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Vintage Fashion Forward: Vintage Fall Neutrals for the Business Woman

I know, I know, I don't even want to think about fall either. Although, arguably with summer it is my favorite season. I love fall harvest time.  In the fashion world you have to think about fall way before summer is even thinking of showing its face. So at least I waited a tad bit for you.

 

 

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Today's Vintage Fashion Forward comes from Etsy Shop Verite Vintage. Even though I haven't caught one glimpse of Mad Men, I've been hearing and seeing a lot of fashion buzz about it. I have to say, the clothing is fabulous. What is wrong with stylish and classy dressed business women and men?


Making the Most of Monday: A Farmer's Fair Weekend!

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If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

 

Well hello lovelies, how are you on this fine Monday morning? You remember I love Monday's right! Around here Monday is a heavy school day, with no interruptions. As we prepare for our school day, I wanted to talk about my weekend for a minute.

This past weekend my husband & kiddo's and I headed to the 2nd annual Farmer's Fair. It was such a fabulous event.

Farmer's Fair The keynote speaker happened to be Mr. Ed Beagley, Jr. himself, but we didn't make it in time to hear what he had to say, (hubby had to work in the morning). Anyway, the event was fun, totally up my alley and full of great local food, information and ideas.

Highlights included Dolce Vita Gelato Cafe & Coffee 517 6th Ave.
Dayton, KY 41074

We split a refreshing NO EGG, NO DAIRY Pink Grapefruit gelato. It was more like a sorbet, but creamy at the same time. It was so delicious. I can't wait to make my way to Dolce Vita to try their other flavors. Rumor has it they offer Lemon, Lemon Basil, Hazelnut and other innovative combinations.

Other new to me places included the only 4 start restaurant CHALK food & wine located at 318 Greenup St., Covington KY 41011.

Fab Ferments was also there, I tried the local Sauerkraut and treated myself to a jar of their hot KimChi. It is delicious, if I do say so myself. Do any of you eat KimChi? If so, how often and with what? We also picked up a jar of their Grape & Purple Carrot Kombucha, my boys have been sipping it slowly. I think it is an acquired taste for sure.

We also tried samples from Kenny's Farmhouse Cheeses, delicious raw cheeses were had there. I hope to plan a field trip there very soon.

I'm just thrilled that there are local restaurants that care about fresh, organic and wholesome ingredients. I hope to visit each one of them soon. I'll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, have you sought out any restaurants in your area using local, fresh wholesome ingredients?

I'm almost finished with a fabulous book I've been reviewing. Stay tuned for that this week and for your chance to WIN a copy of the book. It will take away any doubts that you have on affording, real, wholesome and nutritional food for you and your family. No processes junk!

 

Have a great week, I'll see you back here soon.

 

xoxo Gabreial

 

 


On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young Tickled Pink Louisville, KY

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One cannot help but notice the bright pink awning on the Tickled Pink Memorabilia Mall when driving down Taylor Boulevard in Louisville, Kentucky.  Originally, the property served as Heartmann’s Grocery from 1918-1965.  The tin ceiling and fireplace mantle still remain intact.  Owner, Tony Lechner purchased the building in 1991 and, working closely with Russ Nalley, has run an extremely successful business ever since.


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Three floors filled with collectibles, antiques, gift items, vintage toys, retro kitchen accessories and more await collectors and dealers alike.  Specializing in 1950s to 1980s era items, Tickled Pink promises affordable items at a low cost.  Tony states, “We guarantee that 95% of our stock will be priced $9.99 and under and 5,000 new items will be added each week.”  Sixteen dealers rent booths and three of the vendors bring in new items daily.  Lately, anything from the 1970s with butterflies, mushrooms or owls has been popular.  “We only offer furniture that our customers can handle by themselves.  We often have the popular white metal cabinets and shabby chic style furniture.  Our rough room out back offers a wide variety of garden furniture.”


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Sunday is Crazy Hat Day and many regular customers will stop by just to see what hat Tony is wearing that day.  Others come on their lunch hour for a walk down memory lane or a little bit of talk therapy.  The friendly and welcoming environment makes for a wealth of repeat customers.  Tony’s sister Carol runs a second location in Ireland, Indiana near Jasper.  When in town, Antiques Roadshow voted Tickled Pink the third best mall in Kentucky.

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Location:  3269 Taylor Blvd., Louisville, KY

Phone:  502-366-5577

Hours:  Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 9:00 – 6:00, Closed Saturday

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VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Creative Chaos

Vintage Indie would like to send a warm welcome Creative Chaos a new sponsor for August! Creative Chaos comes to us in blog form.

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Karin, writer of Creative Chaos, combines family life with crafts & glitter in her writings. Find great papery projects and lots of pink and glittery ideas. You'll also find links to her indie business there too!

Thanks so much Creative Chaos for sponsoring Vintage Indie this month!

xoxo Gabreial

 

 

I couldn't run Vintage Indie without sponsors like Creative Chaos and I truly appreciate their support. If you would like to sponsor Vintage Indie, we would love to have you! Summer Sale has been extended until September and stay tuned for more details about our Holiday Market!


Random Tips for Mama's: Mega Swag Bucks Friday, Ebates!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to remind you that today is Mega Swag Bucks Friday!

Swag Bucks is a free rewards system. The concept is easy, you just use the Swag Bucks tool bar or search engine or their home page like you would any other search engine to earn free Swag Bucks and in turn cash them in for gift cards to places like Amazon (I've already earned $50.00 worth of Amazon Gift cards in 3 months) . Amazon is great for us because we love shopping for organics, school supplies, books and the like. A $5.00 Amazon Gift Card is only 450 Swag Bucks and it doesn't take long to rack them up.

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Sign up with Ebates today and we'll each get a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!

Happy shopping!

 

xoxox Mamas! ♥ Gabreial

(by the way the links up there are referral links. Help me, help you)


On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko: Yard Saling!

August 2010 was the season of huge yard sale events, and I went to two of them!

 

The first is the granddaddy of yard sales, The Route 127 World’s Longest Yard Sale. This sale is over 500 miles from Gadsen, Alabama in the south up to the Ohio/Michigan border in the north. My friend, Suzy and I, celebrating our mutual 50th birthdays this year, followed a 150 mile stretch of the route beginning in Crossville, TN and ending in Danville, KY. It took us 2 days.

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The treasures along the way vary from a few high-priced antique dealers, to some moderately-priced antique/vintage dealers, to the very affordable yard sales. You get a heady mixture of used goods along the route as well as an interesting mix of sellers. The scenery is tranquil farms and rolling hills. Beautiful!

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There were way too many yards full of clothes hanging from lines stretched between trees or spread out on tarps for my taste, but if we saw a yard where non-clothing stuff was the norm, we usually pulled over and took a look. We really had to search a lot to find vintage treasures. However, some of the towns had fields or fairgrounds where clusters of dealers had more interesting fare. In our 150 stretch of the route we hoped there would be more of these clusters of sellers instead of the single yard sales, but we did manage to fill the back of Suzy’s SUV! Our favorite clusters of sellers were in Crossville, TN and further north at the Cumberland General Store in TN where the grounds were full of dealers. The Ag Expo Center in Liberty, KY was a great place to stop too where there were lots of dealers under a huge roof.

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Food along the route was anything from quaint and reasonably-priced bar-b-que places, cafes, fast food, and vendors with everything from fried pork skins to fried pies. Our favorite lunch was in the fellowship hall of a Methodist church in KY where BBQ brisket, fresh cornbread, and homemade pie was to die for!

 

It took us 9 hours to drive from our homes to the Route 127 sale. Would we do it again? Probably not. I do think, however, that junkers, pickers, and antiquers should do it at least once. Put in on your “bucket list.” It is always the first weekend in August, although dealers told us that they set and began selling the weekend before.

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Closer to home (only an hour and 15 minutes west of my home) was the Route 11 Yard Crawl. This is the second Saturday in August. This 43 mile sale in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley of Virginia stretches north to south from Stephensville to New Market. Antebellum homes and Civil War battlefields are a big part of the scenery. This route is very doable during the one day event, although I hear vendors set up and sell the day before. As you approach each town on the route the traffic does come to a “crawl.”  You need to put on your “patience pants” and crawl along until you find a place to pull off so you can search through larger clusters of sales in fields or large front yards. These clusters are where you will find the few antique dealers along the route.

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In less congested areas, between towns, there are mostly single and small clusters of yard sales. Once again, like with the Route 127 sale, you have to pick and choose what sale to stop for a closer look. Many of the sales are practically right on the side of the road so looking is easy.

 

I found that the prices went from the ridiculously high-priced (only a very few dealers were like this) to the insanely cheap (quite a few dealers). There was this one couple who had a lot of wonderful old books and other goods and were selling everything at end of day for the rock bottom price of ten cents each! Insane! You have to willing to look and look for those special goodies at the sales. There is something for everyone on this sale and the scenery is truly breathtaking.

 

I will go to this sale again because it is so close to home, but if you have to drive more than 3 hours to get here, you may want to think twice. It really depends on what you are looking for. I actually found as much stuff on the one day of the Route 11 sale as I did during the 2 days we spent on Route 127 sale.

 

Good luck and enjoy the rest of yard sale season!

 


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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.


VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Bling Around Rosies

" Sisters are different flowers from the same garden" Isn't that adorable! That's the tag-line from our newest sponsor Bling Around Rosies. Two sisters from Louisville, KY that relish in childhood memories to create one of a kind upcycled vintage jewelery.

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Bling Around Rosies has to have some of the most classy & stylish upcycled jewelry that I've ever seen. I love the Kookaburra Gum Tree Necklace top left, don't you!  Head over to Bling Around Rosies today and adorn your neck with something vintage and unique!

 

 

I couldn't run Vintage Indie without sponsors like Bling Around Rosies and I truly appreciate their support. If you would like to sponsor Vintage Indie, we would love to have you! Summer Sale has been extended until September and stay tuned for more details about our Holiday Market!


Making the Most of Monday: Back to School Again...

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If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

 

Well hello lovelies, how are you all? Are you making the most of this Monday? We're back to school this week so my schedule has completely changed here in blog-land. As you can tell, posts will be coming quite later in the day.

I mentioned organization awhile back and I haven't forgot about that. I've just been well, trying to get organized! One of the main goals I've had is to meal plan and prepare things ahead of time so that dinner time isn't so hectic around here. What about you? Are you a meal planner?

Among all of our back to school organization and getting things swinging in homeschool land, I've also been attached to a new read. Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford. I'll be reviewing the book in full here as well as a GIVEAWAY! I can already tell you that I love it! It is full of great, great ideas and practical too. Just a heads up in case you'd like to go ahead and snag your own copy.

I've truly been inspired lately and have been having fun freezing (instead of canning) for the winter. As a matter of fact, I have a whole case of apples calling my name. - Toodles!

 

What are you doing to prepare for winter?

xoxo Gabreial


Barn House Flea Market: Kelly Rae Roberts

Hi Everyone... Malia here!

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I had a celebrity sighting of sorts at Barn House last weekend.  I ran into Kelly Rae Roberts, one of my all time favorite artists.  Kelly Rae calls herself an artist, author and possibilitarian-- and that's truly what she is.

She's created this beautiful book:

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It's titled "Taking Flight to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings" and it's full of lovely art techniques and so much more.  In addition to creating amazing pieces, Kelly Rae is also a fantastic blogger/writer.

 

She was very kind in letting me do an interview with her.

 

 

 

 

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Malia Karlinsky is a wife and a Mom to two cute kids.  She enjoys elegant upcycling, finding vintage treasures, sewing, photography and writing.  Oh and tap dancing which she isn't good at but really loves.  In her previous career, Malia was a television writer and producer. Visit Malia  on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday


Random Tips for Mama's : Swag Bucks Back-to-School

 

I've already earned $50.00 worth of Amazon gift cards, and it's so easy!
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Vintage Hot Spots: Maison Douce at the Barn House Flea Market

Hi Pals... I'm back with more from the The Barn House Flea Market.  Maison Douce was one of my most favorite booths.  So fun and feminine!  Owner Isabel Lang is so sweet and talented.  Here's a little interview and tour to share with you.  Enjoy!  Malia

 

 

 

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Malia Karlinsky is a wife and a Mom to two cute kids.  She enjoys elegant upcycling, finding vintage treasures, sewing, photography and writing.  Oh and tap dancing which she isn't good at but really loves.  In her previous career, Malia was a television writer and producer. Visit Malia  on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday

 

 

 


VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Bridget & Lucy

Please help me in sending our newest sponsor Bridget & Lucy a warm Vintage Indie Welcome!

 

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A Mother-Daughter duo is the proud owners of Bridget & Lucy. Kim or Nana to Bridget & Lucy and Megan mama to Bridget & Lucy started their business out of the necissity to find quality children's clothing patterns. With this came their Ready to Wear line and patterns! If I could only sew! Head over to Bridget & Lucy today to see more of their poular Ruffle Skirts and clothing patterns.

 


Vintage Hot Spots: Back From Barn House with Malia Karlinsky

Hi Friends!  Malia here.  I am back from the Barn House Antiques Show and let me tell you-- it was a blur of beauty!

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 There were so many lovely things to look at.  And wonderful people to meet.

 

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 Worthy Goods mixed in greenery with their antiques

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Here are Deb and Bob Kennedy from Retreat.  

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I wanted to retreat into their beautiful booth!  Did you notice the way they turned a bee's nest into art?

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 This is Julie Crumpacker from Kindred Roses.

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 Kindred Roses had a whimsical spin on vintage-- so fun

 

 Thanks for letting me share my Barn House photos with you.  BIG Hug!  Malia

 


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Malia Karlinsky is a wife and a Mom to two cute kids.  She enjoys elegant upcycling, finding vintage treasures, sewing, photography and writing.  Oh and tap dancing which she isn't good at but really loves.  In her previous career, Malia was a television writer and producer. Visit Malia  on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday

 

 


Organic & Whole Living: DVD Review The Art of Canning with The West Ladies

Canning I've talked a lot about whole foods, and whole living here at Vintage Indie and it is a topic I hold dear to my heart. When I know my family is getting the best nutrition that they possibly can, we stay out of the doctors office. When I eliminated processed crap from our diets we all started feeling better. Mind you it wasn't overnight but day after day every little bit has helped. I still have a special place in my heart for Chipotle.

In order to achieve my goal of 100% whole foods in our diet I've been considering canning quite a bit lately. While canning may not be the best option for nutrition, it is a good option for organic tomatoes and apple sauce and of course fermented veggies like sauerkraut and pickles. A frozen cucumber just doesn't go over well.

A couple of weeks ago my boys and I sat down to watch The Art of Canning from the Homestead Blessing series sent to me from Franklin Springs. The West Ladies consist of a mama and her daughters who have created a series on the "homestead" life. You may remember my review of their bread-making dvd in which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Since I had already poured a lot of research into canning, I knew a lot but having a visual was very helpful. Although I loved the bread-making dvd I can say that the canning one wasn't my favorite. In many of the books I've researched there is a lot of talk about the seriousness of botulism and other harmful bacteria that can grow in your canned foods if you don't can properly. To me the video didn't cover the safety aspects of canning that I would have preferred. Being a new "canner" these sorts of things make me hesitant on what I'm considering to can.

The dvd did offer tips, tricks and helpful tidbits for canning that maybe only your grandmother would share with you or things you'd otherwise have to learn on your own. This dvd is a great addition to our library since the boys really enjoyed it, but I wouldn't use it as my only source of information for canning.

