Thursday, March 27, 2014

Zebra Sarasa Rapid Dry Ink (Review)---Open Your Imagination!

Disclosure: I was given  Zebra Sarasa Retractable Gel Rapid Dry Ink pens and information in order to facilitate my post. The opinions expressed are my own.

What do you use to help you and your family to stay organized? I'm always curious about what other people use to help maintain organization in their busy lives! My way of staying in a somewhat organized fashion is using color! I don't know  about you, but color makes things "pop" when I'm looking at a message that needs to be noticed, example, the Dishwasher was run!   That would definitely let me know that my husband had run the dishwasher and that it needs to be emptied. I also use the Zebra Sarasa pens to make paper notes stand out on mirrors in the bathroom, when I want Steve or Steven to remember something! On my desk, I have a few small 1/2 pint mason jars in which I keep binder clips, regular paper clips and fancy shaped paper clips organized. I did decorate the top of one jar lid using the Zebra Sarasa pens and by doing that I can tell what's in the jar without picking it up. I've decorated a couple of our DVD boxes with tiny drawings of a Christmas tree and a mouse head  to let me know that they are Christmas and Disney DVDs.

I use color to help me stay organized at work, by using different colors on my assignment on my clipboard. FS with yellow signifies that I have a fingerstick due on that resident. If I happen to have other pens other than red or black in my pen bag for work, then I use them to make things that I need to know and remember about someone really stand out.  I use colors on my MomAgenda organizer to help me organize our schedules, as in mostly appointments that I need to remind me and the guys in my family about. The colorful pens help me to remember birthdays and other important dates, like my wedding anniversary next month. I use color for the different calendar choices on iCal, too. 

What can I say? Colorful pens add excitement to my life!

Sarasa RDI pens featuring the new Rapid Dry Ink technology in 14 vibrant colors is the ideal product for the colorful and creative at heart!

Zebra is challenging you to find creative ways to bring some organization to your wild life!

Like Zebra's Pen's on ZebraPenUS and on Zebra on Twitter  to enter!
Go to or Zebra's facebook page (above link) to enter campaign and share a creative organizational tip.

Each week 6 random winner will be selected to win a Sarasa Retractable Gel Rapid Dry Ink 10pk. (through March 31st). 

Grand Prize Details Two grand Prize Winners will be selected by March 31, 2014 to win either  one of the following: 1. Crafty and Creative Kit (estimated $200 ARV) 
2. Organize and Inspire Kit (estimated $200 ARV).

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What I've been up to lately!

Whew! I just finished the moment that I dread every two years! I usually put off doing my CEU's (continuing education hours) for my licensure  every couple of years, because it takes time to sit down and read the course and to take a test afterwards. I finally completed the courses a few days ago, but hadn't gone to the site to have my courses graded. I finally took care of them, along with renewing my RN license this morning. I can honestly say that I finally have that sense of accomplishment, though I was really poky about it!

We have been taking day trips over to Orlando during the past month, trying out restaurants and doing a bit of shopping. We tried Azteca on University Boulevard a few weeks ago, and went to Chuy's on I-Drive last weekend. Chuy's had the best salsa for dipping chips in, and that was my husband's opinion, too.  Steven and I had been to East End Market on Corrine Drive back in January for the FLBlogCon Forum, and we had been trying to get Steve to go there with us. We really like Olde Hearth Bread Company for their breads, granola and other yummy items. I happen to like Lineage's coffee.  Here's a picture of some peanut butter cookies that they sell when we were there in January!

Last weekend's trip took us to IKEA and The Container Store. I always love going to IKEA, looking around at their furniture, lighting, bathroom sinks and cabinetry. We got some new ideas for when we decide to redo the hall bathroom. I was like a kid in a candy store in The Container Store, kind of like when I go to Sephora, but not as crazy! I have been wanting some of those paper clips that come in shapes. I found some flower ones, and I bought some colorful binder clips, too. I have a plastic mesh basket that I've put some of my project to work on for the blog. I do have some ideas for organizing the craft/tv room, and they involve going through more of my things, so that Steve can organize his things in there, too.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Addendum to last night's post!

