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Getting Around to Procrastination Day

National Procrastination Day – September 6, 2016

It’s almost here. The time to take charge. The time to say to yourself, “I’m finally going to do this.”

Yes, September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day. As an added, cruel twist of fate, the day falls on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend when we are supposed to focus on what we do—not what we don’t do.

It’s the occasion when people get a temporary shot of inspiration and start spewing famous quotes our mothers told us like “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Or the stinging question, “do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing.”

So if procrastination is opportunity’s assassin, we better start dodging the bullets. It’s time to get around to recognizing this national day that I am certain was not created by slackers. I invite you – no, I challenge you – to list the top five things you have been avoiding and how you are going to tackle them. Five is manageable. If it were 10, you just may not get the ball rolling.

Five Organization Tasks I have been Avoiding

Here are mine:

  1. Organize my handbags in my closet
  2. Get fall purses ready
  3. Use a Purse Perfector to sort supplies in my sewing basket
  4. Organize my granddaughter’s Shopkins in a Purse Perfector
  5. Figure out what Shopkins are

Obviously, I have a theme and it has to do with continuing to organize my life with Purse Perfector. What are your action items for National Fight Procrastination Day?

Well, my procrastination gene kicked in full-force and I wasn’t able to post this blog about National Fight Procrastination Day until the day after! I’ll be better next year…

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A Little Game called Card Roulette

Every woman knows the anxiety of reaching into her purse hoping to find a business card, a credit card, a gift card, or even an insurance card; and then met with panic the moment it’s not in its rightful place. You begin tearing your purse apart like a mad person until you find it in the bottom of the bag. Stress subsides and you promise yourself that the next time you’ll be more organized. However, that next time comes and you once again find panic coming over you.

Well, what if I told you that you need not stress about those lost cards again, because with the Purse Perfector all those tense moments are replaced with calm self-confidence. This lightweight organization tote easily fits in all purses, big and small. Now all you need to worry about is the amazed looks you receive when you retrieve small items in seconds.

Designed to help organize and limit confusion, the Purse Perfector has many slots and pockets designed to carry and secure everyday items you find in women’s purses, most importantly, those stubborn cards that always seem to fall out and land in the bottom of the bag. Purse Perfector has a built-in card slot located on the back side (perfect for hotel key cards), for easy access while also keeping a tight hold so they never go missing.

So next time you’re in a long line at Starbucks, or you need to show your picture ID to TSA staff at the airport, or you’re taking your adventuresome children to the hospital with a broken arm, don’t panic about retrieving the right card. Simply reach into the designated spot for cards in your Purse Perfector and take a deep breath of relief when it is exactly where you left it.

To help you win at card roulette, take 15% off your order with the promo code AUGUSTSALE through August 7! http://purseperfector.wpengine.com/shop/

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Travel Secrets of Top Models & 20% off Purse Perfector!

When you’re headed to the runway (the airport—not the fashionable kind) there’s good news. A makeup revolution is taking place. Gone are the days when travelers poured makeup into drugstore-purchased plastic containers to satisfy TSA requirements. There will be no more sacrificing tubes of mascara or face cleanser because they weigh too much be transported in a carry on.

Say hello to TSA-approved high end cosmetics. While sample-sized makeup has been around for a while as free bonuses for cosmetic purchases, the country’s top beauty firms are heralding lines of new one to four ounce sizes in their advertising. That means you can look your fashion-model best with your beloved brands of makeup.

Take Lancôme for instance. You can now purchase their top-selling Absolue day cream in .5, 1.7 and 2.6 ounce packaging. The company recently added the words “TSA-approved” to their print advertising.

Tired of liquid eye makeup remover spilling? Sephora offers a waterproof eye makeup remover in 1.69 ounce or 4.2 ounce sizes.

As an avid traveler, I have said farewell to security mishaps when it comes to my makeup. I recommend keeping your quart ziplock bag either in the long center pocket of your handbag’s Purse Perfector or in the outside pocket of your carry on. Although I am TSA and Global Entry-approved, I still maintain the plastic bag. Rules change too quickly.

