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February 28, 2007

good stuff …

…and requests for info!

There's so much stuff happening now with me it's simply mind boggling. The fact that its *good stuff*... well that is the icing my friends.

Here's a quick run-down of some of the good stuff you might be interested in...

It's a bird, it's a plane ... nope it’s a book! If you didn't catch it on Wendy's blog last week ... here' the news: Wendy and I are co-writing a book together. Can't believe we kept it a secret so long. Not even sure why we did. :) It's called "The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker." Two of my favorite things all wrapped up in one book. Fun, yes?

So ... what does this mean to you? Well ... one thing we would absolutely love is to hear from YOU. What are your scrapbook related organizing dilemmas? We have a ton of great material planned for the book but we would love to do a sanity check ... did we miss THE big dilemma? YOUR big dilemma? So please let us know your organizing dilemmas of any size or magnitude. Any info is mucho appreciated.

More good stuff. I’m heading to Utah on Sunday to stay with Wendy and work on our book. So fun. I’ve never been in a house with five kids. Never been to Utah.

And I’m sure there will be many more firsts … such as my first time on a plane for a year. I hear there are new restrictions for what you can carry-on. If you have the scoop, I’d love to know. Guess I could call the airline … but it seems as if coping strategies from friends like you would be way more helpful. Like … is it true about no liquids on the plane? And if so, what exactly does one suggest to prevent my contacts from becoming glued to my eyeballs? Seriously … this is a huge issue for me … not sure how to handle it. Buy four bottles of unopened solution … one for each leg of the trip? See … I need some serious help. If you have any coping strategies for airline travel … I would love to hear from you.

There’s more good stuff … but I must go work on this good stuff … so keep your eyes here for more news … coming soon. (And maybe even an on-the-road report from Utah.)

Have a terrific day!

February 26, 2007

looking for photo organizing ideas?

check this out! Thought I'd pass this along in case you hadn't seen it yet.

Thanks Heather for sharing your fabulous system!

February 19, 2007

and the winner is ...

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Ginger ... who posted on February 16, 2007 at 1:30 PM!

Congrats Ginger ... and thanks to everyone who played along on freebie friday. You just never know when freebie friday will strike again!

And maybe next time we can count corny jokes in the newsletter ... seems there were plenty of those, too! ;) Did you notice?

February 18, 2007

time's up!

thanks to everyone who participated in freebie friday! Times up ... check back tomorrow to see if you won! :)

February 16, 2007

don't you just LOVE freebie friday?

I LOVE freebie friday! And today, it's back ... with a twist. Here's how it works. Today I am sending out my simplify 101 newsletter. To participate in freebie friday all you have to do is:

1. read the newsletter.

2. count the number of times I use the word LOVE in the newsletter.

3. post the correct answer as a comment on this post.

4. check back Monday to see if you've won this ...

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one of my favorite books for scrapbooking!

Sound like fun? Keep your eyes open for my newsletter ... coming soon. And if you're not currently a subscriber, you can sign up here. (And ... you can read this month's newsletter here ... as soon as it's ready.)

Good luck!

celebrate the things you love!

I once had a client who loved tea. She had oodles of it stored in her pantry. I loved that she was so passionate about something that brought her so much joy. So I suggested she celebrate her love of tea by displaying it in a place of honor and prominence in her home. She decided to put her tea in a large glass jar and place it on her kitchen counter. The jar would allow her to see her tea and enjoy it, even when she wasn’t drinking it.

I’ve been on a tea drinking kick myself lately, for the health benefits and the warmth of it all. So I decided to take my own advice and created a tea jar of my very own for my kitchen counter. I love it and it makes me remember to drink tea. Plus, it reminds me of a very special client.

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So how about you. What do you love? (Or what’s your cup of tea?) Bring it out in the open by using a clear container and placing it in a place of prominence so you, too, can celebrate the things you love!

February 07, 2007

cold ...

I don't think there's another word that could better describe this week. We *are* cold. And we *have* colds.

But all is not lost. I have my space heater humming along at my feet and take frequent Airborne breaks and chocolate tea breaks. And I have lots and lots (and lots and lots) of writing to do. Keeping really busy writing, writing, and more writing. Working on some super fun new things ... which I'll tell you all about very, very soon. (Very soon. Really.)

In the meantime, I wanted to share a new project I did last night. Simple and quick. (My favorite kind of project, don't you know.) It's just a little binder (which in and of itself isn't all that exciting) but it's going to be used to hold notes from our family meetings (which to me is quite exciting!)

We had our first official family meeting on Monday night and I have to tell you, we all LOVED it. I've been wanting to start family meetings for a really, really long time but thought the troops would revolt. I could not have been more wrong. Everyone thought it was fun and loved sharing their thoughts with the rest of the family. We talked about what makes us tick as a family. We talked about respect. We talked about how to be nice to our dogs. And on and on. It was one of those truly amazing family moments where you step back and say "wow, I am so lucky to be a part of this." (And it produced all kinds of fresh scrapbooking material, captured, by me, the family "secretary" in this handy-dandy notebook.)

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Anyway ... if you've never had a family meeting, I highly recommend it. Such a great way to really sit down and talk about things with your family in a calm and open environment. It seems I usually try to solve the world's (or at least the family's) problems in the heat of the moment. Like when I'm just about to loose my mind if I see another pair of socks on the family room floor! How much more productive to talk about why socks on the family room floor makes mommy cranky when I am anything but cranky. Amazing how that works. :)

So do you have family meetings? We're planning to make it a weekly event and we have quite a few topics left over from Monday's meeting that we didn't get to yet. But I'm wondering if you do this and if so, what types of things you talk about or do to keep your family meetings fun and interesting? I think we're on to a good thing here so I want to ride the wave for as long as possible. Any ideas?

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