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October 31, 2007

homemade hot chocolate

Anyone have a good recipe? MsKL asked in a prior post and, well, I'm a pre-made hot chocolate kind of girl. My favorite is Target's Archer Farms Milk Chocolate hot cocoa mix. Yum! (Loaded with lots of marshmallows of course.) Would love to find a good decaf hot chocolate mix, too. So...if you have a good homemade recipe or know of a good decaf hot chocolate, would love to hear from you!


a few updates

Here are answers to some questions in previous posts.

Bins in the medicine post are from Target. Wal-Mart carries these, too.

We keep our medicine in the kitchen in a high-up cabinet. It was there when the kids were little so they wouldn't get into it, but now it just works—near the sink and water glasses.

Chimney sweep was a do-it-yourself project. Jay bought the tools (a big rounded brush thing) at Home Depot, and degunked away!


scrapbooking pod cast

Have you heard about ScrapHappy, the world's only scrapbooking podcast? Check it out here.

Lain Ehmann is the mastermind behind the podcast and the always entertaining ScrapHappy blog. I'd like to recommend episode 23 where Lain interviews Wendy and I about (you guessed it) The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker.


October 29, 2007

organizing medicine

It's a great time of year to go organize your medicine...just to be sure you have everything you need on hand before cold and flu season kicks into high gear. That's what I did this weekend...reorged the medicine.



It was a super quick, simple (and yet oddly satisfying) project. I used my favorite little bins, some buckets, and zipper bags. The baggies hold medicine sorted by type (ear drops, eye drops) and then by each person in the family. I printed the label cards onto card-stock, and made the circle tags using my Making Memories Tag Maker. Here's a close up of the baggies.


Happy organizing!

October 28, 2007


It seems so odd that just two weeks ago it was still hot, hot, hot here...and tonight, we're having the first official fire of the season. Wow! How did that happen so fast?

I had on my to-do list to get the fireplace "swept." (Lucky for me, Jay had it on his to-do list, too, and he did it this weekend.) Look at all the gunk he got out of our fireplace yesterday...


Yucky, isn't it? We had lots of fires last year...with the ice storm and all, but holy smokes, I never would have imagined that much gunk. So I share this just in case you have a fireplace (and are looking for something to add to your get-the-house-ready-for-winter-to-do-list.) I always knew getting the chimney swept was a good idea...but wow, I never imagined this much gunk would be lurking inside my chimney.

So go forth and sweep...

October 24, 2007

new video on Scrap in Style TV

Check this out. It's an interview on Scrap in Style about The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker. Proving, once and for all, that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. (The fun and innocent scrapbooky organizing stuff makes its way out of Vegas and onto Scrap in Style TV.)  ;)

October 22, 2007

fall. fun.

Fall is finally here! It's a chilly sixty something today and rainy.'s simply delicious. I'm burning a candle and wearing wool socks...which I realize might seem a bit extreme for sixty degrees, but remember how hot my house was all summer long? This is brrr-ville!

I had so much fun with the summer fun post at the start of the summer...I thought I'd do a similar post for the fall. I hope you'll share what YOU are looking forward to this maybe we can all start some new, fun, fall traditions!

pumpkin patch. We go to the same farm every year and ride a tractor-pulled wagon from the farm to the pumpkin patch. What is it about a pumpkin patch that is so darn happy? Those round, orange fellows just make me smile. We went yesterday...and it was a simply delicious day.


neighborhood parties. The chill in the air is just perfect for neighborhood camp fires. Can't wait to make some s'mores and hangout with the neighbors. Love that.

blue jeans and sweaters. I seriously can't imagine living somewhere without a change of seasons. I'm just as excited to wear jeans and sweaters now, as I was to pull out the skirts and flip flops in May.

hot chocolate. The wait is's almost hot chocolate season again. Woohoo!

scrapbooking. Every season is scrapbook season...but especially with the weather getting cooler and the days getting shorter, it's just fun to stay inside and do some scrapbooking. I'm working on the Brownie's scrapbook, using Collin as my guinea pig. So fun. Thanks again for all the great ideas!

halloween. I have to admit, this isn't my favorite holiday...but I do love the trick-or-treating. We have a ton of kids in our neighborhood and it's just a super fun night. And it's so soon! Have you gotten your costumes figured out yet? I have a witch and a baseball player. How about you?

birthday parties. My kid's birthdays are just around the it's about to become birthday-party-planning-central at the Garvey household.

candles. When the days get shorter I love to burn candles. It smells yummy and feels so warm and cozy...something not so appealing in the heat of the summer. So it's nice and relaxing change of pace.

fires in the fireplace. One *must* Jay and I both wanted when we built our house years and years ago was a wood burning fireplace. I'm so glad we did...I sill love the relaxing sound of a warm and crackling fire. I can't wait!

How about you...what are your favorite fall traditions?

October 16, 2007

Fun Contest by Epson!


Epson’s CreativeZone Holiday Craft Contest is inviting scrapbookers and paper crafters to submit original winter holiday greeting cards, scrapbook pages or holiday paper craft creations to win an Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer or a PictureMate Dash. Creative divas Rhonna Farrer, Renee Pearson and Jessica Sprague will evaluate finalists, and winning projects will appear on the Epson CreativeZone (

The contest deadline is coming up quick on October 31, so if you are interested, send your entry to

Need a bit more motivation...just look at what's up for grabs:



Good luck!!

buckets of fun...

or fun buckets? Either way, you all know I love a good bucket. Well check out these super, cutie pails. What do you think? Fun. Aren't they?

(And by the way...does anyone know the difference between a bucket and a pail? These are the things I ponder...)

"Who are you?"

"And what have you done with my grouchy, lethargic wife?"

These...the words of my loving husband last night at dinner as evidence of the Aby I once was started to resurface. Nice.

You know that crazy feeling you get after being sick or in pain for so long, where you think "Wow! I remember this. This is what it's like to feel good!" One root canal later, and I'm on the mend. (And suddenly both of my parents are coming forward with news of their bad teeth. How come no one mentioned this before? I always thought I had good teeth.)

So anyway...I'm back with the contributing and functioning members of this planet. And it feels good. if things couldn't get better, it rained! Ahh is good.

Just a quick update, I'm working on my October newsletter...and my next teleclass: Get Organized for the Holidays! (Thanks to the great suggestion from Gigi, Julie and Stacy.) I'll let you know as soon registration opens for this new teleclass!

Back to it...more soon. :)

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