Why Paper Planning is Making a Powerful Comeback

I’m going to get right to it. I’m a paper planner girl. Always have been. Always will. There’s something about putting pen to paper that makes me feel organized, time managed and yes, in control. And it seems I’m not the only one. In our high tech world, paper is making a comeback— and in a really big way. And not just for adults, but for students too!

The WSJ’s recent article, The Tech-Savvy To-Do List”  focuses on the trend of

Set Up a Yogurt Sundae Bar!

For a quick, no-cook, delicious, brain-fueled breakfast or after-school snack, set up a Yogurt Sundae Bar and let your kids build their own parfaits!  The best part about it is you can adapt this to whatever dietary needs your children have! The possibilities are endless!

Here’s what you need:

Yogurt: Greek, flavored, cashew, coconut, even low-fat frozen will do the trick.

Fresh Fruit: Strawberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, raspberries and blackberries work best.

Nuts/Dried Fruit: Almond slivers, chopped pecans, walnuts, pistachios, chopped apricots, cherries, raisins.

Seeds: Chia, flax, pumpkin and hemp are healthy additions (I mix this with chocolate sprinkles to get a spoonful in every time!)

Breakfast Cookie In a Mug

Print Recipe
Breakfast Cookie Mug
For a quick, delicious, brain-fueled breakfast on the go or after-school snack, you can mix this up the night before and just pop it in the microwave when ready.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minutes
Servings
mug
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minutes
Servings
mug
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large microwavable mug, mash banana well with a fork.
  2. Stir in peanut butter, milk and honey. Mix well and mix well.
  3. Add in oats and raisins, stir until combined.
  4. Microwave for 45 seconds - 1 minute, or until firm to the touch on top. (Cook times may vary, based on your microwave's wattage)
  5. Enjoy warm!
Recipe Notes

Cook times may vary. Please keep a close eye on your recipe while it is cooking to prevent it from overflowing or becoming overcooked.

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Raising a Resilient Kid: The Power of the Praise!

raising-resilient-kidPersistence is a hot topic in my house these days. With a freshman in college I will spare you the details. But I’m thinking it’s a huge topic in many of yours. We all want to raise a resilient kid. Call it what you want — determination, persistence, diligence, even motivation — we know that it is essential for success in school and in life. Since this is such a huge topic, I’m going to spend a great deal of time over the next few months exploring ways to build this skill in your student. Stay tuned for an announcement on a brand new webinar surrounding this topic.

Are You Paying Attention?

are you paying attentionI am finding it increasingly difficult these days to pay attention. I mean truly paying attention. And I know that I am not the only one! Now my husband would say it’s because I have so much on my plate — between a busy family and business my head is pretty “full”. But I think it’s more than that. I find myself more distracted of late – reading, meetings, phone calls, even simple conversations take an enormous amount of effort for me to stay focused. If I had a dime for every time one of my kids said to me “I told you that already!”, I would be rich.

Do We Ever Have Enough Time? Tips and Tools for Managing it All

We all complain about. We never have enough of it. We lose control of it. And, we never get it back once it is gone. So much has been written about it that it is hard to know where to begin. I know for me keeping up with all the new Apps, gadgets, features on my computer or phone is a fulltime job. Here are a few of my favorites to help you sort out the never ending supply of tools out there.

This Burrito Will Power You Through Your Day!

Print Recipe
Brain Boosting Burrito
While so many breakfast wraps include eggs, this one relies on black beans for protein. Perfect for your student to grab n' go if they are rushing out the door in the morning!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fill a whole wheat tortilla with a 1/2 cup each of cooked black beans and sliced, roasted peppers, along with a sprinkling of shredded cheese, salsa and chopped cilantro.
  2. Roll up and store in the freezer, wrapped in plastic. In the morning, remove plastic, wrap loosely in a damp paper towel and microwave 3 minutes.
  3. For added protein (major brain fuel) add a scrambled egg to the tortilla!
Recipe Notes

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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.

Chocolate Pudding for a Healthy Brain?

chocolate-pudding-with-avocadosWe 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!