Monday, April 30, 2012

Winner!!

Good morning everyone!! I just got done visiting Random.org and...


The winner of the $15 Grace Stone Designs gift card is commenter #2, The Ramirez Family!


Congratulations and thanks to all who entered!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Our Weekend in a Nutshell: Garage Sales, Birthdays & a Cousin Playdate

I'm so happy to report that our garage sale was a smashing success, especially considering the weather was less than ideal this weekend. Saturday was pretty much a total bust because it was rainy and about 40 degrees, but that didn't stop this little chick from wanting to play in the driveway.


Friday was a LOT better, and we managed to move out about 75% of our stuff. There are a few things left that I am shocked by (super nice, inexpensive baby stuff) but I know I will be able to find all of it a good home soon. 

This clown, however, may never find a home because he is...

well...

SCARY AS HELL!!!



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After all of the garage sale madness, it was really nice to spend our Sunday with family.

This morning, my two favorite blogging cousins, Diane and Krissy, brought their little munchkins over for a long awaited playdate!!!


I cannot BELIEVE how big this little guy is getting!!! With Diane, Bill and Logan all the way down in St. Louis, we don't get to see them often. But when we do...it is such a treat. Diane was made to be a mommy and I just love watching her with Logan. 


Of course we all had to take a turn and get our baby fix :-)




Little Evie didn't leave his side for most of the playdate.


In fact, none of the kids left Logan alone! He was the man of the hour.


Aww...sweet cousins :-)


If you didn't notice in the above two pictures...my daughter is wearing a nightgown. In the middle of the day. With company over. I know...big shocker. She is ALWAYS in a nightgown, but I swear she was only in one then because her and Gracie were playing dress up for most of the morning. She does own other clothes besides dress-up costumes and nightgowns. I swear :-)


I still can't get over how great all the kids played together today. Diane and Krissy and I actually got to sit and catch up, which was so nice!! The three of us (and a few of our other cousins) were super close growing up and it makes us all so happy to see our kids developing the same relationship. We are a lucky bunch :-)

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After our playdate was over and the kids had a little down time, it was off to Mima and Papa Steve's house to celebrate Aunt Dana's BIRTHDAY!!!


My sis turns the big 3-2 tomorrow and we celebrated tonight the best way we know how...by drinking and eating LOTS of yummy food. We had Portillos beef sandwiches and my mother-in-law made a homemade chop salad and it was freaking DELICIOUS!!!! But Eric and I are insanely over on our calories this weekend. Ask me if I care though :-)

Because it was Dana's birthday, we thought it was only fair that the guys entertained the kids so we could sit and chit-chat. So Papa Steve did his duty and spent quality time with each of the girls...



While Uncle Eric wrestled with the boys (and Addie) downstairs.


Family parties are getting so darn fun with the kids. These two are ALWAYS up to no good. Here they are telling each other "secrets" and giggling about God knows what.



And then it was CAKE TIME!!! The cake hounds were out in full force...


I just love this picture. Look at them all staring at the cake ready to dive in. Addie is even licking her lips.


Sadly, my coconut sheet cake was not a huge hit with any of the kids...except Blake.


I've been SUPER excited all week for Dana to open her gifts because my mother-in-law had my mom make Dana a camera bag and matching strap for her birthday. 


Isn't it so cute? I think Dana loved it.


And then there's my gift. A big crate of booze and money to go buy some new summer shoes :-)


I know the way to my sister's heart :-)


It's honestly amazing that I even have energy to be typing right now. What a LONG, but fun weekend we had! And next weekend will be no different because we are going 

CAMPING!!!

Stay tuned for a week of fun on A Daily Dose of Davis. Mother's Day crafts and printables, a BIG announcement on Wednesday and a tour of our stocked camper :-) Woohoo!!

*PS: THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ENTER MY GRACE STONE DESIGNS GIVEAWAY! A winner will be picked tomorrow morning so be sure to enter here before then.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dig-a-holics

Growing up, my brothers and I always had a sandbox. We played in it for HOURS and HOURS when the weather was nice. My brothers spent more time in it though, because they were dig-a-holics like Blake. They had every type of truck and tractor under the sun and they played with them until they fell apart.

