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This blog is from a real consumer, not a sales person. I am not selling Tupperware, but I am a huge fan of what Tupperware has done for my household. It has saved my family tons of time & money by being organized with some of the best products on the market. This blog is about the Tupperwave Stack Cooker System by Tupperware. This system is a time efficient way to provide nutritious and delicious meals to your family in just minutes.

I love the versatility of the Stack Cooker System. With its three tier systems you can create thousands of combinations or you can just use one tier at a time for a favorite dish. Some of my favorite dishes that I use the stack cooker for include a delicous cake baked in 10 min, ground beef for tacos, seasoned tilapia with new potatoes and steamed veggies.

“Treat your family to complete, nutritious meals in just minutes. Brown meats, cook casseroles and bake cake and desserts in your microwave, so you can satisfy a hungry crew on a moment’s notice with less effort. Prepare ingredients, stack the pieces—and then pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and you’re finished!” ~www.tupperware.com

There are many different and delicious meals that you can make with the Tupperware Stack Cooker System. Only your imagination will limit you! Here are a few meal combination ideas (From the Tupperwave Microwave Meals in Minutes Book that compliments the Stack Cooker System)!

Tier I Tier II Tier III
Apricot   Flan Chinese Pork New Potatoes   with Herbs
Cherry Flan Risotto   with Shrimp Ratatouille
Caramel-Apple Streusel Italian-Seasoned Chicken Savory   Rice
Green asparagus with Mascorpone and Smoked Salmon Chicken   with Aurora Sauce Mashed   Potatoes
Pears with Chocolate and Pecans Turkey   with Sour Cream Mashed   Potatoes and Pumpkin
Cherry Tomatoes Flan Mediterranean   Style Fish Saffron   Rice

One of the things I like the most about Tupperware is how they stand behind their products. If they break or fail for any reason, Tupperware replaces the broken product! However, Tupperware products are so durable, I have never had one fail on me yet. Some of my family is still using Tupperware they purchased 30 years ago and it is still going strong!

For more information on how Tupperware can help you save time and money and help you stay organized, check back often on my blog for additional ways Tupperware can simplify your life! In addition, you can contact one of the best Tupperware Directors I have ever met, Pam Wilson!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! :)

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Access Mates by TupperwareThis blog is from a real consumer, not a sales person. I am not selling Tupperware, but I am a huge fan of what Tupperware has done for my household. It has saved my family tons of time & money by being organized with some of the best products on the market. This blog is about the Tupperware Access Mates. This product is a great container with a flip top front that makes access to its contents a breeze that saves you time, and with a seal that keeps everything fresh so you save money because your items will stay fresher longer.

I use the Access Mates for many things, but one of the most useful places I use these is in my pantry for all the items that we use to pack our twin’s lunches for school. It makes packing their lunches so quick and easy. Each container has an item that goes in their lunches such as fruit cups, juice boxes, applesauce, raisin boxes, or snack packs. My husband loves it because he doesn’t have to search the pantry for what needs to go in their lunch and he doesn’t have to worry about missing anything because they are all together in a row with easy flip front openings. After that he just needs to add the main dish and all done!

There are many different things you can use Access Mates for. Only your imagination will limit you! Here are a few additional ideas!

  • Bulk items like sugar, flower, rice, ect.
  • Cat Food
  • Dog Treats
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Potatoes, garlic, or onions (with vented panel opening option)
  • Baby items like nipples, pacifiers
  • Laundry Soap
  • Small toys like Lego’s
  • Crafts
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Hair accessories

One of the things I like the most about Tupperware is how they stand behind their products. If they break or fail for any reason, Tupperware replaces the broken product! However, Tupperware products are so durable, I have never had one fail on me yet. Some of my family is still using Tupperware they purchased 30 years ago and it is still going strong!

For more information on how Tupperware can help you get organized, check back often on my blog for additional ways to save time and money with Tupperware! In addition, you can contact one of the best Tupperware Directors I have ever met, Pam Wilson!

  • Pam Wilson
  •  Tupperware Star Director
  • Cell# 775-750-7914
  • http://my.tupperware.com/sweethearts
  • Changing lives 1 Bowl at a Time
  • Sales…Parties…Fundraising…call me, I can help!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! :)

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Evaluating efficiencies created by your team can be one of the most difficult areas to evaluate. Unless the efficiencies can be linked directly to a cost savings, it can be hard to put a value on the benefit that those efficiencies created. Here are a few quick tips on things that will help you determine when and how much efficiencies have created value.

