Author - Jessica Schanberg

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Parents - get organized in 30 minutes!

On a typical day parents are juggling many things: meals, activities, school, homework and keeping the house reasonably clean. In 30 minutes you can turn your home from a chaotic mess to something manageable.

All you need is a kitchen timer. Set it to 30 minutes, play some fun music and then…

#1.     Fill your kitchen sink with soapy water and gather all of the stray dishes and cups from around the house. Put them in the sink.

#2.     Get a laundry bag or trash bag and pick up ...

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM by Jessica Schanberg

How to Streamline Your Kitchen & Get Cooking

Many times we get stuck in a rut in our kitchens. There’s stuff everywhere and in no particular order. The first thing to do is to take stock of what you have versus what you really need. These are just a few suggestions that may help you make your kitchen easier to use and less cluttered.



#1.  Prioritize Gadgets & Appliances: You may have a lot of gadgets and appliances that you almost never use. If you can part with something and sell or donate it, then you will have more ...

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Organizing Your Refrigerator to Make Dinners Easier

Feeding a family can get chaotic sometimes, so I thought about some ways that you can simplify and organize your refrigerator, in order to make cooking dinner and other meals easier.

The first step is to take everything out of the fridge and clean it. Throw away old condiments and old food. Once your fridge is clean, you can start putting things together in a more orderly fashion. Keep like with like. Fruit in the fruit drawer and vegetables in the vegetable bin, for example. Keeping d...

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 5:30 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Six Steps to an Easy Peasy Birthday Party

For some of us birthday’s can be headaches to organize. Here are some suggestions to make it a breeze:


First start with a guest list on evite. It’s easy to make attractive invitations and you can keep track of who is coming and find out food allergies in the mix.

Next, you can whip up some decorations fast and cheap. I like the dollar store or a party store for more options. Pick up plates, décor and napkins in one fell swoop. Another fun thing to add on are party favors...

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Keep up with Gift Giving without Breaking the Bank

Holidays…Again?  It’s amazing how fast the time flies and then it’s time to buy dozens of gifts for friends and family. It can get expensive. There is a way around this and that’s to be a little creative and use some elbow grease. Here are just a few ways you can have fun and make your holiday gifts at the same time.

Photo Books

Make a photo book of the latest fun photos of you and your children and send it to your family members and friends. It’s a special and personal gift t...

Posted on December 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Photo Organizing with iPhoto - Tackle Digital Overwhelm

Digital Overwhelm - We all take tons of pictures these days. With digital photography and iPhones, it’s possible to amass quite a collection of photos of your family and friends. It can be very overwhelming. Where to begin? PLUS, turn these amazing moments into great gifts and keepsakes for your whole family.


Choose one event at a time and try not to process and organize too many photos at once. That can lead to total burnout.

iPhoto and Albums

The first step is to put ...

Posted on November 03, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

5 Ways to Make Mornings Easier

The morning rush hour can be exhausting and frustrating.  Does the start of each day feel like a battle with your kids and the constant search for what you need most to get out of the house?  Nevermind the pressure to actually make it to school or an activity on time!  Here are a 5 ways to keep things organized:

1) The Bowl of Essentials

The first step towards getting out of the house quickly is to have a handy bowl of essentials. Never search for your keys, phone, or wallet a...

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg