Expert Tips on What to Pack for a Blog Conference

  I am about to head out for my third Build Your Blog Conference next week – this will be my one dozenth blog conference.  If that doesn’t make me an “expert”, I don’t know what does. There are always a ton of questions from people on what to pack, what to bring, what to […]

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True Confessions of an Email HOARDER

OK, I have a confession to make.  When it comes to Email, I am a true hoarder.  I’m pretty good about physical clutter, but I live and die by my computer.  When it comes to Email or digital files, I never like to get rid of ANYTHING.  That is classic hoarding behavior, but because it’s […]

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, […]

Powerful Tips to Organize Your Kids – Homework

It occurred to me that in this New Year’s motivational series, I had not included any posts about parenting.  So, I am starting a 3-part series here about both parenting and organization – double win!  This first one is about helping your kids organize their homework.  In the next post we will talk about kids […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #5 School Cafeteria

I hope you’ve been enjoying my series so far.  This is my final post in the series, but I think it’s my favorite.  As the head of the USDA, Brian Wansink was given a challenge to improve the nutrition in the typical school cafeteria.  And I have to say, the simple and innovative ideas he […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #4 Grocery Shopping

Here in the 4th post of the series, it’s time to talk about some smart strategies in the grocery store.  I know a lot of posts you see are talking about making thrifty choices while grocery shopping, but these are some little tricks that will help you stick to these better choices even on days […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #3 Manage Snacking

In our last post, we talked about customizing our kitchens for a new healthy lifestyle.  The nice thing about these tips is that you aren’t going overboard.  You are just making a few simple changes that will pay off in the long run.  Today, we are going to look at the problem behavior of snacking. […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #2 Redo your Kitchen

**This post may contain affiliate links. I’m going to share some simple tips on how to rearrange your kitchen to support your weight loss efforts.  Obviously one of the main places we have control over is our own kitchen.  It is one of the rare areas in our lives where we have more or less […]

Teach Your Child to Read!

  Reading is one of my greatest pleasures, so I was pretty serious about my children learning how to read at an early age.  My stepson Ryan was in a Montessori school when my husband and I started dating, so he was an early reader in their program.  My middle son Matt was reading well by […]

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 […]

4 Easy Steps to Organizing Your Photos

  Is it just my imagination, or do we take about a zillion more photos than our parents used to take?  I guess it’s because we carry a camera around in our pocket every day, plus we so much more visual than we used to be.  But managing all those thousands of photos can be […]

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Overcome Your ADD-ness In Your Chores

OK, I have to ‘fess up, like many of you, I am seriously ADD.  At times, my mind has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel Puppy – (Squirrel!).  A lot of it is my own fault.  I am always doing at least 2 or 4 (or 9!) things at once, and my mind is […]

Home Organization – Say Goodbye to Your Excuses

If you have a messy and disorganized house that is out-of-control, what are excuses do you use?  Let’s face it, we are all masters of excuses, and there are a dozens of different excuses for not tackling your household problems.  But for every excuse you come up with, someone else has had that same excuse […]

Ten Simple Household Life Hacks

We all love quick and easy tips to help us manage our lives in a much easier manner, right?  Here are ten quick and easy household life hacks that will help you on a daily basis. One of my friends came up with a great idea this week. When you’re feeling low on motivation for […]

Insane Waffle Iron Recipes

OK, I don’t often post items about cooking, but I have long been amazed at some of the uses people come up with to use their waffle iron and/or panini presses to make all sorts of amazing foods you would never have thought of using them for. Once you stop viewing your waffle iron or […]