Get Organized with Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner 2014 #giveaway

by Michelle M

Michelle, 5 Minutes for Mom contributor, is here to share her insights into The Homemaker’s Friend 2014 Planner through this sponsored post and giveaway. While we were compensated to write this post, our writer’s views and opinions remain her own.

It’s only the beginning of August, but I’m already starting to panic about the coming school year. We’ll be going from days with few activities that I can loosely structure to fit our desires for the day to what will feel like one nonstop activity.

We’ll be going from school to tae kwon do to gymnastics to Girl Scouts to Spanish class and more. I know it can all be done, but there are so many moving parts that it’s easy to get lost. That’s a big reason why I love planners like The Homemaker’s Friend 2014 Planner.

With your purchase of the 2014 calendar for $13.99, you also get a bonus 2013 calendar for free that contains the same information so you can start off on your organization immediately.


Every day is different, but I can’t forget or miss anything. This planner recognizes that and makes it easy for me to get and stay organized, not just with my children’s activities, but with the rest of my life, as well. It includes a monthly calendar so that I can put the big items in there that I need to remember. Then there are pages for each week that allow me to organize the daily minutiae that can so easily be forgotten.

I love that is also includes room at the top of the weekly view for tasks lists. My organization isn’t just about getting people to the right place at the right time; it’s also about ensuring that I get done what I need to do.

Having that task list on the same page as my calendar helps me prioritize where I can fit in those tasks I need to accomplish, from the simple ones like making a dentist appointment to the more complex ones like scheduling car repairs.

The Homemaker’s Friend Planner is a one stop shop for my organization – no pun intended. There are pages dedicated to creating my to do lists, so that when I’m out and about (sitting in a tae kwon do lesson, for example), I can pull out my planner and start writing down the things I need to do rather than making a mental list and forgetting by the time I’m near a pen and paper or – worse yet – writing my to do list on a scrap of paper in my purse that disappears, never to be seen again.

Given all the volunteering I do, I inevitably have meetings in various places. Today, I texted our carnival chair to remind me of her address as I’d run out of the house and forgotten to grab it.

If I could instead keep that planner with me and simply write down things like who at the high school is the contact to arrange for student volunteers to addresses of my typical meetings to phone numbers of new friends, it would be simpler. Not surprisingly, this planner includes pages for writing down the names, numbers and addresses that you need for now but may not want to put permanently into your address book.

Along the same lines, the planner includes tear out shopping lists (smart) that are narrow so they don’t waste paper, as three fit on a single sheet within the planner and all are perforated to make it easy to remove them.

That’s another task I can accomplish while sitting in the car waiting for school to let out or in gymnastics. The list stays in my planner until I’m ready to hit the store, then it’s easy to remove so I don’t stare at outdated shopping lists months later.

This planner runs from January to December of 2014.  It is 6 by 8 1/2 inches, perfect to fit into my purse.  It’s spiral bound, making it easy to flip pages without damaging a spine, and laminated so it doesn’t fall apart easily. With your purchase of the 2014 calendar for $13.99, you also get a bonus 2013 calendar for free that contains the same information so you can start off on your organization immediately.

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One lucky reader is going to get their chance to win The Homemaker’s Friend Planner for 2014. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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Be sure to visit the main Back to School post to find all of our Back to School related giveaways. You don’t want to miss out on the amazing prizes.

Michelle may never stop running around Chicagoland, but she always makes time for the important things in her life – her wee ones, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends – and of course, writing. You can see what she’s up to on her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter where she tweets as @HonestAndTruly.



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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1 Anne August 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

I prepare everything early or the night before for easy exit.

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2 Dawn August 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

Count me in…I live by my planner. If it is not there, chances are it won’t happen!

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3 Tanya August 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Ive never used a planner but I bet it would sure come in handy. I usually put my to do list on a piece of scratch paper. So I will have like five random pieces of paper laying around.

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4 Sadie B. August 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

We pack lunch at night and talk about the plans for the next day.

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5 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman August 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I will take all the organizing help I can get!

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6 Renee G August 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Stick to your schedule and be flexible about it. Get everything ready the night before.

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7 tammy b August 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

we make sure everything is in the backpack the night before, shower in the evenings, and sometimes pick outfits and do lunches in the evenings as well

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8 amyc August 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Trying to get everything together the evening before and would just grab and run in the morning.

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9 Selene M. August 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Get everything possible ready the night before!

