7 Important Time Management Tips

Regardless or what planning system you use, these are important tips that can make your planning better. And as always, each and every one of these was learned the hard way! Record everything ASAP. Whether you use paper or digital planning, don’t ever rely on your memory.  Even if you have a good memory, you can only remember so much.  And why would you want to!  Just write it down!  That … [Read more...]

Dear Ivy: A Note to My 6-Year-Old

by Ashley Dear Ivy: I stood over your bed as I do often after you have fallen asleep. Sometimes I giggle at your boisterous snores.  Sometimes I smile at the contours of your sleeping face. But this night, I winced. "You'll be 6 tomorrow," I thought. I stood there thinking about kids at church and at restaurants and at get-togethers and trying to come up with the max age of a child I … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Having Kid-Friendly Knick Knacks

Knick knacks are not my favorite things and I don’t have many of them.  Yes, they add warmth to a décor but they also add expense and work (dusting, you know!).  But my current home has two build-in bookshelves in the dining room and they aren’t big enough to hold anything useful.  So I put knick knacks on them - but not just any knick knacks.  Because I have young grandchildren, I specifically … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 183) & Cooking Tips, Too!

It was pretty much the same old, same old at my house this week.  I tried a couple of new recipes, whipped up a couple of old ones and used up the leftovers.  A perfect week, I’d say. Monday Leftovers Tuesday Salmon Patties with Parsley Mayo (NEW) NOTES:   I’m hearing from quite a few of you that your mother’s made salmon patties but that you haven’t been able to do it.  I think there are a … [Read more...]

Salmon Patties with Parsley Mayo

Baked salmon is good and good for you, but sometimes you just need a little something different.  These Salmon Patties with Parsley Mayo were a nice break and tasted great.  I’ll definitely be making these again. Ingredients: 3 5-oz. pouches skinless, boneless pink salmon (1) 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs ½ cup finely chopped red sweet pepper ½ cup finely chopped green onions 1 egg, … [Read more...]

It’s Okay to Take a Day Off from House Cleaning

I know what you’re going to say. “But won’t you have to spend more time cleaning up the next day?’ Well, yes and no. As long as you’re not “stupid” on your day off and you have systems in place, it shouldn’t be too bad. I had a tough and busy weekend.  The grandkids were here most of the weekend and they make a lot of messes (I let them!).  My dog was sick and had an accident in the dining … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t “Schedule” My Tasks

I’ve read several articles recently about the benefits of scheduling tasks.  The idea is that if you don’t schedule tasks, they won’t get done.  And if you want to make sure they get done, you have to schedule them.  I can see the wisdom of that.  It makes sense. But I don’t do it.  It doesn’t work for me. I HATE scheduling my tasks. I don’t know if it’s my ADHD or if I’m just rebellious, but … [Read more...]