The Big Switch {Pure & Simple Organizing Website is Live}

Well today is the day!  The day I have been waiting for!

The announcement of all announcements!

The Pure & Simple Organizing Website is now live!

Now, you might be scratching your head wondering, “Well what was this?”

Great question and I’m glad you asked.

This was a placeholder.  Something I started way back when; when I knew I need an online presence.  It grew out of nothing.  I love WordPress, and I love this blog!  It is bittersweet to leave the simplicity behind.

As my brand and business has grown, so has the need for something more sophisticated and more helpful.  Many people land on this blog looking for a professional organizer to help them get organized.  What they find are my daily posts about life.

Now they will find a beautifully designed website that helps them determine whether I’m the right organizer for them.

The blog hasn’t gone away — oh no, don’t you worry!  It is still there, it’s not the star of the show anymore. 😉

This will be the last post on this WordPress blog.  So long beautiful.

You can catch me at www.pureandsimpleorganizing.com from here on out! 🙂

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Foodie Friday {Caribbean Chicken Tacos}

I love tacos, but we tend to eat the traditional Mexican versions.

I ran across a recipe a few weeks ago that peaked my interest.  I decided to change it up a little and came up with the following.  Pretty darn good if I say so myself. 🙂

Very light and flavorful.  Perfect for a summertime dinner.

Caribbean Chicken Tacos Marinade | Pure & Simple

Start with a simple marinade.  My opinion?  The longer it marinates the better!

Caribbean Chicken Tacos | Pure & Simple

Use the juice from fancy chunks pineapple in the marinade.  Use the pineapples in the chicken mixture.

Caribbean Chicken Tacos Salsa Verde | Pure & Simple

Use salsa verde in the marinade and as a garnish on the tacos.  We tried the Trader Joes Salsa Verde ($1.99) version and liked it a lot!

Caribbean Chicken Tacos Grilled | Pure & Simple

Grill the chicken, onions, and pineapple to make the taco mixture!  Having a grill would make this a lot easier.  I had to make two batches on the cast iron grill skillet.

Caribbean Chicken Tacos Recipe | Pure & Simple

CARIBBEAN CHICKEN TACOS

  • 1 lb chicken breasts or tenders (thawed)
  • 1 TSP Cholula (Chili Garlic)
  • 1 TSP oil
  • 1 Lime, Juiced
  • 1/2 TSP cumin
  • 1/2 TSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP salsa verde
  • 1 TSP adobo sauce
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
    • Small container of fancy cut pineapples will work (juice only)
  • S&P
  1. Place all ingredients in resealable Ziploc bag.
  2. Marinate for 2-3 hours or while at work.

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  • Fancy cut pineapple chunks in juice (small container)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  1. Heat grill or cast iron skillet.
  2. Grill chicken 3 minutes on each side or until done.
  3. Brush onion and pineapple with oil.
  4. Grill 3-5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from heat.  Coarsely chop chicken, pineapple, and onion together.

Serve with warmed corn tortillas, chopped cilantro, salsa verde, limes, and chopped lettuce.

We tried flour tortillas and I think corn would have been better suited, and I’m not a big fan of corn tortillas usually.  This flavor combo needs something other than flour.

NOTE: I added mushrooms to our dish.  It isn’t necessary, we just had it available. 🙂

What have you made recently?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

May Resolution {Learn To Meditate}…

Today is the second day of May!  Oh I am all off my rocker.

Raymond made me invited me to the Wells Fargo Championship Tuesday and Wednesday.  I love hanging out with him and I love golf courses.  Two days of it and I am officially done.  I’m exhausted.  My legs hurt.  I have zero energy to tackle anything.

Not good when you are a business owner.  Not good.  I have stuff to do and no energy to do it with. 🙂

May (almost summer) is the month I vow to learn to meditate.  It is the second day of the month and I have yet to tackle any goals.  I even had a milkshake today.  Not exactly in line with January’s continuing goals. 😉

May Resolutions

  • Take better care of my body
    • It is time to wear sleeveless tops and bathing suits.  Working out and eating clean are important always, but even more so in the warmer months.
  • Get up earlier
    • Moving the wake up time back to 6:45am.
    • I struggled with the consistency of waking up at 7am for the month of April.
    • I think getting in the bed at or before 10:30pm will be vital!
  • Read one new book a month
    • Start new book after I finish my 3 typed and printed book reviews.
    • Made To Stick
    • May book to read: Made To Stick
    • Finish book review for Getting Things Done
    • Type book review for The Circle Maker
  • Make time a priority

A quick Google search led me to this amazing article about why and how to meditate.

How To Meditate Daily

Game plan

  • Start with 2 minutes
  • Meditate in the mornings
    • After reading, devotions, and coffee
    • Before typing my book review chapter and emailing
    • If mornings don’t work (Raymond sometimes gets up earlier than I am expecting), then after dinner and before bed.
  • Sit on a floor pillow.
  • Where to meditate
    • Patio seems like an interesting spot
    • Maybe the dining room/lounge if the patio doesn’t work.
  • Eyes closed or open?
    • I’m going to start with open and looking at the ground with a soft focus.
    • If that seems tough, then I’ll try closed.

