Do the small things before they become big things

A stitch in time saves nine…

We’ve all heard that saying. And we may even nod our head at it. Makes sense, right?

It really is true, though. When you have a small hole in something, if you sew it up right away it will save you from having to make a major repair later. Have you ever thought about how this can apply to other areas of your

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Feed your family in 15 minutes

One of the most stresseful areas of a mom’s day is figuring out what to feed her family for dinner. Sure there is always McDonald’s or Little Ceasar’s or even boxed macaroni-n-cheese. But those things can get old quick, plus they are expensive when you consider the actual nutrition you are getting from them.

I love to help moms in this area when I can. I have a Pinterest

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4 Reasons You Should Do Less

Many of us work in an endless stream of tasks, browser tasks, social media, emails, meetings, rushing from one thing to another, never pausing and never ending.

Then the day is over, and we are exhausted, and we often have very little to show for it. And we start the next day, ready for a mindless stream of tasks and distractions.

I am a fan of going against the stream

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Finding a laundry routine that works for you

Reading through the comments on my most popular post with almost 1.5 million views, 10 Habits for a Well-Run Home, I found there was a lot of talk about my suggestion of doing 1 load of laundry daily. Many loved the idea, while others completely balked at it.

Those who did do a load a day found that this is what worked for them. In a larger household with 3+

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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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Moms AREN’T “Doing it all”

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

In hearing Liz Gumbinner speak at Typeacon this past Saturday, it became even more solidified in my mind that for us to be successful women, in whatever type of business or personal life we have, we have to stop trying to do it all.

As I talked about a couple of months ago in a previous post titled

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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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Stop, Look, and Listen to your kids

I get that life is busy.

And I get that our children (and spouses and coworkers and parents) can interrupt our busy lives.

I encourage you to STOP and remember that your children, your spouse, you family are what’s important. And yes, your job is high up there too.

When you ARE interrupted, STOP what you are doing, LOOK them in the eye, and LISTEN to what they are

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Are you cramming too much into your life?

We all want to get more done in less time. If you look at blog posts and article headlines, they all promise you ways to do more stuff. At the same time, we all feel the pressure of our to-do lists, our calendars, our phone, our email.

Is it possible that the answer to doing more is to actually reduce our responsibilities? To do less?

Preparing for a journey…

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7 things you should have done last night

By now, everyone is back in school. While many of us are sad, some breathe a deep sigh of relief. Ahhh…

One thing that we ALL dread is that morning rush. The mad frenzy to make sure they have everything they need for the day, and that the kids are fed and dressed. And sending them off on a cheerful note would be nice as well!

A peaceful morning does

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