Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Portable Cold Brew: Another perfect gift for coffee lovers.

Backgammon Set: Do you know someone who has style and loves games? This is the perfect set for them.

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan: I bought this cardigan on the Nordstrom anniversary sale and love it!

Dehydrator: I saw this recommended earlier this year and it is on my personal holiday wishlist.

Brennan's Cookbook: Good, southern recipes.

Citrus Press: I bought this and LOVE it! It is so easy to make fresh orange juice.

LEGO Women of NASA: I have this and think they are so fun. Of course I am going to put some type of LEGO on my gift guide.

Bluetooth Floating Speaker: Fun speaker with great style.

23 and Me: Definitely interesting to find out more about your heritage.

Wine Stack: Perfect to give to friends who love to drink wine.

Essential Oil Holder: Are you or someone you know an essential oil lover?

Outdoor Shower: Great to wash off after gardening and kids playing in the yard.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Whiskey Set: Modern and stylish set, perfect for any home bar.

Bakerstone Pizza Oven Box: Great for any pizza lover.

Hot Sauce Set: Fun for any hot sauce lover.

Nanopresso: Perfect for expresso on the go.

Texas Beer Cap Map: We gave these as gifts to lots of people last year and they loved it.

Compact Jump Starter: Never know when you will need jumper cables.

Meat Tenderizer: Great for the man who likes to cook.

Waxed Duffel: Perfect for the traveler.

Goodr Sunglasses: These are fun and polarized sunglasses. You can beat it for only $25.

Workbench: My husband has one similar to this and loves it.

Straight Razor: We have given this as a gift many times and it is always a hit with men that shave.

Anti-Theft Backpack: Wonderful gift for anyone who uses a backpack on a regular basis and carries various valuables like laptops, tablets, etc.

Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the USA

The Cat Ball: Fun cat beds for you furbabies.

Food Storage Tote: Perfect for when you need to bring food to parties.

Bison Cooler: Similar to other coolers, but a little bit lower price.

Aeropress: My husband got this for Christmas last year and loves it.

The Naked Pig Lard: Do you cook with lard or know someone does?

Dog Toy: This is a fun toy and treat dispenser.

Beeswax Sheets: Great for keeping food fresh and it's reusable.

ABC Blocks: Perfect for any kiddo in your life.

Manready American Flag: This store is a Houston favorite.

New Balance Shoes: Did you know that some New Balance shoes are made in the USA?

Leather Wallet: Wallets are a necessity to carry out money.

Stain Solution: My favorite stain fighter.

Friday, November 9, 2018

10 Things that Make me Happy: October

  1. Seeing the Astros in the ALCS & ALDS
  2. Going to Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) with family
  3. Going to RenFest with our neighbors.
  4. Wrapping up some large projects for clients. 
  5. Reading about Ralph Lauren's 50th anniversary and so many magazines. He seems like a genuinely nice person. 
  6. Celebrating my birthday Bryan had planned. 
  7. Taking our holiday photos.
  8. Going to the Houston Insider event in Tomball and exploring local shops.
  9. Celebrating Halloween.
  10. Watching several Netflix shows: Schitt's Creek new season, Haunting of Hill House, Wanderlust, Making a Murder new season.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Houston Professional Organizers #1 Tips for an Organized and Stress Free Holiday Season

Last month I asked some of my fellow NAPO Houston organizers and business partners #1 tips for an organized and stress free holiday season and below are their tips. What is your tip for a stress free holiday season?

Adonna Braly of Clutter Roundup: "Give experiences, not gifts."

Naomi Kealy of Charming Spaces: "Make a list for each person you're buying for so you don't forget anything or anyone. I send my kid's lists to the grandparents too!"

Michelle Smithpeter of Pretty Practical Spaces: "As you open up your seasonal decorations, attach detailed labels to each of the tubs/boxes/bags, so you know what goes back where!  And it makes next year that much easier ""

Ann Zanon of A2Z Organizing Solutions: "I keep a list of what I gave to whom every year so I don't duplicate but as Adonna said, we don't give a lot of stuff. I also don't usually give friend gifts. Instead, for many years, I have held a Cookie Decorating Party as my gift to my friends. I bake all the cookies, provide everything except a platter for them to take cookies home and we spend a Sunday afternoon, just ladies, decorating cookies, listening to Christmas music and laughing." 

Mary Jo Contello of Organized by MJ: "Make a list of everything you have to do leading up to the holiday including decorate thetree, bake, buy gifts and list the names and etc. Then try to plug dates with the task."

Dena Wilson of Places! Professional Organizing: "Do as much in advance as possible!"

Ellen Delap of "Start early! Prioritize. It’s not about doing it all. It’s about doing what has the most meaning."

Tammy Atchison of The Busy Corner: "Know your limits. It’s ok to set boundaries."

Elizabeth Wood of Clean Moving Crates: "Stock up now on hostess gifts and client appreciation gifts. I keep a stock of repurposed wine-bottle candles from Hanh Tran - she also has other glass bottles than wine that she has cut and smoothed - they are a unique and inexpensive gift that supports a local artist. I keep a drawer stocked so I just grab one as I leave for the event - it keeps me from having to stress about giving "the right thing.""

Donna Matthews of Slay the Chaos: "Simple Does It. Let it Go. A place for everything and everything a place Your Way! Also, rather than a ton of "stuff" I love to use scent to transform my home - candles, tea, oils, coffees" 💕"

Amy Vance of Eco Modern Concierge: "Start early! It makes the holidays so much more less stressful. Also, create a holiday binder with November & December calendar pages, gift lists, receipts, timelines, budgets, etc."

