Does Your Child Whine?

Posted by Pam Young

May 4, 2016 1:20:31 PM

Do you ever feel like whining? It’s kind of fun to make your voice match your reluctance to do something you have to do. “I don’t wanna balance my checkbook, it’s nice outside and I wanna go play in the garden!” Wah, wah, wah. The thing about whining is that it’s annoying and you can get into a habit of it. I'm sure you have a few well-known complainers in your life.

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Topics: Raising Children

6 Ways Quiet Time is Healthy

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Take time daily to be alone with yourself, away from phones, the Internet and noise. Making time for solitude is a gift you give yourself. Insist on it, and don’t allow anyone, including yourself, to talk you out of it. It's enlightened selfishness and it's a very spiritual way to love yourself. Until your are feeling good about yourself, you can't feel good about others.

Here are six healthy benefits of quiet time.

1. Lighten Up

In a stressed state, it’s so easy to snap at the kids, the pets and your beloved; and then you feel guilty for "losing" it. You love it when you are compassionate and kind. In a relaxed state it's so easy to have a clear mind and connect with a deeper sense of purpose and good.

Meditation and medication are derived from the Latin word medicus, to care or to cure. A time of quiet calmness is, therefore, the most effective remedy for a busy and overworked mind. Anytime you feel antsy and headed into overwhelm, just focus on your breathing and quietly repeat with each in-and-out breath: Breathing in, Calm down, you're okay; breathing out, All is well. (Because you are and it is.)

2. Let Go

Love is always there between the thoughts, behind the drama, underneath the noise. What keeps us from experiencing our natural state of peace is the habitual and ego-dominated monkey mind. Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there’s no way of putting a brake on the ego’s demands. From being self-centered, we can become other-centered, concerned about the welfare of all.

3. Gratitude

Take a moment to appreciate the chair you’re sitting on. Consider how the chair was made: the wood, cotton, wool, or other fibers, the trees and plants that were used, the earth that grew the trees, the sun and rain, the animals that maybe gave their lives, the people who prepared the materials, the factory where the chair was made, the designer and carpenter and seamstress, the shop that sold it—all this just so you could be sitting here, now. Then extend that deep appreciation to everything and everyone in your life.

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Topics: Happiness, Health, peace of mind

Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Sometimes things can get a little hectic on Thanksgiving, especially if the gathering is at your house. Here's a grand idea using children's imaginations to keep them busy for an hour or so before the festive meal is served. All you need is a sheet, some butcher paper (or newspapers) and marker pens and you'll see what can happen in your home. Watch this short video clip and let your little artists take over.

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We SHEs Hate Deadlines, but We Love Life!

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Are you married to or friends with a BO (Born Organized) person? If you know some, you know they love deadlines. A SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) tends to look cross-eyed at them. It's interesting that the word dead is in the word deadline, because deadlines can sap the spontaneity right out of life, especially when you make them and don't meet them. The House Fairy took two years to create and because of the creator (me) who is a SHE, it was done without deadlines.

We  recently launched our new website which was slated to be live on January 1, 2015 and it just went live last month. It's my fault, because I live in a SHE time zone and I'm more concerned with enjoying life and less with some man-made deadline. 

This morning my husband and I had what I'll call a SHE-BO clash! I was playing in my kitchen making chili when he came in and said, “It’s been a week since you said you’d have the text for the Club Organized Manual edited and you didn’t work on it this weekend, and now Christmas is looming and we’ll be pushing it into next year, if we don’t get busy!” (We SHEs need to be very careful throwing around promises in front of BOs.)

Hmmm, can this marriage be saved?

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7 Thankful Thoughts to Think While Doing 7 Thankless Household Tasks

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Hey Mom, no one in your home is going to say, “Oh Mom, thank you for making dinner, doing my laundry and vacuuming the family room!” If one of them ever did, you’d be inclined to take his or her temperature.

Spouses may let out a few “hmmmms and ahhhhhs” over the salmon you barbequed, but most of the work involved in running a successful home goes without much thanks -- to include pay. So, Mama, champion of doing the thankless household tasks, here are some thankful thoughts you can think so while doing thankless work you’ll enjoy it.

 1. Laundry

As you fold each garment of your precious family’s clothing, bless those people and think about when you first met them. Be thankful your family has clothing and that you’re not all running around naked. Be thankful for your appliances and the fact that you don’t have to drag your hamper down to the river and wash stuff on one of those board deals.

 2. Dishes

As you wash the dishes, be thankful for hot, running water. Just think, you and your family don’t have to eat straight off the table with your hands, because you are civilized, you have good table manners, plates, glasses and silverware.

Look closely at the suds and see the beautiful colors in the little bubbles and be thankful you can see. I remember my mother being reduced to tears reading a true story about a woman who’d been blind her entire life and with a surgery was able to see. She wrote about the beauty of bubbles.

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Get Your Rest this Holiday Season

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 9, 2015 5:00:00 PM


You probably don’t need anyone to talk you into getting your rest during this holiday season, but I decided to give it a shot on this video clip anyway,  Hey just maybe you'll fall asleep listening to me go on and on about getting your sleep. 

