Recipe For Kudzu Flower Jelly

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I really thought I had posted the kudzu flower jelly in an earlier post but didn’t. I have now made 6 jars a couple weeks ago and about to can 10 more. MMMMMmmmmm good! Everyone loves it!!!

I can’t take credit for the recipe, it did come from Greene Dean over at Eat The Weeds. But enjoy my tutorial on it and let me know how it turns out for you. :)

First find a good patch of kudzu – :D OK not hard at all to do here in Georgia!!!!

BUT you must find some that have the vertical growing vines – they have the flowers, the beautiful purple flowers that smell like grape lollipops.

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Then as you pick off the purple blossoms, flick the flower with your finger to get the kudzu beetles to leave. YES this is a labor of love people!!!!

 

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Pretty up close blossom

Fill a bucket full of flowers -

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Bring them inside or in a porch and spread them out because there will inevitably be more critters lurking inside the flowers.

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Then after an hour or so put them in a bucket of cold water to rinse and drain after about 10 minutes.

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Next trim your flowers to get rid of the green stem, don’t go crazy on this part, just remove any long pieces beyond the blossom.

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Measure in cups, how many blossoms you have. Add back to the bucket(Make sure it is heat proof because you will be pouring boiling water in it!). Boil water equal to the amount of flowers you have. I had 10 cups of flowers so I boiled 10 cups of water.

Pour water over the flowers and place a lid on it. Let it sit on the counter or table for about 30 minutes. THEN move it to the refrigerator to steep for 8 hours.

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Later or the next morning….

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Notice how dark the water now is. Strain it out. Don’t get scared at the color, it is DARK!

Now put your kudzu infusion in a large pot, I mean a really large pot because when it boils, it BOILS UP THE TOP! Add your pectin and lemon juice according to the recipe below. Bring to a full, rolling boil on med high to high that cannot be stirred down. Now add all of your sugar at once. Stir quickly and bring it up to a hard boil again.

After 1 minute – check your consistency – either scoop out a bit onto a plate and put in freezer for a moment or use a spoon that was placed in a cup of ice water to chill and scoop alittle onto the spoon. Does it gel up or run off? If it is still runny, keep boiling another minute or two or three. Mine took a total of three minutes but you must keep checking it.

I apologize for not having the camera in hand for those pics but here is a good description of checking your jelly consistency if you need it.

Next have your clean jars ready with canning pot boiling or simmering. Skim off any foam from the pot of jelly and scoop jelly into half pint jars to within 1/4″ from the top. Wipe rims, place lids and bands on, only tighten lightly. Put into the canner and bring to boil. Process 5 minutes. Remove from canner and let cool on towel – do not touch for a couple hours, better yet until the next day.

Recipe:

4 cups flowers

4 cups boiling water

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 box of pectin (1 3/4 ounce)

4 cups sugar

Easy peasy!

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Oh yeah, when you add the lemon juice it changes the color to the beautiful color above! How pretty and delicious!!!

Have a great day!

Anne-Marie

 

 

Stop And Smell The Kudzu

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As I am harvesting Kudzu Flowers once again, I thought about the following post I did a couple of years ago. Enjoy it! AM :)

Originally posted on Bella Vista Farm:

How come I have never really noticed the kudzu flowers? Or the persimmons ripening in the fall to an orange glow? Or the beautiful purple passion flowers that the carpenter bees love so much?

Up until the past year or two, I never thought to stop and smell the kudzu flowers with their delightful, grape jelly-like fragrance. This week, I will harvest those beauties and make kudzu flower jelly!

But why don’t we slow down more? Around us, there is so much beauty to reveal in if we actually take the time to see it. Maybe some don’t want to see it, maybe they like the concrete, the roads, metal cars, glass and brick buildings, the air conditioning, a small cubicle in an office, enough said. Me? My eyes are wide open to the beauty that God has put before us and I will continue to stop and smell the…

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How To Make a Ginger Glycerite

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Have you ever made a glycerite? Do you know what a glycerite is?

