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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases

I received a copy of this book for this review. 

I used to think that I had things in control when it comes to organizing, but having two children and a husband has proven me wrong.

I definitely need helpful tips to keep things from going south like a tornado scene!

I was happy to receive the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases.

I get to bookmark and highlight all the things I want to do and go at my own pace. This book is so very detailed! I love how she puts the information together. Listen, if you need the help, you will definitely find more than one areas in this book that will work great for you!

I recommend!



Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases

Organizing for Your Lifestyle is a fun, inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases.

Studies show that decluttering can not only reduce stress, but provides peace of mind and improves your mood. In Organizing for Your Lifestyle, you’ll learn the science behind organization and not only how to get organized, but how to stay organized.

The book is arranged (very meticulously, of course!) into common themes to help you organize your home. From the kitchen to the bathroom, Stoller shares ideas, advice and inspiration to help you lead a happier and healthier life. There’s also a special chapter for travel. Packing properly for a once-in-a-lifetime trip means you’ll stress less and be able to enjoy that trip even more!

Organizing is a lifestyle, but it isn’t one-size-fits-all. This book is written in such a way that any reader can benefit from. Whether you are single or part of a large family, live in an apartment or a mansion, incorporating organization into your life can help maximize your potential to accomplish more on a daily basis.


“I’m constantly finding new ways to get and stay organized, and I love sharing these ideas with my friends and family,” says Stoller, “This book is about sharing what I know and what I’ve learned from organizing my own life and helping others organize theirs.”


Excerpt

I want to go back, to give you a sense of where my organizing habits started. Ever since I can remember, my friends and family have always been amazed at how organized my home and especially my closet was… and still is! Throughout my life, I’ve fielded a steady stream of requests to help friends clean and organize their closets, and I’ve always happily obliged, because organizing is my passion. I would follow up each organizing session with detailed letters outlining what the friends who came to me for help could do to sustain the sense of order I’d created.

I didn’t only organize closets for friends, but also pantries, garages and offices. This is why I wrote this book: to put my passion on paper and to share how simple it is to be organized. I am, and have always been, very serious about my passions. Case in point: even though I’m terrified of flying, I travel a lot. And during every airplane flight, I find myself thinking, oh no, I didn’t pass along my organizing secrets to all my friends yet! What if this plane doesn’t land! Hopefully, my planes will continue to land safely. But I still can’t be everywhere at once, helping out the friends I’ve made all over the world. That in mind, this book lets my friends access my organizing tips whenever they want, even when I’m not there to personally guide them through the process of putting things in rows and boxes.

Ultimately, this book is about sharing what I know, and what I’ve learned, from organizing my own life, and helping others organize theirs. Plus, I really want to give a unique home-made Christmas gift to my friends this year—so, Merry Christmas 🙂

I’ve often been asked if my parents are super organized, and if I grew up in a very disciplined, neat home. Although our home was always clean and tidy, my mother was in no way as committed to organizing as I was. At six years old, I started to organize my cats by size, finding myself continually frustrated when they wouldn’t stay put. Then I organized my stuffed animals by colour and size. When I first started reading, I would organize my books by title or size. I read a lot of books by Roald Dahl, and from the Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High series, so they were easy to organize by author or publication date. When I became interested in fashion, and started to build up my wardrobe, organizing my closet became my favourite secret hobby. I say secret, because I felt lame telling my friends that I was staying home on a Saturday night to re-organize my closet—and I did do this, on more than one Saturday.

So where did my organizing knack come from? I think it must be from my Swiss roots. Switzerland is a country that’s uber-organized and efficient, perhaps stemming from its small size, which makes order essential. The Swiss tend to have smaller houses and living quarters than North Americans; they also tend to invest in quality over quantity, and often prefer a more minimalist lifestyle. My mother also confessed to me that one of my Great Uncles was an obsessive organizer; she remembers visiting him and being impressed by his extensively polished and organized shoe collection. So, maybe I inherited the organizing gene from my extended Swiss family.

As I discussed above, my passion for organizing extends to helping others. I’m constantly finding new ways to get and stay organized, and I love sharing these ideas with my friends and family. A short text from a friend saying that she colour-coded two bags of clothing before donating them puts a smile on my face, as does waking up each day to my organized space and knowing exactly where everything is.

Much of my practical organizing experience comes from living in small apartments and having to adapt to small spaces. I believe that as more and more people move to cities and face smaller living quarters, we’re increasingly challenged to do more with less. When living in a small space, being organized becomes a central part of any quest to be successful, have time for meaningful relationships, and maintain a healthy, beautiful body and mind. You may think I’m exaggerating, but getting and staying organized will improve every aspect of your life, and smaller spaces leave less room for organizing errors.



About the Author

Jane Stoller was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Her parents immigrated to Switzerland in order to follow their dream of owning a dairy farm.

Jane’s love for organizing began as a child as she was often found happily lining up her pet cats, stuffed animals and books.  Growing up, her passion for organizing shifted to all types of storage space with a special desire for revolutionizing closets! Coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, Jane has shared her organizing skills with countless friends and colleagues.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from Canada’s top universities.  Jane currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland and works in the construction industry.


To learn more, go to OrganizingForYourLifestyle.com or connect with Jane on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Crown Of Hope - #Music

I get to have this whole week with my children. As a mother, I love these times. They are precious. It doesn't always run smooth, but I love spending time with them. Soon they'll grow up and leave.

We had a wonderful Easter together just being.

Our church did this amazing journey with the cross program for families and it was a blessing to walk through the bible in such an amazing way!

God is good.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

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It is well


Even If

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now
Right now I'm losing bad

I've stood on this stage
Night after night
Reminding the broken
It'll be alright
But right now
Oh right now I just can't

It's easy to sing
When there's nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I'm held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You're able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now

But God when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength
To be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You'd just say the word
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone

You've been faithful
You've been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You're able
I know You can

It is well with my soul


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Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


Aloha!

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Celebrations - Why?

We celebrate because of the hope of resurrection. If no resurrection, then why bother caring? 


Happy Easter Celebrations - Why?

The Hope Of The Resurrection:


"Easter means that in a world when injustice, violence, and degradation are endemic, God is not prepared to tolerate such things."



The hope that comes from the resurrection of Jesus


1. Hope that I can change 
Mark 14:49-50, Acts 5:40-41 , 8:3

God will move into your life and transform you. 

* You don't have the power to change yourself. There are character so deep-seated, that God has to work in you to change. 


2. Hope of having a place where I belong 
Acts 13:1-3, 20:4-6

*Everything that is going on today was also happening during the time of Jesus walk on earth. 


3. Hope that death is not the end of my story
Acts 1:3-6, 17:31-32, 7:59, 20:7-12

*There's a universal fear about our own mortality

* There is another chapter after this life


4. Hope that justice will eventually reign
Acts 2:44-45, 4:32, 20:35

*If the resurrection didn't happen, then why do you care? Why do you care about injustice of any kind? 

* The church runs with social justice because of the hope of Jesus' resurrection. It will all be made right some day. 


5. Hope of a direct, personal, love relationship with God. 
Acts 4:12, 8:26, 9:1-6, 13:2, Romans 5:11, John 1:12

*There's this gnawing sense of aloneness in this world. 
This gnawing sense of who am I? ...of why am I here? 

Jesus holds out his gift of salvation for us to find the answers by giving us hope. 


It's your choice. Choose for yourself today. 

Happy Easter y'all. 




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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI #StarWars #TheLastJedi

My son is now into Star Wars and so we are now on disc 4 of the series.  I've decided that since I have no idea what it is and even how to have a discussion with him about it, I might as well watch with him and of course, he is delighted. And of course having to do things your kids like even if you don't. But then again, I do not really mind it and I get to spend time with him and something he likes at the moment. He's already seen the Lego versions, so he is able to answer my questions.

We haven't seen Rogue One as yet because we are trying to catch up. So imagine his excitement when he knows more about this new one!

Are you a Star Wars fan? 




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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th!  









Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Even If It's A Rat Race Of Family And Prayer - 4Ms #Music

As usual, It's been a rat race of being on time or trying to be, and getting activities done around here.  It is good that the kids have their thing, but sometimes I just want to be the introvert.

I'm still stressed but figure that's part of living. I try to pray through it or breathe or just let it go. Just telling my mind that I cannot handle this right now and will not think about it.

My husband was unwell, but it slowly getting back to healing. Please pray for him if you can.

Please pray for our marriage.

I find that I am physically stressed to where I'm now grinding my teeth. I thought perhaps this only happens when I slept and would try to fall asleep with my mouth open and would always wake up with it clamp shut.

Except, now I realize that I'm doing this in the day time while I'm awake. I try to be conscious of it and release, but I probably will have to get a mouth guard.

I've also become a tweezer fan.

Spring soccer is winding down.

My son's team won most of their games. My daughter's team just won their last two games and have another one on Wednesday coming. I hope they will go out with another win.

Perhaps we'll have more rest time again without the overlapping schedules and constant run run run!

Welcome to the dance floor. Hope y'all have a good weekend.

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Theme for Monday's Music Moves Me this Monday is "
 April 10th tunes from Grammy's...  the year you turned 18 yrs. old
I guess I'll go with the Song of the year from then.

But will begin with this most wonderful song from MercyMe. Please listen. I love the end!!



Even If

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now
Right now I'm losing bad

I've stood on this stage
Night after night
Reminding the broken
It'll be alright
But right now
Oh right now I just can't

It's easy to sing
When there's nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I'm held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You're able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now

But God when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength
To be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You'd just say the word
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone

You've been faithful
You've been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You're able
I know You can

It is well with my soul



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✳️Why not replace your multivitamin with our Plexus XFactor (aloe infused vitamin)
✳️Or try the MegaX (the only omega on the market with 5 omegas (3,5,6,7 and 9) and it's 100% plant based).
✳️How about our popular probiotic with 5 active cultures, one of which is an antifungal too! Plus it breaks down existing yeast!
✳️We also have an awesome body cream, a discomfort relief line, energy boosters, sugar and carb blockers ....Plexus carries so much more than just the Slim! Why not try one when the next time you need to replace a similar product that you've been using?!
🌀There's a 60 day money back guarantee if you're not completely in love with any product you try!
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Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Winning - Celebrating - Bracing For Storms + 4Ms #Music

It's quite a weekend.

My daughter went to open house at her soon to be new school. There will be some pros to her going to this school.

On Saturday we went to a fun shindig at a hospital close to us. It was nice that they had a swat truck on scene among other things.

We then went to soccer and her team won the game! She also scored a goal which she was most excited about.

Her brother also won his game so we went to get a treat at sonic.

After her soccer game, we rushed off to do some mission work at a local nursing home. Her bible study group from our church met together to work at the home. It was a blessing and we should do more of this kind of loving.

They wanted to visit the library after that and I obliged, even though I wanted to just be home snuggled in.


There are more games and church and choir practice tomorrow Sunday, but with the forecasted weather, all of that could be cancelled/ rescheduled.

Hope y'all had a lovely weekend!

Winning - Celebrating - Bracing For Storms + 4Ms #Music:





Flawless

There's got to be more
Than going back and forth
From doing right to doing wrong
‘Cause we were taught that's who we are
Come on get in line right behind me
You along with everybody
Thinking there's worth in what you do

Then like a hero who takes the stage when
We're on the edge of our seats saying it's too late
Well let me introduce you to amazing grace

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

Could it possibly be
That we simply can't believe
That this unconditional
Kind of love would be enough
To take a filthy wretch like this
And wrap him up in righteousness
But that's exactly what He did

Take a breath smile and say
Right here right now I'm ok because
The cross was enough

Then like a hero who takes the stage when
We're on the edge of our seats saying it's too late
Well let me introduce you to grace grace
God's grace

No matter what they say
Or what you think you are
The day you called His name
He made you flawless



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✳️So could you swap your energy drink or coffee for a Plexus Edge?
✳️Why not replace your multivitamin with our Plexus XFactor (aloe infused vitamin)
✳️Or try the MegaX (the only omega on the market with 5 omegas (3,5,6,7 and 9) and it's 100% plant based).
✳️How about our popular probiotic with 5 active cultures, one of which is an antifungal too! Plus it breaks down existing yeast!
✳️We also have an awesome body cream, a discomfort relief line, energy boosters, sugar and carb blockers ....Plexus carries so much more than just the Slim! Why not try one when the next time you need to replace a similar product that you've been using?!
🌀There's a 60 day money back guarantee if you're not completely in love with any product you try!
#60daymoneybackguarantee #pinkdrink #plexusworks #nomorewobblefromyourgobble
Image may contain: text


Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


Aloha


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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