Thursday, October 27, 2011

11 IHeart: Spreading Some October Love

It's time to give some major love to those that keep IHeart Organizing's lights on, and I couldn't be more excited to send them each virtual hugs, smooches and high fives for all they do!

I recently announced my switch to full time blogger lady, which is why I am more than beyond grateful for each and every sponsor.  Without them, this blog wouldn't be, so let's take a minute to give them some love for all the love they give me!

Oreck is hopping on board to sponsor IHeart Organizing!

The Oreck Corporation is an American business founded in 1963 by David Oreck.  He started the company with the idea to design a lightweight yet powerful vacuum that hotel housekeepers would prefer over the heavy models available to them. The idea proved so successful that now over 50,000 hotels throughout the world use Oreck vacuums. After a short time, hotel staff wanted to buy the vacuum cleaners for their own use at home, which gave the Oreck Corporation the idea to sell its unique products to consumers.

Oreck has a reputation for making the finest vacuums available. Its continued goal is to provide lightweight and easy-to-use cleaning products for every room in the house, each with exceptional durability.

I was able to recently experience the new Oreck Dualmax Air Purifer, and I LOVE that it is working hard to keep our air clean!

And although they are known for their vacuums, they offer SO much more to keep our homes spic and span!

{Steam Mop, Iron, Air Purifier, Canister Vac}

Right now, Oreck is offering 15% off any purchase using code: FALLFORORECK through November 2nd!


Join me in welcoming Buttoned Up this month!

Buttoned Up, Inc. was founded in 2004 by four women, three sisters and a best friend...
They realized the necessity for a tool like Life.doc after experiencing significant life changes − from moving across the country to setting up house after 9/11 to getting divorced after 38 years of marriage to having kids and grand-kids. Each of them felt the need to get their lives organized but were unable to find products that could help them control their chaos. They wanted to be liberated from the rigid organizational systems that they bought annually and stopped using after just a few weeks.
After several years of trial, error, effort and research, they started Buttoned Up whose mission is to give women the tools they need to live an organized life not a life of organization.

They currently offer all sorts of great document kits to keep you organized in every aspect of your life!
{Life.doc, Moving.kit, File.starter, Medical.doc}

And I just love all of the organizing tips and topics they share on their blog!

Right now, Buttoned Up is offering you 15% off their NEW 2012 Weekly Agenda Planner!

The new 2012 Weekly.agenda planner is specifically designed to prevent the 3 productivity-killing mistakes most people make: failure to prioritize, missing opportunities to batch similar tasks, and neglecting to plan ahead!

To receive your 15% off discount on this great planner, just enter 15iheart at checkout!

Heather discovered Stella & Dot by entering a blog contest, and WINNING!  She then later decided to join Stella & Dot as a Stylist and she is absolutely loving what she does!  Thank goodness for us she did because now she is here today and we get to drool over lots of gorgeous Stella & Dot jewelry!  

Now is actually a great time to pop over to her page and start making that Christmas wish list!

Stella & Dot just introduced their new holiday capsule that features the new rose gold trend, and it is absolutely stunning!

Right now, Heather is offering FREE shipping on all orders over $50!  You can pop over an email to Heather to place an order and you can visit her Stella & Dot page to learn more about Stella & Dot along with their opportunities to become a stylist, just like Heather!

Also, from now until November 7th, you can launch your new business and become a stylist for just $199 and you get $450 {regularly $350} worth of free jewelry, as well as all of your supplies and training materials to help get your business started!

Lets welcome back Shelbi from Thrive in the Kitchen!

Shelbi is a consultant for Shelf Reliance which is a premier source for emergency preparedness supplies and informational tools. Featuring freeze dried foods, food rotation systems {food storage shelves}, and calculators for food storage and emergency kits, Shelf Reliance offers the tools you'll need to create a comprehensive, customized emergency preparedness plan.

Thrive, which is a long term food storage product that was developed for incorporation into everyday menu planning. It includes nutrition facts and easy-to-make recipes with every can. Other products may be stored and forgotten, but THRIVE foods are a healthy, cost-effective option you'll love to use!

{Carrots, Pancakes, Baking Powder, Apples}

Of course, Shelbi would love to help you with your food storage needs!

For cabinets and pantries, the Cansolidator can organizer:

Or for those that coupon or have a large food safety net:  The Large Harvest 72" food rotation system.  It organizes cans of all sizes up to 460 cans:

Thrive products help you to prepare for today, tomorrow and in an emergency.  Helping you build a home store where you can go, instead of having to run to the store, where you can have perishable foods and high demand foods at the ready, so you can support your family in the case of an emergency whether it's a job loss, cut back hours or a natural disaster. Providing for those who you love the most brings with it a mindset of Shelf Reliance that will help you not only organize your pantry but your life as well!

