One Hour + Two Stores = 30 Dinners {Planning a Month of Meals}

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer If you’re like me, if you hear the words “plan all your meals for the month,” you want to run away screaming. Recently I started wondering, though…would monthly meal planning save me time from running back and forth every week to five different stores? I have a young baby, so time is definitely limited around here. Could planning all the dinners AT ONE TIME save me some time? Could planning a month’s worth of dinners AT ONE TIME save time? Click […]

25 Pantry Staples for Last Minute Meals

Image by Larry Hoffman Guest Post by Kate Tietje There’s nothing worse than looking at the clock and realizing you need to have dinner on the table, soon. Only you have no idea what to make.  (Hmm…pantry staples to the rescue!) It happens to all of us.  Some more often than others! With some simple pantry staples, though, you’ll never get caught off guard again.  Sure, dinner may not be fancy.  But it will be healthy, it will be quick, and it will not require […]

Organize Your Life With a ListPlanIt Subscription (Review + Giveaway!)

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I love organization, but my life is seldom organized. I’m an orderly person who’s not very orderly. Can anyone else relate? Needless to say, it can be frustrating sometimes. I have plenty of excuses: “I keep up with it in my head.” (Hmmm.) “I’m too busy to be organized.” (Tyranny of the urgent, anyone?) “Every time I get really organized, someone else/life/reality messes it all up. Why bother?” What it really boils down to is that I haven’t found a […]

What On Earth Do You Do With 97 eBooks?

I was hesitant back when I bought my very first eBook, and even more so when my husband encouraged me to purchase a Kindle a couple years back. The feeling of holding a book, its pages beneath my fingers, being able to flip from section to section, and all of those tangibles that make a book a “book” had me questioning whether eBooks were really something I would ever come to appreciate in the same manner. Note: This post is from last year, but the […]

Decluttering & Kids: Inspiring Kids to Live Simply

By Mandi, Contributing Writer Even the most organized person will fall under the weight of too much stuff – a lesson I learned the hard way a few years into married life and motherhood – and instead of just inspiring my children to be organized, my goal is to show them the value of living a simple life without clutter. I wouldn’t necessarily call us minimalists, as we don’t stick to strict rules about the number of items in our home or what we do […]

Why This Pen and Paper Gal is Turning to Digital Organization (A Review of the New ListPlanIt)

One of my favorite ways to stay organized has just gotten even better. I’ve been using ListPlanIt’s printable lists and organizational pages in my homemaking binder, menu plans on my fridge, shopping lists tucked into my purse, and anywhere else I needed them for the last several years. Personally, I still love printable lists. I’m a pen and paper gal at heart. These days, though, I’m sort of without my pen and paper. As we’re traveling this year, we don’t have printer access, nor do […]

Keeping a Morning Routine During Busy Seasons

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I just recently had my fourth baby.  My oldest turned 5 a couple of months ago. As you can imagine, it’s pretty busy around here!  I have been lucky enough to have my husband stay home for two weeks (as he has after each baby), and my mother came to stay for two more weeks. So I had help from at least one other adult during the first month. I know a lot of moms don’t have that kind of […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 2 Year-Long Memberships to Plan to Eat

Meal planning is such a must for busy moms and homemakers. Even as we’re spending a year traveling around the world (yes, really- you can read about it here), I’m still realizing the need for it. Just this afternoon, I drew up a list of the foods I’ve managed to stock up in our small, temporary pantry and kitchen. I took that list and went straight to my Plan to Eat account. Last spring, I mentioned that I had been finding my Plan to Eat […]