feeding hungry boys


Baking and cooking once a week to stock-up your freezer keeps your boys' hunger pangs at bay, your family fed well, and keeps your grocery bill down!

Over at PPM (Planner Perfect Meals) where I blog about all my favorite go-to recipes to feed my huge brood, I'm diving into my series, Feeding Hungry Boys. You're not going to want to miss these hacks. They are chalked full of tips on how to feed your hungry boys on the quick, on the cheap, and with ingredients that you control. 

Hop on over to PPM, the series, Feeding Hungry Boys, will be going on all week. Lay your planner out and start writing down your new baking day plans to stock up your freezer for the hungry boys in your life. You'll thank me. You really will. 

my go-to make-up favorites



Find out my all-time make-up favorites that get me lookin' good, fast! Check my you tube channel for names to all my make-up mentioned in the video! 

Be sure to list your favorites in the comments below:)

motherhood planning and what you need to know


I am going to tell you something you've probably not heard before. 

You're planning all wrong. 

There are a lot of planners out there and we all, including myself at one point, try to find just the right one, get bored, find more, print more, and yet, seem to be unfulfilled in our purchase; and still unorganized.

It's because the way you are planning is only subconsciously, stressing you out. Most women only stress importance on organizing their to-dos, not their life as a whole. Most women only organize and try to harness, in a pretty fashion, their tasks and endless kids activities, not live off their scripted mission statement and goals for their lives and family. 

We were meant for more, ladies. YOU were meant for more than merely being an expert at organizing your to-do list. In motherhood, we have the awesome responsibility to become managers of the home and raising our children. This is something we can't afford to take lightly and simply reduce our CEO status to task and activity, expert. I want to inspire you and encourage you to change the way you look at planning your life and reclaim your motherhood role. 

Here are some basic, Planner Perfect 101, planning tips that are part of my 7-step Method that I've created to break down life planning in simple steps. I've compiled these so you can get the most out of your planning life. 

Don't live by just your calendar. This is the number one rule of thumb when beginning your transition from task slave to life planner. Enjoy the freedom that relinquishing that full calendar brings. Stop finding fulfillment in filling up your calendar and trying to stay excited about all the things you set yourself up for. It's not exciting. It's mostly meaningless busyness. I want you to fill your calendar with only activities and things that are in align with your goals, your purpose, and your mission statement. 

Find or create a planner that is set-up to create goals for each month. I have created the Planner Perfect, planner, a unique planner that is set-up this way to maximize your planning experience. This planner is for life planners only! You'll love this way of planning. It keeps you focused on your rightful role as CEO of your family and a woman who is living a life of purpose. 

Motherhood is serious business. Do not leave your life and your children's life up to chance. Pray, plan and become a visionary for your life and your family's.

Write your mission statement. This is important. In the Planner Perfect planner, bundle, I have a printable sheet designated for you to create a mission statement. You should have a mission statement for yourself and one for your family. Having a mission statement keeps you held accountable while planning; it must align with your written mission statement. I have a great post HERE that will get you all inspired about how-to, why, and the details and importance of writing a mission statement. 

Organization is something that will come and flow naturally when embarking on this life planning journey and my planner is set-up to harness all your organizing goals. Each month should have, month-specific, goals and organizational goals. Some goals should include: wardrobe needs and deep cleaning in your spring and fall months, summer plans in your summer month's goal section, and I have all the details on how to set goals, why and where in my eBook. Be sure to check it out and get started right away on your new life.


Write a better story. Writing your life's story is the heart of life planning. You are looking at your life long-term and then writing short-term goals to reach them. I am in love with Donald Miller's writings, blog, and Donald Miller books. He talks about writing your life down as though you were telling a story. He humorously writes in his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, when he was being interviewed about his life for a possible movie from his book, he found his life was rather boring, nothing big to write about. From this perspective, he inspires his readers through this entertaining and thought-provoking personal story, to begin writing a better story. A life God has intended for you. I know you'll love this delightful book as much as I did. It sits on my book shelf as ones to visit often like a dear friend. I also have some good reads on the topic of writing your own story in your life planners, HERE and HERE on my blog.

