Monday, August 9, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
- Get fun stationary. One person who I love to use is Avie Designs on Etsy.
- Use return address labels who represent you and aren't plain and boring. I get mine at Avie Designs as well.
- One special touch that I like to use is sealing the letter in someway whether it is a sticker seal or a wax seal. I use a wax seal more often because it personalizes it more and people usually know it is from me.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Most dogs liked to be walked. If you are the type that just lets them run around in the backyard, instead of walking them than try something new. We are all guilty of doing this when we think that we don’t have time, but truth is we all do we just have to make time. One thing that my dog, Rothko, loves to do is go on walks. Whether it is just down the street or to a dog park try doing something with your dog that you normally wouldn’t do with your pet, they will love you for it. Check online to see if your city has local dog parks/runs nearby because most do.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
One thing in my house that gets cluttered super fast is the office. I help people all the time get organized, but many of times it seems like I have the hardest time myself staying organized. Lately, I have been doing really well though.
Here are some tips to keeping your office organized
- Have bins, baskets, trays or whatever it is that you need to help you stay organized. Just don’t get used to putting anything in them to get stuff out of the way. Make them designated for specific things.
- File cabinets are a must. Keep up with your filing. This makes things so much easier when you are trying to look for something whether it is bills or stuff for your taxes.
- Shelving. This is great to put notebooks, binders, supplies, etc on.
- When mail comes in do something with it right away. Whether that is shred, file, recycle or needs to be paid bin. Don’t let it get piled up.
- Keep it clean. For me when my workspace is clean I tend to be more productive and don’t get distracted as easily.
- Make your supplies easily accessible to you so you don’t have to scramble when you are looking for something specific and in a rush.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I am by no means a relationship expert, but often times it becomes difficult to keep that “flame” alive when you and your significant other are busy and you tend to have less and less time together. You have to make time. One thing that I think has been great for my boyfriend and I is that we try to get away from Houston at least one weekend a month. This doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many inexpensive things that you can do together. The months that we are not able to get away, we try spending one or two nights together at a hotel in town or somewhere in the surrounding cities. It is a great time to reconnect.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Challenge yourself to read something new every week. I love reading and have been going to the library a lot lately. I have so many recommendations from friends and family of books that are a must read. There are also several business and art blogs that I try to read several times a week along with the newspaper.
I love learning and gaining new knowledge and reading various resources is great way to gain this knowledge. If reading is not your thing, try talking with new people or watch videos online. Knowledge is contagious.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
There are many things that are stress relievers and meditating is one of them. It is something that I recently got more into as business has picked up and things have become more stressful for me.
You can go anywhere you want to meditate, whether it is outside or just in another room. I like to meditate in the mornings when I am the only up and it is calm and peaceful. Houston is hot in the summers, but when it cools down I love to go to the back yard and meditate. Whether it is 5 minutes or an hour, I always feel more relaxed and peaceful.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Try one new thing that you haven’t once a week. I think that it is very important to do something you normally wouldn’t do and just have fun. Most cities have cheap things and/or free things to do on the weekends.
Doing new things helps you see things differently and many of times helps others to become more cultured. I would suggest doing something that you normally wouldn’t do. This can be as simple as just walking around a new park or going skydiving. Have fun!
Friday, June 18, 2010
There are many things that are essential for the summer. I have been to many festivals and outdoor events since the beginning of summer and there are several things that I am constantly taking with me.
- SUNSCREEN. It is very important to always wear sunscreen. It is the best way to prevent yourself from cancer, wrinkles and skin damage.
- Hats. You want to protect your head from the sun and it helps with overheating.
- Water. I bring my Sigg water bottle with me when I am outdoors.
- Blankets. I have been to a lot of events lately that are outdoors where you are able sit on the grass or hills and the blankets have come in handy.
- Plastic bags. To put your stuff in if it rains.
I know that many events won’t always let you bring these items in, but if they do I would suggest trying to bring them.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
One of the things that I have trouble with is keeping up with my mileage. If you are a small business owner, this is usually a must if you go to meet clients or do anything work related that causes you to drive somewhere. I know several people who have estimated what their mileage was on their taxes and the IRS has audited them. Since they didn’t keep a mileage log they had to end up paying taxes on that because they had no proof.
This is a very frustrating, tedious and necessary thing to do if you are trying to be the most accurate on your taxes. Mileage books are available at various stores and certain planner companies have where you can buy extra insert pages for your planner.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Russell + Hazel make paper products that I love. Besides being cute, many of the products are made of recyclable material, which many of know that is a huge plus for me. Below are my newest items that I got. If you would like to check out the whole line of Russell + Hazel products visit their website.
