Baskets

I. Love. Baskets.

…..said in my best Oprah voice!

 

 

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I use them in every room, and for so many different things. Take this basket above from Home Goods. I used three of them in a pantry last week and you all went crazy for them! I love to get things up off the floor, and these worked perfectly to house all the to go cups, plates, and napkins! They also work great to hold paper and plastic bags, pre packaged snack items, trash bags and cleaning rags, and the list goes on and on.

 

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I linked similar ones on my LiketoKnow.it account. If you don’t have that app, it’s so easy to use. Trust me, if I can use it, so can you lol! Just download it in your App Store, look for me, Neat Freak McKinney, or any of your other favorite accounts, hit follow, and viola, you can see and shop all my/our favorites right there.

 

Ok, where was I? Baskets.

 

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Baskets are a great way to add texture to your space. Neutrals are so in at the moment,  and using baskets will add beautiful pattern and depth to your room.

 

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I have and use them all over my home. I use this one in my office as a recycle bin. I found it years ago for under ten dollars at TJ Maxx.

Similarly, I use these from Pottery Barn to hold office supplies by my desk.

 

 

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The lids make it easy to stack, to hide, or to keep little hands out! I store my calculator, {yes, I’m #oldschool}, my current month’s work receipts, and envelopes on one side, and all my decorative banners on the other.

 

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In this  basket  I keep all my Neat Freak note cards. These bamboo bin clips are my favorite way to label right now. My assistant makes all the vinyl labels you see in all my posts. Message me to order!

 

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This woven tray from Pottery Barn (similar one linked) has been a favorite of mine for years. It has served as a backdrop behind a potted plant (for texture and to hide cords), as a breakfast in bed tray, as a party basket to hold plates, napkins and silverware, and as a magazine tray on my coffee table. It’s literally been everywhere, and I love it.

 

Baskets are an easy way to add warmth, texture, depth and storage to every room in your home. You can find them in any price point too. That’s why I love them and use them so much.

 

Want a refresh of your home or space? Did you know I do home staging and “redecoranging”? I’d love to help you! I’m an email away.

 

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Lisa

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Get Organized HQ is back!

 

Ever wish you could sit down and have coffee with someone (or a room full of someones) who is totally non-judgey and knows exactly which manageable steps you should take next to get your life and home running smoothly? 

Are you tired of all of the “expert advice” that doesn’t actually work for busy women who have a lot to manage and who also DO need to sleep occasionally?

Well I’m teaming up with over 40 other real-life, real-talk women and we are all so excited to share our stories and the lessons we’ve learned along the way about organizing and streamlining your home.

It’s called Get Organized HQ, and it’s a completely free, 100% online event. These been there done that women are will be talking about everything from organizing pantries, garages, and toys, meal planning, work/life balance, setting practical goals, decluttering, budgeting, and so much more!

And the awesome thing is – it is free to attend!

No need to leave your house, hire a babysitter, or even change out of your yoga pants. It’s all happening right here online September 9th – 13th. And it’s going to be nothing short of amazing!

Ready to join in? Click HERE.to get your free ticket!

 

 

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Food Prepping – Back To School Edition

What does it mean to food prep?

 

For me food prepping (preparing food ahead of time) is a way to keep my sanity during the busy school weeks. When we have food prepped and ready to go for lunches, dinners, snacks and breakfasts, we not only save time, we save money!

 

I typically grocery shop on a Friday or Saturday and food prep on Sunday afternoons.  Sunday’s are slower days for us and it’s relaxing for me to be in the kitchen making good food for the week ahead. Get the whole family on board to help. Littles love to help in the kitchen, and big kids can help you cook!

 

What food items do I prep ahead?

 

Meat. Even though I eat vegan, I prep meat for my family. I will cook up all the chicken, beef, turkey burger, bacon, sausage etc. all on one day. Then I freeze it into portions for quick meal prep for spaghetti, tacos, chili, breakfasts, or whatever is on the menu for the week.

*Side note: our trash cans go out on Monday night, so when I cook up all the meat on Sunday, there’s no stinky wrappers sitting in the trash can all week!

 

Veggies. I wash, dry, cut up and prep all the veggies I can. We use these for salads, lunch boxes, snacks, fajitas, you name it!

 

Fruit. You’ve seen my vinegar wash for strawberries and blueberries. I buy in bulk, dump them into a large bowl. Cover with water and pour in 1/4 to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother), stir and let set for one hour. Drain, rinse and set out on a towel to air dry completely. Then I put into mini serving reusable baggies for lunches or snacks.

*Side note: fruit has to be completely dry before putting back in the fridge.

 

Snacks: I buy snacks in bulk and portion them into smaller reusable baggies This saves money and time each morning. When you have a grab and go section in your pantry it makes packing lunches a breeze!

 

Muffins: I like to make a double batch of muffins (any kind) to freeze. Perfect for breakfast, snacks, or to have on hand for guests. They freeze so well.

