I’m an organization junkie, I’m constantly moving things around and looking for more efficient systems in everything I do. This sickness (as I call it), tends to get worse at summer time. The kids are restless, everyone sleeps until lunch time, it’s a million degrees outside, and my brain just seems to work overtime thinking about what to clean, organize, categorize and label. Where do I begin? This summer I decided to make small changes instead of complete household overhauls like I’m known for in the past. I’m taking things slow at preparing my home for the busy fall schedule. I created at simple challenge to get my home just a little more organized this month. You can join me and post your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #organized31indays. You can download a printable copy of the challenge here. I asked some friends to share their best organization tips with me, and here they are for your perusal, in case you need just a bit more inspiration. Save Time and Promote Responsibility with the Homey App  CHORE Bingo Free Printable by Lara at Everyday Graces Simple Tips to Manage Household Chores by Renée at Great Peace Academy How to Use technologyREAD MORE

101 Reasons to Love Summer in SoCal

I’ve lived in Southern California for 30 years and my favorite thing about living here, is summer. I could say there’s no better place than SoCal to spend your summer vacation, but that would be biased. There is fun to be had everywhere you look, and many of the attractions are free. Here’s 101 reasons to love summer in SoCal. 11 Reasons to Visit a Theme Park Definitely not free, but definitely worth checking out! Disneyland – Main Street Electrical Parade California Adventures – Summer of Heroes Knotts Berry Farm – Ghost Town Alive Six Flags Magic Mountain – Kwerk, Screampunk District Streetmosphere and Full Throttle Nights LEGOLAND – RoboTECH Camp Universal Studios Hollywood – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter LA Zoo – Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo San Diego Zoo – Africa Rocks San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Roar & Snore Safari Aquarium of the Pacific – Shark Lagoon Nights Sea World – Electric Ocean 28 Reasons to have Fun in the Sun Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival Balboa Island Blue Whale Migration Corona Del Mar Pirates Cove Huntington Beach US Open of Surfing Newport Bay Gondola Rides Laguna Beach Tide Pools Newport Back Bay Crystal Cove State Park Heisler Park Catch up to 30READ MORE

The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I’m big on planning, organizing and pretty much trying to keep track of the many hats I wear on a daily basis. I love planners, yet I’m not into the glam planning that is so popular these days. I don’t do the stickers or elaborate layouts. I consider myself to be a ‘get to the point’ planner, as if that  was a real category. I have two big problems when searching for a new planner: Though there are thousands of planners to chose from, most will have a number of pages I’ll never use; and though I only have to print what I need, the price reflects the number of pages (as it should). I’m always wishing they would have included something else instead of the countless  pages I won’t use. That’s why for some time now, I’ve been using a spreadsheet as my primary homeschool planner, but my formatting always seems to be off when printing. Being the perfectionist that I am, I end up printing a million copies that end up in the recycle bin, until everything is sized and centered perfectly. Sigh. I’m anything BUT relaxed when this happens.READ MORE