How can we possibly have it all when most of the time we can't even find it? Our Survival Guide will offer tips on how to get organized, take shortcuts, work differently and stay connected all without forgetting to treat yourself from time to time.  The Guide might just help you get a little piece of mind, if only it could unload the dishwasher too.  Joined by special guests from time to time, our Guide gurus are Alanna Fincke, Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart's Body & Soul Magazine and Sarah Welch, co-founder of Get Buttoned Up.  We figure they are uniquely qualified to teach us all how to add a little calm and order to our otherwise chaotic lives. 

Hurry Up and Say "Cheese."

Unless you’re Martha Stewart, getting ready for the holidays can give even the jolliest of souls a pounding headache. more

Lunch Box Love.

I recently joined a growing club. I am now a preschool mom. While a lot of moms and dads have a hard time saying goodbye to their little one I was actually pretty happy about it. more

Get Organized to Vote.

A friend of mine posted a humorous comment on his Facebook page the other day promising never to write anything again while under the influence of political campaigns. His simple post made me realize how much I’ve been avoiding the entire topic and media circus surrounding the coming Election Day. more

Make Back to School Your Time to Get Organized.

Since I have a little extra time between now and when the school year chaos begins, I’d like to get a little bit of planning done in the remaining weeks as I can. How can I be organized to get more than shopping for clothes and school supplies out of this Back to School season? more

Everything (Almost) In Its Place.

It was 8:00am on a clear February morning in 2004 when the seed of an idea that would transform our lives took root. We were meeting in the big corporate cafeteria of the building where Alicia worked, lamenting the fact that it had taken us a ridiculous amount of time - three long months of schedule juggling and rain checks to finally manage breakfast together. We were both drowning in endless lists of should-do’s and must-do’s that left little room for the things that seemed to matter, like catching up with an old friend. more

To Do Or To Delegate?

“You don’t need to do everything yourself” may sound liberating and puzzling all at once. You might be asking yourself, “If I don’t do it, who will?” Admittedly, delegating is a challenge, but it’s also a very learnable skill with a sweet payoff. more

Making Friends in Cyberspace.

Remember how easy it was to make friends back in high school and college? Boy, those were the days gal pals were a dime a dozen. Even if you got mad at so and so it didn’t matter because the next girl was right there to take her place at the lunch table. more

Planning for Fun.

My husband see restaurants, music, galleries, bottles of wine, etc. all the time that we want to try…but never seem to get around to them. And it is not just a night out we crave; we really want to have some spontaneous, random nights out like we did when we were younger and cooler. But of course we have all the regular impediments—busy and contrasting schedules, a never ending plethora of household/personal errands, and the attention (we love) to give our kids. Any ways to inject a little bit more fun into our routine without having to plan too much in advance? more

Better Than Regifting.

I looked at my calendar for this weekend and realized that my nephew's birthday is on Saturday and, per the usual for me, I do not have a gift ready to send. Nor do I have time between now and then to get him one. What's an effective way to stock up on gifts so that I'm not running around like a lunatic at the last minute every time? more

Givin' Made Easy.

I have a long list of gripes but what working mom doesn’t? However, the problems I encounter in my little world are itsy bitsy compared to the gut-wrenching obstacles some people face in life. Honestly who cares that my daughter just spilled milk on the couch but me and my husband and maybe the dog? more