***I didn’t receive compensation for this post, I just love their products.
Monday, May 31, 2010
• 1 cup wheat flour
• 1tsp baking soda
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 1 cup shredded carrots
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 egg
Mix flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 8" round cake pan and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Puree cottage cheese in blender for icing. Decorate with more peanut butter and carrots. Take several stick like treats to use as candles.
Here is a picture of my sweet Rothko on his 1st birthday 3/28/10.
Friday, May 28, 2010
***I didn’t receive compensation for this post, I just love their products.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
When you are traveling you may go for various reasons and have different objectives in mind on exactly what it is that they want to do. For me personally, when I am traveling I like to do off the beaten path things to really get a taste of the local culture mixed with the tourists’ attractions. One thing that you should consider before traveling is researching the things to do to make sure you are doing exactly what you want and not wasting anytime.
If there is a large amount of things you want to do in a short period of time than try to plan your days ahead of time to make sure it is the most time efficient for you. Don’t forget to allow for those unexpected ventures that may occur. Take some cash with you and put the rest in the bank. Keep your belongings close to you when you are walking around a lot.
Keep maps, money and identification always handy on you. If you are lost or are having trouble getting to where you are going never hesitate to ask for help or directions. Most major cities have a chamber of commerce or information center that has info on things to do and see. Talk with the locals. Always stay safe and have fun!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Last week was really hectic for me therefore I didn’t post anything. I am currently on vacation in NYC and Boston. I have several things scheduled to be posted throughout my trip. Last week I was getting ready for my trip and volunteered for a fashion show and The Women’s Home here in Houston. Since I will be traveling for 12 days. Here some packing tips in order to help you get organized
- Lay out everything that you are going to take on your trip.
- Make sure your liquids meet the airline regulations.
- Check the weather before going to make sure you are prepared and will stay warm or cool.
- Have all your documents together license, passport, hotel info, boarding pass, etc.
- If you plan on taking a lot of electronics, than put all you cords, etc. in a separate bag, so when you have to move things from your bag it is easy and there is not a mess everywhere.
- Pack by making sure everything is nice, neat and folded.
- Try not to pack more in your suitcase or bag that you can’t carry all at once.
- Have a separate, small bag within your suitcase that you can put your dirty clothes in.
- Wear something comfortable when sitting for hours while traveling.
- Have fun!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
- Take your time looking, never settle for anything you 1. can't afford and 2. just don't like. Many of times people become very frustrated with the fact that they have been looking for a long time or have to move very quickly, so they just settle. I highly recommend taking your time if at all possible and going with that gut feeling.
- Location, Location, Location. I know this is something that you hear about all the time, but many of times you will pay the price for the location, but you don't have to. When I was looking to rent I looked for what felt like forever, but there were several things that I wouldn't budge on, which was location and my budget most importantly. You just have to diligently search.
- When it comes to price never go over your budget because there are many things you need to consider besides the rent, which is all your other bills like utilities, insurance, car, food, etc. etc.
- Try to negotiate as much as possible. Ask if there is a discount, if you are a student see if there is a student discount, see if they will go down on the rent if you pay a chunk of $ upfront, if you sign a lease for 1+ years, etc. In real estate there is almost always room for negotiation and it never hurts to ask.
- Be patient. I know this is hard for many people, including myself, but it is something that you will appreciate in the end. Everything usually falls into place if you just stay relaxed about the whole process and try not to get too overwhelmed.
- Be sure to read the lease carefully and understand every part of it. If there is anything that you do not feel comfortable with be sure to ask questions.
- I would recommend to always get renters insurance even if it is never used, you never know when the complex or house can go up in flames.
- A great way to find a place is by looking on craigslist or just by driving around the neighborhoods.
- Automatically deduct a certain % out of your paycheck weekly, every two weeks or however often you may get paid.
- When you get receipts from the grocery store or other stores and at the bottom it says you have saved______, put that amount that it says you saved into your savings account. Try to shop the weekly sales to get the most out of your total savings from the store.
- Set an automatic transfer to your savings from your checking account on a monthly basis
- Skip eating out or getting your daily coffee and put that money into savings.
- Coupons, I know it is time consuming, but they can be very beneficial if you put the money you saved into your saving.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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- We plant a tree for your blog in Plumas’!