I sent the post to "post" last night before I went to work,  before I realized that I had posted the wrong word for what lights we used in our household! We use the compact fluorescent bulbs, in just about every room of our house!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sylvania Incandescent Light Ban (Sponsored post)

Disclosure: I was given information from Sylvania in order to share this with my readers, and will receive compensation for it. The opinions expressed are my own!

We use many fluorescent  light bulbs in our house, and I thought that I'd share this information video with you!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden (Review)

Disclosure: I was given a copy of the book and information in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Use Grammarly's plagiarism finder , because if you copy other's writing whether it be published in a book or not, it won't be cool at all!

I received a copy of The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year, written by Jennifer Louden last month. Each one of the life organization books that I have read in the past year or so have been unique, and Jennifer's was no exception.  As the cover of her book says, "Tips, Stories & Prompts to Focus Your Needs & Navigate Your Dreams",  Jennifer includes helpful tips, stories from other women on what they've done, prompts to help the reader focus on their needs, and dreams as in the sense of helping you do what you've wanted to do but haven't before.

I'm going to pull an excerpt from a Q& A with that talks about the five step organizing process and this will better explain how her life organization book is different than others:

The Five Step Organizing Process sound like it takes time. How can women possibly add another thing to their lives? 

It takes far longer to explain the five steps than it does to do them!

The first step is to Connect. So much of our lives we forget we have a body until our back aches from sitting too long, or we have to go the bathroom urgently. Connecting simply means finding your body and feeling it. maybe take a breath, put your hand on your heart, or give yourself a little ear rub. It takes seconds. 

The second step is to Feel. This is based on the great body of research in neurocardiology. We have a brain in our heart and that brain is one of our most effective tools for stress reduction and also for opening up the higher functions of our brain: creativity, intuition, empathy. 

Feel means recall a pleasant feeling. I got married recently so my favorite memory these days is the ceremony and our dance. I take about 20 seconds to feel in and turn up the volume of those feelings of love and connection and happiness.

The third step is to Inquire. Drop a Mindful Question in to the opened up space. Something like 'What would I really love to do next?" or "what or whom do I want to say no to today?" or "What's most important in this moment?" Then the final two steps are to Allow yourself to relax and listen . And, finally Apply or take action. Do something with what you hear, even it's just say thank you for yourself checking in.  

This is a mindfulness practice woven into everyday life. 

Barb's note on this: the only thing that I did different on some of the chapters when she mentioned something about the "Spirit", I would apply God in the circumstance, and pray.
Her book has been helpful so far to me.For each week of the year, Jennifer has areas that you can journal and write down things such as "What would help my body feel listened to and loved?"She also talks about shadow comforts or time monsters. I can't go into too much more without giving away a lot of her book.  It is helpful to me so far, and I have downloaded the app for her book from iTunes.
For more information, stop by her website: Jennifer Louden

Sunday, March 2, 2014

LE TOTE (Sponsored Post)

Disclosure: I'm an affiliate of LE TOTE and I was given information from them in order to post.

I'd like to tell you something about a new way of having access to an infinite closet of clothing and accessories! LE TOTE is an innovative way of fashion rental for upscale brands and designer clothing. These are brands that you can find at Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop, Nordstrom, and Piperlime. Boutique clothing! Not only can you rent items from the service, but you can also purchase items from them at deep discounts, as in up to 80% off retail price as a member. Even if you aren't a member you can purchase items, but you may not get the VIP discount that the monthly members would receive.

Let me give you some information about how LE TOTE works:
Quite easy, you pay $49 a month! First, you start off by adding items to your virtual closet. The more items that you heart, the more likely that you are to receive items that you really want. (Barb's Note: I like this!) When you get the tote of 3 garments and 2 accessories, wear as many times a month as you want. Keep it as long as you want. No return dates and no late fees. If you loved something and wanted to purchase, simply hang on to it, and LE TOTE will charge you for it. When you are ready for another tote, simply send all of the items back in the pre-paid envelope. Then, you'll get another tote immediately! You can also get the jewelry box option for women who prefer to spice up their  closet with unique pieces of statement jewelry items for only $19 a month.  And, did I tell you that shipping is FREE both ways?

Some benefits of having LE TOTE's service are:

Receiving new and fashionable pieces to wear to work, brunch dates, night out with the girls or or happy hour.

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