I read an interesting article yesterday in USA Today. It was written by Kim Painter and she wrote about stacking habits. Two years ago I wrote a blog on how it takes about three months for an activity or behavior to become a habit. The article I read gives great advice on how to develop more good habits by combining them with the habits you already made. Basically it works like this: Pick something you would like to make into a daily habit. Drink more water? Get some extra steps in? Meditate? Take a moment to be thankful? Straighten up your desk top? Make your bed? Plan a healthy meal? Read? Write? Ok, you get the idea. Now, think about the habits you already have. I know you all use the bathroom daily. I hope everyone brushes their teeth as well. Drink coffee everyday? Use a computer? Take a walk? Eat breakfast? Get the mail? Again, you get the idea. Lastly, tie in the soon-to-be habit with a habit you already have. For example, when you finish in the bathroom, drink a glass of water. (This works great because the more you drink the more you go).
I love this idea because I feel I often start my day with good intentions but then I get caught up in my daily activities and completely forget what I had intended! Here are a couple habits I am going to try and stack to convert the intent into actually doing:
That should be enough to get me started. Got any ideas for yourself? I’d love to hear them!
This week I am not going to give you a recipe but show you an appetizer platter I put together for a small party. We were hit with a heat wave this weekend and I didn't want to make hot hors d’oeuvres so I came up with the idea to do a trio of dips. The only thing I had to cook were the wonton cups and spinach artichoke dip to go in them. The other two went in the food processor and I made them ahead of time so the flavors could develop. I served them with cut up veggies and homemade pita chips. I think it went over well and it was rather easy to put together. Do you have any great go-to recipes for parties? (If you would like any of the recipes for the dips, just email or message me).
Do you get upset when you get to the end of a tube of lotion or sunscreen or other product and you can see there is still some left but you just cant get it out? Try this: