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  • Sitting more than 4 hrs per day is harmful-even if you exercise ! Who knew?

    5/24/2017 9:58:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    And sitting makes it easy to eat. 4 "It's much more difficult to eat if you're playing tennis," Tremblay said. 260 A sedentary lifestyle can also have less visible effects. Sitting takes a load off your skeleton and muscles and over time, this may weaken them, Tremblay said. In addi... Read more

  • FOUND! Hearing aid! Thanks be to St. Anthony!

    5/23/2017 2:59:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    It was on the floor of a closet under some dropped clothes. Daughter visited and found it. I told her she would get the monetary reward if she found it! So she looked diligently. Well worth giving her a reward! chris... Read more

  • Wishing for peace

    5/23/2017 1:45:38 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I have no words and shake my head. 665 All our UK family are safe. ... Read more

  • Home again

    5/23/2017 9:09:18 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    We arrived home early yesterday morning on a sleepless redeye flight, and spent the day resting and napping. It was a demanding ten days babysitting our two grandkids. We were tired by the end, but glad to have done it. Our son and his wife had a great anniversary trip together. This... Read more

  • food triggers info-researched by a sparkfriend of mine.

    5/23/2017 8:20:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Info from a sparkfriend! 304 Thank you so much for this! chris Hi everyone: Just wanted to share some information I have been researching and implementing in my diet over the past many months. This is really important for you out there who experience mystery symptoms that even a Dr. cannot... Read more

  • Bathing suit time!

    5/22/2017 2:29:37 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Are you ready for bathing suit season? I'm not. We recently went on a vacation to a beach resort. I packed my two favorite bathing suits with flattering ruching ... and discovered that, after 6+ years, the elastic wasn't working so well, and my breasts felt like they were down around my kne... Read more

  • Today's TUT Note to me from the UNIVERSE!

    5/22/2017 9:49:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    CHRISTINE, your balance of wit, charm, and intelligence... The measures of your endurance, strength, and stamina... The depths of your sensitivity, passion, and leanings... It's never, not ever, been done before. Now, do you think these things ... Read more

  • Meh......

    5/22/2017 6:28:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Weekend was semi-OK - had some leg/foot/toe discomfort, but not enough to keep me totally off my game.......willl continue to monitor the situation to see if it rates another dr. was gorgeous (though hot to start), and had a few events going (food-involved, which was not ideal,... Read more

  • My Relationship with Food

    5/21/2017 7:16:08 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    On Friday, I made (and posted) beautiful (if I say so myself) chocolate cupcakes for my daughter's third birthday dinner. Yesterday I posted a newsfeed photo of my kids eating ice cream -- our treat after a morning at the beach. I felt like I was only posting photos of kids eating junk food, so I ma... Read more

  • Caregiver woes

    5/21/2017 6:31:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been told I now have to eat meals with my husband when he goes to the dining room. To me this is a hardship and takes away more of my own "free" time. 39 He has been going to breakfast alone and sometimes I have him bring back breakfast for me. It gives me free time in the mornings t... Read more

  • Why I have been MIA

    5/20/2017 10:56:12 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I miss you guys. Work has not been going well. My manager and I are having a major disconnect. And she doesn't like my product. I see my time there as limited. The last time I didn't exceed expectations was 1982/83. Seriously! So, this is a very disturbing position to be in. When I am let ... Read more

  • What I did on my day alone

    5/19/2017 7:43:22 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Ate breakfast without the TV blaring. 334 Shopped for underwear. 211 Tried on dresses I didn't buy. I'm not a dress aficionado but heck, I had time. 24 Ate my usual lunch at my usual time. 4 Looked at the clock 12 Attended to the big not-so-blue hole in the back yard ... Read more

  • Relieved - but now I must begin anew!

    5/19/2017 6:17:26 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Appointment done - concerms addressed.......of course (and I knew this going in), they made their suggestions for follow-ups (and one of them will likely NOT happen due to significant logistical concerns) - but the knowledge that I got a long overdue task taken care of has given me an incredible sen... Read more

  • Day by Day

    5/18/2017 11:51:07 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Every day is different. Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Yesterday was a good day, health-wise. I didn't get to the gym to exercise, but I made time to walk. I hit 10k steps and ate within my calories. I successfully bypassed Krispy Kreme mini chocolate covered ... Read more

  • Alone

    5/18/2017 7:46:28 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH just drove away. 334 He's going to a meeting with an old business friend who will drive him the longer distance. It's a chance for him to see the "old crew" of which he was the chairman of the group before he had to retire. A win for him! I warned him not to be an old man and recite detai... Read more

  • Survival guide for long days

    5/18/2017 1:50:38 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I'm back from family camp! A good time was had by all. We tie-dyed, spent time together as a family, and got to meet some new Jewish families. We spent lots of time examining the flora and fauna of the vicinity (at least, if you count lizards, beetles, and moths as fauna), swam, did art, and learned... Read more

  • Close ups of seeds--and I mean CLOSE-UPS!