Truth in Review: Franklin Spring Family Media did provide me with all of the products mentioned to review including shipping. Franklin Springs Family Media did not pay me for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Visit our Disclaimer for more info.


Art Stories: Artist Charmagne Coe

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What is your preferred medium?

My first passion is and has always been ink, specifically India ink and Micron pens. Both are immediate and portable, requiring very little set-up. My mixed media paintings incorporate my love of ink with the colors and textures of watercolor and pastel. The three together are wild.



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How did you get started?
(we'd love to know if there are any generational influences, family history etc.)

From my earliest memory, I always had some sort of drawing tool in hand. I grew up in a very creative environment. My father, who is a jeweler, worked out of our home. I was surrounded by turquoise, opals, coral, lapis lazuli... all of those intoxicating colors still move me. My mother had a natural talent for drawing caricatures in all their various poses and expressions. I love to draw characters too, tho many are certainly not representational and the forms can be quite surreal. I was always drawing. I still am!

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Who or what inspires you?

Love, nature, my family and mystery. And all the relationships between those forces. I am very moved by the works of Klee and Miro. Musically, Sigur Ros and Jonsi are my heroes.

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What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?

Draw, draw, draw. Be open to what you are feeling and what you want to draw. Keep that hand loose. Also, attend school because you will use every bit of your education and it will open more doors to you. Exposing oneself to art in all forms is very nourishing.

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Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

Yes. My feeling about the word vintage is something that exudes classical or timeless qualities. Vintage may even link to old traditions and mythologies. I am drawn to artwork and everyday objects that are vintage and are also 'now'. In my painting and drawings, the characters, clothing, settings, etc. are a melding of olden times and modern. For example, if you look at my painting, "The little journey", you might get a sense that the characters are plucked out of the 1940s, but it still feels current. I am a huge fan of big band music. Right now the song "I'll Never Smile Again", by Ruth Lowe is sitting on my piano. I like things that endure time.

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What is important for your customer to know about your work?

What I create is work that I believe in. I'm not always fond of telling a detailed, specific story behind a painting, because it boxes in the work itself. The point of what I portray is to continue an open dialogue. Then, whoever stands in front of it can participate. The tale is still unfolding.

 


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Where can we find your artwork?

You can find it at my website:
https://charmagnecoe.com. I will also have a two-person show in Flagstaff, AZ on August 6th, 2010 at Holland Studio.

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A special thank you to Charmagne Coe for a special look into her beautiful artwork and what she's passionate about.


Organic & Whole Living: Whole Foods

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One of my main goals for my family is to live off 100% whole foods. Absolutely no processed anything. Do you think it's possible? I think it is. One of our family rules is to only shop the outer isles at the grocery store. I have to admit though, I find myself in the condiments isle every once in awhile but that's about it.

Just the other day I spent 10 minutes in the pickle isle reading that back of every single pickle jar. Do you know that not one of them accept those sweetened with Splenda (yuck) had High Fructose Corn Syrup? Do you know what that tells me? I need to figure out how to make pickles! Do you have any good recipes? I have a canner, but not a pressure canner. I'm also considering refrigerator pickles.

If you don't know the effects of High Fructose Corn syrup on your body, here is a great article. 


Making the Most of Monday: A new month!

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If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

 

 

 

 

Good morning lovelies. What a pleasure it is to be writing another Making the Most of Monday post for you on this August 2nd. For one, I'm shocked that it is August. I promise you I just went to see the 4th of July fireworks last week! This summer is flying by! I'm sure you getting tired of hearing about how my year is whizzzing by so fast. Before you know it it will be October and the leaves will be changing. OK. OK. I'll stop! Let's celebrate August first right!

This month I'd like to focus on organizing. August is the time for organization for our family. Stockpiling for winter, freezing fresh fruits and veggies and getting ready for our new school year.  I hope you'll join me this month for some organization! If you have any tips or "out of the box" ideas for organizing, I'd love to have you as a guest! Just contact me!

Have a great Monday. Oh, and by the way Make the Most of It!

xoxox Gabreial