Stress-Free Vacation Planning: A Budget That Works

When it comes to vacation planning, creating a budget is often the most stressful part. Many people fall into one of two pitfalls: setting the budget too low and then quickly blowing through it – and more – while feeling guilty the whole time not setting a budget at all, only to realize when it's…

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Stress-Free Vacation Planning: Thinking Through Your Needs

I don't know about you all, but I think that planning a vacation is at least half the fun. When you're planning, you imagine everything going just so, and there are no fussy babies, teething toddlers, sick kids or moody teenagers on your trip. The anticipation of the trip can oftentimes be better than the…

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Making Summer Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

On Wednesday, Shaina talked about planning a summer calendar for your family. Today, I want to talk about some of the steps for getting ready for summer and all the fun and extra activities it offers. Your Summer Calendar To start, pull out a calendar and add all of the camps, sports, vacations, and activities…

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Making Summer Plans: Planning Summer Schedules for Your School-Age Kids

Because my oldest is only four, summertime doesn't look much different than the rest of the year for us. However, my friend Shaina, who blogs at Food for My Family, shares her summer planning process below, and she includes a lot of great ideas and hints for making the most of your summer! Summer schedules…

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Making Summer Plans: Thinking Through Your Needs

I was pretty sure that 2009 had just started, but it turns out we're almost halfway through it already! As we prepare for the start of summer, we're going to spend the next two weeks talking about making summer plans – adjusting to new schedules, daily activities and routines – as well as planning vacations…

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Maximizing Your Kitchen Space: The Power of Creating Zones

If you ask a group of organizing experts what their number one recommendation for having an organized kitchen is, chances are a good percentage of them will tell you about the importance of zones. In fact, as it happens, I did ask a group of organizing experts for their recommendations, and that is what many…

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Question of the Day: What Kind of Food Storage Containers Do You Use?
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Question of the Day: What Kind of Food Storage Containers Do You Use?

In the six-and-a-half years that I've been married and managing my own household, I've never owned nice food storage containers. I've used the "throwaway" Glad containers (without actually throwing them away!), a cheap set from Ikea and most recently, old sour cream, ricotta cheese and yogurt containers. They've all worked just fine, and I figured…

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Maximizing Your Kitchen Space: Thinking Through Your Needs

It's the week many of you have been waiting for, the start of our series on Maximizing Your Kitchen Space! Having an organized kitchen makes cooking – and even cleaning up – easier and more enjoyable, and we'll be looking at a lot of different strategies and ideas to make the most of whatever space…

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10 Home Office Organizing Tips from Peter Walsh

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of reviewing Office Max's new [IN]PLACE System by Peter Walsh (yes, the Peter Walsh, as seen on Clean Sweep and Oprah) and attending an exclusive webcast where Peter answered our questions and shared tips for getting organized. Here are the top 10 tips I took away…

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10 Things to Do with a Brother Labeler

I received a Brother P-Touch (PT-1280) labeler a few weeks ago, and I'm having so much fun labeling everything in our house. And even better, I can finally keep my kids' names straight! Kidding, kidding... Seriously, though, I have been focused on relabeling my storage bins and arts & crafts containers (and they look so…

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