Wipe Out Wednesday – Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

Wipeout Wednesday

 

I am always baffled how the inside of a medicine cabinet can get so dusty and nasty.  I mean out of all the cabinets in my house this one is always closed immediately after I use the silly thing.  But yet, there it sits gathering dust bunnies or Lord help me, dust monkey trolls every day until I can’t stand it anymore and I have to clean that monster out.

Simple Daily Challenge for Today: Toss out outdated medicine, grungy empty toothpaste tubes, miracle beauty cream that contained no miracles and any other unused item in your medicine cabinet. Give the shelves a wipe down with your favorite cleaner and shine the mirror. And bam! You are done and it should not take more than five minutes.

I love making at least one little place that is all momma’s nice and shiny once in a while.  After all, momma’s rock and we totally deserve a nice, clean shiny medicine cabinet.

Now, get to it,

Momma

Cleaning List, Menu Plan and Fed Up

Organize Your Week

Happy Monday!  I am excited to begin another full session The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast.
The last time I detoxed I dropped 8 pounds, slept like a baby and had tons of energy by the third day!  I am very excited for  more positive change.  The menu for the week for me will be super clean and healthy and also pretty similar for my boys.

Fed Up

I urge you to watch the film Fed Up and consider reading the 10 Day Detox Book by Dr. Hyman to learn all about how our  body responds to true healthy living.

On with the Show!

Menu Planning, Eating Healthy, Family Meals. - Mommanca.com

Menu for the Week

Monday – Herb Crusted Chicken Breast  over field greens and sliced tomatoes with a side of rice for the boys.

Tuesday – Rice bowls with grass-fed ground turkey seasoned an aromatic Mexican style blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic, onions and organic tomato sauce, top with chopped fresh veggies and quartered avocado.  YUM!

My rice will be cauliflower rice.

Wednesday – Turkey Breast, Roasted Carrot Fries, Greens Salad with an olive oil and lemon juice blend with a hint of Dijon mustard for flare.

Thursday – Baked Cod with sautéed spinach, onions, garlic and mushrooms, a side of mashed potatoes for the boys.

Friday- Chipotle – I am addicted and it tastes really good.

Saturday – Baked Chicken, Roasted Asparagus and a simple lettuce salad with champagne vinegar and olive oil.

Sunday – Chicken Breast on the BBQ, Jicama Fries, Radish and Cucumber Slaw. 

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Cleaning List for the Week

 

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 –  Family Room – Clear the clutter off the floor and couches, dust the knick knacks and fluff the pillows.  ( Now we are ready for family time!)

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 – Take a picnic lunch to the local park, enjoy a long walk and a leisurely lunch! 

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Chocolate Cherry – Spinach Smoothie with a Dash of Hemp – Paleo and Vegan Friendly

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie with Spinach and Hemp Seeds, Paleo and Vegan Friendly

  • Big Handfull of organic baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 frozen cherries
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 medium  banana
  • 2 medjool dates or 4 deglet noor dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons   Good quality Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground hemp

 

  1.   Add above ingredients into blender and blend until smooth, you may need additional almond milk, perhaps a quarter of a cup, just add what you need.
  2. Blend in a high-powered blended like a Vitamix for best results and enjoy.  So yummy!

 

This quick healty smoothie recipe was inspired by this Dr. Fuhrman but hemped and paired down to make it 1 serving and the cherries were added because I just adored Chocolate Covered Cherry milkshakes in collage, but they are full of milk and HFC that are just not part of my lifestfyle any longer.

 

Enjoy!

 

Meal Plan and Cleaning List for the Week!

Organize Your Week

School starts here this week, I am happy that my little guy will be moving into halls of Jr. High, but sad he won’t be here to hang out on these wonderful California summer days.  I will miss having him around and his carefree attitude that surrounds his aura when there is NO HOMEWORK!  School days are finally here and the days will just get busier and busier as activities are added to the family schedule.

I am going to be super active in getting as many real family meals on the table as possible this fall, because, it is just simpler to eat healthy balanced meals when you are cooking and eating at home.

