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Are you moving soon?

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While working with a client to prepare for her impending move a few days ago she told me about Clean Carton Company. They are a local company that sells boxes at a discount of 30%-50% off what you would normally pay. Typically, the boxes are new and have printing from industry on them. Clean Carton Company purchases obsolete, misprinted, overstock, and close out boxes by the truckload from a wide range of manufacturers and industrial suppliers. Since they pay less for the boxes than new stock boxes, their customers pay less as well. They also stock the rest of the… read more »

Serving food at parties…simplified

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My motto, and I believe an organized motto, is that you can never plan too early. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, or really with any get together you plan, there are so many things you can do in advance that will really simplify things for you and allow you to really have time to enjoy your guests. As you can see in this picture, everything is on the table that I’ll need for my get together except for the hot and the cold dishes that you can’t really put out until the last minute. It’s actually much… read more »

Great resources for meal planning

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People are often embarrassed for some reason that I instinctively know how to organize (and love every second of it) and they don’t. Truth be told, I bet there’s a bunch of you that instinctively know how to cook (and love every second of it) and are brilliant at it. I am not – and that’s putting it mildly. For those of you that can actually tell how something is going to taste just by reading the recipe, this blog’s for you. Following are some great meal planning resources available online. Enjoy! E-Mealz is very reasonably priced and will create… read more »

Great iPhone apps

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I invested in my first-ever iPhone last month and am amazed at all of the fantastic apps available out there. Here are a list of just a few that sound intriguing to me (and might be helpful to you): Must Read! – Keeps a running list of books you want to read. Search by author, title, subject or other. BillTrack – Keeps up with bills. You can even set up recurring bills, but then they’re set up for the same amount each month. Beatthetraffic – Lets you know where the traffic is backed up so you can take a different… read more »

It’s not about the perfect food!

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For many, many years I ran around preparing for Christmas and other holidays so that everything would be picture perfect. Whether I was hosting the event, or attending it at someone else’s house, I would feel the entire weight of the event on my shoulders. I wanted everything to be perfect for everyone – which it usually was. I always had all of the great treats and dishes I made sitting out on the table when guests arrived. The cups, silverware, serving utensils and everything else would be right in their place, ready to be used. As the event went… read more »

10 tips to simplify the holidays

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SHOPPING: Shop online. – So simple – enough said. Condense your shopping. – Don’t waste time rushing from store to store. Pick a shopping destination, or two, and buy as many gifts as you can from your list there. FOOD PREP: Plan your big meal together as a “potluck” meal. – This allows people to pitch in by making their favorite dish. When everybody helps, the burden is lighter and the fun factor is higher. Prepare ahead of time. – Prepare as much as you can ahead of time so you can enjoy your time together rather than rushing around… read more »

Rid yourself of the weight that’s holding you back

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If you want to finish the race of life, if you want to make it to the finish line, you’re going to have to let go of some things that may be holding you back in the race. Call it decluttering; call it simplifying; there are some things that need to be laid aside in order to finish well. What kind of things am I talking about? The things that cause you to get discouraged or weigh you down. Think of it this way. If you attach one light bulb to a battery, the battery will run for a long… read more »

Holiday time management tips

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Make a list. – Create lists for who you need to shop for, what you will buy them, where you will buy it, etc. Plan your days. – Schedule time for everything you need to do to enjoy the holidays. When will you shop, clean, cook, etc. Allow extra time. – Always allow more time for tasks than you think it will take. This goes a long way in reducing stress. Prepare in advance. – Prepare cookies, snacks, meals, gifts, etc as far in advance as possible. Say goodbye to perfectionism. – The season is a time to enjoy family… read more »

Yikes, it’s December 1st!

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Once December rolls around, the stress and frenzy of the upcoming holidays begins to bubble up within us. As hard as we try to fight it, we usually end up succumbing to it eventually. I am very excited about Christmas this year. Usually I procrastinate about it for much too long and then end up running out and cramming all of my shopping into 1-2 days. Since I’m mentally prepared for Christmas this year, I can see that I’m taking a more proactive approach than usual and it’s already paying off. I am asking people what they want or need… read more »

Are you ready for Black Friday?

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If you’re like most of us, you’re spending the day today with family and friends if you’re lucky. Everyone has eaten more than their stomach could bear and now they’re kicked back with their feet up, and their shoes off, relaxing. Well tomorrow will be a completely different story if you plan to start or finish your Christmas shopping on Black Friday. Here are a few tips to get you through it. Plan ahead. – Know what you need to get and where you need to go to get it. Fill up your gas tank and run by the bank… read more »

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