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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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Perfectionism Kills Action

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 12, 2013 in Business, Family, life, Moms |

Every week I wait until the last minute to write my blog post. I have a deadline. I know when it is. But even knowing that, it seems like it isn’t until the last minute that I finally settle on the “perfect” topic. I reflect on the week and see what themes kept coming into [...]

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Easy Summer Freezer Meals

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 14, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I have a confession to make: our family has been eating out way too much. Sometimes it is easier with all of us on different schedules to meet somewhere for dinner than it is for me to think about what to make for dinner. But I missed making dinner. I missed my kids fighting over [...]

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Get Ready For Summer By Being Prepared

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 24, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

  The last days of school are upon us and the trees are almost all leafed out! Finally the calendar and Mother Nature are in alignment! I am shocked as always how fast a school year goes. I like to say when times are good….time flies by and when times are bad time is so [...]

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How To Get The Male Gender To Organize

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 10, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

I received a question on my MS. Simplicity Facebook page asking for help on how to organize husbands and sons. As a married mother of three boys and being surrounded by them for the last twenty plus years I was surprised by this question. I was a messy teen girl, just ask my mom as [...]

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Skills I Want My Boys To Have

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 3, 2013 in Family, life, Moms, money |

Raising children is a slippery slope at times. We have to compete against friends and the media and our busy schedules to try to mold and grow children into productive members of society. I have one child that has left the nest and I am preparing for two more to leave in the next four [...]

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Flood Of Papers

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 26, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

The number one issue that I hear from clients is what to do with all that paper? They have stacks and stacks and sometimes boxes of it and they simply are paralyzed with fear and don’t know what to do with it. So the paper pile just keeps growing and growing and growing. I think the blame [...]

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Graduation Party Ideas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 19, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

So I am almost a year away from having had my first child’s graduation party, a party that I had planned for a couple of years. You see, I have been going to graduation parties that my friends are having for their kids and I am seeing what I love and seeing what short cuts would [...]

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What To Do With Your Messy Child

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 12, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

  So what do you do if your child is messy and you fear their future as a star on the show “Hoarders”? First be realistic. Is it really that bad or are you just imagining it? Second, start being proactive in a loving way. When your children are young, that is the time to [...]

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The Voice In Your Head

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 5, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

We finished our Spring Fling Challenge this week and it was a great success. For 21 days I gave tips on my MS. Simplicity Facebook page for little challenges. Many items were flung and many homes were organized along the way. Sometimes we need that little voice in our head telling you to just get rid [...]

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