As for my mini makeup, they all have perfect spots in my Purse Perfector. The smaller sizes fit perfectly in the Purse Perfector’s tailored pockets along with lipstick, gloss and lip pencil. The shorter front sections are perfect for mini sizes of hand sanitizer, my Tide To-Go Pen, tube of ibuprofen, and mini pack of tissues. Unlike a professional model’s ongoing dieting to lose weight, you can lose weight—purse weight—simply by switching to mini/travel sizes of makeup and other beauty essentials in your Purse Perfector.

It’s our biggest sale of the year! Enter promo code USAMADE2016 for 20% off your choice of Purse Perfector (sale items not included) through July 10! Start shopping now!

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In Search of the Elusive Pen

I keep hearing the same complaint over and over like scenes from the movie “Groundhog Day.”

It goes like this: “Why is it that every time I need a pen I can’t find one? My purse seems like a black hole for pens of all shapes and colors. They seem to disappear like socks in the dryer.”

You might ask why we even need pens since so many transactions are electronic nowadays. In defense of the pen, it has not outgrown its use. We still sign checks and whipping out a pen is still the quickest way to jot down info from voice mail messages.

One pen lover confided, “I tried using a case for my pens. It sunk to the bottom of my purse, buried by all the larger necessities of life. Even my fancy Mount Blanc got eclipsed by a sun glass case and checkbook.”

Friends have told me they constantly face this challenge. Some have pen horror stories, like the time a pen exploded all over the lining of my friend’s new Hilde Pallidino bag from Europe. She entered a deep depression.

So is there a solution? Of course. Use Purse Perfector. It has a special slot just for pens that keeps them upright and at reach at all times. I promise the pens won’t fall out unless you are upside down on a roller coaster with an open purse. That seems rather unlikely.

And if the pen leaks or explodes? No worries. Purse Perfector is washable and quickly line-dries.

As we approach National Ball Point Pen Day on June 10, I invite everyone to join me in unabashed love for the pen. Like newspapers and cable TV, I am just not ready to let go. Allow Purse Perfector to keep a secure hold on your pens for you.

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Stellar Organizing Tips for 2016 with Lyn Marsteller

Organizing Tips for 2016 with Lyn Marsteller

Ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution to get better organized? Purse Perfector Founder Lyn Marsteller has some “stellar” tips for you on organizing your drawers and closet space. She appeared in two segments on Fox 19 News with some practical organization ideas for everyday life. She also provided some great advice on packing for travelling and of course using your Purse Perfector throughout your journey. Click here to see Lyn in action.

Ask the Organizer

So What’s That Space Between the Driver’s and Passenger Seat Called?

Have you ever wondered what to call that area between the passenger and driver’s seat? It’s that cool, non-descript storage area in most cars that is hidden by an armrest. It’s really no longer the CD holder since music is now streaming. And since the arm rest covers it, it’s not exactly a safe spill-proof Starbucks hideaway. For many, it’s the equivalent to the kitchen junk drawer.

When performing a search for the answer, I got much more that I bargained for. There is quite an international controversy over whether it is part of the center console or simply “the place under the armrest.” Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon numerous articles with titles such as “How to Add Secret Compartments to Your Car to Hide Anything: A Complete Guide for the Criminal in All of Us.” Right in front of me were instructions on how to make an under-seat compartment to stash contraband and how to create a handy nook in your center console for firearms lacking a concealed carry permit.

Let’s face it. Most of us just want a place to neatly store our essentials for easy retrieval.

That’s where Purse Perfector fits in. It’s for more than just purses. Simply place your favorite large size Purse Perfector in the compartment and fill it with the necessities: sunglasses, lip stick, chap stick, hand sanitizer, tissues, loose change, cough drops, parking passes, and a book or Kindle to read when you are waiting to start the carpool. Everything is there without having to dangerously stretch to the passenger seat or floor. It is safe, tidy and, with a quick flick of the armrest, no one has to ever wonder what you are trying to hide in your car.

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Purse Perfector 15% Off! Treat yourself to an organized purse!

Why should kids get all the goodies at Halloween? Have you been waiting for the perfect time to turn your goody bag into an organized purse?

Enjoy 15% off your own Purse Perfector insert with our Halloween promotion.

