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#NationalCatDay

This is our Scarlet ~ She is The Queen of our house . . . and yes everyone knows it!

She is also my daily Assistant (no one messes up paper like this chick), and she’s my best girl friend! I love her so much – I tell her that every morning. We adopted her from a local rescue organization, but really she rescued me!

Hug your kitty today – if its safe for you to do so . . . Lol

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Ways To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

Okay here’s the only WAY I can think of  . . .

Contact CC Home Concierge Company (CCHC) Clean & Organize Service

Why are you thinking you have to do it all on your own? I know what you’re dealing with this time of the year, the kids are going nuts over Halloween – then that’s going to carry over into the upcoming weeks of the Holidays. If you are one of those busy working moms, that is also a daughter to parents that are living in their own home, but use your help and physical energy to help get that done, and then your husband wants your help with cooking up some goodies for his holiday party at work and you say “okay” not remembering you checked off on the list at work you were going to bring your famous cookies for the department’s International Holiday Festival – not to mention the gifts and sweets for your children’s parties at school. . . I can help you.

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The services I provide to get you more time for whats most important to you:

  • Cleaning
  • Organizing
  • Errands
  • Help with Holiday Decorations
  • Interior Redesign – Budget Friendly
  • Placement over Purchase Room Rearrangement
  • Services for Residential & Small Businesses

Contact me – we can setup a free consultation – to start planning for a less stressful life.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

 

 

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DIY! Home Fashion Friday

This chick has great ideas . . . cheap . . . simple – my kind of girl!

I thought some of my make-up artist chickcas’ could use some of her light-weight merchandising ideas – that don’t take up a lot of room with the ease of set up. I am also thinking of my “Staging Sweetys” out there, in reference to some great “Decorating on the Go” designs. Enjoy!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Home Decorating In The 1940s

grab a cup and a seat Grab a seat and cup of coffee . . . it’s always on!

1940 Retro Decorating Style

Overshadowed by World War II, home design in the early 1940s was quite creative. As the European designers and artists fled to the United States, bringing many new ideas, development of new designs remained at a stalemate until shortly after the war ended. This was primarily due to material shortages. As production picked back up, people were ready to start new lives, which included Redesigns of the homes, especially rooms that would accompany guests.

Fabrics
Floral patterns were popular for bedrooms, living areas and wallpapered bathrooms. For the kitchen and dining room we had cherry or apple motifs, gingham, or checks, with roosters and chickens. I am still loving the roosters!

Furniture
While primarily mix with the 1950s, it was the 1940s that introduced chrome dinette sets with Formica tabletops, as well as glass drawer pulls, and chrome and vinyl stools, into the home. Bentwood furniture – made by soaking or steaming wood and bending it into curved shapes and patterns – were coming into fashion.

Flooring
Linoleum – especially in bold geometric patterns – was top choice for the kitchen. The material was strong and lasted many years, despite the fact it required lots of regular maintenance to keep it clean and shiny.

New Technologies
The 1940s brought to market the wooden radios and phonograph consoles, as well as fabric covered televisions to add luxury to a room. Families would often sit together to hear or see shows with their fashionable TV Trays (my grandmother bragged that hers had wheels), and guests would be included for momentous events.

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Colors
The decade was riding on the edge of two primary color palettes. Art Deco – included the ’20s through the early ’40s and reflected a shift to lighter and brighter, more neutral shades with metallic undertones. Pastels were a huge favorite for home interior decorators.

Overall Look
While the mid- to late-1940s introduced many new design concepts and materials, most households still kept it simple when it came to the overall look of a room. Primary focus was put on the family – open space was key. Even in modest homes, updates were often made to “enliven” the look in the home turning the focus from wartime; sad and dark rooms to peacetime; happy and colorful interiors. Clutter-free was key, even in family rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms as everything had its place. Living a free and simply life with clarity and purpose . . . That’s the Life of The Successful!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Helping The Homeless

What a wonderful program in Nashville – We could use this kindness all over the country~

“Our homes are mirrors of ourselves. They reflect our importance, our character, or indecision, our spirit and our desires. Our homes tell a story about how we feel about ourselves and the world around us.”

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Making Meetings Count

business people in a meeting at office

Making Meetings Count . . . If they’re Absolutely Necessary!

At work, meetings are the biggest time wasters of all. There are Monday Morning Meetings, Lunch Meetings, Training Sessions, Banquet Event Order (BEO) Meetings, Event Resume Meetings you are required to attend, but you can’t see why in the world it’s going to help you or you add help to the meeting. I’m feeling heads shaking to yes right now!

Here are The Purpose of a Meeting:

  • To solve problems
  • To reach a decision or to come to a consensus
  • To coordinate activities
  • To boost morale
  • To share information
  • To dispense educational and training information
One either Meets or one either Works - One cannot do both at the same time”

Here’s what really happens at Meetings:

  1. To provide an audience for SOMEONE – some people love to hear themselves talk, some like to have the audience to audition some of their stupid jokes and sayings, how many meetings have you attended where all you did was listen?
  2. To socialize – there are very few people that can work alone for long periods of time, meetings are a great place to catch up on office gossip, what someone had for dinner last night . . . who cares! A meeting is a great disguise for socializing.
  3. To escape from being effective – meetings are an excuse for poor work or no work at all . . . You can avoid unpleasant tasks or turn in assignments late because you were wasting your TIME at a meeting.
  4. Habit – the only reason for having many meeting is that its always been that way – regularly scheduled Monday Morning Meetings for example.
  5. To pass the buck – Very often a decision can, and should be made by an individual but he or she is reluctant to do so – he forms a committee and ask them for a decision or a recommendation. If the decision is not a good one, the committee can be blamed and no one is held responsible.

23 Tips to Making The Most of Meetings:

  1. Schedule fewer meetings
  2. Before you call a meeting, consider the cost of that meeting
  3. Don’t call a meeting unless you need advice from EVERYONE there
  4. Keep the number of participants in the meeting to a minimum
  5. Let participants know in advance if you want particular questions answered or problems solved at the meeting
  6. Distribute a detailed agenda in advance of the meeting
  7. Schedule meetings right before lunch or near end of the day
  8. Always start on time, and don’t go back over material for latecomers
  9. Open the meeting with some “housekeeping” announcements
  10. Be specific
  11. Keep it short
  12. Stay on schedule
  13. No interruptions
  14. When people want to speak during the meeting, ask them to stand
  15. No reading allowed
  16. Use visual aids
  17. Cut the troublemakers off at the pass
  18. Don’t ramble during the meeting
  19. Use a designated writer
  20. Take minutes and vow to reach a decision on each agenda item
  21. Allow people to leave after their point of business has been discussed
  22. Schedule the next meeting – at conclusion of the meeting
  23. Set a time in advance for the meeting to end and stick to that time

When it comes to meetings, always remember to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don’t ask for, or go to, a meeting unless you have to. And once you’re in one, get to the point, so that everybody can get the heck out of the room as soon as possible and get back to using their time to get some real work done.

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl