Book Review

Flip-Flops and Desktops…Easy decluttering and organization for back to school!

By; Tracy McCubbin

Just when we get into the swing of summer—wham! It’s time to head back to school. Tracy says the best way to ease the transition from flip-flops to desktops is to get organized and decluttered before the first day. While getting organized may seem like a lot to tackle, there are small steps you can take now to ensure a smooth, stress-free transition to back to school.

Some of these suggestions include:

 Grab a dry erase board. To kick the school year off to an organized start, try putting a dry erase calendar where everyone can see it

Purge last year’s paper and artwork. Pull out all of the homework and artwork from the previous school year (empty old backpacks, desk drawers and those piles you’ve meant to tackle) and pick the best of the best.
Don’t be afraid to donate. especially backpacks. Before the deluge of birthdays, birthday parties and upcoming holidays, take time to donate (or toss if they are broken) toys that didn’t get played with all summer. Most kids get brand new backpacks every school year, but, if last year’s pack is still in good shape, think about donating it to a local nonprofit that works with foster kids.

Purge books that won’t get reread. Did summer reading lists create a glut of books in your home? Time to do a purge of the books that won’t get reread or won’t ever be read.

Evaluate which clothing fits. Do a pass and make a pile of clothes you think are too small or worn out. Have your kids try them on to make absolutely sure if they’ve outgrown them or not.

 Stock their desk only with the necessities. An organized desk is essential for a new school year. Make sure the desk is stocked with all of the necessary supplies like pencils, pens, erasers and paper.

About the Author:

Tracy McCubbin is the author of Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book On Decluttering You’ll Ever Need (releasing Tuesday June 4, 2019). She has always referred to herself as “Obsessive Compulsive Delightful,” but who knew she could turn that trait into a booming business? While working for a major television director in Los Angeles, Tracy discovered she had the ability to see through any mess and clearly envision a clutter-free space. Coupled with keen time-management and organizational skills, Tracy soon found more and more people were asking her for help. Before she knew it, dClutterfly was born.

Ten years and thousands of clients later, dClutterfly is Los Angeles’ premier organizing and decluttering company. Tracy is a regularly featured expert on Hallmark’s Home & Family, has a column on MindBodyGreen, and has regular declutter segments on Fox 5 and ABC Eyewitness News, KTLA Morning Show, KCAL9, and Good Day Sacramento. She and her company have also been featured in Real Simple, Women’s Day and ShopSmart.

When not decluttering, she is the proud Co-Executive Director of OneKid OneWorld, a non-profit building strong educational foundations for children in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and Central America.


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Founder of OPI nail care launches her new book.. “I’m not really a Waitress”

Today, the OPI brand has come to represent instant gratification, empowerment, self-expression, cutting-edge fashion, luxury, and fun for consumers all over the world.

Behind all the glamour is my little-known story of how I transformed a small dental supply company into a #1 global beauty brand.

I wrote my book, I’m Not Really A Waitress: How One Women Took Over the Beauty Industry…One Color at a Time—titled after OPI’s top-selling nail color— to inspire women of all ages to pursue their own colorful dreams. As an immigrant, a wife, a mother and an entrepreneur, I truly believe that my story shows that if I can do it, anyone can.

In my book, I share my experiences that gave rise to OPI’s revolutionary vision of freedom and empowerment, and how the industry has transformed by celebrating the power of color—and women themselves.

I invite you to get inspired and start to #ColorYourDreams with a copy of my new book.
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

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Is Work-Life Balance Achievable for Parents? NEW PAPERBACK: Work, Pause Thrive by Lisen Stromberg

Did you know the U.S. ranks at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to work-life balance – 30th out of 38 counties – according to a newly published study from Family Living Today. What’s more, 33 percent of employed adults work on weekends and holidays. These numbers are especially troubling for parents, who are more likely to spend less time with their families and miss important life events. And as 64 million millennials become parents in the coming years, making this an important issue to address now!

But the work/ life balance doesn’t have to be a struggle! says workplace expert, award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Lisen Stromberg – who details how employers can alleviate some of the challenges by creating a workplace that supports parents – in her book WORK PAUSE THRIVE: How To Pause </strong>For Parenthood Without Killing Your Career is soon to be re-released in paperback.

Lisen has walked to the talk having pivoted careers from the advertising world after pausing the start her family. Lisen has inspired thousands with her talks on work + life integration, corporate talent innovation, disrupting the traditional career paradigm, and empowering women in the workplace. She has been seen on stage at SXSW, TEDx, The 3% Conference, and has been featured in New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Salon, and more.

Lisen can discuss online her tips for employers to accommodate the increasing needs for parents and bring those that have left the workforce back into the fold including:

How employers can recognize and accommodate the realities of working parents to attract them back to the workforce
Steps that employers can take to attract/retain employees, including making caregiving support a priority
Why parents – particularly millennial women – are choosing to pause their careers and what they can do to shift back to work when ready

About Lisen Stromberg; the Author

After a successful career in marketing and advertising, Lisen Stromberg left the business world frustrated by the lack of support for mothers in the workplace. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist whose work can be found in the New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Salon, and other high profile media outlets.

Now Lisen is back to her business roots as CEO and Founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. She and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates, to innovate the workplace so the next generation isn’t forced to choose between work and family. She is Partner+COO of the 3% Movement, committed to changing the ratio of women in leadership in the advertising industry.

A sought after speaker and moderator, Lisen has inspired thousands with her talks on work + life integration, corporate talent innovation, disrupting the traditional career paradigm, and empowering women in the workplace. She has been seen on stage at SXSW, TEDx, The 3% Conference, and more.

Her book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing Your Career is deeply reported with extensive social science research, cutting edge data collected from nearly 1,500 women, and through 186 first-person interviews. In it, she reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals and provides readers with a blueprint for how they, too, can integrate kids with their career.
Lisen lives with her family in San Francisco.

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Former QVC Star, Dan Wheeler, Imparts Powerful Words of Wisdom for Enduring Immense Love and Loss

Article by Joanna Buoniconti, Staff Writer

Very few people in this life possess the ability to welcome every person that
enters into their life with open arms, and inevitably they leave a lasting imprint
on everyone’s life that they touch. These people are often few and far between,
and because of their powerful and unselfish way of loving makes them the
hardest to say goodbye to. In his book, Hurricane of Love , former QVC host Dan
Wheeler describes his wife, Beth’s, love as a hurricane that swept everyone up in
its path and never once faltered; even in the face of death.
Dan Wheeler was the face of QVC for almost three decades, before retiring last
year. While he was the star on TV, he maintains that his wife was the real star of
their family and the one who taught him what’s really important in life. In 2012,
their world as they knew it was forever rocked when Beth was diagnosed with
stage IV endometrial cancer. This book recounts Beth’s long and arduous battle
with cancer, narrated from Dan’s point of view. Told from a place of raw
emotion, this book was in no way easy for Dan to write. Nonetheless, it was a
story that he felt God was propelling him to tell. Beth’s profound faith and
remarkable capability to love with no boundaries are palpable throughout the
entirety of the book. Her journey through the long days of doctor’s appointments,
medical procedures, hospitalizations, and Chemotherapy will both give you
newfound faith and hope.
After a three-year-long fight, Beth decided to stop treatment. On October 30, 2015,
surrounded by loved ones Beth Wheeler passed away. Dan remembers the
months following her passing as being the toughest of his life. After a loved one
dies, it is often hard to see beyond your own grief, but after Beth’s passing he was
given some valuable words of wisdom that succeeded in completely altering his
outlook: “Dan, you need to realize that Beth is in heaven with God, and they are
not judging you, they’re both cheering you on!” He attributes his time with Beth
and the miracles they witnessed during her last years of life to having complete
faith in God and being in a constant state of prayer. Now fulfilling his childhood
dreams of being a preacher, Dan has started his own ministry entitled Fearless
While the book is heavy with loss, it is also full of love. As you read the book, you
become privy to not only the final years of Beth Wheeler but to her entire life’s
journey. Before long, you will feel deeply connected to this family as they endure
the hardships that come with being mortal. And while her body might have
failed, there is no doubt that her angelic spirit continues to reign down upon
those closest to her in this moving testament of love, loss, and the power of faith.
To pick up a copy, please visit hurricane of if you wish to make a
donation to Dan’s ministry. Alternatively, the book can be purchased at Barnes &
Noble and Amazon.

