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WebTalkRadio.net HostSometimes it’s all a person can do – or can’t do — to keep up with work, the house, the family, having friends over and trying to get ready for the holidays. Enter Deanne Marie with innovative tips and professional secrets to help you do it all – or at least do a lot more and still have fun! So ladies, close the door, put up your feet, and prepare to learn how you can enjoy a work-home balance that will make life beautiful again. You can be busy, but you can also be smart!!

 

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Smart Solutions for Busy People – CREATING SYSTEMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS … AND FOR LIFE!

The key any well-run organization is a set of systems that work efficiently. We can take the same principles home! By focusing on clear objectives and then recognizing and prioritizing the elements of a project we can create systems for nearly anything, from cleaning to holiday activities. Being methodical saves time, meaning you have more […]

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Smart Solutions for Busy People with Deanne Marie

Deanne Marie is a busy person—attorney, writer, award-winning speaker and volunteer. After years of people asking, “How do you find time to do all this?” she decided to teach others her secrets for success by developing a personal system for balancing home and work life.
The Smart Solutions for Busy People books, e-books and online resources guide and inspire busy people everywhere to create meaningful and memorable celebrations for themselves, their families and their friends.

Growing up outside Chicago, Deanne learned the arts of gift giving, entertaining, cooking, home decorating and more from her parents—creative and successful busy people who always found time for their families and friends.

Deanne’s background in print journalism, broadcasting and law give her a unique perspective on life. She founded By Design Omnimedia, to empower others to achieve the life of their dreams—to live by design rather than by default. She is also a dynamic speaker and instructor; her presentations are packed with insight and humor, delivered with her signature warmth and sincerity.

 

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  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – CREATING SYSTEMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS … AND FOR LIFE! The key any well-run organization is a set of systems that work efficiently. We can take the same principles home! By focusing on clear objectives and then recognizing and prioritizing the elements of a project we can create systems for nearly anything, from cleaning to holiday activities. Being methodical saves time, meaning you have more ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – CREATING A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Make sense of the insanity this holiday season with a few simple steps and decorator tricks to make your home shine! From prioritizing holiday plans to decorating the tree step-by-step and easy ways to bring outdoor freshness inside, Deanne Marie shares her ideas and time-saving tips. Learn how to display holiday collections and budget-friendly ideas ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING GUIDE Every year at this time we’re faced with a nagging question: “What should I get for ________ (insert recipient’s name) this year?” What if you could answer that question confidently, knowing that you have found the perfect gift? It is possible, with a few hints from Deanne Marie. This week, discover the 4 steps to ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE THANKSGIVING If the thought of preparing a traditional turkey-and-all-the-trimmings meal this holiday season scares you, you’re not alone. Millions of us hope to live up to the expectations of hungry guests, each of whom has his or her own idea of what the perfect Thanksgiving should be. But with a little help from professional chef Michelle ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – EASY EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE Is it ever OK to talk on the phone at dinner? Is there a wrong way to butter your bread? Should you tip the hairdresser if she owns the salon? And just how to tell someone they have bad breath? Whether you’re headed to a holiday party or a business luncheon, taking your pet to ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – ESTATE PLANNING FOR BUSY PEOPLE As the saying goes, two things in life are unavoidable: death and taxes. An estate plan can help you and your family prepare for both, but 65 percent of Americans have no plan in place – not even a will – to decide their final wishes. It can be an emotionally difficult topic, but there ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SOLVING YOUR HALLOWEEN DILEMMAS Trick-or-treating has been a staple of American Halloweens for more than 50 years, but its roots go back thousands of years. It really is one of those “not to miss” holiday traditions. But, if your intention to complete your Halloween to-do list has been greater than your action, you may be faced with a moment ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – HOW TO DECORATE A ROOM IN ONE DAY They say Rome was not built in a day, but you can decorate a room in a day! Do ever watch home decorating shows on TV and wonder if they really get rooms done in a day? Well, it is possible, and Deanne Marie has the secret—and it’s borrowed from the kitchen! Find out the ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – RENOVATE YOUR KITCHEN WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME October is the most popular month for kitchen renovation, just in time for the holidays. But even a minor renovation can cost $20,000! What if you could change the feel and efficiency of your kitchen – and have a big impact on your life – for little or no money at all! It is often ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – AVOIDING FRENZY AND FRIGHT ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT If you’ve ever stared at an empty pumpkin bin or a candy aisle devoid of candy on October 31, you need this show! When it comes to the holidays, having a plan in place goes a long way to reducing stress and increasing enjoyment for both you and your family. Making time to do just ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING If it takes you more than two minutes to find an item you just know you have, this show is for you! The majority of Americans believe their homes to be at least moderately disorganized, yet we know that being organized can save them time and stress. So what’s stopping us? Many of us simply ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – HOW TO CLEAR THE CLUTTER If you’re drowning in piles of papers or avoiding rooms in your home overrun by “stuff” you may have a clutter problem. Clutter literally blocks flow and movement in our homes and in our mental, emotional and spiritual lives as well. When we start clearing the clutter, we open up – literally! – to feeling ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – YOUR FALL HOME: PRACTICAL AND PRETTY As the air begins to turn crisp and the days become just a bit shorter, it’s time for fall! And that means it’s the perfect time to tune up your home before the cold of winter hits hard. This week, Deanne Marie shares both practical and pretty ways to spruce up your home inside and ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – START DESIGNING YOUR LIFE When you think of “design” what comes to mind first? For home mavens, it’s probably interior design, while a fashionista thinks fashion design. But what if design applied to your life, everyday? What if you could literally design your life exactly the way you’d like it to be? It is possible to follow your passion ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – START YOUR HOLIDAY ENGINES! It’s never too early to begin planning for your fall and winter holidays – in fact, it’s a secret solution for busy people. This week, host Deanne Marie gives you a head start on your holiday planning with her top 7 tips, incorporating everything from decorating to shopping. Discover ways to keep your plans organized ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – RISE AND SHINE: ENTERTAINING MADE EASY The latest trend in entertaining at home is delicious, easy, and a great way to start your day: breakfast! In this episode, you’ll discover the top four reasons that having family and friends over for breakfast or brunch makes both economical and social sense. Host Deanne Marie takes you through the who, what, when, where, ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – CREATING A PLACE TO CALL HOME How do you feel when you come home from a busy day? Does your home welcome you, or repel you? Creating a place that you love to come home to takes just a little thought, and a bit of guidance from lifestyle design expert Christine Eisner. Her secrets to “comfort living” will help you move ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – CAN YOU REALLY BE HAPPY AT WORK? Millions of Americans are jobless, and millions of those that still have a job are experiencing some of the lowest job satisfaction ratings in history. With daily stories of financial gloom and doom, everyone can use a little dose of happiness, especially at work. Yet, our workplaces are seldom synonymous with happiness. Executive business coach ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – HOW TO ORGANIZE NEARLY EVERYTHING If it takes you more than two minutes to find an item you just know you have, this show is for you! The majority of Americans believe their homes to be at least moderately disorganized, yet we know that being organized can save them time and stress. So what’s stopping us? Many of us simply ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – STRESS SOLUTIONS: HOW TO RELAX Does it ever seem that life lives you, rather than you living life? Do your vacations feel more like effort than ease? Stress is often to blame, and there are simple, do-able solutions to even your most negative and stressful thoughts and feelings. Businesswoman and personal development teacher Cheri Hickman explains what the three biggest ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – A REAL TOUR DE FRANCE The famous French cycling race, the Tour de France, recently concluded in Paris. Have you ever wanted to take a “real” tour of France on a bike? It sounds romantic and adventurous, but what is it really like? One woman discovered some treasures along the way, from quaint French villages and lovable characters, to her ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – THE BUSY PARENT’S GUIDE TO PAYING FOR COLLEGE It’s summertime, and thoughts of school are far away … except for the parents of college-bound kids who are sweating the thought of paying for it all. Whether you have a college-bound child or know someone who does, the process of applying and paying for a college education can be overwhelming. Add to that the ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SMART PET SOLUTIONS FOR SUMMER AND BEYOND The family pet is just that – a member of the family, and caring for Fluffy or Spike can keep pet owners plenty busy. Veterinarian Dr. Kris Nelson says that like humans, pets need a schedule. Find out exactly why a schedule can reduce your pet’s stress level, how to work with your vet to ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SUMMER RECIPE MAKEOVERS It’s summertime and we’re outside with family and friends, have an old-fashioned “cook out” with some of our favorite dishes, like chips and dip, burgers and potato salad. Delicious, yes, but how nutritious are our summer go-to meals? It’s time for recipe makeovers that bump up the nutrition, lower the fat and still taste full ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – LIGHTEN UP WITH EASY SUMMER DECORATING IDEAS When it’s hot outside, keeping cool inside is a must—and giving your home a light, airy feel for the summer may be more affordable and less time-consuming than you think! This week, Deanne Marie shares the psychology behind updating your style for the summer, as well as her simple four-step process that guides the seasonal ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – OUTDOOR LIVING MADE EASY No matter where you live and whether you rent or own your home, outdoor space is one of the most sought after amenities. Let’s face it … we love to spend time outside during the summer, and the outdoors can provide the oasis we need in our busy lives. This week, find out the top ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – EASY OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING IDEAS Warmer weather means spending more time outside, and there are many options for entertaining family and friends at home. Whether it’s a casual barbecue or a more formal cocktail reception, some basic principles apply. In this episode, join Pottery Barn design consultant Eden Johnson for dozens of creative ideas for your outdoor parties, as she ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – GIFT IDEAS FOR BRIDES, DADS, GRADS AND BEYOND The perfect gift is possible—for any person and on any budget! (And it’s not a gift card.) Whether you’re shopping for gifts for someone special’s birthday, or a graduation, wedding or a holiday celebration, follow Deanne Marie’s straightforward advice to find just the right gift on any budget. You’ll discover why being a great gift ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – BRING SEXY BACK! Are you among the majority of Americans who absolutely dread swimsuit season? Would you like to feel sexy and confident now and any time of the year? Wellness coach Katie Humphrey shares some of her sexiest secrets, including what foods can make you feel unattractive, how you can begin increasing your confidence today and why ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – LIVING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE Do you dream about what your life could be like if you followed your passion and lived in complete authenticity and integrity? Dream no more as Extraordinary Life and Business Mentor Jen Kunkel shows us what it means to design an extraordinary life, how shaping up your core means more than going to the gym, ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SMART PET SOLUTIONS The family pet is just that – a member of the family, and caring for Fluffy or Spike can keep pet owners plenty busy. Veterinarian Dr. Kris Nelson says that like humans, pets need a schedule. Find out exactly why a schedule can reduce your pet’s stress level, how to work with your vet to ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SPEND, PAY, OR SAVE? TIPS FOR YOUR TAX REFUND If you’re one of the millions of Americans who received a refund check this year from the IRS, you may be faced with the dilemma of how to best use that money for your financial future. Should you save it? Spend it on a trip or home project? Financial wellness consultant Danielle Livellara gives smart ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – GREENER LIVING FOR BUSY PEOPLE Living “green” is more than a fad or a marketing ploy – it’s a gateway to a healthier, happier and potentially more budget-friendly lifestyle. Green living consultant and coach Amy Todisco shares her insights gained over 18 years of personal research into what green living really means, and simple but effective ways to begin converting ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – EASTER ENTERTAINING MADE EASY Whether you’re making dinner for 2 or 20 this springtime holiday season, there are easy, time-saving solutions for your menu. Join personal chef Michelle Morgando as she offers her professional secrets for setting up a seasonal buffet, preparing a perfectly delicious ham, and just what to do with all those extra eggs! As a bonus, ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – LIVING YOUR DREAMS AND PASSIONS … NOW! What would it take to bring something you are (or used to be) passionate about into your life on a consistent basis? Author, speaker and all-around busy person Nancy Brook shares her secrets to rediscovering passion for life and bringing into your everyday life. Plus, she reveals what she learned about herself and about life ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – AN EASTER PLAN THAT POPS! Learn more about how the Smart Solutions for Busy People brand came about and get Deanne Marie’s POPS plan for personal success. In this episode you’ll learn to apply the POPS plan to Easter celebrations, but the applications are limitless! Plus, download the exclusive Holiday POPS Guide for Easter
