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Final Four Challenge!!

Good morning!  March is almost over.  This is the 4th week.  Final Four is this weekend in Phoenix.  Spring is upon us… Let’s challenge ourselves and start to get organized.

So what is the final four challenge?

Easy!

Take a picture of any flat surface near you.  It could be your desk, a bathroom counter, kitchen bar or coffee table.  This is your “before” picture.messy-desk-clean-me2. Move 4 things off this surface.

3. Put those things where the belong.organized-computer-desktop-c1c4b1aa

4.   Now look at your after.   That is it!  You are done  Take a picture if you want.

See here is the deal.  You don’t have to do it all or do it all at once.  If you break it down to four items per service you can do that easy.  It only takes minutes.

Congratuations on completion of your final four challenge!!!!

Will you accept the challenge?  Will you share this and challenge your friends?  Have a great day

Thanks Pamela

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10 Facts Every Woman Should Know:

I did not come up with these facts but I agree and belive you all should know them.

1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.women 2 daryn-bartlett-40739.jpg

2. When someone tells you that you’re beautiful, believe them. They aren’t lying.

3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.

4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them. mom to be arteida-mjeshtri-151140

5. You should DEFINITELY have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way that others see you, you would.

6. Don’t look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.

7. It’s okay to not love every part of your body…but you should. woman 1 brooke-cagle-211284

8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.

9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.

10. You’re a woman. And that alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

~ Austin Blood 

 

You are a remarkable woman.  Give yourself credit!

Pass this on to another remarkable woman.  I love your comments!!

Pamela

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The Golden Triangle is the Golden Ticket!

Do you spend lots of time in the car?  How many miles do you log running to pick up the kids?  How long is your commute to work?car photo-1470434151738-dc5f4474c239

Have you heard of the Golden Triangle?

Golden Triangle is the distance between work, school, and home.

Organize your life within those.  You will find that if you can work within the golden triangle you will save time and money.
Plan out your trips if you need to go the grocery store, dry cleaner, gas station try to map it out and make the most of your trip.  By combining as much as possible you will find savings.
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We live in a small town and we really try to make the most of every trip we make into Phoenix.  Also, I take a cooler with me to put chocolate or food items in.  We are already experiencing temperatures over 85 degrees and believe me when I say chocolate does not do well in the car unless they are in a cooler.  Don’t even get me started on ice cream.
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Leave your comments below and share with friends.
Thanks Pamela!
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Decisions ~ Decisions

Organizing is something everyone needs and uses every day to some degree. Some of you have better control over your clutter than other. Some of you feel overwhelmed at the thought of finding your shoes.

That’s OK. I am here to help you find a method that works for you. Not for your mom, or sister or even the neighbor next door. Something that works for you and your family may in fact not work for everyone.chaos-485493_960_720

Have you heard of the Kondo method?

The Kondo principle is dead simple: Touch every single item. Feel it. Think about it. Ask yourself does it bring me joy? If it does, keep it. If not, ditch it.

Try it. Open your closet and start with your winter clothes. Pull ever thing out one at a time. Touch it. Feel it. Does it bring you joy? Does it fit? Did you wear it this season? Does it need mending? Will you mend it?

If you answered no to any of these questions the answer is simple, let it go.

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So, how much did you let go of? Don’t you feel better? I knew you could do it.

Now lets sort what is left.

photo by Clark Street Merchantile -1441986300917-64674bd600d8Think of your closet as a boutique.  Sort by color, sleeve length and then put all your pants, skirts and dresses together. Once you have it all organized you may just discover new outfits and combinations you did to realize you had. Getting dressed should be easier.

Maybe you need your clothes in coordinated outfits. If so do it.   Put your outfits together. Pick out a top and a bottom. Keep it up and choose all your outfits for the week. No early morning thinking required.small baby's room organized

This particular method works great for children who want to pick out their outfits but still need a little help.

Your closet is done now ~ on to the next one. You can do this.  What will you do next?

 

Thanks Pamela

 

#Kondo, Closet #Organized #clutter #momlife #livingwithatoddler

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Could your medicine cabinet be a hazard to your health?

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When did you check your medicine cabinet? Did you know that taking expired pills could be harmful or more harm than good? Do you know that you should never flush unwanted or expired medication down the drain? It could contaminant your drinking water. Living in Arizona and realizing how important water is, I will say that would be BAD ~ Very Bad!antique drugs jenelle-ball-4395.jpg

Many places have a take back day.

