How to Set Up Your Home Office to Make the Work More Enjoyable

A few months ago we had a new normal to get used to around here: my hubby started working from home full time! For us, the flexibility that offers is perfect with two little ones, but we’ve had some challenges, too. Like, keeping two little ones fairly quiet during the day so daddy can work! But one of the big things that has helped all the way around is giving him his own office space in which to function.

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So when Ashley Wilson floated me a post idea on making working at home more enjoyable, well: I knew my husband FOR SURE would appreciate it! She’s got tons of tips – keep on reading for more!

When working from home, many people tend to improvise when setting up their home office.  Many tend to skip the organizational aspects of the home office, and the comfort of the work area. All you need is a desk and chair, right? 

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New Product Review: Spray Away Toilet Brush

Sometimes I think about you, reader. And I think that, no matter who you are or what you do or what you’re like…we can all agree that what I have just experienced in my life in no way, shape or form has been…FUN.

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Allow me to share with all of you that I believe we are FINALLY at the end of POTTY TRAINING. Potty training TWINS. (I’m still shuddering thinking about it. I’m also waiting on some kind of huge regression to happen because, well, that WOULD be my luck.)

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about potty training, it’s that potty training is MESSY. Oh my goodness. Is it ever MESSY.

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4 Ways To Pay For Your Home Remodeling Project

My husband noticed the other day that the value of our home had risen. (He’s so good with stuff like that – I would have never even though to CHECK IT. Mercy!) But he loves all things financial, and was pretty pleased to see the equity we’ve built in the past couple of years. So he shared his joy with me! Which led to a conversation about a few remodeling projects we still want to complete in this house. Which led to a discussion about where we would pull the money from in order to make those changes.

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Somewhere along the way, Jorge Adevop sent me an email to see if I was interested in publishing his article regarding ways to pay for remodeling projects, and yes, I was interested, not only in publishing it, but in reading it for myself! Check out his ideas below…they’re good ones!

Putting money back into your home through remodeling to maintain a modern look and appeal is usually a wise investment, but the scenario has to make sense and you should never be over extending yourself if the line between income and expenses is getting extremely thin.  There are, however, certain times when finding funding for your investment makes very good sense, especially when you have a good strategy on how your going to pay it back, maybe even quicker than its term. If you’ve been looking into alternate funding sources then here are a few for you to consider:

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6 Ideas for a DIY Calendar

2019 is drawing to an end. Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the month of September already?! As 2020 comes closer, there is at least one thing that you need to do – ditch your old calendar and make way for a new one! If you have the time and if you’re feeling creative, why not DIY a calendar on your own? No idea how to do it? No problem! Keep on reading and learn from the following tips! 

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Choose Your Best Photo 

If you are into photography, use your best pictures to add an aesthetic element to your DIY calendar. Choose one photo for every month of the year. Use photo editing software to make the pictures stand out. If you already have the photos and you’re not sure how you want to use them, you can always create a calendar with the help of Shutterfly. They have a team of experts who can help turn ordinary photos into an extraordinary calendar. 

Pair It with a Stand 

Make the DIY calendar stand out on the table or desk by having a base to hold it still. With an easel calendar, you can choose from a variety of designs that will complement the look of the calendar, which has a different display every month. Among others, wood is one of the common base materials for an easel calendar. 

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Tips for Preparing for Your First Family Road Trip

The great road trip has fast become a quintessentially American tradition, accounting for nearly 39% of all vacations taken. From the Pacific Coast Highway to Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia (where I grew up traveling to), there are a plethora of gorgeous natural areas to drive through and stop for a few days. Hey, you can even fly abroad and then rent a car to explore the best Asia destinations, if you’d like your road trip to stretch even farther! After all, road trips appeal to America’s love of independence and freedom. It can be extremely liberating to let your wishes be your guide, and to take every day as it comes, sleeping in your very own RV or booking local hotels with charm. If you are keen to take your very first road trip and you need some advice for traveling with children, keep these considerations in mind and enjoy a fun-filled bonding experience with those you love.

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Choosing a Destination that Appeals to Everyone

Because a road trip enables you to visit more than one site, ask everyone in your family to come up with their own ‘bucket list’ that covers the general area you are visiting. If everyone feels like they have chosen at least one top destination, the trip can be a little more satisfying for everyone involved. There is one proviso when it comes to lists, of course. Some places are particularly magical and may entice you to stay for longer than envisioned. For this reason, you should keep your bucket lists fairly ‘loose’ and agree to slightly alter your route if you become enamored by a new spot.

Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle

If you are traveling with children (and let me tell you: you haven’t travelled with children until you’ve traveled with 3-year-old twins!) or simply taking a road trip spanning more than a long weekend, a spacious RV-style vehicle will certainly make travel easier and more convenient. On the one hand, items like strollers, toys, and other essentials can be easily stored, as can sports equipment and sportswear – including items like boots, thick coats, and the like – without worrying about space. Check your vehicle maintenance book and ensure that your oil and filter are clean/new, change your spark plugs if need be, ensure spare tires are in good working order, and obtain extra items such as car belts and other essentials. If a maintenance check is due in the next few months, pull up the date slightly to ensure you don’t go over the stipulated mile count. 

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