Monday, December 26, 2005

What are your favorite cookbooks?

I am "on the hunt" for some new cookbooks for the new year. My family would like to try some new recipes, and are looking for some suggestions. Your feedback would most likely be of benefit to other group members, so please feel free to e-mail me or post your suggestions:

Some preferences are:

1) cookbooks with photos of recipes
2) coilbound books, that "stay open" on the counter
3) ingredients that are easy to find
4) recipes that are lower in fat and sugar
5) recipes that use whole wheat flour, etc.

We could compile a list of "common favorites"!

Organizing Annie

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Menus for Olympic Athletes

These menu plans are compiled by Registered Dieticians who are working for the Canadian national sports teams. They have great tips for meals and snack times!

Organizing Annie

Re: ~ weight issues/tips (risks with green tea)

I came across this article about the benefits of drinking green tea, but it cautions
patients with hypothyroidism, about the fluoride content in the tea. It may boost
metabolism, but affect those who are hypothyroid.  It definitely appears to boost metabolism!  (The second link has many more links to follow if you want to read more!)

Another link about the benefits of green tea and how to prepare it is at:

Weight Loss Tip - "Use a Smaller Plate!"

I found some excellent weight loss tips on this website link:

One of these tips was recently mentioned on the radio, concerning the use of smaller plates. In North America, our dinner plates are larger than in countries where obesity is not a problem. (ie. 20% larger plates leads to 20% more obesity).

To ward off obesity problems, "start setting the table with smaller plates". This was mentioned in the above article, from some of the top experts in weight loss.

Copyright Organizing Annie 2005

~ Annie

Monday, December 19, 2005

The "BEST" time to exercise!!

According to the latest research, the BEST time to exercise, is between
4:00 PM and 5:00 PM, when your body's temperature is higher.  You will burn more calories, and your work out will be more effective. I heard this on the "John Tesh" radio program:  .... "Intelligence for Your Life"

 Organizing Annie (Newly updated!!)


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Saturday, December 17, 2005

The latest research on pedometers........

The latest research on pedometer usage, indicates that people who wear pedometers will walk more steps, than if they don't wear one. (The increased awareness of physical performance, through steps, increases the steps!!)This information came from John Tesh's program, called, "Intelligence for Your Life": 
So.......if you have a pedometer, "keep wearing it"!   If you know you need to walk more, and "need the motivation to move", you might like to consider investing in one! takes 10,000 steps/day to stay healthy!!
"The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." (Psalm 37:23)

 Organizing Annie (Newly updated!!)


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Friday, December 16, 2005

"Life Tools for Women" - FREE newsletter for women!!

Recently I heard the author of "Making Your DREAMS YOUR Destiny" speak at a "Women's Aglow" breakfast. She was the most inspirational Christian speaker that I have ever heard!! At the end of her speech, she threw her book into the audience, and it landed at my feet!! I have done a write-up for you ladies at the link below, and the website to her free newsletter, is below my link:

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

What is better....."a kiss or a hug"? (see message)

Yesterday, I was listening to the John Tesh radio show, called, "Intelligence for Your Life", and this question came up.  His answer to this question was:
~ A hug is better than a kiss!  A hug with a "squeeze" is even better!
(So if you are going to hug somebody, you better "make it worthwhile"!)
The lastest research on this topic has indicated that the body's best response
is to a good hug!  For more information see:  or


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Using the index cards with the albums (another idea!!)

Yesterday I was in the office supply store and saw that they carried 4" X 6" index cards!! This was an amazing discovery for me, since I had recommended putting the index cards into a photo album, to control them better. (You just put them in order, slide them into the photo slots, and "flip" the pages as you go through your day!)Since many of you will probably have trouble finding albums that hold 3" X 5" index cards (like I did), this may be the solution!! I found that I could glue several reminders ("to dos") onto each card. My cards are "color-coded", so I can glance at them quickly, and the colors help remind me what the card is for. It has been the BEST home management system I have used yet. That is what I am promoting it!! I glued the "Steps vs. Time" (pedometer chart), onto the last page of my album, so I can check the chart throughout the day, to see how I am doing with my steps.

