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

Vox

January 28th, 2013 Posted in accessories, Filofax, Organization, Stationery | No Comments »

I love pens but not quite this much…  I admit it’s a gorgeous case for an avid collector of writing instruments…

P.S. I do love Mount Blanc, Cross, and Parkers (not quite the same, I’m well aware, but no matter)!

*Photocredit: Pens & Leather

vox luxury 60 pen case

Leather Backpacks

January 28th, 2013 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags, Organization | No Comments »

Many years ago when I first began my graduate program, I carried a very handsome and dependable Perlina black leather backpack.  I remembered one snowy night, quite like today, I decided to walk home rather than to wait for the bus (which was uncharacteristically delayed).  The backpack had survived my walk through the harsh weather much to my surprise and delight.  As soon as I arrived home, I toweled off the snow to preserve the leather.  Pictured below is one which looks identical to mine.  One feature I loved most about it besides its buttery soft leather was its very convenient side-zip.

These days trying to find a nice leather backpack feels like trying to search for a needle in a haystack.  Only every once in a while will you find a really special one (sorry if it sounds overly critical of me).  Wish I didn’t allow Rebecca Minkoff’s to get away a couple years back =(.  Just recently I spotted one by OrYany and can see for myself why it has received such rave reviews!

*Photocredit: BrandAlley UK and Various Sources

 

 

Other Noteworthy (Luxury) Planners…

January 28th, 2013 Posted in accessories, Books, Filofax, Organization | No Comments »

My three favorite personal size planners other than those by Filofax are from Anya Hindmarch, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton.  They are a bit pricy (some more so than others) but if you are a serious planner-keeper or “Filofaxer” looking for something a little different, you can consider these a worthwhile investment that you’re bound to find very nice to have around.

*Photocredit: Anya Hindmarch, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton