Corporate Capsule Wardrobe: A Winter in Dresses // Outfit #3

It has been raining so hard in Dallas, I haven't been able to take photos to make my blog schedule on time. On top of that, we've been having extreme jumps during the day. The mornings bring us humid cold air, the afternoons bring us sunshine and a high of 70s, and at night it drops to 40s and rains. It's been making outfits particularly hard to choose because I work in a shift that covers all three elements. 

As you can see, I finally just had to give up and wear my tights and riding boots. Even though you see a scarf on me here, I did not bring a jacket to work! As previously stated, winter outside equals overheated office. If I get a little bit chilly in the office - by way of chugging ice water - I just unfold my infinity scarf and wear it around me like a shawl. 

I hope you're keeping warm/cool in your neck of the woods.

Sincerely, Tania

New Year's Resolutions // Sustaining Good Habits

The most daunting thing about resolutions is the maintenance; this is where most people fail. You cannot expect to make lifestyle changes in a week, month, or even quarter. Lifestyle changes take a lifetime – it says so in the title – so you can’t expect things to take on that quickly.

Take baby steps that lead towards your goal. Once that stage becomes easy, take it one step further. This will insure staying power and therefore, turn into a lifestyle change.

Instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds, commit to working out three times a week. If you become too focused on the number, you will get discouraged after being healthy for one week and see that the scale hasn’t budged – or even for one month. It’s been proven that body composition makes the type of changes most people want – a more ‘cut’ and toned figure – than your weight. While keeping an eye on weight is important, it is crucial to enjoy the process of becoming healthy; the results will come naturally.

Instead of cutting junk food, commit to adding a serving of vegetables at each meal. Putting a moratorium on certain foods only makes it that much more appealing. Try telling yourself you will stop eating sugar forever. You will start thinking about it and seeing it 24/7. Instead, think of adding or swapping a healthy version at every meal. Opt for a side salad or even a baked potato with your burger. Swap out maple syrup on your oatmeal with fruit to sweeten it up. Choose a side of steamed veggies instead of macaroni and cheese when you’re dining out.

Instead of pledging to read one book a month, plan to read 10 minutes a day. Reading is one of those ‘good for you’ hobbies that everyone should pick up. But it is very off-putting to see 400 pages in one book and knowing you only have so many hours in the day to do your daily duties – let alone add frivolous reading. Additionally, you do not want to speed read just so you can ‘get through’ a book. The benefit in reading is in paying attention to what you have read and applying the lesson in real life – or in case of fictional books, the benefit is to use your imagination and play the scene in your head to get out of your own life and relax. To do either one of these, you have to take your time.  

Instead of making weekly chore wheels, try cleaning up after yourself each day. Weekends are so precious for me. My husband works the whole day during the week, and oftentimes travel for work – so weekends are sacred. If I see a long list of chores to do that takes up more than half a day, I will get discouraged and either: a) not do them and feel guilty all weekend, or b) do them and waste my weekend. To mitigate this, I try to clean up after myself each day. There are some instances where that is just not feasible – like when I make a particularly fancy meal that requires all the dishes – so I just make a mental note to do that first thing when I get back from work or early next morning. Even if you have more instances where you can’t, trying makes enough of a difference to cut down on your weekly chores.

Instead of cooking fresh meals every day, meal prep one meal a week. The ideal life is one where you eat fresh foods all day every day. If you’re used to buying food every day – whether it be your morning latte or lunches – committing to bringing fresh foods daily is a far jump. Instead, plan out maybe one breakfast item you will have for the week. Cook and pack it so that you can just grab and go every morning. For variety, change up the toppings. If you’re having oatmeal, top it with different fruits every day. If you’re having muffins, make a pan with a variety of different sweets inside.

Instead of pledging to save 25% of your paycheck, cut one frivolous expense at a time. Saving money for old age is probably on everyone’s resolutions list. It is noble. It is difficult. And it is overwhelming. Start by reviewing how you spend your money on a normal week and see what you can cut out. For example, instead of getting a manicure every two weeks, think of getting the tools needed to do it yourself. Instead of buying Starbucks every day, try making your own lattes. Instead of gettingyour hair colored professionally, every 6 weeks, try a home box kit. It seems small, but these little things add up very fast.

More importantly, you cannot commit to lifestyle changes by the first of the year – so let’s stop putting pressures on ourselves. 

