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Best Gift Ideas for the Type-A Person in your Life

01 December, 2016

Type A personalities are often said to be competitive, aggressive, organized and ambitious. If you know someone (or a few people) who fit the bill, then you know that choosing the perfect gift for them during the holiday season can be a challenge. If you’re struggling to pin down the perfect present for your Type A friend or family member, check out these suggestions from Lulalu.

Anything practical. While it’s true that gift giving should inspire creativity and fun, for some people a practical gift will far outweigh a useless — albeit thoughtful — surprise. Go for a car detailing kit, new tool, personal need or something else that will make their daily life easier. They will be filled with genuine gratitude.

A homemade coupon book. If you’re buying on a budget (and who isn’t these days?), consider a homemade coupon book. If it’s for your Type A parent or friend, consider including coupons for additional chores, a free lawn mowing, a night of free babysitting or a night off from cooking dinner. If it’s for a Type A husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend, great coupons include a free massage or a romantic date night of their choosing — anything that gives them the power!

Choose from any Lulalu featured items. For the compulsive organizer in your life, Lulalu’s organizational tools are a great, inexpensive gift. Buy the meal planner for a busy mom or someone with a weight-loss resolution or the list pads for the continual list-maker. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be a hit!

How to Keep Your Family Organized for the Holidays

01 November, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is upon us. While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most stressful time of the year. Your family will undoubtedly be pulled in a million different directions, so getting organized ahead of time is key. Check out these tips for keeping your loved ones organized from now until the New Year!

1. Plan ahead. From Thanksgiving dinner to your annual New Year’s party, time will fly over the next few weeks. Get ahead of the curve by purchasing non-perishable food items, gifts and decorations now. You can go ahead and knock gravy, stuffing, green beans and corn off of your Thanksgiving dinner list; purchase gifts for your kids’ friends and teachers by stockpiling or taking advantage of Black Friday deals, or buying streamers and hats for your New Year’s party.

2. Get the house ready. Now is the time to declutter and stock your guest rooms and bathrooms and get the decorations down from the attic. While it may not be time to deck the halls just yet, some light cleaning, organizing and planning will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed as the time comes for guests to arrive.

3. Use a weekly meal planner. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, healthy eating seems to fall by the wayside. In between Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and sweet treats from friends, use your Lulalu meal planner to plan easy, healthy meals your family will love. Maybe you can avoid the holiday bulge!  

How to Motivate Your Kids: School Edition

13 October, 2016

By now, your kids are entrenched in their back-to-school routine. Wake-up call is at 6 a.m. sharp, catch the bus by 7, alternate between football and band after-school practices, homework is done before dinner and by 9 p.m. everyone is ready for bed. With what can become the mundane ins and outs of the school year, how can you keep your kids motivated to do their best and not just punch the clock on their education?

While every child is different, Lulalu has some tips on motivating kids to enjoy school.

1. Recognize their achievements. This is especially important if you have a child who is not interested/not excelling in academics. By recognizing even the smallest of accomplishments, you will inspire your child to want to achieve more, which can lead to better study habits and stronger application. One way to do this is by hanging their work on the refrigerator — whether it’s a piece of art or a math test. Lulalu Fridge Clips are perfect for displaying work on stainless steel refrigerators, glass, mirrors and any other nonporous surfaces.

2. Be engaged. One of the biggest reasons children do not succeed in school is that their parents do not know what is going on. If you are unaware of their homework assignments, projects and test dates, you cannot check in to make sure everything is being completed. While some parents prefer not to hover, make sure you are engaging your children in conversation every day about what they are learning.

3. Teach work-life balance. Studies show that millennials in particular are struggling with work-life balance — often choosing their careers over starting families and refusing to take their allotted vacation time. Start teaching your kids now how to balance school work with a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise, outside hobbies and plenty of rest. The best way to teach this behavior? Lead by example.

Meal Planning for Professional Moms and Dads

01 September, 2016

School is back in session, and that means that your mornings and evenings have become a whirlwind of carpools, bus pickups, sports practices and after-school clubs. While this is an exciting season, it also leaves little to no time for family dinners and meal preparation. If you’re trying to avoid the drive-thru, check out these meal-planning tips for professional parents.

1. Create a repertoire of easy, healthy recipes. Trying new recipes is fun, but it takes time. One of the tricks to having accessible, healthy dinners during the week is having a set of go-to recipes that you can prepare in advance or throw together in a pinch. Gauge what your family loves for dinner, and adapt it with fresh ingredients and vegetables.

