Monthly Archives: July 2013

Back to School ~ Homeschool Planning

Being a planner at heart, I just love this time of year! I love seeing all the sale ads for the back to school supplies and getting homeschool curriculum catalogs in the mail. It’s fun talking with other parents about what has worked for them in the past and what new approach they’ll be trying this year. Yes, I love the preparation / planning for the beginning of a new school year!

In my mind, organizing and planning go hand in hand. It’s like giving stability to an idea; like having a firmly rooted plant that can grow many different branches. You start with what you would like to see happen ideally, and then hammer out the logistics to come up with a workable plan. Your original idea can take off in many different directions, taking on an entirely different form. Continue reading

Planning Your Summer Vacation

It’s summertime !!  Where did you go on your vacation ?

What ? You haven’t had one yet ?  Don’t worry, there’s still time 🙂

That being said, remember that time has a way of flying by quickly.

What kind of vacation do you like? Do you like laying on the beach, soaking up the rays? Do you like visiting theme parks with thrill rides? How about spending time in the great outdoors enjoying nature? Or maybe you like being pampered at a spa? Are you a history buff?

There are so many different choices … just choose the one that fits your idea of the perfect vacation.  Then, of course, there are multiple forms of transportation to get you there … plane – train – car – boat. If you choose a cruise, your transportation is part of the vacation 🙂

For me, I think I’d have to say my favorite would be a cruise. Waking up each morning in a new place is a fun adventure (and you don’t have to keep packing and unpacking) … but I also love Disney World.  I believe everyone should be a kid at heart. So, for my dream vacation, I would love to book a Disney Land and Sea Package. For a week long vacation, you can choose 4 days at sea and 3 in the parks, or 3 at sea and 4 in the parks.  You can customize it to work with how many days your vacation is, for example 3,7,10 or more days.  I think I’d like to do the parks for the first part of the week, so then I can rest my poor tired aching feet while lounging poolside sipping a Pina Colada or, perhaps, a Bahama Mama on deck.

John thought this shark wanted it's belly rubbed.

My husband thought this shark wanted it’s belly rubbed.  Umm … Honey, it’s not a dog.


I just love being on vacation, our last trip was a romantic cruise to the Bahamas celebrating our anniversary!  While I love traveling, I also love the researching and planning part of it.  I love searching for the best price. Sometimes I really miss being a travel agent.  I loved meeting with my client and discussing their dream vacation; finding out their interests and their budget, and then putting together a trip that they’d always remember 🙂

While I don’t currently work with an agency, I can still use my knowledge and many many years of experience to plan a wonderful trip for you.

There are so many online booking options. Let Tracy Helps You do the time consuming research and planning for your next vacation.  With my extensive experience, I’ll put together a great trip for you and help you make the reservations online. BTW, sorry for all the smiley faces, but planning vacations makes me happy.

Leave a comment telling me about your dream vacation 🙂

Organic Gardening

I recently started paying more attention to the ingredient labels on some of my favorite food brands.  I was shocked by all the ingredients I couldn’t even pronounce.  So many different chemicals, why were they needed?  As preservatives?  For longer shelf life? 

So I tried to start to eat more fresh produce.  That has to be good, right?  Then I started reading about how much pesticide they use for the mass production of produce.  How they pick the fruits and vegetables way before they are ripe and use other chemicals to ripen them enroute to the store.

Also, many of those chemicals are being found to be carcinogens.  What?  So eating fresh produce can now give you cancer?  This world we live in is becoming a very scary place.

So, I think to myself, I need to figure out a way (budget wise) to buy organic produce.  It’s like double the price, but my family’s health is worth it.  Then I discover that there are all kinds of loopholes so that companies can label their products as Organic even though they used pesticides.  So much legal mumbo jumbo.

So, I think to myself, summer is coming, I’ll try organic gardening. I’ll grow my own veges.  Then I learn about GMO seeds.  Really? Seeds that produce fruits with seeds that can’t reproduce?

Now I have to find Heirloom seeds …

Will it ever end?  Will we always have to be at the mercy of big business making the almighty dollar … whatever the cost? 

Getting Organized – Garage Storage

It can be overwhelming, where do you begin?

I recommend that you start small. Assess the whole project and then try to break it down into more manageable parts.

Take the garage for example. Typically, they hold much more than just our cars. For most families, the garage is one of the main storage areas. As a matter of fact, some people park their car in the driveway and use the garage space exclusively for storage. Continue reading

photo by: joguldi

Newbie At Being GREEN

It’s only been in the past year that I have started thinking about ‘being green’ from a chemical perspective.  I’ve always recycled (at least since the 90’s when I first had my own apartment).  Now, it’s a way of life.

About five years ago, I was thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  I was tired of the same old, same old … you know, the same one most Americans make, losing weight.

I thought, why set myself up for failure again (since I’d been making the same resolution and failing at it for many-many years)? Continue reading

photo by: fuzzcat