Sincerely, Tania

Corporate Capsule Wardrobe: A Winter in Dresses // Outfit #2

Do you want to know why I chose to do dresses after the holiday season? To hide my new belly of course.

Drape fabric + circle skirt makes for the perfect belly skimming outfit. Bonus points that the soft loose shape makes me feel like I'm wearing a nightgown to work.

This is hands down the trendiest piece I have in my closet. I almost turned it away because of the bell sleeves - but the slit on the wrist keeps me from going crazy. It splits open anytime I bring my hands up so it clears my hands free.

Sincerely, Tania

New Year's Resolutions // Removing Clutter

Ah, January. Still has that New Year smell.

You know what else January smells like? Stale air and dust mites.

If you’re like most people, you haven’t done a deep cleaning since last spring – if even. I suggest planning a decluttering/cleaning session this month to give you a physical fresh start on the year ahead.

Try on rarely worn clothes. We all have a few articles of clothing that we rarely – if ever – wear. Maybe you bought it during a sale. Maybe it was done on a whim. Maybe it was under pressure from an unusually aggressive salesperson. Whatever the case, it does not improve your life to keep them. Try each piece on and really evaluate whether or not it is feasible to add to an outfit – or better yet, see if you still like it enough to incorporate into your daily attire. If not, maybe you should think about donating said item.

Toss out tattered clothing/undergarments. While you are in your closet, take a look at your most loved items. Are they tattered or just dingy from multiple uses? Maybe it’s time to upgrade. While I understand there are some pieces that get better with time, there are also pieces so worn, you associate them with home clothes. I generally stay away from labeling items “home” or “public” because it gives the connotation some pieces are more special than others – and end up limiting the amount of time I use them. This is something to avoid because part of the minimalist lifestyle is to have multi-purpose items.

Reevaluate unused kitchen gadgets. Take a look at what you have taking up space in your kitchen cabinets and think about the last time you used it. Do you still need that Crock Pot from 3 years ago now that you have an Instant Pot that doubles as both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker? What about that coffee maker that you’ve ignored ever since you bought a French press? And that toaster that you got a decade ago before you went bread free? Get rid of unused items by selling or donating them.

Wipe baseboards. To me, baseboards are part of the wall. No one goes around wiping down their walls, so they get forgotten. Take a look at your baseboards and notice the amount of dust and general grossness sitting on there. Take a Lysol wipe and just start gliding through.

Move one furniture at a time to vacuum/sweep underneath. This one takes more effort because it involves moving furniture – which is always the worst – but it’s very necessary! I recommend doing this every quarter, but at least do it once a year. Your allergies will thank me.

Review saved documents. You know the pile of papers you have in your – probably – Junk Drawer? Or, maybe you are crazy organized and have a filing cabinet. Dump everything you have and start sifting through all the old receipts and expired warranties. They provide no value to you taking up valuable breathing space.

Assess pantry items. It never occurred to me to review pantry items until a few months ago, but you won’t believe the amount of canned goods that have been forgotten and expired. Find something you didn’t realize you have that is still edible? Donate it. If you didn’t know you had it by now, you probably won’t use it any time soon.

Care for your furniture. There are some pieces that need extra attention. Leather chairs require conditioning every so often. Canvas couches require a spray of Scotch Gard once in a while. Wood coffee tables need cleaning. Take some time to give your furniture some TLC to extend their life.

There. Don’t you feel clean now?

Sincerely, Tania

Corporate Capsule Wardrobe: A Winter in Dresses // Outfit #1

This winter season has been... confusing. One day, we wake up to a low of 35. The next day, the low is 80. The day after brings us 43. And the day after that is 70. It is a bona fide miracle that I'm not sick right now.

I have been having a hard time keeping my closet organized because I am constantly swapping between warm and cold items.

No matter the weather, I still have to be clothed at work. So, this season I bring you The Winter Dress Capsule!

When it's warmer 'fall weather' out, I leave my legs bare. When the winter mix sets in, I... still leave my legs bare because the OFFICE IS ALWAYS HOT. If it falls below 40, I put on a thin layer of tights and add a wool coat for my walk to and from the garage and my office building. 

Either way, the dress stays!

Sincerely, Tania

New Year’s Resolutions // Tips for a Healthier You

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I’m going to call it. Ending 2016 with a half marathon, fatty foods, delicious cocktails, and lying down was just what the doctor ordered.

