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One Week til Mother’s Day!

You guys, Mother’s Day is this weekend. THIS WEEKEND. I have two problems with this: 1: HOW did this sneak up on me? and 2: HOW are we already almost halfway through May? I was literally JUST buying Christmas presents!!

So, I’m here today to give a few tips to everyone (including myself) on how to prep for holidays and make sure you’re not spending the week-of buying last minute gifts or planning last minute get togethers (also not dealing with last minute stress).

1: Get a day planner, and actually use it. I know, this is extremely obvious, but if you’re anything like me, you buy a day planner when they’re 50% off at Hobby Lobby at the beginning of the year and fill it out for a couple of months then stop. BREAK THAT HABIT NOW. It is the key to making sure you plan weeks out AHEAD of time, and you’ll be aware of when holidays are – so you can prep a month or two before. Which leads us to our next tip…

2: Plan everything at least a month in advance. This is very important to me. I really dislike last minute invites to get togethers because I typically already have plans for a different occasion. Then people get their feelings hurt because we’re not coming and it’s just not great. BUT, if they’d planned it a month before, then I would have been able to say yes to their invitation. Also, if you plan on getting gifts for this occasion, you have a whole month to save up and get what you really want to buy your loved one instead of a last minute “I had to get this because I forgot” gift. The BEST gifts are always the ones that someone puts a lot of thought into.  This also gives you time to order any kind of food or dessert you’d like to have, and will avoid you paying a last minute fee. And, of course, take away SO much stress.

3. Start getting ready for the party the week before.  What I mean is this – it’s time to buy things such as decor, snacks, gift bags, and anything else you may need for the get together that doesn’t need to be ordered beforehand.  By starting the week before, you should only have to get a few things, and this will allow you to set aside some time to run to the store without feeling like you’re in a rush. Schedule times to pick up all of your orders, wrap a gift, and decorate.  This will eliminate any stress the day of so you can enjoy your party and your loved ones to the fullest.

Well those are my tips!  I really hope this can help someone out by removing stress that comes along with planning a party and allow you to enjoy the events coming up over the next few months.  Have a fantastic week!!

Kelsee Painter, OWL Blogger

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.