How To Save Time On Facebook {Tutorial}

Have you found yourself caught up in the Facebook wormhole before? You know, when you try to get on Facebook to check to see if your friend announced anything about their new baby and you end up sucked into reading all the other statuses on the top of your list for the next 10+ minutes? Hate that! OR maybe you are tired of seeing status updates from “that person” who is going through a rough time and always complaining and you are now considering giving your “Friends List” a good clean, but do not want to offend anyone nor spend the time doing it?. OR maybe you never see status updates from who you really want to see updates from?  Really hate that! Well, I have a tutorial that will help you save time on Facebook by showing you exactly what you want to see and save you from having to weed your Friends List. And best of all, it will only take you a few minutes to do! Ready? Let’s go!

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Save Time On Facebook Tutorial

What this tutorial will help you do is create a folder or folders on your sidebar where you can view all your “want to see people/friends/pages” without getting lost in what Facebook wants you to see. I love this! My main reason for starting my Facebook account was so I could keep up with my sisters and other family members that are not the best phone callers. I can separate them out from my main Facebook page and can see all their updates in one space without searching them out and then I can get off without distractions.


Step 1: First, you will want to create a new folder for your left sidebar where you will see if there are any updates. You will do this by hover over your “Friends” section on your left hand sidebar. “More” will appear. Click on it.

Save Time on Facebook Tips


Step 2: You will then be taken to this page. Sometimes there are preassigned folders there, but I like to create my own to use.

How To Save Time on Facebook Tutorial


Step 3: Create your desired list by clicking the “+Create List” button at the top of the page. (Forgive my watermark over the main portion…I used photoshop to help me for the first time!)

How To Save Time on Facebook Tutorial


Step 4: Name your list. For this tutorial I am naming it “My Family”, but you can use whatever else you would like, For example,  Family, Friends, Friends from High School, Favorite Pages, etc.

Save Time on Facebook


Step 5: This is the next screen you will see. They give you multiple ways to add people, so if you do not add them now, you can always add them later. Add away …

Save Time On Facebook

…OR the easiest way, especially with family, is to search by last name and then they will be all together. Press Finish when you are done.

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Step 6: Once you click finished you will see this below. Do not worry! Click refresh and all recent updates from your selected peeps will appear. AND if you forgot to add someone or want to add someone later, you can add them in the box the red arrow is pointing to at anytime.

Save Time on Facebook


This is what it looked like after “Refresh” was clicked… Lots of updates!!!

Save Time on Facebook Tips


And the next time you get on, you can glance at your left sidebar to see if any in your “My Family” folder or any other folder have updated. See? I have 12 updates! I can get on, check them out and get off!

Save Time on Facebook Tips


I also love this because I can choose to share updates with just that certain folder of friends or family. No go, create and enjoy your new free time! ;-)


What To Do With Your Saved Time?

I know you are now wondering what you are going to do with all the time you are going to save on Facebook, right? Read that favorite book, get in a good workout, join my 6 Week Fresh Start Fitness Challenge? The possibilities are endless!

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

How to be rich and successful

I came across this list from within the last week and it has been rolling around in my brain. With the New Year approaching, I always like to set a few goals and when I saw this list it has given me something to think about. There is always room for improvement and we could all use a little less debt and a little more change in the bank, right?


20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

What do you do everyday that makes you successful? What are your goals for the New Year?


**Top photo courtesy of stockimages /

Grab Your Hard To Find Seasonal Items Early!

If you are like me, I always think I will get what I need just before the holiday is here. BUT the past couple of years I have learned the hard way that I need to get somethings early to get them. In this case it is Christmas cereal. I know, it’s crazy, but it is our Christmas morning tradition to have a box of Christmas themed cereal. I have lived in two different states and have discovered that I usually cannot find any Christmas cereal in any of the stores after December 1st. In fact, I will usually see the cereal near the beginning of November and think I will get it next time AND guess what? It is not there “next time”. So, if you have something special that is seasonal, grab it!

Christmas Cereal - Holiday Traditions


Another item I find that goes on sale just before the end of November and then is at a high price during December…bags of chocolate chips! You can find a great deal towards the end of November, so make sure you stock up for all that seasonal baking.

What should I do with all the Halloween Candy?

