Menu plan Monday – looooow maintenance grub

Easy peasy, Japaneezy. That’s the theme for this week’s menu because my inlaws are still in town, we’re still out of the house sightseeing for much of the day, and heck, I’ve still got a three-month-old. Photo by hervioletsky MONDAY: chicken pot pie TUESDAY: carbonara WEDNESDAY: stir fry (our Wednesday night staple) THURSDAY: veggie red (read more…)

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Inbox: empty! Now – my 5-steps to email efficiency

Photo by swardraws Two beautiful sights. First from my iMail client: Notice the lack of a number next to ‘Inbox’? That means it’s EMPTY. No emails. And now for GMail: Three wonderful words. Empty all e-mail inboxes. Check. Now it’s time to devise a workable system that will prevent umpteen-jillion emails sitting in my in-box. (read more…)

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Funkifying cans into colorful pots

Problem: Terracotta flower pots are expensive in this country, and I’m not big on the plastic kind. I can recycle cans, but then they’ll look ugly. Solution: Scrapbook paper and Modge Podge! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for what I made today… the beginnings of our burgeoning urban balcony container garden. Step 1 – Empty the (read more…)

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Slaying the e-mail inbox dragon

I admit it – I have let my e-mail inbox get the best of me. I like minimalism and simplicity, and yet I do not delete e-mails for some reason unbeknownst to me. Maybe I fear as soon as I delete it, I’ll need it. Maybe I think one day I’ll want to re-read certain (read more…)

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Hooray for coffee!

Photo by Yes Becky This is a great find from my all-time favorite household management tool – the internet. It’s a free Starbucks Recipe E-Book. Here’s to saving money by making overpriced-yet-scary-how-many-times-they’re-necessary espresso drinks at home! HT to Money Saving Mom.

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