Confusion is the Culprit

I like to pride myself on my ability to fit so many tasks into a 24 hour period while still giving my kids, dogs and hubby quality time but by the end of the day I am exhausted! I look and wonder how does an Oprah make time for meditation and dinner by 6 then I figured it out! She is never confused! I rise in the morning trying to figure out what the day holds for me, then I try to figure out what to wear and what I should do first have my coffee or meditate. By the time I try to figure all of this out I look up and I have no time for any of it. Thats when I realized, the happiest people have life figured out. Not the big stuff but all of the little annoying stuff like coffee or dogs.

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Since I came to this conclusion I decided it would be a good time to have a morning routine and an evening routine and everything in between can be what I figure out. Now mindlessly I wake up and get going with no thought and after a day of hard work and keeping my family happy and business thriving I come home to the mindless task of my evening routine. Mindless is the new way to be mindful lol!!

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To give you and example of how I’ve managed to go mindless my schedule is below.

  • rise and shine
  • take the dogs out and feed them (with 4 dogs this is pretty important)
  • drink 4 glasses of water
  • have my morning meditation time
  • have my morning coffee
  • write my to to do list which in the summer spans from 9-6pm and school year 8-245pm
  • get breakfast going for the kids and myself and eat
  • get me and the kiddos dressed after breakfast
  • take the dogs out while packing my car cooler
  • pack the car with snacks and things we need like backpacks during the school year
  • put fresh water out for the pups and give them a snack
  • Hit the road!! workouts fit into the hit the road hours

So morning goes so smoothly because there is no guess works and the kids and dogs are in sync with the routine. So from 9am to 6pm I am running around checking off my to do list or sitting at my laptop. I stop at noon and give myself a maximum of 2 hours for lunch but no less than 1 hour. We need time to decompress so we have to take time out to recalibrate during the day. I know this may be a luxury of the self employed or stay at home parent but even if you are an hourly employee and you get 30 minutes, take them and just eat and enjoy the sensation of your meal. I have been guilty of working past 6pm but I’ve come to find that I am worthless the next day. So that one or two extra hours I go over six, my kids miss out on time with me, I am cranky , tired, my husband gets snapped at, my dogs play time goes from 30 minutes of run and play to 5 minutes of rushed restroom time lol. So I then realized if I shut down at 6pm, I get more quality, family time and I am excited about the next day because my mind gets a break. At 6pm my mind shuts down and I go into auto pilot. In my to do list I have already chosen the dinner meal and during my day I have made sure I have all of the ingredients therefore making auto pilot awesome.

My evening auto pilot routine is below.

  • Stop all work related items at 6pm at the latest (preferably 5)
  • prepare dinner (this is homework time during the school year)
  • feed pups
  • laugh joke and play over dinner
  • take dogs out
  • clean up and put the kiddos in the bath
  • lay clothes out for kids and myself for the morning
  • get kids out of the bath and have cuddle time
  • put the kids in bed and kiss them goodnight
  • spend time catching up with Hubby watching a show or something
  • drink 4 glasses of water
  • shower
  • skin routine for face and hands and braid hair
  • journal, pray and give thanks for the best parts of the day and read a chapter from my novel
  • get to sleep no later than 10:30 pm to wake up at 6:30 am

Each of us have our own hours but I think a rough outline is always a good way to help jumpstart the new year new you! A new year and a new you doesn’t just have to be reserved for January first!

Happy Planning In Lisa’s Lane

Meals of the year Monday

I’ve noticed how well my life seems to go if I know what my family will eat. Meal planning sounds like some OCD persons way to make us all feel inferior but it is actually the cornerstone of leading a stress free life when you’re a parent.

Eating happens daily, only second to sleep in the amount you need. Your nutrition will reflect in every aspect of your life from your mood to the way you look. My menu this month is here!

My before school menu is a basic outline to choose from. If you’re wondering what goes into a breakfast pizza its a simple piece of toast or flatbread, marinara, mozzarella, meat of choice (we typically do sausage for the breakfast pizzas). Eggs are a great addition to any breakfast but my kiddos don’t eat them so I didn’t include them since this is my actual plan.


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Breakfast can be what you make it! Pasta gives the little ones something to burn as they start an active day

Monday- Pasta

Tuesday- Croissants, French Bread, Granola & fruit, Nutella or peanut butter

Wednesday- Breakfast sandwich

Thursday- Breakfast pizza

Friday-Donuts or pastries (treat day)

Lunch is known to be a bit more difficult because you’re typically packing and sending, but with the right containers lunch can be gourmet! The stay warm containers work for more than just soup. The make up of lunch for my kids is the main course, something salty (chips or nuts), a fruit, a veggie (celery sticks, carrots, etc…) something sweet (usually homemade cookies) and a juice. Fridays are always pizza day for my kiddos. I order a large pizza from our favorite pizza restaurant and freeze it in a stay fresh container and violá pizza for lunch box on Friday!

