The 10th Day of Neatness… – 12 Days of Neat Products for Holiday Giving


Today’s neat product comes straight at us from the fabulously chic, organizing gurus at PurseN. With an incredibly sensical approach to carrying jewels on the go, PurseN has captured both style and efficiency (my two favorite things, which you may have picked up) with their Tiara line of jewelry cases.  This trendy little tote gets all of your various jewelry essentials safely tucked up in one neat little place. Inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, these cases have separate compartments that unfold to ensure that precious metals don’t entangle themselves, scratch or pull on one another as you jaunt along whatever road you may be traveling. The best part is, these compartments are removable. That means you can customize your case to suit your treasure-toting needs. PurseN has a wide array of jewelry cases and travel cases that make organizing your travel essentials easy, stylish and more than a little fun! 

A TSA Friendly Gift for the Traveler

Whether you are looking for a gift for the traveler on your list, or just looking for a simple solution to your own travel woes, is worth a visit.  This online retailer has the solution to all your TSA 3 fluid ounce frustrations.  Carrying some of the best brands in beauty, sells everything in TSA approved travels sizes so you never have to worry about putting your favorite products into those little travel containers, or checking a bag because you don’t have travel size toiletries.

These mini versions of some of your favorite beauty products will keep you feeling fresh, and offer you that little bit of luxury that can be hard to find when you’re traveling.  After all, just because you’re 3,000 miles from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have your “take me away” moments.

P.S. – is also a great gift idea for anyone you might want to introduce to a new product.  They are the perfect tester size!

Traveling with that Yummy Casserole

While growing-up, I always used to watch my grandmothers and mother wrap-up casserole dishes filled with anything from baked ziti to turkey stuffing.  Their method was simple, inexpensive and effective for short trips.  All it took was some aluminum foil and a large (preferably square) dishtowel.

Step 1 - Cover your casserole dish with aluminum foil and place the lid on top. Next, place the casserole dish in the center of the towel.
Step 2 - Tie two opposite ends of the towel together in a knot over the center of the lid of the casserole dish. Be sure to tie it firmly so the lid is secure.
Step 3 - Tie the remaining two ends of the towel together in a knot on top of the one you just tied. Again, be sure to tie the knot firmly to keep the lid secure.
Step 4 - You are all set. To add a little more insurance that your dish will say warm, place the securely wrapped dish in an insulated hot/cold bag available at your local grocery store.


**Note: Always be careful while transporting hot items as they could still spill if not handled cautiously.

Modern-Day Casserole Carrier


While I do love the tricks that I have learned from my mother and grandmothers, modern-day products like Rachael Ray’s Casseroval Carrier Set have helped to make life easier.  This bake-to-serve, Stoneware casserole dish will help you transport your yummy casserole right from your oven to the dinner table across town.  The built-in straps help to secure the lid and prevent spills during transit and the zip-up insulated bag will keep your food warm.

I love this product for its versatility.  The casserole dish is great for everyday use, and the collapsible, easy-to-store, insulated bag makes it perfect for those special potluck occasions with friends and family.

Wrinkle-Free Packing

Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder

With the busiest travel day of the year approaching, I am almost certain that packing is on your mind.  You might be asking yourself, “can I make it all fit in one bag?,” or “how can I avoid everything getting wrinkled?”

Here are a couple of tricks that I always recommend to help maximize the space in your luggage and help prevent those pesky wrinkles.

  • Always put your heavier items on the bottom of your luggage; items such as jeans, bulky sweaters and footwear.  Keeping each layer lighter than the layer below it will help prevent creasing.
  • Utilize travel accessories such as the Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder – this item helps your tops stay wrinkle-free by keeping them neatly folded and secure so they don’t shift around during your travels.  It also makes it easy to access your clothing and keep it neat during the stay at your destination.
  • Roll items such as t-shirts, sweaters, undergarments and jeans.  This will not only help you maximize your space, but it will also help minimize wrinkles.  Placing a sheet of heavy tissue paper, plastic or packing paper before you roll will take your wrinkle prevention one step further.
  • If traveling with a garment bag, keep your items lined with the plastic from the dry cleaners.  The plastic will help prevent wrinkling.

I hope these quick tips help you arrive neatly pressed at your destination this holiday with everything you need.

The PetDossier

After frantically running around to pack yourself for your upcoming trip, you realize you haven’t gotten your pet’s info together for his sitter!  As you rummage around to find the vet’s phone number and write down all the necessary info, you grumble about why you don’t have all of this recorded in one spot already.  You think to yourself,  “there must be an easier way to keep this info up-to-date, organized and easily accessible.”

And, there is.. It is the PetDossier by {yep yup}.  This fun App for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch keeps all of your beloved pet’s info organized in one spot so it is always with you and easily transferable to whomever might be watching your furry friend.  You can store everything from his ID number to his favorite activities and toys, receive alerts and push notifications, and find the closest vet in an emergency situation.

So, this winter while you are away visiting family or soaking up the sun in Rio, you can rest assured that Fido will be safe and sound while getting the attention and treatment that he deserves.

PetDossier by {yep yup}

Grid it!

Whether you are traveling across town, or traveling across the country, there always seems to be lots of small gadgets and items to carry.  From lip-balm, to pens, to iPods, to headphones, to chargers… the list goes on and on.  No matter how organized you try to keep things, something always seems to get lost at the bottom of your bag, which inevitably results in you pulling everything out of the bag to find the lone item… until now.

I recently discovered this amazing product by Cocoon Innovations called Grid It.  I think it is one of the most versatile travel items I have ever seen and I think it is an absolute necessity.  It keeps everything from your keys to your camera organized and easily accessible.  The various sizes that it comes in makes it not only handy for your everyday bag, but also for managing all of your power cords while you are on the road and for organizing gaming equipment and tools.

P.S. – It will make for a great gift or stocking-stuffer

Grid It

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