Monday, September 18, 2017

A Chaotic Life: Is It Time To Surrender?

As the ringmaster in your home you know all about those afternoons when the circus is indeed in town, your home is its tent, your family is the main event and you are the one on the platform juggling, lion taming and strangely enough pulling things out of the oven like a magic hat magician. Yesterday, as master of my own circus I found myself orchestrating 5 different acts simultaneously! I prepared to head off for my son’s cub scout den meeting while arranging a quick return transport of a play date friend, whilst my daughter called out arrangements for a ride to and from the football game, and simultaneously I set the chicken for dinner soaking in the sink. Oh, and all the while my husband was urgently texting me about a KSL item I had sent him to look at. I had broken into a sweat by the time I was alone in the car.
Right in the sludgiest, thick of the thick of it I began to panic as I was filled with absolute certainty that my head was going to in fact EXPLODE with the pressure, and all that brain goo was going to get in the kids’ hair and they’d never be able to wash it out on their own and the kids at school would tease them and call them Brainy Hair McGee and they’d be scarred for life for sure!
Thankfully though, a phrase I’ve heard many times before came floating on the breeze of sanity, “Surrender to the chaos”. I shook my head, rolled my shoulders and continued ring mastering the circus of my life and family and ignored the possibility of head explosions.
Later that night I returned to that term of surrendering to chaos. Surrender generates images of armies falling to their knees in front of the adversary and praising the enemy with tears of defeat. Or in terms of surrendering to family chaos I imagine the toddler running naked through the house wielding half eaten chocolate pudding cups, mashing play dough into the carpet and drinking my essential oils. I see the teenager going and coming to and from heaven only knows where while the 8 year old jumps on the couch, the 5 year old plays in my makeup and the 11 year old stares vacantly at the computer screen while shouting insults at this brother, and all the while I am obediently surrendering and pretending I am so very zen when really my head is still about to explode with all this “surrender” nonsense.
Here’s the big Ah-Ha reveal…chaos isn’t the enemy. It’s the inevitability of living a life with responsibility, meaning, people and especially children. Chaos isn’t something to be fought against or given over to, it just IS. It is neither bad nor good, to be envied or feared, it is simply something you must learn to deal with or fight against until you’re weak and defeated with your brain goo in the children’s hair.
God created a beautiful and perfectly organized and formatted world in which we flourish and thrive, and he did it using only chaos and matter. So you see, the chaos matters. In fact, the chaos in your life IS the matter you get to use to create happy and well adjusted human beings. All that flurried activity is life happening and is the time for teaching and example setting so that those littles of yours can learn to ring master the chaos that is and will ever be in their lives.
Now, the only way you can use that chaos for the greater good is if YOU yourself are not chaotic. There’s that scene in the movies where the heroine stands still and calm while everything around her moves with dizzying speed. Your family needs you to be that still center around which everything spins. So just breathe. Find what works for you to clear your head, ground yourself and organize your priorities. If you can manage this then from your viewpoint in the center of it all you can appreciate the little still frames of beauty all around you. Your boys tying their first ties in the mirror, your daughter twirling in a sparkling skirt and fairy wings, your teen’s bright face as she heads out to soccer, your son’s serious walk as he readies for scouts, your family passing dishes across the table to one another, your toddler running to hug her Dad as he walks in the door and that moment of surprise when he lifts her in his arms and you remember just how handsome he really is.
Surrendering to the chaos doesn’t mean you lie down and let it consume you in its path of destruction. Surrendering to the chaos means accepting its inevitable authority in your life and letting it hustle around you while you enjoy the rush of its living breath on your face and the beauty it stirs up in the life about you.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Attach items to your Coil

I finally made a video, my first tutorial of how I attach different items to my planner coil.  
I love to buy the clear sturdy cards from the Heidi Swapp brand found at most craft stores, and I know Becky Higgins brand also has some really cute cards from Project Life.  Most of the embellishments and cute stickers I get are from The Planner Society.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial.  Leave a comment to let me know what other videos you would like to see me do.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Love is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

“Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue.”