According to Earth911, the best option is to take advantage of Drug Take Back programs that are held a couple times a year by municipalities and National Drug Take Back Days that are provided by the Federal DEA. Mail back programs are also easy and convenient. Jump to the recycling locator to find one now.

If you do not have a drug take back program in your area you can use this disposal method suggested by SmaRxt Disposal- you can safely dispose of your unused and expired medications in your household trash. They recommend these steps:

  • Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
  • Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat to the plastic bag.
  • Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
  • Remove and destroy all identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away.

So what are you waiting for? Check your medicine cabinets! Now that you have taken care of all those unwanted or expired medications you can now sort the remained and organize what you have. I use small boxes (Mine are pencil boxes) and I have one for bandages, one for allergy and cold, and one for general first aid. You should set up what works for you and your family.Rx's freestocks-org-126848.jpg

Also remember to keep all medications out of reach of children. This is especially important for grandparents. As your medications may not have childproof caps and you may not have small children around all the time so it is easy to overlook the potential dangers.dog-and-kid-photo-1467321309980-a57856cd25f7

For you pet parent the same thing applies. My pets are furry vacuums. It is it on the floor they will eat it. One of my pups had a great time with a tube of lip balm. My what a mess!

Thanks for your patience.  I have had visitors for a wonderful extended visit.  My parents spent 3 fabulous weeks and I must admit I ignored everything but them.  Living far away makes every visit special.

Back on track.  Have a wonderful week.  I love your comments.

Thanks Pamela

 

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Time to stop sponging…

I very dear friend of mine ran a bed and breakfast.  One of the best tips she shared was that  during her tenure as a B&B owner the health department required she changed dish towels every day.  She also has 2 towels in the kitchen every day.  One for hands and one for dishes.  pie-artur-rutkowski-37502

That got me to thinking.  Of course that is a fabulous idea.  How many of you do this?  Did you even give it any thought?

Dish sponges are a breeding ground for gross germs and bacteria. A good rule of thumb is to throw yours out every two weeks — or the second they start to smell — to keep your kitchen sanitized.

I personally don’t use sponges. I knit dish cloths.  knit-mabel-amber-101277

This is the pattern I use:

Waffle Knit Dishcloth
from Homespun Living

Materials: 1 ball Lion cotton yarn; additional yarn for colored stripe, if desired.
Size 6 needles (4.25 mm)

Directions:

Cast on 38 stitches.
Knit 3 rows for border.

Row 1: (right side): Knit.

Row 2: K 3, purl to last 3 stitches, k 3.

Row 3: K 3, (P 2, k 1) 10 times, p 2, k 3.

Row 4: K 3, (K 2, p 1) 10 times, k 5.

Repeat these 4 rows, 6 times. If a colored center stripe is desired, change yarn now and work rows 1 – 4, 2 times in desired color.
Change back to main color and work the 4 row pattern, 6 times.

Knit last 4 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

Thanks and have a great day!!!  I love your comments.  By the way dishcloths are the only thing I knit.  Living in AZ we don’t have much use for mittens and scarfs.

Pamela

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#sponge #kitchen #cleanup.

 

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Lay off the Sauce!

Are you guilty of a little packet hoarding?sauce-packages

Do you have a secret stash of sauce freebies?

How about  half-empty bottles of fake bacon bits from 3 years ago?  Old Spice isn’t just a scent your grandpa would wear.  Spices expire.  spice-shelf

Oh boy!  The fact of the matter is, you are allowing them to use  up valuable fridge and kitchen storage space.  Unless you are one of those people who has more cabinet space than you could ever fill or has a fridge that is so large you never have to search for your olives?  Right I didn’t think so, me neither.

Easy solution:  Go check the expiration dates on those old spices and condiments, and handle accordingly.  Hoard tiny packets no more.  Thyme to let them go.

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You are welcome!  Have a great day and remember I love your comments.

