Organizing Children’s Dresser Drawers

May 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Blog, Family & Friends, How To Organize


Are you always scared to open your children’s dresser drawers? Do you wonder why you ever fold their laundry? Are the socks in every drawer and the shirts in the pants drawer. Do they even have specific drawers for specific things?

For your kids to have an organized dresser…it starts with them being taught how to organize their dresser.

*Make sure there is a specific drawer for each item.
It is easiest and makes most sense to me to have the socks and underwear in one of the top and usually smaller drawers. If there are enough drawers to separate them, that is wonderful. Belts can go in here also.

Have a shirt drawer, pants drawer, shorts drawer, winter gear or sweatshirt drawer and one for P.J’s.

*It is OK to label the drawers to help your children out. You can make fun and fancy labels, or even have the kids make their own labels.
At least when they are young, this helps them to learn that clothes have specific places to go. When they are older, they probably won’t need the labels anymore.

*Keep on top of their drawers with them. My kids put their own clean clothes away. I work to teach independence to my children, so when they are out on their own, they know how to do these things.
But in doing so, I have to say that the drawers usually are not as I would want them. I do have 2 of my 5 children at home that keep up with their drawers (and they are 2 of the 8 year olds). I go in every couple of weeks to the other 8 year old and help him pull the shirts out of the underwear drawer where he has stuffed them as a quick get away. Put his underwear back into the underwear drawer and refold many items.

Three of my four older boys have ADHD, so this is normal routine for me. I am surprised when I see one of the triplets reorganizing his drawers on his own! (Wow)

That is why the labels are so helpful. They may not always follow it, but it does help to reinforce where things should go and works to get them into that routine so they can learn it for a life time.

Organizing their dressers can help to save time. They can find their clothes when it is time to get ready to school. They know right off the bat if their band shirt is clean for the performance the next night and they look nicer if their shirt didn’t just come out of a sock drawer all wadded up.

Most children will not do this on their own. They need help from you to make it work.

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7 Easy Steps to Transferring clothes


Do you dread the “changing of the clothes” as much as I do? Getting out the summer clothes and putting away the winter ones?
With five children it can be quite the production. I worked on it yesterday most of the day.
I am lucky that my kids can pass down to each other. I still have some clothes from my 20 somethings to pass down to the 15 and 16 year olds. Then the clothes that the 15 and 16 year olds are being saved for the 8 year old triplets boys. With 7 of my 8 being boys, passing down works well. Even works that one of the triplet boys is a size bigger than the other, so we pass down there also!
Such a pity that I have to buy my girl clothes each season isn’t it? I know I just boo hoo all the way to the girl section. (LOL)

7 Easy Steps to Transferring The Clothes

1) Get your supplies ready. White (donate) and black (trash) trash bags, sharpie
marker, labels (sticky address labels work great, bins (clear are best).

2) Get out the summer clothes from storage.

3) Start in the kids rooms and pull out one drawer at a time. Determine with each
piece
* Will it fit someone in the family in the future? (If not dontate)
* Is it in any condition to save? (If not then throw away, don’t donate clothes
that are torn, stained or are better for rags)
* Will the next child wear it? Was it worn at all this season? (Do they like it?)

4) Make piles.
* Save for next year
* Donate (white bag)
* Trash (black bag)

5) Go through the new season clothes and do the same thing as you put them away in
the kids drawers. Make sure they will fit your child this year and it is
something they will wear.

6) Take the bins you have for next year and be sure to label them.
Put sex, season and size on each label. For instance, Boy – Winter – Size 10

7) Donate can be taken to friends who can use them, sold at a garage sale or resale
shop or taken to a facility such as Good Will.

Transformation complete.

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Thank a Veteran Today!!

What these men and woman have done for us we have no way of really realizing! The emotional and physical stress, the death they have witnessed, the fear they have gone through, the pain physically they have endured…we can’t imagine.
We see pictures and hear stories, but we weren’t there. But we reap the benefits of what they have done. We don’t have to cover our faces, we can vote, we can get jobs and build the houses we choose. We have freedom that we take for granted. We may say we don’t, but the majority of us who have never known any different…take it for granted.
This is my nephew. Matt went into the army right after high school. He became a medic in the army. He saw death, he helped friends who lost legs, arms, faces and lives. He was 19. He was able to help many also. He made it through with his life and health.

He was out on guard duty all night, walking and watching when things were calm. They got very little sleep…I mean very little. To be able to fall asleep like this you know that your body has to be utterly exhausted.


This is by the Iraq, Iran boarder. Beautiful place, so sad it had to be seen during a war.

This is Matt and his wife Mary today. He met her in the army. She was a nurse and also saw injuries and death.
My niece Kristy is also serving in the reserves. She is in Baghdad now and still big time in our prayers for her safety.
Thank goodness they had a positive outcome.
Matt and Mary are in Washington DC today at the Memorial Service.
We watched the concert last night in DC on TV, seeing Jose who lost part of his brain but survived. His mom and sister have to care for him daily as he can’t do anything for himself. They showed a man whose face obviously had been mutilated. It looked obvious they had rebuilt his nose and part of his face. They showed men without legs and arms.
We can’t realize the pain, suffering these families have gone through…just to give us freedom.
Be sure to thank a veteran today.

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Organizing a Small Office

May 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Cleaning, Decorating, How To Organize, Offices


“Before” picture of a clients home office. She wasn’t sure she wanted to take the time to paint it to match the newly painted family room that it was connected to. I told her this was her chance and encouraged her to do it.

She wanted a “Scrapbooking” place and also a place to wrap presents. We put that in.

We used the wall space to utilize all we could in this 8×8 office. We stored her many unused greeting cards, stationary and office supplies and her photos in the decorator boxes she picked out.

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Organizing Magazines – Finding a System

May 22, 2009 by  
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Having a system to read your magazines seems like a silly thing to post about. I mean really….a system to read magazines?
What I mean here is just trying to find the time to read that one, two or three (hopefully not more) magazines a month to make them worth while to have.

1)Have a basket or magazine rack that you can store only your most recent unread magazines. This needs to be positioned near the seat where you usually sit.
When the mail comes in that day, if you are not able to sit down right then and read it, put it in your basket.
I am sure many of your have a magazine rack…but it is completely over flowing with magazines and catalogs. Go through those. If there are magazines that you have not read, and are over 3 months old…pitch them (or donate).

2) Any magazines that you have to keep (under 3 months old) put in that magazines file.
If it is under 3 months old and you are determined you will read it, then go put it in the magazine file that we discussed in the part 2 post.
Catalogs should have their own file for the couple you may want to keep (But even Penney’s fall/winter 08 catalog should be thrown out when the spring/summer 09 one comes.). Do not keep all of them. Some companies send something almost weekly (it seems). You can call companies and have them canceled if you never buy from them and do not have time to look at them. Do not be scared to recycle them promptly. They all have online catalogs, so if it should happen that you have thrown one away and you realize you have to order something…either wait for the next one to come, or go online.

3) Keep the rotation going. It has to be on going to keep it under control.
Anything can get out of hand, and magazines are no exception. Magazines do not clean or throw themselves away. We have to take control to do it.

4) A good tip to read your magazines.
*Keep a folder in your car that you can keep one or two. When you end up at the Dr. office without some other productive work to do, have to wait for a child to come out of a sporting event, or have time to kill waiting for a child at a piano lesson or gymnastics lesson….you can read them then.
*Keep a small magazine file in your bathroom. (No explaination needed)
*If you have a brief case or bag from work, thrown one in there. Lunch break can be a good time to catch up on your reading.

Oh..by the way, I was thinking I didn’t have any magazine subscriptions. I got the 2nd of a new subscription yesterday! I subscribed to “All You” magazine because I heard about the coupons in them. I picked up the mail before right before I had to go sit in line to pick up the kids from school. I have scissors I keep in the car, so I sat and clipped coupons while I waited. I will clip the coupons and pull out any recipes I want and then throw the rest in the recycle can within a day or two.

