Wonder Woman doesn’t live here anymore

*This post was originally published on Living the Balanced Life in June, 2011.

My regular readers know that I spent several days last week at the Type-A Parent Blog Conference in Asheville, NC. If you’re a blogger or a business that works with bloggers, this is an awesome conference to attend!

The closing keynote speaker was Liz Gumbinner. She blogs at Mom 101 and you can find her here on

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13 ways to stay stressed out

Just in case you aren’t stressed out enough, here are 13 ways to make sure you can turn your stress level up to the MAX!

1. Don’t have any kind of plan for meals or grocery shopping. Figure out what’s for dinner at 7 pm each night.

2. Don’t designate a specific place for your mail and bills. This will ensure that you have piles of papers all around

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10 things you can do to improve your life today

Many women are SO stressed out and they don’t even have a clue where to begin to change. This post will show you 10 things you can do that will begin to make a difference right away. As always, I don’t necessarily encourage you to try to implement them all in one day. That may be too stressful! Two or three at a time will still help you make some

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Using chore charts to reduce Mom stress

I mentioned in an earlier post about creating Standard Operating Procedures for your home (SOPs). These are very commonly used in business and the concept can transfer over to running your home as well. It helps you and everyone else know what the routine and expectations are in your home, which should in turn help your house run smoother (most of the time anyway!)

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40 tips to simplify your life

As we go into the new year, many of us are looking for ways to improve or better our lives. You may be trying to begin new habits or break some bad ones. Moms are always looking for ways to simplify life, and to make it more meaningful.

Below are some of my most popular posts with some practical tips to help you simplify your life going into this

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10 ways to stop being so busy

Most of America and many other developed nations feel that being busy is a badge of honor.

We think gives us our worth.

I think the opposite.

I think that being busy can keep us from being who we TRULY are.

I think it gets in the way of doing the things that are the MOST important to us.

I think that WE use being busy as a way

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Imperfect and proud of it!

I recently enjoyed a post from Simple Mom called Imperfection. She shared how she had come to grips with the fact that she was not perfect in some areas. She has learned, for the most part, to not feel guilty about that. She says that blogging has helped her with this.

I like reading these things (blog posts) because in their words I find my tribe. What’s that C.S. Lewis

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Teaching kids to do their share around the house

We all have different memories of how chores are handled in a family. We remember June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver, who seemed to do everything for everybody in her household (and no maid either!) But then I also remember Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons where the kids were expected to do their fair share.

We could argue that was during a different

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10 steps to clean your house fast

Most of us would love to have a nicely cleaned house all the time, with everything in its place. For most of us, this isn’t a reality, especially if you have little ones in your life!

And others of us who may have a little more control over our house (ie: the kids have moved out!) even then we would like a clean house, but don’t necessarily want to spend

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How do I clean ….

I don’t really know the answer to the above question. I didn’t take Home-Ec and my mom was bordering on being a hoarder, God rest her soul. So I had to learn a lot by default. Or I just overlooked it! I mean, vacuum the refrigerator coils, REALLY?

But many of those jobs have a real purpose, other than just getting rid of dirt. Vacuuming the fridge coils will

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