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Productivity Be Damned

In my spare time (read: any opportunity I can *possibly* get), I babysit for 2 different families here in the city. It's a win-win for us all... Both families need a reliable on-call babysitter for busy Manhattan weekends, and I obvi need some extra cash to survive here in the Apple.
I came to Family 1's house tonight to watch over their *darling* little one while they met some friends in the city. I always use my babysitting time as my window of ultimate productivity and "me" time because, let's face it, sometimes it can be hard to get things done and find quiet time in a 1,000 square foot apartment filled with 4 people. I planned my entire wedding registry here, created my personal budget spreadsheet, and have even sorted and filed over 500 pages of magazine clippings into . I think i get more done in *this* apartment than I do in my own!

I packed my giant Coach tote full of all my babysitting essentials for the night- laptop, planner, plastic coffee tumbler, and 5 bags of my newest addiction- Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice tea (no caffeine, 0 WW points, can't get better than that!). After playing with their pooch for a bit (the baby was asleep when I got here, natch!), I bunkered down on the couch to watch some football (Go Cardinals!) and do some serious WW recipe recon for the upcoming week.

And then I spotted it. Sitting on the gorgeously distressed shabby chic coffee table.

It was taunting me. Calling my name. "Lulu! Please don't be productive tonight... Just ooooopen meeeeee..."

And I did. And I will never be the same.

Ladies- I cannot impress upon you enough just how much you NEED to go out and get the latest issue of Domino (Feb 09). I can't remember the last time I felt so giddy flipping through a mag. The article about labeling alone is sure to make any organization-savvy prepster do a little jump for joy.

I'm warning you now- you may never be the same...



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Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

I am on it. I think I will just subscribe.

NINA said...

dear lord i just squealed over the feb issue of domino!! love love love.

Preppy 101 said...

I love this post. I need to subscribe to Domino so I don't have to remember to buy it every month! Thanks and have fun!

hGb said...

Got mine in the mail and was captured for hours! This is one of the best issues Ive gotten in a couple of months.

Elle said...

Lord knows I need the help with organization! You are a daily inspiration to me!

Muffy said...

Oh, I'll have to pick this up!

Rosemarie said...

People stress about location, location, location but in my house it's Organization, Organization, Organization!

It all started with the P-Touch! My own personal label maker! If I come home and it's not in "It's spot" I get very angry! ;)

Callie said...

Ooh, that looks lovely! I may just have to brave the snowstorm and venture to Walgreen's to pick one up. :)

brown eyed girl said...

Will you post your meal plan for the week?

I'm headed to the grocery store this morning and will check out the Domino magazine! Thanks for the tip!

Life at the White House said...

Hi there -

I came over via Nina's blog....I'll have to go and buy this!

Funny thing is, last night I picked up the Jan. edition of "Real Simple" while at Barnes and Noble and ended up flagging about 10 pages. It has wonderful organization ideas. I was flipping through the magazine and visiting the sites it mentioned on my iPhone. I love finding new things that make life easier and more organized! I'm an addict for organization. ;-)

Thanks for posting! I'll check it out. Love your blog by the way - I'll have to add you to my list & keep up!

Happy Sunday!

Belle on Heels said...

The Celestial Seasons Cinnamon Apple is SO. GOOD. I had stock of it in my kitchen in's all apple-cidery goodness!

Mandy Rose said...

I think I'll convince Nina to loan me hers when she's done!!

MMM said...

Can I go ahead and get on your babysitting list? =)

Landlocked Mermaid said...

YOU are too sweet! Thank you for the comment on my blog-- the apron is from Anthropologie. Isn't it adorable? I am dying for my new issue of domino!! I love that mag.. I am planning a trip to NYC for work soon and wanted to see if you , bama belle and milltini wanted to get together. will keep you posted xo

Summer and Adam said...

hi. i am summer and we are moving, at probably the worst time in our lives. i have come to love and adore domino. it is my decorating bible. all of our paint choices for the new place came from that wonderful publication. i think we were supposed to meet at the nyc bloggers meetup that MMM set up awhile back. maybe next time. talk soon!

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