Tag: organization

5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Store and organize your smart phone photos once and for all with this amazing app. 2. A princess app that gets our stamp of approval. When you download it, you’ll see why. 3. One of our least favorite chores is now super easy, thanks to this brilliant website. 4. Your kids’ Minecraft obsession is now available in valentine form. 5. If you’re like us and have 45,617 videos on your smart phone, this app will edit them for you....

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Organize your life the old-fashioned way: gorgeous personalized day planners

We’re all about getting organized digitally, but there’s a certain appeal to writing down your plans in a gorgeous paper book that you can stick on your desk, or drop in your tote, then refer back to forever. These three customized day planners fit the bill for beauty, brains, and a little thing called never running out of batteries. If you’re looking for fewer doodads and calendars and more classic elegance, we want to pet the creamy Italian textblock paper inside these handmade journals from Oh Pangaea Books on Etsy. You get to choose your exterior from dozens of...

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12 cool kids’ toy storage solutions

What do you get when you combine an influx of holiday toys with a New Years resolution to declutter? A great reason to explore new toy storage solutions, that’s what. Whether you’re into DIY, Etsy shopping, or heirloom-quality furniture, here are a dozen of our favorite toy storage solutions that keep kids’ toys of all shapes and sizes where they belong–which is anywhere but under your tender feet. DIY Toy Storage We’re still excited over these easy DIY craft storage jars that’s doable even for moms who didn’t inherit the crafty gene. Buy a dozen Mason jars for $10,...

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New year, cool new storage bins! (Man, we love bins.)

As I continue to knock through my New Year’s resolutions, I decided it was high time to replace the scraggly looking bins sitting on my kitchen counter. You know, the ones full of mail, and chargers, and poker chips from 2004 (Oh, just me?). In addition to the stylish home storage solutions we recently rounded up, I found one more great option, in these lovely, affordable finds from Etsy. Made by Fitzcraft,  I can think of a billion uses for their felt storage bin (above), like replacing that awful letter bin sitting on my counter. It’s such a prettier option,...

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You know that book you keep meaning to read? You might now.

The idea of a bucket list of sorts is wonderful, although the name itself has always been a little morbid. Still, I’ve been really like the idea of making lists for myself that don’t include things like “lose weight.” And now there’s a new website made exclusively to help you find the things you want to do, and cross off the ones you have. As the name might tell you. Done | Not Done is such a fun idea, and very nicely executed. It’s essentially like social bucket-list-making. You sign up for a free account, connect through Facebook or Twitter, and...

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Stylish storage solutions for an organized home

Let’s talk storage solutions, shall we? Or rather, my lack thereof. Bills and random paperwork end up mishmashed into the Play-Doh tub (which, of course, contains no actual Play-Doh). There’s not one item of winter clothing in the winter clothing box, but for some reason there are six spoons in the bathroom drawer. My only real consolation? A lot of you are living exactly the same way. Luckily, these storage options offer those of us dreaming of a more organized home the chance to sort out our stuff in the most stylish, prettiest way possible–meaning that this just might...

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A letterpress recipe for success

The holidays might be over, but we’re willing to bet you know a hostess, bride, or prize-winning baker who deserves the world’s loveliest letterpress recipe cards. This starter set even comes in a handmade wooden box. Delicious, right? The Letterpress Recipe Box from 1canoe2 on Etsy is the sort of gift that delights now and for years to come, thanks to thick, recycled French card stock and deep, hand-drawn letterpress designs. Each set comes with seven hand-cut dividers and forty-two recipe cards in six different colors, packaged in an unfinished oak box handmade by the artist’s father. Love that....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Happy New Year, tech-fabulous moms! Here are a few of our favorite finds from the last week, just in case you missed them while engrossed in that e-book. 1. Don’t we all wish we had more time to read? We can help you read more in 2013 thanks to tech. Possibly for free! 2. Want to go paperless in 2013? It’s easier than you think, and we can show you how. 3. This amazing app can help you chronicle the little moments of every day, easily and beautifully. A parent’s dream. 4. If your New Year’s Resolution involves losing weight,...

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Give old books new life while giving yourself more storage

Fabric bins are fine for the kids, but this gorgeous storage solution is just for you. If you love books, you’ll be glad to know you’re giving a new home to abandoned tomes, all while enlivening your bookshelf with the prettiest box on the block. And, yes, they’ll fit perfectly on that Expedit shelf from Ikea. The Original Modern Library Storage Bin from Able and Baker on Etsy is an elegant new solution for maximizing storage space on your bookshelves. Each 12″ by 12″ by 8″ box is handmade in Southern California of furniture quality 9-ply maple and completed...

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The prettiest 2013 calendars for the prettiest walls

If you’re like me, you tend to get your brand-new 2013 calendar sometime…say, in March, when it’s on sale. Or you can be smart (like I’m trying to be this year) and get ready for January by starting now, with one of these gorgeous 2013 calendars. –Liz I am so taken with this beautiful modern 2013 wall calendar by Wendy Chung of Etsy’s Dozi. Printed on cover weight paper, just hang the binder clip on your wall or bulletin board for a quick glance at the days and weeks. ($22) Ana Bond’s handpainted designs for Rifle Paper Co. are...

