The Pinterest Predicament – Why I Hate the Site I Love!

Yesterday I made a post about the 12 week organizing challenge I am working through to get my home and my life a bit more in order. I would like to share an epiphany I had while working through the past couple of weeks…..and it has to do with everyone’s favorite site – Pinterest!

The Pinterest Predicament - Why I Hate the Site I Love!Now, we all love Pinterest, of that there can be no question….Can you imagine our lives before Pinterest? How did we ever plan our weddings before this site came into being?? (I think all of us who were married pre-Pinterest should get another go at it!).

How did we ever decorate cakes and homes for our kids parties? I sure know I never could have created such cool gifts for the kids teachers!

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Get Organized In 12 Weeks!

12 Week Get Organized ChallengeIt’s that time of year….trying to do your fall house cleaning, getting the house ready to be decorated for the holidays. I always dread the fall house cleaning because over the summer, things just start to get dumped wherever convenient because no one wants to be bothered taking the time to put stuff away. We are in and out, busy doing fun summer activities and unfortunately the house suffers.

Now, I am not what you would ever call an obsessive housekeeper. My house at any given time has somewhere that I would be hugely embarassed if a guest ever stopped by unannounced and went into that room. I clean one room – and normally have 5 more that look like a circus has drove through and just discarded the left over crap all over my floors. No one ever puts anything away, and quite frankly some days I just can’t even keep up with it all.

So, with that in mind, it has always been a challenge trying to get myself organized. And then actually keeping things that way.

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…And Now – Inside My Kid’s Personalized Planners

Personalized Kids PlannersYesterday, I did a post about my planner that I had made using some of my planner printables I sell in my shop. I promised today to show you the planners I had made up for my daughters at the same time:)

They chose their covers from ones I had made already, (that are all selling here…), and had them printed on the same stiffer cardstock paper I had mine done on. The binding at Staples, where we had them done, includes a plastic cover over top and the black plastic cover for the back of the planner.

Monthly Kids Planner PagesI did the same as mine, and made them up for 6 months worth of monthly, weekly and daily pages.

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Sneak Peek Inside My Personal Planner

Today I want to take a couple minutes to show you my planner that I had printed for myself at Staples for $16…..

Day Planner - Personalized Printable PagesI have had a few people asking me about it, and wanting to see more pictures, so I decided to just make it into a blog post, cause that’s what I do:)

So many people I know buy more expensive planners – some costing over $30! I just can’t justify spending that much and then still not having exactly what I wanted inside. Plus I wanted to do ones for my girls as well – they were pretty excited to get their own.

When I created my printables, I combined the things I liked from other planners and systems, to create pages that would work effectively for me.

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Healing Journal Pages – For You or a Loved One With Life Changing Illness

I know that many of you already know I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago. That was a horrible chapter in my life, but I am hopeful that it is over. I had many surgeries and treatments, doctors appointments and insurance claims to keep track of, and it was so chaotic at times that I felt completely overwhelmed with it all.

I now have a friend who has been given the same diagnosis, and the one piece of advice I could offer her was to keep everything organized together – in one place, that was easy to keep track of.

Her aunt made her a binder to keep track of everything, and put some personal touches in it that I thought was pretty wonderful.

So, I decided while I have been busy working on some organizing and planner printables for my shop, that I would like to make something that would work for others who were facing a similar life changing diagnosis.

Healing Journal PrintablesWhether it is cancer, a disease that has affected your life, or any other illness that requires some tracking of everything that is going on around you – I wanted pages that would keep it all in one place, and make it something nice and personal.

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12 Week Home Organization Challenge – New Forum!

Free Home Cleaning PrintablesWell I am pretty excited to announce that not only do we have a fun and active Facebook group, (you are welcome to join us there any time…..Organized Mom Club), but now there is also a Forum that has been set up for the purposes of some of us members who are taking part in a “12 Week Challenge” to get more organized!

Through talking in the group, we realized that we need motivation, accountability and help to get our homes more organized, and in turn, our lives!

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New Kids/Teen Planner Printables!

I am sitting her cross eyed from the past few days of working on designing my next set of printables…..and I have spent the past 3 hours at least putting the pictures together for the Etsy listings, and then going through the process of uploading each of the designs I have finished and listing them for sale. I am having so much fun working on new ideas for planner printables – and designing fun covers!

My shop is filling up – and I still have lots more ideas:)

Kids/Teen Planner PrintablesI showed the life planning system I designed for adults in the last post…..(you can read about the printables I designed here). Well, my kids made it pretty clear to me as I was showing them that they wanted something that would work for them too!

So, that is what I have spent the past few days working on. I asked my kids and my teenage niece what they would need, and this is what I have come up with: (taken from their Etsy listing page)

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