Mother’s Day is a great time to buy Mom a gift card or gift certificate. Most retailers and restaurants offer several gift card or gift certificate options to choose from but which should you buy for Mom? I offer my picks for the top 10 gift card and gift certificate options perfect for Mother’s Day.
Make sure you have plenty of fresh herbs on hand. Items like parsley, thyme, oregano and cilantro can spice up your meals without adding fat or sugar to your diet. We recommend using a clear herb keeper placed on the top shelf of the frig. so you can pinch off a few leaves for that whole wheat pasta dinner dish you are making.
This is the opposite of doing nothing, but sometimes it has to be done! Scan your office. Pick the one area that needs the most attention first. Do you have folders stacked on your desk? Are there three coffee mugs from the past week? Your desk top may be your first target area for action. Remove what doesn’t belong there. Use a tissue to dust. Either file or put papers in your out-box for future organizing. The goal is to pick one area and clear it. Then experience a sense of calm and relief. Eliminating a mess you’ve been putting up with recharges your batteries.
Keeping your floor clean is important in your kitchen also. Getting in the habit of sweeping after Poverty Meal Prep and eating (if you have an eat-in kitchen) will help it appear cleaner. Washing your floor is so much easier than in grandma’s day with disposable pads for sweepers. Chose what works best for you by determining how high traffic your space is and what kind of flooring you have.
You should always include at least one beloved dish into every week and play around with it. Make a favorite kind of stew one week and a favorite kind of pasta the next. You can also look for recipes with common ingredients. This will help you avoid buying small amounts of many ingredients. If you buy in larger quantities, it will be less expensive. Find new recipes from books or websites to serve in between your rotating meals.
Don’t forget about ceiling fans. Many kitchens have them but because of the steam from cooking, they can attract dust and grime which if you do not clean them often, the dust gets blown around your kitchen and lands wherever it chooses. It can make you have to clean more often when all you really need to do is to clean the blades of the fan more often. Use a degreaser for heavy-duty dirt and grime removal and to maintain the blades, use a feather duster sprayed with glass or all-purpose cleaner.
Fast forward a few years later, Ken and I gutted our kitchen and renovated (ourselves I might add). We installed granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, customized pantry, but the thing that brings me the most joy in my kitchen is a little thing. No one notices it, but it makes my every day meal prep a breeze. It is a small little organizer to hold my pans, cutting boards, muffin tins, cooling racks, etc. Now when I pull out a pan that I need, nothing falls out, I don’t need two hands, everything else stays put. Ahhhh! Such a little thing, but with so much power. I love it so much I have two!