Hope this helps you out!!

Copyright Organizing Annie 2005

~ Annie

Re: How to "stay on track"!

Question: Which timer do you have? THANKS!

Answer: We have three timers that we use. Here is a brief description of each timer, and what we use them for:

1) A "Springfield - Precise Time" - Timer (great for exercising!!)
It actually records seconds too!! We used this one for "Circuit Training" at home, since the kids and I made a "circuit", with skipping ropes, a stepper, exercise mats, an exercise bike, exercise tube, etc. (We work out for 30 seconds at each station, and then switch, when this timer beeps.) The exercise tube (or "resistance" cord) is called a "Sissel Fit-Tube" from (We purchased it at a fitness supply store.)
We use the specialized exercise squares, for "recovery" stations, for running.

2) The timer on my "50 in 15 Organizing Ladies" website, is a basic digital timer with hours and minutes. I slip this into a small leather pouch that I wear on my belt, so it won't "reset" while I work. (If I slipped into my apron pocket, it would often get bumped, and stop! ) I like it, since we can even use it as an alarm clock, by setting it for the number of hours to sleep!

3) A "Farberware" black digital timer: My DD16 likes to use this timer that records hours and minutes as well. She is totally "into" using a timer, and tries to beat the "50 in 15" with the laundry,etc., and I'm sure is setting "new world records" in laundry folding....LOL!!! (It really motivates her to use the timer!!)

Our three timers, we purchased at Canadian Tire. We have really enjoyed using them! They seem to have a good collection of digital timers there.

~ Annie

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Making Your "To Do" Lists:

For those of you who are into "making lists", I thought that this might interest you! You could create your own list and adjust it, with this free list making website... (You can also save your lists on the website!) If you "cut and paste" your "To Do" list, you can later modify it in any way you'd like to! (When you "click" on the box, it makes a "check mark" in the box. If you click on the check mark again, it "erases" the check mark!)

I hope this helps some of you ladies out!! It has been a huge blessing to me! (I love this list maker website!) It's free!!

~ Annie

How to "stay on track"!

Do you sometimes feel like you are "walking in circles" with your housework, and don't know where to start? I have often felt like that "for years"! Having three toddlers, ages three and under (twice!!), did not help my stressed feeling. I would get easily side-tracked, get discouraged, and pray to God for help in getting motivated. Well things have started to "come together" for me! I would like to share this with you! The Lord is really answering prayers!

I had an amazing day yesterday!! I was up for 15 hours, and tried to walk 1,000 steps/hr. It worked!! I used the "Motivational Pedometer Chart for Housekeeping", with my pedometer, and it "kept me moving'! Since I need to lose weight, and should walk 12,000 to 17,000 steps/day to lose weight, the housework is a great way to get in those steps! By evening, I had walked a total of 15,012 steps, and had a much cleaner house! (I had gotten up at 6:00 am and went to bed around 9:00 pm.)

With my kitchen timer, I kept using the "50 in 15" approach around my house, dividing "impossible" jobs into 15 minutes portions, trying to put 50 items away in 15 minutes. This approach worked well in the kitchen, the laundry room, with recyclables, etc. I found a wonderful (small) leather pouch, that I strap to my belt, to put my timer in, and wear it while I "walk/run" around the house.

I took my "To Do" list, from the "To Dos and Ta Das Group" and put it onto 3" X 5" recipe cards. I also took the weight loss reminders from "Annie's Weight Loss Group" and put those on 3" X 5" recipe cards. I organized them into a logical order, for my day, and put them into a photo album, with sleeves for 3 1/2" X 5" photos that I purchased at the Dollar Store for only $1.75!! This has been an amazing tool!! With my two reminder lists from the two groups in plastic page protectors, in my kitchen, I flip through the pages of my new album, and check off my "to dos" with a washable overhead marker. It really works!! I got through the list, did some extra items, (missed a few), and actually had time for some phone calls, posts to my groups, as well as some mending. It was a productive day, with the motivational tools of the pedometer, timer, to do lists, and album!