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Throw out Fifty Things Book Review


So what do you think? Is this a book a Professional Organizer would like? Heck yes!!
Anything that will help people to part with things that are holding them back from having the space and life they are searching for is good with me.

What I really like is that this author goes through it with you. You really feel like you are right there with her in her home, going through her living room, bedroom etc… making the decisions on what should go, what should stay and why. It is from a first person perspective. Very cool.

This book is very easy to read and very helpful and inspiring to help you be able to start the journey of being able to part with things that are just taking up space and are serving no purpose in your life.(other than to be clutter in your home)

To purchase go to Hacket Book Group

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I Guest Posted On Ellie Merritt’s Blog

I Did a Guest Post On Ellie Merritt’s Blog from NBC 4


Ellie and I are tight.
LOL No, not really – but she did post a 2nd guest blog from me.  It is called Spring Cleaning – Get Organized Tips, so I am thrilled.
She has her own News show on NBC channel 4 here in Columbus. It is called First at 4 with Ellie Merritt. She does the normal news stories for the day, but what is really nice is that she has a little more focus on woman and mom’s. On Mondays she rotates having on Marcy from Stretching a Buck and Tara from Deal Seeking Mom (local mom bloggers) to give tips on saving money, coupons and free deals. She realizes the value and how much the bloggers can teach, so she features us often.
Check out her blog called, Elaborating with Ellie and you can check out my post, but you can also look at the other information she has and learn a little more about her. (She is really nice)

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Organizing Magazines

May 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Cleaning, How To Organize, Offices


So now hopefully you have thought about decreasing the amount of magazines coming into the house. But how can you organize the ones that you may want to keep?
I have to admit that my husband has collected a magazine and there is no talking him out of keeping them. He does read them cover to cover when they come and he does go back and look at and read old issues. It is only this one, so I do need to organize them.
I also have a client that I have not done so well on talking him out of keeping magazines. For 30 years he and his wife (now deceased) subscribed to dozens of magazines and never threw out a single one. Over the last year that I have been working with him I have gotten him to throw away hundreds, and for many of them he has been willing to use the 3 month method. (So we are making tremendous progress)

Here are the two methods I have used to organize for each of them.
1)Magazine Cardboard Holders (many varieties and prices)

2)Plastic inserts to keep your magazines in a notebook


These magazine holders are older, but my client had many of them…so we used them. You can find these at any office store or discount store. Prices vary from cardboard very inexpensive to fancy decorated ones.
Here is a really cute version (watch for an upcoming review and giveaway on it on my review blog).

Another option is to file your magazines in binders.
You can find these plastic pieces that I have found by mail order. I was having a hard time locating where I bought them, but did find them here.

This is what the plastic strip looks like.


You just open up your magazine and slip it in the slot.


Then you just put them in the binder and store your binders on the shelf.

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The First 5 Steps to Organizing

May 18, 2009 by  
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How to Organize

The first 5 steps to Organizing

Organizing a desk, room or home can be completely overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you do with everything? How much will it cost?

So often we don’t do anything because we don’t know how to do it, or it seems too “big” to do anything. But to do nothing accomplishes nothing.

Step 1: Pick your target zone.

Decide what area you want to work on first. Don’t say, my whole house. More like; I want to work on the desk in the corner of the family room. The hard part when you get sorting is to stick to that target zone. You can’t take an item into another room to put away, because then you will see something in that room that you want to move and you will lose focus.

Step 2: Set an appointment on your calendar to start your project

Try to give yourself at least 2 hours to start your project. Hopefully if you haven’t started too big you can finish. Take “before” pictures. When you finish and take your “after” pictures, it will help to keep you motivated to not let it get back the way it was before.

