How I Do It: Organization

I’ve mentioned several times that I’m pretty OCD. I really hate clutter (though don’t go in our basement because it’s clutter city). I made it a goal this year that I would declutter a room each month this year. So far, so good. Here’s how I’ve broken it up so far:

January: Kitchen/Pantry/Laundry Room
February: Dining Room
March: Master Drawers/Master Bathroom
April: Master Closet/Guest Room Closet (where my out of season stuff is stored)
May: E’s Room/Closet
June: Empty Room (where E’s outgrown clothes are stored)
July: Coat Closet/Linen Closet
August: Playroom

I don’t know if I’ll stick exactly to this and I’m sure in the next couple of months, I’ll have a pantry clean out again. And I’m not sure I can wait until July to straighten up the coat closet. So we shall see. I did try to break it up to areas in the house that make sense to clean up together. I can’t believe the crap I found under my bathroom counter (and to think, we’ve only lived in this house a year and a half!).

Okay, so that’s one way that I organize. What else? This post could literally be a million pages long and I could go on and on forever. So I’ll give you a few ideas for you personally (not just your house) and then if you have questions, I can address certain organizational ways in separate posts.

My closet. This is my biggie. I want to be able to find things quickly and without a fuss. My clothes are in color order…shirts start at white and pink, go through the rainbow and end and brown, grey and black. My shirts are also in order by: strapless, spaghetti strap, tank, short-sleeve, long-sleeve. Dresses are the same way (except that I have a certain section that is just Lilly Pulitzer). My pants are in a similar fashion, but also coordinated in three stacks: work, jeans and cords (y’all know I love me some colored cords). Skirts are ordered by: suit skirts, dress skirts, casual skirts. Shoes are in color order too and also by: sandal, pep toe, closed toe (they’re also on shoe racks from Sam’s and stacked as high as I can reach). So what’s the biggie on my closet?! I only have clothes I wear in the fall/winter when it’s that season and spring/summer when it’s that season. I have a closet upstairs (until we have another child) that has my out of season stuff. That helps my closet stay pretty clutter free.

People are always curious about my mornings since I wrote the post about how hectic my mornings are. They really could be a lot worse if I weren’t super organized. If it’s a night before going to work, I put my makeup on my bathroom counter in the order that I will be using it (moisturizer/eye cream, foundation, powder/bronzer, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, etc.). I also put the appropriate hair products on the counter so that I barely have to even open my eyes to fix my hair :) In my bathroom I have my clothes laid out with appropriate jewelry and shoes so that I can fall into my clothes (I also have E’s clothes ready to go in the a.m.: shirt, pants, socks, shoes and underwear…the whole bit!). Having everything ready to go the night before (and it literally takes 5 minutes) helps keep me sane in the morning. To top it off, the hubs has water and coffee ready to go so when I wake up I just pour it through (we have a Bunn). Genius!

Basically because of my craziness, I just set my mind/body to autopilot and go. I get ready/fed, E and the animals ready/fed and out the door in less than 1.5 hours! Trust me, I want to sleep for as long as possible in the morning.

Okay, so those are just three of my big organizational tips. What works for you? What else are you curious about organization-wise?




Tasty Tuesday: Mom’s Chicken Salad

This recipe is near and dear to my heart because my mom used to make it for me when I’d come home from camp or when I was having a bad day. It’s definitely one of my favorite lunch meals and it makes a ton!
Combine boiled chicken and salt with rice, celery, grapes, pecans and pickle relish.
In a separate bowl, combine mayo, curry powder, salt and pepper.

Combine both mixtures and stir well.


1 package chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup rice, cooked
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup purple or green grapes
½ cup pecans, toasted
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish

½ cup mayo
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon alt
¼ teaspoon pepperCombine boiled chicken and salt with rice, celery, grapes, pecans and pickle relish.
In a separate bowl, combine mayo, curry powder, salt and pepper.

Combine both mixtures and stir well.

I obviously don’t use pecans :( because I’m allergic…you could always cut out the celery if you wanted…I also like changing it up with red or green grapes!
Enjoy on crackers, bread or alone!


