Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Carolina Pad Information Organizer review and giveaway

I try hard to be organized and rely heavily on my Google calendar to send me periodic reminders.  As a blogger and writer, I have deadlines that loom over me.  When I have a lot of review items come in at once, I really need to be organized and have my blogging time planned out.  I was really glad to receive Carolina Pad's Information Organizer to try out.

Photo of review items.  Sorry - that's my belly in the picture ;)

California Pad's Information Organizer:

This handy organizational tool has 6 dividers with pockets, 6 double sided pockets, 12 business card sleeves and 74 stickers to label the dividers.  This all-in-one organizer has pockets for those press releases that come with products and business cards for when a PR rep is thoughtful enough to include one in with the review item.  I currently have my daughter's birthday party list and addresses, along with the invites in a pocket.  There's even room for my tax information in here.  Each section has its own sleeve for business cards, which is very nice.  I can devote a section to household things and if I don't remember the AC guy's name off hand, it would be right inside at my finger tips.  This product has many uses and can be a great organizational tool for important papers so that they are all kept in a safe location.

The Charleston Bookmark and Flags:
The Charleston Bookmark and flags features a 2011-2012 monthly calendar.  There's also 250 sticky note flags in colors that I actually like (as in not bright neon!)  I use sticky flags for many things - including marking frequently used recipes in my favorite cook book.  This is very helpful to me since I'm missing a few pages of the index.  I also sometimes use them as a book mark and when I worked outside the home, I used them to mark places where clients needed to sign. 
The Errand Runner:
The Errand Runner is nice.  It's a tear pad set up from 7 AM through 9 PM so you can write things you need to do by the hour on your list.  I sometimes need to make calls between certain hours, so this is nice to help me remember to call when I need to call.  I'm generally not scheduled overmuch with activities, but I do see its usefulness in planning out my day.  If you write it down and assign a time, you are accountable to yourself.  I try to get my blogging done in the early morning before noon and then later at night.  I sometimes need a written list of To-Do's to keep on track.
Buy these:  These items are all available at Carolina Pad online store.  Please visit their store to browse their fashionable organizational items to get your home running as smoothly as possible.  Carolina Pad items are also sold at many stores, including Staples, Office Max, Meijer, and more.  To see a list of retailers, click here.
Win these!  Carolina Pad has graciously allowed me to host a giveaway for the same items that I received.  You must be 18 or older and live in the U.S. or Canada.  In addition, you can't have Carolina prize pack or gift certificate within the past 90 days.  This contest will run through 3/6/2011 at 11:59 PM, with the winner drawn on or about 3/7/2011.  Winner will have 48 hours to return my email and will be required to provide me with their name, address and phone number and email (for prize fulfillment purposes).

Mandatory entry:  Required or extra additional entries won't be counted.  Tell me what your greatest organizational challenge is when it comes to record keeping for your home.  Do you lose your bills in clutter?  Let me know in this mandatory entry and be sure to include your email (or let me know if it is available publicly via your Blogger profile.)

Extra entries!  Each action is worth one extra entry.  You must leave a separate comment for each action.  If you already follow, subscribe, etc. just leave me a comment letting me know you're already following.

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There's lots of ways to win!  Please do as many entries as you'd like, though I'd love for you to do them all!  Sharing this great giveaway with your friends via Social Media is a great way to earn extra entries, while introducing quality products to your BFFs.

    Disclosure:  Carolina Pads provided me with an awesome set of organizational tools to review.  The items were provided at no cost to me for the purposes of this review. The opinions are 100% my own.  This review is uncompensated. 
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