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Organization help? Well..

I need this organized pouch by Pamela Barsky. Enough said. –LizFind Pamela Barsky’s clever canvas pouches at the Pamela Barsky Etsy Shop, or on sale at a great price on Fab.com for a limited time. This link gives you membership if you don’t already have...

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A wonderful way to help cancer patients that has nothing to do with pink ribbons.

When my mom had cancer, one of the things that truly lifted her spirits (and ours) was when friends would drop off home-cooked meals. Beyond the comfort in knowing that people cared, the meals themselves were warm, delicious, and time-saving. Lifesaving, really. And that’s why I’m so happy to share this wonderful that we found, which makes a fabulous gift for friends and family battling cancer–both for the holidays and year-round. {Keep reading for a discount on this amazing service, especially for CMP readers and their families and friends!} Meals to Heal really couldn’t be simpler: patients (or their...

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Is an American Express Platinum Card really worth it? Here’s the scoop.

I am a frequent business traveler, an entertainment junkie (jazz hands!) and a big fan of not cooking on special occasions when a great restaurant can do it for me. That’s why I’ve been an American Express Platinum holder for a long time. I know, I know, it sounds totally fancy. But for me, it’s always paid for itself; I have heard the Platinum Card referred to as a “benefits card” and not a charge card, which seems pretty apt. And since becoming a parent, I’ve realized there are a ton of benefits just for families–like an upcoming special...

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Stick it to ’em this season

Holiday time is family time, which means it’s a fab time of year for photo gifts, right? So we love this novel mom-created concept, especially for those with limited wall space (and those making room to hang all those holiday cards pouring in). Mom-run Magneticpix takes the clever cake this season. Choose a sweet pic you love–your family, your dog, a sunny vacation photo to cheer you when you’re chilly–then let the Magneticpix people work their magic. Your beloved pic becomes a dry-erase board you can scribble notes and lists on, a magnetic surface to post other pics and what-not, and...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. This free kids’ app is so amazingly simple, which is exactly why we (and our kids) love it. 2. Which app does Angela from The Office use to keep her daughter entertained on the plane? Hint: it’s not a cat calendar. 3. One of our favorite apps goes to the web, finally. Whoo! 4. If you’re already holiday shopping for gadgets, this site is going to save you plenty of money and trouble. 5. Like we needed another reason to...

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This style-savvy stroller bag moonlights as a messenger bag

It’s always tricky trying to figure out which bag to bring with me on when I’ve got the stroller in tow. My usual diaper bag is way too heavy and tends to topple the stroller if my son hops out. My purse, on the other hand, is too small for outings with the kiddo. But there’s a new stroller bag in town that walks the line of chic and functional–perfectly. The new Georgi stroller bag from Baby Cargo doesn’t actually look like a stroller bag at all. The feminine and stylish messenger bag looks more like something you’d pick up at hipster boutique...

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Buy one, gift one, make someone’s day: kindness comes in travel size

We adore this new trend of “buy one, donate one” products, in the model of TOMS Shoes. And now there’s one more, from a mom of two who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a truly inspiring company. After the near-drowning of her three-year-old son, Laura Metro founded WINK (When In Need of Kindness), a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company.  When you buy one of her gorgeous toiletry bags, a similar one will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms. As Laura writes, “When a parent is in those rooms, things are not good.” These toiletry bags help bring...

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5 brilliant ways to store (and display) your kids’ artwork

I’m just under two months into the school year, and with three school-aged children under the roof, I am swimming in artwork. The bulletin board, the stacks on my counter, my poor fridge! Then just yesterday, I got the nerve to toss about half of it…and my son totally busted me. Needless to say, I’m pretty much back where I started. Even if you don’t have a bunch of kids like I do, the artwork can definitely pile up. Here, I rounded up five smart ways to store and display their priceless creations. Whew. This DIY kids’ art collage...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We’re all about laps, apps, and yapping with the stars–at least, according to some of our favorite picks from the last week. 1. Want a happier lap? We’ve got the perfect bedroom accessory. (Get your mind out of the gutter–it’s a tech gadget!) 2. This retro-cool app for the little dudes will tickle everyone’s funny bone better than Tickle Me Elmo. Hint: it involves tickling. 3. If you like movies, food, and apps–and who doesn’t?–then you’re going to squee for our favorite Springpad notebooks of the week. 4. Kelly Bundy–er, Christina Applegate–told us all about her favorite app, and...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

What is that pagoda of power in the photo? What’s even better than Pinterest? Where the heck is my iPhone? To answer these questions, we present some of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. If you’re in the market for a kid-friendly Android tablet, we’ve got four new ones you’ll want to check out. Or 5 if you count this new big NOOK! 2. Miss the instant fun of shaking an actual Polaroid picture? Click here and prepare to freak out. 3. What’s like Pinterest and Evernote but… better? It’s Springpad...

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