Tame your shoulder boulder with this purse organizer that is made in California. For an organized bag, add your cosmetics, phone, e-reader, glasses, wallet and cards – or candy – to the 13 tailored pockets in two sections. Place the tall section of the Purse Perfector toward the back of your favorite purse and you will always be able to find what you need quickly and when you need it. You’ll save time by having a predictable place for everything you carry. Every day. In any purse.

Oh, and then move the purse organizer to your other favorite purse tomorrow!

Sometimes you might only want to carry a few items in a smaller bag. No problem! Just unzip the two sections and slip the shorter section into your clutch or purse. It’s like magic, but no incantations! Just a perfect purse every time.

This lightweight purse organizer is also machine washable (air dry), so it will save the inside of your handbags from cosmetic leaks and ink stains. A neat treat for your purses for many years to come.

Lg Silver at Royal Botanic GardensThis is no trick: Through Halloween, Saturday October 31, 2015, take 15% off with the promo code TREAT.

No matter whether you are heading to work, picking up kids after school, going to soccer or football games, or off for a bit of shopping or dinner and a movie, your new Purse Perfector insert will give you peace of mind. You will be able to get your phone and find your keys every day if you follow these quick tips:

  • Find a place for all of your items (see our suggestions in the diagram below);
  • Take out any extra items (how many toys do you really need to carry in your purse for your kids?)
  • When you take something out, always return it to the same place;
  • Occasionally when you take Purse Perfector out to change purses, remove extra items and receipts;
  • Repeat the steps above.

Enjoy this little Halloween delight and feel free to share our limited-time promotion code with your favorite ghouls with purses in need of organizing. Trick or treat!

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Back to School Organization Tips and Tricks

Back to school season is here and it’s time to get back into the swing of play dates, basketball games, school dances, and more. It’s exciting to start a new school year, but without the proper back to school organization, things can get rocky. It’s best to have a clear plan to get organized for going back to school.

So, here are back to school organization tips and tricks for parents, students, and teachers for staying organized for back to school:

Parents

Create a routine

Clearly defining and talking about a school routine is crucial for organization and a great school year. Create specific times and durations for sleep schedules, homework, packing lunches, etc.

Write out an agenda

Keep an agenda with you at all times to keep track of soccer games, track meets, choir concerts, and parent/teacher conferences. Without one, you’ll most likely be scatter brained and forgetful!

Do some home organizing

Before the school year starts, it’s a great idea to go through your children’s room with them and decide what to donate, keep, and store. Less clutter will keep everyone in the household sane.

Define a homework area and time

As I said above, it’s a good idea to create a specific time for homework to ensure it’s getting done. It’s also a good idea to define a homework area. This could be the dining room table, a home office, or your child’s desk. Just make sure the area is free from distractions (i.e. televisions, game consoles, and phones).

Students

Make sure to use a planner

Keeping a planner for all of your assignments will ensure you get your homework done and turned in on time. It’s also recommended to log any school activities so you don’t forget about them.

Keep a home file for each subject

We recommend keeping a file for each subject in a drawer or filer at home to keep important papers. You might not need it at school, but you’ll want to save it for later, just in case!

Keep your locker and/or desk clean

We recommend cleaning out your desk or locker weekly to reduce clutter. Get rid of any garbage, keep your books and supplies organized, and file away anything at home you don’t need at school, but might need later.

Stay focused on your homework

Homework isn’t always fun, so wouldn’t you like to get it done as efficiently as possible? When doing your homework, silence your phone, turn off the T.V. and focus on the task at hand. This will keep your mind clear and ensure your work is done correctly.

Teachers

Have a computer backup plan

Computer crashes happen and if it does happen, how would you get to your assignments? We recommend keeping important assignments on a flash drive, Google docs, etc. so that you could easily get them from another computer in the school.

File smartly

As a teacher, you may be teaching several subjects and classes, so keeping your files in order is important. Keep your files organized by subject, class, and student somewhere that is secure and convenient. Being a teacher, you most likely enjoy organization, so go ahead and color code those files – we know you want to!

