Wipe Out Wednesday

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This week we are cleaning in the garage or utility closet/room.  Take 5 minutes and grab your favorite all-purpose cleaners for doors and windows.  Wipe and shine the doors, door knobs  and windows in the room.  Clean switch plates as needed, remember to turn off the power in that room first. ( safety first folks)

Have a rocking day!

Pam

Organize Your Week, Menu Plan , Cleaning List and Zoodles!

Organize Your Week

We are tipping into the end of July. Whatever you have on your Summer-Enjoy-List needs to get on the calendar and completed  because August is soaring very near like an eagle on the hunt.  Now is a wonderful time to add fresh fruit salad to the menu along with an ear or two of corn on the grill.  With the drought here in California, an old-fashioned sprinkler can get the lawn a bit wet and allow the children a little fun running through the refreshing sprinkles!  Are you conserving water?  It has started to become natural for me to turn off the faucet during my shower and  while brushing my teeth.  I am totally jealous of states who have plenty of water! :)

Young girl cooking on the kitchen. Momacan.com Organize your week.

Menu Plan for the Week

Monday – Sheet Pan Supper – Chicken Thighs, Organic Yukon Gold New Potatoes, Green beans all tossed in a lemon/olive oil marinade, baked, and then jazzed up with some fresh ground pepper and lemon juice.

Tuesday – Taco Tuesday – We have tacos almost every week but my son just loves  Taco Tuesday.  We use ground turkey, fresh pico de gallo and grass-fed cheese. So yummy!

Wednesday– Roast Turkey Thighs with sweet potatoes and spinach/mushroom stir fry country-style with turkey bacon and onions.

Thursday – Baked Fish over rice for the boys and arugula salad for me.

Friday – Dinner Out

Saturday – ( Zoodle Noodles)  Zuchini Pasta with  Meatless Sunday Sauce.

Sunday – Whole Roast Chicken, grilled, Chopped Green Salad with fruit salad for desert.

 

Cleaning List

Cleaning List for the Week – This summer we are picking one room a week to really get in shape!  So one day per week, you will visit the room and decide what needs to be done, schedule it in your calendar and DO IT!

Monday – Deep Clean Kitchen – Choose wisely on major appliance or area to deep clean. This I suggest cleaning and organizing the pantry. It is so much easier to put together a quick pantry meal when the pantry is well-organized and stocked with a few staples.

Tuesday – Bathroom – Give the bathrooms and good scrubbing, especially, tubs, showers, sinks and mirrors.

Wednesday –  Dust and Mirrors and Windows –  Dust all the furniture and doodads, shine all mirrors and windows on the inside.

Thursday –  The garage or one utility closet. Clear out the trash, rid yourself of unwanted items that hold no sentimental value. Donate what can be loved and USEFUL to someone else and organize what is left. I suggest organize one portion of a large garage.  

Friday – Declutter-one area for 5 to 10 minutes or catch up on anything that was missed during the week . Keep it simple, Friday is for family and fun!

Saturday – Linens and extra laundry. Don’t you love the idea of fresh smelling sheets and towels!

Sunday –  Free Day – Family Day – An opportunity for movement! 

zuchini noodles, zoodles

Make your very own Zoodle Noodles at home… I like to stir-fry mine just a bit with olive oil infused with garlic for an extra tasty punch!

Have a rocking day!

Pam

 

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Menu Plan for the Week, Simple Cleaning List and My Favorite Hanging Binders

Organize Your Week

Summer just keep zipping by so quickly!  I am trying not to look at the calendar as the new school year draws closer and closer. We have already purchased school supplies and I will organize and stow them away today, so they don’t sit there and remind me that school days are very near.  

I encourage even the busiest moms and dads this week to take a FAT two or three-hour block and spend real quality uninterrupted time with your children.  If you can take each one out separately for some real one on one time that would be ” the cat’s pajamas!”.

Have a super week!  And here are our list!

 

Monday – DIY Dinner – Frozen Pizza, Salad or a Sandwich.

