5 Helpful Tips to Prepare for the Coming Week

5 Helpful Tips to Prepare for the Coming Week

It can be so stressful when you are rushing around in the morning. Whether you’re trying to find clothes to wear, figuring out what to take for lunch or gathering up everything you will need for the day—mornings can be chaotic. Here are 5 helpful tips to prepare for the coming week. Update your schedule. Have all your tasks entered on your smartphone or email calendar and set reminder notifications within a reasonable time to prepare, but not too far out that you will forget. Wall calendars or dry erase boards are great if there are others in the home that need to be included in a particular event or tasks too. Do all the laundry before the week starts. Having all the laundry completed (to include the dreaded putting away) helps tremendously when you are figuring out what to wear. You can see what you have and know that it is clean. Line up the outfits. With all the laundry clean and put away, you can try on and set out the clothes you plan on wearing (weather forecast appropriate) for the week. This way, you are not spending an hour in the mornings looking for, trying on and taking off clothes. Prepare meals in advance. Grocery shop over the weekend and you will have everything you need for the week’s meals. Depending on what you plan for lunches, at the least, you can prepare lunch for the next day. For dinner, plan on a crockpot or freezer meal for those busier days. Start the week refreshed. Don’t try to cram too much into a weekend. I know...
7 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

7 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

We are always go, go, go these days and rarely do we make time for ourselves. Between work, personal lives and school—the juggle is real (along with the struggle!) Whether you get too wrapped up in deadlines or it’s a financial reason, don’t sell yourself short. You need YOU time and we got you covered. We’ve listed 7 ways to pamper yourself on a budget—so no excuses. Before we begin, a couple of points. If you’re like me, you live by calendars and agendas—once it’s scheduled, it’s a go. So, the first thing you need to do is schedule your “me time”. Every week, block out a couple of hours or a day on the weekend to pamper yourself. Also, make sure to budget a weekly “pamper allowance” into your budget. It can be included in your “entertainment” envelope if you use the budget envelope system. Now here we go. Bath soak. At under $10 (and depending on which kind, one purchase could last a week or more) for a good bath soak, this could be a nightly or every other night type of thing. For those DIYers, there are also home recipes for making your own bath bomb. One night could be a muscle ache soak, the next night you may opt for a soothing fragrant one, then a luxurious bubble bath; the possibilities are plentiful. Massage. Check out area trade schools for deals. Many have a working massage clinic for students nearing graduation. It gives them experience and additional training and you a time of tension relief—a win/win. I have seen schools offering chair massages starting at...
Tips to a Smooth Holiday Visit

Tips to a Smooth Holiday Visit

If you are like most people, around the holidays is a time for getting together with family and close friends. There are people you may not have seen in a while, many different personalities and the normal family tension—it can be stressful. Here are some tips to a smooth holiday visit that should help during your next family gathering. Tip #1: Expect Nothing. I know, I know, it seems harsh to say but the simple fact is that if we have no level of expectations going in, there’s no disappointment. Tip #2: Forget Past Disagreements. This is easier said than done, especially if you were really wronged or hurt. However, a family get together may not be the best time to “get things off your chest”. It is best to write a letter or email to express the hurt or wrong you felt or called them at another time. For the sake of the occasion, avoid stirring up anything that would cause chaos or strife for the family. You never know, your adult behavior may rub off. Tip #3: Pour on Extra Patience and Charm. Anytime there are people with different personalities and viewpoints together, someone’s going to get rubbed the wrong way. Enjoy the moment, visit with those you enjoy time with the most and know when to move on from those you don’t particularly “mesh” with. But make a point to go out of your way to be extra sweet—it’s only for a little while. Tip #4: Don’t Overstay Your Welcome. This can be tough for “people pleasers”. You stay and stay until you are the last...
The Easy and Budget-Friendly Way to Color Eggs for Easter

The Easy and Budget-Friendly Way to Color Eggs for Easter

Some people decorate their Easter eggs with store bought color tabs, while others use tissue paper or paint. For this article, I am going to tell you about the easy and budget-friendly way to color eggs for Easter using Kool-Aid—no vinegar or boiled water needed! As probably everyone is aware, Kool-Aid is an affordable, great tasting drink that comes in a variety of flavors; however, everyone may not know about its egg coloring ability. I guess it would make sense that it could color something considering the colored mustache you have after drinking it. Now, what you need is: * Cooled and dry hard-boiled eggs * A flat, clutter-free surface (floor or table) * Newspaper to protect the surface from stains * Glass cups or bowls deep enough for the egg to be completely submerged * 1 envelope of Kool-Aid for each color desired (*tip* grape is very dark; pink or regular lemonade is very pale) * 2/3 cup of water (can be tap, not boiled) * Tongs if you want stain-free fingers (or here’s some tips on getting Kool-Aid stains off of fingers) Start with clean hands. Lay the newspaper down and put the cups on the surface. Mix the Kool-Aid packet with 2/3 cup of water, one per cup. Dip the egg in the mix, repositioning to get an even coloring, for about 3-5 minutes each. Repeat until all eggs are colored. Use the eggs in baskets or for Easter egg hunts, but remember these important food safety tips: * Put them in the fridge within 2 hours after they were boiled * If you are planning...