“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – The Great Gatsby

Let’s face it: fall can be hectic. The lazy days of summer have passed. The holidays are just around the corner (okay, maybe a block or two away, but definitely in sight!). But by now, we’re ready for some excitement – like that spicy burning smell in the air that puts a skip in your evening stroll, these early weeks of fall are easily some of the most exciting days of the year. Goodbye to sunburns and sweat! The weather is tantalizing us with indecision and wreaking havoc on our wardrobes, alternating between hot, sunny days and crisp, bright snaps of fall chill in the evening.

Luckily, soon enough the weather will settle down with the entrance of October’s cool golden charm and the outdoors will be decorated with some of the most beautiful colors of the year. It might be hard for the interior world to measure up to that , but it’s always fun to try to bring some of that beauty inside your home as well.

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First step: get inspired by this beautiful fall photoshoot from NK Photography!

Then, the Hickory Furniture Blog posts some great fall decorating ideas about bringing those warm, inviting tones into your home with delicate, balanced color schemes.

Planning a fall get together? Even if you’re not quite ready for Halloween, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the harvest and preparing to welcome in some of the warmer elements of fall to your book club, bunco group, etc. Party World has some fun decorating ideas including paper lanterns and leaf cut-outs!

Something as simple as placemats and candles can add a soothing autumnal vibe to any basic room. On Savvy Seasons, Liz has a new video showing how to make fall candle holders with beans with her adorable daughter.

Autumn also ushers in a whole new array of golden, rich flavors and spicy treats. When I think of fall foods, I think of butternut squash, pumpkins, red apples, and sweet potatoes. And this recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with ghouda cheese sauce fits right in with my tastes…

While Starbucks’s pumpkin lattes are my go-to fall treat, as September is National Honey Month, I’m thinking of  experimenting with adding honey to some of my favorite fall recipes instead of sugar. There are many health benefits to this as well as the addition of a unique, delicious flavor. And it’s so soothing when getting over those back-to-school colds. Honey works especially well in hot chai teas (latte or not), added to honey and lavender french toast, or even in savory dishes.

Although some of the busiest months of the year are coming up, make sure to spend some time sipping on hot cider and relaxing with a blanket and a good book, appreciating the whisper of a fall breeze hesitantly knocking on your windows. Don’t forget that Letterbox Press still has a CONTEST up and running – simply Like our Facebook page your name will be entered in a contest for 60 Free Holiday Photo Cards! Drawing will be held October 15!

We’re also running a SPECIAL on personalized stickers for birthday gifts, lunch sacks, note books (basically anything a mom of young kids would want to label) and the price is 2 for 1 (2 dozen for $6 – such a deal!). 

Happy Fall!


Unleashing Your Inner Organizer

I have a confession to make: without my to-do lists, I would be utterly lost.

I have never been one of “the organized ones”. My desk is always filled with clutter. My bedroom is perpetually messy — ok I confess, I don’t make my bed every day! But I’m very organized about the way I spend my time. I generally plan every aspect of my day, from when I do laundry, go to the gym, plan family dinner, and most importantly take a much needed break to watch Drop Dead Diva (a guilty pleasure – and all of season one is on Netflix!).

Yet now, in the middle of July, the lazy summer attitude has begun to crush my productivity, which is sure to be a problem when fall comes and the back-to-school craze hits my household at full force. I need to seriously think about that nagging little word, ‘order’.

A great place to start is always gathering lovely materials that make me want to burst with organization. Writing everything down helps me plan my “to do’s” (plus I LOVE drawing a big fat line through each finished task). Carolina Pad offers tons of school, office, and arts and craft products that are really great for career gals or full time moms who love to see their lists on cool paper products.

In an attempt to offer helpful products on my website, we’ve added calendars, notepads, and organizers that we designed ourselves based on how we plan our days. We hope you too will love our Organize Me notepads that can be customized for any tasks you might want to list:

If you want to keep your time organized, a calendar is essential to remember short and long term commitments. Make sure you pick one that suits your personality and style so you can keep up the motivation to use it.

You can get this calendar with your chosen color and text over at our website.

Also check out our notepads, bag tags, and stickers. Even if you manage to stay organized, there’s no guarantee that your kids will. This is our fun way to make the process a lot easier!

Now you need a little coaching and inspiration?  One of my all-time favorite blogs is Organizing Junkie. Laura proudly calls herself an “organizing addict”, and on her blog she provides useful tips for storage, menu planning, and scheduling. Make sure you subscribe to the blog so you can stay in the know about all of her awesome give-a-ways for a chance to win cute calendars and storage materials!

If you’re so overwhelmed by your own disorganization that you don’t even know where to start with all of this information, the Get Organized Wizard is probably the best way for extreme results fast. This helps you plan your whole day so that it’s virtually impossible to ignore the things you have to do. This claims to help you reach long-term goals through a step-by-step system that will lead you to a “life makeover”.  If anybody has given it a try, we would love to hear about the results!

Last but not least, Kim Cossette is a professional organizer in Atlanta we met at a local networking meeting. She does a wonderful job of organizing lives, even her website is perfectly organized in such a cute way! If you’re from a different area, you can subscribe to her monthly newsletter and get a free e-book!

Hopefully, you found something in this post that will help you get excited about de-cluttering your life. Organization is all about doing things one step at a time without getting overwhelmed. Try to take a deep breath and relax so that you can spend more time doing things you want to do and less time stressing about all the things you HAVE to do.  Happy organizing!

Thank You Cards

After your big event has passed, you might have been hoping for some much-needed relaxation at last, but wait…you have a pile of thank you notes to write! Not to worry, choose a card style that suits your ‘thank you’ personality and the task becomes a joy! Well, ok, maybe slightly more fun at least.

Our colorful styles will be glad to lend you a hand! Choose from a variety of designs and you’ll look forward to getting them in the mail! Just add your heart-felt personal note and you will be saying thank you in a beautiful way…

Of course, we can offer customization too, and we’re happy to explore any requests you might have so that you’ll find a card that matches your theme and says everything you need. So brides, graduates, birthday recipientsclick here to take a look at our offerings….

If you’re interested, make sure you order them soon, because all note card purchases now through June 15 come with a set of coordinating address labels!

The job just got even easier!