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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

 

 

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Is it time to break up with your makeup?

Break up with your makeup!  WHAT.  I know stay with me.  I am not suggesting you all go out into the world with a naked face.

 

I understand some of you have lots of lotions and potions. You may buy makeup every time you are in the drugstore, grocery store, beauty bar or department store. But have you tossed out the old?IMG_3462

Do you have mascara from the last decade? How about your eye makeup? How old it is? Do you have lipstick or lip gloss that is older than your youngest child?

Not only can all those tubes, cases, bottles and pencils create clutter, but they can be dangerous to your health.

Old expired makeup can cause allergies.

Expired makeup can cause breakouts and infections like pink eye, acne, and worse. This is especially true with mascara, liners and foundations. “When a product expires this means that the preservatives have stopped being as effective as they once were or have stopped working altogether. This can lead to infections,” says Dr. Gary Goldfaden.

Wow, none of those things sound good or will make you look better.makeup-brush-jphyoxty-ke-oli-dale

Here are the rules on when you should throw away your makeup.

Foundations, creams, powders, and lipsticks that are over a year old although many experts say you should toss your mascara after 3 months.

Any eyeliners, mascaras, shadows, or lip glosses should be tossed if you’ve had for more than six months.bathroom-vanity-clutter

OK, now you know so lets fix this and get organized:

Sort through all of your cosmetics and toss anything that you can’t remember when you purchased it. Chances are that it well exceeds the limit if you can’t remember when you bought it.

Clean your brushes on a regular basis and if you use sponges those should be cleaned each time and tossed every month.

This is one time where I will tell you to throw your old stuff away.  Don’t donate it or give it away.

I have a “Rev-a-shelf” drawer organizer (Rev-A-Shelf COSK-18) that I use for my makeup brush storage. I also use a makeup bag to store my products. I pull the bag out and empty all the products I use. Once used, I drop it back in the bag. I know when I am done all the products will be back in the bag. That makes it so easy to return the entire thing in the drawer. Also, if I need to pack quickly for a trip it is already contained and I only have to grab a few brushes.

Bonus Tip to know went to replace your makeup is to note it on the inside door of your medicine cabinet. I use this to remind me when I change the toothbrushas well. Write your notes with a grease pencil (I use my old lip pencil before I toss) If you were so inclined, you could paint the inside of your door with chalkboard paint and use chalk.

Did you know that you can convert any hard surface to a “white-board” Just by painting over it with a special CLEAR IdeaPaint, Wow who knew. The possibilities are endless You can also use an ordinary any color dry erase maker to write on glass. Yes all glass.

According to Julie Longyear of Blissoma holistic skin care and apothecary. “One great alternative for makeup that would not technically expire is mineral makeup,” says Longyear. As there is no water or oils in the products they don’t grow bacteria or go bad. As a lady that doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, most of my eyeshadows are loose mineral powders. That equals an investment that is safe for a long time.

As you know I am not a makeup specialist.  I am an Organizer.  If you want to read more tips on makeup from Aly Walansky at Stylecaster expired-makeup.

I love to hear from you so feel free to start a discussion.

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Want a yummy reward?

You have been so good and you are de-cluttering your space, getting organized.  Reward yourself with a slice of povititza and a hot cup of tea or coffee.
I spent a wonderful day yesterday with a dear friend baking povititiza.  You know it is so relaxing to make a yeast bread.   If you are so inclined I will share the recipe. Thanks Lynnda!

LYNNDA’S  POVITITZA

Step 1
   Grind 2 pounds walnuts.
    I use a food processor and do this ahead of time, usually the day before & store in refrigerator.

Bread:

    Stir together and set aside:
        2 cakes yeast (5t)
        1 t sugar
        1/2  warm half & half
    In large bowl cream:
        1/2 c sugar
        6 egg yolks (save whites for later)
        1 c butter
    Prepare dry ingredients:
        5 c flour
        1 t salt
     Measure 1 1/3 half and half and warm slightly.
    Add half and half  to sugar, egg yolk, butter mixture first.
    Add yeast mixture to above.
    Mix together.
    Add dry ingredients and mix until ready to be turned out onto floured board.  Knead well,  adding extra flour if needed for good consistency of bread dough.
Separate dough into 5 parts.  Let rise in separately sprayed bowls, spraying a bit on top and covering with tea cloth.  Dough should double in size.  I usually let it rise at least an hour but have done less if rushed and it seems to work.

