Sunday, July 27, 2014

Taming The Paper Chase

Are you drowning in paper?  Don't know what to keep or where to put important documents?  I will be taking you step by step through the handling of mail, bills, receipts, magazines, recipes and coupons.
meet me at Santa Monica Main Library  601 Santa Monica Blvd.  6:30pm August 20th, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Planning Quick Summer Meals

During the school year I was always worried about making a healthy dinner and packing lunches.  The truth is I still need to have this idea in mind.  My family still needs to eat  Right?  So, when I am at the market I walk around looking for ideas for dinner, lunch and snacks.  Usually on Monday morning I make a nutritious hearty vegetable soup and it can sit in the refrigerator all week and be available for a quick warm up.  I stock the cheese drawer with a variety of different cheeses so anyone can make mac and cheese or just a grilled cheese sandwich for a quick lunch. I always have at less two dozen eggs, milk, orange juice and other drinks so there is a choice of things to just grasp and eat.  I make enough chicken and turkey dishes to last as leftovers in case anyone wants some protein.  There are a number of ways to be prepared for mealtime.  If this does not come natural to you start by making a graph and list all the choices of foods your family eats.  If you get struck, visit whole foods and look at their take out section and get ideas from them.  Sometimes I go there and take pictures of the food and go home and cook them.  The idea is to be prepared and make sure your family sees different types of food in the refrigerator so you don't get comments like  "there is nothing to eat."  Remember to take advantage of the summer fruits as an option.  Enjoy and good eating.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer fun July 4th

Just days away from a BBQ or just fun with the family.  My favorite part is having a day off with the family.  So plan early, go shopping for food with your list on your smart phone.  Set the table the night before and put out the platters.  Make some fun easy food and enjoy your day off.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summertime Fun

So excited to see the sun shining and the kids home from school.  Start the summer off by taking your kids out to dinner and pretending you are on vacation.  You will see such a change in their attitude and behavior.  Following that you may find the courage to start making a project list or chore chart and give all family members summer projects (organizing tasks with a different name).  Look around the house for things that you never had time to tackle.  Is it time to clean out a linen closet, photo collection, maybe even the garage?  Don't be afraid to ask for help.  Remember reward your family or group for helping you have fun this summer.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Begin with the End in Mind
This is my favorite habit of Stephen Covey seven habits of Highly effective people.  Each of us of goals and visions.  For me this time of month is constantly thinking about getting ready for Passover and Seder night.
Begin with the end in mind means that by April 14th I want my table set, Seder plate made and I want to have all my cooking and preparations ready.  Also an added bonus of some extra "me time" (manicure  and rest).  In order to have all this done I need to take out my calendar and work backwards to the countdown and prepare my home and menus accordingly.  So today I took some time aside and wrote out my shopping list, menu and decided what to delegate to other family members so my time schedule will work out. Passover  does not have to be a stressful time if you plan and delegate.  Think of what you need to do, what you want to do and how you can divide up the tasks, and chores to have it all done timely.  Start now, slowly and make many lists.  Reward yourself for good work and remember this is a time of celebration and rejoicing with the family.