Mommy Mondays: Organizing 101

I am the queen of organizing in this house. I’m one of those freaks that likes to do laundry, organize my closet and absolutely everything has its place. I would post a few pictures up here, but I’m writing this from my hotel room on the road…. not much to organize here. I am sure I will go back and add pics to this post, so stay tuned!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve checked into it, and luckily I am not showing any OCD-like traits in relation to my organizing, but every now and then I come close…. my poor family! Really, you can ask them…. I’m tiring when it comes to picking up the house.

There are different levels of organization. Not everyone graduates to a black belt. Organization is only as difficult as you make it. And, you can only be as organized as you want to be. Make the decision to organize and I can help you through the chaos.

ORGANIZING 101

1. Pick your Battles: This is critical if you have children. Your house will never look like a museum, EVER. Instead, identify the areas of your home that you can keep under control and focus on them. If you have a toddler, this may be nothing more than your locked pantry and your closet, but it’s a good start. I focus on my work station, my dressers and closet and the kitchen counters.

2. Don’t Get Buried: A little bit goes a long way. Taking 5 or 10 minutes each day to focus on cleaning can help avoid a 2 hour cleaning tirade during your precious weekend hours. I try to focus on my closet space in the morning, my work space throughout the day and my kitchen counters once the kids are all in bed. Little bits of time can really add up and make you feel accomplished.

3. Organizing Tools: Hangers, boxes and files, oh my! Stock up on organizing tools. No need to spend a fortune. A lot of stuff you can grab at the dollar store for cheap or you may be able to use items you already have as storage containers. Stop by Pinterest for tons of ideas. I always have hangers laying around and I pick up storage boxes on sale at my local TJ Maxx. Every now and then, I splurge on some high dollar storage displays, so my storage also counts as decor! Winning!!

4. Geek Out: Figure out a method to your madness. Is it color coding that flips your bic? Do you like to file by size or store stuff by category? Whichever system you create is probably going to depend on what it is your focusing on and what your personal style may be. My closet goes by type of clothing (work, play, dress up), my desk goes by size and function and the counters go by category and most used items.

5. Controlled Chaos: This is where you get creative or lazy, if that’s your style. I won’t judge. Being as organized as you want to be is really knowing where your crap is! If you prefer an “eclectic” organizational style AND you know where everything is located, then you my friend are as good as gold. The goal of organization is to decrease stress and to make items easily accessible. Everyone’s “organized” is uniquely their own!

 

*** Talk to me: What do you use to help yourself stay organized? ***

 

 

 

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Veggie Supreme Pizza Casserole

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I have had to do some out-of-town work this month. I don’t know how the Rockstar does it all the time. I miss my little family so much when I am on the road…. although I do enjoy the bit of time I get to sprawl out on a king-size bed and shower as long as I like. I guess it has its perks.

To keep the family from calling up our old friend (the pizza-delivery man) I tried to prepare some healthy options before I hit the road. Along with the usual weekly food-prep (fruit for smoothies, hard boiled eggs, chicken, chopped veggies, etc.), I made up a great big dish of this Veggie Supreme Pizza Casserole.

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This dish can be prepared and baked immediately or it can be refrigerated until it’s time to cook. I ended up cooking it right before I left for the sake of photography, but I’m sure the Rockstar could have handled it on his own.

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Warning: This is so good, it will be hard to avoid second and maybe even third helpings!

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Veggie Supreme Pizza Casserole
serves 6-8

1 box of whole wheat penne pasta
2.5 cups of shredded mozzarella (divided)
3 cups of pasta or pizza sauce (divided)
1.5 cups of stewed tomatoes (divided)
2 cup of chopped green peppers (divided)
1 cup of diced onions (divided)
2 cups of mushrooms (divided)
0.5 cups of canned jalapeños (divided)
0.5 cups sliced black olives (divided)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Prepare pasta as directed.
3. Place half of the cooked pasta in 9 x 12 baking pan. Layer on half of each ingredient listed (I did the sauce, followed by the cheese and then all of the veggies).
4. Layer on the other half of the pasta and then another layer of the remaining half of each of the ingredients listed.
5. Bake uncovered at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
6. Cut and serve.

Feel free to adapt this to include your favorite toppings!

*** Talk to me: What is your favorite combination of pizza toppings? ***

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Mommy Mondays: Mom Jeans

When I was a teenager, had you of told me that “Mom Jeans” would be in style, I would have laughed in your face, sorry Mom.

I spent a solid 10 years wearing jeans so low that I pretty much qualified for many of the plumbing companies across the United States. I helped keep the name brand denim companies in business. A lot of us ladies did. We were slaves to what was in style…. and might I say, I’m glad it was only too-low jeans, in comparison to some of the clothes (if you can call them that) that these girls are wearing today.

Now that I am a Mom, I thank the Lord that this “high-waisted style” is all the rage. I can bend down to pick up a toy and not expose my hind-end to my toddler. I can sit at a restaurant and not worry that my booty is on display. Heck, I can even go commando without anyone knowing! The possibilities!!!!

And ya know what?! I look good in Mom Jeans. Thank God! We all look good in them!

The Mom Jean is making its comeback and here are some of my picks for the affordable, yet stylish, options on the shelf now:

5. Old Navy: Women’s High Rise Soft Pants ($35)

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4. Levi’s: Super Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($60)

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3. American Eagle: Hi-Rise Jegging ($20 – $60)

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2. H&M: Jeans High Waist ($35)

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1. Old Navy: The Rockstar High Rise Skinny ($32)

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****Tell me: Old or new, what are your all-time favorite pants? Brand, cut, fabric and color…. I want to know it all!****

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