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 […]

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 […]

Organizing the Disorganized or ADHD Child

When you have a kid who has ADHD or is just plain disorganized, basic school stuff can be a real challenge.  These are some tips to make it much easier for BOTH of you. To me, the advantage of being an older Mom is that this isn’t my first rodeo. (I repost this info every […]

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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 […]

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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Get Your Teen to Clean

One of the toughest parenting tasks is to get your kids to do their chores.  Let’s face it; for most kids, chores are just not on their radar.  A ten year old just doesn’t see taking out the trash as a priority.  And it gets even harder with teenagers.  Sometimes trying to teach a teen […]

7 Steps to a Permanently Clean Kitchen

Here is a great article by Jeff over at TheCleanTeam.com. Pop over to their website for some of the great tools he mentions here.   I am going to share a secret with you: The longer you spend thinking about cleaning your kitchen, the less time you spend actually cleaning it. Until suddenly the task […]

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My Favorite Cleaning Books

Part of my process is to rely on a lot of different cleaning books and sometimes videos.  I get one or two ideas from each one and it’s just generally a big help to me in gaining inspiration for my organizing.  Most of them are also really funny, which makes them an enjoyable read. Some […]

The POWER of small REWARDS

I wanted to post this post in honor of my upcoming Power of You cruise with the Six Sisters and Alicia Richmond from Chic on a Shoestring.  This is a post from my Facebook friend and favorite financial advisor Chellie Campbell. I am fascinated with her concept of the power of small rewards. By the […]

A Little Help for Your New Year’s Resolutions

Controlling my habits is probably the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to deal with, both breaking bad habits and creating good ones. I have done a ton of research on it because I’m always searching for that magic solution.   And I’m not alone. I read somewhere that something like 90% of heart attack patients […]

Are Gym Memberships a Good Deal?

  We are quickly heading into the time of year when everyone is desperate to shed their holiday pounds.  This can translate into big bucks for the local gyms and fitness clubs.  I looked it up.  The figure is about $21 MILLION dollars a year spent on gym memberships just here in the US.  Sadly […]

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Motivation – Do You Need a GOLD STAR?

Do you have the need for a “Gold star” from your mate when you do things around the house?  A little extra praise and acknowledgement for chores or special tasks you take on, even if the task is something you did on your own?  I think that’s a common human need, to feel like you […]

The TRICK to Minimum Payments

Credit card debt can be a significant drain on your budget. Even if you’ve gotten smart and put the cards away (or cut them up!), you still need to find a way to rid yourselves of those pesky balances. One trap that many debt-ridden consumers get into is just paying the minimum payments. Here’s why […]

3 Surprisingly Simple Tips for Healthy Eating

These are some simple strategies to get your family to eat a bit more healthy without having to listen to them whine about it, or resort to sneaking veggies into their favorite foods. Also, if you are trying to lose weight, this is a great way to nudge your own diet in the right direction […]