Monday, February 28, 2011

Organized Mom

I admit it. I'm a list-maker. I think I may be a little OCD when it comes to making lists. My husband makes fun of how many lists I have. I make lists for groceries, things to organize, how to lose weight, activities for my toddler, etc, etc, etc! The problem was, I was making lists on random pieces of paper, notebooks, and sticky pads.
My solution: a whole binder for my lists! I call it my Organized Mom Binder. :)
I have 5 tabs: GOALS, CURRENT WEEK (calendar), SELF, FAMILY, AND HOME.
I think most of the lists I make fall in one of these categories.

I made a "Week at a Glance" page where I have my week layed out in front of me. It includes my exercise schedule, menu, cleaning checklist, to-do list, and other fun stuff:)

This is before I've added anything extra. You may notice I've scheduled time to blog. I do that so I blog/look at blogs every other day. I've wasted many an hour filming through blogs. Its so addicting.

Here's my monthly review sheet. I look at the goals and tasks I completed and didn't complete and what I can do to be better.
Have you heard of 5 Dinners in 1 Hour? Oh my gosh its awesome. You set aside an hour per week to prep your dinners for the next 5 days! I've only done one week so far but I love it! The menu is balanced, healthy, and delicious! Plus your grocery list is already made for you! Easy!This is so helpful when you don't feel like cooking too (not like I ever feel that way).

The other tabs I keep my lists and ideas in. I feel my life is more organized all ready.
PS - All of these pages I made in Microsoft Word and literally took me half an hour.
Let me know if you have any questions!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Inspiration: Car Party

I'm still in denial that my little man will be 2 in a couple of months. I started searching the blogosphere for party inspiration and immediately came up with a theme: cars. Perfect since my toddler LOVES them.

This first party is from Homemade By Jill. Her son turned 2 and I think his party turned out so so adorable.
Here are the invites:

I absolutely love the car crayons and track. I would love to make the shirt too.

And here's the party favor bag. Gah - I can't get over how cute these are!

This is a party from One Charming Party. As you can see I'm loving the red, white, and blue combo.

I'm hoping for a nice spring day, even though weather here is always unpredictable. I was also hoping to hold the party at a park. That means I'd have to transport everything.
I'll keep you updated on the progess


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Recipe - Creamy Chicken Noodle

This is one of my absolute favorite soups for lingering, cold winter days.
You won't regret trying it!
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 qt + 1 cup chicken broth or stock
4 oz egg noodles
1/2 c butter (I used 1/4 cup and it was fine)
3/4 c onion, chopped
3/4 c celery, chopped
3/4 c carrots, chopped
2 T flour
1 qt milk, warmed
1/2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1 can cream of chicken
1 tsp parsley
Add salt and pepper to chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add noodles. Cook until tender. In a different pan, add butter, 1 cup chicken broth and vegetables. Cook until veggies are tender. Add flour to veggie mixture and stir until smooth. Cook for 5 minutes on low. Add flour mixture to noodles and broth. Add chicken and cream of chicken. Cook until thick, stir occassionally. Salt, pepper and parsley to taste. Best served with rolls. :)
Did I mention its kid-friendly? That's saying something because this toddler is becoming very picky these days.