25 Things {Alice in Wonderland Style}…

I realize this movie came out awhile back, but I have a huge fascination with it.  Or any Tim Burton movie for that matter.  Genius of a director!  Some random thoughts and quotes from the movie:

  • It took me 4 times to watch this movie before I understood the storyline.
  • Not sure I still understand it!
  • She’s “not hardly” Alice.
  • You are you, but the wrong you (“wrong Alice”).
  • “You ought to know who you are, stupid girl.” ~Absalom
  • The worm fella is strange.
  • “He’s wise. He’s absolute. He’s Absalom.”
  • Underland vs Wonderland.
  • Huh?
  • Favorite line of the movie: “Lost my muchness have I?”
  • What in the world is a Jabberwocky and a Vorpal Sword?
  • “If it ain’t Vorpal, it ain’t dead.”
  • Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter rock my world in this movie.
  • “This is impossible…Only if you think it is.”
  • What is a looking glass?
  • “Down with the bloody big head”
  • “You’re entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  All the best people are..”
  • Back-to-front world of a looking glass…
  • Why don’t I understand this movie?
  • Bandersnatch.
  • Frabjous Day.
  • Fudderwaken.
  • Are you kidding me?  Is this English?
  • “Have you any idea why a raven is a like a writing desk?”
  • And yes … I cried at the end.

What is your take on this movie?

I will leave you with this video clip {Avril Lavigne’s ‘Alice’}   ♥ This Song!

Until next time…

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency…

CRRA embraces refugees who arrive in Charlotte, recognizes their troubling experiences, tries to ease their transition into a new country, and respects their need to remember where they came from.

I was approached by a friend whose mom works for the CRRA.  They are looking for help in the form of donations {furniture & household goods}.

If you have any gently used items, and want to donate to a good cause, then email or call.  Not to mention, they will come and pick up your donations!

  • Twin & full beds
    • Mattresses & box springs
  • Bed & bath linens
  • Dressers and chests of drawers
  • Sofas & chairs
  • Televisions
  • Coffee tables
  • End tables
  • Lamps
  • Kitchen table & chairs
  • Kitchen items
  • Baby gear
    • High chairs
    • Cribs
    • Strollers
    • Playpens
    • Car & booster seats
  • *Note: no clothing items except winter coats & jackets of all sizes, hats, gloves, and scarves.


  • Email Ellen Dubin
    • ellen.dubin@carolinarefugee.org
  • Call (704-535-8803)

If you would like help sorting through items to donate, then Pure & Simple Organizing would be happy to help!

Call or email us!

  • 704-879-1526
  • jennifer@pureandsimpleorganizing.com

Until next time…

Foodie Friday {Veggie Pizza}…

I am not a pizza person.  *Gasp!*  I used to be when I was kid {who wasn’t} but now I don’t eat much of it.  Unless I make it at home that is! 🙂

I don’t eat pork and most pizza toppings tend to come from that animal.  I like making pizza at home because I can make a delicious veggie style pizza with less calories. 🙂

Jennifer’s Veggie Pizza

  • Refrigerated Pizza Dough (I buy the ball of dough)


  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp onion powder
  • Salt & pepper


  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Veggie toppings
    • Mushrooms
    • Green peppers
    • Green olives
    • Onions
    • Sliced tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With floured hands and floured surface, roll dough until 1/2″ thickness.
  3. Lightly drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper.
  4. Heat dough in oven for 5-7 minutes.  Until warm but not brown.
  5. Meanwhile, place tomato sauce and seasonings in saucepan over medium.
  6. Heat through.
  7. Remove pizza dough from oven.
  8. Spread sauce over dough.
  9. Top with cheese.
  10. Top with veggie toppings.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until veggies are tender-crisp.
  12. Enjoy!

There are a ton of variations on toppings and tomato sauce.  We have used pesto instead of tomato sauce before.  It was fabulous!

What are you variations and ideas? 🙂  Please share!

Notes:  Prepared pizza sauce would do in place of making your own, Trader Joe’s Mozzarella cheese is the best.  

Until next time…

A Few of My Favorite Things {Container Store}…

It’s a little cliche but The Container Store is one of my favorite places to shop.  I find that the selection is unbeatable and the prices are comparable.  I wouldn’t buy everything from there, but I certainly have my favorites.  🙂

Semikolon Media Box ($24.99)

I normally wouldn’t spend this kind of money on one box.  However, this is a VERY nice box.  Cute & decorative! 🙂

Landscape Letter Tray ($9.99)

Perfect for scrapbookers & home offices.

Acrylic Desktop File ($24.99)

If you are storing files in a closet, then I highly recommend this file box.  Excellent quality and the files fit perfectly!

Linus Spice Rack ($9.99 & $12.99)

I could not live without these spice racks.  I absolutely love them.  I have used them to organize makeup and spices.

Tribeca CD Bins ($6.99)

There is something about the material and structure of these bins/baskets that I cannot resist!  They sell them for DVDs as well.  Both are a perfect fit. 🙂

They can also be used for wallets!

What are your favorites? 🙂

Until next time…

Is It Always About Money?…

I’m pretty cheap most of the time … well maybe I should rephrase and call myself frugal.

I think it is how I was raised and a recent relation with the economy.  Money has always been something you were told to hold on to.  Save where you can.  Spend only if you have to.  My grandmother used to say, “Pad that bank account sweetie.”  What in the world.  Who says that to a 16 year old.  I guess she did.

I started thinking the other day about saving the all mighty dollar.  Is it always about money? Does it always have to be about saving it?

Here is an example:

I used to coupon much more frequently than I do now.  It was like a game for me, “How much did I save this week?”  What I didn’t realize was I ended up spending money to save money.  I bought stuff I normally wouldn’t buy just because I could get it for $0.25 or $0.50. When I started throwing away these “awesome deals” I realized I needed to take a break from the game.

Another example:

I would drive all over town just to save $1 or $2 on a few items that were on sale {grocery speaking}.  I’m pretty sure I ate up that dollar in gas.

And lastly:

Americans are tight little people these days.  We are wound up tight and we hold tight to our money.  One area where I think we should let go is vacations.  We don’t take enough vacations according to study after study.  We also tend to look for the cheapest way to vacation.  How about this, if you really want to go to {insert location} then set a goal and make it happen.  Raymond wants to visit Disney World for our next vacation and go all-inclusive.  My cheapiness would normally balk at this, but I’m actually all in.  Yes we will need to do some planning, but I’m looking forward to an amazing vacation where I’m not asking what the drink special is or eating at McDonalds to save a little cash.

Now — your turn.  Thoughts? Feedback?

Disclaimer: I’m not saying you should spend frivolously either.

Until next time…

Make the best of summer vacations…

I love to go on vacation, but I hate packing for them!  I am indecisive on what to bring and not bring; therefore, I tend to overpack and overstuff my suitcases!  If you are like me or usually forget something important while on vacation, then these tips are for you!

  • Use vacuum seal bags for clothes to save space.
    • I prefer Speedy Space Maker hand compression bags.
  • Commit to the decision “I won’t pack everything in my closet”.
    • One or two pairs of pants and jeans will get you through a week.
    • Pack one nice outfit if you plan to have dinner at a special restaurant.
  • Pack a pair of tennis shoes (only one!).
  • Limit the number of heels, boots, sandals, etc.  Remember, you are only going for a few days!
  • Pack some workout clothes. You may be inspired to pound the pavement while on vacation.
  • Must haves: chargers, camera, cash, and sunglasses.
  • My favorite packing tool: Ziploc bags.
    • Great for makeup, toiletries, & jewelry.
  • Don’t forget — have a good time!

In case I left anything out, feel free to check out Martha’s tips on traveling (Stewart that is).

