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Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.

Tips for Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Are you looking for a way to free up a considerable amount of space in your kitchen? If you are like me and constantly trying to figure out the proper way to organize your kitchen cabinets to save space or create more space, then continue reading for some tips to organize your kitchen cabinets.

Tips to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets is as Easy as 123…

Empty Everything

The first step to organizing kitchen cabinets is to empty everything out. You can’t organize things without first knowing what you’re working with. Take the time to set out everything from every cabinet onto the counter. Check expiration dates and toss away any items that are expired or unusable, this includes pantry items that perhaps have little left within their container.

Group Your Stuff

Now that you have everything out on the counter in a wide open space, group your stuff. You will create mini-groups of similar items as a means to ensure you place baking goods with baking goods, seasonings with seasonings and so forth to ensure your kitchen cabinets are organized and easily accessible. If you’re uncertain of where to group an item, create a miscellaneous pile for now.

Determine a Home

Now that everything has been grouped together, take a look at the placement of your kitchen cabinets. Plan to have baking goods near the stove, for example, to ensure each item is not only organized but in an easily accessible location for their purpose. Keep canned goods in one place, pasta in another and be sure to have everything located in a place that suits the kitchen setup.

Try New Containers

Most of the items you found in your kitchen cabinets may have been in there a long time. Think about all of that waste, you perhaps spend extra money replacing items that didn’t need replacement. Try to use new containers such as clear ones so that you can label them and see how much is left in each container easily. This will help reduce spending on unnecessary supplies and ensure you can easily access what you need in the kitchen.

Use Hooks or Extra Shelves

If you find that there is a lot of empty space in your kitchen cabinets against the wall area, use hooks to help maximize usage of those areas. You can easily use an extra shelf install or hooks to keep various items. Consider maximizing the best organizational skills ever by utilizing the space that tends to be empty space once the kitchen cabinets are organized.

There you have it an easy to follow guide on how to organize your kitchen cabinets. Although tedious, this process is relatively easy and as long as you communicate with the household on putting everything where it belongs, things should stay organized for quite some time.

Live With Less Challenge for October 2018

Live With Less Challenge

It’s October and it’s time for another Live With Less Challenge!

We’re getting a late start but I hope you can jump in with us now and start living with less.  This challenge will be unlike any other that we’ve had thus far.  This challenge will largely be up to you.  The ball is in your court so to speak.

How To Enter To Win

  • – Join our Facebook group here.
  • – Find the Live With Less Challenge post set up for that day.
  • – Click the link on that post to read my blog post of the day for decluttering inspiration.
  • – Come back to the Facebook group to add one photo (or more if you really can’t fit it all in one) of the things you’re getting rid of to the comment thread of that post.  It can be an area related to my post of the day (for example, a kitchen junk drawer) or whatever you want it to be.  You know your house and your hot spots for clutter, attack your weak spots.
  • – Repeat this every day to the end of the month.
  • – If you miss a day you can make it up any time but try and not get behind.  The goal of this challenge is to help make decluttering a daily habit.
  • – Watch in our Facebook group for a randomly chosen winner to be announced (from those who completed the challenge from days 5-31)


When we get rid of things, we all win but I’ll be awarding one random winner a $50 Paypal cash prize.  Free money for getting rid of things.  Yay!

Things to Throw Away

You can choose what area to work on and how much you’re going to let go of each day.  There isn’t a set amount.  Many of us are at different stages of the decluttering race and I thought this would be a way for you to stay motivated while working on the areas that plague your household the most.  Need inspiration on areas to tackle?  Check out our list of 200 Things to Throw Away or check out what others are tossing in the Live With Less Facebook group.

You Don’t Have to Throw It Away

Remember, you can donate, gift, recycle, repurpose, or throw away.  Try to let throwing away be your last option if possible.  Be careful not to get stuck on wanting to repurpose or repair things though.  It’s easy to save things for “one day” and that day never comes.

If you have any questions feel free to ask!  Invite your friends, it’s always more fun to do these challenges with friends who can hold us accountable and cheer each other on.  I’m excited to start this new Live With Less Challenge with you guys!  I hope you’ll join us!

