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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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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Since October 1 I have: - walked 63.8 miles; - Read (and implemented ideas from) The Miracle Morning and High Performance Habits; - Not had any coffee or candy; - Drank ¾ of a gallon of water every day (some days more); - listed 290 things that I am grateful for; - Changed my wake-up time from 6:00 (plus a snooze some days) to 4:35 am every.single.day.   Why? The Last 90 Days Challenge. What? Over the summer I read a book called “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. In the book she takes different lies that women face…

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This week’s post might come off as a bit of a rant, but there’s a good reason for it. When we started doing the decorations a few years ago, one of the biggest benefits for me was that I really had to slow down and focus on enjoying one holiday at a time. It’s hard to focus on getting in the Christmas spirit when you’re surrounded by spiders and pumpkins. That doesn’t mean that I’m not planning ahead - I’ve got my dessert list started for Thanksgiving and have about 60% of the Christmas gifts figured out and ready to…

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This isn’t my normal type of topic, and this isn’t my normal day to post, but I wanted to address something that seems to be more and more prevalent on my news feeds. It used to only pop up during election season, but now the complaints and the tirades are never-ending. Someone doesn’t like the way their school handled this. Someone isn’t thrilled with the decision their town made about that. Someone thinks that the focus of the next legislative session should be something else. Here’s what I have to say about it: Get involved. You don’t like the way your school handles…

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There are a ton of approaches when it comes to saving your kid’s school papers. To wrap up our Back-To-School series, I wanted to highlight my three favorites and give some pros and cons to each one. If you are of the mindset that everything is important and must be saved, you will need something larger like these memory boxes. I love these because it gives you ample room so you don’t have to make the hard choice of keeping the entire alphabet worth of coloring pages from Pre-K or just the best-looking ones. It is also an incredibly flexible system…

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Last week, I launched the Back-to-School special series with some things to consider as you revise your routines and schedules. This week, I wanted to talk about some of the specific changes that I want to make in my daily schedule. Here’s the basic run down: 6:00 am Get up, make coffee, make lunches 6:30 am Take #2 to cross country practice 7:15 am Take #3 to Pre-K 7:45 am Eat breakfast, feed the dog, start laundry 8:15 am Take #1 to high school 8:45 am Walk the dog at the park on the way home* 9:30 am Shower, move…

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