Time-saving Tuesday

T-Tapp  (Theresa Tapp- creator)

My CFS doctor posted a link to this workout on his facebook page last year and I had to check it out.  The fifteen minute workout is recommended for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus is a fifteen minute time-saving workout.  It uses compound comprehensive muscle movements, working each muscle group from where it is attached at the spine.  It maximizes muscle development, the workout is based on quality, not quantity.  The workout strengthens the core, rebuilds bone density, balances hormones, drains the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins and balances blood sugar levels all in fifteen minutes!

Try some of the free exercises HERE

Here is one of my favorite moves!  I do these throughout the day for an quick energy boost!

Time-saving Tuesday

The Command Center
I cannot take credit for this awesome time-saving center.  The credit goes to Sarah DeRoos who helped in the remodel design of our kitchen.  I took a photo of the kitchen from the command center facing the kitchen  so you can get an idea of where it is placed.  In the original house design, a tiny breakfast table would have fit in this space, but not been functional for our large family.  So, instead, Sarah had us order an extra slab of  Corian counter for this long wall  filled the space with a white board calendar and a bulletin board (plus a cafe photo).  The calendar is essential to keeping things on track in the Guire home.  If it’s not written on the calendar- it doesn’t happen.  The bulletin board houses work schedules, college schedules, special events and photos.  I just cleaned off the board in preparation for new work schedules and Christmas card photos! The command center is multi-purpose.  It serves as a place for charging electronics, working on a lap top, doing some extra schoolwork and it serves as a lovely buffet.  My little bit of help on the project was to recycle posts that we took down from the eighties railing between the family room and the kitchen and use them as legs for the command center.

Time-saving Tuesday

Our dining room is multi purpose, we dine there, host family meetings, do crafts and do our seat work for school. Lately, at the end of the day the dining table looks as if the library vomited a shelf of books on it. Nobody wants to haul all their books to the bookshelves in the living room, so we end up shoving the mess down to end of the table until Friday when we clean up for the weekend. It was really getting to me (and Ania). I searched on pinterest for an in- room solution. Here is my rendition of it. I recycled my library table and purchased the baskets at Target. Each student has a place to put books away close at hand every day!
More on the fast tomorrow!

Time-saving Tuesday

Sink Praying

Ladies, if you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time at the sink.  My sink doesn’t have a window above it, although I hope to remedy that when I find an antique one to stand up there, it looks into the corner. Ever been put into the corner as a child?  Time out?  That’s what my sink is- time out.  Even though my children have dish duty and help out immensely, I end up doing pots and pans or filling in for them so they can finish school work.

So, while I am in time out, what do I do?  Pray!  It’s not just a time-saver, it’s a life-saver, mind-saver and attitude-adjuster.  Yesterday, while bracing for the Sandy-snow-storm, I found myself at the clean sink over and over again.  I prayed.  I’m not bragging- sometimes you wouldn’t want to hear my prayers, they sometimes go like this:

“Really, really?  I am supposed to love that kid, if he says one more…..”
“Why is this happening? I don’t….”
” I don’t think I can do this anymore…”
Of course, God always brings me back around to his Word.

God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well -proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas.
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult.  Selah [pause and calmly think of that]!

More on the fast tomorrow!

Time-saving Tuesday

Yard walking.

When my children were small, it was difficult to go on a real walk.  There were too many of them and not enough man power to push or pull them, so I started the habit of yard walking.  I would take the kids outside to play on the swing set or in the sand box and walk around the yard.  No, it wasn’t a marathon and I had many, “push me on the swing, Mommy!”  or “look at my castle!”  moments, but I was still moving, blood-pumping, brain-clearing exercise.  When we went back inside to continue the school day, nap or whatever was on the agenda, I felt refreshed!

Fast forward to today!  I still yard walk on my lunch breaks when I need a pick me up or in the evening when there is not enough daylight left to go far from home.  I am close enough that teens can yell school or lunch questions!  I yard walked this evening, feet rustling leaves, Hillsong blasting on my Ipod, teens jumping on the trampoline and the moon shining down God’s blessing on us!