October Snippets

Pumpkin Party
It’s pumpkin time! Pumpkin season is a sure sign that autumn is here! This colorful vegetable can be made into pies, bread, cookies, and side dishes. The pumpkin is 90% water, and a great source of potassium and Vitamin A. The flowers are also edible. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

What’s For Lunch?
Packing a healthy lunch requires a little planning and preparing, but the benefits are worth the extra effort. To make this task as simple as possible, keep healthy foods readily available. Pinterest is a great source for ideas and recipes. You may find that thinking outside the ‘peanut butter and jelly box’ renews your desire to eat healthy. Sweet potato and black bean burritos, spicy chicken sandwiches with pickled cucumbers, and egg salad with caramelized onion will make lunchtime more satisfying. Add fresh fruit with yogurt for dessert.

Do you know that one 12-oz can of soda has 10 tsp of sugar! TEN!
If you need another reason to stop drinking soda, consider that the high acid content breaks down dental enamel and weakens bones.

Less is More on the Road to Serenity
Our homes influence our health more than many of us realize. Dirty dishes piled up at the sink, dusty old books and magazines on the nightstand, stacks of bills on the dining room table, and toys scattered all over the house make for an unrestful and stressful home environment. All this ‘stuff’ can clutter our homes as well as our outlook on life. When we see this type of clutter, our mind thinks, I need to pay the bills, I need to clean the kitchen, I need to do this, I need to do that. It’s overwhelming to the eye and impossible to truly relax in this environment.

Clean, organized, and open spaces create peaceful surroundings, allowing tranquility and creativity to blossom. Transforming your home from chaos to calm requires just a little motivation and intention. To help make this quest easier, here are a few tips.

Place a row of hooks at the entrance door your family uses everyday; one hook for each family member. This hook can hold a coat, keys, purse, or whatever is used daily. A bench directly underneath can serve as a spot to sit and take off shoes, as well as an out-of-place area to store them until needed again. Imagine the time you will save when you eliminate the, “Where are my keys?” moment.

Carefully decide what to place in open shelving. These areas can quickly become a collection point for everything that doesn’t have a specific purpose, or for those items you just don’t know what to do with. Old books, dusty knick-knacks, boxes, and out-dated pictures can be distracting. When objects are crowded together on a shelf, it’s hard to see them individually. Use your open shelves to display only a few pieces of your favorite things, and you’ll find that you can better enjoy and appreciate those special pieces.

Old beauty products can clutter your vanity, and make you sick. Before buying and opening another tube of lipstick or mascara wand, use up the one you have and then discard it.

Every once in a while, take out all of the plastic containers you have in your cupboard or bottom drawer. Match the bottoms with tops before putting them back. You’ll be surprised at how many unmatched pieces you have. Throw those away and reduce the frustration of not being able to find the top that goes with the bottom.

Using matching hangers can help your closet appear as if you hired a professional organizer. They reduce visual clutter and keep everything at the same eye level. Keep a small donation/consignment bag in your closet. Whenever you put on an item that no longer fits your body or lifestyle, take it off and throw it in the bag. When the bag is full, take it to the designated location.

Thanks to JeanAnn Taylor for these informative and fun “Snippets” each month! She is a style expert, home organizer and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She can be reached at jeananntaylor119@gmail.com

JeanAnn Taylor
Written by JeanAnn Taylor