Getting Your Finances Organized

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The slower economy has forced everyone to make different choices. Most of you should have filed your taxes by now, and for some that can be a harsh reality check. I have witnessed my clients at all economic levels having a greater awareness of what they are spending and scaling back. Never has there been a more important time to implement a budget that can help you really understand what you are spending on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

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Tips for Organizing Your Recipes

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Tips for Organizing Your Recipes

Organizing and collecting recipes can be a full time job for those who love to cook.  When you have a love for food and a desire to constantly try new dishes, the piles of cookbooks, cut out recipes, boxes, binders and folders can get so overwhelming that finding a recipe becomes ...

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How do I organize my recipes?

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How do I organize my recipes?

Summer means drinking long, tall strawberry daiquiris by the pool, hanging out with close friends into long hours of the day, and barbecuing with herbs and sauces. I find myself going over my recipes again and again, wondering what I should cook next. Will it be barbecue pork ribs, beans, fresh fruit salads, ...

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Tips for Cutting Summer Spending

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The slower economy has forced everyone to make different choices.  During the summer cutting costs may be even tougher because of extra expenses on vacations and entertainment for the children.  I have witnessed my clients at all economic levels having a greater awareness of what they are spending and scaling back.  Never has there been a more important time to implement a budget that can help you really understand what you are spending on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

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How to stay on a Summer Budget

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As part of my series “The Imperfect Perfectionist,” I am redefining perfection by making room for the imperfections that go hand in hand with being a parent. I am uncovering the secrets to doing less, rather than doing more, so we can find balance and peace. This week I am reaching out to partner Kristin Mastromarino, a professional organizer, to help me stay with a summer budget while entertaining four kids.She can be reached at Kristin@livablesolutions.com.

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Wendy, I can guess that many parents are having the same heart palpitations thinking about the day their kids step off the bus for the last time until September. The fact that you are getting yourself mentally and physically prepared ahead of time is invaluable and very smart!

Start with a calendar. Make sure all camp schedules, vacations, summer sports schedules and regular appointments are all accounted for so you have your basic planning timeline.

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Product of the Week

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Product of the WeekGoodbye Detergent Outdoor Scrubber

These tough scrubbers tackle outdoor messes on patios, grills or garden stones. Made of all-natural materials like walnut shells, magnesia and alumina they are eco-friendly and very durable.  They will outlast traditional synthetic scrubber and reduce the need for wasteful detergents and other cleaners.

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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

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PRODUCT OF THE MONTHHousehold Cart

This Household Cart is the perfect storage solution for every room in your home. With a durable steel construction and an epoxy-coated white finish, this wire cart offers three basket-style shelves ideal for laundry room, garage, bathroom and kitchen storage. With a large shelf bearing capacity, this versatile household cart easily ...

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Cleaning the Basement

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My basement is a bombing zone. Now that the attic is cleaned, this week let’s work on our basements. Last week Kristin said the basement consisted of our past. This requires skill to dig our way out from under. The strategy behind my basement is to cut the room into sections and begin cleaning out one section at a time. Once that section is clean then I can move to a different. I just can’t imagine what people in ...

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When Calling a Babysitter Gets the Job Done

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Monday I shared some feelings of inadequacy I am having about being a woman with ADD, a woman who as organized and together as she appears to be, cannot get her act together. I announced that every Monday I would write about my organization frustrations and every Tuesday I would bring in Kristin, a Professional Organizer and owner of The Organized Lifestyle Store, Theorganizedlfestylestore.com/blog to join us to straighten me out. Here is her first reply ...
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