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!!


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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

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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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