Katrina, independent consultant for Sticks and Stones, is staying part of the IHeart Organizing sponsorship family as well this month!

Alphabet Photography by Sticks & Stones is the perfect way to give someone a personal gift for their home, that is like none other they have ever received!  And it works for all occasions like weddings, house warming, birthdays and anniversaries!

Sticks and Stones alphabet photos are a high-end, luxury heirloom, and you have their word that they will maintain this status by never allowing Sticks and Stones alphabet pictures to be mass-produced.  Explore the website, inspect each alphabet photo {there are many to choose from}.  You can see each alphabet photo in their Letters Gallery.

You can find out more about how amazing these gifts are by checking out Katrina's adorable blog here.  

Right now, using coupon code IBGIKL will get you 10% off your order, plus, right now you can also receive on buy one get one at 50% special with the additional 10% off, such a wonderful deal!!

See Jane Work is continuing to support this blog, and it's the perfect partnership since we both obviously have the same passion.  Stylish Organization!

{Leather Tote, USB Hub, Planner, Tabs}

Holly Bohn is the Founder and Creative Director. The idea for See Jane Work came when one of her many trips to an Office Superstore left her feeling frustrated and unsatisfied. "There is only so much you can do with smoke-colored plastic trays," she exclaimed "There must be another way!" After consulting with several friends, she realized there were stylish office supplies out there; they were just so hard to find. See Jane Work was born, the online destination for office style and organization.

But it takes more than just an idea to keep See Jane Work running, it takes a great staff, as well as sales reps, vendors, artists, designers, and babysitters. They are working women and men just like you. They have husbands, and kids, and dogs, and in-laws, and parent-teacher meetings, and business meetings, and lots, and lots, and lots, of stuff going on all the time.

So they know why it's important to stay organized, but they also know that there is more to life than manila folders and ball point pens accidentally lifted from the pediatrician's office.

Yes we are busy, but we can still have fun. And we can still express our individuality. That is why they started See Jane Work. They know you don't have time to search every website that comes up on Google looking for a notebook that says a little more about you than, "I got a coupon in the mail from Office Mart." You want something that says, "I am unique. I have style. I will not wear sweatpants to a meeting with a client ever again, no matter how late I am running."

They feel inspiration comes a little easier to those writing their thoughts in a pink leather journal rather than on the back of an envelope.

There are always trendy new products being added to their fantastic online store, like these new desk accessories from the UK!

{USB Drive, Duck Tape Dispenser, Sharpener Pencil Cup, Stampler}

I am so thrilled to be partnering up with such a fantastic company that offers a way for us ladies to live simply and beautifully and organized!

Take a minute to pop over to check out all of the endless amounts of products to be organized in STYLE, you may just be so in love you end up there for hours!

From now through 11/11/11, IHeart Organizing readers can receive 20% off their total purchase!  Just enter HEART20 at checkout!

Heather, who run's Blondie's Shop on Etsy, is giving me some love again this month, and I couldn't be happier to keep her on board!

Heather works full-time, so in her spare time she makes note cards and knits.  Several years ago Heather taught herself to knit for the sole purpose of stress relief.  And she found something out while relieving her stress, she really liked doing it and her scarves became great fashion accessories {for herself} and then she began receiving several requests and started making gifts!  So hence, a few months ago she started Blondie's Shop!  A key element of my scarves and cowls is the combination of colors and textures to create a very unique and fabulous look.  Each one of my knitted items is individually unique.

Because Heather truly enjoyed sending and receiving handwritten note cards, she also realized a love and passion for creating them.  It's an extra special treat to open up the mail and receive a handwritten, heartfelt, short and sweet note, don't you agree?  And because she enjoys scrapbooking so much, she decided to do something with all that leftover paper!  Thank goodness for us she did, her cards are absolutely divine!

{Aqua Chevron Cards, Halloween Cards, Nautical Cards}

 And seriously, how great are these new monogram notecards?  Love!

{Navy Blue Gray, Aqua Fuchsia, Gray Fuchsia, Navy Fuchsia Gray}

There really is something for everyone, and her designs are so pretty and unique!  Oh, and she runs a fun blog too, you can check that out here!

Thanks so much to Heather with Blondie's Shop for continuing to be apart of the IHeart Organizing Sponsorship team!

Right now, Heather is offering IHeart Organizing readers 20% off any order with code IHEARTORGANIZING at checkout.  Offer good through 10/31!

