I like to keep busy, especially with Rob gone. It makes the time go by faster and keeps me up and moving. I had been going back and forth for a few months now on whether or not I wanted to follow through on my passion for organization and bags.
I finally decided it was time and am so excited to announce that I am now a Thirty-One Consultant. In celebration, I am hosting a launch party showcasing the new fall patterns and September special. I will be taking orders until September 15th. You can either email me or submit your order here. Just click My Parties on the left and choose Mary’s Thirty-One Launch Party.
I have also started a Facebook group, Life Organized in 31+ Ways to keep customers updated on sales, specials and the latest patterns. If you request to join by September 7th, you will be entered to win a Thirty-One prize.
There are some adorable new prints this season and Thirty-One has added a ton of new styles to keep you organized and ready for the holidays.
The Organizing Utility Tote is a favorite in our house and I use a few to keep me organized in my craft room and even Parker’s diaper bag. Paired with a few of the Zipper Pouches, this bag has all the style and functionality this momma needs! The September special is an amazing deal and a great way to get started on your holiday shopping.
If that wasn’t enough, Thirty-One is also giving a great incentive to host a party of your own, double credits! Same amount of work for twice the reward!
With Rob’s upcoming deployment, we have been making some arrangements for P to go to daycare a few hours each week. Even though I am a SAHM and it’s just P and I during the day normally, there are days I am counting down the hours to Rob walking through the door. Don’t get me wrong, I love staying home with P but there are just some errands and appointments that are easier solo.
We found a drop-in daycare at a base nearby that is perfect. I can schedule up to 24 hours each week, 2 weeks in advance. This will really allow me to grocery shop, mow the lawn, clean the house, run errands and maybe even catch an occasional movie.
After finding a facility that met my standards and had employees I trusted with P, it was time to work on logistics. Having worked in a daycare for many years, I know how often kids lose things. When you have a room full of energetic kids, it is bound to happen. Similar clothing, toys and lunch boxes can get switched easily. No to mention all the corners, pockets and toy bins those pesky pacifiers, blankets and socks can get lost in.
Luckily, I came across Lovable Labels a few months ago and have fallen in love with their products. These labels are exactly what I need to stay organized and keep track of all P’s stuff!
I may be biased but I simply love companies that are started by parents out of a need for a specific product. Laura, Owner and President of Lovable Labels, realized the need for durable labels after enrolling her son in daycare. She came up with colorful, exciting, durable and functional labels for just about everything!
I was so excited to get the Back To School Pack in the mail. I chose the Metal Man theme because I thought the robots were so adorable! Yeah, I went there and totally used the word adorable to not only describe metal but something my son will be using. #ilovewhentheyareyoung! Their packaging was so adorable and very appealing. Even Rob was wowed when I opened it up!
I loved that all of the labels were organized in a coupon book that can fit into any travel bag, purse or diaper bag. The last page were instructions to help you maximize the durability. I got right to work walking around the house and collecting things we take to our weekly play-dates. There was a label for everything!
The Slimline labels were perfect for bottles and some of Parker’s toys.
The Multi-Purpose Labels were great for Parker’s pacifier container and some of his travel cups. I thought Parker’s new StrideRite shoes were adorable before, but now with the Shoe Labels inside, they look even cuter!
I used a mixture of the Square Labels, Multi-Purpose Labels and Slimline Labels for all of his travel dishware. This will be really important since a lot of moms use the same products.
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about the Press N’ Stick Clothing DOTS. After trying them out and going successfully through a few loads, they have absolutely impressed me and are by far my favorite. I plan on using these for Parker’s winter stuff more than anything else. The hats, mittens and jackets seem to get misplaced the most.
I used the metal tags for his changing mat and diaper bag.
30 Multi-Purpose Sticker Labels
80 Slimline Labels
12 Shoe Labels
48 Press N’ Stick Clothing DOTS
12 Square Labels
2 Mini Metal Tags
I don’t know about you but I have gotten to the point where I will not buy something unless it is microwave, dishwasher AND washing machine safe. I am all for organizing but having to create an Excel sheet breaking down what can’t go where is just too much for this momma. It’s no surprise I didn’t have to compromise with Lovable Labels because they are approved for the washer, dryer, dishwasher and microwave.
Lovable Labels is running an amazing deal right now on their Back To School Packs. If you order by July 15th, you can get the WHOLE PACK for only $39.95. Plus, a surprise pack of FREE Fun Stickies! That’s over 180 colorful, functional and personalized stickers.
One of my goals and focus this year is getting organized. My theory is an organized office, makes for an organized home, which helps created an organized and therefor happy family. I plan on taking on this goal one step at a time over the year.
I am still trying to perfect my organization when I am out and about with P. Lately, I have found myself feeling like a bag lady. I would put my essentials in the diaper bag to limit the need for my purse but then I am always missing things I need. Most recently, it was my key ring of reward tags. Since another goal is to save money, this was quite annoying.
I was telling Rob about it later that night and he recalled an iPhone app where you could scan your tags and it would store all of them for easy access. While I am still skeptical of technology for certain things, it has proven to me time and time again that it can provide the most organized me. So, I decided to give it a shot.
This app is super easy to use and goes beyond organizing my rewards cards. You can look up local fliers for sales and some stores will even give you discounts for using the app. You can also share your upload with someone else. You just click the “share card” button and provide an email address. If the person already has an account, it automatically syncs. If they don’t, they are asked to join.
Overall, this app is a 10 for me and my key ring as retired itself to a shoe box I keep upstairs, organized of course, with all of our rewards and memberships cards.
What is the latest app or tip you have come across to help you be a little more organized this year?