Easy DIY Printable Planner Tabs

DIYPrintable Planner Tabs

I am sharing my printable planner tab template. I have done so many DIY Planners I could almost be considered an expert. When you are struggling with ADD/ADHD and trying to keep things in order you will try almost anything. At least I feel like I have!

My red ring bound Filofax with DIY pages is one of my favorite planners. I used these tabs with a half page size first, but in my Compact I like them much better.

I will share with you a free planner tab template for you to print. I printed mine on scrapbook paper. Continue reading “Easy DIY Printable Planner Tabs”

67 Simple Ways to Love Yourself and Others

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We can all use simple ways to communicate with other moms, friends, and family. This is especially important during the holidays. While the commercialism of it would have you believe that the holidays are beautiful, magical, and full of joy – and they are; but not for everyone.  Christmas time blahs. It can happen to anyone of us.

Continue reading “67 Simple Ways to Love Yourself and Others”

Why I Am Not An Amazing Homemaker

whyiamnotanamazinghomemakerI have a confession. I am a horrible homemaker. I dont bake like Patty does, i dont have a pintrest worthy home.

Every day thousands of moms around the world talk down to themselves, myself included. Then we all wonder why we don’t have the motivation to get things done. As women we see our limp dishwater hair, wiggly thighs, or an expanding waistline. For the majority of us the less than positive side of ourselves is always in focus.

I want to be the most amazing homemaker on the planet for my family. I am going to say this in the third person because I don’t feel as alone in this struggle when I do. So bear with me. Continue reading “Why I Am Not An Amazing Homemaker”

22 Out of the Box Gift Ideas

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There is nothing worse than giving a gift only to find out that it has been collecting dust, or worse yet it was re-gifted. Here are 22 out of the box gift ideas that should not take up much space but should be used long before the dust settles.

I thought it would be really neat last year to make homemade gifts for most everyone on my list. I found out just before Thanksgiving that my mother in law doesn’t like the smell of the body butter we made. So into the closet it goes. I hate to give something to someone that they will not use or enjoy. I feel like I have wasted my money on something that will at some point add to the landfills.

I am a big fan of subscriptions, memberships, and experience gifts. You will see quite a few of those on this list. Continue reading “22 Out of the Box Gift Ideas”

September 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

September 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

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Cleaning

Daily cleaning tasks don’t take nearly as long when we clean up after ourselves on a regular basis.

It’s okay to run the dishwasher before it’s completely full if it will save time & effort later.

Cleaning isn’t a “one time & you’re done” type of task. To keep on top of cleaning, you have to do it on & off all the time.

Don’t put sharp knives in dish water. Set them next to the sink and put them in the water when you’re ready to wash them.

OLDIE:  Don’t waste time having de-cluttering marathons. Do it this easy way instead. 

OLDIE:  How to Clean Blinds.

OLDIE: Don’t forget to clean these areas of your house.

OLDIE: Tidy the House.

OLDIE: Mopping Made Easy.

OLDIE: Window Cleaning Made Easy – Well, Easier.

Cooking

I love my kitchen scissors but I love my X-acto knife even when it comes to opening food packages.

When roasting vegetables, be sure there’s enough space between the vegetables or they’ll steam instead of roast.

If chicken breasts are too thick, cut them in half horizontally. They’ll cook faster & be a more reasonable portion.

If your recipe calls for half of something, don’t toss the other half. See if you can freeze it. It’s amazing how many things can be frozen.

Don’t forget you can freeze overripe bananas.  Freeze them as is or remove the peel and put them in a zip lock.

If your boiled eggs are too hard to peel, cut them in half and dig out the egg. As long as you’re gentle, it works great.

Save time by making tomorrow’s lunch while you’re cleaning up today’s dinner.

OLDIE: How to Actually Try New Recipes.

OLDIE:  My Top 5 Kitchen Tips. 

OLDIE: This recipe for grilled teriyaki chicken is one of my family’s favorites. It’s delicious!!!

OLDIE:  Kitchen Fires – What To Do! 

Entertaining

If you’re house isn’t looking as nice as you would like but you don’t have money to remodel or freshen it, rearrange the furniture and de-clutter.

No room to put a light next to your bed?  Solve that problem by hanging one on the wall.

OLDIE:  Entertaining. Just Do It! 

OLDIE:  Storage Ideas for a Small Kitchen. 

OLDIE:  How to Make Your Upholstered Furniture Last Longer. 

Menu Planning

Keep your grocery list updated in case you have an unexpected opportunity to run to the store for your weekly groceries.

OLDIE:  How to Actually Try New Recipes. 

OLDIE: Making a Grocery List.

Money

Tracking, tracking, tracking. If you want to meet your financial goals, tracking your finances will probably be a necessity.

OLDIE: Savings Accounts: Divide & Conquer. It really works! 

OLDIE:  Christmas Costs Money, So Start Saving Now.

OLDIE It’s Time for Some Change.

