Monday Mom Tip: Making Manageable Chunks

As I look around my house, it seems that a million things remain undone.  My husband says that it’s just the way I operate-I don’t finish things.  I disagree.  I work on a rotation!  If I attempt something and it causes me to be stagnant, I move on to something else.  I’m not saying it’s always the best way to handle everything, but sometimes that’s just how it is.  But today, I am tending to agree with him.  My “ideas” and “to do” folders and lists are full and nothing has been checked off in days!

planningGranted, it’s been incredibly hectic.  Vacation coming up, and event this week, last week and the holiday weekend was the week before.  I’ve got another event coming up too!  It’s beginning to feel like there was more “summer” in this vacation than “vacation”!  Ok, time to dial it back.  It’s time to make some manageable chunks.

What does that entail, you ask?  First, reevaluate priorities.  What can I chuck?  What can I delegate?  What can I cut into manageable morsels?  For instance, I have some vague things on my to do list, like “Living Social”.  I know it’s a reminder to put out a new ad for my business.  The former one failed miserably.  So I need to get it done!  But it’s so vague that when I look at it, I cringe a little on the inside.  I need to write smaller, less daunting steps to encourage myself to get it done!  So I can just revisit the email for when I did the first one and see what the beginning of the process was.  pantry

I guarantee that when you write down your to do list in bite sized tasks, they’ll become more appealing and not so burdensome.  Think about it.  What sounds better, “clean entire house today” or “kitchen, bathroom, dust, mop, laundry”?  Yeah, one sounds much longer, but at least you feel the accomplishment of getting parts done that move you closer to your overall goal being completed!

What’s one thing that you need to break down into bite sized pieces?

Monday Mom Tip: Put YOU on the Schedule!

I did it.  I scheduled a massage.  Well, not really.  I snuck and got a massage while my husband was at work.  Do I think he’d be upset if he knew?  No.  I’ve been saying I wanted and needed one for ages.  So I’m sure he’d be happy.  But I’ve decided to keep it my little secret.

So how did this all happen?  Well, I went to the mall to window shop and saw one of those “relaxation station” places.  You know, the place with a row of those ergonomic massage chairs?  I stood in front of their window display looking at the reflexology sign like a kid in a candy store.  A greeter came out and before I knew it I was getting a head, neck & back massage.  I’ll tell you what, that was the best 20 bucks I’ve spent in a long time!  I had to tip that lady because I knew she put some serious work in on my back.

The stress that we choose to carry (note my wording there) can be so counterproductive.  We worry about things we can’t control and it literally slows us down.  If we allow it to, it clogs our judgement, our timeline and our overall flow.  Ditch the worries, take some time for yourself and see your exponential growth!  Cast all your cares on the Lord because He cares for YOU!  So pull your calendar/phone/planner out and book yourself some YOU TIME!  You’ll be glad you did!!

Monday Mom Tip: Try Something New!

I’ve become a bit more adventurous lately.  I don’t know what it is.  I just don’t want to waste time wondering about “what if I’d tried…”  So I don’t!  I found it oddly liberating.  I don’t care too much about what people think in general (that old habit died quite a while ago), so it wasn’t much of a leap.  So ask yourself, what has been toodling around in that little mind of yours that you know you want to step out and do but keep putting on the back burner?  Take a leap of faith and try!  Disclaimer:  don’t do anything harmful to yourself or others.  I only keep bail money for myself.  Selfish, but true.  LOL!

Have a great day and let me know what you’re gonna try!

Tonya

Monday Mom Tip: Marvelous Meal Ideas!

Man, we had the best dinners last week.  I was really impressed.  For several reasons.  One was how good they tasted.  Another was that it was so quick and there was very little babysitting (watching a clock down to the second so you don’t burn the house down).  Everyone was happy & it was so versatile!

Meal 1
Rotisserie Chicken
Collard greens (98 oz)
Corn on the cob
Lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting
Yellow cake with chocolate frosting (someone is spoiled & got his own cake this time)

What’s so great about this meal, you ask?  It took about 30 mins!  We bought the chicken from Food Lion’s deli for about $7.  Collards came in the 98 oz bulk can (Glory Foods seasoned brand) for about $5.  Corn on the cob was Bird’s Eye 12 count for 2/$5 (we made the mistake of only buying one & had to go back for the next day’s meal for another-wonk wonk).  The cakes were about $1.29 at Food Lion and the frostings were the store brand for about the same.  Oh, I added some lemon juice to the cream cheese frosting to make it lemony.  Everyone liked it, but I thought it was a little bit too tart.  I’ll scale it back next time.  So the grand total for a meal for 5?  About $22 with tax included!  We usually pay $25 a pop for fast food, so who can argue with that??  The best thing is that the chicken was really big.  It was enough for a meal and leftovers.  The collards were HUGE & we are still not done with them!  I didn’t think to look at the number of servings.  The corn was enough for 2 meals and so was the cake.  Great deal, huh?

Meal 2
Super fast BBQ pork chops
leftover corn,
leftover collards &
leftover cake

How do you make super fast BBQ pork chops?  I’ll tell ya!
The most important thing is tenderizing and seasoning.  I use a premixed seasoning with no salt. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to both sides.  If you want to tenderize, you can use liquid tenderizer, powdered or just break out your meat mallet or use forks.  Either way, tenderize it well.

Then put it under the broiler on the lower rack on high.

This is where it gets fun.  Cook until it’s your desired color and ALMOST your desired firmness.  Flip and repeat.  You’ll have to gauge how long according to your preferences and your oven.  My oven is almost new but crazy, so I won’t give times.

Back to the recipe.  After you’ve cooked the chops on both sides, take them out, baste heavily as you like with bbq sauce then put back under the broiler on the top rack for a few minutes.  Flip the meat & repeat on the other side.  You want the sauce to create a good thick crusty glaze.  It may take 1-3 minutes per side.  Don’t burn your house down!!!

I use this method often and depending on the cut of the meat, the amount & brand of sauce and if I sought the Lord to put His foot in it, it’s divine!  They’re even better the next day reheated.  If you have any left.

Meal 3
Remember that chicken you had from meal 1?  Well maybe I should’ve told you to buy 2.  If you had leftovers, here’s some things you can do with it.  We call this type of meal the Scavenger meal.  It’s where everyone is on their own to make something.  We use the chicken for:

*chicken wraps
*BBQ chicken sandwiches (just add a little sauce on top, or cook on low on the stovetop until it’s rich and thick)
*chicken salad (chicken on top of a bed of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes & whatever else)
*chicken salad (the REAL deal with mayo, mustard, relish, etc.-eat alone, on salad, crackers)
*chicken & rice

Let me know if you’d like my recipes for that.  Shoot, it’ll give me a good excuse to make it again!  And I’m sorry I didn’t have pics to share.  Yeah…we at pretty much everything.  But hey, we got 3 meals out of a $22 grocery run!

Well, it’s time for me to go feed the little people again.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these tips.  Grab my book for more ideas, tips and tricks on making parenting less work and more play!  Thanks for reading and come back soon!

Tonya