time management

Introducing…..LWSL Everyday

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Happy August everyone!  Today I am so excited to finally share the BIG project that my team and I have been working on for months.....a members-only site & community forum for Living Well Spending Less readers called LWSL Everyday! I originally started LivingWellSpendingLess.com in 2010 as a way to hold myself accountable.  I was struggling [...]

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 Freezer Meals in One Hour

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If you follow this blog regularly, you know I’m a pretty big fan of simple, easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  I’m also a huge fan of recipes that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic [...]

How to Balance Motherhood and Ambition

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A couple of weeks I wrote about the experience of accomplishing a lifelong dream, and more specifically, what it truly takes to make a dream come true. As I explained in that post, there is a whole lot of hard work and sacrifice involved in pursuing a dream. It means making difficult choices and a [...]

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 [...]

How to Make a Dream Come True

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This past weekend was a big one for me, and not just because Seattle won the Superbowl.  No, this weekend was big because it was the weekend I turned in my completed manuscript for my first real book. It will still be quite a while before that pile of pages is transformed into a real [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Things to Do Every. Single. Day.

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In the grand scheme of things, I suppose I'm really not that old yet, but I have to admit, sometimes I look at the world around me and I feel old.  What happened to the "good old days," that time before every moment of our life was consumed by the need to do something or go [...]

Balance is For The Weak

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I’d like to think that I am one of those people who can just go and go and go, one who can just keep pushing and adding more and getting it all done without ever really having to slow down, to rest, to recharge. My body, it seems, is telling me differently. Last week Wednesday, [...]

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 [...]

Plan for the Holidays {Day 30}

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This is the thirtieth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.  *   *   * October is almost over which means the holidays are literally right around the corner.  My feelings this time [...]

Why I Make My Bed {10 Reasons I Keep My House Clean}

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A couple of months ago I shared this list of "simple rules" that I wanted my family to live by.  Funnily enough, the one thing people commented on more than any other was a line I honestly hadn't thought twice about including: Make your bed every day.  (Get the free download here) Is this a novel concept? I [...]

Everyone Gets the Same 24 Hours

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I've been feeling a little down on myself lately.   I'd like to think I'm a pretty positive person in general, but every once in a while I will be overcome by feelings of inadequacy.  I start comparing myself to others and nitpicking all of my own flaws and suddenly the list of all the [...]