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January 2018

Let’s get Moroccan

By | All Posts, Cooking

We’re so excited to have Wendy Paul of Core 7 share one of the 150 delicious recipes from the Core 7 Fueled book on our blog today! I mean, LOOK HOW AMAZING IT LOOKS!

Moroccan Ragut with Poached Eggs

Serves 6

Fat 15 ||  Carbs  15  || Protein 38  || Calories 383

GF & Whole 30—no bread

 

 

  •  28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 12-18 small turkey meatballs (prepackaged or use Moroccan Meatball recipe above.
  • Italian parsley for garnish
  • Rustic loaf of bread (optional)

In a large skillet, over medium heat, sauté the onion, in the coconut oil, stir occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Then add cinnamon, powder, salt, paprika, and garlic. Heat, stirring to coat all the onions, 1-2 minutes until the seasons are fragrant.

Turn down the heat, and add the crushed tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes. Then crack the eggs one at a time and place them around the pan, with some space in between. Cover and simmer 5-8 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. Remove the cover, and sprinkle the skillet with fresh chopped parsley for garnish. Serve with yummy bread.

Let us know if you try it and what you think! (And, if you’d like to check out all the recipes, you can buy the book here!)

Embracing Winter

By | All Posts, Entertainment

 

Happy winter! The snow has come again! If you’re ready to get out of the house, here’s some inspiration for what you could do this weekend. But first, make sure you’re bundled up.

Outside activities

There’s always the fun activities of building a snowman, having an epic snowball fight, making snow cream, or creating snow angels

 

…but if you’re looking to get further from home, there’s also:

Inside Activities

If you’re more inclined to stay warm inside, there’s still lots of places to go!

 

And if you decide to stay home, binge watch some Netflix and drink some delicious hot chocolate, that sounds good too.

 

Let us know what you did or if you have any other winter suggestions! Have a wonderful weekend!

Fresh start: Four tips for getting organized

By | All Posts, Home

We’re not Mary Poppins (although being able to fit a houseplant in our purse might be kind of fun). Sometimes we need some guidance organizing. So we looked to an expert: Marla Dee is the creator of the Clear & SIMPLE Way — a company that’s helped people for 18 years make organizing SIMPLE.

We’re excited to have her share her top four tips for making organizing simple this New Year!

From Marla:

We all want to be ORGANIZED!  But just thinking about all the clutter and chaos makes it overwhelming. We don’t even know where to start. The New Year energy is a great time to start fresh and get some simple systems in place. I am excited to share my Top Organizing Tips for the New Year!

 

TIP 1: Pick one small, medium and large project for each season.

So much of our stress over organizing is thinking that we have to do it all.  This is too much and so we never start.  This tip will help you get started and keep going.

Small Project. By small I mean a project that can be completed in 2 hours or less.  Let’s tackle your purse, wallet or briefcase.  Another great one is the junk drawer or office supply drawer in your desk. These are areas we are into every day and it feels great to get them organized.

Medium Project. This project can be done in about four hours on a Saturday morning when your energy is high. Great medium size projects are the kitchen counter or your bedside night tables. These are areas we see all the time and the clutter can drive us crazy.

Your Large Project will take a day or a weekend. Choose only one weekend of the 3 months so you can prepare and enjoy this project with your partner and family. Some great ideas for the winter are the toy room (now that new toys have come in), your clothes closet, or the home office.

 

 

TIP 2: Use the STACKS© System to learn the skill & make organizing easy!

The reason most of us dread and get drained by organizing is we don’t know how. It is a skill. Only 10% of the human population is born with the organizing gene. We wouldn’t expect a child to read a book without learning the ABC’S.  My STACKS system is a step-by-step approach that makes organizing easy and teaches you how. By asking only one question at a time, you are only making one decision at a time.  You will save time, energy and money if you do it this way.

  • Sort – what is it?
  • Toss – do I keep it or let it go?
  • Assign – where does it go?
  • Contain – what does it go in?
  • Keep it up – how do I maintain this?
  • Simplify – how can I simplify?

