Many people have read Consumer Reports magazine. That same company now publishes a magazine called ShopSmart. I love it because it talks about a wide variety of products; has short, easy to read articles; is non-biased and best of all has no dvertisements at all! They cover everything from cosmetics to vacuums to technology tools.
Check it out and see what you think.
Merry Christmas ~ Happy Hannukkah ~ Happy Holidays
Wishing you and your families all the best this holiday season.
And hoping 2009 will be a great year for you all!
I know it is hard to resist the sales and the beautiful colors, but here is a tip to make gift wrapping quicker, easier and less expensive: Decide to have only 2 colors of gift wrap– gold and silver (or 2 colors you like the best). Then decide to have just a few colored ribbons. With the right combination you could make your gift right for the holidays, a birthday or even a baby gift. Gift wrap can easily become clutter if you aren’t careful. And make sure that the bows and ribbons are contained in a plastic bin or bag so they are easy to access.
If you are a parent you should watch this video on YouTube.com (The Mom Song). It’s pretty funny. Then you will know why it is tough to stay organized——being a parent is a tough job. Remember to give yourself credit for that.
Click here to view the video.
When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer or fridge? I mean pulled out that mysterious package from the very, very back? The end of the year is a great time to clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry. Toss anything that is outdated or you can’t identify. Consider putting things back in groups (meats, breads, soups, vegetables, etc.) I recommend taking a pen and marking the date on items for both fridge and freezer. Even though you think it was just a few months ago, you would be surprised at how long it really has been in there.
Need to purchase a gift for someone but don’t want it to end up as clutter in their home or office? Consider getting them a item that will be used and tossed…. consumable.
Food: fun or practical
Services: Professional Organizer, housekeeper, lawn care, pet care
Charitable contribution in their name
Personalized Postage stamps
Put money towards their bills: utility, mortgage, cell phone
Event tickets: sports, concerts, museum, zoo, cooking classes
Practical: oil change, car wash, grocery gift card
Not Practical– but SO Fun: manicure, massage, facial, lottery tickets