The Perfect Valentine’s Day Thanks to minted.com

Guess what arrived in the mail today? A few weeks ago, my daughter and I picked out lots of cards and gifts from minted.com to get ready for Valentine’s day 2017! This year they offered an amazing section of Valentine’s day cards for her classmates—she was so excited. We also added a few elegant personalized cards for grandparents and some special Valentine’s day gifts. The long-anticipated box is here!  I always love opening the minted boxes because they do such a great job with their packaging. They find a way to make every item look even more beautiful than online. To give you some ideas for your Valentine’s day shopping list, I thought I’d share ours. If you hurry, you too can take advantage of all the great deals on minted.com this Valentines. Unique Classroom … [Read more...]

Tips to Help a Child with Impulse Control

Are you trying to help your child with impulse control? Impulse control is the ability to stop and think before acting. It’s one of the executive functions children need in order to control their thoughts and actions in family, social, and school settings. It’s important for parents to remember that young children are not expected to consistently control their impulses or their thoughts and actions. They rely heavily on adults to help them control themselves. As kids mature, we expect them to internalize rules and to develop better and better self-control so that they are not at the mercy of their impulses. However, not all children develop at the same pace as their peers in this critical area. If you have a child who exhibits any of the behaviors below, she or he could benefit from … [Read more...]

16 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

Do you remember the excitement you felt when you were a kid as you carried a goody bag into the classroom filled with homemade Valentine's Day cards for all of your school friends? You surely had butterflies as you passed each card out to your classmates...and maybe that little boy you had a crush on. Homemade Valentine's Day cards have come a long way. When we were kids we gave cut out construction paper cards or store bought cards with our favorite cartoon character of the decade {Garfield and New Kids on the Block were my faves!}. Today I've got sixteen DIY ideas that are super fun!!! From preschool age to big kid, there is sure to be one your child will love to make for his class. /1/ Fish Bowl Valentine's Card - You could fill this cute Valentine with Swedish Fish or Goldfish, … [Read more...]

10 of my Favorite Organizing Products

I’ve worked as a Professional Organizer for almost 18 years & there are a few things that I simply could not live without. There are also some “commandments” that I try to bestow on my clients & it never ceases to amaze me when they tell me that they hear me in their head sometimes… “Laurie would want me to purge this or Laurie would tell me that I don’t need to buy another set of dishes, etc.” I love my job & I hope you love some of my suggestions! Label Maker Thou shalt not hand write on file folders or the sides of boxes! It makes my eye twitch when I open a file drawer & see handwritten file folders. Unless you have the handwriting of an Interior Designer PLEASE use a label maker! You can also use the Avery Label Stock & use your printer to get fancy with fonts … [Read more...]

Six Best Free Patterns For Fingerless Gloves

The season of cold weather is upon us, which means it's time to pull out the knitting needles and yarn and prepare to warm your hands this fall and winter with a cozy fingerless gloves. Knitted mitts keep wrists and palms warm, keeping fingers free for typing, texting... or knitting! We've gathered six of the most beautiful patterns for fingerless gloves and cozy mitts, whether you're knitting for your best friend, favorite guy or yourself. /1/ Fetching Beauty Fingerless Gloves - Knitty Light cabling and a scalloped edge give these mitts a simple elegance. /2/ Ethnic Explorations Fingerless Mitts - Independent Stitch This lovely Fair Isle pattern offers a simple chart as well as written instructions. Perfect for your first foray into Fair Isle, or a quick and easy project for … [Read more...]

Easy Printables: Thank You Card Templates

I love my machines (computers) and I love mail, BUT nothing beats receiving a handwritten letter, note or card. Most of them are easy to store and are great mementos. When I receive cards I like to write the date or just the year (in the case of birthday or Christmas cards). They are really lovely to look back on. Download Thank You Bells On Cards Because I like to design things, it is interesting to see each card with different illustration and typography styles. Download Thanks So Much Cards A cost effective and inexpensive way to show your appreciation to someone is to give them a card. These ‘Thank You’ card downloads give you the opportunity to do just that. These cards feature simple design, festive colors and are easy to make; just print, cut and fold along the middle … [Read more...]