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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Food, More than Just Something you Eat


I know this has been posted online, talked about on t.v. and magazine articles, but there is something so special about food. For me it is more than just nourishing my body. It is about the relationships and good times that I have had while sharing a meal with others or alone. You can laugh, converse, comfort, etc. through food.

Food has been there for me to nourish my body on a day to day basis, there to comfort me when I have strong cravings, there when I have been stressed (I know, bad habit, but doesn't always happen), for me to cook and share with others, and the list goes on and on.

I am constantly booking restaurants for personal assistant and concierge clients here in Houston and in other cities as well. Food is such an important part of life. What is your favorite food to eat?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy Summer Solstice!


Happy Summer Solstice! Today is the longest day of the year. Weather permitting we will spend it outside after work. Perhaps going on an extra long walk with our sweet pup and eating outside.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Concierge Must Have: Extension Cord


It has been awhile since I last did a "Concierge Must Have" item. Extension cords are something that I am always using for personal assistant and professional organizing clients, along with for myself. Personally, I prefer fabric extension cords over the just plain plastic ones. Until recent years, I had a hard time finding them. A few years ago I found some at Lowe's and then a few months ago I found this one at Staples in Houston. What I really love about this one is that  you can plug 3 prong cords into it and it is long enough to reach where I need it to in most places.

What are some of your must have items for your job?



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Eco Modern Concierge Houston Eco Flyers


I have been meaning to get new flyers for a llllooooooonnnnnggggg time and I FINALLY ordered them a few months ago. So kind of a back story, I have been looking for a very specific printer for a long time. I really wanted something eco and local. Well I searched high and low and that wasn't happening, so I decided to order them online per the suggestion of my graphic designer. I couldn't find a local printer that would print eco options and that was affordable. I decided to go with Gotprint.com and LOVE that the paper is recycled and the ink is soy ink. I ordered their sample pack 1st, which is free, to make sure I actually liked what I was getting. I was still hesitant because their preview is not the best quality, but in the end LOVED the product. I will be using them again for my printing needs. They are perfect to hand out to my concierge, personal assistant, eco consulting and professional organizing clients.

If you happen to know a local Houston printer that uses eco options please let me know!



Monday, June 12, 2017

Made in the USA: Good Flow Honey


I have been using this Good Flow Honey for many years and love it. I love that you can get it raw if you want also. It is made right up the rode in Austin. I know it isn't local in terms of being near Houston, but for me it is local enough and it's good. As many of you know local honey is best for you. I love that it is made in Texas and you can get it in varying sizes. Also, I think it would make a good gift as well because it is delicious.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

How to Start a Concierge Company


I get contacted pretty frequently from others asking to work at my company and asking to meet with me because they are interested in becoming a concierge. I thought I would write some things you need become a concierge. You can read this post on how I got started many years ago. I started my concierge company over 10 years ago when I was in college because I needed extra money. I provide services like professional organizing, personal assistance and eco consulting. I have seen many companies start similar businesses in Houston these past 10 years and it is wonderful to see so much growth because Houston is so big.
  • Come up with a name. This can be changed, but I suggest sticking to something that you will use a long time. 
  • File for a DBA. Go to the court house and file a DBA to make your business official. I chose to stick with a DBA / Sole Proprietorship because that is how I wanted to do it. Others can become an LLC, etc. 
  • Set up a website. I have found this is a must nowadays in the concierge world because people want to see the type of services that you offer. 
  • Research similar businesses in your area. Find out who your competition is and what they are up to. I view it more of community over competition because often times I need help from colleagues in the same field as me.
  • Make sure you have an online prescense. Start social media sites including, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Through the years I have gained some business through social media, but not a ton.
  • Spread the word about your business. Get out there and network with others and tell everyone you know about your business. You never know who will need your services. Spread the word using various tactics and sources like blog posts, social media, etc.
  • Collaborate. If you are just starting out see if you can assist another concierge company on a project or shadow for a day. Like I mentioned above many people have reached out to me through the years, so I would suggest reaching out to other concierge companies.
  • Find a niche. My niche is Green Concierge because I try to do things in the most eco way possible if that is what the client wants. I have many clients who are into very eco practices as well. 
  • Choose your marketing carefully. I haven't done a who lot of marketing because most of my business is word of mouth. There are various marketing things that you can do. 
  • Network. Go to networking events, lunches and like I said above, tell everyone you know. I don't always particularly like going to networking events, but I have gained business from it. 
  • Follow up. Follow up on any leads that you may meet along the way. You never know what may come of it.
  • Join organizations. Join local and national organizations that may be beneficial to your business. I am part of NAPO national and NAPO Houston. 
  • Get Insurance. Insurance isn't too much a year depending on the type of coverage you get, but I think it is a wise idea to get it. Many potential new clients will ask you if you have it.
  • Home office or office space. For many years I ran my business out of my home because it was easiest. Now I am in an office and I like it because I can bring clients by if need be and it helps me separate home and business life more. 
  • Have fun! Starting a concierge business should be fun! There will definitely be challenges along the way, but you will overcome those pretty quickly. 
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How to Organize Photographs


