Monthly Archives: March 2013

How to Plan Your Easter Meal: Schedule for the Day

Are you the lucky host for Easter?  If so, you’ll want to set up a timeline for the day, so that everything runs smoothly. 

1.  Determine what time you want to eat.

For our example, let’s say that dinner will be served at 2:00 p.m.

2.  Next, determine what time your guests should arrive.

For our dinner, we are asking guests to arrive at 1:00 p.m.

 Note: We know that some guests will arrive a little earlier, and some will run late.  Therefore, we expect the overall arrive time between 12:45 – 1:15.

 Our social hour is planned for 1:00 – 2:00.

 3.  Fill out the Easter Meal Timeline to determine your cooking times and tasks for the day.

We will serve a pork roast.  It weighs just under 3 pounds, and needs to cook ½ hour per pound.  Once it comes out of the oven, it will sit for 15 minutes prior to carving.  This keeps it nice and juicy.

Be sure to check out:

Easter Meal Timeline – Sample

We’ve also included a blank page so that you can fill out one for your Easter meal:

Easter Meal Timeline – Blank

Happy Easter!

For additional ideas, check out these articles:

Easter Dinner Planning List

It’s Time to Decorate for Easter

How to Get Ready for Easter



How to Get Ready for Easter

Are you hosting Easter brunch or dinner in your home?  Here is an Easter Checklist to keep you on track for an organized and stress-free day.

Things to Do for Easter

Two to three weeks ahead of time:

  • Invite guests
  • Plan menu
  • Buy Easter eggs, candy and baskets
  • Decorate house with Easter items
  • Update entrance way with spring flowers (daffodils, hyacinths, or tulips)
  • Update pictures around house
  • Schedule hair cuts

The week before Easter:


  • Locate Easter tableware: tablecloth, placemats, and napkins
  • Make place cards
  • Inspect dishes, plates and glasses for chips or cracks


  • Fill Easter eggs
  • Put together Easter baskets with candy and small toys
  • Make ice cubes


  • Clean house: Vacuum, mop, clean windows in main rooms
  • Charge cameras, camcorders, and cell phones
  • Confirm there is enough memory space on all cameras, camcorders and cell phones


  • Laundry
  • Run errands


  • Grocery Shopping
  • Clean house
    • Clean bathroom and be sure to:
      • Fill soap dispenser
      • Put out new roll of toilet paper
    • Clean windows in family room, dining room, and entryway
    • Clean front of oven and dishwasher
    • Vacuum


  • Bake
  • Wash table cloth
  • Set table (dishes, utensils, glassware, napkins, centerpiece)
  • Bath for kids
  • Charge cell phone (especially if using to take pictures)

Sunday:  Happy Easter!  Enjoy the day.

Click here to for a printer-friendly version: Easter Checklist

For additional ideas, check out these articles:

Easter Dinner Planning List

It’s Time to Decorate for Easter

When to file your taxes

Are your taxes done yet?  They should be.  However, let me rephrase the question.  Are your taxes filed yet?  The correct answer would be: no.  Here’s why your taxes should not be filed yet:

Someone once told me that we should strive to owe money to the IRS.  If you’re getting a refund, then you let Uncle Sam have an interest-free loan last year.  So if you planned accordingly, you should owe the IRS money.  Ideally, not a lot of money, but just a little.

When to file your taxes

According to the IRS instructions for Form 1040 booklet, taxpayers need to

“File Form 1040 or 1040-SR by April 15, 2021. If you file after this date, you may have to pay interest and penalties.”
Update: The IRS has automatically expended the deadline from to May 17, 2021.
See for more details.

So if you owe money, you’ll want to send it in before the deadline.  Personally, I like to mail ours on the day it is due.  And in years with special holidays or due date extensions, I am certain to take advantage of that extra time.  After all, it’s your money.

P.S.  This information is not meant to be financial advice.  We are simply sharing information that has worked for our family.  Please be sure to read our disclaimer statement.  Click here