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Kristen's Guide is a practical guide to a happy life, and includes articles, worksheets, checklists, calculators, printables, and helpful products all designed to help you take charge of your life, follow your dreams, and influence the world.

Topics focus on the most important aspects of life (e.g. family, relationships, outlook on life, health, achieving goals, creating a better world, protecting the environment, personal development, etc.) as well as the little things that make life easier (e.g. cleaning your house, working from home, tech support, how-to guides for projects, etc.).

Everything here was written, designed, programmed, etc. by Kristen.



Recent Updates at Kristen's Guide

New Planners, Calendars, and Other Printables Will Be Posted on All Together Wellness

Posted: 2013-09-02

Hey everyone!

This year, though, I'm doing something different.  Instead of posting the new planners, calendars, and printables on Kristen's Guide, I will be posting them on my new company's site All Together Wellness at AllTogetherWellness.com.  (Old printables will still be available on Kristen's Guide.)

Since All Together Wellness will be the new location for all of my health and wellness topics, I felt that it would be the best place to post my new printables.  My new designs are very similar to my older designs, but I'm putting my mental health education to work and modifying the designs to be extra useful for anyone with attention problems (example: ADD/ADHD), anyone who likes things to be orderly and aligned (example: OCD), and anyone who is feeling just a little stressed out by all of the clutter we are faced with each day.  The goal is to have a layout that doesn't distract or overwhelm you while you're using it.

All Together Wellness is also being designed with such topics in mind, so it should even be easy to find and download the printables on the site.

Just go to AllTogetherWellness.com to get them!  A few of the requested student planners are already up and ready for use!


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Requests Requested Please! Tell me what printables you want and need

Posted: 2013-08-20

I'm working on making some new printables and wanted to know which ones I should work on first.  To tell me what you need, please do the following.

  1. Go to http://www.kristensguide.com/Printables/index.asp and scroll down.  
  2. Click on the category of the printables you want/need.  (If you don't see the category listed, just stay on the main printables page.)
  3. Post a comment at the bottom of the page telling me what you'd like me to create.
As you know, I'm currently working on my master's degree and a post-graduate certification in addition to working, volunteering, raising a family, etc., so I'm insanely busy.  Thus, I'll be using the information I receive from comments (as well as the info already sent to me from all of you wonderful people) to prioritize my to-do list.  

My first goal is to get the Student Weekly Planners and Daily Planners (dated for the 2013-2014 school year) up, since there have been requests for it, and I hope to also make them available in a printed edition via Lulu.com for those of you who want it spiral bound.

Thanks for your input!

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A new home for Kristen's Guide content about health, wellness, and life skills

Posted: 2013-07-10

Excuses Excuses

I cannot believe it has been over a year since I updated Kristen's Guide.  In Internet years, that's like dropping out for a decade.  I've been working hard in graduate school, studying mental health counseling and clinical psychophysiology, and have learned a lot that I want to share with my readers, but because I've been so busy, I haven't had time to design anything new or post any of the great information I've learned.

But Really, I Can Explain

Now, Kristen's Guide needs some serious updating.  I know you've noticed it too.  Many of my fans have been contacting me and wondering when I'll post new printables, calendars, checklists, articles, how-to guides, calculators, etc.  I've had several messages from people worried that Kristen's Guide was going offline.  I've even had multiple offers to sell it.  But, don't worry, it's sticking around.  However, rather than just updating things the same ol' way, I'm going to try something new.  Kristen's Guide will still have lots of great information about a wide variety of topics and free printables, and I will update it, but I'm also starting a new site: All Together Wellness at http://www.alltogetherwellness.com

Introducing All Together Wellness: A Health and Wellness Focused Site from the Creator of Kristen's Guide

The goal of All Together Wellness is to have a website/blog that has more specific wellness and health focused information along with life skills that everyone can use.  All other topics that don't fit into a wellness category (e.g. coding web pages and shopping guides) will still be on Kristen's Guide.  All Together Wellness will also be less focused on me personally, which will allow for guest posts from other experts and professionals instead of just having every post be,well, "Kristen's Guide to ...."  Plus, it will be database driven using flexible platforms, so we can expand it as needed.  For all you non-geeks out there, that means it can do more than the old Kristen's Guide website.  At All Together Wellness, in addition to having articles and printables, we could have life skills and wellness courses that you can enroll in online, forums for getting questions answered, and social networking so you can keep in touch with like-minded people through popular social sites like Facebook and Google+.  It will take some time, of course, to get everything up and running, but we're already posting new content, and it will continue to grow.