 

Steel Cut Oats/Pancakes: I make a large batch of oatmeal and heat up a little each morning for breakfast. Add honey, walnuts and cinnamon for the yummiest breakfast ever. You can also do the same for pancakes; make a huge batch on Saturday or Sunday and freeze the rest…pop them in the toaster and you have a quick, hot, and home made breakfast!

 

Quinoa/Grains: I also will make up a batch of quinoa, lentils, rice, or couscous, etc. They make a great side dish when you add veggies, are good in salads, soups, tacos, etc. Having them made up ahead of time makes weeknight meal prep go quickly.

 

Chili/Soup: I love to make a big batch of chili or soup for dinner on Sunday. Freeze the rest and you’ve got a quick dinner all ready to go. Add a salad and bread and you’re done.

 

What do I use to freeze my food in?

 

I have slowing been phasing out plastic baggies and switching to reusable baggies whenever possible. Last week I showed you all the reusable lunch box inserts we have for the grandkids.  Today I’ll show you the reusable silicone baggies I love and use daily.

*Side note: they are dishwasher safe, but I prefer to hand wash and dry them.

 

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Half gallon reusable baggies made of silicone. Thick and durable! Perfect for freezing soups and chilis. I also use them to freeze cooked up meat of any kind. They hold a ton! So easy to have it already cooked up and ready to add to any recipe.

 

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Keep all your frozen bags in this clear bin for easy access, not to mention great freezer organization.

 

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Here are the reusable baggies I love and use. You can write a name in Sharpie for each member of your family. Wash and dry to use again and again.

 

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These are my favorite reusable snack size bags. Portion out the perfect snack and reuse and reuse and reuse.

 

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I love keeping other snack items in the fridge using this divided turn table. I keep one in my fridge and one in my pantry. Easy access to grab and go, or to help littles pack their own lunches.

Fridge:

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Pantry:

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Use these bins and labels to keep fresh foods contained and accessible as well. Be sure and measure your fridge first. These bins come in lots of different sizes to fit any space.

 

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Now what?

Well, you’ve spent one afternoon cooking and prepping. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the week. Trust me, food prepping works. I was a teacher when my kids were younger. Our weekdays were jam packed with school work, activities, sports, you name it. By having a plan for each week, it saved my sanity not to mention my time and money. It takes a little getting used to at first, but if you start simple and stay consistent with it, you’ll soon be a food prep pro!

 

Need help? I’m an email away.

 

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Lisa

 

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Back To School Prep

 

It’s that time of year y’all! Let’s talk school lunches shall we?

 

A few weeks ago, I helped my daughters get their kids’ lunch box items all ready for back to school. School is around the corner here in Texas! PS Can I say how blessed we feel to have five of our eight grand babies here in McKinney with us!

 

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Harper starts Kindergarten this year. She’s both excited and nervous. Letting her pick out her lunch box, backpack, and school supplies is helping her feel more excited than nervous.

 

1. Have them help pack their lunches.

 

Get the kids involved with packing lunches and snacks for school. Letting them pick what they want to eat ensures they will probably eat it! I always give two choices…this or that…apple or orange, tuna or PBJ, etc.  I control the content but they feel like they have a say.

 

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Jack picked yogurt for his snack, and then chose to add a few chocolate chips (I can’t resist those dimples)-win win for all lol. I love using these mini containers . They hold just the right amount and they are dishwasher safe.

 

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We all love this flip and go container. The spoon is included! So easy to pack up the snack the night before and have it ready to pop in the lunchbox in the morning! Add a fun vinyl label and sweet Harper will always know which one is hers.

 

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She says “Yummy, Nana!” Here is another fun snack container  that comes with a spreader…

 

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This snack container can be used so many ways! Celery and peanut butter (or sun butter), Nutella and crackers, carrots and dip…so many ideas, and at $2.99 it’s a steal!

 

2. Let them pick their lunchbox inserts.

 

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When parents let their kiddos make small decisions, it teaches them how to gather information, therefore learning how to make bigger decisions later on in life. #teachertipoftheday

These are the two lunch box inserts my grandkids chose.  Jack and Millie chose the cube bento boxes. Harper chose the slimline lunch insert that includes this mini water bottle!

 

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Millie can’t be left out lol! She was right there with the big kids packing up her lunch box! She couldn’t wait to eat her snack! This will be perfect for her diaper bag when she and mommy go out and about.

 

Last but not least, add these slim ice packs and the kids are all set! Four different colors in one pack!

 

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3. Pack lunches and snacks the night before.

 

Nothing is worse than starting the day off stressed. Do yourself and your family a favor by packing lunches (and backpacks) the night before. We always did it after dinner while we were all in the kitchen. Makes the mornings go so much better!

 

That’s it! My lunchbox tips for back to school. Are you ready?

 

I’ll be back next week to show you how I Food Prep for the week! And as always, if you need help, I’m an email away!

 

Ready to help you!

 

Lisa

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