Keep a five-minute daily clean routine

Help keep germs at bay and your classroom sparkling with the day use disinfectant wipes to scrub down these germy hot spots:

  • Desktops
  • Countertops
  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Keyboards
  • Cabinet handles
  • Drawer pulls
  • Faucets

And last, but not least, anything ANYONE can do to keep back to school organization in check – parent, student, or teacher – is to invest in a Purse Perfector Purse Organizer. Organzine all of your daily essentials into it and easily transfer it from bag to backpack to purse. On the go purse swapping has never been easier!

Purse Perfector Demo Diagram

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How to Keep Organized with a Purse Organizer

Large Black with Silver Purse Organizer

Whether your travels this summer include on a road trip, a nice long stay in the mountains, on the beach or long distance flights in exotic locales, a purse organizer can be a woman’s best everyday tool.

Did you know that the average woman carries a purse that weighs between 4 and 14 pounds?

So, unless carrying a heavy purse is part of your workout regime, here are some of our best tips on how keep organized with a Purse Perfector purse organizer.

1) It’s okay to leave things behind.

A purse organizer can’t be too big or we’re tempted to take everything and it can’t be too small or something is left behind. With a Purse Perfector, you can decide which size to get based on whether you carry a long checkbook wallet (the Large was designed to hold that style wallet between the two sections) or a smaller wallet, which fits in the tall section of the Medium size.

2) Organize for Travel

Before traveling, empty your purse organizer and include only what you need: no local loyalty cards or discount coupons, dark lipsticks, work ID, parking pass or extra keys.

3) ONLY use your Purse Perfector Organizer

If you have a purse with organization pockets, ignore those pockets and put all your essentials in the purse organizer so nothing is left behind when you change bags.

4) Be sure to “zone” your items

Your wallet or your phone goes in the same pocket each time, all lip products or cosmetics in the same place, sunglasses and reading glasses each have a pocket, etc. With zoned purse organization, you have predictable order every time, in every bag.

5) Organize for Airline Security

Removing liquids for clearing airline security is easy when you always know where to look for your hand sanitizer, hand cream and other liquids.

6) Utilize the Different Sections

Don’t lose your purse organization just because you need a smaller purse – unzip your Purse Perfector entirely and use just the front section with your cosmetics, medications and a small wallet and slip into a small clutch or the front pocket of your travel tote.

7) Use soap and water for cleanup

A purse organizer should be able to handle small spills and either be spot cleaned with soap and water or use a stain remover pen. It’s better to have that lipstick smear or pen stain in your purse organizer that in your expensive handbag.

8) Keep your IDs and documents organized

Use one of the front flat pockets or the back pocket for your picture ID when going through airline security, replacing in your wallet after clearing security.

9) Use the back pocket for your hotel key card

With your phone in the shorter section, your phone won’t demagnetize your hotel key card and you can slip your key card out effortlessly to get into your room.

10 ) Use the Purse Perfector Purse Organizer in other areas

Because of the flat base of the Purse Perfector, many women report placing their Purse Perfector in the console area for easy access and pop it back into their purse at their destination.

Happy travels!

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10 Summer Favorites that Should Be in EVERY Purse Organizer

Summer is here and is in full swing! You’ll, no doubt, be going to numerous parties, cookouts, and family outings throughout the summer. We’ve put a list of 10 Summer Favorites that Should Be in EVERY Purse Perfector Purse Organizer to ensure a safe and healthy summer.

1) Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer has numerous usages, but we’re specifically thinking about using it at a cookout or gathering where food is involved. You may not have direct access to soap and water, so having hand sanitizer on hand in your purse organizer is a smart move!

What We Recommend: Bath and Body Works PocketBac Sanitizers 5 Pack “Fresh Picked” scents

Price: $6 for a 5 pack!

2) Blotting Paper

It’s hot outside and it’s only going to get hotter! Having some disposable blotting towels on hand will help remove shine from perspiration, dirt, and oil from the skin while unclogging pores for a clearer complexion.

What We Recommend: Sephora Lavender Blotting Papers

Price: $5

3) Mini First Aid Kit

Accidents happen, especially with little ones. Be prepared and proactive by investing in a mini first aid kit that includes the essentials for minor scraps and cuts.