These planning 101 tips should definitely get your juices flowing so you can begin planning better and gaining control of your life again. To get the full details on becoming a life planner, be sure to read my eBook, chalked full on how to live a better story, becoming organized, reclaiming your motherhood, and living a life of purpose. 

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog and hope I've inspired you to plan better to become more








snack-size cinnamon rolls


These snack-sized cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious, fast and easy! You've got to make these on your next baking day. Find out the details, the recipe and this awesome tip for icing these bad boys on my food blog, Planner Perfect meals. 

Enjoy!


What snack-tips do you have for your baking day?

50% off planners and calendars



Planner Perfect's planner sets and calendars are now 50% off to make way for 2015!! 

If you haven't created your Planner yet, now is the time! The calendars run through March 2015. Choose from Black Damask, Seaside, and Chevron prints. 



Get yours now at my Etsy shop and get to planning!!

Why You Should Plan Your Weekends


Do you ever treat the weekend differently than your week, stop all planning and let the proverbial chips fall where they may? I have found that if you don't plan your weekend just as you do your week, you are missing out all you can accomplish personally and as a family. If you need to super-charge your weekends, this post is for you.

My experience in wasted weekends are plentiful, because there is something about my husband being home that makes me completely, unmotivated. You know what I mean? I just relax, don't move much, like I'm on a strike or something. I'll hang out with my jammies on till noon, comb through Facebook over and over, check out any new likes on my Instagram, Google myself to death and ignore kids crying and fighting as if they were invisible. 

Was it worth it? Uh, hardly! 

The real, self loathing comes in when the big demands from everyone start kicking into overdrive: my kids demanding meals and snacks, they're all wondering where their clothes are to get dressed, I'm still not dressed, and the house looks like it went through a tornado with the aftermath of a sea of toy guns, games and dolls, I need to crawl through to find my shower! 

Planner Perfect friends, it's time to take back our weekends and maximize our time!

No plan equals wasted time.

Plan your weekend, and have fun. Sure, we all need to stay in our jammies till noon and watch movies once and awhile, but making it a weekend habit, not such a good thing. We only have so much time and how we use it is of vital importance for us purpose-driven, people. We need a plan! This is when we can dive into our God-given talents, take time to reflect, grow, educate ourselves, and hit the town!

I need my week's rhythm to break. My week is chalked full of caring for my babies, schooling, cleaning, baking, errands and all of the, mom stuff, that us moms do. It's my job. I own it. I love it; our plans should reflect this gear switch, because as far as my weekends are concerned, I don't want to do what I did all week. I'm ready to shake it up! I don't want to scrub toilets. Again. I want to plan museum trips, ice cream socials, watch my kids' sports, or grab a bite to eat. And diving into self discovery for me is my favorite. I plan and utilize part of my weekends diving into my passions. 

So get to mapping out your weekends and maximize your time in your planners. Your jammies will appreciate the break...

What will you plan for this weekend? 


Beauty Secrets



I've spent most of my summers as a teenager sun bathing lying for hours, oily and greasy, smelling like coconut while listening to my 80's favorites from my purple, boom box. I knew it was time to flip when I was fried on the one side. To add insult to injury, I was equally as bad at taking care of my skin at nights before bed and sadly, this bad habit stayed with me well into adulthood. Lucky for me, our skin can repair itself, and I am so glad because my skin hasn't been as soft, my pores seemed larger, my skin was patchy and I've had some break-outs. Yuck! 

I've done my research, knew I wanted to use all natural products and absolutely love what I've been using. Thankful for my skin's healing and repairing qualities, I've noticed quite the turn-around with my skin's texture and tone.


