Thursday, May 18, 2017

11 Questions for Planning the Ultimate Summer! | Clutter Video Tip

With summer right around the corner, many Moms are frantically planning summer activities for our kids. This week, Lorie brings you tips on how plan the ultimate summer!


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… Wait, what? I guess the kids didn’t get that memo. So, what do you do now that the temperature is rising and along with it, your wanderlust? Watch this video and start singing a new tune and enjoying your endless summer.

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Friday, April 28, 2017


How often do you wonder WHAT TO WEAR?  When you look at your closet, do you feel like nothing in your wardrobe matches the REAL you?

You are not alone.

Did you check out Christi's  Style Makeover? Christi is in the middle of reinventing herself. Part of that is thinking about WHO she is on the inside, and matching that to who she is showing the world she is on the outside. After talking with Christi, we determined her current style wasn't delivering the right message about her personality.

What is YOUR style saying about you? Wonder if the clothing you wear matches your personality, goals and perceived image? Take THIS QUIZ to see if it might be time for a Style Makeover!

...and if you think it might be time for a Style Makeover, we would love to have you enter to be our next Style Makeover winner! Just click HERE

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Monday, April 17, 2017

South Bend LIttle Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique

 Are you waiting to get your tickets for the biggest fashion event in Michiana?  What are you waiting for?

The Fashion Show & Boutique will be on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at the Gillespie Center in South Bend.

Get tickets at


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

How to Organize Kid’s Rooms, Closets, and Toys from Lorie Marrero

This week, author of The Clutter Diet, Lorie Marrero, shares how to deal with all the kid stuff!  What if your world didn't include the stress of all the clutter from the toys and clothes? Impossible? Check out this video for tips on how to achieve the possible!


It’s time to take off the kid gloves and tackle getting your children organized. Monday’s child may be fair of face, but frustrations mount when toys aren’t put back in place. Watch this video to tackle kid’s clothes, shoes, and toys. Without that daily stress you can be the poster child for relaxing, fun free time, and that’s not just child’s play!


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Friday, March 17, 2017


It’s that time of year when I start searching for models for fashion shows. The first Model Call will be for the Goodwill Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in South Bend the end of April.


For more details about the show or to purchase tickets, please visit:

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Excel Center - A Free High School for Adults!

Goodwill is the driving force behind The Excel Center?  Goodwill LEADS, Inc. is a non-profit entity affiliated with Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

The Excel Center is a free, Indiana charter high school in South Bend designed to help adult students do as the name suggests... Excel! The school offers a curriculum with the academic and personal resources that meet you where you are in life.  We’re different than online, self-study GED programs. You receive face-to-face instruction combined with a flexible class schedule and supportive relationships to help you manage work, life and family responsibilities. Upon completion, you'll have a Core 40 High School Diploma, not a GED!

Get your high school diploma at The Excel Center and brighten you future! Call Caitlin at (574) 314-5570 for more information and stop in for Preview Day on Tuesday, March 14th.  While you’re there, you can sit in on a class, meet teachers and complete an application. If you aren't able to join us on Preview Day, you can stop in when it is convenient for you.  Visitors are welcome any time between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.  If school has been challenging for you in the past, the Excel Center can help. You’ll have an individual academic plan developed by our staff. Child care is available at no cost; and there are free Transpo passes for those who qualify. You can apply online at:


  • Only 46% of those who dropped out of high school are employed 
  • People without a high school diploma are 8 times more likely to be incarcerated
  • Employed individuals without a diploma earn 41% less than high school graduates 
  • More than 70% of high school dropouts live below the poverty line  
  • Children whose parents have not earned high school diplomas are 50% more likely to drop out 
  • There are 25,000 adults within 10 miles of South Bend without a high school diploma 
  • There are 700,000+ Hoosier adults without a high school diploma 
  • 90% of jobs in the United States require a diploma

The application is free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Classes start soon, so call Caitlin at: (574) 314-5570 for more information; or stop in for Preview Day on Tuesday, March 14th.

The Excel Center
2721 Kenwood Avenue
South Bend, IN  46628

* Entrance shared w/ Amtrak at North Meade & Orange Streets
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Goodwill Style Makeover - Christi

This month's Style Makeover winner is Christi. Christi is a mom to a college-aged daughter. Like most moms with adult children, she found herself wondering who she was and felt ready to reinvent herself. We helped her define her fashion style to match who she is on the inside.

For some tips on how you can start to match who you are on the inside with the clothing you are wearing on the outside, check back in a few weeks!  I'll post a FREE DOWNLOAD tool to help you determine YOUR personal style!

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