What We Recommend: Walgreen’s Easy Care On The Go First Aid Kit

Kit Includes:

  • 5 Adhesive Plastic Banages 3/4″x3″

  • 5 Adhesive Bandage 1″x3″ Fabic

  • 1 Adhesive Knuckle Fabric Bandage

  • 1 Adhesive Fingertip Fabric Bandage

  • 1 Elbow/Knee Fabric Adhesive Bandage

  • 3 Antiseptic Towelette

  • 1 Triple Antibiotic Ointment

  • 2 Butterfly Wound Closure

  • 2 Insect Sting Relief Pad

Price: $2.49

4) iBuprofen

Unfortunately, daily life has it’s hassles and includes headaches, back pain, and muscle aches. Having iBuprofen handy is always a good idea.

What We Recommend: Travel Sized Advil Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Coated Tablets

Price: $2.69

5) Zyrtec

With summer comes high pollen count and for most of us, endless sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes. We recommend keeping a small bottle of Zyrtec in your purse organizer to fight the daily battle of allergies.

What We Recommend: Zyrtec Allergy 10 Mg Tablets Easy Open “Blister” Pack

Price: $14.99

6) Epipens

EpiPens aren’t just for bee stings. They can be used in a number of situations where emergency treatment of allergic reactions is needed including insect stings (i.e. bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants) and biting insects (i.e. triatoma, mosquitoes), allergen immunotherapy, foods, drugs, diagnostic testing substances (i.e., radiocontrast media) and other allergens, as well as idiopathic anaphylaxis or exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

What We Recommend: Getting a prescription from your doctor is your first step, then we recommend registering your auto-injectors online to receive a complimentary carrying case for easy travel.

Price: Varies by insurance providers

7) Health Insurance Cards

It’s always a good idea to carry your family’s health insurance cards in case of emergencies.

What We Recommend: Cards are easy to keep with you and can be stored in the front pocket of your Purse Perfector purse organizer for easy access.

8) Sunscreen

Even being out in the sun for an hour without proper protection can give you a minor sunburn. Keeping a bottle of SPF Sunscreen with you will ensure proper protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

What We Recommend: Ulta’s Travel Size Suncare SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

Price:$2.99

Special: Buy 1, get 1 at 50% off & special Free Gift with Purchase!

9) Manicure Set

You’re busy and on the go and don’t always have time to think about nail care. Keeping a travel manicure kit in your purse organizer can be helpful to the woman on the go!

What We Recommend: Adrienne Vittadini Studio 5-pc. Manicure Set at Kohl’s

Price: On sale for $9.99

Set Includes:

  • nail file

  • cuticle trimmer

  • tweezers

  • scissors

  • nail clipper

  • carrying case

10) Lip Balm

Lip balm is something most of us carry around in our purses, but is yours protecting you from the sun by including an SPF value? It should!

What We Recommend: Aquaphor Lip Repair & Protect

Price: $4.99

Need to invest in a Purse Perfector Purse Organizer to keep all of your favorite summer items organized? Enjoy 15% off your next purchase by using promo code USAMADE at checkout.

 

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A Guide to Purse Organization While Traveling

My Travels to Scotland and London

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Scotland and London. Our transportation included planes, trains, driving on the “wrong” side of the road, the London Underground subway and lots of rainy walks. Packing challenges included hiking shoes for walking in the Highlands to a black tie dinner at the former home of the Selfridges department store founder and a sunny day at Runnymede with the Queen, Prince William and the Princess Royal to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the basis of the US Constitution, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and over a third of the world’s legal systems.

This is the first in a series of how I use Purse Perfector during a trip that requires different purse organization on a daily basis. I’ll share travel tips and when I unzip or separate my purse organizer to get maximum use in any bag and never forget what I need in my day.

Travel Preparation

The preparation phase for purse organization for any trip starts with my Purse Perfector on the counter.

