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30 Days to an Organized Life

December 29, 2013 by · 8 Comments 

 

30 simple steps to organize all aspects of your life!

30 simple steps to organize all aspects of your life!

Here is the Printable PDF Version of this Chart.

 

In my household shortcut planning guide, Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life, I’ve tried to break down all of the daily, weekly, and monthly THINGS that float around in our heads into one day-planner/book:  Call your mother. Schedule a hair cut. Get the house painted. Vacuum under the couch cushions. Drink more water. Perform a self-breast exam.

But sometimes you need a 30-day jumpstart in order to feel like you are really being productive, and sometimes the thought of adhering to something for a full year is absolutely daunting.

I know. I get it.

and it’s okay.

So here you go!! This is a 30-day jump start checklist to get your home and family life in order —-  not everything is listed, but enough things are here that you can go from disarray to company-clean in only 30 days. You don’t need to do all 30 days in order if you don’t want to, and you don’t need to do all 30 days all within a month. If it takes you 45 or 60 days to get through this checklist, whatever.

No big deal.

This is YOUR house and YOUR family. Do what works for you.

I’ve tried to hyperlink the above graphic with posts explaining what the different tasks are. It didn’t work. So here are all the past articles that have been underlined above.

The Daily 7

Punch List

Family Meeting

P.R.O.M (purge, remove, organize, maintain)

Meal Planning

Chore Charts

Vision Board

Here are some organizational guides for help and inspiration.

You can do this! Please let me know how I can help in any way.

 

Want even more? Buy the book! Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life is available now. This handy-dandy weekly planner will hold your hand throughout the year and will give you all the reminders and helpful prods you need to have the Very Best Year, ever. No need to wait for the New Year to start your organization mission, you can start at any time. Enjoy!

 

 

Granola Bar Rice Krispie Treats

September 10, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

granola rice krispie treat

This easy gluten free granola bar/Rice Krispies treat is our new favorite snack. There’s a perfect marriage between a wholesome granola bar and an ooey gooey Rice Krispies treat — you’ll love them.

The Ingredients.

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 package mini marshmallows, melted

3 cups gluten free toasted rice cereal (we use the new GF Rice Krispies in the yellow box)

1/4 cup ground flax meal (optional)

2 cups certified gluten free rolled oats

1 cup whole raw almonds

The Directions.

Make exactly how you would traditional Rice Krispies treats — the way the box directs. I used a large pot on the stove, but you can use the microwave, or a crockpot (or a Ninja!) — it’s your choice. Once the butter and marshmallows are melty, stir in the rest of the ingredients until well-incorporated.

Spread into a sprayed-with-cooking-spray 9 x 11 pyrex dish. Press down to firm up the bars (tip: I spray a mini plastic cutting board with cooking spray and press down using that— works better than waxed paper or your fingers).

Cool completely, then cut to size. I store in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

One Minute Muffin Recipe

April 14, 2012 by · 34 Comments 

low carb muffin (one-minute, naturally gluten-free, high-protein)

     I haven’t been taking the best care of myself the past few weeks. I’m on a deadline for a new cookbook and the dirty little secret of cookbook writers is that while you’re recipe testing you eat really, really well, but when you’re actually writing? You eat lots of fast food and consume litters of chocolate bunnies.

I guess I should clarify that by saying that You means Me. I’m sure there are some better disciplined people who would never eat a chocolate bunny.

I seem to not be that person.

Anyway, I’ve begun to emerge from my sugar coma and have fallen in love with the One Minute Muffin. It’s not a crockpot recipe. :-)

Instead, it’s healthy, inexpensive (after you buy the flax meal), packed with fiber, and low-carb. My kids will tolerate them, but aren’t falling over themselves to eat one. They still prefer chocolate to One Minute Muffins. They also still have ridiculously high metabolisms…

The Ingredients:

1/4 cup flax meal

1 egg

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon (not pictured, sometimes I use pumpkin pie seasoning)

1 1/2 teaspoons sweetener, I use honey

1 tablespoon fresh or frozen blueberries (or smashed banana, shredded apple, etc)

hearty coffee mug sprayed with cooking oil

microwave

The Directions:

 Put the first 6 ingredients in a large glass measuring cup or bowl, and whisk to combine. No need to melt the butter or get it to dissolve–if it’s still in a clump, it’s okay. Mostly try to get the baking powder evenly dispersed. Now stir in the blueberries or whatever fruit you’re using. Pour into a greased coffee mug and microwave on high for 1 minute.  Let it sit for a bit, then pour onto a plate; or you can just eat it out of the mug with a spoon. The butter will have melted and made a tiny bit of a “sauce” with the melted blueberries. YUM.

The Verdict:

This is a pretty customizable recipe; feel free to swap out the honey with splenda, agave, brown sugar, etc. There isn’t a drop of flour, making this a naturally gluten free muffin, and if you use non dairy butter it could certainly be dairy-free and I’m imagining an egg-replacer would work okay. If you change up the ingredients and it works, let me know!

It tastes good. Not oh-my-gosh-this-is-the-best-muffin-ever, but actually pretty good considering it’s made completely out of flax meal and has just a tiny bit of sweetener. You can certainly junk it up by adding lots of sugar and more oil, but it’s really actually pretty good just like this. I like that the flax has so much fiber and the egg has a nice shot of protein so if I eat this along with my morning coffee I’m pretty sustained until lunch time.

have a great day, and enjoy your muffin!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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Have a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving!

Remember:

lumps in the gravy means it’s homemade.

someone will say something inappropriate. Don’t let that someone be you.

make eye contact with whomever is speaking.

bribe the kids with pie to get them to stay seated at the table.

I am so very thankful for each one of you.

lots and lots and lots of love.  xoxo