Saturday, January 3, 2009

100.

Whooooooty Who!! One hundred posts BAY-BEE.

So to celebrate, I am giving away one of these cutie-patoot "Santa Rocks" carafes you were all googly over:

I know, it's stinkin' cute. Do any of you have a Flower Factory? We used to have one nearby. When they offered free memberships my girlfriend and I nearly passed out from the magnificence of it. Then our location closed...and this week we made the trek about 30 minutes away to check out one on the other side of town. It was even MORE glorious than our old one.

Clean. Massive. Cheap.

TROUBLE.

Good thing is half an hour away. We're already dying to go back. Anyhoo, I found more of these, so that's the fun giveaway for the 100th post. Just leave a comment and you are entered. We'll give it a couple days...say Monday evening?

Check out the other finds from Flower Factory and other places (just a sampling):

Three bucks people:

Less than $5:


Can't beat the Dollar Store at half off, really:


And all kinds of goodies from Micheal's to candy cane up the kitchen next year:

STEAL OF THE CENTURY! I wanted a skinny little kitchen tree...walked into Micheal's, saw this, originally $70... on sale for $27 but it was the last one. Asked if I could buy it off the floor and he said yep, for TEN DOLLARS!!


The pic doesn't do her justice. She's perfect -- all glittery and fun. I very nearly skipped out of the store with it.

And I am always on the lookout for things I can use all year in the clearance stuff. I usually find some good deals and did again this year. One example are the gold chargers for the dining room:


The cheapest I've seen them is $1.87 each at Hob Lob...I kept holding off because I think even $2 each is a bit ridiculous for plastic. These were $7 for eight at Target. Whew-Who.

And finally, to prepare us for the GLORY that is decluttering and organizing on January 12, I thought I'd share my tips for packing up Christmas.

I pack up one room at a time, and have specific bins for each room. I always have baggies, shopping bags and a Sharpie with me.




I don't use any more than these bags to protect things. The bins don't have far to go, just down to the basement. (God Bless you who have to lug those things to an attic!!!) I try to only work with one bin at a time, so I don't get overwhelmed.

This year, I've been really particular about everything, I even vacuumed out the bins before packing them back up:

Told you.


Then I write on the top with Sharpie what room the bin is for, and then use my Dymo to label the sides so I don't have to unstack everything to get what I want:
Finally, I used to always take pictures of things I had done every year and would keep them in a file on the computer so I could see exactly how I had decorated. This year, I just have to look here, so I won't have to worry about that. ;)

I've got one more room to pack up and the tree tomorrow. Now that it's mostly packed up, I realize how much I will miss it all, and can already hardly wait for ten months from now!

I have SO many projects running through my head right now, and I can't wait to get started. Thanks for making my first 100 posts so fun! Hope you'll join me for 100 more!

146 comments:

  1. Ew, pick me, pick me!

    I love that you're an organizational freak like me.

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  2. ok you are so organized next year I'll put stuff away according to rooms and label it like you do...:)

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  3. Love your blog. I'd love to see more kitchen ideas (having some blah issues in mine).

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  4. i'm working on getting that organized, I have good ideas but they don't always materialize? love all the cute bargain stuff..

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  5. Love, love, love your blog. Congrats. I too pack up Christmas according to room. Love the skinny Christmas tree. Good deals everywhere.

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  6. Congrats on Post #100! And don't you love seeing 70%, 80% off! I picked up some stuff at Michaels today too. I've never heard of Flower Factory, but just the name sounds fun!

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  7. Congratulations on 100!

    I am working on a post about after-Christmas finds, too! But I haven't hit Hobby Lobby, yet. hmm. Thanks for all of the organization ideas! I need all of the help I can get in that department!

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  8. Very cool and cute! :)
    Love your pack it up tips.

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  9. Congrats on your 100th post. I love all of your bargain. I use Christmas totes of red & green, too. For Holloween I use orange and black. I love them.

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  10. I just found your blog, through my mom :) I LOVE all your ideas, and already have plans to start several of them! I would love to win your giveaway. Look forward to more great ideas from you. I am so jealous that we don't live near a Flower Factory! Great finds!! :)

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  11. Congrats on your 100th post! You got so many awesome things. I didn't really find anything when I went after Christmas shopping this year.

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  12. Great finds! I took pics one year, and the following year wanted to change it all around!! I label bins...that's about it.

    By the way...you crack me up!! Fun sense of humor!! Thanks for that!
    Blessings,
    Becky

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  13. I should have organized my packing back up better, but I just wanted it down. Maybe next year. Congrats on your 100th post.

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  14. Oh, my , gosh! I rememebr when you first showed that. LOVE! LOve. LOve!


    I soooo hope I win.

    And btw-Santa DOES rock!

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  15. Great finds! I wish I had that store near me. :)

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  16. Too cute! I would love it! I miss so many stores back East!

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  17. Ok, ditto to Leigh!!! Congrats on your 100th post, girl! Santa & you BOTH ROCK!!! I'm so impressed w/ your packing job! I haven't unpacked a thing - and of course bought more for next year. Silly me! Good thing we don't have that flower store here! I bought those same chargers at Target! Woo-hoo! Walmart has silver ones at 75%! Happy New Year!

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  18. It is always sad to see the Christmas decor go, but I look forward to the next year. I love the carafe!

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  19. CONGRATS on you 100th post, friend!!! What a milestone. You got some awesome deals on some great stuff. I just can't seem to get enough of Christmas this year, so I LOVE that people (besides me) are still posting about it! Your packing of the bins is nothing less than inspirational. I remember the days when I was obsessively organized like that... I miss those days. Thanks for inpsiring me to do better in 2009!

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo ~ Amanda

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  20. Yay 100 posts! Congratulations! I only recently happened upon your blog and I already love it! It is nice to know that there are other super organized women out there! I have really been into decorating, but get discouraged at how expensive it can be. Thanks for all your tips and ideas!

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  21. We have a flower factory near us, and now I'm moving...BOO..but I'll be back!! I can't wait for your organizational stuff!!

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  22. Congrats on 100 posts! Love all of your after Christmas Sale finds! I believe I would have skipped out of Michaels as well if I had come across a deal like that! :)

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  23. Congratulations on 100 posts! I hope I win - too cute. I like your tips and share some of the same philosophies. I will be posting my tips hopefully this week!

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  24. Oh fun, pick me! Your blog makes me do something I said I wasn't going to do-set a New Year's Resolution-I want to be more organized and seek bargains, like you! Thanks for being an inspiration and for all your ideas!!

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  25. love your blog!! congrats on 100 post. keep it up.

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  26. Congrats on your 100th post!!

    Yes, we have a Flower Factory near us. Don't you just LOVE it???? I sure do~!

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  27. Love this! Just found your blog the other day and I think it's fantastic!

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  28. Santa Rocks!

    Happy 100! I love your blog... I've had you in my blogroll for awhile now!

    Can't wait to declutter with you!

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  29. Hi and Happy new year to you. I have had my eyes on that Santa rocks carafe since the day you posted it on your blog....I am in on this giveaway....thanks a bunch. Congratulations on the 100th post....love your blog.

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  30. Congrats on 100!!

    I like all of your ideas for packing up Christmas decor! I do something very similar with my own stuff. I, too, enjoy the after Christmas sales and love finding treasures that I can use year round! Whoo hoo!

    The skinny tree is so cute! Great buy!

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  31. Congrats on the 100 posts! When I saw this carafe I so much thought of one of my friends who used to always say "That Rocks!"

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  32. I could just cry in my need for that carafe.. it is so perfect it its white, santa, christmas, glory... please pick me and your carafe will have a place of honor in its new, loving, christmasy home...

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  33. Big YAY on the 100th post..... I'm thirsty for some milk, now where did that milk bottle go to? Hmmm, oh that's right, I'm waiting for you to pick me and mail it my way... lol

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  34. Hi, You are the thrifty queen of decor. Would love to win! Cant wait to see what you have for Valentine's coming up! Peggy

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  35. love u r site!! Congrats on the great finds! I'm totally jealous!!!! Count me in 4 the give away!!

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  36. We don't have a Flower Factory near us...boo! But love all your cute thrifty finds which will be so fun to unpack next year and incorporate into your decor! I am inspired by your blog. I'm not an organized person so I will be following closely! Thanks!

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  37. Happy 100 posts!!!!!!

    I have know idea what a Flower Factory is, must be regional. We have nothing like that up here...well Home Goods which I stalk, religiously.

    Here's to 100 more!

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  38. Love the organizational tips. I have never heard of this store. I guess we do not have those nearby. Have a great week.
    Lorri

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  39. Woohoo! Congrats on your 100th post. I'm so glad you started blogging...it has made a difference in my life!

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  40. congrats! yay for you on your 100th post.

    have a wonderful new year.