Tips for Organizing a Small Bathroom

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Owning a small bathroom when you’re raising a family can seem like a never-ending battle of trying to stay organized. You want to maintain enough space so you don’t feel crowded while getting ready for your day. Owning a smaller bathroom may have its downsides, there are some perks to your small bathroom. You have less floor space to mop and less room to let unnecessary clutter build up.  When you own a small bathroom, it’s best to learn how to maximize the little space you do have.

Tips to Organize Your Small Bathroom

Use Hidden All Hidden Spaces for Storage

The bathroom sinks that storage under them have their own hidden wall space that can easily be utilized to organize smaller items. This never dawned on me till I was at a friend’s house helping her pack and saw her awesome under the sink organization system.  Use the inside of your bathroom cabinets to place small containers by adhering them to the inside of the cabinet with a semi-permanent adhesives, strong glue, or tiny screws. Then use these mini storage bins to hold hair things, toothbrushes, and other small items. These can be found at the dollar store.  You can even use more substantial ones for storing such things as a hair dryer or curling wand.  Those can be found here on Amazon.  These keep those items easy to access and out of your eyesight.

Organizing a Small Bathroom

Plastic Tubs for Supplies

Purchase plastic tubs or beautiful baskets to hold your hair supplies in. This could include hair gel, extra shampoo, conditioner, curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers. This tub can be easily placed on the floor underneath the bathroom counter for ease of daily access. This plastic tub for your everyday hair care supplies will help minimize clutter on the top of your bathroom counter.  I use one to store all my extra make up products in and another one to store all of my skin care products in.  I leave the lids off of mine but this picture on Amazon shows them stacked with the lids on.  It’s a good way to make use of all that space.  These totes are inexpensive and can be found here on Amazon.

Bathroom Organization

Add Hooks to the Wall

Purchase wall hanging hooks. These hooks can be used to hang the family’s bathroom towels on. This will free up storage space in your bathroom closet. Having a place for your family to hang their towel after each shower will encourage a clean looking small bathroom at all times. You’ll feel so much better walking into your bathroom when you use hooks to hang family towels.  I can’t find one exactly like ours but we bought a coat rack instead of a traditional bathroom towel bar.  It takes up less space for all the towels to hang together and they still air dry just fine.  The one pictured below can be found on Amazon here for around $20.

Towel Organization

Baskets for Storage

You can get clever with baskets in your small bathroom by organizing the extra towels and other items by putting square baskets on their side and hanging them from the wall. This may take a few screws to ensure the baskets are hung tightly, but once completed you will have a more rustic look to your bathroom with more space to store towels and other extra supplies without making it look cluttered. There are many online tutorials on how to use baskets for wall storage in a small bathroom.  Click here for the tutorial pictured below.

Wall Baskets for Bathroom Storage

If you’re not into DIY this store bought option might be a good fit for you.  You can find it here on Amazon.

Bathroom Wall Basket

Owning a small bathroom doesn’t have to be the end of the world, there are many tips and tricks to ensure your small bathroom can hold as much as a larger bathroom would. It’s simply a matter of being creative and using your imagination for ideas to store your everyday essentials and bathroom supplies. I hope these tips will help inspire you to organize your small bathroom in a creative way.  Don’t forget though, that sometimes what you need is less stuff and not more organization.  As you organize think about each item you’re organizing and if you really need it or not.  Happy organizing!

Tips on Financing a Car

This sponsored post on financing a car is written by me and brought to you by Mr.Ed Auto Approved Loans.

Financing a Car

The aroma of a new car smell, the soft seats, the clean nooks and crannies are only a few of the benefits of a new car.  What? Clean crevices aren’t what excite you about a new car?  lol  Be it the engine, or the fresh start on keeping crumbs at bay it’s important to be well armed with knowledge before buying a car.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when financing a car…

Car Shopping

Research Your Auto Loan Financing Options


While I can guarantee that you’ve probably spent hours online researching potential car options and polling friends on Facebook about which van to buy (What? Just me again?), did you do the same thing on getting your loan?  Dealers are allowed to make money on a loan so it’s important to do your homework.  Everyone should do this but especially if you’re young or you have bad credit you need to check online lenders to get the best rate possible.  Dealers, credit unions, and even your auto insurer may offer a competitive rate.

