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July 30, 2012

Monday Morning Check-In

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was…relaxing. Exactly what I needed. I did pretty well with my to-do list and even got a few bonus things done. But mostly, I watched the Olympics and read. The best part of the whole weekend was waking up on Sunday morning to RAIN! It is so dry here and even though we didn’t get a ton of rain, it was nice to get some rain. It restored my faith that it won’t stay hot and dry like this forever. Alright…here’s the run down on my list…


  • Boot camp. Check! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be—hooray! I’m sore but I have been much, much worse before. Yay.
  • Read. I finished my book. I’m so glad I read it. Cute, fun, funny. (Note to self: read more just for fun books!)
  • Movie night with friends. Check! We watched Crazy Stupid Love. I’m no movie critic…but I enjoyed it. 


  • Laundry. Hello, how did I go from in good shape on Friday to three loads to do on Sunday? Seriously? How does that happen? I haven’t a clue…but the good news is…it’s all done again.
  • Plan next week’s meals. (And shop.) Check and check. And here's the new dish we're trying this week: Gazpacho. Hope it's yummy. 
  • Clean. Check! But I ran into a little snag with the shower cleaner thing. (I didn’t have the dish soap. So that is on my errands list for the week. I haven’t given up that this is the thing that will simplify my least favorite cleaning job.)
  • Start and finish an important writing project. Okay…so I was doing well until I got here. There is no set deadline for this project at this point. I definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to do it…so I will wait and do it when the timing is right. No worries.


Add On To-Dos

  • Declutter my command central binder. This is crazy but true: my kids start school two weeks from Wednesday! In preparation, I cleaned out our home reference binder to create space for the new papers that will be coming home from school very soon. 
  • List new workshop for sale! Hooray! Want to know what it is? Here you go...



So that’s my check in! How was your weekend? Thanks for sharing your updates and thanks for your support about my challenging situation. I really appreciate it. And thank you for joining me for Finish It Friday. It definitely helps keep me motivated and focused on having fun while getting things done over the weekends. I hope you have a great week! 


P.S. One more thing for my scrapbooking buddies. Lain has put together a special offer on my two True Scrap Videos. If you were kicking yourself for not getting in on Trues Scrap I or True Scrap II's your chance to get in on my classes (for a really great price!). Click here to view more details.

July 27, 2012

It’s Time for Finish It Friday

Hello friends. It’s hard to believe that its Friday again already, isn’t it? And it’s hard to believe I haven’t blogged a bit since Monday. I intend to get back into the “regular” blogging groove again here soon. There’s been lots going on around here this summer. There’s been some really good and exciting stuff…like a new workshop (that I’ll be announcing very soon) as well as some other exciting changes we’ve been hard at work making happen. And there’s also been some challenging things I’ve been dealing with this summer. These haven’t been fun or exciting at all. Both of these things…the good stuff and the bad stuff…have kept my creative juices tied up in other places. So, this explains the rather lackluster blogging as of late.


But, I will be back.


I’m really excited to let you in on the exciting stuff that’s been going on…and I think I’m almost ready to give you some insight into the challenging stuff as well. But for now…it’s time to share our weekend to-do lists.


Thanks for hanging in there with me during this blogging dry-spell. And thanks for joining me in Finish It Friday. I think now, as much as ever, I'm in need of the friendly accountability I get from Finish It Friday. So thank you, thank you. :)’s what’s on tap for me…



  • Boot camp. Oh dear, I haven’t been to boot camp in two weeks. I’m scared. Really. Scared. ;) Wish me luck.
  • Movie night with friends.



  • Laundry. I’m in good shape here. And I love starting the weekend in good shape laundry-wise. Don't you?
  • Plan next week’s meals. (And shop.) By the way, the two meals I tried last week (which are here and here) were both great. I’m planning to try a couple more new meals again this week.
  • Clean. Ugh. So not fun, right? Organizing, yes please. Cleaning, no thank you. But I’m going to try this for one of my least favorite cleaning tasks…cleaning the shower. Hope it works great and simplifies that task for me. That would be nice.
  • Start and finish an important writing project.


I’m going to leave my list at this and see what inspires me into action…or relaxation. How about you? Do you have a busy weekend planned? Thanks for sharing your to-do list! Have a great weekend.


July 23, 2012

Monday Check-In

Hello Monday! And hello to my finish it Friday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was really nice. Lots of time with family just as I had hoped. And not much else done. :) Loved it! 



  • Spend time with my family. Check!



  • Laundry. Check! I was all caught up by Friday night...which of course means now there is more to do. 
  • Plan weekly meals. Check! 
  • Organize some papers in my office. Check! I felt on top of things when I finished up my business work for the weekend and that was the goal. :)


How did you do with your fun and done lists this weekend? Hope it was a great one for you!


