14 Days to Valentine's + A Free Printable!

Jan 30, 2015
Valentine's Day is coming up and while searching for gift ideas for my husband on Pinterest, I came across some pins for a cute thing to do called, '14 Days to Valentine's,' or '14 Days of Love.' Basically, you'd give a small gift and a sweet (or cheesy) note to go with the gift, on all 14 days leading up to Valentine's Day. This can also be done for your children and it sounds like fun, so I decided to do this for my husband starting on February 1st.

My plan is to give a small treat (like his favorite chocolate bar or can of beer) from days 1 - 7, then on days 8 - 14, I'll give some bigger gifts like a shirt, etc. If you're on a tight budget, you can check dollar stores (or the equivalent in your country) and the candy/snack section of your local supermarket for inexpensive gift ideas.

Now this all sounds very sweet and romantic, but as I've discovered it does take a bit of planning to come up with 14 different gifts, figure out how to present the gifts, as well as think of a sweet message to go with each gift. I'm really enjoying the process so far though, and can't wait to start with the gift giving!

If you'd also like to try doing this for that special someone this Valentine's Day, I created a simple planner to help with the process. 

Click to Download this Free Printable!

If you need more ideas and inspiration, click here, here, and here for some links to blog posts of couples who've already done the 14 Days of Love! Oh and since February 1st may be cutting it close, you can do a 7 Days to Valentine's (start February 7 - 14), instead. 

Enjoy!!! :)
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Free Medical Printables!

Sep 2, 2014
A couple weeks ago, my mom had a double knee replacement surgery and when she came home from the hospital, I was reminded of the importance of being organized when it comes to managing healthcare.

As part of a "team" of family members caring for my mom during her recovery process, there are several things we have to keep track of; her prescription medications, her blood pressure, blood sugar (she's diabetic), and her physical therapy sessions. 

To make it easier for everyone, I made some simple medical printables and attached them to a clipboard for easy record-keeping. So far, they've been very helpful and we'll be bringing the sheets with us for follow-up visits to her various doctors. This way, they can see if there's anything we need to watch out for, or that requires further medication.

Since these organzing printables have been working out so well, I thought I'd make them available as free downloads on my blog. Even if you're not recovering from a knee replacement surgery, you can choose to download which printable would be most useful for your particular situation.

First up is the Prescription Tracker which allows you to keep track of four different medications, for up to two weeks per page. In each column, you'd write down the name of the medication, the doctor's prescription (ie. dosage and frequency), the date, and then you can use the boxes under the numbers to fill in the time the medicine was taken, up to 4 doses per day.

Click to Download and Print!
This is an example of this printable when in use.

Next up is the Blood Sugar Tracker which can be used with a home glucose monitor, and is a simple way to take random blood sugar readings. For example in my mom's case, she'll check her blood sugar after fasting for 8 hours on Monday, one hour after breakfast on Tuesday, two hours after lunch on Wednesday, and so on. In case you're wondering what the 'M' column stands for, we just use it to note down the initial for each meal type (B for Breakfast, L for Lunch, D for Dinner, or S for Snack) for the days when my mom gets either a 1 or 2 hour blood sugar reading after meals.

Click to Download and Print!

This blood pressure log is pretty self explanatory and we use it to keep track of my mom's blood pressure during her physical therapy sessions at home, and at some other random times during the week.

Click to Download and Print!

This last printable if just to keep track of any notes and progress during my mom's physical therapy sessions. Each box has space for date, name of therapist, session notes, and little icons you can cross off to note whether it was a home therapy session or at a rehab center.

Click to Download and Print!

Dealing with health problems, surgeries, and other medical issues is never fun, but staying organized can help you or caregivers to gain a sense of control over situations where you may feel overwhelmed and out of control.  I hope these free printables can be helpful to some of you!

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Five Fun Ways to Organize Your Computer Desktop

Jul 1, 2014
I find it hard to work when my physical workspace is cluttered and that includes my digital workspace.

My computer desktop had become a mess lately as I had accumulated so many files, folders, and images that didn't really need to be there. I decided that I needed to get organized and the first step was to trash everything I no longer needed and then I moved the rest of the items to their appropriate folders.

I didn't get to take a "before" picture of my desktop, but this is what it looked like after I was done cleaning up:

It looked better but was a little boring so I did a search for desktop wallpapers and found this one which I downloaded from Imgur. 


I downloaded the image to my desktop and then I re-arranged all the icons and folders on my desktop. 

This is what it looks like now:

Fun right?? I put all my folders on the little shelves and the bulletin board is where I put files that I'm currently working on, as well as certain applications like Sticky Note.  On the tiny desk, I dragged my USB icon as I use it a lot. 

It may seem silly, but I have to admit that I got a lot of satisfaction out of organzing my computer desktop in this way -- it was almost like fixing up a digital dollhouse office! :D

When I was looking for wallpapers, I found four more that are free to download and will help you to keep your computer desktop organized:

Lana Red Studio

Lily Ashbury

Design Love Fest

To download these wallpapers just click the links under each photo and enjoy getting organized!

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Purse Organizer Giveaway!

Feb 17, 2014
[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED -- Congratulations to Katy (thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com)
for winning the purse organizer!]

We all know that Etsy is a great place to find amazing handmade products and that includes things for getting organized! Priya is from India and runs an Etsy shop called Daffysdream, where she sells her beautiful handmade purse organizers. She has generously offered to give away a large purse organizer in a beautiful merlot color that you can see in the photos below:

The exterior of the organizer has six pockets in various sizes.

The inside has eight pockets plus a zipper compartment. 

There's even a key holder for keeping your keys within easy reach!

For a chance to win, please visit Daffysdream and leave a comment below letting us know your favorite item from the shop.

To simply learn more about Priya and her creative process, please see her About page on Etsy.

This giveaway will be open for one week from February 17 to February 24, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide!

Good luck! :)
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