Meal Planning, Simplified

I am not a master chef, my kids are super picky and I am short on time. I have been getting a failing grade on dinner for the last few years but now I have come up with a new plan! I am hoping that by assigning a theme to each night of the week and alternating variety and sides when we get bored I can tackle this meal planning thing once and for all. Check out my plan below:

Monday– Burger Night – Turkey, Beef, Chicken w/ Served with Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings, Roasted Potatoes or Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Mexican – Grilled Chicken, Carnitas, Fish, Bean and Cheese, Enchiladas/ Served with Corn and Bean Salad or Chips and Guacamole

Wednesday – Pasta Night – Pesto, Mac and Cheese, Spaghetti and Meatballs/ Served with Snap Pea Cucumber Salad, Rapini, or Roasted Broccolini

Thursday– Wild Card Night (i.e Take Out Sushi, Thai, Chinese etc.)

Friday – Chicken Night – Roasted Chicken, Chicken Milanese, Chicken Strips / Served with Cous Cous, Root Veggies or Orzo

Saturday – Asian Night – Lemon Chicken, Peanut Sauce Noodles, Stir Fry, Potstickers, Chicken Satay / Served with Cucumber Salad or Bok Choy

Sunday – Pizza Bar – Sausage, Goat Cheese, Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Grilled Veggies

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How will you simplify meal planning this year? Please share~
Bon Appetite!

My New Favorite Thing

Time to get organized, Friends!

This year, I am treating myself to this adorable post rack from Nkuku. In addition to being the perfect vessel for incoming mail and magazines, I love that it comes from a company that supports fair trade and local community initiatives. Enjoy!

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New Year, New Start!

Happy New Year, Friends!

Every year, on January 1st, I try to get my space and my life in order. This includes teaming up with my husband (often against his will) to edit our files and paperwork, set a budget and financial plan for the new year, and clean out our closets. It is hard work, but incredibly rewarding and saves us so much time and energy in the long run.

If this sounds worse than going to the dentist, I would love to help you get things spruced up and under control. It is perfect timing to introduce some new packages for 2014 on my newly updated website!

Check it out {HERE} and please get in touch to book a package or simply say hello: inquiries@shiragill.com

Make this the year you create a functional, beautiful space you love to come home to! I offer feel good makeovers for every room in your home, and creative solutions so you can clear the clutter and get organized once and for all.

Happy Organizing,

xo Shira

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays! Christmas always makes me think of cookies, and the best cookie I ever had was from the Levain Bakery in NYC. Their chocolate chip cookies are so chewy and chocolaty and decadent and now you can even order them online for yourself or as a gift. Yum!

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photo credit: campoutkid.com

Do Nothing!

This time of year before the holidays is crazy. Traffic is nuts. Parking is worse. My advice? Schedule a 30-minutes block of time to do nothing. That’s right. Put in in your little black book, treat it like a legitimate appointment and then just kick back and relax! You deserve it~

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A Simple Storage Solution

I think simple storage solutions are best.

Even my two year old can clean up when all that’s involved is tossing everything into a big basket.

So, I am excited to share this lovely with you from Schoolhouse Electric!

The possibilities are endless: Laundry, firewood, stuffed animals, toys, magazines…

Store away, my friends. Store away!

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Makeshift Entry Solutions

No mud room? No entry closet? What’s a girl to do?!

If you are like many people living in tight quarters, (myself included) you may be wondering where on earth to put your stuff when you walk in the door – hats, bags, coats, mail etc. Here are a few very simple ideas:

1. Hooks! If you don’t have a closet or space for a full coat rack, these guys  from Schoolhouse Electric will do the trick for coats, hats and scarves.

2. Bins: I like this sturdy felt friend from DWR for tossing shoes or rain boots.

3. I love these wall-mounted vintage wall pockets from See Jane Work for mail and magazines.

I like to customize entry solutions that are pretty and inviting with a place for all the essentials. I am loving this image from apaperaeroplane.tumblr.com –  Pretty pretty, right?

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A Gift For You!

Simply Sorted is offering unique gift packages for the holiday season!

Instead of bringing in more clutter, why not give someone you love the gift of an organized office, a picture-perfect pantry, or a closet makeover?

Custom packages available to transform any room in the home. Contact inquiries@shiragill.com to get started. As an added bonus, when you purchase any gift I will offer a complimentary 30-minute strategy session just for you!

Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Photo credit: Theresa Gonzalez

Gift Giving Solutions

Do you find yourself scrambling to pick up party and hostess gifts at the last minute?

Here’s what I do to avoid the stress:

1. Buy in advance. Sometimes you want to pick out the perfect, unique thing, but generally you just need a nice token to show you were thinking. I like to keep a stash of my favorite hardcover children’s books for birthday parties and nice wine, coffee, chocolate, jam or pancake mix for hostess or thank you gifts.

2. Have everything gift wrapped and ready to go. I buy most gifts from my favorite local boutiques who are happy to gift wrap free of charge. If you are worried about losing track of what’s inside you can slap on post it with the item and/or recipient – i.e “Joshua, Baseball Book.” If you order gifts online you can wrap them with butcher paper and a nice cloth ribbon and call it a day!

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3. Order cute custom gift labels. Mine are from erincondren.com and read “Just a little something from the Gill family.” So helpful for birthday parties where cards and gift tags fall off and get misplaced.

4. Organize by type. I keep gifts for kid’s birthday parties on the top shelf of my girls’ closet, hostess gifts are stashed on the top shelf of my pantry.  Wherever you choose to store your gifts, make sure you can find them easily as you dash out the door!

{photo credit: athome.kimvallee.com}