By Jenny Jiménez on November 26, 2018

Why hello there!  Are you over your food coma yet? LOL, not me!  In fact I was pretty lazy most of the holiday.  I’m usually complaining about not having enough time but this time was different.  I relaxed and just decided to take it easy and surprisingly my time off went by very slow… I LOVED IT!!!  That never happens so it was great and I made the most of it.  Most of my time was spent hopping between Hallmark, Lifetime, Food Network and yes, the ID channel (don’t judge).

I know this time of year can be extremely stressful for many people so I’m here to remind you that in between the hustle and bustle of the upcoming shopping and Christmas season, don’t forget  to treat yourself.  If you’re anything like me, I have a hard time putting myself first.  I’m usually focused on my kids and loved ones but it’s very important that you don’t overlook yourself.  We have to make sure we’re doing good if we want to make this an enjoyable season for others.  No one is going to love this time of year if we’re sick or depressed and not doing well.  Check out my blog post on Proper Planning For Maximum Productivity to help you out.  

I pulled this piece from that post…

Make time for YOU.  Do not forget to make time for yourself.  This could be time to pray, meditate, exercise, self care or anything you like but you NEED TO make time for you.  Often as single mothers we put everyone else’s needs above our own and that’s okay to an extent but we have to make ourselves a priority also.  When we make time for self love, we are building the necessary foundation so we can be the proper leaders that our children need us to be.


We each have things we like to do to wind down and relax.  For me, I personally find that when I take care of myself physically, I feel better.  One thing I like to do is to do my nails. I used to get them done professionally for over ten years but now I do it myself.  I use soak off gel polish.  I find that it gives a professional look for not much money.  I bought a beginner kit a few years back for $50 at my local Wegmans that brought the LED lamp the base and top coat plus a color.  They don’t sell it at the supermarket anymore but you can find similar ones online.  I’ve purchase more colors on Amazon and again it’s not much money but it’s something I like to do to make myself feel better. 

Gel kit

Extra colors

This is what came in my original kit and some of the other colors I have.  I will continue to keep adding more colors over time.


Keeping a budget is important so when you decide what it is that you would like to do to treat yourself remember to keep within budget.  Even if you pay someone to do your nails or hair, etc., just be sure to budget for it.  The last thing you want is to not be able to pay a bill because you pampered and treated yourself.  Think ahead, like I always say and you’ll be able to plan for them both.  

My other little indulgence is chocolate.  We have local chocolate shops so I will head over once or twice a year and purchase some quality chocolate.  I’m obsessed with Josh Early Candies and Gertrude Hawk.  There is nothing better than real quality chocolate (with a glass of vino 😉 ).  Once you’ve had some, it’s so hard to go back to the kind you find at the grocery or department store.  I know… I’m a bit bougie, lol BUT in this case, I don’t mind 🙂 .

Any hoot, my point here is to make sure you are making time for YOU.  Don’t forget about you!  Do not push yourself to the side while you serve others.  Make sure during this season that you are maintaining your well being and exercising.  Be sure to eat healthy so that when you indulge at gatherings there is no guilt involved.  Plan for this month and I bet it’ll be one of your best holidays yet.  Don’t forget to squeeze in some breakfast or lunch dates with friends or loved ones… or you could do your gift shopping together.  This will give you time to socialize while tackling an errand.  

With shopping season at it’s peak, scroll down to read my earlier posts to help you plan the month a little better so you’re not overwhelmed or too stressed out.  Remember, you can get it all done and still make time for YOU!


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By Jenny Jiménez on November 19, 2018

Good Afternoon!  Sorry for the late post but it’s been CRAZY the last couple of days… you know what I mean. 😉 Just a few more days to go before most of us are reunited with family we haven’t seen in a while and prepared to gain those pounds back we’ve lost after fasting for the last few day in preparation for overeating, LOL.  Today’s post is short but sweet.



This is the perfect time of year for reflection.  To reflect on the year that’s nearing an end and to focus on our blessings.  It’s very easy to complain about what we don’t have but let’s not focus on that.  Instead let’s focus on what we do have.  You are a mom so you are already blessed.  I encourage you to recall all the little things in life that you may have overlooked at the time but thinking back now you see how you benefited from it.  Remember it’s the small things that sometimes matter more than the larger ones.  Take a moment this week to write them down.  Somehow I feel like that makes it more real. 


If it’s people in your life that you are thankful for, perhaps writing them a quick note to let them know how you feel and how special they are.  People love know that they play an important role in people’s lives and too often we don’t share those feelings enough.  It doesn’t have to be long but I guarantee you, such a small act on your part will be greatly appreciated on their end.  Like I said before, the small things matter.  I love keeping a box of note cards in my nightstand and take a few minutes from time to time to let those dear people in my life know how I feel.  Sometimes we don’t get the opportunity to do this throughout the year but what better time to do it than Thanksgiving time OR during the holidays.  

