Bad habits can be difficult to change. But, there are some habits we never want to get rid of because they work for our lifestyles or personalities.
Like putting like things together.
Like color coordinating the clothing in your closet.
Like using labels on shelves.
Like putting things back immediately after using them.
Do these work for you? They really work for me.
Well, when you put two people with two different sets of habits together, and both think their way of doing things is fabulous, who’s right? Especially, when one of them (me) thinks the other one (not me) is wrong? Does it really matter who’s right (yes)?
Aaaand, is there ever a time to keep a bad habit just because it’s too hard to break? Instead of breaking it (even though it’s wrong), maybe a work-around is better? So, if someone (not me) has a habit of not using hooks for clothing and prefers the floor instead, should the other someone (me) force that person into submission?
Or, should that person (me) find a work-around like this?
This chair by Lunar, that strikingly resembles a hanger, was designed to “honor, celebrate and playfully interact with those [bad] habits through their design.” Would some of us (me) find this, er, solution acceptable? Do we really want to “honor” a bad habit? Hmmm… Did I mention that these are the same folks who came up with the hamper chair?
This is just one of many bad habits that are out there, right? What about the others already invading your life? Should you look for an alternate solution or keep the fighting the good fight?
But perhaps the most important questions is this: Who’s right? The person celebrating life’s less organized activities or the person (me) who likes order…and using hooks?
If you haven’t had a peek under your sink in a while, you might want to after reading today’s post by guest author, Lauren Brown, of Maid Brigade.
Over the years, we accumulate all sorts of cleaning products. You probably have the staples that your mother and grandmother used, with a few infomercial miracle solutions thrown in, and maybe you also grabbed the newest thing on the shelf.
Before you know it, you have quite the collection of products that you may or may not use or know the harmful effects of! “Going green” isn’t just a cool T-shirt slogan anymore; it is about protecting your family.
Some of the most important toxins to avoid are:
• Endocrine Disruptors: These toxins imitate human hormones, which confuses your body and can lead to a disturbing number of health problems such as reproductive, developmental, and behavioral problems, premature puberty, miscarriage, challenged immune systems, certain cancers, and many more.
• Neurotoxins: These affect your brain activity and can cause headaches, memory loss, and even loss of intellect.
• Carcinogens: These cause cancer and can promote cancer’s growth.
If you are unsure about the presence of these toxins in your products and don’t know what to dispose of or keep, use these tips:
Take a look under the sink…
• Take out all of your cleaning products and separate them into groups based on their purpose (sanitizing, glass/windows, grease, etc). Do this when no children or pets are around.
• Do you need multiples of products that have the same purpose? Probably not. So which ones do you keep and which ones are harmful to you and your family’s health?
A guide to harmful cleaning products:
• Household products are required to have a “signal word” indicating the level of toxicity.
• NOTE: These levels are based on a 180-pound male, so imagine the effects on more vulnerable bodies such as children or pets!
• Given these toxicity signal words, try to eliminate any product stronger than a Caution! from your home.
• Use up the products that you have (with the exception of the very dangerous ones) and then replace them with healthier choices for the long-term.
About The Author
Lauren Brown is the Grass Roots Marketing Specialist with Maid Brigade. Lauren has been with Maid Brigade for three years, educating the community on the importance of going green for the health of the environment and our families. She emphasizes the value of using safer alternatives and how easy and affordable it can be to go green! Maid Brigade is a residential cleaning service that uses only Green Seal certified cleaning solutions and green methods to clean homes. This ensures a safer work environment for their employees and a safer, healthier home for their clients.
I recently started a secret Facebook group (yes, I have secrets) and love that I can communicate with the members of that group using my Facebook mobile app. Very convenient when I’m out and about.
It’s a great way to connect with a select number of people and can work really well for business groups and teams. But, if you’d rather not go the FB route, check out the free app, GroupMe.
The folks at GroupMe are spreading the love and have an app for iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and BlackBerry.
The app lets you connect with people already in your phone’s address book. Simply add specific people to the groups you create. When you contact them, they will immediately get any messages you send. You can even ring them up for conference calls (every group gets their own unique phone number).
Seems like a great way for people working on a project to keep in the loop and stay on top of things. Have your tried this app? Tell us what you think.
It’s time for a new 5 Minute Organizing Challenge! What can you do in 5 minutes to gain a little order in your life? You can put a few things back in place or gather your important items. Here’s a new set of five things for you to consider adding to your routine this month. Try them on for size and feel free to suggest a few of your own.
1. Feel your boobies. Why?
2. Send a text telling your friends - even your guy friends - to do a breast exam.
3. Make an appointment for a mammogram.
4. Make a note to check out your family history. Have immediate family members had to deal with breast cancer?
5. Add “feel your boobies” to your to do list for next month.
*This contest is closed.
I love getting new products to review, and this month, I’ve received two to test out. Today’s review is brought to you by Rubbermaid. And, by that, I mean they sent me one of their newest products free of cost* so I could have a closer look. I know, awesome, right?
Confession: I’ve known about this product since April 2011 where it made its debut at the NAPO 2011 Annual Conference. I fell in love with the Rubbermaid Bento™ boxes but was sworn to secrecy (as were the other seven hundred or so attendees) since it wasn’t on the market yet. Well, now I get to not only tell you about them, but you can get in on the action, too.
We’re hosting a giveaway (yes, there are rules – scroll down) which means that you will get a chance to win a set of Bento boxes. But, first, my thoughts…
What I Like
Colors. I really like all the colors, especially Paprika. It’s bold and vibrant but if you want subdued, Bento also comes in two lighter shades, Chadwick (checkered khaki) and Loose Linen (light khaki).
• Nest When Not in Use. The boxes nest inside each other (kinda like their Easy Find Lids food storage system). Did you notice that the boxes also stack? This is a fabulous way to store your stuff and make use of vertical space.
• Divide Up Your Stuff. What you may not have seen are the flex dividers inside each Bento. The dividers are really the star of the show. They let you store your items together nicely in one box. Sometimes you just don’t want your stuff to mingle. Muddies things up a bit. These dividers solve that problem easily.
• Durable. Another plus – Besides having a great texture, they’re pretty tough. They’re not flimsy so no worries about them falling apart…and each box has four little feet underneath. Nice finishing touch. I love it when companies pay attention to details.
• Multiple Uses. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s another fabulous feature. The Bento Toppers can be used as a stand alone product or simply to cover your boxes.
The boxes also come in a variety of sizes for just about everything you have in your home or office. Try out the small boxes for hair accessories and see how well your file folders fit in the larger ones.
Green. The Bentos are CARB-certified MDF covered in durable polyester fabric. I didn’t know exactly what that meant, so I turned to my friend Google and found this and this. What I did understand: Rubbermaid is following the rules and that’s a good thing.
What Would Have Made Them Perfect
• More Colors. This is a new product so I’m sure more colors are coming soon. I’m thinking some kid friendly hues would be great.
• Odor. There is a slight odor when you first open the package. My nose is super sensitive these days, and though it’s not unusual for your olfactory sensors light up when you open new products, my nose really wasn’t very fond of the whiff it got. Good news: the smell doesn’t last very long.
Ok, so on to the really good stuff! Here’s how you can enter to win your very own Bentos.
1. Subscribe to our blog by entering your e-mail address (see the upper right side of page – “Enter Your Email Address” and click “Submit”) or via RSS feed (see upper right side of page – click icon under Twitter bird)
2. Leave a comment on how the Bento boxes would help you rock being organized. How would you use them? *See below for bonus entry option.
3. Contest ends on November 14, 2011 @ 11:59 pm.
4. One winner will be selected randomly.
5. Winner will be notified via e-mail (don’t forget to leave your e-mail addy!) and must claim prize within 48 hours. Otherwise, a new winner will be chosen.
6. Finish this sentence on our Facebook wall: “I need Rubbermaid Bento Boxes in my life because __________________.”
*Disclosure: We don’t give positive reviews for anything we do not believe in, and we’re always honest in our appraisal. Our content was not edited or directed in any way by Rubbermaid nor were we compensated for this review.