Check all around and choose the best option for you.  Once you’re prequalified elsewhere it’s a different scenario at the dealership.  You can go in and tell them the rate you’re prequalified at and see if they can meet or beat your rate.

Car Financing

Know the Worth of The Car


I’m not good at negotiations, I’m not. If I want it and can afford it, I’ll pay what they’re asking. If I don’t, I won’t.  I can’t be this way when it comes to cars so I always take someone else with me who can handle the negotiation process.

I’ve heard it said though that the worst time to negotiate the price of a car is after you’ve test-driven the vehicle and given it a good inspection.  Rumor has it that the salesperson will leave and pretend to haggle for a better price for you and come back saying that the manager couldn’t budge on the price.  The salesmen hope you’ll agree to paying more than it’s worth.  When it comes to buying a car, they have the home field advantage.  They sell cars for a living while you may have only bought a handful of cars in your whole life.  They know what “fees” are baloney.  They’ve mastered the best sales techniques.  They can read you.

It may appear that you’re hopeless but here’s what you can do…know the worth of the car you’re looking at.  Get an honest, direct, no hassle, no strings attached price online at websites such as TrueCar.comOverstock.com,CarsDirect.com, and USAA.

Once you have that price quote in hand make a promise to yourself to not pay a higher price at a dealership.  Tell the dealer your price and see if they can offer a competitive price.  Make them play in your field and not in theirs.

Car Downpayment

Don’t Finance More Than 42 Months


Money guru’s say that you shouldn’t take out a car loan longer than 42 months.  If you can’t afford the payment on a 42 month car loan then you should probably buy a cheaper car.  That’s what the financial genius’ say so who am I to argue.

I prefer to pay cash for a used car by saving but sometimes cars may break down suddenly and paying for a brand new car in cash would probably be challenging for most people (I think I remember reading somewhere that only 1% of Americans are able to do so).  However, even if you’re buying a new car, saving for a down payment can shorten your loan length and will save you on interest in the long haul.

There you have it, my three tops on financing a car.  I hope it will help save you money as you spend your hard earned money on a new ride.

Fall Car Maintenance

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Fall Car Maintenance

7 Ways to Save Money in the Fall

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Before the holiday season picks up and cold weather hits, you have the fall season. This somewhat cooler season brings about the temptation to turn your furnace on at night and start baking to warm up the home. While you may be tempted to spend more to keep warm this fall season, you may want to think twice. Today, I am sharing a few tips on how to save money in the fall season so that you can stay within budget.

7 Ways to Save Money in the Fall

How to Save Money in the Fall

Car Pool with Friends


The sports and recreational season is just heating up.  Kids are being toted to and from 5 or 6 locations a week.  Team up with some fellow parents and take turns ushering kids to their practices.  Be there for the games but save gas money on the practices.

Hold off on A/C and Heat Use


Keeping the A/C off during this somewhat cooler season is a great win. While the evenings get cooler, turning the heater on this early in the season will cost you quite a hefty price. Leaving the A/C and heater off for the fall season will ultimately save you a bundle of money.

Unsubscribe from Email Lists


As we all know, the holiday season is just around the corner. During the fall time, you will see that those marketing email lists you are on start pushing holiday promotions. Unsubscribe from any email lists that you are on to avoid the temptation of unnecessary spending.

Reevaluate Monthly Spending


Fall is a great time to rejuvenate your spending habits. Reevaluate your monthly electric, cable, internet, and car insurance rates. See if there are any current bundle deals or discounted rates that you can take advantage of. Doing this helps offset the budget so that you are prepared for heating fuel season costs.

Cook at Home


Cooking from scratch during the fall season is an easy way to warm up the house as well as save costs on groceries. You may have started to dine out more often or cook less during the warmth of the summer season but use the fall time to start cooking hearty meals for the family.

Open the Curtains


Take advantage of the natural heat source of sunshine. The sun usually shines pretty brightly during the fall season. Open the curtains and blinds during daytime hours to take advantage of this natural heating source. This is an easy way to save money in the fall so that you keep that heater off just a little longer.

Furnace Maintenance


Last, but not least, fall is the time to make sure that furnace has been tended to. Call to get your furnace maintenance done so that you save cash during the heating season. A furnace that gets an annual maintenance done will save a lot of money off your heating bill.

