Do You Think the Balance Between Work and Life is Dead?

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Do You Think the Balance Between Work and Life is Dead

Long before cell phones and email, most people did not have the constant connection to work once they left the office for the night or weekend.  {Though, I remember my dad always had a briefcase of work he brought home, long before we had a home computer.}  Still, when I ran across an article on CNN the other day about the work-life balance in an age of constant contact and high expectations of work bleeding into personal life, it made me think about whether or not the balance between work and life is completely dead.

The article basically confirmed that for most companies, it IS expected that you be available after hours.  Calls and emails are the norm.  Interestingly, it may be less driven by the actual company and more driven our need to be considered “hard working.”  The article stated that “neurologically, certain elements of work can be addictive.  Studies have found that satisfying curiosity about a novel event — say, a new and unread email sitting in your inbox — releases dopamine in the brain, which conditions us to check it again and again.”  Which I basically interpreted as this might actually kind of be our own faults.  Our addiction to our phones and email has led us down a path where work is permitted into personal time, based on our own desire to satisfy “an addiction.”

The author suggested that instead of trying to separate work and life, we need to try to live harmoniously with both of them.  He writes, “We live in a world in which it is acceptable for work to interrupt personal time. And yet we’re not as comfortable when personal time interrupts work. Why?”  With the exception of the lucky few who get to set their own schedules, most people are subject to face-time at the office.  Taking off to run an errand or pick up kids is frowned upon.  Yet, companies that do have a more progressive stance on allowing personal life to interfere with working hours, so long as the work gets done, have happier more productive workers, according to studies.  In fact, the employees feel more invested in the final product, and profits typically reflect it.

I think feeling stretched too thin is pretty common these days.  People put in long hours at the office AND at home, and there just isn’t enough time for them to pursue personal endeavors or get other tasks done.  It leaves people strung out.  I posted about the importance of breaking from work last year, and I still think it is a much needed shift in our thinking.  We can only be so “productive” in a given day.  Personal time matters.  Balance matters.

What do you think, do we need to find ways to balance work and life more effectively–or do we need to stop whining and put our nose to the grindstone?

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 50 of 52

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Winco $36.15

The Girl and I were running errands over by Winco so we decided to stop in and stock up on some bulk spices and other stuff like lentils, shredded coconut, rice mixes and beans. We were there around noon and let me tell you Bob, I have never seen Winco so deserted. It seemed like there were only about 20 people in the entire store. Cool, but weird.

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Fred Meyer $8.58

The HH stopped by Fred Meyer’s on his way home to grab a couple of boxes of Famous Chocolate Wafers for me {what a nice guy}. I plan on making Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for one of my {many} Christmas desserts. Have you tried it? Oh my word it looks delicious. Peanut butter, chocolate and cheesecake, does it get any better than that?

Also, a  few random items were left behind after the freezer meal party last Monday. Not pictured are 1 1/2 gallons of milk, 6 onions, 4 heads of garlic and 2 bunches of parsley. So between our stock up trip to Costco last week, I think we’re set for a while.

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $44.73
Total Spent Year to Date $1907.34 {Yikes!}

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Whoa Nelly. Because all teenagers plan things at the last possible minute, The Girl and I will be hanging out in the kitchen all day today whipping up batches of cookies for her annual {I thought it wasn’t going to happen this year} cookie decorating party that will be held at our house tomorrow. Yee-Haw! 

How about YOU? Any last minute plans?

Mavis

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And I’m also happy to announce the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card for the Christmas Ornament Giveaway is Trish would said  “I wanted to enter my favorite ornament in your contest, while it my not win most beautiful it is my favorite as my Mom designed it for my brownie troop when I was in the 2nd grade(I am 35 now) and she is no longer with me.

It is a tuna can with the bottom and top cut off with felt and brickabrack on the outside, some felt on the inside and a “floating” Santa golfball head hung in the middle. All the little brownies made their own to keep. Creative eh? 
This is mine and I treasure it! 

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 51 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

gingerbread biscotti recipe

Breakfast Ideas 

French Toast with Eggnog - This is one of those seasonal treats that is sure to get gobbled up. {Pin for Later}
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls - If your family has a Christmas morning cinnamon roll tradition, you are going to seriously want to check out this recipe.  Yum! {Pin for Later}
Italian Brunch Casserole – If pastries and breads aren’t your breakfast fare, try this tasty eggs and sausage casserole out.  {Pin for Later}
Gingerbread Biscotti - Perfect for friends and relatives that stop by for a visit.  {Pin for Later}

Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

The Best Way to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls – You know, in case you decide to make a double batch and save some for later.  {Pin for Later}
Simple Freezer Meal Meatloaf - Meatloaf is hands down one of the easiest freezer meals to make.  {Pin for Later}
Gourmet Spinach Blue Cheese Burgers – These are great to have on hand after the holidays are over and you are ready for a little bit different tastes than turkey and ham.  {Pin for Later}
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese – This makes an awesome side for Christmas dinner, believe me, you will not have leftovers.  {Pin for Later}

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Soups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Simple Lasagna Recipe – Tasty the first, second, and third time you eat it {read:  this warms up beautifully}.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Chicken with Potatoes – There is something so satisfying about roasting a whole chicken.  Maybe it’s the fact that there is usually enough for chicken salad the next day?  {Pin for Later}
Curry Chicken and Rice – Every time I make this recipe, I wonder why I don’t make more curry recipes. It’s such a unique flavor and I always forget how awesome it is.  {Pin for Later}
Sauteed Kale with Parmesan Cheese – If you are growing a winter garden, this is a great way to use up the kale. {Pin for Later}

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Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Nutella No Bake Cookies – This combines two of my loves:  Nutella and not having to use the oven.  {Pin for Later}
Chocolate Dipped Macaroons – These are ridiculously easy to make and add class to any Christmas spread. {Pin for Later}
Hershey’s Secret Kiss Snowball Cookies – The gooey chocolate center in these cookies is to die for.  {Pin for Later}
Velvet Crinkle Cookies – I obviously have holiday baking on the brain, and want to give you tons of options.  The red in these cookies give them a holiday flare.  {Pin for Later}

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Apple Pie Jam – Around this time of year, you can really score on some cheap apples.  I am sure it’s all of the fall apples that need to be sold, but they are perfect for canning anyway. {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Johnny T Gives Subway Tips

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Where I live, I don’t take a ton of public transportation, but when we travel, we totally take advantage of it if it’s available.  I thought this video about subway courtesy was a hoot–and so applicable to pretty much any kind of public transport, in any city.

On a totally unrelated note, I find puppets in leisure suits more amusing than I should.

~Mavis

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7 Gifts You Can Make at Home for Less Than $10

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7 Gifts You Can Make at Home for Less Than $10

If you are a little short on cash right now but have some extra time on your hands… Any of the gifts below would be perfect for gift giving this year. Remember, it’s the thought that counts… not how much you spend.

~Mavis

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Nutella Filled Cinnamon Rolls

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Nutella Filled Cinnamon Rolls

Just when you think the holiday baking season couldn’t get any more awesome, I throw in a Nutella cinnamon roll recipe.

I initially thought about altering the frosting so it was a little less sweet in case the combo of the Nutella filling and the icing was too much. But I decided against it. It was a good choice because the cream cheese kick in the icing, paired with melt-in-your-mouth Nutella-filled rolls, is like a party in your mouth.

You’re welcome.

cinnamon roll dough

Ingredients for the Dough

1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

nutellaIngredients for the Filling

1 cup Nutella
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

cinnamon roll frostingIngredients for the Icing

4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

 

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Dissolve the yeast in warm water in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add in 2 cups of flour and mix {I use my hands} until nice and smooth. Add yeast mixture and then mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to work with. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for around 5 minutes. Place in a large bowl that’s been greased bowl with a we bit of vegetable oil then cover and let rise until doubled in size {usually about 1 hour}.

proofing cinnamon rolls

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down it down and roll it out on to a floured surface. Ideally you want to shape the dough in to a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Using a pastry brush, spread Nutella evenly over dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Next roll the cinnamon roll dough up into a tight log and seal the ends with a little melted butter. Then cut into {12} 2 inch slices {I use baker’s twine to cut my dough}.

Place cinnamon rolls about 2 inches apart on a lined or buttered pan. Let rise a second time until the dough has doubled {about 30-45 minutes} and then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix the butter, cream cheese powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Add warm water as needed. Spread over warm rolls.

Dig in!

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Free Kindle Books, $5 Magazines, Jell-O, Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Happy Sunday from Mavis and Lucy the Snuggle Puggle. We hope you have an AWESOME day!

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Looking for something to do with all those candy canes? These Candy Cane Reindeer are super fun to make and little ones can pass them out as gifts to friends and family. Find more cool projects on my Christmas Pinterest Board.

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Christmas Trivia

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christmas triviaWant to add a little education into the kiddos’ holiday break?  Here’s some Christmas trivia to keep their minds from turning to mush {or at least to distract them from climbing your drapes out of boredom}:

  1. Round or oval candies fill with fruit preserves or cream and then covered with chocolate are called?  {Sugarplums}
  2. What city is the Miracle on 34th street set in?  {New York}
  3. Which country created eggnog?  {England}
  4. How many reindeer hooves are there on the rooftop, including Rudolf? {36}
  5. Who yelled “Stop!” to Frosty?  {The traffic cop}
  6. At Christmas time, you usually have an Advent Calendar, do you know what Advent means?  {Coming}
  7. What is Scrooge’s first name?  {Ebenezer}
  8. In the poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” Santa Clause is used how many times?  {None}
  9. After red and green, what are the two most popular Christmas colors?  {silver and gold}
  10. On the Grinch Who Stole Christmas {both the book and the movie}, what was the name of the Grinch’s dog?  {Max}

Merry Christmas!

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 12/20/14

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

Low Sugar Triple Berry Jam

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

Money Saving Tips for Hosting Christmas Dinner on a Budget

Tips and Tricks

DIY Santa Binoculars

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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