Just Breath…

You have given someone the same information time and time again, yet it seems it goes in one ear and out the other.. Arrrgggh!!! I understand your feelings of frustration.  Remember, you are simply planting the seed that hopefully will eventually grow.

Relax. Breathe. 

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Try it today:

What: Sama Vritti or Equal Breathing.

Where: Anywhere

When: Anytime

How: Inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four. Repeat.

Why: Calms the nervous system, increases focus, and reduces stress. 

The Greatist.com has some more really great deep breathing exercises

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I told you mine now tell me yours,How do you handle those feelings when it seems no matter how hard you try that certain someone is just not listening? 

Thanks for visiting and remember… breathe,

-L.

Snacks for the Home Visitor

“Oh shoot, forgot to eat again!?!” Not to worry these snacks will sure to slay those hunger pangs. Now don’t get me wrong, Starbucks coffee and a Snickers bar is the breakfast of champions, and that greasy gas station hotdog sure can be tempting, but keeping some of these snacks on hand is super beneficial. On-hand snacks are great when you’re trying to stick to a budget or healthy meal plan. Keeping two or three snacks nearby will save you from giving into that delicious bag of Doritos (mmmm… Sooo good nom-nom-nom). Seriously, save your sanity and get some energizing snacks for your travels.

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  • Dried fruits
  • Trail mix
  • Veggie sticks
  • Jerky
  • Nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Protein bars
  • Granola bars

Be weary of anything chocolate covered. I have tried storing some chocolate for the afternoon hunger and when I am ready to eat I usually end up finding a goopy, melty, chocolatey mess.

I showed you mine, now show me yours. Share your delicious snacks you love to keep on hand.

Thanks for visiting!

-L.

Car Clean-up

You know that feeling on a Monday morning, when you can neatly place your bag in the back seat, hop in the car, look in the rear-view mirror, and your car is spot less? … Yeah, me neither! But seriously, when your car is tidy, it’s fantastic; isn’t it!? Then you stop by the office, grab some much needed items for the day ahead and after a couple visits…AHHHHH WHAT A MESS!

Throwing items from the front seat to the back seat then to the trunk doesn’t silence that annoying little voice in your head telling you to “keep it clean.” Trust me, I’ve tried and it doesn’t work. Remember; your car will get messy, cluttered, and dare I say…. *gasp* dirty! Thankfully, I have a couple ideas to help you tidy-up quickly! Especially when you accidentally offer your friend a ride and they see the empty beverage bottles and gas station receipts littering the front seat of your car.

  • Make use of the down time while you’re waiting for your car to fuel up. You’re stuck there waiting anyway, so you may as well throw out that old drink that’s been sitting in your cup holder for a couple days.
  • Put those rogue toys back in their designated receptacles.
  • This is one of the many ways those plastic bags you keep in your car will come in handy. Tidy up a bit when it only takes you 15 minutes to get to a visit instead of the normal 30 because today traffic loves you! The next trash bin you see you will have no excuse, THROW IT OUT!
  • Those Lysol wipes are wonderful for a quick dusting on the dash and for sopping up the soda from when you brake too hard at the stop sign you didn’t see…

LOOK OUT!!! no throwing out confidential items/papers/documents, i.e., anything with information that can be used to identify a family. Keep these papers in a filing tote. The papers can then get shredded once you’re back at the real office; don’t let them not clutter up your portable office. Like a good little home-visitor: There aren’t any HIPPA violations here. 😉

I showed you mine, now show me yours. Share how you keep your mobile office neat and tidy. 

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Thanks for visiting!

-L.

The Mobile Office

DearVisitors,

Your car, it is such an important tool. It takes you from A to B. Unlike most, your car will be your office, your break room, your little pod of protection. It’s not just a simple mode of transportation. Make your life easier and keep your traveling office well stocked with much needed items. Here are the things I find most helpful to keep in my office:

  • Plastic bags
  • Filing tote
  • A toy bin, yes, and I do mean singular.
  • Sunglasses
  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes, wipe away those icky germs.
  • Febreze, get rid of that house to house funk.
  • Mints
  • Flat wear
  • Tumbler/water bottle
  • Snacks, you can’t forget those delicious snicker-do’s
  • Tissues
  • Portable charger
  • iPod and/or other forms of entertainment for the ears
  • Pens! Oh so many pens
  • Library card
  • Tylenol, Midol, Ibuprofen
  • Bandaids
  • Period emergency kit, ’cause sometimes Auntie Flo comes unexpectedly and inconveniently.
  • Change of clothes, in case… well, see above. So there’s that and boogers, do you need any other reason?

WARNING… WARNING BEWARE! Crayons!  Avoid these terrible melty sticks.  Crayons forgotten in car + summer heat = colorful wax floor.

I showed you mine, now show me yours. Share your list of all those things you need to survive in your mobile office.

Thanks for visiting,

L.

First post: What is this all about?

Dear visitor,

While in the field of home visiting I have yet to find training or workshop that will tell how or give ideas on ways to set up a great organization system. This blog was created to share ideas for home-visiting; to help you succeed. Everything from a messy car office to mapping out every sanitary public restrooms; for those times when you really gotta go. I try all the things, in hopes that you won’t have to endure that same struggle. May it serve as your informative home-visiting guidebook, your little companion.

Thanks for visiting,

L.