Michelle runs an time and money saving blog that is sure to make all of your lives easier!  Michelle's title says it all.  It's quite amazing really!  But you CAN cook 5 dinners in just ONE hour too!!

Here's how:

Michelle has created a plan to cook all 5 dinners for the week in just ONE hour. All the menu plans have family friendly meals that feed 4-6 people and no, they are not all casseroles. :)

The meals are fresh, not frozen. They keep in your refrigerator until ready to heat and eat!

You could spend one hour on a Saturday or Sunday preparing 5 meals for your busy week!!  Yep, it only costs you the cost of the groceries and the one hour time investment, and you have meals for the whole week!  Done!

Not only does the fact that you can make 5 dinners in one hour sound incredible, but nothing is better than coming home from work and having your dinner already prepared before you run off to that kiddo's sporting event or music lesson.  It saves money on eating out and causes so much less stress in trying to find time to feed your family on a busy work/school night!  This is such music to this mom's ears I tell you!!!

Michelle is so kind to share a special promotion, just for you IHeart Organizing readers!  Subscribe here and get a $3.00 discount off the regular price of $15.00 for your first 3 months! Making your first 3 month subscription only $12.00!
You can find all the rest of the details right here on Michelle's blog.  And while you are there, give her some extra virtual hugs to thank her for her support of IHeart Organizing!

Simplify 101 is a great partnership for IHeart Organizing, since they have such a special place in my organizing loving heart.  Why you ask?  Well, because they specialize in organizing and simplifying your life!

They may sound familiar since they were just the lovely sponsors of a recent giveaway, which we gave a deserving reader the opportunity to partake in a wonderful organizing workshop!

Founded by professional organizer, Aby Garvey, simplify 101's missions is to make getting organized fun!  Get a taste of simplify 101 - and the organized life - with their FREE, simple to follow guide, How to Create a Command Central Binder.  You'll put together a home reference binder that will help you get organized, save time and minimize paper clutter and the stress that comes along with it!

Don't miss out on the chance to join one or more of the life changing workshops over at simplify 101!

The holiday are coming!  Are you ready?  Thank goodness simplify 101 is offering their great Get Organized for the Holidays online workshop.  Led by professional organizer Aby Garvey, this workshop will help you to organize the holidays from start to finish and take the stress out of the season.  Plus you can exchange holiday decorating ideas, gift ideas and recipes with the friendly and supportive simplify 101 workshop community all season long.  Get Organized for the Holidays begins Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  Join simplify 101 to create a meaningful celebration filled with joy, happiness and an organizing plan you can use year after year.  Make it simple and have more fun getting your holiday to-dos done!

 Before the holidays roll into town, you might be thinking of your kitchen.  Is it ready to take on the demands of the upcoming season?  Or does your kitchen leave you craving something more - more organization, more function or more inspiration?  Yes?  Then this is for you... simplify 101 is introducing Organizing your Kitchen: A Quick + Simple Video Workshop -- their first ever VIDEO workshop.

You won't just learn how to organize your kitchen - you'll see the process in action as professional organizer, Aby Garvey, invites you into her own kitchen organizing project!

If you've ever wished you could tag along with a professional organizer to see her processes and techniques in action, this is your change.  The videos are segmented into short viewing sessions so you can stop and apply the concepts in your own kitchen!  Whether your kitchen needs a simple organizing tweak, or a complete overhaul, this workshop is sure to satisfy your cravings.  And just in time for the holidays too!  Organize Your Kitchen begins Thursday, November 10, 2011.  Join simplify 101 to create an organized, functional and inspiring kitchen!

Simplify 101 is offering IHeart Organizing readers 10% off enrollment in either of these workshops!  To take advantage of this offer, enter coupon code IHEARTSAVING during checkout.  This coupon is good through November 1, 2011 and may not be combined with any other offers.

Carolyn, an independent consultant with Thirty-One gifts, continues this month as a supportive sponsor as well!  Please give her a huge  thank you for the partnership!

The products you will find when you pop over to Carolyn's Thirty-One Gifts website, are exclusive to Thirty-One and provide style and convenience at an amazingly affordable price. From their key product line, to their “direction” line for teens, or their uniquely crafted “31kid” line for children and moms, you will find so many options to fit every personality type and every situation. They continue to develop new products built on the idea that their products must be stylish, functional, affordable and easy to give as gifts to encourage someone special.

Customer Specials:
For every $31 customers spend from November 1 - 22, they can get a Littles Carry-All Caddy for only $1 – a savings of $11! Choose from 7 prints. Enter the required $31 in regularly priced items and then enter the item # of the discounted item (#3401).

