Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tips and Tricks for Moms

Tips and Tricks Night
January 23, 2019 and February 27, 2019

Possible Areas:
Cooking and baking
Hygiene, hair, and makeup
Grocery shopping
Clothes and accessory design/shopping
Household chores and cleaning
Exercise Workouts
Tending to sicknesses
Financial budgeting/planning
Time management/organization
Home decorating
Great resources, websites, and books

  • Lunch Meals
    • Buy two whole chickens on the weekend; roast on a rotisserie; eat one for dinner and de-bone the other for the week’s lunches (served with fresh vegetables, rice, etc.)
      • Keep carcasses to make bone broth
    • New Kitchen Gadget: InstantPot
      • Make ginger broth for winter months; healthy to drink
      • Make Immune-boosting soup once a week
    • Cook up a big pot of rice for the week’s lunches
    • Kids prep their own lunches; a creativity break
  • Sicknesses
    • Use Homeopathics
      • Don’t touch with your finger (oils); dissolve under your tongue
      • Highlands liquid form for kids - best nighttime cough reducer
    • Echinacea tea with lemon, honey, and oregano (Anything else? I may not have captured all of the ingredients...)
  • Costco
    • Order non-perishables online and its delivered to your home
    • Shelly’s husband orders Costco through Google Express, where you can order from other places, as well (like Target…)
  • Messy house: take a big box around the house; whatever is not cleaned up in 10 minutes goes in the box; kids earn back by doing chores

  • Sicknesses
    • Use Essential Oils --
    • Exposed to germs, put “Thieves” or “On Guard” (clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary) behind their ears
    • Purification - bug bites
    • Lavender - burns
    • Peppermint - tummy aches (rubbed on stomach)
    • Peace & Calming - migraines; anxious kids or adults needing to relax and sleep
      • DoTerra and Young Living (high-quality companies)
      • Distributors - Tish, are you an essential oils distributor?
  • Health
    • Olive Leaf
      • Pill form or liquid to fight all kinds of nasty things; you can’t overdose
      • Order through Seagate
    • Colloidal Silver - eye drops that kills pink eye; spray that kills germs/preventative

  • Sicknesses
    • Use honey in your tea!
  • Household Chores
    • Start a load of laundry every morning (if there’s enough to do) -- stays on top and caught up; can finish it by the end of the day
    • Make your bed!
  • Cooking
    • Buys ½ beef and a 1 pig to feed her family each year -- much cheaper than buying at the grocery store
  • Grocery Shopping
    • Shop for paper goods through -- i.e. napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. - free shipping; prices comparable to Wal-Mart (you can also order online from Wal-Mart)
    • Susan heard Wal-Mart in Frisco is delivering to Kremmling once a week. Does anyone know more about this?
  • Hygiene
    • Have good hand lotion stashed all around - everywhere!
    • Alternate cuticle treatments because nails dry out
      • Favorite: Mary Kay Satin Hands
      • Wool Wax Cream
  • Reading
    • Get your pleasure reading books through library used book sales or at the thrift store and recycle
Dave Ramsey helps you keep a budget and stick with it.
FREE app called EveryDollar
Enter an initial budget (income/expenses) into your app
By the 3rd month, it’s spot on as you enter in your income and expenses
Changed their lives -- from overspending to saving money
Buy iced tea at Kum & Go in their large plastic cup. Wash the cup and bring it back in to fill it up. You receive a big discount for re-using your cup!
Colloidal Silver shortens their sicknesses

  • Grocery Shopping
    • Now doing most of their grocery shopping online with City Market (called the Click List). Order and pick up in the Dillon (Summit County) store.
    • You can add special instructions for each item when you view the cart
    • Pay online -- apply digital coupons
    • Select a window of time for pick-up
    • Park in a designated area and call the phone number on the parking spot’s sign
    • Staff bring your order out to the car and help you load it up
    • Saves time!
      • Shelly’s advice: Avoid scheduling a pick-up on Saturday or Sunday until the bugs are worked out and especially during the busy season.
  • Sicknesses
    • Drink lots of green tea and Oolong and white tea and rest
    • Drink pickle juice (Shelly’s family uses apple cider vinegar and calls it “Grog)
  • Kitchen
    • Always keep your kitchen stocked with the basics (if out of fresh produce, canned are in the cupboards)
    • Cut carrot and celery sticks and store in a glass jar with water in the refrigerator. It enhances the sweetness of the carrots and makes them taste sweeter.
    • Wash and re-use glass jars to store food inside the refrigerator
  • Baking
    • Add flax seed and a variety of flours in baked goods
    • Baked a double recipe and put half in the freezer for later
  • Exercise
    • Exercise in the mornings! It’s a great way to start the day with ”me” time. It often doesn’t get done if put off until later in the day.
  • Prefers to do her grading in the morning when it’s quieter because its better for focus and then it’s not weighing her down with dread through the rest of the day
  • Household
    • Boxes in closet - dress clothes and thrift store… keeps them there to have time to decide
    • Blue Dawn on oil stains rather than prewash; takes stains out easily
  • Cooking & Baking + Kitchen Chores
    • Make quick breads healthier by replacing oil with an equal amount of applesauce
    • Teach your kids to cook and give them responsibility for a dish or meal each week. The invest pays dividends -- for you, but also for them by teaching them how to run a kitchen, menu plan, cook and bake, and have confidence, independence, and beneficial skills.
  • Communication/Organization
    • I created a Monthly Family Calendar on a whiteboard that we drilled into the closet door of the school room. I color-coordinate it - a different marker color for each family member. I used thin black removable tape strips for lines, so I don’t have to redraw those each month.
    • The kids depend on this to know what everyone is up to, where they are, what their own commitments are, etc.
    • It keeps everyone informed.
  • Check out FREE Access Grand Passes through GCLD on with your library card!

  • Cooking & Baking
    • My tip has to do with weekly meal prep and adding extra veggies to the week for family.
      • I like to make a big batch of browned ground meat with added veggies.
      • I brown ground meat and then for every pound of meat I add about 1/2 a pound of shredded or finely diced veggies (onions, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, zucchini)
      • When I add the veggies I add 1-2 cups of broth (i use bone broth)
      • I let it all simmer until the broth is reduced and veggies are soft.
      • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • I use this during the week as a base for taco meat, pasta sauce, to stuffed potatoes and other recipes I use ground meat. I love having it ready to go and knowing there’s are veggies already in it to add to what ever other veggies I’ve made.
  • Health
    • Ears popping -- ear candles (brand Spiral Fire from a lady in Paonia; buy in bulk)
      • Popping when have colds; swimming; air pressure changes when traveling; etc.
      • Light on fire; burns slowly; heat pulls the wax out
      • Chinese Ancient medicine
  • Laundry
    • Dry all laundry on the line - even in the winter!
    • Wash socks in a lingerie/laundry bags and toss in the washer; keeps socks together; can hang outside to dry or toss in the dryer
    • Tomato spots on white napkins and towel; washed and stains still there but hung on the line outside and the stains disappeared