Gift Idea: Best Family Games 2011 – 2012

One of my favorite holiday traditions is hosting a game night for my extended family. This night includes those that live locally and those that come to town for the holidays. Typically we have around 30 attend.

I just watched a TV segment produced by Stephanie Bryson of Studio 5 titled Best Family Games 2011. (Stephanie produced a few of the segments in which I was invited to be the organizing expert.) Stephanie included some fun games in the segment. Her criteria for the games she chose to highlight:

  • Easy to learn
  • Wide age appeal
  • Quick to play

Of those listed, my personal favorites are included here:

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Eleven ways to help veterans on 11-11-11

Today I read a report in the local edition of Sunday’s paper. It came from the Parade insert. It contained many ways to pass along good will through actions to those soldiers who have served or are currently serving. Choose one of their eleven (11) suggestions listed below to show your gratitude to the brave men and women who have served at great cost to them and their families.

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Organized Canning

 organized canning bottles lined upMy Get Organized ACT+SPARK formula is once again so helpful. A month ago I did a little Analyzing and decided to bottle salsa with my home grown celebrity and sun sugar tomatoes picked from my backyard garden. The salsa recipe came from my sister, Kristi. She collected it from a Minnesota friend of hers. It really is the MOST delicious salsa I have tasted. Kristi shared onions and peppers from her garden so all I had to purchase was a can of green chilies and a few other pepper types.

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Emergency Food Supply

Consumable Emergency Food Supply

Do you have an emergency food supply in your home for use “just in case”? In today’s world we have each become accustomed to having anything we want at our fingertips. Few of us have considered what would happen if we were not able to get to the corner market OR if the corner market did not have food on their shelves. With natural disasters this is a very real possibility. I live on an earthquake fault line. Our BIG EARTHQUAKE is about 100 years overdue. Having an emergency food supply on hand is very important to me and should be to you!

Rising prices and unemployment can mean that you simply do not have the money you need to buy food as was the case with my family when I was a child. It makes good sense to store food in your home so that your family can endure emergencies more comfortably.

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Car Survival Kit

Most of us spend a huge part of our day in our vehicles. Whether it is commuting, chauffeuring children, or running errands, we spend a lot of time in our cars. My recent trainee, Jessica Rose, published an article in the Daily Herald newspaper titled ‘The Cleanest Car on the Block’. In that article she listed 4 simple ways to organize your car. These are her tips:

  1. Take everything out and sort through it.
  2. Wipe down the inside of the car.
  3. Make three piles:
    • Store near the drivers seat.
    • Store in the back seat pockets.
    • Store in the trunk.
  4. Contain essential items. (Click here to download and print a copy of Jessica’s Favorite Car Organization Products.)

Read Jessica’s full article here.

Before I finish up here, let me share with you a few things that will be helpful to you when your car breaks down. A little knowledge can go a long way. One of the best things you can do to ensure your safe return when you travel is to:

  1. carry a car survival kit in your car
  2. keep your gas tank 1/2 full AND
  3. inform those close to you of your travel plans and route

Preparing a car survival kit and following the car organization tips above will allow you greater peace of mind as you roam your city streets or tour the beautiful country roads of America. Prepare your car with the things you need to assure your safety. An organized car is simple luxury!

Interested in some do-it-yourself organizing packets? View our printable packets here.