July 20, 2012

Let’s Get Organized for the Weekend

Happy Friday to you! I hope you had a fantastic week. I woke up this morning all ready to write my Finish It Friday post…and then went on and did other things on my to-do list! A few minutes ago I gasped and said “It’s Friday! It's Finish It Friday! Oh no!” So…here is the post—and my to-do list—a bit later than intended. Sorry about that! 


  • Spend time with my family. It seems like we have been running around like crazy this summer. Some nights I go to bed and literally have to remind myself who is home and how is away! But this weekend we will all be together – hooray! So I’m going to keep the to-do list very light and enjoy this. Summer is flying by. Time to slow down just a bit. 



  • Laundry.
  • Plan weekly meals.
  • Organize some papers in my office. And end the week with a nice, clean slate. 


As I said, I'm keeping my list simple this weekend. How about you? What’s on your to-do list this weekend? Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great one!


July 19, 2012

Guest Post: After You Declutter It’s Time to Change Your Habits

Today's blog post is a sample of my weekly Quick Tip newsletter, which (this week) is brought to you by Janine Adams—my friend, expert organizer, and the instructor of the popular online workshop Simplify Your Life with Habits + Routines. Today we’re kicking off the final session of this workshop for 2012. So if your life is feeling a bit too complicated, join Janine and learn how to create habits and routines that will simplify your life and free up your time and energy! (By the way, for the first time ever, we’ve made it possible for you to sample the first lesson on us absolutely risk-free. Want in on the free sample? Click this link now to gain access!)


After You Declutter: Change Your Habits

By Janine Adams

I love helping clients declutter and organize their spaces. As challenging as it can be to go through belongings and let go of unloved and unused items, this is actually just the first step. The truth of the matter is that, for most people, there’s another big step: changing your habits surrounding your stuff. Without new habits, that newly created order will not stick.


Sometimes houses get messy and cluttered because of some less than beneficial habits. For example:

  • Shopping for the thrill of the hunt
  • Not taking the time to weed out belongings periodically
  • Storing things in an inconvenient place, so it’s hard to put them away
  • Letting disorder build to a breaking point before putting stuff away


So once you’ve taken time to declutter and get organized, it’s important to focus on how you can turn the habits that contribute to clutter into good ones that keep clutter at bay. Examples of some great habits that will support maintaining order include:

  • Shopping mindfully and considering where you’ll store any new purchases
  • Weeding out storage areas on a regular basis
  • Putting away items after you use them
  • Doing a clean sweep of public living areas before bed, putting away ay items that remain out
  • Running the dishwasher at night and emptying it in the morning, so the kitchen counters stay clear


Great habits are the foundation for maintaining order and for living an easier life. And creating new habits can be easier than you think. When you link new habits with existing ones, you end up doing things automatically, which can dramatically decrease the stress—and clutter—in your life.

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P.S. Don’t forget, Janine’s workshop begins today! Join the workshop now, or go here to try the first lesson for free!


July 16, 2012

Monday Morning Check-in!

Good Monday morning! How was your weekend? I hope it was fantastic...and that you made lots of progress on those fun and done lists. Here's how the weekend turned out for us...




  • Pick up Kailea! Hooray – she is home! Thanks for all of your kind words in your Friday posts about picking her up. It is soooo good to have her home. She had a blast and even went on a zip line. That is definitely the kind of thing you're happy to hear about after the fact!
  • Dinner out. Check!




  • Laundry.  I did lots of laundry this weekend. A week's worth for Kailea, and then, Collin went away for the weekend, and brought home even more laundry for me last night. I decided that really dirty laundry is the sign of lots of fun. (Collin had lots of fun this weekend! One load to go....)
  • Plan weekly meals + grocery shop. Check! We're trying out a couple of new dishes this week. Should be fun. I've started a new Pinboard on Pinterest called “This Week for Dinner." This board has the new dishes I'll be trying this week. (Just in case you're dying to know, LOL.) And this way, I'll only print the recipe and put it in my binder IF it's a keeper. 


Aside from the above planned activities, I also finished reading a book, played UNO with Kailea and Jay, watched a movie with Kailea and Jay, cleaned the house with Kailea and Jay, and just enjoyed hearing about camp and having my girl back home. Amazing how much more relaxed I am today than I was last week at this time. :)


How was your weekend? Thanks for sharing in the comments. And thanks for joining me for Finish It Friday. Have a great week!


July 13, 2012

Let’s Get Organized for the Weekend

Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week. Are you up for another round of Finish It Friday? I am! Let’s do this…


  • Pick up Kailea!
  • Dinner out.



  • Laundry.  I’m in good shape at the moment which is good, because that first bullet point is going to create a lot of laundry for me. :)
  • Plan weekly meals + grocery shop.


