Making a grocery shopping list isn't always easy, and sometimes can be a downright bore of a chore. But there are a few simple tips you can use to easily create your meal plan for the week - and save a little time and money in the process: Make a Master List One day I sat down and wrote out all the meals we like to eat. I made a list of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, side items, and snacks. I created this list so I could easily go down the list of foods to create our meal plan. This also ... Continue Reading
Quick tips for easy meal planning by implementing a master grocery list.
Learn how to set goals, plan for them, and determine why you want to achieve them.
Setting goals gives you clear direction. Setting goals can enable you to make wiser decisions. Taking the time to set goals will help you spend your time and money on things that align with your values. Having clearly defined goals isn’t a magic pill, but it is a great motivator. Here are some steps for defining your goals, establishing how you want to meet them, and stating your motivation in completing them. It is important to set goals, but it is equally as important to take the time ... Continue Reading
Ease the stress of planning and taking your next vacation.
As my sister and I prepare for taking a cruise vacation next year, I've discovered several ways to make traveling and vacations a little bit easier. Here are some ways to ease the stress of planning your next vacation. First of all, Plan In Advance I probably go a little overboard on this, but I am a planner. Whether it's the lodging, necessary funds, or even what outfits I need, I like to plan it all out well ahead of time. When our family travels, I have the hotel(s) reserved at least a ... Continue Reading
Increase your self confidence in 2012 by refocusing, planning, and finding a healthy balance.
January can be a tough month for a lot of people. You may have overspent or over ate or over drank or just plain overdid it during the holiday season. Knowing you overdid it may lead to unhealthy thoughts about yourself. Now, it’s January and you’d like to clean up your act, right? There is no reason to look back and moan and groan about what you should have or could have done. What better time than the present to refocus and plan for an exceptional year? The following is a list ... Continue Reading
Here are five steps you can follow to help launch your home business.
Having your own home business can offer independence and great satisfaction. And working from home is one of the most convenient ways to make a living. If you add to this a home business within an area of your passions, then you have the makings of true joy. Working from home may sound like a dream to some, but it’s a dream that is more realizable than many people think. The kinds of businesses that can be run from home are diverse – from professional services such as bookkeeping and ... Continue Reading
Do some green entertaining this holiday season when planning your functions.
Will the holiday season fast approaching; you may be considering hosting a party or family function at your home. Entertaining your guests doesn’t have to come at the cost of Mother Nature though. You can go green this holiday season when planning your functions. Here are a few tips to stay green while entertaining your guests. Break out the China Okay, it doesn’t have to be your finest China, but please skip the disposable plates and utensils. Either opt for a more formal setting ... Continue Reading
Thanksgiving should be the greenest holiday of all. All you need to do is prepare, plan, and be aware.
Holidays are often filled with excess, waste, and too much focus on things over people. Yet Thanksgiving, by its very nature, could very well be the greenest holiday of them all. All it takes is a little planning and a little awareness to make your Thanksgiving a fun-filled, family oriented, environmentally friendly holiday that everyone will enjoy. Two Weeks Out: Food Planning Traditionally, a Thanksgiving meal calls for a turkey, several side dishes, and of course, dessert! To green your ... Continue Reading
Plan your next ecotravel vacation for your family with these tips and destinations.
People are making more and more environmentally responsible decisions in their day-to-day lives, therefore, it’s only natural that families are looking for ways to plan a great getaway without having to worry about the size of their carbon footprint. Fortunately, many locales are advertising themselves as eco-destinations, making it even easier for families to ecotravel. Camping and Backpacking The time-tested adventure of camping and backpacking allows families to experience and ... Continue Reading
Learn the tips for avoiding frustration at the dinner table and getting your children to eat.
Part of our busy back to school preparations include dinner planning and healthy, delicious, quick meal ideas are always on a parent's most wanted list. We long for our time at the dinner table to go smoothly and for our kids to eat and actually enjoy what we've prepared. But, truth be told, all of us have at one time or another experienced frustration at the dinner table. You’ve painstakingly prepared a good meal only to find yourself bombarded with sounds of, "I’m not hungry" or "I don’t ... Continue Reading