Category Archives: Planning

How to Manage When Life is Full Of Expensive Surprises

From unexpected ER visits to blown engines, life has a funny way of throwing costly surprises our way. To help prepare for times like this it is great to keep money in a savings or emergency fund.

Unfortunately we often don’t consider emergency funds until it’s too late. So go ahead and start working on yours today. Read the rest of this entry

Little Known Ways to Stop Busting Your Budget

1. Think Positive: Budgeting isn’t something you should dread, it’s actually extremely freeing. Instead of worrying about your purchases you can rest easy knowing your spending has been budgeted for. Read the rest of this entry

6 Ways to Beat the Overbooked Blues

Overbooked again?  We all know it.  And there are certain times of the year we’re more prone to it.

No matter how large or small your family, or the age of the kids, Mom is, ultimately, the keeper of the calendar.  Teens often take responsibility for their own schedule, but Mom still needs to know their schedules.

But with only 24-hours in a day, how do we wrestle ourselves free of seeing ourselves overbooked …again. Read the rest of this entry

How 4 Easy Steps Can Reduce Mom’s Stress

Let’s face it, us Moms are overworked!  Sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done for ourselves and for our families.

But, there are ways to lighten the load and enjoy the satisfaction of being a more productive family. Here’s how:

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How To Get Started Planning Family Activities Into Your Summer

When we talk about summer we often focus on family vacations and camp. Around the country kids are out from school at different times and for various lengths of time. Even those who homeschool year ‘round often take a break. But with the kids going here and there or hanging out with their friends there’s often a lack of family time. Read the rest of this entry

Make Sure Your Grill is BBQ Ready!

As I type this my husband is busy putting together the final pieces of an outdoor patio set for our new patio and pergola. Finally, after years of planning, we’ll be able to dine outside on more than just a blanket in the grass. There is much rejoicing going on.

Considering we’ll be spending a fair deal of time eating outside, it only makes sense that we would also do the cooking outside as well. Grilling season, here we come. But not before we give our grill a bit of a once-over and make sure it’s ready to perform. Read the rest of this entry

Family Vacation Planning Tips

The talk these days is about how to get ready for summer vacation. With enrichment programs, camps, family travel it’s a lot jammed in to a few short months. And while many of us have the kids signed up for a few camps, a family vacation may also be on the summer agenda. Or maybe you’re like me and refuse to travel in the summer, when crowds are at their peak. Read the rest of this entry

5 Tips for Getting Ready for Summer

The weather is still cool but all the summer camp and activity flyers are starting to come in. Some camp programs are already taking deposits and showing certain weeks as ‘sold out’.  It seems the registration time get earlier and earlier.  Add to the summer camps our family vacation dates and the summer calendar is so full we need a vacation after summer break! Read the rest of this entry

Spring Cleaning: Tackling Clutter

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Laura Stack.

It’s springtime!  For most, that means throwing open the windows and doing some serious spring cleaning.  It’s also a great opportunity to catch up on much-needed spring organizing…attacking the organizational backlog that may have piled up over the last few months.

Here are some tips on doing away with the two most pervasive and frustrating forms of clutter: paper clutter and electronic clutter. Read the rest of this entry

Cleaning Out Your Life and Purging Things You Don’t Need

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Laura Stack.

We’ve all heard the lifestyle guru’s favorite mantra: “Simply, simply, simplify,” after that paragon of simplicity himself, Thoreau.  That’s actually pretty good advice, and not just for your personal life.  Simplifying has its place in the office as well; in fact, it may be more critical there than elsewhere, since it’s another part of the grand mosaic that results in increased workplace productivity. Read the rest of this entry


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