Until next time…

Organizing with Post-it Notes {Files}…

Paper can take over our lives.  Mail coming in.  Mail going out.  Coupons.  Newspapers.  Magazines.  Bills to pay.  Bill to file.  Camp registrations.  Tax returns.  Instruction Manuals. I could go on forever.

I am a proponent for online storage, but some things just need to be physically filed away.  Setting up a filing system can take days, but if set up properly, it could save you hours down the road!

3M Post-it Notes Commercial on how to organize your files:

To start with, you need to decide how you want to organize your files.

File Boxes

Target File Box ($13.39)

My preferred method of storing files.  The Container Store also sells file boxes.  They are more expensive and do not have the metal rail.  {I prefer the rail; makes it easier to slide the folders}

Filing Cabinets

ERIK File Cabinet ($99)

You can get filing cabinets anywhere (Walmart, Office Depot, etc).  I prefer the one from IKEA.  I have seen it in action, and it is very nice!

File Folders

I love the idea of color coordinating files.  {Green = money, Red = Emergency}

Hanging file folders come in a variety of colors these days.  Sometimes I feel like I’m shopping for Starburst candy and not folders {tropical, jewel, green}.

File Labels

Post-it Tabs

Post-it File Folder Labels

Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your paper and files organized?  If so — please share!

Until next time…

Best Personal Blog…in CLT?

Happy Sunday everyone!  As ya’ll know, I don’t post often on the weekends.  Well today is an exception! 🙂  Less than 24 hours to go in the voting.  Voting for Best Personal Blog in Charlotte that is. 🙂

I am trailing by 50 votes and could really use your help!

How To Help Out a Girl Vote

  • Go to this website:  http://charlotte.citywebawards.com/best-personal-blog
  • Scroll to the bottom {Pure & Simple}
  • Click “Like” to vote
  • You can also vote by:
    • Pinning
    • Tweeting
    • Google +
  • Perhaps, share with your friends as well? 🙂
  • Voting ends July 23 {tomorrow} at 10am!

Thank you very much!!

I feel like Rocky in the fight above…the underdog.  I am new to the blogging community in Charlotte.  Help me to the final round! 🙂

Foodie Friday {Salsa}…

I could eat Mexican inspired food everyday of the week.  For every meal.  I truly love the flavors! 🙂

I am also a bit of a salsa snob.  Any Mexican restaurant is judged by their salsa.  Thus far the winners are {in order}: Loco Lime & Cantina.

Considering how much I love salsa, you would think I love to make it at home.  Not so fast. I hate cutting up tomatoes, onions, ….. etc etc.  It takes too long and, frankly, it’s too expensive.  Jar salsa will not cut it in my house.  I outgrew that by the time I was 6 years old.  Jack’s salsa and Eat Fresh are out too.  I have had too much of each!

My mom has this amazing salsa recipe that she makes in a blender.  Yes, I said blender.  I haven’t made it in years {not sure why}.  I broke out the handwritten recipe last week.  Since then I have made it 5 times in 1.5 weeks.  Raymond and I fight over salsa as much as we fight over desserts! 😉


  • (28 oz) can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained


  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 Tsp cumin


  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • 1 Tbsp honey
  1. Place tomatoes in blender. Pulse.
  2. Add onion, green pepper, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, oregano, red pepper flakes, and cumin to blender. Pulse.
  3. Put vinegar, oil, brown sugar, and garlic in saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce by half.  Add honey.
  5. Remove from heat and add to blender. Pulse until mixed through.

Until next time…

{Guest Post} Why Donating to Goodwill is a Good Thing…

Check out my guest post over at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s blog! 🙂

Here is a little teaser:

Wake up call #1:  We all have a little too much “stuff” lingering in our lives.

Wake up call #2:  Just because you paid $100 for that lamp doesn’t mean you should keep it … Especially since you don’t even like it.

Wake up call #3:  Recouping your “investment” in anything is highly unlikely unless it is uber-name brand!

Wake up call #4:  It is much easier to donate than sell.


Check it out! 🙂

Until next time…