Techie-Tuesday-GraphicI’ve read somewhere that watching those silly cat videos actually boosts productivity and mood.

I’m not really a video person, but I do have a slight addiction to Pinterest. OK, it’s more than a slight addiction.

So I’m using Pinterest’s power for good. I created a board called Things That Make You Go Awwww. Whenever I find a picture of a small, fuzzy animal or a cute baby smiling, I pin that picture.

The purpose behind the board is so I can pull it up and look at cute pictures and pull myself out of a funk.

Does it work?

Today it did.

I was in the middle of a good pity party with my favorite guests Negative Thoughts and Self-Doubt. It was quite the affair. Since I had run out of lives in Candy Crush, I sat down at my laptop and went to Pinterest. Immediately a picture of a puppy appeared, and I remembered my board and my plan.

As I scrolled through all the puppy eyes, mommy animals snuggling baby animals, baby smiles, and kitten antics, I could feel my spirits lifting and the pity party ended.

A few minutes of free therapy.

Give a try. Below is a link to my board Things That Make You Go Awwww, or you can create your own. Let me know how it goes!

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I’m running out of ideas for meals. Spaghetti, tacos, baked chicken. I think I cook these every week, and I’m bored!

I’m not a big fan of cooking in the first place. I’ll eat a sandwich anytime. My family? Not so much.

For inspiration, I decided to dig through the ole recipe binder. It’s full of recipes I’ve printed and collected over the years. Judging by the stains on this one recipe, it used to be a favorite. It’s so old, however, that it’s not on Allrecipes.com anymore!

Chicken Fajita Pasta Toss

Now I remember why it was a favorite! Everyone enjoyed it. It’s a little spicy, so adjust the amount of green chiles to your liking. I also used a pre-chopped onion/bell pepper mix I found in the produce section to save time.

It just goes to show you never know what you’re going to find in those recipe binders and cookbooks shelved away. Crack one open today and revive an old favorite.

Below is the recipe I used for dinner last night. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

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Chicken Fajita Pasta

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Fajita Pasta

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. vermicelli or thin spaghetti, cooked, drained, and kept warm
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. diced green chiles
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package of fajita seasoning mix

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. Add onion, bell pepper, and chiles; cook, stirring frequently 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the taco sauce, water, and fajita seasoning mix.
  5. Pour mixture into skillet with chicken and vegetables. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  7. Add in pasta and toss.
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Beautiful title, right? It took me 30 minutes just to come up with that. Summer brain, am I right?

I was finally getting my routine down as a new SAHM. Then school ended, and now I’m a SAHM with kids underfoot ALL the time. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my kids. I just haven’t spent this much time with them solo because up until nine months ago, I was a mom that worked outside the home full-time.

Routine CoverI do have an announcement though. I’ve recently launched an Etsy store where I’m selling planning pages.

These are pages I’ve designed and use to help me plan my day, stay on routine, and plan my grocery shopping. Now I’m making them available on Etsy. Check them out.

I hope they will help you as much as they’ve helped me. The Shopping List alone has saved me 30 minutes in the store.

For my wonderful friends, I’m offering you a free sample. Spread the word!

Click here to download a sample.

 

 

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3030 Pic-1Do you have a hard time staying on task? Or do you need help breaking up a large project into smaller chunks? Get more done with the free 30/30 App by the developer Binary Hammer.

It’s claim to fame is that “You have never experienced a task manager like this!”

The app features a gesture-based interface, is clutter-free, and can be completely customized. It will sync with iCloud and notify you as it moves through the task list.

I use it to repeat a schedule of focusing on work and then stretching and walking around. I’ve used it to make a cleaning schedule of the house with each task corresponding to a room.

I can think of some other uses:

  • Repeat a schedule of study time and break time.
  • Break a big project into smaller parts and schedule times for them with breaks in between.
  • Schedule brainstorming time.

I like the clean interface and the icons and colors used to customize the list. You can also pause the timer, add five minutes, and rearrange the tasks. That way the app can work with your ever-changing schedule.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. The 30/30 App is available for free from iTunes.Techie-Tuesday-Graphic

 

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Teacher Appreciation FiestaNational Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, but our PTO decided to celebrate a little early this year. We sponsored multiple events throughout the week to bless the teachers, administration, and staff. From Muffin Monday to Donuts on Friday, it was a week of treats and sweets.

I’m sharing what we did in case you need inspiration for your upcoming Teacher’s Appreciation Week:

Muffin Monday – Stocked the teacher’s lounge with various muffins.

Tuesday Breakfast – Arranged a breakfast buffet: sausage biscuits, breakfast casseroles, fruit, yogurt, juice, and coffee.

Wednesday Massages – The PTO arranged for a sports medicine clinic to provide 10-minute chair massages to the teachers.

Thursday Luncheon – This year was a fiesta theme. Lunch was catered from a local Mexican restaurant, and the menu included fajita meat and fixings, taco meat and fixings, stuffed shrimp, and bean soup. Parents donated desserts, and the PTO decorated the auditorium, provided drinks, and organized the event. There were also favor bags with highlighters, Sharpies, Expo markers, and Hot Tamales candy.

Friday Donuts – Stocked the teacher’s lounge with donuts.

In addition, the room mothers recruited volunteers to bring breakfast or lunch to their teachers during the week and sit with the classes during lunch so the teachers could eat with each other or alone. There was also a gift theme on certain days: Monday – Sweet Day, Wednesday – Flower Day, and Friday – Teacher Favorites. The room mothers sent out a questionnaire to the teachers at the beginning of the year to help parents with gift giving.

Have a great time appreciating your teachers!

Exclusive Freebie! Click the link below to download the tags I designed for the favor bags.

Muchas Gracias Tags

 

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