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Reasons for Resistance to Change

Misunderstanding that there is a need for change sometimes the reason for the change might not be clear — If you and your family do not understand the need for change you can expect resistance to change. Especially from those who strongly believe the current way of doing things works well…and has done for years! Famous words, “My Mom did it that way.”MoreFamilyTime 5-1 b

Fear: Fear of the unknown — One of the reasons I see frequently for resistance to change is fear of the unknown. Before some people can take steps toward the unknown is when they feel that not changing is a greater problem than the current situation and then they will move towards in a new direction.compas-photo-1470472304068-4398a9daab00

Lack of competence in the change — This is a fear many people will find difficult to admit. But there are times when change is required and may require changing so of your skills, and some people will feel that they won’t be able to make the transition very well. An example might be   you have been a single person or a couple and now you have a baby. You have to change the way you do many things.

A connection to the old way — If you ask people in a family or an organization to do things in a new way, as much as to you the new way makes your life easier and saves you time, you will be setting yourself up against all that emotional connections to the old way – and that’s not trivial. (This might go back to the way your mother did it and you would never want to insult your or their mom.)

Low trust — When people don’t believe that they can change there is likely to be resistance to change.

Temporary or a phase — Some people believe that the reason for change is a temporary or a phase.Danielle MacInnes photo-1455815152231-be9c88eb7468

Not asking the family — If your family is allowed to be part of the change there is less resistance. People like to know what’s going on, especially if their lives may be affected.

Poor communication — Well Duh! It’s self-evident isn’t it? When it comes to change there’s no such thing as too much communication. Everyone needs clear ideas as to what is expected of him or her.

Changes to routines — When we talk about comfort zones we’re really referring to routines. We love them. They make us secure. So there’s bound to be resistance whenever change requires us to do things differently. Make sure you keep talking about what you want and need. Everyone can have a role. (OK, maybe not the pets but everyone else.)dog-with-ball-oh9auo20kbk-andrew-pons

Benefits and rewards — When the benefits and rewards for making the change are not seen as tolerable for the trouble involved. Make sure everyone gets some benefit from your changes. Example, if Mom has help keeping the laundry done then she may have more time to go to the park or read the kids a story.

Realize there may in fact be resistance to change and planning for it from the start will allow you to successfully implement your changes. Be proactive you can do this.  I love your comments.  What has been your resistance to change?

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That’s using your noodle

Today we are talking about the versitility of a pool noodle.  Who knew how many ways they can used. They are cheap and can be easily located.  So even if you don’t have a pool you may be able to use a noodle.

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  1. Pool Noodle to organize fishing rods.
  2. Card holder – to hold playing cards.
  3. Tot bed rail – bumper – place a pool noodle on the side of the bed under the sheet to keep tots from rolling off the bed.
  4. Boot filler – cut them and place in your boots to keep them upright. See Angie’s Look Book –
  5. Child proof for little fingers. Keep toddlers from slamming doors by placing a part of a noodle on the edge of the door.
  6. Plant stakes for your flowers. Perfect for sunflowers.
  7. Bumpers – to keep you from bumping your car doors into the wall.
  8. No more stubbed toes by using part of a pool noodle to keep your toes safe. Use them on your bed frame to prevent those late night toe kicks.
  9. Use pool noodles over tent support ropes for safety.
  10. Use a pool noodle to keep your puppy from pushing her balls under the couch. (Wish I had this earlier!)
  11. Pool noodle roof pad on your roof rack to cushion and protect.
  12. Did you know you can use noodles to make toys not for just the pool?  (Thank you Pinterest!)
  13. Jumbo Lincoln Logs.
  14. Marble Race Track.
  15. Marshmallow shooters.
  16. Lightsabers – May the force be with you! Just add duct tape!
  17. Noodle Stick horses – Directions and more info click here
  18. Kid car wash – for their cars, scooters and bike great on a hot summer day!
  19. Birthday Lawn Candles – Pool Noodle and a battery tea light.
  20. Trampoline safety cover for the springs.

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How do you use your noodle?

Thanks Pamela

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#tips #hacks #poolnoodle

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Free Money Update And Pie!!

 

EBATES Rebate Counter:

$51.35 and growing!!

I get money back when I shop online and you can too.

https://www.ebates.com/r/THETHI132?eeid=28187

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Not yet a to a Million Dollars,  but I can make the pie!  Here is the receipe:

Million Dollar Pie

1 can cherry pie filling, 1 large can crushed pinapple, 1 (9-oz.) carton Cool Whip, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup pecans, 1 can Eagle Brand Milk

Mix together and pour into a graham cracker crust and chill.  Will make 3 pie.  Will freeze nicely.

Enjoy!  I hope you will start saving money too.

Thanks Pamela