Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 29, 2010

Keeping It Clean

With in the past few weeks I shared about how once the first trimester finally past I was able to get my life, home and work back in order. It took some work and concentration but I gained some balance back in my life and I do not feel embarrassed to have people come by my home any more. But I am realizing now that getting it clean was the easy part. Keeping it in order is now lot harder than I thought.

While I have gained somewhat more control over my mood, attitude and outlook, my energy level hasn’t fully returned yet. I have always been a morning person so my most productive time is spent right as I get out of bed. However I am finding that the amount of time I have to get myself ready for work, get my son ready for day care and complete projects around the home is limited because I value my sleep time so much. On the other end of things, by the time I leave work and head home I am so drained of life I can barely focus to get a decent dinner on the table. It is even worse when my husband has to work later than planned and isn’t available to help watch my son ‘explore’ the house while I try to cook. I have even tried to do some small projects after the son has gone to bed … only works about 25% of the time because I myself am so exhausted that I end up falling asleep myself. Never imagined that I would have 10 hour of sleep a night and still think that wasn’t enough.

So my question to you all is how do I find the time and energy to maintain the cleanliness and order in my home without losing precious sleep time? What has worked for you? How does your choices effect the balance and quality time in your family?

November 22, 2010

Pssst … Pillsbury Crescent Party

I was recently contacted by General Mills’ Pssst about hosting a Pillsbury Crescents “Holiday Entertaining” Recipe Swap with MyGetTogether. MyGetTogether is a fun way to try products and sometimes new recipes in the company of good friends, where one or more brands from General Mills and other companies may participate, giving you a real inside look at the products, providing coupons, unique giveaways or other offers.

To share these fun recipes with my friends I decided to host a luncheon at work. My co-workers all love projects and get-together’s so in order for them to feel involved and engaged I shared the fun of preparing the meals with them. Using the grocery list provided I bought all the ingredients for the four different recipes and distributed them to different staff members on Thursday for them to cook/bake and bring their meals with them for the luncheon on Friday. The response and feedback was awesome. Everyone had a great time. They shared how easy and fun the recipes were and everything came out tasting wonderful. I think we may do something like this again. Here are a few pics from our fun time together.

Pssst along with sent me the opportunity to participate in this wonderful recipe swap. The box contained the following items: Pillsbury Crescents recipes to share with guests, 5 coupons for FREE Pillsbury Crescents, A $20 gift card to purchase recipe ingredients, A handy shopping list of recipe ingredients, 30 product information sheets with coupon, Allergen fact sheet, Tabletop signs to display near food, 60 recipe cards (15 of each recipe) to share with guests, A sheet pan and metal turner, A special oven mitt.