Monday Memories

This week has been crazy busy (obviously since I only have 3 pictures from the entire week). We had friends stay with us literally every night this week, which was great and fun, but I feel like I didn’t get any good pics. We did have a doctor’s appointment this week to try and find out what the baby is, but of course he/she was not cooperative!


My co-worker (and friend) Maegan was in town this week and we spoiled ourselves (and made ourselves sick) with Gigi’s cupcakes!


E loves touching my stomach and the baby…so so sweet!

IMG_2283I’m pretty sure that no matter how many kids I have, E is going to be my cuddliest one of all!




Warby Parker Beacon Collection

We are taking a detour from our usual Thoughtfulness Thursday because of this post!

So Warby Parker reached out to me and asked me to tell you about their new collection- the Beacon Collection. They have some super fun pieces that I think you will love! I actually really love glasses. I’d own a million pairs if my prescription wasn’t so funky. I bet I own 30 pairs of sunglasses– 10 of which are in my car.

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So here’s a little info about the new collection, “Our Beacon Collection is inspired by impromptu, can’t-duplicate-them all-nighters, when having no plans brings endless possibilities. To set the scene, we called on photographer Petra Collins, whose snaps of unsupervised thrills and sweetly private moments reveal a lot of smarts and humor. Petra joined us one June evening on a detour through downtown Manhattan’s Doyers Street, an elbow-shaped alleyway dotted with preserved neighborhood remnants and modern businesses.”

“The collection name is a hat-tip to the morning star, which you can catch just after sunset or just before sunrise, depending on the time of year. We designed our Beacon Collection frames to make a similarly fine companion to late night dates, rooftop sunrises, and everything in between. There’s something just as unexpected about each new frame: they’re repeat contenders, no matter the hour.”

“Starting July 22, the Beacon Collection is available at and in stores and showrooms.”

So these two are definitely my favorite pairs:


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Aren’t these amazing?! Super fun and different.

AND remember that every time you buy a pair, Warby Parker donates a pair to those that need them (currently 1,000,000 pairs have been donated, 18,001 people have been trained to do eye exams in 35 countries). That’s awesome!

So check out the awesome new styles!




Workout Wednesday: KushySocks

Lipton Publicity reached out to me as someone that is active and exercises regularly. They sent me three kinds of socks from Kushyfoot (I’ll be talking about two kinds today…the third is a cute pair of socks to wear with real shoes, but let’s be honest, I don’t really wear socks in the summer, BUT come fall, I’ll be all over it). The best part about these socks is that they’re totally affordable. For example, the athletic socks are $23.97 for 9 pairs. That’s a great deal!


The first pair I tried were these low-cut athletic socks. The description on the website says, Low cut socks are convenient since they don’t show in most running shoes or sneakers. Available in packs of 3 in different color assortments, this product features a built-in padded sole to provide extra soft cushioning and keep your feet comfortable as you move throughout the day.” I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first because they are thicker than my regular running socks. I thought that they were going to make my feet sweat (gross, I know), but I was pleasantly surprised. They feel great on your feet and feel good when you take your shoes off and leave them on. They’re surprisingly dry (and I’ve run on some hot days). I wouldn’t wear these for a long run (I’d rather wear a compression sock), but for a short run, these work great! IMG_1951

The other pair I wore were Yoga socks. I don’t typically wear socks when I do Pilates (though I know plenty of people that do), but I was willing to try it. While it was definitely different, I liked that they gripped the floor nicely. I will definitely have to get used to wear socks, but I think it will help with my balance. The website describes them as, Kushyfoot® yoga socks are one-of-a-kind. Made exclusively to fit like a glove, socks feature open toes and a non-slip sole to grip the floor and mat. Perfect for activities that require balance and stability. Yoga socks also keep your feet clean and help warm up feet in winter months when your muscles are cold.” I do think they’ll be perfect when it gets cold outside. IMG_1953 IMG_2041“For over then years, legwear and footwear sensation Kushyfoot has expanded its dedicated following by offering shoppers reflexology-inspired legwear with a foot-massaging sole.”

I look forward to updating you on my socks and trying out my other socks when I’m wearing real shoes! Check out Kushyfoot and maybe you’ll find a pair you love too.



Monday Memories (on Tuesday)

Okay, I’m a total slacker and didn’t get Monday Memories up yesterday, but I have plenty of excuses. It was a busy weekend and I had a ton to do yesterday. So without further ado, here are a few pictures from the past week.


