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Ziploop Mobile Shopping Organizer

Whether you are re-decorating your living room, remodeling your kitchen or building from the ground up, house projects produce lots of receipts. Couple that with the purchases you make everyday and it can be hard to keep them all organized. Lucky for us, there’s now Ziploop – an exciting mobile shopping organizer app making paper-free shopping, saving and returns super simple.

Ziploop Mobile Shopping App

In addition to organizing receipts, Ziploop saves reward cards, discounts, and return deadlines (key when purchasing home goods!) allowing you to never miss a sale or discount! For all of you who’ve forgotten to bring a coupon with you to a store, Ziploop has a solution for that too. It gives you the ability to scan store coupons so that they are with you at all times. Brilliant, right? And if that’s not enough functionality for you, Ziploop lets you tag your receipts and rewards under multiple categories you create (i.e. kitchen, bath, gifts, school) so you know exactly what you’ve purchased for that home project, family event or school fundraiser! Love this!

 

Ziploop Mobile Shopping App

Even if you don’t have a home project, organizing your spending all in one place with Ziploop will reduce the stress of shopping, ensure you receive coupon savings and help you return items with ease. To learn more,  watch a quick video on how life can be made easier with this amazing app and then download it for free (yep!) on your mobile device (iPhone/iPad or Android) or head to the website.

I know, I know. You want it. You need it. Go get it!

Happy organizing,

Cristin

 

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ziploop, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on January 28, 2014 in home organization, Organization, Organizational tips, Paperwork, time management, Tips/Tricks

7 Stylish Daily Planners 2014

disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

 

Keeping a calendar is a critical if not essential step in managing your daily activities and prioritizing your time. It’s also a great way to kick off a new school year and 2014 (I know! It’s not that far off!)  on the right foot. By logging appointments, events and assignments in a daily planner, you can reduce stress by knowing that you aren’t forgetting anything. When kept up-to-date, a planner allows you to find information quickly, prioritize effectively and schedule appointments on the spot.

Even with fabulous online calendar apps, I still enjoy writing down our household schedule in a  traditional daily planner. With so many super stylish designs available, the tough part is selecting one!
Stylish Daily Planners for 2014
Here’s my seven  favorite, stylish  daily planners for 2014:
most-stylish-daily-planner-2014Erin Condren’s Life Plannerknown for it’s personalization (can add photos) and variety of colorful patterns
stylish daily planner 2014 // zig zag pattern by Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler’s 2013-2014 Agendabecause the zig zag pattern rocks!
Most Stylish Daily Planners 2014
Sarah Pinto’s 2013-2014 Academic Plannerknown for it’s preppy style and perfect for students
Colorful Daily Planners by Lilly Pulitzer 2014
Lilly Pultizer’s Agenda (August 2013 – December 2014) - love the colorful, playful patterns and the large size. It’s a planner and notebook in one!
Stylish Day Planner 2014 // Gold Stripes
Whitney English’s Gold Day Designer (August 2013 – August 2014) – this super chic gold stripe planner is a limited edition, so act fast!
Stylish Daily Planners for 2014
momAgenda’s Mini-Daily (August 2013 – August 2014) – the compact design fits in most purses, backpacks and diaper bags which moms love.
simplified day planner / binder for 2014
Emily Ley’s Simplified Plannerfor those who love binders… this planner you build yourself based on your lifestyle and needs.
time management quote // Simplified Bee
I also love this quote found on Emily Ley’s website stressing the need to prioritize and schedule time with loved ones.
If you can’t seem to find the time, here are some Time Management Tips that may help!
Happy Organizing!!!
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Read full story By on August 14, 2013 in daily planners, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, time management, Tips/Tricks

Friday Find :: 2013 Daily Planner by Whitney English

Last fall I wrote about my Top 7 Stylish Daily Planner for 2013, but it should have been top 8.  I ran across this chic black & white striped 2013 daily planner by Whitney English and just loved it… thought you would too.

Whitney English Daily Planner 2013

I needed something to keep me on course, focused, and I needed something that was going to make sure that I was truly doing what I needed to do to achieve my dreams. I needed something that was going to help me design an intentional, well-designed life. Every single day. And so, The Day Designer™ was born. – Whitney English

honey do note pad listnewborn baby schedule listweekly meal planner and grocery listcomputer website password organization listblogger schedule and planner note pad

There is no better way to organize and prioritize your day than by making lists. That’s why I had to share these darling note pads by Whitney English too! She has created a note pad with everyone in mind. Aren’t they adorable?

You can purchase Whitney’s items at her Etsy store!

Happy Organizing & Happy Friday,

Cristin

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Read full story By on February 1, 2013 in daily planners, etsy, Features, Friday Finds, office supplies, Organization, Paperwork, time management

Time Management Tips :: Block It

Time. We never seem to find enough of it. Like many my activities and tacks vary from day to day. Writing, administrative work, on-site consulting, as well as exercising, volunteering and taking care of a busy family are just some of the things I fit into a busy week. Juggling too many activities without boundaries can lead to missed appointments, unhappy customers and frustrated family members. Incorporating time management is something I’ve embraced over the years and have learned many valuable lessons. The number one lesson in time management is to “time block.”

 

Pink and Orange Apple Clock by Jonathan Adler

 

{image courtesy of Jonathan Adler}

What is time blocking? Blocking time is essentially setting specific time slots for each activity. It sounds simple, but so many don’t block time for every activity and thus get overwhelmed, distracted and wind up not completing tasks.

Erin Condren Daily Planner 2013 {image via  Erin Condren}

To get started, first you need to pick a unified calendar either online {MS Outlook, Yahoo, Google, etc.} or a traditional {here are my top ten daily planners for 2013}. You can use different colors or buckets for work or life, but one calendar ensures that your obligations don’t get overlooked. If you want your weekends to be time off from work, you should block it into your schedule. Otherwise there is the risk that your work will creep into your personal time. In addition, you should be as specific as you can with your time block schedule.

Still Time to Change the Road You're On
{image via Amy Rice Art}

A benefit from time blocking is it eliminates toggling between tasks. The less we switch tasks, the more focused and efficient our brains can work. Our productivity also improves. It’s important that when you block out time for tasks you remain focused without interruptions {i.e. avoid taking phone calls, etc.}.

Another benefit to time blocking is it stops you from procrastinating. Many of my clients have projects and clutter that is so overwhelming they can’t bring themselves to even start. Instead of tackling the project all at once, it’s best to break the project into smaller, more manageable tasks. Then assign time slots for each task. Remember to assign times during the day that are best for the task and least likely get distracted {i.e. in the morning when the kids are at school, on the weekend when a friend can help, etc.} It’s important that when you block out time for tasks you remain focused without interruptions such as phone calls.

Time Management Quote

Is it time for you to try time blocking?


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Read full story By on August 27, 2012 in daily planners, Organization, Organizational tips, time management, Uncategorized