While dough is rising prepare filling.

Filling:

    Heat the following but don’t bring to boil:
        1/2 c butter
        1 1/2 c half and half
        1 1/2 c brown sugar
        1/2 c honey
    Add ground walnuts to the above. Mix together until all is incorporated and sugar has melted.
    Allow above mixture to cool.
    Beat 6 egg whites until stiff.
    To the cool mixture add:
        1/2 t lemon juice
        1 t vanilla
        1 t cinnamon
    Mix the above and fold in egg whites carefully.  Don’t over mix.
Divide filling into 5 parts.
Roll dough thinly on floured tea towel, stretching and pulling to desired thinness.  I don’t get mine nearly as thin as my mother-in-law Anne did but it’s still tasty.  Spread 1/5 of filling onto bread.  Roll up by lifting one end of tea towel and letting it roll together.  Place into angel food cake pan and cover with tea towel and let rise about 45  minutes.  Repeat this for other 4 loaves.
Bake at 325 degrees 30-35 minutes.
Cool & enjoy.
This freezes well.  I usually use a plastic wrap and then put it into a freezer zip lock bag.
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#coffeebreak #yeastbread #reward #takeabreak #bakebread
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That takes balls? And it keeps them in place?

baseball-8ereia0u4lw-joey-kyberYes ~ we are talking about SPORTS balls and there are so many sports that use balls; footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, basketballs, volleyball, golf balls, ping-pong balls, and even bowling balls.

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But being that they are round, balls by their nature have a tendency to roll around. Making it a challenge to confine them to in one spot. Have no fear as deflation is not required. Instead, I will share with you some tips and tricks to organize your sports balls.

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A quick peek at Pinterest reveals there are countless ways to corral sports balls so we will explore a few.

  • Wire Bins – easy way to not only hold but a great way to transport them to and from t-ball practice
  • Pop up hampers – One of my favorites! These can be found at almost any store and are very inexpensive. Bonus they fold flat when not in use.

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    Pop-up Hamper
  • Mesh laundry bags – another great way to keep balls from rolling under the car and are perfect for transporting to and from volleyball practice.
  • Laundry baskets
  • Mount crates or baskets to the wall
  • Trash cans – these can be perfect for baseball bats and baseballs. You can add some dividers for extra organization.
  • PVC cart This is a super DIY project. PVC is easy to work with and plans can be found all over the internet.
  • Repurpose an old piece of furniture
  • Old pallet re-purposed – Again use your imagination and use your creative energy
  • bungee cords to make a ball cage –

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    Photo from HGTV

Balls are notorious for rolling away. But you can get organized without breaking the bank. We know you have better things to spend your money on, such as extra tutoring for your superstar athlete.

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Nothing worse than opening the garage door and having all the kids sports balls rolling down the driveway and around the floor unless it would be when they rolled around the back of your minivan or SUV. Gotta love when the door opens and all that stuff rolls out, down the parking lot or out into the street. YIKES!

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Keyed up…

Do you have keys to nowhere?

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You know the ones.   You have a key to a padlock you can’t find or if you are like us. We couldn’t find the key to a lock so we cut the lock only to find the key later. OOPS, hey it happens.

How about you have the key to an old flame’s apartment but the flame is out or they moved and filed a restraining order against you? I’m going to go out on a limb and say you really don’t need those keys anymore.

Did you have a key to a friend’s vehicle for their emergency locked my keys in the car buddy but the buddy totaled the vehicle?

How about this your old neighborhood has a pool or is gated and has a walk thru gate but you moved 3 states away and failed to return the keys.

Do you still have “extra” keys to your prior homes? How about any spare keys to you’re parent’s home or old apartments still hanging around?

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See this is why you want to change the locks immediately when you buy or move into a new home. You have no idea who has keys. Could be the dog walker, the handyman, the kids, the babysitter, the housekeeper or the pool person that all could have copies of your house keys. EEK, Right?

How about hotel and motel key or key cards?keys-233062_1280

Those are keys to nowhere anywhere important. These are absolutely not needed and so they are now cluttering your space. How many of these keys to nowhere are still on your key ring that you carry? I will not even ask why you have them much less why you still carry them.  Let them go.

You can get organized and reduce the clutter in your life. I am here to help.

Thanks Pamela

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Frame it forward!

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Do you have old glasses that you don’t wear anymore?  Has your vision changed and you got new glasses?  Did you have readers in every room but now you have bifocals?  (I do)  What did your old glasses become?  CLUTTER.

I just saw a program by Nationwide Vision and the Lions Club.  They take your old glasses and give them to those in need.

Clean out your stash of old glasses and Frame it Forward.  Below is the link to Nationwide and  the Lions Club’s centers

Nationwide vision frame it forward campaign

The Lions Club has Recycling eyeglasses at 18 centers worldwide.

Frame it forward and clean out clutter!  Sounds like a win win!!

Thanks Pamela

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#recycle #glasses #payitforward #frameitforward

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Lighten up! Tips to pack for travel

Is the your year to take a vacation?  Do it.  Don’t let vacation days go unused.  Don’t say “I’ll do that sometime.”  Make this your sometime!

Decide where you are going,  decide when you will go and now decide what are you are going to take with you.

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Now with baggage fees and the chance of lost luggage do you really need all that stuff? What if you are planning a backpacking trip? In our house we have a rule if you can’t carry it you can’t take it. But what if you are going on an extended trip say your dream trip to Europe and you are not a young adult? Rule still applies. If you can’t carry it you can’t take it. You are going to have to do some planning.small car yfblyeynu_g-jace-grandinetti.jpg

Make a list

 

Pack light! Backpack will be your friend. If you are planning on a trip where there are cobblestone streets pulling your roller bag over cobblestones is not an easy thing to do. Also remember cars in some countries are not a roomy as we have in the US. Trunk space may be very limited and your large bag may not ever fit.backpack-cedzaukbyic-jeremy-bishop

Less is more and think separates that can be worn together.

Tee shirts or tank tops that you can layer. Neural colors that are dark enough not to show stains are best. Learn to layer to change up your basic wardrobe. Wear your most bulky clothing items when on the plane or train.

Downsize your toiletries by not packing anything you can buy once you arrived at your destination. Everywhere you go they sell what you need like shampoo, sunscreen, body wash, concentrated laundry detergent.

When you are thinking about what to take think quick-drying, synthetic clothing and wash everything while you travel.

Compression bags like a Ziploc or space bag will make the most of your space.

Remember your smart phone is more than a phone. It is a camera, currency converter, guidebook, TV, book and map. Don’t pack a guidebook. Download what you need onto your smart phone.

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Packing light means taking less stuff. Remember this is a vacation not a lifetime. You don’t need so much stuff.

For men according to my husband his one tip will allow you to travel for months just about anywhere with little more than 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and 3-4 pairs of underwear and socks.

For women same deal: 2 cami/tank tops, 3 tops, I suggest a long sleeve denim or chambray shirt, 1 cardigan to layer, legging, 2 pair capris or shorts (shorts can’t be worn in churches but capris can be) 1 pair of pants, 1 skirt or tee-shirt dress that can be layered over. The tee shirt can be a nightie, extra bra (a sports bra is very packable) and 4 pair of underwear. I personally love Chico’s Travelers collection. I have had an entire glass of sticky juice spilled in my lap on a plane and I was able to rinse it off in the airport bathroom dry it under the hand dryer and not miss my connecting flight.

Your best shoe choice will be one pair of closed toe comfortable walking shoes. Always bring flip-flops!! They will be what you wear in the hotel, in the shower, or with shorts if you go to the beach.

One of my favorite and go to items is to take a pashmina-type scarf. It is so versatile you can drape over your shoulders if it is chilly, or use it as a blanket or rolled up pillow on the plane.

OK ladies lets talk about cosmetics. You probably will not wear as much while traveling as you would a home. Leave your expensive brands at home. Grab a drugstore brand of tinted moisturizer with SPF, mascara, no more than 2 colors of eye shadow, you can add water and make a eyeliner and a bronzer (This will be for your eyes and cheeks or you can use it for lipstick.) This should all fit!travel musfb_f1i4e-toa-heftiba.jpg

Don’t pack for worst-case scenarios. Worst case you can buy what you need. Leave your expensive jewelry at home. Don’t take a fanny pack they are a prime target for pickpockets. Try to fit all your stuff in a backpack. You will not only save on luggage fees but when you are riding a train, grabbing a cab or walking and just lugging your stuff from location to location you will appreciate the lighter load.

Where will you go?   What is your best travel tip?

Thanks Pamela

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