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Gamifying Home school for Older Children

Today I’ve got a new article up about gamifying home school for older kids! Whether you’re familiar with gamification or not, this piece gives some ideas about how to incorporate it into a home school environment!

Taking Your Gardening Underground

If you’re looking for ways to keep your family self-sustainable through the winter, check out this article I wrote for Right to Thrive! It goes into some of the basics of building underground greenhouses where you can plant your produce year round!

How “Fire Touched” by Patricia Briggs gets personal agency right

 

fire-touchedIf you haven’t read any of Patricia Briggs’ books, I highly recommend them. They are fantasy books set in basically our world, but with werewolves, fae, and other magical creatures that humans are aware of, if not completely in the loop about the extent of their powers.  And being set in the Pacific Northwest, there’s lots of cool landscape and locational shout-outs to the region!

“Fire Touched” is the 9th book in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is a mechanic who can shapeshift into a coyote and was raised (and now lives with) werewolves. She is also friends with vampires and fae, though the magical beings don’t usually get along with other types of magical beings. All sorts of drama between vampires, werewolves, humans, fae, and witches ensues.

In “Fire Touched” Mercy is asked to protect a human child who has magical powers because he was trapped by the fae for hundreds of years. So yes, he is not actually a child, but he looks like one and has not really developed social or life skills beyond that of a child.

I don’t want to spoil too much, and I can’t go into to many details without spoiling important events in the series for those who haven’t started it, but there’s one major thing that stuck out to me in this book and that is personal agency.  Read the rest of this entry

My thoughts on “Winter” by Marissa Meyer

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For a couple of years now, I’ve been wanting to read more, and lately, I’ve finally been sitting down and doing it. I probably won’t review every book I read this year, but I really like the books I’ve recently read, so I’m going to talk about them a bit.

The first book I read this year is “Winter” by Marissa Meyer. This is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles Series, and I loved it. It was a great end to the series, and it really brought everything together. My review below mentions some specific parts of the series, but doesn’t contain any major spoilers. Read the rest of this entry

Organizing Cupboards

My husband and I are pretty good about keeping our home clean. He keeps the kitchen pretty spotless (so I have something to mess up when I cook), and does the laundry, while I tend to focus on keeping the crap (okay, MY crap) from piling up in the common rooms. If my craft-room mess is contained to the craft room, we’re looking pretty good.

But there are definitely places in our home that suffer from lack of organization. Our bathroom shelves are pretty disheveled, with body care products thrown up there with no regard for order. We also have a couple of “junk drawers” in our kitchen that are pretty frustrating to dig through when we’re looking for miscellaneous items. Read the rest of this entry

Storage Solutions for Messy Craft Supplies

In the 2 years since I moved from being a wannabe crafter to an active one, I’ve accumulated a lot of craft supplies. Many of them fit well in the drawers and shelves, but there are certain items that seem destined to make messes. Below are some of my problem supplies and how I’ve battled them. Read the rest of this entry

Saving Money Moving

Whenever I read “saving money” advice, I feel like it’s written for people who live in the 90s. These people still have landlines, pay for services that are free on the internet, and aren’t drowning in student loans.

So when I write financial advice, I try to steer clear of outdated, useless “tips”. I recently wrote for Whitney Hansen’s blog, which has great articles about saving money, traveling, and becoming an entrepreneur! My article explores some simple but effective ways to save money while moving. Enjoy!

Three Secrets to Productively Working from Home

This is a guest post, written by Debbie Rosemont, Certified Professional Organizer. You can see her bio below the post, but first here are some great tips she wrote about working productively in a home office!

For some of us, working from home is a daily occurrence. For others, it is an occasional possibility. Whether you work from home as a routine, or telecommute periodically, there are benefits and challenges that you’ll encounter. A few of the benefits are that you can work in your PJs, save time on your commute, and can attend to personal tasks throughout the day, as well as to your business.  A few of the challenges are that you can work in your PJs (dressing professionally may help us feel more “serious”, dedicated or focused on our work), don’t have a commute (for some, that commute helps them separate home life/tasks from work and vice versa), and can attend to personal tasks throughout the day, as well as to your business (shiny personal objects competing for your attention as well as shiny business objects).

Here are three strategies we recommend for maximizing your work time from your home office:

Tip #1 Resist the temptation to do household work:  Mixing your work-work with your house-work can make you less efficient and slow down progress on your goals.  If you’ve blocked out time to work on your business, make sure you’re making the most of that time by avoiding small tasks like tossing in a load of laundry, opening the household mail, or reorganizing the pantry.  Several small tasks can add up over your work day. Save these tasks for the beginning or end of your day, or even during a (dedicated) lunch break – essentially before or after your work is done.

Tip #2 Turn off the TV, XBOX, YouTube, Facebook, etc.:  Get what you want out of the time you have blocked off for work by eliminating common background distractions like having the TV on.  Having such things in your field of vision makes it too easy for your eyes to wander away from your inbox, project or report and onto your favorite sitcom. Consider taking 10 minute breaks for each 50 that you work to browse the web, check updates on Facebook, or watch a “just for fun” clip on YouTube, but make sure to limit the break and then turn the media off when you return to work.

Tip #3 Keep your work on schedule:  Block time on your calendar that is specific to your work-related tasks and appointments. Stick to those blocks by using reminders and timers. Make your workday schedule specific by working off a task list, or honoring blocks of time on your calendar for work tasks and stay focused on those things for that specific block of time. Take a little time each week to plan your work week, identifying your priorities (what few tasks, if I accomplish them this week, will help me accomplish my business goals), scheduling in time to work on them, and a little time in for fun as well.

Here’s to your organized and productive life!

 

Debbie Rosemont, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant, started Simply Placed, in 2003 to help clients increase productivity, maximize efficiency and bring balance and control into their work, homes and lives. Simply Placed associates work with individuals and businesses to create effective organizational systems, clear clutter, successfully manage time, focus on priorities and achieve goals. They help people work smarter, not harder, to increase their bottom line and peace of mind through consulting, hands-on organizing, and group training. They can be contacted at 206-579-5743 or info@itssimplyplaced.com.

 

My Etsy Shop is Live!

I’ve finally started an Etsy store! Check it out for scrabble ornaments, thread spool bottle stoppers, and thread spool magnets! I’ll also hopefully be adding more items soon!

Dairyairhead on Etsy

How to Keep Craft Supplies From Becoming Clutter

On my ever-evolving journey to finally keeping my craft room organized, I’ve been writing organization tips to help you all learn along with me! My latest post is on Home Key Organization! Check it out and learn how you can keep collecting craft supplies without becoming a hoarder!