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How to Organize Your Pool Supplies

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“Hi. My name is Meagan, and I have an organizational problem.” – It’s true. But I guess I should say I have a couple of organizational problems. As in – I have some pretty hard core OCD when it comes to how I like things to be arranged and sorted and displayed, which can annoy the people who live with me. I also have the problem that over the past 4 years, my home has been like a game of musical chairs – My mom moved in, bringing her dogs. Then my brother remodeled my basement and moved in with the kids. Then I found out I was pregnant. Then my Mister moved in – and WE got a dog. And then I had a baby. And then we moved and bought a new house. Then my brother moved out the next year. My mom only stays here part time now. My Mister’s oldest daughter moved in. Then out, to go to college. Then his middle daughter moved in. And we got another dog. Craziness, right? With all of the moving and swapping rooms and storing people’s stuff and on and on – the house is not the temple of color-coded organization that I would like. {To say the least, lol.} But, this is the year of getting things caught up!

{Update: This was written in 2014, it’s now 2019, and our house is JUST Abby and I, plus the same dog, but two new cats. Calmer, quieter-ish, and more consistently organized. But recently this post has gone bonkers, getting shared all over Pinterest. So, I thought I’d update y’all a little, if you’re new here!}

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My Messy Laundry Room Makeover

What does spring mean to you? For me, it means that I’m planting seeds for my spring garden, getting serious about weight loss since summer is approaching fast, and stocking up on great products to do a major spring cleaning extravaganza around this place. Spring really motivates me to get organized again – I mean heck, in winter, it’s so dark and dreary you don’t even really see those monster dust bunnies hiding in the corners… But once the sunshine of spring arrives, it’s hard to ignore the mess. And… We’ve been working on some MAJOR remodeling and DIY projects lately, so we’ve DEFINITELY got a lot of extra mess {watch for a big post soon!} – but between the major craziness of all that, I’m also working on those little “trouble spots” that we’ve ignored for far too long. Check out one of the worst offenders…

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How this service can help organize your life online

How to get organized, for moms

Organize Yourself Online is a comprehensive service designed to make it easier than ever for you to get yourself organized

Your personalized program offers unique tools and ideas to organize yourself when and where you need it most – right at your PC desktop.

What You’ll Get with this Program

This service is packed full of great tips, ideas, tools and helpful resources to help you finally get organized – and stay that way!

  1. Get updated information on organizing techniques that really work.
  2. Track daily progress toward your personal goals.
  3. Get support from others in the exclusive community discussions.
  4. Review your new skills with customized quizzes.
  5. Develop organizing strategies with your personal journal.
  6. Answer your toughest questions with access to the experts.

You’ll also get a FREE copy of their book, Discover 28 ways to avoid procrastinating filled with quick tips to help you get in gear, and get motivated to move forward towards your goals!

Do you need help getting your life organized?

This resource has helpful information sections to address all of the areas that busy moms need help with, including:

  • Office
  • Household
  • Children
  • Managing Time
  • Financial Records

The past year has been a whirlwind for me – Having a baby, moving to a bigger new home that needs a lot of work, having family move in with me, starting a blog and other online businesses – and I’m realizing that I need to bump all of my organization methods up to a new level. When you have so much to do, and juggle so many different roles and responsibilities, you have to have awesome organization systems or you just can’t keep up with it all. Being organized keeps can help you feel SO much less stressed – You know where things are, and how to find them. You know you’re keeping the right records and information on file. You know what tasks need to be accomplished each day, so you never miss a deadline.

If this all sounds great to you – Check out today!

And, for more great tips – Check out more of my Busy Mom Solution resources:


Busy Mom Solution: Simplify Your Deliveries, and Never Miss a Package Again!

Take Control of Your Shipments and Deliveries!

