Support Shot@Life during the Month of Blogust

During the EVO Conference, I heard about the Shot@Life campaign, which is a charitable foundation that is focused on providing vaccinations to children in underdeveloped nations.  It only takes $20 to provide a child with a lifetime of vaccinations that may save his or her life.  Just the cost of a T-shirt or a few […] Read more…

Neglected Kid Time

I got to thinking about some of my favorite posts and I realized that I’d never posted one of my favorite posts. This was a post I wrote a couple of years ago for one of my stamping business websites. This relates to my Stampin’ Up! business, but it really applies to any home business […] Read more…

What I Learned from a Cross-Dressing Man

In my office, we have a rather unusual person.  I don’t know much about him (I’m not sure if you refer to him as a him or a her?), but I see him in the Cafeteria every day or so.  He’s clearly a man, but he dresses in skirts, blouses, and women’s shoes.  Every day. […] Read more…

Decluttering with my First Client

I’ve been doing work in the decluttering field for years.  I’ve taught classes and written nearly 100 posts on the subject.  I’ve also done a lot of decluttering projects in my own house and for my family, but this is the first time I’ve worked with a hands-on client.  I’m quite enjoying it – it’s […] Read more…

The Daffodil Principle

I love this little story. I got it from one of my Zig Ziglar publications and I’ve always found it very inspirational. Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come and see the daffodils before they are over.”  I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake […] Read more…

7 Steps to a Permanently Clean Kitchen

I am going to share a secret with you: The longer you spend thinking about having a clean kitchen, the less time you spend actually cleaning it. Until suddenly the task has become so insurmountable that when you finally do dig in, it will take you hours of back-breaking, toothbrush-wielding work. On the other hand, […] Read more…

Wonderful Caribbean Cruise with Carnival Cruises

Just got home from our cruise with Carnival a couple of days ago.  Oh man, what a blast!  I think that is the most fun week we’ve ever had! Formal night in the ship’s Ivanhoe theater My husband doing Karaoke with a friend we met on the ship.  Pretty awesome! Ironically, I’m the more musical […] Read more…

10 Fabulous Tips for packing for a trip

10 Fabulous Travel Tips

Travel is on my mind these days, mainly because I’m leaving on a cruise in a couple of weeks.  I’m like to think that I’m pretty good at packing, so I thought I’d share some of my tips with you.  1.  Teach your kids how to pack.  My kids have been packing for themselves since […] Read more…

CHAOS: Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome

Does the thought of having people over to your house freak you out? Flylady calls that CHAOS – Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. Before I finally embraced her daily cleaning & decluttering routines, I used to do that too. Having guests over was a virtual guarantee of several days of panicky activity as I would […] Read more…

A New and Improved Laundry Plan

Laundry is such a pervasive problem in our homes and it can get out of control SO fast.  I think the biggest part of the issue is that laundry is a multi-step process with unavoidable delays.  Most other chores can be knocked out in just a few minutes, but the wash is a minimum two-hour […] Read more…

How Cut your Power Bill and Save Money

I am the leader of the local Green Team at my company.  We have designated teams like this at our major locations around the company to come up with ways to help the company be more socially responsible through recycling and other “Green” initiatives.  This week, we had our first ever Green team leadership conference in Charlotte, […] Read more…

Do You Ever Lose Stuff in your House?

Do you ever lose stuff?  I know I do and it’s one of the few things that really makes me CRAZY!  I hate to lose things and I have been known to search for weeks when I lose something important.   © Efe Can Altuncu | Dreamstime.com Recently, I lost one of my Big Shot dies […] Read more…

Organized People are Lazy

Today we have a guest poster – Alana of Our Taylor Made Home.  I met Alana over at my favorite blog – The SITS girls and I was supposed to feature her on Monday, but I messed up the dates (yeah, good thing I’m an expert on organizing!).  She was kind enough to feature me […] Read more…

Blake leaving for Scout Jamboree

To Jamboree or Not to Jamboree?

I am having such a tough time making a decision.  So, I thought I’d take it to the blogosphere to get some perspective.  I have a chance to send my son to the National Scout Jamboree in 2013.  A lot of the other boys from our Troop are going to be going and they are […] Read more…

Do you Suffer from Hostess Neurosis?

Do you suffer from “hostess neurosis”?  I know I do.  I get very stressed out if I have people coming over and I don’t feel like my house is in acceptable shape.  I think it’s the one time when my family truly dislikes me.  I have to say, I don’t blame them.  It’s not my […] Read more…

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