Organized and Productive Living

How to Survive Summer Vacation on a Budget

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, even if in some parts of the country kids are still in school and the weather feels more like early spring. Three months of summer sounds like a long time, but in less than 100 days we’ll be coming off the heels of Labor Day weekend.… Continue reading How to Survive Summer Vacation on a Budget

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How to Keep Your Sanity During Summer Vacation

All across the country schools are beginning to let out for summer vacation. While this brings joy to some, it also sparks fear and frustration in others. What am I going to do with my kids all day? How am I going to deal with their bickering and complaining? When will I have time to… Continue reading How to Keep Your Sanity During Summer Vacation

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Snacks: How Planning Ahead Equals Healthier Choices

How often do you find yourself grabbing a certain snack because it’s easy? How about the snacks you send to school with your children? One thing I’ve learned is that easy does not always equal healthy, especially if you failed to plan ahead. This past weekend I found myself on a five hour round trip… Continue reading Snacks: How Planning Ahead Equals Healthier Choices

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When Mother’s Day Feels a Little Overwhelming

Mother’s Day. The words alone bring up so many expectations. Flowers. Cards. Phone calls. Gifts. A day of rest and relaxation. A day to celebrate. But Mother’s Day can bring a mix of complicated feelings and emotions. There are so many dynamics that come into play on a single day that got it’s roots in Europe.… Continue reading When Mother’s Day Feels a Little Overwhelming

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It Doesn’t Have to be Pinterest Perfect

I used to be a page collector. For years, whenever I read magazines, I would carefully tear out pages of things I wanted to save. Recipes, garden tips, home decorating ideas, you name it. (Okay, I have to be honest. I still do this. I even have a file folder system that keeps them sorted.… Continue reading It Doesn’t Have to be Pinterest Perfect

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Composting with Kids: Earth Day Action Step

Saturday is Earth Day. In schools across the country, kids are learning about the environment and global warming and how important it is to take steps now to protect the future. They will read books, watch short videos, and participate in activities designed to foster awareness, promote activism, and encourage conversations. They will also worry.… Continue reading Composting with Kids: Earth Day Action Step

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day When You Have Children

Hollywood has created a vision of what Valentine’s Day should look: flowers, chocolates, expensive jewelry, candlelit dinners, and nights out on the town that end with frolics under the covers. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a lot of expectation from one day, and there’s something I know a lot about, it’s… Continue reading Celebrating Valentine’s Day When You Have Children

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Getting Organized in January: Create a Plan

So it’s the start of the year and you feel pressure to get every area of your life organized, right? Social media is pushing posts about how to “Get Organized in 2017” and “Resolutions for Your Home” and “Inspiring Organization Projects to Jump Start Your New Year.” The big box stores have everything you could… Continue reading Getting Organized in January: Create a Plan

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Uncovering Good Goals for the New Year

Setting goals can be overwhelming. Short term goals, long term goals, goals for your personal life, goals for your professional life, all of it. It can be hard to know where to start and it can be hard to know what to focus on. One thing that can help you in your process is to… Continue reading Uncovering Good Goals for the New Year