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The end of August is finally here! Yippee! Woot Woot!!

Can you tell I’m excited about the September? Why wouldn’t I be? So many exciting things are happening: a visit to NJ, the birth of my friend’s baby, J’s homecoming.

Plus, I’m dying to get a jump start on Fall trends, from menswear for women and military-inspired fashion (Did anybody catch last night’s “Project Runway?” Isn’t Gretchen just awful?) to purple makeup and “greige” nails. What are you looking forward to next season?

Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web this week. If you like them too, please comment below!

I need an intervention: I am addicted to paper planners.

Must have this green apple box for the kitchen. (via Design*Sponge)

Kimberly Ayers‘s style is so me.

Just say no to receipts: There’s BPA on heat-activated paper. (via Design Scouting)

Did Cynthia Rowley sell out?

Bookshelf Porn. Enough said. (via Paper Tastebuds)

Brilliant use of a chalkboard door.

Lox Papers creates amazing collages for each blog post. (via Creature Comforts)

And speaking of “Project Runway”… I already have Tim Gunn’s book; now I need Nina Garcia’s Look Book.

Hope you have a blissful weekend!

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The first item on my “To Do” list? Create a better “To Do” list.

My “To Do” list is expansive. It ranges from “paint my bedroom” to “water the lawn.” Most of the times, it’s unruly. It overwhelms me.

I have several lists started on various pieces of paper and in multiple notebooks. What I need to do is consolidate them and keep a running “To Do” list.

There a couple of things that make it hard for me to come up with my perfect system. To start, my action items fall under different categories, i.e. business, personal, blog ideas, chores. Do I manage them in separate lists or one massive list? Also, some are time sensitive (“mail check to mother-in-law”) while some are more involved (“hang art in living room” means first I need to BUY art for living room).

Some people keep their “To Do” lists on their computer. That wouldn’t work for me because at any given time I could be using 1 of 3 computers. Others use the “To Do” app on their Blackberry/iPhone/Droid. I’m afraid I would forget to check it; plus, I remember things better when I physically write them down. Which leaves me with the paper option, but as I explained above, my current paper system does not seem to be working for me.

How do you manage your “To Do” list and prevent it from becoming an overgrown mess that threatens your sanity?

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I love my BlackBerry for checking email on the run, but, for the most part, I’m a pen and paper kind of gal. I recently purchased a paper planner for keeping track of my schedule and appointments and would absolutely love this letterpress address card file by one canoe two for my contacts. However, I can see myself not using it for fear that I’d run out of address cards and be unable to attain more. (Who am I kidding? Do I have more than 75 contacts??)

(via Oh So Beautiful Paper, image via one canoe two)

Hi, friends! I’m back from an unexplained hiatus. Did you miss me? I was in New York City to attend the National Stationery Show for work. At the show I had the opportunity to meet the designers behind some of my favorite paper lines and some of my Twitter friends in person, including @perideaudesigns, @amiatEAD, @beautifulpaper, @TrishaHay, @cydconverse and @perfect_bound! While in the city I had dinner with old friends from college and high school and spent time with my younger sister, at whose UWS apartment I stayed. All in all, it was an overwhelmingly exhausting experience that I’m truly glad to have been able to have.

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This card made me smile because I have a simple rule about eating popcorn at the movies: I wait until the feature starts before I start munching. Absolutely no snacking during the previews. Why? Because otherwise it’d be finished before the opening credits! My friends are very familiar with my rule, as I make them follow it if they see a movie with me. I’m a evil person, I know.

Tonight I’m meeting up with some of my girlfriends to see “Sunshine Cleaning.” Surprisingly, it’s playing at two theaters in Omaha. I wasn’t even sure if it was going to find its way out here. How cute does it look?

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