Monthly Archives: February 2015

I confess ... Organizing Paper Clutter is Ongoing

Getting Organized ~ Controlling Paper Clutter is an Ongoing Job

I have a confession to make … it’s time to come clean … I issued a challenge to all of you in our Newsletter, but I haven’t been able to do it completely 🙁

I really wanted to get my piles of paper clutter organized and filed … but it wasn’t meant to be. Not in February anyway, but it’s OK ~ I got a little bit done, and “every little bit helps” 🙂 I was able to shred my pile of “you’re pre-approved” mail and “opt out” of receiving them. I also spent a lot of time preparing financial spreadsheets to give to our tax guy. I’ve made myself a goal to enter this data monthly from now on … no more procrastinating and waiting to the last minute.

I also spent some time going through and deleting some files on our family computer. As long as I’m confessing, I still had many, many homeschooling files … and, yes, my youngest child graduated in 2011 😉 I have to remind my perfectionist self that “every little bit helps”!

So, they say confession is good for the soul, and so is forgiveness … so I am forgiving myself, instead of mentally beating myself up. This paper clutter is an ongoing challenge that I will continue chipping away at … I hope you’ll join me.

Locks of Love Logo

Locks of Love Donation

Locks of Love Preparation

Getting Started …

More Locks of Love Preparation

It’s getting real …

Locks of Love Donation for Valentine’s Day Weekend ♥

Last week, I chopped off 12 inches of my hair to give as a donation to Locks of Love. I’ve been interested in doing this for quite awhile and finally took the plunge 🙂

 

I’ve had long hair for (pretty much) most of my life. My hair is now shoulder length (it was waist length), and it feels so lightweight. It feels weird to not be able to keep my hair back when I look / bend down to reach for something. The biggest difference to get used to is washing my hair! Prior to my haircut, my wet hair had to be doubled and doubled yet again to wring out the excess water. Now, there is hardly anything to wring out 🙂

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit charity that helps children in the United States and Canada. This organization makes wigs out of the donated hair and provides them to children who have lost their hair due to illness. This is there Mission Statement (from their website:

“Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.”

Locks of Love - Chop, Chop

Chop, Chop, Chop …

Locks of Love - it's all over

All done !!

Locks of Love - ready to mail

Ready to mail 🙂


I’ve been blessed with strong & healthy hair my whole life ~ I’m so glad I can show a child some love through my donation!

 

Valentine's Day ... Everyday

Happy Valentine’s Day … Everyday <3

It is already the middle of February  … wow, time sure is flying by quickly. I realize that I’ve mentioned time going fast before, but, am I the only one that feels that way ~ I hope not.

Personally, I don’t believe that Valentine’s Day is only about romantic love relationships. I believe it is about all kinds of caring relationships … parents/children, siblings/cousins, friends, as well as dating/marriage relationships.

We humans are emotional beings – we need love and affection! Most people seem to flourish when they spend some time with others they care about on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just spending time together is what is important. Continue reading

Advertising on Vehicle

Tracy Helps You Uses Many Forms of Advertising

Advertising is really important in business. I can’t really think of any business that wouldn’t benefit from some advertising. There are many types of advertising … word of mouth, social media, print, and radio/TV, to name a few.
So far, word of mouth and posters (print) have been the most successful advertising for Tracy Helps You. Social media has also played a big role in helping to get our name “out there”. Thanks for referring us to your friends and thanks for all the facebook shares and retweets. Please follow us if you don’t already 🙂 We really appreciate that you take the time to help us become better known in the local community. Continue reading