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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Earbud Yo-Yo Winner and Review

Monica Ricci wrote a product review on her blog awhile back about the earbud yo-yo along with a give away offer.

It was perfect timing because just before reading Monica's blog I was saying to my husband how much I hate how the iPhone earbuds get all tangled up. Takes me several minutes to untangle and by then I've worked up a good sweat. Well, I wrote a similar comment on Monica's blog and I was one of the winners! I was excited because I rarely win anything--not one of those lucky people!

The earbud yo-yo arrived last week and I've been trying it out. I agree with Monica's 'pros' about the earbud yo yo. She said, "First of all, they're small and cute! They're about an inch square and about 1/2 inch thick. They come in translucent colors, opaque colors, and decorative designs such as animal prints, a soccer ball, stars and stripes, checkered flag, camo, and tie-dye. I have the one called Swirls. The Earbud Yo-Yo is easy to use and to my absolute delight, it really does keep my earbuds from getting all tangly! The secret is the little rubber "teeth" on the corners that keep the cords from unwrapping until you pull them out."

However, Monica said she couldn't think of any 'cons' and I have. I was hoping it would be more like a yo-yo and retract the cord. It doesn't--you have to wind the earbuds up manually. Maybe version 2.0 will have a automatic windup feature.

For now, I am very happy to have untangled earbuds and a very cute container to boot!

Thank you Monica!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Weekly Menu

Tuesday - Baby Back Ribs; Coleslaw; Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday - Roasted Chicken; Green Beans and Almonds; CousCous

Thursday - Chicken Ceasar Salad; Garlic Bread

Friday - Pasta with Peas, Shallots and Herbs (pesto)

Saturday - Halibut with Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Sunday - Flank Steak with Summar Squash and Pine Nuts

Monday - Curry Chicken; Rice; Asparagus

Monday, May 11, 2009

Let the Pros Handle It - Kiplinger's Report

Picked up this tidbit of information from the NAPO member online chat and thought I would share it:

Professional Organizers and NAPO got a nice little plug in the June issue of Kiplinger's "Simplify Your Life" article. Here's the quote from "Let the Pros Handle It:"

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER. Tame your pack-rat tendencies, maximize your closet space, help prepare boxes for a move or set up a system for filing paperwork. Cost: $40 to $200 per hour, or by flat fee per project.

There's an abbreviated version of the article online at

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What would you do to become organized?

Share your thoughts. Results will be published in a future post.

Happy Mother's Day!

Here are the lyrics to the crazy new video Total Momsense and listen/view her singing it here:

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepy head
Here's your clothes
And your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now
Get up and make your bed
Are you hot?
Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where's your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and your gloves and your scarf and hat
Don't forget you got to feed the cat
Eat your breakfast
The experts tell us it's the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at three today?
Don't forget your piano lesson is this afternoon
So you must play
Don't shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside
Don't play rough
Would you just play fair?
Be polite
Make a friend
Don't forget to share
Work it out
Wait your turn
Never take a dare
Get along
Don't make me come down there
Clean your room
Fold your clothes
Put your stuff away
Make your bed
Do it now
Do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn?
Would you like some hay
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone
Get Off the phone
Don't sit so close
Turn it down
No texting at the table
No more computer time tonight
Your iPod's my iPod if you don't listen up
Where you going and with whom and what time do you think you're coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me
Makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You'll appreciate my wisdom
Someday when you're older and you're grown
Can't wait 'til you have a couple little children of your own
You'll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now
I thank you NOT to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew
Would appreciate
Take a bite
Maybe two
Of the stuff you hate
Use your fork
Do not you burp
Or I'll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, Get the door
Don't get smart with me
Get a Grip
Get in here I'll count to 3
Get a job
Get a life
Get a PhD
Get a dose of...
I don't care who started it
You're grounded until your 36
Get your story straight
And tell the truth for once for heaven's sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff
Would you jump too?
If I've said it once, I've said at least a thousand times before that
You're too old to act this way
It must be your father's DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straight when you walk
A place for everything
And everything must be in place
Stop crying or I'll give you something real to cry about
Brush your teeth
Wash your face
Get your PJs on
Get in bed
Get a hug
Say a prayer with Mom
Don't forget
I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom's work never ends
You don't need the reason why
I said so
I said so
I said so
I said so
I'm the Mom
The mom
The mom
The mom
The mom

Words by Anita Renfroe Copyright 2007 Bluebonnet Hills Music/BMI

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Weekly Menu

This week I am making use of a family size package of chicken breasts and chicken thighs that I got on sale.

Tuesday: Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli with Rice Noodles

Wednesday: BBQ Shredded Chicken and Onions Wrap with Coleslaw

Thursday: Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas with Green Salad

Friday: Pasta with Chicken and Alfredo Sauce and Broccoli

Saturday: Asparagus Frittata with Green Salad

Sunday: Beef Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus with Almonds

Monday: My daughter's Gotcha Day - her choice but she hasn't told me yet.

*What's a Gotcha Day? The day she came home (adopted).

Interview by Susan Creel with Anne Blumer

Success Driven Woman Interview Series Presents:
Anne Blumer, Professional Organizer
Owner and Founder of SolutionsForYou, Inc.

May 13, 2009 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Registration Cost: FREE

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•Anne's story and how she became such a success!
•Which obstacles she encountered and how she overcame them.
•Tips on getting organized in your own home/office.
•How to get started on a project and how to KEEP it organized!
•Much, much more!

There will also be time for a Q&A session at the end. Get your questions ready!

SPECIAL BONUS: Anne will be giving away TWO File Solutions Home Filing Systems!! ($32.95 each value!)

A bit about me...

I love to organize anything! I love to read anything on the subject of organizing. I especially love helping others learn the joy and simplification organizing habits and behaviors can bring to their lives.

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Anne Blumer

Anne Blumer
Certified Professional Organizer, Certified GO System Trainer and Consultant, and Certified FreedomFiler Consultant

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