Monday, February 27, 2017

Home is a special kind of feeling  

In today’s world,  
nowhere is that bedrock foundation of love needed more than in the home. And nowhere should the world find a better example of that foundation than in the homes of Latter-day Saints who have made love the heart of their family life.

To those of us who profess to be disciples of the Savior Jesus Christ, He gave this far-reaching instruction:

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

 If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each other with compassion and respect, showing our love in day-to-day interactions. 
Love offers a kind word, a patient response, a selfless act, an understanding ear, a forgiving heart
In all our associations, these and other such acts help make evident the love in our hearts.

 Love is the very essence of the gospel, the noblest attribute of the human soul. 
Love is the remedy for ailing families, ill communities, and sick nations. Love is a smile, a wave, a kind comment, and a compliment. Love is sacrifice, service, and selflessness.

Thomas S. Monson

What will you do this week to increase the feelings of love, understanding and acceptance in your home?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Love one Another

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway. I can't talk about things I love without mentioning my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the epitome of love and one of the words I would use to describe Him is welcoming. His arms are always extended and ready to receive us. I love to keep that image of His arms extended toward me in my mind and heart at all times. I know He loves us and He wants us to be happy. He has told us that one of the best formulas for happiness is by loving others and serving them. He feels our love for Him when we serve and love others, especially our families and neighbors.

What word would you use to describe our Savior?

Leave a comment below and tell us for an entry in the giveaway today.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paper Planning

All you need to do to enter the giveaway for today is to post a picture of your planner or a page in your planner, blank or filled out to share.  You can post it in the comments here or on your own social media pages.  Make sure to use the hashtag #mmpthingsilove and tag me @mormonmomplanner on Instagram or Facebook or @MorMomplanner on twitter.  Please tag me on Pinterest as well if you post there.  You also need to tag 3 friends on your post.  You get an entry for each social media forum you use. 

It's no doubt that one of the things I love to do is plan.  I've always been a planner and an organizer.  I love to see things turn into something beautiful, including goals.   Planning to me is taking my thoughts seriously and implementing them into actions and accomplishments.  If I don't take the time to record and write my impressions and plans down, it means I never really took them serious in the first place.  One of my major goals this year is to just follow my planner.  Haha.  I know that seems weird, but I take the time to write my goals and action plans down, so how foolish would I be to not follow those personal and thoughtout plans inspired just for me or my family?  When I follow my planner and do the things I committed to do, I feel a lot less stressed and like I can do those small things each day to accomplish my intentions and fulfill my purpose.  When I fly by the seat and disregard those plans, I feel like a feather in the wind and I have little direction and productivity.  I'm certainly not rigid at all about this and allow a lot of room for spontaneity and flexibility with kids, sicknesses, last minute things. For instance, I planned all of January  out with all of these amazing ideas and thoughts I had for home and for business, only to be sick for most of the month with ear infections, strep throat, etc. but it was nice to come back to work and life and have the plan down and all I needed was to adjust a few things and move a few things around and I was back on track again so, I do feel like it's important to stick to the plans and goals as much as possible, especially when they were made through prayer and inspiration.  There's nothing like a fresh start and I don't just use January every year for that.  We can start at anytime and make tweaks, adjustment, new goals, step it up moments and reset our life whenever we choose.  We can reach our potentials one little goal and step at a time.  I'm sure grateful for pen and paper to help me remember those little and big things along the way.

Here are some mock-up spreads I did awhile ago but thought they might be useful again to see different ways you can plan.