The Challenge:

Isn’t is such a bummer to get a notice that there was an attempt to deliver your package – but they needed a signature, and you missed it? Or getting a packaged delivered while you’re out, and it gets rained or snowed on out on the porch? How cool would it be if you could specify when and where you want your packages delivered? Or to be able to submit an electronic signature online, to ensure you get your delivery on time? How about being able to reroute a package to a different address when needed, or to the nearest UPS location so you can do a quick pick-up? That would sure come in handy when you’re traveling for the holidays, right?

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Busy Mom Solution: UPS My Choice!

“UPS is committed to making the on line shopping experience better – not just for shippers, but for the consumers who receive packages at their home as well. That’s why UPS is transforming the package delivery experience with a first-of-its kind, customizable delivery service for residential receivers called UPS My Choice.”

Here are a few of the ways UPS My Choice Can Help You:

  • Delivery Alerts: Avoid the disappointment of missing a package you were super excited about. Now you can schedule deliveries to fit YOUR busy life!
  • Reroute options: Visiting family for the holidays? Have your packages rerouted to your new location – or just pick them up at a local UPS site!
  • Electronic Signatures: Submit your signature online if you won’t be home, so that your package can be delivered on time!

Sign up for UPS My Choice for FREE today!!

The perfect solution for every mom!

This is totally perfect for someone like me – I win a lot of giveaway prizes, and many need signatures to be delivered. I get a ton of shipments of products for reviews – and I want to make sure that they’re delivered safely. I’m often out of the house, and love that I can see what’s coming each day, and plan the delivery to meet MY schedule. This is such an amazingly helpful tool – and it’s totally FREE! How much better can it get? I wish ALL delivery companies could be this good!

Membership levels:

  • UPS My Choice Basic Membership: This is totally free and includes a ton of great tools – receive phone, e-mail or text alerts notifying you a day in advance of when packages will arrive. Get a four-hour approximate delivery time frame. You also have the option to electronically authorize release of packages that require a signature and, for a $5 transaction fee, to reroute a package to another delivery address or have it delivered to the nearest The UPS Store® location.
  • UPS My Choice Premium Membership: Available for a $40 annual subscription, this provides all the benefits of a regular UPS My Choice membership at no additional cost and in addition, members gain access to an online delivery calendar that shows the status of UPS home deliveries. Premium members also are offered a two-hour delivery window. A $5 transaction fee is charged only upon successful delivery of the package within the two-hour commitment. As a Premium member, consumers can even provide their UPS driver with detailed instructions on where to leave a package. They just select from a drop-down list of location options like — leave it at the Side Door…the Garage…on the Porch…in the Management Office of my apartment complex or the Shed out back! How cool is that??

Set up your FREE UPS My Choice account today!

{Disclosure: I received compensation from UPS in the form of a gift card to participate in this campaign promoting the UPS My Choice delivery service. I only share sites, products, and services that I use myself – and all opinions are 100% mine. I love UPS My Choice and I know you will too!}


Rafflecopter Giveaway- Win The Homeschool Planner! #educational #homeschool

The Printable Homeschool Planner, by Heather Bixler

I have two little guys in my house that are in school- my youngest nephew just started Kindergarten, and the older one is in Second Grade this year- Gosh I cannot even believe that they’ve gotten so big!

I don’t homeschool the boys; they both attend the public elementary school around the corner from our home. But, since I’m the one who is here each day when they get home from school, I dedicate afternoons to helping them with their homework, and hearing about what they’re learning in class. On the days that they don’t have homework, I like to have fun activities lined up, to help reinforce the skills they’re learning.

“Heather Bixler has been homeschooling since January 2006 and knows that organization is key to a successful homeschooling experience.”

When I heard that the amazing Heather from was looking for people to review her Printable Homeschool Planner, I knew right away that this was just what I was looking for! And I was not disappointed- it is SO incredibly helpful to have this binder-  I can have our activities, games, and worksheets all organized in one spot.

What Makes The Printable Homeschool Planner so Great:

You all know that I am a BIG fan of printables- from crafty goodies, to calendars and to-do lists, I use printables almost every single day. I put together both my blogging binder, and my “Mommy Central” binder {which you’ll learn more about soon!} from printables, and I love the way that using them allows you to fully customize your planner.

When you purchase pre-made planners, there are almost always sections that you don’t need, or sections you need more of. When you purchase The Printable Homeschool Planner from Heather Bixler, you get access to download ALL of the printable sections, so that you can add and subtract pages as needed! Plus, you’re set for years- since you just print more as needed.

The The Printable Homeschool Planner is available for only $4.99 – what an amazing value for everything that is included!

Putting it together:

If you have a sturdy 3-ring binder, ink in your printer, and some dividers to get organized, the Printable Homeschool Planner will supply everything else you need!

  • The Cover Page – PDF Printable
  • Art Project Planner – PDF Printable
  • Attendance Record Keeper – PDF Printable
  • Book Report Worksheet – PDF Printable
  • Field Trip Planner – PDF Printable
  • Project Planner – PDF Printable
  • Science Experiment Planner – PDF Printable
  • Scripture Verse Planner – PDF Printable
  • Student Project Notes Worksheet – PDF Printable
  • Thematic Unit Planner – PDF Printable
  • Lesson Planner – PDF Printable
  • Password for unlimited access to our current and future homeschool printables in our exclusive member download page.

Win a Copy for Your Family!

This is a great tool if you’re currently homeschooling, but it can also be a great help to anyone- if you’re like me, and do after school activities, this can help you stay organized and on top of things!

Use the easy peasy Rafflecopter entry form to enter to WIN your own copy today!

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Forget about forgetting important information ever again!

Digital Storage for All of Life’s Information

Look around your house. Are you seeing stacks of papers that you keep meaning to go through? Boxes and files bulging with stuff you put there for safe-keeping, but couldn’t find what you need if your life depended on it. Don’t worry, we won’t judge, it’s the exact overload we were facing that made us think there has to be a better way.
Wouldn’t be amazing if you could store information you needed to remember in one place and more importantly, find it instantly, anytime, from anywhere. Good news! It exists, and it is a total game-changer.

Evernote is a website, a free app, and an extension that builds functionality into tons of programs you already use. If you can email it, scan it, type it, snap it, record it, or find it on the internet you can keep track of it all with Evernote.

You won’t believe how simple it is to use- watch the video then forget about forgetting important information ever again!

What do you think?

I think I’m in love!! I’ve told you about the new service that I’ve been using, AboutOne, and how it is SO incredibly helpful– It allows me to scan all my important papers, and put them in one big online filing cabinet, so I can always have access to what I need, since you can use it right from your Smart Phone. I’ve added all of the kids immunizations, report cards, and more.

But what I’m really loving about Evernote {I don’t know how I’d never heard of them before!} is that it has the little “clipping” tool, which reminds me of Pinterest. I love that I can use that to save articles that I’d like to reference, recipes I’d like to try, or great resources that I know I’ll want to use again. So helpful!

In the past I’ve relied on my cellphone to be my other “brain”. Seriously. I’m so bombarded with info every day, and since having the baby I have a hard time remembering everything. I would use the Memo, List, and Calendar in my phone for EVERYTHING. And like Carley, I often take pics of things to remember them! Problem is, if something happens to my phone {and you know it always does} then I’ve lost all of my stuff. And that my friends, is major-meltdown time.

How great is it to be able to store everything using my phone, but it’s all online, so I can still access it?? Love it! Thank you Evernote, from all of the over-worked, over-tired, over-frazzled momma’s out here, for making life a little bit simpler. And a BIG thank you to Digitwirl for sharing this great find!

What do you guys think? Do you use Evernote already? Do you think you’ll start? Are you using AboutOne too, like me? I think I’ll keep that one too, for my big documents, and use Evernote for my more miscellaneous stuff. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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