Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
- I have removed all the contact paper my nails can officially handle without bloodshed.
- I have sorted and sorted until all the containers without lids and the lids without containers were removed and escorted from the building (into the recycle bin they went, yay.)
- I have delegated all of our previous tenants, the should-be-but-never-really-is-tossable Gladware to a new home - namely both of my mothers' houses - Mom C and Mom E. I am fully aware that these containers may visit from time to time filled with delicious goodies from both houses (am I smart, or what? lol) But then they will be sent packing again. This was a promise. :)
- I kept my best containers, and only as much as would fit. This was hard, but the rest went to those lovely baking and cooking Moms again.
- I kept the carousel free of obstacles, even though I had to fight my inner Dictator of Organization trying to fill up every.free.space.possible. Man, is she is tough to quell!
- Lids are relegated to a bin, behind the carousel.
- You know that container behind the carousel, holding the lids? Yep, that white one with the holes... Well, those holes are going to serve as a nice place to wedge a dowel or two so I can separate the lids into small, medium, large. No more searching for lids!
- And the fact that the container is behind the carousel? Ahhh.... well, if we cannot budget for a slide out drawer to pull the whole bottom shelf contents out - never fear, dear readers, I have an idea. I hope I can pull it off - or get the Monk to shell out the mula for the real thing. Nevertheless (is that a word, really?), it's been deemed a necessity to have the lids be more accessible. :) So, it WILL happen.
- And contact paper...yes! As soon as I get to Target (which I have been there several times since Project Start)...and I actually remember to pick it up. :(
- One more thing - maybe a coated metal riser for the top shelf, to further separate the containers that just do not want to play nice and stack.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
- Move my desk out there so I have a real place to set my laptop and other photography things I am collecting.
- Move the table in such a way that we can actually use it as a family.
- Try to hide the treadmill if at all possible.
- We are done with high-chairs, so get them out of there and get back some space!
- Make the bookcase "Preschool Central" devoted to their upcoming home-school supplies.
- Organize the desk inside and out to make it photography business worthy.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
- Remove all containers that have somehow lost their lid into the black hole of Tupperware lids.
- Remove as much of that toss-able Gladware as I can handle and recycle-bin-it.
- Find a way to organize lids into a clutter-proof system.
- Find a way to organize containers into an easily retrieved and clutter-proof system.
- Recover the floor and shelf of cabinet with new contact paper. :)
Monday, February 15, 2010
Like all steroid hormones, vitamin D is involved in making hundreds of enzymes and proteins, which are crucial for preserving health and preventing disease. It has the ability to interact and affect more than 2,000 genes in the body. It enhances muscle strength and builds bone. It has anti-inflammatory effects and bolsters the immune system. It helps the action of insulin and has anti-cancer activity. This is why vitamin D deficiency has been linked with so many of the diseases of modern society. Because of its vast array of benefits, maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D is essential for your health.
What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?
There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are some of the more common symptoms:
- General muscle pain and weakness
- Muscle cramps
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Restless sleep
- Poor concentration
- Bladder problems
- Constipation or diarrhea"
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Knowing this, there are some good things about it - I love the picture window that spans the backbone of the C-shape the kitchen creates - and the beautiful views I can look at while washing dishes. And....hmmm. Well, I think that may be about it. That and the Keurig that currently resides by said window, so it can share the view with me.
We have dealt with the kitchen and its awful layout (ignored it) for the last 10+ years (almost 11!). And the top star of that awful layout list is the cabinets - they are a disaster...weird spaces and pockets to shove things - ugly inside, not square and honestly, really hard to use. Aside from replacing the cabinets with custom ones, I would love to see some sliders in there to utilize the back spaces - the hard to reach spaces - a little better. I am hoping that little addition can come this year, since they are more expensive than we can afford right now...but for now, I am content with organizing the cabinets we have, just cleaning them up, making them organized for better use and freshening up the interior.
