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Oraganize A Little During The Holiday Season

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

Want to know the secret to staying organized? Do a little bit every day. I always give the example to my clients by asking them how do you eat an elephant? Simply by taking one bite at a time. The same is true for organizing. You don’t do it all at once. Tempers are lost and tears [...]

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Elf On The Shelf Help

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 6, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

To be honest, I really don’t understand “Elf on a Shelf.” All I know is when I am on social media sites like Pinterest or Facebook I see all these elves doing crazy things. I have been watching with anxiety as moms are crazy with trying to make this elf do strange things. Mind you [...]

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To Decorate Or Not To Decorate…..That Is The Question

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 11, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

It seems each year I decorate less and less for each holiday. I use to have Rubbermaid tubs filled with various holiday decorations…..all neatly organized. I would grab the ones labeled for each holiday and put all the decorations in the proper place.  The nativity scene always goes on this table. The tree always goes in that [...]

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Fill Yourself Up With Good News

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 27, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

As we end the year what happy memories do you remember from the last 365 days? Chances are not many. We can try to remember but without writing them down it is really hard to remember. But if you are like me and try to focus on the good things that happen in life instead [...]

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Making Room

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

  You know it is about here: the opening of the presents from the overzealous but well-meaning grandparents. They always tend to buy the really large toys. Or maybe you yourself are buying a gift this year and you aren’t sure where it is going to fit in the house. Maybe underneath your tree it [...]

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Tradition…..Tradition

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 14, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, Uncategorized |

If you are a fan of “Fiddler on the Roof” you sang the title to my post, rather than read it. As I realize how far behind this year on trying to get “everything” done to be just perfect I am starting to think of tradition. What do I want our family to have memories [...]

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Tis the Season for Stress

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 30, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

We promise ourselves year after year that we will enjoy the next holiday season…or that we won’t spend as much….or that we will make time for exercise….or we won’t eat as much….or we will get more things done. But we quickly get caught up in the rush of the season and soon it is the [...]

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Black Friday Shopping Hints

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 15, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

As I am bombarded by adds for Black Friday I was shocked to see something different this year…….3AM openings, midnight openings or worse yet, stores that don’t even close for Thanksgiving Day! This year, retailers are working even harder to get your dollar and shoppers are more savy with where and how they are spending [...]

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What Can You Get Done In Ten Minutes?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 7, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

BEFORE AFTER   OUT OF LAZY SUSAN AND LID DRAWER So my life has been a little crazy lately, let’s face it, whose life hasn’t been crazy? I had these piles of undone tasks that were getting to me. I would just rush through my day and say to myself that I would do them [...]

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 25, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money, Uncategorized |

Do you feel what I feel? That is the feeling of anxiety of the holidays fast approaching.  Maybe it is concern over having enough money to buy the perfect gift or worry that there simply is not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I can tell you that if you are going [...]

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