Tag Archives: life

4 Ways to Save on a Gym Membership

10 Feb

hess nature yoga image
image courtesy of hessnatur

Oh how the holiday treats were so tempting! Now as we all come off their sugary daze, many of us think about how to get the weight off. Here are four quick ways to reduce the costs of the new gym membership.

1. Negotiate

There is fierce competition among gyms therefore they usually are willing to work with you. Think of it like buying a car or house and assume that the listed price is not their final offer. Don’t forget the add-ons. You may get some of those extras for free. You don’t know if you don’t ask.

Kitchen Organizational Excuses

17 Nov

picture of organized kitchen

Excuse vs. Truth

Excuse: “My kitchen is just such a mess. It would take days to clean it out!”

Truth: This sounds like an unhealthy statement! Your kitchen should be one of the most organized and clean rooms in your house! It’s where you gather with family and friends to cook, eat, and spend quality time together. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a Tupperware container and its matching lid in under 10 minutes? How would your kids feel if they knew nothing in the fridge was moldy and they could eat anything without worrying about its freshness? With a little time and organization, we can transform your kitchen. And with just five minutes a day of maintenance, you will be able to keep it spotless!

You Are Only Responsible for Yourself

5 Oct

Greetings from Shorter Designs! Please accept my apologies for not writing a newsletter last month. We had a curve ball thrown our way regarding our move, and we had to live in Charlotte last month. We closed on our old house the middle of August and had to move, but our new house wasn’t going to be ready until the middle of September. So we stayed four weeks in a two bedroom apartment in Charlotte so my husband could be closer to his office.

Take Advantage of Life’s Opportunities

13 Aug

Greetings from Shorter Designs! My husband and I are in the midst of packing to move in three weeks. Oh, what fun… especially with a 13 month old daughter! Our new house is in Advance, so we will remain in the area for those of you who are wondering if I will still be able to help you organize.

Adjust Your System

14 Mar

Greetings from Shorter Designs! As some of you know, I am from Winston-Salem
originally. My husband and I moved back about 2 years ago after being gone for
11 years. One thing I have noticed since being back is how it does not snow as
much as it used to when I was a kid growing up. I used to enjoy throwing
snowballs, eating snow cream, and hearing the crunch of snow under my feet. The
last two winters there hasn’t been a chance to do this with the little dustings
we have had. It’s been really disappointing!

Adjust for the Gas Hike

8 Sep

Greetings from Shorter Designs! I hope you are doing well and that your kids are enjoying being back in school. Normally I try to write about something helpful to you for the season of the year, and this month isn’t much different.

We all know about the Katrina disaster, climbing gas prices, and many stations running low on gas. It’s amazing how one event so far from home can have such a huge impact on the entire nation. As Americans, we are all in the same boat – our pocketbooks are getting pulled tighter each day, and it seems like no relief is in sight. With this in mind, I wanted to mention a few things we could all do to combine errands, save money and time, and help do our part after this terrible event.

Color Code Your Way to Organization

1 Jun

Greetings from Shorter Designs! With flowers blooming all around bursting with color, I was inspired to write this month about how color-coding just about anything can help you get, and stay, organized. Read the below list, and try out what works best for you!

Linens and Clothes

  • If towels end up on floor frequently but you don’t know who the culprit is, assign one color towel per person in your household. The next time you see a misplaced towel, you will know who it belongs to. Also, no more mix-ups when getting out of the tub!

Nurture Your Friendships

5 Jul

Greetings from Shorter Designs! What are your plans for the Fourth of July? I hope that you are going to celebrate with some of our time-honored Independence Day traditions: fireworks, family and friends, and hot dogs and hamburgers. My closest friend, Jill, says that the Fourth of July is her favorite holiday. She especially enjoys eating watermelon and watching fireworks.

Friendship is an important part of life, but many people find it difficult to find, make, or keep friends. Life events, such as moving to another neighborhood, starting a job, or having a baby, can isolate us from our former support group and make forging new friendships more important than ever. Be sure to let your friends know how much you care.