Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you find some helpful hints for organizing your time and space. My passions are to help you make home a refuge instead of a crisis center, and to help you function in peace rather than chaos - at home or at work. I have switched my main blog to 1-2-3 ... Get Organized on WordPress, so please visit me there.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back-to-School Giveaway, August 4-18

To help you get organized for school, I'm sponsoring a Back-to-School Giveaway of 1-2-3 ... Get Organized books (over $45 in value):

Three Steps to Clever Cleaning
Three Steps to Decluttering
Three Steps to Organizing Your Child's Room
Three Steps to Organizing Your Kitchen
Three Steps to Planning Dinner (ebook)
Hassle Free Dinners (ebook)

Your choice:
  • Three Steps to Time Management for the Stay-at-Home Mom
  • Three Steps to Time Management for the Single Mom (ebook)
  • Three Steps to Time Management for the Working Mom (ebook)
So that's seven books, each one on a different topic. I wrote the 1-2-3 ... Get Organized series for the organizationally overwhelmed. Tackle one area at a time, and move on to the next!

The books are small, colorful, and glossy. Since they are spirals, you can open your book, lay it flat while you're following one tip, and come back to it for the next item.
Even though they're small, they're packed with helpful information to get the job done.

How to enter (11 possible entries in all):
  1. Email your list about the giveaway (include me - Bev@1-2-3GetOrganized.com). Come back and leave three comments to that effect. (3 entries)
  2. Blog about the 1-2-3 ... Get Organized Back-to-School giveaway, leaving a comment below including the link to your post. (1 entry)
  3. Put our 1-2-3 ... Get Organized Blog button on your blog or site, come back and leave a comment to that effect, with the link to that page. (1 entry)
  4. Tell your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., and leave a comment saying so. (1 entry)
  5. Subscribe to 1-2-3 ... Get Organized blog. Comment that you've subscribed or that you already subscribe. (1 entry)
  6. Subscribe to receive notices of special offers or sales of 1-2-3 ... Get Organized books. Come back and leave your comment. (1 entry)
  7. Subscribe to Mom Audience - my marketplace for moms. Comment here saying you've done so. (1 entry)
  8. Put a Mom Audience button on your site. Leave your comment here. (1 entry)
  9. Leave a comment below about why you might like to have these books. (1 entry)
The deadline is midnight (eastern) Tuesday, August 18, 2009. The winner will be randomly chosen by one of my foster daughters and announced here on Thursday, August 20, 2009.

Subscribers, click here to enter the giveaway.

5-Minute Stress Relievers - Being Generous

Hope you had a nice weekend! Ours was relaxed. We get two girls today for two days, then three girls on Thursday for eight days. On to our blog ...

In our continuing series on 5-Minute Stress Relievers, we're looking at various ways to relieve stress. Just as we have different personalities, our stress is relieved in different ways. Today we're going to look at generosity. Here are a few ideas:

  • Do a random act of kindness - bring someone a cup of tea, do someone else's chore, let someone else go in front of you in the check-out line, etc.
  • Give to someone in need.
  • Write a note to someone who has made a difference in your life, being specific about what you have gained from the relationship.
  • Gather up your change and drop it in a red kettle.
  • Twitter, Facebook or email a friend or family member, describing how important he/she is to you.
  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
  • Send a card.
  • Buy flowers for a friend while you're doing your grocery shopping.
  • Call a shut-in.
  • Call a mom of a preschooler and offer to babysit.
  • Give someone you love a pat, hug or kiss.
  • Pick up a gift for someone while you're shopping.
Generosity renews your soul - it's restorative when you give to someone else. It doesn't need to be expensive - just thoughtful!

Do you have some more ideas? Please share them! Subscribers click here to comment on the original blog.

More on Stress Relievers:

5-Minute Stress Relievers - Organizing and Cleaning
5-Minute Stress Relievers - Physical Activity
Five Health Benefits of Laughter
Foods that Relieve Stress