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How To Make A Healthy Menu Plan     In a previous post, Menu Planning And Grocery Shopping, I explained how I plan a month of menus based on my family’s favorite dinners. That system has been a HUGE time saver for me. It works! As time goes on, however, your family’s circumstances might change and your month of menus will need to be updated. I recommend that you do that at least once a year.  I like to do this in September and January.

     I decided it was time to update my family’s month of menus. Why? My husband and I are getting older, of course, and my adult kids are trying to eat healthier. So, the health of our families really depends on the food we buy and the meals we cook. It’s up to us to make dinners that are healthy. So, today, I revised our month of menus with more emphasis on the healthiness of them. I still need easy, inexpensive dinners, but I’d like to make sure they’re as healthy as possible.

     I’m going to walk you through my method of planning a month of menus and planning healthier meals. Of course, we all have different health needs, so plan your meals according to your own health needs. I am not a dietician or health expert. This is just to help you to go through the process of planning easy, inexpensive, and healthy meals.

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    Kitchen Organizing ChecklistCooking good food is so much easier in an organized kitchen. With the holidays coming up in a couple months, I think now is the best time to get our kitchens all clean, organized, and ready for all the extra fall and holiday baking and huge family dinners.

     I have a confession here. My kitchen was sort of a mess. I try my best to stay organized, but the kitchen is our busiest room of the house. It’s hard to keep it clean, much less organized. So, today, I went through and organized the worst areas of my kitchen, and now I’m sharing with you my checklist for getting your kitchen organized. I hope this helps you to tackle this overwhelming project, step-by-step.

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Fall Dinner, Dessert, and Snack Ideas     Fall is here and to my family, that means cooking up some good traditional fall favorites. Some are warm comfort foods. Some are yummy desserts. And some are fun snacks for watching football or our favorite TV shows. I’m sure you’ve got your own traditional family favorites, but today I’m going to share with you some of ours. Please let me know in the comments below what special foods your family likes in the fall. I’m always looking for new ideas!

     Here are some of ours:

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Fall Bucket List     Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love getting back into a routine, the cool weather, fall clothes, fall food, and the upcoming holidays. Well, I love just about everything about it. People think I’m kidding, but I would trade fall for summer any day. Now that I’m getting back into a more normal routine, I’m thinking of all the things I want to do in the next few months. Some of them are productive, but some are just plain ol’ fun.

     So, to make the most of this fall, I made a list (I love lists) of some things I want to do this fall. Time goes quickly, so I feel that a literal, written list helps me to stay focused and reminds me to do the things that are meaningful to me. I hope my list will inspire you to make your own list for a great fall season. 

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    Lifetime Organizing  Hello! If you’ve been here before, you know I love all things organizing. I started this blog to share my ideas and tips to inspire you and give fresh, new insights on keeping our lives simple, uncomplicated, and organized, which hopefully lets us all make time for the people and things that are meaningful to us.

     Today, I just want to let you know about a new section on my website. You’ll see it in the Menu above. It’s my new “START HERE” page. This is a page that walks you through the most important parts of my LIFETIME ORGANIZING systems. It lists them out in an organized way so that you can go through and find information that you need more easily. It’s great for anyone who wants to get organized, but isn’t sure where to begin. Basically, I’ve organized my “organizing systems”. I hope you find it helpful. (continue reading…)

  Organizing For Fall  Fall is coming soon! It’s my absolute favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, wearing fall clothes, cooking comfort food, going to the apple orchards, the leaves turning colors, and the upcoming holiday season. There’s so much to look forward to. Of course, summer is fun too, but after all the crazy busyness, I’m ready to get back to a, somewhat, normal routine.  So, before fall gets here, let’s get organized. The following is a checklist of things to get yourself, your family, and your household organized and ready for fall.

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  Back To School Organizing Tips   It’s “back-to-school” time again. Where did the summer go? Whether your kids have already started school, or are getting ready to very soon, I’ve got a list of my favorite tips that have helped me and my kids to stay organized and have a great school year. So, go through the checklist and see what areas you need to improve on, and get started as soon as possible for a successful school year for your family.

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     Bedtime Beauty RoutineYour bedtime beauty routine should be a nightly ritual that’s easy, simple, and helps you wind down for a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t have to be complicated and, in fact, it shouldn’t be. Most of us are tired by bedtime and struggle just to get up and walk to the bed. But if you start a habit of doing the same routine every night for getting yourself ready for bed, it will signal to your brain that it’s time to unwind, relax, and get ready for sleep. Today I’m sharing with you my simple bedtime beauty routine. (continue reading…)

Countdown To Fall     Summer is winding down, kids are getting ready to go back to school, and most of us are trying to squeeze in a few more days of beach time before fall. Whether you have kids in school or not, fall seems like a perfect time to get out a fresh, blank, notebook and make plans for the next year. (continue reading…)

 How To Have An Easy Morning Beauty Routine     Your morning routine for getting yourself dressed and ready to go out the door can be as easy or complicated as you want. It definitely varies for everyone, but most of us are super busy and need a routine that will get us looking great and then let us move on with our day.

      Some women are minimalists and can get ready in 30 minutes. Others like to spend more time on elaborate hairstyles and makeup. I think I fall somewhere in between. I would love to get ready in 30 minutes but that just doesn’t work for me. So, for several years, I’ve had a routine that works for me that takes about an hour, from start to finish. I feel like that is a reasonable amount of time for me to get dressed and ready for my day. Of course, for special events, I might need longer, but for a daily morning routine, I need one hour.

     So, for those of you who would like to try cutting back your routine to one hour, or just rearrange your current routine to make it more simplified, I am sharing my 1-hour morning beauty routine. (continue reading…)

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