So I have been putting off this post for I think about 2 years now. It's not that I do not want to write this post, it's just I have been trying to figure out the best way to explain everything because you can organize photos in SOOO many different ways. If you are in Houston, there are various professional organizers who specialize in photo organizing like Photo Nanny. Ideally, you want to deal with photos the moment you receive them or print them. That way it isn't such a huge task all at once. Below are some basic ways I use to organize physical photos. 
  • Gather all your photos in one area. Find where all of your photos may be hiding in boxes, in bags, in cabinets, etc. and put them all in one place.
  • Label the photos. If you are one for marking on the back of photos like me, then you can date and put a description on them. I use a thin tip Sharpie to write on the photos because it stays on and won't mark through the photos if you don't press too hard. There are acid-free pens / pencils you can use as well.
  • Decide how you want to sort the photos. You can sort photos in so many different ways. 
    • By date
    • By event
    • By person
    • Be location
    • Etc.
  • Begin sorting the photos.
  • Toss photos that are blurry, not needed, etc. 
  • Decide how you want to store the photos. Whichever you decide, keeping them in something that is archival is best in order to keep them in the best shape. Keep them in a climate controlled area. You can store them in:
    • In albums (This is my preference)
    • In binders
    • In photo boxes
    • Scan onto a hard drive or onto the computer
    • Acid-free envelopes
    • Scrapbook them
  • Enjoy and share with others!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Made in the USA: Scotch Spray Glue


I have posted about Scotch products in the past, but the fact is I use them on a regular basis. I picked up these spray glues on a whim while doing some personal assistant tasks in Houston and saw that it was on sale, so I thought I would give it a go. It is great for scrap booking, to use on photos and general crafting projects. Plus, it is made in the USA. Have you tried these products? Do you like it?


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Friday, June 2, 2017

12 Ways to De-Stress


What are some ways you like to destress? With work and general life happenings many of times you can get so stressed out and not really know how to decompress. I love what I do as a concierge owner in Houston, but just like others I get super stressed about various things too. Here are 12 ways to de-stress.
  • Art. I am sure you have seen all of those adult coloring books around, but just creating any type of art can be very therapeutic.
  • Yoga.This is my #1 go-to. I love yoga.
  • Meditate. This is something that has been hard for me personally, but I do feel less stress when I meditate regularly. 
  • Read. I love reading and getting lost in a book.
  • Go for a walk. This is one thing I really look forward to each day, although some days it doesn't happen. I love taking my fur baby on walks.
  • Listen to music. Music can help in so many different ways and can be very therapeutic as well.
  • Journal. When you write things down on paper you tend to release a lot of build up.
  • Get creative. Do any and everything creative. Using your creativity lets you focus on less stressful things. 
  • Ride your bike. This is one of my favorite things to do. I love riding my bike and just wondering.
  • Take a bath. I don't do this nearly as often as I should, but taking a bath, reading and or just listening to music is super de-stressing
  • Organize. When I get stressed out I often times begin to organize and for me this is stress reducing to see everything have a place of it's own.
  • Drink. Kidding.....sort of. Wind down with a beer, cocktail or glass of wine this can always help.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Some of my Favorite Yoga Books


For some reason I thought I had already written this post before, but searching the archives I saw that I actually had not written it yet. Anyway, here are 4 of my favorite yoga books. I love yoga, but have not gotten to practice it as much this year because I have a cyst in my wrist that has kept me from hyperextending my wrist & making it difficult to do yoga. I find all of these books to be very helpful. Since I book yoga classes here in Houston and in other cities for my personal assistant clients, I have seen many studios recommend these books as well.

The Yoga Practice Guide & The Yoga Practice Guide 2: What I love about these books that they have great illustrated yoga sequences and it is easy to follow.

Yoga Anatomy: I love this book because it goes over parts of your body/muscles you are using with certain poses. To me it is very detailed and great to know exactly what your body is doing in particular poses.

The Language of Yoga: I really like this book because when I was doing my yoga training, I had to learn the sanskrit names and this book was great in helping me learn them.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!


Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day and remembering those who have served.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

5 Things to Organize This Weekend


  • Clean out your fridge. Get rid of all old and expired food, drinks, etc from your fridge. Then really clean each shelf and drawer. 
  • Go through those piles. Do you have a stacks of papers just hanging out? Go through those stacks. If it a ton of stacks, break it down to 5-7 each weekend until you get through them all. 
  • Delete old photos / videos from your phone. If you are like me you have a TON of photos/videos on your phone that you don't need. Delete those photos. It will give you more space on your phone. I know I am in constant need of more space on my phone.
  • Delete old apps. Speaking of phone organization, delete all those old apps you no longer use/need and that just take up space. My husband constantly makes fun of me because I have a TON of apps. 
  • Tackle the junk drawer. Ahhh the dreaded junk drawer. This weekend go through it and really get rid of things you don't need in there like old batteries, rubber bands, trash, receipts, etc.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Made in the USA: Henna 'N' Placenta


I almost didn't post about this product because I am not a fan of it personally even though I have used it. I have seen so many people rave about this product and thought I would give it a go. I have thick wavy hair naturally and have blowed dried it more in the past year than I have in previous years, so I was hoping to restore my hair. Usually if I change up products my hair is smoother and flatter than normal. I used this Henna 'N' Placenta in the shower and then styled my hair afterwards and WHOA my hair was BBBIIIGGGG like WAY bigger than normal after I style it. So I said nope to using it again for me, but for other hair types this may be a great product for you. It did make my hair super soft though. It is made in the USA, that is why I am posting about it. You can find it at Sally's Beauty for a few bucks.

Have you used it? Do you like  it?

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Friday, May 19, 2017

10 Ways to Show Clients You Appreciate Them


I am absolutely so thankful for all the amazing clients that I have. Houston clients and far away clients have showed me so much love through the years and many I have built great relationships with, which I am very appreciative of. Whether I am an doing just general concierge work, professional organizing, personal assistance work, or eco consulting, I really like to show clients ways I appreciate them. I am not perfect and it doesn't always happen, but I still like to do various things for clients here and there.
  1. Write a thank you note. I personally like to handwrite thank you notes because to me they are more personal. I think an email and / or text (if you are on a texting basis with your client), is sufficient as well. Something about a handwritten note seems to stand out.
  2. Give away tickets to a local event. Often times I will do an email blast offering clients tickets to various things that may be in town like concerts, sporting events, etc.
  3. Gift them with their favorite bottle of wine / liquor / beer. Especially during the holidays, I like to send various clients a token of my appreciation for the year of work they have provided me with and give them a bottle of Veuve Clicquot or if I know they like a particular wine or other spirit, I will often send it to them.
  4. Send treats. I will randomly give clients some sort of local Houston treat, whether this is fortune cookies, cookies, macarons, donuts, etc. They are usually pretty appreciative.
  5. Give a charitable gift in their honor. If you know your client supports a particular charity donate to that cause in their honor. As sad as it is, if you know a client's loved one has passed away donate to a charity in their honor.
  6. Start a referral program. At Eco Modern Concierge we have a referral program and for every person that is referred to us by a current client and that person books 3 or more hours worth of work, we give the referring client a free hour of work, donate to a charity in their name or give them a $50 gift certificate to The Container Store.
  7. Go above and beyond. Just provide amazing general customer service. Go above and beyond your normal tasks. If you see something that needs to be done and isn't in your realm of what you do then just do it. For example, if I am at a client's house and I see that their are newspapers in the yard I usually bring them to the front. Or if you know a client you are working for is sick or under the weather, bring them some chicken noodle soup.
  8. Remember customer preferences. Remember what your customers and clients do and don't like. Since I do a lot of errands and personal assistant tasks I know products and items that my clients like. I know Houston local businesses that are prefered by certain clients and what they like from those places. In professional organizing projects I do in Houston and away I know where clients like to keep things, etc.
  9. Reward customers that show you love online by leaving reviews. If a client leaves you awesome feedback by reviewing your business online, offer them a free hour or session. Maybe send them a discount code, etc. 
  10. Give clients a discount on your rate just because. Randomly reward clients when they least expect it. Offer them a discount code or just take a certain amount or percentage off their next invoice just because. This is often much appreciated and unexpected. 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What to Take to the Theatre


