The 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

3
Dec
2015

The 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

It’s here! I know you all have been so excited to grab your copy for 2016 and begin to get organized. We changed a few things for 2016, making it much easier for you to get your FREE copy delivered immediately, as well as added a new Bill Manager printable in the Supplemental Pack.

Check out the 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner NOW!

You can grab your FREE copy here. Don’t forget to grab your Supplemental Pack that is available for $7 with all the printables you could ever need to get your family organized for 2016!

The 2016 Weekly Household Planner Supplemental Pack includes handy fill-in forms, enabling you to add your information directly into the form. Just type your information, save, and print! This is a wonderful feature when you are adding lengthy information or important names and numbers!

The Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes the following digital fill-in forms:The 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner Supplemental Pack

  • Master Family Planner – Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner – You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet – Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form – This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts – Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form – Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form – it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids – An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me – A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet – Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Household Maintenance Log – Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • Special Occasion Reminder Chart – To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • Gifts Received List – For recording gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • Let’s Plan a Party Form – Helps you keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • Blessings For Your Home – Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List – So you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • NEW – Monthly Bill Schedule – Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form.
  • Bible Bookmarks – Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire Bible in a year.

Go grab your FREE copy now, or add the Supplemental Pack too for only $7!

 

I Answer the Big Question…

29
Oct
2015

I Answer the Big Question...

There are a couple things I wanted to share with you today – one was how much I appreciate when I receive comments on the blog and how impactful your emails are when you tell me how something I’ve shared has made a difference to you.

The other part is about the 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner – and well – you’ll just have to watch!Click over to the blog to check it out!

5 Time Management Hacks

14
Aug
2014

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It is time to stop all the fun and games of summer and begin getting back to organized days and routine.  If you are anything like me, summer means you lose a bit of routine and feel a bit less productive – which can be good, but there is a time for everything as they say – and now we must think ahead and move forward.

As the school year begins, it is the perfect time to take a look at organizing our day with intention and purpose. The real key isn’t to hope to pull extra time out of nowhere, but to learn to use the time you do have more effectively. Being intentional with your time management can be the key to success and a life with less stress and anxiety

Here are my tips to jumpstart you back into an organized day!

An Effective To-Do List

This is one of the most essential tools in time management.  Find a system that works for you.  I know many have so appreciated combining their to-do list in the Weekly Household Planner – especially the version that is all ready to use, with all the household tasks listed out.  I love using my planner and adding other tasks that I need to accomplish in the line available for each day or in the notes section.  I also at times up a sticky note attached to my planner for tasks that need to be completed.  Adding tasks to the list the night before helps me organize my day and realize what needs to get done and what I might be able to put on another day.  Some moms have printed the blank version and used that exclusively for “other tasks” – making it easy to write on and organize.

Prioritizing what you need to accomplish will help you to understand what is truly important to get done and what may be able to wait.

 Next is to prioritize them. Be honest when you do this. Figure out what you need to get done and put those higher on the list than what you want to get done.

Use a Calendar

Keep track of important dates, birthdays, appointments and upcoming events. Our family uses the Apple iCal system to keep things in order and all 6 of our calendars easily synced.   I love it!  From myself to my husband who travels 3-4 days a week and a college age daughter – we all need to know what is going on.  This has been the easiest system for us to use.  Find a system that works for you and use it!  I have also used Cozi previous to our Apple conversion, or you can grab a paper calendar as well. This Amy Knapp 2015 version is great because it is big and easy for little ones to see what is coming up and is 17 months, so starts with August 2014!

Keeping a visual calender at arm’s reach does wonders for making sure you are on track and is a central place for everyone to see what is going on as well.

Command Center

Take some time to find an area in your home where you can keep your calendar and tasks items located. When things are in their place you won’t lose time looking for them. This also makes it easier to concentrate.  Having a central location for spare paper, pens, envelopes, sticky notes and your task lists will help you be intentional with staying organized.  Put stuff away when you are done it and file paperwork as soon as it is ready to be filed.

Schedule Breaks

This may make you laugh, but you are working too – so just like you would have scheduled breaks at an “office” job, plan time in your day to have a couple 10-15 minute breaks. They are important for staying refreshed so scheduling them will make sure you take breaks as well as helping some other little ones in your home expect them each day – routine makes everything  bit easier!  Use a timer to remind yourself if you need to, but take some breaks throughout the day. 

Be flexible, yet firm

It is great to have a plan and a routine that works for your family, but remember that each day brings it’s own set of issues and it’s not always possible to stick to a set routine.  I admit, adjusting to curve balls in my day can be a bit overwhelming to me, and is something I have to work on.  When something comes up that needs to get done or you need to give attention to, stop and determine if there is something that will need to be deleted from your day or rescheduled.  

Time management can save you a lot of trouble and stress. Through planning and organization you can save time and get more done. It may have a small time investment to get started, but the benefits can be amazing, plus you will open time up for things that are FUN things to fit into your day!

Chapter Seven – No More Perfect Days

11
Mar
2014

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As we read through this book, and for me it is a second time reading – I discover that each chapter it what I need to read RIGHT NOW!!  They just keep getting better and better.

I will be the first to admit, I rather like controlling things – especially when it comes to having routine, everyone following along and coloring inside the lines.  So, I am very weak at ‘going with the flow’, which affects everyone in my home in a ‘not so perfect’ way.

“Learning to live with kids requires making major adjustments in our realistic expectations.  We have to learn to expect the unexpected, find flexibility, and increase the margin.  Instead of getting frustrated, let’s stop expecting a fantasy and instead embrace reality.”

Ohhh, that sounds so good, huh?  I can tell from the comments yesterday on the Facebook page that I am not the only one who loves control and routine.  I would say 80% of us do.  Why is that?

I was reminded though of how special my time is and I need to focus on activities and being present with my family.  It is not always about the to-do list, items will get done, or if they don’t oh well {except blog posts which are expected!!} but those moments with my family will be missed if I don’t stop and allow myself to be distracted from my agenda.

I was really reminded of what I am missing and how little fun I am scheduling in my life when I went zip lining in Hawaii last week.  I seriously had never smile and laughed that much – I experienced beauty, friendship, victory, and FUN.  If you missed the video, let me share it again – it was so fun!!!

{If you are reading through an email update you will have to click through to view the video}

 

I am a practical gal, who doesn’t see the need to spend the money on impractical things – which zip lining to me would be impractical.  But I was given a new perspective on what it means to be a bit impractical and do those things we sometimes pass up because of fear or our need to be more practical.

Looking back, I am glad the zip lining was included in my all-expense paid trip, but honestly, I have now ben able to look at opportunities a bit differently.  If I could take my entire family zip-lining and it meant we didn’t eat out for dinner for an entire 6 months – I WOULD!  I am not sure I could say that 2 weeks ago.

Okay, back to the study  🙂

“Control is really a mirage.  The only control you and I can really have is self-control, and the Bible says that is a fruit of the Spirit.”  

BINGO – that is what I need to remember……I need to learn to control my own actions and responses better and in a more Godly way.  Which means making myself available and not feeling confined to my ‘lists’.

We’ll talk more on this chapter and dig in a bit deeper on Thursday – take some time in the next few days to really examine what areas you struggle with and also this term margin.  It is a HOT BUTTON of sorts, making sure you have enough margin – I have flunked!

Do you have enough margin in your life to have the pace and space to allow real life to happen?

Did you download the discussion questions yet for this week?  You can do that here.

And, yes …. I am getting very excited to go to the Hearts at Home Conference this weekend!  I am hoping to meet Jill Savage!!  So fun….I will be posting lots of pictures for you all too!

FREE 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

26
Dec
2013

FREE 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

For those on my newsletter list (make sure you get signed up because you will be kept in the loop of all new products and also get a special discount code!), you already got the word about the 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner being available. I was thrilled with your response and excitement.  

For those who looked for the 2013 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner mid-way through the year and didn’t find it for sale, I appreciate that you came back.

Ladies, this project was a labor of love on my part and I felt an obligation and a leading from The Lord to bring it back for you in 2014 – even better and more versatile. I was met with several significant obstacles with my 2013 planner and had some very difficult choices with regard to this product for 2014. After much prayer, legal counsel, advice, and a clear directing from the Lord, I knew the direction to go for 2014. It required a lot of time and work on my part to create a product that you would love and I know would help even more moms, and also – here is the most incredible part – I was to give it away for free.

So, if you haven’t already heard, the 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner is available in two different versions that are completely FREE! Yep, FREE! I am so excited to share this resource with you and the other moms who perhaps could not afford to purchase a planner to help them get their home under control.  

FREE Household Planner with Digitally Editable Fields

You can also digitally customize your Weekly Household Planner – plus receive TWO versions (both for free)! The “blank” version allows you to digitally add whatever daily tasks fit your household. The “suggested tasks” version (or as I like to call it, the “just tell me what to do” version!) has daily tasks already filled in for you, but you can still add, delete, and edit any of the tasks. It’s the best of both worlds!

As always I want to use your time wisely. This weekly planner breaks down household tasks into manageable daily and weekly bite size pieces, utilizing smaller increments of time to keep the tasks from becoming too large and overwhelming. Most of the items can be easily completed in 3 to 30 minutes, and you can select appropriate items to delegate to family members (after all, even with the household planner, you still can’t be “super mom”).

In addition, I’ve created the Weekly Household Planner Supplement to help you further organize your household!

If you need help keeping track of schedules and information in your home, you’ll want to be sure to check this out. It compliments the Weekly Household Planner and gives you a full family household binder. It includes all of last year’s worksheets, plus a new party planner worksheet, Bible bookmarks, and a grocery/menu planner. And ALL the worksheets now include digital fill-in forms making it easier for you to add all your information!

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, hop over to the page to download your FREE copy now. If you are interested in the supplemental kit, you can grab both the FREE planner and the Supplemental kit for only $6 total. Print it out and then you will be set for 2014.

Planner Supplement

I normally print out my entire year at once on my home computer. I print it in color, because I like the added “pizazz” the color adds, even if it is a bit more cost for ink. But you can always print in black and white. I print it on my own home printer and then take the pages to Staples and have it spiral bound for about $4. The other printable forms in the Supplemental Kit can be contained in a 3 ring binder or used separately to create a thick spiral binder and add them into place with the Weekly Household Planner.

Watch the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner Pinterest board for my new spiral bound version for 2014. I will post pictures and more pictures of the additional forms too. I just didn’t have time to do it all before Christmas!

Are you ready to get organized for 2014?