Tackling Paper Clutter and a GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Remember when I was on that huge organizing kick back in January, even did an entire week of posts on getting a fresh start ?  I even managed to get somewhat organized when it came to filing paperwork, but I’m sorry to report, again the paper is totally and completely out of control around here.   I was doing so well for many months, but then somewhere between Easter and Graduation, the piles of paper again became my nemesis. 

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I’m good at juggling a lot of balls at one time, but when it comes to paper clutter, it is my number one organizational challenge.   So I’m going to be participating in the Organize Your Paper Clutter Workshop, brought to you my newest sponsor Simplify 101

As a super busy multitasking mom, I love the fact that the workshop is spread out over six weeks, with plenty of time to review the materials between entertaining the kids, swim lessons, and even more DIY projects this summer, yippeee ! 

Just the thought of ridding my house of paper clutter makes me breathe a huge sigh of relief.  Won’t you join me ?

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Do you stack papers on your countertop or desk because you simply don’t know what else to do with them? 

Are you overwhelmed with all the artwork and papers your children bring home from school?  Are you unsure what paper you really need to keep and how long to keep it?

Does it seem like you have more paper coming into your home than you can possibly handle?  Are you tired living with paper-cluttered surfaces?

This six week summer workshop will give you the answers to all your pressing paper questions plus simple-to-use systems that will eliminate the paper clutter in your home.   You’re free to review the weekly materials on your own time over the six weeks, online or in PDF format, or even in MP3 format.  

Plus, with clear cut action steps and the support of a professional organizer to answer questions, plus a friendly online community, you can take action and organize your paper. 

Check out the entire six week syllabus right here.

Now y’all know I love to giveaway pretty stuff, and today it’s something very practical. 

The kind folks at Simplify 101 are offering two lucky readers a free spot in the Organize Your Paper Clutter Workshop – a $75 dollar value.    

Eligibility to win one of two free spots in the Organize Your Paper Clutter workshop:

1)  Leave a comment telling us what kind of paper clutter is your biggest organizational challenge !  

2) For a second chance to win, either link to this giveaway on Facebook OR tweet this giveaway with a link on Twitter, and then leave a second comment telling me where you mentioned this giveaway (FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Saturday June 12th at 8 p.m. PST.  Winners chosen by 

swirl snip If you’d like more tips on organizing your home or office top to bottom, sign up for Simplify 101’s organizing newsletter right here !   You can also follow the blog and get even more daily tips on organizing.


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Winners and Wishes

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Greetings all, here are the lucky winners of The Pleated Poppy giveaway:

#9: Jane L.  from Out of the Crayon Box who wrote: “I love the Pleated Poppy! I would probably choose a zippered pouch. I love the scissors print. Or, maybe some hair clips. Thanks for offering a giveaway!”

#154:  Megan who wrote, “I love the tea towels and the posy pins!  So excited for the red, white, and blue party.” 

Congrats to the winners, please contact me via email to collect your goodies !


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Have you kick started your summer vacation yet ? 

Traveling anywhere this season ? 

Someplace beachy ? Exotic ?  Across town ? 

Are you planning a staycation this year ?

We’re still debating where we’d like to go . . .  I’m dreaming of the beach. 


Where are you dreaming of traveling to ? 



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A Friend, a Party, and a GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Greetings friends, I’m baaaaaaack from a whirlwind trip to Southern California.  Sadly, we drove south to pay our respects to my beloved uncle who passed earlier in the week.  Despite the circumstances, I reconnected with aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family – that was completely wonderful.  

I had a chance to meet up with fellow Californian and blog buddy JJ from The Blah Blah Blahger who I met at the Blissdom conference back in February.  

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JJ is so much fun, it was great to get some gal time with her and chat all about blogging and life and our shared passion for great wine.  That’s what I love about this blogging adventure, the opportunity to mix and mingle with great people from across these fruited plains.  Big hugs JJ, can’t wait to meet up again in Sonoma !

I also spent two days in Carmel-by-the-Sea, oh me oh my, talk about gorgeousness all around in one charming town.  Will post pics later ! 


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It’s party time peeps !

I’m not one to throw blog parties very often, but since I love the Fourth of July, and since we’re throwing a patriotic bash this year, and since YOU all are a fantastic source of inspiration, let’s have a party gang ! 

No doubt many of you are getting your craft on in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth, plus I know many of you love to bring out the red, white, and blue in July, plus I also know many of you can whip up some amazing summer recipes, so let’s celebrate, shall we ?  

Mark your calendars ! 

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Anything decorative or DIY or delicious will do, as long as it has something to do with the red, white, and blue.   Just about anything related to the Fourth of July works for me, so link up with your decor related posts, or party planning tips, or scrumptious recipes!  I’ll be sure to work up something snazzy as well. 

And I’ll try to get some sort of button thingy in the sidebar. . . . HTML – it boggles my mind sometimes. 


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102Before I forget, the lucky winner of the Geezees giveaway is none other than lucky #102, Heather S. who won because of a Tweet, congratulations Heather !

Heather will choose these words for her personalized canvas, “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.”  

Oooooh, a fellow Beatles fan, I love it.  Heather, send me your contact info in an email so you can collect your lovely prize.



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Finally, today I’m excited to bring you a giveaway from The Pleated Poppy !  

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The Pleated Poppy offers all sorts of fun and feminine accessories, from zippered pouches to notebook covers to stylish aprons to pleated poppy pins !

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I’m in love with these petal pusher ruffle pins – perfect for adding just that dash of panache to your lapel, your hairband, a purse or hat.  

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Call me eccentric, but I do believe these would looks fantastic on a banded lampshade, wouldn’t that be so flirty ?  

There will be two lucky winners of this giveaway !  Each one will receive a $30 dollar shop credit to The Pleated Poppy

Eligibility to win one of two $30 dollar shop credits to The Pleated Poppy: 

1) Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy and pick your favorite item.  Come back and tell us all what you’d choose if you won in a comment, that’s it ! 

2) For a second chance to win, either post a link to this giveaway on Facebook, OR tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (with a link), then leave a second comment telling where you linked (either FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Saturday June 5, 2010 at 8 p.m. PST.  Two winners chosen by  

Good luck friends !



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