Thanksgiving Organizer #printable #organization101

Need some help getting organized for Thanksgiving this month? Download this months Organization 101 printable HERE for free!!


Keep it all in one place; decor, chore assignments, dishes for Thanksgiving dinner and even a space to list important dates!

Print it out, fill it out and then post it on the fridge so everyone knows what's going on, what is expected and where they can help out!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Get Organized for #Halloween #free #printable

With Halloween just around the corner, usually the to-do list is a mile long.

Get pumpkins
Decorate outside
Get candy
Host or attend halloween parties
Costumes for the kids
Costumes for the adults
Decorate inside
Teacher gifts
Classroom parties

The list goes on and on and on it seems!

This month with Organization 101, there's a free printable to keep you organized for all of your Halloween to-do's!


Download HERE for free!
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Organization 101: Summer BBQ Organizer #organization #list

Take the stress out of hosting a  BBQ this summer with this free printable Summer BBQ Organizer.





Be prepared for your guests! While this list has the standard BBQ staples on it from condiments to plates and napkins, hamburgers and hotdogs to the drinks, there are also spaces on the list for you to add your own items.

Throwing a BBQ Pizza Party {how awesome would that be?!}? Don't forget the naan bread, olive oil, tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, garlic, breadsticks, and other toppings!

Maybe you're throwing an afternoon Lemonade and Cupcakes party! {again, hello! Fun!!} Lemonade, lemon-lime soda, cupcakes, tea cookies, ice, fancy glasses and rimming sugar.

Download the shopping list HERE for free!
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Summer Camp Organization #Printable #free

Well mama's...school's almost out for summer. Right now, you're probably all rushing to get the kids into day camps, sports camps, dance camps and more, and if you have more than one child, I can only imagine how overwhelming it is to keep it all organized!

I've created this free printable, which you can download and print for each child, to help keep you organized with your children's camps for the next two months.


And don't forget the important dates on the bottom! Special camp performanes, dress up days, pool parties!

Have a great summer!

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Free Printable Shopping List #printables #organization

This month's organizational printable is one that you can print time and time again, hang on the fridge then take with you grocery shopping.


When I head out for groceries, I either totally forget what was on the list on the fridge {whiteboard} or pregnancy brain strikes and I pick up all of the wrong things that satisfy those instant cravings. Not the smartest, or most frugal, way to shop, so now that I have a printable that I can just put in my purse, it makes it alot easier and also means that I don't have to flick back and forth between a list on my notepad on my phone.

Download here for free!

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Printable Birthday Organizer #organization

Are you the type of person who gets super overwhelmed with the amount of birthdays and parties on your list? Have trouble keeping them all straight?

This months organization printable is a birthday organizer. Simply print it out, mark down whose birthday is in what month {I suggest in chronological order}, and mark them off as they pass throughout the year.


Download HERE for free!

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March Break Activity Planner, free #printable

March Break will soon be upon us. Do you have all of your children's activities organized and planned out?

Use this free downloadable printable to get yourself organized this Spring Break!


A full week of activities, split into morning and afternoon, to keep you sane!

Some easy activities to include for preschoolers and toddlers are:

- sculpting with modelling clay or play dough
- indoor car races
- rainbow rice
- sugar cookie baking
- coloring pages

Have a fun, and safe, Spring Break!
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Organization 101: Emergency Numbers Printable

My first job when I was about 11 years old was babysitting for a few families in our neighbourhood. I have fond memories of arriving with my little babysitter kit that was full of activities, crafts and things to do, as well as a treasure box if the kids were really good, they got to pick something.

I also remember that every house that I sat for had one of these on their fridge


Now that I'm a parent, I take comfort in knowing that our two wonderful babysitters know exactly how to get a hold of us, and other important people, in the case of an emergency.

Now you can download the Emergency Numbers Printable for Free!!

Click here, print and fill out your information, then post on the fridge!

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Organization 101

Last year brought us a New Year New Home. We focused on each room, fun products and features, and created some awesome DIY projects along the way.

So, what's in store for this year??

