August 30, 2017

home office makeover: before and after

Like many before me, my home office was a disaster. It had become the dumping ground for things with no home–spare planner paper, books in disarray, a random travel pillow. However, it still needed to function as a home office for the days I work from home, be the place to make The Edible Bookmark happen, and a spare bedroom for guests. I started with the mess on the desk. If I could unearth the...

April 8, 2013


The Importance of Staying Relevant

Have you ever noticed that some of the most entertaining commercials on tv are for things we don’t really need to buy every day? I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but some of the most memorable commercials–good or bad–are those about insurance. Not cookies, not furniture, not some other product, but–insurance. Farmers Insurance has done a fabulous job of staying relevant and top of mind. They run commercials on how to put...

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April 6, 2013


Create Your Ideal Work Space

I’ve been a bit of a vagabond today. I have a lot of irons in the fire and I needed to be in an environment where I could: focus be free of distractions have open space so I could spread out if I needed to (I come with a lot of devices: iPad, MacBook, paper planner, bottle of water, etc.–hence why my new Kate Spade green super tote always weighs 800lbs., but I digress…)...

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March 28, 2013


3 Steps to Finding the Right Conference

As part of my personal and professional development, each year I am required to attend classes, seminars, conferences, etc. Over time, I have successfully attended some of the worst conferences ever held. Stayed in some of the most horrid hotels. And been everything from enlightened and bored from the materials being presented to downright frightened by the accommodations I’ve stayed in. At this point, I consider myself to be a bit of an expert...

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March 25, 2013


The Deauville Beach Resort: Just Say No…

So much can be said of the hotel I just stayed in for a conference…sadly, none of it is good. I mean, what does one call a hotel where the AC in the conference room has two settings–on and off? You call it, The Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach, FL (that I will never again go to in life). Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. When one of the conference speakers tells...

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