Thursday Thirteen

Today I have been going through some of the cool things I’ve been learning about since my VA gave me the link to this blog that I can’t seem to get enough of, called Simple Mom.  This site is right up my alley.  It is one of those sites I know I’ll be returning to again and again, just like the other two that you see in my sidebar that are my favorites, including Money Saving Mom and Organizing Junkie.

So today, I’m doing all kinds of things that I have learned from that site to make my life, both online and offline easier. I thought this would make a good Thursday Thirteen.  Thirteen things I am incorporating or have already been using which are ideas that these ladies also use or I got the idea from them:

 Thursday Thirteen1.  Menu Planning. I am doing menu planning to this day because I got the idea from The Organizing Junkie. I love love love some menu planning.

2.  GMAIL. Though I started using it primarily as my main source of checking email back in July. I have incorporated alot of the great new functions thanks to some things I read on Simple Thursday Thirteen
3.Google Calendar. Again I began using this prior to reading her but she has given me tons of ideas for making it more efficient.

4.  A Control Center. This idea I got from the Organizing Junkie. You can read more here.

5. An Organized Linen Closet. She also inspired me on this. You can read more here.

6.  Doing Reviews. I actually got the idea of doing product reviews from the Organizing Junkie.  Now I have a blog for it and I’m getting some awesome products to review there.

logo Thursday Thirteen7.  Remember the Milk. I am all about to do lists. This application makes it easy to do one online.

8.  Use both paper and electronic. Yep, like Simple Mom I use both paper and computer to plan my days and manage my home and business read more about her tactics here.

2448685976 53b5a37703 m Thursday Thirteen9. Managing my obsession with checking my email. So I am going to do this …. check it 3 times per day.  Around 8 am after my quiet time, at noon and at 4pm.  That’s it.  Read more from Simple mom about how to be make email more effecient.

10. PearBudget. I’ve been struggling to find something that will work for budgeting, though I’ve tried PearBudget before and failed with it, I’m going to try it again.

11. Routines. This is also something I’ve done for a while but get alot of inspiration from Simple Mom’s.

 Thursday Thirteen12. ING is something else that SimpleMom recommends that I use as well, for my savings account.

13.  Dave Ramsey. Yes, I love his plan for having financial freedom and guess what? So does the Simple Mom.

About Alyssa

Alyssa is a Christian mom blogger and published author who loves helping moms with WAHM tips, frugal recipes, budgeting, and parenting.  She, her husband (Greg) of 13 years and her three precious children call the Deep South home.


  1. I use Google and Google Calendar…I love them both!! I keep my calendar and dh keeps his calendar on there and we are able to see each other’s so we know when each of us have things coming up before we schedule thing! It’s nice!! I really like that control center idea…going to have to check that out!

  2. I subscribed to the Organizing Junkie blog in hopes I might get inspired. Thanks for the link.

    I’d also like to know how a blogger might go about starting to review products. Sounds interesting.

  3. Wow–some good sites there! Love Dave Ramsey!

  4. How did you get involved with product review? Do you have a site that I could check into?


  5. Very cool Alyssa! I’ve used Quicken for all my budgeting and finances for years and love it.

    Thanks for including me in your list :)

  6. Angela Moore says:

    I am a big fan of all the Google products that they keep launching. Keep the tips coming!!

  7. Laurie/Mobile Mommy says:

    Thanks for the link to Simple Mom – what a great site to check out. Have a great weekend!

  8. Those are definitely some good sites and ideas. I’ll have to look into more of it. Thanks! :-)

  9. I subscribed to the Organizing Junkie blog in hopes I might get inspired. Thanks for the link.

    I'd also like to know how a blogger might go about starting to review products. Sounds interesting.

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