Going to the theatre is one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely love everything about the theatre. From the singing and dancing to the costumes. My mother-in-law and I both have season tickets and love going.

Here are some of my go-tos to have when visiting the theatre.

Tickets - of course!
Sippy Cup - In Houston at The Hobby Center where many plays and musicals are held you can bring your drink into the theatre if it has a lid and is one of these (pictured above) cups. Currently they are $3 and so worth the investment if you go often. My mother-in-law and I love getting bloody mary's or just a sprite on days we don't feel like drinking alcohol.
Shaw / Scarf - If you are cold natured this may be a good idea to bring. I usually always bring one.
Binoculars - Our seats are up high so I like to bring binoculars to see actors / actresses faces a little better.
Money - In case you want to buy something.
Phone / Camera - There is usually a place to take photos in the lobby in front of a fun sign for that show.

What are some of your must have theatre items?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Made in the USA: Mizzen + Main


Mizzen + Main came to Houston for a pop-up shop during the Super Bowl and while I was out and about for a concierge client I thought I would stop in real quick. My brother-in-law loves their clothing because they wick away moisture, wrinkle reducing, stylish and comfortable. I bought a few things for Bry for Valentine's Day and he loves them. The company is from Dallas and the clothing is made in the USA. They are a little pricy than other clothing, but worth it.

Have you or anyone you know tried their clothing? What are your thoughts?


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Top 10 Things I Get Asked to Do Most Often As a Concierge



As a concierge company in Houston, I get asked to do ALL kinds of tasks. Usually nothing is too big or too small and I will do just about anything if it is legal and I morally / ethically feel comfortable with it. There are several other concierge companies in Houston that do personal assistance & professional organizing, but not a whole lot that have an eco conscious niche. Below are some things that I get asked to do most often.
  1. Organization Projects. I do a ton of organization projects through the year whether it is home, office, closet, storage units, etc. They are all usually a ton of fun.
  2. Errands. I get asked so often to do just general errands. This includes, but not limited to, grocery runs, dry cleaning, postal services, gift shopping, etc. 
  3. House sit ins. I do this for people who can't be home for the electrician, painters, cable people, etc. 
  4. Help with events. I am not an event planner per se, but I do get asked to facilitate and assist with many events through the years. Many of times it is event prep, pre-plannning and logistics. I do also help secure locations for clients, etc.
  5. Recycle drop offs. Surprisingly, not all of Houston has recycle pick ups, so I get asked to take recycling to recycle centers a lot. 
  6. Research. I research a lot of things for clients on a regular basis and it includes dining options, traveling recommendations, local services they need help finding, business research they want outsourced, etc. 
  7. Travel arrangements. I make travel arrangements for clients pretty regularly because a good chunk of my clients travel often. They usually need help finding out what to do, where to eat, etc. 
  8. Eco knowledge. Although this isn't a specific task in particular, many of my clients do like that I have an eco niche and am eco conscious. I get asked about ways to green their home / business and products to use, etc. 
  9. General personal assistant tasks. I get asked to do a lot of general personal assistant tasks like making calls, filing, bill pay, errands, book appointments, buying tickets, etc. 
  10. Scheduling. I get asked to do a ton of scheduling whether this is spa services, client appointments for business executives, in home services, office services, meetings, etc.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Made in the USA: Sterilite Mini Trashcan


This is another made in the USA trashcan post. I recently had to pick up a small trashcan for a client who wanted to store potting soil inside. She wanted something that could stay outside with a lid and would not rust. The Sterilite Utility Garbage Pail was the perfect mini trashcan to store the soil in. I got it at Berings in Houston. The plus was it is made in the USA. Having a concierge company and being a personal assistant in Houston I have a few go-to places where I can find just want I am looking for and knew exactly where I would find what I was looking for. 

Do you have a favorite trashcan? Not the most glamorous topic, but it's a necessity in every household. 


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Friday, May 5, 2017

5 Misconceptions About Personal Concierge Companies



There are so many misconceptions about concierges and I wanted to highlight some
  • They are for rich people. This is definitely not the case. I work with such a large range a variety of individuals, whether this is teachers, lawyers, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, stay at home moms, and the list goes on and on. I just tell others that people hire me because they need help in a specific area or that is what they want to spend their money on for the moment. Just like my husband and I like to spend money on trying new restaurants. 
  • That we will purposely take our time to charge more. For me this is a big NO. I absolutely love what I do and try to go at a fast, efficient pace, but sometimes that is just not possible. There are many days that I want to get home as quickly as possible just like anyone else, but take my time to make sure things are done right.
  • They don't care about the client. WHAT?!?! Personally, I try to build a relationship with all my clients whether they use my services once a week or once every 2 years. I love the relationships that I get to form with my clients and try to continue to grow it. 
  • They aren't relevant because of personal assistant apps. Things are changing in the concierge world, but with that said I do think personal concierges are still very relevant. Like I said above, I try to build relationships with my clients and with app services you can't always do that because there is a different person usually each time. I do love some of the time saving apps, but do see where some people still crave that personal one on one time.
  • They are competitive. I think every business is competitive to a degree, but like have I said before I view it as community over competition in the concierge world because Houston is so big and I cannot possibly handle every single need of every Houstonian. There are some companies in the concierge / professional organizing world that are competitive, but I have referred work to other companies on many occasions and vice versa. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Made in the USA: Photo boxes


Throughout the year I do various photo organizing projects for clients. In fact, I have a few I have been working on. As a professional organizer you get asked to deal with photos a lot. Photo organizing for actual printed photos and digital photos are the two most common projects. There is actually a great organizer locally here in Houston that deals only with photo organizing and is a complete expert. The Container Store here in Houston has some awesome options of made in the USA photo organizing containers from plastic bins to archival boxes, which I love. What are some of your favorite photo organizing containers to use?


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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Number One Benefit for a Concierge


There are so many different benefits to being a concierge, but the number one thing for me is, the relationships I get to build and the people I meet. Over the past 11+ years as a concierge in Houston,  I have met so many great individuals and it couldn't make me happier. I am so lucky that I get to work with and meet so many awesome people who bring such a variety of perspectives to the table. I love that I have built so many relationships with clients. Even for those that I haven't worked with for years, many will still refer others my way, which I couldn't be more grateful for. I have worked on so many different professional organizing, personal assistant and eco consulting tasks through the years. Every day I learn something new from clients. Although they are utilizing my services to help them in various areas of their life, I learn SO much from my clients. It is such an awesome feeling to constantly learn from clients. At the end of the day the most rewarding and number 1 benefit of being a concierge for me is the relationships I build with my clients.

What is the number one benefit of the job you do?

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Eco: Organic Gardening


I am by no means a gardener, but do have a strong interest in it. My mom has an amazing green thumb and can basically bring any dead plant back to life. Last month we just replaced some things that died in the freeze this year and I planted some seeds of beans and carrots and a tomato plant. I love this book and they have some great tips on how to garden organically, using things you already have or doing it in an inexpensive way. Having a concierge company, I have researched a TON of landscape and gardening companies throughout Houston and I manage a lot of these types of services for clients.

What are some of your gardening tips?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I Like Do For Fun!


I know this is more of personal post, but I thought I would go over some things that I really like to do on my free time when I am away from Eco Modern Concierge. I do have to admit every so often I do get to combine work and pleasure and that is, of course, always fun. These are just a few things that I really enjoy doing.

Go on new adventures. This is one of my favorite things to do is going on new adventures with my husband. There is so much to explore in and around Houston. There is so much we have never done, so being tourists in our own city is fun and exciting. Bryan and I love going to try new restaurants. There is so much to learn.

