Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Healthy Snacking Ideas to Help Ring in a Healthy New Year

Everyone has felt that in between meal hunger attack that sends us grazing for the right "snack" to satisfy us until meal time. Amidst the hunger pains and indecision we can make a not so healthy choice. If you are looking to make a few smarter, healthier snack choices, start by pairing fruit or veggies with a form of protein. The combination of the protein along with foods that are high in fiber and other nutrients will keep you full and satisfied for longer. They also won't break the "calorie bank." Check out a few suggestions below from Real Simple's online magazine. They are a great way to start off your healthy year of snacking.  http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/healthy-snack-ideas

Bagel with Ricotta and Strawberries

Spread ½ toasted whole-grain "flat" bagel with 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta. Top with ⅓ cup sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar. 148 calories | 4 g fiber | 7 g protein | 5 g fat


Cherry Tomatoes with Goat Cheese

Dividing evenly, top 5 halved large cherry tomatoes with 2 tablespoons fresh goat cheese. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons chopped herbs (such as chives, basil, or parsley). 98 calories | 1 g fiber | 6 g protein | 7 g fat

Here are a few more tasty ideas that don't break the calorie bank, yet give a great balance of protein, fiber and fruit or vegetables.

Wasa Crackers, peanut butter,                                    Fresh Celery, peanut butter

                         Strawberries, and a drizzle of honey.                                    And raisins


Cucumber chunks, hollowed out a little, add tuna mixed with chopped onion, chopped hard cooked egg and mayonnaise.

For more ideas on healthy snacking, check out the following boards on our Pinterest account.




Monday, January 18, 2016

5 Tips to Organize your Garage



The garage is an area of the home that is often neglected. Many homeowners find their garages to be messy, disorganized and hard to keep clean. The New Year is a great time to start fresh, and bring some organization to this portion of your home. Here are 5 tips for helping you get, and keep, a clean and organized garage.


1.      Buy a set of industrial style shelving from your local home improvement store. This will provide you with durable shelves to stack items and keep them from being scattered in your garage. The great thing about these types of shelves, is that they won’t be easily destroyed by the elements, and they are strong enough to store heavy items and light organize the light weight items.

2.      Purchase clear tubs in varied sizes for storing items and clearly label them. This will make it easy to find things when you’re in a hurry.                                                                                                                                   


3.      Think about budget friendly, re-purposing, forms of storage like empty peanut butter jars or tupperware for small items like nuts and bolts. Install a magnetic strip on the underside of a set of shelves. Then attach a washer inside the lid of these storage containers. Screw the glass part into it’s lid attached to the magnetic strip. This will be an easy way to keep small, loose bulk items organized and save space and money.        




4.      Install a peg board on the wall to assist in storing tools. See how Tina does it on her blog “A Mother’s Niche” http://mothersniche.com/easy-garage-organization-maximize-space/ . She suggested using a multi panel pegboard system on the walls to save space and store tools.




5.      Organize your garage into “zones.” Group like items together and create areas of the garage with a specific purpose. For example, tools in one area, sports equipment in another, bikes in another and so forth. Having a designated spot for certain items will save time searching for an item and assist in it being returned to the  correct spot.



For more tips on garage organization, see our Garge Board on Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/garage/


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

3 Tips for Storing your Holiday Decor

Now that the holiday season has come to a close, many of us begin the process of packing the remaining holiday decorations. If you’re in need of recommendations to relieve the stress of this process, take a look at our easy organizational tips below.

Invest in multiple sturdy, clear plastic bins that can be clearly labeled. Make sure and group like items in each bin (ornaments, garland, lights, etc.) and make the label big enough to see from a distance. You will be thankful next year when you bring down your decorations from the attic, garage or storage unit. This organization system will make it faster and more convenient to find the items you need next year.

If you have smaller items you don’t want to get lost within a larger tub, group them together in smaller plastic Ziploc bags and label them. This will keep smaller (and sometimes delicate) items from getting lost in the process of packing or unpacking during the holiday season.

Another great idea to keep those fragile ornaments safe is to use old egg cartons as a way to protect them when stored.  The other option is to purchase an ornament storage container from Bed, Bath and Beyond or your local hardware store. The Bed, Bath & Beyond container holds 112 ornaments and has a zip enclosure. This keeps them free of dust and the dividers keep each individual ornament safe from breakage.

For more holiday decoration storage tips, visit the A Well Organized Life board on our Pinterest account. https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/a-well-organized-life/