Saturday, April 12, 2008

Setting Up Your Evenings to Simplify Your Mornings - O Quinn

Reading my copy of Simply Organized by Emilie Barnes I’m reminded again how important your evening routine is to a calm morning.

In Simply Organized Emilie advises us to start our day the night before in order to add more hours to our day.

I like passing on good information and having an evening promenade (walk) throughout your home and putting things to rights before you head off to the land of slumber can seemingly add more hours to your day.

Simple steps such as...

Washing up all the dishes (sometimes there is a leftover teacup or a dish from a late night snack)

Clean off kitchen counters (again those leftovers from after dinner eating).

Put out new dish cloths for the next day. Changing your dishcloths on a daily basis is a good idea. Get a set marked for each day of the week. So cute!

Clean off dining table and set table for breakfast (bowls, cups, and plates face down).

Recycle newspapers and put away magazines left laying about.

Sort clothing for a morning load of laundry. Having it sitting by the washing machine ready to go.

Check calendar for next day’s schedule. Is there an appointment or something you wanted to remind yourself of coming up?

Make a list of to-do’s for the next day. This is a huge help. Maybe tomorrow was the day you wanted to clean out the cupboards, or you need to call someone. Or so and so was having a sale and you need to pick up a few things.

Set out clothing to wear for the next day. This gives you the extra minutes you might spend looking for something to wear. If you’re staying at home it’s nice and easy to grab your relaxed clothing but it still is nice to have it laying out ready for you.

It won’t take you more than a few minutes to go about doing these small things but they can add hours to your day.

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Visit O Quinn website Homemaking Organized for more great homemaking and time saving tips. And if checklists for an organized home and life are for you then check out Household Notes.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Our New Bookcase - is currently having a furniture sale. You'll also find 15% of orders over $125 and some furniture pieces with no shipping charges!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Working on Offering Notary Services

After hearing how some of our other stores offer notary services - increasing traffic and attracting business clients - Charles and I decided it would be a great idea for our location. After all, we are actively marketing to the business customer.

Due to all the fees we would need to pay out of pocket I decided that only one of us should pursue it.

We purchased the new Nevada Notary kit from the National Notary Association. For $127.95, we received Fee Schedule, NNA membership, $10,000 4 year bond, $25,000 1 year Errors & Ommissions Insurance, ect.

Charles will then need to attend submit a Non-resident Notary Public application, sign up for a 4hr mandatory notary class, and then send in his Commision Certificate to the NNA to receive his stamp.

Our goal is to be able to start offering notary services by late May or early June.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Zits - Check It Out Today

My husband and I are big fans of the comic strip Zits. It features a family - mother, dad and teenage son, Jeremy. Many days we feel like there's a camera in the house because of the similarities. Today is no different.

Click here to see why we have to put a combination lock on our refrigerator.

No Housework Day - April 7

I decided to do a few things around the house before I started another phone shift. Wash lunch dishes, sweep floors, quickly pick up and tidy the get the idea. Then I decided to jump on the computer and visit the Holidays for Everyday Calendar site.

Did you know that yesterday was No Housework Day? Well, me either so as of this very more housework for me. I'm done. Ah, almost, where did I put that broom?

Monday, April 07, 2008

Menu Monday Plan - April 7

My husband and I finally find the perfect bookcase for the livingroom, courtesy of It will be nice to get our pictures and knick-knacks out of storage and into our home. I think I actually forgot what many of them looked like.

Does your church offer a coffee bar, similar to a Starbucks store? Calvary Chapel Spring Valley has Common Ground Coffeehouse. You can drink a cup of Iced Mocha, watch the service from one of their large TVs and chat with your neighbor. It's even Wifi so you can bring your laptop and watch the service online.

Well, enough chit-chat, now onto this week's menu plan. Thanks to Organizing Junkie.

Fried Shrimp, Salad

Meatloaf, Rice, Corn

Beef Tamale Cassorole, Salad

Pork Stir Fry

Chicken and Noodle Cassorole, Brocolli


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