There you have it a few simple tips on how to save money in the fall. This time of year is a joyful one with cooler days that still have that sunshine beaming brightly. Take advantage of my tips shared today so that you can maintain a proper household budget and prepare for the extra costs that will arrive in the winter season.

Why You Shouldn’t Top Off Your Gas Tank

This post on why you shouldn’t top off your gas tank is brought to you by Fred Martin Superstore.

Top Off Your Gas

I just heard that you shouldn’t top off your gas tank.  Did you know that?  I’ve never heard of that before so I did some digging on the internet and it turns out they were right!  To think that I was the one who converted my husband into my topping off the gas tank ways.  Oops!  I just love seeing $40.00 even or $23.45.  It always gave me a little high to hit the number right on the mark.  Well, it turns our that it’s not only bad for your wallet and your vehicle but also for the environment!  Oh boy!

It’s Bad for Your Wallet


BP’s website says, “Gas nozzles automatically click off when your gas tank is full, so topping off the gas tank can cause you to pay for gasoline that’s fed back into the station’s tanks. In some areas, gas station pumps are required to recover gas vapors to prevent them from contributing to air pollution. In these cases, any additional gas you try to pump after the first click may be drawn into the vapor recovery line. Source: www.epa.gov.”

It’s Bad for Your Vehicle


Freep.com says, “Joel Carruso, owner of Caruso’s Auto Repair in Schenectady, N.Y., adds that these systems manage fuel vapor.

Overfilling the gas tank can cause liquid gas to enter the charcoal canister, or carbon filter, which is designed only for vapor. Gas in the system can affect your car’s performance by causing it to run poorly, and damage the engine, he says.

“When we overfill the tank, it sends all of the excessive fuel to the evaporation/charcoal canister and kills the life of that canister,” Carruso says.

Huddleston adds replacing a charcoal canister can cost anywhere from $200 up to $1,500.”

It’s Bad for the Environment


EPA.Ohio.gov says, “Gasoline that spills, as well as fumes that escape, react with nitrogen oxides and sunlight and create smog.”

DriveCleanTexas.org says, “This will help keep fumes from escaping and absorbing into the air. Tighten your vehicle’s gas cap all the way to prevent gasoline and pollutants from evaporating and damaging the air.”

Yosimite.epa.gov has an article (you can find it by clicking here) that was written by Catherine Magliocchetti, who at the time the article was published, was a chemical engineer of the federal agency.  She says, “Topping off is a loser three ways.

First, you lose money when you top off because you pay for gasoline that you don’t get. When the gas pump automatically shuts off, a vapor lock blocks more gas from entering your car. After the tank is full, the gas you pump gets sucked back through an outer “vapor-return” hose into the station’s underground storage tank. The meter may be running, but your not getting the gas.

Secondly, you personally pollute the air because topping off clogs the vapor-return hose with liquid gasoline, so it can no longer return excess vapors. It works on the same principle as the water-filled trap on your kitchen sink, except at the pump, you want gasoline vapors to float back down the hose, not get stopped by a liquid-filled trap that you created by topping off.

Even worse, once you plug up the vapor-return hose, it stays plugged up until someone clears it by lifting it overhead to drain all the liquid back into the underground storage tank.

And thirdly, a gasoline-filled vapor-return pretty much guarantees that you and everyone after you will be breathing in a cloud of volatile gasoline molecules — invisible but harmful — while you pump gas. Excess molecules under pressure can’t float back down the return hose, so they get forced out around the nozzle and into the air. That’s when you smell gas.”

Yikes!  Know better, do better, right?  It looks like some good reasons not to top off your gas but even if it’s wrong, I’d rather err on the side of caution.  I guess from now on I’ll try and resist the urge to get an even dollar amount!  In the past, did you top off your gas tank?

Meal Planning Tips for Families

One of the easiest ways to save money and stick with a budget when raising children is to start meal planning. You can easily plan out a week of food for the entire family and end up saving quite a bit of cash. If you’re looking for some easy to follow meal planning tips for families, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I am sharing the best meal planning tips for families to help you save money and get your weekly meals organized to alleviate stress.

