Finding Life's Corners - Solving the Puzzle One Piece at a Time

Organizing Recipes

Do you have a pile of loose recipes floating around your kitchen? Over time they can pile up. They might be printed off your computer, ripped out of magazines, or collected from a friend. Organizing these recipes is a quick project with the right supplies!

My unsightly pile of recipes lived on a shelf right by my front door. The rest of the shelf doesn’t look great right now either, but one step at a time.

I would love to go digital with this, but I’ve spilled flour on my tablet enough times to be wary of having it in the kitchen! I also tweak recipes regularly so printing them out and writing down my changes makes it easier to remember what I like to do.

Here are the steps to organize your loose recipes into a binder. Continue reading →

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5 Surprising Ways to Increase Willpower

Willpower allows us to choose long-term gains over short-term gains. Do you ever wish you had more willpower?

It turns out that willpower can be strengthened or fatigued like a muscle. That means exerting your willpower on something small can help you to exert it over more important things later. On the other hand, if you overwork your willpower, you will have what is called ego depletion, where your self-control may be impaired. Continue reading →

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Apps to Manage Your Money on the Go

I love that a lot of physical clutter can be remedied with digital devices these days. Today we’re specifically talking about apps, which often take the place of notebooks, coupons, and even credit cards in our wallets, but this can apply to scanning documents at home as well.

Apps can save time by allowing you to do errands online instead of in person. They can save money through price comparisons or coupons. And they can save you worry by letting you see the information you need at the time you need it.

Everybody’s app needs will be different depending on their lifestyle. Here are the money-related apps on my phone and why I use them. Continue reading →

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How to Make Exercising a Habit

I don’t enjoy exercising, but I do like being stronger, the endorphin high, and knowing I’m doing something good for my body. There have been periods over the last few years where I was in a very good exercising habit, but in 2017 other things took priority and I found myself exercising less and less until now I can’t remember the last time I exercised. Our abundance of yardwork and projects this summer has helped me get outside, but I know I’ve lost strength and flexibility that I used to have.

Periods of consistency and irregular or non-existent exercise habits are common for a lot of people. Exercising more is one of the top New Year’s resolutions every year. Why is it such a hard one to keep? Continue reading →

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Motivate Yourself With Temptation Bundling

Temptation bundling is a motivational technique that links an undesirable task with a more enjoyable activity. An example of this is watching your favorite TV show only while working out. The term “temptation bundling” was coined by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor at Wharton School.

“I struggle at the end of a long day to get myself to the gym even though I know I should go. At the end of a long day, I also struggle with the desire to watch my favorite TV shows instead of getting work done. I actually realized that those two temptations, those two struggles I face, could be combined to solve both problems.” –Katherine Milkman, Freakonomics interview

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8 Steps to an Emergency Fund

Unexpected things happen in life. I always think things should be easy and go as planned, but they never are/do. Does it ever seem like you overcome one crisis, just to land in another? Sometimes these unexpected events come with a price tag. An emergency fund helps keep a spendy surprise from becoming bigger.

If you’re living without a budget, or on a budget that does not include an emergency fund, unexpected expenses can spell disaster. That money has to come from somewhere, so you end up short-changing yourself in other budget categories or racking up debt. You can read more about how having a budget is less stress here. Continue reading →

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