How has paper planning helped you?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Favorite Quote

I love quotes and scriptures and since we're focusing on the things I love this week, I thought I would share with you my favorite saying to remember.  I tried and tried to find where I originally heard it, but I couldn't find it.  I seemed to remember I heard it from James E. Faust, but I searched and couldn't find it, but the scripture reference is Revelations 3:11

I love this thought because it is true.  Jesus Christ overcame everything and conquered the devil forever and all we need to do is stay focused on our loving Savior and keep His commandments and we've got it!  When we mess up EVERYDAY, all we have to do is say sorry and commit to do better.  Really, That's it!  And if we do that, and fill ourselves with His love,  we will receive ALL that our Father in Heaven has!  How amazing.  How spectacular and joyful.  This is our goal, this is our Father's goal to bring to pass OUR immortality and eternal life.  Think of it, GLORY and CROWNS.  I can hardly imagine, but I know it's real.  God is real, the devil is real.  Good and evil does exist.  The devil hates us and wants us to fail, but we can't let him take away our glory and crown.  We can do this.  We can overcome the world just as our Savior has.  He has shown us the way and it is only by and through Him.  How blessed are we!


To be entered into the huge giveaway today.  All you have to do is make sure  that you're following all of these accounts if you aren't already:

AND, if you are already following them,  then you just need to post your favorite quote or scripture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #mmpthingsilove  AND please tag me by using @mormonmomplanner  on FB and Instagram and @MorMomplanner on Twitter .   ALSO, please tag a few of your friends that might enjoy your quote or scripture you're sharing.  Make sure your account isn't marked private for today only so I can see your post and enter you in the giveaway.  Let me know in the comments when you're done. 

That's it!  Let's spread some awesomeness today on the internet! 

If you still need to get organized for 2017 you can pick up a planner for just $29.99 (that's 15% off) and you get FREE shipping.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things I love Giveaway

I'm so excited for this awesome giveaway sharing a few things that I love with one of you!  You are simply the best customers and I feel so blessed to get to share part of my life with you.

Ok, so let's go over all of the prizes a little bit.

First of all, I LOVE bags.  I'm sort of a hoarder of bags, but this is by far my favorite.  I can fit so much into this bag.  My planner, my laptop, my camera, all of my other little bags full of doo dads.  I love all of the little compartments and that I can adjust it to fit my needs.  This is also the bag I take when I travel anywhere because it's quite thin even when packed to the brim,  and it sits so well under my feet on the plane or in the car.  This bag is the missy mint bag from

I LOVE blankets, cute candles and good books.  This blanket is a sweater blanket by Threshold and it is SO cozy and King size too.  It is from and the candle is from Hobby Lobby and my favorite books are Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.  Love Pride and Prejudice, well and all of Jane Austen's books too, but my husband refrained me from giving away the whole set......this time.  But, I'm sure it will be another future giveaway.  ;)  The covers are so cute too which makes it an extra bonus.

I LOVE stickers as you all know.  I try really hard not to hoard them, but I'm not going to lie.  I have plenty and to spare.  I love to use them up and they are just what is needed sometimes to spice things up in my planner or birthday card, etc.  I've hooked this giveaway up with some of my favorite stickers to use in my planner because they are word art and inspirational phrases to help keep my motivated.  They are mostly the stickabilities brand from Paper Studio that you find at Hobby Lobby.  Here they are:

Wahoo!  Here are some more close up shots:

I also love cute note cards and scrapbook papers I can attach to my planner or use in scrapping.  I love writing quotes on these cards and using a stapler or washi tape to attach them to anything I want when I'm journal-ing  or planning.   I love all of the Snap brand journal-ing cards and they come with adorable embellishments which I love to use as well.

 And of course, I love pens & accessories like these:

That pen at the bottom is one my dad made, and it is beautiful and they write so nice too.  The bag and 3 of the washi's are from The Planner Society, and I LOVE her creations, they are definitely some of my favorite.

I LOVE office supplies.  Here are some of my favorite:

How cute is that glue gun?  

I love on the go, convenient things and when they're cute, it's a bonus.  I picked up a water bottle for shakes, infuse water and one for hot drinks along with some re-usable ice mini ice packs to help keep things cool while you're out and about running errands or partying on the town with your kids.  Everything you see in the picture is from Target.  I love water bottles and treats ready to share with my kids when they're getting a little cranky.  This is the perfect set to take with you in the car or to the park.

