Tips for Family Dinners

Family dinners are super important. Whether you are a family of 10 or a couple with no kids like my husband and I, you can still benefit from a “family” dinner. For my husband and me, dinner time is the one time each day we know we can sit together and actually talk. Is it always easy to have a healthy, home-cooked meal? Not really, but here are a few “rules” that we follow in our house to make it easier so we can enjoy dinner more frequently: 1. Plan all the meals for the week on Sunday. Every Sunday afternoon, I sit down and create a list of 6 dinners we want to make this week (we plan for one night out each week. If you are just starting to cook dinners, try starting with 2 a week and increase from there). From that menu, I can create my grocery list for the entire week...

Kitchen Organizing 101

Why is an organized kitchen so important? When everything is in its proper place, time is saved and things are found.  This article will focus on the organizing ideas and tips for the kitchen and pantry as opposed to focusing on clearing the clutter from your kitchen. If you have a lot of items in your kitchen and not enough space, then a day of removing old and unused items may be necessary before you start creating a system of putting things in there proper places. Ideas for the Whole Kitchen Labeling – if you want to keep your kitchen put together than this is a must. Labeling is the staple of all organization. How else do you or better yet, your kids, know where things go? Group by Purpose – just like all other organizing projects put matching items together. The obvious categories are cookware, utensils, plates/bowls, mug/glasses, etc. Locate by Frequency of Use – try...

Kitchen Fairy

As a kid, I used to believe in the Tooth Fairy.  Every time I lost a tooth, I would carefully place that tooth on my dresser, and in the morning there was a quarter there in its place. For as long as I believed in her, so she kept coming. When I got a little “smarter,” I no longer believed, and the cash stopped coming. Now that I am older, I would like to get in contact with the Tooth Fairy’s sister, the Kitchen Fairy. Because my husband and I both love to cook dinner almost every night, we sometimes go to bed with dirty dishes on the counter. I would LOVE to wake up to find that the Kitchen Fairy has replaced the dirty dishes with flowers, or chocolates, or even a quarter. Anything is better than waking up to stinky, dirty dishes. So, if you are out there Kitchen Fairy: I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE! I...

Dinner Time!

People are busy. Multiply that busyness by four, five or more and you get a family. This is nothing new. Eating dinner as a family is something that should be a priority. Again, not a new concept. But does your family sit down for at least half an hour together a few times a week? We all know that it’s important (here’s some science) but there always seems to be something that takes precedence over a family meal. Whether it’s the kids’ baseball game, a work meeting or a new episode of American Idol there will always be another reason why you just don’t have time to sit down as a family tonight.   Dinner Time! If it’s not something you already do, start out small. Make it a goal to sit down all together two times this week. You may even be surprised that once everyone is together and the conversation is flowing that an...

Helping Kids Clear the Clutter

One of the best ways to get kids involved in picking up the house is to make them feel like they are being a big help. The key is to not make it feel like a chore but more like a fun activity. Here are some tips to make having a tidy house with children possible. Helping Kids Clear the Clutter Designate a special area for their toys. Get cool bins and baskets for them to gather their things in. If you can use bins on wheels these make getting toys from one area to another a snap. Buy colorful boxes to put on a bookshelf to store small toys in. Use hanging shoe holders to store arts and craft supplies, actions figures or Barbies. Make everything easily accessible. Get down on your knees and look around! Realize how everything looks from that level and make then make it easy for them. Bars in closets should...