3 Easy Strategies To Save Time Cooking

3 Easy Strategies To Save Time Cooking

Do you spend a lot of time in your kitchen? Do you feel like you’re always in the kitchen and that’s all you do all day? Has the thought “do the kids really need another meal?” flittered across your tired mind?  I don’t have kids yet (Lil’ Junior is on the way though!), but I have felt like I’m spending the majority of my day in the kitchen. And after a couple of weeks my awesome husband sweetly told me he thought I spent too much time in the kitchen (he's really Progressive like that). He told me we needed to find a way to minimize the amount of time and work so that I wasn’t exhausting myself every day. (I told you he’s awesome and sweet!) At first I wasn’t sure how or what I could do. I am the one primarily making the meals and cleaning up the kitchen. What can one person do? Or so I thought… Then one afternoon, I was making lunch and looked at the clock. An exhausted feeling drenched me as I thought, I’m going to have to start dinner in just two hours to get it on the table in time…and I need a nap. I so need a nap. When you’re growing a human it takes a lot of energy, and naps. Lots of naps. 😉 But in that light bulb moment I made a decision to take action and save time, and it’s been saving me lots of time ever since! Time-Saving Tip #1: Make Two Meals at The Same Time This was my little epiphany! And it’s not...
6 Easy Steps To Stress Free Laundry

6 Easy Steps To Stress Free Laundry

Does your laundry overwhelm you? Are you constantly putting a load in, or freshening up a load to fold it with no wrinkles? Does it seem like a never-ending task? Do you feel over-loaded? (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.) What if I told you there was a way to rid yourself of those overwhelming and never-ending feelings? Because, sister, there is a way! I’ve been married for a little over a month now, and it’s just my husband and I. We don’t have that much laundry, but there are still clothes, sheets, and towels to be washed. 2-3 loads a week. No matter the size, laundry is laundry. I’m the creative type and as such, I love projects. So this system was perfect! Create A “Laundry Day” The key to stress free laundry is to create a laundry day. Designate one day of the week to your laundry; even if you don’t clean up the rest of the house, you’ve completed the laundry for that week. And it’s such a freeing feeling! I love knowing that I don’t have to do laundry until the next week. That helps remove the feeling of it being a never-ending task. Yes, we’ll always have laundry to do because we wear clothes and they need washed. But completing the project in one day, verses doing a load every single day nips those negative feelings in the bud. Your first two weeks may seem like a nightmare (or maybe not!). Cheery forewarning, I know. There may be eight or even ten loads of laundry that first time, but don’t get discouraged. That’s not what...
3 Productivity Hacks That Help You Get More Done

3 Productivity Hacks That Help You Get More Done

Doing more with less. This is what productivity is all about, and yet it often seems so elusive. Something always seems to be going wrong to mess with it. Well, here are 3 things you are in control of, and you can definitely accomplish to help you get more done in less time.   1. Start Your Morning Off With Exercise   This is huge. And it has to be in the morning, even if it's just 10 minutes of push-ups and jumping jacks. Go to the gym, workout at home, whatever works for you. Why it works: Morning exercise helps you to wake up, be alert, and give you energy for the rest of the day. It also gives you an endorphin rush which enhances your attitude and just overall makes you feel good, and have a positive attitude. And when you feel good and have a positive attitude, things just don't seem as overwhelming any more. Obstacles don't seem as imposing, and you have more motivation and inspiration to stay on task and productive.   2. Do Your Most Difficult Task First   I've heard advice given that you should start with an easy task first to help you gain momentum and confidence...and maybe this does help some people... But if you would like to be more productive, and you haven't tried this yet, try it. Leave email and social media for later, and do the one thing on your to-do list you are dreading. Brian Tracy in his book, "Eat That Frog" calls doing your most difficult task first, well, "eating the frog". In other words, taking...
How an Introvert Gets a Haircut

How an Introvert Gets a Haircut

One of the simple pleasures of life is treating yourself to a relaxing day at the salon…getting a little “me-time” and leaving looking great and feeling stylish with your confidence and self-esteem renewed… that is… Unless you are an INTROVERT!!! For a true introvert, planning and executing a trip to the salon can be a dreaded nightmare, that you put off as long as possible, or avoid altogether! Extroverts won’t get the following list AT ALL, but I am betting that if you are a die-hard introvert, you will totally relate to... “How an Introvert Gets a Haircut”:    1. First, get up the courage to call to make an appointment.      This could take quite a bit of time and energy in itself, as one thing introverts hate even more than going to the salon is making a phone call. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Be sure to read How an Introvert Makes a Phone Call.   2. Chicken out a day later and call to cancel said appointment.  (If you can cancel through email or their website, all the better!)   3. Kick yourself mercilessly for canceling your hair appointment.   Now you are going to be stuck with this mess of a thing called ‘hair’.   4. Get up the courage all over again to make another appointment. Again, this will take quite a bit of time and energy (see point #1.) In fact, this second call may be even more anxiety inducing, as you will worry that perhaps you will end up talking to the same person you talked to before, and that person will remember you, and will then...
Easy Five-Minute Layered Haircut

Easy Five-Minute Layered Haircut

The Dreaded Salon I don't know about you, but I DREAD going to the salon. It's always been one long, awkward, and painful experience for me. I know, I know, treating yourself to a relaxing day at the salon is supposed to be a great experience, and maybe it is for you, but for me, an introvert, it's pretty much a nightmare. There has to be a better way! Well, I discovered that there was! A Layered Haircut From Home I found that I could cut my own hair, quick, easy, for free, and have it look incredible! I am so excited to share with you an ultra-simple, super-quick way to cut your hair in beautiful layers! You can easily cut your daughter's, or even your own hair in only 5 minutes!  You may never go to the salon again! This is what my daughter's hair looked like before the haircut... And after!   If you want to learn how to do this easy 5-minute layered haircut on yourself or your daughters, click the image below to download your FREE guide!  ...
How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

Have you ever tried  brown sugar scrub on your skin? If not, you absolutely must! It is an excellent exfoliator and a luxurious moisturizer...not to mention, it smells simply delicious! And if you make it yourself with a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, it is frugal as well!     Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub 2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. vanilla 2 Vitamin E capsules   Simply mix all ingredients together, and put into the lovely container of your choice!     For those who love the scent of fall, here is a nice variation:   Pumpkin Pie Brown Sugar Scrub 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/8 cup honey 1 Vitamin E capsule 3 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice Pumpkin Pie Spice 1 TBS cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. ginger 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp nutmeg Brown Sugar Scrub in a cute container with a bow or tied with twine would make a lovely Christmas gift as well! Give it a try and let me know how you like it! Linked up at: The Modest...