2. Choose a shopping day and make a list. Choose a specific time during the week that you go to the store. Whether it’s Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, try to carve out that time so it doesn’t get overlooked. Also, never forget your grocery list. Shopping off-script is when you’re most likely to make unhealthy impulse buys. Another great trick for avoiding impulse buys: Never go to the grocery store hungry! Always eat before you go.

3. Practice meal prep. Have a week’s worth of dinners ready to go in the oven or the slow cooker. You can do this by combining all of the ingredients in a storage bag and freezing it. Slow cooker meals are great for working parents because you can put them on low in the morning and have a hot dinner waiting on you when you get home from work. Pack lunches the night before, and purchase eat-on-the-go breakfast items like bananas, apples or yogurt.

3 Ways to Be More Efficient at Work

01 August, 2016

We’ve all been there. Two o’clock rolls around and the midday lull hits. You’ve exhausted your allotted bathroom breaks, and lunchtime is long gone. How are you supposed to get through the next three hours? If you’re struggling with productivity and the midday slump at work, let Lulalu inspire you with these great tips and tricks for being more efficient at work, guaranteed to help you defeat distraction!

1. Clean your desk. Oftentimes, our lack of motivation comes from an overwhelming workspace. If your inbox (physical or digital) is overflowing, your desk is piled high with papers and your sticky notes have taken over every available space left, it’s time for a deep clean.

Start by addressing all of your emails or inbox notices. Sort them into folders or piles and deal with them in order of importance. Create a to-do list on your Lulalu Desk & Keyboard List Pad and ditch the excessive sticky notes in order to create a more organized, visually appealing workspace. After all the stacks are gone, decorate your desk with items that will make it feel more personal, such as pictures of your friends, family and pets or trinkets from home. This will help inspire you when you’re feeling stuck.

2. Update your calendar. Oftentimes, inefficiency comes from being disorganized. Don’t miss any important appointments, meetings or phone calls. Update your calendar daily in order to keep track of your day-to-day tasks. Use a secondary calendar on your phone that will send you alerts 15-20 minutes before each scheduled event.

3. Design a creative space. If your job requires creativity, make sure your workspace reflects that. A boring, run-of-the-mill desk, chair and computer might not stimulate your brain. Try one of the trendy standing desks to get your blood flowing, replace your office chair with an exercise ball, opt for a white or colored desk instead of the traditional black/brown or add colorful desk decorations to get your creative juices flowing!

Taking the last trip before school starts? Here's how to make it a blast

01 July, 2016

No experience can top a family vacation — spending time with the people you love most, leaving behind your obligations (even for just a few days) and relaxing on the shore with only the sound of the waves for company. If you’re planning a family vacation this summer, don’t let the planning stage ruin your mood! Make your trip an absolute blast with these tips from Lulalu.

1. Make a check list. You can utilize any one of our planning tools for this step. Grab one of our list pads and take a quick inventory of anything and everything you’ll need while you’re away. Consider splitting your list up into categories such as clothing items, toiletries, food and outdoor items to keep from missing anything. You might also try color-coding to label items as essential and nonessential. When it comes time to load the car, this will help keep you from over-packing.

2. Plan activities ahead. While many view vacation as a time to go with the flow and be free from the grueling schedule of everyday life, going in without a plan can actually be even more stressful once you arrive. Grab your Lulalu calendar and jot down the top activities your family wants to do while at your destination. Once the list is complete, call ahead and inquire about prices and whether or not you’ll need a reservation. Be careful not to pack your schedule too tight — you want to leave time for lounging by the pool and midday naps!

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. As with everything, something will go wrong on your trip. Whether you have a flat tire or forget to pack your favorite bathing suit, how you handle it can determine the tone of the entire trip. Relax, shake it off and enjoy this precious time with your favorite people!

5 Reasons You Should Make Lists

01 June, 2016

You’ve heard it before: Type A personalities are competitive, outgoing, aggressive and organized. However, even if this does not describe you, making lists is great for everyone — even relaxed Type Bs. Whether you’re crossing off chores at home or assignments at school, lists will keep your on your toes! Check out these great reasons for list-making.

1. Manage anxiety. Making a list of all the things you need to do can help you manage any anxiety you may feel about getting it all done. Between work, families, health and wellness, planning meals and running a household, writing it all down is a great way to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.

2. Breed creativity. Writing things down and organizing them on the Lulalu Paper Pad Lists in the “Now,” “Later,” and “Whenever” columns can help inspire creativity. Writing down what you have to do can help you remember the things you want to do!

3. Boost self-esteem. Checking things off a to-do list can really turn a bad day into a great day. Boost your self-esteem by getting organized!