“The more you delegate tasks to others, the more time you should have to spend on paving the way for your company. However, delegating only works when done effectively. Find your super strength and exploit it, and let others take care of things that slow you down.”
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Don’t you hate it when things don’t go according to plan? Today’s guest author explains what to do before things get turned upside down.
Being a part of a big family, I have been to a lot of weddings. I have been consulted on a lot of weddings because of it and have, without a doubt, witnessed some great marital moments. Now, who would have thought that the worst wedding I would ever go to would be that of my very own little sister?
Now, although my family didn’t have any trouble paying for the wedding, it still turned out to be a huge wreck. See, my sister felt like she should do everything on her own in order to ensure that everything would end up the way she wanted it. Unfortunately, since she had no outside help, her wedding ended up being a complete disaster and my sister ended up screaming about how she would kill someone all morning.
So, what’s the moral of the story here? Listen to the people who have had experience with weddings before and ask them for help. In the end, we all banded together to salvage the seemingly impending disaster, but the point is that my sister could have avoided all of that trouble from the beginning if she had only followed the very first tip for wedding organization and planning: get help. It doesn’t even have to be professional help. Just make sure you are ready for the worst but plan for the best.
When it comes to weddings, the thing you should really get out of the way first is the place of your reception. Ideally, you should book the place that you want a whole year in advance, but don’t forget to think about the amount of people you will be inviting, either. It would be very important to have enough space and it would also be important to have a backup plan if you are having it outdoors – you know, in case it rains!
Next, choose the right kind of music – preferably the kind that you actually like. Then, work with your wedding band or wedding DJ and choose songs together that mean something to you and your significant other.
Of course, you shouldn’t forget about the food and drinks, either – most importantly, the wedding cake. Your cake is what will make your wedding extra special, after all, so make sure you choose the right size, the right flavor and even the right cake topper. Work with cake designers and have some of your guests come to the taste test, so you can choose something unforgettable that everybody will like.
Remember: weddings are extremely special events, so don’t take a chance on the reception turning into a complete wreck. Turn to somebody with experience and don’t be afraid to boss people around. It’s your wedding day. They’ll forgive you.
About The Author
Derrick Webb is an experienced writer and a blogger that is generally focused on relational database design and database development. He is also a writer for Toledo web design, a firm that provides SEO services and web design for small businesses.
Business plans are fun, aren’t they? Such interesting reading. Engaging. And, the best part is, they never need updating. The preceding statement is, of course, completely slathered in sarcasm.
Just because you might not like writing a biz plan, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful. The plan is exactly that. A plan. A guide that’s flexes as your company flexes. It also comes in very handy when you’re seeking money to help with your business. So, put on your big girl pants and just accept that you need get started, if you haven’t already.
And, let Enloop help you out.
“Enloop lets you quickly create bank- and investor-ready business plans. Sales, Profit & Loss, Cash Flow and Balance Sheet forecasts are all generated on-the-fly, easily updated at any time.”
This program does a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Like writing. It has an auto-write feature that will pull together text based on the data you input. You can adjust the info as needed and it will automatically update your plan based on those adjustments.
Not so good with numbers? Enloop will help with create customized financial forecasts for you, from simple to the most complex. Of course, it can’t do that until you input some info first. But, since Enloop is doing a lot of the hard work, this should be fairly easy for you to do.
Let me know if you think you’ll try it out. I’d love to hear how you like it.
Have you ever wondered what to with bras that no longer fit you or that you don’t like any more but are still in good shape? Unlike your skivvies, you can actually donate your bras. Yeah, I know it’s hard to part with bras that you shelled out a lot of money for, but if you’re not wearing them, what good are they doing you? They’re really just taking up much needed space.
So, if you’re a gal or a guy who likes women’s undergarments and you have some bras you’d like to part with, check out your recycling options below. Don’t worry, that boob holder that you used to love will now be loved by someone else…or help with breast cancer research (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month)…or help victims of human trafficking.
• Soma Intimates *Donations accepted twice/year – Next donation scheduled for January 2012