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“Crazy Ivan” Strategy for Busy Days

Do you remember the movie The Hunt for Red October? It came out in 1990 and stars Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst leading a covert attempt to steal a cutting-edge Soviet nuclear submarine with the help of a defecting Russian submarine captain, Marko Ramius (played by Sean Connery).
I’m thinking about this movie […]


Organize: Popsicle Stick Cleaning System

Family members are still straggling downstairs this morning, but as soon as everyone’s awake and functional we’re going to do our weekly Popsicle Stick Cleaning Session. My kids love this!
Just kidding. They don’t love it. But it works.
I keep a bunch of popsicle sticks with jobs written on them in a “To Do” jar. When […]


Pulling It Off in 2014 / Step One: Declutter

Yesterday I wrote a post about mendiants, little French candies made of dark chocolate, dried fruits, and nuts. I spotted them on Manger, a blog written by a beautiful woman with a beautiful family living in a beautiful home in the beautiful countryside of France.
Later in the day, I had a conversation with a friend […]


Getting Organized: Conquering Paper Clutter

The kids came home from their first day back at school after Christmas break with lots of paper—homework, newsletters, forms to be filled out, completed assignments, etc. Plus, there was a big stack of mail to deal with. With six people and assorted animals living under one roof, the paper clutter can get out of control […]


Welcome, 2014!

Happy New Year! I hope you’re easing nicely into 2014. I have so many things I’m excited to share—like how Lexie turned 13 and suddenly started cooking and organizing (that’s her in the photo taking on an out-of-control cabinet on New Year’s Day).
But since I’m already a little behind this year, I’m just going to kick […]


What to Cook? / Food We Love

Here is a collection of my favorite recipes, the tried and true. Some appear on our table weekly, some just once or twice a year on special occasions, but none of them ever let me down. I’ll be adding more, so please check back if you need ideas!
Main Dishes
Aunt Karna’s Stuffed Shells
Neopolitan Casserole
Grandma Charlotte’s Pork […]


Organizing for Next Christmas

I meant to make these Wee Mouse Tin Houses as gifts this past Christmas. I really did. I even bought fabric. A week before Christmas. Needless to say, the mice didn’t get made. But there’s always Christmas 2013, right?
Except that after surviving the holidays the last thing I want to do is start thinking about […]


Happy Birthday, Tim!

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Kids’ Art Area / A Space to Create

One of the biggest challenges for me in blogging is to only post once a day! There are so many ideas to discuss, strategies to ponder, and books and projects and recipes to share. But this blog is meant to be a sketchpad for ideas and a place to organize thoughts and plans for living […]


Evacuation Preparedness Tips from FlyLady

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We had quite an exciting morning. To make a long story short, there was a very minor issue at our local nuclear power plant during the night. We got an early-morning phone call from the powers-that-be asking us to keep our kids home until we knew the problem had been fixed. Soon after, […]


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