Rest and Relaxation In Your Home!

Ready for a great vacation? Who isn’t right? But, I’m not talking Vegas, Lake Havasu or California. I’m talking Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chandler and Valley homes. What if I told you that your vacation is right here and in your house? Rest and Relaxation In Your Home! I would not have changed my vacation even if I was offered a million dollars. I had the most relaxing Memorial Day Weekend and believe it or not, I felt all of that relaxation in my home!   As I mentioned last week in giving advice to pack for a trip, there is a the list of over 45 items that consists of a tent, whistle and door-stop that could be stuffed into one carry-on bag, As I took a look over that giant list again imagining if they truly meant carry-on bag or Mary Poppin’s bag, I got to thinking about necessities.   It is crucial to organize our...

Menu Planning Monday (or Sunday)

Sunday afternoons are my time to get planned for the coming week. A big part of our goal of organized living is getting our food in order. We’ve discovered the hard way that, if we aren’t planned, we end up spending WAY too much time and money on food during the week. In the spirit of Menu Planning Monday (which you can find ALL over the web!), I planned out 7 meals to cook for dinner, but I also wanted to get a few things ready to make sure we can have healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks through the week. Here’s what our dinners look like this week: Monday: Indian Tofu and Spinach with Almond Rice Tuesday: Chian Mai Curry Noodles from Quick and Easy Thai Wednesday: GRILL NIGHT!! Preseasoned beef filet tips from Fresh and Easy, Grilled zucchini and yellow squash (tossed with olive oil and Kosher salt) Thursday: Healthy Bowtie Chicken Friday: Stuffed Sole from Omaha...

Keep Your Bag From Looking Like This…

Happy Vacation Time! With Memorial Day right around the corner, I’ve been chatting with some girlfriends about their upcoming trips. Listening to their excitement on what to wear, how they can’t narrow down how many heels they want to fly with, and how in the world they will only have one carry-on bag, inspired me. Let’s talk about how to pack, or should I say, pack efficiently. In conducting some of my own research, I found a list of literally over 45 things in only one section that OneBag.com claims will all fit in one bag! Although that same list also includes a tent, a door-stop, and a whistle, if they can do it, you can too! Keep Your Bag From Looking Like This… Think of packing as Spring Cleaning. You do NOT want to gut out your closet of items you don’t need and then toss them all back in the closet. Less is always...

Getting Rid of Stinky, Sweaty Stench

So, I definitely don’t mean to ramble on about sports, but as a woman who grew up with three older brothers I got to thinking about the sports equipment yesterday, the billowing stench from having it all in a storage unit outside and “on” went another light bulb! Since we are about to face some of summer’s scorching rays, it’s time to think about how to get rid of the sweaty stinky stench that collects and manifests in our sports gear and our sports wear. As much as I love to work out at home- and believe me, organizing and maintaining a functional household is a work out- I enjoy hitting up the gym. But, I notice that as it heats up, I tend to sweat more. And though I wash my clothes immediately when I return from the gym, I’ve heard some people say that after they wash and wear their gym clothes again, the...

1, 2, 3 Break!

It was such a beautiful weekend that I decided to invite the whole family over for a pool day to splash around, play a few games and soak up some sun. I went over to the equipment bin to grab a volleyball to toss around with the kids, but as I opened the lid, it was as if a cloud of green stench rose from a deep pit of doom. The volleyball was flat, the football looked like it had been trampled on by a herd of elephants and all of the other sports gear reeked! Something needed to be done- and fast! And as if a light bulb went off in my head, I thought it would be a better idea to bring the sport equipment inside and out of the Arizona heat. In honor of Spring cleaning, I’m sorting through ALL the sporting gear in my home to find a way to organize it-...

“No gifts, please?”

One of my friends posted the question, “Do I bring a gift to a birthday party if the invitation says ‘No Gifts Please’?”on Facebook this past week and I was surprised to see the variety of answers that followed. First, I should clarify that the party my friend was attending was for a 5 year old, and the child’s parents, not the birthday boy himself, requested no gifts. Responses that were left on this wall were everything from shock, “What kind of a parent wouldn’t want their kid to get presents?!?” to rule-abiding, “If the parent says no, then don’t bring anything.” I felt like I needed to chime in because I had a slightly different perspective than most people had. Working closely with our clients and perspective clients, one of their biggest stresses is clutter around their house. What drives them even battier is when they finally make a dent in their clutter, only to...

Penny, the “Not So Crazy” Coupon Lady

The idea of couponing is a little overwhelming, and slightly frustrating, for me. I love to clip coupons, but I forget to use them. Then, there are the stories about the Crazy Coupon Ladies who have a closet full of mustard, just because they got it for $.02 a jar. I have no desire to become a hoarder, so how do I effectively use coupons to cut my grocery bill by 75%? I decided to talk with a couponing professional, Penny Parker, founder of ClipItBaby.com. Her stories amazed me, and her tips were so helpful that I just had to share. It’s a little bit long, but worth it! I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did! MG: How did you get started couponing? Penny: I have a long personal history with using coupons and found out at an early age what they could do for me. Initially, it was just to convince my mom to buy me junk food...