August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

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Welcome to the end of August and another edition of my Sponsor Spotlight!  This is a regular monthly feature where I put the spotlight on my sponsors and give you a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you on your organizational journey.  My long time sponsors listed below are awesome and I think you’ll find their resources super helpful as you work towards getting organized, simplifying and decluttering your life. Below you’ll find information on any current specials, promotions, posts, discounts and/or any workshops that may be available to you at this time. Keep reading and you’ll see what I’m talking about, there are some fantastic resources here!!



Please Note:  Today is the last day to enroll in the Profitable Organizer Training Program, all details can be found HERE.

Profitable Organizer is a company created to help you set up your own Professional Organizing business. I get many inquiries from people wondering how to go about doing this so I’m thrilled to be able to refer you to an excellent resource. Professional Organizer, Cynthia and her husband Adam have designed their business and membership site to help walk you through this process step by step. To find out if this is a path that might be right for you, you can take a tour of their extensive training area and watch a video that walks you through what is required and how Profitable Organizer can assist you with setting up your business. Find out more about their membership options, which include videos, forums, sample documents and much much more, here.

You can also find Profitable Organizer on Facebook



Alejandra Costello is a Certified Professional Organizer who shows individuals how to become more organized and productive on a daily basis by setting up systems that work for their own organizing style. Alejandra started her company,, in 2008 at the age of 23 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with thousands of people in over 100 countries around the world. Formerly an IT engineer, Alejandra was named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV. Her expertise has been featured in HGTV, The Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The Washington Times, CBS, NewsChannel8, and Mashable.

Alejandra just added 40+ “how to” organizing videos and lots of printables to her complete organizing program (the Power Productivity Program)! In the program she shows you step-by-step how to get organized, stay organized, and become your most productive self without slipping back to your old ways. The program gives you the tools you need to finally overcome your physical and mental clutter. For more information:

Here are a couple of Alejandra’s most recent videos:

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How to Store Rainbow Loom Rubber Bands

Feeling stuck with clutter & can’t get started? Alejandra’s video series shows you 3 e-a-s-yyyyy things to do tonight to feel more organized tomorrow morning. How’s that for starting the day off right?! You can sign up to watch the free videos here.

Find Alejandra on Facebook Twitter Pinterest.



Get Organized Wizard is a company designed to help you move from procrastination to action. Their programs help busy men and women take action toward a life of greater happiness, productivity and personal organization. Michelle has many products and programs available to help you with getting organized. You can view all of them and how they can help you by visiting her product page. One of their popular programs is called 7 Days to a Dramatically Decluttered Home (next one starts Monday, September 8th!).  This program will help you radically reduce the amount of junk, clutter, and excess STUFF in your life. all in just 7 days, 1 hour a day! Over 7 days, Michelle will help you to:

  • Make a life-changing mindset shift so you can finally part with unneeded stuff
  • Know how and where to start decluttering – and to make that start
  • Be able to make decisions about things you might need one day
  • Decide how much stuff is the right amount for you
  • Work out exactly what to keep and what to let go, room by room
  • Choose what to do with your decluttered stuff – sell, donate, toss?
  • Get rid of clutter – even when there’s nowhere uncluttered to work
  • Deal with kids’ clutter
  • Rediscover your surfaces – yes they’re still under there somewhere!
  • Learn how to keep clutter at bay – for life
  • Cope with other people’s clutter.

Also find Get Organized Wizard on Twitter and Facebook.


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In addition to her professional organizing business, Aby Garvey also offers terrific online self-paced organizing workshops at Simplify 101. For a complete list of all upcoming online classes please visit their workshop catalog. Unsure if an online workshop is right for you? Take a tour of their online workshop system in advance.

Aby’s self-paced online classes are on-demand, which means you can start when the time is right for you and make progress at your own pace! When you purchase a self-paced workshop, you will be able to download all of the written lesson materials as well as worksheets, forms or checklists immediately after you purchase.  In addition, you’ll gain access to audio lessons to reinforce concepts, and videos to complement the written lesson materials.

Some of the self-paced classes include Organize Your Paper Clutter, How to Manage Your Time and Organizing With Your Kids (on sale now, see below).  Find all self-paced classes HERE.

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Find Simplify 101 on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



Smead Manufacturing Company is a well-known leader in high quality, environmentally responsible and innovative products, most of which are made right here in the USA. Founded in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a certified woman-owned business offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s products, visit For personalized organizing advice, tips and solutions, visit Smead Organomics.


