We’re made it to the end of the long, hot summer vacation and it’s BACK TO SCHOOL. Here are some suggestions as a mom and (former) classroom teacher. Since kids generally have to choose between socializing and eating they will … Continue reading The Olim Files #25: Best Snacks for School
Moving is often both a STRESSFUL and EMOTIONAL experience. My family has moved four times in the past nine years so I know all too well. Prior to a move and the brain has a zillion ‘tabs open’ so it’s … Continue reading Moving Checklist: The ‘OPEN FIRST’ Box
There are all kinds of clutter: physical, emotional, and cyber. The easiest one to tackle is CYBER CLUTTER. With the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger you can do a quick clean up of an inbox or … Continue reading UNSUBSCRIBE, LEAVE GROUP, DELETE
Baby, it’s hot outside. Maybe not fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot but hot enough that I thank the Almighty that air conditioning was invented and grateful ours works. Regardless if one is having fun in the sun or chillaxing indoors with a mazgan … Continue reading The Olim Files #23: Summer Sizzle
Soon it will be Purim with much to do to prepare. If you haven’t already discovered the sanity-saving benefits of using a checklist, here’s the perfect opportunity to try one out. Why is my checklist different from all other checklists? … Continue reading Purim Checklist 2019
Have you ever heard that the saying that things often get worse before things get better? Think: childbirth. Think: Kitchen in the midst of being turned over for Passover. When you are in the middle of either of these scenarios … Continue reading Playroom Makeover: Before & After
Last night the wind was fiercely blowing. I had hung my laundry out to dry earlier that day. Hours later, a family member alerted me that the laundry was whirling around reminiscent of the tornado scene from Wizard of Oz. … Continue reading How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?
Things can be overwhelming especially when there is a lot on our plate. Sometimes having a friend, a buddy, or a ‘koach’ gets us past the feeling of overwhelm and allows us to move forward. A poem: I have so … Continue reading Overwhelmed
The frustrated shout of “Maaa!! These aren’t my socks! They’re _’s (fill in name of family member). Sound familiar? When different sizes are difficult to tell apart there is often some mix-ups. Right? It makes sorting laundry a nightmare. This … Continue reading Avoid Clothing Mix-ups by Labeling
I am always looking for ways to save time especially when it pertains to the kitchen. It doesn’t matter if I’ve seen a tip previously as I always find a list to be a good memory jog. Here are 7 … Continue reading 7 Tips for Saving Time in the Kitchen
Are you one of the multitude who’ve hopped on the downsizing bandwagon and purged your closet keeping only what sparks joy? The Konmari craze of decluttering exploded worldwide with Netfix’s show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. If you have been … Continue reading I’ve Konmari’d My Clothes…Now What?
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is known as the New Year of the trees. This day marks the season in when the earliest-blooming trees Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. This year … Continue reading The Olim Files #20: Tu B’Shevat and Midterm Report Cards
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to different eating programs. Whether it is no sugar-no white flour-no meat-plant-based-Keto-McDougall-Macrobiotic-candida-South Beach-or the sea food diet (I see it, I eat it). I have come to the conclusion that everybody=every body is different and there is not a one-size-fits-all diet for everyone. I thought I had created for myself a new diet called the 80/20 Diet, but after doing an internet search found the concept already exists. What is boils down to is eating healthy 80% of the time and 20% of the time foods I should avoid. For me I feel … Continue reading The 80/20 Diet
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
Busy/Moving/Marriage/Baby/Downsizing /No Time/ Stuff Everywhere? All reasons everyone needs a home organizer. Win a free hour. Contest is open to residents of R/BS only. Enter by June 29, 2018 If you want to enter but not on Facebook you can … Continue reading It’s CONTEST Time