Archive for June, 2014

Planning on the Go

I work as a nanny ten hours a day with an additional hour and a half of driving total as my commute. I am also a photographer and wedding season and just busy season in general is upon me, so I am not lying when I say I am away from my home a lot! I use my Filofax religiously to keep track of what I need to do each day while I’m nannying, while the little boy I watch naps (my productive time), and after I get home from work.  In order for me to know what I need to do, I have to bring my Filofax with me, but it’s too big for my purse, so I came up with another solution.

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A few months ago, the planning/organizing online community went nuts for the Orla Kiely Weekender makeup bags at Target (link is to the version they currently have in stock that is different than the one I purchased which is discontinued, I believe).  Although, the bag is designed for makeup, it is the perfect size for planners, pens, scissors, and other planning accessories.  I pinned one down and bought it just before they discontinued them.  It fits perfectly in my Thirty-One tote I bought a couple years ago that I bring with me to work every day along with my laptop in the pink sleeve.

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I love getting inspiration from others of how they plan on the go, so I thought I would share what I keep in here on a typical day.

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My A5 Aqua Malden Filofax fits perfect in the left pocket.  It’s nice and safe in there and is easy to take out.

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In the middle organizer, I keep extra pencils, pens, highlighters, scissors, magnetic paper clips, and a dry-erase marker.

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It can fit a lot!

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On the other side of the middle organizer, there is a zipped pouch where I keep some notepads.  I love me some notepads!

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On the right full-size pocket opposite of the one I keep my Filofax in, I keep the following:

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My rainbow assortment of Staedtler pens I used for color-coding and doodling.

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My journal and two oft-used notepads.

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My decorating/renovating and organization project management notebooks.

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And a pencil case with some washi tape, extra pencils, lead, and a Bic Wite-Out.

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Can’t it fit a lot?  Honestly, I don’t use all of these things on a daily basis, but I have used all of these things at one time or another, so it is convenient for me to have them all with me at home and at work.  The bag has held up very nicely over the past couple of months and has just worked so well for my needs.  I am dying to know how you stay organized on the go!

Living an Organized, Cheap Life

We have been having lots of fun interacting with others with similar interests on Youtube and through our blog. I was super excited when Hilary from My So-Called Home tagged me to do the Organized Cheap Life TAG.  Basically, the tag involves sharing organization products, cheap finds, and thing that have helped improve our life in some way.  I had a lot of fun putting together this video!  I hope you enjoy!

If you have a Youtube channel and do this tag, please leave a link to it in the comments here on the blog or on the video itself.  If you don’t have a channel but want to play along, share your own organizations products, great deals, and things that have improved your life in the comments!

Random Facts About Our Pooches

If it wasn’t apparent enough through our Facebook and Instagram posts, we love our dogs. We love that as much as humans could possibly love a dog.  To sum it up, they are our fur babies.

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Each of our dogs are not just different in size and appearance, but their personalities are different too.  Although Lucy is a lot older than Clem, they both share some of the same personality traits as well. Here’s some quick facts about our little ladies!

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Clem, our first baby, is first up:

 

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Little Lucy is just as quirky as her sister, but quite different too:

 

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These puppy sisters also the same in a few ways as well:

There you have it friends.  Both of our fur babies are quite different, but in the end, they are both loving, sweet, and just two adorable dogs. Without them we would be lost.  They’ve helped us through a lot of these last few months. We owe our sanity to them.

What are some fun facts about your pets? Do you have more than one dog or cat?

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Spring 2014 Dollar Store Haul

Around here, we love saving money!  I’m pretty sure that’s not something that only we love to do.  I love watching haul videos on Youtube, especially when they are done at a low price point.  Sure, it’s fun to show off high-quality, high-priced items, but the real fun, in my opinion, is finding things at a bargain price!  I love the hunt!  So, today I’m sharing what I bought recently at a nearby dollar store.  Nothing is crazy, but I liked the challenge of finding things I will actually use that would normally run me a lot more money.

Enjoy!

What is you most recent favorite bargain purchase?