Friday 02.06.15

Friday Recap :: Life is Sweet - Top Bakeries Around the US

This week we shared where to get your sweetheart flowers for Valentines Day, but what if your sweetheart just really wants...delicious sweets?! Lucky for you, the NEAT girls have rounded up their favorite sweet shops from around the country! 

In the Twin Cities, don't even think about going anywhere besides Thumbs Cookies!

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In Michigan, stop by Astro Coffee for amazing pastries, brownies and cookies! Beyond delicious. 

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Want the most gorgeous chococlates you've ever seen? Head over to Artisan Confections in D.C.!

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You can never make a trip to San Francisco without stopping into, Miette - it is seriously the most adorable sweets shop around!

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Hands down the best local bakery in San Diego is, Elizabethan. Their holiday themed baked goods can't be missed.

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And a stop by Sweet Mandy B's in Chicago is a must. They are known for their cupcakes, but venture out and get ANYTHING else on their menu and you will not be disappointed!

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Marissa's favorite bakery just so happens to be mobile! How awesome is that!? Check out the Babycake Bakery next time you are in South Florida. 

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Last but not least, Mika can't get enough of Sprinkles Cupcakes! The best part about them is you can get them with a custom design on top. She, of course, chose NEAT!

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Have we officially given you an undeniable craving for sweets!? Head out and get some for your sweetie this Valentines Day. Oh, and we give you permission to sample them ahead of time as well!


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Friday 01.23.15

Friday Recap :: A Few Resolutions the NEAT Girls Stick To...

January is almost over and we are officially getting into the swing of 2015. The NEAT girls have realized that we have started to let our resolutions go to the wayside - have you? Luckily, not all NEAT girls have gone astray. Today, our "resolution keepers" are sharing what they are doing and how you can achieve their resolutions too! 

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Lisa in San Francisco is keeping on top of her daugther's clothing since she is constantly growing! It's never too late to resolve to tame the beast that is outgrown children's clothing.
Rather than tossing too small clothing back into the dresser drawer, place a bin or bag in your child's closet. Every time you encounter a pair of leggings that are too small, quickly toss it into the bin. This will save you time during your morning routine and help avoid the inevitable frustration that comes from constantly grabbing the same (too-small) leggings. Once the bin is full, either store it for the next kiddo, donate it, or sell it to a kids' consignment shop at a time that's convenient for you. In SF, outgrown clothing and gear can be sold at Chloe's Closet
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Out East, Catherine in D.C. decided to have a fitness focus in 2015. She suggests reevaluating your workout wardrobe and only keeping the things that make you look great while exercising. After you have purged your overworn gear, she suggests signing up for a fun new class at Spark Yoga. She just did a 2 hour handstand workshop and LOVED it!

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In South Florida, Marissa is doing a little wardrobe therapy. Purging your closet is easy, especially when your bank account benefits too! Her favorite couture consignment company is The Sophisticate. Owner, Vanessa is amazing! She will leave your closet happy and your pocket full.

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Clearly the wardrobe is on more than Marissa's mind this year. Ashley and Brooke in Chicago believe that working with a wardrobe stylist, like Puja Batura of Puja Batura Edit. Style. Shop, can help you edit your current wardrobe, enhance your existing pieces and make room for new items. With a fresh perspective on your wardrobe you'll be more inspired to shop for new pieces from some of their favorite local spots like Cinnamon Boutique, Luxury Garage Sale, and Handle with Care. Cheers to a stylish 2015!

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Katie in San Diego is keeping things clean. Clean eating that is! She can't live without her juice on the go and doesn't go anywhere but Beaming Juice Bar. Lucky for her, they just opened shops up in Brentwood and Santa Monica which means she can stay on track wherever she goes. 

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Ready to get started on your resolution? It's never too late! Keep us posted!