The sandbox was the place to be.

So I just assumed that when we had kids, we would build them a sandbox right away. But then I started hearing all the sandbox horror stories. Friends telling me how their sand became infested with bugs, how the neighbors cats were using it as their litter box, how the kids were tracking it into the house on their shoes (and in their shoes, and undies, and diapers, etc.)

Um...no thanks. I have enough mess to clean up in the house besides sand.

Eric was completely, 100% against sandboxes for all those reasons and more so when he finally thought he had convinced me not to get one, he was thrilled.

But you see...Blake has become a dig-a-holic and spends HOURS outside playing with his trucks and tractors. And when you don't have a sandbox for all your digging needs, this is what happens. You find the nearest mulch bed and dig the shit out of it. 


If you can believe it...this isn't even bad! I took this picture a day after I had swept all the mulch back into the bed. Usually you can't even see the patio because it is completely covered. 

Eric likes to think the mulch cleans up easier than sand. HA! Mulch is mixed with dirt which turns to MUD when it's wet. I also don't want to talk about how bad that stuff clogs up my Dyson when Blake tracks it through the kitchen.

Mulch sucks. And it is NO substitute for a sandbox.

So I'm in a bit of a situation here. I can see what this summer is going to be like. Mulch and mud ALL over my nice patio (and Blake's shoes, clothes, hands, etc.). Now I am not saying that sand will be mess free, but it has GOT to be less messy than this. Right?

Do any of you own a sandbox? Do you love having it or loathe the day you brought it home? I need advice because if I am going to convince Eric to go for this sandbox, I need some good hard evidence. I am convinced that if we just get a small sandbox that has a lid (to keep out cats. bugs, etc.) it won't cause as many problems. And if it is a box that can be moved around, and not a permanent fixture in our yard, we can take it away if things get out of control.

So come on friends...help a dig-a-holic out. Tell me how I keep this bugger happy all summer. Sandbox or Mulch bed?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stop Back Next Week

Hi friends! For those of you stopping by for Stop and Smell the Roses today, I am so sorry to let you down. I just couldn't get a vlog together this week. My excuse is good though...I have some VERY exciting news to share with you all next week, but I have LOTS to prepare before then.

And before you get any ideas...I am NOT pregnant.

But it does have to do with the birth of something special. This will actually cross something huge off my bucket list and my resolution list for 2012. 

Do I have you interested yet? Good :-) Please make sure to stop back next Wednesday for Week 10 of SASTR!!


Happy Hump Day!

PS-Don't forget to enter my FABULOUS giveaway! Just scroll down to yesterday's post. It's a perfect gift to win for yourself or to give away on Mother's Day :-)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Fabulous Giveaway for Mother's Day

Did you know that Mother's Day is less than 3 weeks away? I have been working on so many projects this month I almost forgot about another holiday!! I have some great crafts in the works and some fun stuff to share with all of you, but today, I finally get to announce a fabulous giveaway that is just perfect for Mother's Day!

A good blogging buddy of mine has just opened a fabulous new Etsy shop called Grace Stone Designs. Adrienne and I have a very similar taste so when she told me she had opened this great shop, I couldn't wait to see what she had to offer!! 

As you will see, Grace Stone Designs specializes in custom paper goods and her ideas are SO creative and beautiful. 


With each design, you can customize with your own song lyrics, poem, bible verse, etc. and have them framed and/or matted with love. I especially love this design to use for our wedding song, which is Get to Me by Train.

But I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one for Addie's room. I think I would have to go with the poem The Mother's Song for her.


And let's not forget about my Blakey Boy. I would love this frame for his room, complete with all his birth information and the words to You Are My Sunshine.


Aren't these frames beautiful? Wouldn't a special Mommy in your life LOVE one of these handcrafted frames with meaningful words that she can cherish forever?

