Menu Planning Made Easy in 3 Simple Steps

There are three things that make me feel like a successful homemaker: making my bed cooking dinner and keeping a tidy home. I’ll share my secrets to keeping a tidy home next week. Today, we’re going to talk about what it takes to get dinner on the table, meal planning. As I thought through the way […]

Recommended Reading: It’s Sophisticated

  I mentioned in my best of 2014 post that I’d grown more comfortable being me.  Part of that was settling into my decorating style…and as I did, I realized that my decorating style is a reflection of me… and that this year would be about manifesting that into all areas of my life.   If […]

The Home Management Binder Experience

Yesterday, we talked about the importance of taking care of our needs so that we can be our best and do our best. Today in the “Love the Home You’re With” series, we’re going to talk about meeting the needs of our family. I LOVE what Helena said in her post, Home Management or House […]

Mrs. Hines and the Ordinary, Beautiful, So Good, Smart Lighting Day

  This shop has been compensated by #Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.   All opinions about the beauty of ordinary days, the extraordinary taking care of itself and the convenience of smart lights are mine alone.     Do not ask your children 
to strive for extraordinary lives.
 Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is […]

The Only Daily Planner That Works

One thing I’ve discovered over the years is that my life doesn’t fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created calendars ended up in the trash. Oh, I’m still a planner, always have been. In fact, lesson planning was my favorite part of teaching.   I think it’s because I spent 18 years in a […]

Five 15 Minute Meals

Today, I’m taking the stress out of dinner time by sharing 5 meals that are not only simple to prepare but are ready in 15 minutes or less.   My daughter and I love this recipe for Tilapia Scappoline. ~Suggested Sides: roasted asparagus and a salad.   Fish tacos are a fun way to eat fish […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan

Hi friends!  It’s the 4th Monday of the month and that means that our Contributor, Laura from Inspiration for Moms, will be sharing with us today. Today she is sharing 3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan. Hi Everyone! Mrs. Hines asked me if I would chat with you today about my meal planning technique. […]

Word of the Year for 2014

Word of the Year…are you familiar with this practice? I first heard of the idea when reading an interview with author Debbie Macomber.  She said she chooses a word every year that gives direction and focus to her personal goals.   One evening while I was in the shower ( don’t we all do our […]

A Filing System that Works

A filing system isn’t a system if  you never file anything.  {click here to tweet it! }   I’ve let papers accumulate in my “to-file” basket for months, or longer.  It’s the one remnant of the “before” state of my command center, and I’m determined to tackle it once and for all. Here’s my plan: […]

Grocery Shopping Made Easy

  I‘m not really sure why I put off grocery shopping.   But, I do.   You know the routine…make a mental list of  what food is left in the house,  realize that you can get through one more day if you use a little less milk in your cereal at breakfast, have half a pb&j […]

Setting Goals

When I first started the 31 Days to Finished series, I set out to finish my Command Center, the laundry room and a few other unfinished DIY projects. But, I just had an epiphany. As I answered someone on what my series is about, it occurred to me that DIY projects aren’t the only things […]

Quality Time vs. The To-Do List

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Thursday was porch and yard day…. ~clean the porch ~sweep the sidewalk ~refinish the front door ~decorate the porch for Fall ~ spread compost in flower beds   And I got most of it done, but dark settled over my lawn before I could finish spreading the compost and put a coat of poly on […]

Control Paper Clutter at Home in 3 Easy Steps

Jerry the mailman came at the same time every day. As soon as my siblings and I heard the stop and start of the mail jeep, we’d run outside to greet him, four voices talking at once, eager to share the latest news.  We grabbed the mail out of the mailbox as soon as Jerry […]

DIY Personal Planner

A couple of points from Susan’s podcast: “How to Beat Procrastination and Become a Finisher” really resonated with me. Finish one project before moving on to the next one. Dig deep to find out why you procrastinate, and then address those reasons. Since starting the 31 Days to Finished series, I’ve identified a few reasons why […]

A Balanced Life

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    I meant to take time to read during the day yesterday, but it just didn’t happen. After everyone went to bed, the house was quiet and the living room was lit by the warm glow of the fireplace.  It seemed like the  perfect time to read. Just a few chapters, I told myself. […]

We Need to Talk

  I hear a lot of: “I’m so busy.” “I don’t have enough time to do it all.” “I can never get anything done.”   And, I’ll tell you what, it sounds an awful lot like whining.  You know what I say to whining? Stop it.   “Did she just tell me to stop it? […]

10 Tips for Being More Efficient in the Kitchen

Is your kitchen just a room that you pass through? Are you intimidated by the thought of cooking? If you answered yes, then I’m here to help with 10 tips for being more efficient in the kitchen. ~Organize your kitchen Set your kitchen up in zones to save you time while cooking.  For example, a […]

DIY Weekly Planner

My mind has been cluttered with reminders, questions, doubts and to-do lists.  One sure-fire way to clear your mind is to write it all down, in no particular order, just write it down. Clearing your mind is the first step to successful time management. Once you’ve done that you can break the list down into tasks […]

happy new year 2013

I read a very thought-provoking post by my friend, Heather at Setting for Four.  The premise being that if our eyes are open, we will see beauty all around us.  And that beauty will cause us to appreciate what we already have rather than continually striving for better and new. That resonates with me; especially […]

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Tips for Successful Time Management

Have you heard the expression, “work smarter, not harder?”  Today, I’m going to share some tips for doing just that. Whether you are in corporate America, running your own business, managing a household or some combination of these, you have no doubt felt the burden of  “doing it all.”   Decluttering First, we need to […]

Managing Your Time and Schedule

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We left off yesterday with the idea that I might be more productive with an atypical schedule. Here is what that looks like: each week, list projects on the weekly calendar and pick one each day, delete from list when completed fill in my calendar with known commitments and then plan errands accordingly include all […]

Managing Your Time While Working From Home

With tootsie rolls in my pocket, a glass of sweet tea in one hand and my book in the other, I climbed the winding staircase to the roof top deck.  As I stood up on the deck, breathing the fresh air rolling in off of the Pacific Ocean, I thought to myself, “This is the […]