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Dreaming and Scheming – Command Center

Our command center DID work for us… for awhile. But as you can see, it doesn’t work for us at all now.

What worked:

  • I loved having pens, markers, etc in the little basket on the hook
  • I had detailed lists of things to do, calendar items and other pertinent info on our roll of paper.

What didn’t work:

  • Because the paper was just a big blank space it required that I prepare it every time and well… I’m lazy – so that didn’t happen. That’s why it has since become an empty sheet of paper.
  • We always have miscellaneous papers and business cards on the magnetic strip that don’t look purposeful. It’s incredibly sad looking.
  • AND the worst part is that I’m losing stuff (not to mention my mind), forgetting appointments, and I’m generally cranky when things are crazy like this.

It was time to make a change. I started looking around the beautiful interwebs for ideas and here are a few things that I found that I might just be able to incorporate into my command center area.

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1. I love the clipboards in the first image. I think they are beautiful and functional – plus I already have a bunch so it’s free!

2. I really like how papers are corralled by that bar and it still looks nice and put together.

3. The pic is a little distorted but this is probably my favorite! It is a mail station that Damask Love made with Home Depot. I didn’t see any instructions so I will have to play around to figure it out if I decide to do it. I have a lot of the stuff I would need from an old IKEA piece so I may try that soon. It would be really nice to have an area to sort through mail right away and then I can close it right up so that the mess isn’t seen.

4. Oh Vintage Revivals, how I love you. Mandi comes up with the most unique and useful ideas for her home. I absolutely love this calendar. My SIL recently made it which gave me the confidence I need to make one for myself. I may adjust it slightly for our needs but this is definitely happening. I have got to stop double booking myself.

I can’t wait to get my command center under control and make my life a little easier as well. Once I get it fixed up I will be sure to show ya’ll!

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I don’t share well… the covers that is!

via Apartment Therapy

I don’t know about you guys but I’m no good at sharing the covers (or dessert but that’s a whole other story). Now why am I telling you this? Well, we are upgrading to a king size bed soon and I’m starting to look at bed linens and it might be weird but I’m leaning towards getting two twin sized down comforters and duvets instead of one king size.

If you look at the article from which I took the header image you will see that I’m not alone! It’s apparently a common thing in Scandinavian countries! I’m gonna put the blame squarely on my heritage now since I’m Swedish and Danish.

There are a couple of factors at play here. The first I already mentioned…. I’m no good at sharing. The second is I hate making the bed. I’ve read a bunch of the studies about how making your bed affects your productivity, blah blah blah… I just don’t care. Let me rephrase… I must not care enough. It ranks low on my list of things that need to be done. In fact, the other day I tried to make the bed. Do you know what happened? It tried to suck my pregnant self in and wanted me to stay all day! Anyhow, now I’m looking at options and I think if I find a solid or a small pattern for the duvets it could look ok. I may be trying to just make myself believe that but either way I’m pretty sure it’s gonna happen.

Here are a couple of options from ikea that I have considered:

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I think I’m leaning towards the blue and white stripes. Any suggestions? I’m open 🙂

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Paprika Review – Part 2 Organization and Categorization

 This series is all about getting dinner on the table and making it as easy as possible. That’s the way I roll. Some people call it lazy, I call it smart ;-). If you missed the first part I have it linked below. I also listed out what I’m going to be covering thereafter.

  • How to add a recipe to the Paprika app
  • How to organize recipes in Paprika app – including categorization
  • How to utilize the grocery list aspect of the Paprika app
  • How to meal plan within the Paprika app
  • Misc features of the Paprika app (if I can fit them into the previous four posts I will)

I cannot begin to describe how much I love this app. I really despise cooking, and anything that makes it easier for me I am all about.

Also, as I mentioned in the last post, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love it. I’m sharing it in the hopes that it can help out more than just myself!

Let’s start off with organizing your recipes and figuring out how to categorize them. As you can see I have 533 recipes saved so far in my Paprika app. If you look along the left hand side you will see a few different parts. It starts off with the top 5: All Recipes, Most Recent, Top Rated, Favorites and Uncategorized. These I will cover after I talk about your organization options.

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If you look below the 5 standard “categories” you will see that I added 4 overall categories. These can be created for however YOU cook. I generally look for a recipe based on the type of diet (have I mentioned how my hubby loves diets?!), or how easy/hard it is to make. Occasionally I have a craving for a “type” of food such as chinese, mexican, etc. Anyhow, I created these categories because they work for me. I will show within each category how I sub-categorize. The only one that I don’t have sub categories for is the house cleaners section since it’s only used for that.

First is my diet category. I have Keto, Paleo, Sugar Free and Whole 30 sub categories since those are the most common diets that we try to follow. I should add a carbalicious diet! That’s my kind of diet….

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Next, we have the sub category of “food type/when” This is basically anything that I might search for as far as a type goes. Breakfast? I got you. Dessert? Even better. I also listed homemade spice/condiments, casseroles, indian, italian – you get the idea. This just helps me get to what I need as quickly and with as little brain power as possible.

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The last category I created is a Time category. What do I mean by time? Well I really should go through and clean this one up so that it’s more clear but here’s what I use it for…. I like to know how something is cooked (crockpot, stove top, oven baked, no heat, DCB which is deep covered baker, etc). This helps me because sometimes I want something more hands off such as a crockpot meal and other times I want to know that I can get ingredients together and just throw it in the oven. The other big factor for what meal I’m going to make is how much time (both cooking and prep time) that each meal takes. I can always look at a meal individually to see both prep and cook time but it’s easier for me to have these categorized. A few I use are high prep, low prep, marinate me, quick n dirty, less than 30, easy peasy. If I’m being honest with myself this is the area that I look at most often because I’m super lazy when it comes to cooking.

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Besides the categories that I’ve chosen, I also have two other ways that I look for recipes. I look up a lot of recipes by ingredients that I have handy already. It’s pretty self explanatory but you can see in the pictures that you can search at the very top of the page under any category for ingredient or name of recipe.

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One of my favorite things about this app is the top rated option that is listed on the left hand side. Within each recipe I can rate it between 1-5 stars and I can also make notes! Below you will see the biscuits and gravy casserole I made for Father’s Day. We had a few notes on how it could be improved but still loved it!

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you can choose your own categories. Whatever makes YOUR life easier is what you should use. These are what I use and it works really well for me, but every family is different so think about what you need and make it happen!

Next time we grocery shop!

 

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Paprika Review – Part 1

  Have you ever used the Paprika app? No clue what it is? Well, you’re in luck! This is one of my favorite ever apps, and that’s saying a lot considering it means I have to cook. I will never say that meal planning is my favorite thing to do… it ranks pretty low on my excitement range BUT this app has made my life a whole lot easier so I don’t dread it nearly as much. That earns an A+ in  my book.

  First things first, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love it. Second, I’m going to break my review into a few pieces because otherwise this would get pretty lengthy. Here is what I’m going to talk about in this post and upcoming posts (in no particular order):

  • How to add a recipe to the Paprika app
  • How to organize recipes in Paprika app – including categorization
  • How to utilize the grocery list aspect of the Paprika app
  • How to meal plan within the Paprika app
  • Misc features of the Paprika app (if I can fit them into the previous four posts I will)

First up I am going to talk about the most important (IMO) part of this app, which is how to add a recipe within the Paprika app.

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  If you look along the left hand side of the app you will see 4 icons near the middle – those are the hub of the app. The little world that is highlighted in blue stands for Browser. This is where you can do a search (just like on a search engine) for a particular food or type of recipe. You can also copy a URL (the full website address) of a recipe that you know you already want to add to your Recipes.

  The recipe you see listed is one that I got from a mini meal plan from Once A Month Meals. I will be reviewing them after I have a chance to use that meal plan.

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  I simply copied the URL from the browser page I had open and then upon entering my Paprika app it tells me that it has detected a URL. Once I hit load it brings up the same browser page but inside the app.

  Now here is the fun part… Once you have the page loaded you should see an area at the bottom where it shows some components of the recipes and a blue Save Recipe button. This is the magical part. On most recipe sites people have their recipes formatted so that Paprika knows what is what. (Name of recipe, Ingredients, etc). Once I click on Save Recipe this comes up:

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 I could just click on the blue Create Recipe button and it will add it to my recipes. At this point I like to customize things a bit by adding in some Categories which makes it easier to find the type of recipe I want right away (right under the Create Recipe button in the upper right). I will talk more about categorization next time!

  If you have any questions let me know!

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