August 20th Show
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On today's show:
Cleaning! Your Fall Wardrobe
Special Guest: Vann Ellison, CEO of
St. Matthew's House
Weekly Meal Planning
Today, August 20th, in History
1597 1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East
originally established as a chartered company in 1602, when the Dutch government granted it a 21-year monopoly on Dutch spice trade. It is often considered to have been the first multinational corporation in the world  and it was the first company to issue stock. It was a powerful company, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, strike its own coins, and establish colonies.
1931 Don King, boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles
1948 Robert Plant, (67) lead vocalist and lyricist of The Rock band Led Zeppelin. With a career spanning more than 40 years and possessing a powerful wide vocal range (particularly using his trademark high-pitched vocals), he is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll.
At Life with Moxie we are all about maximizing our time through preparation. As fall turns the bend, events and engagements will start coming fast and furious, if we prepare our wardrobe ahead of time, the aggravation and stress we will save ourselves is priceless.
This weekend, we are going to do a fall/winter closet review. It’s too hot for the sweaters, blazers and boots just yet, but it’s the perfect time to edit that collection.
Pull out the fall/ winter footwear. Haven’t worn it in a year-? Donate. Check the soles, some will likely be in need of replacement. This is the perfect time to get them to your shoe repair business so they are like-new, fresh and polished for their first wear.
If they just need wiped down, drug stores and discount stores sell shoe polish kits and colorless oils with sponges that you can give them a quick buff and it makes a world of difference.
Sweaters, coats, etc. again if you haven’t worn them in a year, then donate or consign.
Depending on how they are stored, they likely will need a trip to the dry cleaner.
We are not very good about caring for sweater and jackets. Sweat and oils from our skin have very damaging affects on fibers so if it didn’t get done when they were put away last, go ahead and do it now. Gets the dust and dander build up off too.
Formal winter wear, satins, velvets, etc. if when you see them they don’t make you want to wear them immediately, then donate or consign them.
Your clothes should make you excited to wear them because you feel amazing in them. If they don’t, let them do that for someone else.
What you've decided to keep: note if anything needs repaired, cleaned or hemmed and get that bag started for drop off.
I Don’t know why but things get dirtier and more damaged just being in my closet than they do wearing them but you will notice things that weren’t wrong with them before… lets catch it now before that first night we decide that will be fabulous to wear only to find that key button missing
So while you’re in there… look at what you didn’t want to wear this summer. What did you grab thinking “I should really wear this” then ever time found something else you’d like to wear more. That goes in the donate bag. Look at your sandals, which ones did the dog get a hold of or got soaked and stretched out from the beach. Those go in the trash or donate.
Anything that has holes or stains… those go too. Anything you love but needs repaired, put in the bag to go with the fall stuff so next summer you don’t need to deal with it.
Events and engagements will start coming fast and furious, if we prepare our wardrobe ahead of time, the aggravation and stress we will save ourselves is priceless. Passionate living by design, that's Life with Moxie!
St. Matthew's House
Guest Vann Ellison, President and CEO of St. Matthew's House joined us to share all the is being offered.
Today, St. Matthew’s House continues to run the original Emergency/Transitional Housing and Feeding Ministry (St. Matthew's House) along with its Justin’s Place Recovery Program, Collier County jail chaplain service, 6 thrift stores, full-service catering company, and retreat/conference center.
Justin’s Place Recovery Program
Long-term programs for men & women aimed to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
Immokalee Friendship House
Providing meals and shelter for thousands of individuals for over 27 years.
Food Pantry & Direct Assistance
Distributing food to families that need it most.
Our thrift stores offer thousands of new items to its customers every day. Shop at any of our six conveniently located stores throughout Southwest Florida and snag fantastic finds at the perfect price.
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Meal Planning and Preparation... aka Moxification!
We are officially moving into the fall season where schedules and evenings are starting to fill up. So we are going to do a reboot on our food planning to start mastering dinners/lunches and snacks this weekend. This is where the most time is lost during the week as well as the poorest decisions get made.
Take time on Friday or Saturday to think through the coming week.
Decide how many family dinners and do menus for those. Calculate extra servings for potential lunches.
If you have school-aged kids in the house, one of the most valuable this you can do as a parent is conscientiously plan ahead for the after-school snacks. If we default to garbage prepackaged single serve processed food we are teaching them profound lessons.
We aren’t concerned about there health so they don’t need to be either.
Cooking and healthy choices aren’t worth the time.
Being healthy has nothing to do with food.
Snack food sales in the US account for 40% of the prepackaged food market. We are a country where the leading causes of death are caused by diet… obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, etc. that can all be eliminated through diet. Changing our diet takes conscious decision making and a commitment while we must also get ourselves to a place to stop believing that medicine will make up for our bad habits… it doesn’t… it keeps you making them and still alive so your doctor stays in business and pharma stocks keep going up.. Is this what we want to be modeling to our children?! They see it on tv daily.
What can we do to raise healthy food knowledgeable kids. Watch Jamie Oliver’s TED talk. We are having a crisis in our children’s understanding of food and an epidemic of recent generations that don’t know how to cook. If you don’t know how to cook, you don’t truly understand food and are now incapable of making healthier decisions because they have no idea what to do with actual food.
Kids wont even eat an apple whole anymore, it has to be peeled and in slices and served with caramel… how did we get here?
The kitchen used to be where profound life lessons were learned, recipes passed down, stories shared, secret divulged… authentic communication happened. We have lost this. We think about “past times” that go by the wayside because “better" things have come along to replace them, think automatic vs. manual cars, but time in the kitchen was not replaced by anything better, it was crowded out by things that have LESS value to all of us.
Jamie goes into elementary class rooms and asks children to identify tomatoes, cauliflower, beets, eggplant, potatoes … and they couldn’t identify ANY of them. But they can identify Ronald McDonald, the leprechaun from Lucky Charms, French fries, that they don’t know come from potatoes which is just as well because there’s no potato left.
In addition, the processed food companies have very strategically created an addiction to processed food, fast food, if you want to look further into this, look up Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss.
The only thing we can do to change it is to stop supporting it. We’ve been talking about this the last several shows, its not fighting to machine that will get us there, its turning your back on them that will.
Sit down with your kids and make a list of items to get at the grocery for lunch boxes and after school. Have them start the list by asking, not what they want, but instead by fascilitating...what fruits they’d prefer, then ask what vegetables they’d like best to dip in hummus or guacamole. This will give you a basis to go from.
Once home with the groceries, prep them all into the form they will be eaten in as you are putting them away. Slice the bell peppers, the celery, the watermelon. That way it will be just as easy as the chips. If the chips are harder to see or reach and the watermelon is right there… the watermelon will be gone. Cheers to health and happy eating!
Passionate living by design, that's life with Moxie!