    5/17/2017 5:56:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    of-seeds-116214861/ The color is put in by the scientist/artist to mimic some characteristics of the plant the plant. chris... Read more

  • Food trapezoid-instead of food pyramid

    5/17/2017 2:00:45 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Mini meals

    5/17/2017 1:55:59 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Hangry?

    5/17/2017 1:51:24 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • One challenge down - another to go!

    5/17/2017 6:26:58 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Social event went well - nice weather for an outdoor venue.......found a few folks I knew that I could chat with (don't do so well with total strangers, but as it turned it that wasn't really a problem)....... Next challenge - doctor appt. tomorrow! I don't think I'm gonna land in a hospital bu... Read more

  • Basking in the love of my friend.

    5/16/2017 7:33:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I sat next to almost 4 year old GS 2 before dinner on Sunday and helped him with something small. Big, soft mahogany eyes looked up at me accompanied by the words "Nana, you're my best friend." 129 During dinner, when I cleaned the offending fennel off the apple slices and handed them over, th... Read more

  • Prioritizing

    5/15/2017 7:29:02 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    My husband and I are in California babysitting our two grandkids, age 8 and 5, while their parents are taking a 10-day trip to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. It's always a struggle for me to eat less when I am here. First of all, it takes me days to get used to the 3-hour time... Read more

  • "O" means only that she's growing old?????

    5/14/2017 6:35:41 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Not this mom! 334 I still like the poem/song by Howard Johnson frequently sung by my mom directly to my face with emphasis on the "right". M is for the million things she gave me (and still continues to but mostly in advice and hugs) O means only that she's growing old (not this nana) ... Read more

  • You guys rock. Nice to know I'm in good company.

    5/13/2017 9:54:12 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I loved your comments on my blog which was written to myself as a reminder I CAN get over my stressors. I "simply" need to find the HOW. We all have bad days. Besides DH's glucose issue, my bad day was triggered by a patient at our PT. She was in her 80's, so frail and not in the moment. S... Read more

  • Seniors texting code

    5/12/2017 12:18:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • What would I do if I had unlimited money?

    5/12/2017 10:17:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    534 535 340 Travel, travel, travel till I had my fill. 224 Of course I'd now be able to take family and friends with me! I could have health aides travel with us and care for hubby, The aides would be the people who have been helping us out for the past 11 years. They deserve much more t... Read more

  • "Word of the day" drove me crazy trying to pronounce it!

    5/12/2017 10:04:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    from Merriam Webster word of the day. But there is a button to listen to the pronunciation. I sure needed that today! If I try using it a few times today, people will look at me kinda funny I think. 198 chris supposititious Audio pronunciation adjective | suh-pah-zuh-TISH-us ... Read more

  • The morning after.

    5/12/2017 9:38:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Have you woken up the morning after and wonder how you got home? 40 It's like that. There's an empty wrapper from cheddar cheese. Pretzel crumbs. Ketchup smears on the counter. 46 It wasn't a party, it was me! A pity party. I'm now armed with a few things to combat... Read more

  • Another weekend!

    5/12/2017 6:21:07 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    One more day of buying lunch - another missing "brown bag" ingredient discovered this morning prevented me from returning to my usual routine - but I can now do the grocery thing this evening so next week will be back to the ol' grind and standard stuff....... Reviewed calendar and upcoming pl... Read more

  • Ackkk. Busy, busy and trying to be a better eater.

    5/11/2017 5:52:04 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I was nudged by my spark friend DEBVNE into showing my face! 20 I've been busy, busy with getting life moving. The situations and happenings in my life have been annoying and are keeping me on my toes, and my toes are tired! It all started a long time ago... We had added the sunroom ... Read more

  • Offline for the weekend

    5/11/2017 3:08:32 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I'm headed to family camp this weekend. A few times a year, my family goes to a weekend camp. It's set up by one of the Jewish sleepaway camps in our area. There's cabin or motel-style housing for families, food is provided in the dining hall, and there's programming for families, for kids by the... Read more

  • What would you do if you had unlimited money?

    5/11/2017 1:58:37 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Points to ponder....

    5/11/2017 1:56:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    And what might that be? For me, I want more energy so I can actually keep up with my to do list and even go have some fun! chris... Read more

  • Oh, boy........

    5/11/2017 5:24:16 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    NEED to get to grocery shopping, but I gotta check the finances first........4#!@#!%^ 198 Will definitely get that done this weekend, but for now I'll probably buy lunch for another day (or even Friday as well)........fortunately the cafe posts healthy suggestion entrees on their menu...... Read more

  • 30 signs that kept us going through the whole race. For YOU who do walk/run. Not me.

    5/10/2017 7:58:39 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Some chuckles about stress eating

    5/10/2017 3:10:03 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Stress eating: we have all been guilty of it some time. I certainly have. Here are some cartoons about stress eating that can help us laugh at ourselves. ... Read more

  • Once again, a reminder.......

    5/10/2017 6:28:40 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .....aging is NOT for sissies! 198 Apparently I "outsmarted" myself with my attempt at keeping my calendar act together - when I posted my social event on my online app, I messed up in trying to sync with my "old-school" paper version and wrote the WRONG DATE down........sooooooo - that ... Read more

  • Binge vs. Treat

    5/10/2017 1:51:02 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    So today, for the first time since I recommitted on April 1, I had a binge. I ate an entire pint of ice cream in front of the TV. Now, it was Halo Top ice cream, so an entire pint is only 240 calories, and high in protein. And it fits within my calories for the day. And I had a small lunc... Read more

  • Tuesday

    5/9/2017 6:29:34 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Leg/knee is doing better (but I still wanna take it easy - aging is NOT for wimps, sad to say)........ Have a social event this evening, again involving food - have made my menu choice (not ideal, but within my budget - will deal with the calorie impact going forward wrt future food intake/exer... Read more

  • Walking benefits the brain

    5/8/2017 9:46:22 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    I am happy to see that science finds even more benefits from walking: April 24, 2017 "You probably know that walking does your body good, but it's not just your heart and muscles that benefit. Researchers at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) found that the foot's impact during walkin... Read more

  • On fluctuations in weight

    5/8/2017 2:27:09 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Today I did a late afternoon work out, and after that, I made the mistake of weighing myself. I weigh in at the gym weekly – I got rid of my home scale years ago after learning that obsessive weighing was only leading me to craziness and mental anguish. Like many of us, I have had a long and... Read more

  • Sunday

    5/7/2017 8:13:52 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Took it easier again today (though I tried a couple of short SP videos just so I could say I wasn't totally lazy - still want to watch the leg - knees are better now) not used to working out for less than 30 min./day but I felt that discretion was the better part of valor........ Have ... Read more

  • The return of activity. No more mellowing.

    5/7/2017 7:23:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The doctor said I couldn't go in the pool for 4 weeks to let my scar heal. Today's the day and I'm looking forward to being active again. I also was able to restart PT for the knee issues. I still have residual shingles problems but not like it was two weeks ago so perhaps I can get back in my g... Read more

  • Taking it easy for now......

    5/6/2017 11:02:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have some leg/knee discomfort so I'm gonna try the "active rest" approach (I've been working out every day for months now without respite, so I think that might not have helped me)........did do some yoga this morning, though....... Computer has been behaving better - crossing fingers for conti... Read more

  • Healing thyself

    5/5/2017 5:34:59 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Shingles? Bam! Back in the day we all knew you "couldn't" give drugs for viruses. I am happy I live in an age where we figured this out. A week of medication, almost unbearable headaches and trying not to touch my side I am on the mend. It slowed my vacation down but did not stop it. Today I b... Read more

  • Turn negative self-talk to positive self-talk

    5/4/2017 9:13:23 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in

    5/4/2017 7:37:05 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I have spent a lot of time cursing my own human frailty. Why do I binge? Why do I overeat? Why do I yell at my kids? Why do I succumb to laziness, vanity, greed, any one of a hundred other tendencies I would rather not have? Here is a beautiful article by a mother of a child with a chromosomal ... Read more

  • Lousy day!

    5/4/2017 6:20:53 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Gotta work harder on turning things around - this is really getting old and tiring now! 198... Read more

  • Not binging but splurging

    5/4/2017 2:42:29 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Today I woke up in the morning feeling saggy and droopy. Despite over eight hours of sleep (according to my fit bit) I just didn't want to get up this morning. It's been a very kid–intensive week, and the thought of another day spent with them was tiring. I've also been placing more emphasis than us... Read more

  • Tips about using candles

    5/3/2017 1:57:36 PM, by CTUPTON
    these-tips/ I actually hate candles. I am afraid of fire. But these tips might help me use them occasionally. -clip wick s to 1/8 inch above wax WHO KNEW! so less soot gets on the glass -if there is tunneling (m... Read more

  • There and back. Now back to reality.

