Saturday, March 28, 2015

Organize Your Digital Photos

Many of us now have our photos in albums on our computers, smart phones and other devices. While they do not take up any space physically, they still need organizing to make retrieval easier. 

This is a fun organizing job, and unlike organizing printed photographs, if you run out of time you don't have a huge mess to clean up. Just make a note of where you are up to.

  • Set aside some time in front of your computer screen.
  • Create folders on your computer with meaningful labels. It could be a Month, Location or Event.
  • Go through your pictures and edit them. Delete blurred or bad photos. Crop and remove red eye. Add descriptions and locations, if you can remember them.
  • Move edited photos into your new folders.
  • Transfer the folders onto a flash drive for safekeeping and to free up space on your computer or device.  
  • Using online services, like Shutterfly or Snapfish, create albums and brag books for family and friends. They make great gifts.  Check Groupon and Social Living for coupons for these sites.
  • Order actual prints of your favorite pictures to update the photo frames in your home. Try the different color options available for a change.

Not Sure Who to Order From?
 Check out this great website that shows comparisons for many sites that offer online services.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Organizing Tips for a Small Bedroom

Tips to make a small bedroom look and feel larger and uncluttered

Remove all clutter;

Avoid too many throw pillows on the bed.

  • Instead of placing photo frames on your bedside table, wall mount your favorites.

  • Store your phone, keys, sunglasses and change etc in a drawer.

Use decorative magazine holders or boxes on book shelves for untidy paperwork.

Avoid bold patterns on your bedding and window dressings, as they draw the eye and can make a room look untidy.

Use Natural colors for a serene look, compliment with one or two small accent pieces or a single throw pillow on the bed in a bolder color.

Plenty of Light Is very important to make a room look larger, window dressings should be light and airy.  Choose blinds in the same color as the window frame, for privacy, without losing the natural light coming into the room.  Add one to two lamps and wall mounted mirrors to reflect light around the space.

Storage Solutions
  • An upholstered storage ottoman
  • Roll out under-bed storage makes a great horizontal bookcase
  • Bed with built in drawers underneath
  • Bedside table with drawers

Use vertical space and walls
  • Wall cabinets, tall bookcases, photos, mirrors, pictures
  • Wall mounted TV
  • Avoid high beds, or four poster beds

For more images of products described in this article visit my Pinterest Board "small bedroom organization"

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter/Passover is Next Week

Easter Sunday April 5th
Passover from April 3rd to 11th

What's on Your To Do List?

  • Confirm your plans
  • Make reservations 
  • Decorate your home
  • Plan menus 
  • Purchase special holiday food and other items
  • Make holiday treats
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Buy Your Easter Eggs
Visit The Scottish Mill in Bluffton for Easter Eggs from the UK

Around Hilton Head Island there are several family events for Easter Fun. Check out the following links:

Water Side Walk Sale

Spring is here and we're celebrating with a sidewalk sale on the waterside! It's all in a day's play this Easter weekend at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Island's premiere waterside destination.
Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4

Easter Eggstravaganza

A huge Easter egg hunt will begin at 11am sharp, followed by an afternoon of moon bounces, games and music. Easter Eggstravaganza will be April 4, 2015 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Shelter Cove Community Park. Easter Eggstravaganza will be April 4, 2015 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Shelter Cove.

Enjoy Your Holiday!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Warming Up to Spring Cleaning

Here in The Lowcountry, Spring is definitely in the air and so is the pollen! Our Live Oaks are shedding their leaves as the new leaves begin to grow. The warm sun makes being outside, cleaning up, a pleasure.
My Beautiful Live Oak - Complete with Resurrection Fern and Spanish Moss
leaf blower.jpgThe RYOBI 40V Jet Fan Blower features Gas-Like Power™ without the hassle of gas and oil helps me to keep my deck and driveway clear of leaves and pollen. A gift from my hubby two springs ago ... and I LOVE IT!

The early blossoms, that have started to appear around my neighborhood, remind me to begin my Spring Cleaning inside, just as nature is taking care of the outside. Start by de cluttering all your public rooms, donate, gift or consign unwanted items.  Pack away your warmer colored decorative items, such as cushions and throws and switch to your spring/summer colors.  Vacuum your upholstery, getting under all the cushions.  Deep clean carpets or have them cleaned, to freshen them up.  After a winter spent curled up on the couch reading, watching movies and probably snacking, a spring clean may be just what your living room needs!

carpet cleaner.jpgIf you have children or pets you might want to invest in a carpet cleaner.  They are easy to use for accidents and spills and great for semi annual carpet cleaning. When you consider the cost of hiring a professional to clean for you or renting a device to do it yourself, having your own machine is a sound investment in the long term.  I use a Hoover Spinscrub 50 -  It removes common spills and stains, using its multiple rotating brush system to achieve a deep and thorough clean. It also has an attachment for cleaning stairs.  Dual tanks allow the Hoover SpinScrub carpet washer to keep the cleaning solution and dirty water separate.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Cleaning Your Inbox

Having an overloaded email inbox is not unlike having an overstuffed closet.  Items are difficult to retrieve and time is lost trying to locate items you need, raising stress levels. When stress levels are raised it causes chemical changes in our brain, causing some areas to shut down while dealing with a stressful situation.  In mildly irritating situations, such as not being able to find something you need in a timely fashion you might feel "flustered" when it seems as if the harder you try, you just can't function and you feel like you just can't think.  This has a profound effect of our productivity and self esteem.  

Email in-boxes can rapidly become chaotic without some simple housekeeping and a one very helpful app. Often times we unwittingly sign up to receive newsletters and offers and before long our in-boxes are jammed with unwanted emails.  is a marvelous free app to clean up your inbox.  After you sign up, you will see a list of all your subscription emails. You can unsubscribe instantly from whatever you don’t want.

We also keep emails in our inbox because we don't want to lose them in archives.  Creating meaningful labels for Folder's for archived emails, not only helps with retrieval but enables you clear items from your inbox without fear.  Make your archive labels meaningful and broad.  You don't want to end up with as many folders as you have emails.  For example: 

  • FINANCE - all statements, notifications and alerts from banks, mortgage company and credit cards.  
  • FAMILY & FRIENDS for all personal correspondence.
  • SHOPPING - for all those order confirmations, shipping notifications etc. 

Once a year, each folder can be culled to remove really old emails that you no longer need to keep.  Or if that seems overwhelming, schedule one folder each month to clean up and edit.  Weekly housekeeping to label and archive new emails helps to maintain a manageable inbox level.

Once you employ these two tips how do you get rid of all the historical emails still sitting in the inbox?  It's easy, albeit time consuming, but worth it.  

In the search box, type in the name of an email subscription that you have been scrolling over and ignoring for ever, and hit enter.  It will bring up all emails from that source.  Press Select All. Scroll through to make sure that another email you want to save has not been included in the search.  If one or two have, deselect them  Press the trash can to delete the unwanted items.  You can also archive emails in bulk in the same way.  Select All, Move To (select a folder). Once you have most of the historical emails either archived or deleted your inbox will be easier to edit line by line, until it is EMPTY!


Select       Archive Report     Delete      Move To Label
All Box                                  Spam    Folder 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Think Beach!

Who's ready for floppy hats and flip flops?

To get ready for the season, here's a few items to check off:

1. Is it time to renew your Beach Pass?
2. Check the condition of your beach towels, discard any that are shabby or cut them up for cleaning cloths, even better, donate to your local animal shelters, they can always use towels.
3. Check the condition of your beach chairs, sunglasses, umbrellas, floats and toys. Donate unwanted items and throw out broken ones.  When shopping look for deals on summer goods such as sunglasses and suntan lotion. 
4. Organize your personal beach bag.

The perfect beach bag, organized and ready to go:
 You might need:
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Book
  • Sunglasses (mine are sunglass readers)
  • Hair Clip,  for your unruly locks after a day on the beach
  • Hat
  • Cash
  • Zip lock or dry bag for your phone/camera
  • Talcum powder - great for removing sand from between your toes
  • Cover up

Shown here is the Vera Bradley, Vera Tote, I love it because it has so many pockets inside.  With all the above items I still have room for my towel, snack and water bottle.

All you need on the day is your beach chair, umbrella and toys!

Extras to keep in the car include a first aid kit, change for parking and a dry change of clothes, for the ride home!

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Vera Bradley is available at The Scottish Mill Shop in Bluffton, SC.  They stock a great variety of totes and designs!

The handy dandy first aid kit is available from 
and only costs $16.

Witz First Aid Kit case comes prepacked with: 
Large knuckle bandage (1)
Large elastic bandage (3) 
Small round bandage (3) 
Small butterfly closure (2) 
Square gauze pad (1) 
Ointment foil pack (1) 
Antiseptic swab (3) 
Sting relief swab (1) 
Antacid (2) 
Ibuprofen (2) 
Aspirin (2) 
First Aid booklet (1) 
Poly Zip bag (1)