  • Have your team document in detail the changes made including a list of the benefits created. These benefits include the direct monetary benefits such as reduction of costs, less overtime pay for hourly employees, and non-monetary benefits such as quicker completion time for processes, less overtime for salary employees (better work-life balance), quicker output times, ect.
  • As a manager, be directly involved in the changes so that you know the full impact of how the changes are affecting not only your team but also how it is affecting other parts of your organization or parties of interest. You want to make sure the change is going to be efficient for all parties involved not just for your team.

How much value you perceive a non-monetary efficiency created is going to be quite arbitrary in most cases, so just do your best when creating a value system and keep it consistent. Look for possible direct results that you can use as a baseline. One way I have seen this done is in a corporate accounting department. Corporate accounting is rarely seen as a place for creating savings. It is usually just seen as an overhead cost that can not derive  any positive impacts on income, however, by creating efficiencies a corporate accounting department can create a positive financial impact by being able to report earning faster and more accurately than before, which can directly affect investor perceptions of how the company is doing and thus can lead to a boost in stock prices.

It is also important that your team be aware that you need to be kept up to date on the efficiencies they have created. If you don’t know that efficiencies are occuring, it would be very difficult to assess employee improvements come employee evaluation time. This will also help you to be able to catch possible negative impacts that some effciencies can create for other interested parties before they happen.

Being aware that efficiencies are being created is the first step to being able to evaluate impacts of these efficiencies. So stay involved with your teams and you will be well on your way to creating a fantastically efficient team!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! :)

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One common question that I come across frequently is what things can you do to encourage your team to create efficiencies? This can be a tricky question because it depends on your company’s rewards system and the individual dynamics of your team.  Some teams can be motivated by just the sheer desire of the team members to outdo other teams in a competitive spirit. However, in most corporate structures, there are not many opportunities to create such a competitive atmosphere.

So how can a manager encourage efficiencies in their team in a non-competitive environment? The first step is make it a goal of the employees to find time-saving efficiencies for their work as well as for the work assigned to the team as a whole.  This can be done by either creating goals informally with your team or through a formal Individual Performance Evaluation process. The benefit of doing it formally through an Individual Performance Evaluation is that it will be included in their permanent employee record and can even help them when looking to change positions throughout the company or when applying for promotions.  Just like any other goal, it is extremely important to make sure there is an expected completion date included with the goal to encourage it to be completed in a timely manner.

The second step is to show your team the benefits of creating efficiencies. One of the biggest benefits I have seen when creating efficiencies is the reduction of overtime. Many individuals in professional fields are salary and thus the number of hours in the office usually exceeds the 40 hours per week without additional pay, so keeping this number as close to 40 per week is extremely important. Another benefit is the reduction of stress because it is easier to meet deadlines without extra pressure from processes taking longer to complete.

The third step is to determine what kinds of rewards you can and want to offer when these goals are reached by members of your team. Of course the most effective reward medium is money, whether it is in the form of a raise or a bonus, and can be a great incentive. However, especially in this economy, this isn’t always an available option, so look for other ways to show recognition. This could be in the form of simply a small token of appreciation that includes acknowledgement of their accomplishments in front of their peers. In either case, just make sure that they know how much you appreciate their hard work and keep rewards consistent based on the level of efficiencies created.

Encouraging your team to create efficiencies can reduce stress, increase team work, and increase morale when your team’s hard work is acknowledged. With these simple tips you can be well on your way to a happy, efficient, and productive team.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! 🙂

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My last blog discussed how, as an employee, to make sure that your efficiencies don’t go unnoticed. This blog is from a manager’s perspective. Why is it important to identify and acknowledge efficiencies created by your team? This is common area that new managers often overlook and is critical to having a successful team.

It is important to identify efficiencies that your team has created, because in this current business environment, working smarter is much more important than the amount of time that you put into your work. Work places are constantly increasing the amount of work that teams have to complete due to the downsizing of organizations in this tough economy. Thus, as a team, the only way to keep up with the pace is to work smarter. If all members of a team work smarter, then hopefully all the team members will succeed without spending all their waking hours in the office. It also needs to be noted, that it is not how many hours a person spends in the office, but how much work a person completes. This needs to be considered and the only way to consider it is by identifying areas that efficiencies have been created or should be created in the future.

