Archiving, Organizing, Planning, Dreaming and Setting Goals

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Kipper Fest PS

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Christmas Gifts

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Kate Spade Organizer

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pink martinis and pearls

See you next week when the boys are back at school, a birthday is celebrated and my house has been restored to pre-holiday status, or at least I’m hoping it is. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

What are some of your goals this year?  I’d love to hear them. 

Refrigerator Envy Ina Garten Style

Last fall I was seduced by Ina Garten’s refrigerator. It had been coming on for a long time. Everytime she opened the door of her side-by-side it was a tease. After midnight one autumnal night leading up to Thanksgiving I weakened and succumbed to what I had been envying for so long … organizational nirvana . There they were – statuesque opaque quart sized containers, all matching, lids locked in place, stackable, reusable. It doesn’t get much better than this,… [Read More]

Vera Bradley Metropolitan Travel Bag

I met with lovely Michele, our local Vera Bradley rep last week and she showed me the Metropolitan travel bag. *LOVE*!!! Lady Kate, my best friend from college, and I, met for lunch at the Mission Viejo Mall where we ventured into a store with a plentiful VB collection. Lady Kate, who is a Congressional wife, travels to DC frequently for extended stays so I wanted to introduce her to the Metro bag. I knew it would be perfect for… [Read More]

Valentine’s Day Downloads

Happy February! I found some great links to all things Valentines; cupcake toppers and wrappers, cello bag toppers, and printable brownie bags. How do these gals do this?? I am completely smitten with their talents! I knew you would be too. Kim, at The Celebration Shoppe offers these adorable cello bag toppers to download. The retired room mom in me is crying out! Any kindergartners or first graders out there who will adopt me for the month of February? Here’s… [Read More]

Containers and A Soup Swap

I found an interesting blog called Garnish. It’s has great ideas of how to put together packaging for special presentations. For example, the Soup Swap. How do you host a soup swap and what supplies will you need? Garnish will tell you how to do it and if you need supplies, they are available for purchase too. Very ingenious. I love the Soup Swap idea. I have always liked the containers Ina Garten uses or it could be I just… [Read More]

Perfectly Preppy File Folders

A trio of pink and green organizational delight! TODAY!

On Tap This Week…

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. The Spirit of Christmas Present will be very busy this week in the PM&P’s household as I’m sure it will be in yours. For my posts this week I’ll have 4 delicious recipes with one being a hot coffee libation for the December Cocktails of The Month to serve on Christmas Eve and day and a preview of my New Year’s Eve Decorated Cookies if I can get my act together and… [Read More]

The Evolution Of My Organized Life Through Desk Calendars

I love desk calendars and organizers and I believe a choice of one can be very insightful to where we are in our lives. My first one was the Sierra Club Engagement Calendar week-at-a-glance. ($13.95) I was young and green. Every week was an inspiring, beautiful picture. There were some off years that weren’t note worthy.I was in the ad business and proving myself. A Day Timer here, a Filofax there. Very professional. Very official. Very boring. Soon thereafter I… [Read More]

“Yes, This Clutter Does Make My Butt Look Fat.”

I am feeling better today. Yesterday was difficult.The reality of no children in the house hit me hard. The transition alone can make one think of their mortality and getting the results of blood work done the week previously didn’t help. Sign me up for anything with a little heart on it that says no trans fat, no sugar, no salt, no taste and no fun. My day began waking from a deep early morning sleep to the phone ringing…. [Read More]

“Come Fly With Me” Week 4 Give-Away

“Buckle up and put your trays and seats in their upright position…” … because we are taking off for the final flight of “All Things Summer Give-Away!”We’re going to bring some color, style and fun to the ‘friendly skies.’ Once upon a time, travel was considered refined and exotic.People used to dress up to go places and it was special.Gentleman always donned a coat and tie and ladies were never seen without heels and a hat box. Perhaps our only… [Read More]