Monday, November 5, 2018

Made in the USA: Mary's Candles

Last year my aunt's gave me this Mary's Candles in the Creme Brûlée scent and it smells divine. I was so excited to see that they are at Walmart. I love the way they smell and that they are made in the USA. I do like using essential oils, but also like using candles from time to time. I think these would make a perfect holiday or hostess gift. At $7 you can't beat the price. Note: the online linked price is higher than they were in store.

What are some of your favorite candles?

Friday, November 2, 2018

Thankful for All Clients

Well this year has been a great year and I am SOOOOOOOOO thankful for ALL of my clients. Here are some reviews and testimonials that I am grateful for.

"Amy is the BEST. She’s helped us in more ways than I describe. She’s professional, dependable, organized, pleasant: you can’t possibly find a better person for anything of your concierge jobs. She’s helped us out on at least three occasions, and I know we’ll continue to depend on her in the future."

"Amy was a dream to work with on my project. She was efficient and conservative. She used what I had to help organize, which kept my costs low. I would use her again for sure!"

"Amy helped me organize several spaces in my new home. I moved in my home at 36 weeks pregnant and called her at 37 weeks desperate for some help. I couldn’t bend over much less think about the energy required to organize a new space. She was quick to respond and made time for me right away. I had to leave her both times and hope that she did what I wanted and I was not disappointed. She took the lead and really took the guess work out of it for me. I’m the type of person who knew what organizing items I wanted to use, so I purchased those myself. But I would highly recommend her to do that for you as well because she had a lot of good ideas and was able to tell me where I would find the best prices for what I wanted. I referred a friend to her and they’re using her as well. I will definitely be calling Amy again in the future and could see myself using her annually just to keep me refreshed and organized. Thanks Amy!"

"Amy and her assistant, Mary Jo, helped us with move in and organization when we moved into our new home several months ago. These women were life savers! We were so overwhelmed and in the course of a weekend, we had functional bathrooms and kitchen. Our pantry and bedroom closet were organized and ready to go. Mounds of things that we were ready to discard were packed up and carted off for donation. I would definitely use them again without hesitation."

"Amy was awesome! My pantry and office are happy places again. She was efficient with her time and truly helped me get organized. I feel much more settled in our new home!"
"Amy is AMAZING! I contacted her through her website a few days after we moved into our newly remodeled house. I was completely overwhelmed and there was literally stuff on every surface of my kitchen. Amy called me within a few hours and we had our initial consultation and set up time to get to work super fast! Not only did she help me figure out where to put things she helped me unpack them and put them all away. LIFESAVER! She also helped me reorganize my playroom so quickly and efficiently!"

"Amy is the absolutely the best. She’s professional, kind, thorough and incredible at what she does. I got her name from a good friend who worked with her after Harvey. I know she helped that family put their life back together, and she helped me slough a huge weight off my shoulders (and get to the next step in my professional life) by clearing out my home office and nightmare closet. I no longer fear walking into those rooms that once felt so out of control after my move. Her rates are totally reasonable, she’s flexible and non-judgmental, which is especially nice if you’re embarrassed about your mess. :) I liked her so much; she really made the time go by quickly and the whole process surprisingly fun. And there’s a huge bonus built into the “eco” part of her business name: she ensures that all your discarded items are handled responsibly. Even damaged clothes and wares I didn’t know how to handle are either recycled or used by someone in need. It felt really good to be a part of her sustainable, eco-friendly mission. I’ve even managed to keep my newly tidy areas tidy!"

"Amy is incredible! Working for a large non profit with a small staff, we often don't have time to dedicate focus on organizing our storage closet. She came in and organized every single piece of that closet in a way that made perfect sense to us! Her eye for detail is unmatched. She also worked quickly and efficiently. We can now breathe a sigh of relief when we need to find something in our closet! I would highly reccomend her for any of your organizing needs!"

"Amy was terrific! I couldn't have moved without her!"

"Amy was very professional, a hard worker, and I would definitely hire her again."

"Amy deserves 6 stars on a scale of 1-5. is incredible and a total life saver. I travel a significant amount for work and am out of town more than I'm in town. I've worked with Amy for 5 years and she has greatly improved my quality of life. She helps me stay on top of things in my personal life that otherwise would fall through the cracks given my work and travel schedule. From running errands like dry cleaning, groceries and going to the post office, to organizing my office, consolidating bills and even planning parties -- Amy does it all. She is proactive and even remembers birthdays of friends I like to send flowers to! What's more impressive still, is her attitude. She is honest, trustworthy and treats everyone she works with professionally. She is extremely efficient, communicates well and is the definition of organized. I cannot say enough good things about her and it really is hard to imagine my life "pre-Amy"."

"They were responsive to my inquiry, made an appointment and were right on time. All commitments were met and they did a great job in organizing my after move donations, and there was a lot. The price is very reasonable and I would not hesitate to hire again."
"Phenomenal job organizing my garage. Friendly, collaborative and decisive when necessary. I will definitely use her again."

"I worked alongside Amy for our common client for over a week and saw her work long hours every day to make sure the client was as satisfied as possible during a stressful period. She has a great work ethic and definitely goes the extra mile."

"Amy from Eco Modern Concierge is amazing!! She helped me organize my closet, bathroom cabinets and a mail area. I was feeling overwhelmed before calling Amy but after Amy came in for her initial consultation, she put my mind at ease. She sent recommendations of bins and trays to buy and helped get everything organized in 3 hours! She was respectful of my space and gave me some great tips on keeping everything organized. The areas look awesome now! I highly recommend Eco Modern Concierge!"

"Amy Mayfield of Eco-Modern Concierge is outstanding. She is super dependable and trustworthy. She has amazing organizing skills and is very efficient. You'll love her. Kim P"

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