Jayne's studio was so fun to work on. Who wouldn't love to be amongst beautiful fabrics, beads, trims and creative company!
Jayne is the creative handbag designer behind www.designsbyjayne.com . She is also a wonderful mother + wife. Her story brings tears to my eyes and I'm proud to be a part of her life. (Look for her story in a future post)
Jayne gave me a ring when she was ready to take her biz to the next level... take a look, I think she's got it going on! Take a look at the BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS yourself...
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So every so often some nice PR person sends me info and asks me if I'd like to share it with my readers. Mostly I ignore the requests unless of course it peeks my interest. This one did... so Pr person from Best Buy thanks for the info. Readers you'll see my color copy banter noted in pumpkin color font!
Vampire Power is the electricity that consumer electronics and appliances use while they are switched off or in a standby mode. *OOOOH scary sounding yes...here's the dealy-o.
THE SCARY FACTS
40 percent of all electricity used to power electronics in the average American home, such as TVs, DVD players and computers, is consumed while these products are turned off, according to the Department of Energy.
The average home wastes close to $1,000 in electricity costs per year at current rates (more in the future if energy costs continue to climb). *yikes, now that's scary*
The average microwave consumes more power when it is not in use. *damn mine is built in- can't get to the plug easily*
The average American home has approximately 20 to 40 electronics plugged in that abuse vampire power. *me included...how about you?*
FORGET THE GARLIC THIS HALLOWEEN – HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF
Use a power strip: Plug your chargers into a power strip and when you’re not using those chargers, turn the power strip off. *thinking I can do this!*
Get unplugged:All of your chargers (cell phone, MP3, laptop, and even electric toothbrushes) continue to draw electricity even when the device is not charging. When the device has been completely charged unplug the charger from the wall.*yep, easy enough*
Turn your computer off: Completely shut down your computer and printer when not in use. If you are unable to do so, at least make sure the computer goes into a low-power sleep, standby or hibernate mode. And watch out for those screen savers; graphic intense screen savers can actually waste power. *eek, I'll try*
Look for the Star: Upgrade electronics and appliances to Energy Star-rated models, which draw less power than the average when in “off” mode.
IKEA Curtain Panels 98" long 57" wide Target Curtain Panels 95" long 54" wide
Ikea has been on top of the long curtain thing for a loooong time *pund intended* but today, yes today, Target has jumped on board. It's way past due because I've had my home for 8 years and could have used them back then- but for you... it may come in handy. Hopefully they will expand the options as I only noticed the faux-silk panel (shown above) having a little more height.
Regardless of your current income, or the fact that you have a job/career, biz, husband has a job/career, biz or just relying on your sugah' daddy.... it SEEMS to me that just about everyone I know is scaling back. I have mixed emotions. I've mentioned before (many a time in fact) that I hear little voices... I know, I know don't worry. On one shoulder I hear "function". Function is all about 'do you really need it', 'how much does it cost'... blah blah blah. "Fabulous" bless her heart is all over 'the wants' 'the fabu' the 'you really neeeeed this'.
Well girlfriends it's time for this little spoiled girl to cut back. I'm going to listen to function more often- although truth be told function sounds a lot like my parents telling me what to do so she's a tough cookie to swallow.
Here's the beginnings of my scaling back.
classmates.com gold membership
angie's list membership
local NAPO membership (kept national membership)
I'm also being more frugal
meal planning + less prepackaged food
opting for team medals over trophies $3.00 each instead of $7ish
ordered smaller team picture package
I also sent the question out to some friends and here's what they had to say when it comes to personal + professional downsizing.
I had my 'vintage hat collection' sitting around the office a bit too long. I just wasn't sure where + how to display them. My clever office mate Beth must have had enough of my pondering thoughts so she took matters into her own hands. Now normally I'd be all control freak about my decor but Beth found the perfect + most adorable solution! CUTE how she just simply placed it on the hand towel knob... CUTE CUTE CUTE.
I love admiring my nicknamed "Derby Hat" as I dry my hands. Yes, It's the little things that make me happy. What little things around your house or office make you giddy?
Today on the O myth Brandie and I chatted with Erin Doland the fabulous woman behind Unclutterer.com . Which girlfriends you SO need to read on a daily basis...
I have the Unclutterer updates delivered to my inbox and more often than not I say to myself that you (as in you the fabulous reader of my blog) need to see this. It's more of an Elaine "GET OUT" type of reaction... so instead of me telling you about it-get on it and get it in your own darn inbox!
And now back to our regular broadcasting...
Erin was so fun to chat with... I love that she believes in buying quality over quantity (uh, momma are you listening to this?!) and that a clean, uncluttered home is an essential component of a remarkable life...
Listen in (the show is recorded + ready to download)www.theOmyth.com and hear our take on
The O Myth "Products are the Solution to Getting Organized".
We also chatted about what places inspire us to think outside of the typical plastic organizing box. I adore Camas Antiques as well the garden section of home improvement centers. Nothing like a galvanized container to get this girl going ;).
p.s. Did I mention that Erin writes for the Real Simple, "Home" Blog, every Tue. and Thu.: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/home which in my world is a bit of the bomb-diggity-yes I said bomb-digity, but won't say it again.
I wrote this piece last year and wanted to repost it here on my own blog...
My son had a bit of a morning let/meltdown ... his choice for shoes was not his first choice for shoes.... and I could have avoided it by not putting off the inevitable for so long.
The Van's (by far his favorite pair of sneakers) were still wet... I FINALLY washed them yesterday.... the stink was something awful and of course you can't wear socks with Vans because how uncool is that for a 7 year old, of course I don't blame him a bit. His 2nd choice- the white sneakers were still (and have been for a week) on the front stoop with poop on the sole. Not something I've wanted to take care of and haven't all week. But today I MUST scoop the poop... I don't even have a dog- as if cleaning the poop off the shoe would be easier if the pooch poop was from my pooch.
My son wore choice #3- but wasn't happy about wearing the 'uncool' sneakers. I felt bad too sending him off on the 'wrong foot' so to speak . I could have chosen to tackle the sneakers immediately after the poop attached itself to his shoes... but it was dark out and I had something better to do... They have been 'avoided' over 15 times... I see them sitting there and ignore them. Until today... I WILL clean the crap off them and get my tantrum-free mornings back.
It's just a reminder once again of how the little things that pile up & get avoided affect us and our families. Tomorrow he'll have his not-so-stinky sneakers back in the game... and he'll run to the bus stop with a kick in his step!
I worked with a great teacher that used to give all the kids nicknames. When I became his replacement (he moved into a different position) he fondly called me "rookie"... now mind you I had already been teaching for 7 years and really didn't consider myself a rookie teacher! He quickly and quite fondly became the "old fart" and we got along famously. One thing I picked up from the ol fart was to 'name' people and situations.
Recently, I worked with a wonderful woman that has now been dubbed "the women with a closet of good intentions". She joins the ranks of the "cream of tartar" client (every year she thought she may or may not have cream of tartar for holiday baking... so she purchased one just in case), "the bag lady" (totes galore) , "the product whore". OK... to verify that last one... she named herself after realizing she bought way too many hair products and that the sum of the expenditure would probably total airfare to Hawaii!
All of these fabulous women know their nicknames and embrace them with humor and acceptance of their organizing hang-ups.
What's your organizing nickname? I dub you Queen of .......?