Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Chuck It List

I subscribe to FlyLady "A personal online coach to help you gain control of your ...offering a system for organization and managing home, based on the concept of daily routines and a focus on small, time and space limited tasks." Now, let it be know, I do my best, The house is still in kawhoots 99% of the time and so on...

Anyways, in the daily emails I received a fellow follower sent in this one I thought was worth sharing:

Chuck It List
flylady, 8/20/2012 2:00 pm
Dear FlyLady,

I was recently listening to friends lamenting how life is too short and how they are going to start doing things on their "Bucket List." 

I've decided to get started on my "Chuck It List!"

Life is too short to hold onto stuff that just drags you down and I'm just going to CHUCK IT OUT!

So here is my "Chuck It List":

Failed sewing projects-Chuck It!!!
Cut out recipes-never tried-Chuck It!!!
Tight clothes -Chuck It!!!
Empty plant pots -Chuck It!!!
Books I'll never read again -Chuck It!!!
Guilt making memories -Chuck It!!!
What's on your list???

Flybaby Western Australia

FlyLady here: What a great way of thinking!

You can have both! A bucket list and a chuck it list.

Set up your declutter kit and begin to "chuck it."

You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?

Perfectionism is Shelved in 2012!

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I'm pretty sure I could use a CHUCK IT list. It sounds like it could free up time and energy in my life. I like the concept of letting go of things that are not working for me. The failed sewing projects, recipes and kids clothes that are ruined/out of style/not favorites may be a good place for me to start. One thing at a time...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to Keep the Original Hem on Jeans

I've come to realize that I have been hemming jeans the hard and ugly-ish way for a LONG time, until now. Voila! How to Keep the Original Hem on Jeans, here. I tried it today. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Got plans?

My bff introduced me to this phrase...

If you don't plan your own life
someone else will do it for you.

It's true, right? Blech.

Whenever I'm wavering between doing this or that I often pull that little ditty out of my hat. What a great reminder...xo

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wet Hair is Good for the Soul

I went swimming in Lake Winnipeg (Winnipeg Beach) with a friend (10+) years ago and she said something I found to be unforgettable...
I never want to be the kind of woman who doesn't get my hair wet. 
After swimming in the same lake this past weekend with my little family two words came to mind, Amen Sister.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

How to Wear a Men's Shirt as Women's Wear

Check out this link on how to wear a men's shirt dress as women's wear...it's good, right?!

Note: According to this blog, where I got the link to the Youtube site, an XL+ shirt works well.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Another good read...

Why did it take me so long to start reading this book? Maybe it was the laundry theme that put me off. Phew...glad I didn't wait too long. I'm 1/3 of the way through and it's helped me already.

This excerpt is from Karen Maezen Miller's Website:

hand wash cold

care instructions for an ordinary life

It’s easy to think that meaning, fulfillment, and bliss are “out there,” somewhere outside of our daily routine. But in this playful yet profound reflection on awareness, the compelling voice of a self-described errant wife and delinquent mother reveals the happiness at the bottom of the laundry basket, the love in the kitchen sink, and the peace possible in one’s own backyard. Readers follow the author through youthful ambition and self-absorption, beyond a broken marriage, and into the steady calm of a so-called ordinary life. Household chores and caregiving tasks become opportunities for self-examination, lessons in relationship, and liberating moments of selflessness. Miller shows that with attention, it’s the little things — even the unexpected, unpleasant, and unwanted things — that count.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Easy Homemade Sauce Pan Pie Filling

This recipe for pie filling is adapted from Rachel Ray's Rustic Tri-Berry Pie (keeper).

Diary 52's Easy Homemade Sauce Pan Pie Filling

  • Fill 9" pan 1/2 way w/ fruit of your choice (I used frozen blueberries), soften
  • Add a palm full of quick cook tapioca (not pearl), stir
  • Add this much water (to soak up tapioca and help soften fruit) + spash lemon juice (or maybe zest)
  • Add sugar to taste (brown, white, splenda, honey, whatever, about 1/4 c)
  • Cook until mixture looks like canned pie filling, cool-ish, use/eat
Eat over ice cream
Toss in pie crust (mine are store bought)
Toss in tarts
Eat out of pan

It's so good and so easy and so preservative free...other than whatever is in the tapioca. Good enough.

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