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – PAY FOR COLLEGE WITHOUT GOING BROKE Whether you have a college-bound child or know someone who does, the thought of paying for a college education can be overwhelming. Add to that the decisions and the paperwork … the college process is more complex than ever. Enter College Planning Specialist Beth Walker who shares the secret on why you should never pay ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – MAKING YOUR HOME A HAVEN You don’t need a design degree to have a home that reflects your personality and wraps around you like a warm hug. All you need is to be yourself and have the guidance of lifestyle design expert Christine Eisner. Her secrets to “comfort living” will help you move from appearances to experiences and merge differing ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SPRING CLEAN YOUR CLUTTER As springtime approaches, so does the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Clearing clutter around the house is one of the top tasks of the season, but where do you start? Professional organizer Renee Ursem shares her top secret for breaking down big projects into manageable tasks, and what questions to ask when sorting through the ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – WORK HAPPY, BE HAPPY With job satisfaction ratings at historically low levels, nearly everyone can use a dose of happiness on the job. Executive business coach Ruth Gerath says that we are all in control of our own level of happiness, and being happy on the job makes us happier in our lives. Discover and develop the six characteristics ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – TUNE UP YOUR HOME FOR SPRING Home maintenance is an often overlooked but vitally important part of home ownership. A well-maintained home retains more value, but what can you do yourself … and how do you do it? Judy Browne makes learning about caring for your home fun and informative! As a bonus, be sure to check out Judy’s Toolbox Essentials ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – CREATING A PERSONAL STYLE Do you stress out at the thought of deciding what to wear for a presentation or special evening out, or even brunch with the girls? Discover why fashion is more about your feel rather than how you look as professional stylist Amy Grace Winn gives insight on finding your personal style and renovating your wardrobe ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – RECONNECT IN A HEARTBEAT Think you’re too busy for a real connection in your relationships? Think again! No matter how much or how little time you have to give to your relationships, true connections are possible. Relationship expert Jenner Beck provides unique insight into the #1 mistake people make in their relationships … and how to fix it … ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – COLOR YOUR LIFE … BEAUTIFULLY “Flower Power” isn’t just a ‘60s slogan … it’s really true! Flowers have a certain power over us. They can evoke long-held memories, bring up strong emotions and color our lives with incomparable beauty. Join award-winning floral designer Relli Siegel on a journey of color, meaning and myth! Plus, get practical tips for arranging a ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – HOME MATTERS We all want our homes to happy and lively, comfy and cozy, and a sanctuary from the chaos of our busy lives, don’t we? But if you feel like you don’t know where to begin with home decorating, let interior designer Diane Cabral give you some easy, stress-free and inexpensive tips to bring the latest ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – NEVER EASY … ALWAYS WORTH IT If you’re tired of the “one-size-fits-all” mindset of many gyms and fitness trainers out there, and you’re longing for permission to do what’s right for you and your body, welcome LeAura Alderson! LeAura is a busy mom and entrepreneur who found fitness later in life, and now empowers others to “fit” fitness into their busy ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SOLVING THE MONEY PUZZLE Are you waking up in a post-holiday stupor as the bank statements and credit card bills arrive? Is “not enough” a recurring theme in your life, especially when it comes to time and money? Find out how to get clarity around your spending and reverse the “not enough” syndrome with certified money coach Danielle Livellara. ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – EATING HEALTHY ON THE GO Busy people often have a difficult time eating nutritious and healthy meals — both at work and at home. What are the best options if there’s no time to make dinner? How can you get the kids to eat their veggies? Join Registered Dietitian and busy mom Angelique Marquez to get practical, everyday and easy-to-implement ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – RESOLUTION SOLUTIONS: CREATING REAL CHANGE Grab a pen and get ready for 30 minutes that can help you change your life! Instead of making New Year’s resolutions that just don’t work, why not make realistic and thoughtful goals that can foster positive change all year? Professional Certified Coach Betty Mahalik shares her insight and wisdom in a “don’t miss” episode.
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – BE A GUEST AT YOUR OWN HOLIDAY PARTY If you enjoy hosting parties for family and friends, but never feel like you get to enjoy the fun, this is the show for you! Personal chef Michelle Morgando shares her top secrets for planning a holiday party at home for four or 40! From the party format to menu ideas and beverage solutions, we’ve ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – YOUR HOUSE IS TALKING … ARE YOU LISTENING? Is there a room in your house you avoid because it doesn’t “feel” good? Or perhaps you’re stuck trying to pick a new paint color for a certain room? The principles of feng shui can help! Join The Feng Shui Lady Mary Swick for practical tips to make shifts in your home this holiday season ...
  • Smart Solutions for Busy People – SECRETS TO STRESS-FREE HOLIDAYS One of the best ways to reduce stress anytime — but especially during the holidays — is to be organized. But does the thought of “getting organized” feel overwhelming? Fear not! Professional organizer Renee Ursem shares her simple secrets to success for holiday planning, decorating, gift giving and more.