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Vanderspek Planners Review

I’ve been in ring bound planners for a while now, and I was getting frustrated buying cheaper and used

My 2020 Planner Setup

The best part of a new year is starting a new planner! For my 2020 planner setup I wanted

5 Easy Ways To Boost Confidence

I’ve been a homemaker for about 2 years now, after 20 years as a professional hairstylist. It’s been a

Office Makeover

This has been a crazy year with a lot of changes. One of the biggest changes came when my

Summer Reads

Summer Reads

This summer has been full of family, crazy weather, and some major challenges. My summer reads have been few

Erin Condren Binder

Erin Condren LifePlanner Binder

Erin Condren recently came out with their new academic year planners, and a binder system was introduced into their

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May Reads

With spring finally on our doorstep and nicer temperatures outside, I haven’t taken the time to read a lot

What's In My Bag

What’s In My Bag

As my kids have gotten older I have passed the point of needing to carry everything but the kitchen

Jesus Calling For Teens

My teenager is about ready to enter the world as an adult, and I don’t find myself worrying about

April Reads

April has been a long, rainy month so I have finally gotten back into reading on a more regular

Gifts For Graduates

Gifts For Graduates

  My daughter is graduating this year. After all the years worrying about extracurriculars and grades, I’m discovering that

gratitude journaling

Guided Gratitude Journaling

This has been an extremely long winter here in the Midwest. Record-setting cold, and snowstorm after snowstorm has made

February Reads

February Reads

Can you believe it is almost March already? Here in the Midwest it seems like spring will never come,

hygge

Simple Ways to Hygge

Remember last year when hygge was the huge trend? In case you missed it, hygge (pronounced something like hoo-guh)

winter favorites

Winter Favorites

Have you seen the meme floating around social media that says January has been a long year but its

non-toy gifts

Non-Toy Gifts For Kids

  Christmas can be a conflicting holiday for minimalists or those who aspire to keep it simple. We are

gift guide

Gift Guide For Planner Girls

If you have a planner girl on your Christmas list it might be overwhelming trying to decide what to

2019 planners

My 2019 Planner System

    It doesn’t seem possible that a new year is only a month away! If you haven’t decided

October Reads

I can hardly believe it is November already. October was a blur, and for whatever reason I didn’t read

Disaster Preparedness

Distaster Preparedness

I’ve been watching the news as I saw my friends in the Southwest hit by yet another hurricane. Here

Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

  Fall is my favorite season, and not just because my birthday is coming up this month! From the

Minimalist Home Decor

Minimalist Home Decor

When I say minimalist home you probably think of white walls, sparse furniture, and maybe a $400 chunky, knit

Low Fat Lentil Loaf

Low Fat Lentil Loaf

  We had our last warm day of the year yesterday, and by last night the temperature had dropped

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

  Practicing gratitude is a fairly new concept to me. I mean, I’m grateful for stuff, but aren’t we

seasonal reset

How To Do A Seasonal Reset

We are rapidly slipping from summer into fall and it is always bittersweet. I love the changing leaves, the

phone addiction

How To Break A Phone Addiction

The other day a conversation The Delighted Duchess started a conversation about phone addiction that got me thinking. I was

summer reads

Summer Reads

A couple years ago I was burned out on reading. I was on several launch teams, and constantly picking

Stuff I’m Loving Lately

It hardly seems possible that kids are going back to school already, but a quick glance at my Instagram

Summer Favorites

I’ve never been a fan of extreme temperatures, and in the Midwest summer can be the epitome of extreme.

Instant Pot elderberry syrup

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a natural immune-boosting concoction that many families take regularly during cold and flu season. Elderberries are

Family Movie Night Popcorn Bar

Family Movie Night Popcorn Bar

Summer is hands-down the most expensive season for our family. My stepsons are here for the summer, which not

Winter Favorites

Is it just me or does it seem like it has been winter FOREVER? We have over a foot

5 Tips To Mentally Declutter

I write a lot about decluttering your home. I firmly believe that physical clutter can weigh us down mentally

No-Spend Month

February is the shortest month of the year, so it’s a great month to challenge yourself to something new. I

2018 Budget Planner Setup

I did a separate budget planner last year, and I really liked having it separate from my work/personal planner

Fall Favorites

  It seems odd to say fall in December because it FEELS like winter, but we’re not quite there

Hi! I'm Melissa!

Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.

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