Tuesday –  Turkey Taco Night with all the fixings, mine will be in a lettue wrap. ( I am a green-clean fighting machine!)

Wednesday Braised Chicken Breasts & Green Beans with Tomatoes & Lemon  – cut up veggies for the little guy as this recipe just might turn his ” I hate veggies” radar on.  He will however eat all kinds of carrots and apples. LOL [Read more…]

Complete The Magic Three To Give Your Messy Home A Boost During Summer Vacation

Don't BE THAT MOM

During the busy days of summer vacation life with kids can be hectic and when this happens the house can end up looking like a disaster zone. You don’t want to end up like Cranky Annie, waving your angry wooden spoon around threatening all in the house that if this mess is not cleaned up you will create all kinds of misery for everyone, FOREVER!!!!!!

How To Create Calm Out Of Chaos

The Magic Three

  1. 52 Pick-up Challenge
  2. Empty All Trash Cans
  3. Clean The Kitchen

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52- Pick-up Challenge 

Here is the deal, there is no way to make a huge impact with the 52- Pick-up challenge if the house is in massive chaos unless we have all hands on deck.

Challenge each child in the house to put away 52 items in less than 15 minutes!  Do not award a prize, just a big hug and maybe a chance to choose one of the dinners this week.

empty all trash cans

Empty All Trash Cans

There is nothing that creates clutter more quickly than not having a place to put trash.  If you have children, make SURE to add trash bags of some sort in each can because they will get stick and nasty very quickly. Take the trash to the outdoor bins ASAP!  Don’t let it sit and gather up positive energy by staring at your with its ugly trash bag self.

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Clean the Kitchen Fast

1. Throw away any trash sitting around ( You know because the trash cans was over-flowing)

2. Put away stray items.

3. Unload Dishwasher and/or Load or hand wash and dry dishes.

4. Wipe top to bottom- Windows, cabinets,appliances, counters.

5.. Sweep and Mop the Floor

 

TADA! 

You have completed the MAGIC THREE- proceed with your day knowin SOMETHING got done.

Have a super day!

Pam

 

Easy Sheet – Pan Supper Recipe – Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans with Fresh Lemons

Sheet Pan Super Recipe - Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans with Lemon Mommacan.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • zest of two lemons, grated on a fine microplane or grater
  • juice of two lemons
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp back pepper
  • 2 pounds mixed chicken parts, bone-in and skin-on (drumsticks, legs, thighs, and  breasts)
  • 3 to 4 medium russet or Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 handfuls of fresh green beans

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. For super easy clean-up, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment paper, or a silicone baking mat (you can also use a bare sheet pan if you prefer). In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Spread out the chicken and potatoes on the sheet pan, then drizzle the oil mixture evenly over the chicken and potatoes.  Take care to place smaller chicken parts toward center of pan. Using your hands or a pair of tongs, flip and move the chicken and potatoes around until they are evenly coated taking care that the chicken is skin side up.

Place the sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven, and let roast for 15 minutes, then remove from oven add fresh green beans. Replace in oven and cook another 15 to 20 or  until the chicken registers 165°F in the thickest part of the meat and the potatoes are tender.

Transfer the chicken, potatoes and green beans to a serving dish.

*You  can add half the juice of one more fresh lemon to the dish by squeezing it over the pan right before serving.

Enjoy!

We are trying out tons of recipes using sheet-pans this summer. Next up is Jerk Chicken with cauliflower, carrots and potatoes.

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Organize Your Week, Menu Plan, Clean List and Outdoor Inspiration

Organize Your Week

I am so excited for Mondays!  Maybe it is because I do a bit of work in the morning in my jammies with my coffee mug full and not a sound in the world except for the hum of the air-condidtioner taking moments to peek out the window into the sunny backyard. Its constant beckoning to me to come outside and have that coffee in the fresh morning air.

