Spring Cleaning: Linen Storage

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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Break the Circle

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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Kicking off 2019

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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Wrapping Up the Year

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 – To Clean!

‘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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Reflecting on 2018

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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Holiday Party Food

Not only is the most wonderful time of the year, filled with the traditions and family time that we talked about last week, it’s filled with parties and gatherings – most of which you are asked to bring something to contribute to the spread of food and goodies. Here are my top three options in both the savory and sweet categories as well as three quick and easy gifts to give the hosts! Savory Favorites: Sausage Balls – these are my number one option because they are so quick and easy and this recipe make a LOT of sausage balls!…

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Christmas Traditions

December starts in 4 days. HOW??? I feel like we were just talking about October and fall and yummy soups. And right before that, we were just starting school! Just thinking about it being December is enough to cause a bit of a panic. How about this one: there are only 35 days left in 2018. You’re welcome. December brings about all sorts of emotions: Panic – did I get all the Christmas gifts taken care of yet? Two nephew birthdays, one daughter birthday, anniversary, class parties, teachers’ gifts, PTA overload, etc., etc. Excitement – colder weather, countdown to Christmas,…

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Hosting the Holidays?

Let me preface this entire post by saying: I am not a professional chef. I have never worked in a restaurant. I do not have any clue about food handling laws or “official” procedures, but if you’re looking for a few tips and tricks for managing and planning for a large family meal and the chaos that ensues when you have a large amount of people over then here you go! I love the holidays. I love the big family gatherings. I love friends getting together. I love hosting (I love hosting year-round, but the holidays make it a little…

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Holiday Considerations

A few weeks ago, I wrote about being intentionally thankful during the month of November. This week I want to share three things to consider while you and your family plan for incorporating extra activities into your calendar for this month. Consider your budget. This time of year is expensive. All of the extra travel, extra groceries, and extra activities naturally lead to needing extra in your budget. Unless you’ve been planning and saving for these activities already, where does the extra come from? Check around your neighborhood and see if anyone needs help winterizing their yard: raking leaves, wrapping…

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