Hopefully these tips will be a blessing to you!!


Copyright Organizing Annie 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

The recommended rate to lose weight.........

I recently attended several workshops for diabetics, and those with high cholesterol, as a preventative measure, since these illnesses run in our family. The doctor (a specialist in cardiac care patients), recommended that you target a weight loss of 0.5 pounds/week! If you lose MORE than that, you are more likely to "gain it back", according to the latest research. This is what he, and the dietician recommended:

a) PUT YOUR WEIGH SCALE AWAY!! (It will only serve to discourage and demotivate you, since hormones and other factors can cause weight fluctuations.)
b) INVEST IN A PEDOMETER! (Walk 12,000 to 17,000 steps/day to lose weight and "keep it off"!

An excellent pedometer supplier is:

Hope this advise helps some of you ladies out!!

Organizing Annie

Are you feeling depressed? (Here's a solution!!)

Are you feeling depressed? It could be that you are not being exposed to enough natural light!! I recently heard an excellent speaker at a teachers' convention, regarding "Broad Spectrum Lighting", for indoors. There are many individuals, who due to work and lifestyle factors, are not getting enough natural light, which can lead to depression, and other harmful side-effects. Indoor lighting, such as fluorescent lights, can lead to behavioral problems, headaches, and other negative effects, due to narrow spectrum lighting. What is the solution? Incandescent bulbs are better for you than fluorescent bulbs (since they cover more of the spectrum) but "broad spectrum lighting" is the best!! You could minimize the effects of poor exposure to natural lighting, by investing in a "broad spectrum" light. The link to the speaker's site is:

There may be other "broad spectrum light" suppliers available in your community, by phoning around to health supply stores, or lighting shops in the yellow pages.
You can also find these on ebay. Another helpful site with information on the popular "GoLite" is:

Be sure to verify if the lights are authentic "broad spectrum lights". This may be the solution to fighting "the blues"!! I know a woman who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), and uses one of these lights in her laundry room, and has the light on, while she folds the wash, since she spends considerable time, ironing, and folding clothes there. It has made a very postive impact in her life, so I thought it might be helpful to pass this information on to others, who it might be of assistance to! This might be a great gift idea!


Thursday, December 08, 2005

The New "To Dos" and "Ta Das" Posting Group!!

This brand-new Christian homemaking group is totally focused on "lists"! Flyladies, Side-tracked Home Executives, Messies and others, are welcome to join us!! Post your "TO DO" and your "TA DA" list here! This is a site for ladies who feel that accountability is important as a motivating factor in staying "on track". Feel free to post your "to dos" and "ta das" here!! You will receive TWO reminders a day, to post your "to dos" and your "ta das"!! We will NOT overwhelm you with oodles of reminders! You are welcome to join us! :)

Our website link is:

Click here to join ToDosandTaDas
Click to join ToDosandTaDas

Copyright Organizing Annie 2005

Why we need each other for support.........

"If you're losing the battle against a persistent bad habit, an addiction, or a temptation, and you're stuck in a repeating cycle of good intention-failure-guilt, you will not get better on your own! You need the help of other people. Some temptations are only overcome with the help of a partner who prays for you, encourages you, and holds you accountable. God's plan for your growth and freedom includes other Christians. Some problems are too ingrained, too habitual, and too big to solve on your own. You need a small group or an accountability partner who will encourage you, support you, pray for you, love you unconditionally, and hold you accountable. Then you can do the same for them." (Ch. 27, pages 212-214) in "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren

This book is available from:
The website link for the book is:

~Organizing Annie (Updated!)

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Friday, November 25, 2005


Yesterday, I reached my goal of flinging 1,000 items....PTL!I did 200 items/day for Monday to Thursday last week, and managed to do another 100 before the weekend. This week I flung two more bags of 50 items. (It actually works out quite nicely! You can fit approximately 50 items
into a large plastic bag, to donate, if you ever wish to do this!)

I looked around my house, and feel that the "decluttering" has really cut down on having to "pick up" things. I still would like to declutter another 500 items. I plan to work in the basement next.


Monday, November 21, 2005

Using the "50 in 15" method with your laundry...........

After folding multiple loads of wash, and putting these items away, I have come to this conclusion about the 50 in 15 principle for laundry (which equals on average about one load of laundry)

1) It takes on average, 30 minutes to fold and put away 50 items.
2) If you set your timer for 15 minutes, try to fold 25 items, and put them away.
3) Set your timer for another 15 minutes, and fold 25 items and put these away.
4) If you don't have 50 items to fold and put away in 15 minutes, try to put away one load of wash in 30 minutes or less.
5) Count large items such as bed sheets, for 5 items. (My kids negotiated this one with me, since they earn money for folding wash!!) Large items take more time to fold.

This method enabled me to do 7 X 50 in 15s today!! I used a timer, and even with a few minor interruptions, I was able to get all the items folded in 3.5 hrs.!! Therefore I felt that this system was fairly accurate, since I tested it out today!!

Hoping you have some fun, folding your laundry, and "beating the timer"!!

Organizing Annie

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Making Your Dreams Your Destiny

On Saturday morning, I was attending a Christian women's breakfast, and the keynote speaker was Judy Rushfeldt. She is the author of "Making Your Dreams Your Destiny", and had a profound and challenging message to the women in the audience.

Part way through the meeting, she decided to throw her latest book into the audience, and it landed right at my feet!! The gift was worth $21.99, and I am quite excited about reading it! Here is a link to the book:

"Judy Rushfeldt has been writing for 25 years.....She recently launched an online women's outreach magazine, and is on her way to reaching a goal of 500,000 visitors a month."
free online outreach magazine subscription at this link!

I thought that these links would be of great interest to you ladies, particularly the free newsletter. I have already subscribed to it, after being totally inspired and motivated after her speech! Judy speaks with great humility and respect for what the Lord has accomplished in her life, by surrendering her life in service to Him. Her messages are firmly rooted in scriptures, and all glory and honor is given to Christ alone, for the work that He is doing through this outreach!

To Him alone be praise!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

"Give thanks in ALL circumstances....."

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus for you." (I Thessalonians

"A cheerful heart doeth good like medicine."
(Proverbs 17:22)

Did you know that smiling for at LEAST 10
seconds, releases those "feel good" endorphin
hormones, that lower your stress level? Reading
jokes, sharing a good laugh, etc., is good for
you and can prolong your life! Stress attacks
your body's organs, and will actually shorten
your life. So enjoy life, and don't forget to
SMILE!! :)

Source: John Tesh ~

Organizing Annie

Monday, November 07, 2005

Accountability is a huge motivator!

Accountability is a huge motivator! Try posting your "to do" list where others can see it, as well as you. I like to post mine in the kitchen, and to the "50 in 15 Organizing Ladies" support group. If you would like to post it to this group, our website link is:

At the end of the day, we post our "ta da" list, so we can encourage and support each other.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (I Thessalonions 5:11)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

My new organizational binder........

I am quite excited to tell you ladies about my new "organizational binder" that I just set up! I was recently given a cheque from my parents, for a birthday gift, so I put it towards a new leather ring binder, with a zippered closure! It is made by "Aurex Prestige", and has a 3-ring binder with a 1" ring inside. It has exterior and interior pockets, that are large enough to hold my favorite books, my pocket calendar, etc. I purchased 30 days worth of schedules, and "to do" lists, that can be inserted inside. I already had the "to do" template from Margreet, but will be able to use the binder to "brainstorm" ahead, and plan out my days with the hourly schedules. The UPC code is 58472 10237 for the binder (Model PFL-237).

The website link for this item from Aurex is:

The 8 1/2" X 11" insert pages are made by "DAYRUNNER", and are called,
"Daily Planning Pages" (#491-120BL) .

The website link for DAYRUNNER is:

Hopefully this tool will assist me in my goal of "getting organized" and "staying organized"!!

Organizing Annie

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Goal for this week.....

The words of Jesus in John 10:27 say:

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

If we love Jesus, we will obey Him and follow
Him. We learn to obey Him, by listening to His voice
in the scriptures.

In "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage", Gary Thomas
writes about this verse relates to our marriages.
If we love our husbands, we will listen to them.

Let us make it our goal to LISTEN more, and talk
less. He quotes from Proverbs 10:19, which
says that, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Let us see the positive effect, that using this scripture, will have in our marriages!

To find out more about Gary Thomas, and his
books on marriage, you can check out this link

Organizing Annie

Friday, October 28, 2005

What is Your Purpose in Life?

I recently purchased, "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick
Warren, and published by Zondervan. This book came highly
recommended to me by a dear friend of mine. It is divided into
40 chapters, symbolic of the number 40, which is a spiritually
transforming number in scriptures. The author recommends
that you read one chapter per day, ponder on it, and react to it.
He recommends reading the book with another friend, so you
can encourage each other, and discuss the books thoughts together.

He begins the book with DAY ONE: "It All Starts With God". His
main point is, "To discover your purpose in life you must turn to
God's Word, not the world's wisdom." (page 20) He quotes from
a variety of translations, trying to select the best passage to
illustrate the examples he has chosen.

"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according
to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with
the purpose of his will." (Ephesians 1:11)

ISBN: 0-310-21074-7

The link to Zondervan's description of this book is at:

I have begun reading chapter one today, and was excited to share
this book with you! Feedback to me at my e-mail address would be
greatly appreciated!

My Favorite Cookbook

I thought today that I would share my favorite cookbook with you. If I had to narrow down my cookbook collection to one book, this would be it! I began using this cookbook when I had two preschoolers and one little newborn. They were not eating a lot of food at the time. The recipes are very easy to adjust, you only prepare the amount you need.This is ONE cookbook I will NOT part with!! "IT IS A KEEPER!!" I used the older version, which is now out of print. It was called: "The Complete Make-A-Mix Cookbook". The new book looks like it is also available on CD, but is available in book form as well. ALL the recipes that I can remember using, were "from scratch"......NO CANS, other than using a can of tomato sauce or something like that. I LOVE THIS COOKBOOK!! It is FANTASTIC!! It has a FIVE star rating on AMAZON. I was introduced to the book by a homeschooling mother of six, who was EXTREMELY organized!! I asked her how she did it, and she said that the cookbook REALLY saved her time. It was her "key" to survival in the kitchen!! She asked me to try it out for three weeks, (it takes 21 days to develop a good habit), and I was sold on it! The front and back covers of her book were worn off, which tells you how much she loved and used this cookbook!
The Make-A-Mix Cookbook: Easy Make-Ahead Mixes for Every Meal (Paperback) This cookbook contains mix recipes, that will save you TONS of time!! It contains a large variety of mixes, that will provide you with an abundance of choices for your menus. I LOVE this cookbook!

Organizing Annie

Thursday, October 27, 2005

How to Donate Your Steps to Research!

To donate your steps to research, simply log into:

You will be given a simple questionnaire to complete,
and then your steps will be kept as a record, and you
can print off graphs recording your progress!! This may
motivate some of you to "stick" with your goals, since they
would like you to keep track of your daily steps and log
them in. This research is being done through a Canadian

Organizing Annie

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Goal For This Week (To Encourage)

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (I Thessalonians 5:11)
To often we forget to put our marriages, on our "to do" list of life's priorities.
Let us make our relationships with our husbands and/or families a top priority this week!
Some practical suggestions to show our appreciation are:
-prepare a favorite meal or recipe
-mend some pants, buttons, etc.
-spend some time together, doing something special!
-tell them how much you mean to them (or write a note)
Try to think of something special to do for you dear husband (DH) this week. If you have any ideas, please e-mail me them, and I can post them, to share with this group!! I'd LOVE to hear from you!!

Are You Exercising??

It is important to keep physically active. There are various exercise plans available, which enable you to exercise at home. One of my FAVORITE exercise plans is the Xbx plan by the Royal Canadian Air Force. It takes only 15 minutes a day, out of your busy schedule. I love this program, since this is a manageable block of time to work with. Their program starts you off VERY gradually, and builds you up your endurance slowly. It is adapted to your specific age group. There is also a 5bx program for men. (My father used it for years!) If you would like to read more about it, please visit my blogspot. ALL you will need, is a timer, exercise mat (or towel on your carpet), and the pocket book, which is very reasonably priced.

A link for the book is:

Organizing Annie

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

One Year Bible Readings (with THE ONE YEAR - NEW TESTAMENT)

Several members indicated to me, that reading through the Bible in one year would be a difficult task for them, due to work commitments, and other duties that consumed large blocks of time in their lives. There is a ONE YEAR - NEW TESTAMENT available, which divides up the New Testament into 365 daily readings, with verses from Proverbs, given at the end of each daily reading.

THE ONE YEAR NEW TESTAMENT (by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)
(ISBN 0-8423-2638-3)

Some women have indicated that they intend to do the Old Testament readings one year, and the New Testament Readings the following year. Some may even take three years, and do the Psalms and Proverbs reading during the third year. There are various reading plans available.

Here is a LINK to reading through the New Testament in a year:

Hope this helps some of you ladies out!!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Encourage Your Husband

This is an important one! Keep the man in your life, happy! Make him feel appreciated! Thank him for what he is doing (or has been doing) to provide for your family, and care for you.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (I Thessalonians 5:11)

To often we forget to put our marriages, on our "to do" list of life's priorities. Let us make our relationships with our husbands a top priority this week!

Try to think of something special to do for you dear husband (DH) this week. If you have any ideas, please e-mail me them, and I can post them, to share with this group!! I'd LOVE to hear from you!!

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Motivational Pedometer Chart (Try using plastic page protectors!)

Organizing Annie:; wrote:
Good morning ladies!! Is anyone using the "Motivational Pedometer Chart"?
Is it working for you? Please let me know, by e-mailing me at the cc address.
I have put mine in a plastic page protector, and hung it on the wall in my kitchen. That way, I don't have to print off a new one each day. I can just wipe it off! The steps, with the time slots, help to keep me motivated through out the day. It sets a specific target, to aim for. This can be used with the "to do" list you make up the night before.
Did anybody else try ordering a pedometer with their Airmiles? (It comes with a safety strap, which is really helpful!)
Hope you are all doing well! May the Lord strengthen you with the tasks ahead. Remember Psalm 50:15:
"Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
© Organizing Annie

Sunday, October 23, 2005

To Do List Template

It looks great! Thanks for sharing this one!! The ladies may like to "save" it to their computers, and personalize it for themselves. Thank you, Margreet!

© Organizing Annie


Steentje wrote:

Tommorow I will fill it in!

Daily goals What I should do today: Day: monday…… date:24-10-05

To do list




bible reading/make the bed


wash&get dressed


breakfastbrush/teeth bathr.clean


kitchen clean/dishwsr.(diner?)


laundry in machine and dryer


fold laundry and some ironing


15 min. zone work


homeblessing 50-15


make diner


clear after diner


clear hotspots in main room


take shower/ lay down clothes


on time in bed!


read book ( think out of the box)



Don't forget to do your "50 in 15" today!! (ie. Pick up 50 items and put them away in 15 minutes.)

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