Weight Watchers Planner Stickers

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Who else loves planners?   I love to use my planner to stay organized.  I also hate having a lot of books lying around and reminders everywhere.  Therefore I like to make my own stickers for just about everything to make it easy to stay organized.  I love these stickers as you can keep track of your meetings and weekly weigh-ins in the same planner.  This makes it so easy to look back and see your progress each week to celebrate all your hard effort.

 

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Guest Post: Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule to Lower the Stress

Please welcome Shannon who works for Tidy Cleaning and is giving us some tips on how to keep our house clean daily without all the stress!


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Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule to Lower the Stress

 

Having too much to do in a day is quite stressful. You should create a weekly cleaning schedule where all the chores will be divided into small doable chunks. Down below, you will find an example of a cleaning routine. We hope it will help you to stay on top of your household duties. Check it out now.

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Monday

 

To put your best foot forward, start the week by cleaning the high-traffic areas in your home so that you don’t feel overwhelmed with the dirt throughout the week. The room you need to focus on the most is your kitchen. Do a 30-minute speed clean of all areas. Spray the sink with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe it off. Spray the countertops and clean. Wipe down the fronts of cabinets. Start at one end of the room. When you tackle all the tasks, mop the floors on your way out.

 

If you usually do some cooking during the weekend, Monday is also the best day to clean your oven. That will add another 15-20 minutes to the cleaning, depending on the condition of the unit.

 

Tuesday

 

On Tuesdays you should focus on getting the bathroom spic-and-span as advised from Tidy Cleaning Wimbledon. Pour some toilet bowl cleaner into the toilet and let it sit. Grab a sponge and an all-purpose/bathroom spray and clean your cabin shower. Then, move on to the bath tub. When you are done, wipe down the walls and mop the floor. Go back to the toilet. Give it some good brushing and flush. Finally, clean the sink and wipe down the mirror.

 

Wednesday

 

The third area in your home that could use some cleaning is your bedroom. Be sure to put the stuff in order. Dust the shelving and wipe down the night table/dressing table, any cabinets and the front of the wardrobe. Sweep and mop the floor.

 

Another cleaning job worth doing on that day is vacuuming. Be sure to vacuum most of the areas. This will keep your home looking at its best until the next week.

 

Thursday

 

On Thursdays, focus your attention on the living areas. Dust everywhere, clean the baseboards, wipe down any lamp shades, coffee tables, electronics and shelving.

 

Also, consider doing some laundry on that day. Choose among kids’ clothes, whites, colors and/or sheets. Load the washing machine and let it get the job done.

 

Friday

 

Fold clothes and put them back in the closet. Throw in another load of clothes and run the washing machine. Clean all downstairs areas. Tidy the place.

 

Saturday

 

Take the time to empty the fridge and clean it well. This is also a great moment to check your long-term food. Check the expiry dates and dispose of the items that are out of date. Take out the trash.

 

Sunday

 

Don’t overexert yourself. You need a break too. If you followed the schedule, you must have accomplished a great deal of cleaning jobs already. You deserve some rest. Send the children out to play, take a good book and enjoy the silence. Tomorrow everything is going to start all over again — all the hassle, all the cleaning and laundry — and you need to be well-rested.

 

Tip: straightening the cushions and putting things in their righteous places is something you could do on the daily to keep your home looking tidy and neat.

 

Feel free to rotate the chores if you get tired of doing the same thing every week. You may want to try a couple of cleaning routines to see which one works better for you. Enjoy your time cleaning and remember to dedicate a day to relaxation.

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Practical Lego Organization

After a brief hiatus here are our weekly guest posts with Steph on Tuesday’s back again.


IMG_7613I have seen some awesome Lego storage ideas on Pinterest.  However not only am I in a townhouse where space is at a premium, but I also have a household that does not touch the Lego often enough to have a permanent station set up.  It just would be a waste of a craft station at my house.

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So I had a few qualifications when brain storming which system of storage I would use.  I wanted:

-To be able to easily carry it from room to room in my house.

-To be able to put it away if we do not touch it for months.

IMG_7614-Not a ‘Lego Table’ because it takes up too much space.

-I don’t want bins to sort by color because I do not see kids maintaining it.