Be Santa's little helper this season! For every $31 Customers spend from November 23 - December 12, you can wrap up one of these stocking stuffers for just $5:

  • All-In-One Organizer (retails for $20)
  • Cinch Sac (retails for $20)
  • Flat Iron Case (retails for $20)
  • Soft Wallet (retails for $22)
  • Zip-Up Pencil Pouch (retails for $10)
Need assistance placing your order? Contact Carolyn at

Hostess Special:

Host a $700-$1,199 online catalog party between November 1 - 22 and get one Hostess Exclusive item for FREE. Choose from any of the three Hostess Exclusive product styles: Double Zip Cosmetic Bag, Rolling Tote, or XXL Utility Tote Set. Host a $1,200 online catalog party or above and get a total of four Hostess Exclusive items for FREE (the three free items you already receive, plus one additional free item of your choice).  In addition, hostesses will enjoy all the hostess rewards outlined for the qualified party (including FREE products, half-priced items, etc). It's a great way to stock up and earn FREE and discounted holiday gifts!

Hostesses with a $400+ party between November 23 and December 12 can get an Expand-A-Tote Day Extender for only $10. It's perfect for toting holiday gifts!  In addition, hostesses will enjoy all the hostess rewards outlined for the qualified party (including FREE products, half-priced items, etc). It's a great way to stock up and earn FREE and discounted holiday gifts!

PLEASE NOTE: the December specials end on December 12, which is the final date for Guaranteed Christmas Delivery. (In Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico, submit orders by December 5 for Guaranteed Christmas Delivery.)

Customer Specials:
Check out our exclusive holiday offering: Lil' Snow Expressions, available Nov. 1 - Dec. 12.
Introducing the newest soon-to-be-members of your family, Lil’ Snow Expressions. Choose the SnowMen (or SnowWomen!) closest to your heart and show them off on a tote, Mini Zipper Pouch or stationery…you can add up to six Lil’ Snow Expressions characters per item! Their scarves and hats coordinate with our festive fall cute! But they’re a special limited item, so hurry and scoop them up before they melt away! FREE personalization!

You can view a digital catalog or shop on Carolyn's website here and you can also find Carolyn on Facebook here.

Thank you again to Carolyn for choosing IHeart Organizing to place sponsorship!!

Pssst: Currently, Thirty-One Gifts is only able to ship to US mailing addresses only. 

What can I say?  I have a special place in my heart for my sponsor, Jane, also from The Borrowed Abode, now running her VERY OWN SHOP!   She was my very first sponsor and continues to support me on a monthly basis!  I am so spoiled!

Janery began with a stack of pretty fabrics, and a girl with visions of pillows popping into her head as she sat in long corporate meetings.

That girl was Jane, and though she is still sitting in a cubicle during the day, her nights are now spent designing and sewing pillows and other home decor items. The more she sews, the more she wants to share her love of fabric and home decor with others."

She recently added beautiful new pillow covers:

{Safari Pillow Cover, French Script Cover, Reversible Dwell Cover, Ikat Cover}
Coordinating cat purr pads are now available to coordinate with every pillow in the shop - available by special order.  

Here are her three driving values:
  • Commitment to using Made in the USA supplies when possible
  • Commitment to giving a portion of all profits back to the community; currently to the Carpenter Center {homeless shelter in Alexandria VA}
  • Bigger goal: to grow into a small company that can provide jobs to skilled, low-income women while providing flexible enough hours to allow them to be home before and after their kids' school hours      *** And every time someone makes a purchase from Janery, they're helping Jane get a step closer to fulfilling that dream ***
Also, there is one brand new product - cloth shopping totes!

{Shopping Totes}
  • The outer shell is cut from a single piece of fabric, so that there is no seam at the bottom of the bag to become worn out or torn from heavy use
  • The straps are reinforced with a second layer of fabric, and are cut generously enough to fit comfortably over your shoulder - even when the bag is full
  • The carrying portion of the tote is a roomy 16" wide x 17" tall
  • Lightweight and compact means they're easily rolled up and tucked into a purse
Coming soon, holiday stockings!  Make sure to be notified when these hit the web by signing up for her newsletter here!

And she also offers gift certificates, so if you don't know exactly what your bff, mom or sister will love in their space, a gift certificate is the perfect way to go!

I am so excited to watch Janery grow, as Jane's work is SO beautiful and she has an impeccable eye for great fabrics!

Endless thanks to my friend Jane for her continued support of IHeart Organizing!