Organization, people. Organization.

Each month will feature a new printable that you can click and save, print at home and use for your own home organization. Everything from emergency contact lists to gift checklists to camp planners for the summer! Get ready to get organized!

This month, it's all about getting the little ones to help out around the house. A chore chart, my friends!


Gentle ways for toddlers to help, express themselves and earn stamps for rewards or certain items that they might really really want.

Download here for free!

Tip: Give stamps sparingly! Offer other treats and rewards so that it takes a little longer for them to work toward the big items!

Coming next month is an emergency contact number printable - something that should be on every fridge for every babysitter!

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Home Art Studio Storage Solutions

Being an artist means that I have an abundance of supplies. Hundreds of bottles of paints, brushes of every shape and size, Sharpie markers in every color, and stencils for every season.

Slabs of clay, tools for texturizing, paper, punches, ink and canvases.

You name it, and I likely have it in my studio. Currently, my paint is stored in two rolling carts in my studio closet. On top of one is the home of my paper organizing cube, which also houses my stamps and punches. On top of that is my printer and computer paper.

On top of the other is my ribbon sorter, acrylic sprays, wood stains and other miscellaneous supplies. down at the side, finished paintings that have been listed, so that they are out of the light and won't be damaged or discolored by the light.

I won't even list all of the supplies that are in the bins that are in my work table, or the extra boxes under it that have more bottles of paint.

It's kind of obscene!

I want to be creative with storage in my art studio, and while I am happy with the closet storage, i need to be able to maximize the main studio space to make it more functional. So I'm considering these options

Wire baskets
Wire baskets would be perfect on the skinny wall outside of my storage closet. They'd be great for when I am transitioning supplies out of the closet and using them on current work, as well as storing my paint brushes, mason jars of Sharpie markers and small canvases waiting to be painted.
Industrial steel bookshelves
I love the look of metal shelving, and think it would be great to have two bookcases like the ones above flanking the window, with the lower 3' white one that I already have in between. These would be great for storing my sculptures as well as my art books and sketching supplies.

Updated white bookshelf with scrapbook paper
Time for a facelift! This is one project that I certainly will be doing - I just need to find the perfect paper for it and, yes, I will be featuring it in a tutorial coming up soon. I have a 3' bookcase that used to be my husbands when he was a child. You know the kind...the white laminate bookcases that we all had in our rooms in the 80's and 90's. It's dingy and has seen better days, so this facelift will be perfect for it! It's also a great project for bringing color and pattern into a grey and white room!

Adding these creative storage solutions and maximizing the wall space means that I will be able to add a small seating area into my art studio! What are my top pics for seating? Post coming soon!

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SWH4T$: Cabinet Re-Organization

It's Thursday again! One more day till TGIF time :)



It's so easy to link up, here's how:



1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC


2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".



3.) Post our button on your post




Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!













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Cabinet Re-organization

I've been on this organization kick lately, especially with all of my cabinets in my house. I've just gotten sick of how messy they get, so I've been putting things in bins, labeling, purging - and its been awesome! My latest project was one of the larger cabinets in my kitchen, which houses a lot of infrequently used items, and tends to just get things thrown in there without any thought.

This is the before picture, not too nice huh?



I started off by taking everything out and throwing out what we didn't need or didn't use (ice cube trays from our baby food making days, a spoon rest that we don't use, a votive candle holder that was half-broken). Then, I took all the shelves out and wiped them down, and applied a new layer of Contac Paper.



Next, I put everything that was being saved back into the cabinet, and organized it so it made sense. I moved out our wooden formal flatware box and displayed it on the china hutch in our dining room, which freed up a lot of space on one shelf. Aprons and bottle coolers went into medium-sized bins. Small baking molds, grill accessories and paper/plasticware went into other smaller bins. It's a deep cabinet, but I made sure not to shove things too far back, because otherwise you can't see them, and you'll be less likely to use them.



After everything was in the cabinet, I made a list of what was on each shelf. I used Microsoft Word to print out the list of items, cut out each shelf list and then glued it onto a pretty piece of scrapbook paper and taped it to the inside of the cabinet as a map of sorts.



Then, I printed out some labels to put on the bins. I got the labels from here. I didn't have sticky label sheets to print them on, so I was cheap and used what I had: regular white printer paper and clear packing tape :) Worked just fine.



The final product:



Big improvement huh? I hope that I've made everything easy to find and easy to put away, with the intention that the cabinet will stay that way.

This whole project cost me about $15:
2 medium wire bins from Target: $5
2 medium plastic bins from Walmart: $2.38
3 small skinny plastic bins from Walmart: $2.38
Roll of Contac paper: $5.89

Got any organizational projects you've done recently? Link up!






Fabulous Finds Friday: Wallpapered Filing Cabinet

One thing that I want to be sure to do this year, is keep really great records.

Yes, I have Quickbooks for all things electronic and financial...but I also need somewhere for all of my receipts, client notes, design sheets and drawings.

This is a brilliant idea if you have an old dingy filing cabinet at home, that just needs a little TLC



I'm hoping to find a really great chevron wallpaper to keep with my new brand and clean look. If you have any wallpaper suggestions, leave me a comment! I'd love to see them!

This definitely will make keeping tidy client and financial files much easier!

Have a great weekend!

Fabulous Finds Friday: DIY Desk...with storage!

Right now, since we're in between houses and are bunking at the inlaws for a few weeks while we house hunt, my work space is rather nonexistant.

My old workspace was that of a plastic 4' collapsible table.

How I yearn for a proper workspace...with storage underneath for the bins of paint, stacks of paper and other doo-dads that clutter up my creative space.

This one...pretty darn perfect



I already have a unit that is 2x3, so I could possibly just get another, with 3 more bins, and the board for the top...It'd be more narrow, but that would be allright!

Or I could just get the 3x3 units and board, and keep the 2x3 unit for storage...either way, pretty amazing!

Happy weekend!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Shabby Chic Cork Boards

I have a ratty old cork board that I've tried to spruce up with some black spray paint...and it's just sort of...lacking some inspiration.

It's the place that I pin thank-you notes from happy customers...calendars and order deadlines...hang the first ornament that started this whole crazy world of Sweet Stella's.

But...it's ugly. It's just a standard cork board, and I painted the frame black at one point, I think for our wedding seating chart. It's old, and dingy and needs...life.



How pretty are those?!

My plan for my new studio {again...in the house that we haven't found yet!} is to have the walls be a soft light dove grey, with charcoal and navy accents, much like my logo. Shabby chic white framed cork boards? Heck yes!!

Fabulous!

Have a great, and inspired, weekend!

SWH4T$: Coupon Organization

Time again to link up! I'm starting the year off right by trying to save money, let me show you how!



1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC



2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".



3.) Post our button on your post




Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!





















This post is a double whammy: I'm going to gush about couponing and organization all at the same time! YIPPEE!!!!!!!

Are you as excited as I am? Probably not, but I'm a dork like that :)



My sister Kellie is big into couponing too, and she has always been an organizational freak. She made herself a coupon binder, and then made me one for Christmas. I used to use an accordion file, which worked, but it was a pain in the arse to sift through all the coupons. Now, with my binder, they are all organized in clear baseball-card holders and I can see them all at first glance. This makes it so easy to see the expiration dates, purge what I don't need, and organize better by category.



Here is a tour of my new BFF, my coupon binder :)






My binder is a 1 inch 3-ring binder, and it has 8 tabs:


Household Items, Hair & Body/Meds, Baby, Grocery Items, Dairy/Refridgerated, Frozen Foods, Pet Supplies and Other (this is where I put my Target coupons, and other store-specific coupons.







Each divider page has a folder on it. I use these folders to hold my store flyers, along with a list of what I need, and the coupons I've pulled according to matchups with deals in the flyers. Then, when I get to the store, I have my list with my coupons, and the flyer if I need to refer to it, all in one place.







