My Cannot-Live-Without-Items

The other day, while on my commute, I noticed a plume of thick dark gray smoke in the distance. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?!


LOST!!! Did anyone besides me LOVE that show?!

I promise, it looked JUST LIKE THAT! And it made me think of the show, and also the craziness that is the Malaysian airliner; the one that’s disappeared without a trace! And on the creative side of my brain, I totally believe they have crashed on some gorgeous island unknown to humankind, and they’re just all trying to stay alive and get back home!

Not long after, I received an email from the lovely Alexandra from Man Crates. Have you heard of Man Crates? They are a new company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates! (It’s the equivalent of a woman’s favorite kind of gift basket, really!) Man Crates’ mission is literally to end the difficulties that have long been associated with buying gifts for MEN!

Alexandra had one question for me: what’s in your personal survival kit?


The question was then clarified: if you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 things would you want to have with you?

Hmmm…that’s a good one! It took me right back to LOST…and here’s what I’ve decided:

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On Organizing Cords

I spend 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday mostly in front of dual monitors as a marketing director for an insurance agency. On my lunch break, I’m normally working on something for my photography business, or for the blog. When I come home, I normally end up back on the computer by the end of the night, to, surprise surprise, get my blog post ready for the next day! Since I end up working on my work computer during my lunch break, and my home computer in the evenings, with a laptop thrown in there sometimes, too, there’s no point in keeping my docs on one computer. As soon as I do that, I’ll need the docs on another computer.

So, everywhere I go I take along a portable hard drive and two jump drives.

I also have a Kindle, an iPad, an iPhone and an iPod. All of these have cords. And the iPod even has a set of headphones. And never know when I might need one or the other. So of course, everywhere I go I take along all of the above.

Now, here’s where it gets tricky. And messy.

Yes, I keep everything together in a small pouch, so it stays together…


…but sometimes it’s TOO together, ya know?


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My Perplexing Planner Predicament


How’s THAT for alliteration? (Took me a bit to come up with it, but it describes how I’m feeling perfectly!)

Do you happen to recall the post I did a while back on calendars? (HERE IT IS, in case you want to revisit it.) I basically talked about my calendar system: what I use, how I sync everything and how I keep it all organized. It was working beautifully. WAS would be the key word.

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Reader Responses

Well, we just turned the calendar from March into April (can you believe it?) so I wanted to share my top three informative Reader Responses received in March!

On the post: Favorite iPhone Apps for Organization

The main one we (my Hubby & I) use is the COZI app. You can get a free version which includes most of the features, or upgrade to the full version. What I love about it is we can update calendar, shopping lists and to-do lists for the other one right on our iPhones! And the feature I love the most is the Family Journal! We can put in stories about our family life, including pictures! A great feature with our little ones. The best part is, I can e-mail these to friends and family, and there is a setting where COZI sends out a Journal update once each month to the people on my list! It’s all completely secure, no one can view it that has not been invited, and I have it set to only use the initials of my children and not full names!! Hope you have a chance to check it out!!” (From Angie)

I love this one because I had never heard of this app before! I’ve since checked it out and it’s pretty cool!

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Favorite iPhone Apps for Organization

Yes, I’m an iPhone user. I’ve been using Mac products for about 8 years now, and I LOVE all of them – the iPhone is no exception.

I’m also a little anal when it comes to organizing, so, as you can imagine, I have a few apps on my iPhone for organizational assistance! Allow me to share them with you!

1. Allrecipes DinnerSpinner: This is fantastic for meal inspiration, or for a great recipe when you only have certain ingredients available in your kitchen. You can save your favorites, search for specific meals and even create a list of ingredients to grab from the store. Plus, they always feature recipes, if you’re not feeling very creative. It’s FREE!

AR1     AR2

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