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The Heat is On – Are You ready?

The heat is on – are you ready?

Summer time is great fun and there is so much socializing going on we sometimes forget some of the basis in our excitement.

I would suggest purchasing a “summer bag” – preferably a canvas bag with a zipper at the top or some sort of closure and a shoulder strap.  A backpack is also excellent for this purpose.   The bag would contain the “basics” of summer:

  • sunglasses – it’s critical to have really good sunglasses to protect your eyes from the effects of the sun like these Maui Jim’s – click the image to find them
  • towel – large like a beach towel – for sitting on the beach or on the grass or even laying down for a little nap somewhere’ mini pillow or blow up pillow
  • bottle of water – big bottle – hydration is really important in the summer – your body is losing a lot of water through perspiration
  • snack such as apple chips, raisins, dried fruit, fruit leather
  • a hat – preferably vented somehow and portable
  • suncreen & lip balm; repellent (it’s a good idea to place these in a plastic bag inside your summer bag to prevent spills onto other items in your bag)
  • cover-up – something light which can be put over the shoulders if it gets cool
  • book – something to read should you find a great spot and you want to finish your Oprah reading selection 

  • pen and paper – often, when we’re at the beach, or walking or hiking, we get great ideas – with pen and paper, we can write them before we forget them or, often, we will meet someone and want to exchange email addresses
  • change purse with a little money – often we are out longer than expected and need to buy a little nourishment or we meet friends and linger over a ice tea, soda or iced coffee – it’s nice to do!
  • extra key to your house or apartment – in the summer, we more often lose things because we’re doing so much more and distracted more – an extra key securely attached inside your bag will help should you ever lose your keys or lock yourself out of your place.

What’s the advantage of this bag? You’re ready to go at a moment’s notice and never forget anything important like sunscreen.  When a friend calls, you pick up your bag and go or when you come home from work and you’re tired, you know all you need do is change clothes, put your sandals on and go.  It’s really handy – our brains go on “slow mode” in the summer and being ready like this just makes summer that much more enjoyable.  Time is spent outdoors instead of constantly using up valuable time trying to think of what you need every time you go out.

The heat is on – are you ready?    You can be with this bag – enjoying a lot more time outdoors!

Lorraine Arams
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Holidays – Are You Ready?

Holidays – are you ready?

Have you booked the time off for your summer vacation?  Are you ready in your mind to take a summer vacation?

It’s July – yes, already!  Summer seems so short because we just love the freedom lighter clothes and shoes seem to give us and the wonderful evenings watching the sunsets or camping under the big trees and looking at the millions of stars or walking through the woods where everything is lush and green or being in or on the water enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon “just cruisin'”.  We love the familiar summer music – Beach Boys – amazing how those songs have stuck around, isn’t it?

Are you ready for your holiday?  Have you booked the time?  If not, that’s the first thing to do!

And another great thing to have for the summer are checklists. They’re easy to build in Microsoft Word or on Excel spreadsheet – you can create them, save them in a file, print copies and keep the copies in a binder as a checkoff when you’re doing all the summer things you’re doing –

Title:  (put in the name of the activity).  Under that title, horizontally, place the following columns – —- Items to Pack (list all items you need to take with you) —- Number of items —- and Several Date columns. As you pack, simply checkoff what has been put into your suitcase or cooler or bag – whatever container you’re using.  This system will ease the stress of packing for the event.

It’s a good idea to have one checkoff list for each activity.  Once they’re created, of course, every year all you have to do is reach for your binder and there they are – ready to use!!!

Here is a list of possible checklists you might want to create for your holidays and activities  (and they’ll be very useful next year too when it’s inevitable that we always “forget” something the first time):

  • Picnics
  • Camping trip
  • RV trip
  • Beach
  • BBQ in the park
  • Bocci Ball Day
  • Family reunion
  • Boating trip
  • Road trip
  • Sports Tournament – softball, bocci ball, croquet, etc.
  • Camp (if you’re sending off your child to camp)
  • Hikes
  • Cycling trip
  • Opening and closing summer cabin
  • Trip to the lake

Hope you have a great summer holiday!

Lorraine Arams
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Fabulous Friday – Every Day of the Week!

Fabulous Friday – Every Day of the Week!  Why Not?  Could you do it?


Think about how you feel on Friday – capture it.  Many people are exhausted when Friday rolls around – they’re spent but find relief in knowing they have two days to do something different.  Others are looking forward to a sleep in or afternoon naps on the week-end,  team sports, family dinners, and getting together with friends.  And still others just want to lay on the beach and “chill”Can you feel the effect of just anticipating what is to come has on your approach to the day?  For most people, it’s a good feeling.

How about duplicating that feeling every day of the week? How about making each day a day to look forward to?  For instance, you could make slogans for each day to represent that day:

Marvelous Monday

Terrific Tuesday

Wonderful Wednesday – it’s the middle!

Thunderous Thursday

and, of course, Fabulous Friday –

week-ends – Speedy Saturday or Sleepy Sunday

Each day is fun and each day has got a theme. You could make it into a game with friends, family and colleagues or just a simple acknowledge it in your emails or when you meet and greet people.  See how people respond.  Instead of saying in emails or in person, “have a nice day” say, “Have a Wonderful Wednesday”.  It’s a little thing but it’ll have people notice.

See what fun you can have and how it changes attitudes towards every day of the week!  Let me know what happens!  Make a comment on my blog and share the fun you have created!

