Friday, January 28, 2011


Well my first order of business today is to wish my stepson Kelly a Happy Birthday.....Got lots done yesterday , Kimberly came up after work and she took me to White Spot for dinner and she had packed a bag so she had a sleepover , still sleeping in but it is her day off so that is okay... Those days of going to tell you kids it is about time you got up are long gone.. Enjoying my tea and then off to the Dungeon to get an order out for Kimberly to take down to Victoria to deliver for me. One more sleep and Grumpy is home can hardly wait...

Here's what you need to make these delicious

Corn or flour tortillas
Hard taco shells
Refried beans
Ground beef
Taco seasoning and a pinch of cumin
Sour cream
Lettuce, shredded or finely chopped
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Tomatoes, diced
Can of Refried Beans
Lightly cook some corn tortillas on a griddle or in a heavey skillet.
Easy, frugal, and YUM
Fry some ground beef with onions and season with your favorite taco seasonings and cumin
Assemble Double Decker tacos by spreading a thin layer of refried beans over a corn tortilla. Place hard taco shell on tortilla and wrap so beans are between the tortilla and the taco shell.
Layer in taco the seasoned ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, shredded cheese, and diced tomato.
Here is your last organizing challenge and it is a bit different then the rest I am going to call it :

Top 5 DeClutter Tips For Moms... just what you need!
If you are a mom, you know how busy your life can get running after your children, keeping your house tidy, carrying a part-time-job (or full time), preparing varied yet delicious meals, and the list goes on and on. It is amazing, isn't it, how quickly your house can look like tornado went through it! You told yourself before your first child was born that your house would NEVER become one of those houses where you raised your eye-brows upon entering at the clutter and toys everywhere, but lately, you stand in your own door way and shudder at the mess before you! Read the 5 incredible declutter tips for moms below, and take heart... it is not impossible to once again achieve that clutter-free sanctuary called home!

DeClutter Tip #1. Discuss.
Have a conversation with your partner, children, and whoever else calls your house home. Acknowledge that a cluttered home is rarely the result of only one person, and rarely will one person be able to fix the problem alone. If you take a few minutes to explain that what you want, why you want it, and that you could use their help, you can go a long way to getting to that point. And remember, encouraging and persuading will get you much further than nagging and being accusing. In your discussion, be sure to ask for your family's input on practical storage locations for popular items. For example, what you may think is a perfect spot to put a bucket of dinky cars may be too difficult for your son to reach, or too impractical (in his minid) for him to easily remember!
DeClutter Tip #2. Plan.
Start with small, achievable goals for your family. Be realistic, and start small with the intention to expand. Aim to clear one area and get yourself and your kids in the habit of ensuring it stays completely clutter free. This is your Clutter-Free Zone. It can be a counter, your kitchen table, or the three-foot perimeter around the couch in your family room, whatever you and the kids decide. Have your kids help you ensure it stays clutter-free by enlisting their help monitoring the "Clutter-Free Zone" and ensuring that nothing can be placed there that is not actually in use. If you are creative, you can turn this declutter tip into a game!
DeClutter Tip #3. Teach.
Teach your kids where things belong. If you teach your kids where things go and get them into the habit of putting them there, your house will begin to look much more organized. A few decluttertips for Moms who are rather messy themselves:
1) set an example and get into the habit yourself
2) be very patient! Your kids (and you) may not learn the habit overnight, but the patience and effort will be WELL worth it!
The long term effects of teaching your kids to live uncluttered lives are worth the short term pain.
DeClutter Tip #4. Implement.
Implement the Pre-Dinner Pick-Up Plan (Also works with Pre-Bedtime, or Pre-Movie Watching, etc.) Before dinner is served each evening, assign different areas for you and the kids to pick up. For example, you could take a basket into the living room, pick up everything that doesn't belong there and take the items to the proper rooms. Your kids can put the toys in the play room (and any that have drifted into the hall) back into their proper places. If you enforce this routine strictly for a month (and yes, your part too), soon it will become habit! Your call of "dinner in 10 minutes" will soon mean "start cleaning up"!
DeClutter Tip #5 Encourage.
Build a Rewards System. Get yourself a sheet of small stickers for your calendar, and for every day your child keeps his/her room (or the playroom) organized, he/she gets a sticker. 7 consecutive stickers equal a prize.
Declutter tip for moms whose own bedrooms and rooms are a disaster?
Create a reward system for yourself! You know what you like, and be strict enough with yourself to follow through!

Children are a blessing, yes, but their mess is often aggravating and stress-inducing, especially when a neighbor drops by expectantly. We tend to feel embarrassed that our houses are full of clutter and wish there was a way to turn out cluttered homes into peaceful and orderly havens. Your household can be clutter-free once more, but your family needs you, Mom, to lead the way!
These tips are the tip of the iceberg for ways you can begin decluttering your home, but they are 5 incredibly valuable ones. It's true that most people are able to conquer their clutter with some persistence, determination, and a firm plan in place.


  1. Any tips for decluttering my mind??? lol

  2. Let me work on that.. I am sure that I can figure something out....