Archive | December, 2010

Last Minute Teacher/Co-Worker Gifts For Just A Few Bucks?….Believe!

Last Minute Gifts

If holiday gifts for your co-workers or teachers didn’t quite make it to your priority list, you may be looking for something quick and inexpensive without settling for the gift card.

After hunting for a frugal gift solution, I found this package of eight holiday scented reed diffusers from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $20… LOVE, PEACE, JOY, DREAM, HOPE, WISH, RELAX and BELIEVE.

By individually tying each one with ribbon with a gift bag (gift bags also conveniently sold in package of 8 for $2.99), I had the perfect Christmas thank-you gifts on hand.



That’s joy in a bottle.


I LOVE the PEACE of mind and JOY in finding these last-minute gifts and BELIEVE I will now have time to RELAX.


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A Christmas Gift to A Friend, The Community and Mother Nature

Love.  Hope.  Peace.  Cheer.  Wrap a Christmas gift, help save the planet and give back to the community; all at the same time?  I found these reusable shopping bags at Albertsons that are adorable as Christmas gift bags.  It gets even better.  For every bag you purchase, Albertsons donates 10% to local charities.  At $1.99 each, I’m thinking these reusable bags are cheaper than traditional gift bags, plus I’m helping the community and the environment.  That’s something to cheer about.

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Making A Plan and Checking It Twice

The holidays are here; my most favorite time of the year.  Peppermint mochas at Starbucks, my favorite pink wool coat, cars and trucks dressed up as reindeer and that Santa razor commercial (where is that commercial this year?)  My kids are in high spirits for the season’s festivities wanting to do all-things Christmas leaving no jingle-bell rock unturned: gingerbread men, Christmas village, reindeer food, visits with Santa; there’s no way I could possibly skimp on anything this year to save time.  So I’ve decided to look at ways to maximize my time while saving money along the way.

The holidays….enjoyed.

Make a plan.  Feeling overwhelmed with still a large “to do” list and not enough time?  If thoughts of things still undone are doing reindeer leaps through your brain and won’t give you a moment’s peace, take time to write down those thoughts.  The written word has a lot of power.  By getting those tasks out of your head and onto paper, your brain is free to relax and focus.  If you need help formatting those thoughts, use my “Making A Plan and Checking It Twice” template.

Renew your holiday spirit.  If your holiday spirit needs some uplifting, try something new.  Something like…. making a fireplace with your kids out of a Coscto apple juice box and some red construction paper (use a portable DVD player with a crackling fire DVD) and throw them a candy cane hot chocolate play date party.

Give yourself the gift of time.  Take away the stress of planning family dinner by letting The Organized Cook do it for you.   No need to worry about what your family is eating tonight and feel uplifted by the money you know you’re saving.  By using The Organized Cook weekly meal plan you can cook dinner for a family of four to five for about $100 a week in groceries; that’s less than you would spend on one dinner night out!  Plus, I’m sure you can find something to fill all that extra time you will have on your hands by using this system.  For a limited time, you can subscribe to The Organized Cook for only $4.99 a month at The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan.

I hope your holidays are off to a great start this year!

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Kim Lee Hosts The Organized Cook

Kim Lovato-Lee Hosts The Organized Cook

Kim Lee was the gracious hostess of November’s party and infomercial filming for The Organized Cook and the event couldn’t have been more fun.

I had such a great time with Kim and her guests.  During the cooking presentation my fellow busy moms got to see hands-on how easy it can be to save time in the kitchen while they sampled the food from my meal plans; the feedback?….delicious and affordable!


Thank you, Kim Lee for being our hostess-with-the mostess!  The ladies did such a fabulous job on film; I can’t wait to see each of them in the final infomercial once the editing process is complete.  You will find the infomercial on first, so stay tuned!

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