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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November 14, 2017

5 Practical Things to Know About Owning a Home

Whether you're a first-time homeowner or you've been in the game for a while, there are some things you should know about owning a home. These 5 homeowner tips are ones that almost no one tells you, but they're vital to successful home maintenance and DIY projects. Includes a free printable home maintenance issues worksheet!

There are important things about owning a home that some homeowners don’t learn until it’s too late.  Take these 5 practical truths about owning a home to heart, and you’ll be prepared to manage home maintenance challenges head-on.  Plus… a free printable!

“Towels!  I need towels!”  My dad bounded out the front door of my new house.

I located the box of towels and handed it down from the moving truck.

“They’re right here.  What’s going on?”

He grabbed the box and shot back inside, his face a mix of panic and purposeful determination.  I felt a lump forming in my throat as a feeling of dread swept over me.  We had just closed on this house 2 days ago, and something had already gone wrong.

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November 7, 2017

How to Throw an Adventurous Wine and Cheese Party

Looking to up your entertaining game? Host a fun and adventurous wine and cheese party for your friends! Find ideas for appetizers, where to find pairings, supplies needed, games, and more!

A wine and cheese party is a great social icebreaker. Learn supplies you’ll need, how to choose pairings, and how to get your guests talking about the tastings.

As soon as it hit my tongue, my nose crinkled.

My eyes blurred with tears as this particularly pungent variety ravaged my taste buds.

“Try the port,” my co-worker Jen smiled.

Sweet relief, I thought, as I threw my head back and swigged the wine.

Then something happened.

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October 31, 2017

How to Clean Out Gutters – and Why You Should

It's important to clean out gutters regularly. Doing so keeps rain flowing away from your home, and helps prevent water damage. Discover the tools you'll need to diy your gutter cleaning, get product recommendations, and learn a few hacks. Your ladder awaits!

It’s important to clean out gutters twice a year.  Find out why, and how, below.


Drip, drip, drip.

That’s not normal.  It’s raining, but… where is that coming from?  You round the corner into your living room to see…

Big, shiny drops of water trickling in from the corner of the ceiling.

Holy ____!

Great.  Drywall soaked with rainwater, ceiling already mushy and yellowing, mold creeping down the wall in the very near future, along with a side of wood rot.

Guess what?  This particular incident could have been prevented.

Instead of standing here, jaw agape, staring in shock at water pouring into your living room, you could have skipped this whole thing.  That drip, drip, drip didn’t have to pierce your ears.  How could it have been prevented?  Here are a few options:

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October 24, 2017

Merry & Light: 16 of the Most Unbelievably Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Celebrate the season and stay fit with these 16 healthy holiday appetizers. They're great for a holiday party, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, or New Year's eve. Low carb, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options included! Try a quick and easy dip, sweet and savory shareable, or a fresh take on veggies.

Healthy holiday appetizers will help you stick to your eating plan and stay healthy throughout the holiday season.


My eyes scanned the appetizers at my friend’s Christmas party, searching for something – anything – I could eat without feeling a pang of regret later.

I felt a growl in my stomach and that tingling of my mouth just starting to water at the smell of baked brie, cheesy quiche, and gloriously buttery pastries. Dejected, I hung my head and walked away, dhoulders slumped, silently chiding myself for not having eaten before I came.

It wasn’t my friend’s fault.  It’s not her job to cater to my diet and lifestyle.  That’s MY job!  And I had failed.

I stood there, biting my lip, fists clenched and turning white.  I’d known her party wouldn’t be laid with a dazzling display of healthy holiday appetizers.  I was mad…  At myself.  Why didn’t I eat before?  Better yet, why didn’t I bring something healthy to share?  What was I thinking?

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October 10, 2017

How to Choose Organizing Containers

Choosing the right organizing containers is vital to keeping your home organized. Plastic containers, woven or fabric containers, and lids can make or break organization in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Here are some tips and good ideas for choosing the right containers for the right space, based on your habits and routines.

Pinterest envy.

You’ve felt it before.  Scrolling through your Pinterest feed, you stop momentarily on a pin of a beautiful kitchen, with perfect rows of chic baskets cradling the owner’s perfectly-organized kitchen tools.

You run to Target, drop some change on adorable baskets, get them all set up in your kitchen.

And they’re a wreck a week later.

I just can’t stay organized,” you tell yourself.  But you’re wrong.

By making just one little change, you can keep your home organized consistently.

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