I thought so :-)

Well it's your lucky day friends because Adrienne is giving me the opportunity to give away a 

$15 Gift Certificate!

It can be used on anything in her shop so please head over to Grace Stone Designs today and check out all of the great options you have to chose from.

All you have to do to win this gift certificate is leave a comment describing one song, poem, bible verse, etc. that is special to you and then visit Grace Stone Designs to chose a frame you would use for those special words.

Thats it! Just one comment and could you win this gift certificate!! The giveaway starts now and ends this Sunday, April 29th. I will announce the winner first thing Monday morning :-)

Good luck everyone!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

* Friday night I had a special girls night with some of my favorite ladies to celebrate my cousin-in-law Maggie's 30th birthday!!! And it was so fun...I forgot to take pictures :-)

* On Saturday, Addie had her first of many rehearsals for her recital and she even gave me a sneak peak of her routine. I am not sure if it will have this many spins...



Or if they will allow her to wear BRIGHT pink undies under her tights...


But she still looked super cute practicing. The girl loves to twirl and she practically LIVES in her leotards these days. If you tell her it's time to put on real clothes, this is the face you get...


* It has not been the month for doggies around here. My sis-in-law Di lost her little Ami, and another friend of mine had to put her dog down. And then over the weekend, my sis-in-law Dana's doggie Fritz got really sick. Thankfully, he is coming around and we hope he stays that way. Our doggies mean so much to us...it's hard to think about them not being around. Howie has been getting some SERIOUS extra love lately.


* On Sunday, I ran 5.5 miles with two of my favorite running buddies and we killed it. I can feel myself getting more confident with each run.

* The rest of the weekend was spent setting up for the garage sale. BOO! Not a fun process my friends. And now that they are calling for rain this weekend, I am a little bummed. But whether we sell our stuff or give it away, the point is that Eric and I have successfully purged our house for the year :-)

* Normally, Mondays are pretty laid back around here, especially when we are coming off a busy weekend, but today was exceptionally fun so far! We had my sweetie Marie (or Aunt Mawee) come out today to celebrate her birthday!!!


We couldn't wait to give her all her gifts and the sweet card the kids made her.



Of course, Marie didn't get to open any of her gifts. Two little helpers did it all for her.


We even made her a little scrapbook that Addie was SO excited to give her...she almost didn't let her take it home. Ha!


We had such a nice visit Auntie Mawee!! We love you!

Happy Monday Guys!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Being A Teacher is Hard, But It's Pretty Much the Best Job Ever

Yesterday I had the privilege of being both a preschool aid and a college English teacher. In the morning, I subbed for Addie's preschool class for the second time this week. When I signed on to do this a few weeks ago, I didn't know what to expect. I mean...teaching 4-year-olds is very different from teaching 18 and 19-year-olds.

Right?

The answer is yes...and no.

One of the major differences I noticed right away was the level of energy these kids had. So eager and excited to be there. So curious and ready to learn. No one was on their cell phone, or falling asleep, or checking Facebook, or rolling their eyes at you. They were genuinely happy to be there.

One by one they all came into the room and looked around for their teachers so they could give them a big hug. I was new to them and I still received about 500 hugs this week. In addition to loving school...the kids also love their teachers. And in return, their teachers love them too. There is a very strong emotional bond at this age. The kids have 100% faith and trust in what their teachers say and do. They think everything they tell them is true and totally exciting. They smile and laugh (and sometimes scream) about everything and to my utter surprise...they also listen! 

For the most part anyway :-)

They say their prayers when told, clean up when told, trace on the lines when told, and walk in a straight line when told. "Hips and Lips" they say, over and over again (which means to put one finger by your lips to keep quiet and your other hand on your hip to keep from touching your neighbor). Ha! It is just incredible to watch, especially when you see your child doing all of these things too. You know...the child who does NOT always do these things at home :-)

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have so much fun playing a preschool teacher aid for the week. I never though I would be good at it or have the patience for it. I have always said that college is my age group. I know how to handle that age and how to teach that age. But there is just something so special about these little ones. I know that the job of a preschool teacher is hard. Very VERY hard. And not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Not every day is time-out or meltdown free. Sometimes you have to break up fights. Sometimes you have to wipe someone's little butt. Sometimes you have to clean up puke. Sometimes you have to tie the same shoe 84 times. You get the idea. I am not sure that I was built to teach preschool as a career, but I certainly enjoyed my time. I felt loved and appreciated by the kids and that is just not something you always feel in college.

