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Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 2015 Sharing Time - Week 3

Welcome to August's Sharing Time Linky!

You can find the link party at the bottom of this post,but first, here's a quick review of our week!

Since the last Shraing Time post, I wrote about Wall Planners.. you can enter a Personalized Wall Planner Giveaway at that post!



This week I wrote a bit about why I'm not blogging as much this summer, and shared a great video that goes along with that.  If you haven't seen it, go check it out!


Now, on to the August link party!  I love to see what fun things you've been up to!



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Friday, August 14, 2015

Spend Focussed Time to Make Memories With Your Kids

It's interesting how this wasn't an issue when I was a kid. Cell phones, the internet, tablets, computers... all of these things have added so much good and so much bad to our lives. We can use them in many different ways, and they can affect us in different ways, depending on the choices that we make about how (and when) we use them.

I haven't been very active on the blog lately, and that's because I've been trying to avoid being on the computer too much while my kids are home for summer break. I saw this video today and was reassured that this is the right choice for me right now. This is the only summer that my kids will be this age. I don't want to look back on this time with regret, or wondering if I missed things because I was absorbed in blogging.

The whole point of this blog, from the beginning, was to inspire me and to inspire others to do fun things with their kids- to spend time with them, making memories while raising them.

So, posts are likely to be sparse for the remainder of our summer break and then pick up again in the Fall. I hope you're all making the best of your time with your kids this summer, too!

This video has reminded me not only to spend time with my kids, but to continue to make sure that I'm really focussed on them during the time I'm with them. If you've got a few minutes, I think you'll appreciate this video!


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Friday, August 7, 2015

Personal Planner Wall Planner & A Giveaway!

Last year, I shared a review of Personal-Planner.com's planners and this year I'm sharing their Wall Planner. I'll show you some photos of how I've used mine so far, and at the end of this post, there's a giveaway so that one of you can win a planner!

Here's a look at the Wall Planner I'm using.  You can choose from a variety of available covers or upload your own.  Since I knew that I wouldn't really be looking at my cover if it was hanging on the wall, I just chose one of the available covers, rather than spending time creating a custom one (which is what I did with the planner I ordered last year).  Below is a look at the front cover (on the left) and the inside of the wall planner (on the right).


You can customize these a lot!  I chose the number of columns that I wanted as well as the colours for each column and the background colour (at the top).  You can title your tabs (at the top of the columns) if you want to, but I left mine blank so that I could play around with different approaches to planning this way.  I can use one column for each person (which is what I was originally going to do- and you can even upload a photo of the person whose column it is & have it printed that way), but I thought that might not actually be the most efficient way to schedule our family's activities since not all of us have very many individual events scheduled regularly.

The first week I used my wall planner, I used one column for family plans (since it's summer time, and there's a lot of that going on), one column for me (for meetings and events that I had scheduled that were just for me to attend), and one column for blog posts, so that I could keep track of my blog schedule for the week.  I didn't need the 4th column this time.  I can see this changing a lot when the girls are back in school and I'm organizing most of the day around what I need to do.


I still had all of our family birthdays and special events listed on the website from the last time I made a planner with this website, so all it took was one click of the mouse, to have birth dates printed right on the planner!

At the bottom of each page, you can choose from some different modules.  I like to make to-do lists and checklists, so I put three To Do lists at the bottom, and one Dinner planning list on mine.  They come automatically with a small month calendar in the bottom right corner, to help you visualize the month's dates.

I'm excited to use this especially in the Fall when I'm spending more time blogging and trying to make my days as productive as possible while my kids are busy at school.  The plan is to keep that part of my day organized, so that when they're home, I'm free to spend that time with them as much as possible!

The fabulous people at Personal-Planner.com want to give one of you a free planner!  To enter the giveaway, just fill in the form below!  This giveaway is open worldwide!

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Disclosure: I received a planner for review purposes.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 2015 Sharing Time - Week 1

Welcome to August's Sharing Time Linky!

You can find the link party at the bottom of this post,but first, here's a quick review of our week!

I posted yesterday about all the fun we had at the Niagara Falls KOA! You can read all about our experience and see a ton of photos in that post!



Earlier in the week, I wrote about how I'm attempting to add a bit of specialness to our regular days this summer. :)  (Also, some of my thoughts on the new Minion movie)



I'm excited to see what you've been up to this summer!  Here's the new party for August!



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