    5/3/2017 8:58:03 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    We had a nice, relaxing time visiting Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Island NASA facility! The ponies stayed far away. DH made some new friends. Science for DH Corralled ponies for me Chincoteague lighthouse The beach is beautiful I had some... Read more

  • Under calories today!

    5/3/2017 1:28:21 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I think I figured out what works for me with lunch! Today, I spent all day with the kids, so of course it was exhausting. I had baked oatmeal for breakfast, to which I add lots of protein powder as well as milk and eggs, so it's high protein. I supplement with a hard-boiled egg. That... Read more

  • Behaviors determine success

    5/2/2017 8:27:28 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    It feels really good at the end of the day when I can say to myself: "I did everything I needed to do today to meet my goal. I walked for an hour and I stayed within my calorie limits." And it feels extra good the next morning because I know that I am making progress--no matter what the scale say... Read more

  • Crossing fingers!

    5/2/2017 6:24:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Computer behaving *much* better now (yet *another* change in browser use) - hopefully this will help to stabilize things as I really missed being around here (and being able to track food and a few other important tasks)......... Enjoy your Tuesday! 213... Read more

  • Still troubleshooting lunch

    5/2/2017 12:33:51 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    First of all, I'm very proud of myself today for getting in my exercise even though I couldn't go to the gym as planned. Our nanny cancelled, so I was on the hook for picking up the kids at 3pm. Our gym has a kids' club, but I'm planning on taking them there tomorrow when I go to physical therapy. T... Read more

  • Time to get down to business.......

    5/1/2017 6:14:59 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Will *really* need to step it up and back off of socialities for quite the forseeable future - have been experiencing unfortunate situations wrt dealings with people, which have had a bad impact on my journey........yep - *definitely* time to step back and just focus on work and chilling out alone a... Read more

  • Wishing all my Spark friends to stay safe in this weather.

    4/30/2017 3:06:20 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Whewie! There's some mighty strange weather going on today. I'm thinking good thoughts to all my friends who are in; Tornado territory Blizzard states Flood areas Windy places. I feel fortunate, a bit lucky. It's 82 degrees, a light breeze and sunny enough I had to get indoors before... Read more

  • On brain chemistry

    4/30/2017 2:49:40 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    If you've read my other blog posts, you know that a few days ago, I was in complete depression and despair. It had started suddenly. And it ended just as suddenly. No reason, no rhyme. Just like that, for about a week or ten days, I was ready to snap at everyone, cry at the drop of a hat, and s... Read more

  • Homecoming - still reflecting

    4/29/2017 7:48:24 PM, by TRESSWANN

    First off, I came home and weigh less. Not unusual actually. Meals are structured - no snacking. What is remarkable is how I felt about it. This morning I am at goal weight and need to go a little more. However, if you see the pictures from yesterday, I see myself as larger. Here's what I ... Read more

  • Things are *still* rough :(

    4/29/2017 2:46:07 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Am trying another browser today - looks good for now, but I've been down this route before and eventually encountered problems.........SMH........ Have come to the conclusion that those "free meals" that I've come across from time to time in my area seem to bring out - sad to say - things that ... Read more

  • book: The Aviator's Wife

    4/29/2017 10:10:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found so much in this novel to like! Right till the end. It is not my usual crime novel but it was great. I learned lots about the Lindbergh marriage, even though this is a novel. It seems well researched and from that a fascinating story arose. Of course, now in my head this is what it... Read more

  • I met my twin! A fellow declutter procrastinator!

    4/29/2017 9:21:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    We understand each other so well!!! She runs a weekly morning prayer 458 group and always has handouts of quotes or hymns , etc. All the used ones are on her floor scattered about. It must be an interesting floor! 40 I suggested just putting them all in a box so the room looks more tidy... Read more

  • Inspiration, Not illness

    4/28/2017 11:10:54 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Still working on homecming blog. However,today held some surprises. At my new job, everyone is actively involved in safety. It''s a requirement that you check on something once a month. Nothing like waiting till the last day of the month. It can be a range of things from posture to the physica... Read more

  • May blooms

    4/28/2017 1:46:51 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    This month has been intense, as April is often transformative to me. I'm always reminded of "April showers bring May flowers." So, let's see it bloom!!! ... Read more

  • One of the wonderful people I have met in our new home

    4/28/2017 12:41:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    Geraldine Wierzbicki-Roach Or Jerry She wrote a book called Thus Bound about a Polish family surviving the Depression. She has CP and it is progressing. But she is so kind, gentle and loving--as well as interesting. ... Read more

  • Taking charge of more areas of my life

    4/28/2017 11:16:32 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    These days I have taken charge of my eating and exercising behaviors, and the results are rewarding: my energy level is up and the scale is moving down. There are some other areas in my life that have called to me, and I find myself taking charge of them as well. 1. Winter dry skin. Yuk... Read more

  • Despair inc

    4/28/2017 6:22:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Many people hate these quotes and pictures but I find them hilarious. What do you think? The calendars are not the best this year, but I like other tings, like T-shirt quotes. I suggest you Poke around the whole website, you might find something you like. Obviously they are opposite the "o... Read more

  • Time for more protein!

    4/28/2017 3:13:56 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Today I swam for the first time in at least six months. Wow! What a workout! I swam for about 40 minutes, 40 lengths of the pool, (a little more than half a mile), a mix of freestyle and backstroke, and at the end, I exited the pool completely wrung out. Sometimes swimming is boring, but today I mos... Read more

  • MIA for a few days. Plus pictures of granddog and granddaughter.

    4/27/2017 10:01:44 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm leaving today to see ponies and rocket ships. More when I get back. I'll lose my streak, but IRL I have to have more fun than trying to log in in my portable device. Maybe I will and maybe I won't. NEWS FLASH! DD2 took me for hair color and cut, film at 11. I was not home to ... Read more

  • Playing with our food

    4/27/2017 2:33:49 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Mentally, I'm feeling SOOO much better today. Not sure why, but I'll take it! For dinner, I made buttermilk-beet borscht (a super easy and yummy recipe, and a great way to start a meal), followed by pan-seared grouper and roasted cauliflower. Since the kids don't usually eat soup, they requeste... Read more

  • How do I deal with this person?

    4/26/2017 9:40:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    One resident in our senior apartment complex is driving me crazy. She often sits in the lobby/library with her dog on a leash. I enjoy sitting in that area, too and so does my husband who is in a large motorized wheelchair. First she reported him sleeping there. There is comfy furniture and a f... Read more

  • Yeah! Condo is sold!

    4/26/2017 1:29:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    This has been on my mind for about 5 years. Lots of decluttering and some serious problems along the way. But it is DONE! I have only one residence now to pay for! chris 436... Read more

  • Avocado Toast - A favorite breakfast

    4/26/2017 11:14:48 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Just about a year ago, while visiting my son's family in California, I saw my daughter-in-law eat an interesting breakfast. She sliced up an avocado and put it on whole wheat toast. Then she squeezed the juice from a half of a lemon onto the avocado, and salted and peppered it. She offere... Read more

  • Tough times and rocky seas

    4/26/2017 12:32:15 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I have been having a tough time for the last week or two. Lots of stress, lots of enmity towards the children. Who, of course, usually deserve it -- but a good mommy just doesn't act on all those feelings of frustration. There's a difference between saying you want to scream when you see the messy t... Read more

  • Need a roof done? I've got the shingles. Ouch.

    4/25/2017 9:02:20 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Several months ago I got the obsessive urge to get the shingles vaccine. I was told I couldn't because I am allergic to the preservative. 39 No problem, I got shingles! 46 It turns out my weekend illness was the precursor to the blossom of that itchy spot on my back. I was able to see ... Read more

  • Lack of Stopping Power

    4/25/2017 12:33:51 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I felt tired all day today. I also felt that I deserved some self-love after a long weekend. So I picked up my favorite healthy lunch, poke with brown rice, and biked down the beach to eat it in a beautiful spot. Have you tried poke? I love it! It's a Hawaiian raw fish salad or relish, most ... Read more

  • Boy do I need to follow this rhyme for organizing!

    4/24/2017 7:21:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    9. One Place for Your Lists Straight into a binder, all TO DOs and lists go Wondering what to do next? You'll always know. chris 195 ... Read more

  • Rhymes to help me get more organized

    4/24/2017 7:16:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    Copied from USMAWIFE--Thank you! I have never seen these rhymes before. Very clever! chris10 Organizing rhymes Tuesday, October 04, 2016 10 Organizing Rhymes Let's have a little fun getting organized. I've found that when you approach making changes with a grin, they tend ... Read more