Pen Color Matters on your Planner Pages

Pen Color Matters on your Planner Pages.

I love ah ha moments and I had one recently regarding the pen color I use in my planner. I'll admit up front that I am not a pen connoisseur.  I used a 4-color Bic for years, and my current favorite is a Papermate Profile (black or blue) I get at Wal-mart. A while back, I was at Target and found a 4-color pen that was pastel colors:  pink, teal, lime green and purple.  It was so … [Read more...]

How Long Should it Take to Clean House?

How Long Should it Take to Clean House?

Have you ever wondered how long it takes other people to do routine cleaning tasks?  Have you wondered if you should be doing it faster? I've had a couple of readers asked this question lately, and it just so happens I had a post like that on my ideas list. I've actually already been timing myself doing my regular tasks for when I got around to writing it. So with two readers asking the … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper: Another Small Change with Big Results

Dining room light fixture

We’ve been working on the fixer upper for about 18 months now and most of the rooms are done.  We have to finish the office, the screened porch, the basement (not finish it, but clean it up) and spruce up the garage.  That may sound like a lot but all of those projects will go quickly. In the meantime, we’ve been making small tweaks in some of the rooms. Last week I showed you some changes we … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 168) & Cooking Tips, Too


Winging it for grocery shopping and menu planning is getting to be a bad habit with me lately.  I have to STOP doing it, though!  It’s working okay but it’s stressing me out.  I need a plan! Without a plan, here’s what I came up with this past week: Monday Baked Tilapia Quinoa Sautéed Zucchini NOTES:  I always cook quinoa in the rice cooker.  One cup quinoa, 2 cups of water or chicken … [Read more...]

Potato-Sausage Foil Packs

Potato-Sausage Foil Packs

Smoked sausage makes everything delicious and this recipe for Potato-Sausage Foil Packs is no exception.  It was delicious! Ingredients: 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey kielbasa, sliced (I used smoked sausage) 2 large potatoes, cut into wedges 1 each medium green, sweet red and yellow peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 medium onion, chopped 4 teaspoons lemon juice 4 teaspoons … [Read more...]

Planner Use: More Ideas for Determining Priorities

Planner Use: Determining Priorities

As we discussed a few days ago (you can read that post here), determining priorities for your task list can be complicated.  Here’s a glimpse into my crazy brain as it attempts to prioritize. Make dinner.  Well, it could be a must do because we need to eat.  But if I don’t make it, we’ll just eat leftovers or figure something out.  So I guess it’s not really a must.  I guess it’s more of a … [Read more...]

Why I Love Sweeping & a Look at my Sweeping Routine

Why I Love Sweeping & a Look at my Sweeping Routine

Since I first started staying home full-time, 30 years ago, two of the top three items on my to-do list have been: Tidy Sweep If I never get any other cleaning done, I’m happy as long as I tidy and sweep.  The truth is . . . if your house is tidy and the floors are swept, it looks cleaner than it might really be.  That’s not why I tidy every day, though.  I do it because I like my house being … [Read more...]