Friday, June 29, 2007

Quick tip #1 - storing jewellery

Look at this great tip I found in my MissusSmartyPants newsletter this week.

Dear MSP,

I was just reading my Flylady e-mails, and saw the bit about organizing our accessories. I thought I'd share one of my favorite ways: a martini glass!

I dangle my earrings along the brim, and inside the glass I put rings, some of my post-earrings, etc. It looks cute and really helps me find the earrings I want to wear. :)


I like this idea for a couple of reasons:

  1. The stem of the glass means it doesn't take up much space.
  2. It's cute
  3. It's see-through so you know exactly which rings are in there.
  4. It uses the item in a very different way.
Do you have some interesting ideas to store jewellery?

(BTW, I'm still looking for a great way to store watches)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Organising my green bag

Views from the front and side

Corrie asked me how I organise my bag and while I talked about it before, I'm going to tell you about this one specifically.

1. Before I buy any bag, I empty out my current handbag in the shop and repack it in that bag to make sure it all fits. This is because my spatial ability is ...well... non-existent so I might think it will all fit and I'm disappointed when I get home and then I have to return it. All a big waste of time.

2. I like a pocket on the outside for keys and a flat pocket somewhere else - either on the inside or on the other side of the bag. The flat pocket is for pens (I'm not carrying the blue pencil bag anymore), my flash drive, my tiny calculator and my gym card.

3. Of course on the inside I must have a pocket for my cell phone and

4. My planner must fit, together with my makeup bag and gorgeous green wallet. Notice how I have a see-through make-up bag because I don't like to scratch around.

How do I keep it organised?

  1. Everything always goes back in its place.

  2. I clear out my wallet every weekend.

  3. Of course, I update the planner hourly so that is always up to date too and I do a quick review every night.

  4. It is just big enough/ small enough for everything I need so I can't cram it full of junk.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

WFMW - remembering pills

When I’m trying to get into a new habit I link it to something I already do (like eat breakfast), so that’s when I generally take all my vitamins. But it’s such a habit that I’m on auto-pilot so I can’t remember what I’ve taken and what I haven’t.

I measure out enough of my normal vitamins for the week in a special box so I know that if it’s Friday, there should only be 3 of each if I haven’t taken them yet.

I’ve had to start taking some extra tablets recently and had to keep counting “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc” to check whether I’d taken them already.

To help me remember, this is what I did.

I wrote the days of the week in permanent marker on the plastic side of the blister pack.

So far, it’s working for me :-) For more great tips, visit Shannon

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tacke it Tuesday - spring-cleaning the blogs

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

If you've been reading my tackles regularly, you'll know that I've been tackling a lot of e-clutter and computer stuff. To read more, click the Tackle it Tuesday label at the bottom of this post.

This week, I decided to spring-clean the blogs.

1. First, I changed my description in my profile. Have you noticed?

2. Then I tackled my Take Charge blog.

  • I changed the template (yet again - what is this, the 4th this month) and colours. I'm actually quite happy with it now. You see, I'm quite fussy. While I don't like boring, I also don't like too busy a look, which will detract from my message. I think my look now is simple but happy - I'm going for that abundant, technicolour look because that's what I want in life, and what I want for you.
  • I also tidied up each and every section of my sidebar. I eliminated the MANY categories I had and simplified them to about 10 - 12 (too lazy to go count).

3. I'm very aware that this blog is an organising blog and as such, I want it to have a simple, uncluttered feel. It should be pleasing on the eye but still reflect my minimalist style. If you've worked with me, you know I'm all about quick, easy, simple solutions and the blog should be the same. Yes???

  • So on this blog, I also went through each and every sidebar element, checked if I was happy with the order of the links, descriptions, etc.
  • I also made separate sections for organising your finances, organising your desk, organising your inbox, resource lists, etc. As I feel the need, I'll add more.
  • And I added my badge of honour :-)

So that's it for this week.

What do you think?

Go visit 5 minutes for mom for more great tackles.

Now THIS is what organising's all about

I received a WONDERFUL testimonial from Victoria Roberts, a Fund Manager in Johannesburg.

"I enjoy getting my weekly e-mail tips because becoming better organised is not
just a once-off affair. I need constant reminders to declutter my life and
manage my time better. I especially liked your simple definition of clutter: "Anything I don't use/ don't love/ doesn't make me feel at peace" . A while back you also asked an extremely valuable question "What's not serving you?" which gave me a much-needed push to make some life changes.

In essence I think the reason why your tips are so helpful, is that you also address the psychological and emotional side of disorganisation - you understand that it affects our feelings of peace and sense of achievement. Something as
seemingly unimportant as disorganisation ultimately results in our unhappiness
because it makes one feel out of control, tired and depressed."

You can see that Victoria TOTALLY gets it; it's not just about getting organised; it's about the effect of organisation in your life.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Menu plan Monday - 25 June 2007

Visit my free stuff page to download your menu planner.

Last week, I followed my menu plan the entire week - woohoo. I don't have a very busy week like last week so things are relatively calm :-)

Marcia’s chilli, rice and carrots

Stirfried beef, veggies and noodles

D – out
M – soup and a roll

Chicken peri-peri, potato bake and carrots

Out to friends for supper

For more Menu Plan Monday participants, go on over to Laura's blog and don't forget to download your menu planner.

Have an organised week!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I'm a rockin' girl blogger

The very-generous Lorie over at Creating memories for a lifetime nominated ME for a blog award. Ahem, this is my first blog award and I'm very chuffed (SA'n word for happy/ pleased/ etc).
Thanks, Lorie - you inspired me to write a post all about you but I will send you the link once done.

Now, as is the blog tradition, I'm to pass on this award and the gorgeous pink button to some other rockin' girl bloggers.

So, without further ado, my nominations are...

Military Mommy Blog - Michelle has a fantastic sense of humour, writes beautifully but more than that, she is so sweet, prays for me and loves food like I do!

Let's Talk Organizing - if Suzanne had to have an alternate career other than being a professional organiser, she could be a stand-up comic. Honestly. Whenever she emails me, I end up laughing crazily at my computer.

A Coach for Life - I love how Jen is so real. Honesty is a very attractive characteristic for me and Jen is very "this is me - take it or leave it" while still being such a sweet, sweet friend.

Corrie Haffly - new blogger I've just met after discovering her blog last weekend. She writes awesome posts on Getting Things Done, is super-organised and does such cute comic strips. Go have a look :-)

Now, go pass on the lurve...

Friday, June 22, 2007

My handbag obsession

I was tidying up my e-clutter when I found these photos. This is a handbag I bought in PE on the Knysna trip.

Gorgeous, isn't it?

No, I didn't sell this one!!! My word - I'm not crazy.

And I'm almost ashamed to say I now own about 18. That's how out of control this bag-buying thing was. They all spoke to me and said, Buy me, Buy me.
Don't you also hear the voices??? :-) What are your voices about?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Creative financing

Remember this post where I told you about my handbag obsession?

All of these

equals this beauty!

My husband told me to take out insurance on it and I actually considered it for a few minutes!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Works for me Wednesday - storage for small bathroom

Works for me Wednesday home

Loooong ago, I posted about the smallest bathroom in the world - mine!

As you can well imagine, storage is a problem so we do a couple of things to maximise the space:
  1. we use a shower caddy for shampoo, shower gel, soap and so on
  2. I keep hooks in the shower for facecloths and loofah sponges
  3. I keep a medium-sized plastic basket in the shower for my cleaning supplies
  4. I have hooks just outside the shower for the towels (you can just about see the towel if you click my original link)
  5. I use this 3-tiered plastic basket. A vegetable rack would serve the same purpose.

Top - all my make-up (in lots of containers to keep the space organised). The purple mesh bag is if I have appointments after work and I have to take some of my "serious" make-up with me

Medium - lesser-used items, some hair stuff, etc.

Bottom - spare toilet rolls

What kinds of solutions do you have for small spaces?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Mr Muscle

My best friend in the kitchen - Mr Muscle!

They make it so strong that I throw out half, fill with water, so I get two bottles for the price of one.

Tackle it Tuesday - articles

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

This week I tackled some business functions I've needed to do for a while:

1. Fixed up my article organiser spreadsheet to make updating it easier
2. Adapted two blog posts into articles
3. Emailed 5 articles to my virtual assistant to submit to article directories
4. Wrote a brochure for tonight’s function – nothing fancy – put some testimonials in place, added my logo and picture, put some of my winter specials and my services on the back and voila! all done.
5. Organised my blogging for the week document so it’s all neat and tidy again.

And now, I need to start working on this week’s weekly tips!

Go visit 5 minutes for mom for more great tackles.