 

Let me bring this to life for you.  Haul all the clothes out of the closet and sort them first (according to type, colors, size, etc.). Once you can see what you really have (how many of that same top) the tossing becomes easier. After you have let go, the clothes that are left now need a spot so you assign a home, then ask about containers. HINT: Get all the same color hanger to transform you closet. Next ask how are you going to keep this up? You might schedule a seasonal or annual clear out with a girlfriend. Lastly, you could simplify by getting help from a friend that loves you and will be honest with you.

 

TIP 3: Consistent containers and containers inside drawers make a big difference.

When organizing the pantry or closets, get all the same color and type of container. This gives your project that final fabulous touch. Do you want neutral or bright colors? Do you want baskets or metal bins? Getting clear or connected containers inside the drawers helps so much with the small stuff to keep it organized.

TIP 4: Start all this with my GIFT to you — The ART of Letting Go eBook.

ART stands for Acceptance, Release and Trust. This free book will help you pick your project, take you through STACKS to get it done, and then get more resources to keep going: www.clearsimple.com/art/

 

ACTION: Take 10 minutes right now to choose your three projects for this winter season.  Talk with your partner or family if wanted. Then schedule them on your calendar. Get the ART of letting go book to guide you.

If you want some extra help in organizing, feel free to check out other great resources at clearsimple.com/resources, or contact Marla at 801-463-9090

You can also share your success with Marla on FaceBook.com/clearsimple/

Making your resolutions become a reality

By | All Posts, Inspiration

Happy new year!

 

Now that all the holiday craziness is over (anyone else exhausted, but also sad that the lights are starting to come down?), you may be feeling like it’s the right time to reflect, refocus and reevaluate for 2018.

 

 

New Year’s resolutions can be daunting. Full of hope and promise at the start, and then you miss a workout in the morning because you realize you’ve only been getting four hours of sleep. Eating is practically exercising, right?

 

Well, we’re here to help create realistic, achievable goals – and provide the plan to lay it out.

 

When making a goal, it’s best to be SMART about it. “SMART” meaning:

  • Specific – What do you want to improve? Be specific.
  • Measurable – Make a goal that you can easily measure your progress.
  • Assignable – Who will do what task in this goal? Probably you!
  • Realistic – Be realistic about the goals and the results that will be achieved.
  • Time-related – Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to acheive these goals. 

SMART goals go way back — they’re attributed to a November 1981 issue of Management Review that contained the article There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives, by George T. Doran — and continue to be effective today beyond the business world.

Additional tips:

Write it down.

Or type it up. But, at least record your goals somewhere that is easily seen every day. By writing down your goals, you can both reference and be accountable for them.

 

 

Be detailed.

Want to “be healthier”? What does that mean to you? How will you be healthier? If that means more exercise, where will you exercise and when? And, for how long? What’s something measurable that you can include to help you to know you’re achieving your goal?

 

 

Categorize/Prioritize

Split your goals into categories or priorities such as education, fitness, health, relationships, spiritual or adventures/travel.

 

 

Try to focus on one at a time.

So you want to learn a new language, exercise five days a week for 30 minutes, go for a hike once a week, drink one smoothie per day, finish grad school, travel to three foreign countries, read for an hour a day, and spend more time with your friends and family? You totally have our support! But try to pace yourself. Attempting to achieve all goals in the first month of the year might result in a burn-out or a feeling of defeat where you give up on all of them.

 

 

Next day focus.

You made a resolution to work out five days a week, but this week you only worked out four. Give up while you still can? No! You’ve got a new day, another week ahead. Just refocus and do your best to reach your goal.

 

Do seasonal check-ins.

We recommend after setting your goals to make calendar reminders each season to check them and adjust what may be needed.

 

Involve others.

You don’t need to do this alone. Have your family and friends join in by making their own resolutions, and make some goals together. It’s always good to have something to work toward together.

See yourself achieving.

Imagine what it would feel like to achieve your goal at the different stages you’ve set. See it, believe it, want it, achieve it.

 

To help you out, follow this link to download a printout for all your new year’s goal-setting needs.