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Monday, March 10, 2014

Ten on Ten–March 2014

I’m so happy it’s March!  This Winter has been nothing but brutal and it doesn’t seem to want to give us much of a break!  Today, we hit about 56 degrees which by the way in Ohio is a heat wave!!!  But it’s just a tease because the weather people are calling for snow and maybe up to 6 or more inches come Wednesday this week! 

Winter – I’m so over you!  Just give Spring a chance ;) :)

So onto my Ten on Ten – It’s been a while since I linked up to 10 on 10 but figured it was a great way to get back into the swing of things.  You can read more about Ten on Ten Right over at A bit of Sunshine

 

Life gets really busy and my focus has been on a lot more things around the house and work and well playing taxi drive for my daughter.  We have now entered into the crazy season of dance competition.  I’m tossing myself to the wolves on this one but We’ve been involved with worse activities so I’m pretty sure I can grasp the ropes of dance competitions. 

So here‘s a peak into my day ….

 

lilly

See that time – 7:20 my hair was wet; Lilly still needed to brush her teeth and hair and be outside on the porch by 7:30!!!  Yup, I had a conference call at 7:30 but I had to be ready to walk out the door right after my call.  Some days, I really do not know how I do it?!  Some how her and I manage to make it all work – running a little behind was thanks to Spring Ahead and me not being able to fall asleep last night.

 

conference call 

7:30 Conference calls – I really do not mind early conference calls but these just so happen to fall in the 5 min window of Lilly’s bus coming and I have to watch her get on the bus.  My calls last about 1 1/2 hours so I can’t really just run her up to school after.  But notice the screen shot … My manager listed out the basics of good attitude which can be applied to a lot and I can even relate these to my One Little Word. 

milli

 

Best money spent on my Sirius XM radio subscription –  right after I picked up my Dunkin Donuts coffee and started out in my territory this oldie but goodie came on!  Milli Vanilli – reminds me of the summer and hanging out at the swim club with all my friends in HS. 

 

lunch

I pretty much eat lunch on the go in my car – Today, only breakfast came on the go with me but I stopped for some Hummus.  I picked up the large container because last time my husband was mad I didn’t have enough to share … hehe! Oops!  Oh well , took care of that this time. 

 

view out my roof

you know 56 degrees in Ohio – time to open the sun roof!  Yes, that is the sun and it wasn’t freezing here today!  woo hoo!!  I will take total advantage of these almost Spring Days!

 

photo

made a little lunch time purchase – I love photography! I took two year of photography in school and loved every minute of it! 

barkley

picked Lilly up from after school and headed home – Barkley finally got some play time out side! 

 

lilly bike

Yes, the bike made it’s 2nd appearance today since being put away for the Winter.  See that sun – yes it’s really the sun!!!

 

dinner

 

made meximelts for dinner – I will share the recipe this week!  Super easy for the busy nights!

 

book

and we ended the long day with a reading and taking a test. We are still playing catch up from missing 4 days of school last week.  Phew!  One more test to do and we will be all caught up! ;)

 

 

Happy Ten on Ten ! 

Amy

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine Ideas

It’s so hard to believe that Valentines Day is Friday!  I feel like another year is starting to fly right by again {sigh}  

Today, I am sharing with you some past Valentines Day projects. …. click the title link for the blog post

Valentine Day Box Ideas

Rainbow Loom Valentine Day Box

Rainbow loom

Valentine Day Purse Box

Simple Preschool Valentines Day box -- I bought the cardboard box purse at Joann’s and let Lilly decorate it all up with stickers and pom poms.  We  even put a picture of her in the heart.  Looking back at the picture I can’t believe how much she has grown up! { Please stop time…  she’s growing up so fast}

 

OWL Valentine Day Box 

– This box we made for Lilly’s Kindergarten Valentine Box

 

Tie Dye Valentine Day T-shirt

vdtiedye

 

