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How I Deep Clean My Whole House (Even When I Am Too Busy)

How I deep clean my entire house, even when I am too busy!

Setting aside an entire week (or more) for spring cleaning is just too much to expect for most modern women! Deep cleaning really shouldn’t be a grueling, once-a-year task anyway. I will show you how to break it down into manageable sections and yet leave no stone (or dust bunny) unturned.

The Key to Deep-Cleaning with Little Time

I have figured out how to deep clean my house regularly. And I don’t have to stop the rest of my life to do it. And honestly, I enjoy it!

1) Pick a Starting Point to Deep Clean

Start with the room most in need. In my case, the kitchen. When you clean, think “top to bottom, left to right.” This is grandmotherly wisdom from my beloved Nana. Literally scrub your ceilings with some water mixed with a little dish soap, you’ll be amazed how much whiter they become! (I use a spray bottle for ease.)
Work your way down the walls to the cabinets, drawers, and finally, the floor.
Stop when you have to, and pick up again where you left off. Maybe it is tomorrow, maybe next week.


2) Deep Clean Slowly and Methodically

Don’t skim over the parts you don’t want to clean…scrub everything! When you work from top to bottom, left to right, you won’t miss anything. Remember next time there will be less to do if you are thorough.
When the first room is clean, move on to the next room. Continue from room to room all around the house until it’s complete. If your schedule is full of children and tasks, like mine is, this process might take months, and THAT’S OK!


3) Don’t Skip Regular Chores

Keep doing daily chores and cleaning weekly, but the vigorous scrubbing of dark corners only need happen once in awhile.


Go pick your most dusty, disgusting corner of your home and GO GET TO WORK AND DEEP CLEAN! I promise, it will be rewarding.
My cleaning printables can help you make a schedule for weekly and monthly cleaning!


The Excel Home Business Planner

Less Expense, More Profit!

For me, running a small business means cutting back on extra expenses. Less expenses, more profit!

I know that there are programs out there that make expense tracking super easy.  But, they come with a hefty price tag (at least, for a small business like mine).

So what did my nerdy self do instead? I  created this Excel Home Business Planner to track the income and expenses for my business.

When I decided to sell this in my Etsy Shop, I sweetened the planner by adding tons of extra fun things to the planner. I’ve had so much sweet feedback about this Home Business Planner that I thought I’d share about it here!

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Reporting Dashboard

The reporting dashboard page of the planner is a fun, at-a-glance worksheet that shows you your income / expense by day, month, and year. This was my way around having a fancy program that compiles reports. It’s all there, at a glance. Pie charts and a line graph show revenue and expense overviews.

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Insert all your income / expense categories in the same worksheet, side-by-side. The amounts show will automatically total based on what you enter in your register.

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Expense and Income Register

In the Expense Register and Income Register worksheets, you’ll use a pull-down menu to select your expense/income category, then enter each expense. And as I said above, the revenue categories will auto-total up the income in the Totals spreadsheet. Daily / Monthly / Yearly totals will show in the your reporting dashboard.

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That’s the income / expense tracking portion of the spreadsheet. I won’t share all the other sheets, but I’ll introduce you to a few:

Weekly Schedule:

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Monthly Planner:

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Time Tracker:

This makes it so easy to track your billable hours for custom projects! Just enter your start / end time and your rate, and the hours will auto-calculate.

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Contact Sheet and Invoice:

This contact sheet auto-fills your invoice customer info!

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Select the ClientID to fill the invoice Company Information.

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For those of you who like videos, I have one on Youtube showing how to use the spreadsheet for revenue / expense tracking:

And one more thing – you can use this Excel spreadsheet over each year, using the little drop-down box on your reporting dashboard to select the year! I’ve packed this Excel spreadsheet with a lot of value for $10.95! Want to buy? Head over to my Etsy shop!

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FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Recipe Card: Toffee in Drawings

Toffee at Christmas! It’s long been a family tradition in our house. I hope you’ll try your hand at making this toffee – just print out my free printable Christmas toffee recipe, stock up on butter, pecans, brown sugar, and chocolate chips and you’ll be on your way! (Make sure to have a candy thermometer on hand.)

I think this would be super cute to print out and give to friends and family along with a box of toffee.

When I give out this toffee to friends they always comment how yummy it is. I think the brown sugar gives it more depth of flavor than other white-sugar-using recipes.


My gift to you this Christmas is this FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Toffee recipe card that I drew, scanned, and colored in Illustrator. This recipe is from my mother, and it has always made such melt-in-your-mouth toffee. The brown sugar and butter combination are to die for. But beware of boiling it too short or too long – watch your candy thermometer closely!

This recipe card is 5″x7″. To download and print this card, click here,

or click the images below.

Free Christmas Printable Toffee Recipe


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Merry Christmas!!


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How to Print Double Sided Planner Inserts

Creating your own planner from printable downloads is fun and rewarding! But it can also be frustrating when you can’t align your paper correctly and end up wasting precious ink. I want to explain in more detail how to print double sided planner inserts for half-page printable planners in Adobe Reader or Acrobat.

How to print double-sided planner pages half sheet size from PDF

Print Half Sheet Double-Sided Planner Inserts

These instructions are for printing front and back for the half page planner inserts, two to 8.5″ x 11″ page (but this would work for a different size, like A4 as well). I highly recommend printing a few pages to test the printing process before printing your entire document.

Step 1: Open your document in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat

Step 2: Select File > Print. Select your printer. If you want to print grayscale, select the checkbox at the top “Print in grayscale (black and white)”.

Step 3: Go to “Page Setup” and select the correct paper size. Hit “OK”

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Step 4: Under “More Options”, Deselect “Reverse Pages”. (It’s ok if you forget this, but when you flip the pages over you’ll want to select the OPPOSITE of what you selected the first time, so it prints the pages in reverse order the second time.)

Printable planner how to print front and back

Step 5: Now select “booklet” near the center of the print dialogue.

Step 6: Under Pages to Print, you will want to enter a sample size, 1-8 pages. Under “Booklet subset”, select “Front Side Only”. Under “Orientation”, select “landscape.” This should print the front side.


How to print double-sided planner pages

Step 7: Carefully observe the direction your pages came out of the printer. Take them out and flip them over, making sure to keep the top of the page oriented correctly so your pages don’t get printed upside down on the backside.

Step 8: Go to your Adobe Reader print dialogue again, and again select pages 1-8, click “reverse pages” (or whatever is opposite what you selected for the front side), select “Booklet” and “back side only”. Now print!

If your sample of 8 pages turned out correctly, you should have two pieces of paper, printed front and back, in the correct order for cutting and punching.


The planner pages in these photos are from my Etsy Shop, visit here:

Summer Bucket List Activity Sheet Free Printable

I am definitely a home-body, not very motivated to get out and do new things unless I set my mind to it. So I’ve created a Summer Bucket List to force myself and my kids out the door to see more of the world around us! I really want to emphasize service to my daughters this summer as well, so I built kind deeds into the list. I’ve made this list available to you filled and blank! You can either keep my list, edit it, or start from scratch. Fill out the list in the free program Adobe Reader.

Summer Bucket List, blank or prefilled FREE PRINTABLE from Perennial Planner

Summer Bucket List – Filled

Summer Bucket List, blank or prefilled FREE PRINTABLE from Perennial Planner

Summer Bucket List, blank or prefilled FREE PRINTABLE from Perennial Planner

Fill out the blank list in Adobe Reader

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122 Printable Pages for Homeschooling & Free Calendar Pages

Since we are at the end of the 2015 school year, I have given the Homeschool Planner in my Etsy shop a facelift! I have also included dated calendars – both weekly and monthly. These calendars go from June 2015-December 2016. The awesome thing about this Homeschool Planner is that 9 of the documents are editable on your computer! Simply open the PDF files in Adobe Reader and you can insert text into the fields, and even change the font and size of that text! (The text I’ve already inserted into the pages is not editable.)

Buy the Homeschooling Planner NOW!

Homeschool Planner Printables - 16 organization documents Homeschool Planner Printables - 16 organization documentsThe year-at-a-glance pages have a “key” at the top where you can use a highlighter or colored pencil to fill in the squares, then write next to each square what it stands for. Then block in dates on the yearly calendar – ballet lessons, field trips, vacation days, trips to the cupcake shop (what? Don’t you plan that into your homeschooling calendar?)

Homeschool Planner Printables - 16 organization documentsThis planner is 122 pages, 16 documents, and includes 3 cover designs.

Homeschool Planner Printables - 16 organization documentsThe weekly calendar spans from May 31, 2015-December 31, 2016. It is divided into “school” and “other” so you can clearly delineate your homeschool tasks, as well as the rest of life’s tasks!

Homeschool Weekly Calendar Printable Editable Perennial PlannerBuy the Homeschooling Planner NOW!

For today’s freebie, I’m including the summer monthly calendar pages for download! These are editable pages.