Okay, last but not least.  I love bags.  Oh wait, did I already say that?  Well, I do.  And I love a cute back to store all of the essentials I need while I'm out and about.  Kind of like these:

I don't know why the water bottle was in this picture again, but it is what it is.  Okay, so there are more cute little smaller bags to keep things organized by category.  I personally have that same get it together pouch and I love to use it for my doo-dads like extra tape, tacky, pens, cards, paper clips, rubber bands, safety pins, mini stapler, etc..  That has come in so handy for me while setting up things for Young Women's activity or kid's projects.  
Some other things you see in the picture:
Cute compact umbrella
Cute reciept holder
Cell phone Portable charger (isn't that so cute?!)
Cell Phone charger is gold
Card Case for all of those extra cards you don't want in your wallet
5 little bags, 2 see through for extra storage.

And Here is a picture of everything together.  WOWEE!

I am trying to grow some of my social media accounts as some of them are brand new and I would really love your help in spreading the word and sharing these accounts with your friends.  So, all you have to do to get an entry today is make sure you like all of these social media accounts and tag your favorite one on any of your social media accounts.  You'll get an entry for every tag you share and you'll get an entry just for liking them too.  

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Click on the link and go ahead and like our page and you'll get another entry to this giveaway!

 Instagram is such a fun way to share photos and we have a fun feed you can follow to get inspiration or ideas for the day.  Follow us on Instagram for another entry.

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And here is our Twitter that is brand spank'n new.  Here we'll be posting links to our favorite quotes, scriptures, talks, and so much more.

Our You Tube channel is also very new and we are excited to be posting more videos and tutorials on this channel that have to do with planning and so much more.  For an entry, you just need to subscribe to the channel.  

Whew!  So there you have it.  Lots of chances to enter today's portion of the giveaway.  We'll be randomly choosing a winner tonight that will go on to the final drawing.  (We will choose a winner from each day that will be in the final drawing.  Wahoo.  

Please leave a comment if you have any questions and 

If you still need to get organized for 2017 you can pick up a planner for just $29.99 (that's 15% off) and you get FREE shipping.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Staying Ahead of the Game: How to Use Your Planner to Keep Up on Schoolwork


As a mom, do you ever wonder if there’s a simple way to keep on top of your crazy schedule? Thankfully, there is.
When so many people are turning to technology to keep track of their schedules, the moms who know best are using paper planners. Here’s why.

More Than Just a Planner

As long as there are schedules to maintain and homework to keep track of, daily planners will never go out of style. The benefit of a pen-and-paper style planner is you can shove school papers and fliers into pockets and within the pages of the planner to keep everything in one place, while still offering space to quickly jot a note or write down an idea. As a busy mom, you know that a basic planner can get the job done, but is just getting the job done really enough?
You need so much more than just a place to write down the times and dates of appointments, you need something that can act as a schedule maintainer, a homework organizer, a physical reminder of tests and school projects, a meal planner, a shopping list, and a place to keep track of your personal goals and individual needs.

For the Moms-on-the-Go

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Consider the Mom-on-the-Go Planner, complete with space for tracking individual kids activities, a chore chart, budgeting, and setting family goals to make sure no school project or school volunteer assignment is forgotten. This planner has everything you need to help with getting organized for school, but also enough space to organize your life.
For the Mormon Mom


With a religious flare perfect for the busy Mormon mom who’s looking for help keeping track of visiting teaching and FHE in addition to school organization ideas, the Mormon Mom Planner has it all. When you spend as much time with your planner as you do, it’s important to find something you love and can connect with—you know as well as we do that if you don’t love it, you won’t use it.


Sure, your phone can help you keep track of what time you need to be somewhere, but can you really jot down your thoughts and keep track of what’s most important on that tiny screen? A pen-and-paper daily planner gives you the space you need to keep track of the essential things in life, but also to feel a sense of gratification when you check items off of your list. Your planner acts as a bit of a journal, documenting everything you did over the year, acting as a record to prove that you can do hard things.

School Organization Tips & More

Why rely on unreliable technology to keep track of what’s most important to you? With a handwritten daily planner, at year’s end, you’re left with a record of all of your accomplishments for that year. No one can put a price on that.