10 Planner Truths


1.   The bigger the planner the more you’ll put in it. 2.   As soon as you get your system set up and working well, you’ll decide you want something else. 3.   If your planner isn’t open and convenient, you probably won’t use it. 4.   If you don’t look at your planner, it won’t help you. 5.   There is no perfect planner. 6.   One planner does not fit all. Just because your best … [Read more...]

September 2014 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

In case you missed any of the daily tips posted on Facebook or Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy. When having a big dinner, empty the dishwasher BEFORE dinner so clean-up AFTER dinner will be easier. When cleaning your house, don’t forget to periodically wipe down the walls where kids and dogs lean or touch. Before you grab a dish out of the cabinet, … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 44

house exterior

Well, it doesn't look like this anymore.  Now it looks like this: We made lots of progress on the fixer upper this weekend.  The final coat of paint on the body of the house is DONE!!!!!  David worked on it Saturday and Sunday and finished Sunday afternoon.  It looks awesome! Unfortunately, we ended up with a color almost identical to both our neighbors’ houses.  The thing is, even … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 137)

plate setting

We’re back to gluten free cooking and eating.  Unfortunately, David sprung it on me just after I had gone to the store with a gluten filled menu plan.  So I improvised with what I had on hand and came up with this simple menu for the week. 1- Tilapia Quinoa Steamed Vegetables NOTE:  I brushed both sides of the tilapia with olive oil, sprinkled both sides with garlic pepper and then cooked … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Pizza

Ice Cream Pizza

I was looking for something special to make for my stepfather’s birthday dinner and decided to try this.  Oh, my.  It was delicious.  I especially liked it because it was easy and SO versatile.  You’ll see what I mean after you read the recipe. Ingredients: Family-size brownie mix (1) Ice cream (2) Toppings (3) Directions: Mix up the brownies according to package directions.  … [Read more...]

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me


Okay – the truth is, I spent the afternoon sewing instead of working on the blog.  Now it’s 7:30, the grandkids and family just left and I’m beat.  I thought about skipping tomorrow’s post but I decided instead to take the easy route and tell you 10 things you might not know about me and pretend it’s a real post.  If you’re disappointed or could care less, skip it and come back tomorrow when it’ll … [Read more...]

Keeping Good Records in Your Planner Can Save Time & Money!

planner, time and money

Hyrum W. Smith, of Franklin Covey, said:  “Keeping good records in your planner can save you money and frustration when it is necessary to retrace your steps.” That’s right.  It can save you MONEY and FRUSTRATION.  I have so many examples in my planners of information I’ve recorded in case there was a problem later.  Most of the time there wasn’t a problem, but when there was, my good … [Read more...]