Step 3: Have your supplies ready to start

Do not go out and buy a bunch of organizational products. You do not know what you are going to need yet. You may have it somewhere in your home.
I suggest getting
1) Black trash bags for trash
2) White trash bags for donate (so you don’t throw away your donate bags.)
3) Boxes or clear bins
4) Labels – masking tape can do the job and a sharpie marker.
5) Your sorting lists

Step 4: Make Sorting Lists

Just get any piece of paper and a marker and write this on each one:
1) KEEP – Love it, wear it, use it, Can’t live without it
2) DONATE- Dont like it or use it, doesn’t fit, it is still in good shape.
3) MOVE – It doesn’t belong in this room
4) STORE – Seasonal items, occasional use like camping or skiing equip etc.
5) TOSS – Trash, torn, broken, missing pieces, not in any shape for anyone to use.

Step 5: Start Sorting

Each item in the space needs to be decided on. You have to make fast decisions. Give yourself about 5-10 seconds for each thing. Do not sit and recall memories for each item, or start looking at old pictures. When you do that you are “personalizing” that item. The goal here in order to get through these things is to “depersonalize” the items.

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How To Organize Magazines

May 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Offices

Ten Rules on What to keep


How many magazines is too many? When do you throw them away? How do you decide?

Magazines can be fun to get in the mail and enjoyable to read and relax with.
But what do you do with them once you are finished? Collect them? Donate them or throw them away?
Decreasing how many magazines coming into the home is the key!
If you hear yourself saying, “I know there is a huge stack of magazines I haven’t read…but I will!” then you probably have more magazines coming in than you can handle.

Ten Rules To Follow on Keeping Magazines.

1) Only subscribe to magazines that you will actually read and enjoy. If you have too many, pick your top 2 or 3 and stop the others or do not renew the subscription when it comes back up.

2) Limit the number of magazines coming into your house to a number you can realistically read in the month. (I suggest no more than 4 – that is one a week)

3) Once you read them get rid of them. You can donate them to your work, friends, Dr. offices or nursing homes. If that isn’t an option or you know you won’t do that, then recycle them.

4) If there are articles you want to save, then cut them out and put them in a notebook. Recycle the rest of the magazine. Why keep all the ads and articles that you are not going to read, reread or use?

5) Don’t feel like you have to keep magazines because they may someday become collectors items. (most are ruined before then even if they would be worth something)

6) If you are saving them for your kids to use for school reports…don’t fool yourself. They are going to go to the internet for content and pictures to print off.

7) If you want to keep a small cache of magazines to have in case your children may need to cut pictures out for a project at school…then keep maybe 5 at the most. Do not keep collecting them for that “just in case” scenario.

8)If there is a magazine that you just HAVE to keep and are Not going to be told you have to get rid of it….That is fine. But limit it to 1 or at the most 2 magazines.

9) Do not keep magazines for longer than 3 months. If you have not read it in 3 months, chances are very slim you ever will and you have more coming in each month to keep up with.

10) Organize the magazines that you are keeping long term or hopefully not saving longer than 3 months.

Part 2 will be on ways to organize your magazines.

I’m linking this post to:

I am an Organizing Junkie

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Southwestern Rice Salad Recipe

May 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Food, Guest Post

Guest Recipe from Stephanie

This salad looks wonderful. Stephanie from A High and Noble Calling submitted this salad. She has won my Gem of the Week Award.
There is so much color in this salad. It looks like something that would be a hit anywhere you served it.
She has great pictures on the process of making it too. (I love that!) Visit her blog to see all the great pictures!!

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This recipe was passed onto me by a friend and it is absolutely one of my favorites! Anything with corn and black beans ranks high on my list, and this dish has all that and one of my favorite spices: cumin!

It makes a large bowl full and is a quick and easy summer recipe. This recipe is adapted from Taste Of Home, and originally called for all of the veggies to be sauteed, but I like it better when they are raw and fresh. It makes it crispier, healthier and keeps your kitchen cool on a hot day!