Meal Planning Tips for Families

Make a Master List

You will know best what meals work great for your family and what meals are not so popular. Create a master list of 10-20 meal ideas that your family will enjoy. This master list will be your go-to whenever you start to make up that weekly meal plan. It helps save time and stress involved with prepping for your weekly family meals.

Save Easy Recipes

While you will want the master list of meal ideas that have worked for your family in the past, consider looking up new easy recipes. When you add a few more new meal ideas that cost less and are easy to whip up, you’re helping to use meal planning to the best of its abilities. This will save you time and money which is usually the sole purpose of learning how to master meal planning.

My Favorite Of All Meal Planning Tips – Plan to Eat

I use Plan to Eat and absolutely love it!  Click my referral link here to learn more about it.  It’s an app that saves all my recipes so easily (just a few clicks if I’m saving a recipe from a blog or a recipe website), it automatically creates a shopping list that I can click off as I shop (or find that I already have that item on hand at home), and I can easily add additional items as I think of them through the week so they’re already on my list when I’m ready to shop.  My husband introduced it to me a few years ago and it has been life changing.  If I don’t know what I want for the week, I pull up the app and add them to my week with a few clicks and my store list is ready.  It does cost a little after the free trial but it saves us so much where we eat out less and do less grabbing whatever while we walk around the store that it easily pays for itself within the first month of using it.  Of all my meal planning tips, this is the best!  Plan to Eat, check it out. 🙂

Consider Meal Prep Sunday

There are many meal options online for families who are perfectly okay with taking Sunday to meal prep. You can use your meal planning menu to have homemade frozen meals. You will need gallon size freezer storage bags, the ingredients for each meal and room in your freezer if you try to cut corners with this method of creating meals ahead on Sundays.

Predict the Meal Mood

Sure this may sound silly but if you think about, it makes sense. Your family may not be in the mood for hearty soup recipe at dinner time if the weather has been warm all day long.  I’m really bad about wanting a hearty soup in the middle of summer and it never goes over well with my family.  (I should try a cold soup but the idea of one doesn’t sit well with me.  One day, I’ll try one, one day!)  Consider what each day holds for weather patterns and prepare your meal plan for the week based on the appropriate weather patterns. This ensures you make lighter meals on warmer days and heartier meals on colder days. (Like this Crock Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe)

Chocolate Pie Recipe

This Chocolate Silk Pie is always right no matter the outdoor temperature! 🙂

Use a Calendar

Whether it’s a white erase board calendar or one that you have for use in your purse, you will need to keep a calendar that organizes the meal planning for each week. This will help you stay on track and prepare properly each day for whatever is on your meal plan agenda for the day. Having a family calendar on the wall with your meal plan is even better to keep everyone in the loop.

The last few tips I have to lend to you when it comes to meal planning for families is to always use a grocery list when you head to the grocery store. You will want to ensure you stay on track and on a budget when it comes to meal planning success.

How to Curb Spending Habits

This post about curbing spending habits is brought to you by Atlantic Lexus.

Are you sinking into debt? Do you have a spending habit that you simply cannot break? We all fall into the trap of overspending from time to time and then need tips on getting back out of that cycle. If you are facing the reality that you have a spending problem, then please read this article for tips on how to curb spending habits.

6 Ways to Curb Spending Habits


How to Curb Spending Habits

Set Long-Term Goals


You will only succeed in curbing spending habits if know what goals you have in mind. Set long-term goals to save towards something you want, this can be as simple as saving to have an emergency fund. Figure out what you want to do with the money saved from breaking your spending habit and write it down.

Know Want vs Need


The biggest reason many fall into the spending habit is that they stop the recognition process of a want vs a need. Make a list of needs that you have within the household, and then evaluate what you have been spending money on that isn’t a need. Make a commitment you will not spend any money on wanted items.

Shop with a List


I don’t know how many times I have ventured into the grocery store without a list. This is the easiest way to curb spending habits. Make a list of items that you need before you head out the door, this will keep you on track and spending less with every store visit.

Use Cash Only


We live in a society where debit and credit cards are easier to use than cash, but that is what creates a spending habit. Learn to use cash more often and cards less. Consider giving yourself a weekly cash allowance, so that you can only spend that cash on wants and when that cash runs out, you don’t replenish until next week.  Buying a new to you car with cash is an empowering feeling.

