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Brain Boosting Chocolate Pudding

Food 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!

Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes

Food for thought….

These kid-friendly sloppy joes are one of my favorite meals because they are filled with lean protein and veggies, are made in just one pan, and come together in under 15 minutes.  Plus they are delicious!  Kids love to help make and assemble them, too.  They can help chop the veggies (love this veggie chopper for kids), measure the ingredients and assemble them just how they like them. Enjoy!

10 Tips to Get Your Motivation Going

I just can’t get motivated.” Or, “It’s so hard to maintain motivation.” Sound familiar? I hear that constantly from my clients whether it is an adult trying for the umpteenth time to clean out an attic or from a student working on an English term paper. For them, it is less about disorganization or even time management and more about the desire and the will to begin or the effort to keep going. So how do we teach motivation? That’s a tricky one. Here are some strategies.

LESLIE LIKES: Justick by Smead Electro Bulletin Boards

Can I just gush for a minute? I love Smead. They just get it right. Every. Single. Time. So it was no surprise that I did a HUGE happy dance when they unveiled their new line of JUSTICK products. It’s a bulletin board (without the tape/pushpins/magnets/glue) AND a dry erase board!

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Best Organizing Apps for 2018 {FREE PRINTABLE}

15 Apps to Keep You and Your Family Organized

Do you have resolutions to finally get your life, home and family organized this year?  You don’t have to go it alone! These organizing apps and websites will help you with everything from emptying your inbox, to decluttering your closet. There is something here for everyone in the family; mom, dad, students and more.

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Time Management Tip: The To-Do List is Dead

Harvard Business Review came out with the results of a study on time management a few years ago. Basically it said that the to-do list is dead. The trick to being more productive is actually putting the tasks from your to-do list (in order of importance) in your calendar. Then you can slot the time for each task on a daily-weekly-monthly-yearly basis.

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Do We Ever Have Enough Time?

5 Tools for More Effective Time Management

We complain about it all the time. There is never enough time. Our time gets out of our control. And, we never get it back once it is gone. So much has been written about time that it is hard to know where to begin. Keeping up with all the new apps, gadgets, time management features on our phone or computer is a full-time job. Here are a few of my favorite time management tools to help you sort it all out.

energy bites

No-Bake Energy Bites

Food for thought…

No-Bake Energy Bites are the perfect brain boosting snack, breakfast or even dessert! Packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, they also are perfect for grab n’ go.  Using just a handful of ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and freeze really well. The add-in options are endless; from cranberries and dark chocolate chips, to shredded coconut and almonds there are options to please even the pickiest eaters. My secret ingredient when I make them? Dates! Love the little bit of sweetness they add!

time timer

LESLIE LIKES: Why Is the Time Timer the Best Timer for Students?

It’s the Most Effective Time Management Tool to SEE the Passing of Time

Most of us are visual learners. Managing an abstract concept like “time” is a struggle for most students. The Time Timer changes the game by helping you “SEE” time pass. As time elapses, the bright red disk quietly disappears, showing you how much time is left. No ticking! No numbers! Just a clear intuitive visual to help you see time move.

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Starting The New Year With Enough In 2018

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.