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Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?

 

In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

It always seems as if the holidays always sneak up on us. After all, Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away! So whether you are getting ready to host 35 people for a Thanksgiving dinner or if you are preparing for the celebrations of Hanukkah or Christmas, you can get ready early and simplify your work and enjoy the holidays so much more.

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As we get ready for the holidays, let’s take a minute to remember why we celebrate this time of the year. It’s not about gifts, parties and obligations. It’s a time to give thanks for our many blessings, to celebrate the wonderful miracles of Christmas, Hanukah; Kwanzaa; to celebrate the coming of a brand New Year full of possibilities. Try to keep this in your heart and mind this season to keep things in perspective.

Book Organization: Murder in the Bedroom

Book Organization: Murder in the Bedroom

Recently I was listening to a National Association of Professional Organizers’ conference presentation by Debbie Bowie about using feng shui in the organizing process.  Whether you believe in the validity of this ancient Eastern practice or not, there are definitely some good ideas that came from this talk.  One of the things Debbie spoke about was items in your home having static energy, meaning they don't add anything good to the life of your home or to your life in general.  One group of the items she discussed as a static force in the home was books. Now books tend to be one of my vices.  I like to collect them and I love to go to used book sales but currently I am trying to cut back on the actual physical books that are in my house. As a result I have taken to reading a lot of books on my iPad.

Making a 72-Hour Kit for Emergencies

Making a 72-Hour Kit for Emergencies

Do you have a 72 Hour Kit? FEMA recommends that each household puts together a disaster supplies kit that “is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.”  But where do you even start when you are ready to make your kit?

If you Google “72 Hour kit,” you will get an overwhelming 4.6 million hits!  So to make things a little simpler for you (and I’m all about simple), I’ve rounded up some websites and blog posts that can help you.

Read more here...

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Chester Food Mart to Close After 36 Years

Chester Food Mart to Close After 36 Years

The Chester Food Mart has been a mainstay in the little town for more than 30 years and on June 30, the community will say good-bye to the tradition, the memories, and the good things that have happened there through the years.

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These Boots Were Made For Walking

These Boots Were Made For Walking

OK, I know it’s not exactly boot weather right now (Hello, flip flops!!!), but it is the perfect time of year to make sure your boots will be ready for walking in the fall.

Tall boots have a habit of falling over and if you don’t wear them often you run the risk of getting creases.  You can buy specially made boot shapers that range in price from $5 to $15.  Yikes! If you are boot lover, that can get pricey!

Read more here....

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Nominate Your Town for "Best of the Road"

Nominate Your Town for "Best of the Road"

'Help put your town on the map!'

USATODAY teams up with Rand McNally in a search for the Best Small Towns in the United States.

You can nominate your town online through May 15.