I make sure I wash my face every morning and evening. I love coconut oil and recommend using it for everything. I have used pure coconut oil on my face by just rubbing it in to my face and neck and taking a hot wet washcloth and pressing it on my face letting it steam. I use it, too for a moisturizer for not only my face and neck but brush my teeth with it, and use it all over my body paying close attention to my feet. Here is a list of a gazillion uses for coconut oil from one of my favorite blogs. I also have purchased coconut oil products for skincare from Tropical Traditions. I use their foaming face wash and lotions and they are amazing. I must note it is quite inexpensive, too. These prices are perfect!


You want a miracle to soften lines? Rosehip oil. Yes. This stuff is amazing. Soft and radiant skin, wrinkles softened, sun-damage, reversed, no more dark spots from acne scaring; this stuff needs to be in every woman's bathroom. And the price? Oh so nice. I don't mind paying the $9.99 it costs at Whole Foods. It lasts about a month and is dark orange in color. Rub this on after your cleansing and if needing extra moisture, try adding some coconut oil on too. My skin has never looked so good. Honestly...I wish now I would have done before and after photos. But for now, you'll just have to take my word for it.:) 


You don't have to spend a lot of money to look fabulous. Natural is always best since our skin is the largest organ on our body we want to be mindful on what we're putting on it. 

Here's the breakdown for morning and evening:

A.M. Routine:
Wash my face with my coconut foaming cleanser from Tropical Traditions. I don't use the pure coconut oil because it's too greasy to wear under my make-up. For my moisturizer, I put 2 pumps of rosehip oil on and rub in completely as well as Tropical Traditions coconut lotion. I'm ready for make-up!

P.M. Routine:
I use coconut oil all over my face and rub it it and you the steamed hot washcloth to press on my face (like a mini facial) to remove all my make-up. I make sure my make-up is all off and use the rosehip oil and this time use the pure coconut oil applying all over my face and neck as well as my feet before I climb into bed. It's quite lovely...

What are your beauty secrets?


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

feeding hungry boys


Baking and cooking once a week to stock-up your freezer keeps your boys' hunger pangs at bay, your family fed well, and keeps your grocery bill down!

Over at PPM (Planner Perfect Meals) where I blog about all my favorite go-to recipes to feed my huge brood, I'm diving into my series, Feeding Hungry Boys. You're not going to want to miss these hacks. They are chalked full of tips on how to feed your hungry boys on the quick, on the cheap, and with ingredients that you control. 

Hop on over to PPM, the series, Feeding Hungry Boys, will be going on all week. Lay your planner out and start writing down your new baking day plans to stock up your freezer for the hungry boys in your life. You'll thank me. You really will. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

my go-to make-up favorites



Find out my all-time make-up favorites that get me lookin' good, fast! Check my you tube channel for names to all my make-up mentioned in the video! 

Be sure to list your favorites in the comments below:)

Friday, August 8, 2014

motherhood planning and what you need to know


I am going to tell you something you've probably not heard before. 

You're planning all wrong. 

There are a lot of planners out there and we all, including myself at one point, try to find just the right one, get bored, find more, print more, and yet, seem to be unfulfilled in our purchase; and still unorganized.

It's because the way you are planning is only subconsciously, stressing you out. Most women only stress importance on organizing their to-dos, not their life as a whole. Most women only organize and try to harness, in a pretty fashion, their tasks and endless kids activities, not live off their scripted mission statement and goals for their lives and family. 

We were meant for more, ladies. YOU were meant for more than merely being an expert at organizing your to-do list. In motherhood, we have the awesome responsibility to become managers of the home and raising our children. This is something we can't afford to take lightly and simply reduce our CEO status to task and activity, expert. I want to inspire you and encourage you to change the way you look at planning your life and reclaim your motherhood role. 

Here are some basic, Planner Perfect 101, planning tips that are part of my 7-step Method that I've created to break down life planning in simple steps. I've compiled these so you can get the most out of your planning life. 

