SparkPeople FLYbaby Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1168 For those who use FLYLady techniques to bring control to their homes and lives; and to support, encourage, and have fun along the way! (Click on FLYBaby Patch to "fly" to FLYLady!) SparkPeople FLYbaby Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1168 SNEAK PEEK SUNDAYS...(Aug. 28 - Sept. 3rd) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65062402 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e674ded2-6fc7-4739-9fcc-49e252a19bac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> August 28, 2016 - September 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c2648b7-4bc8-46c3-909c-5f1e38d5192c.jpg"> <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0785ba66-bf08-432a-9eeb-b4cc181e6f73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:24:24 EST Organize Your Kitchen to Fall into Healthy Habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x65056853 Organize Your Kitchen to Fall into Healthy Habits <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Meg Galvin, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/978ff0b7-fdef-401f-978e-610312dfc7d3.jpg"> <BR> It's the most wonderful time of the year... <BR> <BR> I've been softly singing that tune for the past two weeks in anticipation of my three teenage sons and me going back to school. Yes, I love my boys and have loads of fun home with them in the summer, but it's time. I look forward to... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:39:57 EST Sat......DAILY FOCUS (Aug. 21-27th) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65055698 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/430f7a0d-9bc6-47bd-8754-bd58d6302eae.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02cdaabb-5adb-4e9c-9714-cba4b37f1476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d01fabb3-b27b-4c12-8957-0c4685e13536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Family fun Day <BR> <BR> Saturday is especially fun because it’s the day we have Family Fun Time! This a special time just for you and your loved ones to spend time renewing your relationships with e... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:32:54 EST 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x65047712 9 Health &amp; Fitness Fallacies We Fell for 10 Years Ago <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 8/25/2016 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab0eef13-8139-4f01-8d6a-fe5c27546262.png"> <BR> A lot can change in a decade. Just 10 years ago, we were convinced the Ab Rocket was the secret to six-pack abs,that tank-top-ready arms were just a Shake Weight away, walking a mile in Sketchers Shape Ups was preferred to walking in boots and that the Nintendo WI... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:55:56 EST Friday....DAILY FOCUS (Aug. 21 -27) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65047622 GOOD MORNING all you beautiful sparkers. Here is your focus for today. Should be FUN <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a5f9e6d-ca22-40bf-912f-e4957bd70ade.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fc02537-11b3-4e68-bfcd-9a8e7fac480c.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> De-Clutter your Purse and Car Day/ Date Night <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c78cee94-d6fe-4f9c-8c4a-5c803e1fe97f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We us... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:14:18 EST How to Store Food in the Refrigerator.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x65045148 How to Store Food in the Refrigerator <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29688df5-6ddb-4aef-bc9f-66e4341e8328.jpg"> <BR> Decay, mold, and odors can spread among foods in the refrigerator. Follow these tips to keep foods&amp;#8213;including leftovers&amp;#8213;fresher longer and reduce the risk of contamination. <BR> <BR> By Sarah Humphreys <BR> <BR> Meat, Fish, and Poultry. <BR> <BR> Keep all fresh meat, fish, and poultry in its store wrapping. (Re-wrapping increas... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:30:15 EST 18...5-Minute Decluttering Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x65045073 18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> I’ve written a lot about simplicity and decluttering (I can’t help it — I’m passionate about it!) and I’ve noticed that a lot of readers share my ideal of having an uncluttered home or workplace, but don’t know where to start. <BR> <BR> When your home i... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:07:43 EST 31 Beginner Baby Steps.... Are You Ready? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x65042949 Are you ready to start BabyStepping? <BR> 31 Beginner BabySteps <BR> <BR> Dear Precious New Member, <BR> <BR> I know that you have become overwhelmed by your home and the chaos that you have been living in. We are here to help you, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Keep in mind that your home did not get this way overnight, and it is not going to get clean in a day. We are going to teach you how to take BabySteps and establish little routines for getting rid of your clutter and maintaining... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:48:55 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 22 - 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65042536 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5f44c90-8851-47b5-a6d3-cba3a1e1b19e.png"> <BR> <BR> This week, we have been tackling clutter in our bedrooms. So, today we are going to clean off the nightstands! Get the tissues, cups and stuff that has piled up, toss and put away. Then grab a feather duster or dust rag and dust the surface. Place a pretty candle or picture there. Something that is new to that spot that you love to see. <BR> <BR> Waking up and not seeing a pile of things on... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:09:38 EST Wed...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 22 - 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65035825 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56a81e7d-6b9e-453a-99e3-2e9d76019dfe.png"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday is Anti-procrastination Day. We are going to straighten up the floor of your closet! Are the shoes piling up and you can't find two shoes that are a like? Do you think you have too many shoes? While you are lining up your shoes; pick two pair to give away or throw away. The next time you are looking for the pair of shoes that match your outfit, you will smile because you will be ab... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:10:54 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 22 - 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65029027 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35fbe443-c4d1-4044-86c0-e4c9473347dd.png"> <BR> <BR> Today is the day to attack the clothes pile. Now you all know what I am talking about. This pile is either on a chair, on top of the hamper, dresser or at the foot of your bed. Set your timer for 15 minutes and grab some hangers or start folding. While you are doing this do not hang up or fold something that you hate! This is the time to let it go!! If you do not love it, send it right out t... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:07:47 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 22 - 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x65022277 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47b20912-5736-4e5b-8589-e8ad52a70600.png"> <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:57:53 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 15 - 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64995898 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/890243ea-bc62-4e54-b1f5-089f27061817.png"> <BR> <BR> For the bathroom today, take 10 minutes to toss old cosmetics and perfumes. If you have these items that you have not used for over a year but they are still hanging around, it is time to dump them. <BR> <BR> Let's dump those lipsticks, mascaras, and eye-shadows that we have held on to since high school and college. The key to what to not to keep is: If you have not worn anything in the pa... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:38:54 EST Wed...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 15 - 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64988795 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fe79b78-cf19-4099-8eaf-812aa4c07552.png"> <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to check the supplies that are needed in your bathroom. Do you need toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, soap etc. Add these to your shopping list this week. Take a visual inventory to make sure you have what you need so one of your family members are not stuck in the bathroom yelling for toilet paper, nothing says "I Love You" like plenty of toilet paper! ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:10:05 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 15 - 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64982065 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9aa6d5b7-2795-4dec-98d5-ed5f731b10df.png"> <BR> <BR> Today we are going to shine our tubs or showers! We have talked about shinning our sinks since you started and we want you take 5 or 10 minutes to shine that tub or shower. Do not get obsessed with the tub being perfect. Just scrub the tub with whatever works. There is no perfect tub/shower cleaner or perfect way to do this. Shampoo on a wash cloth will work! Whatever or however you choose, ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:10:01 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 15 - 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64974894 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/addf462e-02fe-4a6f-9da5-a698b25ee02a.png"> <BR> <BR> We are back in the bathroom! Here is a really simple mission for you. Clear off the counter tops and flat surfaces, put away the medicines, the toothbrushes, the cosmetics, etc. Bathroom counters are hotspots for all of us but we don't think of them as hotspots because we think we NEED the stuff, so we just let it sit. PUT THESE THINGS AWAY! Do not get sidetracked with emptying out your cabi... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:19:33 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 8 -12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64955613 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f67b3bf-31fd-4913-85db-a02b0a823db2.png"> <BR> <BR> Today is our last day in the Kitchen. For today I want you to grab your broom and mop. Sweep your kitchen floor really well and then mop. There are several ways to mop a kitchen floor and no real wrong way. Hot soapy water and wipe. There is no "perfect" mop and no "perfect" way to do it. Just Do It! <BR> <BR> Don't obsess and get caught up in perfection. It won't matter if you don't mo... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:15:48 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 8 - 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64949046 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a4a35a2-264f-4933-a68f-f6d7e7d16af7.png"> <BR> <BR> Today we are going after the appliances! <BR> <BR> I am not telling you to clean your ovens and tear apart your refrigerators. Just wipe off the fingerprints, spills, and dried food that gets stuck on these Appliances. Wipe down the doors,the handles and the surfaces. Don't forget the microwave! <BR> <BR> This is not a detailed cleaning mission where you need to spend hours scrubbing, just... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:15:59 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 8 - 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64942768 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14be9322-a615-4343-bdbc-766cca97faa7.png"> <BR> <BR> An Ask FlyLady Question is the reason we are doing this mission. I want you to go to your pots and pans cabinet and clear out the ones that you don't like, the one you have two of and the lids that you don't have pots for. You get the picture! They are multiplying when you are not looking. Get rid of them so you can enjoy your kitchen again. <BR> <BR> No one wins when you can't function in... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:06:02 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 8 - 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64935450 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79905595-0e3c-4df7-a34d-aad621bc579e.png"> <BR> <BR> We are FLINGing in our kitchens today. I want you to stick your head in your pantry and toss out all the old food. Do not donate old food. It will just have to be thrown out and the charities will have to pay for it. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:13:47 EST Tuesday - Plan and Play day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64935445 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a60cff31-d20d-4297-abd1-362903e858ca.png"> <BR> <BR> Planning <BR> <BR> On Tuesdays, We take some time out to Plan our week. Planning means taking time to look at next week and see what we can do to make things easier for us during the next week. Here are some things we can do to plan: <BR> <BR> <BR> •Menu planning <BR> •Activities planning <BR> •Date Night and Family Fun Time planning <BR> •Wardrobe planning <BR> •Checking prescriptions ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:12:49 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 8 - 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64928449 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b087ea34-cb95-49de-a12d-af78b145b26d.png"> <BR> <BR> We are back in the kitchen! The mission for today is to Clean your kitchen trash cans. Take out the trash and wash those gross cans out! You know what happens when the trash bag slips down and yet the rest of the family still tosses things in there! Use a soapy rag and wipe down the sides and the bottom. Some of you may need to take the can outside and spray it out with the hose. If you... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:13:03 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 1 - 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64909879 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e3591c0-d8a0-40ca-8aa3-4e9bda9b1037.png"> <BR> <BR> Let's go into the dining room and get down and dirty with the cobwebs and the dusties. Look up and look down, get the dust off the baseboards and the cobwebs out of the corners in the ceiling. While you are looking up, check out your light fixture, does it need to be dusted? Careful around the light bulb! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:50:50 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 1 - 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64902771 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49ec63ba-431b-4742-b97f-86686e31c57b.png"> <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong on your porch or front entrance way. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, along the wall, or even on the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the space. If it does not belong there, then out <BR> it goes! <BR> <BR> This does not mean that you have to sp... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:13:37 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 1 - 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64895660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b73cf44-489f-49e3-a1da-93a6b10557c9.png"> <BR> <BR> Today take a look at the walls and the windows in your dining room. Grab some cleaner and a cloth and go after the finger prints and smudges. Let's carry this mission to your front door too. Wipe down the door and pay attention to the area around the door handle. If it is anything like mine it will need a little scrubbing. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:18:55 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Aug 1- 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64888843 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33846ed3-5330-4856-b2a8-39316993ae0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are going to have a multi room mission today, it might take you longer than 15 minutes to do it, so set your timer for each room and FLY through it! <BR> <BR> For the Front Porch, Entrance and Dining Room, put out the fires that are burning in your hot spots. Get rid of the pile of shoes by the front door, get rid of the pile of junk mail and put away the magazines and school papers tha... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:26:17 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 25 - 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64861755 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2451845-6cfc-4b13-aba7-0356c023d1db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8d8cdbe-2540-400b-9044-b10c457172ca.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of the Living Room Zone. Your mission for today is to place something pretty in the room that is just for you. I am thinking of some lovely flowers that are from your garden or a small bouquet that you can purchase for just a few dollars. Maybe you have a lovely ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:20:01 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 25 - 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64854977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c92a249c-af03-4cc2-a924-e0ffb0241466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/653accc5-d71c-44d1-bbf8-3742c55e572a.png"> <BR> <BR> Today we are going after the neglected areas of our living room/family room. Grab a feather duster or dust rag and go after the tops of door jams, pictures, molding, windows, corners of the ceiling and the tops of your curtains. Now do not get obsessed and start tearing the room apart. Ju... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:14:17 EST Wednesday ....FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 25 - 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64848151 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94b743f2-be9c-4d95-8c4e-051d4b347d27.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31c48a34-814b-4518-9c11-39bc102bdaea.png"> <BR> <BR> For today you are to take 10 minutes and dust the decorative items in your living room. The picture frames, lamps, and knick knacks. This is a detailed dusting so, turn on the music and move quickly. <BR> <BR> Don't get sidetracked, set your timer and go. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:13:21 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 25 - 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64841711 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bc3c924-2e1e-4bb6-af32-c98fdd7cf7b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca6ffa74-c682-4662-a255-d629f5e214c3.png"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Living Room Zone and I want each and every one of you to go into your living rooms and stand there. What do have on these surfaces? Are they the same decorative things that you have always had? Do you really love them? Are they cluttered up with too many things? I am... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:12:23 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 25 - 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64834699 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eebfb876-fe73-4e3c-a43d-6e26ae3cc4a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7024bcad-f292-437e-ab77-8ef9c0c5bd50.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are in the Living Room for a whole week!! Now we get the question about family rooms and living rooms. What to do if you have both? Well, my answer is to do the mission in both rooms. I try really hard for the missions to take less than 15 minutes so it should not be too much of a ti... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:10:49 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 18 - 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64816446 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ff33942-548f-4e5c-be70-1e729ee5180b.png"> <BR> <BR> Today is the day to remake your bed. This may take a little longer than usual but so well worth it. Strip your bed and remake it. Get someone to help you flip the mattress, if you can't then try just to turn it around. If you have some fabric spray such as febreeze, spray your mattress and pillows. Then place those crisp freshly washed sheets and blanket on. Take extra care when making ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:15:13 EST What is your greatest challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64810571 <BR> I have an ongoing challenge to be consistent. Some of the SP challenges are helping me to overcome this one. <BR> <BR> My other challenge is going forward with fibromyalgia. Some days to do any kind of movement, in my mind, must be equivalent to being an Olympian. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:05:53 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 18 - 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64810024 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcabd593-c1f1-4528-ad8a-62221de60346.png"> <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Accessories can contribute to some of the biggest clutter problems! Today I want you to take 10 minutes and purge your jewelry boxes, chest, whatever. Now I am not talking about the family heirlooms here. I am talking about the costume stuff that we have collected, been given or don't even know where it came from jewelry. <BR> <BR> Remember the rule: If you haven't... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:14:37 EST Wednesday ....FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 18 - 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64803522 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61b5497a-308c-4c03-9969-974c85a3e268.png"> <BR> <BR> It is anti-procrastination day and we are going to clean off the nightstands. Get the tissues, cups and stuff that has piled up, toss and put away. Then grab a feather duster or dust rag and dust the surface. Place a pretty candle or picture there. Something that is new to that spot that you love to see. <BR> <BR> Waking up and not seeing a pile of things on the nightstand and a pile of ... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:11:48 EST Tuesday..FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..July 18 - 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64796618 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db641b8c-6e1d-4f3e-b5cb-08d7764f714f.png"> <BR> <BR> We are in the Master Bedroom this week and we can't stress enough to you how important it is for your mental health to have this room decluttered. Being surrounded by clutter while you sleep is just not good for you. <BR> <BR> For today your mission is to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom, grab that trash bag and start tossing. Anything counts, old pantyhose to junk mail. <BR> <BR> One ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:20:20 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..July 18 - 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64789531 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1929ec29-5375-4a84-b077-cef80eb07963.png"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom, today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed. Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. <BR> <BR> 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don't belong. If you don't hav... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:23:55 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 11-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64771114 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f58dc40d-ab55-4227-ab25-7e332a2c1d4b.png"> <BR> <BR> Today, go into the bathroom, throw back the shower curtain, turn on the water at a relaxing temperature. Then, add some of your favorite bubble bath or shower gel, set your timer for 15 minutes, and..... GET IN!! Today, you are to take a BUBBLE BATH! No cleaning, no decluttering, just 15 minutes that is only for YOU! If you can schedule this for thirty minutes, you get bonus points! <BR> <B... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:31:37 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK July 11-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64764004 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/561d1d25-92d2-40dc-98e3-e04e2f31d972.png"> <BR> <BR> Today you are on a towel mission. Get rid of those towels that are frayed and have a ton of holes in them. USE those towels that you are saving for GOOD or for COMPANY! Why does company warrant nicer things than your family? Make it a point to purchase new towels if all of yours are shot. If money is an issue, then only buy one or two at a time and start rotating them into your current stock... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:09:36 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 11 - 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64757638 It is Anti-Procrastination Day and for our mission I want you to go under the sink! Yes, I want you to be brave and take 15 minutes to clean out under your bathroom sinks. I know it just seems that things under there have a tendency to multiply. The hair spray bottles, mouthwash bottles, toothpaste containers, etc. Take time out today to toss, toss, and toss again. Set your timer for 15 minutes, you will be so amazed that you really can clean out under the sink in less than 15 minutes. <... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:24:19 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 11 - 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64750167 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92b78505-c701-4611-ad07-1a99062367f6.png"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we worked on shining our bathroom sinks and today we are going to shine our tubs/showers. Take some general purpose cleaner and scrub the tub and wipe down the walls of the shower. Rinse well and then spritz with windex and wipe dry for a nice shine. Be sure to get the corners and the soap dish! <BR> <BR> Okay, let's go for another 15 minutes in the Garage! This time we are goin... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:13:57 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 11-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64742608 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/843640d2-3a4a-4860-8156-6e7a3ee36606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are headed into the bathroom this week. Let's grab some general purpose cleaner and shine those counter tops and shine our bathroom sinks. Clear everything off the counter top and wipe them from side to side and top to bottom. Then use a little elbow grease and scrub your sink, then spritz the counter top and sink with a little windex to make it shine. <BR> <BR> Let's Make the other r... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:15:09 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 4 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64722398 Today is our last day in the kitchen and I want you to spend 5 minutes and check on the cleaning supplies and things under your sink. Are there things that you don't use? Are there items you have run out of and need to put on your list? Now, what is up with your dish rags and sponges? If you need new ones, put them on the list too. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend! Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:24:55 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 4 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64715352 Your Mission for today is to declutter your plastic wraps and foil drawers, cabinets or shelves. We all have a spot that we keep these items and there is always one empty box in there and some lone baggies that are trying to escape. Toss the empty boxes, the rolls of plastic wraps that are too stuck together to work, and those strays that you are not sure if you should use them or not. <BR> <BR> This is quick and easy! Have Fun! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:22:13 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 4 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64707951 Today is Anti-Procrastination Day and we are still in the kitchen! <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to grab a trash bag and clean out your refrigerator. You are to toss ANYTHING that will not get eaten any time soon. This means that new salad dressing you decided to try but really don't like. It is time to let it go. Just as the rule applies to the rest of the house. If you don't love or use it, lose it! Get rid of the fruit that is a few days beyond when it was really edible, get r... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:26:00 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 4 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64700522 Every once in awhile I get an email from a member with a mission suggestion. I received this one and thought it was great! So here is your mission from a member for the kitchen today: <BR> <BR> I was in the kitchen the other day putting away the silverware and noticed how gross the silverware holder had become! Also, the area around the holder was filled with little bits of nothing..elastics, paperclips, ketchup packets! A total mess, in other words. I had the thought that it would be g... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:26:26 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...July 4 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64695055 We are in the kitchen this week! <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes and scrub your stove top. Soak the knobs and drip pans in hot soapy water while you clean the stove top. Some elbow grease and hot soapy water will take care of a lot. Don't become a perfectionist and try to get it as clean as the day it was new. Just do the best you can and then scrub the drip pans and knobs. <BR> <BR> Anything that you do will be better than what it was! Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:09:46 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 27 - July 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64674600 We are going to have a multi room mission today, it might take you longer than 15 minutes to do it, so set your timer for each room and FLY through it! <BR> <BR> For the Front Porch, Entrance and Dining Room, put out the fires that are burning in your hot spots. Get rid of the pile of shoes by the front door, get rid of the pile of junk mail and put away the magazines that are piled on the dining room table. <BR> <BR> They are smoldering so get to it! Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:04:41 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 27 - July 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64666068 Today is our last day in the Living Room! Let's have a detailed vacuuming session. This means to vacuum the room, making sure to get up against the baseboards and to get under the furniture. Please be careful that you don't hurt yourself trying to move furniture. If it is too difficult to get under the couch or chairs then just try to get as close to the base of the furniture as you can. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:30:41 EST Tuesday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 27 - July 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64651401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ea20afa-d1d1-40c6-a97b-b6ebc1ba0dcd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For today you are to take 5 minutes and dust the decorative items in your living room. The picture frames, lamps and knick knacks, this is a detailed dusting. Turn on the music and move quickly, you will be amazed at how fast you can to this. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:44:48 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 27 - July 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64644392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36dfc8b3-ad29-48fa-b2d5-48f631ce39be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are only in Zone 5 for four days this week. Take time today to put out any major hotspots in your living room. Put out those fires before they really start to flare up! Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:53:46 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 20 - 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64622485 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c2d38b1-8b3a-4858-81a1-0ea1af7a6ed6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have reached the end of Zone 4, The Master Bed Room. Now we have covered, under the bed, on top of the bed, the left of the bed and the right of the bed, so what is left? The END of the Bed. See how that worked out? The End of the Bed is the mission for the END of the Bedroom zone! Today you are to check the end of your bed. If you have a bench or chair with stuff piled up or just things ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:35:58 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 20 - 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64615659 Today we must be going after the right side of the bed! If you have been using your night stand or floor as temporary storage for clean clothes, dirty clothes, and other stuff, your mission for today is to clear this off and put it away! No moving things from the right side to the left or the other places we have cleaned off this week. I am so proud of the work you have done this week! Utilize your timer and do not get overwhelmed. <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:31:43 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 20 - 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64608855 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9aa8ae1d-c33c-48dc-9da2-6e5e4ac68b72.gif"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a51831d6-ef02-432b-a6e2-cb14f5cb0936.png"> <BR> <BR> So far we have cleaned under the bed and on top of the bed, today we are going to take care of the left side of the bed. Now, this means whatever you have on the left side of you bed you are to fling and put away. If you have been using your night stand or floor as temporary storage for t... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:13:20 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 13 - 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64574577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a91fe901-4791-4e2d-9094-7d2093c254d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d6d1bdb-6352-4d1c-8852-b6cf199de8eb.png"> <BR> <BR> Friday is Clean Out Your Car/Purse Day and Date Night! <BR> <BR> Today is our last day in the main bathroom and extra room so, let's make the best of it! <BR> <BR> Wipe down the counter tops and inside the sink. If you have not done your Swish and Swipe today do that too. Then move over... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:16:09 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 13 - 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64568165 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/589a99fe-50aa-46a7-9932-37961f622460.png"> <BR> <BR> Today is errand day so let's take off with a 27 fling boogie. Combine the main bathroom and the extra room of your choice and quickly gather 27 pieces of trash to throw away immediately. As soon as you are finished take the bag out to the trash can, this way it will not find its way back into your home. If you have to run errands that take you away from the house here is a bonus mission. I w... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:19:31 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 13 - 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64561362 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ef2ea8b-b236-48c2-a76a-0502685df86e.png"> <BR> <BR> Today we are going to clean the towel holder, toilet paper holder, and the window sill. This should only take a few minutes don't get sidetracked. <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday during the FlyLady Mentions many of you asked when we go into the garage. Well, today is the day! Take a box into your garage and put 10 things you no longer need, love, or want in there. Then you will put these items direc... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:31:45 EST Tuesday. ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..June 13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64554284 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b1cc4f8-e5b6-4b6f-a2b9-79b4ae6b00a9.png"> <BR> <BR> Time to wipe down the walls of your shower. This mission can wait until you are in the shower, after you have washed just do a quick wipe of the walls. After all as the FlyLady says "Soap is Soap". <BR> <BR> Let's move in to the spare bedroom and check the bed in there. Summer is just right around the corner and so are visitors. How long has it been since you changed the sheets or washed t... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:16:10 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 13 - 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64547365 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1042bf6-350c-4114-a137-88f20c9b185c.gif"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51cc3006-dc77-407c-a351-99eeb0a11e1c.png"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3 (the main bathroom and an extra room) and, we are full swing into our Super Fling Boogie! In the main bathroom some of you have a linen closet, when is the last time you really looked in there? Let's get a decluttering session going in there for just 15 minutes. I... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:25:11 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...June 6 - 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64528024 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b4e9faa-e1de-4219-8fef-31a4ffbfdbc8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41ac101a-8a10-40a7-b70b-9cce21264ceb.png"> <BR> <BR> Friday is Clean Out Your Car/Purse and Date NIght! <BR> <BR> Zone 2: Mission #5 Friday <BR> <BR> Today is our last day in the kitchen and I want you to spend 5 minutes and check on the cleaning supplies and things under your sink? Are there things that you don't use? Are there items y... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:20:28 EST Wednesda ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK. June 6 -10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64514121 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be244aee-fedb-4d5a-8f84-5a0fafc805cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday is Anti-procrastination day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7d7e38c-0d94-44dc-bbc8-ac1b82769692.png"> <BR> <BR> Today is Anti-Procrastination Day and we are still in the kitchen, <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to grab a trash bag and clean out your refrigerator. You are to toss ANYTHING that will not get eaten any time soon. This means that new... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:16:01 EST June Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x64505757 <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We want to celebrate with you. Please let us know about what you are celebrating in June. <BR> <BR> Birthday? Anniversary? Sparkaversary? Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:30:55 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..June 6 - 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64499945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6da734a5-a849-44b1-815b-ff3fb94189ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b54b9c2a-09d0-4367-8c36-0ed71772f49f.png"> <BR> <BR> We are in the kitchen this week! <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes and scrub your stove top! Soak the knobs and drip pans in hot soapy water while you clean the stove top. Some elbow grease and hot soapy water will take care of a lot! Don't become a perfectionist and try to get it as clean as t... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:34:13 EST Summer Mini Challenge - Slam those temptations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64492820 Reality is, it's an on-going challenge for the change of diet we experience during the warm months because things change. <BR> <BR> Just the aroma from a neighbor's bbq, the tempting displays at the grocery stores, the cocktail in the evening as you watch the sun go down can inflict damage to our goals and they happen in a flash. <BR> <BR> Why don't we post our little successes on this thread. We go into this challenge not to be perfectionists, but to handle and overcome the little obsta... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:28:34 EST Friday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..may 30 - June 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64479651 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8aca6d22-0836-47c8-9d12-189605da6eea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5099aee9-38d2-4a34-a300-8e55dfbc3563.png"> <BR> <BR> In the spirit of the Super Flig Boogie, we are going to spend 10 or 15 minutes decluttering in every room of Zone 1. This does not have to be done all at one time! Set your timer and when it beeps do not go any further! Just move on to the next spot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:31:25 EST Thursday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..May 30 - June 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64472257 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09b6d3cb-b3e9-496c-b198-7f1412df2d00.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/386a2edb-4818-487b-bc16-c2319d9ea3ec.png"> <BR> <BR> We are headed into the dining room today, it is Thursday and we are just starting our Super Fling Boogie. Your mission for today is to spend 15 minutes decluttering your dining room. It does not matter what you get rid of, just get rid of anything that does not belong in the dining room. On... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:25:29 EST June Habit - Drink your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64464309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb484ef9-eb7a-4bcf-8d24-995db1e98fcc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the month of June and to a brand new habit. This month, we are going to work on Drinking Water. With the hot summer months upon us, now is a great time to start the habit of hydrating and re-hydrating. Check out all the great info below to help get you motivated and moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is one simple way to love yourself. Take the time to drink your water. If you don’t, w... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:37:32 EST Wednesda y..FOCUS FOR THE WEEK..May 30 - June 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64464283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6f2f682-94e7-47e3-a7cd-ebdd072473d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday is Anti-Procrastination Day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4da19399-894a-4ac7-bfe1-8a351655838f.png"> <BR> <BR> We are in Zone 1 this week, that is the Front Porch, the Entrance area and the Dining Room. <BR> <BR> Today you are to sweep your front porch area around your front door. Shake out your welcome mats and wipe down your front door. This mak... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:35:28 EST Tuesday..FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...May 30 - June 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64456685 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de315fa8-da8b-4f8a-98b9-cc2c0ad92f0d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tuesday is Plan and Play day <BR> <BR> Planning <BR> <BR> On Tuesdays, We take some time out to Plan our week. Planning means taking time to look at next week and see what we can do to make things easier for us during the next week. Here are some things we can do to plan: <BR> <BR> <BR> •Menu planning <BR> •Activities planning <BR> •Date Night and Family Fun Time planning <BR> •Wardrob... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:23:20 EST June Celebrations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64455053 <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> LET'S CELEBRATE YOU!!!!! <BR> <BR> We want to be part of your June celebration. If you have a birthday, anniversary, sparkaversary or other very special day in June please share it with the team on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:34:44 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...May 30 - June 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64449404 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2613967f-28a6-4ee4-adf7-f708aea018c4.gif"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65810e8e-1c4c-48eb-8720-0f47feedb509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b745a90-fada-4d87-aa8c-c7b30babfc0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are only in Zone 5 for two days this week. Take time today to put out any major hotspots in your living room. Set your ti... Mon, 30 May 2016 10:34:01 EST Sneek peek for May 29 - June 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64445264 Zone 5 -The Living Room or Family Room <BR> Zone 1 -Entrance, Front Porch, and Dining Room <BR> <BR> May Habit: Moving in May <BR> June Habit: Drinking Water <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are only in Zone 5 for two days this week. Take time today to put out any major hotspots in your living room. Set your timer for 15 minutes or put on some music. You can also tackle this mission during the commercials of your favorite show. <BR> <BR> FlyLady ... Sun, 29 May 2016 17:42:03 EST 10 creative ways to de-clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x64431541 <BR> <BR> Own less. Live more. Finding minimalism in a world of consumerism. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home <BR> <BR> Written by joshua becker <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt,... Fri, 27 May 2016 11:40:08 EST Today I can.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64422977 .... clean out the icebox Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:28 EST Let's chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64382086 <em>213</em> Good to be here with y'all. It looks like today is going to be a beautiful spring day. Hope you enjoy it! <BR> <BR> I have a doc appnt, but even better, I get to go get my hair done this afternoon. I'm looking forward to being pampered while at the salon. <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 May 2016 07:25:54 EST THURS....DAILY FOCUS..May 1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64246214 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4599fe55-4a3c-4c10-b596-0d3b6ccca347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab39dbb1-3adf-4978-ba6d-1d3f441bd1b9.jpg"> SUNDAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cc8fe96-2e3b-468d-b277-a917250b3748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> May 1 - 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3d3c4a3-45c3-4745-a400-d73eab81e5fa.j... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:03:57 EST MAY...7 DAY CHALLENGE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64242627 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of May. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:52:14 EST SAT....DAILY FOCUS...April 24-30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64196987 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/285e252c-37c3-4a16-b3bb-d2b1438069ae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ecf76e4-16a7-49f6-8687-5180abdbf35f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bf7d1ce-138a-4f62-a55b-0281d4a0548d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April 24 - 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Living Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17ee0f70-ce5d-4cb8-918c-7d68304d09c2.jpg"> <BR> This month's Habit ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:44:41 EST SAT....DAILY FOCUS....April 17 - 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64148351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df194711-93cc-4dca-bf38-2b44fe98f533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/144f1e58-ccea-4484-a3f6-ad18e7464acd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f42e7c34-fa65-4183-8323-e49bc607488d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/764d7c47-0e73-417a-a38b-47e67ada195f.jpg"> <BR> This month's Habit is: Making Your Bed <BR> <i... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:57:07 EST SAT...DAILY FOCUS... April 10th - 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64095558 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06ee1fd0-3c2c-4e1c-a2c1-ccd1d0432295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> JUST A REMINDER.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1020c1db-a2ba-4061-b21d-411ce4f240aa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b37a3203-db5b-46d7-9703-2b62b92589d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd3170ea-ce2a-4cfe-9d8b-0cf313ebb528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April 10 - 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in ...... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:00:00 EST SATURDAY. ...DAILY FOCUS ....April 3rd - 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64039484 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72ecbddf-65bc-4f32-8a36-de7434301a3b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> April 3 - 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the kitchen <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2c5dfe5-11a5-4c06-ab3e-ce01ce28f22b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ab4ac28-5564-4059-b87b-320f3250abe2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to April! It’s a brand new month and that means it’s time for a brand new habit. This month, we are co... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:48:03 EST April... MONEY JAR CHALLENGE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64003180 <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON April 1ST...2016. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of APRIL. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:47:01 EST April Challenge .....EAT A RAINBOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64002355 This Challenge will start of April the 1st. <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> We all know the importance of eating fruit &amp; vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit &amp; veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> These are the colours we will use- <BR> <BR> *Yellow/Orange <BR> *Blue/Purple <BR> *Green <BR> *White <BR> *Red <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> *Yellow/Orange-Yellow pepper, Ora... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:28:14 EST SAT...DAILY FOCUS.. Mar. 27th-April 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63986933 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8e18cf7-1e96-412e-9e0c-0d73e841dcb6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f7f14ee-2e56-4325-aabe-a359ab855b98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fe05d16-2b57-4833-b744-13aa249ca626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sneak Peek for the Week <BR> <BR> March 27, 2016 - April 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Living Room and The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> March Habit: Getti... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:27:06 EST SAT....DAILY FOCUS.. Mar. 20th-26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63932659 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db27a6df-8d1d-4d9c-ba4a-b18ff122a685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc7dd0bf-2a43-4af5-851c-19a9248ebf04.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cca5eacd-b259-48f4-87bb-3292f7279283.jpg"> <BR> This month's Habit is: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bbaa026-404b-4a1f-9cb2-3692168ba400.jpg">... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:07:59 EST did my daily mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63925003 took a nice relaxing shower and used some yummy shower gel; also cleaned out a bookshelf in my office. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:15:08 EST So glad i found this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63919211 I'm a 44 yo married mom to 2 adorable dogs. (flydogs!) I have followed the tips i learned from flylady for years now and still love that it organizes my days....so glad to be here. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:07:02 EST TODAY I AM THANKFUL FOR.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63893061 Today I am thankful for a wonderful husband who takes care of his family. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:03:31 EST SAT...DAILY FOCUS... Mar. 13th-19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63830293 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02c43401-43e1-4caa-8170-91479957ebc5.jpg"> March 6th....2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42b51937-2c1a-461b-8d75-7fe4dc6e6ecd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91342aeb-d84a-48a2-b20f-691271b3237b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS WEEK WE ARE WORKING IN THE KITCHEN <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eb05b54-2caa-4319-a508-4e18fecb91cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 07:35:14 EST SAT. ...DAILY FOCUS..Feb. 28 - Mar. 5th, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63783546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ed311cf-ca8e-408e-8df1-a9e76eb9dab4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 28, 2016 - March 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Living Room,The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> February Habit: Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day <BR> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fa741ab-51dc-4f05-be87-31b77e41cc9b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:28:22 EST Are You Exercising Mindfully? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63764629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68345c8b-8247-44d3-b701-e0926668a2fd.png"> <BR> <BR> Are You Exercising Mindfully? <BR> <BR> By Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> Related Content <BR> <BR> <BR> We're masters at self-distraction: If you walk into any gym, you'll likely see people's gazes fixed on magazines, TVs or phones as they chug away on treadmills or ellipticals. When jogging outside, you might run through a mental to-do list or listen to a podcast ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:14:02 EST SUNDAY ...FOCUS FOR WEEK..Feb .21.-27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63737941 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c30fe5c8-33a0-412c-af27-5177d7da550e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER..... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f89acf5-f473-4026-b9ab-c2a381348a99.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/573808e2-4ce8-40e4-a2c8-a855141aaed9.jpg"> TUESDAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d672be8d-43b9-4f58-b6f4-582c66fd882e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the day to attack the clothes pile. Now you all know wh... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:34:29 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Feb. 21 - 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63722253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c267e8d-2825-41a2-a0c3-f39c74bce6f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 21 - 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d47cac4b-d28b-41b1-a4fe-cf8067c5b937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THIS MONTHS HABIT <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d4944a7-4f15-4bc2-85c7-d0ad4b6fdb8f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1c7a24a-8fbc-45ec-8fda-8... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:17:47 EST Intermittent Fasting.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63717464 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19586559-93b1-418f-b2c9-42c04a12e424.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> What seemed to be the latest weight loss fad a few years ago may actually be a formula for weight loss success for some. For others, including Coldplay's Chris Martin, it's a way to become more appreciative and aware of food. What is this "fad-turned-fact" you ask? Intermittent fasting. <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to admit that I was a skeptic when I first read the dieting steps used... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:12:58 EST 8 benefits of drinking coffee.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63711016 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae87a6d8-0519-4fe9-af28-ccfe8f485313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 Health Benefits of Coffee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you enjoyed a cup of coffee this morning, you have already started the day on a healthy (and possibly more productive!) note. Not only does a cuppa Joe deliver your trusty a.m. caffeine boost, but it also may reduce the risk for certain healthproblems and can improve bodily functions. Check out the top eight health bene... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:50:04 EST 6 Weirdest Fad Diets of 2016 (So Far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63695096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2c834b0-c299-4947-86d9-6ff1f13c353c.png"> <BR> <BR> 6 Weirdest Fad Diets of 2016 (So Far) <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Each year seems to usher in a new wave of fad diets. In 2015, millions of dieters tried the Paleo, Mediterranean, Flexitarian, South Beach, Zone and Macrobiotic regimes. Although some can be beneficial, most trendy weight loss plans usually pick up steam quickl... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:27:55 EST Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63687309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/742470b2-f45f-46f7-990b-204e71197a4a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis <BR> What Does the Research Really Show? <BR> <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> When cartilage that cushions your joints begins to breakdown faster than your body can replace it, you develop osteoarthritis. Without this protective tissue, the bones in your joints rub together, causing pain, tenderness, swelling a... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:09:00 EST What Causes GERD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63677417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bd64c11-9b5c-4f60-958c-f67c4fc6c356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What Causes GERD? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> <BR> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, causes painful symptoms like heartburn and acid regurgitation. Although there are many theories on the causes of GERD, experts aren't sure exactly what causes it. There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to GERD—tho... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 07:14:41 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63669904 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb1f23da-300b-415c-988e-7a11b9b43eb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When you’re watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when y... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:02:04 EST Saturday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Feb. 14-20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63669823 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e632819b-caf1-4ef5-b3c4-bbf30072493f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 14 - 20, 2016 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af69f08f-de8b-43e7-b60d-57148f450053.jpg"> <BR> This week we are inThe Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ac14e79-1a5f-45f0-94ed-377daefb14a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> SUNDAY MISSION... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97ecc04a-d10f-427e-9350-a6... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:44:09 EST ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63663733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1da57c5-93e4-4eb8-90fe-a27db4ecd633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes <BR> A List of Foods That Don't Impact Blood Sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> In diabetes meal planning, blood sugar control is the main goal. Typically, people with diabetes are advised to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and manage their disease. Si... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:13:33 EST Portion Distortion Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63649459 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28474fd6-3bae-48d3-8939-f31df1cc88b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Portion Distortion Guide <BR> A List of Serving Sizes <BR> <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor &amp; Health Educator <BR> <BR> Selecting the right foods also means choosing portions that are proper serving sizes. The terms "portion" and "serving" are often used interchangeably, but they don't mean the same thing. <BR> <BR> A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat fo... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:19:37 EST 7 Ways to De-Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63640862 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f0d346b-8f55-4305-9e3a-55fe896facfe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 7 Ways to De-Stress <BR> Try These Tips When You Feel Stressed <BR> <BR> By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Stress happens. No matter how organized you are, how good your systems are, or how friendly your work and living environments are, stress can find a way to poke its ugly head in from time to time. What can you do? Turn to a convenient Stress Buster – a small, simple acti... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:51:16 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63633162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b815ad2e-5925-44f7-9a10-6b3ac6bf3256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:17:26 EST Clever Cardio for Those with Mobility Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63625866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/486a5307-58a5-49f7-8133-82c351fcc54c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clever Cardio for Those with Mobility Issues <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Beth Donovan, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of my mantras is: "That which I cannot do now is my aspiration, not my defeat." <BR> <BR> If you are have trouble moving or haven’t exercised in awhile, it can be very daunting to take on new cardio moves. Most cardio moves involve the need to be on your feet, so I’m going ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:27:44 EST 6 Ways to Relax Before Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63617788 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4d11a97-284c-415f-9990-31fe48bdf617.png"> <BR> <BR> 6 Ways to Relax Before Bed <BR> Take the Stress Out of Sleep <BR> <BR> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Sleep is something that every body craves. So why does everyone struggle with it periodically? You’ve tried to do it right – you skip caffeine late in the day; you don’t eat a heavy meal right before bed; you make sure the lights are off; you try to follow a consistent bedtime sch... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:15:11 EST Saturday. ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Feb. 7-13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63617682 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eeaf0dc4-20fb-44da-8583-2571146579f5.jpg">SNEAK PEEK OF THE WEEK <BR> <BR> February 7 - 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Kitchen <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06f4c4e0-5694-4cbc-b264-e25ad7c80f18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THIS MONTHS HABIT.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9acece42-be0f-4639-baeb-44cfc2794647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/831c5167-7... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:02:47 EST Busting the 10 Biggest Cold & Flu Myths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63610203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eca4558-8eae-4800-a6e8-b53a0041f1fc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Busting the 10 Biggest Cold &amp; Flu Myths <BR> The Cold Hard Facts about Colds &amp; the Flu <BR> <BR> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> Eat chicken soup. Bump up your vitamin C intake. Don’t step outside with wet hair. Each year as cold and flu season approaches, you probably hear these common tricks for avoiding illness. However, not all of the prevailing wisdom about viral in... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:10:24 EST Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63604676 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a518c9e-177f-4d68-b440-6a9ea5f11a3d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! <BR> Are Your Friends and Family Making You Fat? <BR> <BR> By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> There’s one in every crowd— at the office, in your church group, among your closest friends and family. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes they seem a tad malicious, often they have no idea how they’re sabotaging you. But every time you take a step... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:31:22 EST Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63597430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c104f063-950c-468a-8139-4b82a3562c70.png"> <BR> <BR> Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen Cabinets <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Lea Schneider <BR> <BR> Keeping that promise you made to yourself to kick off your healthiest year yet becomes possible when you're armed with more than just good intentions. If you're one of the many people who committed to a healthier lifestyle, both for yourself and for your family, the ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:12:06 EST 8 Exercises for Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63587096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2765effa-91f9-48e6-bb45-bd56b1926f02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8 Exercises for Better Balance <BR> <BR> By: Nancy Howard, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> I was first introduced to balance exercises by my running coach when I developed a minor ankle injury a few years ago. However, before I even began using the balance board my coach had me do series of progressive balance exercises initially using only one-foot on solid ground, followed by doing ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:16:56 EST Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63577905 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de01d94b-63ef-4e88-ac3a-6342a0fc8966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs <BR> What Are Net Carbs? How Do They Affect Blood Sugar? <BR> <BR> By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> Since low carbohydrate diets became popular, the phrase "net carbs" has become a fairly regular fixture on the labels of food products. But, if you are not familiar with the term you may be wondering ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:50:35 EST 12 Heart-Smart Tips You Haven't Heard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63568984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/383ecc94-184d-464e-8b96-8d630915fc2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 12 Heart-Smart Tips You Haven't Heard <BR> There's More to Heart Health than Diet and Exercise <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> When I flip my calendar to February, two things usually come to my mind. One, I’m getting tired of the cold and snowy winter, and two, Valentine’s Day is coming. Now, I don’t know how you feel about this “holiday," but I like it.... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:39:04 EST Saturday..Daily Focus Jan. 31st - Feb. 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63568955 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46c43fdb-a65f-465e-86d4-8b27c272ae8f.jpg"> Jan. 31st - Feb. 6th....2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8b76141-39a5-4ca2-a7aa-42250ac4022a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Monthly Habit: February – Decluttering for 15 minutes a day <BR> Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day February is here, and it’s time for a new habit. This month, we are going to practice hard at decluttering for 15 minutes a day. With less clutter, it’s muc... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:34:03 EST 5 Ways to Love Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63560573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01a5002a-d7cf-4a10-a611-60f339c9a014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> <BR> By Carrie Myers Smith, Health &amp; Exercise Expert <BR> <BR> While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body. <BR> <BR> Stop picking yourself apart <BR> Let’s face it: No ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:03:03 EST Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63553099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03d0be11-ff46-42d3-98ab-a0db72488cb6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Fitness &amp; Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> I’m not going to sugarcoat things here, or tell you that starting and sticking to an effective exercise plan will be easy or fun. The fact is that if you’re very overweight and out of shape, you’re likely going to face some obstacles—both physically and mentally—that will challenge... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:35:03 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63545093 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d3930d3-9e1e-40ab-a22c-ad1340d704f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin <BR> Natural Treatments for Face &amp; Body <BR> <BR> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> French (women Don'T Get Fat) Toast Recipe <BR> <BR> Many of the same wholesome foods that you eat to help your skin glow from the inside-out can also be used externally, as cleansers, moisturizers, and skin masks. These vitamins, minerals, and oils that n... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:03:46 EST Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63537296 Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up <BR> Are Your Weight-Loss Expectations Realistic? <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Perhaps the biggest reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult is that it is stressful—for your mind and your body. And when you're stressed out, you just don’t function at your best, mentally, emotionally, or physically. In fact, chronic stress tends to make you into your own worst enemy, impairing your judgment, making you emotionall... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:11:14 EST How to Exercise Without Exercising... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63529110 10 Clever Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Busy Day <BR> <BR> By Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> No time to get to the gym—or even into your gym shoes? One of the main reasons people don’t exercise is that they think they don’t have enough time. The truth is, you don't need an uninterrupted hour to reap the many benefits of physical activity. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends getting at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week (and up to 50 minutes ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:55:02 EST FUNctional Fitness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63521300 FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> <BR> By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert &amp; Author <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your bodyevery day. These exercises are common sense, preventative movements that when done on a daily basis will keep you tuned up so you don’t miss out on one minute of fun! <BR> <BR> What’s Function... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:09:40 EST Interested or Committed? Discover the Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63512307 Interested or Committed? Discover the Difference <BR> 6 Tips for Achieving Your Healthy Living Goals <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman <BR> <BR> No matter your motivation—New Year's resolutions, an upcoming high school reunion, a milestone birthday—everyone has experienced that looming feeling of urgency when they feel that a life change needs to happen and it needs to happen now. <BR> <BR> Whether the goal is losing weight, getting in shape, getting more sleep, organizing the house or any o... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:02:52 EST SUNDAY ...FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK..Jan.24 - 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63512047 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19a8cb11-1afd-4ca9-a1e3-46a8b7f62815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> January 24 - 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Living Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1242bcf1-e0a0-450c-b0db-476ad46d4d9c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> <BR> I would like each and every one of you to go into your living rooms and stand there. While you are standing there I want you to look around you and look at the flat surfaces (end tables, coffee... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:30:22 EST I am excited to be a part of this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63511337 My name is Lisa. I have been using Spark People and Flylady for many years now. I am very happy to find a team that combines both. My goals for this year are to establish some habits for both my weight loss and becoming more organized. I am going back to basics with both and taking baby steps to create new habits. I look forward to any advice and encouragement. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:43:37 EST Turning It around When You're Spiraling Out of Con http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63504076 Turning It around When You're Spiraling Out of Control <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> Embarrassed... I admit to you all that for a few days last month I was out of control. I binged one or two times and chose really junky food that left me feeling toxic and demoralized and strangely enough like eating more of it. Sometimes I get to feeling so badly, that I eat badly, and feel worse, so I eat worse... It's really hard to dig out or even have the... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:53:53 EST 5 Secrets to Winter Health and Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63496906 5 Secrets to Winter Health and Energy <BR> Stay Healthy and Happy to Weather the Season <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> Related Content <BR> <BR> My monthly weight loss support group sat around looking rather dismal at the first meeting following an unexpected autumn snowstorm. Winter was arriving sooner than anticipated, and my group voiced worrying thoughts about how they'd stay happy, healthy and energized—and continue losing weight—through the colder month... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:37:11 EST What's in Your Soup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63489054 What's in Your Soup? Campbell’s Campaigns for Federal GMO Labeling Regulations <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Earlier this month, the Campbell Soup Company released a statement supporting the federal standardization of food labels for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). If this legislation passes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Architecture will have control over which food... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:09:14 EST Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63480820 Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the goals of making a “lifestyle change” (as opposed to going on a diet) is to develop a healthyrelationship with food and eating that feels normal, comfortable, usually enjoyable, and relatively easy to maintain over time. <BR> <BR> No elaborate eating rules, no worries about “good” foods and “bad” foods, no guilt feelings or verbal self-abuse for breaking the rules, no gett... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:26:36 EST The Amazing Avocado: Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63474619 The Amazing Avocado: Health Benefits You Need to Know <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Lisa W., SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> It's no secret that delicious avocados can be the shining star in guacamole, salads, sandwiches and as the creamy center of your California roll. But did you know that avocados are packed with nutritients and make a great diet food, even with their high fat content? <BR> Hass avocados are the most popular variety in the United States, but you can... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:34:18 EST Five Common Foodborne Illnesses ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63463835 Five Common Foodborne Illnesses and How to Prevent Them <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Just when you thought fat and calories were the biggest restaurant hazards, some new threats have been making headlines lately. Chipotle was recently subpoenaed by the Federal Grand Jury when more than 140 Boston University students contracted norovirus after eating at the Mexican grill near campus. Additional outbreaks have named E. coli and salmone... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:31:36 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63454912 The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:47:25 EST FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK.. Jan.17TH - 23RD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63454667 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b70070b-3dca-4499-99f9-0cade42c4b25.jpg"> 17th......23rd. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d028418d-0dc4-468e-b9b5-cae5a81575e3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> Zone 4: The Master Bedroom <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Bathroom and an Extra Room <BR> This week we are focusing on the main bathroom and one extra room. The extra room may be a second, or third bath... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:23:24 EST Meal Planning Made Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63446667 Meal Planning Made Simple <BR> 4 Steps to Plan Meals and a Healthy Grocery List <BR> <BR> By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> Without a shopping list, a casual trip to the grocery store can be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes, even with a list in hand, we still find ourselves in a state of confusion as we meander through the store. <BR> <BR> Organizing your shopping list can smooth out your grocery shopping experience and make shopping and cooking more efficient. <BR> <BR> Whet... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:20:11 EST Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63440003 No Pain = BIG Gain <BR> Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? <BR> <BR> By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. <BR> <BR> For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the intensity—the better. But that’s not necessarily true. Even if you’ve gradually increased the intensity, duration and/or frequency of your w... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:34:24 EST Are You in a Cardio Rut? Break Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63430578 Are You in a Cardio Rut? Break Free! <BR> 6 Easy Ways to Bust Boredom <BR> <BR> By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> Are you bored with your cardio workout? Do you yawn when thinking of getting on the stationary bike again? Are you already dreading the stair stepper workout that you have scheduled for tomorrow morning? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you're quite likely in a rut, and when you're in a rut, it's easy to fall ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:04:30 EST How Yoga Can Help Relieve Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63423115 How Yoga Can Help Relieve Depression <BR> <BR> I struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety in my teens and early 20s. It was in the middle one of those battles, during my junior year of college, that I discovered yoga. A friend saw a flier for an eight-week yoga session at the campus rec center. Since I hated sweating and would only run if I were chased, I thought yoga sounded like a good form of exercise. <BR> <BR> The room, usually populated by step aerobics and dance classes, felt ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:05:08 EST 5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63417343 5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging <BR> How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance <BR> <BR> Since I turned 40 this year, the passage of time has weighed heavily on my mind. While I certainly don’t want to be 21 again, I wouldn't mind looking more youthful. But the anti-aging creams and surgical procedures that are often promoted as the only ways to ward off the hands of time freak me out. I've always believed that treating your body well and caring for your complexion throughout your... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:00:03 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63406432 Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why do we treat ourselves in such horrible ways? For some, the negative self-talk is so... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:39:34 EST 10 Tips to Lose 10 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63400696 10 Tips to Lose 10 Pounds <BR> <BR> By: Melinda Hershey, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> Congratulations: You have officially survived the holiday season! Now it's time to get back on the wagon and reach some major milestones in the new year. Weight loss may be at the top of your list of goals for 2013, as it is for many people. And whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you're going to have to make some changes to your lifestyle habits. <BR> <BR> The good news is that you don't... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:15:57 EST FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK...Jan.10TH - 16TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63397514 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ca48bea-f911-4ac1-aae0-9bdc1f02de40.jpg"> 11th - 16th....2016 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4729d2e-9e8f-459d-bc6e-8a7d1d14b3bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Bathroom and an Extra Room <BR> <BR> This week we are focusing on the main bathroom and one extra room. The extra room may be a second, or third bathroom, a guest bedroom, a child’s bedroom, the office, or maybe the laundry room. Just pick one extra ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:06:06 EST 13+ Budget-Friendly Ways to Work Out at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63388875 13+ Budget-Friendly Ways to Work Out at Home <BR> <BR> By: Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> I remember the days when I had time to drive to the gym for a workout multiple times a week. Now as a busy mother of four, those days long gone! However, that doesn't mean my fitness level has to suffer. I'm still able to squeeze in a good workout in the morning before the rest of my family wakes up. By investing in a few key pieces of equipment, I've been able to create quality, low-c... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:23:03 EST Common Foods That Could Be Hurting Your Belly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63380498 Common Foods That Could Be Hurting Your Belly <BR> <BR> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> What You Need to Know about Fiber <BR> It can be as frustrating as it is familiar: the achy tightness in your abdomen after you eat, or the sharp pain, bloating and distension you feel after a large meal--or any meal. With so many foods now composed of a multitude of ingredients, it can be tricky to figure out which foods are helping and which are hurting. <BR> <BR> Any food that causes a p... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:05:48 EST How Often Should I Replace my Running Shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63372515 How Often Should I Replace my Running Shoes? <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Andrew S., SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> Running shoes cushion feet during jogging and other high-impact exercises, keeping them comfortable while also preventing injury. Fail to replace shoes when they get too old, and you expose yourself to unnecessary risk. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods you can use to determine whether it's time to hit up the local sporting goods store. <BR> Me... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:17:50 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63369019 Hello all! My name is Lina. I work in the evenings and spend my days with my soon to be 2 year old. I have recently been photographed and I did not like what I saw. I am wanting to be at a healthy weight. I am looking forward to talking with all of yall. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:01:36 EST 12 of the Worst Restaurant Foods in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63367357 12 of the Worst Restaurant Foods in 2015 <BR> <BR> Whether you're road-tripping, heading out for date night or just need a break from dirty dishes, there are bound to be times when a restaurant meal is in order. As long as you avoid the fast food and opt for a full-service restaurant, you should be okay, right? Not always. You may be surprised to learn that many of the dishes highest in calories and fat are served up at sit-down eateries instead of drive-thrus, according to a University of T... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:06:34 EST 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63355512 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On <BR> Tips to Save on Workout Accessories <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting fit can be a pricey endeavor. From having the proper footwear to the right sweat-wicking apparel to the gadgets, gizmos and equipment that promise to help get you to your fittest and healthiest, you can spend a small fortune on working out. But—and this is a big but—you don't have to! Whether you're t... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:05:00 EST What Causes Insomnia..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63355447 What Causes Insomnia? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> -- By Liza Barnes &amp; Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people have experienced sleep problems at one time or another, but what causes insomnia is very individual. There are actually two different forms of insomnia—secondary (when insomnia occurs as a symptom or side effect of something else) and primary (when insomnia is a disorder in itself, not occurring as the side effect of another co... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:00:25 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63355330 Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> <BR> By Leanne Beattie, Health &amp; Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce y... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:49:10 EST DECLUTTER 101..Staying Clutter-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63333048 Declutter 101: Staying Clutter-Free <BR> <BR> By Cynthia Ewer, Author of <BR> Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized <BR> <BR> <BR> There's a bedrock belief among the clutter-afflicted that if they could only get rid of all the clutter, just once, the clutter problem could be solved. <BR> <BR> It's not quite so simple. True, it's easier to maintain a decluttered environment than it is to achieve it, but there's more to the problem than the mere absence or presence of clutter. <BR... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:31:11 EST Decluttering guilt....5 Reasons to let it go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63333000 <BR> Decluttering guilt – 5 reasons to let it go! <BR> <BR> By Chrissy Halton in Declutter on Sep 5, 2012 <BR> <BR> William Morris famously said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” but how many of us actually adhere to this, very sensible rule? <BR> <BR> Not many! <BR> <BR> We all have items in our house that we feel we should / we need / we ought to keep – for many different reasons. <BR> <BR> But are they actually helping you e... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:26:39 EST 31 Days to DeClutter Your Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63332925 Before you dive head first into that clutter packed space let’s go over some purging rules to keep in mind. <BR> <BR> Rules <BR> <BR> One year rule <BR> <BR> If you haven’t worn it/used it/looked at it in a year, get it out of your house. <BR> <BR> Broken beyond repair <BR> <BR> It’s broken, it’s busted, it’s a goner. Get it gone. <BR> <BR> Not even yours <BR> <BR> This is the worst type of clutter – you don’t even own it! Give it back to the person who does. <BR> <BR> Guilt <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:18:40 EST Been a member since 2006 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63320049 I've been a member of Sparks since 2006 and am learning to be better organized at home. I have a semi-permanent Hot Spot List where I keep a generic to do list by dates, and I can check them off. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to begin having invited guests again, I think. <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning about other members. <BR> <BR> Best to you! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:50:56 EST 2016 Hot Spot List of To Do Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63319860 Hi, <BR> <BR> I started reading about home organization books when there was very few of them about. The one that I remember the most was written by two sisters named Pam and Peggy who used three by five cards. I could never use the cards, just too much to organize, but when Flylady came along, I joined that website and I took the 30 day challenges and organized them into a list in a converted teacher grade book, and that is what I've used. I have been in and out of several home organizati... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:26:19 EST FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK...J an.3-9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63318654 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ba08ded-685e-41db-97f7-f0198508b0b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our FLY Spot this week is in our Dining Room. Walk into your Dining Room. What is the first thing you see? What catches your eye first? Is it beautiful flowers on the table? Or a pile of newspapers stacked in a chair? Maybe a picture hanging on the wall that’s been there for 30 years? If what you saw first made you happy and brought a smile to your face, then your FLY Spot is easy! Take a m... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:11:30 EST Share Your Success Here ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63274590 I will begin by saying quite happily, I became diligent about tracking my food ..... <em>4</em> <BR> My rule is: If I 'Smack It-I Track It." ..... <em>212</em> <BR> So ...... Today I weighed and since Saturday, I lost 1.2 pounds! (my scales would not budge til then ...... or was it ME forgetting to track something? ...... <em>246</em> <BR> Excited to hear about yours ........ Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:03:05 EST GAME PLAN FOR SUNDAY...We Can Do This http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63271127 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87ea62d0-54f8-4fcb-95f8-8111492076cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Focus Sunday <BR> <BR> Renew Your Spirit <BR> <BR> Each Sunday is the day to Renew Your Spirit. This is a day to take time for yourself and build YOU up with your favorite things. If you don’t Renew Your Spirit, you can’t renew the spirit of others. Here are some great ideas: <BR> <BR> A movie at the local theater <BR> A walk in the park <BR> Curl up with a good book <BR... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:52:40 EST GAME PLAN FOR SATURDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63264396 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1fe8e41-4ebc-4c91-baab-c79d53d2cfa9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74eb256f-35a0-4903-8da9-c844fbad5bb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> <BR> Family fun Day <BR> <BR> Saturday is especially fun because it’s the day we have Family Fun Time! This a special time just for you and your loved ones to spend time renewing your relationships with each other. Your week has been busy and time has been limite... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 06:22:32 EST GAME PLAN FOR FRIDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63260000 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58403360-aeca-42a9-99e4-9f0ff1964818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5952368b-429c-4db6-87de-871d48598ce0.jpg"> my sparking friends. <BR> <BR> I will post the Mission Plan and Daily Plan for today but totally understand If you choose not to do it today. Take time to enjoy your day without stress or worries. <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday Mission Plan <BR> <BR> Today is the day to get rid of the dust i... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 07:34:49 EST GAME PLAN FOR THURSDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63254907 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07c26fd9-a970-4ca4-9231-d7be268ad8ef.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> Thursday Mission: <BR> <BR> <BR> It is time to fling some socks and pantyhose today. You know that drawer that is full of old pantyhose and mismatched socks that you have held on to for reasons you don't even know. It is time to go through and toss. Be good to yourself and let go of these things that are cluttering up your bedr... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:30:39 EST GAME PLAN FOR WEDNESDA Y.....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63248006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b135562-74c8-458f-a193-4ac15c00d93d.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday Mission: <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it doe... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:37:45 EST GAME PLAN FOR TUESDAY.....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63241387 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e728bda-f415-4665-8b98-8a2116e5dcb7.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday's Mission: <BR> <BR> Accessories can contribute to some of the biggest clutter problems! Today I want you to take 10 minutes and purge your jewelry boxes, chest, whatever. Now I am not talking about the family heirlooms here. I am talking about the costume stuff that we have collected, been given or don't even know ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:11:43 EST December 20 - 26, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63237868 Zone 4 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the Master Bedroom this week and we can't stress enough to you how important it is for your mental health to have this room decluttered. Being surrounded by clutter while you sleep is just not good for you. For today your mission is to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom, grab that trash bag and start tossing. Anything counts, old pantyhose to junk mail! <BR> FlyLady Rebecca <BR> <BR> Zone 4 Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Dear Friends... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:49:41 EST GAME PLAN FOR MONDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63234773 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf07a99a-66e4-421c-8e0c-cd087d7ab0b2.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday....Mission <BR> <BR> We are in the Master Bedroom this week and we can't stress enough to you how important it is for your mental health to have this room decluttered. Being surrounded by clutter while you sleep is just not good for you. For today your mission is to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom, grab that tras... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:51:58 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x63215992 <em>319</em> <em>317</em> <em>313</em> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:59:29 EST Did You Use The Trackers Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x63215964 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/578aa628-0f18-43a3-a7d6-7523b0831262.jpg"> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:56:17 EST A - Z ...Things you find around the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x63203939 Air mattresses Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:24:08 EST Pass the broom along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x63203925 <em>542</em> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:22:31 EST Emoticon or Image....Say Hi to our team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63202152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65209e30-d4c6-4ba4-9261-b14cc090f571.jpg"> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:46:25 EST NEW TO THE GROUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63199001 Hello everyone!! My name is Cindy, I am from Kenosha, WI, and I am a huge procrastinator and would definetly like your motivation ideas. At times, I have some energy to clean the clutter off my counter to some extent and other days....none. I live in a small apartment, not married, 54, and it shouldn't be that difficult....but guess what?? It is!! <BR> <BR> Looking to meet new people, lose weight,feel healthier and better about myself here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> (((( HUGS)))) <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:05:45 EST 5 Ways to Declutter Your Body and Mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x63197878 <BR> Five Ways to Declutter Your Body and Mind <BR> <BR> Clearing physical spaces can help clear our mental spaces as well. Try some of these tips for both. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I feel so much better when my environment is neat and organized. After a long day of work, coming home to a neat space is like coming home to myself. It is a refuge, truly, and I feel soothed. <BR> <BR> I do know, however, that there are certain ingredients that will immediately crea... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:22:36 EST Clutter Free Gift Ideas..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63197341 Feel free to give us some of your ideas to attach to this list. <BR> <BR> <BR> Paper Shredder <BR> Peppermint or other scented foot lotion <BR> Gift Certificates, clothing store, hardware store, gardening supply store, grocery store etc. <BR> Tickets to the theater or upcoming events. <BR> Date for lunch out or shopping together in the mall, date to go walking, visit the zoo. <BR> Manicure <BR> Pedicure <BR> Some one to come in and clean the house. <BR> Make a family photo album. <BR> Make ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:37:58 EST December 13-19,2015:Zone 3:Bathroom & Extra Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63191715 Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the bathroom and the laundry room. For today your mission is to declutter the empty bottles and used up bars of soap that are taking up space in your tubs and showers. This is a quick mission, just toss toss toss! <BR> For the other room today, do the same thing in your laundry room! Toss the empty soap containers, fabric softner bottles, boxes, spray bottles and bleach containers! <BR> <BR> FlyLady Rebecca <BR> <BR... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:16:38 EST Give a Goodie..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x63190782 This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our FLYbabies team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:19:23 EST NO LONGER AVAILABLE ....TOPIC HAS BEEN STOPPED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63189830 MONDAY: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ca1ef38-4ea5-4659-aec1-937161dd12ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BATHROOM and ONE OTHER ROOM <BR> <BR> <BR> #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the bathroom and the laundry room. For today your mission is to declutter the empty bottles and used up bars of soap that are taking up space in your tubs and showers. This is a quick mission, just toss toss toss! <BR> <BR> For the other room today, d... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:33:16 EST Inspirational Quotes of the Day...Come Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63173512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/245baf94-8925-4057-a85e-ac854e69373d.jpg"> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:22:21 EST Did You Swish, Swipe and Spritz Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63173505 AN EXAMPLE OF A DAILY CHORE CHECKLIST <BR> KITCHEN/ BATHROOMS <BR> <BR> 1. FILL / EMPTY DISHWASHER <BR> 2. WIPE OFF DISHWASHER <BR> 3. WIPE OFF MICROWAVE <BR> 4. WIPE OFF STOVE <BR> 5. WIPE OFF COUNTERS <BR> 6. WIPE OFF CHAIRS <BR> 7. WIPE OFF TABLE <BR> 8. WIPE DOWN TUB <BR> 9. SWISH TOILET <BR> 10. SHINE SINKS &amp; FAUCETS <BR> 11. SHAKE AREA RUGS <BR> 12. SWEEP FLOOR <BR> 13. EMPTY TRASH/ TAKE OUT <BR> RECYCLABLES <BR> <BR> BEDROOMS <BR> 1. MAKE BED <BR> 2. CLOSE CLOSET DOOR <BR> 3. FEA... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:21:38 EST Emoticon or Add An Image.... FLYbabies Say HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63173496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f331c7d-d0d8-4b01-88c0-5c3264e2e89f.jpg"> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:19:33 EST December 6 - 12, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63170306 <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> If you are like me, and feel like you cook from Thanksgiving until Christmas, I bet your kitchen could use some extra attention. For today, I want you to clean the front of your upper cabinets. Get all the dust and food splatters. I would even go a little farther and spray the handles with disinfecting spray. Remember we are only wiping the fronts, so don't get side tracked and open them up and start rummaging through them. <BR> FlyLad... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:51:46 EST Monthly Habit: December – Pampering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63170288 <BR> PamperingWelcome to December — the month of Pampering! This is the best habit. All month, we are going to take time to take care of ourselves. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your family. So, this is such an important habit to practice. <BR> <BR> <BR> “If you don’t take care of you who will?” ~ FlyLady <BR> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:48:27 EST Monthly Habit: November – Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63003815 <BR> Menu PlanningIt’s a brand new month and time to practice a brand new habit. Welcome to November — the Menu Planning month. All month long, we are going to learn how to plan our menus to save money and feed our families healthy. This will be a fun habit to learn and to practice. Check out the great info below! <BR> <BR> “A little menu planning can go a long way toward feeding your family and saving money at the same time.” – FlyLady <BR> <BR> Listen to internet radio with FlyLady Tools... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:48:36 EST November 15 - 21:Zone 3: The Bathroom & 1 Extra Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63003093 Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3. This is the main bathroom and another room of your choice. We are gearing up for the holidays so let's make our extra room this month be the guest room. <BR> Your mission for today in the bathroom is to wipe down around the base and the back of the toilet. Grab a rag and some general purpose cleaner and wipe down the toilet from the bowl downward, the floor around the base and behind the base. <BR> <BR> Your ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:56:16 EST Monthly Habit November: Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62975465 It’s a brand new month and time to practice a brand new habit. Welcome to November — the Menu Planning month. All month long, we are going to learn how to plan our menus to save money and feed our families healthy. This will be a fun habit to learn and to practice. Check out the great info below! <BR> <BR> How are you coming along? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:26:03 EST November 8-14: Zone 2: Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62971774 The kitchen is the heart of our home. <BR> <BR> FLYBABIES: Focus on one little part — reclaim your kitchen sink. Empty everything out of your sink, shine it up, fill it with hot soapy water, and start washing dishes, one at a time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Do a 27-Fling “Trash” Boogie. Trash is clutter. When the bag is full, take it outside, right away, to the trash bin. <BR> ~Clear out your mail hotspot. Get rid of the old magazines, catalogs, and advertisments. <BR> ~Clear the clutte... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:15:20 EST EOs Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x62915142 Hello there! I have been flying for years &amp; flying really saved me many moons ago. I used to post on the fly lady forums which are gone now. I've tried several diff forums to no avail. So I thought, hmmm maybe I can use sparkpeople... <BR> <BR> So here I am. Each night I used to write out my schedule &amp; my todo list. I really miss that &amp; would love to do that here if I can. It would actually be great to see a section for this sort of thing :) <BR> <BR> We recently moved &amp; thi... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:35:31 EST October 25 - 31, 2015: The Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62849408 <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1: Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> On this rare occasion we are in Zone 5 for a full week! Let's take advantage of that and start with a 27 Fling Boogie. Grab your bag and put on some of your favorite music and start flinging. For those of you who are new to FlyLady a 27 Fling Boogie is where you get a bag, and go through the room and pick up 27 tings you no longer need or want. Today we will focus on trash, and getting it out of this zone. So, grab your bag and fl... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:58:05 EST October 11-17:Zone 3- Main Bathroom &Extra Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62724289 Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3 and that is The Main Bathroom and an Extra Room! Since this month's habit is paper clutter, we are going to visit each zone and work on paper clutter for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> For your mission today, wipe down the outside of your bath tub, toilet and cabinets. Don't forget the top of your medicine cabinet, and the part where the tub or cabinet meets the floor. <BR> <BR> For the extra room, let's start a... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:31:19 EST October 4 - 10, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62676071 <BR> Zone 2 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes today to look at your kitchen floor. Does it need to be swept? Mopped? Sweep the floor, damp mop it and then...here is the big one, make sure that you wipe down the baseboards that surround the floor. These tend to get dusty and dirty, but are never seen. I will be wiping mine down today when I get home! <BR> Set your timer and do this quickly, don't be a perfectionist, just do it! Have fun! <BR> <BR> FlyLady Rebecc... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:38:27 EST Give WooHoo if you worked on Paper Clutter today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x62676003 Monthly Habit: October – Paper Clutter <BR> Paper ClutterIt’s October and that means it’s time to get working on a new habit! This month, we are going to focus on getting the Paper Clutter under control and out of our homes. We all have paper clutter and if we don’t spend some time getting rid of it, it will completely take over and create CHAOS! <BR> <BR> “You will have time for pleasure when the clutter is gone.” – FlyLady Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:28:47 EST Monthly Habit: October – Paper Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62619424 <BR> Paper ClutterIt’s October and that means it’s time to get working on a new habit! This month, we are going to focus on getting the Paper Clutter under control and out of our homes. We all have paper clutter and if we don’t spend some time getting rid of it, it will completely take over and create CHAOS! <BR> <BR> “You will have time for pleasure when the clutter is gone.” – FlyLady Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:15:18 EST Sept 27 - Oct 3: Zone 5/Living Rm & Zone 1/Entranc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62619394 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> Zone 5 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Today is our first day in the Living Room! This will be a short zone. Let's have a detailed vacuuming session. This means to vacuum the room, making sure to get up against the baseboards and to get under the furniture. Please be careful that you don't hurt yourself trying to move furniture. If it is too difficult to ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:09:24 EST September 20 - 26: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62560805 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom. Today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed. Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today, just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:06:22 EST September 6 - 12, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62452433 Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today should you choose to accept it: Scrub down your counter tops, I don't mean to just wipe a rag across them. I mean you get some hot soapy water and you wipe down the counters from front to back and side to side. Yes, you have to move the stuff on the counters to do this. DON'T take everything off at one time and then plan to put it all back again, I promise you will get sidetracked. You just move your toaster (or co... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 17:29:02 EST WooHoo if you did Before Bed Routine Last Night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x62405966 Before Bed Routine. September is the month we work on our Before Bed Routine. This is such a simple habit that makes our entire day run more smoothly. With just a few minutes each night, we can ensure that our mornings are happier and smoother. Check out FlyLady’s very own Before-Bed Routine below. <BR> <BR> <BR> “This is the most important routine of your whole day. It helps your morning start off on a less stressed foot.” – FlyLady <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:44:02 EST Aug 30 - Sept 5, 2015: Living Room & Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62397983 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are in Zone 5 for today only. Lets make the most of it and declutter for 15 minutes. If you have been with FlyLady for a while and have moved to the detailed cleaning in this area that is great! Go down the list and do what you can for 15 minutes. If you need a refresher go to the Zone 5 detailed cleaning list o... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:24:00 EST Monthly Habit: September – Before-bed Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62397967 <BR> Before Bed RoutineSeptember is the month we work on our Before Bed Routine. This is such a simple habit that makes our entire day run more smoothly. With just a few minutes each night, we can ensure that our mornings are happier and smoother. Check out FlyLady’s very own Before-Bed Routine below. <BR> <BR> <BR> “This is the most important routine of your whole day. It helps your morning start off on a less stressed foot.” – FlyLady <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:21:11 EST August 23 - 29, 2015:Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62341731 <BR> <BR> Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> Your mission for today is to grab a trash bag, set the timer and start tossing anything that is trash. Just toss toss toss. Sometimes we have hidden trash in our bedrooms, things that are disguising themselves as necessary items but really they are trash. Toss those magazines, the junk mail that has been tossed in a pile, the old perfumes that are never worn but still have a place on your dresser, the old clothes that are on the c... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:53:17 EST WooHoo if you did Laundry today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x62222310 LaundryOur habit for August is working on Laundry. If we can control our laundry by doing one load of laundry per day, laying our clothes out each night and getting dressed each morning becomes a simple habit to practice. Our habit this month is all about making our lives easier. So, join us in our new habit of doing one load of laundry each day. Check out the great info below. <BR> <BR> A load a day keeps CHAOS away! – FlyLady Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:22:22 EST August 9 - 15, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62222078 Zone 2 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the Kitchen this week and we are ready to Fly! <BR> For today I want you to grab your broom and your mop. Sweep your kitchen floor really well and then mop. There are several ways to mop a kitchen floor and no real wrong way. Hot soapy water and wipe. There is no "perfect" mop and no "perfect" way to do it. One of our members told me that she uses her kitchen trashcan as a bucket for the soapy water while mopping so her trash ca... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:48:57 EST Monthly Habit: August – Laundry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62165641 <BR> LaundryOur habit for August is working on Laundry. If we can control our laundry by doing one load of laundry per day, laying our clothes out each night and getting dressed each morning becomes a simple habit to practice. Our habit this month is all about making our lives easier. So, join us in our new habit of doing one load of laundry each day. Check out the great info below. <BR> <BR> A load a day keeps CHAOS away! – FlyLady Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:38:15 EST August 2 - 8, 2015: Zone 1: Entrance, Front Porch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62165626 Sneak Peek for the Week <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> Zone 1: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are heading in to Zone 1 today, and that is the Entrance, Front Porch, and Dining Room. Grab your timer and declutter for 15 minutes. You pick the space that needs this Mission the most, but you have to stay in Zone 1. <BR> <BR> Zone 1: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Dear Firends, <BR> <BR> Today it is time for a Super Fling ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:36:51 EST July 26 - August 1, 2015: Zones 5 & 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62111712 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> July Habit: Swish & Swipe <BR> August Habit: Laundry <BR> <BR> Zone 5 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> It is our first day in the Living Room! Lets take 10 minutes to blast through any hotspots that are around. Get that stuff tossed out or put away! If ten minutes is not enough, you van go for round two if you would like to and you have the time! Don't ge... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:47:33 EST July 19 - 25, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62055794 Zone 4 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are going to have some fun in the bedroom today! You are going to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom for a mission today, but we want you to look for those UFO'S and tell us about them! <BR> What is a UFO? Anything that is the Ugliest, Funniest, and Oldest that you are going to fling today! <BR> <BR> Send your UFO's to flylady@flylady.net, please make sure to put UFO in the subject line. <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> Love and Blessings, ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:13:31 EST July 12 - 18, 2015: Zone 3: The Bathroom and One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61998873 Zone 3 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Bathroom! Your mission is to grab a trash bag and do a 27 fling boogie in the bathroom!! For those of you that are new to us here at FlyLady, here is an explanation of a 27 fling boogie: <BR> This is a tool to help you declutter your home. Do this assignment as fast as you can. Take a garbage bag and walk through your home and throw away 27 items. Do not stop until you have collected all 27 items. Then close the ga... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:04:24 EST Monthly Habit July - Swish & Swipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61950054 What does Swish and Swipe Mean? <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> As part of my morning routine I clean my bathroom. Now this is not the crisis cleaning because company is coming and you have not touched the bathroom in months. This is a daily maintenance that keeps it company ready all the time! I know many of you don’t think that this needs to be done but I assure you that you deserve to clean and fresh smelling bathroom all the time too. <BR> <BR> It don’t take much time to do this either. Th... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:21:46 EST July 5 - 11, 2015: Zone 2 The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61949998 Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> We are in the kitchen this week! <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes and scrub your stove top! Soak the knobs and drip pans in hot soapy water while you clean the stove top. Some elbow grease and hot soapy water will take care of a lot! Don't become a perfectionist and try to get it as clean as the day it was new. Just do the best you can and then scrub the drip pans and knobs. Don't scrub the knobs so hard that the numbers and words scrub off! <BR> Anything that you do ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:14:04 EST June 28-July 4:Zone 5/Living Rm & Zone 1/Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61899699 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> June Habit: Drinking Water <BR> July Habit: Swish & Swipe <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week, we are in Zone 5, the Living Room for two days. Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your living room. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair, or even the floor. The things... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:22:28 EST June 21 - 27, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61822242 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom, today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed! Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or b... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:25:38 EST June 14 - 20, 2015: Zone 3: Bathroom & Extra Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61766755 <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are in the Zone 3 which is the main bathroom and another room in the house. This week that other room will be the Laundry Room. We told you last week that we are going to focus on Laundry and going after the laundry room will be part of our zone missions. <BR> The bathroom: Today we are going to focus on our least favorite job in the bathroom. You may have to bring out the heavy guns for this one. We are going clean around the b... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:46:22 EST Monthly Habit: June – Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61706456 <BR> Drinking WaterWelcome to the month of June and to a brand new habit. This month, we are going to work on Drinking Water. With the hot summer months upon us, now is a great time to start the habit of hydrating and re-hydrating. <BR> <BR> This is one simple way to love yourself. Take the time to drink your water. If you don’t, who will take care of you? – FlyLady Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:46:49 EST Week June 7-13, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61706443 <BR> Zone 2 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the kitchen this week! <BR> Take 15 minutes and scrub your stove top! Soak the knobs and drip pans in hot soapy water while you clean the stove top. Some elbow grease and hot soapy water will take care of a lot! Don't become a perfectionist and try to get it as clean as the day it was new. Just do the best you can and then scrub the drip pans and knobs. Don't scrub the knobs so hard that the numbers and words scrub off! <B... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:44:57 EST Did you Shine Your Sink Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x61590363 FLYing Lesson: Shining Your Sink <BR> This is your first household chore. Many of you can’t understand why I want you to empty your sink of your dirty dishes and clean and shine it when there is so much more to do. It is so simple; I want you to have a sense of accomplishment! You have struggled for years with a cluttered home and you are so beaten down. I just want to put a smile on your face. When you get up the next morning, your sink will greet you, and a smile will come across your lovel... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:41:48 EST Did you De-Clutter today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x61590257 Declutter 15 Minutes a Day <BR> Your home is filled with clutter of all shapes and sizes. This is why you are unable to keep it clean — you have too much stuff! All we ask is that you set a timer and spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. That’s it. Anyone can do anything for only 15 minutes, even if you have to break it down into five-minute segments. These are the five tools we give you to help you declutter and also make it fun for you! When you get the e-mail reminders/checklists from FlyLa... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:32:11 EST Two Emoticon Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x61590228 <em>236</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:28:19 EST Show How You Feel Today With an Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x61589891 <em>250</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:50:56 EST May 24 - 30, 2015: Zone 5: The Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61589754 <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> This week we are in Zone 5, The Living Room and I want each and every one of you to go into your living rooms and stand there. While you are standing there I want you to look around you and look at the flat surfaces (end tables, coffee tables, tops of tv's/entertainment centers, bookcases, mantles, etc) <BR> <BR> What do have on these surfaces? Are they the same decorative things that you have always had? Do you really love them? Are they cluttered up wit... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:34:58 EST Ways to Get More Out of Your Day from SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x61540772 Do you always feel pressed for time? If so, you are certainly not alone. Last October, millions of Americans participated in the first annual “Take Back Your Time Day,” a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University. The idea arose as a way to make the public aware of the “epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine” in our society. <BR> <BR> Lack of time can be detrimental to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. When we are pressed fo... Wed, 20 May 2015 12:03:22 EST May 17 - 23, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61523976 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom. Today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed. Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today, just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or ... Mon, 18 May 2015 16:50:54 EST From SP Fitting Healthy Habits Into Your BusyLife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x61479002 There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do. And it can feel like an added stressor when you are trying to integrate healthy habits into your already hectic schedule. But if you make time for healthy habits, you’ll find yourself with extra reserves of energy that will lower your stress and help you get through life’s challenges. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things you can start doing right now to make healthy habits a relatively painless part of ... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:41:02 EST Tips for those who hate to exercise from SPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x61477697 Are you the type of person who hates to exercise? You're not alone! If your motivation (or creativity) is lacking, try some of these workout ideas from SparkPeople members like you. They're simple, accessible and fun—you'll never dread another workout again! Wed, 13 May 2015 10:07:57 EST 5-Minute Decluttering Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x61477380 18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess <BR> “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein <BR> Wed, 13 May 2015 09:44:15 EST May 10 - 16, 2015: Bathroom & One Extra Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61472052 <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1: Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite missions! <BR> Spend 15 minutes decluttering health and beauty aids! This means toss the old medicines, hair sprays, gels, shampoos, conditioners, old razors, old dried up nail polish, old cosmetics and anything else that is hanging around in your bathroom that you have not used in the past year! <BR> <BR> Grab a trash bag and start tossing. Don't hold onto something because you "might" use it, or becau... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:06:36 EST Monthly Habit: May – Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61400196 Moving <BR> <BR> It’s May, and that means it’s time to get moving! Each May we practice the habit of getting our bodies used to a few minutes of daily loving movement. This could be walking, running, dancing, etc. Whatever you do, make it fun and it will get done! Here is some great information to help you get started: <BR> <BR> In Honor of our habit, we will be taking a virtual walking tour of several beautiful educational locations across the globe! We will be exercising our bodies and ou... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:28:22 EST May 3 - 9, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61400184 <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today should you choose to accept it: Scrub down your counter tops, I don't mean to just wipe a rag across them. I mean you get some hot soapy water and you wipe down the counters from front to back and side to side. Yes, you have to move the stuff on the counters to do this. DON'T take everything off at one time and then plan to put it all back again, I promise you will get sidetracked. You just move your toaster ... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:27:13 EST April 26, 2015 - May 2, 2015:Living Room&Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61345254 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> April Habit: Making Your Bed <BR> May Habit: Moving <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are only in Zone 5 for four days this week. Take time today to put out any major hotspots in your living room. Put out those fires before they really start to flare up! <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> For today you ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:53:44 EST Sharon: Declutter here, there and everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x61291550 Hi my name is Sharon. <BR> <BR> Declutter here, there and everywhere, especially my kitchen and bathroom!! <BR> <BR> My sink gets shined at night. However, after 10 PM my husband raids the refrigerator and fills the sink back up. Again after breakfast it gets shined. Keeping my kitchen clean is a 24/7 job for me. If I don't clean it up, no one else does. <BR> <BR> My husband is not neat! He leaves his things where ever he last used them. Also, he never finishes what he starts...this dri... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:48:40 EST Lauren'sQues st-DeClutter My Life & Enjoy My World http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x61281981 I am a perfectionist. I have trouble when things are out of place. I got married and I married Oscar to my being Felix. When things would be out of place or I would see messes I would actually hyperventilate because it caused me so much stress. <BR> My friend helped my to "breath" through it when I couldn't clean the messes right away. I had some hospice cats and have been working 2-3 jobs; being gone from 7:30am till after 12 midnight. <BR> The house is a horror inside and out, BUT it ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:18:17 EST Monthly Habit: April – Making Your Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61275272 <BR> Making Your BedWelcome to April! It’s a brand new month and that means it’s time for a brand new habit. This month, we are concentrating on Making Your Bed. This one small step makes a huge difference in the look and feel of your room. Here’s some great information from FlyLady to get you started. <BR> <BR> Your bed in the bedroom is what the sink is to your kitchen. – FlyLady Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:58:48 EST April 19 - 25, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61275257 Zone 4 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Let's clear out the clutter of dust and cobwebs! <BR> Your mission for today is to look up, and get rid of the cobwebs and dusties that are hanging in the balance. Look not only at the ceilings but at the walls as well. If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom then dust that too! Look on the window frames, the curtains and the tops of door jams and doors. <BR> <BR> Your Bedroom should be a place of peacefulness and tranquility. You will... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:57:14 EST March 29 - April 4, 2015 Living Room & Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61077863 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> April Habit: Making Your Bed <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week, we are in Zone 5, the Living Room/Family Room for two days. <BR> Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your living room. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:42:35 EST March 22 - 28, 2015: Zone 4 - The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61013664 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom, today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed! Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or broom and get the... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:08:50 EST March 15 - 21: Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60947728 Zone 3 Misson #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Bathroom! Your mission is to grab a trash bag and do a 27 fling boogie in the bathroom!! For those of you that are new to us here at FlyLady, here is an explanation of a 27 fling boogie: <BR> This is a tool to help you declutter your home. Do this assignment as fast as you can. Take a garbage bag and walk through your home and throw away 27 items. Do not stop until you have collected all 27 items. Then close the gar... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:29:15 EST My Success as a FlyBaby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60946629 When I was ill my husband and daughter agreed to take care of the house. I cannot believe that a grown man and a 14 year old cannot clean up. Here is what my kitchen looked like after two days of their kitchen duty: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415698000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that I am feeling better, this is how my kitchen looks today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2043385604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see, I have an old f... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:35:31 EST March 8 - 14, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60882270 This week we are in Zone 2: The Kitchen <BR> <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to Scrub down your counter tops,and I don't mean to just wipe a rag across them. You should get some hot soapy water and you wipe down the counters from front to back and side to side. Yes, you have to move the stuff on the counters to do this. DON'T take everything off at one time and then plan to put it all back again, I promise you will get sidetracked. You j... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:29:30 EST Monthly Habit: March – Getting dressed to shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60814063 <BR> Getting Dressed to ShoesMarch is here, and you know what that means — it’s time to practice a new habit. This month, we are going to work on getting dressed to shoes. This is such an important part of our day. If we aren’t dressed to shoes, we can’t face whatever our day might throw at us! Here’s some great information from FlyLady to help get us started. <BR> <BR> With shoes on those feet of yours, your mind says, “Okay, it’s time to go to work.” – FlyLady Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:47:20 EST March 1 - 7: Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60814054 Zone 1: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in Zone 1 this week, that is the Front Porch, the Entrance area and the Dining Room. <BR> Today you are to sweep your front porch area around your front door. nShake out your welcome mats and wipe down your front door. This makes a huge difference in how your home looks. We have a tendency to neglect this area and yet it is the first thing that people see when they come to your home. <BR> <BR> Spend 15 minutes taking care of this... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:46:32 EST February 22-28: Zones 4 - Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60746853 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your bedroom, do what you can do for 15 min... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:08:02 EST February 15 - 21: Zone 3: Bathroom & One Extra Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60677551 This week we are in Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> <BR> This month's Habit is: Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are gearing up for our virtual vacation and spa retreat! We are in the bathroom this week and our other room will be the kids room! Let's have some fun! <BR> Your mission for today is to set your timer and declutter the bathroom! Dump the magazines, empty shampoo bottles, bubble bath bottles, old s... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:17:17 EST 365 less things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x60659824 Hi! <BR> I have been following a blog called "365 less things" and they post a daily mini- mission for decluttering. Hence, 365 fewer things you'll have by the end of the year! <BR> <BR> So, I thought I could post the daily mission in case any of you were interested. I thought it was better in this forum rather than at challenges because that forum seems to be organized for something different.I hope I chose correctly. <BR> <BR> <BR> MINI- MISSION: <BR> Declutter a kitchen utensil or two.... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:46:04 EST Former team leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60659745 Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I used to be a team leader here but since only Psalm3rd (Hi Rhoda!!!!) is still active from back them, I thought it best to reintroduce myself. <BR> <BR> I was born, raised and have always lived in Uruguay, South America. I am an English teacher, divorced. I have an 18 y-o daughter-this is her last year living with me. Next year she'll move 6 hours away, across country. <BR> <BR> I have a black pug- Pochie. <BR> <BR> I won't be participating much in the forums, b... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:34:00 EST Body Clutter - from the book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x60658691 If you feel the need to add another fad diet book to your collection, don't buy this book. Body Clutter, by Marla Cilley and Leanne Ely, is not another fad diet. In fact, it's not exactly a "diet" book at all. Compared to typical diet books, this book is notable for what you won't find: recipes, menus, calorie lists, fat gram counters, or rigid plans that trash entire food groups. What you will find is a motivational pep talk, delivered in a gentle manner, that's intended to help you recogniz... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:04:16 EST February Habit: Decluttering 15 minutes a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60609953 February is here, and it’s time for a new habit. This month, we are going to practice hard at decluttering for 15 minutes a day. With less clutter, it’s much easier to keep our homes clean and organized — and that means we have more time for fun! <BR> <BR> You Can Do Anything for 15 Minutes!” ~ FlyLady <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear FlyLady & Friends, <BR> <BR> My DS 16, innocently asked me if I wanted anything from the market down the street. I told him, "I have everything I want."... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:48:16 EST February 9 - 13, 2015 Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60609932 Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the Kitchen this week and we are ready to Fly! <BR> <BR> For today I want you to grab your broom and your mop. Sweep your kitchen floor really well and then mop. There are several ways to mop a kitchen floor and no real wrong way. Hot soapy water and wipe. There is no "perfect" mop and no "perfect" way to do it. Just Do It! <BR> <BR> Don't obsess and get caught up in perfection! It won't matter if you <BR> don't mop the... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:46:16 EST January 25 - 31, 2015: Zone 5: The Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60485713 <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> This week we are in Zone 5, The Living Room and I want each and every one of you to go into your living rooms and stand there. While you are standing there I want you to look around you and look at the flat surfaces (end tables, coffee tables, tops of tv's/entertainment centers, bookcases, mantles, etc) <BR> <BR> What do have on these surfaces? Are they the same decorative things that you have always had? Do you really love them? Are they cluttered up wit... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:50:04 EST January 18 - 24, 2015: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60421428 This week we are in: <BR> Zone 4: The Master Bedroom <BR> <BR> Missions <BR> Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom. Today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed. Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today, just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:48:49 EST Back to the Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x60386126 Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Sometimes we just need to Go Back to Basics. Who is ready to get BACK TO BASICS on FLYLADY? We start tomorrow! Tell everyone! <BR> <BR> We are going to use our timers and take our babysteps. <BR> <BR> Are you ready to FLY? <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> FlyLady <em>188</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:44:34 EST body clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60332565 Hello everyone, <BR> I have been a Flybaby for several months. And her ''brain washing'' is working very well for me to stay on track for the housework. :-) <BR> I think a system like this would work too for dieting et getting healthy. I have tried to adapt the routines, the zones, the Weekly Hour Blessing.... to these health themes. But it is hard ! <BR> Has someone been trying too ? I'd love to share ! <BR> Katarine from France Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:17:09 EST Not Exactly New Flybaby. ...Still Fluttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60331167 Hello! My name is Karen, and I'm very glad to find this group of FlyBabies on Sparkpeople! <em>524</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I've been Flying for years. So my house is immaculate......NOT! haha~ My wings give out occasionally. Life happens.....and I start over again. But I don't feel defeated anymore when this happens. Because I firmly believe in the FlyLady mantra: "You're not behind!! Just jump in where you are!" <BR> <BR> I know that the FlyLady system works for me.... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:02:56 EST January 11 - 17, 2015 Zone 3: Bathroom & Extra Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60306967 January 11 - 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1: Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite missions! This is what I will be doing tomorrow morning! <BR> Spend 15 minutes decluttering health and beauty aids! This means toss the old medicines, hair sprays, gels, shampoos, conditioners, old razors, old dried up nail polish, old cosmetics and anything else that is hanging around in your bathroom that ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:45:22 EST January Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x60293977 January Team Leaders for 1/3 to 1/10 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> JOYCE2U <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> SHARONHARTLAUB1 <BR> URBANAUDREYE <BR> KAREN91 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> PHARM_TECH14 <BR> PHILOFOREST <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> ADKMOMMY <BR> SOCDIRECTOR <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:14:44 EST January 4 - 10, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60222018 Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to Scrub down your counter tops, I don't mean to just wipe a rag across them. I mean you get some hot soapy water and you wipe down the counters from front to back and side to side. Yes, you have to move the stuff on the counters to do this. DON'T take everything off at one time and then plan to put it all back again, I promise you will get sidetracked. You just move your toaster (or coffee pot or whatever this ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:59:26 EST new FLYbaby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60218871 Hi: I am from Southern Ontario, I work fulltime nights and am hoping with your help that my house will get a much needed cleaning makeover! I find myself very short on time as my work schedule and my husbands just doesn't make it easy. Where do I begin? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:38:27 EST Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2015 - Zones 5 & 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60145749 December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015 <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> December Habit: Pampering <BR> January Habit: Shining Your Sink <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Back to the Living Room we go! Your mission for today is to go sofa and chair diving. This is where we start digging through the furniture and pluck out the Cheerios and old socks. I am always am... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:47:25 EST Monthly Habit: January – Shining Your Sink http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60145717 Shining Your SinkIt’s a brand new year and a brand new month. That means it’s time for a brand new habit. Welcome to January and Shining Your Sink. All month long we are going to practice keeping our sinks nice and shiny. Here’s some great information from FlyLady to help get you started. <BR> <BR> When you get up in the morning, your sink will greet you and a smile will come across your lovely face. – FlyLady <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you need a way to make the idea of shining your sink a little... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:44:58 EST 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (exercise) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x60119586 Daily we need to practice the habit of getting our bodies used to a few minutes of daily loving movement. This could be walking, running, dancing, etc. Whatever you do, make it fun and it will get done! <BR> <BR> So what tell us what you did for your 15 minutes of loving movement! <BR> <BR> A little moving will energize you and you will feel better! – FlyLady Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:04:32 EST What would you like for us to know about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60119000 Welcome to FLYBabies! What would you like for us to know about you? <BR> <BR> Is there something unusual about you that you would like to share? Have you been a contestant on a game show? Have you traveled around the world? Are a member of a motorcycle club at nite and a respectable banker by day? We would love to know! <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:52:10 EST 31 Beginner BabySteps - Are you ready to start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60118574 Are you ready to start BabyStepping? <BR> 31 Beginner BabySteps <BR> <BR> Dear Precious New Member, <BR> <BR> I know that you have become overwhelmed by your home and the chaos that you have been living in. We are here to help you, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Keep in mind that your home did not get this way overnight, and it is not going to get clean in a day. We are going to teach you how to take BabySteps and establish little routines for getting rid of your clutter and maintaining ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:01:12 EST Dec 14-20 Zone 3: The Main Bathroom & Another Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60030996 This week we are in: <BR> Zone 3: The Main Bathroom and Another Room <BR> <BR> Missions <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3. This is the main bathroom and another room. Our "other" room is going to be taking 5 minutes at those stash and dash spots in your home. Maybe it is the basement, a corner in your bedroom, the guest room, or garage. Just 5 minutes each day to put a dent in the stash and dash piles we have built. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:16:40 EST December 8 - 12: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59980034 This week we are in: <BR> Zone 2: The Kitchen <BR> <BR> <BR> Missions <BR> <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are back in the kitchen! The mission for today is not fun! Clean your kitchen trash cans. Take out the trash and wash those nasty cans out. You know what happens when that trash bag slips down and yet the rest of the family still tosses things in there. Use a soapy rag and wipe down the sides and the bottom. Some of you may need to take the can ou... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:51:22 EST December Habit: Pampering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59916372 Welcome to December — the month of Pampering! This is the best habit. All month, we are going to take time to take care of ourselves. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your family. So, this is such an important habit to practice. <BR> <BR> “If you don’t take care of you who will?” ~ FlyLady <BR> <BR> Hi again friends! I'm super excited to share this week's Pamper Mission with you. We've all been working so hard to make the holidays special this year and we deserve a... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:17:58 EST November 30, 2014 - December 6, 2014: Zones 5 & 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59916356 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> Zone 1: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are heading into the Entrance area of your home today. Let's grab all those shoes, books and jackets that seem to pile up right by the front door and put them away. Grab these things and set your timer. I bet you can do this in less than 15 minutes. <BR> Zone 1: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> To... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:15:01 EST November 23-29,2014 Zone 5: The Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59849631 Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> This week, we have a full week in Zone 5: the Living Room. Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your living room. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair, or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out. If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three ho... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:18:30 EST November 16 - 22: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59798015 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your bedroom, do what you can do for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:46:46 EST How do you clean that messy room? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x59742923 When I moved into my house I felt overwhelmed and in the middle of the worst mess on earth. You see, I had just gotten married, so I had my furniture, my husband furniture and all the furniture in my new home from my parents. Believe me, it was a MESS. Plus, my parents were pack rats. The back upstairs room had receipts from the 1940's to 1996, 30 years of newspapers, broken appliances that my father planned on fixing, etc. <BR> <BR> I had no idea how to clean up this mess. Honestly, ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:30:50 EST Zone 3 Bathroom and an Extra Room Nov 9-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59721348 Zone 3: Bathroom and an Extra Room <BR> This week we are focusing on the main bathroom and one extra room. The extra room may be a second, or third bathroom, a guest bedroom, a child’s bedroom, the office, or maybe the laundry room. Just pick one extra room and focus on it this week. <BR> <BR> The bathroom: Do you live in fear that someone will actually see your bathroom? It is too easy to close our eyes to the mess that is hiding right behind the bathroom door. This week, we are going to op... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:43:33 EST SAY IT IN FIVE WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59673676 I will do better tomorrow! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:20:14 EST Zone 2 - The Kitchen: November 2 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59650937 Welcome to Zone 2- The Kitchen. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, our Kitchens will be put to very good use soon. What better time to start getting them ready for the buzz of holiday activity? Our Fly Spot alert will help us tackle the task. <BR> <BR> It’s time to go through our pots, pans, baking sheets, and to go containers. Set your timer for 15 minutes and toss what needs to be tossed. That cookie sheet that’s had baked on chocolate for two years? Toss it! The pot ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:05:24 EST Monthly Habit: November – Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59650907 It’s a brand new month and time to practice a brand new habit. Welcome to November — the Menu Planning month. All month long, we are going to learn how to plan our menus to save money and feed our families healthy. This will be a fun habit to learn and to practice. Check out the great info below! <BR> <BR> “A little menu planning can go a long way toward feeding your family and saving money at the same time.” – FlyLady <BR> <BR> Listen to internet radio with FlyLady Tools on Blog Talk Radio... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:03:09 EST October 19 - 25, 2014 - Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59512921 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Your mission for today is to set your timer for 15 minutes and gather up somethings that just don't belong in your bedroom. Spend 5 minutes gathering and 10 minutes on a delivery mission to either put things away or toss them in the trash! <BR> <BR> Zone 4: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Today is the day to attack the clothes pile. Now you all know what I am talking about. This pile is either on a chair, on top of the hamper, dresser or at the foot of your bed. Set yo... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:51:45 EST 31 Beginner BabySteps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387622 Are you ready to start BabyStepping? <BR> 31 Beginner BabySteps <BR> <BR> Dear Precious New Member, <BR> <BR> I know that you have become overwhelmed by your home and the chaos that you have been living in. We are here to help you, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Keep in mind that your home did not get this way overnight, and it is not going to get clean in a day. We are going to teach you how to take BabySteps and establish little routines for getting rid of your clutter and maintai... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:33:17 EST Monthly Habit: October – Paper Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387590 It’s October and that means it’s time to get working on a new habit! This month, we are going to focus on getting the Paper Clutter under control and out of our homes. We all have paper clutter and if we don’t spend some time getting rid of it, it will completely take over and create CHAOS! FlyLady wrote a great article about Paper Clutter for you. Check it out below. <BR> <BR> “You will have time for pleasure when the clutter is gone.” – FlyLady Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:27:57 EST October 5 - 11, 2014 Mission in the Kitchen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387580 We are in the kitchen this week! <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes and scrub your stove top! Soak the knobs and drip pans in hot soapy water while you clean the stove top. Some elbow grease and hot soapy water will take care of a lot! Don't become a perfectionist and try to get it as clean as the day it was new. Just do the best you can and then scrub the drip pans and knobs. Don't scrub the knobs so hard that the numbers and words scrub off! <BR> <BR> Anything that you do will be better than what ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:26:32 EST Pamper Mission 10/05/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387547 Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> When was the last time you took time for you? I mean- time alone to dedicate just to pampering yourself and taking care of you! Do you know how important taking care of yourself is? What does the flight attendant tell you every time you fly somewhere? Put your air mask on before helping someone else! This is because you can’t help someone else if you haven’t first helped yourself! This means that not only do you deserve to be pampered and taken care of, it’s essential... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:23:10 EST What are you thankful for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x59387484 A Dose of Gratitude: Being Thankful Can Keep You Healthy. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice giving thanks are happier. <BR> <BR> So what are you thankful for today? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:11:57 EST What have you done today - Trick or Treat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x59387459 Today I have treated myself! Grapes (healthy), peanuts (somewhat healthy), and pretzels (somewhat less healthy). Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:08:28 EST What's your goal? How've you worked on your goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x59387438 Welcome! <BR> <BR> We all have resolutions! Where ever you are at.... it is a GREAT place to start! <BR> <BR> We can achieve all goals if you use the SMART system! SO - <BR> <BR> S - List your Specific goal <BR> M - Let us know if this a Measurable goal for you? (How) <BR> A - Is your goal an Attainable goal for you? <BR> R - Is your goal Realistic for you? <BR> T - What is your Timeframe to achieve your goal? <BR> <BR> Also - What will you do when you are faced with obstacles? (H... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:05:01 EST ON THE BRIGHT SIDE .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59386893 Sometimes we feel like whining, sometimes we have these ugly voices nagging from inside us. And it seems like there is nobody out there to help us change those thoughts or our mood. <BR> <BR> So, we'll have this game: <BR> <BR> One person will post something negative going on in their lives. Then the next person starts out by saying regarding the negativity "On the bright side.." and says something good about the bad thing! Next put your own negative issue for the next person to find th... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:04:57 EST What did you do for yourself today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59331100 FLYlady says Finally Love Yourself.... I have been feeling overwhelmed by my clutter, beating myself up, and eating for comfort. Oh, yes the only thing that gets accomplished has been to gain weight! Doing FLY LADY'S baby steps have helped me to start feeling good about my house and wanting to take care of me! To lose weight and exercise! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 05:02:13 EST How did you make cleaning fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59331077 FLYlady talks about making cleaning fun. I don't feel it! Just work, but it feels good when it gets done! Maybe others can share how they make cleaning fun! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 04:51:25 EST im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x58781691 hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:56 EST Last Friday I shined my sink http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x58417666 The weekend before we had an overnight guest--picture the mad, frenzied, exhausting cleaning binge to make the house marginally acceptable. Over the week stuff accumulated. Last Saturday I cleared clutter from the living room and polished the glass coffee and end tables -- and as a reward, placed a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table. Sunday I did laundry AND PUT IT AWAY--that's important as laundry is in the downstairs bath. Kept the dishes done, the counters wiped, and did the m... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:25:25 EST 2014 New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x56281253 Welcome to 2014! <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> It's a new year and time for new things. In this thread I'd like for you to: <BR> <BR> 1. List what you want to do differently this year. <BR> 2. List how you plan to do it <BR> 3. List how we can help each other out <BR> <BR> Ready,,,,,Set,,,,, GO!!!!! <em>312</em> <em>355</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:36:25 EST Welcome, Check In, Just Say Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x54918908 <em>235</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:07:00 EST Fall 2013 Challenge - Getting Ready for Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x54873589 By now, we should be back into the school habit. So, it's time to think about Fall coming and the holidays. Let's see if we can be ready for them without being so stressed. Let's see if we can do something around the house each week to get ready and something you will normally do to get ready for the holidays. <BR> <BR> I went to some garage and rummage sales. I found some great things still in the original good containers to give as gifts. When I brought them home, I went through the... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:16:42 EST What is your goal today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54750232 8000 steps Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:58:18 EST Spetember 2013 Declutter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x54736407 It's the beginning of a new month. Let's see what we can accomplish this month. Try to list daily what you've accomplished. <BR> <BR> Today, I went through some magazine articles that I had saved and either filed them or got rid of them. The pile is going down! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:17:49 EST Did you exercise today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x54676940 <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:33:36 EST Did you read a member's blog today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54676910 <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:31:04 EST