And speaking of college...

So after a 3-hour morning at preschool, I came home and took care of my two little crazies who were bursting with energy. By 5:00 I was BEAT. Like...completely drained. But it was go time for me. I had to put on my teacher pants and head to campus because I had 19 other students waiting on me. I laughed a few times on my way to class thinking about how my students would react if I made them raise their hand to go "potty" or made them all sit on a letter on the circle rug. 

When I got to class, my students looked tired. And bored. I guess I can't blame them. English isn't always exciting. I was suddenly missing all those bright little smiles I saw that morning. I was missing all the energy and eagerness to learn. 

So when I saw a group of students giggling behind a computer screen together during lab time, I figured they were watching some stupid video on YouTube and I was ready to put on my bitch face. They were suppose to be doing a collaborative assignment and here they were, not paying attention. When I walked up behind them, I noticed they were on website reading about William Faulkner (we just got done reading one of his short stories a few weeks ago). I just looked at them puzzled and then one student said, 

"Sorry. We were all just reading this article about Faulkner. Did you know that he used to write his notes on the wall of his office so that he could visualize his stories better. Wouldn't it be awesome if all English students were able to write their notes on the wall of the classroom so that we could like...compare and contrast them?"

WTF? 

Were these kids seriously sitting back there looking up information about an author and discussing better ways to discuss literary topics? Without being told? Were they showing a genuine interest in what I had been trying to teach them? 

It took everything I had to resist the urge to hug all three of them. I mean it's one thing to have a student tell you that you are a good teacher. That feels wonderful all by itself. But seeing them actually learn something from you and go on to be better writers because of you is an even better compliment. Maybe the best compliment ever. Sure, they aren't bouncing off walls and screaming "I LOVE YOU MRS. DAVIS" like the preschool kids, and frankly I would be a little concerned if they were, but the fact that they are listening and showing some enthusiasm is enough for me. They asked me if I was teaching 102 next semester because they all really wanted to take a class with me again and that just made me feel awesome. I felt loved and appreciated. For the second time that day.

I went home from class last night feeling pretty damn good. I know not every day as a teacher feels this good. In fact, if you remember my posts from last semester, you know that not every semester is this good either. It's freaking HARD being a teacher. But I truly believe that it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. And damn it...it's a job I'm lucky to have :-)

Now...I want all of you to remind me of this post the next time I have a bad teacher moment. Or...Ryan Gossling can do it.



Happy Weekend everyone!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Sweet Addie

What can I say about my sweet little Addie...


Except that she's not so little anymore. She is 4-years-old (and will count it out for you on her polished little fingers). 

At this time last year, I was counting down the days until Addie's ballet recital. It had been a challenging year and I wasn't sure that my little Stage 5 Clinger would EVER want to do anything on her own. I feared that preschool was going to be one of the hardest transitions that she ever had to make. I pictured crocodile tears and two little hands gripping my leg every day.

But then this amazing thing happened. My peanut grew up. 

She let go of my leg and went running into her preschool the first day. And then she did the same at ballet. I was shocked...and a little worried that it was just first day excitement.

But here we are, just a month away from ending our first school-year, and Addie still loves going to preschool and ballet (especially when it's crazy hair and neon day :-) She loves her teachers and friends and I wonder how she will ever survive the summer without them. I can picture one excited little girl when September arrives.