Do stop and say hi - I love to hear from you!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

When I grow up, I want to be

Suzanne! She is a whiz at Outlook - honestly, I stand amazed :-)

I've just checked Google Reader and I see that Suzanne's posted my favourite Outlook tip of all time.

Menu plan Monday - 18 June 2007

Last week I stuck to my menu plan the entire week! Woohoo.

This week I have a very busy start to the week so I have to be very organised with my planning.

Cooked the chicken curry and made another batch of these muffins. I swear they keep getting better and better (this is the 3rd time I'm making it).

Have a 5:30 appointment with the biokineticist and my hip-hop class at 6:30 so busy busy busy
Rice with mince & vegetable stew

Hosting a table at the Women in Finance monthly round table event. If you're going to be there, please come over and say "hi" - I'd love to meet you.
Marcia - supper included at event
Dion - ricotta and spinach pasta; garlic roll

Just a hip-hop class but Dion has an event after work, so I'll be having...
Lentil & vegetable soup; garlic roll

Roti (indian flatbread - I buy at the store) & chicken curry (recipe works better with only 200g lentils or omit totally) (made tonight)

Healthy chicken & mushroom pasta

For more Menu Plan Monday participants, go on over to Laura's blog.

Have a great week, everybody. And here's to weight loss all over the blogosphere.

Friday, June 15, 2007

No kidding!

You Are Not Messy

You're so clean, people have accused you of being a clean freak!

You like things tidy, organized, and smelling fresh.

Messes drive you crazy, especially when you didn't make them.

It's hard for you to live with a slob - or someone who leaves their dishes in the sink.

I couldn't resist another one of these.

Actually, I do get quite messy when I'm working on something but you have to spread things out, don't you. It does all get tidied away afterwards.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Frugal gift ideas - bookmarks

I love books and I also love bookmarks - I have stacks and stacks and of course, I read many at one time so I always have about 3 that I use all at the same time.

I first saw a bookmark like this at a craft market in Cape Town, bought one and then decided to make my own. So I did.

I present exhibit A.

this is what they look like when they're in the book

You can give them to people on their own or together with a book. I've now made peace with the fact that I'm a book person and I love giving books as gifts. In fact, I get a kick out of being the one to give babies their first book (you can never start too early) :-)

Sometimes I give them together with a book; sometimes I don't. What's nice is you can make them in favourite colours, different sorts of beads, etc.

Annie, don't forget to send me your address.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Works for me Wednesday - drinking water

We all know that we need to drink more water but it can be really difficult at times, especially when it's cold (like it is here in SA now).

But why should you drink water anyway?

  1. Clearer, more moisturised skin
  2. More energy and vitality
  3. Cleans impurities from our systems
  4. Flushing out of fatty acids (essential for any weight loss programme). We also tend to mistake hunger for thirst!
  5. Proper metabolic functioning of body organs and processes
  6. Better brain function
  7. Less headaches
So some of my tips to make drinking water easier:
  1. Make it a goal to drink at least 6 glasses a day, preferably 8. I know 6 is non-negotiable.
  2. Fill a bottle early in the morning and again after lunch, and make sure you get through all of it.
  3. Exercise - it will be no problem to drink more when your heart is pumping and you're hot.
  4. Have a glass with breakfast, lunch and supper, and then another glass before you have your tea, coffee or Coke (whatever your drink of choice is).
  5. Have a slice of lemon or orange in your water, if you want to live on the wild side ;)
  6. Drink your water in a glass with a straw. Somehow it makes us think that we're drinking something fun and you'll see how easily you drink your water.

These things must be working for me since I've been drinking 2L water daily since 1998 (it was my goal that year).

How much water do you currently drink daily and what are your tips?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I've been tagged to tell my quirky personal policies

Lorie tagged me for this personal quirky policies meme - I have no idea why she would think there is anything weird about me ;)

But I like being tagged (most times) so here we go:

  1. I don't go to baby showers. I used to suffer through them, hating every moment, until one day a few years ago I thought, "hang on a sec - life is too short for this". So now, I graciously decline the invite and depending how close I am to the person, will drop off a gift and visit with them separately. Oftentimes, the event organiser will invite people just to make up the numbers. Or is this just a South African thing?
  2. I have an obsession with handbags. Honestly. If I see someone with a gorgeous handbag, I have to get all the details. Some people think I'm crazy but if you're also handbag-crazy like me, you totally understand! Next time you see me hurrying towards you with a glazed look in my eyes, it's your handbag.
  3. I don't feel compelled to accept just any invite (see number 1). "No thanks, I have something else planned" is good enough. And sometimes that something else means I am vegging in front of the TV catching up on Dr Phil. Aren't boundaries wonderful?
  4. Water is my favourite beverage. I always have a bottle with me. Always. I even have water when we go out to eat but then I get fancy and I ask for lots of lemon ;)
  5. I purposely choose routes that enable me to drive freely, even if they're a bit longer because I hate being behind other cars. The twist on this is if you're driving in front of me, best you drive fast or I'll go another way so I don't have to be irritated behind you.
  6. My highest value is freedom and I base basically all my decisions on this. I'm just happier that way. I choose jobs this way, ministry work this way, everything. Trust me - I get really crabby with too many restrictions.
  7. I have to wipe down my kitchen counters with Mr Muscle before and after I cook anything. I border on obsessive with this. It's that microbiology thing!
  8. I don't like having a blogroll of favourite blogs because I don't want anyone to feel left out. I see my link on some blogs that I don't read regularly and it makes me feel bad. Me - Ms "Guilt is a Wasted Emotion". Now is this weird or is there anyone out there who understands? I actually need to get over this.
  9. I don't allow any eating in my car. I like it spotless inside (where I can control it) because the rain messes up the outside. And it's black so it looks disgusting when dirty. People often think my cars are newer than they actually are because the new car smell lasts very long. And that makes me very happy.
  10. I used to go back and read each and every blog post of any blogs I subscribed to. I used to start a Note in Outlook with the Blog name and keep updating like "Start reading May 2006" or whatever. Sadly for the sake of my sanity, I am no longer able to keep up with the madness on most of them but on photography/ creative blogs, I still do the same.

Lorie, you probably wish you hadn't asked!

I'm tagging

  1. Suzanne, the queen of quirk (you know I mean that in a good way, don't you?)
  2. Michelle (because she's so funny - I saw you're already tagged but this is just for emphasis!)
  3. Annie (because she's so sweet yet is a control freak with driving like I am)
  4. Beth (because you can't be that together all the time, now can you? :) )

Tackle it Tuesday - web stuff & e-clutter

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

This week I tackled some web stuff and e-clutter that I needed to do:

  1. I did some website changes – added the client testimonial and the booking sheet for my next workshop.

  2. I deleted lots of documents and photos that I no longer needed (that I’d already blogged or read) from my hard drive and flash drive.

  3. And this is a biggie. I wrote my weekly mailing already. This usually goes out on a Wednesday. I write weekly tips that help busy people have more time, less stress and a more organised and fulfilled life.

Every week, I think that it will just take me 30 – 45 minutes to send out and I end up spending hours sending it out. So this week I had to do something different.

It’s not the writing that’s the issue. It’s all the HTML detail – making sure that all the correct words are bold and that all the links are in the right places.

I’m a bit perfectionistic with this so I check everything obsessively before I send out. Sometimes simply because I left it too late, I don’t pick up everything I should. Now something like the hyperlink underlining a space after the word might not really matter, but if I have the time, then I’d like it to be correct.

This is a bit of perfectionism I’m working hard to overcome because I mean really! If my subscribers are looking that hard, then they're probably missing my message, right?

Anyway, this feels really good because now I can relax and do easier business work the rest of the week. I suppose it's a matter of eating my frog but on a weekly basis.

If you want to sign up for my weekly tips, there is a box in the top right corner ----> where you can enter your details. You also get a free Organise your Home e-book as a thank-you when you join.

Eliminate electronic clutter

You know how it is when the seasons change and the shops start stocking gorgeous, new clothes. I get very excited, don't you?

Dion and I have been buying some extra warm clothes but we have a house rule - we have to get rid of some things BEFORE we bring new stuff into the house. Or if we really couldn't resist, then as we pack the new clothes away, we have to unpack some other items to give away.

That is my number ONE decluttering tip - one in, one out.

Have you had a look at the pile of clothes we decluttered recently? I do the happy dance when I can give things away – seriously!

I use the exact same principles to keep my inbox, digital photos, PDF and other documents under control.

Here are some other tips to eliminate electronic clutter:

1. Make time daily to delete emails.
I've told you before that my goal is to delete 100 emails daily so I go through my inbox, sent items, folders, etc. every couple of days.

2. When you download photos from your digital camera, choose the best ones there and then and delete the rest.
I don't know about you but I usually take about 3 or 4 pictures if I can (if the subject is not moving) so that I can choose the absolute best pictures.

