The Problem With Too Many Toys

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I have been on a mission to have less stuff for a long time. I am an organized gal, always have been. But over the years, I began really paying attention to how much time it took me to keep all my stuff neat and organized. Even though I enjoy organizing, my need to have my house… [read more]

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway!

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  Maybe you are like me. Christmas card season simultaneously stresses me out beyond belief AND excites me so much I literally get giddy with anticipation. The whole process is stressful from planning and orchestrating the family portrait, to picking out the card and buying/getting them delivered in time for me to then send them… [read more]

How To Find Time To Read and Read Faster


I know lots of women love to read to learn or for pleasure, but once you become a mom it can be hard to find the time to read. So I thought I would share how I have been able to read about 2 to 3 books a week, sometimes more, pretty much since I… [read more]

A Montessori-Inspired Kid’s Closet


My daughter recently turned three. I’m learning that as awesome as Three has been so far, three year olds (and thirty-somethings, for that matter) can be extremely particular and demanding. For several months before her birthday, SB had become increasingly interested in what she was wearing AND extremely stubborn when I chose the “wrong” things. For… [read more]

Back To School, Time To Get Organized and Mindful

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As most of you know from reading this blog, one of my gifts is being highly organized and efficient with my time.  I get emails all the time asking me how I do it all.  Seriously, I am still trying to figure out the answer to that because I don’t think I have it all… [read more]

DIY Transition Boards


In my opinion, everybody has some struggle with transitions, even adults. But for kids, it is usually even harder. Add to that a special need like some sensory issues or separation anxiety and transitions may become a constant battle. These children may not understand the flow of a day, may become frustrated at the thought… [read more]

How I’m teaching my daughter about Money

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Penelope has always had an interest in her piggy bank, putting in change and dumping them out and doing it all over again.  But recently it’s clear she now understands that money can buy you things.  I am not as bad as some of my friends, (ahem, Lauren!) but I do buy her a lot… [read more]

Want To Have a Great Day? Make a Great To-Do List

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  Mental Tsunamis. That’s what happens in my head. I start to think about one thing which makes me think of another thing. All of a sudden I’m thinking of 5011 things. And doing none of them. I’ve made lists. And cross referenced lists to lists. And plastered post it notes on every surface of… [read more]

2012 Recap, 2013 Goals (with free printable) and Reader Survey!

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2012 was quite the year for me.  The beginning was incredibly difficult – I had a miscarriage at the end of my first trimester. But it also brought so many beautiful things, which is usually how it goes. There can be no birth, renewal, or beginnings without something dying or being destroyed.  The Destroyer Archetype… [read more]

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How to Start an Organization Project

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Organization comes pretty easy to me.  Since the home I grew up in was in total and utter chaos at all times, my Dad says that I must have some how tapped into my great-great-Grandmother’s personality.  She was a German immigrant who ran a dairy farm in Kansas.  Her house was super organized and her… [read more]

Top 10 Multipurpose Must-Haves


If you’re a lover of living a more natural, clean life, particularly on a tight budget, you’re probably someone who knows the value in keeping items around the house that serve multiple uses. If you haven’t quite caught on to the awesomeness of multi-purpose items, or you’re still in the learning process in converting to… [read more]

Protecting Your Family’s Financial Future


I know that talking about money and economics is quite the departure from my regular post topics. However, I have been so inspired by the book Aftershock (Wiley, 2011), that I wanted to share what I have learned. This book resonated so deeply with me as Peter and I struggle to get our finances together.… [read more]

Mindful Organizing


Recently, I have been in the mood to take the organization in my kitchen to the next level.   I cleaned out my pantry, spice cabinet and utensil drawer. This drawer was particularly bothersome.  It got to the point where I couldn’t even get the drawer closed.  Crap was everywhere.  It was overstuffed, crowded and chaotic. Every… [read more]

Organizing Children’s Artwork


I have been wanting to do a children’s art wall, since before I was even pregnant with Penelope.  It’s one of those things I dreamed and envisioned about how my family home would be for a long time. I literally started dreaming about my home when I was 5.  I remember setting up a fort… [read more]

Deep Freezer Organization Tips


A couple of weeks ago, we bought a 1/8 of a cow.  It was a big ass cow.  Our 1/8 was 99 pounds of meat. We split the cow with several other people and my friend did all the organizing and picked the meat up from the butcher, which was so helpful. We paid $324 for 99… [read more]

Too Much Stuff


This is how much stuff I just cleaned out of my closet to be given away or sold at a garage sale. How on earth does one acquire so much stuff? Some of the things I am finally giving away are clothes from my freshman year of high school. Just craziness. After getting rid of… [read more]