TY Notes

While Christmas cards are great, there’s nothing like receiving a personalized card.  Something unexpected that would probably be the highlight of your day.  Cards like these are what I like to send.  Not too big but just enough space for me to jot down some thoughts and feelings.  The ones above are from Target.  So cute, right?


JimTor Trio

Personally I’m extremely thankful for God and my beautiful children.  I can’t believe how old they are and how big they’ve gotten.  I am so close to my kids.  Being a single parents we’ve spent so much time together.  A lot of bonding moments we’ve had.  I can’t imagine life without them.  The picture above is from a year or two ago.  Time goes by so fast, I’m losing track of it!

EJ Young

This is a picture of my two from 2015.  They were so little, it almost brings tears to my eyes.  Aren’t those braces so cute?  I’m bias I know but they are adorable.  Amazing how when kids are young, you want them to be older so you can do things and then when they’re older, you want them young again.  Never happy, ha!  As a parent to soon to be adults, I’ll take this moment to remind you to just enjoy the stage you’re in right now because before you know it, it’ll be gone.  Look at how fast my son grew from one year to the next.

EJ Now party

Elisa is my oldest and Jonah my youngest.  She’s 17 and he’s 15.  This is them at my mother’s 60th birthday party this past January.  I still can’t believe how big they’ve gotten.  Wow.  And below is them this summer.  

EJ Now summer

Now look at the picture of these two when they were little then look at this one and how much taller he is than his older sister.  He loves to taunts us about how short we are. lol  And did you catch the mustache??? Say what!


Now Remember all the things you are grateful for.  In fact, it’s a good idea to have a large jar during Thanksgiving dinner and a few blank note cards by it.  Ask each member at your home to right one thing they are grateful for and put it in the grateful jar.  Then during or after dinner you can each pass the jar around and pick out a note card and ready it then everyone can try to guess who wrote it.  I love doing this because it keeps things fun and everyone engaged.  By the end of the night you’ll see how different everyone’s blessings are or how similar and maybe this will help you when writing out those thank you cards… hint, hint. #Grateful


As for me, I’m grateful for our health and home and finally that I can see an end to my kitchen renovation.  This renovation has been a bit of a nightmare, more so because of bad timing but it should be complete in a few weeks, hopefully in January (fingers crossed).  I work a full time job and often put in extra hours, plus the commute and needless to say I’ve run out of time. or so it feels sometimes. 

As a single mom, it’s hard to devote all that time and money to a project so it has taken a lot longer than it would most people.  Also I am very ‘particular’ about everything in my home so I have to take time to see how I’d feel about it in the future.  Is it timeless or will I get bored, months later.  I’ll do a post once complete on my before and after.  And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to include lots of pictures.  



Before we go and feed ourselves into a food coma, I wanted to say how grateful and thankful I am to be able to share my experiences with you.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my posts enough to share with other beautiful ladies in your life.  #Blessed  #Thankful


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Be Thankful!



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By Jenny Jiménez on November 12, 2018

Hi there!  As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I wanted to catch you before your weekly grocery shopping and give you some ideas for that leftover turkey you know you’ll have next week.  Before you let out that huge sigh… hear me out.  See this as an opportunity for quick and easy meals rather than thinking “Oh great, a few more days of turkey.”  

Chicken and turkey are so closely related that you can easily swap out that chicken and replace it with the already cooked turkey  in your fridge.  Hello!!!  Already cooked, so the hard part is already done.  Below are a three quick dinners you can re-purpose your turkey with AND in case you forget later, Your Welcome! 🙂

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Measuring spoonsTurkey Naan Bread Pizza

Turkey Naan Pizza

Naan Pizza

Turkey Pizza







Measuring spoonsTurkey Orzo Soup (crock pot recipe)

Turkey Orzo Soup

Turkey Orzo recipe

Turkey soup




Measuring spoonsTurkey Lasagna Rolls

Turkey Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls

Turkey Lasagna



Before you go I’ll tell you a quick story…  My first time hosting Thanksgiving was in 2004 or 2005.  Let me set the scene first, Lol.  I hosted my father and little brother, who was a teen at the time.  My kids were there, who were but toddlers, and well… ME.  I was very young at the time and had purchased a dining table but could not afford the chairs to match so I grabbed some folding chairs, an ottoman I had at the bottom of my bed and even sat on a step ladder myself.  The point is that we each had a place to sit. 

Very early that morning I had put the turkey in the oven on very low heat.  I had seasoned it the night before and allowed it several hours to marinate.  The turkey was in the oven for several hours and my father and brother showed up around 5pm, just before dinner was ready.  My father absolutely loves the giblets and everything else included in that pouch.  You know the pouch they really hide deep inside the turkey.  Well back then when I cleaned the turkey before seasoning I didn’t see the pouch.  They folded it very small and hid it well inside that turkey.  To be honest I finally realized it was there when I began carving out the turkey and noticed something white poking out.  I stuck my hand in there and pulled it out.  I then opened the packet to see what was inside and was almost embarrassed when I realized what it was. 😦 I didn’t know what to do with it so I emptied the contents into a bowl and put it on the table along with my other ‘sides’.  My father immediately went for it and practically gobbled it all up.  After finishing the plate he quickly asked “How did you cook this?” so I replied with “I just let it cook in it’s juices!” 🙂 

Moral of the story is that whether or not your hosting goes perfect, you’ll look back on it years from now and laugh at the good times.  Till this day my father doesn’t know what happened, ha!


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By Jenny Jiménez on November 5, 2018

Happy Fall! While I don’t particularly enjoy all the rain we’re getting I absolutely love the beautiful colored trees during this time of year. The fresh air and finally being able to go out without melting.

I figured this is the perfect time to clear out the clutter. Most people associate cleaning with springtime however this is the perfect time to clear out… AND I don’t just mean your home. Your calendar may need some ‘cleansing‘ also. I encourage you to pull out those calendars and agendas and take a closer look at your commitments.

Don’t let clutter rob you of peace and joy. Clear your mind. Start the purge!” – Jennifer Jiménez

This can be a bit overwhelming to tackle so consider the following questions when deciding what to eliminate…

Is this a priority? Was this event on your goals list? Was it important enough to make it on your schedule?

Am I getting some type of fulfillment? People do things for different reasons. We each have organizations and things that are important to us and we feel add value to our lives. Be sure to consider that when deciding whether or not to take on a new project or dedicate your time.

Do I have the time to commit? Don’t just say Yes to every opportunity that presents itself. While we generally get bliss from doing things for and with others, no one will benefit if we are not at our best. Remember your time is one of the most valuable things YOU own.

Am I doing something positive or even charitable? Volunteer work and charity work can help so many others. Make time for helping others but also know when it’s time to say NO.

Did I leave time for other important dates and/or holidays to spend with loved ones? Often people forget to leave time for those closest to them such as kids and loved ones. Don’t risk missing that birthday or special ladies night out.

Can this be rescheduled? Don’t occupy each time slot on your calendar to the point of feeling anxiety and overwhelmed. Some things can be moved to another day. Don’t be afraid to ask to reschedule. They will understand.



“Stop waiting for the ‘perfect’ time to get organized. Take this moment and make some progress.” – Heidi Leonerd


Now that all the heavy lifting is complete you’ll have time for…

Family and Friends Make the most of your time with them. Most of us work or are busy throughout most of the day. Make time, don’t wait for it to happen because it never will. Remember that it’s those little special moments we remember most in life.

Holiday Events Most of us love this time of year. Although it is a very busy time of year, it is also the time of year when most of us get to spend time with those people we hardly see. Whether it’s relatives or long time friends, enjoy the time you spend in fellowship and catch up.

Relaxing and Enjoying home time If you are anything like me, you can be a bit of a hermit during the winter months. This is okay. Keep those pajamas on and binge watch some of those shows you’ve been meaning to catch up on for some time. Treat yourself to some relaxation. You deserve it.

Regrouping before Spring Use this time to take a deep breath and if the cold weather has you trapped at home then take advantage because it may be the only downtime you’ve had in a while or will have for some time. Learn to recognize and grab that opportunity when it presents itself. AND finally…

Goal Setting I know, you probably thought it was all about laziness and relaxation but NOPE! You still need to make time to look ahead to 2019 and jot down a few goals. Whether it’s paying off that credit card (like me) or finishing that linen closet (me again 😦 ) you need to take a few moments to think about what it is that you would like to accomplish in the upcoming months or year. Don’t be afraid to think about this. You don’t need to have an entire list. Perhaps it’s just one goal at a time, but the point is that you are thinking about it and writing it down. Yes, you need to write it down and give yourself a deadline. Studies show that those who write it down are close to 80% more likely to accomplish it.

…I’m not here to judge, just help 🙂 Now enjoy your free time. You’ve earned it!

“Clear clutter. Make space for YOU.” – Magdelena Vendenberg


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Now go de-clutter!


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