One of the many things I am passionate about is not wasting things. In our home we try not to waste food, water, or electricity. In regards to food, we prepare foods the family likes. We encourage taking smaller portions and having seconds or thirds if more food is desired. Nobody minds leftovers, but sometimes they lose their appeal. Usually Tuesday or Wednesday is when I take inventory of what’s leftover in the fridge. Here’s what I made this week with what needed to be used up: vegetable platter: zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, and radishes. Kept out on the … Continue reading Using up Leftovers
I’ve had many people ask me for a daily home organizing challenge. I happily complied and have been posting them on my Facebook page. Then it dawned on me not all Klutter Koach followers are on Facebook. Hence, I will post the challenges here. Each one takes 15 minutes or less. I practice what I preach so I am also doing the challenge right along with you. Here is what we’ve done thus far: August 10: The Purge Purge Empty out that purse, bag, or backpack. Throw out trash, put non-necessary items where they belong, refill the bag, and you’re … Continue reading TKK’s Daily Home Organizing Challenge
I wish summer reality would be like the nostalgic memories of my youth: refreshing water activities , cold treats, fun outings. I cling to these images while I shvitz in hot, humid weather while multi-tasking, managing squabbling children and afflicted with itchy bug bites. However, these petty summer nuances can dissipate in an instant. Illness, terror attacks, and even someone’s kvetching can put these smaller issues into perspective. When trying to process distressing events the only place to turn for solace is to Hashem (G-d). Only the Master of the World is there to hear me. How does one connect … Continue reading The Best Freebie of All: Prayer
Last summer I thought we had to move. Luckily, we were granted another year in the same apartment. However, now the apartment is for sale by owner (we rent, not own). We aren’t moving tomorrow, but it’s going to happen … Continue reading Moving is Hard!
Welcome to all the new olim who arrived on this morning’s Nefesh B’Nefesh flight! 100 °F weather is probably making you wonder what you’re getting yourself into, but don’t dismay. The temperature does cool off… eventually. My biggest aliyah tip of the day is to stay hydrated. Water, juice, water with petel, shlookim, artikim, juicy fruits, more water. If you don’t know all the terms I mentioned find some downtime and read the back issues of The Olim Files. A few more tips: air conditioning, sun hats, visors, sunblock, more water, taxi splurge (this was the best 15 shekel I … Continue reading The Olim Files #18: Welcome to Israel!
Warning! Warehouse club mentality is hazardous to your aliyah. Let me explain what this means. It means don’t buy in bulk or x-large quantities ever again. THERE IS VERY LITTLE STORAGE SPACE IN ISRAEL. I REPEAT: THERE IS VERY LITTLE … Continue reading The Olim Files #17: Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality
I should be in the kitchen cooking for Shabbos. I should not be writing a blog post, however I had two moments of organizing inspiration today. The need to share is overtaking the logic of prioritizing what I should be … Continue reading Friday Mussing: Mixmatched Socks and Reusable Bags
I must confess. I don’t like cucumbers. Neither do I like peppers. Considering they are both healthy and inexpensive I tolerate them though don’t prefer them. If I find these vegetables in a salad, I may eat them or I … Continue reading Be True to Yourself
The school year ended a few short weeks ago, yet the stores are already starting with the back to school displays. I cannot think about back to school…it’s only July. Whether you avail yourself of the early-bird sales or not … Continue reading School’s out for summer. What do I do with all those papers?
No matter where on the planet we find ourselves, there will be occasional headaches, stomachaches, and other minor discomforts. If your favorite standbys for these ailments have been Tylenol, Pepto, or other OTC medications you are going to need to … Continue reading The Olim Files #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication