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Start Fresh in 2019 by Getting Organized

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There is something hopeful about a New Year. It feels as though there is something ingrained in us to want to improve, want to do better, or want to try something new. No matter how the year turned out for us, we have hope that things will either excel from last year’s success or turnaround for the better from last year’s woes.

New Year’s make perfect times to recharge and give a little motivation for being more efficient in your home, work, and life. The key to making a fresh start in the New Year is to organize your surroundings for smooth sailing. There are three things a mom can do to organize and make a fresh new start. I am sure there are a billion other things to help you, but these have helped me first hand.

Prioritize (All else will stem from this)

It is certainly common to hear people say that we should put God first in all we do. However, what does that look like in our lives? Deuteronomy 6: 5 says we should love the Lord our God with all our heart. with all our soul and with all our might. He surely doesn’t command that we do that for any other thing in this whole world, including our kids and husband. It is hard for us to hear that sometimes when we put so much of who we are into our kids and spouse.

It is easy to get consumed with our children’s needs, with our husband’s attention, but nothing will work as it should without God being our #1 priority. The truth is, if we make reading His good Word and being in His presence through prayer and supplication, we will only then fully understand who He truly is. That includes Him being a God of order.

God was the perfect planner and commanded order! He, in 6 consecutive days, planned the whole of creation. He could have made it all exist, all at once but He didn’t. He even scheduled a specific time for rest. We can learn to be intentional in getting organized as the Lord has exemplified. Putting Him FIRST will really put the rest into perspective.

Self-care (Take care of you)

This admittedly was the hardest for me last year; if you have been accustomed to putting yourself on the backburner, then I know you can relate. I feel guilty to take care of me. Do you ever feel that way? My sister-in-law gave me a gift certificate to get a massage for my birthday one year (January). It expired on the 11th of August. Guess what day I scheduled my appointment? August 11th.  I felt guilty about making an appointment for a FREE massage! That is “momlife” sometimes.

There are some common “momlife” challenges that can really drain us physically and spiritually. Regardless of how draining these things can be, we can’t forget that fact that God’s Word tells us to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23). We memorize verses like this and Philippians 2:3-4 and inevitably want to put others before ourselves. I get it, trust me.

Sometimes when I feel drained; it feels as though there is a weight on my body and arms like an X-Ray vest. I can’t help but think that God would have us to find ways to replenish ourselves to keep going. To try and get this weight off of ourselves.

Being a mom is a selfless commission and we do it willingly.  We don’t get vacations, we don’t have lunch breaks, we don’t have sick days, or get off early. We must remember that Jesus clearly has told us to go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest a while (Mark 6:31). He understands us fully. At the time he said this, many people were coming and going. So much so, that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Sound familiar?

Think about this for a moment. We encourage our kids to have healthy godly friendships, do we work on any friendships of our own? We make our kids go to bed at a decent hour (because it is healthy), but do we do the same for ourselves? We have bible study with our kids, read God’s Word and pray with them, but how much time do we spend one-on-one with the Creator—our comforter (Jehovah Nacham)?

What can you think of to do to take care of you this year and give yourself some rest?

Digitize your planner (Organize your homeschool, work, and life all in one place)

I am sure you have heard the saying ”If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Planning is not sufficient within itself. We can plan all day long, then not follow through with what we have set out for ourselves to accomplish.

I don’t know about you but my mind is just not working like it used to. I recently started working online on top of homeschooling. I praise God that I was able to get one job after the other when I started, but somehow I thought I could keep it all together… in my brain. After a missed video conference, I knew I had to get organized somehow.

I needed something to use while I was working, but I didn’t want to use yet another platform to log into. If you are like me, you have zillions (OK, not zillions, but A LOT) of tabs open at once. We need to simplify, not add another one. I was already using Homeschool Planet and looked through its capabilities to find that I didn’t have to use it only for homeschool.

Homeschool Planet allows families to access every family member’s schedule. I have added my chore charts for the family to it as well. I know that I needed to look no further for something to organize my homeschool, life, and now work. I am completely satisfied with how Homeschool Planet keeps my life in order. It brings me joy to know that I have a computer-based system to plan and organize all my needs and in ONE place.

Homeschool Planet may be exactly what you need to make a fresh start this New Year, to organize, and to schedule in some time to take care of yourself.

Putting God first, spending time alone with Him, and efficiently planning my schedule helped me over the years to organize and make a fresh start every year. What will you do to start fresh this New Year?

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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The BEST Homeschool Planner Online

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Today we are featuring a review from Crystal Wagner of Triumphant Learning. Crystal is a homeschool blogger who helps many overwhelmed moms and new homeschooling moms implement an engaging, rigorous homeschool education. Through her consulting services, she can work with you to develop an educational plan tailored specifically to your children and family’s needs. She also helps families on their homeschool journeys with her All in a Homeschool Day podcast and her blog. From start to finish, Crystal has a wealth of knowledge you will want to glean from.

The “spreadsheet queen”, as her friends call her, has provided some really useful information on her review that organized and detailed moms will relate to and appreciate. Crystal has tried many online planners that have fallen short of her needs. She found that with using Homeschool Planet, she can now plan with even more detail and even better efficiency than with her trusted spreadsheets!

Did you know that you can add details to classes on Homeschool Planet like shared assignments for family classes? This option works really well with unit studies!

“Every online homeschool planner I tried failed to meet my expectations and could not even come close to doing what my spreadsheet could do. And I tried every.single.one out there. Then I found Homeschool Planet! I fell in love with it on the first use and love it more each day. You may not believe this, but I can now plan in more detail and with better efficiency than with my spreadsheet! But don’t worry, if you don’t like to plan in detail, there are still a lot of features that you will love.”

Click here to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Replace the Weekly Planners for ALL Your Children with Homeschool Planet

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We are featuring today, a review from homeschool blogger Jennifer Mackinnon with Practical, By Default. Jennifer’s website encourages, supports, and inspires moms to juggle homeschool and work life. Balancing these two aren’t the easiest but thankfully bloggers like Jennifer share their favorite homeschool resources, printables, homeschool books, and freebies to make things a little easier for us to cope. She even has a Homeschool Mom Book Club to discuss and read books to help moms in—well, in life!

Just like most homeschool families, Jennifer’s review shares how trying to juggle and keep track of everything in life can be a nightmare. If you have homeschooled for a period of time, you will see that keeping calendars, daily/weekly planners, to-do lists and other tools for life is just not practical or effective. As a busy mom, Jennifer loved that she can set-up homeschool lessons easily, send texts with the grocery list to her husband to pick up on the way home and develop a chore chart that each child could access. Everything one place is convenient for any family.

Did you know that the Homeschool Planet’s homeschool planner online allows you to set up a calendar for each member of your family? You can access everyone’s schedule all in one place.

“When I realized Homeschool Planet had the ability to replace not only the weekly planners for each of my kids but also my own to do lists, working schedule, shopping lists, chore lists and more, I kinda geeked out!”

“Technology and I don’t always get along. However, this was so easy!”

Click here to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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The Homeschool Planet Planner is Pretty Close to Perfect

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“Pretty close to perfect” is pretty awesome! We appreciate these kind words from Kathy Gossen, a homeschool blogger from Cornerstone Confessions, in her review of Homeschool Planet. Kathy’s website is aimed at encouraging women in Christ with resources that help teach our children, reach our goals, and love those around us. She is the wife of a farmer’s son, a homeschooling mom to three beautiful girls, and an Okie (Oklahoma native) inside and out.

Kathy’s review explains why she chose Homeschool Planet to digitally organize her homeschool lesson plans online. Before even reviewing Homeschool Planet, Kathy made sure it was a product that was suitable for her own family. We appreciate that she wouldn’t review a product otherwise. Kathy discovered several gems that really helped her decide on Homeschool Planet as a homeschool planner online; I think they will help you as well.

Did you know that, in Homeschool Planet, you can select your school days with a simple click of a button? You aren’t locked into a set calendar but can select and un-select days easily.

“Yes, there is no perfect planner out there, but with all the different options available, you are bound to get pretty close with Homeschool Planet.”

Click here to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Homeschool Planet Took a BIG Weight off this Mom’s Shoulders; It Can Do the Same for You

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Melanie from Tree Valley Academy has reviewed Homeschool Planet and hasn’t looked back since. We are showcasing Melanie’s review today to share how Homeschool Planet has taken a BIG weight off her shoulders. Melanie’s site brings country living nature to her homeschooling help page. She provides grade-specific resources, reading, math, and even numerous homeschooling lessons online in French!

Being a single mom, Melanie understands just how chaotic life can be. Add on trying to manage a homeschool organization plan and things can get pretty crazy. Melanie had to provide for her daughter financially, but public school wasn’t an option for her daughter who is EMF sensitive. Melanie discovered Homeschool Planet and found that scheduling was a breeze and that with its many customizations, Homeschool Planet was specifically made for many different types of homeschool families in mind.

Melanie has tried many homeschool lesson planners previously, including paper planners and online calendars, yet they all fell short. Take a look at how Melanie easily created a class on Homeschool Planet from a homeschool lesson plan. Did you know Homeschool Planet has a Lesson Plan Marketplace?

“I now feel confident that I can handle continuing to homeschool next year and still be able to manage all my other responsibilities. This truly has taken a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Head over to Tree Valley Academy to read this review of Homeschool Planet by Melanie.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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