Today, we are addressing a topic that is absolutely essential to the success of any project: your team! Obviously, when you’re working on implementing a home management system or adjusting the way things work around the house your team is your family. But how do you decide who fill what role and what they are responsible for? Let’s start with what roles are needed: Team Leader: this is the person responsible for assigning tasks to everyone else and managing the overall plan. It can be done with a partner but ultimately you need one person who is checking for completed…

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Welcome to the first topic in our Project Planning Essentials series! We’re going to start out by talking about the actual plan. In event management, you have a clear and distinct goal or direction that you are moving toward. It is a little more difficult to define those things in household management so we will spend some time talking about how to discover what your goal is and how to develop a plan to move that direction. Event Management Goal: host a successful event.  Household Management Goal: What is your goal for implementing a household management system? Keep the kids alive…

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I wanted to pause today to go back to the basics of what Planned With Purpose is and how this blog fits in to the picture. Planned With Purpose is a business event facilitation company and our goal is to make planning your business event easier. We provide full planning services or we can assist with the bits and pieces of your event to help move the planning process forward. I have always been a detail-oriented person and love seeing all of the pieces fall into place so event management seemed to be a natural fit for my personality. It…

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February is such a magical month. Maybe not as magical as December with all of the Christmas delights, but for us it’s full of hearts and fun and love! Valentine’s is probably the second most decorated holiday in our house, but it’s not something that we spend a ton of money on to support chocolate and card companies. Instead, we go for handmade and personal! A few years ago, Valentine's Day landed on a Saturday so we had a pink themed breakfast in addition to our fun decorations! Check out how to make this awesome heart wreath out of coffee…

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I know what you're thinking - spring cleaning already?? Absolutely! Well, kind of... My goal the last two weeks was to use the list that I posted last year in the Keep It Clean series to get my house back in order now that everyone is back at school and work. We kept it picked up over the holiday break but definitely did not do any deep cleaning. We also are in the middle of rearranging and redecorating the master bedroom and bathroom which leads me to this topic: How do you store your linens? Before we got a dog,…

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I heard a story on a podcast a while back and recently took the time to look up and dig into the details of it. It was a story about Pine Processionary Caterpillars and an experiment that a botanist did with them. Pine Processionary Caterpillars walk in straight lines; they follow head to tail after one another using a scent trail to direct them that is started by the line leader and supplemented by each caterpillar as he follows the trail. Normally, this results in large groupings of the caterpillars sticking together as they leave the comfort of their huddle…

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Welcome to 2019! I hope your holiday time was full of family fun and memorable moments; but now it's back to the grind! Whether you are establishing new routines, or just changing every 2018 to a 2019 on all of your lists, it's time for a new year! This post is quick recap from the planning series I posted at the beginning of last year, as well as some updated checklists and printable reminders for your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily planning! These are all sized to be printed to fit on these half-page labels so that you can pull…

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At the end of October I wrote about the Last 90 Days Challenge that I am taking part in and wanted to post an update about how that is wrapping up and a few things that will carry over in to 2019 from these habits! The Five to Thrive that the challenge focuses around are: Get up an hour earlier every day and use that time for you. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Give up one food category that you know you shouldn’t have. Write down…

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‘Tis the season of holiday greetings, joyous occasions and truck loads full of stuff. Last week we talked about reflecting back on your year and doing a mental inventory of things you accomplished, goals you want to continue, and habits you want to change in preparation for 2019. This week I wanted to talk about a taking a physical inventory – what do you have, what do you need and what should you get rid of before it gets replenished at Christmas. Let’s start with clothes – There are a couple of different ways that you can go about cleaning…

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Guess what? There are only 21 days left in 2018. Three weeks from today will be 2019. It’s time to check in with your goals for this year and really dive in to the new year. It seems kind of crazy to try to do this in the middle of such a busy season; there are dozens of other things that you could be (and would rather be) doing, but this is actually the perfect time to look back at the year and share some great memories with your family as you prepare to move forward. A few areas to…

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