Time saving tips

Time Saving Tips to Get You Organized

Springtime and extended daylight often inspire us to tackle the tasks on our to-do lists that have been looming for a while. But just when it already seems that there’s not enough hours in a day to get everything done, Mother Nature goes ahead and plays a little joke by springing forward the clock, taking with it one hour of our precious time.

And so in the spirit of springing forward this weekend, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get everything done with greater efficiency–in order to give you more time to spend focus on the people you love!

  • Write it down: Whether you choose to jot notes to yourself, utilize a date planner or calendar, or a handy reminder app, save yourself time in the long run by finding a handy resource that best suits your existing habits to keep track of to-do lists, chores, schedules, and important dates all in one place
  • Solve your “Twilight Zone” moments: If you often ask yourself, “Where did the time go?” paying closer attention to time wasters might reveal where you’re getting off track so you can identify routine changes that will prevent these issues from reoccurring. If you spend ten minutes a day trying to decide what to wear, try preparing a wardrobe for the entire week each Sunday night. If you’re regularly searching for a misplaced party invitation or important letter, consider creating a mail center to keep track of important paper items.
  • Create a personal timesaving policy: Take a stand against wasting time by always finishing projects to completion and thinking about what you can do in advance to save you time for when you really need it (like going through your mail every single day to prevent pileup or cooking double batches of food and freezing extras).
  • Multitask: Multitasking doesn’t mean talking on your phone while driving (it’s dangerous!) but it can mean taking that brand new to-do list and deciding what tasks can be accomplished together with a minimal amount of stops or cross-town driving. Taking care of smaller trips during your commute or on your lunch hour can offer great relief as well, without becoming burdensome.
  • Take 15 minutes a day: Set a routine of spending 15 minutes picking up around the house to prevent things from getting messy. If 15 minutes is too much to ask, try cleaning up during commercials or tackling one surface, drawer or cupboard per day.
  • Delegate, delegate, delegate: Just because you’re the list holder doesn’t mean that it absolves other family members of any responsibility. Watch for opportunities for other family members to alleviate you of unnecessary trips to the store, or teach them how to do household chores.

What’s your best time-saving tip?

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Easy, Adorable St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! As we look to celebrate this bright, cheerful Spring holiday, we thought we’d round up some simple, adorable St. Patrick’s Day crafts that you can do with your children or grandchildren. To accomplish this task, we perused some wonderful blogs and discovered these great ideas, perfect for spreading a little luck o’ the Irish!

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

 

Here are the great blogs where we spotted these awesome ideas:

1. St. Patrick’s Day Hat Craft from Alpha Mom

2. Fingerprint Rainbow Pot of Gold Craft For St. Patrick’s Day from Sassy Dealz

3. Rainbow Chain Craft For St. Patrick’s Day from Sassy Dealz

4. Shamrock Headband from Molly Moo

5. St. Patrick’s Day Clover Placecards from Chica and Jo

6. Shamrock Bouquet from Sweet and Lovely Crafts

We hope that you have a sham-rockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

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First Day of Spring Mood Board

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The first day of spring has arrived! That time of year when we can finally exhale the remnants of winter frost and inhale the fresh buds of spring. This season is full of beautiful transformations. The grass becomes greener, the temperatures warmer and our outlook brighter. It is great seeing folks out and about, whether they are working in their yards, washing the car or just taking a long walk. Or how about the smell of fresh, cut grass, listening to the chirping of birds and enjoying longer days . There are so many wonderful things to celebrate about spring. What are some of your favorite memories of this season?

In the mood board: Somebunny Special Talking Card from American Greetings

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Spring Recipes to Awaken Your Taste Buds…

With the first day of Spring just around the corner, it’s time to stop simmering comfort food in crock pots and start serving up those healthy, delicious in-season fruits and vegetables from the produce aisle.  Or, better yet, browse your local Farmer’s Market!

Here’s a rainbow of spring recipes that truly capture the essence of spring.  And best of all, with a variety of dishes from breakfast through dinner, your Easter menu is nearly complete–just be sure to include your favorite dessert!

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Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

This is a soon-to-be family favorite that can be prepared the night before your Easter brunch or simply for Sunday morning…with leftovers you’ll love on Monday.

Tomato Basil SkewersAmerican-Greetings_tomato-basil-skewers

For a quick, colorful appetizer or just a healthy snack, you can’t beat this 10-minute treat that’s easy to make and fun to eat.

AmericanGreetins_strawberry-and-spinach-saladStrawberry and Spinach Salad

This five-star salad will instantly get you in the spirit of spring…and carry you right through summer because you’ll crave it again and again.

Roasted AsparagusAmericanGreetings_roasted-asparagus

No spring dinner is complete without the season’s star vegetable and ultra-healthy superfood—with whole body benefits that range from anti-aging to pain relief!

American-Greetings_tangerine-glazed-hamTangerine-Glazed Easter Ham with Baby Carrots

In an effort to bring you the best Easter ham ever, this recipe has been hailed “beyond delicious” and the one that may finally convert your non-ham fan.

 

Bon Appetit…and bring on the sunshine!

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