Organizing your Pantry

When the extra Christmas decorations begin to feel like clutter and the daylight hours are short, it is the perfect time to organize. Cupboards are like junk drawers – they need regular attention or things become lost and unused.

When you feel that organization motivation coming, seize the day and tackle your pantry!

Try this step-by-step guide for creating a little peace when you open your cupboards.

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What to do when you have too many things on your plate

Don’t know where to start?

One way to reduce the stress and anxiety produced by an overcrowded schedule is to complete things systematically before you start new projects.

Review your calendar for the week, the day or even the hour. Then pick one item you need to get done or one decision that you can make in five minutes or less. Make a phone call? Send an e-mail? Decide what to have for lunch? Go for a walk?

Once you’ve finished it, cross that item off and say out loud: Done! No matter how small the task, give yourself credit for completing it. As your list shrinks, your sense of control and competence grows. One success sets you up for another.

Source: Recharge in Minutes, by Suzanne Zoglio, PhD, TowerHill Press

Clean As You Go: Managing the Meal-Prep Mess

InTheKitchen_3The homey goodness of family life is most often nurtured in the kitchen. Here, we gather to savor delicious meals together and enjoy relationships that matter most important to us. Unfortunately, because the kitchen is Grand Central Station to both food and family, it’s one of the hardest areas to keep clean.

A chronically messy kitchen doesn’t promote peace and calm, and trying to cook among a clutter of dirty dishes is downright overwhelming – especially during the holidays. That’s when baking special cookies, preparing more elaborate meals and taking on other traditions can seriously undermine the cleanest of kitchens.

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How to Pack Healthy Kid Lunches

Loading up lunchboxes for school can be a breeze, or it can wreak havoc on your morning routine.

Need a few tips on smoothing the process? This Modernmom.com article by Alicia Rockmore & Sarah Welch offers shopping suggestions, ways to make healthy foods fun, tips on what to pack, and more. They even give ideas on encouraging kids to make their own lunches. Three cheers to that!

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Dream Dinners Stores Featured in Their Local News

Our North Richland Hills, Texas store, owned by Cindy Dunklin and Staci Harris were featured on the Dallas/Fort Worth local news channel, CBS 11. The story includes customer interviews and video taken in the store. Cindy and Staci say the experience was a lot of fun and they were glad to participate. Click on the link below to see the full story on the CBS 11 web site. Don’t miss the video!

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Boston Globe Tells Story About ‘Hassle-Free’ Meals

According to this Boston Globe article busy families are shopping differently at the grocery store, purchasing more pre-prepped items in order to get delicious and healthy dinners on the table. This includes taking advantage of services like Dream Dinners for the convenience and quality, as well as saving time and money on their food bills.

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Back to School – Making the transition

Parenting & Kids | September 10, 2009 | By

School has already begun for many families, with some starting as early as mid-August.   Others are just getting back, but no matter when you start, there’s always a bit of an adjustment to the new schedule.  We found a great article online with useful tips anyone can use to get through the first few weeks, or anytime for that matter.  Our favorite is #1!

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