I just had my end-of-the-year conference with Addie's teacher today and I almost cried when I looked at her progress card. She can identify all her numbers, letters, colors and shapes. She can trace, color and cut on the lines. She can spell her name. She has great fine and gross motor skills and her teacher even made it a point to tell me that Addie is incredibly imaginative and creative. We still need to work on listening attentively, but that will come in time. Or maybe never at all (I was always in trouble for talking in class). Ha! She loves being a class helper and LOVES telling stories. Go figure.

I know I am doing some serious bragging right now, but I just can't help it. I was PETRIFIED in September when Addie first went to school and we have had to work on some different things throughout the year. But to get a report like this just fills my heart with joy...and pride.  My sweet baby girl is growing up and I LOVE the little girl that she is becoming. She is funny and dramatic and sensitive and she will honestly make friends with anyone. I am just so blessed to have her as my daughter :-)

Mommy is SO proud of you Addie cakes!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stop & Smell the Roses: Week 8 {A Vlog About Running}

Last week, while Eric and I were going through some old photos, we found one from our honeymoon in 2006:


We both looked at it and said, "DAMN!!!! We look good in this picture!!"

And what's funny is that at the time this picture was taken, we both wanted to delete it because Eric thought he looked too pale and I thought my tummy looked chubby. I specifically remember saying that and now I just want to go back in time 5 years and slap that shit out of myself for thinking that way!!

Because here we are now...in our 30's, struggling to eat better and work out more (all while working full time and taking care of a family) and it is freaking HARD!!! It is hard to teach yourself to be a better eater when you have always been someone that could eat whatever you wanted and not gain weight. That was Eric and I growing up. He even had the nickname "Bones" because he was so skinny. But both of realize that our metabolisms are NOT what they used to be and our buddies are certainly NOT what they used to be either.

And while both of us can appreciate that and cut ourselves a little slack, we know we need to get in shape. Not for vanity reasons, but for health reasons. We want to be active parents and good role models for our kids and because we are not "gym people", we have taken on activities that are fun for us. Things we can commit to and stick to. For Eric, that is his softball league and for me, it's running. And in addition to our hobbies, we are also using MyFitnessPal in order to lose a few pounds and teach ourselves about portion control. We are SO BAD at that. So even after we get to the weight that makes us fell good, we want to continue to use the program to keep us on track. 

So...is anyone else in the same boat as us? Are any of you struggling to eat better and looking for some kind of new fitness routine or activity? I know a few of my friends have told me in the past few months that they are finally starting the Couch to 5K program because they want to find out if running will be a good way for them to get in shape. As a busy Mom, I find running to be the PERFECT sport/activity to get into because it's cheap, you can do it whenever you have time (no strict schedule) and it's PEACEFUL! You can put on your earbuds and literally RUN away from your house for a half hour or so. It's fabulous.

And so...this got me thinking about a great vlog for my link up with House of Rose today!



I have had a lot of people ask me some of my tips for getting started with running and what products I love so I thought I would share some of those with you. I tried to keep my video short but let me just warn you that if you have NO interest in running...this vlog will bore the crap out of you. Just saying...

But here it is!




So...is anyone ready to start running??!! First stop...Sparkly Soul and get yourself a headband :-)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Three Blogs to Visit Today

Happy Tuesday everyone! I just had the best morning working as a sub in Addie's preschool class and I can't wait to do it again on Thursday. It's so fun switching gears from college kids. Today I got about 450 hugs in a matter of 2 hours. That doesn't happen in my normal classroom and if it did...there would be some serious sexual harassment claims being filed. Ha!

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So today...I am asking all of you to visit three fabulous blogs. The first one is very dear to my heart, as it is my cousin Diane's Blog: Dancing in Uncertainty. If you read Diane's blog already, then you know that her and her husband bill adopted an ADORABLE baby boy named Logan. 



Isn't he precious?!!!! He is our family's Christmas Miracle (because Diane and Bill got the call to pick him up just days before Christmas). You can read all about that story here.

