Charlotte Today Appearance…

I intended to post about my recent girl’s trip to Blowing Rock.  We had a blast.  Tons of great pictures and great quotes.  Only to realize that I left my camera at my parent’s house. *wonk*wonk* :/

In the meantime….

Jennifer on WCNC Set

I will post about the Charlotte Today appearance.  😀

I’ve been the nervous type for years … as long as I can remember.  However, I seem to be doing better with my anxious nerves.  I tell myself “Nothing To Do It, But To Do It‘ and “People aren’t scary”  {that last one was borrowed from my mentor Angie} 🙂

Well, my anxious nerves were acting up last Monday.  I didn’t sleep well … at all!  I dreamt I was at the wrong news station.  I dreamt they told me to go home because I was so awful.

Wonderful dreams to start the day.  Then I wake up and it is pouring down rain!  I don’t know many girls who get excited about a rainy soggy day when they need to be dressed to the nines.

So I get ready, gather my props, and head out the door with Raymond in tow.  Traffic was jacked up thanks to above mentioned rain.  We took some detours and arrived with time to spare.  Time to shine … except I had an hour and half to kill.  Cue anxious nervous.

Raymond and I set up the props table and I walked around rehearsing my “lines”.

Pure & Simple Props Table

I hold my hands like that when I get nervous. :)

I hold my hands like that when I get nervous. 🙂

Someone walked up and mentioned that President Obama had a scheduled press conference for 11:30.  That would be 5 minutes before I was set to appear.  Awesome.

Watching from the Peanut Gallery

Watching from the Peanut Gallery

So the show started.  Raymond and I watched from the Peanut Gallery.  I shot my “teaser” and then the President tuned in.  Good gracious!  So we taped the segment and I tried to smile and have as much fun as possible.  I think it went pretty well!  Do you? 🙂

Having fun on set!

Having fun on set!

These ladies were awesome!  Thank ya'll for making me feel at ease! :)

These ladies were awesome! Thank ya’ll for making me feel at ease! 🙂

And here is the segment! 🙂

Until next time…

Jennifer Signature

Organizing with Post-it Notes {Planners}…

I am a self proclaimed planner lover.  I love anything sorted and organized in a planner, and I like paper versions.  For some reason, I like being about to draw, doodle, and mark events in different colors.  You don’t get the same feel with an online planner.  I have yet to find an online version that lets me insert a little tooth for days when I have a dentist appointment. 😉

So if you love planners as much as I do, then here are some suggestions on taking it to the next level with some Post-it products:

Post-It Tabs

Allows you to separate your planner into sections.  Or tag the current week.

Wall Pockets

I. LOVE. THESE. I use them to hold my receipts in between my finance days. You know, those days when you input your receipts and look at where your money is going?  Yes, I am a bit old school but the process works for me and I can track my expenses.  My accountant loves me.  {Hi Brian ;)}

Arrow Flags

Great for reminding you of the days when you absolutely cannot miss that most important {insert activity}.  I like the flags because they visually remind me.  Dings and things are great on phones, but I like to see stuff.

Planner Love

The coolest all-in-one planner I have come across is the Erin Condren Life Planner.  It is amazing.  I balked at the $50 price tag, but I think it is worth it.  There is a section for everything that you may or may not want to track.

For example: I like to track my eating habits and my workouts.  I hate writing each down in their own separate notebook because I like to see it visually in relation to the calendar.

If you liked today’s post, then I would love to hear from you!  Please leave a comment below! 🙂

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…

Organizing with Post-it Notes {Notebooks}…

There are so many options available for us to “get organized” or “stay organized”.  Digital options.  Paper options.  Binders.  Notebooks.  Calendars.

The options can be overwhelming.  Which do I choose?  What will work best for me?

As I mentioned in my previous series post about organizing with Post-it Notes, I prefer binders for almost anything.  What can’t go in a binder will go in a notebook.  I need things to be written down and visible.  So if you are like me, then this post is for you.

Pure & Simple Organizing, 3M Post-it Notes Commercial, Notebook Style

  • Buy a “pretty” notebook.  I prefer something with a solid cover.
  • Decide how to organize within the notebook.
    • By date
    • By event
    • Will you tear out the pages when you are done?
  • Post-it Note Tabs are great for adding notes per day or event
    • Example:  Next Action steps from a meeting can be added to the tab and removed when completed.
    • Visual reminder of what was important from a meeting or for a particular day
  • Post-it Writing Tools are an all-in-one necessity
    • Write
    • Highlight
    • Flag when necessary
    • I am forever carrying pens and highlighters in my purse and organizing bag
  • Post-it Label Pads
    • Keep sections in the notebook organized
    • Keep each notebook categorized and organized

How do you stay organized with notebooks?

*Pictures courtesy of

Until next time…

Organizing with Post-it Notes {Binders}…

I’m bbaaacckk!  Hey everyone!  Whew — what a busy couple of weeks.  Three trips, a move, and a ton of new clients!

Now it is back to business and the fun stuff — blogging! 🙂

I’m starting a new series centered around the 3M Post-it Notes commercials.

First up — how to organize with Post-it Notes — binders edition! 🙂

Pure & Simple Organizing 3M Post-It Notes Commercial, Binders

I have an obsession with binders, especially those from Martha Stewart (sold at Staples).  If done correctly, they can be really useful!

First tip:  add a label to the spine.

This will allow you to glance at a grouping of binders and know exactly which one to pull.

Second tip: Use tabs to separate different sections.

Post-it Filing Tabs

Any divider will do but think about flexibility.  The Post-it tabs can be moved around from one page to another and will remain sticky. 🙂  Not to mention — you can write on them!

Third tip:  Use sheet protectors.

I love the feeling of them.  There is something about glossy and shiny that gets my blood pumping. 🙂

Fourth tip:  Use the Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes on the inside cover.

Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes

Coupon here.

They won’t fall off because the whole back is sticky, and you can always pull for a note when you need to jot down an idea.

Last tip:  Buy up every single Post-it Pocket from your store.  They are amazing!

Post-it Pockets

They stick to anything – like a binder.  Great size to keep those smaller loose items that need to be grouped together.  Example:  paint samples inside your Home Inspiration Book.

What is your favorite use of the all mighty binder?

Until next time…

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