-Ideally has space to save a current project they are working on, so they will not have to take everything apart.

IMG_7611What I ended up doing was sorting the little specialty pieces with mini figures in a mini draw unit.  It holds the weapons, hats, steering wheels etc).

I have two more white draw units that hold more specialty pieces.  One drawer holds animals, others things like windows and doors, automobile parts, trees and bushes.  IMG_7616My blue container holds thin black pieces I use in crafts for mini figure display frames.  The large cream bin has large Ziploc bags of extra color sorted pieces.  I prefer Ziploc’s over bins because they take up less space.

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IMG_7609For my play station I was gifted a craft/scrap booking storage bag which I thought would work perfect.  It contains areas to sort pieces, enough room for a tin of extra pieces, and I’m able to zip it together for a fast clean up.

IMG_7601I opened the bag and cut some base boards to fit the bottom and side.  I used my E6000 to glue the base boards down.  The white gates are holding two separate pieces flush so they will adhere with the exact right amount of space for building.

 

IMG_7607The next step was to fill it with goodies.  I put windows, doors, landscaping, boats, cars, animals, mini figures, weapons and other accessories in the zipper pockets.  Then I took two empty tins and filled them with misc building pieces and generic blocks.

IMG_7608And I’m ready to play!  I have extra sets and the big bags of color sorted blocks in the basement and this case is ready to float around the house as inspiration hits.  I can add and swap out pieces I’m not using into storage and pick new themes to enjoy and add to my case.  Once I am ready to stop playing, I can quickly toss everything into pockets or tins and close this up with room to hold projects I’m working on inside.

How do you get organized with your kids toys?  Please comment below with your tips on storing lego, or duplo, or whatever!

 

 

 

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How to Prepare Yourself for a Food Shortage (aka Prepping Part #3)

Welcome back to part three of Thor’s three part prepping prelection!

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Last post was about how we can prepare for interruptions to our lives that will absolutely happen within our life time. We discussed what we can do to prepare to stay hydrated during power outages, snow and ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and unemployment.

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This post will continue prep discussions with the greatest topic of all – food!

Many of us, even without thinking of preparing for any event, have at least a week’s worth of food on hand. This should be good enough for any likely event, right? We keep our freezers stocked with pizzas and our spare freezers stocked with steaks, chicken, and all yummy things. Unfortunately, that won’t do much for us if the power is out and we can’t turn on our stoves. Why stockpile food when we can just go to the store? Transportation routes can be affected by disasters, power outages can result in closures, and quite possibly in a few months from now you may simply not be able to afford to purchase much due to lost employment. Stocking some essential items now instead of that second tablet could save you stress and your hair line (sorry dads).

Non-perishables are a good choice because they are cheap, they last years (lets you amortize your prep investment), and these days there are some pretty delicious options in those cans. Before we get in to the details of what to stock, let’s talk heat sources.

If the power is out, a good old-fashioned fire place is your best bet. Stock up on wood, some paper, matches or BICs and you are ready to eat. However, many do not have the luxury. The next best bet for eating without power is a camping stove.

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They are relatively cheap and so are their propane canisters. My wife and I have whipped up some stellar meals while camping on these bad boys.A more expensive option is to have a solar charger and a hot plate or microwave.

I’ll tailor the food section to preparing for a month’s worth of food – more than enough for most recent events that would affect your ability to mosey on over to the local supermarket. You are going to want to stock up on items that your family typically eats and will eat. The last thing you need is for everyone to have troubled tummies during the tumultuous time. Rice, dehydrated peas, and beans will serve you well. They are super cheap and yummy with the right seasoning.

If you are looking to eat cheaply for up to a month, grab 20 lbs of both rice and beans/peas/legumes. Keep in mind these need to be hydrated so eating these items will cut in to your water supply. Get some spices to make them yummy like salt, garlic salt, curry, ketchup, garlic sauce, bacon bits, onion/garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Eating rice and beans can get tiresome so get some yummy treats. Canned soups, pears, peaches, beets, sauces, stewed tomatoes, corn, maple beans, and chili are some of my favorites. For a family of 4, get a couple of cans for each day that you want to prep for to go along with the beans and rice.

Get yourself a couple of huge jars of peanut butter, too. Each are high in protein, deliciousness, and contain up to 6000 calories. They will help keep you full and happy, as long as you don’t have a nut allergy. As much as I love nuts, canned and packaged nuts are expensive and do not last long enough to stock and forget. They are more of a buy-and-eat item than a prep item.

The ultimate canned food is honey. Honey has been found to last thousands of years if covered and kept free of moisture. Seriously, it was found in Pharaoh’s tombs as fresh as the day the honey comb was ransacked! Honey has been shown to hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella and it can help keep wounds clean as well as make whatever you are eating taste yummy! Get yourself as big of a container as you can justify buying. Get the real stuff, not the imitation. It will last longer and taste better. Sure it’s not cheap, but you will thank yourself.

A big ‘ol container of olive oil will help flavor your dishes as well. A big bag of sugar, flour, corn meal, and salt will help round out your dishes as well. All cheap and all vital to reduce dreading meal time.

There are many other household items that you may want to stock up on. For example, medical supplies set aside for emergency use only. If you prep items that you pull out of your stores for every day use, please make sure you take note and replenish.

1L of hydrogen peroxide, a big container of adult multi-vitamins, a big age-appropriate bottle of child multi-vitamins, a box of sterile gauze and pads. Get as expensive of a med-kit as you can justify to yourself or afford. These can get very pricey but if you need it one day you are going to wish you had splurged. Assorted adult and kids bandages, As big of a bottle of crazy glue as you can justify for closing wounds or fixing broken items, duct tape, 15g+ of Polysporin, a bottle of age-appropriate children’s Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, and big bottles of both adult Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen , and big ‘ol bottles of antacids and loperamide. The last one especially if you prep foods your family does not typically consume. Nobody wants the runs to add to their misery!

Now that you have all of this, you should take the time to document everything and note each and every expiration date. Entering everything on a spread sheet will allow you to sort by date so that you can plan for cycling out items as they are about to expire. No need for anything to go to waste. Keep in mind that most expiration dates are a complete farce. For example, my honey container says it expires in 2017 when it will last in that bottle until the plastic breaks down. On the other hand, it is better to be safe than sorry especially when it comes to items children will be eating.

82% of US homes have been found to have traces of mice so please keep your food inside of plastic bins. Yeah I know, gross, but the little buggers can get in to everything so please keep your food safe and unspoiled. A 20 lb bag of rice could keep a family of mice fat for a decade! Rubbermaid roughnecks have served me well in the past, but any durable container with a lid will do.

There are a great deal of other topics of preparation but we will end it here. I hope this post will be helpful to you and if not, I hope it gave you some food for thought.

Please comment back any questions, critiques, or improvements!

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How to Ensure Hydration in an Emergency (aka Prepping part 2)

Welcome back to part two of Thor’s three part prepping prelection!

Last post was about how we can prepare for interruptions to our lives that will absolutely happen within our life time. We discussed what we can do to prepare shelter for power outages, snow and ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and unemployment. This post will continue prep discussions with hydration!

Keeping hydrated is a basic necessity. We can survive for 3 days without water.  We require lots of water and we need it often. 2 liters or 8-9 glasses a day will keep you well hydrated. If dehydration sets in you will have dry skin, become constipated,  dizzy spells, irritability and confusion, have low blood pressure, and will have a raised heart rate. These symptoms will make basic tasks much more difficult. For example, a raised heart rate will make any physical activity more exhausting.  Severe dehydration will lead to delirium and worse.

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First thing to note is unless something major occurs, you can likely just turn on your tap and receive as much water as you like. The following is for situations where the power is out and you cannot contact the outside world, word of contaminated public water system has made it your way, or if the water simply stops flowing in its current yummy, clean state.

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You could simply stock pile jugs or barrels of water but this is not a renewable source and will dry up if the event lasts more than a week or so. Setting up rain barrels is a sustainable, refillable solution. It will even cut down on your water bill if you use it for watering your garden, for example. If word of contaminated water reaches you, turn the external shut off valve and enjoy what remains in your water tank. Without showers, those bad boys hold more than enough water to get you through many weeks. If you have a hot tub, you have a whole lot of water to play with. In a SHTF situation, you can fill an emergency bath tub storage container early in the event. This will effectively turn your bath tub in to a water source minus the nasties in the tub.61bJpv7XLsL._SL1000_

In the winter you could collect snow in barrels or bowls and bring it indoors to thaw, purify, and drink. If you are lucky enough to be on a private well, you have very little to worry about!

For the direst situations, you could pick up a Life Straw, a Time Magazine invention of the year winner. This straw removes virtually all bacteria and protozoa from any water source. This product is saving lives around the third world because it is effective and cheap. You can pick one up on Amazon for about 20 bux. Keep in mind that it will not desalinate water nor filter out chemicals, so don’t go sticking it in your swimming pool.

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I highly recommend boiling any water source that does not come out of a packaged bottle or your tap – when you’re sure the source is not contaminated. A 3 minute rolling boil should do it. Some claim you should add time depending on altitude.

If you are worried about salt or chemical impurities, boil it under a cool collector that funnels the condensed steam in to a container.

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Glass or metal pot lids work great as you can clean them easily. The cool surface above will capture the steam and condense it back in to pure water. This pure water will be free of salt, chlorine, or other chemical additives.  Those of you with a chemistry background may have an actual condenser setups but for the rest of us, stuff found around the kitchen will do nicely. If you can, always boil your water as it is your safest option.

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You will likely grow tired of drinking plain water so get a big ‘ol box of powdered Tang. One glass will also satisfy your daily vitamin C requirements. Nestea, chocolate milk, or other powdered drinks will keep the kids happy. Powdered milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D will also keep everyone healthy.

That does it for keeping hydrated! The next post will deal with how to prepare your family food stores! We will discuss healthy foods with long shelf lives, foods that satisfy nutritional needs, as well as other items that are invaluable when going to the store is not feasible.

Are you prepared for an emergency? What about water for hydration? Do you know what to do in the case of a water shortage? Prepping saves lives!

Please comment back with any thoughts or how you are prepared to keep your family hydrated!

Check out the first in the series of posts below, next and last segment comes out next Thursday.

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Gift Giving

GIFT GIVING - Gift giving is such a fun custom. It can be even more fun when you are organized & ready for it, between sales, wrapping, and fun traditions try these tipsI love picking out, shopping and making gifts.  At night when I’m bored I’ll figure out who is next on my list and do some online shopping.   I have an excel sheet listing birthdays, people who receive xmas gifts and my budget for each gift. Because I will buy gifts months early (and sometimes wrap them too) it is important for me to know what I’ve bought and how much I’ve spent.  By buying early I can look for sales and deals so people often think I spent more than I did.

My favorite things to get the kids in my life are board games, books, dress up items and craft supplies.  My nieces and nephews  have enough toys!  One of my favorite items I’ve bought were books that you can customize.  I’ve bought a Dora themed book off Shutterfly which is amazing.  I picked the theme and choose a photo to submit of  Bee.  These books are a bit of a leap of faith because you do not get to see any proofs before you buy.  10943115_10153607523424478_9010587224235765176_nThe reviews were high so I took a chance.  I am so glad I did.  They incorporated her name on every page and photo-shopped her head onto a cartoon body so she too is in the story.  I’ve also bought the Lost My Name books.  They do not use a picture of your child but they take each letter of the child’s name to form the story.  The premise of the book is they go on a hunt for each letter until their name is spelled.   It’s great for an older child.

When it comes to the older people in my life they do not want more stuff in their homes.  Many have down sized and space is at a premium.  I often opt to get my Granny consumable items or garden accessories like solar lights, which means I have to plan early and get her garden stuff in the summer.  My Nanny really appreciates a donation on her behalf to an animal charity.

IMG_6516For me wrapping the presents is half the fun.  The closet in our guest/play room is split between gift storage and wrapping and my extensive dress up stuff.  I have a bin for extra gifts that I found on sale and are not for anyone specific.  Having an organized wrapping area makes wrapping a million times easier and enjoyable.  I use a small garbage can to store my wrapping paper I use most often and a larger plastic container under the bed holds IMG_6517wrapping paper I use less often like wedding, Christmas and baby shower themed roles.  I use a plastic drawer unit to hold my ribbon, tags, bows and tissue paper.  You may notice in the cubbie above I store small scraps of paper for small items as well as more bows and gifts.  I’m not a big fan of gift bags, I prefer boxes and paper because I think they are more fun to open.  Which means I am one of those people who hoards small and medium boxes.  But I do have another short bin holding bags for the really bulky stuff.