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Chop it up for the lunch box and add a dip

Main Courses for lunch

Week One- M-Ham (or meat of choice) and cheese sandwich, T- Spaghetti, W- Chicken and rice, Th-Veggie or Hotdogs, F- PIZZA 🙂

Week Two- M-Baked Potato, T- Chicken nuggets or strips, W- Macaroni and Cheese, Th- Ham(or Cheese)burger, F- Pizza

Week Three- M-Tacos, T- Chicken noodle soup, W- hot-wings, Th- sirloin tips and mashed potatoes, F- Pizza

Week Four- M-Hotdogs, T-Chicken Nuggets, W-Hot-wings, Th- Tacos, F-Pizza

Lastly, Dinner is where our creativity can flow! Throughout the rest of the Mondays I will include some of the fun recipes we use at our home to make mealtime fun and exciting. Lets start here with the outline of what a week in The White House looks like.

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Baked potato and chives

Monday- Soup and Salad

Tuesday- Croc Pot meal prepped in the morning (Tuesdays are our long days)

Wednesday- Indian or Mediterranean inspired meal (break out your cookbook or google if you don’t have any)

Thursday- Spanish speaking country cuisine from Puerto Rico to Spain to Argentina!

Friday- Dinner out on the town!

Saturday- Soul Food

Sunday- Seafood

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A little tea to help calm and digest before bed

I hope this simple outline can simplify your life!

Happy Eating in Lisa’s Lane!!

Happy New Year….Prep

So another New Year is upon us and we are hearing people talk about resolutions, how they don’t believe in resolutions or how nothing ever sticks. Well, I am here to tell you one sure fire way to make it stick…..commit to it!

This is your year! This is the year that you are going to get your marriage on track or get married, your going to lose weight, your going to go back to school, you’re going to buy a house, you’re going to run a marathon, youre going to become a minimalist, you’re going to move to another city or home, you’re going to do it! Now that I am in the year of 40 I get a lot of questions about how I feel about it and I had to do some reflecting. I feel amazing about it! I feel like my life I is where it is supposed to be therefore theres really no other way to feel. I also know the biggest reason it feels so great is because I set goals often and I don’t give up until I achieve them.

As we enter into the new year lets start working on setting a plan so 1 January we can be ready to enact them.

  1. Sit quietly with no distractions and think of what you want your life to look like and write each thing down
  2. Write down step by step how you think you will accomplish each one of those things
  3. Pick which thing you will focus on first, second, third etc…
  4. Add start date to your calendar and follow up with a date you will check your progress.
  5. Keep moving until life looks the way you want it to and don’t let distractions keep you away from your goals.

These are the first 5 simple steps to accomplishing a goal. Let’s get moving down Lisa’s Lane!

Gone with the wind in the New Year!

Clear the Clutter!

When we think of clutter we often think of that closet in the house that has a ton of things we always think we will need but never do.  That closet is full of clutter but there is another clutter that will probably drive you a little more insane and its right in the palm of your hand.  That phone of yours needs a detox.

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The closet of champions chaios

We often want to get rid of clutter but look for a time to get it ALL done.  Well heres a news flash….Rome was not built in a day and neither was your clutter :)!!  I had to get this in my mind to start the declutter process.  My clutter led me to the ultimate procrastination event.  I never had enough time to tackle the clutter in my house, or in my desk or in my phone or on my calendar.  Now I have a plan.  I call it my ABC Declutter.  There are 26 letters in the alphabet so I give myself 26 days to declutter, one letter a day.  I go through my phone and delete all of the A contacts I don’t use on day one.  I may decide to do A-E or just A but at a minimum I’ve done A.  Then each day I attack the next letter on my list.  I do the same with my emails.  I type in the letter A and I address or delete all of my “pending” A emails and then I move on to the next letter until I am at Z. Before you know it you’re all caught up!

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This works on your house too!

A=Attic

B=Basement or Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 etc until you finish your B’s then Bathroom 1 Bathroom 2 Bathroom 3.

C= Closets- Closet 1 Closet 2 then on to Cabinet 1 Cabinet 2

D= Deck, Dining room, Den etc

E= Entry

F= Floors, Fixtures, Family Room, Furniture (yep Furniture can be clutter)

G= Garage

And so on.  Map out your house and label each area then attack.  Declutter your phone, computer and electronics.  Figure out what to do with all of those photos in your phone.  Make a scrapbook or a picture book to share with friends.  If I know nothing else I know clutter can cause depression.  Clear out the clutter and that just may be the first step to a happier existence!

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Clutter Free in Lisa’s Lane!