But it’s officially 2017 - and we’re ready to get back on track. Whether or not you believe in New Year’s resolutions, there is no denying the cleansing feeling of a brand new month – if not year – after the holidays. You feel fresh, recharged, and motivated. Bonus points that Dallas rained hard enough for me to feel like 2016 has been washed away.

This month, I’m posting five New Year’s resolutions to get you started. I like to piecemeal each goal and post every Sunday in January – so as not to overwhelm all at once. We have the year to do them, so let’s start small.

The first goal is to create healthier habits. I do not like to put a weight goal because it sets too high of an expectation. Instead, the goal is to become healthier overall in order to make real lifestyle changes.

Throw away the scale. Those numbers mean nothing. Our body composition means much more. Low weight with high body fat percentage is way more dangerous than the reverse. Instead of focusing on the number, focus on how your clothes fit. Or, better yet, take photos of yourself a month or two apart after exercising and eating better. You will see real changes without a number on it. One pound of fat is not the same size as one pound of muscle.

Do not drink calories. This is the biggest rule of all. A grande mocha Frappuccino has 280 calories. You know what else totals 280 calories? 2 large eggs (140) + 2 slices of bacon (140). Wild guess as to which one keeps you fuller. Drink a lot of water. Most of the time, people confuse boredom and thirst with hunger. I keep a large blender bottle on my desk that I mindlessly take sips out of. If I need a caffeine jolt, I just drink plain coffee.

Pack healthy snacks. I try to keep healthy bars, fruits, and nuts at my desk. It helps differentiate between true hunger and boredom cravings. If you want to eat and you see your healthy snacks and decide they are not good enough, that is a craving. Because when you’re truly hungry, you will gladly eat them.

When all else fails, put it on a bed of greens. This is my simplest life hack. It can replace any grain that you previously eat around. If you think about it, Asians use rice as their main. I think Mexicans do that as well – sometimes tortillas. The Irish and their potatoes. Americans and bread. Rice, bread, and potatoes all have one thing in common. It’s bland enough that it takes the flavor of what you pair it with. So, I just change the base. It works the best when eating things with a lot of sauce or stews. When I eat saucy wings, I put it on a bed of lettuce. The sauce will work as a light dressing and the lettuce adds bulk so you feel fuller faster.

Meal prep. This is for the few that are ready to get more serious. I cook my upcoming weeks’ meals on Sunday. With exception of green smoothies, I make all breakfast, lunch, and dinner ahead of time. When you first hear or read about it, this idea is very off-putting because you think it takes all day to cook all your meals. But it does not. For breakfasts, start easy with a frittata. I make one big batch and cut it into individual portions. For lunch and dinner, I usually do a stew or salad. I made one batch of the stew or salad toppings and divide into portions. If you want to change up the flavors, you can make two different recipes for each meal. Doing this ensures that you won’t go off track. It ensures that you get your nutrients for the day. When you are ready to eat, you just reheat and go to town. Additionally, it also saves a lot of time during the week for….

Exercise. Find exercise that you enjoy doing. Don’t feel discouraged if you try something and you’re not very good at it. I went from weight machines and elliptical to running to kickboxing to yoga and finally group fitness classes. Find something that does not feel like a chore, and do it regularly.

When you enjoy the process of becoming healthy, fat loss and size reduction just falls into place.

Sincerely, Tania

Our Christmas: New Traditions

Our dog had emergency knee surgery in November, so we had to stay home for the next three months to tend to her. With this last minute change, everyone was separated throughout the holidays. In previous years, my husband’s family held a tradition of visiting their extended family nearby in Dallas. With the passing of his grandmother and subsequent selling of her home, the tradition was uprooted. 

Initially, I was pretty bummed at not having them over – but it turned into a blessing as we developed our own traditions.

I never celebrated Christmas growing up, so I did not have my own traditions. However, I was happy to create new ones with my new family. One thing my husband always had each Christmas morning was orange rolls – they come prepared in a tub from Pillsbury and only need 20 minutes in the oven.  While talking about this, he asked, “What do you want for breakfast?”

“What do you mean? We’re doing orange rolls.”

“Yes, but that’s never the only thing *insert duh inflection*. There’s always something else. Like, orange rolls and pancakes, orange rolls and grits, orange rolls and oatmeal.”

