...YOUR key to MORE time

By: Juli | October 06, 2016

I wonder what we should have for dinner tonight... Let's see what we have on hand. Hmmm... I don't know, let's just go out to eat. Does that sound familiar? It's the evening routine of many families, because thinking of something to make for supper is almost more work than making it. And when you just come home from work, the stress of dinner planning is often just too much.

So how can we make evening meal planning easier? Here are some ideas:

  1. Plan ahead. On the weekend when the family is together, ask, "So what does everyone want for supper this week?" Make a list of the suggestions and choose meals from the list. Add foods as needed to go along with the meal, i.e. veggies, fruit, bread, yogurt, salad, etc. Write it out and hang...

By: Juli | August 26, 2016

School has started already! Or finally... depending on your perspective. But either way, getting back into the school routine can be difficult for many families. If you're having trouble getting into the back to school groove, here are some ways to ease the transition:

  1. Plan ahead. Find out what time the bus comes or figure out alternate transportation ahead of time. This way you can begin to plan what time your day needs to start. Work backwards from the time you need to leave the house to figure out what time everyone needs to get up. Leave the house at ______. So that means we need to grab breakfast at ______. And it takes ____ minutes to get ready. So we need to set the alarm for _______. Once you've gotten that set up, you can plan the r...

By: Juli | June 21, 2016

Do you ever feel like you have so much to do that you'll never get it all done? Life is always busy, but there are times that literally everything is important and has to be done right now. How do you juggle everything at once without messing up something important and/or losing your mind? Here are some tips that I use when everything is piling up at once. Hopefully some of them will help you, too.

  1. Everything that has to be done is important, but some things are most important. What are those most important things? Write them down and when they need to be done. What are the steps you will need to do to get them done? Write them down in your planner or tell Siri to remind you on the days that each step needs to be taken. If you can get it all...

By: Juli | May 01, 2016

Let me begin with Merriam-Webster's definition of Concierge:  A resident in an apartment building especially in France who serves as doorkeeper, landlord's representative, and janitor. Right! That sums it up... maybe about twenty years ago! Although the part about living in France sounds fun, this definition is quite outdated.

My definition of Concierge: A person skilled at accomplishing tasks with speed and enthusiasm.

Today people are strapped for time. Between family, work, activities and household tasks, the days just get shorter and shorter. A Concierge will help lighten the load so that you can:

  • Be more productive at work, because you won't spend the day thinking of all the other "stuff" you need to get done.
  • Have more time to ...

By: Juli | April 24, 2016

My closet is not nearly big enough. So now that the season has changed, I realize just how packed full it really is. There's no room to cram in even one spring dress. So usually I unload the closet of winter clothes and switch them out for spring and summer clothes, but this year I'm looking at clothes I haven't worn for at least a couple years. I know how it goes, though. If I get rid of something I always wish I had it later. But really, if I haven't worn something in two or three years, there must be a reason. And everything looks better in my memory then it probably did when I wore it. Otherwise I would have worn it all the time and looked spectacular!

So I'm going to clean out my closet this weekend and make a pile of winter clothes to ...