time management

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 [...]

Filling the Time Jar {5 Steps 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 [...]

Simple Joys {5 Ways to Simplify Your Life Right Now}

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It has been several weeks since I started Project Simplify 365 and already I feel like my life has changed.  As I look around my house, I can see the tangible results of my effort, but the biggest change, I think, is the intangible one: the deep sense of inner peace that has settled over [...]

LWSL Holiday Planning Guide {Free Printable}

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The holidays are right around the corner!  I don't know about you , but my feelings are mixed.  On the one hand, I truly love this time of year, but at the same time, I can't help feel a little stressed.  There are so many expectations!  So many things to do!  So many things to [...]

10 Tips for Getting More Done Every Single Day

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I have a confession. The list of things I want and need to do is always much longer than the list of things I actually accomplish.  I can't do it all.  I wish I could.  I am constantly striving.  But at the end of the day, I'm usually just a girl who drops more balls [...]

Speed Cleaning

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Over the years I've had lots of people ask how I manage to keep my house so clean all the time.  So--at the risk of having you all think I am completely crazy--I thought today I'd share my little "speed cleaning" routine.    I probably spend, on average, about 45 minutes to an hour each [...]