Thursday, November 27, 2014

6 Planning Colorful Black Friday Discounts & a Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

I hope you friendly folks all know how much love and appreciation I have for you.  Not only on this day of thanks, but everyday.

I have always wished there was a way I could find a way to give something back to each and every reader.  A giveaway with endless winners or even just a way to give y'all a big, warm iHeart hug.  Until that day comes, one thing I can do is give you great discounts and even offer a giveaway for one of my most favorite products.  OK, how about I actually up the ante and giveaway two Silhouettes today?  Done.

But first, for those looking to get organized for the new year by purchasing a planner printable or any other colorful organizing printables from my Etsy shop, I am offering you 25% off through end of day Friday, November 27th with code THANKFULHEART25!

And if you happen to miss out on the Black Friday sale, you can still snag 15% off Saturday through end of day Monday, December 1st with code THANKFULHEART15!

Now, for one of my all time favorite products.  The Silhouette!

The Silhouette is a die cutting craft machine that allows you to make just about anything that your heart desires.  It hooks up to your home computer, and using the Silhouette software you can design items such as labels, stickers, party favors, gift boxes and wall art.  A small blade in the machine then cuts your design out of an endless variety of materials (chipboard, vinyl, cardstock, sticker paper, fabric, etc..)

Need more proof that I love my Silhouette almost as much as my hubby, kids and puppies?  Check out some of my favorite projects done with my Silhouette below:

This machine will rock your socks right off, which explains why I always tend to be barefoot...  So let's chat about how we can get one of these machines into your home!

First, you can purchase a machine during their killer Black Friday sale using my special code ORGANIZING!

Portrait Bundle:  Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99

CAMEO Bundle #1:  CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99

CAMEO Bundle #2:  CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99

CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!):  CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99

Already a Silhouette user?

Use my code ORGANIZING for 40% off at (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states.  Also receive 50% off all designs at – no code needed!

Second, you can enter to win your very own Silhouette Portrait below!

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I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that it is fabulous and fun with a side of good food and family.  Cheers and a virtual hug to you all.

* Promotional codes are not valid on previous purchases.  Prices good until products sell out, so act fast!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

22 Extra! Extra! Organizing Reads!

Hello pals!  I hope y'all are excited for the holiday week ahead!  

Today, I am popping in to give you some extra organizing reads to check out around the blogosphere, as well as some general updates and information.  I love this time of the month as it gives me an opportunity to share a lot of the behind-the-scenes happenings that may not always get the privilege of an entire post.    So much goodness happening over here!

First and foremost, let's take a peek at the articles I have been contributing over on the Better Homes & Garden's Style Spotter's Blog.

As always, many of the items I write about over there, are inspired by things happening here.

I have been working on our son's room for quite awhile now, and designing and organizing for a thirteen year old boy much more interested in sports and friends than the color of his bedding, has proven to be a bit challenging.  However, there are some organizational tips that I use no matter what their age, and I shared those here.

Many people are inspired by the seasons while decorating their home.  Same concept can be applied to decorative storage, and I shared my favorite autumn-esque options that can be used year round, in this article here.

With a kitchen update in our future, I will be thinking about how to maximize every last inch of our space.  I thought it would be fun to take a look at budget friendly ways to organize a pantry cupboard.

We were featured by Bob Vila again, and this time he is sharing great solutions for storing winter footwear.

And if you are planning on getting your home office into tip top shape for the first of the new year, Good Housekeeping has a slew of tips for you here.

I am continuing to contribute to the The Daily Mom App feed, which I still love for a variety of reasons.  The daily jokes are also a huge hit with the kiddos.  And good news!  The app is now FREE!

Are you feeling super ready and prepared for the upcoming holiday season?  It is always a whirlwind of excitement, but can also quickly become overwhelming.  Emily from So Damn Domestic, is hosting a series filled with a variety of holiday focused organization tips from a panel of hand picked experts.

You can keep up with the entire series here.  It is a good one!

OK, I am so excited about this, I am at a loss at how to express my over-the-top enthusiasm.  My extremely talented friend, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange, just finished up an organizing book as part of the Idiot's Guide series.

Not only is this book filled to the brim with full page illustrations of organizational eye treats...

It also includes an incredible feature of our playroom, and it really shines on those beautiful pages!  I owe Cyndy my first born for this honor!

When the package first arrived at my door, my heart was racing at record-breaking speeds.

We have been featured in magazine print in the past, but this is our first book appearance, so I think it is cause for endless celebratory nonsense and wine drinking.  Thank you so much Cyndy for seeing something in our playroom project and including it in your fantastic piece of work.

If you were wondering if I had suddenly fallen off the face of the earth last week, the answer is luckily no.  In fact, I was organizing once again, only this time I was organizing in Texas!

I fell in love with Grace of A Storied Style Blog, when I met her at a Better Homes & Garden's event last year.  We quickly became dear friends and have been scheming my trip to visit ever since.  Not only did I go down to visit her and her darling clan, I also helped her with some organizing.  I couldn't be more thrilled with how the room came together, just moments before I had to head back to the airport to go home.

I absolutely cannot wait to share more, so I hope y'all stay tuned for the entire story.

And in REALLY big news, I shared last week that we are finally ready to start our very long awaited kitchen project!  I am so excited and nervous all at the same time, as I feel like I have been building this up for years!  Well, in the spirit of just not wanting to wait any longer, the first hole has been made!

My visions and ideas for the space have been changing by the second, and I am excited to share the entire process of our biggest renovation to date.  We have no idea what we are getting ourselves into, but we have never shied away from a challenge.

Because we are going to try and do as much of the work as possible, it could impact my posting schedule and the amount of additional organizing projects I am working on beyond our kitchen.  We are planning on spending many evenings working on tearing down the wall, installing our flooring, assembling and installing our cabinets, etc... I plan to share every last moment of the story here, but if the floors take four days to install on our own, I may not have an abundance of daily updates.  If there are other organizational questions and articles you would like for me to post in-between our bigger kitchen updates, feel free to leave some suggestions in the comments below.  Anything from "how to organize a small entry" to "favorite organizing supplies for the office"... I am happy to answer any of those general organizing questions you may have.  And I am sure there will be times when I just need to take a kitchen break to focus on a random messy drawer.

Either way, this is one of the most exciting things that have happened around here in a very long time and I am honored to take all of you along for the ride!


And last but certainly not least, with 2015 right around the corner, I am looking to add a few fresh faces to the iHeart Contributing team!

As you know, my fabulous team of writers assist in bringing fresh new content to the blog on a weekly basis.  Because we all live in different situations and have different skills to share, they bring elements to iHeart Organizing that I could never offer on my own.  I am delighted to add some new talent to the mix, and I am calling on you to be part of the team!

What I am looking for:
  • People who love to organize!
  • People who love to sew organizational storage!
  • People who love to build organizational storage!
  • People who love to re-purpose everyday items into storage!
  • People who love to write and share their organizational stories!

If this sounds like you, and you are interested in contributing approximately 5 posts per year, then please email me at with CONTRIBUTE in the subject line.  Please include a little about yourself, a link to your blog, and your favorite organizing project.  I am also happy to answer any questions via email regarding the contributing process and experience.

Submissions due to me by end of day, Saturday, December 6th. 


It was an honor to celebrate my five year blogging milestone in September and I just wanted to thank you all for your kind comments, emails and notes on social media, congratulating and encouraging me along the way.  Blogging is never something I take for granted and I hope that I still have a few more years ahead of me.  At the end of the day, you pals keep me motivated to continually tackle spaces and share it here, so consider this as me hugging you in a very bear-like way.  You can see all of the posts in the blogiversary series below:

A Day in our Life
The Bread & Butter of the Blog
Ten Things I Have Learned Along the Way
Blogging Photography Tips & Tricks

And a very important reminder that this blog would not be possible without my monthly sponsors.  They are each amazing companies that I love and support right back, you can check each of them out below or on the sidebar.

A few days are remaining to link up your organizing projects as part of this month's organizing challenge!  Check them out and link up here!

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