Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 7 – October 30, 2016

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that you are enjoying your week!  I can hardly believe that November will begin this week, and thoughts will turn from jack -o-lanterns to turkeys before we know it.

For some, the holiday season can come with a huge price tag of stress.  Possibly you are caring for a loved one, or may know someone who is filling the care giving role.  Possibly that care giving roll was suddenly placed in their lives, which adds to the chaotic and out of control feeling that each day brings.  People say there are resources out there, but where are these resources, and why are they so difficult to find when you need help? One place that one can turn to is an internet site called Aging Care (https://www.agingcare.com ).  There are so many resources available, and so much information related to all types of diseases.  This article is something that I feel needs to be shared.  The more that we all know about resources available to caregivers and our mature or sick family members, the more we can help everyone regain a bit more calm to their day. https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/free-services-for-seniors-or-caregivers-156443.htm?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletter1%20-%20March%2016,%202013

Speaking of the upcoming holidays and having a stress-free season, we all know that organization is the key to a smoothly run day.  Thinking ahead is a must to ensure that even the small things run smoothly.  Take Christmas wrapping paper, for instance. Possibly you have a Rubbermaid tub full of perfectly good wrapping paper scraps and reclaimed pieces. And do you have the collection of reclaimed ribbons and gift bags?  Sorting through these items is never a bad idea PRIOR to the holidays.  Take out the bags that have tears or rips, possibly there are ribbons and bows that are certainly past their prime, and knowing how much gift wrap and name tags one has on hand is nice to know.

Possibly you discover that you have some wrapping scraps that are just too small to wrap a gift with.  Check out this site for 20 creative uses for wrapping paper. Not only can you save some of that paper from hitting the landfill, but you could also use some of these 20 ideas to have some family craft time! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-reuse-gift-wrap.html I can’t wait to try making my own gift bags!

Possibly you are not ready to talk about holidays yet.  That’s cool, I get it.

Many of you know how I just love a clean and organized house.  Some day that will happen to my home!  I just ran across this interesting organizational method called Project 333.  Project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. It’s an interesting concept, and might help many who struggle with closet and dresser drawer sorting. The idea is to pick out 33 items of clothing for the next 3 months, and box up everything else.  After 3 months, you evaluate what you wore, pack up what you liked the best, donate what you didn’t wear and pick out another 33 items for the next 3 months. And this site has so much info on organization!  http://bemorewithless.com/project-333/

This site also had this list of 33 things to get out of your closet.  This list is pretty funny, and I got a good chuckle out of it.  And it just makes great, common sense!  http://bemorewithless.com/eliminate/

Whew, all this talk of holidays and cleaning and organizing sure can make a person work up an appetite! And maybe a great, easy meal is something you are looking for.  Boy, can you find a LOT of options here.  The links says 9 easiest meals, but this link actually takes you to many, many more recipes than just 9.  Think of this as Pinterest for food.  Just food. You are welcome!   http://www.zergnet.com/news/621662/the-9-easiest-meals-youll-ever-make

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a wonderful week!  I hope you are inspired to be that resource for someone who may need some help and guidance in their journey of life. Maybe you are inspired to check out the Project 333 and I certainly hope that you find a new favorite recipe from today’s newsletter. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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