This week I encourage everyone to enjoy at least 20 minutes per day of outdoor time.  Drag yourself away from those electronic distractions, grab a good read or some cool outdoor toys and hangout with your children!  Make this week of summer rock!

Monday – Against the Grain Pizza Night! We are adding Applegate Farm Turkey Pepperoni served with a tomato and cucumber salad with  a lemon/olive oil dressing.

Tuesday –  One Pan Meal – Jerk Chicken Thighs with cauliflower and organic potatoes.

Wednesday  Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with homeade carrot and potato fries pan-caked in the oven. Yum!

Thursday –  Baked Fish ( whichever is freshest and wild caught at the market), Fishsticks (Earth’s Best) for the kiddo served with green beans and a arugula salad with slivers of apples and cucumbers.

Friday –   Freezer Meal – Tandoori Chicken breast, rice, cucumber salad.

Saturday  – Chipotle or Mama’s Hummus

Sunday – Sunday BBQ –  Chicken legs and thighs with lots of lemon and a dash oh honey,  bbq beans, slaw and sliced tomatoes

Busy Mom Spinning Plates

Cleaning List

Cleaning List for the Week – This summer we are picking one room a week to really get in shape!  So one day per week, you will visit the room and decide what needs to be done, schedule it in your calendar and DO IT!

Monday – Deep Clean Kitchen – Choose wisely on major appliance or area to deep clean. This I suggest cleaning and organizing the pantry. It is so much easier to put together a quick pantry meal when the pantry is well-organized and stocked with a few staples.

Tuesday  Bathroom – Give the bathrooms and good scrubbing, especially, tubs, showers, sinks and mirrors.

Wednesday –  Dust and Mirrors and Windows –  Dust all the furniture and doodads, shine all mirrors and windows on the inside.

Thursday – One  More Bathroom – Clear out the clutter, empty the trash and clean shower, tub, toilet and sinks. If you are a super busy mom or dad with little time make sure your clean the toilet and the tub first and then the rest is cake throughout the week.  Finish up your cleaning brigade with fresh clean towels, shiny mirrors and clean and tidy counters.

Friday – Declutter-one area for 5 to 10 minutes or catch up on anything that was missed during the week . Keep it simple, Friday is for family and fun!

Saturday – Linens and extra laundry. Don’t you love the idea of fresh smelling sheets and towels!

Sunday –  Free Day – Family Day – An opportunity for a handson museum visit or a trip to the local library.

P.S. Don’t forget your daily cleaning list!  Click here for a free printable.

Question: What is your favorite outdoor activity when the sun is shining and the heat is not too intensen???? 

You don’t need to spend big bucks for outdoor play. Little ones love bubbles and chalk and the older ones enjoy simple things like frisbees and Nerf Footballs!  Let the games begin!

Have a rocking Monday!

Pam aka Momma

 

 

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Beautiful, Inspiring Landscapes That Tolerate Heat and Use Little Water

I found this neat photo of a drought tolerant landscape that has the whimsy of a cottage garden.  I live in Southern California and we have been experiencing a drought for quite some time now.  We now can only water twice a week at our homes, and many of my favorite plants simply cannot survive with such little water.  I imagine that we will see plenty more landscaping ideas utilizing drought tolerant plants in the future.  But I thought I would share the favorite I have found thus far for landscaping.
Love the pop of the red umbrella. Using materials to add color is a great investment in a drought tolerant landscape.
I adore the pinks and reds in this setting.
You can easily add a pot of your favorite annuals or a potted vegetable and water it separately. No since in going through the summer without at least one of your favorites despite the drought!  Use potting soil that seals in moisture and ask your local gardening supply store for the best choices in organic fertilizer and plant/vegetable choices for your ot climate.
Here is a link to 12 drought tolerant plants from Sunset Magazine, which I love reading for short trip ideas and restaurant recommendations!
Do you have a favorite plant for drought tolerant landscaping?  Would love to know about your favorites, just leave a note in the comments.  We could use all the help we can get!
Have a super day!
Pam aka Momma