Once-a-Month Menu Planning Made Easy

I truly believe that there are few things more annoying in life than scrambling at 5pm to try to cobble together a meal for my family.  Inevitably, I end up with something unhealthy, processed or ordered out.    Last minute meals are more expensive, less healthy, and less flavorful than meals that are planned ahead … Continue reading Once-a-Month Menu Planning Made Easy

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Your ToDo List is Making You LESS Productive

Let me know if this sounds familiar:  You get up in the morning all rested and refreshed from a completely uninterrupted night of sleep.  You sit quietly in your kitchen, sipping your coffee while the kiddos get themselves ready for school, and write out list of the day's ToDo's.  It's just a short list.  Maybe … Continue reading Your ToDo List is Making You LESS Productive

Get Back on Track After Your World has been Rocked

It's been a long slog back to "normal" around here.  It's been a little over two months since Hurricane Matthew rolled through our area.  Less than half of the homes damaged by flooding have been repaired, students are still trying to play catch up from an impromptu 3 week break from school and hundreds of families … Continue reading Get Back on Track After Your World has been Rocked

What Happens when you’re FORCED into Simplicity??

My small, rural town in North Carolina was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October of this year.  The hurricane blew through the coasts and caused significantly more damage inland.  In the weeks immediately following the storm, our town faced downed trees, flooded homes, breached levees, a week-long power outage, two weeks … Continue reading What Happens when you’re FORCED into Simplicity??

Create a Family Food Budget You Can Live With

According to a report by the USDA on food spending, the average American family of 4 is expected to spend between $643 – $1,284 on food PREPARED AT HOME each month.  Add to that, a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that an average individual spends approximately $242 each month on food away … Continue reading Create a Family Food Budget You Can Live With

5 Simple Steps to Managing Everyone Schedules using the BOC Method

  I looked at our family calendar today and almost threw up.  It’s freakin AUGUST!  Where did the summer go??  I’m one of those weird parents who loves summer and summer break with my kids.  They’re actually pretty cool people (as far as miniature humans go) and we all like to approach our summer days … Continue reading 5 Simple Steps to Managing Everyone Schedules using the BOC Method

Declutter your Life – STOP Doing things you don’t love

This summer, for the first time in my adult life, I don’t have a garden.  There is not one vegetable growing, not one pot of begonias withering in the heat, not one bonus patch of garden with flowers in bloom.  Why?  Because I frickin HATE gardening.  Sure, I love to PLANT flowers.  And I love … Continue reading Declutter your Life – STOP Doing things you don’t love

Decluttering with the Family – Why you need their help

Have you ever tried to declutter your house all by yourself?  How well did THAT work? In my experience, trying to go it alone in decluttering is like trying to win a tug of war competition against a football team.  Every gain you make is taken back almost immediately.  And, if you’re like me, you … Continue reading Decluttering with the Family – Why you need their help

3 Questions to Ask Yourself when Decluttering your Wardrobe and the Biggest Barrier to Letting Go

It has been said that most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time.    The other 80% of our wardrobes go completely or at least mostly unused.  They clutter our closets, dresser drawers, attics and storage boxes.  Unused and unwanted clothes lead to frustration because we can't find what we want because … Continue reading 3 Questions to Ask Yourself when Decluttering your Wardrobe and the Biggest Barrier to Letting Go

Life Lessons from a Broken Dishwasher

My dishwasher officially kicked the bucket a few weeks ago.  It has been steadily declining over the past few months, and honestly, I was just too cheap to replace it until it became absolutely necessary.  And now, I found that my dishwasher is part of a recall and I have to WAIT to have anything … Continue reading Life Lessons from a Broken Dishwasher