The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-01-29

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Martha Stewart is taking over the world and turning it aqua...

 I'm good with that.

In the last month I've run into Martha twice; in Macy's and Staples.  Both times I left with armfuls of aqualicious stuff.  I didn't know either place contained  Marthaland (the real Magic Kingdom, by the way) within it's walls and  when I saw fields of scrumptiousness laid out before me, well, the look on my face was similar to my son's his first time entering Disney.

Marthaland at Macy's was just this side of threadbare and their website doesn't have everything either.  Why,  is complete mystery to me (marketing? Hello.) and I'm absolutely sure Martha wouldn't see it as a ...Good Thing.

Martha Stewart Kitchen

The displays were great even though the shelves weren't full.

Martha Stewart Kitchen

These cutting mats were adorable!

Martha Stewart Kitchen

I got these kitchen towels, loves.   When I look for towels now all I see is plain or striped - sad.

Martha Stewart Kitchen

Adorable aqualicious options.

 In contrast, Staples had tons of well stocked shelves.

Martha Stewart Office Supplies at Staples

After standing in awe for a while I spun around and squeeled like a six year old girl with a new Pink Glitter Purse.

Martha Stewart Office Supplies at Staples

There is even a planner.

Martha Stewart Office Supplies at Staples

This is Martha's Notebook Land.  

Martha Stewart Office Supplies at Staples

And there are all sorts of cute little things that straddle different worlds.  These little tags have one foot in Office Supply Land and one in Craft Land.

Martha Stewart Office Supplies at Staples

These are for labeling.  Makes a gal  just well up...

Martha Stewart Office Supplies

There is (just) one insert that fit into my Filofax A5 because it has extended 'holes' --  I'm going to send my wish out to the universe that all Martha inserts have extended holes some day.  It's a Magic Kingdom where all things are possible.

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I didn't go to Staples to visit Marthaland, didn't even know it was there.   I went to get Post-it notes which sat right across the aisle from Martha's Office Supply Nirvana.

Looking at Post-it World, I don't know --  the Post-its have all the appeal of preschool art supplies.

 What they don't have is finesse... No je ne sais quoi compared to Marthaland.  

Score! Martha!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Son of my Fine Leather Goods Obsession or What's in My Longchamp?

In January I posted about a problem I developed with Fine Leather Goods; I blamed it on Filofax.  In all fairness, Filofax isn't to blame; I've had purse issues forevah.  For example, my Longchamp bag predated my recently accumulated  Filofaxi  by a good year.  

If you haven't heard of a  Longchamp; it's a French luxury leather goods company founded in 1948.  In 1993, they introduced the Le Pliage line. Huge success not only in France but worldwide.   Considering what quality name bags go for, these are doable - with Birthday money in my case,  Le Pliage bags run $88 to $155 depending on size.  

My Longchamp LM métal is part of the Le Pliage line.  Mine's  the biggest size before it's defaults to luggage.   Fabutasmic color too, Pinky Gold.  

Whats in my Longchamp

 Longchamp describes the Métal  line as: The most luminous expression of the LM (Longchamp Maroquinerie) range. Designed in cotton fabric with an iridescent sheen, the tote bag, handbag and travel bag offer a style that is both chic and casual, perfect for summer. 

And the big size is big, look at it from the side.  

Longchamp from the side

I like that in a bag.

Whats in my Longchamp

The inside is positively reverberant, without my purse organizer the thing echos.

Whats in my Longchamp

Organized it just --  sings.

Whats in my Longchamp

My enormous wallet, A5 Filofax and all the pens an art class could want fit handily.

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When closed it 's quietly elegant; no one knows there's all the stuff I mentioned plus enough colored pencils for a preschool, fingerless gloves, a camera, more make up then I need,  reading material, and assorted tech cords, in there.  

 No one knows what's in there at all.

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Except Ventura.

He's about 6 inches away from downloading his weight in homemade dog cookies and  the ziploc bag they are in.  

That dog's nose is Einsteinean.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Zen of Filofax

About a week ago, give or take a planner page,  Philofaxy polled,  "What is the primary use of your Filofax organiser Business or Social?  Of the people who responded; 39% said Business, 60% Social."

The comments to the poll weren't as  clear-cut --  I can't respond. It's both...  Would be a good paraphrase for many comments.

"Both" was my first reaction, not that I have a lot  of things slotted as business engagements.


The Vet appointment skirts 'business', a vet being a business.    Oh, and I had to leave the house.   No pajamas equals business.


The post office is a no pajama zone.  Business.  


Sleepwear required for this stuff, personal.

Something about my lists peeked though the business/social question; the word zentangle.  A few months back I started to-doing things I enjoy when clean the toilet was what I opened my Filofax to, day after day. 

 An explanation of Zentangles is at the end of the post but in the purest sense, they are  doodles.  Elevate a doodle and you have something calming.  Looking through my Filofax, it's pretty doodled.  Filotangles, I guess you could call them.   

But when I to-doed the word I meant official Tangles in a separate place.   If you've ever done Zentangles you know the problems of working repetitive ink swirls on cheesy, thin (ahem, Filofax) paper.  I'll just throw the word laughable out there.

I outsourced. 

Midori Travelers Inserts in an A5 Finchley Filofax


No. Forget it. 

You'll never get it.

Miss finch has a two back pockets.  One on top and...

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A side one for sliding on in.  Never would have guessed an entire full-sized Midori Traveler's Notebook would fit back there.  

Midori Travelers Inserts in an A5 Finchley Filofax

Granted, it makes her a bit of a porker.

Midori Travelers Inserts in an A5 Finchley Filofax

Frankenplanner though it may be, it could practical for travelers who need to carry both.   For me...    

Midori Travelers Inserts in an A5 Finchley Filofax

It was about carrying the inserts, Midori paper is great.  I stuck a  qrid-ruled and  kraft paper book back there; both are wonderful for doodleage.  

Midori Travelers Inserts in an A5 Finchley Filofax

Without the leather wallet Miss Finch fits into her jeans without laying down to zip them.  

Midori Travelers Inserts in an A5 Finchley Filofax

Reflecting back on the Philofaxy poll, I can't answer.  Miss Finch isn't business or social.  She's the running tally of my day, a place to write and stick disjointed lists or  things that have order and flow.  She's a place to log long and short range records and goals.  My need-to-be-dones for tomorrow and the year-from-tomorrows both have a place.  

 Rick and Maria believe life is an art form and they call Zentangles, "an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life."   Essentially, my Filofax is a braindump  but that term has zero deliberate artistry.   Miss Finch and I are leaning towards the more esoteric,  A Filofax is the tangible version of my stream of  consciousness ...

Elegance and deliberate artistry aside, there is something meditative, even  Zen about using a Filofax.  Putting pen to paper and taking your time daily, is something lost on a lot of people.  I like describing Miss Finch as my Stream of Consciousness, it suits and I think we're gonna go with it.

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Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas created the term Zentangle and their explaination is "is a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun and relaxing. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being."


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

One more reason to adopt a greyhound

They have the best guy liner

More reasons here.



Had some movement in the scale this week and all I can say about that is ... 


Uh-huh. Talk to the hand Pounds, cause the face ain't listening.  

Or um, something along those lines....

I've been hanging out in the same place for a while, not that that's unusual for me -- Or for anyone  -- Weight loss takes some time.   

 You can't build your definition of success around what you see on the scale (all the time).   Nutrisystem did a Daily Dose on the subject back on January, 5th where they said, " When it comes to losing weight, the word "success" can be hard to define."

How Do You See "Success"?

For some, simply choosing to start living healthier can feel like success. But for others, that word is reserved strictly for when the number on the scale reaches goal.

Truth is, there are plenty of things you'll experience on this journey that can and should be recognized as signs of success, from daily achievements to moment you cross that final finish line and beyond. You just need to know how to recognize them.

Because each time you pass that drive–through without turning in equals success. And each day you make the effort to do My Daily 3 equals success. And every time you smile when you see yourself in a mirror equals success.

In fact, every day you spend working toward living a healthier, happier life is nothing short of...success.

So is that right, or is that right?  Yeah, you know it is.  For today make a list of ways to define success beyond a number. 

Start with just following the plan and leave the details to Nutrisystem and before you know it you'll find you've Boo-yahed yourself right into the skinny jeans you got stored away back behind all the other jeans.

If you want to lost weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click HERE! or call 1-888-853-4689

Click on my favorite way to start the day for more information on how you can have success and donuts for breakfast.

*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food  and program materials in exchange for blogging. 


Naturopathica, Age Defense in 30!

Back in May I tried some of Naturopathica's products and my skin is at it again.  This time around you can join me at a great price.   Naturopathica has new Regimen Kits made especially for your skin type; Normal to Oily, Normal to Dry or Age Defense.

 The all-inclusive regimens cost $65 and contain a morning and evening cleanser, a daily moisturizer and a full sized Plant Stem Cell treatment ($48 on it's own and a pore-shrinking miracle that I wrote about here ). 

I started last week and yep, still love the Plant Stem Cell treatment.  

It's the best thing for my pores since sliced bread. Um, not that sliced bread is something I use on my pores...  That's just a figure of speech.

Combined with the other products (that I've not tried before) a week-in I'm very happy with the results.   It's too early for the age-defense part but my make-up is going on better, like a lot-a lot better.   

I'm not sure if it's the oat polish that is smoothing away the dry flakes...

 or the Stem Cell Treatment with the Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex that makes everything go on so smooth.

Or the combination of the entire regimen. 

But things are going much better in the putting on my make-up in the morning department and my make-ups going on much, much better.  Plus I'm not using a primer so that is really impressive!  

Updates to follow!

Join me in the #30DayNaturopathica natural skin care challenge. Buy a Regimen Kit and
TWEET on the results- have fun!

*Naturopathica sent me the age defense kit to try for 30 days, my skin's opinion is it's own.*


Monday, January 30, 2012

Organ!zed: New uses for old things

Decluttering is gut wrenching to me; if I were the kind of person who could sort, cull, and determine what I needed in the first place I wouldn't be sitting in front of a pile of perfectly wonderful things that I paid good money for contemplating throwing it all in the trash.

Over the last year  Sephora and I had a little wager going, who can stock the most lip products on their shelves.  It wasn't a fair bet, I won handily.  

Sephora has stuff coming in and going out, in my case nothing was leaving and you can just gloss so much before your lips all but slide down your chin. 

 Some of it had to go. 

But this morning contemplating my too many  EOS lip balms something clicked and I looked up the ingredients:

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax (Cire D'abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool. * Organic. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

You know something? Those ingredients look remarkably similar to a twice the price cuticle butter in a little tin with a Bee on it.

prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, beeswax, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, beta-carotene, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil, vegetable oil.

So I tried it and yep, EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm works great as a cuticle treatment, leaves your hands minty fresh - I kinda like that -  and you can throw it in a purse, the top is secure.   The egg shaped-product is so easy to use on the cuticle area, no need to dip your finger in the product. 

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And how pretty is it next to China Glaze's For Audrey?


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Filofax changeover leaves whole house spent

I took a few photos of Mr. Malden Friday night whilst we were belting back Green Tea Lattes at Starbucks.  After posting them to Pinterest  I told Mr. M, "Getting a bit paunchy around the old rings, eh?" 

first page of my filofax

Upon further inspection they weren't even rings but 30 mm love handles.

BeFunky Warming on iPhone

I  carry more then I need because there is room and it's time to take Miss Finch off the shelf for a work out.  

BeFunky Original on iPhone

First, I assessed the situation and no, I don't need to-to sheets back to the beginning of time no matter how pretty they are.

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I took a metric poop-ton of months out. 

Next I took out the clear sheets where the flags, tags and arrows sat armed and ready for organizing battle...

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I do need my little post-it soldiers so I found a smaller solution.

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This is a used up SIM card card and...

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... this is a used up gift card.  One is punched higher and works as the top tab for my Year on One Page calendar.  They each hold enough tabs for emergancy on-the-go   postitting.

The Vacation postcards went, some will probably go back but this was a brutal cut. No room for sentimentality this round.  

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The clear envelopes...

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This one went TTFN.

 I kept the rest in, even though they amount to entertainment, so much for brutality.

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I didn't know what to do with the overview calendar but ended up leaving it in.  Maybe it will be useful.

BeFunky Warming on iPhone

I made a new section recently for crafts and I left that in.  I wanted everything I've collected so far.  It seemed like a good start on a valuable section.

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And I left the business cards in too.  I have a lot ( too many ) and if push comes to shove some  may have to go when I make my  Nutrisystem    section.

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I don't like the back mesh pocket but it's a pocket and I. Must. Have. My. Stickers. With.  Me. At. All. Times.  That's a given.

 And I left the other clear zip thing in not that there's a thing in there that meets the 'need' category.

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Mr. M is storing my old sheets and probably my unused sheets when I get around to putting them in.  I'd forgotten how much more leathery Miss Finch feels as opposed to Mr. M's  distinct   Naugahydiness. 

 He feels like this wacky neon orange sofa of dubious, plastic origin I once knew in the 1970's.

 Ginger was underwhelmed by the whole transfer and slept through it.

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Ventura bolted  from the room twice during the change over.  The sound of Filofax rings opening and closing sends him running.  I have no explanation for why that noise frightens a 75 pound dog out of a sound sleep. 

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All I can say is he's spent from the stress of it.


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