Busy Mom Spinning Plates

Now on with the show!

Menu plan for the week.

  • Monday – Peachy BBQ Chicken Thighs, Green beans and watermelon chunmks.
  • Tuesday –  Tacos with all the fixing for the boys and taco salad for me. Our favorite meal of the week.
  • Wednesday – Super busy days, dinner at our favorite Lebanese restaurant. Mamma’s Hummus
  • Thursday – Simple pasta salad with fruit salad for desert. 
  • Friday – Dinner Out
  • Saturday – DIY  Supper- Soup, Salad or Sandwiches
  • Sunday – Grilled Chicken, BBQ beans and slaw

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Cleaning List for the Week

  • 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 –  Clear out paper clutter in home office or desk. Shred what needs to be shredded and file the rest.
  • 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! 

 

I am still working on updating all the calendars with school events and things. It is a huge task in my already busy schedule.

Question: Do you add all the dates for the school on the calendar at once, or update it monthly or bimonthly???

Have a super day!

 

Pam

 

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Menu Plan, Cleaning List and The Art of Tidying Up

Organize Your Week

Welcome to a new week!  This is an opportunity to shake things up and make your house a home by ridding every nook and cranny of clutter! This week we are sticking to the daily basics and then tackling items around the house to slim down the stuff to make room to breath which in turn will help us to relax.  Can you relax in clutter?

We are going to dabble in my favorite clutter-fighting method lately, Kon Marie! .The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Now one with the show!

Menu Plan For The Week

  • Monday –  Lemon Chicken, Green beans and new potatoes.
  • Tuesday –  Burritos with turkey taco filling, freshly chopped tomatoes, avocado and shredded romaine lettuce.
    (Freezer Cheat with Frozen Pre-cooked ground turkey with taco seasoning)
  • Wednesday – Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast, Mashed Cauliflower, Organic Peas and Carrots
  • Thursday –  against the Grain Pizza with Applegate Farm Turkey Pepperoni and Greek Salad
  • Friday – Dinner Out (Um, yes, its my birthday.)
  • Saturday –  Pasta with my Turkey Sunday Gravy and Gluten Free Pasta with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Fresh Fruit
  • Sunday – Grilled chicken, coleslaw and Spicy BBQ Beans.

 

The Life -Changing Method of Tidying Up

How to Kon Marie – First of all reading the book or listening to the audio cd or Audible is the best way to learn the method. You will feel the lightbulbs turning on in your head and a sense of wonder as you home is transformed from chaos to peace.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, outlining the process through which she takes her clients when she helps them organize their homes. The message of the book is crazy simple surround yourself only with things that bring you joy. Don’t hold onto things because you feel guilty discarding them or think you might use them someday, this clutters you physical space and your mental space.  This is why the books really helps, check it out here. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

For our week we will be doing just a tast of Marie Kondo’s Method.  Books, Cosmetics and Clothing.  Clothing means all of your clothes….. even the boxes stored in the way, way back of the closet.   Here is our quick method to use for our purposes this week- 1. Picture how you would love your books, cosmetics and clothing to look.  Do you see your books organized by color, title or subject? Are they neatly aligned in a bookcase and easy to find?  Your cosemetics, can you find things you need quickly? Are they easy to put away? Clothing, do you love and use every single items you are seeing in your mind? Picture a clean closet with just clothes you love and bring you joy!

1. Gather all items (I mean every single item you are working on that day into one big pile._
2. Take each one and decide, do you need this, do you love this,  did you buy it and never read it, wear it or use it? If not let it go. Donate or toss, whatever suits the items most. 
3. When you are completely finsihed, then you can organize the items left. 

I have literally let go of more than 8 boxes of books, 10 bags of clothing and shoes and most of am working on cosmetics again this week, so jury is still out on those results.

Here is your list for the week!

Tidying List

  • Monday – Books
  • Tuesday -Finish Books
  • Wednesday – Cosmetics
  • Thursday – Clothing
  • Friday- Finish Clothing

Would love to hear if you have positive or negative results?  Let me know in the commetns or on Facebook.

Enjoy your week!

 

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Back to School- Organize A Reading Corner

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One of my favorite times of the day is reading with my son on a comfy couch at the end of the day after he has bathed, brushed his teeth and is cozy in his favorite pajamas.  All the worries of sports, music practice and homework are put on a back-burner or finished for the day and we just relax and enjoy a good book. These are precious times and I would not trade them for the world. Our cozy spot is sacred and must not have clutter or distractions so that we can enjoy our books and it really seems to be working out because he loves books almost as much as Star Wars.

my son's hobby.

Pictured above is my son on one of the luckiest days of his life. Light saber class at Disneyland.  They have no idea how happy they made a kid who is a bit nerdy and a Star Wars walking encyclopedia. 

Back to our mini-mission of the day.

The Reading Corner – Can Be Anywhere!

1. Couch

2. Large Over-stuffed Chair

3. Bean Bag Chairs in your child’s room or play area.

4. A bench outside.

5. At the kitchen table with a special reading time candle lit or mug of milk or herbal tea to sip on during reading time.

Or all of the above!

Let’s Get Started:

1. Take a picture if you already have a reading corner, area or designated reading spot. ( totally optional, but can be fun.)

2. Grab your trash bag and your clutter box.

3. Get rid of any trash and then put items that do not belong on the chair, sofa, bean bag or bench in your clutter box.

4. Put all the clutter box items away.

5. Throw out the trash.

6. Now take a look at the cleared out spot and decide how you can make it even more cozy and see what you have on hand in the house to do so.  But honestly, a cleared out comfy reading spot, with a light and a few good books is all you need.

7. Take you after picture and have a nice crisp glass of cold water or a cup of good tea. You are finished.

This is our seventh day or our Back to School Organize to Optimize for areas in our home, the bedroom, book area, study are and reading areas.  Our next few days will be in the kitchen to get the drawers and cupboards ready for lunches and easy family dinners.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

Back to School- Organize Books

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Books Are Precious

Books are precious to me, especially the favorites that I have shard with my children.  Dr. Seuss, Little House on the Prairie, The Hardy Boys, Disney favorites and all kinds of super hero themes, each one brings me joy, tears and beautiful memories.  Books are like a time line of each of my children’s lives, they reflect their interest and their ages and stages, much like a well-loved scrapbook .( You may call it a digital photo book, I am old-fashioned I reckon)

At any rate, decluttering books can be like pulling teeth or yanking a thorn out of your big toe, really painful. And I am the worse about hoarding books and actually have a group of ladies I hang out with once a month where this discussion ( the letting go of books and other clutter) can become quite animated.

So today as we organize and declutter our children books, let’s be kind to ourselves. It is okay to hang onto books if we have the space to house them or store them.  Seriously, these are treasures if we keep the ones we really, really love.  I am probably the only organizing blogger in the world that would tell you to KEEP  something.  But I am also a bookworm and am a proud one at that.

Organize to Optimize Your Child’s School Year

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Back to School – Organize to Optimize- Study Area – Desk

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Back to School – Organize your child’s desk or study area!

We are organizing our child’s bedroom and study areas to make this school year rock by being optimized to their needs.

Yesterday we de-cluttered the study areas and today we are going to organize them. I am a big fan of being prepared for any study situation.  I am the kind of mom that keeps an emergency set of poster boards behind the couch and I always have an ample supply of poster size sticker letters. I can’t tell you how many times in my “early years of parenting” that I had to run to the local all -night supermarket to try to find school supplies.  They usually had a few things, but never a black poster  board with orange neon letter or felt and felt glue to make tiny costumes for Flat Stanley. I have lived and I have learned and am perfectly willing to share tips and tricks with 27 years of experience and a child in grade school to hone them to perfection ( or at least make things better).

The desk area  can either be a big help or a big distraction.  The key to doing homework efficiently is less distraction and more positive motivation.  I have created desk areas for my little guy in all kinds of ways but the most effective is as follows. [Read more…]