Powerful Ways to Make Your Pinterest Account Skyrocket

Pinterest is probably the most powerful social media platform out there, but I constantly see people and businesses that are doing it all WRONG.  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all great tools, but I don’t feel that they have the same potential for driving the sheer volume of traffic as Pinterest does.     Here are […]

Powerful Tips to Organize your Kids – Mornings

Here’s the final installment in my organizing kids series.  This one is about taking back your mornings.  With school-aged kids, it can be a real headache to get them out of bed, pulled together and fed, and somehow off to school on time every morning of the week. As the mom of two ADHD boys, […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #1: Buffet Eating

  I am starting a new series here.  Part of it is to help you, but part of it is to help me too.  I’ve always struggled with my weight and I’ve found a series of really brilliant little tricks to make weight loss much easier. One of the foundations behind these little tricks is […]

Are You Making these Cleaning Mistakes?

Let’s face it – cleaning is one of those things you can’t avoid.  Like death and taxes.  We all have to clean up the house at some point.  But it’s just smart to do your cleaning as quickly and efficiently as you can, so you can get onto more fun stuff – like watching Dancing […]

How to Eliminate 90% of Your Paper Clutter

I think one of the biggest clutter challenges my readers ask about is PAPER. It’s like a faucet that never shuts off. Every day when the mailman comes – more paper. The kids come home from school – more paper. And don’t get me started on the newspapers, and the magazines, and the coupons. If […]

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5 Tips to Manage Teen Boys and Their Beloved Electronics

Pretty typical picture isn’t it?  Not just for teen boys, but for everyone.  Seems like all of us are spending major amounts of time staring at screens these days – not just phones, but iPads, computers, video games, and TV’s.  It’s to the point where it is getting a little scary.  I never drive to work […]

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How to Get Your Family to HELP With Housework

If you are like most people, you live with one or more other people. The problem with this is that no two people have the same level of cleanliness. Invariably, one person is going to end up being the “cleaner” one and one will be the “messy” one. And somehow you have to come to […]

Does a Clean House Equal Money in the Bank?

The other day, I was over at the lovely home of one of my “cleanie” friends and it’s really got me thinking. This lady had a gorgeous house that was beautiful and apparently effortlessly clean. I was in several different rooms during my visit and all of them were gorgeously decorated and looking wonderful even […]

6 Tips to Defeat Housework Burnout

I think one of the big problems in keeping up on daily housework is the sheer never-endingness of it. You clean something and a day or two later, you have to clean it again. And again. The sheer repetition of it just grinds you down after a while.  That’s what we call housework burnout. And […]

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Do ANYTHING

I think the hardest part of making any kind of lifestyle change is to motivate yourself to stick with it.  It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight, clean up your house, be a better parent, employee, or whatever, motivation IS the key to success. I don’t pretend to be any kind of […]

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Headshots and Business Cards, Oh My!

Have you ever had professional headshots done by an photographer?  How ’bout business cards – do you have some?  You should – especially if you are a blogger.  But even if you aren’t a blogger, I think it’s a very smart thing to do.  It’s just a great way to present yourself to the world. […]

Teach Your Bank to Yell at You

  Overspending is one of the things that can really mess up a debt management plan.  I know it trips me up again and again.  Here’s a clever idea that might help.   What if you were really serious about getting your spending under control? You could set it up so that your husband gets […]

25 Fabulous Tips on Packing for a CRUISE

I am headed out next week for a Western Caribbean cruise with some of my blogger buddies including the divine Six Sisters from the recipe site Six Sisters Stuff.  I’ve been on several cruises over the years, so I’ve learned what does and doesn’t work and I wanted to share some of my BEST tips […]

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The Dog Whisperer gives me Hope for Parenting

I’m watching the Dog Whisperer and I have to say, this show really gives me hope as a parent.  Do you know why? At the beginning of the program, they show these dogs with all these issues – barking, biting, misbehavior of all types. These dogs just seem so out of control and completely hopeless, […]

Six Tips to Tame Your Social Media Addiction

Part of the “Crazy” in Adrian’s Crazy Life is my interest in all things social media-related.  Well, maybe “interest” isn’t really a strong enough word, although I don’t think I’m quite as media-addicted as some of my friends are.   I think the reason for this is because I have some techniques that help me keep […]