So, we added savory grits.

In addition to this food tradition, I decided we’re doing onesies! Because, when else is that appropriate? Our pup gets a toddler shirt with cut up sleeves – she is such a trooper following all my whims.

Another thing that's new for us is a decorated tree! Chris bought this tree a few years ago and no one was dedicated enough to pull it out and decorate it each year; we were in apartments while we saved up for our current home. After seeing it all done up like this, I think I'm going to keep this tradition alive :)

We spent the day watching Christmas movies and drinking wine. As usual, we had our traditional Christmas lamb for dinner.

Sincerely, Tania

Christmas Casual

I can never fully understand people that dress up for Christmas.

I know that that's probably one of the few times you can see your family, but I also know that most families sit around the living room talking to each other before dinner. For this reason, I choose comfort over anything.

  1. Stretchy pants under tall riding boots to keep your legs toasty.
  2. Loose but shapely sweater for a respectable silhouette at the dinner table.
  3. Soft scarf for added warmth and comfy factor.
  4. As usual, simple hair and make up to put it all together.

Quick, simple, and comfortable.

Sincerely, Tania

Minimalist Hair: Extending Your Wash

An aspect of minimalism that gets forgotten is hair styling. For those of us in the corporate world, styling your hair is a must – which seems rather vapid. However, your appearance and presentation is a big deal in the office.

A good rule in extending your hair wash is to work with the natural textures and style WITH your hair.

Take a good look at your hair’s natural texture. Is it kinky curly? Is it flat straight? Poofy? Wavy? Frizzy?

Make it work for you.

I try to limit the amount of heat I use on my hair. From the many experiments I’ve done, I’ve learned that the healthier the hair, the easier to manage – and low maintenance is the name of the game in my life.

I generally wash my hair every 3-4 days. That sounds normal to a lot of people, but I also do strenuous workouts 4-5 days a week so making my hair last is a big feat.

Day 1: This day is the most heat my hair takes. I wash my hair in the morning, blow dry haphazardly, curl the bottom half with an iron, and fluff the whole thing up. The end result are large poofy waves. Instead of trying to tame my naturally frizzy head of waves, I roll with it. The bottom curls provides some form of style while the top half remains fluffy.

Day 2: I sleep with my hair loose or in a clip above my head. As a result, I wake up with loose waves. After a shower, I usually fix my bangs, and flip my hair over and blow dry to shake up the roots. The end result is this wavy/straight body – my fave.

Day 3-4: At this point, my hair has flattened significantly. To salvage some semblance of a put-together hairdo, I blow dry the top layer of my hair with a round brush. The round brush will help create volume while the hair dryer help dry up the sweat. If it’s particularly flat, I lift random parts of my hair to spray dry shampoo and shake. I use more dry shampoo on day 4.

Day 5: I generally do not leave my hair unwashed by this point – except at those last minute moments that I am running late. This might mean that my workout was particularly grueling and I am having an inefficient morning, my puppy took a little longer to potty, or maybe I just plainly lost track of time. This is when the emergency bun gets used. The best part is that the dirtier the hair, the better the bun holds.

As you can see, I try to work with my natural texture. Because my hair is extra fluffy after a wash, I use the fluff to my advantage and taper down as the week progresses.

If you hair naturally straight hair, try wearing it straight the first day, braid is the second day, wavy post braid the third day, and loose waves the last day.

If your hair is kinky curly, try wearing it styled and curled the first day, reactivate the products by spritzing water the second day, half bun on the third day, and full bun on the fourth day.

Sincerely, Tania

Fall Non-Capsule: Day #6

Dallas keeps flopping back and forth between fall and winter - but lately, it's been favoring winter. This will be my last fall non-capsule outfit as the transition is fully complete. 

This outfit has a special place in my heart because I L-O-V-E leather jackets! Especially in that buttery cognac color. I like to pair this with jet black pants and shoes, but cannot handle an all black outfit. This striped sweater really helped break it up a bit for me.

Keep a lookout for my Christmas outfit ideas and winter capsule coming soon!

Sincerely, Tania

Finding Your Purpose

As we inch closer to 2017, now is a good time to do a little bit of self-reflection. Around this same time, we tend to start planning out our vision for the upcoming year. While actionable goals are important, what is even more important is your purpose.

Your purpose feeds your motivation.

