Easy Things to Do to Prepare for an Emergency

photo source September is National Preparedness Month. You might have noticed that I’ve shared a few things about how to be better prepared for an emergency over the past few weeks. There have been plenty of stateside events, big and small, over the last month, to make us think twice about how to handle an […]

Delegating Household Tasks to Younger Children

Anyone who has been a parent longer than three days is by this time exhausted. It’s hard work when the life of another person rests in your hands. You are responsible for making sure he is fed, clothed, and safe. And, of course, your task goes beyond just basic physical needs. There’s the fun part […]

How Chores & a School Schedule Mix

photo source If your kids haven’t already, they will be starting school any day now. And with the start of the new school year come all kind of readjustments. And one of those new adjustments would include how to balance home responsibilities with school work and time to play. There are a range of philosophies […]

Dejunk Your House to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

One of the best ways to save money is to realize how stupid you’ve been about money and then to make some changes in your habits. Last weekend I shared with you how we are “staging for living” and rearranging, cleaning, and dejunking to make life be more of what we want and less of […]

How to Make a Personal Planner that Rocks

Here she is, in all her glory, my new planner. She may not look like much. But, trust me when I say she is a powerhouse just waiting to be unleashed. She holds all my goals, hopes and dreams inside her little pages. I mentioned last week that this is my brain on paper. I […]

What Do You Want in an Organizational Tool?

Photo source This is your brain. This is your brain on paper. How do you make sense of everything swirling in your head? As the new school year approaches and with it, a busier schedule, I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks putting together a new household notebook and personal planner. Recently I […]

Cute & Clever Kitchen Tricks

photo source I’ve discovered the fun of Pinterest. I signed up a month or two ago — and it’s been quite fun to see some beautifully creative ideas at-a-glance. I’ve been careful not to let it be a time suck. About once or twice a week, I set my timer for 10 minutes and go […]

Gear Up For Summer

Summer vacation started on Friday. What this means at our house is that we shift to a more relaxed mode of living. The kids still have some schoolwork (math and reading) and daily chores each day, but overall, they are free to play, read, draw, and otherwise explore their options and let creative boredom be […]