Local Resources Too

For those of you who live in or near Gresham, Oregon (East Portland Metro), on All Together Wellness you'll also find information about local health and wellness resources since we have quite a shortage of online resources for this area.

For those of you who live in other parts of the world, we'll do our best to put up national and international health and wellness resources that can help you get pointed in the right direction.

Grand Opening Tour Time!

So head over to All Together Wellness, take a look around, and let me know what you would like to see there.  Then subscribe to the feed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to easily get updates.

See you there!

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Spring is Coming! Get your running shoes. How to Start Jogging / Running.

Posted: 2012-03-12

Spring time is a great time to start jogging. The sun is coming out, the air is warming up, and the scenery is blooming. If you want to start running, I've updated my "How to Start Jogging" article based on feedback I've received from readers. (I've also included a couple of my own favorite personal running photos that I'm very proud to share.)

See it at
http://www.kristensguide.com/Health/Exercise/how_to_start_jogging.asp

Don't forget to leave your feedback, so I can add more updates for you.

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Waist to Height Ratio Fixed on the Weightloss Profile Calculator

Posted: 2012-01-19

For those of you waiting for me to fix the waist-to-height ratio calculation on the Weight Loss Profile Calculator... it's done!

Waist-to-Height Ratio (also known as Wt/Ht or WHtR or W/Ht) is very useful in predicting health problems from obesity.  Current studies show that for ideal weight-related health, you should keep your waist circumference less than 1/2 of your height while maintaining a healthy BMI range.

It sounds complicated, but it's easy to find out your ratio (and a bunch of other stuff) using my handy calculator.

Go to http://www.kristensguide.com/Health/Weight_Loss/weight_loss_profile_calculator.asp to check it out.

I've been learning a lot about physiology, psychophysiology, fitness, and weight loss.  I'll be sure to let everyone know the helpful information I find, so you can get healthier and happier.  Sign up for the updates to get notified when these articles and tools are available.

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2012 Exercise/Fitness Planner Now Ready & Available

Posted: 2012-01-02

If you're planning on including exercise into your 2012 lifestyle, this fitness workout planner is exactly like the one I posted yesterday, but this one has the dates for 2012 filled in.  It's perfect for coordinating your exercise routine with your busy 2012 schedule.

Plus, since it is separate from other planners and schedules, each family member can have a worksheet for his/her own exercise routines without taking up valuable space on the family calendar, so now you're whole family can plan for a healthy new year!

Get it at http://www.kristensguide.com/Printables/calendars.asp

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New Menu and Exercise Planners for New Year's Resolutions

Posted: 2012-01-01

That's right, it's time to plan out the details of your New Year's resolutions!  I've been getting lots of email requests for health-related calendars for everyone trying to improve their fitness and lose weight or to just spend more time taking care of their bodies to improve their brains (a healthy brain improves mental health and happiness).  I played with lots of designs and these seemed to be the winners.

The first is a 2012 weekly menu planner.  You can plan each meal, including snacks, and note any nutritional goals you'd like to achieve (e.g. calories, fat grams, etc.).  This is great for anyone who needs more room than a single box (which is in many of my other planners) and wants a more detailed plan without having to fill in spaces for every tiny detail.

The second is a weekly workout / exercise / fitness planner.  This will allow you to plan the various components of a well-rounded fitness program (e.g. endurance, strength, agility, balance, flexibility, power, recovery, etc.).  This planner is not dated, which allows for greater flexibility, and will integrate well with most fitness plans.  (Please note, to record workout details, such as reps and sets for strength training, you will likely want a separate sport training specific log sheet.  This planner worksheet is more generalized.)

To get them go to http://www.kristensguide.com/Printables/calendars.asp

More to come!  Keep sending me your requests!

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