Cooking Up Some Love

When I sat down to write this year's Valentine's Day gift guide I was drawn to one spot over and over again, the kitchen.  The kitchen is the heart of the home and cooking is such a romantic task.  We do it day after day, as a sign of love for our families.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to make it a little more special for even the busiest of weeknights, and I'm pretty darn happy with ...

3 Ways To Keep It Together (Even on a school night)

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free Keeping it together is really a balancing act.  Some days you're going to be better at it than others.  However, there are a few tricks and tools I rely upon to be my secret weapons.  So, when the calendar is full, and the clock is ticking, this is how I ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 12-Relax

Day 6

So you've already been going a million miles an hour and the holiday season is flying by you.  This is your official reminder, from The Joyful Organizer and Elf on the Shelf, to take some time for you.  Relax and have a cup of peppermint mocha.  Meet a friend to chat about your year or go for a manicure.  This task isn't about racing to the next event or spending a lot of money, it's about taking ...

10 Steps To An Organized (And FUN!) Holiday

Christmas Survival Guide

The holidays are rough.  Yes, they are filled with parties, family and friends, food and fun.  However, they are often the cause of a lot of stress.  If don't read anything else this holiday season, read this quick and easy guide to having a stress free holiday! 1.  Check your wrapping paper inventory BEFORE you sit down to wrap.  So often people sit down to wrap and have nothing OR (and ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 11-Christmas Goes to the Dogs

This is your official reminder not to forget your pets when holiday shopping.  Not only is it a great idea to get them something special for the holiday, it's important to remember to bring them in from the cold.  Don't leave them outside if it's a cold evening and don't leave them in your car while shopping. If you would be cold outside, they are too. Buying your pets presents doesn't have to ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 10-Wrap It Up

Wrapping is one of those tasks that some people love and some people hate.  Regardless of how you feel about it, wrapping is a necessary part of the holiday.  This year I want to offer you some wrapping tips to make it more bearable. 1.  Use gift bags or boxes.  Lots of stores (even discount stores) sell beautifully decorated boxes and bags that can be used over and over again.  Simply put in a ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 9-Label It

So labelers aren't necessarily a holiday only item.  They are awesome for ALL year though.  However, the holidays are a great time of year to start using a label maker. I love labeling my holiday decorations in their storage units.  I label the strands of light as to where they go in my home.  I never have to guess where I hang them year after year.  I also label extra bulbs so I know what ...