Odds and Ends

OLDIE:  How to Give Great Gifts. 

OLDIE: The Many Uses of Timers.

Organizing

If you want to save your receipts but don’t want to go to any effort, just toss them in a box. If you need one, you’ll know it’s in the box.

If something in your house doesn’t work (other than the people that live there!), fix it, give it away or throw it away. But don’t keep it!!!

If you’re constantly trying to remember which key is which on your key chain, LABEL THEM. It’ll only take a minute & save a lot of hassle in the future.

If you need to organize something but you’re overwhelmed, start with a small part of the project, like a shelf or drawer.

Having a filing stack is only effective if you actually file! Otherwise it’s just a pile. So either file regularly or file each paper now.

I hate running out of things I need so I usually have two of everything – one I’m using and one in the pantry.

OLDIE:  How to Stock a Kitchen Wrap Drawer. 

OLDIE: Home Office Without Walls. 

Style

OLDIE:  Less Bang for Your Buck – Trimming Tips if you Plan to Hack Your Own Hair. 

Time Management

No task is too small to include on a to-do list.

Even if you’re not a digital planner, you can still benefit from using your smart phone for reminders or miscellaneous information.

Even if you’re not a digital planner, you can still benefit from using your smart phone for reminders or miscellaneous information.

If you can’t get anything done & you don’t know why, it’s time to keep a time log for a few days. You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

OLDIE:  How to Back Up Your Paper Planner. 

OLDIE: How to Back Up Your Paper Planner. 

OLDIE:  5 Ways Your Planner Can Help You Act Instead of Re-act. 


 

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August 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

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In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

Cleaning

Don’t avoid mopping because you don’t have time to do it right. If an area needs help, just do that area.

OLDIE:  Are your candles dirty? Here’s how to clean them. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-clean-candles/

OLDIE:  Company’s Coming:  How to Clean Up Fast. http://homemakersdaily.com/companys-coming-how-to-clean-up-fast/

OLDIE: A Simple House Cleaning Routine.http://ow.ly/QVFka

OLDIE: Housecleaning methods- one size does NOT fit all. http://ow.ly/R0MJg

OLDIE:  Cleaning – Don’t Try to Catch Up, Just Get Back on Track. http://homemakersdaily.com/cleaning-dont-try-to-catch-up-just-get-back-on-track/

OLDIE:  How to Keep the Inside of Your Car Clean. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-keep-the-inside-of-your-car-clean/

Cooking

When using a meat thermometer, be sure the thermometer is set on the right setting – Celsius or Fahrenheit. It makes a difference!

An average size ear of corn on the cob will yield about ¾ cup corn.

If you’re not going to use peppers in time, chop them up and freeze them.

OLDIE: Three Ways to Make Bacon. http://homemakersdaily.com/3-ways-to-cook-bacon/

OLDIE: How to Stretch a Meal.http://ow.ly/QPX0a

OLDIE:  This kitchen tool will make baking a lot easier! http://homemakersdaily.com/pastry-cloth-bakings-secret-weapon/

OLDIE:  Cooking early.  Why and how. http://homemakersdaily.com/cooking-early-why-how/

OLDIE: How to Make a Lattice-Top Pie.http://ow.ly/RqE3h

Entertaining

OLDIE: 5 Tips for Serving a Buffet Style Meal. http://ow.ly/QY8BX

Home Decor

When purchasing window treatments, be sure the hardware is included. Sometimes it isn’t!

Menu Planning

If you don’t have a menu plan for the week, at least decide the day before what you’ll be having tomorrow. It will reduce stress.

Odds and Ends

After you pick up meds from the pharmacy, check to be sure the prescription is correct. If not, it’s easier to correct while you’re there rather than making a return trip.

If you have a squeaky door, get out your WD40 and fix it! If you don’t have WD40, use vegetable oil or cooking spray but WD40 works the best.

If you’re making an important telephone call, write down the things you want to say or questions you need to ask BEFORE you make the call.

It’s not good for your computer to run at full capacity all the time. If your hard drive is in the red zone, stop & clean up your computer.

The more options we have, the harder is it to choose, and often we end up choosing nothing at all. So be careful with options!

If something isn’t working, before randomly trying something new, analyze the situation to see if you can figure out what’s wrong and what you actually need.

If you can’t remember if you closed your garage door, make a rule never to leave until you look & say out loud: “The garage door is shut.”

OLDIE:  Selling Your House? How to Survive Showings? http://homemakersdaily.com/selling-your-house-how-to-survive-showings/

OLDIE:  Don’t forget to check the battery and the expiration date on your smoke alarm! http://homemakersdaily.com/odds-ends-7/

OLDIE:  Short on Energy? 7 Tips to Get You Through the Day. http://homemakersdaily.com/short-on-energy-7-tips-to-help-you-get-through-the-day/

Organizing

If you have a lot of stuff to take with you somewhere, start rounding it up and putting it in a pile BEFORE it’s time to go.

