February 2, 2011

Stacked Mail I came across an interesting statistic the other day… According to the Bureau of Labor, the average American will spend a whopping 69 hours dealing with junk mail and unsolicited phone calls this year.

Personally, I can think of a LOT better ways to spend my time. If you agree, here are a few easy ways to cut down on the amount unsolicited intrusions on your time:

  • To stop telemarketing calls, log on to and register all your phone numbers. Don’t forget to register your cell phone numbers. Telemarketers shouldn’t call your number once it’s been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at the same website.
  • Set spam blocking filters on your email account to "high." Your virus protector or email program may already offer free spam filters. If not, you can find spam filtering software at
  • To stop junk from filling up your snail mail box, contact just the Direct Marketing Association at You’ll stop mail for five years from all member organizations from which you haven’t ordered products.
  • Stop all those annoying credit card applications that clutter your mailbox at


December 5, 2010

Let’s be honest… a girl can only use so many pairs of slippers and scented bath products. And if I find the “Magic Brownie Pan” under my tree, the sugarplums in my head won’t be doing the happy dance.

Here are some ideas for gifts that don’t have to be shoved into already crowded cupboards.

  • For families with children, a season pass to the zoo or children’s museum is always a treat.
  • Membership to an online movie service such as NetFlix will provide hours of entertainment on long winter nights.
  • Those with an interest in cooking or crafts might enjoy a class to learn a new skill.
  • A book of coupons for various services such as snow-shoveling, yard work or child care is a gift from the heart.
  • A platter of baked treats and homemade jams is always a hit during the holidays.
  • There’s nothing like a basket of prime fruit delivered on a cold winter morning to take away the chill. Some companies even offer a “fruit of the month” to extend the gift all year long.
  • A home cooked meal, packaged for the freezer is a much appreciated time-saver for busy moms.
  • For teachers, make a donation to a scholarship fund or school project instead of wrapping up another apple-shaped ornament.
  • People of faith will appreciate a gift to their local church.
  • For the outdoorsmen, send a gift to Ducks Unlimited or the Sierra Club.
  • For the book lover, donate a book to the local library in his or her name. An added bonus is that the recipient has the option to check out the book to read and then return it for others to enjoy.
  • For the cook, send a donation to a food pantry or shelter to provide meals for the needy.

A Little Thanksgiving Humor…

November 22, 2010

A friend sent this to me. Hope the idea brings a smile to your face.  :) 

In the meantime, have a VERY blessed Thanksgiving!


Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey that’s sure to be the talk of the town.

  1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes.
  2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully. See picture below for details.
  3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve.
  4. Watch your guests’ faces…





October 22, 2010

MP900422325[1] EXCELLENT article today on how to handle a cluttered schedule by a very busy guy — Michael Hyatt, President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing Co. 

And yes… I’ll confess that I wasn’t sure his advice would have much relevance for someone who runs a one person shop and drives carpool on the side. But I was pleasantly surprised that his strategies apply – regardless of “corporate” size and structure. : )

Check out the article here – and let me know if you agree.

And tune in next week for my advice to busy women (corporate execs or at-home moms) on how to build some of that precious “margin” Mike talks about into your schedule. I’ll have more perspective – and a couple funny stories – after I get past my deadline tomorrow. 

Seasonal Shift

October 10, 2010

MP900430776[1] Fall provides an abundance of delights. Crisp apples fresh from the orchard. Hayrack rides. And, of course, nature at its colorful best.

Fall is also an opportunity to take stock of your own and your family’s wardrobe as you shift summer duds for cozy sweaters.

Three steps to a functional wardrobe:

  • As you pack away summer wardrobes, consider donating or pitching any clothes that are not worn or LOVED.
  • Apply the same test to the fall clothes which come out of storage. If you don’t LOVE the way it looks and feels, pass it on.
  • Finally, when storing out-of season clothing, remember three words: Clean, cool and dark. In other words, make sure clothes are clean before storing in a cool, dark place.

Your reward: An end to the complaint, “I have nothing to wear!”

Unclutter Your Garden!

September 22, 2010

zucchini Are overgrown zucchini cluttering your fall garden? Try this recipe for zucchini cobbler which tastes A LOT like apple pie.

The only change I made in the filling was that I peeled and seeded the zucchini – and then sliced it instead of chopping. Yum!

BTW – the filling also works as a pie. Especially good with a few cranberries tossed in.

Too many stuffed animals prowling around your home?

September 7, 2010

Cage up your stuffed animals for a good cause!

MP900289329[1] Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE) is a non-profit organization that collects stuffed animals, toys, books and baby blankets and donates them to emergency organizations to help soothe children in emotional, traumatic or stressful situations.  such as fires, accidents, abuse and neglect, homelessness or weather emergencies such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. 

SAFE also donates the items it receives to other children’s organizations, military families, libraries and nursing homes.  Click here to find a chapter in your area.

Your donation can really make a difference for a child when they need it most.