In case you don’t know, a glycerite is a tincture made with vegetable glycerine instead of alcohol.100% Pure Vegetable Glycerine has a long shelf life and does not easily oxidize. It is an all-natural product derived from Non-GMO palm oil or vegetable oil.I usually use NOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable, 16-Fluid Ounces or one from Mountain Rose. Those are the only two I have ever tried.

Why would I use vegetable glycerine? Well, if someone was sensitive to alcohol or you wanted to make it for children, you would use a glycerine rather than an alcohol and it tastes sweet so getting the kids to take their medicine is a whole lot easier! Some adults too. ;)

I made an Echinacea glycerite the other day but forgot to take pictures of the whole process, just this one:

 

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I had some fresh ginger so I figured I would make a Ginger Glycerite. A fellow student in Herb class made one and oh my goodness – unbelieveable!! I could just take a spoonful or two and put it in tea or in some club soda.

What is ginger good for?

Herbal Actions: 

Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, carminative, anti-emetic (anti-nausea), circulatory stimulant, aromatic, expectorant, rubifacient(A rubefacient is a substance for topical application that produces redness of the skin e.g. by causing dialation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation), diaphoretic, emmenagogue(stimulates blood flow) and an antioxidant.

Indications:

In other words, ginger stimulates digestion, helps nausea during chemotherapy – motion sickness – morning sickness(small amounts), indigestion, poor appetite, dizziness, delayed menses, menstrual cramps, joint pain and inflammation, cold symptoms, poor circulation, congestion and may help prevent heart attacks and TIA’s but since it can inhibit blood coagulation – precautions must be taken with any medications or prexisting problems with blood coagulation.

Ginger anything, to me, is just good to eat! I put it in smoothies, in coffee, in water, tumeric berry lemonade, crystallized ginger recipe. What are your favorite ways to enjoy ginger?

Alrighty then, down to the procedure of making the glycerite!

Ginger Glycerite Recipe

Ingredients: Fresh ginger root

                   bottle of vegetable glycerine

                  a glass jar

                  a scale

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First, slice up your ginger – peel it if it is not organic otherwise leave the skin on. Weigh the sliced ginger -

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I got 3.5 ounces. I left the ginger in slices rather than mince them because I may eat them after they have been soaking in the glycerine – delish!!! So since I have 3.5 ounces of FRESH ginger, I need 7 ounces of straight, 100% glycerine. The ratio is 1:2 for fresh and 1:5 for dried. With glycerites, you want the glycerine content to be around 60-70% so with the fresh(since fresh herbs always contain water), we do not dilute it with water. If it was dried root then we would dilute the glycerine with 30% water. Does that make sense?

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Glycerine is a syrupy consistency.

Next pour the glycerine over your ginger, that you first put in a glass jar.

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Use a chopstick or spatula and stir it up good, pushing the ginger down so none is exposed to the air. Put a lid on it and a label with the following information:

Date, batch # ( you can use the first 3 letter of the botanical name – both parts and the date and a number), botanical name, part used, ratio, dried or fresh, what was your menstruum(liquid used for tincture). Here is a sheet that I use from the www.herbalista.org (one of my teachers) – Maceration Worksheet FRESH

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Keep your tincture where you can see it everyday and shake it at least once daily. If the herb is poking up through the menstruum, push it back down and if necessary add a wee bit more glycerine. It will be ready to strain in 3 weeks. Strain through cheescloth lined strainer into a jar and bottle it into smaller amber jars – LABEL!

Dosage – 20-40 drops up to 3X/day.

Enjoy your medicine-making!

Anne-Marie

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Day 23: Finding Freedom in Frugality

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“I buy my freedom with my frugality.”~Vicki Robins

With all that we have learned this past month, how do you feel? Hopefully quite a bit better than when we started the challenge. There is so much community within this Frugal Living Challenge group even though we don’t know every person, although there are many from the Ladies Homestead Gathering –  I love the sharing of ideas!!!

My hope is this: That you come away from this challenge with more arrows in your quiver, to conquer any obstacle that may cross your path and even if it appears as a gigantic boulder, know that you can break it down into tiny pebbles. I hope that many of you will cook from scratch, continue to recycle and reuse, to save resources and not waste and most of all enjoy doing what you are doing! While it is great to be frugal when you WANT to be, it is even better to be able to do it when you HAVE to be frugal.

