Hunger Games: Will the Movie Beat the Book?

By now you’ve heard of the Hunger Games I hope. It’s a trilogy that was originally written for teens but has a cult following with adults — both men and women alike.  I for one, am hooked.  So are all the women I work with.  We just can’t get enough.  I plan on seeing the movie soon but wonder if it will live up to the excitement in the book.

Here’s a list of some other books that were made into movies and my vote on which one won:

The Book Is Better

  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

What a Great Movie

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Donny Brasco by Joseph D. Pistone
  • Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (original)

I Can’t Decide — It’s a Tie

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

What are some of your favorite books that have been turned into movies?

Cut Down on Digital Clutter

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It can be worse than real clutter — I’m talking about digital clutter.  If it seems like your emails are never ending and you can’t come up for air — you are a victim of this electronic issue.  I’ve written about websites that will help you manage your emails better.  And I’ve even shared a video about ways to reduce inbox anxiety too.

But there’s always room for more tips if you’re becoming an electronic hoarder!  I was recently interviewed about computer clutter by  You can check out the full article but here are some of the highlights from the experts:

  • Make folders in your email and hard drive
  • Make organizing files a habit
  • Get rid of files and emails that you don’t need
  • Make an archive folder for emails you want to keep but don’t need right now
  • Get a separate email for newsletters
  • Unsubscribe if you find yourself not reading newsletters

Being Organized Will Save You Money

Being organized will help you be more successful in all aspects of your life including with your finances. I’m probably a little too good at saving receipts — and storing them in my purse!

But having a hold on money matters in your life will save you some cash. Professional organizer Korinne Kubena Belock tells us why it works.

Six Financial Incentives to Get Organized

by Korinne Kubena Belock

Of the many benefits to getting organized, like lower stress levels and increased productivity, one of the most compelling reasons is the financial benefit. In almost every organizing session with a client, we discover uncashed checks, cash, and even unused gift cards that clients have long forgotten. Talk about a good feeling! Here are six other reasons to get orgso you can have an easy, stress-free retirement!anized: Read more

List of Items to Buy When Sick

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For some reason — everyone was out sick yesterday. It’s weird.  Not only in my office but in others too — did I miss a national holiday?  Nope — it turns out the change of weather does strange things to people and makes us sick!  Yep — I have a list for this.  This one comes from my friend and colleague Jess Lieberman, a fellow list maker.

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Documents to Keep in a Safe & a FREE Giveaway

If there is a fire, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster– time may be working against you.  Would you know which of your family’s important documents to take with you?  Would you even know where they were located?


What Documents Should You Keep in Your Safe?

These essential items should be kept in a central location so you can access them quickly. It may be a good idea to get a safe to store them.

  • Adoption papers
  • Automobile titles
  • Bank account information
  • Birth certificates
  • Cemetery deeds
  • Check book
  • Divorce papers
  • Doctors’ contact information
  • Education records and diplomas
  • Government bonds
  • Health information for each family member (blood type, allergies, medications)
  • Health insurance cards
  • Insurance policies
  • Investment & retirement account information
  • Last will and testament
  • Lease
  • Living will
  • Marriage license
  • Military records
  • Mortgage paperwork
  • Passports
  • Patents and copyrights
  • Real estate deeds
  • Social security cards
  • Tax records