We had a great time on our trip, but I’m definitely glad to be home! Nothing better than having your own space and your own bed!IMG_2205

Summer to me, means fresh tomatoes out of the garden. Nothing is better!IMG_2207Unlike my first pregnancy, I’m trying to see how long I can go in my normal clothes before wearing maternity clothes. I have several loose Lilly dresses that I’m hoping I can wear a million times over before wearing actual maternity clothes.

This pregnant mama went for a run and to say it was rough is an understatement. I ran twice this past week (it had been almost an entire month) and I was soooo slow. I’m not trying to run fast, but I just needed to do something.IMG_2225

One of my best friends got married this weekend. She had one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve ever been to. And check out my dress (old) that one of my friends from growing up designed and made! She now designs wedding gowns in Savannah…amazing!IMG_2234E left the wedding early because he was way over due for naptime. He was so upset that he didn’t get cake, that my mom sent this home with him. He only ate a piece, but he thought he could eat it all.

I hope you had a great week…lots of rain here (which is good in some ways because it’s definitely cooled off our temps!).




Friday Faves: The Bouqs Company

I love flowers. I’m not going to lie…they just make my home feel happier. Adam from The Bouqs Company reached out to me and they sent me a bouquet of my choice! FedEx dropped them off in a big box and I was thrilled to open them up to discover how beautiful they were! In fact, I went on and on to my husband about what a great deal it is (even though I did not pay for my flowers, the cost is a great deal…). For $40 and free shipping, you can order a beautiful bouquet. Seriously, that’s the best deal you could find (other than going to the grocery store maybe). In fact, I looked back at an old invoice from flowers I sent to my sister-in-law when she had a baby at the small bouquet I sent her was $60! That’s a huge difference and these are beautiful.

IMG_1962 IMG_1964 IMG_1965 IMG_1973 IMG_1976 IMG_2042FYI that last picture is when the flowers were a week old! They lasted more than 2 weeks (probably if I was a good girl and changed the water several times, they would have lasted longer).

You can check out The Bouqs Company and they are always running great specials (you can also click on the link on the right side of my page). They pride themselves on the flowers coming straight from eco-friendly farms on an active volcano.

Trust me, they are beautiful and it really is a great deal (you can get larger bouquets for just a little bit more too!).

Thanks again The Bouqs Company and Adam!




Thoughtfulness Thursday: Pregnancy Journal (thus far)

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can fill you in on the details of the baby. I’ll use this journal as a way to document how I was feeling at certain points in my pregnancy. I’ll probably do another one in a couple of weeks. Maybe you’re pregnant too and you can relate…or you just had a baby and you remember those first weeks. It’s a fun way to watch someone (and a baby) grow.

May 11, 2014: Mother’s Day we found out I was pregnant! We kind of couldn’t believe it happened so soon…so after the shock wore off, we celebrated with Mexican!

I knew I was pregnant because the hot flashes started (same thing happened with E). I’m not near as exhausted as I was E…perhaps because I know I have to stay awake…but I’m still tired.

Week 6: Nausea is starting to kick in, no throwing up, but definitely feeling pregnant. It’s like a constant sick feeling (which was super fun to deal with at the beach).

Week 7: Hello morning sickness! Morning sickness has officially begun and it isn’t great fun. I woke up on Week 7, Day 1 puking…awesome!

June 2, 2014: First doctor’s appointment, it was a LONG appointment and they gave me a nurse to draw my blood that hadn’t drawn blood in 7 years. It was bad to say the least. Little baby is doing great and estimated to arrive in mid-January.

Week 9: Still sooo sick and tired. It’s amazing how crappy I feel most days. I just have to keep thinking it’s all worth it. I’ve already had people ask if I’m pregnant and I totally feel like I’m showing. Just 3 more weeks until my next doctor’s appointment and until we tell people.

Week 10-12: Still sick. Just feeling plain awful. Totally over not being able to run. Showing pretty decently (at least in my opinion).

Week 12: Doctor’s appointment and the news is out!

Week 12-13: Finally able to drink coffee but still not feeling great. Not wanting any meat. Hoping that I can run soon!



Wednesday Whereabouts: E’s Super Third Birthday!