Avoid Spending Triggers


If you really want to curb spending habits then you must take time to evaluate where you are tempted to spend the most money. Write down what you have for spending triggers and use this information as a means to curb spending habits without much effort. This is a great way to know your weaknesses too.

Look for Savings


Lastly, you will want to be smart about what you do spend your money on. One way to curb spending habits is to start learning how to spend frugally. Look for savings, digital coupons, and deals prior to going shopping. If you have a smartphone, there are many apps to help you find the best savings.

There you have it a few easy to follow tips on how to curb spending habits. These tips will leave you feeling refreshed, less broke, and able to take back control. When you have control of spending back in your life, you will find you have some extra cash to spend elsewhere.

5 Simple Shortcuts for Moms

This post of simple shortcuts is written by me is brought to you by DCH Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Temecula.

Meal planning, grocery shopping, dropping kids to and from school, teaching kids, being the mom of the house means that you are always busy.  Always.  When there’s a need for mom at every moment, it’s no wonder moms are searching out shortcuts. Every mom needs to learn a few simple shortcuts to make their chaotic days easier. Today, I am featuring 5 simply shortcuts for moms so that you can feel a bit more relaxed while juggling everything.

5 Simple Shortcuts for Moms

Think Smaller Sizes

While you do want to make sure that your family is eating healthy, you don’t have to go all out. Think small proteins such as wheat toast, eggs and smaller cubes of meat. If you cook meat for dinner, take a hint from the Chinese restaurants, smaller size meat cooks faster. You are still feeding the family healthy but ensuring the meal cooks faster by cubing it up in smaller pieces.

Delegate Chores

This is a no-brainer, when you are raising kids they should have some responsibilities too. The older the kids get, the more you can delegate. Whether you believe in paying for chores or not, each kid should have some responsibility. You can easily lessen your load by delegating chores to other family members so you don’t have so many little things to focus on.  Right now my kids are dust mopping the floor.  No, it won’t be perfect (and I might touch it up when they’re napping and can’t see me) but they’re learning how to do it better and better each time.

Prepackaged Meals

Let go of having to cook from scratch every single night of the week. When school and work are in session, there’s not much time to be a chef in your own kitchen. Take a few hours every Sunday to prepare meals ahead of time. This involves looking up freezer meals, getting the ingredients and placing them together in the freezer within separate freezer storage bags to pull out and cook during the week.  My recent favorite go-to isn’t a full meal but is a bunch of grilled and seasoned chicken that my husband makes for me.  We slice it in baggies and I pull it out to put on top of salad’s for lunch and sometimes dinner.  It’s easy, cost effective, and gets my family eating more salads!

Stock Up on Favorites

There’s no end to the way convenience store trips can suck up time as well as money. Try stocking up to ensure you always have an extra on hand for the most used products in your home. Shampoo, toilet paper, conditioner, soap, air filters etc. are all items that you should have a stockpile of somewhere to ensure you never have to run last minute to the convenience store or worse, to the grocery store that could be miles away.  My favorite is having an Amazon Subscribe & Save subscription for these things and having just a few extra on hand in case we go through something faster than usual.  My favorites are Mrs.Meyer’s hand soap refill, Kiss Me Honey lip balm, Charmin, Bounty, Colgate, and filters for our refrigerator and air vents.

Say No Often

Start to fall in love with the word no. (I’m still working on this…so much so that I hate to even mention it.  It’s important though, even if it is a constant struggle.  One day it will get easier…I hope…)  It’s okay and sometimes necessary to say no to the little things that your kids or friends are asking you to do. For example, if you have a kid who constantly yells for you to get something for them when they are capable, make them do it.  (This one isn’t hard for me. ha)  Let go of trying to be everything for everyone and learn to say no when you can.  Remember, just because you CAN do everything doesn’t mean you SHOULD, and you certainly can’t do it all at the same time.  It’s okay to say no to some things so you can say yes to others.  Priorities and balance, the hardest words in life.

These shortcuts are sure-fire ways to help you start getting your life back in gear with less chaos and stress. Be sure to follow these shortcuts in a way that switches up your day to day life so they become part of your routine.