• The Holidays Simplified
    Holidays,  Organization

    Simplifying the Holidays

    Can you believe it is already October? The leaves are falling, the weather is getting (somewhat) cooler, and pumpkins can be spotted everywhere. The holidays are upon us! I love the holidays! This is my favorite time of the year! As soon as September rolls around I am ready to begin putting out the Halloween decorations and starting planning Christmas parties. The Stress of the Holidays The holidays are truly a wonderful time of the year, but as moms, the execution of wonder and excitement often falls on our plates. We become the party planners, gift buyers, package wrappers, costume designers, menu planners, and candy organizers. It doesn’t take long before…

  • Use this free, printable 31 day de-clutter plan to get your home in order for autumn
    House and Home,  Organization

    31 Day Autumn De-Clutter

    Have you ever found yourself standing in the living room with a toys strewn at your feet, laundry piled high on the couch, dishes filling the sink and dishwasher, and you feel like your head is about to explode? You feel like you have spent all your time cleaning yet you see no evidence of all that you’ve done. Perhaps all these to-dos have left you short-tempered and annoyed and longing for a time when you will be finished and can enjoy the life you are constantly cleaning up after? This was me just a few years ago. I felt like I was drowning in all the stuff and the…

  • Keeping track of your family's favorite meals can help keep recipes organized and make meal planning easier. Use this FREE printable to keep it all in one place.
    House and Home,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier Part 3: Favorite Meals Index

    Hello friends! If you are here for the first time you can read parts 1 and 2 here and  here.  I recently shared a copy of the Weekly Meal Planner and Shopping List I use each week to plan my family’s meals and make shopping as pain-free as possible. But what happens when I can’t think of meals to put on the list? Have you ever sat down with the greatest intentions of planning the week’s meals and starting the week off on the right foot, only to completely blank on what to make for dinner? You have a shelf full of wonderful cookbooks yet nothing is coming to mind?…

  • Save money and time with meal planning by using these inventory sheets
    House and Home,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Part 2

    Today I will be sharing with you part two of my Meal Planning Made Easier series. If you are new, WELCOME, and feel free to read part one and snag a free copy of my Weekly Meal Planner here.  Mom Brain Meets Grocery Store: We’ve all been there…standing in an aisle at the grocery store racking our brains trying to remember what else we need from the store. There is likely a screaming toddler wanting a snack or a preschooler knocking things off the shelf. Stress and overwhelm builds as you will every molecule of your existence to remember WHAT. THE. HECK. DID. I. NEED?!?! In a huff you get…

  • Easy Weekly meal planning
    House and Home,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Part 1

    One of the most difficult parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping my head on straight as a mom, has been making sure I am eating healthy, good-for-me food. If I don’t take the time to sit down and create a plan for our meals, I struggle to say no to dinner out. In an effort to streamline and improve my meal planning, I have created this weekly meal planner and shopping list.  With this sheet I am able to plan out a week’s worth of meals and coordinate the shopping list to those meals.  Lunches in our home vary among the hubs, the kiddos, and myself but often…

  • Intentional goal planning
    Favorites,  Organization

    Intentional Goal Planning

    I have always been a person that thrives with a to-do list but I am also a person who always feels the need to do ALL the things. Because of these quirky character traits of mine, in the past I have struggled with sticking to my goals. I have always been motivated by the momentum goal planning and the new beginning of the new year. I would often come up a million and one things I  was certain to get done in the coming year. I always felt driven and excited and I would carefully write my goals out somewhere…a journal, this blog, etc. And then, like many others, I…

  • Organization

    Target Dollar Section Finds

    If I could I would easily spend my entire paycheck at Target. I seriously love everything in that store. Thankfully [I suppose] Target isn’t even close to being part of my daily drive so I am usually able to easily keep the temptation at bay. But luckily for me, work today took me by our local Target and well, with it being right there, I mean I had no choice but to stop.  As any good Target shopper does, I stopped first at the always-wonderful Dollar section. Now allow me to give a bit of background to perhaps help you understand my excitement about today’s finds… I have been working…

  • Organization

    Developing a Paper Management System

    The longest lasting organizational project you will ever take on is…P.A.P.E.R. The fact is every day new documents come into our possession, magazines, bills, cards of various importance, etc. And at the end of the day if you are lacking a good organizational method for management you might just get lost in it all. Here it is readers…my shameful paper piles The first steps to organizing is to find a general system that works for you. Here are some of the systems I have used over the years: 1. The Accordion File System: www.walmart.com Why it worked for me: At the time I was living in an apartment with only rent and a…

  • Organization

    Making Scrap Fabric Useful Again

    Pictured below is my scrap fabric drawer. As a crafter, this is my dump drawer where I send all of my “oh-I-will-totally-use-that-again-someday” pieces. Over the last year I have been dropping bits and pieces of left over fabric from all my completed projects into this bin with hopes of returning one day and being struck with a genius crafting idea that could make use of random bits of fabric. Adding this drawer to the organizational series finally gave me a reason to open the drawer up. After pulling out the drawer to take a peek inside I learned one interesting and helpful fact….I like what I like.  This means over…

  • Home,  House and Home,  Organization

    Under The Bathroom Cabinet

    This week we will begin diving into organizational projects in the home. Now I like to think of myself as a pretty organized individual, but I will admit even in my house there are places that haven’t been given much attention since the day we moved in. The goal this week is to give a bit of TLC to one of the most commonly neglected spaces in the household….the bathroom cabinet. Today, with this post, I am wearing my shame proudly as I show you evidence of what our master bathroom cabinet looked like until today. The truth is, even though I knew it needed to be cleaned and organized,…