Perfect Planning

Perfect vacations rarely happen without some thoughtful planning. While not always as exciting as a spur-of-the-moment getaway, a well-thought-out trip may be less likely to deliver stress and frustration. To start the vacation planning process, compile all your trip details in a 3-ring binder or a spiral notebook plus a 2-pocket folder. Whether you’re in the early planning stages or just days away from your trip, gather these items so they’re at your fingertips when you need them.


• your travel agent’s phone number and email address
• airline or train reservation information, plus phone numbers and website addresses (to check in online or
verify on-time status)
• car rental agency phone numbers, coupons, and confirmation numbers
• hotel brochures, phone and confirmation numbers
• maps of the area you’re traveling to, as well as maps and directions to help you get there
• brochures of interesting places to visit on the way or upon arrival at your destination (museums, state parks, theme parks, historic sites, etc.)
• complete itinerary of your trip

Also, to keep your home tidy in the days or weeks leading up to the trip, dedicate one central location (such as a laundry basket tucked away in a closet or a suitcase stashed in the laundry room) for take-along items. As you encounter things that must be packed (such as travel books and beach towels), toss them in and forget about them until packing day.

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Time For Stress-Free Holidays

Do you look forward to the holidays, or do you panic with the thought of all you have to do? Getting organized is the key to managing a fantastic, stress-free season. Thoughtful planning, deliberate delegation, focusing on simplicity, and slowing down to enjoy family and friends will help you survive — and actually enjoy — the upcoming weeks.

Make a list: Start a running list of “to do’s” that need to be completed before the holidays. If you break your large projects into smaller tasks, it will make things seem more manageable.

Delegate: Stop trying to do everything yourself. Assign each task from the list you created to a specific family member. Then, ask yourself, “Where is it important that I spend my time? How do I want to spend my time?” Delete or delegate everything else. For example, get someone else to clean the house or let the deli do the cooking. This doesn’t have to be expensive; instead of a fancy turkey dinner, plan an affordable sandwich buffet or make-your-own pizza party. Or, invite guests to each bring their favorite dishes for a potluck.

Say “no” sometimes: It’s okay to say “no.” Company parties, family get-togethers, all-day shopping excursions, cookie bakes — they’ll zap your energy fast! Is it time for a reality check on your priorities? Let your involvement in activities be aligned with your goals, not by the open slots of your schedule.

Schedule time for you: Book personal time first. If you fail to schedule the time initially, it won't be there later! Block off an afternoon, an hour, or even ten minutes to enjoy what energizes you and lifts your spirits this holiday season.

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Simple Gratitude

Thanksgiving at your house?  Relax!

For some, the holiday season brings an increased level of stress and anxiety.  Best advice: Keep it simple!

Thanksgiving is one of the greatest holidays to utilize things that are already around you. Make time to de-stress by taking a walk.  Pick up a few acorns, twigs and pine cones along the way and you have the start to a beautiful rustic centerpiece.

For meals, plan ahead by making a list of all the ingredients you will need for each family favorite. Scroll weekly sales ads to buy items with longer expiration dates in advance (such as butter and sugar).  Save only the shorter, perishable item list for the last shopping trip one or two days before the holiday.  It will be far less overwhelming than purchasing everything in one store visit.

Take breaks, take walks and remember to laugh!  Enjoy the Harvest!

Holiday Countdown Begins!

Panic set in the other day when I was in the car listening to the radio.  I heard the one thing that signals the beginning of the holidays... Christmas music! So, I am passing along a few tips to help you get organized for the holidays before you hear the Christmas music too and panic!

1)Put together a plan of attack.  Not sure what you need to do and in what order? No worries-Pinterest has some great ideas. Check out for handlheld printables or




2) Declutter areas of your home that the guests will be in.  Areas like the pantry, linen closet, guest bedroom, coat closet and guest bathroom.

3) Take an inventory of what you currently have for decorations and gift wrapping.

4) Decorate your home and make it a fun time for the whole family. 

5) Make a list by store of the different items you need to shop for. Shop during off times during the week or shop online.