What to do with halloween candy

If your house is like mine, the Halloween candy is everywhere…or at least I see signs of it everywhere, also known as wrappers!! If you are not wanting to eat it all this week, here are some ideas to put it into use for later:

Freeze It

What to do with halloween candy


All that chocolate you have collected is perfect for those holiday treats you like to bake. Chop them up and store them in freezer bags for another month and save some money on the fancy chocolate chips! I attempted to use the food processor this year, which worked nice on some of them, but in my opinion, creates chunks better for ice cream toppings.

What to do with halloween candy

Best to do it now before you eat it all…or at least that is my experience!.

Save It

Last year we set a rule of only two pieces of candy a day after school. After a couple of weeks they practically forgot about it and all that was left were the hard candies. They ended up being perfect to use for our Gingerbread Houses. The “extra” candy would also be great to decorate Christmas cookies, too. Almost all the candy below except for the marshmallows and M&Ms (chocolate does not make it until Christmas in our house!) are from our Halloween stash.

What to do with halloween candy


Play With It

Why not? It is everywhere so you might as well play some learning games with it! I shared 7 Fun Learning Activities that you can do with your candy.

What to do with halloween candy - Rusty and Rosy


What do you like to do with your extra Halloween candy?

How to make a picture from your computer a Pin on Pinterest.


I always thought you had to have a site to refer to when you made a pin on Pinterest, but I just learned you can use your own photos from your computer, too. And best of all, it is easy to do! This will be helpful for anyone entering our coloring contest who does not have their own site/blog or who simply does not want to add their kiddo’s colored picture to their site.

Pinterest is getting a new layout. Some may still have the old version and some may have the new version, so the pic below has both for you to refer to.

Step 1: Hover over the “+” “Add” button in the upper right corner of your Pinterest page.

Do I need a blog to pin to Pinterest?


Step 2: Click on Upload pin/Choose pin

Step 3: Select the picture you would like to use from your computer

Step 4: Add a description and select your board you would like to add it to (or this is where you can create a new board at the bottom of your board list)

STep 5: Click Pin it!


Super simple and easy! Now you can pin ideas,share your own stuff or even enter contests without having your own blog. Pin away!

6 Free Meal Plan Resources

Our upcoming challenge for the Slim Down For Summer Fitness Challenge is to plan/write out a full week of meals. When I first start to meal plan (and I am still not the best at this), I always draw a blank! So, I rounded up some FREE resources, including a Glueten-Free and Vegetarian options, and wanted to share them with you! Whether you are participating in the challenge or just on the lookout for some free meal plans, I hope these give you some good ideas!

Change Your Plate Change Your Life

This is Nuturionist Traci Hittman’s site: She offers a free 7 day meal plan when you sign up for her newsletter on the right sidebar. The meal plan comes at the end of her free ebook “Top 5 Power Foods” that you also get with your sign up. Expect to see a review on here of her Home Study Course coming in the next few days.

100 Days of Real Food

They offer free 5 weeks of “Real Food” Meal plans. You have to like their facebook page to get weeks 1-4 and sign up for their newsletter to get week 5.

Food On The Table

You must sign up for this Free Meal Planner Creator, but the service is free, too. You get to choose up to 3 local stores you shop at and what types of food you like (meat selection, gluten free, etc.). Then it tells you what your 3 stores have on sale and lets you select from a list of meal ideas that might match the sales. It is actually pretty cool! I am sure there is an upgrade option that is not free, but for 3 stores, it is not bad. They also have an app available for your apple or android phone. It will sync with your account that you created on the computer so you can plan on the computer and then have your shopping list on your phone when you leave your home.

Everything Mom

Offers lots of free meal plan ideas. Meals are not listed in a chart form, but more of by themes…i.e “5 Quick and Easy Spring Dishes.”

Living Locurto

She also as a ton of free weekly meal plans. 24 weeks, to be exact. They are not all necessarily healthy, but there is a variety to choose from and they do look yummy.

Eating Well

And for our Gluten-Free and Vegetarian friends, here is a FREE 7 day Gluten-Free meal plan and a Free 7 day Vegetarioan meal plan. It shows you one day at a time and then you have to select the day of choice from the drop down box. You can also choose how many calories you want to eat.




*top photo image courtesy of Marcus/

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