GET HEALTHY Soup and Salad Recipes

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


I love the summer and fall in Southwestern Ontario because of the great variety of fresh produce we are able to enjoy. Tomatoes, corn-on-the-cob and crisp apples have always been some of my favourites.

Here are a soup and salad you can make in no time!

Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

3 tomatoes
3 cucumbers
1 onion
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix well. Let it chill for 1-2 hours. It can’t get much simpler!

Thanks to Dawn at Neworld Coaching for sharing her soup recipe.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

1 cantaloupe – peeled, seeded and cubed
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place cantaloupe and ½ cup orange juice in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in remaining orange juice, lime juice and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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GET PRODUCTIVE…It All Starts With A Plan

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

– Chinese Proverb

Check out Coaching Positive Performance’s 7 Tips in How to plan for a productive day.

The majority of people have too many items on their To Do List. Daunting lists can be overwhelming and make it more difficult to get started with accomplishing those tasks.

Check out Leslie Shreve’s article What NOT to Use in Your Task List and Why.

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”


Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

At a recent consultation with a client who is getting her
home ready to sell, she asked me about renting a
dumpster. I told her to wait until we started the big
purge. So far a dumpster hasn’t been necessary.

During the purging process, she donated or recycled at least 95% of the items. There has only been a small amount of garbage.

Do you or your children purchase clothing at H&M? Recycle some old clothes and earn a small discount ($5 on purchases of $30 or more in store). Learn more about the Close the Loop initiative–fabric recycling programme.

There is a Dress for Success Drive at the Inspiring Women event in Kitchener on September 24. Attendees are asked to donate business appropriate clothing, shoes, and accessories to help empower local women entering the workforce. Donations are accepted by The Green Door. For more information, click here

Do you just throw out your children’s old markers? Crayola’s Colorcyle program is being tested in a number of Canadian cities; any brand of marker is accepted. Spread the word–teachers at your children’s schools may find this program helpful. A bit of volunteer time is required, but there is no monetary cost to join the program.

Did you know that you can recycle used pens, markers and highlighters through the TERRACYCLE program? Drop off items at your local Staples store.

And last but not least, Textbooks for Change is a social venture that provides affordable and accessible educational materials to students both locally and abroad. If you live in Southwestern Ontario, you can make a difference by donating university textbooks (10 years old or less).

Reduce what ends up in our landfills. Get motivated to recycle!


Let’s Get School to Home Paperwork Organized!

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy Mendler  It’s September!

  Children are back at school, and the first official day of fall is
..almost here. I love the fall with all of the beautiful colours as
..the trees change, although I’m not so fussy about them losing
..their leaves.

I hope you had some time to relax and rejuvenate during the summer. For many people, fall means getting back into a busy routine with meetings, piano lessons and sports activities.

Back to school brings with it much more than structured routines and homework—a seemingly endless stream of paper!

Here are some suggestions to help you handle all of that paper.


Designated Paperwork Area

Designate one area where you will deal with paperwork.  Use a tray or basket as an inbox.  Get everyone in the family into the habit of using it.  If it doesn’t go in the inbox, it won’t get looked at.  Remember–it can take up to 21 times repeating an action before it becomes a habit.  Gentle reminders will help the process when you first start.  Perhaps you can offer a small reward as an incentive.

Having a routine for keeping paperwork under control is critical.  When your children get home from school, have them unload their knapsacks—dirty lunch containers go in the sink or dishwasher, books go to their homework or study area, paperwork goes to the inbox, etc.

Calendar and Activities Schedule
The family calendar should be kept in your designated paperwork area.  All activities should be put onto one calendar.  Keeping more than one calendar up to date is difficult; it usually results in missed appointments.  Label each family member’s activities in a different colour; let your children pick their favourite colour.

Once you add all of your children’s extra-curricular activities to the calendar, you may realize that they are overscheduled.  Remember that it’s OK to limit the number of activities for each child.  Your children need some time to just be kids!

Reference Binder
A three-ring binder can be used to store frequently used information–names and phone numbers for your dentist, school, babysitter, veterinarian or lawn care company.  Lists for children’s sports activities and take-out menus can also be included.

Tickler File
Set up a tickler file.  A tickler file system consists of folders with tabs for each month and day of the month.  This system should hold all of your current household paper—bills to pay, receipts, coupons, wedding invitations, etc.  A file cabinet should contain your non-current household paper.

If you would like further information on setting up a tickler file, please contact us.

Schedule Time for Paperwork
Set aside a few minutes every day to deal with paperwork.  What’s important is that it happens on a regular basis as required.  Review paperwork in the late afternoon or evening.  It is less stressful than trying to deal with it as everyone is trying to get ready and out the door in the morning!

Don’t forget to place signed permission slips, tests or notes into the children’s knapsacks as soon as possible after completion in order to avoid misplacing them.

Artwork and Projects
Is your fridge or bulletin board covered in artwork?  Each child should have their own box for artwork and projects.  Let your child have fun and decorate the box.  Place a folder inside for current masterpieces.  At the end of the month (or whatever time period you decide), ask your child to select his or her favourite piece or two.  You’ll run out of space in no time if you keep all of them.  If necessary, take photos of bigger projects and artwork that they decide not to keep.  Remember to label each box with the year and grade.

Keep it Simple
Don’t make your system for dealing with paperwork more complicated than it needs to be.  Controlling your family’s paper will be much easier if you keep it simple.

Get started and turn over another leaf!

Our Favourite Chickpea Salad Recipe!

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

A friend shared this Chickpea Veggie Salad recipe from Deanna Trask’s Nutritious Living Facebook post.

I’ve made it several times, and everyone loved it!

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1 can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
1/3 of a cucumber – chopped
1/2 of a tomato – chopped
1 pepper (I like to use 1/2 green and 1/2 red, orange or yellow pepper) – chopped
1/3 of a red onion – chopped
2 stalks of celery – chopped
1 clove of garlic (use a press)
1/4 cup of olive oil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (to taste)

Mix together and enjoy!

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Fall and back to school will be here before you know it!

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