Ending the Planner Dance


This has been my worst year for planner consistency.  I’ve been all over the place with different types of inserts and a variety of binder sizes.  I have used and unused pages all over my home office.  My storage binder for 2014 is a joke.  In all my recent years of indecision, none have been as bad as this one. But as Laurie from Plannerisms says about the planner dance, “It doesn’t end until … [Read more...]

Credit Card Expiration Dates Affect Automatic Bill Payments

Credit Card

Most of us have at least one or two bills that are paid automatically using a debit card or credit card.  I have two.  And I always forget that the expiration date matters. Fortunately one of the bills I pay, my health insurance, is very good about sending me a reminder when my card is about to expire.  The letter even has a form for me to complete with the new information.  But the other bill … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 53

front view of house

We are SO happy to have the floors done!  It was a big project (and REALLY messy) but it was worth it.  I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would have.  Even though the house isn’t done yet, it looks so much better!  Those floors were really awful. David spent last week doing odds & ends: Moving furniture back; Cleaning; Working on the office closet (trim & … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 145)

place setting

This was a bad week for menu planning and cooking.  Between the floor refinishing on the house and David’s newest eating plan, I gave up.  I cooked dinner a couple of times, we ordered pizza once for a family birthday and the rest of the time we improvised with leftovers and what was on hand in the refrigerator and pantry.  We didn’t starve. But here’s the deal.  David’s been having stomach … [Read more...]

Mexican Casserole (GF)

Mexican Casserole

This gluten-free Mexican Casserole was easy to make and tasted great.  I'll definitely be making it again. Ingredients: 1 cup gluten free chicken broth (1) 1 cup Mexican-style diced tomatoes 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 (4-oz.) can green chilies ½ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon dried sage ¼ teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ½ … [Read more...]

Planning for Special Days

Planning for Special Days

Thanksgiving is coming up next week and it looks like we’re having about 22 people over for the big meal.  I love hosting Thanksgiving but it does take some planning ahead.  Thank goodness for my planner. I started something new this year that I think I’m going to do for every special day.  I decorated the Thanksgiving page in my planner with washi tape.  I also put a tab on the Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

One of My Favorite Organizing Tools: Bankers Boxes

Bankers Box

There are lots of storage containers out there but one of my favorites is the humble Bankers Box (you can read about it’s history here).  I first discovered these boxes when I was working at a law office.  The boxes come flat and you assemble them using the directions on the box. They’re not as easy to assemble as you might think, but once you get the hang of it, they’re a piece of cake.  … [Read more...]