**Bloggers, once you've published your post, delete the photos from your hard drive.

3. If you download checklists, forms, recipes and e-books regularly (like from my site), set aside some time to regularly go through your folders (!) to delete the ones you no longer find useful.
When I read e-books, I make a note of the ideas to implement and then delete the PDF file unless its really something WOW or I've paid for it. This tip applies to PDF files, Word and Excel documents.

The only things I don't delete with such ruthless abandon are the tools, checklists and e-books that I've created ;)

4.Make a date with yourself for 15 minutes every week (starting this week) to eliminate your electronic clutter.
By the way, have you noticed I've made a new section on the sidebar to help you get control of your inbox.

What other ideas do you have to keep electronic clutter at bay?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Menu plan Monday - 11 June 2007

Last week went very well from Mon - Wed. We had Wednesday's leftovers on Thursday and the pizza as planned on Friday.

I've been cooking up a storm today - muffins and some other food for the week.

So since it's been two weeks that I've planned and not made the spicy lentil tomato sauce , I'm going to pretend I'm one of my time management clients, prioritise it this week and cook it on Monday ;)

Baked potatoes with spicy lentil tomato sauce

Stirfried beef in a satay sauce, veggies and rice

Healthy Cottage Pie

Peri-peri chicken, rice and pumpkin

Boerewors rolls (We had a braai (barbecue) and still have some meat to finish in the freezer)

If you're looking for low-fat, healthy recipes, visit my other blog. The main dishes are all low-fat but the desserts are not! However, you can make anything better by using fat-free or low-fat milk, less sugar than the recipe calls for, etc.

For more wonderful menu ideas, visit the participants over at Laura's blog.

Have a great week everybody!

Friday, June 08, 2007

3 ways to keep your blog reading under control

Just as an aside, I can't believe I have a category called Blogging. I'm blogging about blogging - who would have thought?!

Blogging is so much fun and the reading is even more fun. But if you don't have a system, it can get overwhelming very quickly. Especially if you've made lots of friends and you're in a blog community.

Laura asked a question about how to eliminate blogs from your bloglines account (for me, that's Google Reader because I am a RAVING fan ;) ) and instead of hogging the comments like I sometimes do (sorry, guys!), I decided to write a post.

I told you before about my blogging system but here is the link - just read the first 3 points, especially number 3.

Now specifically on reducing the number of blogs, I:

1. Start with a goal in mind
When I decide to add blogs, I ask myself if they are aligned to my values, principles, etc. Stay with me! I like blogs that are uplifting but real, not too fluffy, organising (of course!), photography blogs, some humour (but not crude) and some parenting.

Part of this goal-setting process should be a number that you will not exceed, whether it's 50 or 100 blogs. Because when you have a goal, you have something to aim at.

2. Categorise in your Bloglines or Google Reader account
My current categories are Blog Love, Urgent but not important, Friends and Still Deciding.

Blog love - must read these every day

Urgent but not important - mainly business stuff like Hellomynameisscott, Guy Kawasaki's blog and my own ezinearticles feed so I can see when they publish articles I've submitted online. I also subscribe to some coaching blogs so I can see what other coaches are up to. You need to know what's out there and what your niche is talking about!

Friends - obvious. Although, I have only met 1 blog person in my life. And I am the only one of my real life friends who blog. But I like to think I have lots of bloggy friends now

Still deciding - obvious too. If I click through a link and like what's there, I quickly add to Google Reader and monitor it for a while. Some of these eventually move through to blog love or friends. Others I unsubscribe from.

I find that when I put feeds in this folder it doesn't feel like I'm committing to them and swearing undying loyalty. So it's easier to unsubscribe from the feed.

3. Maintain
If you decide that you want to have x number of feeds (for me, it is 40 at the moment but remember I am ruthless - I have to be otherwise I'll go crazy), then stick to it and schedule some time every week to go through.

Link it to something you do regularly (like menu planning) so that it becomes a habit.

When you declutter the feeds, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I look forward to reading this blog every day?
  • Is this a blog I tend to just "mark as read" without reading?
  • Is this aligned to my values? I'm Christian and while I read lots of non-Christian blogs (in fact, mine is not really a Christian blog but I hope you'd never find anything offensive on there - let me know), if something obviously goes against my morals and ethics I don't read anymore. I'm only reading 2 of the 30 blogs I started reading 18 months ago - all the rest I found too crude, mean, etc.
  • Do I enjoy relating to this person? I think this is where many of us get a bit lost. There's nothing overtly wrong about the blog or the person so we feel uncomfortable with not reading anymore. I don't have many close friends in real life although I'm friendly with everybody and I think it's more or less the same in the blog world.

