Pinspiration | Coin Magnets

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  And that means repurposing items in a creative way to make them useful again. I saw this idea on Pinterest and I loved it.  Coin magnets! It’s an easy project that is useful and repurposed old coins and other favorite trinkets.

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Pinspiration: Coin Magnets. This is a cute and easy project that you can complete in 15 minutes (hands-on time). And help you repurpose items you already own.  I used coins from around our house, my grandmother’s old pocket watch and a favorite pin that had a broken backing.  Now all of these items are something usable for our family.

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Pinspiration | Natural Laundry Detergent

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to try it. Homemade laundry detergent! And the recipe is so simple – and best of all, it saves you hundreds of dollars a year.

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Pinspiration: Natural Laundry Detergent. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And it helps you save money, reduce your environmental impact (if you use liquid laundry detergent – you’re paying for them to transfer the liquid, water, to your store).  I’ve been using this laundry detergent exclusively for about 6 months now and I love it.  The detergent works great, smells great and is so easy to make – worth it!

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15 minute Way to do Anything for 31 Days

We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference.  Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.

I’ve heard it takes 21 days to develop a habit.  I suggest you try to do something for 31 days (the whole month).  You’ll be glad you did.  

The truth of the matter is that my blogs weren’t written in 15 minutes for 31 days.  My 15 minute a day posts for you took me about an hour and sometimes I’d write 2-3 per day and schedule them for the daily publish date.  But, I got through it and I’ve learned something coming out the other side of this great experiment.  You can do anything for 31 days, if you put you mind to it.  By following this simple, targeted solution, you’ll see just what I mean.

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15 minute Calm It On Down

We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference.  Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.

Here is a lesson I need to learn on a regular basis.  I can do a lot, but I can’t do everything.  I can change some things, but I can’t change everything.  I have good ideas, but mine aren’t the only ideas. I don’t need to do everything for everyone.  It doesn’t do anyone a service–because I end up being tired, stressed and don’t have the time or energy to get it done.  And the person depending on me either has to put up with my attitude or is disappointed when I don’t meet their expectations.  Enough! Moving forward I’m learning to calm it on down.  Here are some things I’ve learned that I’d like to pass on to you:

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It’s ok to be happy with a calm life.  It isn’t easy to immediately understand what that means, but focused energy can help.  How about reducing your obligations to only your favorites–don’t worry about letting people down. How about admitting when you’re not the best at something, and letting others share their ideas and opinions.  How about letting a project go undone or letting someone else do it–sit on your hands, cover your mouth or look away from the requester, if needed.

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15 minute More Zzz’s, if You Please

We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference.  Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.

At the end of the school year each year, we seem to go a mile a minute.  And when we finally have a chance to slow down, we realize something very important has been missing from our lives: Enough Sleep.  This article will seem simply important or obviously ridiculous.  But take a minute, I bet you need more sleep tonight.  Or now.  Do yourself a favor and make it happen.  Everyone will be happier when you get the sleep you need.

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15 minute Your Memories Matter, Not Your Stuff

We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference. Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.

My husband’s family and I just spent our day today organizing somebody else’s things. They’d saved items for more than 50 years and we were going through them helping them to organize everything.

They’d had everything in storage for more than 30 years and at $100 a month it cost them $30,000 to store the items that long.  And the kicker is 90% of the items were either thrown away or donated. Unbelievable! Here’s what I’ve learned from our experiences today:

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15 minute Excellent Relaxation: You deserve to spend time on yourself

We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference.  Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.

In 2003 I started my Theme Year Project, it was the result of a conversation with my then-supervisor about my work/life balance aka there was none.  I was overlapping work into my personal time and it was making me grumpy and stressed out all of the time.  Not good when I need to be productive at work.  I really appreciated her honest mentoring and it’s changed my perspective ever since.

You need to make yourself a priority.  You need to do things that you like.  You need time to yourself.  You need time to recharge.  Even if that means you’re ‘wasting time’ with your activities, it’s never a waste of time if it gives you the relaxation you need.  Here are a few free, simple strategies that take about 15 minutes and are totally worth your time.

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