Raising the salad bar

New Years resolutions.  Hmmm. You can probably tell by this post date alone, it’s not my strength. Two weeks too late. I’m probably like a lot of you. Life is busy. There’s a lot going on. Some are big things and some are not so big, but all together it can be too much on my plate. Literally. My muffin top has changed over the years to a…. well, a small wedding cake. BUT, we’ve come up with a “baby step” program around here that’s been helpful for everyone in the family. It’s a quick way to eat healthy and get your veggies in when your pressed for time, don’t feel like cooking or just need a quick something for OR with your meal.  It’s an instant salad bar.

At the beginning of the week I wash and prepare all the fixins for a yummy salad and put them in various size containers that all fit into one big 9×13 ish size container in my fridge.image

The idea was to give my family an easy to prepare option that was a healthier choice. It was a little love sabotage. We needed something to take the place of the ever so delicious quesadilla. Everybody in the family loves salad but the thought of prep was a downer sometimes.

It’s so easy to pull out the container and personalize a salad that even a teenager can do it. Really. I’ve  seen it done. With my own eyes. I’m a little misty thinking about the first time it occurred. Anyway, I can pull it out every night and make a salad bar in one minute flat. If my dinner is a little on the sub-par side, it’s instantly a better meal. Everything I cut and prepare is good for 5-7 days at least. The only ingredient that has ever gone “man down” on me is an occasional cucumber or a fresh berry.  We use bags of salad and spinach or cut pre-washed lettuce as we need.

These are some of the ingredients we love:

  • tri-colored peppers
  • peas, fresh or thawed
  • jicama
  • craisins
  • cut turkey or ham
  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • almonds
  • raisins
  • croutons
  • bacon pieces
  • cubed cheese
  • beets
  • cherry or grape tomatoes (golden and red)
  • cucumbers
  • carrots (slices or pre-shredded)
  • fresh berries

Eating your greens ✔️

Making healthier choices✔️

Baby step goals✔️

Watching your teenager eat something different than a quesadilla ✔️

Happy Resolutions ya’ll. We believe in you.

Tailor To Your Needs Car Kit


Have you ever looked in your rearview mirror and caught a glimpse of an unsightly facial hair? The lighting is so perfect in your car. One of those “OH MY WORD, AM I BLIND!?  How did I miss that getting ready today….and yesterday…. and I guess all this month.  Anyway.  No problem because I have made an emergency car kit that has tweezers in it.  Tweezers and money and band aids.  Tylenol, feminine products, Neosporin, cough drops, hand sanitizer.  If you might need it, it’s there.

Sometimes my friends make fun of me because my purse is giant and full of things I may never need. I have a car sized emergency kit just in case…but who has the bee sting kit when your kid is running willy nilly through the flowers?  Me.

If you want to make an emergency kit that’s just right for you, here’s one way to do it:  I used a small-sized, empty Clorox wipe container. It’s a good size for a glove box, it will fit in a cup holder and it’s already clean!  Remove the inside plastic pieces and cover it with scrapbook paper if you want to.  Next, simply fill it with things you might need or want to have on hand.

You could also put in a spare container of the medications you take.  I have forgotten to bring medication on a weekend hotel stay and was soooo glad to have it in my kit.  I can’t tell you how often I have used it. Seriously.  Make one.  You’ll be glad you did.



Chore Charts

I made this chore chart with the help and motivation of a good friend. (Thank you). I wanted my kids play a bigger role in keeping the house clean. My children love see the progress they’re making by moving their chore from “To Do” to “Done”.

I purchased the SPONTAN Magnetic board, white for $12.99 from Ikea.  You could use a ruler and a marker to make columns, but I used vinyl.  The chore bubbles are made from card stock, glass vase fillers, magnets, mod podge and a glue gun.  You could also use clothes pins with a magnet on it to attach a list.  If you have small children that can not read, pictures could be used to describe the desired chore.  Whatever works for you right?

I have seen many chore charts out there lately.  I really like this one from a Pinterest user upload.  My kids are always asking to have some allowance.  I would make sure it’s clear that there is no limit to how many they can do, but they have to do a predefined amount at minimum.

These chore charts are adorable.  They are from the Etsy shop called Abbie’s House.  Click here to check them out if you’re not feeling crafty.

Confessions of a Homeschooler also has a free printable to make this chore chart.  Click here to visit the site.


I hope this helps motivate you to share the burden of cleaning with the people who are actually making the mess.



Why Didn’t I Think Of That!


I’m sure this isn’t what Oprah was talking about when referring to an “Aha” moment, but it has been one for me. This little trick has been a life changer. When I have a sick child, I constantly question myself about a missed dose.  Sadly, I like to check things off too, it makes me feel productive. I saw this idea  with a.m. and p.m. on a medicine bottle, and added a date on the side to be extra over the top. If your medication is taken two times daily make two columns. Three times a day, three columns etc.  This idea come in handy when more than one of your children is sick or taking more than one prescription.

I took this picture, but this wasn’t my idea.  I wish I could give credit where credit is due for this one.  Whoever you are, THANK YOU!