Southwestern Rice Salad

2/3 cup cooked Brown rice

3/4 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup of chopped red onion

1 cup chopped medium carrot

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 16 oz package of frozen corn (thawed)

1 15 oz can of black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 medium plum tomatoes chopped

1 cup salted peanuts (or chickpeas)

1/3 cup of lemon juice

1/2- 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to taste

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Optional: 1 Tbsp of flax seed oil

1. Chop up the veggies an put them into a bowl

2. Add the corn and black beans and the peanuts
(or chickpeas) and cumin, then mix all together.

3. Add the lemon juice, cayenne and cumin and flax
seed oil and mix well.

4. Add the rice and mix well. Cover and refrigerate
for at least 4 hours for the flavors to meld
together.

5. Enjoy!!

Stephanie
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Cappuccino

May 16, 2009 by  
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Aren’t Saturday mornings wonderful? Ok…well some are wonderful and some may be hectic. But hopefully there are some Saturday mornings when you can just sleep in. Wake up and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. I love a morning that my husband and I don’t have to worry about kids and can take our time in the morning. I love my morning coffee if I can drink it and relax when it is quiet. But how often is that? Not very for most of us.
This morning I drank a quick cup of coffee and have many things to do before running out the door to an all day seminar called WordPress Columbus. Funny thing is that I don’t even use WordPress. I use Blogger. But I have wondered about it and even though I have no intentions of changing, I have heard there is a lot I can learn about Social media even if I do not use WordPress.
Enjoy your Saturday morning.

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Time Management

May 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Family & Friends, Time Managment


Sitting in line waiting for your kids at school, sitting in the Doctors office, Dentist office can be such a waste of our productive time can’t it? I know those things have to be done, but feeling like other things are being neglected can be irritating.
Try to think ahead and make that time productive. I have been doing the couponing, but I am having a hard time keeping up with getting them cut out and then organized in the binder. To really make your shopping productive, you need to know what you have and be able to find it. So I have started keeping my binder in the car! I only pick up the triplets (my stepkids) every other week, so on that week as I sit in the line for 20-30 minutes to pick them up….I work on putting my coupons in the right places.

I have taken checkbooks to balance, tax information to go through. Make sure you bring a calculator if you need it.
I am going to be going to sit while my car is being worked on today. I am going to call ahead and see if they have free Wifi there. If so, I will take my mini computer and get some work done. If not, I will take my coupons that need help (since I don’t have the kids this week, I am not getting that “sitting in the school line” work done.
Try to think of something productive other than reading the magazines there.
If there is a self help book that you want to read but never find the time, keep it in your car and you will have it to take in with you.
Be creative, you will be surprised at how short your wait ends up being when you really want to get something done.

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KidsCoats.com and KidsSwimwear.com Review


I had the privilege to review several items from KidsCoats.com and KidsSwimwear.com
I love these things! They are sooo darn cute!
My daughter had the best time being my model for these things. The fit was true to size. She is between a size 8 and 10. I got all size 10 items and they were just a tad large. But she will get more use out of them. The only thing that was too small was the cutest ever girls cowboy hat.
This is the raincoat. It has the “twirling little girl” flair to it. (Thats what I called things that were bigger like that at the bottom and when I was a little girl I could twirl around and they would flair out.)
It has a really nice soft pattern lining inside. She was excited for the fist rain.

You know those really soft stuffed animals and baby blankets that are out. How would you like to wear a coat that soft? I know I would. I know it is not winter coat time right now, but think for next year.

So lets think summertime! You can go to KidsSwimwear.com and find cute summer dresses and babydoll cute swim suits!



Go to KidsCoats.com to check out their rain coats and winter coats (there are a couple boy things too)
To see more of these cute swim suits, go to KidsSwimsuits.com

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Bob Evans New Summer Menu!


The Tastecasting Group and the Chefs who fed us tonight!!


