Teach Yourself To Knit!

A friend recently asked if I would teach her daughter to knit. I knit rather simply as a stress reliever and can't imagine I'd be very good at teaching anyone else, but I started thinking about the books I pored over as a teenager teaching myself knitting and crocheting. I wished back then that I had someone to actually show me the stitches as I attempted to master them. So since I can't teach the skill, I've found five easy to follow videos that should set anyone up with the basics of knitting! With a ball of yarn and a pair of needles (try a worsted weight yarn and a needle size that matches the number on the yarn label) you'll be practicing your knits and purls in no time. The Basics - a knitting overview: Starting Your Project - casting on: The Next Step - the purl … [Read more...]

5 Things you can do now to have your most Organized Thanksgiving EVER!

Over the past few years I have offered a “Virtual Organizing” Bootcamp on my blog. This year we thought we’d feature some of our favorite “missions” with you for FREE so that you could enjoy being organized this Holiday Season. Starting with Thanksgiving, here are a few of our suggestions to get on top/stay on top of things this year: Mission: Clean out the spice cupboard Go through your spice cupboard and pantry and make a list of everything you will need for holiday baking.  Make sure to toss anything that is passed its prime. Things to double check: Baking powder expiration date (on bottom of the can) Toss spices that are older than: Whole spices – 4 years Ground Spices: 2-3 years Leafy Herbs: 1-3 years Let your nose be your guide! Don’t forget flour, … [Read more...]

Charter Our Community – A Day to Give Back

“I am SO blessed” said the homeowner, standing on her front steps watching as the crews organized and divided up to tackle the day’s projects.   On a beautiful weekend day, I had joined the Charter Our Community team, Charter Communications philanthropic initiative,which provides education, resources and financial support to improve homes in the Charter “footprint.” It’s a chance for their employees and other volunteers to make a difference in their communities.   We were all there to help make two neighboring homes safe and healthy. While a good majority of the volunteers were Charter employees, there were off duty police officers and folks from other companies like Scripps, along with representatives from the Rebuilding Together team.   Rebuilding … [Read more...]

Florastor Care From the Inside Out

Thank you Florastor® Daily Probiotics for sponsoring this post. Visit your local retailer to pick up your bottle of Florastor®Daily Probiotics to complement your active lifestyle!   In the last day or so my social streams have really been populated with conversations about getting healthy, getting in shape, staying in shape. It seems I am not the only one who find the summer season NOT the holiday season to be the time when I really slack off on exercise and eating right!   In summer, the school routine is gone and as everything relaxes and the heat outside seems too much to bear for exercise we all find that maybe we’ll “just skip a day or so” and that unfortunately, it becomes weeks!  So now school is back in session and its time to kick start your exercise and … [Read more...]

8 Great Gifts for Dog Lovers!

  Who doesn’t love their dog enough to equip them with the most stylish and fun items imaginable! There are designer bowls, leashes, collars & even a kate spade new york Dog Sitter Notepad! Chevron Dog Bowl The dog bowl is the #1 chic accessory for your pampered pooch. These are so cute and definitely allow them to mark their territory in style. The Chevron bowl is available in many other “flavors” online so be sure to check them out, so many ways to express your style!   Dog Paw Print This is such a sweet keepsake & trust me when I tell you that you’ll be happy you have it someday when your favorite friend is no longer with you. Some might think of this as an ornament for the Holidays, but it would be really cute hanging over their dog dish or just … [Read more...]

Personalized Gifts for Girls!

Whether you are looking ahead to the Holidays or just want to get a special treat for the girl in your life, these gifts will show them that you care & that you really put some thought into your selection. They are perfect for the Teen, College and/or Sorority Girl or your long-time Best Friend. You can’t go wrong getting this for your girlfriend to boys, just saying! Stella & Dot Combo This combo necklace is HOT right now & such a nice way of expressing individual style while staying on trend. Stella & Dot has several variations and many charms to choose from that would show that you are truly in tune with your Best Girl(friend) when you chose this as your next gift! Silver Keychain Monogrammed Silver Keychains have been my “go to” gifts for new drivers since my … [Read more...]