Product Review: The Power of the FreeAgent DockStar

Amazingly, not two weeks after we talked about the importance of backing up digital files, my laptop died. Thankfully, I had begun using my FreeAgent Go External Hard Drive during that series, and my files were all backed up for the first time in a long time! Because I not only blog but also work…

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Preparing for Thanksgiving: Thinking Through Your Needs
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Preparing for Thanksgiving: Thinking Through Your Needs

To be honest, I'm still in shock that it's already November, never mind that Thanksgiving is just three-and-a-half weeks away. But it is, and I got an email from a sweet reader, Jenna, a couple of weeks ago asking if I could please talk about hosting Thanksgiving dinner since I had skipped right to Christmas…

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Question of the Day: Favorite Parts of Fall

We spent the past two weeks talking about Christmas and the importance of making plans early so that you can enjoy the season without the stress, but it's also important to find a balance between planning for the future and enjoying the moment! Fall is by far my favorite season (although I always seem to…

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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas

There are 8 weeks until Christmas! Whether that thought sends you into a panic attack or gets you excited, I hope you'll join me as we spend the next two weeks talking about organizing and simplifying Christmas. Getting organized is half the battle when it comes to enjoying the holiday season, and simplifying is the…

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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Resources
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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Resources

Today we're wrapping up our two-week Christmas series: Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas. Getting organized is an important part of having an intentional Christmas, where we choose gifts and activities that will provide a lifetime of memories rather than trying to pack everything into the season and ending up exhausted and stressed out…

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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Charity

Today is day eleven in our two-week Christmas series: Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas. One of the best ways to keep from getting caught up in the commercialization of Christmas is to give to others in need. It's easy to start out with the best of intentions to keep your focus on the…

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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Children’s Toys
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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Children’s Toys

Today is day ten in our two-week Christmas series: Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas. One of the hardest parts of Christmas for me is dealing with the aftermath. Not just taking down decorations but finding a place for all of the new stuff, most notably all of the new toys my girls get.…

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Question of the Day: Share Your Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

As I plan my holiday baking, I'm trying to decide whether to stick with my favorites or try some new recipes, and I thought it'd be fun to share our favorite recipes today (mine are in the comments as well!). What are your favorite Christmas cookies or treats to make for the holidays? Feel free…

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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Baking

Today is day nine in our two-week Christmas series: Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas. Holiday baking is yet another aspect of Christmas that I love. I'm not a great cook, but I make some pretty yummy baked goods, and I love to make cookies, chocolate-dipped pretzels and other treats for friends, families, neighbors,…

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Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas: Decorating

Today is day eight in our two-week Christmas series: Organizing Your Way to a Simple Christmas. Ideally, you should complete a Christmas decor inventory as you're packing up your Christmas decorations, with a list of items that you'd like to buy for the next year so that you can begin scouring the after-Christmas sales when…

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