We were treated to a feast tonight at the Bob Evans at Graceland in Columbus Ohio. This Bob Evans got a new remodeling job. This is a prototype with the “Eat-In Kitchen“. It is a new comfortable feeling to it. (I didn’t get a very good picture of it….very nice though)
There were 20 of us there and we were treated to the new appetizers, main course and dessert along with ice cream floats. We had the chefs come out and talk to us. We had marketing, public relations, General Manager and several other people from Bob Evans there. They were checking out this new form of marketing that Tastecasting was offering them. We were checking out the new restyle of Bob Evans and the yummy food they were coming out with.
The new menu will be launched this Thursday May 14th. (except for the supreme pie which will be out in mid June)


These are the new Appetizers!
They are:
Itsy Bitsy Sandwiches – sausage with cheese and a pickle and the Bob-B-Q pulled pork sandwich with a pickle.
Loaded Baked Potato Bites – breaded and fried potato bites stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon. It is served with ranch dressing.
Wildfire Chicken Quesadilla – grilled flour tortilla filled with chicken and all kinds of other goodies.
Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Fries – Battered and fried apple pie fries dusted with powered sugar and served with caramel dipping sauce. *My favorite*

Here is my plate! I did not try the quesadillas because the Wildfire BBQ sauce scared me off. But guess what…I tried it and it is not too hot at all. It is a sweet sauce with just a little bit of spice. Believe me…if I can eat it, it isn’t too spice. I am a spicy whimp!! (and I liked it) By the time I realized it, the quesadillas were all gone. They were popular and from what I heard, very good.

Floats!! I can’t remember the last time I had a good rootbeer float. They had cherry coke, coke and rootbeer floats. Very good. Hmmmm….think I liked it?


The Baby Back Ribs are slow roasted, fall-off-the-bone (and they really do) tender ribs glazed in the Wildfired Sauce. *my favorite*

Oven Roasted Chicken. This is oven-roasted, bone-in chicken breasts that are slathered in Bob Evans smoke-sweet wildfire sauce.

The Red, White & Blueberry Supreme Pie was heavenly! Rich cream cheese filling topped by a layer of fresh strawberries and blueberries and creamy whipped topping. This was soooo good!! It will not be out until mid June when the blueberries are at their peak. Can’t wait.

These were the two chefs that made this feast for us. Both were named Brian. Jules was in charge tonight for Tastecasting.

Make sure to visit a Bob Evans near you!!

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Garage Organizing

May 11, 2009 by  
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This is the “Before” picture of a clients garage. I have shown these pictures before, but it was months ago and since I was doing some posts on garages, I wanted to show it again.
This client was not going to be staying in this house long, so putting things into the wall or up on the ceiling was not an option. It was a 4 car garage, so that was a wonderful luxury for me. (Wouldn’t that be nice to have?…I sure think so)
I used shelves that the client already had and did purchase many clear plastic bins. It makes it easy to see most of what is inside the bin. All the bins are also labeled. The shelves basically have themes to them. There is one for “car supplies”, “tools”, “garden supplies”, “cleaning”, etc….
He had multiple “welcome mats” so we put them to use. There were some oil stains that he tried to have a company get out, but there were still marks. So we used the mats to try and make it look better.
Here is the “after” picture.

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Happy Mothers Day


I don’t have any digital pictures of my mom. She died in 1999 from melanoma (skin cancer). So I took a couple of pictures of my scrapbook page with mom.
This picture was taken just a few weeks before she died. It is the last picture of us together. She was such a trooper.
In early 1993 they found a lemon size brain tumor. They finally realized it was metastasis from an misdiagnosed stage 2 melanoma on her arm that had been removed 8 years prior. Long story short she was given 6 months – 1 year to live. She made it almost 7 years. But with radiation (that aged her 20 years & turned her salt and pepper hair to pure white when it came back in!)to the brain, chemo and 2 more surgeries. She never complained, she never felt sorry for herself (that she expressed)and she always had a wonderful smile on her face. She had several small strokes and had trouble talking and expressing her thoughts. You should have seen us doing charades with her.

Appreciate your moms. Spend time with them while you have them. You will miss them more than you can imagine when they are gone.
My mom was so worried about me when she died. My ex husband had left me just a few months before. She never got to meet my new husband and step kids. She would have loved them!
Love your moms! Even if they aren’t the moms you want them to be. Mom’s aren’t super human (except I really think mine was)….as most of you know, we just try to do the best we can, we try to do what we think is best for our children.

