects tangled up with the water bill!   More to come on that later, that will be my next project post – creating memory totes for kid’s art & craft projects.

2. Coupons – I LOVE coupons.  I have signed up on all of my favorite products’ websites and I am always getting samples and coupons in the mail, coupons from loyalty programs, coupons from the Sunday paper, etc.  So, I decided coupons were important (and plentiful) enough to justify their own inbox – drawer.  So, I have now dedicated the drawer below the main inbox – drawer to my coupons.  This has also helped me not misplace/forget a valuable coupon when needed.  I have a set time on Mondays that I go through all my coupons – I do this as I am making my menu for the following week.

3. Junk Mail – In the past, I have not sorted through my mail before putting it in the drawer.  I know this is a no-no but it was working for me…not to mention walking in the door in my house is no easy task.  The dog is excited and wants fed, my three year olds’ (who I am desperately trying to potty train) both have to go the bathroom at the same time, my hands are full, coats and shoes are flying everywhere, the girls want a drink…and a snack…you get the picture so it was easier to just dump it all in the drawer and deal with it later.  However, I can see now that a few minutes spent sorting the incoming papers will save me hours later.  So, from now on the junk mail will go right into the recycle bin which is also right beside of the garage door.  Also, because we have moved recently – I updated my information with the following services to reduce the amount of junk mail being delivered….

Catalogs
Credit & Insurance Offers
Manage Your Mailbox

Now my routine is to immediately sort through mail/papers coming into the house.  Coupons go straight to the coupon drawer, junk mail goes directly in the recycle bin, the girls put their creations in their tray (which they love by the way…they think this is a very big girlish task!).  I continue to process the paper in both the downstairs and upstairs (which is now a very manageable amount) inbox once a week  on Wednesday…..ahhhh paperwork overwhelm has been tackled!

I would love to hear your tips for tackling your paper overwhelm……

 

 

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Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

 

Printables for all occasions! February 29, 2012

As I posted last week…I love printables!  So, when I came across 1+1+1=1 blog I was instantly in heaven!  Had to share their latest post Outer Space Theme Printables & More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also printables like the Solar System Pack that can be used for several different age groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the bottom of the post several links are provided to numerous printables…all in a different theme.  Everything from Angry Birds to different seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My girls are going to LOVE all these new printables….

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If you would like to Simplify Your Life, visit: www.organizedwithclardy.com for free organizing solutions, tools and resources and info on private coaching.

Sign up here for monthly tips and solutions for getting organized.  Register now and receive “Purposeful Parenting” & “Simplified Life” tips as our gift to you.

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Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

I Love Printables! February 23, 2012

I am obsessed with Printables.  Some of my favorites are….

 

Morning Routine Flash Cards For Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chore Chart for Preschoolers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily goals worksheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next three come from iheart organizing….one of my favorite blogs!

Weekly routine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A peek at the week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kid's morning routine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so now that I have posted the above Printables I am embarrassed to post mine.  I am so obsessed with Printables that I have been trying to figure out how to make my own.  So, I made my first today.  Yes, I know that it is not near as nice (colorful, clear, exciting, etc.) as the examples above and that when you print it the background is all blue and fuzzy (why this is…I have no idea!) but it is my first and I am still playing around trying to figure out all the details!  My next one will be better…hopefully!

My first attempt at making a Printable! Don't worry I won't be offended that you didn't download it! HA!

 

Gosh! it looks even fuzzier on this post then it did when I printed it out!

 

Do you have a favorite Printable….please share!

 

Hoping to have some pics of my Family Command Center in progress next week…still waiting on some supplies/items to arrive in the mail to get started…so stay tuned….

 

 

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Sign up here for monthly tips and solutions for getting organized.  Register now and receive “Purposeful Parenting” & “Simplified Life” tips as our gift to you.

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Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

 
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