September 19, 2017

How to Keep Small Spaces Organized

Have a closet, drawer, or cabinet in your home that's always disorganized? Learn how to get and keep small spaces organized in just a few steps. These easy tips are great for organizing the closet, bathroom, or kitchen.

 

We all have that one cabinet, closet, or drawer in our home.  You know, the one that you throw yourself in front of when a guest reaches to open it.  You’re so adamant that they keep it closed, they probably think you’ve stuffed a dismembered corpse inside.

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to be embarrassed by that junk drawer?  That entry closet?  That bathroom cabinet?  With an organizational system and a little discipline, you can keep small spaces organized in your home.

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January 23, 2018

Organizing Fundamentals: 9 Helpful Tools for Organization

A successful organizing project starts with the right tools for organization. Learn essential organizing tools, plus simple tips and tricks to make the best use of each organizing tool! #organizing #organization #organizinghacks

Organizing projects are easier and less stressful with the right tools for organization will make an organizing project easier and less stressful.  Learn the must-have tools for organization, tools that are nice to have, plus some organizing tips and tricks.

Before you start organizing, you need to get organized.  That makes no sense, right?

What I really mean is, organizing is more efficient and less stressful when you have the right tools within arm’s reach.

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January 18, 2018

Healthy Comfort Food: How to Make Skinny Tomato Soup

This skinny tomato soup with spicy bacon grilled cheese is the perfect quicky and easy healthy comfort food! Great for lunch or dinner, this light meal for 2 easily doubles or triples to feed a family of 4 or more. #healthyfood #skinnyfood

This quick and easy skinny tomato soup recipe uses spinach, fire-roasted tomatoes, and turkey bacon to deliver a filling, chunky, healthy meal for 2.  Pair it with the bonus recipe for spicy bacon grilled cheese sandwiches for the ultimate healthy comfort food meal.

Their eyes lock as the candlelight dances across her face.  “She’s never looked so beautiful,” he thinks to himself, as his fork stops in midair.  Stricken by her loveliness, his words, his thoughts are all lost.  He can do nothing but gaze at the love of his life, sitting across the table.

You watch from afar, jealous, despondent.  You’re steaming.  How could they do this to you?

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January 16, 2018

How to Grow Your Savings Account Automatically

Want to increase your savings? Learn how to grow your savings account automatically! Use these tips and tricks to put saving money on autopilot. Save up for a house, car, wedding, Christmas, anything by harnessing the power of automatic funds transfers. #money #savings

Robust savings accounts are an important aspect of financial health.  Learn how to grow your savings account automatically by harnessing the power of automatic funds transfers.

Tapping the side of my phone, I urged my bank app to load.

I needed to buy my plane ticket soon, but I had no idea how much I’d saved.  Or IF I’d saved.

The screen finally finished loading, and my lungs deflated like a pair of woopie cushions when I saw the balance.

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January 11, 2018

How to Plan a Surprisingly Healthy Super Bowl Menu

A game day party doesn't have to mean game over for your diet. Plan a healthy Super Bowl menu! Mix and match ideas for light appetizers, entrees, and desserts to create the ultimate fit fan food lineup! #superbowl #gameday #healthy

A healthy Super Bowl menu is easy to plan, if you know where to look.  This collection of healthy appetizers, entrees, and desserts will please your Super Bowl party crowd, and your waistline, too!

“Oh come on, one isn’t going to kill you.”

You feel your skin crawl underneath your jersey.  You don’t want to be rude, but you’re not that kind of girl anymore.

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January 9, 2018

How to Host a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party

Planning and hosting a Super Bowl party can be stressful.  Learn Super Bowl Party basics, and a few tips and tricks to host a stress-free Super Bowl party.

A Super Bowl party.

The thought of planning and hosting it creates a lump of dread in your throat.  Scattered ideas spin around in your head until you can’t see straight.  You’re so busy with everything else that your knees wobble at the thought of adding a party on top of your already-overflowing plate.

Guess what?  I have answers for you.

You can host a fun, stress-free Super Bowl party with some easy prep work, and a short list of supplies.