Do you meditate?  Any words of advice/wisdom?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Guest Blogging for The Charlotte Moms…

I’m guest blogging this week over at The Charlotte Moms talking about ways to maximize storage within your home by utilizing furniture.

The Charlotte Moms

It is a 2 part series; please feel free to drop by and check it out! 🙂

Using Storage To Maximize Furniture | Pure & Simple

Organizing with Furniture & Baskets | Pure & Simple

Part 1:  Using Furniture to Maximize Storage In A Room

Part 2: Using Furniture to Maximize Storage In A Room

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Monthly Goals {April Check In}…

There must be something about spring that has me all off.  This was by far the hardest month in keeping with my monthly goals.

April Resolutions

  • January Goals (eat better, drink more water, and exercise on the reg)
    • I craved soda more days than usual during the month of April.  I gave in a few times. :/
    • Eating … relatively consistent.
    • Worked out 11 days.  Better than my previous months.  Maybe that is to balance my increased soda content. 😉
  • February Goals (get up earlier)
    • My average wake up hour was anywhere between 7am and 7:20am.  Not sure why that is considering the sunrise is well before that now.
    • I definitely slept in on the occasional day more so than before.
  • March Goals (read one new book a month)
    • I finished my new book for the month in under 15 days.
    • In keeping with my goal, I didn’t move on to another book.  One.Per.Month.
    • Completed the book review for Rhinoceros Success.  On Chapter 7 of Getting Things Done book review.

April Goals (make time a priority).

Rough month with minimal progress to show for the goal.  True to form, I found my calendar over ran with appointments and commitments that (to be honest) I didn’t really want to participate in.

We all have a life to live that we signed up for.  Commitments that we simply cannot change.  Take for instance my networking group.  I have two monthly commitments (minimum) that I cannot change.  I must work around those.  Other requests must be filtered through my priority funnel before answering.

A few weeks ago I had a long conversation with Dwell by Cheryl about time, appointments, requests, and the like.  She offered some great insight.  I recently read Laura Vanderkam’s new ebook; she also had a great point of view.

We are in charge of our time and no one else.  People will ask for lunches, coffees, meetings, ideas, etc.  Only you can determine if that fits your priority list.

We must be stewards of our own time.  I’m getting much better about this.  But it is very slow progress.  Remember Jennifer, Must.Not.Die a slow death from a thousand opportunities.  Just because someone asked, doesn’t mean you have to say yes.

If I say no to your request, then please don’t take it personally.  I’m just learning to manage my time as it slips away so quickly.  Hello, April 30th!

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Guest Blogging for Habitat Restores…

Recently I was asked to participate as a guest blogger for the Metrolina Habitat ReStores.

Pure & Simple Organizing | Metrolina Habitat ReStore

I’m in great company with 3 other bloggers!

This week I’m showcasing a very easy and affordable DIY project.  TV Armoire turned to Children Dress Up Closet.  🙂

Feel free to drop by their website and check out the posts.

In other news, I was also asked to appear on Charlotte Today (again 😉 ) on behalf of the Habitat ReStores.  I gave some ideas on how to creatively use items found at the ReStore for organizing projects.

Be sure to watch the video! 🙂

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Creating An Outdoor Space…

I am a seasonal kind of girl.  I love everything related to a particular season and embrace it whole heartedly!

My current season is spring transitioning to summer.  aka Obsessed With Outdoor Spaces

I blogged about my love for Dearness Gardens here.  I also blogged about my Summer Bucket List here.  The theme:  I like pretty outdoor things?

I will be posting about our patio soon!  I have some window boxes to make with my dear ole’ dad before I can snap pictures and reveal. 😉

In keeping with the seasonal theme, I thought it would be fun to write about ways to create a beautiful outdoor space.

Creating An Outdoor Space

Essentials:

  • Sitting area
  • Lighting
  • Plants/Flowers
  • Shade
  • Curtains
  • Outdoor Rug

When it comes to flowers and foliage, I think a combination of both is beautiful.  Also consider planting some in containers to spread around the patio.  The more the merrier!

Using Flowers to Decorate

Flowers in the ground seem to require less maintenance than flowers in containers, but I love the combination.

Go for flowering shrubs to take up more room in the ground.  When planting in a container, vary the heights.  Vary the height of the flowers within the container.  Vary the heights of the containers with plant stands.

You can find very decorative metal stands at Home Goods, Ross, and the like.

My two favorite style of containers/planters are the traditional terra cotta pots and classic urns.

Don’t forget about windows!  Purchase or make window boxes to dress up the back of the house.

How do you create and decorate your outdoor space?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer