April 21, 2008

Just wanted to let you know I am on the panel of experts for a new online help site with four other professional organizers called Ask an Organizer

We officially launch on May 1st – but are taking questions now. I wanted to give you a heads-up because we’ll be answering questions in the order received.  

All you do post your question in the comments section – and we’ll start tackling them May 1st.   And yes — you can do it anonymously. : )



SO TRUE… : )

April 19, 2008




April 15, 2008

I came across a new service that not makes it easy to save money — it’s FREE. It’s called Price Protectr.

Here’s the scoop from their web site:

There are lots of stores out there that offer price protection policies — when the price drops on an item you’ve purchased, they’ll refund you the difference. But there’s a catch… it’s up to you to watch prices.
Price Protectr makes it simple to keep track of your purchases and get your money back. It’s free. It’s easy. It’s free and easy money.

How does it work?

Apparently, you just look up the item you bought from the online site — like Costco, Staples, Sears, etc. — then give the link to Price Protectr. The site’s “elves”  promises to send you an email if the price drops so you can get a refund. (They also promise not to sell your email addy or spam you.)

Cool huh?  

BTW -there’s also info on the site alerting you to good deals and discounts. This is soooo making me want to shop!


April 14, 2008

As spring and summer sports kick off, kids aren’t the only ones working up a sweat. Nervous parents, many who have shelled out thousands of dollars in orthodontic care, are sweating on the sidelines in fear that their kids will end up with a mouth injury.

My family is no exception. It seems like we’ve shelled out enough on orthodontia over the years to feed a third-world country for a decade.

I found out that April is National Sports Injury Prevention Month. this was just excuse I needed to ask a dentist who specializes in this sort of thing (he founded Emergency Dental Care USA), for some advice.

So… here’s a roundup of Dr. Michael Obeng’s suggestions for preventing injury to my daughter’s million (or at least several thousand) dollar smile.

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April 2, 2008

Yesterday was my family’s favorite holiday. Some families treasure Christmas around the decorated tree. Others look forward to a big family gathering to celebrate Independence Day. Not my family. This houseful of jokesters look forward all year long to April Fool’s Day.

jello This morning, I found my car keys in the the fridge stuck in the center of a congealed bowl of Jello. Since there was a heart pointing me to the “surprise,” I couldn’t helping but laugh as i dug my keys from the goo.  : )

Last year on the morning of April 1, there were 250 empty pop cans outside our bedroom door – the remnants of one of the practical jokes my college-age son played on his dad. And don’t even get me started on the mustard filled donuts my daughter served for breakfast. Or the gift cards my husband gave the kids with only a penny on them. There’s only one word for the look on my son’s face when he tried to convince the cashier at Best Buy that there must be some mistake. Priceless.

Yes, my husband and children definitely adore April Fool’s Day. And each year, much to my chagrin, celebration of this holiday seems to stretch longer and longer. For a week, I never know if the clock has been set back, sugar has been put in the salt shaker or if something is going to pop out of my purse when I open it. As if life as a mom with teenagers doesn’t have enough surprises!

To be honest, I can’t really complain. After all, laughter is a great stress reliever. Researchers even tell us a good belly laugh boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, releases natural pain killers and increases muscle flexibility. One study even says laughing 100 times provides as much aerobic benefit as 15 minutes on an exercise bike. And did you know that laughing is the only way to exercise your liver?

Here are a few suggestions to put some more humor into your life and the life of your family…

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