Archive | June, 2012

Lose Weight. Get Fit. For Real Life?

22 Jun

Hey, there! I’d like to ask a favor. Are you trying to lose weight? Struggle to get fit? Want to know how to raise children who are fit & healthy? It can be soooo confusing and overwhelming.  Low fat? High fructose corn syrup? Artificial sweeteners? If you don’t already know, I’m a professional organizer and my husband is a sports dietitian. Being married to someone who is passionate about fitness and nutrition, I’ve always considered myself lucky to have a direct resource for getting my questions answered.

Simply. In plain English. No BS.

Now that we have expanded our family, I’ve had new questions about the ever-changing nutritional needs of a little one {and my own changing fitness and nutrition requirements prenatal and post-partum}, how we can incorporate fitness into our family life and how to give our son the skills he needs to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle.

I’ve been thinking how there may be others out there with those same questions and some of your own about growing a fit family, too. In addition, because I’ve learned so much over the years I’m continually frustrated about the misinformation, sensationalized research reporting and false advertising that occurs in the media and within the fitness and nutrition industries.

Because it is in my nature {sometimes annoyingly so} to want to share what I’ve learned {I hate wasted time & energy- mine or anyone else’s} AND my husband is soooo good at what he does, I thought why not do some more research and find out what YOU struggle with related to nutrition and fitness for yourself  and/or your family!

Is it worth convincing him to start sharing his skills and knowledge in a bigger way? Whaddaya think?

You can complete the quick survey I created here OR feel free to leave a comment below telling me what your biggest challenge or frustration is re: nutrition and fitness for yourself and/or your family.

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Quick Tip: Organizing Bottles, Formula & Cereal

15 Jun

While I would love to keep our kitchen counters clear, the reality is that we’re using {and washing} bottles, formula and rice cereal constantly. My chosen method of organizing is for function first. So, I just thought I would share how we deal with having these items on the counter and keep the clutter to a minimum.  Ideally, I would store these items in an easy to reach bin in a cabinet or drawer but that doesn’t work with our kitchen configuration.

First, this spinning, 2-tiered bottle drying rack from The First Years is perfect for us. There are prettier ones like this and this but they definitely would not have met our needs with all of the bottle parts we have. Precisely why I look for function first.

We use Dr. Browns and they have the bottle, nipple, caps, collars, vents and vent reservoirs. Count ’em- that’s 6 parts per bottle! We use 4 oz. bottles with a level 2 nipple for rice milk and the 8oz. bottles and a level P nipple for the formula.  For those of you not familiar, the level indicates the flow and we learned that flow of a level 1 was too much for the baby, so we purchased the “preemie” level.

The little label on the nipples is a little tough to see {especially when you wake up in the morning after 2 consecutive hours of sleep}. Can you see it? Yeah, me neither.

So, after washing, the 2’s go on the top of the short vent reservoirs and P’s go on the tall reservoirs. This eliminates any time wasted identifying bottle parts. And with a hungry, crying baby nearby, that’s a good thing! All collars and vent caps get paired together, 40z. parts on the top and 8 0z. parts & caps on the bottom.

Next, we keep formula, medication dispensers, dry rice cereal and measuring spoons in a basket right next to the drying rack. In order to make it a little prettier, I transfer the rice cereal into a mason jar. Everything is prettier in a mason jar. {You can see here on my “Mason Jar Love” Pinterest Board}. I don’t have a jar large enough for the formula and we go through that a lot quicker. I didn’t feel it was worth my time or potential spillage {can you say powdered gold?} to transfer it into a jar. Your mileage may vary. I keep a dedicated set of measuring spoons that fit into the bottles here, too.  This is an example of when having duplicates is very efficient. Everything we need is at our fingertips. Plus, it’s particularly helpful when you have visitors helping out.

And, while it may not be the most beautiful setup, beauty is in the eye of the beholder… and “eye” see simple!

Do you have any tips for organizing bottle parts, etc.? What have you done that works for you? I’d love it if you would share them in the comments!

Ciao for now!

Lauren

DIY Project: Sunburst Mirror

1 Jun

F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! I have completed this DIY Sunburst project I’ve been working on for over 8 months. Ok, well not really 8 full months. I purchased some of the supplies, finished 1/4 of the project, gave birth to a human, moved to another state, pretended to sleep for 7 months and finally finished it this past weekend. I originally started the project to hang over our bed in the master bedroom in another state.  And, while I would still love to have a piece to hang there, this niche {or whatever you call it} in our open-concept living room has been calling out to me {please ignore the black coaxial cable- that’s next on the list}

Niche above fireplace

I got inspiration from basically copied Shelley from Crazy Wonderful’s Sunburst Mirror DIY. I loved how substantial it was and, of course, the price tag. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own Sunburst Mirror, Pinterest has plenty here to choose from.  I’m not going to do a step-by-step because I basically followed Shelley’s post. But I’ll tell you what I did:

  • I found my mirror for $12.99 at Ross
  • Used the 18″ Shims from Home Depot as is- I did not trim them.
  • I used gray spray paint as a base coat for the pewter glaze

Some additional tips:

  • I glued my shims in groups of 5 & 7 like Shelley {It’s a great project to do while watching TV if you’re so inclined} and used my handy-dandy rubber band ball {Thanks, OfficeMax}. I made them flush on the front side by using a flat surface.  This made it a bit more challenging when it came time to glue the back side aka. uneven shim sides down to my wood flat.  So, after gluing the groups, I would recommend gluing each group together to give the piece more stability.
  • You’ll need more than 8 packages if you’re using them at full length.
  • I purchased my shims in two batches at separate times and they were distinctly different. One batch was more finely finished than the other. It was no big deal for me, I just mixed them up to make sure it wasn’t really noticeable in the finished product. It only adds to the charm IMO.

Some pictures along the way:

Aaahhhh. So glad this is finished and I loved checking this off my list- literally! Do you have any projects that you’ve been working on for a while? What’s holding you up? Anything you’ve recently completed that you’d like to share? I’d love to see it.

Thanks for stopping by and Ciao for now!

Lauren

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