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Getting Back Into Routine

By | chores, daily routine, holiday decorating, holiday gifts

The holidays are over, and schools are back in session. Are you back into your routine? If you are a student, your weekday routine is planned by your school. Over the weekend you probably have school work and outside activities to occupy your time. If you work in an office (not in your home) it’s easier to get back into routine and focus on work. You know when you must leave home to get to the office on time. However, if you work at home or part-time getting back into routine can be a challenge. First, let’s talk about routines….

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Thank You?

By | appreciation, Communications, holiday gifts, kindness, thank you

Monday this week was National Thank You Note Writing Day. I never knew there was such a thing. That’s a great idea! To sit down the day after Christmas and write notes to thank friends or family for their gifts. Traditionally in my family we make a list of people to thank as we open their gifts and we plan to have our notes written by the middle of January. My mother was a stickler for thank you notes. She was very particular and (when I was a child) she read my notes before they were mailed to make sure they were good enough….

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Shopping for Gifts

By | appropriate, calendar, holiday gifts, Planning, schedule

This is the time of year when most of us are looking for gifts for our family and friends. I want to offer you some tried and true tips for staying on task and getting your shopping and wrapping done without too much fuss and bother. First of all, make a complete list of the people to whom you are giving gifts. Next, think about the sorts of things that each person likes. Do you want to buy a gift to wrap or would this person like to join you for an afternoon at a spa or a trip to…

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The Holidays are Coming!

By | accomplish, action, baking, celebrate, chores, daily routine, holiday gifts, Planning, prepare, schedule, Time Management

Have you noticed that advertising and talking about the holidays has started already? In the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens there was a short paragraph about grocery shopping for the holidays. It mentioned that you can save money by buying some non-perishable ingredients in bulk now before the holiday rush begins in earnest. The cover of the November issue of Real Simple magazine talks about holiday entertaining made easy. Real Simple magazine is referring specifically to Thanksgiving but really you can apply the tips to other holiday gatherings. I was shopping at a mall in Atlanta over the…

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Clutter-Free Gifts

By | baking, ballroom dance, exercise, holiday gifts, home organizing

Did you go shopping this past weekend? Maybe you were one of those who shopped after their Thanksgiving Dinner? I didn’t shop on Thanksgiving Day but I did shop at some of the small businesses in my community on Small Business Saturday. Did you? I will admit that I’m a great cyber shopper and in fact was one of those shopping on Cyber Monday. Interesting don’t you think that these shopping days have been named… There was a terrific chalkboard saying posted on Pinterest last week regarding purchasing gifts for children. It went something like this: 1 thing they need,…

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Do you have time to…?

By | accomplish, baking, calendar, holiday gifts, Planning, prioritizing, projects, realistic, schedule, tasks, Time Management

Do you get that deer in the headlights dazed look around this time of year when someone says something like ‘Do you have time to help me …’? There is always so much going on in the fall. Reconnecting with friends you haven’t seen much of during the summer at meetings, like the Garden Club or Book Club.  If you have children in school then there are the school parents nights to attend and parent/teacher conferences.  How about making or finding your child’s halloween costume? Following Halloween is my favorite of fall celebrations: Thanksgiving. But, leading up to Thanksgiving for me…

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