Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

I hope everybody is having a fantastic holiday season and that everybody was on the “nice” list this year.   I am enjoying some much needed down time and sharing a blog post while finishing up some gifts for my family that is over 1,000 miles away.

Yes they are aware that their gifts are not coming until after Christmas.

What is amazing to me is how much more I talk with my family now that I am so far away in New York and they are in WI.   While we do text and email and Facebook.  I have actually talked to them more lately than I did pretty much ever when I was still in the Midwest.   I guess the saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” applies to family as well!

This is the first Holiday season where we are alone, nowhere to go it’s just us, and that’s okay.  We can do whatever we want on our schedule.  It’s been nice.

So while the boys are napping I am catching up on stuff and getting things take care of off my list.

I have big plans for the blog in 2016 so stay tuned.  I have notes of at least half a dozen blog posts and I have to get moving.  It’s just a matter of getting ahead mainly because I have no idea what is going to be in store for me from January to May 1st.  I guess that’s what happens when you work for a tax company.  No I am not doing people’s taxes, but I might as well be.   Now I just have to get rid of this cold this week and get a ton of rest before that’s not an option either.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!!!



Weekly Family Planner – my solution to a productive household

So remember that post I did of my weekend to do list?  Yeah I am STILL working on that list and I did that post a month ago.  I have made a ton of progress and as with any to do list, more gets added.  So I started thinking about my todo lists and how I have no set way of making one every month.  I wanted something that was easy and manageable.

I love the idea of a family binder and I was thinking that there are a couple of key things that I write down on a daily/weekly basis.  So I made this Weekly Organizer.  I print it off on Sunday, use it for the week and then roll forward anything that didn’t get accomplished the week before into the next week.

I can keep it on the counter so that if my husband wants to add anything he can and that’s awesome.  It will help keep us both on the same page so we know what’s going on and we can get a lot accomplished.  My feeling is that if we can work together and be productive it is way easier than me trying to be productive for everybody.   Which then give us more downtime on the couch, fingers crossed!!!!!

Right now our Family ToDo list is pretty simple.

  • Page 1:  ToDos
  • Page 2:  Shopping (Grocery vs Non-Grocery)
  • Page 3:  Calendar – just for the week and has spots for meals and appointments
  • Page 4:  Every Day Tasks that you can just check off.

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I am also attaching a template version of what is posted above.  It’s a Word document so then you can change it to be specific for your family.

Weekly Family Planner – Template

Hope you enjoyed this idea of an organized and productive family.

Talk to you all soon!!!