time management

5 Ways to Say No

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Why is it that one of the most common words in the English language is the hardest for many of us say? It’s in the very core of our human nature to want to please people. Saying no is perceived as being negative or mean or unhelpful. We fear we may miss an opportunity. Or [...]

Sunday Prep

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Like many other families across America, my kids headed back-to-school this week. As much as I’d like to think I am the picture of organization when it comes to setting up a school routine, the truth is that our weekdays can be hectic on a good day and pure chaos (and misery) on a bad [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 2

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A few months ago I shared my first 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour plan, which included 5 great recipes that could be prepared together in about sixty minutes to make TEN separate meals.  It was a huge hit, not only with my own family, but with many of your families as well! At this point I [...]

How to Take Back Your Schedule (Like a Boss)

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This is a guest post from Tammy of Grace Uncommon If you're anything like me you're well enough into parenting and life to know that the calendar isn't slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it's quite possible it may never let go of it's fierce hold on me unless I get downright bossy about it. [...]

10 Minute Meals: 5 Ways to Get Food on The Table FAST

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Today I am so happy to introduce you to my dear friend Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and 10 Minute Dinners.  Not only is Jen one of the sweetest, kindest, and most genuine people you will ever meet, she is also FULL of wisdom, especially when it comes to getting food on the table fast! [...]

How to Save BIG on Household Goods (Without Leaving Home)

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When I first started down this path of living well and spending less, I was an avid coupon-user.  The thrill of getting food and household goods for next to nothing was incredibly exciting, and I couldn’t wait to shop the sales each week.  Thursday mornings were always spent hopping from one grocery store to the [...]

How to Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You

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Over the years I have received more than a few reader questions about cleaning, organizing, and decluttering.  It seems that we all want to have a neat and orderly home, but not all of us know exactly how to get there.  And let’s face it, life can get chaotic and busy with too much to [...]

7 Ways Google Calendar Simplifies My Life

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I couldn't be happier to introduce you all to my dear friend Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom.  Crystal is one of those people who I just "clicked" with the instant that we met.  Every time we talk I feel both challenged to do better and encouraged that I can actually do it.  If you've [...]

Speed Cleaning for the Holidays

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There is no time of year when I love my house--or enjoy being at home--more than during the month of December.  There is just something magical about those twinkling Christmas tree lights and festive decorations.  I love turning on some mellow Christmas music (the James Taylor Christmas album is my all time fav!) and cuddling [...]

Holiday Planner 2013

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Happy November! Is it just me or has this year seemed to fly by?  I am having a hard time believing that it is already time to start planning & preparing for the holiday season once again. As my girls get older and begin participating in more activities, my husband and I are finding it [...]

Five Time Management Tips That Will Change Your Life

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The past few months have been a bit of a transition for our family, as my husband has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad, and I've tried to figure out how to balance a job that is literally never done with all our other needs.  I'm not going to lie, as prepared as I [...]

Why I Love My Kindle Even More Than Books

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I have been in love with books since the moment I learned to read.  My childhood dream was always to someday have my very own home library filled floor-to-ceiling with books.  When we remodeled our home four years ago we converted what was supposed to be the formal dining room into a library with built-in [...]

Our Top 10 Family Board Games, Ages 3-8

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Our family has always loved playing board games, but since cutting out television and then taking (almost) all of the girls' toys away last summer away we've taken that love to a whole new level!  Playing family board games together is by far our favorite evening and weekend activity, and we've had plenty of time [...]

Just Call Me Superwoman {4 Simple Rules for Managing Your Time}

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 I woke up this past Monday ready to start my week with a bang.  I  had spent the weekend getting caught up after last week’s trip, and by 8am I had already finished my work for the day, returned several neglected emails, handed in a writing assignment, tidied my house, put in a load of [...]

{Minimal Effort} Freezer Cooking

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One of my big goals for 2013 is to plan ahead and be more proactive and intentional with my time.  Those 24 hours go FAST and it is so easy to let them slip away if you let them. I'll be honest, when it comes to meals and cooking dinner for my family, I really [...]