I don’t know if I mentioned Mavis Butterfield from One Hundred Dollars a Month, I think I did. Mavis chooses to be frugal especially with her grocery budget of, you guessed it $100 a Month for a family of four. She barters for many items and finds free food sources but it is the reason behind that I think she does it. Mavis travels all over the world with her family, mostly I read it is her daughter that goes with her, and because of her frugality, she can jump on a plane anytime she feels like it! That to me is incredibly cool!!!

Here is a post from One Hundred Dollars a Month from yesterday regarding Free National Park Admissions -

 

“You know I love to travel, and while I’d hop a flight to London every month if I could swing it, there are so many cool places in the US I love exploring too. Some of our national parks top my list of awesome places to vacation to. I might not be much of a camper, but I love to hike. And I’ve seen some pretty amazing views while hiking through some of our national parks.

Did you know there are over 400 national parks in the US? Wowzas. Some of the best ones charge admission fees, so you’ll want to pay attention to the list of 2014 fee-free days below if you’re planning on visiting one of the fee-based national parks anytime soon:

Free National Park Admission Dates:

  • January 20- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17- Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20- opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25- National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27- National Public Lands Day
  • November 11- Veterans Day

Other agencies participate in fee-free days as well. See the full list and participating agency below:

Dates Event Participating Agency
Jan. 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Feb. 15-17 President’s Day Weekend Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
April 19-20 National Park Week’s opening weekend National Park Service
June 14 National Get Outdoors Day U.S. Forest Service
Aug. 25 National Park Service’s 98th Birthday National Park Service
Sept. 27 National Public Lands Day Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Oct. 12 National Wildlife Refuge Day U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Nov. 8-11 Veteran’s Day Weekend Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day National Park Service

 

End of Mavis’ post!

I am going to print that out and save it somewhere so I can check out some more parks!!!

So I must say goodbye to all of you for the end of the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge!!! I have had a wonderful time with it and will be continuing the regular blogging of saving money, herbal adventures, cooking, farm life and all that fabulous stuff.

Please, please share my blog with your friends if you enjoyed this past month and we will do more in the near future. Don’t forget if you are on the facebook group to make sure your name is in Thursdays(Day 21) post that was pinned to the top. I will be giving away a prize and announce the winner Monday morning. :)

Now It’s Your Turn

Daily Goal:
Take time to evaluate all that you have learned over the past 23 days and answer this question…”Where do I go from here?”

Have a beautiful day!

Anne-Marie

Day 22: Tips That Are Guaranteed To Save You Money!

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                              “You cannot bring about prosperity

                                         by discouraging thrift.

                                 You cannot establish sound security

                                       on borrowed money.

                                 You cannot keep out of trouble

                           by spending more than you earn.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Love that quote! So sad, second to last day of our 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge. I know many of you want to keep the facebook group going and that is totally fine with me. I may change the name but there are now so many resources on it for us to keep and share and pin and print out and HOPEFULLY do!

I thought I would compile a list of money saving tips that I have gotten from various blogs and from YOU, the readers!

1. DIY – because that is what we are all striving for. Do what you can for yourself and your family. Many things can be handmade, homemade or created by you. If not find a friend that has a hobby that you don’t and barter. Win,win for all!

2. Don’t Shop – stay home as much as possible, you will enjoy your life better and keep money in your pocket. If you can’t go out, you can’t really spend or I should say impulse spend. If you still are addicted to shopping stay off Amazon – :)

3. LIST – Keep a list going of things you are about to run out of on the refrigerator – this way when you do go to the store, you can get it instead of waiting until the last minute and hopefully you will have a coupon for it. While we are on that subject, if you don’t already – train the whole family to write on the list anything that is finished and in need like using the last of the toothpaste or the last of the mayo.

4. The 30 Day List – remember that one? Did any of you put something on it this month? Do you still NEED or WANT it?

5. Buy Used whenever possible or if you must buy new, appliances or computers, definitely put it on the 30 Day List and shop around until you have the absolute best price you can get. Sometimes waiting just a few weeks results in a super deal.

6. Put the debit card and credit cards away! Use cash or if you must – get a reloadable card and put small amounts on them. When you are done, you are done. You will be less likely to spend $100 when all you have is $50 in cash.

7. Stay Healthy! This will definitely save you the big bucks in the long run. Eat good, healthy, local, organic if possible, exercise and lead a stress free life. OK so no one is going to be completely stress-free but realistically you can alleviate some of the stress in your life and enjoy it more.

8. Eat those leftovers! Many of you have posted that one.

9. Barter and Share 

10. Visit flylady for some helpful time saving household tips – saving time saves you money!

11. Have a budget and try your best to stick to it. Slip ups are normal, no one is perfect.

12. Clean out the closets! Clean, give away and sell – make some cash!

13. Make Gifts – and that kind of fits in with #1 but making gifts is more personal and saves bucks. Have a party or a class and make gifts together – way more fun! I actually have a class here once a year before Christmas and I get all the supplies to make Herbal Gifts. Last year was incredibly fun.

14. Rent instead of buying. I have done this for textbooks and for electronic. I don’t always need a camcorder but when I do, I go rent one for about $15 for the week.

15. Cook from Scratch

16. Take care of all of your possessions. Maintain cars, house filters, ac units, fences etc… The more you take care of stuff, the longer it lasts. The longer it lasts, the less you have to replace.

17. Save on utilities. We talked a bit about this one. Did anyone lower one of their bills this month? I was more observant with lights, ac, stove, dryer usage. We will see when the bill comes in!!!

18. Read from the library or online instead of buying books or magazines. Oh I forgot to tell you, the other day I had an impulse buy and bought a magazine for $5.99 – yikes!!!!

19. Stay Home – Using the car less means using less gas. If you absolutely need something from the store ask someone else to bring it to you on the way home or do without until you go out the next day.

20. Go for a walk. Now why would that save you money? Well because sometimes I get my best ideas when I go for a walk and I may create a new herbal product or bread recipe or think about some other way to make or save money.

21. Find a buddy to be frugal with. Or better yet, find a bunch of buddies!! ;) With frugal friends you will never find yourself ordering a Starbuck’s coffee, go shopping at the mall AND eat lunch at PF Changs. (Shuddering)

22. Find a better bank – one that actually pays interest on your money. If not then invest in something with a better return.

23. Join Walmart’s Saving Catcher – I am not a fan of Walmart either but this is a good one according to one of the readers. If you join and purchase something from Walmart then find a less expensive price, you scan the receipt and the ad for the other store and they put money in your account for later. Sounds wonderful, especially for sale shoppers!!

So there you go, 23 savings tips for our 23 Day Challenge!

Don’t forget if you are on our facebook group you must comment in the thread from yesterday about converting your husband. It can be any comment even one word just so you are entered in the drawing for the prize box at the end of the week. Sorry no new folks please, just the 87 that are on the challenge page. :)

Now it is Your Turn – What is your favorite money saving tip, even if you have said it before AND which tip would you like to implement now?

Have a fabulous day people!

Anne-Marie

 

 

Day 21: Converting The Spouse

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“Patience gives your spouse permission to be human. It understands that everyone fails. When a mistake is made, it chooses to give them more time that they deserve to correct it. It gives you the ability to hold on during the rough times in your relationship rather than bailing out under the pressure.” ~ Stephen Kendrick

As I am writing this, I think about the 1st day or a day prior to starting when I wrote about the guy that MADE his wife only use two squares of toilet paper and it just made me laugh again!!! That was cheap, cheap, cheap! We are not going to talk about converting the spouse to be like that nor will WE be like that.

I am the frugal one in the family. I rinse, reuse, recycle practically everything. The hubby recycles because he knows how I feel about it and since we have to drive our trash to the dump off place anyway, it really is not a big deal to separate all the trash and put each in its respective bin. My child on the other hand tells me that when he moves into his own place, he will use paper plates as much as he wants and NOT recycle – sigh…..he says that now because he has to help dear hubby on trash days. We all say things as teenagers that don’t agree with the parents sooooo maybe he will change his mind later on in life. :)

Back to the hubby, he is fabulous at using whatever materials we have laying around to fix or create something rather than go to Home Depot. He made an entire chicken house out of leftover stuff that we save in a pile on the side of the house. Although repairing my wood board fence as many times as we have, I kinda think we need to go buy some boards soon. Some have been patched, nailed together, extra pieces of wood on the fence posts so the boards will reach – hee, hee, hee well it works! If I ever move, my next house will have a fence that cannot be messed with by the horses!

Now when it comes to food, my family are definitely foodies. They LOVE good food, expect dessert every night and don’t like repeats of meals too often which creates a budget and menu higher than I care to spend. While I do get my food budget lower than in the past and make just about everything from scratch – we still buy candy, soda(only for hubby), beer, wine, ice cream, steaks, seafood – well you get the picture. My family will absolutely NOT eat beans other than green beans and the closest I can get to vegetarian meals once or twice a week is pasta with marinara sauce. Pretty sad huh? No biggie, it actually works. What steps have you taken to convert your family into a more frugal lifestyle?

Electric is another waster that the guys need to cut back on. They keep the tv, computer and radio on ALL THE TIME!!!! UUggggghhh. On a positive note, the guys do know I only buy clothes and shoes on sale or anything else we need. No full price. If it is not on sale, we don’t get it. Period.

Read these words of encouragement from Andrea B. at Frugally Sustainable. I know this post is longer than most but hang in there folks!

“[T]hroughout the course of our Challenge I have heard from so many of you who are claiming dramatic changes in thinking and behavior. You are learning to live and love frugality — yet many of you have expressed concern regarding your spouse. Today, the 21st day of our 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge, I’d like to speak a word of encouragement to those of you struggling to covert your spouse from wasteful spenders to frugal champions.

Many of us understand the societal pressures that comes when attempting to live frugally — but the ultimate discouragement comes into play when we struggle to covert a spouse that is resistant to any change in thinking. When I asked on Facebook for you to list your biggest obstacles to frugal living — whether or not you were joking or serious — most of you commented and said your biggest obstacle was…”my spouse”

The problem.

Here’s the hard cold truth: You cannot change your spouse (And if you’ve been in a relationship for any length of time you know this! But it’s still worth repeating.).

Any lasting change can only come from within and the individual must be willing to make the change on their own terms.

I know this sounds like such a downer, but I’m here to encourage you and say, never give up hope! If you are to have any success in converting your spouse over to the frugality side of the fence, you must first understand a few things about wasteful spenders:

  1. They were never taught the concepts of money management. Unfortunately, the ability to manage our money is not innate…we have to be taught these things…and if we’re never taught we, by default, start to pick up bad habits.
  2. Therefore, wasteful spenders do not fully understand the concept of money.
  3. They aren’t able to make the distinction between happiness and money.
  4. They don’t understand the freedom that comes from proper money management and enjoying what they have.
  5. Any confrontation of, or challenge to, their spending habits is seen as punishment and only pushes them toward more wasteful spending.

What are we to do?

In love, we persist. Never give up! Here are a few suggestions to guide you along the process of converting your spouse:

Spearhead the conversation.
There never seems to be a good time to talk about money, but right in the middle of an argument is probably not the best time to bring it up (just sayin’). Always try to spearhead the frugal living conversation when your spouse is stress-free, or at least in a good mood. You may even want to set up a specific time to sit down and talk about it.

Gather the Stats.
Come to the conversation with your numbers clearly listed. Use whatever visual tools (charts, graphs, spreadsheets, etc.) necessary to communicate the flow of money in and out of the bank account. In order for this to be effective you have to take the lead role and begin now tracking your spending habits. There are several really excellent tools out thereready to help keep you organized.

Never name call, accuse, or blame.
In the heat of the moment I know it’s difficult to stay calm, but it’s vital that you find a way to stick to the facts. Name calling, accusations, and blaming will shut down your conversation and render any future discussions on the topic useless. Resist the temptation to inject your “feelings” about the matter and simply relay the facts. It’s hard to argue with the facts.

Set goals.
Together come to an agreement on financial goals. Sometimes when we talk about money – especially this day and age of plastic — it seems like some theoretical concept. We generally have a hard time visualizing it. This is why goal setting is vital to our financial victory and vital in converting a wasteful spender. Be specific! Agree on the time frame in which the goal will be reached. And find a way to keep the goal at the forefront of you thoughts.

Baby-steps.
Zero to sixty is just not a realistic financial strategy. Establish a list of small changes that you can recommend to your spouse and begin slowly implementing them one at a time. For example, suggest using the 30-day list for large purchases. Commit to it for a 2-3 months and see how it goes. If he/she embraces it, move on to something else. Here’s another one…does your spouse hate to take leftovers to work? Why don’t you suggest he/she choose only one day a week to brown bag it. Baby-steps!

Allow for an allowance
Okay…I know it sounds silly to allow an adult to have “an allowance” but here me out on this:) Just this one tip makes all the difference for me and my husband. This type of discretionary spending is a pre-set amount of money – whatever amount fits into your budget — that can be spent without criticism from either party. It’s great! No questions asked, just a little fun money:)

Direct them to the Challenge.
Gently recommend that your spouse read through the posts of the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge:) And conveniently leave other books on the topic laying around the house (i.e.The Complete Tightwad Gazette and Your Money or Your Life)

Learn the prayer of serenity.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Memorize it!

Be patient.
Neither my husband nor I were raised to live frugally — we have learned are learning to live it slowly over time. Sometimes he does better than me and vice versa. Try not to push your spouse too hard, it only leads to resentment and bitterness. Respect their attempts at frugal living and understand that changes in behavior come as a result of changes in thinking and desire.”

Now It’s Your Turn

Daily Goal: Talk with your spouse and set a date to discuss your financial concerns, goals, and changes you’d like to implement.

Have a super fabulous day today!

Anne-Marie

 

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Day 20: Time Management and Time Wasters

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Today I want to discuss with you – TIME. We all have it, we all waste it, what do you do with it? It is productive most of the time or can you do better with your time management?

After reading a blog from The Simple Dollar, I found a couple of things that peaked my interest for this morning. Time Management stood out to me because I find myself constantly looking for something in the house, for that piece of paper I wrote on, for a book that was misplaced, for a recipe – I can’t remember which book it was in…you get the picture. Yeah as I get older, I can no longer keep every little tidbit of information in the back of my brain! :D So I use notebooks for many thoughts, ideas, tasks and notes in general. Notebooks this time of year cost like 10 cents – go get a dozen!!!

I have one labeled for each group I may belong to – Bella Vista Farm,  Herbal Class, Ladies Homestead Gathering, the 23 Day group and then one for Mountain Rose Herbs – orders and such, Recipes, Ideas and now I will keep one in my purse – a tiny one. So when I leave to go to the store I can write a list inside it instead of forgetting the list on the table – uuggghhh. It is not often I do that but it inevitably results in a forgotten item which in turn results in a return trip to the store and wasted gas.

The best time management tip I can give is to make lists – make list of EVERYTHING that needs to get done for the week and then prioritize what needs to be done first and cross off as each task gets done. This makes me feel wonderful!!

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Here’s another blog with time management tips.

Of course purging stuff in the house and reorganizing should help with the said lost items I am looking for. How many of you put a piece of paper in a book or somewhere – “for safe keeping” that you swear you will remember where you put it – hahaha! So in the challenge if you have not yet done the purging of unwanted and un-needed items, NOW is the time to do it! Go get a couple boxes worth of stuff to either sell or donate asap. You will feel incredibly lighter and more organized. I started to do it and have two bags/boxes in the garage – that is as far as I got. MUST finish- there is still the basement and the attic.

I really am organized for the most part – I keep a schedule of what I am doing for the week and most things get crossed off the list. Dinner is always on the table by 6:15pm, I am always up by 5:45-6am.

What is your schedule like for the day and where do you find you waste your time? What can you do better? What tips can you give others?

Earlier I mentioned The Simple Dollar – head on over there and read the following- it fits right into our challenge.

Little Steps:100 Great Tips For Saving Money

Now It Is Your Turn:

What is your schedule like for the day and where do you find you waste your time? What can you do better? What tips can you give others?

Enjoy!

Anne-Marie