Yoga. Yoga is what keeps me grounded. The past year I have gone through periods of not doing it as often as I would like and I can tell how it effects my stress level, physical ability, and overall being. This is something I have been trying to make more of a priority.

Spend time with family and friends. I love seeing our family and friends and spending time with them, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like we get enough time. My family is about an hour away from where we live so we don't get to see them as often as I would like, but we have definitely tried to make it more of a priority.

Volunteer. I LOVE volunteering and there are several organizations that I have volunteered for, for many years. It is very rewarding to give back to organizations that mean a lot to you. I have met so many different people, learned new things and helped out in various ways. I am also part of a volunteer organization called Altrusa International.

Go to the theatre. One thing that many may or may not know about me is that I love going to plays and musicals. My mother-in-law and I have season tickets to Broadway Across America and TUTS and we always look forward to going to see them.

Go to museums. I have always been a fan of museums. I remember when I was in high school my grandma was my museum buddy and would take into Houston to visit museums for school projects and extra credit things. Briefly in high school I was going to minor in art history classes and had an awesome art history professor at UH.

Learn new things. Learning new things is fun and exciting for me. I started brushing up on my spanish last year. I have taken various classes through the years. Trying new exercise classes, etc.

Go to concerts and / or music festivals. I LOVE music and have been into for as long as I can remember. Growing up my parents music of choice was classic rock and country, so now I pretty much love all types of music. Admittedly, I have not kept up with all the "cool, new" music like I should and am not as knowledgable as I would like to be, but love music. In college I volunteered at a college radio station, so I became very familiar with all different types of music, but indie music in particular.

Ride my bike. I love reading my bike. I find it to be fun and adventurous. There are so many different hike and bike trails throughout Houston and the suburbs of Houston.

Reading. Although I don't get to read nearly as much as I would like to, it is something that I really enjoy doing. I tend to read non-fiction business books and professional development books. I also read fiction, but really like learning.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Number 1 Mold Remover for Tile


I thought I would share this tidbit because this is something that I have struggled with for the past several years after we bought our house. The shower in our master bathroom is floor to ceiling tile and it is SOOOOOO hard to keep clean and from having mold grow on it. I, of course, wanted to use eco products, but then we started testing out 5 million different products because NOTHING seemed to get the grout clean from mold growing. We even tried just spraying bleach and even that barely worked. Finally we found a Clorox bathroom product that helps a lot. Since I love eco things so much I hate using it, but it is give or take and I want a mold free shower. THEN we started squeegeeing the shower after we get out and and that helps keep the mold down SOOOO much. It is a thousand times better than it used to be. I found this squeegee on Amazon and of course they are all basically the same, but I just really liked this one because we have more of modern aesthetic.


Do you have any tips for keeping the mold to a minimum on tile showers?

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Road Trip Tunes


So, I started this post back in 2014 when we were headed to Colorado and it has been almost exactly 3 years ago, so I thought I would go ahead and post. I am taking these cds with me on my road trip to Pittsburgh and you know what, I still really like most of these albums.

Since I will be road tripping soon here are some cds I decided to get on Amazon since we had not heard most of these full albums yet. Yes I know, I am a little behind on the music. I really like to buy cds as opposed to downloading the music because I can pass it along to someone who wants to listen before they buy, you usually get a little pamphlet with lyrics or info on it and sometimes something extra like a dvd. Plus, with Amazon a lot of times they have an autorip feature as well. 

I have not kept up with music like I used to. Most of these bands and performers I have seen in concert several times before and really enjoy. 

  • The Black Keys: Turn Blue
  • Cold Play: Ghost
  • Robert Ellis: The Lights from the Chemical Plant
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: Give the People What They Want
  • Beyonce: Beyonce
  • Ingrid Michaelson: Lights Out
  • Fitz and the Tantrums: More than Just a Dream
  • Chromeo: White Women
What is some of your favorite music right now?




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Client Busy, Single Mama: Before and After

I did this professional organizing project last year and have worked with this person on a few projects throughout her house. She is a single mama and a foster mama and she just needed help because she wanted to spend more time with her kiddos on the weekend. As a professional organizer, not everything is about making it super pretty, it is about being functional for the families needs and I have loved working with her!

Before:









After: