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Start Being Selfish with Your Time

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 20, 2018 6:07:00 AM

 

 

 

Enlightened Selfishness Means Taking Time for You

 

For starters, take time to read this blog, unless your house is on fire or your dog has a death grip on one of your children.

 

Most women are notorious for neglecting themselves in lieu of caring for others and you’re probably one of them. If you’re not, CONGRATULATIONS! When asked, “Are you selfish about taking care of yourself, most women cringe and say, “no.” The cringe comes from guilt knowing they should have free time for themselves but don't. There are two parts to this “enlightened selfishness: first you need to know what you’re going to do when you take time out and second, you need to make time for the time outs and get them to become a habit. There are two ways to do that. One is to cut corners wherever you can, and two is to delegate some of your work to the members of your family so you can take time for you. I'll give you some tips on delegating, but first here's a video that demonstrates how to drastically save time folding sheets.

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Topics: Organization

One Shell-Stickin' Day a Year

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 12, 2018 5:11:00 AM

 

 

Have you ever heard someone say, “I had one of those days today.”? I call “one of those days” a shell-stickin’ day. You know how some hard boiled eggs refuse to let go of the egg white? If you’re making deviled eggs and you need the white part to be intact as a nest for the egg yolk mixture, you know how aggravating one of those shell-stickin’ eggs can be. I’m sure you’ve had to give up on some eggs in the process, because invariably chunks of the egg white tear off and leave half nests that just won’t work.

I’m the stubborn sort and I’ll go to great lengths to fight a shell-sticker, searching for that crucial place where the thin membrane is holding onto its beloved egg white. In 50% of the cases the egg wins and I either eat the mutilated egg white and throw the yoke in with the batch of other yokes or, depending on how many shell-stickers in the batch, decide to make egg salad instead of deviled eggs. It’s sort of the egg version of when you have a lemon make lemonade. But what can you do when you have one of those shell-stickin' days?

 

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Topics: Happiness

Your Summer of 2018

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 4, 2018 6:32:00 AM

 

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Gained a Little Weight this Summer?

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 17, 2018 5:03:00 AM

 

 

 

 

If you gain weight easily, it most likely means you like sweets and all the white stuff; rice, pasta, bread and potatoes. It really is okay to have those foods once-in-awhile, but if you’re too liberal with that notion you’re in for weight gain. In the course of three months you can easily put on 15 pounds and here are the three main reasons why. 

 

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The Phony Gourmet Cooking Show!

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 14, 2018 5:15:00 AM

My sister and I almost had our own television cooking show, but we would've had to be in LA four months out of the year and our six kids were young.

In cleaning out our warehouse I found the master tape of the opening for the show and thought you'd enjoy watching it. The show was going to be called, The Phony Gourmet and we would have share all our short-cut cooking recipes and ideas in the book of the same title. 

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes

Time to Get Kid's Room Ready for Back-to-School

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 9, 2018 1:32:36 PM

 

 

Start with a clean slate!

A garage sale sign read: Kid's Garage Sale. We couldn't resist. Each sign (obviously made by children) had a red balloon attached and upon arriving at the home, the children (a boy about 11 and a girl about 8) were sitting at a table with lemonade they'd made. Several adults with children were shopping and the mother of the garage salers was sitting on a lawn chair under a big maple tree. 

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Good News! He's Finally Here!

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Aug 7, 2018 9:09:27 AM

 

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The Most Important Sentence You'll Ever Finish

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 1, 2018 5:29:00 AM

If you’re disorganized, here's the most important sentence to complete.

 

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The 7-Day Plan by the Slob Sisters

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Jul 30, 2018 5:56:00 AM

 

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Christmas in July

Posted by Pam Young

Jul 27, 2018 5:13:00 AM

 

 

 

Ahh, the lazy days of summer are upon us. Summer breezes calm us, the lake beckons us to lap in its luxurious warm water, the aroma of barbeque teases our noses and makes our mouths water. No cares, just relaxation.

How in the world can we think about Christmas now? And why would we want to? Well, Leroy Anderson wrote “Sleigh Ride” in July, 1946 in the middle of a heat wave in New England, so if you had a good enough reason to think about Christmas now, you could put your mind to it. We all know that the holidays require extra time, energy and money, so why not take advantage of summer leisure and get a jump on the holidays?

Here are my six best ideas to save you time, money and energy during the holiday season.

 

1. Stocking Stuffers 

Stuff as you go. Hide a small container, like a shoe box or Zip Lock Gallon bag, for each child. When
you’re out and about and find items that would be good for stocking stuffers, like movie tickets, gift cards, little toys and books, purchase and put in the hidden containers.

Come midnight on Christmas Eve, you’ll thank yourself when you think, ‘EEgad, we gotta do stockings,’ and you’ll have most of the contents ready to stuff.

2. Re-Gift

Have you ever noticed how excited your children are when they find toys they haven’t seen in several months? That usually happens when you start cleaning out their closets.

When my kids were little, I'd box up some of their toys, books and games when they weren’t around. and put them up to the attic. When I’d get one of those stored boxes out, no matter what time of year it was, it felt just like Christmas. That's when I got the idea to wrap them in Christmas wrap and store them away until Christmas morning.

Kids love lots of presents under the tree and they'll love to unwrap stuff you've let hide for a few months of rest. (When items first go missing, they’ll wonder where they went for a little while, but they probably spend a lot of time looking for stuff anyway, if your family tends to be disorganized and eventually they'll get distracted and forget.) 

3. “Do” your Christmas cards in July 

Why not take care of Christmas cards this summer? If you’re like me, you’ve probably got a stash of Christmas cards plugging up one of your drawers. Get them out, pretend it’s Christmas, write a tender note, address, seal, stamp and hold until December 1. Think how easy it’ll be plopping them into the mail that early!

Remember Christmas is about love, joy and goodwill. Make your note to each person about them, not about you. Thank them for being in your life. Comment on how much you love them, how much they make your life better. Wish them goodness in all their days.

Note: I’ve always said, “Unless a person is a really good writer, he or she shouldn’t write a Christmas letter which usually ends up being all about the person writing it.” That's not what Christmas is all about.

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Topics: On Being Organized / Disorganized, Organization, Happiness

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