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  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…)

   How To Get Your House Ready To SellAre you getting ready to move again? Whether you have to or just want to, it can seem like a HUGE, overwhelming process. Yes, it is a lot of work to get your house ready to put on the market, wait for an offer, and then move on to your next house, but if you just take it step-by-step, you will be on your way in no time.

   The length of time your house will be on the market depends on several things such as the price, the market in your area, and the condition of your house. I can’t help you with the first two, but I do have some tips for getting your house in the BEST condition possible before putting up your “FOR SALE” sign. (continue reading…)

Garage Sale Planning Guide And Checklist Late summer and early fall is a great time to have a garage or yard sale. The weather is still nice and people love getting out on the weekends looking for bargains. For some people, it’s a weekly hobby. So, why not clean out your clutter, and make some extra money from it. The following is a checklist for an easy, simple garage sale that will help you trade your excess “stuff” for  a nice handful of cash. (continue reading…)

Fun Summer Activities For Kids   Summer is still in full swing, but a lot of kids will soon be heading back to school. I hope it’s been a good one for your family. Summertime is what a lot of us remember most about our childhood. I still remember all the fun we had doing really silly stuff like talent shows, singing into our batons/microphones, beauty pageants, selling lemonade, building forts, playing tag, and having scavenger hunts. Face it, being a kid is a BLAST! Then, we get to have kids and share their childhood with them. Those years were great! My kids are grown now and I don’t have grandkids yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. (I still have a lot of fun with my adult kids and we still act like kids sometimes.)

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How To Get Creative With A Minimal Wardrobe

Top: Stein Mart, Pants: Nine West

      If you’ve been here before, you probably already know that I’m trying to spend less on clothes this summer. If this is your first time here, you might want to go back here and read how to organize an easy, summer wardrobe on a budget. Yes, it can be done. It’s actually been fun to get creative with what I already have and spend money this summer on other things. I have a more difficult time resisting fall clothes, so I’ll probably be back out there shopping in the fall, but for now I’m getting creative. That’s what today’s post is about and what I want to encourage you to try. These are my tips for getting creative with what you already have in your closet.  (continue reading…)

Quick Cleaning Checklist     We love to have a beautiful, clean house, but sometimes it’s just not possible. Sometimes we’re just too busy and can’t find the time to clean as thoroughly as we would like. Sometimes, we get that surprise phone call that guests are dropping by. Maybe, like me, you’ve had your house on the market, and needed to have a system for getting your house in shape on a short-term notice. That had happened more times for me than I could ever count. In today’s post, I’m giving you my system for a quick, light cleaning because sometimes that is just all we have time for. The following is a cleaning routine that you should be able to do in a short amount of time. (continue reading…)

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