5 Ways to Ensure a Comfy & Cozy Guest Room

I LOVE having a guest room.

I like when people stay with us. I like to be able to help out for a couple days and provide someone with a comfy place to stay. We’ve had friends, family and perfect strangers stay with us in our guest room, from all across the United States, and even folks from Canada and Africa! Now, it’s hard to provide someone with a QUIET place at my house these days (cue twin 1-year-olds). But comfy I can do! 

After all, top hospitality residences understand the true meaning of creating comfortable and cozy guest rooms. An inviting guest room not only makes visitors feel welcome and comfortable, but it also gives homeowners a satisfying feeling, too.

Creating welcoming guest rooms doesn’t necessarily need to break the bank. Explore the following top design tips you can use to create cozy rooms for visitors.

Offer Luxurious & Comfortable Beds

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The bed is the most significant area to help your guests get a good night’s rest. Visitors shouldn’t be given the oldest mattress in the home. Get a quality mattress that is supple and have quality bedsheets and a mattress cover to complement it.

Ensure that your guests get fresh linens. In addition to these items, top the bed with a cozy comforter and pillows covered in fresh pillowcases.

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Quick Tips For Moving Into A New Home

I was thinking the other day, “I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I LOVE moving!!!'” I mean, really! Have YOU ever heard someone say that?

However, from the three times I’ve moved in my adult life, I’ve gleaned a little bit of information on the process. For instance, I don’t think I will EVER move again without hiring professional movers. I just won’t do it. And now that our last  “moving” escapade is behind us, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips with everyone! Even though moving is often seen as an ordeal, especially if you have to pack a house full of stuff that you’ve acquired over the years, it need not be as exhausting and nerve-wracking as you imagine. It’s really all about how organized you are!

The secret to reducing stress and making the move go as smoothly as possible is to dispense with the idea of rugged individualism and ask for help. The more help you can get, the easier it will be to move. Usually, the best type of help available is hiring professional movers like North American Van Lines who can manage the logistics of packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking for you. While a do-it-yourself approach is often seen as cheaper, when you consider the cost of your labor, getting everything organized, and driving a large truck across hundreds of miles, will probably prove much more cost-effective in the long run. Moreover, working with experienced movers who have all the right equipment will make everything go more smoothly. 

Once you’ve made your big move, you’ll be able to settle into your new house quickly–if you do it in an organized and methodical way.

Young couple is moving into new house with lot of boxes. Woman is pregnant.

Here are some tips on finishing unpacking, settling in, getting to know the community, and planning that perfect housewarming party:

1. Unpacking

Once you’ve moved in you’ll probably feel a little tired and overwhelmed by all the changes you’re going through at a rapid rate. You may also feel a little anxious about how to unpack and settle in because there appears to be so much that needs to be done at once.

Here are three steps to take to get moved in the quickest and most effective way possible:

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5 Healthy School Lunch Box Foods Kids Actually Love

We’ve been trying out a variety of new foods for the twins, since they’re now 14 months and open to eating just about anything. But it’s a whole new world for them…and for me! I try to keep things well-rounded, healthy, and tasty. All of that without unknowingly inciting a 1-year-old temper tantrum! HA! 

It got me thinking: I wonder if it gets easier or harder to feed kids as they get older? I mean if your kids are in school, and you’re running low on ideas for how to pack healthy school lunch box foods they actually love, what do you do? And if your kids are picky eaters, you can understand why packing a school lunch is becoming cumbersome. You’re at that point where you’re looking for some fun, new ideas, right?

Consider the following five healthy school lunch foods your kids will love!

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Creatively Cut Foods

You don’t have to be super creative to have fun with food. A cookie cutter in the shape of your child’s favorite cartoon character or animal will do the trick. Some star shapes or hearts can help accent your masterpiece, and your child’s lunch sandwiches or snacks will be far from boring.

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The 2017 Fall Holiday Shelf!

I. LOVE. FALL.

I always have, ever since I can remember. And I still love it this year, too. But for some reason, this year I had a really hard time decorating for the Fall season like I normally do! Maybe it’s that we’re in a new house, and I have to revamp where I’m putting everything. Maybe it’s because I have two toddling helpers who follow me everywhere I go. Maybe it’s because it’s still so dadgum HOT outside. I’m not sure.

But I finally got my Holiday Shelf done!!! Woot woot! So here it is!

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Can you tell I had trouble with it?! HA!

It’s a little bit different than normal…somehow. I still feel like it is. But I really wanted to use these sweet little deer because we kind of live in the country now, and I thought they were a neat reflection of that.

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Creating a Conversation with a Dining Room Chandelier

I’ve always paid attention to light fixtures, especially any kind of chandelier. I’m not really sure why. They just seem to catch my eye. Everywhere, really. But lots of times in the homes of friends and family. So it goes to reason that they’re pretty important in our home, as well.

We changed quite a few light fixtures in our last home, and I imagine we’ll do the same in this one. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an easy way to put a custom stamp on a house, and these days, there are more options than ever before!

For instance, if you are aiming to give your dining room a makeover, (like I will be doing once ours is no longer a 1-year-old twin playroom) one of the most important aspects to consider is the lighting. If you get the effect right, it really adds to the ambience of the space. Many people opt for a chandelier as a stand-out lighting feature in a dining room. Chandeliers can certainly be a great talking point, and you are not limited to just traditional versions.

You can choose from a wide variety of chandeliers for your home. Then all you need to do is look for expert electrical services, to help ensure that the chandelier you choose is expertly installed. (Or at least that’s what WE do. We are NOT DIYers when it comes to electrical stuff…we know our limits!)

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