10 Things NOT to do this Holiday Season!

Posted on: November 27th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

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Rachel’s 10 Things to NOT do this Holiday Season (and the one thing to do) is worth reading. 

Spend less on Holidy shopping!

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

christmas-listDo you have a tendency to spend too much during the holidays?

Laurie Gelman shares Top Psychology Tricks to Spend Less While Shopping.

Get motivated to spend less this year!

Organizing Tip of the Day

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Have you signed up for the Organizing Tip of the Day?  365 tips per year to inspire and motivate you in your organizing endeavours, delivered to your inbox every day at 8:00 am (EST)! CLICK HERE!2 leaves

November…already?

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

Cathy MendlerIt’s November!

It may say November on the calendar, but the snow outside is making it look like January.

Christmas is right around the corner.

I’ll be kind and resist the temptation to tell you how many days are left until the big day arrives.

As you’re making your holiday lists, you might like to sip on a mug of The Perfect Hot Chocolate.

Let’s get started and turn over another leaf!

GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The following articles are back by popular demand!

Planning for the Holidays – Part 1  and Part 2

I’m including Gift Giving Ideas too which you may find helpful.

Get Healthy: Alfresco Dining

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Dining alfresco is just one of the many pleasures of summertime!

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles - additional flavours included

Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler

Check out these tips for summer food safety from Health Canada.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Get Checking for College!

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Get Checking...

Do you have a child heading off to college or university? Consult these checklists to ensure they don’t forget any important items.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Home Outfitters

Summer Reading for Kids

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Have you heard about the Summer Slide? How about the Summer Brain Drain?

For the majority of students heading into the month of August, school is a distant memory and learning has taken a backseat to fun. Students deserve a break, of course, but two months (or more!) can be a long time to go without the academic stimulation that educational activities bring–even for the best of students.

Apart from planned group activities available and summer vacations geared to learning, most educators recommend that the best way to keep them academically engaged is to encourage our kids to read, read, READ!

Here’s an extensive Summer 2014 Reading List from www.bookcentre.ca that covers all age groups from toddlers to teens. Even you parents might find a few good reads on this list!

Happy summer and happy reading from the rewriter!

Deborah Plouffe is the founder and CEO of rewriter.ca, a business dedicated to helping YOU find the words YOU need to say!

The One Thing Successful People Never Fail to Do

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Get Productive...In his LinkedIn post “The One Thing Successful People Never Fail To Do,” Bernard Marr talks about “some things that ridiculously successful people do differently.”

What can you do differently in 2014?

Get Motivated with OPRAH!

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”

Oprah Winfrey

TAKE ACTION!

Yes, it’s the middle of summer. That doesn’t mean you can’t work on something that’s meaningful to you. Begin that meaningful personal project, or start something you’ve wanted to do for a long time, but haven’t yet had the resolve to do. Life is short. TODAY is the day to take action!

This motivational strategy was provided by our associate, Judith Tremblay of Paths to Change. To sign up for her weekly strategies, please click here.

August, Already???

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy_Mendler_new-150-x-115    It’s August!

Summer was a long time coming this year. With all of the rain and cooler temperatures, it hasn’t been a typical summer either. So enjoy it when you get the chance.

   

What does your summer list of projects look like?

Let’s get started and turn over another leaf!

ORGANIZING A DECORATING/RENOVATING PROJECT

In June 2013 I wrote an article “Organizing a Decorating/Renovating Project.” Here’s a link to that blog post.

Having just completed a major home renovation, I can offer the following additional thoughts:

  • Begin planning as far in advance as possible. Delays can be costly if you aren’t prepared.
  • Make sure you include contingency funds in your budget. Be prepared for the unexpected–especially if you are opening up walls or renovating an older home. Bringing your home up to today’s building code requirements may be an additional expense. Electrical upgrades, improving insulation, etc. might be required.
  • There will likely be items you wish to upgrade which you hadn’t considered. Think about your plans for the long term.
  • Could your home benefit from an energy audit? A high home energy score could help sell your home–if that is in your plans for the future. Click here for more information on your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Communicate frequently with your contractor.
  • Keep a supply of plastic drop sheets handy–they will become your best friend.
  • Prepare yourself for the frustrating moments, hours and even days. Despite all of your planning, they are bound to happen.

I’m happy to report that our renovations went smoothly. We were prepared as much as possible. Although we made several upgrades and spent more money than originally planned, it was worth the investment.

Good luck to two of my business colleagues. One is in the process of renovating an entire house–I can only imagine what she’s going through! The other one will be adding a commercial kitchen to her home–a big undertaking–in the very near future.

Remember, the end result will be worth it, as the drywall dust becomes a distant memory!

LOOKING AHEAD

Fall and back to school will be here before you know it!

Check out our Getting Organized for Back to School blog post from August 2012.