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The Benefits of Being Disorganized (Part II)

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 28, 2015 7:00:00 AM

(Be sure to read The Benefits of Being Disorganized (Part I) . I wrote about the significance of time and motion studies for the disorganized. I think you’ll be surprised.)

(Part II)

So you've got multiple stacks of paper on your desk and slyly hidden piles under it, three extra kids you didn’t plan  (disorganized women have more babies than organized ones do), and when you get the ironing board out the dog barks at it, BIG DEAL. In my humble, reformed slob opinion, I believe there is actually a price for attempting to be organized for the neat-police who can hold so much authority over our lives. And I think the costs outweigh the advantages.

I heard of one woman whose messy desk was more an annoyance than a hindrance. In her 360 degree review process, some of her co-workers and employees commented that her desk was a disaster and that she appeared disorganized. But, she was highly praised in these same reviews for her timeliness, leadership ability, communication skills, strategic thinking and ability to get things done. She received several promotions throughout her career and is now a vice president with her firm.

A Bradford, PA police chief who actually was fired for not having a neat desk said,

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Topics: On Being Organized / Disorganized, Entertainment for Mom

Laundry So Easy Even a Child Can Do It!

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

September 24, 2014, by Pam Young

Doing laundry is so simple, so why do we let it pile up and then make such a big fuss about it? There are several reasons, but the first one is, that it's so simple; therefore it’s easy to procrastinate. If we had to haul water from the well and heat it over a fire we had to build earlier, or had to drag our clothes down to the river with homemade soap and a scrub board, we’d have to have a laundry day and we wouldn’t put it off so easily.

One other problem we create when it comes to the laundry is having too many clothes. You can bet if you took the amount of clothing you have today and went back to the pioneer days as you came west to build a log cabin, you’d create your own Oregon Trail with the unneeded duds real fast.

The laundry room is a great place to declutter, because you get a chance to look at your family’s wardrobe and discard rather than launder.

Even though laundry is simple enough a child can do it, it does have a four-part process: wash, dry, fold, put-away and leaving any step out spells trouble. So always keep in mind the four parts.

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3 Benefits of Being Disorganized (Part I)

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

September 17, 2014, by Pam Young

Have you ever stopped to think that there are benefits to being disorganized? 

You've probably spent a lot of time berating yourself for being disorganized, but there are actual benefits to your disorder!

1. The disorganized get more exercise.

All I ever wanted to be was a wife and mom, so I majored in Home Economics in college. One of the courses was in cooking which I’ve always loved to do. Part of the curriculum included a time and motion study to track our steps while baking a cake.

“By being organized,” Miss Cratzberry, the professor, told us; “you will save valuable time and energy to use on other activities in your homes. Being aware of the steps we take in the kitchen, preparing the family’s meals, is vital to becoming efficient in the daily tasks of homemaking.” I’m sure this study was thought up by some efficiency expert like Miss Cratzberry who never married and never had kids. In fact, one of the lessons in her course study was entitled Handling Servants. (Over the years, that information has sure come in handy for me!)

Back to the cake walk; I remember winning the prize for the most steps taken! One quarter mile! (Actually I didn’t win a prize as it was supposed to be bad news for me, but I decided to turn it around in my 19-year-old mind into a good thing.) Webster defines a time and motion study as: a systematic observation, analysis, and measurement of the separate steps in the performance of a specific job for the purpose of establishing a standard time for each performance, improving procedures,Photo_1_for_Time_and_Motion_Studay and increasing productivity —called also motion and time study, motion study, time study. This is what I envision my resulting steps to look like.

2. The disorganized don’t have to pay to go to the gym.

Years later when I really was a mom and wife, I never forgot the results of my time and motion test. One day it hit me while I was packing up stuff to take to the gym for an hour workout, that with my gift of taking too many steps in life, it really was a benefit! Because of my attention deficit disorganization, I suddenly realized I was probably getting in a full workout every day. In fact, if I didn’t go to the gym, I’d save the time, energy and money that that activity took from my day. Put that in your time and motion study Miss Cratzberry!

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Topics: On Being Organized / Disorganized, De-Cluttering

Nurture Your Children's Imagination

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 1, 2015 8:02:00 PM

As a parent, you can nurture your children’s imaginations by providing good books that inspire them to imagine and art supplies that give them a way to express their creativity. If they’re musical, be sure to give them access to musical instruments. One of the best gifts you can give your kids is clutter-free space in which to create.

It’s also a good idea to encourage kids to share their dreams when you’re at the breakfast table every morning, as sharing dreams will cultivate the child’s ability to remember their dreams and learn from them. Children love to talk about their dreams, I know because whenever I get the privilege of being with a messy-haired, sleepy-eyed child, I always ask and it always turns into a wonderful and creative discussion. Try it tomorrow morning as you sit and enjoy the start of your day with your kids. 

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Topics: Raising Children, Tools for Moms, Happiness, succeed

7 Benefits of Reading to Your Kids 

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 3, 2015 6:06:00 PM

I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like to be read to.

Have you heard people say, “The kids today have short attention spans because of electronics and quick-paced television for kids”? It’s true they’re used to watching three to four-second bytes and they enjoy fast-paced computer games, but to date I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like to be read to. 


As I sat in the Kelso, WA Amtrak station waiting for a train that was 38 minutes late, I watched a grandmother read Curious George to her five-year-old grandson.

From my vantage point, she appeared to be a rather listless reader, void of expression, sound effects and lifted eyebrows accompanying some of Hans’ and Margaret’s incredible thoughts, yet the child was glued to his grandma’s side listening to the story! 

When the book was finished, I thought for sure he’d get up and run around the waiting room, but instead, he pulled another book from his backpack and she proceeded to read it in the same dreary way. The train turned out to be an hour late and the child remained interested in books the entire time. So much for short attention spans and quick-paced action to keep a child’s attention.

So here are what I believe are 7 benefits of reading bedtime stories to your children.

 1. Cultivates Imagination

 Now that visual stimulation is served up via television, IPads, IPhones, Xbox etc., children rarely get to tap into their imaginations unless we read to them, or until they can read. As a child, I loved radio (it was before we had television) because my imagination provided the visuals. Because we don’t have kid radio, unless we read to our kids, their ability to use their precious imaginations and be able to visualize will weaken.  

I remember one Christmas, my daughter Peggy bought a bunch of children’s books at a neighborhood garage sale and recorded reading them on a cassette tape recorder for her non-reading cousins as gifts for Christmas. As adults, those cousins still speak of how they loved her gifts of being read to.

My husband Terry and I recorded books on CDs, the same way Peggy did with a cassette recorder. This way our grandchildren could listen to us read the books we gave them as gifts.

2. Creates a Bond

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My Christmas Message to You

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 25, 2014 5:30:00 AM

Merry Christmas to you all. I feel so honored to have you in my life, even though I haven’t met most of you in person. I write for you from my heart and I’m honored when you send such loving comments reflecting your love back to me. I know how busy you all are, yet throughout the year many of you have taken time to share your love with me. And to those of you who haven’t written to me, I know in my heart you are a SHE just like me and I love you.

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Twas the Night Before....Like you Have NEVER Heard it Before

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If you want to hear the rest of the poem, here it is!

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7 Last Minute Shopping Tips and Some Shopping Advice

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 23, 2014 4:30:00 AM


It’s Never Too Late


I know, I know, you haven’t completed your shopping and Christmas is the day after tomorrow. I get to say, “I know” because I really do. I’m a Sidetracked Home Executive and in case you don’t know, we SHEs are procrastinators.

So calm down and breathe. Everything’s going to be just fine. Get a pen and paper, sit down with your favorite beverage and think. Your creativity is one of your special gifts and that super mind of yours just waits for times like this to come to your rescue. Knock and it will answer.

Here are just a few of the last-minute ideas I’ve come up with over the years.

  1. Give gifts from your kitchen.

Since I love to cook and I make all my salad dressings from scratch, I’ve often given the dry ingredients along with the instructions to add olive oil and vinegar (you can provide those too, but let the recipient shake them together later for a fresher gift). I save glass jars and quart jars are the perfect size for the recipient to ad the oil and vinegar to the dry ingredients. You can also use those wine vinegar bottles for the oil and vinegar and put the dry ingredients into one of those cute little jars that sample jellies and honey come in when you have room service at a hotel.

Gifts from your kitchen are always welcomed. See what you can whip up to give.


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Scrumptious Sausage and Egg Casserole

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM


When I was growing up I remember how great it was to wake up to wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. It felt so good to just snuggle deep into the covers anticipating the delicious breakfast being prepared. Then, later on as an adult those delicious smells were up to me to create for others, and I had to shiver out of a cozy bed to begin chopping, frying and cracking away for the gang while half asleep.

Well, help is here! In this video I show you how to throw together an easy, nutritious breakfast casserole that you can make ahead of time and just heat up when you're ready to feed a houseful of hungry guests! It has a coconut flour crust, parmesan cheese and lots of yummy ingredients that are absolutely divine together. Of course, it's low carb and sure to get rave reviews just like all the recipes I share with you. This is a favorite Christmas morning tradition at my house and I hope it becomes one of yours! Enjoy!

Sausage & Egg Casserole (for two)

Make Coconut Flour Crust:

  • One half cup coconut flour
  • One quarter cup coconut oil
  • Enough water to make a dough (add slowly and work with the consistency of pie dough made from flour)

Bake crust at 375 degrees for half an hour 


  • 3 large mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • One quarter tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • One half cup parmesan cheese grated
  • One quarter cup olives chopped
  • One half cup sausage fried and drained
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt to taste
  • Pepper

Melt coconut oil in frying pan on medium high. Sautee mushrooms and onions until they begin to brown. Add cheese and seasoning. Keep cooking until the contents are a delicious brown. Put mixture in the baked crust. Spread chopped olives and any other choices like peppers, tomatoes and such.

Fry sausage and drain put over other ingredients.

Pour beaten eggs over mixture and refrigerate in you are making this ahead of time.

Bake at 400 degrees for half an hour.

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes