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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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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Prepping & Cleaning Your Home For A New Puppy

***SIGH*** You guys. We got a new dog.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here on the blog yet, but about a month ago, we lost our Taffy girl.

She was SUCH a great dog. We adopted her from the SPCA, and when we got her home, we discovered she was already completely trained. She barely bothered the cat. She survived through us bringing twins home. She was the happiest dog ever. We miss her SO VERY MUCH.

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Yet, we are dog people. We adopt, we don’t shop. And my husband has been going on FOREVER about getting a chocolate lab, like the one he grew up with.

So…without further ado…meet Trixie!

She’s another rescue. She’s about a year old, from what we know. She has the sweetest disposition, but still she spent her first week with us destroying the house. Cue doggy school to learn some manners. She’s doing much better now!

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How to Keep a Clean House With a Baby at Home

Congratulations! You’ve brought a new life into the world and now you’re experiencing the ups and downs of parenting. (This is what the typical new baby greeting card SHOULD say, right?!)

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You’ve probably been planning on this for quite some time, but once you’re ready to bring your little one home, the real challenge begins. Somehow, it’s up to you to keep a clean house while also looking after your infant.

Our twins were born one week before my birthday, and were in the NICU for almost a month, so my birthday present from my hubby that year was to have a cleaning company come to our house and deep clean it before the babies came home. I HIGHLY recommend this! As a new momma (who ended up delivering via cesarean a month and a half earlier than planned, and then spent almost as long trekking back and forth to the NICU to see the babies) knowing that I would bring them home to an immaculate house that was easier to maintain was the best gift ever!

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