Acknowledging efficiencies is the most important step. If you don’t acknowledge your teams accomplishments when they create time-saving or money-saving efficiencies, then the incentive for them to do so in the future lessons and this is especially true if not all team members are affected by the lack of efficiencies. This would occur if a team member doesn’t have to pick up the slack if they decide not to create the efficiency. Another side of this topic to remember as a manager is acknowledging people’s “accomplishments” works better than acknowledging people’s “hard work” alone. This leads back to my comment earlier about not focusing on how many hours a person puts in but how much work is produced. By acknowledging the efficiencies that your team creates, it increases moral, team camaraderie, and overall productivity.

Working smarter is becoming more and more a deciding factor for determining success in an organization. Creating efficiency in your processes can get you well on your way as a manager or future manager to accomplishing your goals, the goals of your organization, and overall success in your endeavors.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! 🙂

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Since many companies are currently completing their performance evaluation process for 2011, I thought it would be a good time to discuss how not to let creating efficiencies count against you during this process. In my past experiences, I have witnessed situations where the employees that seem to spend more time at the office would often get complete recognition (and higher bonuses) for going above and beyond based on the number of hours of overtime. However, it has been my experience that the employee putting in the most hours isn’t necessarily the employee completing the most work. What I intend to discuss in this blog is how do you make sure that your efficiencies do not count against you since the result of most efficiencies is less time needed at the office.

There are two key things you can do to make sure that your efficiencies are known:

  • First, if your company has a process where you fill out an Individual Performance Objective (IPO) where you include all your goals for the year and your outcomes to those goals, make sure that in your outcomes you effectively describe the efficiencies you have created and the time savings it has led to. This is a great way to document your improvements and they will go in your permanent work performance file. If your company does not have an IPO application that allows you to edit throughout the year, consider keeping a journal that details out the efficiencies you have created and time savings associated so that when you go to either enter or discuss performance with your supervisor, you won’t forget what you have accomplished throughout the year.
  • The second key thing you can do is involve your direct supervisor or manager when deciding to make changes through efficiencies. You can do this simply by asking their opinion when designing a new efficiency and seeing if they can add any additional ideas or thoughts that could help you design the best system. This not only gets them directly involved in the process but makes them aware of all the efficiencies you are creating and putting into place.

When creating a work-life balance, these two key things you can do to get your efficiencies noticed can be critical for future promotions and bonus allocations. So don’t let your efficiencies go unnoticed and continue to create the most efficiencies in your life!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! 🙂

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Have you ever missed an important email due to it being buried in the mountains of SPAM that has infiltrated your inbox? Even with SPAM filters it seems hard to keep up with all the emails that are receive. I have created a basic system that has helped me manage my inbox and I no longer miss those urgent or important emails. Here is how I have set my system up:

  • I have created 4 email accounts: Work, Friends & Family, Social Media, and Everything Else.

I only give out these emails to the specific related areas. So for example, my work email is only given out to other employees of our corporation and any work related direct contacts. I do not use this email for any work related publications, contact info at conventions, ect. This keeps my email from reaching any SPAM related data bases and thus I do not have the issue of SPAM interfering with my work inbox. This is also true with my friends and family inbox. No more missing Aunt Betsy’s email on her unexpected visit coming up this weekend!

My Social Media Inbox is the email I have attached to all my social media accounts. The Everything Else box is exactly that, the box where I can give out the email for any purpose and not really care if I end up on a SPAM list. For example, I use this box for store promotional accounts, purchases in online stores, “Win This” entries, subscriptions, conventions, ect.

Having these separate accounts allows me to be able to keep track of the important emails easier because in each account I know what to look for and what is out-of-place. It also ensures that you won’t have to sift through a bunch of SPAM for your most important emails to make sure you aren’t missing something urgent. Keep in mind, that even with the Everything Else account I do scan the emails received to make sure there isn’t something that I might want like information from someone at a conference, store sale, or the like.

Smart phones are making having multiple emails even simpler. For example, on an Apple I-phone you can set-up all your emails to update in one place so you can easily see which email has new items in its inbox all at the same time. I have found this function very helpful.

Now I am sure most of you are saying that this sounds all great and dandy but feel that sooner or later the SPAM will find you. I am happy to say that after 7 years of having this system, my three non-everything boxes have remained 100% SPAM FREE! 🙂 So give it a try, I think you will be happily surprised at the results!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! 🙂

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