Here is my first tackle:
The pots and pans. We just got a new set for Christmas, so the old, mismatched "set" that really needs to go (read: Teflon flaking off into our food - bad, I know!) There are a few pieces I would like to save, so I need to make it so that it doesn't sound like Blue Man Group lives in our cabinets every time I need to retrieve a pan. Take enough out, but leave enough in.
The before: Ugliness at its best. Why they invented cabinet doors. Just LOOK at the contact paper. Really? Was that ever a good choice?! Looking forward to ripping that craptastic stuff out.
- Keep only the pots we use, recycle the rest.
- Organize them into easily accessed, neat piles.
- Take off craptastic contact paper, replace with new.
- Find a way to organize lids.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
- Fruits - fresh (skin on, if possible for whole nutrition), frozen, canned
- Veggies - steamed and cooled, frozen, canned
- peanut butter (natural)
- milk, cream, eggnog, yogurt, frozen yogurt, silken tofu, splash of orange juice to thin (any juice)
- healthy add-ins - wheat germ, ground flax seed, oat bran, green tea (see below)
- flavor add-ins - pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, cocoa powder, coconut (creamed is awesome), coffee, lemon, lime, mint syrup, nutmeg, vanilla extract (any extract, really), fresh herbs (just bruised - mint, lemon balm, bee balm, lavender, basil, cilantro, etc...)
- Add the green to taste – start with a handful, and work your way up, as you get used to the new ingredient in your mix
- Lemon juice is a pungent over-powering ingredient to mask odd tastes, but also gives a fresh spin in your traditional smoothie. Add a few squirts to your next one.
- Always use the whole fruit in your smoothie, as opposed to fruit juice or peeling it. If you’re going to make it good for you, then take the time to use whole, fresh foods
- A lot of people like bananas in their smoothies – it makes it creamy and thick
- Frozen fruits make it thick, cold and refreshing. Try freezing your favourites in chunks so they are ready to go
- Silken tofu doesn’t add any taste but a great creamy consistency with a load of protein
- Keep it simple: choose two fruits that compliment each other, some greens, and added protein (tofu, yogurt, cashews (really))
- If you want, add high-quality protein powder, like hemp protein
- Don’t try to make it gross. Putting 5 handfuls of kale in a blender with half-banana won’t sell you. And no, maple syrup won’t make it better.
- Collards and spinach are the most neutral in taste
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado for extra creaminess and healthy fats
- flaxmeal adds a boost of Omega-3s and fibre
- Try using dates instead of sugar or other sweeteners if you need some extra sweetness in your smoothie
Try these combination or add to a current favourite. Mix and match your favourite fruits with a few greens and some add-ins to up the health benefits. Blend all ingredients (frozen fruit works best), adding water to desired consistency, and enjoy.
Banana Bread: 1/2 banana, 3 dates, greens, and 1/4 cup walnuts (soaked overnight)
PB & J: 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 cup strawberries, greens, and 1/2 banana (optional)
Tropical Twist: 1 cup pineapple chunks, 1 cup mango chunks, greens, 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
Our standby: 1/2 avocado, 1 cup fruit, 3 handfuls spinach, 1 scoop hemp protein powder, a date or two (depending on fruit)
Cooked brown rice: you can purchase brown or unpolished rice (more fibrous and less starchy) from your local health food store. Cook it and leave to cool before uses.
- Acidophilus, Bee pollen (yikes!), Brewer's yeast, Calcium powder, Chlorella powder, Chlorophyll liquid or powder, Lecithin powder or granules, Protein powder, Spirulina powder, Vitamin C powder, Wheat bran
I realize I am ignoring the pink elephant here....but.....now that we are back....can we pretend this whole year never happened and just move on to the next project? ;) Please? Yes?! I hoped you'd say that! Hopefully I can keep up something here as the year goes on...maybe not every week, but forward progress of some kind....
Less is more, my friends...keep it simple. ♥♥♥