That’s how Fabulous Friday can be translated to every day of the week!

Lorraine Arams
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Too Busy to Eat Well During the Week? Try These Tips

You get home – you’re tired – you’re hungry!  Cooking – you can’t bear the thought! Eating out is expensive!  You’ve been so busy!

Ordering in – it’ll take too long.  Or you could go to the deli and pick up something but you simply don’t have the energy.  Does this happen often?  Probably.  During the week, most people are exhausted from working all day, working out at the gym and connecting with others  – the day is generally packed!

You can prepare though so you never face this situation during the week.   Here are some ways to do it:

1.  On free nights or on week-ends when there is time to cook, prepare favorite foods ahead of time. For instance, cook a curry on Saturday and make a lot.  Package it up in freezer containers ready for the microwave including rice – cook extra rice, bag it and freeze it.  Or make a stew or chili or lasagna – the same thing applies – you can freeze it and simply reheat in the microwave or in your steamer when you need it.

Too,  cook things such as a whole roasted chicken, pork or beef roast, whole fish and cook more than you’ll need for a meal. For the rest of the week, you have portions in your fridge which can be warmed in the oven or microwave, add a couple of steamed vegetables or a salad or simply add slices into your salad.  You could even have people over on Sunday and cook a turkey or ham – you’d have great leftovers and get to socialize with your friends too!

Soups are also great to make and store in the freezer or fridge – take out a portion, heat it up – it’s done!

2.  Buy spinach and other long lasting greens – they’re a staple.  When you’re hungry, just throw some spinach into a bowl, add whatever you have on hand – a can of tuna, a little raspberry dressing and you have a meal!  And have a lot of fruit in the fridge – apples, pineapple, strawberries, etc and add them into the salad – that’s right – fruit is great in a green salad!

It’s always a great idea to wash everything when you get back from the store and place all your vegetables in plastic containers neatly stacked in your fridge, ready to eat – this way you won’t even have that to do during the week.  Peppers, radishes and many other vegetables can be pre-cut too.

3.  Always stock up on root vegetables – they last a long time in the fridge and are absolutely delicious for a quick roast or stir fry – wash them well – you don’t have to peel them, chop them up into cubes and, in minutes, you’ll have a substantial meal and colorful too – carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, yams, sweet potato, etc.

If you keep some stir fry sliced meats in your freezer, all you have to do is through some of that in the stir fry and you have a complete meal!  One pan – 15 minutes – you’re done! (I know  – this one involves cooking but it’s minimal)

4.  Buy cans of  beans:  garbanzo, kidney, white, mixed, etc.  They make a great instant meal – just add a little dressing, a little onion  and/or some fresh vegetables – it’s a wonderfully satisfying meal.  Or you can use quinoa and other whole grains mixed in with the beans to add some texture and some of those vegetables you washed and pre-cut.

5.  Always have eggs on hand – great free range eggs – and hard boil them for salads and sandwiches.  A good one is to chop the egg and add a can of tuna, a little mayo and you have a delicious and filling sandwich filling!

You’ll save yourself a ton of money because you won’t have to buy deli prepared foods, eat more healthy because you’ll know what’s in and on your food, and you’ll save a lot of time.

When you’re busy during the week, there are still ways to eat well and nourish your body – it needs it!

If you have other good tips, do share them on my blog.

Lorraine Arams
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How can Our Great Grandmothers Time Management Practices be Useful to Us Today

Our great grandmothers understood good time management practices long before there were books and tapes.  Lots of work had to get done, most of it manually.

There were no automatic washers and dryers, vacuum cleaners, cell phones, computers or, for some, no electricity.  Every single task contained within it several smaller tasks to achieve it.  For instance, to iron, the wood had to be gathered, a fire lit in the wood burning stove, the irons heated before any ironing could begin.

If you think you don’t have time today, imagine what it was like then!

What could your great grandmother teach you about time management?  To prevent pile ups!

Because of the labor intensity in each task, it was imperative that the work flowed.   Imagine burning wood in the stove and heating up the irons when the clothes hadn’t been washed yet!

They designated certain tasks to certain days – clothes washing on Monday, ironing on Tuesday, floor washing on Wednesday, baking on Thursday, and so on – each day had a main task and each week that task was completed.

Today, we can and should do the same. In each job or business, there are certain tasks which need to be done each and every week – contacting potential clients, creating reports, making sales calls, networking, accounting, filing, etc.

We can take our regular tasks and assign them a day – the most logical day to get the tasks completed,  assign an appropriate time slot and make it a recurring event in our electronic calendars such in Outlook in Microsoft.

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How does this help us? It:

  • creates a routine – we know what we need to get done each day of the week
  • keeps us on target for all the “chores” that are imperative to “smooth operations”
  • clears our minds – it’s there on our calendars every week and every week it gets done.  We don’t have to worry about forgetting to do it and we keep the routine tasks up-to-date.  If anything happens such as getting sick, it won’t take much to catch up
  • prevents pile ups!
  • AND the stress is lowered immensely – we don’t have to burn the midnight oil to catch up to a series of overdue reports or overdue billing or overdue sales – we’re on top of our essentials!

Great grandmothers had it together – by necessity – we can learn from from them.

Give it try it – you might like it!  Many people in my small business workshops have adopted this system and it works well.  Often it’s the routine tasks which trip us up – we’ll get it done tomorrow and tomorrow never arrives.

Lorraine Arams
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