Easy Kids Valentines Day Art Project

Valentines Day Kids Art Project { The Preppy Strawberry}

Amy

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tips for staying organized

Keeping track of every last appointment, dance class, gymnastics, swimming,  and my work schedules can be is exhausting!  Even with all of today’s technology, I still love my paper planner!  Honestly, this love for a paper planner goes all the way back to 1997 at my first official FT job out of college.   My employer had us take this Franklin Covey class – let me tell you this was the best thing I took from that job!  I still today use the Franklin Covey principles when I’m making a to do list.  Don’t get me wrong,  I also depend on my iPhone for my 2 hour alerts before an appointment.  

Last year, I went with just one planner and it was just for my blog but it became bogged down with more personal stuff taking over my calendar than blog stuff so this year I’m trying something different.  This year, I put together  two planners – One for all my personal every day responsibilities and one just for blog planning and brainstorming. The blog planner also includes stuff for both of my blogs and business website which are all in the works of being revamped and re-designed.  This year my goal is to keep notes on what works for me in these planners and as the year goes on make my own printable for next year.

Organizing the To Do list

If your to do list is anything like mine it never ends even on the weekends!  I’m going to share with you how I prioritize my daily task list.   Now, this works for me but may not work best for you or  you might find this tip helpful. It might even be something you try for week and see if it works!  

If your not familiar or never used one of the Franklin Covey Planners here’s what I mean about prioritizing your daily task.  The concept behind the daily prioritized task list is make your list of things you need to complete and then you rank them in order of importance.  I love this approach because you go into each day with the feeling that  it’s Ok if the list doesn’t get completed that day because the next day these become your priority.  You keep doing this every day because we all know the list never ends ;) 

I loved the Franklin Covey planner pages so much that in my early career days, I purchased 2 Franklin leather binders – I still have them and every time I get into the “pitch” mode they seem to make the cut!  Probably because of how expensive they were to buy and I keep thinking I’m going to use it again. 

Once you have your to list you will rank it – this is the Franklin Covey Method that I use and have used for a long time. 

A = The most valuable things you could accomplish today
B = Important, but they could wait if necessary
C = Would be nice to get done, but they won't lose value if postponed

 

symbol list

franklin covey sample

 

 

This year, I purchased both blog planners from Jennifer at I heart organizing.  Her planners are so colorful – I just love all the colors and I had a hard time choosing the cover to my personal planner.  You can find her etsy shop here and her blog here.  

I made a few additions to my blog planner.   I ended up adding a few pages that were not included in her planner but below is a look inside my 2014 blog planner.   It was so easy to put together and once I had it assembled I took it to Office Max to have them spiral bind them all up!

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

Cover page for Blog Planner

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

Sample Calendar Pages for 2014

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

 

 

Some pages from my personal planner

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

My favorite planner markers …. I like to color code ;)

 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

Each week has it own planning week so you can just see that one week!! 

blog planner cover - The Preppy Strawberry

I added the meal planning pages in addition to the regular planner because I need to be better about meal planning for the week.  I’m hoping this will help. 

 

How do you stay organized? 

 

Amy

Monday, January 27, 2014

No Bake chocolate peanut butter bars

 

The Preppy Strawberry - Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

 

With the Super Bowl and Valentines Day fast approaching today, I’m going to share with you an easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter bars!  You only need 5 ingredients… Yes I said 5 ingredients!  It’s been while since I’ve made these bars but after being cooped up the past few weeks, I was craving something sweet!  I made these this weekend and they were a hit!  I guess, you can say we are all craving comfort food – good thing for my spinning class I’m heading to later – Time to burn off all these treats! 

I love anything No Bake and these Chocolate Peanut Bars seriously taste just like a Reese Cup.   You will need some will power  – hard to just eat one! 

 

The Preppy Strawberry Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups graham crackers (crushed in a food processor)  I use about 2 packages of graham crackers
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup + 4T reduced fat creamy peanut butter (or regular peanut butter I just used the reduced fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips = one bag of chips

Directions:

  1. Mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered  sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter – mix until well blended
  2. press mixture into bottom of 13 X 9 pan – ungreased
  3. microwave your chocolate chips with the 4T of peanut butter.  Stir every 30 seconds until melted
  4. spread the melted chocolate over top of the graham cracker layer
  5. refrigerate for at least an hour – I find that it’s better to allow 2 hours for the bars to completely set. 

 

Enjoy! 

Amy

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

One Little Word 2014

 

OWL 2014 The Preppy Strawberry

 

 

What’s your OLW for 2014? 

My one little word for this year is

CREATE

 

Last year, I stumbled upon Ali Edwards blog and the idea of choosing one little word for a year instead of a resolution.  This is my second year of picking a word to focus on and make part of my life for an entire year.  I don’t know about you but resolutions have not worked for me but picking one little word is an easier way to keep me focused  on what I want to change. 

Last year my word was BELIEVE and I stuck with it pretty much all year – maybe lost a little focus here and there but it was always in the back of mind.  This year, I decided to take things a step further because I wanted the accountability.  I have  lots of things on the horizon that I would like to CREATE this year and have happen so,  I decided to take her workshop this year.  You might see people on instagram who are taking the workshop using the #hashtags #OLW2014 or #onelittleword – so if you are curious what it’s all about search the #hashtags on social media and you will find a whole list of words that others have chosen.  You do not have to take the workshop to pick your own little word – Last year, I just picked a word and made it my focus for a year.  In the end BELIEVE was a good word me last year.  

Some of the things I want to focus on with my word Create is

1)  Create better home – continue to update our space and focus on finishing up my creative office space

2)  Create new venture – this is a work in progress but big focus for me this year

3)  Create healthier choices – I would like to run a 1/2 marathon this year but I will make this a goal of achieving running a few 5K races ( why not I used to run all the time?) 

4)  Make more time to create time for being creative

5)  Create a better time management so I can add my workouts back into my life vs. focusing on everyone and everything else.

This is a growing list of things I want to CREATE in 2014 and something I will grow and focus on in this years workshop. 

 

Created a pinterest board with my word to help keep me focused …..

follow along on instagram

 

 

As I move along in the workshop I will be updating my progress and keeping myself accountable for my OLW 2014 – So will you pick a OLW or do you focus on a Resolution? 

 

OLW workshop

 

Amy

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Easy Party Dip ~ Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

 

Jarlsberg cheese

 

 

Are you heading out for a Holiday Party this weekend or thinking about what to take to a New Years Eve party?  I love appetizers and party food!  I think a holiday get together is better with just appetizers and let you mingle about the party!!  Plus, by the time New Years rolls around who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up some complicated dip – so today, I’m sharing with you this simple cheese dip! 

My sisters got me hooked on this dip this fall and it’s so easy to make!  You make it with Jarlsberg cheese or Swiss Cheese which you can find right in the deli section at most grocery stores.  My sisters are lucky enough to walk right into their local Kroger's and buy the dip already made and ready to serve.  It must be a Kroger recipe because when I googled searched for the recipe most came up Kroger's Copy Cat Jarslberg Cheese dip.  

Recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup jarlsberg cheese, shredded

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup purple onion

1/4 tsp. garlic powder – or to taste

 

Directions

  1. Shred cheese in bowl.
  2. Add mayonnaise, scallions & onion.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Put in fridge until ready to serve.
  5. Serve as a spread with assorted crackers.

 

 So I’m curious ….. What are you making or doing for New Years Eve? Celebrating by staying in or are you heading out to a party? 

 

For me, it could be a couple of things …. a trip out of town or an early dinner out and home to do some work and clean up my computer!  My desktop can use a clean up!  Maybe organize all my photos into one folder for 2013 – now that would be smart now wouldn’t it?! 

 

 

Amy

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