Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 26/15

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Hi friends, ready or not it’s Monday again!  I’m so thankful for Menu Plan Monday to keep me on track and accountable for getting my menu plan done.  Although if I didn’t do one I wouldn’t have any idea what to buy for groceries when I go on Monday mornings now would I?  Just another reason why it’s a good idea to have a set grocery day :)

So I tried out my Paderno Spiralizer last week.  I made zucchini noodles and they turned out awesome! I’m going to make them again this week.


Then I used it with sweet potatoes (or are they yams?) and then deep fried them to a crispy deliciousness.  So fun!

spiralized sweet potatoes

This spiralizer was super easy to use and clean.  I’m very happy with it!

So I mentioned last week or the week before how I got up the nerve to try Brussels Sprouts.  This week I got up the nerve to try another new food.  Beets!  I was really scared and didn’t have a clue what to do with them.  Then I found these already cooked ones at Costco so I thought that might be a good place to start.


I just heated one up in the microwave to eat but I’ve got to admit it wasn’t delicious.  It was okay but I really need to figure out new ways to use them.  I’ve got a recipe on the menu this week that uses beets to make a mock BBQ sauce so I’m looking forward to that.  Do you love beets?  How do you eat them?

So I hope you all have an organized week with easy and delicious meals.  Take some time to plan your menu for the week and your life will be forever changed :)

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Coconut Crusted Chicken with Creamy Avocado Sauce served with broccoli

Tuesday:  Quick Cheesy Taco Shell Skillet for the fam and Easy Bacon Shrimp Zucchini Noodle Scampi (without pepper flakes) for me.

Wednesday:  BBQ Apple Crock Pot Ribs served with Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! For me Pineapple Salmon Foil Pack

Saturday:  Oven Baked Burgers and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own!)


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5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.

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Sometimes the feeling of being unorganized is worse than actually being unorganized! Because if you are feeling out of control, that your house is a mess and you can’t find what you need- it can really make you feel stressed! So today we are going to look at 5 1-minute ways to tackle something quickly and FEEL more organized!

Ways to feel more organized- clutter collectors

1. Establish clutter collection boxes

My kids leave their shoes everywhere. And their school work (both graded and ungraded), and lots of other small random things that they bring down from their bedrooms only to leave behind when something more exciting calls their attention. And all of this stuff leads to lots of floor and countertop clutter. Which makes me feel unorganized.

My one minute solution? Establish 2 or 3 clutter boxes to corral those items that are being left out and then assign kids the task of emptying those clutter boxes at the end of each day. I store one bin on my steps that lead down to our finished basement/mudroom to hold shoes that are left on the floor upstairs. It save me the trip downstairs each time to put them away (and the endless nagging to remind kids to pick them up!), and it take those shoes out of my sight! I keep a basket on the table next to the stairs up to the bedrooms, so as I find items left downstairs that belong upstairs- I toss them in the box and have the kids put them away later!

2. Tackle a one-minute left to right clean up

Somedays it’s the kitchen counter filled with dishes and school papers, other days- it’s my desk that is piled with papers and sticky notes that make me feel unorganized. I give myself one minute to make a difference- starting from the left side of the messy area and working my way to the right side. If it’s the kitchen, the “sweep” might look like this: dirty dishes go in the sink, clean items/ food left out gets put back into the proper cabinet/drawer/pantry/fridge, and papers get collected and put into a pile on the side of the counter to go through later.

On my desk the “sweep” might look like this: papers from projects get picked up and tucked back into their assigned folder, or at least stacked into a neat pile with one project over the other with a 1/4 turn in between to keep them separated. Any note that really should be added to my to-do list gets picked up and put on a pile with that day’s to do list. Stray pencils, pens get tucked away into their container, and left over plates, coffee cups, etc. go into the sink.

All it take is one minute to do a left to right clean up and feel more organized!

ways to feel more organized blankets and pillows after

3. Straighten the pillows and blankets

Okay- this one is going to sound like a silly one. But when I walk into our family room, or the kids TV room, it often looks like this:

ways to feel more organized-blankets and pillows

Now, it’s not really dirty, it’s just messy… but it makes me crazy. If I take just one minute to grab all of the blankets and stuff them into the pop-up bin we have for just that purpose (no folding needed!) and place the pillows on the couches so they look inviting- I instantly feel better. (Hey folks- sometimes it is the little things that make us feel more organized!)

ways to feel more organized- 5 item to do list

4. Jot a 5-item to-do list

The best way for me to feel in control of what I want to accomplish in a given day- is to grab a lined sticky note (I buy these 4 x 4″ lined Post It notes by the 12-pack!)* and jot down just 5 things that I want to get done, and then I’ll number them in order in which I am going to tackle them. If it’s not on the list- then I don’t allow myself to think about it, or spend time on it. Writing a list and then staying focused to work just on that list make a big difference in feeling organized.

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ways to feel more organized- brain dump

5. Brain dump

If I feel that there is so much going on in my head that I can’t concentrate on anything… then it’s time to do a “brain dump”. Spend one minute and get everything that’s spinning through your mind onto paper. As the late time management guru Stephen Covey used to say- “When you write it down, you earn the right to forget about it” meaning that it no longer weighs on your mind. You are then free to tackle the 5-item to-do list in front of you, knowing that the rest is down on paper waiting to be tackled another day.

Besides trying to FEEL more organized, I’ve also made a commitment this year to reduce the level of stress that I’ve been putting on myself. So I wrote a companion piece to this post called, “1-Minute Ways to De-Stress” which you might like to check out too!

What 1-minute tips do you have to feel more organized?

Sharon Rowley Head Shot 150 x 150 Thumbnail If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and making meals that kids will actually eat!


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Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects


Hi friends, we meet again!  Happy Friday to you!  In keeping with my DIY theme this week I wanted to share some fantastic DIY organizing projects with you that I found around the web.  All of these projects will help you organize your life in some way and maybe save you some money in the […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 19/15


Hello pretty people!  How is it already Jan 19th?  Time is flying by these days it seems.  Something I’m super excited about this week is my new spiralizer that I recently purchased off Amazon.  The first thing I’m going to make are some zoodles using zucchini, they sound really yummy (recipe link below).  Do any […]

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Food Prep Organizing – A Simple Tip to Cut Time in the Kitchen


The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I love reading glimpses about Laura’s food journey. Her healthy weight loss is inspirational and I look forward to reading more about her personal healing as it unfolds. I’m of a similar opinion that food and it’s quality impacts our health. […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 12/15


Hi friends, happy Monday to you!  So how did your menu plan turn out last week?  Any successes to share with us?  Any fantastic recipes tried that you’d like to share with us? I not only tried a new recipe last week but a new food as well.  I grew up hating brussels sprouts.  I […]

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