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December 31st, 2013 at 8:28 am

A Little Help Getting Organized

2014A new year is upon us. Time for some resolutions. I’ll bet one of them is to get organized, right? That is, once the house is back to pre-holiday order. That in itself is a feat. Once you do that, here’s a few apps that can help.

If you’re finding it harder to keep all your passwords straight (and who isn’t), a password manager can really help. Post it notes under your keyboard or a notebook with all of them listed isn’t very secure. Neither is using the same dog/cat/child name for every site. A better bet is LastPass. It’s free and keeps track of all of your passwords and form-filling information so you don’t have to. It can also generate hard-to-hack passwords for sensitive sites where extra security is important. This is a really useful app.

Another helpful app is  It’s a quick and easy way to make your to-do lists on your phone. Things to do today, tomorrow or in coming days. Everything from walking the dog, calling your mom, or checking the Garanimals blog. Easier than a calendar app, you can enter by typing or speaking.  And way better than the handwritten note that you left on the counter.

Speaking of lists, try GroceryIQ to manage your grocery lists on your phone. Create and organize and print your lists by store, aisle or bar code, and synchronize on multiple devices. Or try ZipList and include recipe clipping and in-store deals to streamline the whole grocery shopping process. Anything to make that chore easier gets my vote.

Try these apps and hopefully you can save yourself enough time each week to do something fun. Happy New Year! And may all your resolutions be achieved.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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December 31st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Helping your Children to Make Resolutions in the New Year

We hear about resolutions and goals everywhere we turn this time of year. I know I have been thinking about what changes I want to make with the start of a new year.

Weight loss?


Financial changes?


What about your kids? Have you thought about having them make a resolution. I think it is a good process for them to incorporate into their life. Have them think about some bad habits or items that they want to change about themselves. Instead of a big resolution, have them come up with 12 mini ones. They can be something that is written on the calendar for each month.

Need some ideas?

Hug my little brother each day!

Learn to tie my shoes.

Pick up my toys.

Eat all my veggies!

Be nicer to my siblings.

Make my bed every morning.

It can be as simple or as hard as you need it to be for them. Plus, since they say it takes 21 days to make something a habit a lot of their resolutions will become an everyday part of life.

This can work for adults too. Are you the type of person that makes a resolution, but doesn’t stick to it. Maybe you have too many that overwhelm you. Assign one resolution for each month and by the end of the year you will actually have completed some.

What resolutions are your family members setting this year?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 26th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Slowly Cleaning up after the Holiday Craziness

Well… I know I am mid-holiday craziness. Maybe your house looks like mine? Toys everywhere, overflowing mounds of cookies, bags to be unpacked, laundry to be done, and every other household obligation I have ignored for the past two weeks. Plus, the New Year is just around the corner with resolutions to be set.

My theory is – How you START the New Year is HOW the New Year will go! So, this week I will be spending some time getting my home and life back in order from the last month of neglect. I like to do a few things this week to get ready.

First, I like to review the last 12 months. What worked and didn’t work in our life? Are there any things that need to be reprioritized? Any things I need to step AWAY from or say YES to – volunteering, work, extra activities? What new rules or chores need to be set for our children? How can I make life easier for myself, my husband, and even my kids?

I always enjoy watching the picture slideshows from the past year, so I take time to glance through our pictures on the computer. As I do this I take note of some of our favorite activities that we may want to do this upcoming year. Was that bike ride on the trail a great time this summer? – then I make sure we fit it again. The kids and I talk about some of the pictures and what things they liked or didn’t like as I look through the past year.

The next thing I like to do is get the house back into order. I clean out the box under my desk where I have been “hiding” the papers off of my desk so visitors don’t see. I find places for all the gifts we received over the holidays. I go through the fridge and clean it out. Not full-scale organizing but just so it looks a little better on the outside and makes me feel like I haven’t totally lost control. As I do this I make a list of other places that may need a little more attention over the winter.

As part of my organizing, I start to take care of some of my holiday things. I like to collect gift bags I receive to reuse next year, cut off tops of holiday cards to donate to school, and keep a list of supplies or decorations I would like to pick up for next year. I also like to write down some special holiday memories from the year.

The last part of my week is thinking about resolutions or some goals for the next year. In the terms of resolutions I like to think of September as the start of my New Year, but I do like to review those goals and make some new ones for January. It’s a great time to review what you are doing and tweak it a little or a lot!

Every year as I go through my yearly ritual it helps me to remember how blessed I truly am in so many ways! A great way to end the Holiday season and enter into the New Year!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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