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IMG_6518I’ve really been into the look of brown craft paper (dollarstore) and scrapbook paper bows lately.  Check out these easy bows I found on Pinterest.  I used to be really into scrap booking but I’ve moved to digital books so I cut up a bunch of my old paper to make this style bow.  I store some pre-assembled but they take up quite a bit of room so I have more in a shoe box that are ready to be taped together.IMG_6531

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Ideas of things to use!

One of our favorite family traditions growing up was a Jack Horner Pie.  It is inspired by the nursery rhyme.  It is kind of like loot bags.  When we had a special family gathering for a holiday or birthday someone would make one.  I just did one for Hil’s birthday.  I picked out small items for each person who would be IMG_6754attending, which was about 9 people.  We don’t go crazy maybe 2-3$ per person, often stuff from the dollar store.  Unlike traditional loot bags people do not get the same items.  We would stick all the items in a big bowl or gift bag and attach a long piece of ribbon to each item with a little piece of paper indicating the name at the other end.  GIFT GIVING - Gift giving is such a fun custom. It can be even more fun when you are organized & ready for it, between sales, wrapping, and fun traditions try these tipsThe result is a big bowl (or bag) with long pieces of ribbon hanging out.  The idea is that you can not see inside the bag or bowl, so we either hold it up high or cover it with tissue paper.  Everyone grabs the ribbon with their name on it and on three everyone pulls to see what they got.  Some examples of things we have used are lotto tickets, candy bars and sweets, stickers, bubbles, hair bows, so many options!

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What are the best gifts you have received?  What are your go to gifts for the kids in your life?  Grandparents/Great grandparents?

 

My Organizational BFF- metal grid squares!

march 2012 001It was one o’clock in the morning on moving weekend in Montreal 2006.  My dad and I are up playing Mario on Wii.  We hear our doorbell ringing frantically, and then a car screeches away.  We look out the peek hole and  see a big cardboard box on our doorstep being held together with electrical tape.  Freaked out we call the cops.  Turns out it is a box with two tiny rabbits!  In the box was a note asking us to take care of them.  We called the SPCA who was already overwhelmed with rabbits and ended up deciding to keep them.

The local rabbit rescue suggested I buy a set of metal squares, castle (1)the ones that come with little corner clips so you can make them into any shape you want, to make a cage.   Over the next few years I used them for a variety of different enclosures and I would buy more to make it bigger.  Fast forward nine years, the rabbits are gone sadly, but the metal grids are being used all over the house.

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These things are literally my best friend when it comes to home 11938127_10154258215869478_809501541_norganization.  They are cheap and soooooo versatile.  When I lived in a small condo we covered the wall of our storage nook with these grids.  They are also the perfect size to fit a milk crate in them.  So all our tools and sports gear were housed there.  When we listed it for sale it became a negotiating point because our new buyer wanted to keep them.

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Now in our current townhouse they are everywhere!  The garage, basement, under the sink storage and lately as gates for our dog Oberon.

 

 

Tip!  I always use cable ties to add extra strength
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Hil wanted to re-organize her front closet so bought two packs of grids.  She wanted cubbies for each member of the family so that’s what we built in her closet.

 

For the top section of her closet, after I built two cubes I put them in the closet.  I waited to do the final attachments inside the closet.  The area is too small to try and put it in after it is built.  The length was just a bit wider then 3 cubes so to to not IMG_6300waste space I used cable ties to attach two grids together, making sure they overlap in the middle for strength.   Then I rested them on top of the two cubes, in the middle, to form my third extra wide cubby.  Lastly we added an extra shelf by securing a grid with cable ties in the middle on the left cube.  When this configuration no longer works for the space we will simple cut the cable ties and re build it in the same space or a completely different space.

Bonus!  Not only are these soooo versatile but they are easy to move houses with!

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 My Organizational BFF - Metal Grid Squares:Organizing your house can be hard, especially in tricky spaces that do not fit shelves easily. Check out this guest post for some great tips to inspire.

What areas of your house do you have trouble keeping organized?  I  love trading tips!

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