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Garage organizing – Hang it Up!



Hooks can be used in so many different ways in your garage. They are a very low cost way of getting things up on the wall. Of course those whole wall systems are wonderful, but many of us can’t afford them. If you use your wall studs, then you can hang any kind of hook you would like without the big wall system behind it. Like in this picture a board was nailed across the studs to increase the surface area that is usable to hang from. Using your wall space is the best way of utilizing as much of your usable space. There are many different kinds of hooks and some have very specific purposes, but you can be creative.
The hook on the left picture above is being used for storing rakes, shovels, garden tools.
In the right hand picture it is a view looking down on the hook. This is the same hook but it is being used for hanging card table chairs and a tv tray.

This is another kind of hook. This is designed for hanging ladders from, but it is being used for lawn chairs. (you can think outside the box) It can also be used for bigger lawn equipment with the wide handles, like a spreader.

The bike hooks are great for winter bike storage, or a bike that isn’t being used very much. You can also use these hooks for hanging other garden equipment, as long as it is back out of the way so people don’t get hit by it when they walk by.



Peg boards are wonderful. Again they are another lower cost solution to using wall space efficiently. As most of you know there are all kinds of hooks to use in the peg board. Here are two ideas that may be a little different.
This hover board(I think that is what it is called) was a bit of a puzzle and I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but this solution works great.
The pogo sticks and scooters can hang from these hooks on the board. Works great to get them out of the way.

One last idea for you. All those brooms, mops etc…and be hung without hooks or peg board if needed. Just throw a nail in the wall and hang them up, if peg board isn’t an option, or you can’t do it right now. Put them in a place that is accessible to your kitchen (or where ever you use them). You do need to have a hole at the top of the handle, or drill a hole if the handle allows.
Happy Hanging!!

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Personalized Hairband Holder


Here is a wonderfully cute solution to all the loose ponytail, headband and bows of your daughters that are laying all over the place.
I had been trying to find something for Elise’s head bands especially. I think they are the hardest because they are rigid and unless perfectly balanced they fall off of things.
Crystal of Polka Tot Boutique has the perfect solution. She makes many things, but among them is this ponytail, headband and bow holder. She actually added on the loops at the end at my request for the headbands! (isn’t that cool?)

Elise doesn’t wear many hair bows, but if they have clips, you just clip them to the strands that hang down.
The hooks can be used for ponytail holders, the elastic headbands, or even belts, purses or hats for that matter.

Polka Tot Boutique offers fun & unique gifts and decor. Whether you are looking for a special gift for a child’s birthday, teacher, mommy or to pamper yourself, they have something for everyone. Every item is made with love and custom designed just for you by Crystal! Customized products include personalized wall letters, plaques, hair bow holders, picture frames, baseball cap holders and jewelry hangers. They also offer clothing including aprons, birthday shirts, initial shirts and shirts for every holiday.

 

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Garage organizing – Roller Blades

I am going to be taking different parts of the garage and showcasing them to help show the detailed ways that you can organize.

Roller blades – they are great for exercise, great for kids….but they can be a nightmare for your garage. How many of you have walked out to your garage and found a mess like this? Trying to step over the roller blades and trying not to break your neck (and you couldn’t even take the credit for being ON the roller blades for that broken neck)

This is one solution to roller blades. This is my favorite solution to use. These work great and run about $20 each. They get everything up off the floor. There is a place for the helmets, elbow and knee pads and even hockey sticks.
But you may not have the money right now to spend on these.

You can use a shelf that you aren’t using somewhere else in your home. You can also find shelves very inexpensively at garage sales or resale shops.
You can’t really see it in the picture but on the white wire shelf next to this one there is a blue plastic bin that is holding all the knee and elbow pads.
This method just takes a little more time and effort for the kids to put their roller blades back on the shelf. So it may take a little more maintenance.

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