summertime pasta salad

Summertime Pasta Salad for Kids

Foods for thought…

Pasta salad is always a kid pleaser and it’s great for hot days when you just don’t want to do much cooking. This kid friendly recipe is full of fiber, protein and healthy fats and is perfect for lunch, dinner or even as a snack. It can also be altered to your child’s tastes and dietary needs. Definitely keep this one salad on the rotation for summertime!

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LESLIE LIKES: Magnetic Twist Ties

Organize your cords and keep them tangle free!

You need these in your life! Simple as that! If you are anything like me and your cords and wires are a jumbled mess then these magnetic ties will be a lifesaver.

My son just came home from college for the summer and with him came dozens of wires and cords for every device, gadget, electronic instrument, charger, etc.  I couldn’t stand looking at it so these little guys did the trick. HIs cords are not only organized BUT he knows which ones are which. Win win if you ask me!

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10 Organizing Tips for Tackling Senior Year of High School

School, homework, activities, jobs, SATs, college search, friends… When you are a senior in high school your time is managed pretty well—by everyone other than you! Here are some sure fire tips for staying organized during your senior year.

Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your college visits, after school activities, class assignments and application due dates. Include a row in the planner for “College” so that you can plan your essay writing, SAT studying with your class assignments and exam dates.

egg muffins with veggies

Easy Egg Muffins with Veggies

Foods for thought…

These Egg Muffin Cups are the perfect solution to your busy mornings. They can be made ahead of time, frozen and are a healthy way to start your day. Life is busy enough, so make things easy on yourself and give these a try!

Brain Boosting Chocolate Pudding

Foods for thought…

We all know our kiddos love chocolate pudding. Heck, what adult doesn’t? But all that sugar?? Not the best for a healthy brain. Try my version made with my secret weapon…AVOCADOS! Avocados are one of the best brain foods around and it makes such a smooth and delicious pudding that no one will realize all the sugar is missing!  This is seriously so good!

LESLIE LIKES: GRID-IT! Cocoon Organizer

Grid-It holds items and gadgets firmly in place

I travel a lot and would be lost without this Grid-It award-winning organizer! It really is the perfect solution for gadget organization on the go.  I love that it’s so easy to slide my chargers, phone, iPad, ear buds, and more into place and then toss the whole thing in my bag. The rubberized bands hold everything tightly and securely in place. No more digging through my bag to find all my stuff; everything stays right where I need it.

Amazon Faves & Raves – Top Picks

It’s Time for Our Annual Organizing “Product-Palooza!”

It’s no secret that the team at Order Out of Chaos loves organizing products! We have spent hours researching, testing, and trying out some of the newest and most popular products out there.  To make things easy for you, we have created a page on Amazon called “Our Amazon Faves and Raves” that have all of our top picks! Each of our team members has picked one of their absolute favorite products to feature this month.  Check them out, let us know what you think, and let us know what your favorite products are by emailing us at info@orderoochaos.com.  Happy organizing!

due app

LESLIE LIKES: Due App

Never Forget Anything Again! (I like the sound of that!)

February is Time Management month so I’m sharing one of my favorite time managing apps, Due App! Our schedules are busy and our plates are full – it’s so hard to keep track of everything. I love a paper planner of course, but sometimes we need additional reminders too.

Chocolate Banana Power Muffins

Foods for thought…

We’re all about saving time – especially this month! And these muffins do the trick! These Chocolate Banana Power Muffins are a full of protein and fiber and make an easy grab and go snack or breakfast. The best part is that you can easily make a double batch (48 muffins!), freeze them and have plenty saved for when you need them.  No more grabbing frozen waffles or processed granola bars as you run out the door!

Starting The New Year With Enough

It’s the beginning of another new year. And if you are like me, you always start the New Year off with good intentions. Then, if you are REALLY like me, you open the freezer; see the ice cream and well… So this year I decided to be easy on myself…and my family. I’m not striving for perfection. Far from it. Just Enough. Organized enough (yes, even me!), good enough, exercise enough, done enough. You get the idea. No more resolutions or unobtainable goals that set us up to fail.