I spoke at Dream Dinners on Damen In Chicago last week along with a friend who helps people organize and balance their financial life. The theme was creating a balanced budget. Some of the key points we discussed were the following: create a plan, avoid unnecessary spending, get organized, clear clutter, clear distractions, focus on your goal. Our tips and helpful perspective were hopefully beneficial to our guests. I think they left with some great ideas to take home to implement into their lives. When I was asked to be a guest speaker last week, how could I refuse? You put two of my favorite things together; food and organizing, and you have a happy person in me.
The real star of the evening, however, was Dream Dinners on Damen. They have a wonderful menu and offer and a whole new concept that helps an individual or family save time and money. Their concept is to provide you with an environment where you can prepare all fresh and healthy ingredients for a fabulous meal to take home. It’s as simple as that. You take home as many meals as you can handle. Once you get hungry and ready to eat, all you do is cook the tasty meal you prepared. You skip the shopping, the storing, the prepping and go directly to cook and eat. I really enjoyed this experience and having an option like this is so helpful in our crazy, busy lives. Did I mention how delicious our meal was? Dream Dinners is nationwide check out their website and see for yourself.
Its Earth day! This time year we dedicate a conscious effort to help the planet. We are borrowing this earth from the next generation and we should leave it better than we found it. Consider your carbon foot print not just in the larger scale but in the simple things we do at home.
Here are the top 10 things you can do.
Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely. (Are there paint cans sitting around?)
Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging.
Pass on gas! Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions.
Where can you go to shop local? Try a garage sale, Second hand stores, Estate sales, Antique shops, Community Resale Events, Shop at Etsy.
Don’t think that our efforts won’t go unnoticed. Its important to know that every little bit helps.The more planning in your home or office you take to process through your paperwork and “stuff” you own, you’ll discover that you’ll have less to sort through on a daily basis. Why not dedicate Earth day to an effort that benefits you and your family. This will save you time and money as well. We can’t just think that it is a corporation’s obligation to find a solution for a better environment, we can take it seriously and do what we can as well.
Hope you can join us at The Family Grounds Cafe. We’ve prepared a networking series with guest speakers for two dates in August and then in September. Our organizer Lulu will be speaking on August 9th sharing best tips on how to achieve results using basic organizing methods. On August 16th we’ll feature Beth Grant. She is a speaker, spiritual mentor and Law of Attraction coach based in Chicago. She is one of the most effective coaches in the world at helping people let go of the struggle and usher in a life of ease and grace. Click here to preview details for event
Family Grounds is a sophisticated Chicago cafe located in the Lakeview area. Moms, Dads, Singles, Students, Neighbors…everyone needs a break. Really. We have something for that. Sit down in our trendy Chicago cafe seating area and call the place yours with free WiFi and superb Intelligentsia coffee and Sugar & Spice pastries, as well as a light menu of sandwiches (adults and kids), salads and soups. Melt away your stress over a latte, tea, house blend coffee and a decadent pastry. Unlike many cafes we have a designated Family Room separated from the main cafe by soundproof glass, kids play in a mind-stimulating indoor playground while you take in the cafe ambiance of the Family Grounds Cafe experience.
We will be joining them in sponsoring this networking series. Did you already know Mercury Organizing Professionals’ purpose is to save you time, money, improve efficiency, and reduce anxiety and frustration levels. We can improve utilization and control of your space; streamline filing, storage and scheduling systems, and help set sustainable organizational parameters. Mercury Organizing Professionals provides a personalized plan for you. We put clutter in its right place and create efficient systems that eliminate obstacles, minimize distraction, and allow you to function at your best!
I was walking my dog in Lincoln Square early in the morning and came across this Mural painted on an outdoor patio. Its awesome! Reminds me of the hot muggy days we’re about to have here this June. The weather man says it will be up to the 90′s and humid. Ugh! I love warm weather but not so much when its this muggy. Hope you all have a great Memorial Holiday!
Mercury Organizing Professionals has partnered with LSVDesign for the past two years to bring you local business to business networking events. This month, Neighborhood Networking is collaborating with BTSocial &Sound Bar Group for our March event!
Join us after work at Y Bar to meet and mingle with fellow businesses and sample appetizers from popular neighborhood restaurants.
Complimentary Absolut Wild Tea drinks from 6–8 pm. Stay for the raffle prizes—and more surprises!
My neighbors organized a fun evening! Everybody dressed up in Roarin’ Twenties garb and attempted to solve the Murder Mystery prepared by Murder Mystery Maniacs. 3M - What a cool bunch! It was so fun, I recommend to do with friends, family or even corporate events.
I discovered this artist while at the Green Fest this weekend. They make it easy to enjoy a bike ride in the city carrying everything you need all organized in this stylish bike bag. Check out these Bags by Po Campo, bike accessories made in Chicago Bags :: Po Campo, bike accessories made in Chicago
At Neighborhood Networking in the West Loop next week, we will be featuring The Ignite the Spirit Fund. The northwest side group was created to raise funds for Chicago firefighters and their families in times of need. By supporting the Ignite the Spirit Fund, you’ll be helping the firefighters take care of their own. It’s your chance to give something back to them for doing so much for the communities in which we live.
The Ignite the Spirit 2010 Chicago Firefighter Calendar features 12 male Chicago Firefighters and their stories. Sam Holloway (Mr. January) will be at Neighborhood Networking on Tuesday, January 26th at Plush Restaurant & Lounge to sign calendars and raise funds for the local organization.