Because adoption is SO important to Diane and Bill, they asked that I share a link with all of you today. The Adoption Tax Credit in our country is about to expire and if this happens, it will make it incredibly difficult for families to afford the adoption process. So please, if you have a moment today, we would really appreciate you visiting change.org to sign a petition. It only takes a moment and even if you are not someone who is considering adoption, think about all the precious babies like sweet Logan who are just waiting for a family as perfect as Diane and Bill. Thanks in advance for your support friends. If you would like to read more about the Adoption Tax Credit, I urge you to head over to Diane's blog today :-)

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Now, on a lighter note, I would also like you guys to visit Organizing Junkie when you have a chance because not only is it a fabulous site for organizing junkies like myself, but they also FEATURED MY CAMPING PRINTABLES!!! 



I can't believe it. I was just checking out my Google feed and saw all these people stopping over to my site from Organizing Junkie and that's when I discovered it. I was on their Top 21 Favorite Organizing Links from March. Woohoo!!! 

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And last but not least, I would love for you all to head over to meet my new bloggie friend Tiffany at The Momma Bear Diaries. She is featuring me on her Flaunt a Friend link-up.


Tiffany and I are fellow Mommies and organizing junkies so we have PLENTY to chat about. I've had a lot of fun getting to know her, especially now that we are vlogging buddies. Thanks for the shout out today girlfriend!!!

Well that's all I have for ya today!! I am praying these two little peanuts of mine take a nap because I could sure use some quiet time after this morning. Until tomorrow friends!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Helpful Tips When Preparing for a Garage or Yard Sale

I am by no means an expert on garage sales, especially considering I have only had one myself and I don't garage sale shop that often. So when it comes to preparing, pricing and setting up for a garage/yard sale...I have to go in search of some help.

Enter Google.



Eric and I have spent the past month and a half going through our closets, attics and basement searching for items to donate or sell. We have pulled together quite a pile and now that everything is pulled aside...its time to start preparing and pricing everything for the sale.

Honestly, I HATE the process of pricing for a garage sale because on one hand, I feel like selling things for  25 and 50 cents is a waste of everyone's time. For that, I would rather just donate those item to people in need. But on the other hand, when it comes to bigger ticket items, it is nice to be able to make a few bucks to put back in the bank. So deciding what is worth selling and what is not is the hardest part for me.

And then when it comes to actually sticking a price on an item, I get all anxious. Am I asking too much? Am I asking too little? Should I sell this with batteries or without? Would someone actually buy this used?

These are all great questions, but I feel like only garage sale experts can really weigh in on this decision. So I ended up finding some very helpful websites (which I will link to below) and I also complied a list of tips that seem to be universal throughout.

1. Get organized.
This seems to be the key when it comes to having a successful garage/yard sale. OrganizedHome.com has a post completely dedicate to helping you get organized for your sale and you can check it out here. They also have a free printable checklist and a bunch of great pre-made signs you can print and stick in your yard.

2. Consider starting your sale on a Friday.
I was always under the impression that Saturdays are the best garage sale days because people are off work and have the time to spend shopping around. But apparently, Fridays are for serious bargain hunters and people will often take off work to score the best stuff. I had no idea, but I suppose it makes sense. Those people want first dibs.

3. Advertise and post signs.
We are pretty lucky in that we don't have to pay for an ad for our garage sale. Our town has a village-wide garage sale weekend and anyone who submits their address will be listed on the fliers. When you choose a garage sale date, make sure you check to see if your town and/or subdivision is having a garage/yard sale weekend. More garage/yard sales = more traffic. And always post bright signs to ensure that people know you are "Open for Business".

4. Be smart with your pricing.
Again, this is where I have a really hard time. Just remember that people may want to negotiate on prices and if you are willing to do that, be sure to price your items with some wiggle room. If you chose not to negotiate, make sure your prices are competitive. I found a great site called Garage Sales Tracker and they have a bunch of great resources for pricing, including a list of average prices that common items go for. This was incredibly helpful to a garage/yard sale novice like me.

