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Declutter Your Home in 25 Days | Step-by-Step

declutter your home in 25 days

Summer can sometimes drone on with days running into each other without purpose.  Maybe that’s why I get the itch to clean and organize over this time.  The kids are playing outside or doing their own thing and I’m at home kind of bored.  I like to be up and doing things throughout the day.  I guess you could say nervous energy. A friend of mine told me she does a lot of cleaning over the summer too!  She’s a...

How to Organize School Papers and Artwork

how to organize your schoolwork keepsakes

When our kids were babies and toddlers we found ourselves keeping everything they made, but after a few years of doing that, we realized it’s not the Louvre and we don’t have room for all that.  Before we know it, we’re drowning in drawings of crayon scribbles.  After a while, we have to prioritize what to keep and what not to keep. Now you realize that it’s time to figure out how to organize school papers and artwork. There’s an emotional value to these things, because we know...

A Daily Routine for Kids Over the Summer

a daily routine for kids over the summer

For years I always dreaded summer because there was no schedule, nothing to do, the days were looooonnnng, which made the kids go insane and mom go insane.  We’re a routine oriented family.  And most people are for that matter.  So, after school’s out and there’s no homework, swimming or gymnastics practice, what do they do?  They turn to the dreaded iPad and become zombies. Well, two summers ago I decided that there was only one way I was going...

Intense Plank Workout at Home

intense plank workout at home

Summer is coming and that means 2 things… kids out of school with less time in the gym and swimsuits! For years, I worked out only at home, so it can work when it’s your only option or you’re just not a gym gal.  There’s tons of stuff you can do, workout videos or yoga.  This super intense plank workout at home is hard to screw up and you don’t have to watch a video to do them. I have a boutique gym...

80/20 Clean: The Common Sense Way to Eat

80/20 clean: the sensible way to eat

We are human.  So, that’s why diets don’t work.  It sets people up for a psychological failure. Seriously, we shouldn’t go eat at a fabulous restaurant and just order a salad with no cheese.   Even if you’re trying to lose weight you shouldn’t do that. Again, psychological failure.  It sets people up for over eating.  (Over exercising does that too, but that’s a whole other conversation). That’s why we shouldn’t try to eat perfectly clean 100% of the time. Every Sunday night...

Add Mindfulness to Your Day

add mindfulness to your day

Learning to add mindfulness is an active practice.  Even though it should come naturally, in todays world it doesn’t. I don’t know about you, but it wasn’t until I was in my late 30’s that I started to live in the present.  That sounds ridiculous.  We’re all in the present, but how many of us have our minds and emotions in the present.  We’re always thinking about what we need to do next. Or comparing ourselves to others. I’m guilty...

Organize your Accessories

organize your accessories

Pinterest  Follow Me on Pinterest!   When we remodeled our closet, one thing high up on my list was a built-in place for jewelry and accessories.  I don’t know how many hours of my life I’ve wasted digging through my jewelry box trying to find that necklace only to find it all tangled.  I’d throw it in my pocket and untangle it at a stoplight and if I was lucky I’d get it on my neck. I’ve bought the cool...

Foods for Glowing Skin

foods for glowing skin

Pinterest  Don’t Forget to Follow Me! If I had to pick between focusing on my skin or my hair, I think skin trumps hair.  I could have a bad hair day and pull it back.  But, I can’t hide my skin.  That’s one reason I researched a list of the best foods for glowing skin. I put a lot of effort into having healthy skin.  We all have those friends that have beautiful, basically pore-less skin and they don’t do...

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything You Cook without Complaints

How to get your kids to eat dinner without complaining

Follow Me! What if you have kids that complain every time dinner is served?  You just spent 45 minutes to an hour of your life making a fantastic dinner only to hear complaints.  Or the dreaded persistent questions like…”What’s in this?  Onions!  I don’t like onions!”  Ugh! You try and try to make well-balanced healthy meals for them to be picked at or complained about. The last thing I was going to do is make a different meal.  That just sets...

Composting 101

Composting 101

I always thought you could only compost if you lived out in the country.  Then, a couple of my friends were talking about their compost and how they were about to use it in their vegetable gardens.  Both live in town.  So, I thought why not! I’ll tell you from beginning to end how to compost.  It’s super easy. I started by reading articles and it really didn’t seem that hard.  I bought my compost bin.  Put it in an...