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Attorney Erin Fields’ New Book Imparts Precious Words of Wisdom to Female Lawyers

Article by Joanna Buoniconti, Staff Writer

When we’re growing up, most of us are taught by our parents to follow our
dreams, and when we’re young the concept seems simple. As we grow up and
mature, our perspective of the world shifts and it becomes obvious that there is
often no clear path towards attaining your dreams. A job as a lawyer may look
glamorous from the outside, but just as with any other profession it can be brutal
and defeating. Erin Fields, a highly successful criminal defense attorney in
Connecticut with over 25 years experience, acknowledges this and provides
advice to women who are struggling to find their strength within the field in her
recently published bestselling book Justice is A Lady Lawyer: Expert Tips for
Female Attorneys .
Within the legal profession, it is a well-established fact that not many attorneys
last beyond five years. You have to have a burning desire for it, and many women
become discouraged upon entering into the field. And through her own
encounters with defeatment as well as seeing friends and colleagues struggle
with this, and Fields has taken it upon herself to empower women within the
legal field. Her book provides valuable advice, by allowing attorneys to gain a
clearer perspective on the field while helping to develop the right attitude
required for success.
According to Fields, the best part about being a lawyer is the profound ability to
help people. There is no more rewarding feeling to her than walking out of a
courtroom and having a client hug you and thank you. Through imparting trade
secrets with her readers, Fields’ hope is for female attorneys to not get
discouraged so easily and to encourage them to find their niche within the legal
Fields’ book can be purchased online at Barnes & Noble and

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The savage beauty of his creative vision stunned and shocked the fashion world for over 15 years, with his avant-garde theatricality leading many to call him the enfant terrible of British fashion. He created fashion moments which have not faded from memory, like David Bowie’s Union Jack coat from 1996, Sarah Jessica Parker’s tartan Met Gala dress from 2006, and Lady Gaga in those alien armadillo shoes in the Bad Romance video clip in 2009.

But before he was Alexander McQueen, he was Lee Alexander McQueen, the boy from London who dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. He worked his way up from making suits on Savile Row to starting his own fashion label and becoming one of the youngest designers ever to win an award for British Womenswear Designer of the Year.

McQueen: An illustrated history of the fashion icon tells Lee Alexander McQueen’s story through the gorgeous illustrations of R.SONG and text by Tom Rasmussen, charting the rise and rise of McQueen through his life, his loves, his friendships, his struggles, his models and his biggest fashion moments, before his deeply sad death at the age of 40 in 2010.

London-based worked on runway shows in New York before becoming a fashion journalist. Their work has featured in publications including Dazed, Love, i-D and Vice.

Sydney-based R.SONG is a fashion illustrator from Hong Kong who has collaborated with emerging fashion designers, street artists and writers.

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Equality can be obtained in the workplace! New Book by Piyush Patel

Women are demanding equality in all facets of our society, including the workplace. So how can employers eliminate discrepancies in pay, hiring, and overall environment? Piyush Patel, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and expert in corporate culture has a simple solution: have each interview conducted by a man and a woman.

“Doing this helps to eliminate gender bias in the recruiting process, and can also help employers avoid hiring toxic employees,” says Patel, author of Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work. “As an employer, you create your own playbook. Make sure everyone plays your way, or they don’t play at all.”

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble