From the category archives:

Organization

If you are like me, your inbox is full of subscription emails, bombarding you daily with updates and offers, flash sales and coupons.  They come from your favorite retailers, coupon sites, news publications and blogs.  At some point we thought it was a good idea to sign up for all of these updates, right?  Maybe we were hoping to save on our next order, or didn’t want to miss a sale, or just wanted to stay up to date on the latest news for our area.  Good intentioned as they were, these subscription emails are now causing a bottleneck in your inbox that is hard to wade through each day.

Although each of these messages and newsletters contain the very helpful “unsubscribe” option somewhere in there, the task of actually clicking on each one and following through with the unsubscribe has fallen woefully to the bottom of my to do list.  So in the meantime, I delete, delete, delete.  Even the ones I want to read get deleted most of the time because I just do not have the time to go through them all.   Then they come back again the next day or week.  The never ending cycle.

Well guess what, there’s a better way!  [click to continue…]

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I am a mom to three kids under the age of 11, so between work, school, sports, and friends, we keep pretty busy.  One of the many, many hats I wear is household manager, and most email communications come through me.  Since the easiest way for most committees, coaches, and organizations to get in touch with us is through email, my inbox can very quickly get cluttered.  I keep a good portion of emails to look back on, whether they include a season’s worth of practice dates, game schedule, or meeting times, so I end up with a lot of messages on my hands.

I’ve read quite a few articles on staying on top of your inbox.  A big point is to not ignore the emails as they pour in.  Right away, you need to either answer it, archive/save it, or delete it.  This seems like sound advice (not that I am able to stick to it 100% of the time, but good advice just the same), but oftentimes this system still leaves me with a whole lot of saved emails that are now in their own little disorganized file.  Another version of the cluttered inbox I started with.  There is definitely a better way.  [click to continue…]

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After you’ve gotten your dinner plans under control with our list of Free Meal Planning Printables, let’s take it up a notch and make cooking your meals for the week even easier with Crock Pot Freezer meals!  crock pot meals image

Here’s how it works… you purchase ingredients for multiple crock pot meals, then spend an hour or two on one day trimming, chopping, and measuring the ingredients, separate them into individual bags, label with the name and cooking time, then pop them in the freezer.  When you want to make the meal, just defrost the bag in the fridge the night before, and empty it into the slow cooker in the morning!  (Defrosting is not a deal breaker, for most of these recipes you can still cook with frozen ingredients, just add time accordingly).

With Crock Pot Freezer Meals you can get dinners ready for the week, or even the month ahead.  Pre-planning at its finest!
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framed menu 2 Time to tackle a daily headache around here.  Dinner.  It’s a problem mainly because I head to the grocery store with no clear plan in mind for the week ahead.  We fill the cart with fruits, veggies, snacks, and whatever meat is on sale at the time, but when 4:00 rolls around each afternoon, I’m stuck scouring the cabinets for ingredients that I can throw together to create a real meal, or worse, throwing three kids into the car at 5:00 to pick up the one ingredient we don’t have in stock.

I can do better than this.  The new plan for 2014?  Taking a half hour each week to scan the grocery store flyer and plan out 4-5 decent meals based on sports practice, meetings, etc.

There are lots of meal planning notepads you can buy for this very purpose, but I like the flexibility of printing off my own sheets from the many, many sources online.  There are lots of ways to use them!   Simply print and [click to continue…]

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