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  41. Girl, you are so organized! We could be best friends. I love me a sharpie & my dymo! You are the best bargain hunter out there. Wished I lived near you and we could scout them all out:) Have a good Sunday.

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  42. I sooooo wish we had a Hooby Lobby here - who can I write to "lobby" for one????
    Count me in!!

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  43. Yeah for your 100th post!! I just moved back to the east coast and am so happy to be near Hobby Lobby again. I think I have already made four or five stops there in just the last two and a half weeks.

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  44. jCongrats on your 100th post! I love the precious caraf and all your decorating ideas! Looking forward to following yhou in 2009.

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  45. Pick me! Pick me!

    Congrats on your 100th post! And you got some killer deals! Can you believe that I haven't gone on the hunt for after Christmas bargains this year? The horrors!

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  46. Yea 100!!!!!!!!

    And what a wonderful 100 post it has been. Lots of great inspiration and great ideas!!

    Cant wait to see the next 100. :)

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  47. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. Here's to 100 more posts!

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  48. i just found your blg, and am so happy i did!!

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  49. Oh, we aren't just suppose to throw our christmas stuff in the attic closet, unpacked and ready to untangle next year? I suck at organizing, but maybe I will make amends and try to sort it out ahead of next christmas!

    Would love to win your giveaway as I am sure everyone else is hoping!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with this year...I need some inspiration!

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  50. Bargains AND label based organization... you are a girl after my own heart!

    But seriously, I may have to stop reading blogs from other parts of the country. You guys have such cool crafty stores that we don't have. If I see one more cool find from Hobby Lobby, I may cry!

    Congrats on post #100!

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  51. Congratulations on post #100! Great job!!

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  52. Santa DOES rock! Love your blog!

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  53. How Darling! Your post has inspired me...thanks so much!

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  54. Great finds! I love the after Christmas sales.

    I have a DYMO also and labeled all the bins that we filled with new Christmas toys.

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  55. Great 100th post! A gal after my own heart. I love organizing things and bargains! The carafe is adorable. I'd love to win this to add to our Christmas decorations. Thanks.

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  56. What a cute carafe. We don't have a Flower Factory here in Southern Oregon. Those are super cute finds though! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. You came all the way to my side of town and didn't stop by to say hi? :o) I'm glad you like our Flower Factory!

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  58. "very nearly skipped?" whatever. We ALL know that you totally did....and why shouldn't you, I say. And seriously, that carafe would look so sexy on my kitchen window ledge. And what girl doesn't need a little sexy in the kitchen. Just sayin'.

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  59. Congrats on your 100th post! I love looking at your blog for inspiration.

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  60. Santa Rocks!!! And so do you - congratulations and happy new year!

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  61. Happy 100th post! Love all the great ideas you have to share. The santa carafe is the cutest.

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  62. You made it to 100! Good for you! I like the caraffe! So sign me up. Your little tree is a steal. Can't wait to see it next year!

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  63. I love your site - all your finds are so inspiring!

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  64. I love your ideas, I have done a few things here and there to my house. I have painted things black, and what a diffrence. Happy 100! -Vickie

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  65. You are so creative. I love ALL of your ideas!
    Happy 100th post.

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  66. tooo cute! love the "santa rocks", congratulations on the 100th post. Great idea on organization by room.

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  67. Santa does rock...and so does your blog! Love it! Happy 100th!!

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  68. I've never heard of Flower Factory, but it sounds great!! This bottle is So Cute!!!

    I love my Hobby Lobby plate chargers. I was a a sucker and paid the $2. I got silver and red ones.

    Congratulations on 100 posts!

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  69. I just found your blog and LOVE your ideas!! Your chocolate bath even convienced my husband that ours would look cute like that. THANKS!!

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  70. Nice giveaway! Thanks!

    Kristin
    Greenfrogs21@aol.com

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  71. Hurray for your 100th post! Your deals are amazing... and Santa Rocks is too cute.
    can't wait to see what you do this year! Happy New Year,
    LuLu

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  72. I would do an absolute happy dance if I won that sweet little carafe. It is absoultely adorable and you are a total peach for offering it up in a giveaway.

    So, I can't wait for Jan 12th! I'm already planning my posts. I can't wait! I love love love organization stuff/ideas/how-to's/books/seminars..... I can't wait!

    And thanks for the tips on taking down the decorations. I'm new to all of this so I need any and all of the best ideas that I can get. Thanks!!

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  73. You find some of the most adorable stuff! I love how you make even cheap "crap" look nice - oh, I have much to learn Master.

