The 8 wastes that need to be eliminated

The 8 Wastes OK, I get it – this page is about as exciting as wallpaper glue.  But understanding The 8 Wastes is as important to Lean, as wallpaper glue is to holding up wallpaper.  So learn the 8 wastes, and then head over to a…

How to get ready for the busy times ahead

Just a guess, but is it possible you might have some extra busy times coming up? (You can grab the Busier Than Usual downloadable template by clicking that link!) When you know there’s a particularly busy time coming up, it is tempting to jump in and try…

Chance favors the prepared mind

“Chance favors the prepare mind.” Don’t you think that’s a kinda cool quote?  A trainer used it at a seminar once that I went to with my husband, and only when I decided to write about it did I discover it’s a quote from Louis Pasteur. …

Set up your kitchen to make meal prep easier

Cuisine, Lean Obviously, when we talk about ‘Lean Cuisine’ we are not talking about cooking light or losing weight.  Rather, we are talking about continuously improving all the individual little parts and pieces that make up the whole big picture of providing food for our families.…

How a stay-at-home mom can benefit by working in time blocks

Does this ever happen to you, mom? You’re quickly cleaning up brekkie dishes as soon as your kids head to the school bus, so you can do a bit of a deeper clean in your kitchen today.  Before you finish loading the dishwasher, the buzzer goes…

The Millionaire Next Door

I hope you recognize the title of this blog post as something you’ve seen before.  Because if you do, it probably means you’ve already read the book I’m about to recommend, so you might as well skip to the end of this post. It’s called –…

3 pick-me-ups for Monday morning

Mondays can hit like a ton of bricks. Whether you had a fantastic weekend or a less-than-ideal one, it can be tough to get through the day without getting bogged down. Here are 3 things you need to do to help rock your Monday: Write out…

How to rock out the end of the year

What is this blog coming to?  In the last post we were advocating doing a spring cleaning in the fall, and now we’re talking about old year resolutions.  Come on, Mother!  Don’t throw out tradition, in all your 3S’ing! I know, I know.  But seriously, an…

How and why to spring clean in the fall

We often think of spring time as the best time to do a thorough cleanout.  You know, a spring cleaning!  But right now is a great time to do a thorough purge of your home, and donate as much as you can of your excess to…

How to get your kids to do their morning chores

We have recently made one small change to our morning routine: from henceforth and forevermore, the kids ‘owe’ me 5 minutes of their time, after school, if in the morning their beds aren’t made, the brekkie mess isn’t cleaned up, or we leave for school past…