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

Gift Guide For Planner Fanatics

Gift Guide For Planner Fanatics

I love buying gifts for other people. It’s probably my favorite thing about the Christmas season! While I don’t

5 Tips To Minimize Holiday Stress

5 Tips To Minimize Holiday Stress

We have definitely entered the holiday season. I can tell because traffic is terrible, tempers are short, people are

December Daily

December Daily

It’s no secret that I love all things planner, but much of that pertains to future planning. I recently

How To Winterize Your House

How To Winterize Your House

Here in the Midwest our fall weather has been absolutely beautiful. Until two days ago. To add insult to

butternut squash pasta

Butternut Squash Pasta

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SameSilkySmoothTaste #CollectiveBias

The Tale of Two End Tables

The Tale of Two End Tables

Story time. We have been doing some fixing up around the house lately. After living here a year it

paint makeover

The $150 Paint Makeover

We bought our house almost a year ago, and really the only room we have done anything to was

cabin camping essentials

Cabin Camping Essentials

If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen the pictures of my family’s recent camping adventure.

Vacation On A Budget

Vacation On A Budget

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripOil #CollectiveBias

3 Easy Ways To Eat Healthier

3 Easy Ways To Eat Healthier

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for

water filter options

Water Filter Options

We moved into our new house in October. Since we were first-time homebuyers, so we are still getting hit

planning process

My Planning Process

I’ve never met a paper planner I didn’t like. And believe me, from Erin Condren to Happy Planners, to

Sweet And Sour Pineapple Tofu

I have this recipe book I bought from my daughter’s school fundraiser in kindergarten. It’s one of those you

My Budget Planner

About two months ago my husband and I had a come to Jesus meeting. We have been budgeting and

pickle pasta salad

Pickle Pasta Salad

As the weather gets warmer we are hosting more and more get togethers, and we love to sit on

Buy Nice or Buy Twice

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”

Instant Pot Alfredo

Instant Pot Alfredo

I like to feed my family healthy, organic food as much as possible. But I’m going to be real

Instant Pot Hummus

Instant Pot Hummus

One of my favorites things to use my Instant Pot for is cooking dry beans! You can completely cook

Simplified Cleaning Routine

Cleaning our homes is a necessary evil. I don’t hate cleaning, but lets be real, there’s a million other things

20 Realistic Dave Jobs To Pay Down Debt

I have been through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University twice, and am also getting out of debt for the second time. His principles

Easy Greens Smoothie

One of my long-time resolutions has been to add a green smoothie to my daily menu. For me, smoothies

refried beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot refried beans are so cheap and easy, they have become a weekly staple on our menu. You

How To Read Free Books

This is day 5 of my self-imposed Facebook fast and I feel lighter and less stressed already. I’m checking

Minimize Expectations

I often refer to my planner as my bible, and I keep track of my entire life in it.

Instant Pot vegan potato soup

Instant Pot Vegan Potato Soup

Here in the Midwest it just snowed for the eleventy-billionth time this year. I have always said I enjoy


A lot of people choose a word each year, a theme to focus on and study. I have half-heartedly

Facebook Fast

Facebook Fast

My life is in a bit of a transition right now. Maybe I am just a late bloomer, but

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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