    Signed,
    Your humble padawan

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  74. I have so much stuff both at home and at my job as an art teacher. I have grown to love ziplock bags too. They are a wonderful invention!

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  75. Hi Sarah ~ You found some good deals...I've been going to Hobby Lobby and Michael's alot since Christmas and got some really good deals too!

    Congrats on 100 posts!

    Hugz,
    Michele

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  76. Congrats on your 100th post! I'm LOVING your blog!!! I'll be back...often! ;) Love, love, LOVE your organizational tips - I'm taking down Christmas decor today - gonna use the baggie method! ;)

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  77. Love your blog--congrats on your 100th post!

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  78. You really got some great end of the year deals...way to go girl!

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  79. How fun!! This would look so great for next year!!

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  80. I'm all about organization this year!!!

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  81. Congrats on 100! I will start packing up Christmas tomorrow. My house always looks nek-kid when I get done. Very sad!

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  82. You got really cute stuff at all those after Christmas sales!

    I totally re-organized my Christmas decorations when I put them away this week. I didn't do it by room because I always mix things up but I did it by categories that made sense to me - like all my sparkly glittery things togethere, all the red together, all the santas together, etc.

    I'm all about organizing the next few months so I can't wait for Jan. 12th! It'll be great motivation!

    Manuela

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  83. This is the first year it dawned on me to put away the Christmas stuff by room. Duh! Oh how I love your blog and can't wait to see what news ideas you have for us!

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  84. I wish I knew about how you did the packing up before I had already packed mine up! I will have to remember next year.

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  85. Congrats on your 100th post! I need to do the same as you for organizing your Christmas stuff.

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  86. Your are as much of an organizing freak as I am. I thought I was the only crazy person who vacuumed out the totes before refilling them!
    We have a Flower Factory about 30 minutes away from us that I love, but go to rarely.

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  88. I love your blog and your tips and ideas. I'm thinking about making some of your window treatments for our kitchen. Wish me luck!

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  89. Congrats on your 100th post! You've been a busy girl. Those look like some stellar bargains.

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  90. Congratulations on your 100th post! Love your blog!

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  91. this is fun! I pack 1 room @ a time too!

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  92. I LOVE that "All I want for Christmas" sign! And, I am not just saying that to enter the giveaway. I like your organizational style too! I need to get my stuff WAY more organized!

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  93. Congrats on 100, it's amazing how fast those posts rack up!! You are very organized with packing your decorations away. I just have 5 totes, dump it all in and the next year start putting it out. It rarely ends up in the same places, plus I try to weed out each year b/c I'm always getting new things.

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  94. Congrats on 100 posts! Can't believe you've only been doing this such a short time - your blog is great!

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  95. OMG! Love all of the unbelieveable deals you got!!!!!! Getting great deals is the excitment of shopping, I don't even want it if it is full price!

    Count me in on the Santa Rocks!

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  96. This post made me giddy! I LOVE good deals! Everything looks great!

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  97. Congrats!! I thought for sure you had been doing it much longer. Love your blog. I am working on your window treatments this week for my girls' room. Thanks again!

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  98. Congrats on 100 posts! I love how you pack everything away for next Christmas! Very Efficient! Happy New Year!

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  99. great finds, and congrats on your 100th! I hope I can win the carafe! It is sooooo cute!

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  100. I would love to win! You are my inspiration for my home.
    Brenda

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  101. Well, count me in too! I got my Christmas bins organized this year too & put labels on them. YAY!

    I'd still love to see your laundryroom if you can tell me where it's hiding. Loved that pic I saw of the lime green.

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  102. Great finds! So fun! I would love to enter your giveaway!!! Happy 100! Here's to 100 more! ;) I love the Santa sign and am so jealous you found those glittery signs at the dollar tree. I went back after Christmas and they didn't have any. :(

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  103. Congratulations on your 100th post. Did you see you won my give away? I emailed you. Email me at blamb@imt.net and I will get your goodies in the mail. I thought it was fun that you won--kind of like you won something for your 100th post.

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  104. Put my name in the hat please. I absolutely love your wonderful blog!! laurie

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  105. I love your blog, and congrats on 100 posts and the great deal on the tree! I love the All I want for Christmas sign! it is super cute. I just posted on how to redo frames to make them look shabby chic and it was super cheap! just a little spray paint and some glaze, and something fabulous! I hope I win the vase! Thanks

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  106. I love your blog! Thank you for your time!
    Alice

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  107. Congrats on 100 posts! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites. I love that you so many things from the Dollar Tree. I am not ashamed to tell you that I run out to my local Dollar Tree and copy you quite frequently! Cheers!

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  108. L.O.V.E that you're over the top with your organization! I am too, so naturally, your blog makes me happy! Can't wait for January 12th!

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  109. I wish I was that organized. Maybe with time, you have inspired me.

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  110. Hi. Congrats on 100 blogs. Please enter me in the contest.

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  111. Come over and see the award
    I gave you!

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  112. Congrats! 100 posts...and all so much fun. Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas!

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  113. i wish i was just a little organized like you ...even a little .. congrats on 1-- posts ..

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  114. very cute! I am an organizer too. I have my kitchen cabinets labeled inside so my husband, kids, mother and mother in law know where to find things :)

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  115. Would love my name in the hat as well!

    Congrats on the 100th post! Your blog is my new favorite place to be yay!

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  116. Wow 100 posts! Congrats. I also found myself being more particular about how I was packing things. I miss everything but it is great to have clean slate to work with.

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  117. What a great giveaway!
    I love your "cheap" finds.

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  118. I'm in!!! Don't ya just love those after Christmas sales!! The best!

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  119. So fun! Love the blog - congratulations on your 100th post!

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  120. Congratulations on your 100th post!

    Shannon

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  121. I really need to go shopping with you! :)

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  122. I will definitely be around for the next hundred, I love your blog! I have those same gold chargers and I love them too! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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  123. Oh, please enter my name in your giveaway! I'd love to win!!! Great finds, by the way!

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  124. Count me in too!

    I love your Christmas organziation idea. I just posted about how I did mine but I like the room by room method that you do better! I have the goal of going through all of my stuff next year and think I am going to change it. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, just wanted to mention how much I LOVE your blog!! In fact, you have inspired me for one of my New Year's resolutions!

    As I was driving to work today I was thinking about your declutter segment you are going to do. I am super excited about it and can't wait to get started!!

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  125. Happy 100!

    I lOOOOOvvveeeeE everything you got! Way cute!

    Smiles,
    Jen

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  126. 100?!! Woo Hoo! Congrats Sarah! By the way, I love your darling thrify finds, and I can't believe how stinkin' organized you are. Impressive I tell you.

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  127. "Hob Lob". Haha!! Too funny.

    Congrats on 100 posts!! (I'm creeping up on 1000! ACK!!)

    I'm totally with you on finding things you can use year round in the holiday clearance. I LOVE that!

    Please enter me. :)

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  128. love your blog! You're a very clever, creative woman. Love it!

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  129. Gosh you lucky girl....I don't see things like that around where I live...to small. But gotta be happy for you to find all the goodies!

    Add me to your giveaway! So cute....

    Yep I love packing like you do...I did the same way.

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  130. Wow are you organized..I would love to be that way! I love the santa rocks carafe by the way along with all of the other great finds!

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  131. Very cute! I have never heard of the flour thing?? Hmm might have to check that out. THanks

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  132. Aloha from Hawaii Sarah...I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your "thrifty" ideas and decor. Im on a budget so I definitely will be checking out your blog a lot. When you have a few minutes visit my blog. Meanwhile, have a blessed day and God Bless..~ Liz

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  133. had to share the great deal I found this weekend, St. Nicholas Christmas dishes 4 place settings originally $129 I paid $24, on the hung for another set at another Kohls and if not can mix them with solid red dishes, garland at Michael's that I wanted soooooooooo bad for this year but it was $10 each, got it for $1.25 each bought 6.....I'm soooooo proud!

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  134. Hey girl...where have you been all my bloggin days....just found you! What a great blog.....I would love to be entered for the awsome Santa Rocks !!!! If it isn't too late!!!!!! Glad I found you!

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  135. Love that cute little kitchen tree!

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  136. Love the Santa Rocks jug. I saw one this weekend, but was too cheap to buy it ...even at half off. It was close to $40 originally!!!!!!!!!

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  137. I love the santa rocks so cute
    I love this blog I am excited when I see it on my blog reader with a new post. Thanks

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  138. When you said Flower Factory I was thinking floweres at wholesale prices. I've never heard of it. but it looks like acool store. I want one! It's probably best this way anyway. Put me in for your giveaway!

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  139. Congrats on 100!! Woot!

    I have never heard of the flower factory, but it looks like trouble :)

    Happy Belated New Year!

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