It’s Time to Bounce

Struggling to arrive at your destination on time? Then you need to BOUNCE!  Designed to make sure that you leave at the correct time, Bounce is an app that allocates time for traffic, as well as a buffer for other distractions or possible delays along the way so that you can always arrive on time. Originally launched for Android phonesBounce is currently raising funding for the release of its iPhone app later this year. While I haven’t yet tested the legitimacy and the science of the app, I can already think of several people who this app is perfect for!  Do you know anyone who needs to Bounce?

Manage Your Wish List

The Dilemma
Another birthday, another year older and another bad, useless gift

The Solution
Wishpot – an online service designed to help put an end to unwanted gifts while helping to simplify your life.  Wishpot allows you to not only manage all the items you desire, but it also helps save you money, and get the gifts you really want.  Watch the video to see how you can easily integrate and use Wishpot with your web browser, and read the list of benefits below to learn how the service can help simplify your life.

Wishpot Benefits

  • Manage – Add items to your Wishpot from any store on the web to manage gift ideas, as well as organize your own personal shopping
  • Share – Easily share the list of gifts you really want with friends, family and your entire social network
  • Recommendations – Discover some of the newest and most fun gift ideas on the market with recommendations from Wishpot and by viewing the lists of expert Wishpot-ers
  • Save – Receive notifications when the items you want go on sale so you can save money!
  • Consolidate – Use Wishpot to consolidate the wish list for your next baby, wedding, bridal or honeymoon registry by selecting the items you want from multiple stores in one location

Planning Your Holiday Menu

 

Planning a menu for entertaining can be a stressful task. From the food allergies and preferences of your guests, to how the entire menu will blend together, there are so many things that you need to take into consideration.

One of the things that I like to advise my clients to do is to plan their menu at least a week ahead of time and consider the amount of preparation that is involved with each item.  Try to work with recipes that allow for some advanced preparation.  The last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen once your guests have arrived, or stressed out about not having enough time to prepare everything.  While offering great food is of the utmost importance, you want to be sure that you get to enjoy time with your guests and share in the fun.  I also suggest not spreading yourself too thin.  If you don’t know your way around the kitchen very well, the holidays are not the time to try to master the culinary arts.  In other words, stick to more simple dishes.  It will make entertaining much less stressful for you, and I promise your guests will be just as impressed with what you serve.

If you haven’t planned your Thanksgiving menu yet, set a goal to have your menu outlined by the end of this weekend.  In addition, take a quick inventory check of your ingredients to make sure you have all of the necessary items on hand for the big day.

P.S. – Keep inexpensive or disposable containers handy just in case you want to send your guests home with some yummy leftover goodies.

Photo by Lori Ann

Daylight Savings To-Do’s

Twice a year, at the beginning and end of daylight savings, I take the time to do those certain household chores that we either don’t think about throughout the year, or we put off doing for various reasons.  Today, after you have changed all your clocks and watches, take some time to do these chores to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for the next several months.  If you don’t have time today, set a date for the next two weeks to have these items checked off your to-do list.

                             

  • Mattress – Depending on the type of mattress you have, it is important to flip and/or rotate it 180 degrees to help extend its life and maintain its comfort.  Check the care instructions to see if this is advised for your mattress.
  • Safety – Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace any smoke detectors older than 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors older than five to seven years.
  • Pantry – Remove any expired items from your pantry and make a list of the items that need to be replaced to ensure you are never short ingredients.
  • First Aid – Sort through your first aid kit and medicine cabinet, and make a list of items that need to be replaced due to low quantities or expiration dates.
  • Storm Supplies – Check your emergency preparedness kits to ensure that all items remain fully stocked, that batteries have not expired or leaked, and that all radios and flashlights are in proper working order.  If there are any items missing or items that were partially used during a recent storm, be sure to add them to your shopping list and replace them immediately.  If you do not yet have an emergency kit, here are some helpful resources from the American Red Cross and FEMA to build your own.
  • Wardrobe – Edit your wardrobe to remove any unwanted items and to make room for the new pieces you will be purchasing for the coming season or that you may be rotating out of seasonal storage.

Photograph by Patrick Seeger/dpa/Corbis

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