Monday, June 14, 2010

Cool Tips ->No Cooking Required

Check out these cool tips that don't require turning on the stove:

-->Cut up seasonal fruit and place in refrigerator. Grab some for snacking and to cool off
-->Pick up a rotisserie chicken for days of meal planning
-->Prepare a cool salad with lots of greens for lunch or dinner
-->Fix a veggie sandwich topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and slice of cheese
-->Satisfy your sweet tooth with store bought apple pie, no baking required

Along with these cool tips, always drink plenty of water.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gallery | Hydrangeas star on garden tour |

Gallery | Hydrangeas star on garden tour |

TGIF Tip: Stay Hydrated

As the temperatures rise across the country, plan to keep water with you at all times. There are lots of festivals, outside concerts, baseball games, and more happening around town. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you plan to be out and about for a long time, take along a small cooler filled with bottled water to carry with you or keep in the car to grab and go. Buy ice packs that you can freeze ahead of time to keep contents cool. The heat is on!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Organizing Your Closet

OK, I will admit that I am obsessed with the organization of my closet. My family and friends have seen it and are pretty taken aback with the way everything is neat and orderly. This past Sunday, I noticed I still had some long sleeved blouses from the fall. I was like, how did I miss moving them to the other closet until next season. It's done now!

As I was thinking of my blog post for today, I decided on organizing which is one of my favorite topics. Of course, the closet is one of those cumbersome areas in the house that most of us would like to organize and more importantly, keep it that way.

Here are 3 easy ways:

1. Use clear storage boxes: The uses for these storage boxes are endless. They are easy to stack on either the floor or shelves. Use them for your scarves, socks, belts, chunky jewelry, etc. Label each box with the contents inside for easy access to what you need.
2. Jeans: Do you have lots of jeans? If so, fold and stack them on a shelf. Go a step further and stack them by color ->dark blue, black, light blue, and embellished ones.
3. Tops/Shirts: Hang them according to the type of sleeves they have such as sleeveless, short or long sleeves. Keep each style organized down the row so you can easily scan the closet and grab from that particular section.

Alright, I bet you are probably thinking this will take a lot of work, but it really won't once you start organizing and arranging your closet this way. As you add more clothes to your closet, you will see how organized and functional your closet has become. Will this be on your weekend to-do list :-)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Frugal Tip of the Day

If you have to drive out of your way to get that sale item, you will end up using more gas in the long run. Purchase nearby and save yourself time and money!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Community Freebies

This summer, take advantage of free events in your community. In my city, we receive a local magazine that is filled with various events not only in the community, but in neighboring areas. I look forward to reading what events will be coming up and mark the calendar so I don't miss one. Also, most cities and towns have their own websites where you can check online for what's happening in the area.

Some events that are popular and free include:

-->Free Summer Concerts
-->Free Movies in the Park
-->Classic/Antique Car Shows
-->Community Festivals

Gather the family, friends, and neighbors and head out to some of these events. It's a great way to save money and to spend time outside. You can pack a picnic basket or patronize the local restaurants and vendors especially since you saved on the entry fee. Have Fun!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Exercise During Commercials

One of my favorite directors was Alfred Hitchcock. I am a huge fan of his movies and television series. I watch episodes of the series on Hulu. I noticed that Mr. Hitchcock was not a fan of commercials and would make comments when it was time to cut to them. I know just how he feels because I hate to sit through commercials and have noticed that they seem to be longer. I always turn to other channels until the show I'm watching comes back on.

For some time now, I have been exercising during the commercials. I place a set of free weights beside the couch and do several sets of arm exercises with them. I also do crunches, obliques, squats, and leg work until the show resumes. It's a fun and easy way to exercise during the day especially if you didn't make it to the gym.

I am always looking for sneaky ways to add exercise throughout my day and this will surely do it. Give it a try and I know you will see results. Why sit through boring commercials when you can exercise instead. Get started today!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday's Money Saving Tip

Most of us have a hand soap dispenser at the sink in our kitchen and bathrooms. I counted four dispensers in my home and I am guessing you probably have just as many in yours. So having to buy new dispensers for each location once the soap runs out can be expensive.

To save money, buy a big refill bottle and use it to refill each dispenser. If you have a dispenser with a front design that really fits the decor of the kitchen or bathroom, you may not be able to find it again. Thus, the refill bottle solves this dilemma.

I'm always thinking of ways to save money and hope you enjoyed this tip. Have a great day!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gallery | America's best beaches 2010 |

Gallery | America's best beaches 2010 |

Memorial Day Weekend

TGIF! I watched some of the early morning shows today and they reported that more people will be traveling this holiday weekend especially since the gas prices have gone down. I was excited by this news because so many of us have endured staycations as they are called in order to save money. I know the highways will be bustling with traffic, but it's going to be nice to see lots of people getting away for the long weekend.

I will be staying close to home and plan to catch a cookout in my neighborhood. The menu will include my yummy deviled eggs and tossed salad.

I hope your Memorial Day weekend plans entail fun in the sun along with good grilling. Please travel safely, wear your seat belt, and pack the cooler with plenty of water to stay hydrated. Oh yeah, don't forget the sunscreen. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Front Door Entrance Tips

I enjoy driving into my neighborhood and seeing the way several homeowners have made their front door entrances an inviting place. I wanted to share 3 tips to make your front door this spring and summer say Welcome, Come Right In.

1. Doormat: The variety of choices for doormats has expanded from just conveying the words "Welcome." My front mat says "Wipe Your Paws" and I you probably can guess why. I was a long-time dog owner of an adorable cocker spaniel who passed away last June. I still have the doormat in honor of his memory and thoughts of adopting another dog in the near future. There are many designs and themes to choose from when it comes to doormats. I am sure you will find one that fits your personality.

2. Potted Plants/Flowers: Choose some of your favorite blooming flowers in bright colors and add them in containers to your front door. I like using containers in case you have to move them around. Make sure you read the plant label to see if they require sun or shade. Take note of just how much your front entrance receives. The green plants will add just the right touch as well.

3. Wind Chimes: One of my favorites for the front entrance. I just love the chiming sounds on a breezy day. Again, the designs and themes are endless when it comes to picking the wind chimes that fit your lifestyle. The stresses of the day will melt away and give way to the relaxing sounds of chimes.

All these tips are part of my front door entrance. I enjoy seeing them when I pull into the driveway or come in from my walk. They truly say Welcome, Come Right In!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Positive Spin on Mondays

As Mondays go, this day can be a drag. The fun weekend is over and it's time to gear up for the work week. I find myself not dreading Mondays like I used to, but now putting more of a positive spin on the day. I look forward to making my to-do list of projects for the week and seeing the many check marks as I complete them. Here's a positive spin ->Add a smile to your face and I just know others will do the same, it's a bet! Have a great week :-)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gallery | Maya Angelou's garden party |

Gallery | Maya Angelou's garden party |

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Sending a Card or Letter

I enjoy the easy way we communicate with family and friends by email, social media, and e-cards. These are truly quicker ways to say hello and update what's happening in our lives.

On occasion, I like to surprise my family and friends by sending a card or hand-written letter by mail. Maybe someone has gotten a new job, needs cheering up, or just to simply say you are thinking of them. We all take that daily trek to our mailbox and most of the time we pretty much know what's in there ->bills or junk mail.

The price of cards and stamps have gone up, but most of us pay bills and such online so you probably don't use many stamps anymore. Plus, you can buy 2 for $1 cards at your local dollar stores or even Wal-Mart who has them priced pretty cheap too. The selections offer lots of themes to choose from as well. I just know you will find one that fits the right occasion.

When I have sent out cards or letters to family and friends, I get a call telling me how nice it was to receive it. Granted e-cards are just a click away, but receiving a card or letter by mail adds just that special touch you are trying to convey. Put a smile on their face soon!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Enjoy a girls' night out at the Ritz Carlton  |

Enjoy a girls' night out at the Ritz Carlton  |

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Black Actors Lose Work as Networks Cancel TV Shows -

Afternoon Energy Booster

The 3 o'clock drag has set in and you have a couple more hours before getting off work. Here is an afternoon energy booster to keep you focused and alert until the end of the work day.

Munch on some peanut butter crackers that you can prepare at home and bring to work. Simply spread peanut butter on two saltine crackers and put them in a sealed plastic bag to keep in your desk drawer. The peanut butter is protein-rich and a much better choice than a candy bar. Skip the vending machine crackers which have a lot more processed ingredients that are no benefit to your health. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Now back to work!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Time Saving Tip for Work Week

Did you have to pull out the iron this morning and press over the blouse, shirt, skirt, or slacks you are wearing today? Here is a tip that will save you some time in the morning.

Set aside an hour or so on Saturday or Sunday to iron your favorite pieces that you wear during the week. This will save so much time in the morning as you prepare for work. If you are running late, you may not give those khaki slacks or dress shirt the attention needed for a fresh look. By ironing on the weekend especially after you have laundered, will allow you to take your time and ensure your clothes are neatly pressed.

So break out the iron while you watch television or listen to music. This time saving tip will let you enjoy another cup of coffee before heading out the door. Happy Monday!