I’m finally (it only took me 3 months to post this) posting all of the details of E’s Third Birthday!

It took Everett all year to think of what kind of party he wanted. When I asked him, he’d simply say “an E Mills party!” As cute as that sounds, I really wanted a theme that I could run with.

Theme and Decor
Finally, around Christmas he began talking about a superhero party and I began planning with the hope that he wouldn’t change his mind. I knew that I didn’t want it to be so superhero hero specific and that I wanted to avoid the scary superheroes (i.e. Hulk and the bad guys). As a graphic designer, I came up with the invitations and a cute little superhero boy that looked like “E”. I put the boys on the food labels, game labels, invitations and pennant banner. I also decided on colors-primary colors: red, yellow, blue (and we threw in some green). I began finding all kinds of goodies in those colors–especially at Target on clearance! I got paper lanterns, napkins and plates all for a steal in those fun colors (and figured that we could use the leftovers for another party). I also found some awesome superhero signs made out of metal at Hobby Lobby at 50% off…I may have bought all they had ;)

E’s one request was that we have a piñata. We found a big piñata on that wasn’t superhero-specific.
We also ordered stickers, party blowers, balloons from Birthday Express (

Other details were superhero bags from Oriental Trading ( filled with goodies from the Dollar Tree: coloring books, superhero candy and superhero gliders

We had optional game stations where the kiddos could “Blow Superhero Breath” (bubbles), “Not-so Invisible Ink” (chalk), “Shoot Spider Webs” (silly string), “Become a Superhero” (create a cape) and “Make a Superhero Mask”. My mom cut capes out of felt (there was a pattern on that she used) and I cut different shapes out of felt that moms and dads helped hot glue on the back of the capes. The kids loved the lightening bolts, hearts and stars that they got to put on!
I also found masks that the kids got to put stickers on from Hobby Lobby ( and bought additional sticker designs from the Dollar Tree.
The party was held on an afternoon so we kept food to just snacks- pigs in a blanket (Batman Blankets), fruit and veggies (that provided superhero powers: energy, good eye sight, etc.), Chex Mix (Mutant Mix), popcorn (Powerful Popcorn), Buffalo Chicken Dip (Deceptadip) and a yummy cake from our favorite bakery (Cecilia Villaveces:
We also had “Invisible Water”, “InfiniTea” and “Kaboom Punch” (lemonade with green food coloring). I cut out superhero capes out of felt and added them to Tootsie Roll Pops and printed old comic pages and made popcorn cones.
And of course one of my favorite parts of the party is wardrobe ;) One of our friends made him an applique shirt with a super E on it and he wore red gingham shorts. I wore a Lilly Pulitzer dress in bright green (Everett told me it was my superwoman dress!).

Everett’s super birthday party was photographed by Dylan Wilson Weddings (

It was such a fun superhero day and one that I hope Everett will always remember!

Vendor Credits:

Oriental Trading (
Birthday Express (
Hobby Lobby (
Cake: Cecilia Villaveces (
Photos: Dylan Wilson (



Tasty Tuesday: Slower Cooker Tarragon Chicken

Y’all know I’m a sucker for two things: 1) chicken dishes and 2) easy dishes. This covers both of those bases…it’s super easy and tasty. I think I found this recipe in Women’s Day a 100 years ago. I usually serve it with rice (or couscous) and a veggie…my husband loves the, you guessed it, sauce!
Mix all ingredients except heavy cream and flour in a Crockpot.Cover and cook on low for 7 hours until chicken is cooked through and onion are soft.

Whisk heavy cream and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in some hot liquid from cooker, then stir the mixture into cooker.

Turn setting to high; cover and cook 25 minutes until liquid thickens.


1 package of chicken breasts
1 large onion, very thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
2 plum tomatoes, diced (or one can of diced tomatoes)
1/3 cup tarragon vinegar
1 ½ tablespoon of fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¾ tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Mix all ingredients except heavy cream and flour in a Crockpot.

Cover and cook on low for 7 hours until chicken is cooked through and onion are soft.

Whisk heavy cream and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in some hot liquid from cooker, then stir the mixture into cooker.

Turn setting to high; cover and cook 25 minutes until liquid thickens.

Enjoy your easy mid-week meal!


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