Don’t rely on reminders from others (like the DMV or your doctor’s office). Write your own reminders in your planner.

Before donating purses or wallets to charity, check ALL the pockets to be sure it’s completely empty.

OLDIE:  Not sure what to do with all those plastic grocery bags? Here’s an idea.  http://homemakersdaily.com/out-of-control-plastic-bags-nearly-drove-homemaker-crazy/

OLDIE:  I love, love, love my pen gripper. http://homemakersdaily.com/make-life-easier-give-your-pen-or-pencil-a-home/

OLDIE: How to Organize Your Storage Room. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-organize-your-storage-room/

Time Management

Sometimes low priority items are actually important & should be done ASAP. They’re only low priority because they’re not urgent or critical.

Using a good planner instead of your head is one of the simplest but MOST powerful steps you can take to overcome overwhelm.

If you have to be somewhere at a set time, plan backwards so you know exactly when you need to leave and when you need to get ready.

OLDIE: Overcoming Overwhelm.http://ow.ly/Qy6pc

OLDIE: Brain dump or master list – what’s the difference? http://ow.ly/RyHEV

 

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July 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

 

In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

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Cleaning

If you use a sponge in your kitchen, squeeze it out after each use and it will stay fresh longer.

If you have multiple floors in your house and no central vac, have a vacuum on each floor.

Don’t do your cleaning chores all by yourself. If you have kids, they should be helping, too. It’s good for them & for you.

If your house is a mess all the time, maybe you simply have too much stuff. Get rid of some stuff & you might find it’s easier to keep your house tidy.

Don’t like cleaning? Don’t have energy to clean? Create an environment that’s easy to clean so you can do less of it.

If your vacuum cleaner isn’t working well, don’t toss it! Give it a good cleaning & it might work like new again.

If you’re dusting with a feather duster, don’t forget to shake it out a couple of times. Shake it onto the floor (if you’re sweeping next) or in a trash can.

When you throw away kid toys, make sure the kid doesn’t see the toys in the trash.

OLDIE:  An Easy Way to Clean Under Furniture. 

OLDIE:  Tips for Tidying. 

OLDIE:  Solving Laundry Issues. 

OLDIE:  Don’t clean it, prevent it! 

OLDIE:  Tips for Getting Rid of Wrinkles Without an Iron. 

OLDIE:  When I need to clean serious grime off my hands, this is my go-to cleaner. 

Cooking

The right tools in your kitchen can make cooking easier. If you do something a lot & there’s a tool to help, get it!

Keep a few box mixes in your pantry in case you have unexpected company and need to stretch a meal fast!

If you’re out of self-rising flour, substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1-1/2 tsp baking powder & ½ tsp salt for 1 cup of self-rising.

Corn on the cob can be cooked on the stove, the microwave, the grill or in the crockpot.  My favorite way is the microwave.

As soon as you get home with your groceries, check the expiration dates on meat & freeze anything you won’t need right away or before the expiration date.

OLDIE:  How to De-Bone a Chicken Breast. 

OLDIE:  Hate shredding chicken? This method will change your life.

OLDIE:  I use this technique for browning ground beef ALL the time! 

OLDIE: This delicious salsa will be a great addition to your Fourth of July picnic.

Entertaining

OLDIE:  Need an Extra Table Sometimes? 

Home Decor

OLDIE:  Decorating and Remodeling – Small Budget, Small House – Get Creative.

Menu Planning

OLDIE:  How to Whittle Down a Grocery List That’s Too Expensive.

Money

If you take your debit card out of your purse or wallet for some reason, put it back ASAP or there’s a good chance it won’t be there when you need it.

Odds and Ends

When you’re shopping for clothes, unless you have to have a clothing item NOW, don’t buy anything unless you love it.

OLDIE: Why I Use Cloth Napkins. 

OLDIE:  How to Process Mail. 

OLDIE:  How to Keep Your Extension Cord Plugged In. 

OLDIE:  How to Fix a Frozen Garbage Disposal.  

OLDIE:  If your aluminum foil has ever jumped out of the box and rolled across the floor, you’ll be VERY happy about this tip.

Organizing

It’s easier to keep your Tupperware drawer organized and orderly if all the containers are from the same set.

Start planning NEXT month’s birthdays THIS month. Then you’ll have enough time to do it right!

Time Management

“Always capture important information and you won’t waste time looking for it again later.” Time Management Ninja

“The best way to get nothing done is to try doing everything at once.”

Life is too short to get upset when plans or changed or people make mistakes that affect you. Let go & make a new plan.

If you have a LOT to do & you’re stressed about getting it all done, make a schedule & plan when you’re going to do each task. Then go for it!

OLDIE:  A Simple System for Managing To-Do’s. 

OLDIE:  Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan. 

OLDIE: 10 Planner Truths. 

OLDIE: My Top 10 Strategies for Keeping Order in My Life. 


 

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