Preparing for house guests

As you all know, or at least as you’ve been able to gather by looking through my blog, I’m big on planning.  There are times when planning is less important, and times when it’s more important.  Trust me on this one: having house guests is a time when planning is absolutely essential.  I hope this post and the printable checklist

Finance System that Makes “Cents”

Creating a Finance System for Your Home The key to staying in control of your finances in your home is a plan.  The plan doesn’t have to be elaborate or time-consuming – in fact, the simpler, the better.  The first thing to do is determine how much discretionary funding you have each month (to do this, use the printable below). 

Preparing for house sitters

It would be nice if all your responsibilities went on hold when you went out of town, but unfortunately they go on.  Pets and plants need to be cared for and your mail and newspapers need to come in.  As a frequent traveler, I have become very routine with my house sitter system.  Here it is! Finding a House Sitter

Preparing for baby sitters

I remember a day when my husband and I would make last minute plans to go out, and bam, we were out.  Now it takes a lot more planning with the kiddos.  Here’s a cheat sheet to make sure you have all your bases covered before getting out! Getting a Baby-Sitter Plan ahead: It’s much easier to get a baby-sitter

Event planning made easy

Planning and hosting events is supposed to be fun, but unfortunately it usually turns into more of a stressful headache than it’s worth.  I love entertaining and spending time with friends and family, so I set out to find a way to make it as easy and fun as possible.  You can use these ideas for planning casual events at

Exercising at home

Good news!  It’s very easy to fit in a great workout without having to drive back and forth from a gym or buy any equipment.  I created this list of exercises you can do at home, organized by type.  Mix and match these exercises however you’d like – my favorite is to start and end with yoga poses, and do

Family foundation

The Family Foundation is the first tab in our Family Notebook.  It serves as the foundation for how you want your family and household to function.  We have there sections within this tab: the Mission Statement, Family Rules, and Reward Charts. Mission Statement Just as corporations have mission statements that define their company, families can use mission statements to state

30 ways to bond with your children

In your children’s eyes, you can do no wrong.  Make the most of this stage by spending quality time with your little ones. Try one each day for a month to show those kiddos how special they are. Makeup a handshake – the sillier, the better!  Feel free to include shimmies, jumping, and spinning.  Next time they do something awesome,

Packing for travel with kids

Organized packing for vacations As a minimalist, I hate “stuff.”  By “stuff” I mean items that are unneeded, unloved, cause stress, take up space, and require maintenance.  Also, I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my vacation time on the beach, not digging through my suitcase.  Using minimalist thinking, I believe I have discovered a very efficient packing method. 

Master schedules

Well those drifter’s days are past me now, I’ve got so much more to think about: Deadlines and commitments, What to leave in, what to leave out. -Bob Seger That lyric is for my mom, but it perfectly sums up time management as a new mother.  That’s probably not the situation for which Bob Seger intended it, but it works,

Creating a family notebook

There are a handful of must haves in an organized house: the family notebook, family file, family calendar, and house message board. Everyone in the house should know where these are and how they work. In this post Ill talk about the Family Notebook because its the first organization tool I used as a new mother three years ago. The

Save time in the kitchen

One of the best ways to save time in your day is to simplify your cooking and meal routine. В Here are the best time-saving cooking tricks to make your life easier. Plan Meals Ahead of Time Planning ahead makes cooking much less stressful and chaotic. The trick is to find a meal planning strategy that works best for you. One

Traveling with kids

My daughter flew twenty-six times, including internationally, before she turned three years old – true story.  We don’t plan on slowing down any time soon, so needless to say, I have mastered the art of traveling with children.  As usual, you can find a printable at the end of this post: a traveling to-do list. Preparation There are certain items

Grocery Store

The Most Efficient Grocery Shopping Ever

Were you one of those people who used to hear about how hard it was for someone to grocery shop with kids – then you had kids?  You probably thought, “grocery shopping with  kids  – how hard can that be?”.  Then you had kids – turns out it is hard to bring them to the store.  You soon realize your going to

Cleaning for people who hate to clean

You might be thinking, “who in their right mind would want to spend time writing about cleaning?”  Well, the truth is that I’m pretty proud of all the tricks I have gained that decrease the time it takes to clean and buy me time in between cleaning.  I almost feel as though my house cleans itself!  Almost. If you dread cleaning, but

Guest post the pros and cons of corrective eye surgery

Today I’m happy to have a guest poster!  This is a guest post by Samantha, a freelance writer and health expert. She also loves reading and blogging. The new thing in the world of eye health is eye surgery that can restore your vision to a perfect 20/20. For individuals who have worn glasses for decades, this can seem like