Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Mmmmmmm…. chicken!

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

If you’re craving comfort food on a cold winter’s day, here’s a recipe to try.

CHEESY CHICKEN STUFFED SHELLS – Courtesy of CentsLessMEALS 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 10.5 oz condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 4 oz herb & garlic cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil and drain pasta shells until al dente. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized dish combine the shredded chicken, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, garlic powder, parsley, and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Pour cream of chicken soup into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir in evaporated milk and whisk until mixed.
  5. Add cream cheese to soup mixture stirring over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  6. Fill pasta shells with chicken mixture and place in a 9×13 pan. Top with sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until hot & bubbly (about 25 minutes).

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It’s never too late to make healthier choices!
 

 



Introducing Georgina Forrest from Smartworks!

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

The Super Simple Secret To Getting Stuff Done!

When you look around, do you see evidence of incomplete commitments, projects, tasks and “I’ll deal with that later” piles?

Do you wonder how on earth you are EVER going to get it all done?

If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not alone.

Now, let me ask you this: are you as tired as I am about hearing from the ‘experts’ on how to get this stuff done? You know … write down your goals, prioritize them, set dates and schedule them in your planner … yadda yadda blahdey blah.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Boooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiinnnng!

Not that this isn’t good advice, and there’s no denying we wouldn’t ALL benefit from following these practices, but for some people this is the stopping point in the whole process of getting stuff done.

It may just be too complicated and structured for some of you … right now.

We live and work in a time where there’s much more to do than we have time to do it. It’s the reason it’s more critical today, than ever before, to find simpler ways to stay on top of our ever-expanding workloads.

Want to know my super simple secret to getting stuff done?

I set time limits and I limit the amount of stuff I can reasonably do.

Yup. It’s that easy.

Before you toss this idea out, think about it for a moment.

If you knew you had a set amount of time to work on something, how likely is it you’d get down to the crux of the work and eliminate the superfluous stuff?

For example, how ruthless are you the day before you leave for vacation? Suddenly many tasks and commitments don’t appear to be nearly as important as you thought when it seemed you had time available to do it.

And if you limited the amount of commitments and stuff to do, wouldn’t your workload get a bit lighter? Thereby giving you more time to work on the REALLY important stuff?

I think so.

Time management doesn’t need to be a complicated, step-by-step process. It can be as easy as setting time limits and limiting how much you can reasonably get done.

It’s time to GET REAL!!

You are not Superhuman – you cannot get it all done at the pace you’re currently working at. And an endless amount of ‘time’ is NOT going to suddenly drop down into your life.

You need to start doing something – anything – to get that stuff done quickly.

So, what can you limit today? Do it. Get more done.

Now, get on with your day!

Georgina Forrest owns and operates Smartworks! in Red Deer, Alberta. Smartworks! specializes in helping people learn the principles of organizing and developing good work practices, so they can work in the kind of stress-free environment that they’ve always dreamed of. Additional services include getting your office and computer organized and functional, enhancing your productivity and time management through coaching, and process improvement and/or development.



A Quote from Jennifer Morrison!

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments



Pumpkin Muffins

Posted on: November 10th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

If you love pumpkin, try this 2-ingredient recipe from Momcrieff.

Pumpkin Muffins

PUMPKIN MUFFINS – Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 spice cake mix
  • 1 can (15 or 16 oz.) pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • chocolate chips (optional)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Stir spice cake mix together with pumpkin. Scoop into lined or well sprayed muffin tins.
  3. Optional – add chocolate chips.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).

 

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!


Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Get Checking...


Before the flurries start to fly, check out our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.

 



How to Become Exceptionally Successful

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Get Productive...

A University of California, Berkeley, study “found that on average, office workers go only 11 minutes between interruptions, while it can take up to 25 minutes to get into a state of productivity called flow.” Check out Elle Kaplan’s You Need to Give Up These Toxic Habits If You Want to Be Exceptionally Successful.

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

 



A Quote from Tom Welling…

Posted on: October 26th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments



6 Stages of Change… with Judith Tremblay

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

STAGES OF CHANGE

Perhaps it’s the change in weather that’s brought this on, but I’ve been hearing from many people lately about their wanting to change, not able to change, unwilling to change, needing to change, being afraid to change. Whether you are thinking of ending an unhealthy relationship, changing the way you eat, changing jobs or giving up an addiction, it may help you to become aware of the stages of change.

There are six stages of change. The first is the “Pre-contemplation” stage. At this point, you are really not aware that you have a need to change. You will find yourself rationalizing your behaviour, defending yourself against the need to change or maybe even blaming someone else for the situation in which you find yourself.

Second is the “Contemplation” stage. This is when you start to think there may be a problem that needs to change. You become curious and start looking for information. You may develop an urge to gain more insight into what is happening, perhaps developing a desire to make a change. This is where most people procrastinate. It is a good idea to ensure you have developed good stress management skills to handle any stress that may arise from this point and beyond.

The third stage is the “Preparation” stage. You seriously begin to look at options to make the change. Your view is changing from the past to the present as you become ready to make new choices. You might talk with others about how they accomplished the change you wish to make. You will work through the obstacles in your path and the challenges you may face. Change is becoming a priority. You develop a plan to make the change. This is a time of decision making and commitment to change.

Now you have arrived at the fourth stage – the “Action” stage. You work through the old thoughts, feelings and behaviours that kept you stuck. You will probably ask for help to work through the painful emotions, the hurt and the effort to make the change. People will notice that you are changing. Sometimes, people in your life will not like the changes you are making, and you will get “change back” messages. You might need help to resist going back to the old behaviours, to keep making progress.

After the Action stage is the “Maintenance” Stage. In this stage, you are moving towards a healthy balance, re-evaluating your new behaviours and making necessary adjustments along the way. You have developed new, healthy habits. However, you must remain vigilant in order not to revert back to your old behaviours.

You have now arrived at the stage where your new habits are established and no longer require the same amount of vigilance. Make sure you give yourself a reward for your accomplishment and continue to practice the new behaviour!

Paths to Change provides one-on-one counselling as well as coaching to reduce stress, overcome procrastination and become better at self-care.

Judith Tremblay has spent over 20 years developing the skills to assist people to make changes in their lives. She believes that we all have the knowledge and solutions we need within us, and with guidance and support, we can make the changes we must to reach our potential and enjoy a more fulfilled life.

Check out the Paths to Change website.



Holiday help…

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

If organizing your home before the holidays is on your to-do list, take advantage of this month’s offer.

Contact A New Leaf by November 15, 2017 and let us help you get ready.

Pay for 3 hours and receive a 4th hour at no charge!
 



Entryways

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy MendlerIt’s finally starting to feel like fall. Our weather the past few weeks has been more like the summer we were hoping to have. Make some time to get out and see the fall colours.

With Canadian Thanksgiving already behind us, it’s almost time for ghosts and goblins to start knocking on our doors for Hallowe’en treats.

One day last week, Ayr (a 30-minute drive from here) had SNOW! It turns out that it was fake snow, as crews are filming a new TV show.

Back to reality! Last  month we talk about Mud Rooms. As promised, this month’s topic is Entryways.

ENTRYWAYS

The main entrance to your home can be very different if you have a mud room. If you don’t have the luxury of both, your entrance needs to perform both duties.

Most people want their main entrance to look like a page from a decorating magazine. Really think about this for a moment. Decide whether that’s realistic for your home.

Planning storage for your entryway requires making a list of everything that you would like to store there.

Do you have a closet to store outerwear and footwear?

Do you need to:

  • add hooks to hang backpacks?
  • hang a family calendar or checklist in your entry?
  • have room for shelves?
  • have a rack for shoes and/or a boot tray?
  • have room for a chest of drawers?
  • hang a mirror or artwork?
  • have a table for mail and keys?
  • have a bench or stool to sit on–where people can put on shoes and boots?
  • have the budget for built-in cabinets?

Don’t forget to make use of vertical space for added storage. Baskets can conceal loose items and help keep your space tidy.

Take the time to plan your space. Remember, it has to be functional!

If your question hasn’t been answered here (or in the Mud Room article), please send me an email. I’ll do my best to help you solve your entryway and mud room challenges.

In case you missed last month’s topic, here’s the link to Mud Rooms.

Let’s get started and turn over another leaf!

Until next month,

Cathy Mendler