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Thursday 05.22.14

5 Memorial Day Sales You Can't Miss!

We are just a few days away from a three day weekend and the NEAT girls have the perfect way to live it up! Between enjoying the beautiful weather and barbeques with friends, we suggest you check out some of the best sales that our favorite stores have to offer! We have rounded up our top five "do NOT miss" sales below!  

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First up on our list is West Elm with their, "Buy More, Save More" sale. If you've never shopped their site for organizational baskets, you really should consider doing so!

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Lulu & Georgia is another sale that you cannot miss! Between lighting, furniture and artwork, you are bound to take advantage of their 25% off EVERYTHING Memorial Day sale!

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You might not know, but three of the NEAT girls attended Miami of Ohio (Marissa, Heather, & Molly) so we love to give our support to a fellow Miami entrepreneur and her business, Loom Decor! This company gives you the option of creating custom pillows and drapes (amongst other things!) and this weekend they, too, are doing a, "Buy More, Save More" that you must shop!

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Fellas, did you think we forgot about you? We didn't! Onia offers some of the best classic wardrobe staples we've seen in a long time. Instead of buying more, buy a few high quality pieces from here. There's no better time to do it than this weekend while they are offering 25% off!

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Quick! Head to Crate & Barrel to get some outdoor furniture for your Memorial Day barbeque!! Their furniture is up to 30% and the sale has already begun.

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Even though we do think you should browse the web for the best deals this weekend, make sure to get outside and enjoy family and friends on this amazing three day weekend!


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Tuesday 05.06.14

Have You Heard Of Resembl?

There is a NEAT new company on the scene that seeks to simplify how you shop for home furnishings.  Since simple is the name of our game, we couldn't wait to get involved and share the deets about Resembl with all of you.

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Resembl launched last year and has been helping consumers find stylish products faster than ever before. They specialize in helping you search the internet for items that are difficult to describe when searching with keywords (AMAZING right?). Instead you can use images to narrow your search by clicking on an item you like and telling the algorithm to show you products that are similar by style, material, color, etc.

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Even more exciting is that our very own NEAT DC girl, Catherine Zinn, was recently featured sharing some of her favorite furniture picks. So just take a seat with NEAT and see what Catherine is currenlty coveting.

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Have fun seeing which items Resembl your home style the most! 

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Thursday 01.30.14

Superbowl Sunday:: Seattle vs. Denver = Our Version of the Superbowl

As you all know, this Sunday is the Superbowl! For some of you, this is the best sporting event of the entire year. For others, the Superbowl means the start of the best commercials of the year - but for NEAT, it means finding the best SHOPPING in the cities that are going head to head! What better way to celebrate two cities batteling it on the field than to compare the home shopping from Seattle to Denver!? First, let's take a peek into what Seattle has to offer... 

First up on our list is ORNAMO. From major pieces of furniture to small dishes (for organizing delicate jewelry or buttons), this store has everything you will want to lust over!

Next on the list is Watson Kennedy Fine Home. Not only is the shop located in a historic building, the vintage finds from all over the world will have you leaving with a full bag of goodies!

Last, but certainly not least is Revival Home and Garden. Their modern punches of color caught our eye right away, but their collection of casegoods had us never wanting to leave!

Now close your eyes and make your way to beautiful Denver, Colorado. As soon as you land, you are going to make your way to Hutch and Fig. If you love to entertain, you are sure to find every piece you will need! 

If you are in search of a perfect mix of vintage and modern, look no further than Lulu's! Their amazing inventory will give you the perfect storage solution for your home - large or small!

The final stop on this excursion is a trip to Mod Livin'. We know that filing paperwork usually doesn't get many people excited, but with a collection like this, you just might get the motivation you need!

Now that we having you longing for a trip to both Seattle and Denver, who will you choose to win? Game on! Oh...and if we missed any favortie stores there, please let us know. The NEAT Girls might be making a special trip there soon!


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Thursday 08.08.13

Join us on a DAYCATION!

We can't help but notice that everyone is already talking about back to school! Although we like to be organized for everything, there is nothing the NEAT girls love more than soaking up every ounce of summer that we can get. With that said, we thought we would share some simple, last minute (gasp!) DAYcations to take in all of our NEAT cities! 

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First up is the glorious city of Chicago. Besides keeping Chicago organized, Ashley loves heading up to the Terrace at Trump Tower. Whether you are looking to enjoy the view or a nice refreshing cocktail, the Terrace has it all including some of the best people watching in the city!

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Speaking of good people watching...if you are in South Florida and your house is looking as well kept as Marissa's, check out the Soho Beach House. Besides being one of the hottest spots in Miami, it also has an amazing spa and has quickly become one of Marissa's favorite spots to have NEAT meetings. We can see why!

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If you love the idea of the spa at the beach house but enjoy a bit less humidity, NEAT has you covered in San Diego. Katie's favorite place to unwind after moving a client is La Costa. She recommends taking full advantage of their spa!

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Looking for a little more activity to end the summer? Head up to the Twin Cities with Lauren and she's got the perfect DAYcation planned. Lake Harriet is where you will find a day filled with amazing walking/running paths, food trucks in case you get hungry and a free movie in the park on a warm summer night. 

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If you are already excited for school to begin. Warm up by heading to Washington D.C.. Catherine and Raelynn have an amazing educational day planned at George Washington's Estate in Mount Vernon. While at this historic landmark, don't forget to check out the distillery and restaurant on site! On the way home, they insist you drive through Old Town Alexandria; you simply can't beat the shopping and who wouldn't indulge in one last drink?

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Speaking of one last drink. Molly and Heather suggest you hike and then celebrate at one of the best kept secrets in San Francisco - the Tourist Club! Do not let the name fool you, this German chalet serves beer in the middle of the woods - the trick is, you have to know someone who can get you there. Once you work up a sweat on a long hike, enjoy a tasty cold one and enjoy the views!

We hope you are enjoying every last bit of your summer! For more tips on things to do in Chicago, South Florida, San Diego, the Twin Cities, Washington D.C. or San Francisco, feel free to email your local NEAT girl. If you don't hear back from us right away, we are likely enjoying a DAYcation of our own!


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Thursday 07.04.13

A Trip to SoCal

If you're a regular "The NEAT Life" blog reader, you know that lately we've been spotlighting the best of the best for home organizing solutions in each of our favorite cities! This week, let our gal Katie B take you on a tour in sunny southern California - San Diego!

Cedros Avenue Design District is a favorite spot for NEAT Method’s San Diego gal Katie. Who wouldn’t love a few blocks of the best and most unique design, furniture, and home stores all together in one adorable stretch of North County! Got a day to spend in San Diego? Katie has got you covered!


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Stop #1: SOLO

This 4,000 square foot restored warehouse is perfect for unique home accents and special gifts. Each section of the store has items from different merchants. We're swooning over their hand selected coffee table books and placemats, that come in a rainbow of colors!

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Stop #2: Form & Function

The vertical vegetation walls outside Form & Function is what originally caught Katie’s eye….perfect for clients who don't have a yard, and yet still want to practice their green thumb. Everything in this boutique is one-of-a-kind from handcrafted signs to gorgeous custom-made furniture. Katie fell in love with the idea of creating custom can you imagine making a cabinet to fit your items exactly? A NEAT dream come true! 

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Stop #3: Cassidy Interiors

The slogan for this charming store is “making your vision a reality” and Katie couldn’t agree more. Cassidy Interiors can custom build anything you can imagine, in a variety of materials - from iron to hardwood. Katie was especially drawn to their storage solution pieces; TV Cabinets, Trunks and Wine Storage! Lovely :)

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The three listed is just a quick look at what all Cedros Design District and San Diego have to offer - we could spend all afternoon (or several) in this inspiring area!

Any other "must stop" interior design and decorating stores in SD you can't live without? Let us know!