Don't live by just your calendar. This is the number one rule of thumb when beginning your transition from task slave to life planner. Enjoy the freedom that relinquishing that full calendar brings. Stop finding fulfillment in filling up your calendar and trying to stay excited about all the things you set yourself up for. It's not exciting. It's mostly meaningless busyness. I want you to fill your calendar with only activities and things that are in align with your goals, your purpose, and your mission statement. 

Find or create a planner that is set-up to create goals for each month. I have created the Planner Perfect, planner, a unique planner that is set-up this way to maximize your planning experience. This planner is for life planners only! You'll love this way of planning. It keeps you focused on your rightful role as CEO of your family and a woman who is living a life of purpose. 

Motherhood is serious business. Do not leave your life and your children's life up to chance. Pray, plan and become a visionary for your life and your family's.

Write your mission statement. This is important. In the Planner Perfect planner, bundle, I have a printable sheet designated for you to create a mission statement. You should have a mission statement for yourself and one for your family. Having a mission statement keeps you held accountable while planning; it must align with your written mission statement. I have a great post HERE that will get you all inspired about how-to, why, and the details and importance of writing a mission statement. 

Organization is something that will come and flow naturally when embarking on this life planning journey and my planner is set-up to harness all your organizing goals. Each month should have, month-specific, goals and organizational goals. Some goals should include: wardrobe needs and deep cleaning in your spring and fall months, summer plans in your summer month's goal section, and I have all the details on how to set goals, why and where in my eBook. Be sure to check it out and get started right away on your new life.


Write a better story. Writing your life's story is the heart of life planning. You are looking at your life long-term and then writing short-term goals to reach them. I am in love with Donald Miller's writings, blog, and Donald Miller books. He talks about writing your life down as though you were telling a story. He humorously writes in his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, when he was being interviewed about his life for a possible movie from his book, he found his life was rather boring, nothing big to write about. From this perspective, he inspires his readers through this entertaining and thought-provoking personal story, to begin writing a better story. A life God has intended for you. I know you'll love this delightful book as much as I did. It sits on my book shelf as ones to visit often like a dear friend. I also have some good reads on the topic of writing your own story in your life planners, HERE and HERE on my blog.

These planning 101 tips should definitely get your juices flowing so you can begin planning better and gaining control of your life again. To get the full details on becoming a life planner, be sure to read my eBook, chalked full on how to live a better story, becoming organized, reclaiming your motherhood, and living a life of purpose. 

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog and hope I've inspired you to plan better to become more








Thursday, August 7, 2014

snack-size cinnamon rolls


These snack-sized cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious, fast and easy! You've got to make these on your next baking day. Find out the details, the recipe and this awesome tip for icing these bad boys on my food blog, Planner Perfect meals. 

Enjoy!


What snack-tips do you have for your baking day?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

50% off planners and calendars



Planner Perfect's planner sets and calendars are now 50% off to make way for 2015!! 

If you haven't created your Planner yet, now is the time! The calendars run through March 2015. Choose from Black Damask, Seaside, and Chevron prints. 



Get yours now at my Etsy shop and get to planning!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Why You Should Plan Your Weekends


Do you ever treat the weekend differently than your week, stop all planning and let the proverbial chips fall where they may? I have found that if you don't plan your weekend just as you do your week, you are missing out all you can accomplish personally and as a family. If you need to super-charge your weekends, this post is for you.

My experience in wasted weekends are plentiful, because there is something about my husband being home that makes me completely, unmotivated. You know what I mean? I just relax, don't move much, like I'm on a strike or something. I'll hang out with my jammies on till noon, comb through Facebook over and over, check out any new likes on my Instagram, Google myself to death and ignore kids crying and fighting as if they were invisible. 

Was it worth it? Uh, hardly! 

The real, self loathing comes in when the big demands from everyone start kicking into overdrive: my kids demanding meals and snacks, they're all wondering where their clothes are to get dressed, I'm still not dressed, and the house looks like it went through a tornado with the aftermath of a sea of toy guns, games and dolls, I need to crawl through to find my shower! 

Planner Perfect friends, it's time to take back our weekends and maximize our time!

No plan equals wasted time.

Plan your weekend, and have fun. Sure, we all need to stay in our jammies till noon and watch movies once and awhile, but making it a weekend habit, not such a good thing. We only have so much time and how we use it is of vital importance for us purpose-driven, people. We need a plan! This is when we can dive into our God-given talents, take time to reflect, grow, educate ourselves, and hit the town!

I need my week's rhythm to break. My week is chalked full of caring for my babies, schooling, cleaning, baking, errands and all of the, mom stuff, that us moms do. It's my job. I own it. I love it; our plans should reflect this gear switch, because as far as my weekends are concerned, I don't want to do what I did all week. I'm ready to shake it up! I don't want to scrub toilets. Again. I want to plan museum trips, ice cream socials, watch my kids' sports, or grab a bite to eat. And diving into self discovery for me is my favorite. I plan and utilize part of my weekends diving into my passions. 

So get to mapping out your weekends and maximize your time in your planners. Your jammies will appreciate the break...

What will you plan for this weekend? 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Beauty Secrets



I've spent most of my summers as a teenager sun bathing lying for hours, oily and greasy, smelling like coconut while listening to my 80's favorites from my purple, boom box. I knew it was time to flip when I was fried on the one side. To add insult to injury, I was equally as bad at taking care of my skin at nights before bed and sadly, this bad habit stayed with me well into adulthood. Lucky for me, our skin can repair itself, and I am so glad because my skin hasn't been as soft, my pores seemed larger, my skin was patchy and I've had some break-outs. Yuck! 

I've done my research, knew I wanted to use all natural products and absolutely love what I've been using. Thankful for my skin's healing and repairing qualities, I've noticed quite the turn-around with my skin's texture and tone.


I make sure I wash my face every morning and evening. I love coconut oil and recommend using it for everything. I have used pure coconut oil on my face by just rubbing it in to my face and neck and taking a hot wet washcloth and pressing it on my face letting it steam. I use it, too for a moisturizer for not only my face and neck but brush my teeth with it, and use it all over my body paying close attention to my feet. Here is a list of a gazillion uses for coconut oil from one of my favorite blogs. I also have purchased coconut oil products for skincare from Tropical Traditions. I use their foaming face wash and lotions and they are amazing. I must note it is quite inexpensive, too. These prices are perfect!


You want a miracle to soften lines? Rosehip oil. Yes. This stuff is amazing. Soft and radiant skin, wrinkles softened, sun-damage, reversed, no more dark spots from acne scaring; this stuff needs to be in every woman's bathroom. And the price? Oh so nice. I don't mind paying the $9.99 it costs at Whole Foods. It lasts about a month and is dark orange in color. Rub this on after your cleansing and if needing extra moisture, try adding some coconut oil on too. My skin has never looked so good. Honestly...I wish now I would have done before and after photos. But for now, you'll just have to take my word for it.:) 


You don't have to spend a lot of money to look fabulous. Natural is always best since our skin is the largest organ on our body we want to be mindful on what we're putting on it. 

Here's the breakdown for morning and evening:

A.M. Routine:
Wash my face with my coconut foaming cleanser from Tropical Traditions. I don't use the pure coconut oil because it's too greasy to wear under my make-up. For my moisturizer, I put 2 pumps of rosehip oil on and rub in completely as well as Tropical Traditions coconut lotion. I'm ready for make-up!

P.M. Routine:
I use coconut oil all over my face and rub it it and you the steamed hot washcloth to press on my face (like a mini facial) to remove all my make-up. I make sure my make-up is all off and use the rosehip oil and this time use the pure coconut oil applying all over my face and neck as well as my feet before I climb into bed. It's quite lovely...

What are your beauty secrets?