10 Ways to Make Special Tasks Stand Out in Your Planner

10 Ways to Make Special Tasks Stand Out in Your Planner 1

If you have a special task on your to-do list that needs to stand out, there are a bunch of different ways you can make it stand out.  Here are 10 of my favorites: Put an asterisk next to it. Write it in a different color. Write it larger than the other tasks. Indent the task. Highlight the task. I don’t usually do this one because I like to highlight tasks that are … [Read more...]

Does Hurrying Really Save Time?

Does Hurrying Save Time?

Not usually.  Because I’m really busy right now, I catch myself hurrying a lot.  I don’t mean to.  I don’t usually even realize I’m doing it.  Unfortunately, I’ve found that not only does hurrying not save time or get things done faster, it actually can slow things waaaaaaay down! Here are a few examples from my personal experience: Hurrying makes me forget things. Frequently in the evening … [Read more...]

10 Things We Learned While Flipping a House

house front view

If you’ve been following the blog very long, you know David and I have been remodeling (and living in) a house to sell.  We sold our home almost two years ago, lived with the kids and grandkids for three months, and then moved into a house that had been repossessed and was in awful condition. We’ve worked really hard the last two years and are nearly finished with the house.  We just have some … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 172) & Cooking Tips, Too!

Oven Baked Chicken, Potato Salad

Another week and another menu.  This was a pretty typical week for a change.  However, I’m continuing to fight the battle of dinner prep interruptions.  Seems like things are always happening when I’m trying to fix dinner which means I don’t always get to do as much I planned to do.  But I still managed to cook so I must be winning the battle. Monday Oven Baked Chicken Potato Salad Baguette … [Read more...]

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

This light pasta dish was just the ticket for a healthy and tasty dinner. Ingredients: 1 (16 ounces) package dried penne pasta (1) 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into cubes salt & pepper, to taste garlic powder, to taste ½ cup chicken broth 1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces 1 … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Peel a Boiled Egg

An Easy Way to Peel a Boiled Egg

I don’t usually have a lot of trouble peeling boiled eggs but the last batch I made was AWFUL!  Every single egg was one of those where you peel off one tiny piece at a time and the eggs are a mess when you’re done.  After I had finished nine of the ten, my husband asked me if I had tried the method using a spoon.  I hadn’t.  I didn’t even know about it.  He described it to me and I thought it was … [Read more...]

Why I Save My Planner Pages

Why I Save My Planner Pages

Since I first started using a Franklin Covey planner in 1993, I’ve saved ALL my used planner pages. In case you’re wondering why, here are a few reasons: I use my Notes page as a journal. I was very busy when I first started using my FC planner and I didn’t have time to keep a separate journal.  I jotted notes about my family on my notes page.  I love looking back through those storage … [Read more...]