Overnight Purse Perfector

The tailored base of the purse organizer is sturdy and stable and allows me to evaluate what doesn’t need to take the trip with me. I take the smallest wallet I can, leaving all the specialty credit and loyalty cards at home. I usually a taxi wallet that can also fit in my pants pocket, an RFID credit card sleeve for only 2-3 credit cards (that don’t charge foreign exchange fees), a small coin purse, my passport and several photocopies of it. I place one copy in each suitcase, one in the front pocket of my purse organizer along with a copy of each family members passport.

Prepare for Take-Off

On the day of travel, I set up my travel purse organizer: take out all liquids for the plastic quart bag (not necessary if you have TSA Pre-Check): spot cleaning pen, hand sanitizer, most lip products, hand cream, etc. Now decide what needs to be added for the trip – folding travel toothbrush, chewing gum to alleviate ear pain, a small medication kit, earplugs and eye mask.

Because of the length and range of clothing needed for this trip, I had a checked suitcase with layers of causal clothes for the colder temperatures of Scotland and business, cocktail and more formal attire for the warmer, dressier part of our trip in London. Oh – and a variety of purse and bags!

I also use a small rolling carryon suitcase that contains my small mirrorless camera with additional lenses and filters, jewelry case, makeup, magnifying mirror, change of clothes (in the event my suitcase goes somewhere else), a few snacks, rain jacket and hat, comfy walking shoes and socks, and a lightweight nylon purse on top and ready to use with my purse organizer after we clear customs. Depending on the trip, I also have a hat for my husband and a small backpack.

My second carryon is a travel tote that includes my Purse Perfector which holds my Kindle, passport, glasses and sunglasses, pens, small notebook, iPhone, my wallets; the plastic bag with liquids; my overnight bag essentials: eye mask, noise canceling earplugs and/or headset, travel socks, magazines and other reading, paperwork in a plastic sleeve, iPad, knitting, pashmina to wrap around my shoulders.

In my experience, most European flights leave in the afternoon and arrive early in the morning, but our hotel room is usually not yet available. So I wear a couple of layers on top over pants and a pair of short boots. My Purse Perfector in the travel tote holds everything I need for overnight and I’m ready to place my liquids and creams back into my Purse Perfector and pop it into the nylon purse that was in my carryon. Depending on how much we want to do before we get back to the hotel, I change shoes, grab my camera and add it to my travel purse organizer. Another benefit of small wallets – my Sony NEX-6 camera fits in the large open pocket in the tall section that usually holds my wallet. Just to be sure I never miss a shot, I always add an extra memory card to one of the short flat pockets in the front of the purse organizer.

Upon Arrival

We arrived in Edinburg and picked up our rental car and headed north towards the lovely town of Fort Augustus beside Loch Ness. Within a few moments, I had transferred what I needed into my purse organizer, placed it in my purse, added my camera and was ready to go. We had a pleasant surprise when we took and exit that led us right into Birnam, the inspiration for many of the tales of Beatrix Potter. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a small museum dedicated to her works.

Beatrix Potter Museum

On the Road Again

Back on the road, we exited the highway for the first of many alternating one and two lane roads winding through increasingly gorgeous countryside. There were so many shades of green and the bright yellow of mustard fields and Scotch Broom bushes and many black-faced sheep and frolicking lambs. It was so nice to have a second view of spring since ours had been winding down at home.

Lamb Conference

After checking into our hotel and getting our bearings, we walked to restaurant overlooking Loch Ness for dinner and had our first taste of fresh Scottish salmon – and haggis! Haggis, despite the bad reports we had always heard is very similar to scrapple or Goetta and was tasty. It was often on the menu for both breakfast and lunch.

It was almost 11 pm when the sunset and sunrise was about 4:30 am. We learned that some nights it barely gets dark at all.

Loch Ness at 10 PM

It was a sunny start to our morning and we wandered the town, checked out the locks of the canal before taking the boat tour of Loch Ness. We did not see Nessie, but did spot the very shy white goats that live on the high cliffs surrounding Loch Ness.

Our day brought us upon lambs scampering around a tree, bluebells, great vistas and a deer-stalker feeding deer he will never stalk. In fact, the deer wait for him to return to his home for food.

Blue Bells Deer Stalker

 

The next installment of A Guide to Purse Organization While Traveling: Castles, cattle, Isle of Skye and Edinburgh.