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Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm Working On Getting "Pretty Neat" {review & giveaway}

I'm a stay at home mom of 2 children. As my typical day gets rolling, I don't have a set "time" for anything unless there's an appointment. I just can't operate that way when considering the needs of my two kiddos. They come first, always. You may see that I'm also a blogger {tee hee} and I have been for almost 3 years now. So, how exactly do I raise two children, keep up the home, and run a blog that features product/travel reviews? Well, it's a delicate balance.

I find that if something has to lack in my home, it's organization or keeping up with organization. I feel like I get "swamped" sometimes with responsibilities and would rather have a happy home than a tense home...and tense is how I feel when trying to keep everything "just so" with 2 children under the age of 4 in my home. 

I was recently sent the book, Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way To Get Organized & Let Go Of Perfection by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch to review. I'll be honest with you and tell you that I'm not all the way through the book yet. However, what I have read has been so very, very helpful. See, sometimes it can just be difficult to start moving in the right direction. I find that this book has many helpful ways for me to get started.

Want to know the best part of this book on organization? It doesn't expect or ask me to be anything other than who I am. The help offered, from what I've read thus far, is to help me be effective in my own way.  Also, the book breaks everything down so I don't feel like I'm jumping in over my head right away. The learning and the "steps" are gradual with each chapter, helping me tackle just one thing at a time. When I'm completed with the book, I'll have a good knowledge of where to start, how to start, and how to be in control when it comes to what I take on, to how my home is run, to the never ending mess of toys, and even into my email inbox. {Trust me on this. You don't want to see what my inbox looks like.}

I'm hopeful that as I continue to change just one thing at a time, I'll find peace with the new organization that can come into my life. {Now, if only I had money to do an overhaul of my living space to help me along. Ha!}


One lucky winner will receive a copy of Pretty Neat.... AND, at the close of this campaign, one of the winners selected and reported from the blogs hosting the giveaways will win a $200 Gift card {same as cash like Visa or AMEX} and a selection of Buttoned Up products {ARV of $50} to use toward his/her own organization project. {If you win here, you could win the big prize too!}

To enter: Share the area of your home or life that has become the biggest source of organizational stress. {please include your email address for your entry to count.} 

For additional entries:

    • Blog about this giveaway with links back to this post/blog.
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                          •                       **TWICE daily retweets are available for extra entries. Leave a comment with a link to your daily tweet{s}
Please leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway will run until March 21st at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be selected by using and will be contacted and announced on or around March 22nd. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours of initial contact, I will randomly select another winner. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Open to US only.

**Thanks to the Global Influence, who supplied the book to facilitate this review and giveaway. I wasn't compensated in any way, though I am in the running to win a gift card for myself. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions of the item mentioned. Others may have a different experience or opinion.**



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