I used to be an organization dork

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  I know I was able to refill my bucket and get ready for the month ahead.

I like organization.  I like color coding, file folders and the like.  Before I had kids I used to color code my planner.  Everything was in pencil until I completed the task or activity and then it was written in pen (the color depending on the coding system).  I loved it.  Now as a wife and mother of three I don’t have quite enough time for all that, but I still look at all the ways I can stay organized.

I have a smart phone, but I still prefer a paper and pen planner system.  I get excited to cross things off my to do list.  I even add items to my list that I have completed but were not originally on my to do list.  I think to think this may make me a to do list dork 🙂

Never fear, I still have a color coded planner.  We keep a dry erase board in the kitchen with the months activities, meetings, appointments, etc…  I do keep this color coded per person, not per activity.  This helps me keep track of who the mommy taxi needs to take where.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Thankful

I know, it all sounds cliche’…  I am so thankful for (fill in the blank).  Facebook is full of posts of things people are thankful for.  This time of year is a great outlet to express our thanks.  But do we say we are thankful because of the season, or are we truly thankful.

For me, I love my family.  I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without them.  I am thankful for their support, their love, and all the time we spend together.

I am grateful for my husband’s support for trying this new adventure.  I hope you will join me as we travel life on the internet, one post at a time.

Enjoy this weekend with your family and friends.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

 

pinterest love

Ok, so back to my regularly scheduled program…

I tried my first pinterest “pin” for Halloween.  I made these Mashmallow Witches that I found on pinterest  from taste of home. Mine looked like this…

not bad if I do say so myself.  More importantly the kids liked them (and knew they were witches).  The bigger hit however, were my Owl Cupcakes

I don’t know if the kids liked the cupcakes or the oreo (the eyes) better.  I did learn that the owl cupcakes do not hold as the oreos get soft, so these are a make and eat (certainly not a problem I can’t handle).

What have you found on pinterest?

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Please pardon the interruption…

I was already to bring you more love for pinterest and then my lunch break happened.  I am so excited about all the I got accomplished I just had to share.

I work from home.  One of the huge benefits is that during my lunch break, I can get stuff done around the house.  Today’s lunch just sort of happened, but it has me so motivated.  It all started with muffins.  I had planned to bake 2 dozen muffins during lunch.  The kids like to have a muffin with breakfast or for a snack and we were out.  While I was baking the muffins, I found garlic on the counter that was left over from the weekend.  I prepared it and froze it so it wouldn’t go bad.  Then I got on a roll…  I made meatloaf for the freezer (ok, confession – the cooking of the meatloaf took me over the lunch break, but I just ran back to the kitchen to take it out of the oven), I put the Fletcher’s Famous Dip (recipe to follow) into the crock pot, I made the sloppy joe for dinner tonight, I did all the dishes, started the dishwasher, folded the clothes in the dryer.  I felt so accomplished.

And it all happened by accident.

I have tried bulk cooking (freezer cooking) once or twice before and I always love it.  I am amazed how many meals I can plan, cook and freeze in just an hour or two.  It isn’t all that hard to find the time, if I can just remember.  I would have been able to have the meatloaf out of the oven during my lunch break, had I planned it and started with that.  Tonight was so much easier with dinner already cooked and just needed to warm.

I am amazed what a little accomplishment can mean in terms of my motivation.

Next time, I will share some pinterest successes (have I mentioned I LOVE that site)!

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

My newest obsession

My latest obsession….  pinterest.  My sister introduced me to the site a few weeks ago and I am in love.  There is so much out there.  It is inspiring me to be more crafty, to try new recipes, to put together new outfits, to gather ideas for the home and kids birthday parties.  Have you checked it out?

Next week I will share a pinterest success and a failure.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

 

Thankful

So last night I found myself at the end of a very long day.  It was 9:30, all the kids were finally asleep.  I was still needing to finish dishes and laundry.  I was wanting to search for some Christmas ideas.  I was wishing I had worked out earlier in the day.  My book was calling.  There were piles to be picked up.  I was feeling very overwhelmed.  It dawned on me to try and be thankful for the few minutes I did have and not worry about how much  more time I wish I had.  So motivation struck me at 9:30pm!  I worked out for 5 minutes.  I finished the dishes, started some laundry (with 5 in the household laundry is never completely done), picked up a few piles, read some of my book, and caught up with the DVR.  By 10:30pm I was falling asleep happy with how much I had accomplished.   This was a case of mind over matter.  There is still just as much to do today, but I will be thankful for the time I have to do it.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Pumpkin Muffins

It’s fall.  And I love pumkpin bread.  Problem is, I never have found a good recipe.  I always feel like the bread is under cooked.  So what is a girl to do…  Call Mom!

My mom gave me her recipe which is from The Amateur Gourmet, favorite recipes from the Junior League of Boston, inc.

1 can pumpkin pie filling

4 eggs

1 cup Mazola Oil

2/3 cup cold water

1 1/2 tsp tsp baking soda

3 1/3 cups flour

2 tsp salt (I omitted this)

3 cups sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon nutmeg

grease and flour pans.  bake at 350 degrees.  1 hour for loaf, or 20 minutes for muffins.  make 2 loaves or 3 dozen muffins.

I opted to make the muffins as it requires less baking time and my kids prefer muffins to slices of bread.  I baked for about 24 minutes.  I think they turned out pretty well!  My kids loved them.  They were cooked through.  A nice flavor.   yummy!  Put this recipe in the keep pile.

Talk to you soon.

Lyn

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I am forever searching for the answer to this question?  I know I want to be a wife, a mother, a friend, a neighbor, etc…  but what else.  I went to college thinking I would be the next ambassador to Switzerland and got a Bachelor degree in International Studies.  Somewhere during those four years, I knew that career wasn’t for me.  So I got my master’s degree in Sports Management.  Bingo, I will be president of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee).  After working for two years for the national governing bodies…nope that career wasn’t for me.  I have worked in insurance, but that is a job, not a career (at least for me).  So I am still pondering the question, what do you want to be when you grow up?

I have a few “possibilities” up my sleeve and am slowly working on them.

Talk to you soon.

Lyn