Without purpose your motivation is fleeting, as it is an external incentive. Compare someone exercising in order to fit a certain size (Lady A), as opposed to someone trying to get stronger and healthier (Lady B). Which one do you think will result in long-term changes? Obviously – the one with the bigger picture in mind. Lady A will be motivated until she finally fits into her chosen arbitrary size, while Lady B will continuously improve. Lady B’s motivation is internal. She has her own purpose.

The hardest part about this aspect is actually finding your purpose. Not many people know what they want. Normally, we look externally for society to show what we want.

“Oh, look. Those bikini models have thigh gap and people are celebrating it.” I want a thigh gap so I can be celebrated.

“That family looks so happy.” I need to get married and start a family to become happy.

“Look how she juggles a career, family obligations, and a fit body!” I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing. I need to learn how to prioritize my career, family and fitness – simultaneously.

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to achieve any of these goals, there is something wrong with the motivation. In each example, social media/society told them what to work toward. This is not sustainable motivation. You will work toward your newfound goals until you forget why you’re doing it – whether you lost track of the photo you saw or you start finding new photos to obsess over.

A good place to look for internal motivation is to ask the question:

What does your perfect day look like?

Imagine that all chores and errands are completed. Imagine that you have enough money in the back to sustain you comfortably for the next six months. Imagine that you don’t have kids or they are away for a few weeks. What do you want to do with your free time? This exercise is all about you.

Some of you will say, “I want to just lie down and watch TV because I need a break from life.” Yes, we all have those moments. Say that you are recharged – what do you want to do then? Because after so many days of lounging while playing online or watching TV, you start to get antsy too. What do you want to do? Learn to paint? Compose music?

What makes you smile the minute you think about it?

My perfect day is waking up to write, shoot a few portraits, editing beautiful images, challenging my brain by reading something thought provoking or learning a new skill, eating a healthy meal to keep my energy levels up, and work up a good sweat.

There – my whole life purpose. It thoroughly explains why I do what I do and how I have been able to sustain it.

You will not come up with multiple things like I did on your first try, but you will come up with at least one. From there, your purpose will guide you. If the dream lies true, you won’t need to look at external sources to feel motivated.

Sincerely, Tania

Fall Non-Capsule: Day #5

The sun is supposedly going to show up later today, so I am chancing it with bare legs. I'm not sure how others direct body heat, but I generate a lot of heat in my legs and typically need a sweater before I need long pants. This helps me during the colder months in the office since they like to crank up the heat no matter how many layers we have on.

When planning corporate capsules, I usually stay with the same range of degrees. No matter how cold or hot it is outside, you can count that the office will stay pretty even so layers are your best friend.

Sincerely, Tania

Fall Non-Capsule: Day #4

Dallas jumped from summer to winter within two weeks - with hot days sprinkled in for good measure. I so desperately want to have a blog that matches all four seasons, but I had to work with what I'm given.

Today's look is extra preppy. I bought this sweater four years ago and forgot about it. I try to stay away from print because it makes my chest look larger - something I don't particularly want to bring attention to - but, at the time, I was tricked into buying the current houndstooth trend. It's survived many attempts at minimizing my closet because this was bought when Banana Republic still had quality items. I could not toss something so deliciously thick and soft.

I put this outfit purely by accident when the weather dipped a little too low and my regular grandpa cardigan was in the wash - but really happy with this impromptu look!

Sincerely, Tania

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Minimalist in Your Life

It’s officially December and Christmas is around the corner!

The drawback of being a minimalist is that you always get a slight brain fart when someone asks what you want as a gift – and you can feel the subsequent change in the vibe of the room when you respond with ‘nothing’. The drawback of having a minimalist friend is that we are tough to shop for. It’s not that we don’t need things – we just don’t need trinkets as we don’t attach sentimental value to many objects.

Minimalism is a spectrum. There are those looking to simplify for the sake of their sanity to the diehard I-Only-Own-100-Things type. No matter what type you’re shopping for, all minimalists agree that they value experience over physical things – which is so difficult because gift giving is just as much about the giver as it is the receiver. There is a clear difference between taking someone out for an activity and handing over a wrapped physical gift.

I have come up with a few ideas for the gift giving season! They align with our lifestyle choices and maintain the clutter-free look we strive for.

Happy holidays!

Sincerely, Tania

Minimizing Food Waste with Meal Prepping

One topic that is not widely talked about in the minimalism world is food. We organize, cull, and downsize our things – but somehow forget about the most important item in life, food.

Food is, of course, a necessity. 

Why do we place more emphasis on external items and forget about the building blocks of our day?

The secret in successfully minimizing wasted food is meal prepping. I’m sure you have seen those crazy meal prepping photos showing perfectly portioned food in Tupperwares. While the idea is the same, I’m not suggesting that extreme of a change. 

If you are new to this habit, it helps to start with packing lunches. Oftentimes we eat lunch away from the home – which is a disadvantage in itself because you cannot freshly cook your own purchased groceries when you’re away. This practice will help you, not only cut costs, but also work towards building a healthier lifestyle. If you’re very new to the game, you can make a large soup/stew, and divide up the leftovers into individual portions. Cooking one time can provide lunch for the rest of the week!

Whenever I share my habits with strangers, I always seem to get the same wide-eyed, alarmed look. I am sure they think I spend hours slaving over a hot stove every weekend – but you’d be surprised how quick it is to prepare meals for the week.

Think in terms of reheating. Before you choose your meal, think about how reheating affects your food. While chicken breast and fish might dry out after a minute in the microwave, stews do not. Find something that is slightly covered in liquid to help prevent next day dry meat. This tip helps me stay excited, and therefore motivated to stay on track. I’m not saying to never eat fish or chicken breast – but I suggest making them fresh for dinner when you have some time.

Finish out ingredients. The biggest tip in cutting wasted food is using the same ingredient in multiple meals. For example, if I have a kale/spinach/chard frittata for breakfast, I make sure my lunch can use the same vegetable so I use it up before it goes bad. This also works for the week after. Sometimes, a recipe will call for a stalk of celery. Instead of tossing out the rest, I look for recipes that incorporate celery the week after. If all else fails, I cut it up and use it as a snack with hummus or peanut butter. 

Figure out the shelf/fridge life. There are some things you cannot prepare ahead of time – or should not. Smoothies will separate the next day if you blend and leave it in the fridge. To prevent this, I suggest cutting up each item ahead of time. Come morning, you can just dump, blend, and go. Additionally, some salads should not be made ahead of time for fear of the greens wilting. Pro tip: Use mason jars for salads. Put the items in from wet to dry. Add a little square of paper towel at the top before sealing the jars to soak up moisture. This trick works for salads up to 4 days, but best for 3 days.

Review your fridge and pantry prior to grocery shopping. A lot of us like to shop in bulk from CostCo, or really anywhere when sales are involved. This habit is wonderful – if we actually use the items. I used to have a bad habit of forgetting what I have and rebuying it when I need it. If you forget long enough, you might miss the expiration date and that is money out the door. Before you choose your meals, look at what you have to work with. Oftentimes, I have extra bits of broccoli, bacon, or spinach I can incorporate the week after.

Only one elaborate recipe a week. I define elaborate as something very hands on. To some people, this might mean multiple pans. To others, this might mean more than 5 ingredients. Whatever elaborate is to you, only choose one. Meal prepping is sustainable when it feels less like a chore. Let’s say your breakfast will be smoothies, your lunch will be chicken stew over rice, and your dinner will be a copycat Chipotle bowl. Smoothies require you to cut up ingredients. Stews and rice require you to dump everything in a large pot and simmer. Pro tip: Get a rice cooker – total timesaver. However, the copycat Chipotle bowl requires you to marinate meat, wash and cut up lettuce, sauté slices onions and bell peppers, and make two different salsas. This is your elaborate recipe. Because there is only one, you can work on this while the stew is simmering and the breakfast ingredients are already stored. Imagine if you had two elaborate recipes a week; you’d get discouraged and probably give up after the second recipe. Make your food easy for you!

Choose the right time to cook. While there is no magical hour when your cooking comes out better than others, you should work your meal prep around your other weekly chores. I choose to do mine on Sundays because I need the Saturday to unwind from the week. On Sundays, I run my laundry while I prep my food. There are times when I know I will be home cleaning or watching Netflix, so I will have food simmering or baking in the background. While you wait for things to finish cooking or cool off, you can use the time to clean up after yourself.

I know this all sounds daunting, but it gets easier with time. It will become as second nature as washing dishes and folding laundry!

Sincerely, Tania