5. Get creative with your set-up.
If people have to weed through all of your stuff, odds are they are not going to stick around long. Try grouping items by category on tables and group together items that people may want to buy as a set (like bedding, bathroom decor, etc.). Use tablecloths on your table for a nice clean look, and make sure to hang all clothes so that it is easier for people to shop. This will also keep your clothes from getting all wrinkled on tables. Signage is also key.

6. Clean your items.
This should go without saying, but make sure to launder clothing and bedding before selling, and take the time to wipe down household items, toys, furniture, etc. People are going to be a 100 times more likely to buy your stuff if it is clean and in good condition.

7. Have power cords available.
I honestly never thought of this, but if you are selling appliances, baby items, electronics, etc., people are going to want to make sure that it works. To make this process a little smoother, have an extension cord already plugged in and ready to go. It will save a ton of time.

8. Carry your money on your body.
That's right friends...break out those fanny packs! One of the most common garage sale tips I found was to carry your money on your body, either in an apron or a waist pouch. That way, you will always have it on hand when someone is ready to pay and you won't ever have to leave cash unattended when answering a question. 

9. Be accommodating and offer "customer service".
Some sites suggest offering people water or coffee while they browse your sale. I know this isn't cost effective, but it's certainly a nice idea! Or better yet, have your kids set up a lemonade stand if it's a hot day. Then they will be occupied and hopefully make some change for their piggy bank. Also, be friendly. I know that too should go without saying but if you are just sitting on your phone and not out greeting or helping people, they may leave before they have even seen all your treasures. 

10. Set up a donation pick-up for the end of your sale.
If you are having a garage/yard sale to rid your house of unused stuff, then there is NO reason to bring it back in when the sale is over. Lots of wonderful charities are available for pick-up so make sure you get something lined up before the sale. There is a great website called DonationTown.com and they can help you schedule a pick-up in your area.

Well I hope this list helps you all!! I know it has helped me prepare for this sale and as excited as I am to have it, I am even more excited to have it over with. Haha!

If any of you are true garage/yard sale experts and want to offer some additional advice, please leave comments below. Thanks and Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Office/Craft Room Closet

Well my friends...it's finally done! My office/craft room closet is organized and open for business!


I know it's not Pinterest-worthy cute, but it makes my OCD heart happy.


Now there's a place for everything, and everything is in it's place. A lot of the organizational carts, drawers, containers and bins I already had in my house, but the one thing I did purchase is the white drawer set in the center. They were on sale at Michael's this week and they are PERFECT for organizing all of my scrapbooking supplies. The drawers actually hold 4x6 pictures standing up which is a great way to organize your extra prints if you don't have them in albums.


As you know, I am also a big fan of plastic drawers and I have had this set for years! I am using it now to organize all of my gift bags, tissue and bows.


The other day, I tried counting how many of these Container Store plastic boxes I have throughout my house and I gave up when I reached about 22. Yes...they are that awesome. They stack perfectly, they are crystal clear so you can see everything inside and they are a great price.


As you can see, I got a little label happy with this project. In fact, I have been a little label happy in general lately. My bookshelf is even rocking several labels.


But I think these mini chalkboards are my favorite.


After organizing all my craft supplies, I felt like I owed it to the kids to do the same for them. I was able to clear out a big cabinet in my kitchen to use for their craft/game storage and I am super happy with how it turned out, especially now that our playroom is in the basement. We play a lot of games upstairs and the kids always do their projects at the kitchen table so this made the most sense.


Ahh...that is the BEST feeling ever!! Getting organized gives me such a high. But now that it's done...the real challenge will be to KEEP it this way :-)

If this post has inspired any of you to do some organizing this weekend, here is a list of links to some of the items in my closet.


I highly recommend the Honey-Can-Do cart for crafters who don't have a room already dedicated to crafting. The cart is on wheels and actually has a nice workspace on top so you can pull it out when you craft, and tuck it away when you are done. All the modular units from Michael's are also on sale for 40% right now, which is AWESOME because they never seem to be on sale. They also have an additional 20% coupon if you download their app, making these units a steal!!!

Well that's all I have for you guys today! Happy organizing and Happy Friday!