The inside front cover folder holds a small pad to write my list on, and coupons that I have yet to file. I also keep a pen clipped to the binder rings, and my CVS Green Bag Tag is hooked around one of the rings.







And, the piece de resistance, the coupon pages! Kellie put in a bunch of those clear baseball card holders, that are the perfect size for most coupons. If the coupon is a little big, I just fold it so I can see a bit of the product so I know what its for, but most importantly so the expiration date shows. I don't have them organized yet from first expiring to last expiring because I haven't figured out a way to do that without moving every coupon around when something expires so I don't have an empty space. However, with them organized like this, its very easy to scan for dates. I keep duplicates grouped together also.





So there you have it! That's my new way of organizing my coupons, and I'm so happy that Kellie made this for me, because its made my life a whole lot easier! A lot of people say they don't have time for couponing, but honestly, I spend maybe an hour a week total clipping, organizing and matching deals. I'll admit, in the beginning it took a lot longer, but once I found a system that worked for me, its gotten so much easier. I've heard many couponers say this before, but I really can't believe I didn't start this sooner. So far, its January 12th, and I've saved a total of $34! And I only coupon for things that we NEED and USE, so that's $34 that I would have spent anyway, but now thats $34 in my pocket :)





So, how do you organize your coupons? Any tips or tricks for us? Link up and share!





























MOMPreneur Monday: Julie Cole of Mabel's Labels


Last night, I was on twitter and sent out a "Help!! I need a MOMpreneur to blog about tomorrow!" Boy...I did not expect to get connected with one of the most amazing MOMpreneur`s out there, Julie Cole, VP and Co-founder of Mabel's Labels.



If you have children, and they watch Disney Junior, you are very familiar with Mabel's Labels already. I was so excited to blog about Julie last night, that I said to my husband "You know...Mabel's Labels...ba-na-na-na-na-na-na hey! We go bananas for birthdays!" and he knew exactly what I was talking about (bless his heart).



Here's a little about Julie and how the ever awesome Mabel's Labels started...



Eight years ago, I started Mabel’s Labels Inc. with 3 friends – and what an adventure it has been! We often refer to Mabel’s Labels as our “other” baby, and it has been amazing to nurture her and help her grow. We find inspiration in so many ways – through our Mabelhood community, our beautiful children and our entrepreneurial spirits.



photo credit: www.jvlphoto.com


Bio:


Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose!®. After her eldest son was diagnosed with autism, Julie shelved a legal career to monitor his therapy and launch a business that would strike a better work/life balance. Mabel’s Labels has since grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed, international phenomenon.



It has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com and is widely recognized for its business and product excellence, winning –amongst others- a coveted RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award. As company spokeswoman, Julie is a well-known personality amongst mom entrepreneurs and her charismatic and dynamic personality has led to numerous speaking engagements, from morning TV, including The Marilyn Denis show, to university business classes.




With humour and endearing candour, Julie’s writing focuses on her experiences raising a big, happy family while running a successful business, and has appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul – Power Moms and the blogs www.mabelhood.com/JulieCole, http://www.thebabymachine.com/ and PTPA’s Blogaholics, amongst countless other outlets. Follow her on twitter @juliecole

Thankful Thursday: ReOrganization

I know that some readers have long been waiting for this post, so here goes.
Today, I am thankful for...

...storage systems
...organization
...glass jars
...labelled bins
...faux leather marker holders
...a space to call my own


The complete Sweet Stella's set-up


Mailing central on the window bench...glass jars to be filled with buttons for upcoming projects

Even my waste-basket is coordinated

A little note on the side to remind me that my Dad is proud of me

Martha Stewart meets JetMax...perfection


A place for paint...
...papers and projects

I absolutely love having ribbons on display! They are so colourful!

Stamps...punches...pencils...paper!

I absolutely adore my new studio. It was a long time coming, and I finally feel like this is a space where I can be me. I can pour my all into projects, test out new products and techniques, and create some really beautiful items for you all.

I hope it inspires you to create a space for you, that you can breathe in!
While you're dreaming, don't forget to enter the giveaway!