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10 hilary August 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

invest in a shoe basket, seriously reduces the amount of time looking for shoes. :)

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11 Julia August 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Do as much as you can the night before. Setting out clothes, bowls for breakfast cereal, bags packed, etc.

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12 Mary Happymommy August 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Choose clothes and prepare backpacks the night before.

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13 Charlene S August 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Start the night before.

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14 Barbara August 2, 2013 at 1:23 am

Wake the kiddos early enough so they don’t feel rushed in the morning.

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15 robin August 2, 2013 at 1:49 am

I am all over the place with everything and it is very stressful. I know my life needs to be more organized and a planner can do just that.

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16 michelle b. August 2, 2013 at 3:07 am

We homeschool so we take our morning a little slower and start school a little later in the day so we are able to start into school awake & alert.

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17 Barbara Platt August 2, 2013 at 4:17 am

always get clothes and lunches done and plan breakfast the night prior

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18 Jennifer Donovan August 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

I can’t enter to win this giveaway, but I just wanted to say that I’m buying one right now! My favorite planner went out of business last year, so I had to try another one. It’s okay, but this one sounds perfect for 2014!

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19 Nikki August 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Prepping everything over the weekend is a big help; then just pulling out the next day’s work the night before.

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20 vickie couturier August 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

my best tip is to get everything ready the night before,an then the mornings aren’t so bad

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21 betty August 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

prepare the night before

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22 Louly August 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Set out everything the night beforehand so you dont have to think about it in the morning.

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23 Karrie Combs August 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

love a good planner

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24 June S. August 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I use my kitchen calendar to try and keep my life straight around here. But I know my daughter-in-law would like this, so I’d give it to her.

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25 Kristie August 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I try to stick to a routine in the mornings.

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26 Jessica August 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I’m not a morning person, so I need to have everything organized and ready to go the night before.

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27 Mia Dentice Carey August 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I do everything THE NIGHT BEFORE

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28 Elena August 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Set an alarm clock a few minutes earlier to have enough time to get ready for school

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29 Maggie Hesse August 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I always give myself 15-20 more minutes than I think I will need.

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30 Kimberly August 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Prepare as much as possible the night before. Makes mornings go much smoother!

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31 Susan P. August 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

Prepare as much as possible the night before and make sure any papers that have to go back to school are already in their backpacks.

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32 Ruth Hill August 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

It seems like we all have the same idea. Prepare as much as you can the night before.

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33 LaVonne August 3, 2013 at 2:50 am

I don’t have much of a tip. Coffee? :)

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34 Cindy B August 3, 2013 at 3:28 am

Get everything ready the night before…backpacks packed, lunches made, clothes ready!

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35 Alvina Castro August 3, 2013 at 4:23 am

My kiddo starts school for the first time this fall so I dont have tips yet sadly. I actually need them instead

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36 Leslie Galloway August 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

I like to lay out the kids’ clothes ahead of time, and make breakfast (as much as you can) the night before. That gets us out of the front door on time (usually!).

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37 Dani August 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

Use a hanging closet organizer with five shelves. Each shelf is for one school day. Set up each day’s outfit, complete with socks and undergarments, on the appropriate shelf during the weekend.

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38 Mary W August 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Plan ahead. Do as much the night before whenever possible I am not a morning person so this is critical for me.

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39 Jenette August 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Have a set routine. Have all necessities out and ready to go.

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40 nannypanpan August 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

have everything in bags the night before
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41 latanya August 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

try to prep as much as you can the night before

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42 Jana August 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

a routine is key – but you have to keep to it!

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43 mamotts August 4, 2013 at 3:52 am

lay out night b4- even breakfast

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44 Megan August 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

I try to get everything ready the night before.

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45 Shona Leonard August 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

If I do not write everything down nothing would ever get done.

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46 happymomc August 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

get up at least 15 minutes early or make sure you finish everything the previous night!

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47 janet trieschman August 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

we prepare the night before

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48 Selene M. August 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Get things ready the night before

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49 Ellen C. August 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I get things ready for breakfast the night before and I have outfits laid out too. Thanks for the chance.

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50 Dorinne Hammons August 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

Get up 15 minute before you think you need to!

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51 BusyWorkingMama August 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

We prep lunch the night before.

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52 Francine Anchondo August 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

i lay out clothes the night before

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53 Jenny Martin August 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

make lunch the night before ( I acutally make several days at a time!

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54 Kerrie Mayans August 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I have learned the putting out the clothes the night before saves us so much time in the mornings. I also put the lunches together and keep them in the fridge overnight.

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55 Brandy W. August 9, 2013 at 1:41 am

Have a plan and create a daily routine!

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56 Sara August 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

We try to prep as much as we can the night before!

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57 Danielle Papsis August 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

Plan ahead, the night before just in case of a power outage, you slept through your alarm clock or anything else.

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58 Mary Beth I August 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

lay out outfits the night before.

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59 Kathy stevenson August 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Lay everything out the night before.

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60 Dawn Monroe August 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Get plenty of sleep and send the kids to school with breakfast. Do alot of stuff the night before.

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61 Jenny Lloyd August 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

the kids shower/bathe the night before, we lay out all our clothes and get our bags ready and by the door before going to bed and simple, quick breakfasts

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62 Leslie Pleasants August 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Have everything ready the night before! Backpacks by front door, lunches made or ready to be made depending on the item, school clothes laid out… Makes those crazy mornings easier!

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63 Karen Lynch August 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

Get backpack and lunches ready night before, have clothes picked out.

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64 Theresa J August 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Planning ahead is the best tip ever

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65 Meghan Finley August 16, 2013 at 12:49 am

set everything out the night before and premake lunches

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66 Nicole Sender August 17, 2013 at 1:05 am

Prepare lunches and set out clothes the night before!

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67 Stephanie August 17, 2013 at 1:24 am

I try to get as much ready before bed as possible. Im not much of a morning person and it helps me get through the morning if I am prepared.

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68 Geri C August 17, 2013 at 2:31 am

I try to get everything ready the night before and I make sure I am up and ready before the kids so I can help with last minute details.

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69 Stephanie Larison August 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Get everything ready the night before so you’re not in a hurry later on.

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70 Karen Lynch August 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Getting things ready the night before. Less likely to forget something and timesaving.

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71 Lisa A. August 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Plan and set everything out the night before – no “searching” for things in the morning when rushed for time. And, I ask my kiddos to get their clothes ready for each weekday on Sunday (doesn’t always fly – but when it does – it’s nice).

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72 Trish F August 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Pick out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. Sure saves all of that last minute running around. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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73 beth August 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

planning ahead is definitely key! :)

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74 Mozi Esmes mom August 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Get ready the night before. Breakfast cereal out to be cooked, etc…

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75 Shelly Leatham August 24, 2013 at 3:57 am

I love having a planner…it keeps me organized!

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76 Kelly Brown August 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Develop a routine and stick to it!

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77 Chana August 28, 2013 at 5:11 am

Make sure I get up and eat breakfast before the kids need to be up

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78 nikki August 28, 2013 at 7:29 am

I prepare as much as i can the night before

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79 Anitra August 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

Prep the night before

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80 Stephanie Bodine August 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

Get everything prepared the night before and have a set plan for breakfast.

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81 Stephanie Nericcio August 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

Do as much as you can the night before. I’m only on day 2 of our school career but that seems to be the best thing!!

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82 sarah t August 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

my tip is to get as much ready at night as possible

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83 Donna Kozar August 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

Prepare as much as possible the night before-pack lunches, etc.

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84 Benita August 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

I’ve learned to do as much as possible the night before, thus making the mornings easier.

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85 The Gang's Momma August 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Best tip is that the big kids take turns (by the week) making school lunches the night before, while the others are clearing the table and doing night time dishes. I created a “cheat sheet” for what a school lunch should (and should not!) look like and then I am OUT of the conversation :) Love it!

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86 Teresa Moore August 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I have my daughter set out school clothes the night before and pack her backpack.

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87 gala August 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

start in the evening

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88 Saver Sara August 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

Try to have as much as possible prepared the night before.

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89 katklaw777 August 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Do as much as possible the night befor always worked for me!

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90 Colette S August 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Get up 30mins earlier to allow for any unforseen problems.
Plan the night before

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91 Tabathia B August 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I have to make a breakfast menu on the weekend for the kids during the morning

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92 1955nurse August 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

Set-up the coffee pot the night before on it’s timer, then get up 20 minutes BEFORE the kids! Thanks for the chance…,..,

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93 T.h.Ransom August 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

I get everything set out for my daughter and have her lunch packed the night before. It allows me to fully concentrate on the things that have to be done that morning.

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94 Teresa Thompson August 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Set a routine and stick with it.

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95 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Know where everything is BEFORE you need it!

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96 Diane Cooper August 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Try to get everything together, as much as possible, the night before!

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