Friday, December 30, 2011


Hopefully the past few days were spent enjoying quality time with those you love most.  Meals, movies, and general holiday madness - the good kind of course!  And as we chart our new path to 2012, there may be more than a few beloved new gifts strewn along the way that have yet to find a home of their own.  After a long struggle with how to enjoy a peaceful, orderly, yet lived in home -  and some great help along the way - I had a light bulb moment a few days before Christmas.  The (simple) solution is that every single item must have a home of its own. Now I see that if something is out of place it is because from the start it never had a consistent home.  And adding more things without a proper spot in mind will quickly turn into mayhem. Change does not happen overnight, but our thinking can. For a jump start check out these great ideas, or take a peek at this organizational eye candy.  Taking the time to think about where things should go, instead of running around in circles, is a real joy. Home sweet home! P.S. Looking for a fantastic professional organizer in the Princeton, NJ area? Contact Sword Solutions at

Friday, December 23, 2011


Here it comes! Christmas is officially around the corner and in the midst of all those last minute have-to's and should-have's, it's time to enjoy even just a few favorites. My short list includes: play James Taylor at Christmas, whip up a pot of this deliciousness to drink with the kiddos (marshmallows, powdered sugar and all), watch an old favorite - Love Actually, and try a new one - The Holiday.  Last but not least, this read is a must..."Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!" Would love to hear some of your faves...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


There are so many wonderful things we can do (or hope to do!) to prepare our home for the holidays, but nothing is as simple, and as inviting, as a simmering pot of mulling spices.  Lightly simmer a bag for a few minutes and soon the most delicious smell will fill the house.  Pick up a box on your last dash to the market. Put on some favorite carols, take a deep breath and enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011


In recent days, as serenity seems further out of reach than ever, a divinely timed visit by my fantastic mom introduced a very welcome sense of calm into my life.  She gifted me the amazing book, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin.  As of late, I imagined life like a balloon - filled each day with just a little more helium.  It was hard to notice day to day, but over time the balloon was so stretched that with one bit more it could burst.  By the middle of Chapter One, I exhaled that version of myself away - hopefully for good. I am inspired, excited and relish the small pockets of time I find for this fabulous read.  Treat yourself and hope you enjoy!
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