Archive for February 2010

Mad Men…

February 25, 2010

One of my very favorite shows came to mind as I prepared for a speaking engagement this week; Mad Men.  From the clothing to the characters, to the office design itself, Mad Men is the hottest show.  Imagine working in an office environment like that today; different in so many ways.  They smoked heavily in the office,  drank scotch as early as 10 am, and the chauvinism was expected and tolerated… most of the time. 

http://www.madmen.com

I am speaking to a group of great women who run the show at work; being “everything to everyone” as the office manager.  I know this means that they take of things people don’t even know they take care of.  This group is sure to be fun, intelligent, and efficient.  

For fun, we will dish about how things have changed in the office environment since the days of Don Draper.  We will discuss How To Organize Your Day So You Can Manage Your Office.  Looking forward to meeting the women of  The Society of Design Administration this afternoon~

 http://www.sdadmin.org

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February 25, 2010

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I love these products!

February 23, 2010

It seems every time I assist a client with the reorganization of a closet, I use some combination of these items:

http://www.stacksandstacks.com/accessory-rack for keeping belts easily organized 

http://www.stacksandstacks.com/over-the-door-shoe-organizer for everything from shoes, to leggings & tights, to even hats, gloves, and earmuffs; so perfect!  I hang one in my laundry room door for sunscreen, goggles and flip-flops for the pool.

http://www.stacksandstacks.com/over-the-door-handbag-organizer imagine keeping all of your hand bags organized, off the floor and freeing up precious shelf space

I know this much is true…

February 23, 2010

We simply have too much stuff!  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.  We see images of it on TV, we read about it in magazines, we listen to people talk about it sitting at soccer practice, and we may even complain about it to our own family.  Why do we do this to ourselves?

I have been pondering this question, and can not come up with one succinct answer.  Since we are all individuals, we have different reasons for deciding what we need to own and even what we want to own.  Do these things end up owning us instead?

Please share your thoughts here.  Thank you~

Greek 7 Layer Dip Recipe

February 18, 2010

Wonderful version of the Seven Layer dip, but much healthier and fresher tasting. 

Instructions:

Using a pie plate, layer a nice amount of good hummus on the bottom of the pie plate.  Then layer clean & dried torn spinach, diced red tomatoes, fresh cucumber slices, drained roasted red peppers, then some sliced black olives, and topped with crumbled Feta cheese; delish!

Use a sturdy cracker, pita chip, or pita bread for dipping~

Lying low, but I can’t stop thinking…

February 18, 2010

I am thinking of all I want to do.   Is this just because I am sick, and can’t do anything but rest?  Why is it so difficult to “just be”? 

I look out my bedroom window, and it is sunny and should hit 55 degrees today; lovely for San Antonio.  Yes, we have had a very cold and wet winter this year.  Yes, I can hear snickers now, but it is really what you grow accustomed to.  I am originally from Chicago, but have lived in San Antonio for 19 years now.  Spring is teasing us.  

Spring time naturally gets me motivated; the patches of green grass, the budding trees, colorful flowers popping up, and warmer weather.  This spring I know I want to do some things with my family.  We will spend spring break doing some things around the house, like repairing the gate to our fence, spreading mulch in the play area, trimming the trees, and power wash the house and deck.  As far as fun, we plan to spend a day in Austin exploring places and restaurants we have not been to.  A great Austin site is http://www.austintexas.org/visitors.  Will also check out the McKenna Children’s Museum in New Braunfels, TX.  Check out http://mckennakids.org for more information.  Have to grab some BBQ from Rudy’s on our way back into town.  http://www.rudys.com.  Pictures in the Hill Country Blue Bonnets for sure.  Should make for some great family time together; a little work and a little play.  

Plus, we will celebrate Seth’s 8th birthday on March 5th, and my husband’s 43rd birthday on March 11th.  Sounds like a fun whirlwind~

Why is it so hard to fit in the “fun” time?

February 14, 2010

Okay, I am reviewing my goals for February and feeling a bit panicky; I am not succeeding at most of these yet, and they are so fun!  I now that we are all very busy; right?  Are we busy doing the important things, or just keeping busy out of habit?  I am examining this question for myself this month, and being brutally honest.  How are you doing on your “Love to do” list?  Keep at it~

Read below for my slow progress, and brief explanation.

  • As far as reading at least 20 minutes a day for pleasure, I have done this on average 3 or 4 times a week.  It is usually as I climb into bed, and it is usually the Metro or Food section of the newspaper, or a magazine on my nightstand.  I have yet to break into a book for pleasure, and I know this is because I am a voracious reader once I begin a new book, and will read until 1 or 2am each night until I finish, and with my schedule these next three months, I need my sleep.  Come summer? 

 

  • We have played games as a family twice this month, so I guess I am keeping up my end there.  Lately we  break out Blokus, Rummikub, or Clue.  The boys love the snacks on the table as much as playing the games it seems 🙂

 

  • Movie night has not happened yet this month.  Stay tuned for a review of a flick or two~  

 

  • I did conquer my closet this month, as I begin to dream of Spring.  I took each and every item out of my closet, made myself try a lot of it on, and then put it neatly back into my closet.  I went through each pair of shoes, each belt, skirt, dress, sweater, slack & shorts.  What a FANTASTIC sense of accomplishment! 

 

  • I had a great breakfast with my three dear girlfriends last weekend.  Over omelettes, pancakes, and even a Cobb salad, we caught up on each other’s lives.  Great start to the day~

Simple words to live by…

February 6, 2010

An ordered home
An ordered mind
An ordered life

Status Report for my January Goals

February 1, 2010

Well, here we are; February 1st, and I feel great.  Really, I have worked intentionally at the goals I had set at the beginning of the new year, and I get to start over with some new ones.  I LOVE this setting of monthly goals!

Let’s see how I did:

  • Be “in the moment” more – this has improved, but I know this is an area to continue working on.  For me, it is about not checking my phone each time it indicates a new e-mail or message.  The solution to that is to turn down the volume from the hours of 3 to 8pm Monday through Friday.  Then the boys have my full attention.
  • Time with each son –  this has been so nice, and I will keep up with it in February.  I purposely scheduled a dentist appointment for Evan at a time when I will pull him out of school for his check up, and then we can grab a bite for lunch together afterwards.  Seth usually gets time alone with either Vance or myself on Monday evenings when Evan is at Cub Scouts.  Definitely a worthwhile goal to carry into February.
  • Cook with the boys – This has been a blast!  We have made homemade pizza every weekend in January now, and they can make the entire thing themselves.  They know the recipe for the crust by heart, and just need a bit of help actually kneading it, but that is it.  They do every thing else by themself, including taking it out of the oven, and slicing it up for us.  Absolutely delish~
  • Date night – Had two dates in January, and  have one date scheduled for February already; 2/13.  Hooray.
  • Building my organizing/ speaking business – This is a given, as I love setting goals, working on projects, and completing work with clients and the community! 

January was a success; bring on February!  Give yourself a pat on the back for all that you completed in January~