• Weekly Check-in Plan for busy moms

    How a Weekly Check-in System Can Help a Busy Mom

    As a busy mom, it can be frustrating trying to find time to get everything done. Often times it can feel like hours in the day passes without us even realizing. Before long it can feel like our to-do list is out of control. Forgetting to Get Things Done More than once I have found myself in the following situation: It is the middle of the night, I should be sleeping. Instead, I find myself going over a list of things I meant to do either that day or even a week ago but somehow never got to it. Somethings are important such as checking up on finances while others…

  • Tips for planning a stress-free birthday party

    8 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Birthday Party

    When our oldest, Asher, was turning one year old, I felt an overwhelming pressure to plan the perfect first birthday party. Hours. and I do mean HOURS, were spent, leading up to the day scouring Pinterest for ideas, creating invitations and decorations by hand, baking his cake and preparing food, and planning every detail of the day. I created multiple “activities” for our guests including a photo booth, picture frames to decorate, masks and coloring pages for kids, and even elaborate favors (that I forgot to hand out until most people were gone). Adding to the mess, three weeks before Asher’s party I started a new job. So needless to…

  • Tips for organizing seasonal gear

    Tips To Easily Organize Seasonal Gear

    This week’s weather brought record-breaking low temperatures to our area and despite my constant yearning for warmer weather it looks like we are still several weeks (or months) away from warmer weather. Colder temperatures are a time when seasonal gear: coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more are littering our homes. Without a system in place for seasonal gear organization, you might find yourself digging through the couch cushions looking for your child’s missing mitten. Tips for Seasonal Gear Organization Living in Indiana (or really the Midwest) means that while we have the seasons, it isn’t always guarenteed each season will stay in its lane. Around these parts, it is…

  • The magic of toy rotation and open toy display. Watch as your children play longer with fewer toys!

    The Magic of Toy Rotation and Open Toy Display

    Have you ever found that your children seem to be overwhelmed, bored, or uninterested in the toys at home?  Have you thought maybe it was time to get some new toys to peak their interest again? This was me as a new mom with my first. At the time my son was a toddling near-one-year-old and his toys were kept in a large basket in our living room, he always appeared so uninterested in the toys stored in that basket. Even when I would buy a new toy, the interaction would only last so long before he seemed bored again. It wasn’t much later that I came across Montessori principles and…

  • Organize messy toys in just one day

    Easily Organize Toys

    Do you find yourself still recovering from all the goodies your little ones received this holiday season? Legos piled at your feet? Play food scattered about with no chef in sight? Are you struggling to organize toys? If you said yes to any of the above, then welcome friend! You are in good, holiday-recovering company and today I am going to walk you through a step by step process for getting toy clutter under control! I will help you organize all those toys! We are going to tackle finding new places in your home for all those fun new toys while also purging the collection of broken, outgrown or just…

  • Simple and affordable Christmas decoration storage ideas. Save time and energy next year.

    Simple and Affordable Christmas Decoration Organization

    If you are like me, perhaps you are just getting around to taking down your Christmas decorations. It is such fun transforming the house into a winter wonderland, that taking everything down tends to be a dreaded task. I want to show you how a few simple changes in Christmas decoration organization and packing can help you more quickly enjoy the process of decking the halls next year. Yesterday we spent the morning taking down and packing away all of our Christmas decorations. And I will tell you, if there is one place in my life that I am not minimal, it is Christmas. I love turning our home into…

  • Easy Meal Planning Printable

    Meal Planning Made Easier Part 3: Favorite Meals Index

    Hello friends! If you are here for the first time you can read Part One and Part Two 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 you just 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? You…

  • Easier meal planning with food inventory sheets. Free printable. Household binder printable. Great resource.

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Food Inventory Sheets

    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 to use meal planning printable. Free printable. Easy meal planning.

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Weekly Meal Planning Printable

    Meal planning and feeding the family is one of the most basic items on our to-do list as moms. Each day tiny people come to us needing us to make them food and sometimes that can be an overwhelming task. There can be incredible pressure to make sure it is home cooked, healthy, or organic and most basic of all…there. We have all answered “I don’t know” to the question of “What’s for Dinner?” But preparing food for your people doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing panic each night. I have found that by taking a few minutes each week to sit down and plan out the meals for the…

  • 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,…