Choose to Reuse!: Envirosax & LOQI Reusable Shopping Totes

October 22nd, 2018 Posted in Handbags, Organization | No Comments »

I’m so surprised that I never blogged about Envirosax or LOQI and that’s why I’m taking the opportunity to do this today.  I believe being environmentally conscious is a good thing, which means decreasing our use of plastic bags and such.  My neighborhood has also ceased the recycling of plastic shopping bags and have required us to discard them along with our regular trash.  A number of local shops have begun charging for their paper shopping bags so I’ve had to remember to include some reusable totes in both my purse and car for just in case.  I’ve even gifted a few to my parents for their grocery trips and have given several as stocking stuffers over the years.  I find that the Envirosax and LOQI brands make bags of the perfect size, are sturdy, and offered in attractive patterns.

*Photo Credit: Envirosax & LOQI

Choose to Reuse!: Earthwise Bags

October 22nd, 2018 Posted in Kitchen, Organization | No Comments »

Several months ago I purchased a few reusable mesh produce sacks with drawstring cords from my local supermarket.  They are made by Earthwise Bags.  I am pleased to find that these bags have been doing a great job keeping my produce neatly separated in each of my fridge drawers.  When I first began keeping house, I didn’t quite understand that the plastic produce bags encouraged rot by trapping in moisture despite the unsealed tops.  They have been handy in temporarily storing onions, any fragile type of vegetables like broccoli florets, cilantro, cauliflower florets and keeping them all neatly contained.  I also love to organize groups of the same fruit in these bags.  On the packaging, it suggests that you can wash your produce prettily easily in them, although I haven’t tried this.  I normally rinse out the mesh bags under running water and leave them on the dish rack to dry, though the packaging states they are also machine washable.  I wonder if one can use them to spin water out of rinsed salad greens?  They are very handy to have and I’m glad I gave them a chance.

*Photo Credit: Earthwise Bags

My New Planner for 2018-2019

October 19th, 2018 Posted in Organization, Paper Planners | No Comments »

As a long-time planner enthusiast, I find it tough to commit to the same type of planner year after year.  There’s so many great ones out there and also ones you can customize yourself.  You must also consider that your needs might change from year to year e.g. student, personal, entrepreneur planners are very different from one another.  Therefore, there’s no shame in giving other organizers a try.  I began 2018 with a half letter sized planner I created on my own and began using the small spiral bound one by Katie Daisy once August rolled around.  I didn’t have to experience the guilt over switching since I had always printed just a small batch of the pages beforehand.  While I do find that the KD planner is convenient for toting around in a bigger purse and that its pages is pure eye candy, I must admit I’m missing my bigger daily pages from my previous printouts.  That being said, I can make do and commit to finishing out the entire book.  The KD planner covers from August 2018 until December 2019.  I’m attaching pics below of mine so you can get an idea (keep clicking to enlarge photo).  I purchased mine from Amazon.com and snagged it on discount at $9.07.  It’s still a sweet deal even at regular price.

P.S. I’m planning to do a chronology of all my past planners or at least as many as I can find.  I think it’ll be fun to take a trip down memory lane.  Stay tuned for that post :)

*Photos by NYCupcake

 

Getting Organized with Walker Bags

September 25th, 2014 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags, Organization, Style & Fashion | No Comments »

My recent solution to messy contents sloshing around in my handbag are the helpful and lovely double zip pocket Walker Bags.  I love them in metallic mesh for their elegance, though they do come in a range of other playful colors and even in single pockets.

*Photocredit: Walker Bags

 

The Amazing MacJournal

October 3rd, 2013 Posted in Cool Gadgets, curiosities, Organization | No Comments »

Granted that this post is quite a deviation from my usual, I promise it to be well worth it…

I had taken a journaling course fairly recently and though I love paper products and writing into a tangible journal (whether homemade or not), I figured that a digital journal for Apple users would suit my needs best.  After a week of research, I concluded that MacJournal by Mariner Software might be just the program for me.  I was so impressed with the free 15 day trial that I just purchased the MJ download this morning so I thought I’d share this discovery with you.  Here are some of the highlights I love about the software:

  • A variety of icons to mark your entries and journals with the option to use one of your own.
  • Add a mood e.g. happy, so-so, etc. to your entries.
  • Sort your journals by topic, date, mood, content size, and more.
  • Use the Statistics Menu to view words, characters and lines in an entry.
  • Timer to monitor yourself.
  • Select the Timeline Mode to view your daily writing activity chronologically or the Calendar Mode to see your entries by month and year.
  • A Full Screen Mode to give you a full writing landscape for all your thoughts, choosing your own color background, and your own color of type.
  • Privacy and public settings
  • Your MacJournal entries can be published to any of the popular blogging services such as Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Tumblr, and more.
  • MacJournal is equipped with two-level security – password protection and AES-256 encryption.
  • As for mobile journaling…  it’s available for iPad & iPhones =)
  • It’s reasonably priced though you will have to pay for updated versions like most other programs
  • Local info storage versus remote storage

Happy journaling ;)…..

 

*Photocredit & Reference: Mariner Software & MacWorld.com

macjournal6

 

 

 

Planning for Spring…

February 1st, 2013 Posted in Home & Garden, Organization, Special Projects | No Comments »

My Success Choice Planner has inspired me to make earlier plans for my Spring garden (perennial and planter).  It’s the perfect activity to enliven the typical idyllness of midwinter and to look forward to yet another exciting growing season!  My favorites are wildflower seed packets, but unfortunately, I have not had much luck with them.  This will not stop me from trying again.  Below are my top picks for gardening needs.  I hope I haven’t inadvertently left someone off my list…

Local nurseries:  Please support small business!

Jackson & Perkins

Terrain

Burpee

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Charleston Gardens

Renee’s Garden Seeds

The Cottage Gardener

Easy To Grow Bulbs

White Flower Farm

*Photocredit: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Jackson & Perkins

 

 

The Success Choice Planner

February 1st, 2013 Posted in Filofax, Organization, Stationery | 2 Comments »

I’m a fan of Tracy Reinhardt on You Tube a.k.a. Crazy Suburban Mom.  She introduced me and many others to the praiseworthiness of The Success Choice planner (which I love!)  It keeps me in check and reminds me to take better care of myself and others, so what’s not to love about that?  The covers are made of gorgeous sueded leather!  I’m a proud owner of the chocolate brown with TSC inserts.  I love the smell of it and even the natural imperfections in the leather!  The best is when leather looks like it’s been carried around and loved.  So every night, I can be seen penning in my thoughts of the day/week/month and hopefully able to check numerous accomplishments off.  Must amp my routine up to earn those shiny gold stars!

The only small detail I would change about the binder are the ring sizes.  I feel bad to even suggest this because they are some of the biggest rings in the organizer industry; however, just even a half inch would go a long way to perfectly fit every one of those refills.   I’m aware that some people have been slightly bothered by the floppiness of the covers but I really don’t mind it because I always write against something which provides me with support.

My husband is a tech gadget guy but even he expressed an affinity towards this planner [he was also the one who excitedly opened the TSC package when it came, not me :/… ;)].  Also of note, it is more affordable than Filofax off-sale so you may want to check it out!

P.S. I usually write with Micron pens and it’s worked out very well with no bleeding through or smudging.  You might want to invest in some Microns or something similar.  I like black in 01 and 03 =).  By the way, Microns also work well with most any other paper, whether it be Day Runner or Filofax.

 

*Photocredit: The Success Choice Planner

Life-Savers: Bookends for Heavy Duty Standards

January 29th, 2013 Posted in accessories, Books, Cool Gadgets, Organization, Special Projects | No Comments »

My husband found these bookends online for me.  They are a real gem of a find too because I was using regular metal bookends (which can be purchased at Staples, etc.) for my shelving.  Honestly they didn’t work out too well due to the large number of binders I keep and were also less appealing next to my white wall tracks).  My shelving system was purchased online from an out-of-state specialty store (Spokane Hardware Supply/Hardware Hut) and closely resembles The Container Store’s Elfa system.  Sorry, I don’t know if my shelving brackets are compatible with TCS’s track standards.  My shelves (made of pine and poplar) were purchased from local lumber yards and Home Depot.

Supplies Ordered for My Office Improvement Project:

Knape and Vogt 10-1/2″ (267mm) Decorative Double Slot Bookend Bracket – Pair (White)

Knape and Vogt 10-1/2″ (267mm) Heavy-Duty Decorative Double Slot Shelf Bracket – EACH (White)

Knape and Vogt 48″ (1219mm) Heavy-Duty Decorative Shelf Standard – EACH (White)

Pine & Poplar wood (weight considerations)

(Just in case you are in a similar space predicament as me and need a good solution).

*Photocredit: The Hardware Hut

knape and vogt bookend brackets

Global Amici

January 29th, 2013 Posted in curiosities, Foods & Desserts, Organization, Sweet Tooth | No Comments »

Recently I bought a terrific tiered canister from Gilt by Global Amici.  I use it to store holiday candy.  Everything is kept well-protected and sealed.  I really love it!  It’s an attractive design too.  I initially wished they had the four tiered available during that sale but the three tiered has proven to be fine.  I can also see this canister used to house craft bits and baubles, bath salts, among a number of other things.

*Photocredit: Fab.com

global amici three tier canister small

Round A Belt

January 29th, 2013 Posted in accessories, Closets, Cool Gadgets, curiosities, Organization | No Comments »

While walking around The Container Store one Saturday, I lifted my gaze and spotted the perfect belt organizer to suit my needs.  It was the Round A Belt organizer by Evriholder Products LLC.  I wish I had known about this holder years ago!  I normally wear belts to adjust my jeans but over the years have acquired several thin dressy ones used to cinch dresses or re-adjust dress pant waists (many times they are included with the clothing purchase).  This organizer can hold quite a bit but I wouldn’t suggest over-loading it.  Other great features are, it’s a very convenient sorter and has kept my closet looking neat, with the ease of finding a good match for my overall outfit.  I’ve also seen crafters use the Round A Belt to organize their ribbons and trims.

Cost: ~$7.99

*Photocredit: The Container Store

RoundABelt belt organizer