4. Improve focus. Writing down your obligations can help you focus on what is most important and what can be done at a later time so you can prioritize.

5. Create a healthier lifestyle. Planning meals, tracking calories and creating workout plans are great ways to inspire a healthier lifestyle. Lists are a great way to get started until your new eating habits and exercise plans become habit.

Tips for Creating a Healthier Family with Meal Planning Lists

26 May, 2016

Every family is different, but one thing all couples and parents have in common is this: the desire to create healthier, happier families. If you have the will, but you’re struggling with the way, don’t fret! Lulalu products are here to help guide and plan your way with these tips!

Make a meal plan

Not only can you simplify your week with the meal planners from Lulalu, but pre-planning your meals can help you make educated, healthy choices. When you find yourself in a bind (like, it’s already 5 p.m. and we haven’t even had soccer practice yet type of bind), those are the times when you tend to make the least healthy choices. However, by pre-planning and prepping your meals, you can avoid the drive-thru and be ready to go in a time crunch. List out what you are going to make each day on your planner, make your weekly trip to the grocery store and prepare healthy meals and snacks in advance to keep your family in tip-top shape!

Get outside

You don’t have to start running marathons to get in shape. Take your family outside for a walk or hike, go to the park or throw a baseball in the backyard. Any time you are up and moving instead of sitting on the couch, you are creating healthier kids and parents and having fun at the same time.

Turn off the TV

Healthy choices aren’t just about food and fitness. Encourage a healthy mind by turning off the TV, cellphone, tablet, computer or video games and instead having your children play a board game, read a book or complete a craft.

Spring Cleaning: Refrigerator Edition

01 April, 2016

When you’re completing your daily or weekly chores, it may not occur to you that your refrigerator could use some love. If you’ve caught the spring cleaning fever, pay a little extra attention to your fridge inside and out with these tips!

Inside

Experts say home kitchens are breeding grounds for foodborne illnesses. In fact, what we sometimes mistake for the flu or an upset stomach may actually be mild food poisoning. Be sure to toss out any food that is past its expiration date, or if you are working on a healthier you, throw out foods that are high in calories, sugar or fat. Be sure to take everything out and disinfect your refrigerator’s surfaces and shelves at least once a month, if not weekly. Viruses and bacteria like salmonella and E. coli can thrive in warmth, so be sure to your refrigerator temperature remains below 40 degrees.

Outside

If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to rub in the direction of the grain. Wipe the outside down with vinegar and use a soft cloth to wipe it off for a sleek shine! For other surface types, use a nonabrasive scrubber as to not leave scratches. Remember: don’t just focus on the doors and sides. Remove grime from the seams and rubber seals with warm water and soap or any mild household cleaning solution.

Cleaning up doesn’t always mean soap and water. Clean up the surface of your refrigerator by organizing that mess of papers and magnets with refrigerator clips from Lulalu. Book reports, permissions slips, calendars, to do lists — these colorful clips will make your mess a masterpiece. Choose your favorite color and keep all of your important papers within reach, or post your latest selfie for everyone to see!

Color-coded Love: 4 Tips for Using Lulalu Fridge Clips

02 March, 2016

Mom can’t find the grocery list, sister lost her book report and brother misplaced his signed permission slip—again. If this sounds like a typical morning in your household, a little organization might be the order of the day. Color coding is a simple, effective technique for keeping your family apprised of important to-dos, so consider incorporating fridge clips from Lulalu into your busy schedule. Check out these tips for using them for maximum efficiency!

1. Select a color and stick with it. Blue for brother, pink for sister, yellow for mom, green for dad—no matter what you decide, choose a color and stick with it. Once your family starts to associate a colored clip with you, it will be easy for them to leave important papers, notes and lists for you to find!

2. Place important papers where they are most likely to be seen. Lulalu clips will stick to your refrigerator, bathroom mirrors and other smooth surfaces, so you can leave a paper that needs signed for mom or an oil change reminder for in the place where they are most likely to see it. If sister never eats breakfast, maybe the front door of the refrigerator isn’t the best place for a reminder to pick up milk at the grocery store after school, but you can guarantee she’ll see it if you block her view to the bathroom mirror!

3. Don’t underestimate the power of a hand-written note. Fridge clips from Lulalu don’t have to be just for important lists. Write your dad a note he’ll find before work or thank mom for making your favorite dinner last night. Sometimes this small gesture can be more powerful than just another text message.

4. Forget grocery lists, decorate instead! Lulalu clips are great for decorating your surfaces with pictures and artwork, too! Liven up your space in style.

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