Elf on the Shelf Free Printable Planner Calendar

Elf on the Shelf Planner Calendar

One tradition our family loves at Christmas is to celebrate advent – the coming of the King.  We read our favorite advent books each year (see my review here), but we’ve also jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon and laugh at silly elf antics.  Pinterest is loaded with ideas from other elf owners to inspire your elf to get into mischief have fun after your littles have gone to bed. When we started doing the Elf of the Shelf thing, I had a hard time keeping up with the great ideas.  Some of them are SO funny, but […]

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How to Host a Gingerbread House Workshop

How to Host a Gingerbread House Workshop

Today, I’m so thrilled to have my friend, Leslie, from Goodbye, House! Hello, Home! guest posting on Organizing Homelife!  Leslie is one of the sweetest, funniest people I know.  She has such an encouraging attitude and a huge heart for God.  She is an incredibly talented home stager, interior designer, professional organizer, and has beautiful, crafty ideas.  Today, she’s sharing how to host a gingerbread house workshop! I did something insane. And fun. Insanely fun. I hosted a Gingerbread House Workshop in our basement. It is also called Cafe’ de Sous Sol (basement coffee house). Here’s the room set-up, ready, […]

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How to Plan a Stress-Free Holiday Party and a Free Printable Planner

Free Holiday Entertaining Planning Printable

This post brought to you by Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to entertain guests.  The festivities create new traditions and lasting memories.  However, if not planned well, holiday parties, dinners, and entertaining house guests can create a lot of stress and frustration. Today I’m going to give you a few tips to make holiday entertaining easier! Plan Ahead with Printables I’m a techie gal and love everything about organizing with my smartphone, online calendars, and digital to-do lists, but there is nothing quite like […]

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Elf on the Shelf Free Printable Calendar

Elf on the Shelf Free Calendar Printable

Last year our family joined the multitudes who celebrate the coming of Christmas with Elf on the Shelf.  We’re not crazy into the Santa side of Christmas, so we decided to change up the story a little.  Instead of the elf reporting our kids’ naughty or nice behavior back to Santa, we tell our kiddos that the little elf, who we named Eli, needs to learn about being forgiven.  He gets bored at night while we’re sleeping and gets into mischief.  The kids love finding Eli each morning and discovering the antics he performed. Since we want Christ to be […]

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155 Stocking Stuffer Ideas Plus Free Printable

Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Free Printable

If you’ve been following my blog, you may be familiar with the list of stocking stuffer ideas and the free printable I shared last year.  I LOVE finding gifts for family and friends, and I thought you might enjoy a brand new list of ideas this year! The list is divided into categories to make it easy to find stocking stuffer ideas for dads, moms, kids, tots, practical ideas, and ideas that would work for almost anyone!  This year I decided to add links for many of the ideas to make it easier for you. Once again, you are welcome […]

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Printable Christmas Thank You Note Organizer

Christmas Thank You Notes Mini(1)

As I was thinking about all that is involved with having a well planned Christmas, I thought about an area that is not my strength.  Thank you notes. They are just not something I do well.  I’m a techie sort of gal, so I much prefer writing digital thank you’s as opposed to sitting down with a pen and paper.  While I definitely still love getting a hand written note in the snail mail, I am eagerly awaiting the day when digital thank you’s become acceptable etiquette. I know.  Call me unsentimental, but it IS the thought that counts, right? […]

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Deck the Halls: Holiday Organizing & Decorating Pinning Party


It’s December which means Christmas is only a few weeks away!!! To celebrate, the Top Organizing Bloggers have joined together to host our first annual Christmas Pinning Party! Meet the Top Organizing Bloggers! Feel free to click on their pictures to check out their awesome blogs! Ask Anna Becky ~ Clean Mama Becky ~ Organizing Made Fun Ginny ~ Organizing Homelife Laura – Org Junkie Leanne ~ Organize and Decorate Everything Leslie ~ Goodbye House, Hello Home Toni ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons   Link up to the party and each of us will pin our favorite posts each […]

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A Family Advent Children’s Book Series Review ~ Jotham’s Journey

Celebrating Advent

Last year in my 12 Days of Christmas Planning series, I highlighted one of my favorite children’s book series in my Celebrating Advent post. I thought it was worth revisiting this year and sharing a short review for those of you who are unfamiliar with the series.  These books are highly worth the purchase!  I only recommend products and purchases to my readers that I believe in wholeheartely, and these are at the top of my “all-time-favorite-children’s-books” list. A few years ago, my friend’s family came over for dinner at the end of November.  She gave me an early Christmas […]

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas ~ Subscriber Freebie

125 Stocking Stuffer Ideas Mini

Last year, I wrote a series called, The Twelve Days of Christmas Planning.  One of the most popular posts in that series was the list of Stocking Stuffer Ideas.  There are more than 125 ideas separated into categories such as “Tot Stuffers, Kid Stuffers, Teen Stuffers, Dad Stuffers, Mom Stuffers, Anybody Stuffers, etc.” So many of you liked the list that I decided to make a printable list of all the stocking stuffer ideas.  (If you would like to see what’s on the list, you can check out the original post here).   Originally, this list was only available to […]

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Thank You Cards ~ Free Printables

Four Cards

One thing (among many) that I am trying to teach my children is how to show gratitude.  I want them to truly express their thanks when they are given a gift. But…if your kids are anything like mine, getting them to sit down and write a thank you card is not an easy task! I understand that they don’t know what to write, and that for young children, writing lots of notes is beyond their ability.  And we all know it’s the thought that counts, so I wanted to make it a little easier on them! I made some printable […]

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