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January 2, 2018

How to Start Organizing Your Home: A Simple Plan

Want to start the home organization process, but not sure where or how? This simple tutorial is filled with tips and ideas on how to start organizing your home. It also includes free printables to help you declutter and get organized! #declutter #organizing

Figuring out how to start organizing your home can be overwhelming.  This simple plan will help you find a starting point, and break getting organized into easy, bite-sized chunks.

At some point, you stopped noticing it.  You’d walked by it so many times, it stopped registering in your mind and became part of the landscape, like blades of grass.

You could feel it, though.  Still can.

It permeates your mornings, where you flail around for that missing earring and claw for something presentable to wear.

It’s turned dinnertime into a circus, where you shove aside 5 cans of (probably expired) green beans in a frenzied effort find the makings of a decent meal in your overflowing pantry.

Visits from friends and family cause your cheeks to flush hot with embarrassment as soon as you open the door.  You stopped noticing it long ago, but they didn’t.

This insidious thing called clutter is overtaking your home and your life, but you don’t know where to start.

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Living Well Planner Review: What You Need to Know

Whether you're working on New Year's resolutions or just want to be more organized, this Living Well Planner review will help you decide if this planner is right for you. Check out the in-depth overview of goal setting, budgeting, meal planning, calendar pages, and more! #planner #organized

This Living Well Planner review provides information on the specifications, features, advantages, and drawbacks of the Living Well Planner from Living Well Spending Less.

I struggled to straighten my spine against the 10 pounds hanging next to my side.  The weight of my purse straps seared into my shoulder.

What’s worse than standing in line at the DMV?  I asked myself.

My response?  Standing in line at the DMV with a useless planner weighing down my purse.

Spoiler alert:  That planner WAS NOT the Living Well Planner.

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December 19, 2017

Quick & Easy Christmas Craft How-To: Hat & Sweater Gift Bottle

These DIY hat & sweater gift bottles are super quick and easy to make! They are perfect for gifts to friends, neighbors, teachers, and family for Christmas and holidays.

You can make this easy Christmas craft using things you probably already have at home.  It’s no-sew, quick to complete, and adorable.  Perfect for busy women who want to create and give handmade gifts, but have limited time.

Tilting my head and furrowing my brow, I searched for some visible speck of quality, cuteness, some sign of success.

Sighing, I unfocused my eyes. The red, green, white and silver melded into an amorphous blob, all detail lost. Yes, this is how it looks best, I thought to myself. The lack of focus hides the ugly.

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November 27, 2017

The 10 Greatest Fitness Gear for Quick At-Home Workouts

A busy life doesn't have to mean no exercise. With some basic fitness gear, you can have quick, effective home workouts. This list includes equipment for cardio and strength training. Looking for Christmas gift ideas? This is great as a gift guide for busy women! #homeworkouts #giftguide

A busy life doesn’t have to mean no exercise.  With some basic equipment, you can have quick and effective at-home workouts.  This list of fitness gear is great for getting started with home workouts, or as a gift guide for busy women.

My nostrils flared as I inhaled sharply, lengthening my spine and sucking my stomach in.  My knuckles turned white as I tugged both sides together, but it was no use.

Those jeans wouldn’t button.

How did I let this happen?  I asked myself.  But I already knew the answer.

When I talk to my friends about exercise, the same thing always comes up:  Not enough time.  With jobs, kids, a house to take care of, and a million other things to do, it makes sense.

But who suffers when you skip working out?

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November 21, 2017

How to Focus on Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Staying healthy during the holidays and in winter is no small feat. By making a few small adjustments, you can preserve your physical and mental well-being during the season. Check out these tips and inspiration and stay healthy during the holidays! #healthy #holidays #wellness

Staying healthy during the holidays is no small task.  By placing your focus on a few key areas, you’ll be able to enjoy the season while putting your health and wellness front and center.

My eyelashes fluttered and shifted as I stole a glance from across the room.  It had been months, but I hadn’t forgotten.  I couldn’t.

Breathing out slowly from my nose, I turned my gaze back to my brother, who was talking about his latest vintage machinery purchase.

“You can do it,” I thought to myself.  Inhaling, I raised my chin high and relaxed my face to signal that I didn’t care in the slightest about them, teasing me from my parents’ kitchen.  That they were powerless over me.  That they wouldn’t hurt me again.  Of course they were powerless.  I’m a grown woman!

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