Christine with Simple Starfish Jewelry is another talent that I am gushing over!   Once you pop over to her website or her facebook page, you will know why I adore her work!  Well, and I gave you another glimpse as to why here:

The shop is filled with beautiful hand stamped pieces, that include everything from necklaces to bracelets... and the customization possibilities are endless!

She is always adding new custom pieces, I love there is always a variety!

{simple starfish}
pre-holiday sale

Believe it or not, Christmas is only two months away!  Before we know it, the holiday rush will be upon us.  Get some of your shopping done early and take advantage of the {simple starfish} pre-holiday sale.

Some {holiday} shopping ideas for you.... 

{Love Circle, Little Initials, Little Love, Sister Love}

{Apple for Teacher, Best Friend Forever, Dad Keychain, Holiday Necklace}

Personalized gifts such as these really let someone you know, just how much you care about them.  I have gotten lots of happy tears by giving gifts such as these!  And many compliments on the pendant that I wear on a daily basis.  Seriously, what mom wouldn't be proud to sport her munchkins initials or names?  Love.

  • Receive 15% off any order using code: holiday15
  • Receive 20% off any order over $100, using code: holiday 20

Again, Christine's awesome work can be found on her website and on her facebook page, be prepared to stay awhile and gaze at her skills!

For someone who is a tad obsessed with cleaning and organizing, imagine the match made in heaven that was discovered when I found Toni, from a Bowl Full of Lemons!  She currently runs a blog that gives me my daily fix of all things IHeart, she is quite impressive in her ALL of her many skills!

It's funny because we often joke about how we could be long lost sisters with how much we have in common!  It's so much fun having such a good blog buddy!  And I LOVE her weekly project link up parties.  So much inspiration to be found! 

Not only does the multi-talented Toni run an awesome blog, she also sells Shaklee, which are awesome products!

When you pick Shaklee, you will know three things to be true. It is always safe. It always works. And it is always green.  Win win and win right?!

Here is a fact that knocked my socks off, "Through the sale of Shaklee Get Clean® Basic H2® in the last year alone, Shaklee has eliminated 2.7 billion bottles of conventional, ready-to-use 26-ounce window cleaner — if placed end-to-end, these bottles would wrap around the earth more than 18 times!"

Interested?  Check out Toni's Shaklee website here, or visit her blog here to find out more!!

My blogging buddy Amanda who writes the blog Our Humble A{Bowe}d,  is continuing to support me as well!  My smiles are plastered!

She is always working on the prettiest, craftiest projects for around their beautiful home! 

For example, she recently revamped her stairwell.  Can you tell that she is seriously the queen of gallery walls!?

And autumn is here!  She did a little fall decorating {wow, did I miss the boat on that one!}

Not only is she giving her blog a bit of a face lift, her and her Mr. are giving their kitchen a giant 90210 style face lift!  It's so much fun to follow along during their reno, which has taken their kitchen from this:

To this!

I love tuning in daily to see the progress!  I know it will turn out just divine!
And lucky for us, she shares those talents with us through her Etsy shop!

She offers custom cut-outs, I can't begin to figure out how she creates something so amazing, but she does!  She can whip up some playful artwork for your little ones haven!    Or for your haven, in the form of some personalized art!  She also can turn a photograph into incredible wall art!

And seriously, how cute is this... ugh, talk about melting of the happy heart!!

{Bee Happy Print}

Thank you Amanda for sharing your home renovations and crafts with us on your inspiring blog, and for offering up your awesomeness through your Etsy shop, and most importantly, for supporting IHeart Organizing!

It's so important for me to extend my gratefulness to these sponsors, for all they do for me and this blog.  I hope that you all take a moment to check out their fabulousness, whether via their blogs, their shops or their Facebook pages.  And you can always find their links by clicking on their banners on the sidebar of this blog at any time.  There is so much talent to be found!  Such a lucky girl I am to have the sponsor family I do!


  1. Hi Jen..great post...I tried to order the buttonedup planner but the code was invalid :(

  2. @Anonymous - thank you for letting me know, I will look into that right away!


  3. Hi:) I tried the Buttonup Planner code too and couldn't get it to work either:(

  4. Just discovered your site today and i am in love with all the organization tips and ideas you provide!! Like everyone above, I couldn't get the code for the buttonup planner to work :(

  5. I must say, I found and used "your move buttoned up" when I made my first move.....across country last year w three little was amazing! I still use it :)

  6. the code still isn't working. :(

  7. Hi friends, I have contacted Buttoned Up regarding the code and awaiting their reply. I will be sure to post an update as soon as I have one. Thank you all! Stay tuned!

    xoxo, Jen

  8. Hi Everyone - I have been notified that the code should be working now! So sorry for any trouble you experienced. Thank you all!



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