I have a happy medium for me. I will unsubscribe but if I see a comment or a link from that person on another blog I read, I click through now and again and see what they're up to. So I'm sort-of in the loop (oh, so-and-so had her baby, or whatever) but not involved on a daily basis.

And with that, I'm off to declutter my Google Reader ;)

What other great tips do you have to keep your feed reader under control?

Other interesting posts on blogging
Limiting blogging time or just click the blogging label at the bottom of this post

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Out with the old...

Now this brings me joy, big time!

My husband decided to get rid of some clothes and shoes so that there's space for new stuff. I made a rule - no more expanding to the guest bedroom so we have to contain our clothes to the master bedroom's cupboards ;) And no, I'm not mean - I'm practical :-)

And of course, our gardener and Bea's 3 kids benefited so all in all, everyone wins.

Ask the organiser - telephone/address books

A friend, Tracey, received this question from one of her readers and so she asked me for some ideas.

I am starting a new telephone book. I find that as I add more names to my list it gets more difficult to find them because they have not been entered in alphabetical order. What are some effective ways to create one's own telephone index that can be added to as new names come up?

Now remember that I'm a paper gal so this is what I said:

Microsoft Outlook is of course the easiest option. It is easy to update, delete AND you can print out the pages if you want a hard copy. I use this for all my business stuff - clients, prospects and contacts (that's another blog post all on its own).

For a paper-based system, this is what I suggest.

1. You can write in pencil only. I did this for a couple of years but I didn’t use a normal pencil – I used the pink, purple and blue lead from Pentel – just so my address book would still look pretty :-)

And then I could categorise (now I’m doing the happy dance) with a different colour for each set – purple for church people, pink for friends and blue for family.

2. For the main telephone book that lives on my entrance hall table, what I personally do is write my real friends (people you’ve been friends with forever) and family in pen and any new ones in pencil for now, so you can erase if you don’t need the numbers any more OR you can just put a sticker over those ones. I don't like the stickers though.

3. For the yearly telephone pages in my daily planner, I use pen for the permanent names and post-it notes if it’s only going to be for a couple of months . So to give you an example, my gynae would be in pen but the lady I was arranging my new carport with is on a post-it note. (I just looked in my planner now for examples).

4. If they've allowed three pages for a section (let's say J-L), then I use one page for J, one for K and one for L. So at least the names under each letter are together.

This is what works for me.

What kind of system do you use?

Monday, June 04, 2007

What's in a name?

I think part of my bloggy dilemma about whether to have two blogs or one has been this name thing.

I told you I just jumped into blogging without much thought about names and URL's and so forth.

Now I don't feel like the blog's original name, Marcia's organising tips, was all that me so when I read how Ali called me "Marcia, the organising queen" in the eating out meme, I laughed out loud because I loved the name.

So what do you think of the name?

Or can you give me suggestions for a better name for this blog? And the description underneath. The "mad ramblings of a psychotic organiser" is courtesy of my husband - he is crazy ;)

I'm open to all and any tweaks...

BTW, I'm also looking for a name and description for the Take Charge blog

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - 4 June 2007

I only stayed with last week's menu plan from Mon - Wed. Hopefully this week is a bit better ;)

What I've done is planned quick meals because I have gym two days, going to see The Lion King on Tuesday and I have a Discover Yourself coaching session on Thursday.

Oh, a lot of you commented on the potatoes in the stirfry - here, I took a picture for you.

Anyway, back to this week.

Asian chicken, stirfried veggies and rice

Chops and mashed potatoes

Low-fat creamy pasta (with plain yoghurt instead of cream) with chicken and mushroom

Baked potatoes with spicy kidney bean sauce

Sandra's pizza (I made some yesterday and prepared a second pizza to save me time on Friday)

Easy oatmeal cookies - to-die-for (really)

For more wonderful menu ideas, visit the participants over at Laura's blog.
And now I'm off to my date!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Now THIS is a cool blog

I've just been catching up on my blog reading and I found something cool over at one of my favourite bloggers, Sweatpantsmom.

Now this is a seriously cool blog and turn up your speakers - there's some lovely music too.

Enjoy your weekend!