And that’s all I’ve figured out so far. I’m having a hard time thinking past that first bullet point. ;)


What’s on your Finish It Friday list this week? If you’d like to join in the fun…simply post your weekend to-do list here in the comments. And then, check back in on Monday to report your progress! It’s a form of friendly accountability to help you…have more fun and get more done.


Enjoy your weekend!


July 09, 2012

Monday Check-In

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! It was a fast one around here...but a good one, too. Here's how it all turned out...



  • boot camp. Check! And this week I’m seriously wondering why I categorize this as fun. The way my muscles felt yesterday was anything but fun.
  • hang out with Kailea. Check! Friday night we made cards together. She made cards to send to Jay and me while she is at camp and I made cards to send to her. I think writing her letters is my favorite thing about her going to camp, because being away from her for a whole week isn’t so much fun. (It’s all coming back to me now.)




  • finish packing for camp. I'm sure this will involve a quick run to Target. I was wrong: this involved two trips to Target. Didn’t realize she needed the 2-in-1 shampoo for camp. Guess we’ll add that to the checklist for next year.
  • clean. Check!
  • laundry. Two loads – check!
  • unpack some boxes from Michigan. My mom sent me home with some of her crystal…lots of boxes (hoping she used bubble wrap generously!) Okay, so what totally cracks me up is how much that last comment came back to haunt me as I unwrapped the crystal. You have never seen so much bubble wrap in one place in your life. So the crystal now has a home—that was the easy part. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with all of that bubble wrap!
  • schedule eye exams. Check!
  • schedule mammogram. Check!


The weekend flew by, but it was a nice one! Hope yours was great, too. Can’t wait to hear about it in the comments!


July 06, 2012

Let’s Get Organized for the Weekend!

Happy Friday my Finish It Friday friends. I hope you had a fantastic week. Did the mid-week holiday (for those of you in the U.S.) throw you off like it did me? Yesterday felt like Monday, which makes today feel nothing like Friday. It’s a nice little surprise each time I remember that it is actually Friday.


Here’s how my to-do list is shaping up this Friday:




  • boot camp.
  • hang out with Kailea. She leaves for camp on Sunday…so I’m going to keep my to-do list light this weekend so I can hang out with her as much as possible before she leaves.   



  • finish packing for camp. I'm sure this will involve a quick run to Target. But all in all, she's in good shape.
  • clean. (Yawn.)
  • laundry. It’s essentially caught up at the moment…but I’m sure there will be a load or two this weekend, in the spirit of keeping it caught up (and making sure the girl has everything she needs for camp.)
  • unpack some boxes from Michigan. My mom sent me home with some of her crystal…lots of boxes (hoping she used bubble wrap generously!) This weekend it’s time to find a home for these things. 
  • schedule eye exams.
  • schedule mammogram.


And there we have it! So exciting, right? What's on your to-do list this weekend? Hope you have a great one filled with a nice mix of fun + done. Enjoy!


July 02, 2012

Monday Morning Check-In

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I hope you had a fun and productive weekend! Around here it was hot, as expected, but we had a nice weekend despite the heat. Here’s how it all come together…




  • Bootcamp. Check! For some reason, it was incredibly hard this week. I’m still feeling it.
  • Visit with my niece and nephews. Check! And it was a great time. Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday. His family is here, visiting from out of town, so we thought it would be fun to do some sort of outdoor, water-related birthday gift. I saw this sponge ball project on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun project and an even more fun gift. But…we had a tough time finding plain, rectangular sponges. A lot of sponges these days have those rough sides for scrubbing pots and pans, which didn’t seem like a good idea when creating sponge balls for kids to throw at one another. the second store we found some small foam balls from Poof – and they were perfect for what we had in mind. A nice little water ball fight in July. The kids had a great time…and we were all pretty well soaked by the end of the evening. A perfect way to end a hot summer day! If you're looking for a fun, water game for the kids this summer...I highly recommend this. 





  • Catch up on laundry. Check!
  • Clean the house. Check! I tried this shower cleaning concoction I found on Pinterest. This stuff totally messed me up! Mixing vinegar with Dawn dish soap and then spraying it created a very strong smelling fume that made my lungs very unhappy…and it gave me a headache. So…I had to open the window in the bathroom (and it was over 100 degrees outside) just to survive getting the stuff off the shower walls. The good news is that this stuff worked quite well to get a bunch of hard water induced yuckiness off my shower walls. (There is another pin that uses the same ingredients but says to put the stuff in a squeeze bottle. I think that's the way to go.) Oh, and by the way…the rest of the house cleaning went off without a hitch. ;)
  • Do some simplify 101 stuff. Nope…but that’s what today is for. Right? ;)


How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one! Thanks, as always, for joining me for Finish It Friday. I hope it gave you that extra boost of motivation you needed to get some stuff done...and have some fun, too. See you back here on Friday for another round of Finish It Friday!


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