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Guest Project — 3 Tips to a More Organized Day {and organization giveaway}

26 Jan
I’m Jenny from the blog, Planner Perfect and am excited to be here on Tatertots and Jello! I’m a homeschooling mom of seven and love keeping my home and life organized.
I’d love to share 3 different things I do in my day that create amazing results! 
When applied, I am in a fabulous mood, have cleanliness, order, and spiritual and mental renewal. Planner Perfect is set-up to keep me on top of my game by harnessing these pinnacle epiphanies in the days when I need them. Written statements of intent create personal growth…and  I need to make these 3 disciplines, habitual…as I have the propensity for scratching my planned days to blog with my pajamas on ’till noon. Of course, I have regret once I look at the aftermath of my neglect… messy dishes scattered throughout the kitchen from children helping themselves to breakfast, Skillet, booming through speakers of an upstairs bedroom, and smaller children blissfully making snow angels out of packing peanuts on my living room floor.
Was pursuing my interests at the expense of chaos worth it? Hardly. No matter what keeps you off track… heed these disciplines and make them a habit because these are 3 habits all Planner Perfect women must keep!
Get up before your children. If I can get some coffee in my system before my 2-year tells me his plans for the morning–I’m starting off well. It is important for moms to have alone time and it is important to plan for it. Also, as you all know, being a mother means you need to always adjust, as things usually never go as planned. Have a plan B such as planning the time for yourself at night when children are asleep.
My initial plan is to have my devotions, look over my planner, and have some coffee in the morning before all seven children come down and hit the ground running. Get it written down, your statement of intent for the day…it’s what sets apart the truly organized and the, not-so-much…
Plan a morning routine and stick to it! Make breakfast, take out the clean dishes out of the dishwasher, and clean up breakfast dishes…don’t forget to recruit your children to help. The kitchen is the main hub of the house, keep this room functioning at it’s best and it will keep you feeling organized. Get dressed, make beds, and whatever else you want your family to get done in the morning. Make it a team effort and write these morning routines in your planner to show you’re serious. You’re half-way there when you write it down. Planner Perfect, harness life plans, beautifully and keeps you organized… it’s all in the details.  
Plan time in your day for your interests. Do you ever have that stressed out feeling in your busy days that you’ll never get to that project you’re working on? Feel that stress no more! When you plan your time slot for yourself…you know it is a saved slot just for you. Depending on where you put it in your day…you could plan to have it out at a coffee shop and arrange babysitting, you can dive in at home and have your kids watch their favorite movie (just make sure they don’t find a box of packing peanuts!), or wait until evening when they are in bed. Whatever energizes you, however you want to achieve it, you won’t be able to without a plan. Plan out in detail not just when in the day you’ll get it done, but how.
Do a quick pick-up of the house before bed. Ever wake up in the morning to a house that looks like you’ve thrown an all-nighter? I have, and it’s a nightmare. One hour before bed, recruit the kids to help, and get the main areas of your home picked up. Make this a habit and your morning just got better.
There you have it! 3 fundamental habits Planner Perfect women must keep.
With just these three…you will be set-up for success in your days.
You can do it! (me too!!)
I am trying to get more organized in 2011 — so this is great advice!! 
Jenny’s is a mom of SEVEN — and her blog has tons of great organizing ideas!! 
 {Organizing your Tupperware}
Plus — Jenny has a food blog Planner Perfect Meals  — which is dedicated to the tricks and tips on creating homemade foods from scratch, simply.
Jenny has also created — Planner Perfect, a planning system that helps people stay organized for life!
And she has a great ebook which shows you how to make your own Planner Perfect system. 
Wow – she is a busy lady!!!
 Jenny is giving a FREE copy of her 
Planner Perfect ebook 
to one of you!!

e-book giveaway

Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book will get you organized. I give tips from party planning, keeping your home clean, relationships, to utilizing you strengths and talents. Planner Perfect harnesses a life that lives to the fullest. Let Planner Perfect be a springboard for your aspirations and dreams.With over 40 beautiful pages, it is a complete guide that takes you step-by-step on how to become all God has designed you to be as well as complete instruction on how to create your very own Planner Perfect.

Learn how to become a master life planner with Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book. Start today, to become all God created you to be and making your dreams a reality.

Here’s how YOU can win:
  • All you need to do is leave a comment with YOUR #1 Organizing Tip!! 
  • And if you want an extra entry, go over to Jenny’s blog, Planner Perfect and follow it or leave a comment!! 
PSI’m off to Blissdom!! I’d love to meet you if you are going too!!

Dinner Dilemmas: Part 4

19 Apr
First of all, I want to thank each of you that left me a message earlier today. 
I read each one. 
Thank you so much – 
you will never know how much each one of them meant.  
You guys are AWESOME! 
I actually got an email directly from the blogger who had those things on her site. She apologized and took the images and comments down, plus posted an apology on her blog too. I have to say that I really admire her for doing that — it took courage and was a hard thing to do. I forgive her — and I’m moving on.
I am really enjoying these Dinner Dilemma discussions. You guys have given me such great ideas and linked up so many wonderful thoughts, recipes and solutions! Thank you so much for doing it!
This week went really great! We met as a family on Sunday to decide who was going to do which theme for which night. And the we all picked out our recipes that we wanted to make. I even had the kids write me up a grocery list of what they needed. On Monday I went to the store and got all of the ingredients.
Here’s what we had:

There are great links over at the previous post where I have a linky — I’m calling it the Dinner Dilemmas Forum snazzy, huh? There are tons of great recipes, ideas for meal planning and projects. Check it out. If you have a post that you’ve done in the past and would like to link it up — please do!  It is so nice to have so many talented people who have great systems in place that will help dinner time go smoother for the rest of us!

I also wanted to share a great idea from 
Brooke @ Making It Domestic Meal Swapping
Go check it out! 
She only has to cook 1 night a week. Maybe we can get her to write a follow-up post about it for next week’s Dinner Dilemmas post!

And, another great post that is linked up is by 
Kelli @ Smidgens of Piffle — Meal Planning 101 in 8 Simple Steps!

So, how did dinner time go at your house this week? Did you have a successful meal or idea that you can share? Feel free to leave a comment on this post and you can also link your idea up in the Dinner Dilemma Forum.

On the menu for this week:

Monday: Meatloaf and Salad
Tuesday: Spaghetti with homemade Tomato Sauce and Fruit Salad
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner — German Pancakes with Strawberries
Thursday: Red & White Mostaccioli with Salad

Good luck with dinner this week!
I love you guys – thanks for being so wonderful!
And coming up this week:
A really different and cool Giveaway starting in the morning!
A Mother’s Day Giveaway on Tuesday
A project from my bedroom redo, 
A mantle project, 
Another wonderful guest project on Wednesday 
And a new post by Wenderful on How to take a Fabulous Picture.