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Thursday 03.14.13

NEAT says 'I Do'

With wedding season right around the corner, the timing couldn't be better to annouce our new partnership with the fabulous company, Newlywish. Nothing goes better with wedding bliss than the NEAT life! Newlywish is a registry designed for your life and your home and NEAT Method could not be more excited to be a part of one of the happiest moments in a bride and groom's life.

Check out all that Newlywish has to offer (which is A LOT) and see how NEAT can help to make married life even more...well...blissful! 


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PSsssssst - We will be offering all of our NEAT readers 15% off of any service that you purchase from now until April 1st - just use the code NEAT15 at the checkout!

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Wednesday 11.07.12

The Method to our Madness

As you might recall, NEAT Method's San Francisco team took a little field trip to the Method offices a few months back and literally could not stop talking about it. Since then, NEAT has been....we will call it... "dating" Method. Basically, what we mean is, we have been trying to show them how cool we are.   

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After a few love notes from NEAT, Method reached out to us and said that they would love to **sponsor** us by giving us products to test out (become obsessed with) and share with our clients. After we finished cheering like we just won an olympic sport and smelling the amazing scents of the products, we got to work! First order of business was to find a cute tote to put all of our new products in.... Check!

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Although we tell our clients that we are NOT a cleaning service, we are known to wipe down a shelf from time to time as we create the NEAT life in a client's home. After using the products in client's homes, we figured we would give you some insider scoop. Heather became the expert on the Method "Wood for Good", "Daily Granite" and the "All-Purpose. Here are her ratings (We rated each 1-10, 1 being meh... 10 being the

Wood for Good - Name:: 10 (Wood is Good)  Smell Factor:: 6 (it smells like baby powder)  Quality Control:: 10

Daily Granite - Name:: 6 (We would have named it "Rock Star" What can we say? We always love a good pun) Smell Factor:: 10 for sure! Quality Control:: 10 (Even though I'm not lucky enough to have granite to test it on, but I'm sure its a 10)

All Purpose - Name:: 5 (All-Purpose is such an industry standard name. BUT I can't come up with anything better)   Smell Factor:: 9.5  Quality Control:: 10    

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Molly tackled the, "Glass + Surface" "Antibac" and "Antibac Wipes" and here are her thoughts:

Glass + Surface - Name:: 9 (Love the use of the + sign) Smell Factor:: 10+(It's MINT - Super fresh!) Quality Control:: 10 (I typically am a windex only girl but this stuff seriously is streak free)

Antibac - Name:: 9 (to the point) Smell Factor:: 10  Quality Control:: 10

Antibac Wipes - Name:: 7 (why not "germ buster"?) Smell Factor:: 3 (we hear they are working on it) Quality Control:: 8  

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Overall, it has been so awesome to give all the products a try - we are obviously in love (as if we weren't already!)

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Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any Method questions - we are "groupies" now!

Hugs + Kisses 

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Monday 06.27.11

A Candy Store Approved by NEAT

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Lately, the NEAT team has been stopping by Miette in Hayes Valley more frequently than usual.  When we asked ourselves what was drawing us in to this adorable candy shop, two answers immediately popped into our heads.  Number one:  We. LOVE. Candy.  Seriously we are not sure if we were a match made in heaven or hell because we can easily influence each other to grab a sweet treat in between jobs and meetings all of the time.  Reason number two: it is so stinking organized!

Although we could probably write an entire post on our favorite candies and why, we figured the second reason was a little more appropriate J  If you have not had the chance to walk into Miette, it is the most whimsical candy store you have ever been to.  As soon as you step foot in the place, you are magically ten again begging to try everything.  We are constantly drawn into the shop because of their beautiful displays of candy.  The way that the candy is all arranged in large class jars and color coded is an organizers dream come true!  Miette not only has an amazing presentation but their organization gives the space a sense of cleanliness that is unbeatable.

Bottom line, we love you Miette!

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