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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

Nothing is Ever Lost

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 18, 2014 2:30:00 AM

I'm so glad that nothing is really ever lost--- especially when it's me!

The busyness of Christmas can sometimes bring oodles of stress and kids have a way of cashing in on adults shattered nerves and fatigue. Listen with me as we go back in time to a fun story my sister Peggy tells in a most creative way and enjoy the scene of a couple of worried, frazzled parents whose child was "all tied up."  

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Get the Christmas Spirit Now!

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Pam_YoungI was shopping at Michael’s (the craft store) in the late afternoon when I heard a conversation in the next aisle between a mother and her six-year-old daughter.joy_of_child_2

“Oh, Mama, look at this!”
“Uh huh.”
“I love this!!”
“Uh huh.”
“I have one don’t I?!!!”
“Uh huh.”
“You made it for me didn’t you Mama?!!!!”
 “Uh huh.”
 “Can you make one for Sissy?”
 “Uh huh.”

As I listened to the excitement and love for her mother in the child’s voice and the drone of her mother’s responses, tears welled up in my eyes. I thought about how many times I’d done the same thing with my children when they were young. After all, I had a centerpiece to make, a decoration for the coffee table to think about, colors to consider, people to impress and not enough time!

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Your Kids can Build a Great Gingerbread House

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 12, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Pam_YoungDecember 12, 2014

Want to simplify this Christmas? No problem! My granddaughter Kaytee proudly demonstrates that even those of us with butterfingers, can decorate beautifully with...well....butterfingers! Watch her create a magical gingerbread house using that stash of Halloween candy we told you to save.

You still have that candy right? Well, if not, don't worry, we'll wait for you to go get some more and then get ready to have fun putting together this festive holiday favorite.

Ready to watch this fun see how 9-year old Kaytee orders her older brothers around?   

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Spiritually, You Came Here to be Happy

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The best gift you can give the world is to be healthy and happy.

Consider this: What if spiritually you chose to come to this planet at this specific time, in this specific body with this specific life? And what if you knew before you came that you'd never be alone, that you'd be protected and loved every moment of your experience during your stay?

 What if this life experience you're having as you read this blog is exactly what you signed up for? Shakespeare said, “Life is a stage and we are actors upon it.” So imagine before you came here that you went over a bunch of scripts and you picked a play that really intrigued you and after much consultation with your fellow actors, producers, directors and from your angels you decided to come here and be YOU in this play called This is Your Life.

I had a dream many years ago on this topic. I walked into a large conference room where there was much laughter. I focused in on a very large black man dressed in a glorious, white African tribal chief’s robe. When I approached the oval table he looked at me with great love and his eyes sparkled with joy. He asked me if I had any questions about my life, so I asked him, “What happens to evil people when they die?”

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Topics: Happiness, Health

The Spirit of Christmas

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM


In this video which was produced for a local ABC affiliate, we took video cameras out to find the spirit of Christmas. This clip will get that Christmas glow flowing through you, so please take some time to enjoy.



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Mushroom Onion Delight

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM


"Mmmm.... what's cooking?" That's the question you're bound to hear as this simple dish simmers on the stove sending a savory smell that truly excites the senses. One bite of these sautéed onions and mushrooms and you'll forget you ever craved those carb laden side dishes of the past.


Mushroom and Onion Sautee

4 large mushrooms sliced thinly

2 cups thinly sliced onion

2 tbsp coconut oil

One half tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Three quarters cup parmesan cheese grated

One quarter cup almond flour

Melt coconut oil in large frying pan on medium high. Sautee mushrooms and onions until they begin to brown. Add cheese and almond flour and seasoning. Keep cooking until the contents are a delicious brown. Serves four. Watch me cooking this delicious dish.

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes

Only Two Shopping Days left Until Christmas!

Posted by Pam Young

Dec 4, 2014 7:30:00 AM


Lack of motivation causes procrastination!

I’m always trying to figure out ways to use my creative mind to motivate me and then pass my discoveries on to you. I’m sort of like a walking SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) research lab.

As you know, if you’re a SHE, you have a retarded concept of time and then it’s, “Holy Smoke! It’s December 23, Christmas is in two days!” So why not use your divine gift of imagination to quick-start your motivation? 


Here’s my idea and it’s so simple, just pretend it’s December 23, and evoke a little panic and a good dose of adrenalin into your system. Because you’re a SHE, you know that familiar terror you’ve felt over years of last-minute shopping for holiday gifts. You’ve experienced that very un-Christmassy feeling you get from dashes to the mall with its irritating marketing to get you to buy “mine,” “mine,” “mine,” like those seagulls in Finding Nemo. seagull_Mine

And don’t beat yourself up for knowing exactly how horrible that feels; according to the National Retail Federation, nearly 32 million people will not have started their shopping by Dec 9! (I should get them on my mailing list.)

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