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Back To Basics: Organizing Your Photos In A Digital World

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  Hi, my name is Melissa and I like to take photos. I have a problem but I am not about to change it. Currently my biggest problem is my phone doesn’t have the ability to store all the photos I take. But worse yet is having the backlog of printed photos sitting all in [...]

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Hosting An Organized Graduation Party

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

So I am a few months away from having had my second child’s graduation party, a party that I had planned for a couple of years. In essence, right after his older brother graduated two years ago I knew right away I wanted to do the same party again. Plus, I have been going to graduation parties [...]

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When A Helicopter Mom Turns Drone Pilot

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 10, 2014 in Family, life, Moms, Uncategorized |

I don’t know when it happened. There is no magic date I circled on the calendar that I planned and practiced for. There is no book called “What To Expect When Your Child Becomes An Adult.” One day  I was busy going to kids activities, making sure my kids ate a balanced diet and brushing [...]

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Kitchen Organizing Challenge

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 3, 2014 in Family, Food, life, Moms, Uncategorized |

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place that we gather to share our day. It is the place that we make healthy meals. It is where our kids sit and do homework. It is a gathering spot for papers and incoming mail. We want an organized kitchen and we just [...]

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Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet!

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 27, 2013 in Family, life, Moms, money, Uncategorized |

Here we go, the week where we start thinking of our New Year’s Resolutions. The top three resolutions continue to be to lose weight, be financially smart and get more organized. My husband and I are religious gym goers. We have been going 5 days a week for over two years. We dislike going to [...]

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Holiday Failure

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…..hold on one second. I am stirring as I forgot to wrap the gifts…oh and I forget to bake the cookies….and never mind the kids all looking cute in matching outfits…and that pre-lit tree….not so much lit [...]

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Clutter Free Gift Giving

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized |

How do we stop homes from overflowing with “stuff” is a question that I get. The answer is simple….stop buying “stuff”! And the bonus answer is to stop having other people buy you stuff. Focus instead on other types of gifts. Gifts that we unwrap are fun in the moment, but then we need to [...]

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Going On A Guilt Trip

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

As a parent I travel down the guilt trip road far too frequently. I don’t know where it came from. But it is there, that little voice in my head telling me I could do better. Telling me I should be doing better. My oldest has already left the nest and my middle one is [...]

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These Boots Are Made For Walking : Store And Organize Your Boots

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized |

What does a magazine, a pool noodle, a wine bottle, a pants hanger and a boot box all have in common? If you guess an obscure pool party out of a movie, you would be wrong! If you guessed different ways to store and organize your boots you are right! When I was growing up [...]

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Digital or Paper Calender? Is There A Right Solution?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized |

So for two years I have made a concentrated effort of trying to go paperless in all aspects of my life, including my calendar. I like aspects of both but I really went cold turkey and didn’t use a paper calendar for two years, and I found I missed it.   When you are a [...]

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