Submit a Smead product review using this link and you could win a $100 Smead shopping spree!!

Also don’t forget to pick up Smead’s e-book of 100 Ideas for Better Organization. Originally published in 2006 in celebration of its 100th anniversary, the folks at Smead have updated the e-book with more current, clever tips to help take the stress out of organizing! To make it easy to use, it’s arranged in sections around a common theme such as To Do Lists, Keeping Focus, and On the Go. Each tip is titled so you can quickly scan the book for ideas you need and can implement in a few minutes. So keep it handy and save time when your next “organizing obstacle” arises! To download a free copy of Smead’s 100 Ideas for Better Organization, simply click here. Happy Organizing!

Smead also produces a weekly podcast with organizing tips. Check it out at

You can also find Smead on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube!


If you would like to consider joining these awesome sponsors and advertising with me, please send an email to organizingjunkie (at) gmail (dot) com and I’d be happy to discuss my rates with you. Please also check out my advertise page for my site statistics. Thanks so much!!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hands down the longest recipe title I’ve ever created.  Sure it’s a mouthful to say, but man is it the most delicious mouthful ever!  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches are a combination of two recipes and the perfect way to send Summer out with a bang!

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Last month, I shared with you my recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.  Another mouthful!  I loved the recipe so much that I decided to take it one step further and combine it with my Chocolate Yogurt Waffles.  And then I might have decided to dip the whole thing in chocolate ganache.  Because I kind of thing dipping things in chocolate ganache makes it taste a million times better.  (And, I’m so right on this theory.)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches



  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and whipping cream. Microwave for one minute. Stir together until completely combined.
  2. To assemble sandwiches. Place a scoop of ice cream between two waffle quarters. Dip corner in chocolate ganache and place on plate. Top with additional chopped peanut butter cups, if desired.
  3. Continue until all sandwiches are created and place in freezer until set.
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Peanut butter and chocolate lovers, this recipe is just for you!  Do yourself a favor and make a batch this weekend.


Looking for additional recipes to add to your menu plan?  Here are a few new favorites:

Rosemary Popcorn Crusted Chicken Parmesan | Melanie Makes

Peach Granita Sundaes | Melanie Makes

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread | Melanie Makes

Lemon Arugula Pasta | Melanie Makes

I’d love to connect with you online!  You can find Melanie Makes on TwitterInstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

See you next month!

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You can find Melanie online at Melanie Makes where she documents cooking, creating and caring for her family.  Repeat.  Melanie lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband, three children, two cats and Lizzie, the 15 year old turtle.

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Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

I have been a long time shopper of Value Village and thrift shopping in general so when Value Village asked to partner with me on a back to school feature there was no hesitation on my part.  I started thrift shopping when I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 17) and furnished […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14

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My brother and his family are here!  I don’t get to see my family very often as they live on the other side of Canada practically (it feels like it anyway) so it’s a huge treat to have them come visit me here in Alberta.  This is only the second time my brother has been […]

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Profitable Organizer Training Program – Enrollment Now Open!

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Hi everyone, just popping in quick to let you know that Profitable Organizer, for a short time only, is opening enrollment for their complete training program on how to become a Professional Organizer!! If you have always wondered how to go about setting up a profitable Professional Organizing business, then look no further! Cynthia, over […]

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10 Tips for Easy School Mornings

10 Tips to the New School Mom for Easy School Mornings

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I did everything right, or so I thought. I checked and double checked the list of school supplies. I attended all the new parent orientation meetings. I resourced my Pinterest page on healthy meals for school lunches. My husband drew a […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18/14


Hi friends, one of my favorite things to do on Sunday nights is scroll through my Feedly account, where I follow over 100+ food blogs, looking for new recipes to try and to link to.  I absolutely love linking to other bloggers, it provides them some traffic love while at the same time it provides […]

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Organizing Favorites: Back to School Edition!

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Happy Friday y’all!  Welcome to the back to school edition of my Friday Favorites, the post where I share my favorite organizing links of the week :) I am super excited because I have my brother and his lovely wife and three kiddos coming to visit us in a couple weeks all the way from […]

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How to Stay Organized Every Single Day


The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kalyn at Creative Savings. Maybe you already have this organizing thing down to a science. Your closets are full of neatly stacked clothes, and your pantry sports all sorts of pretty chalkboard labels for baking supplies and snacks. But what about every day organization?  How do […]

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