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. 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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Key Tips On Saving For Your Deposit When Buying A Home

Do you know what I did this morning? I unpacked the last box from when we moved into our current home! Woot woot! (Never mind that we moved in about a year-and-a-half ago…I’ve been busy, okay?!) Once that box was empty, I took a moment to be thankful for our home – this one and the two we’ve had previously! There’s just something about…HOME.

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For many, buying a house might be a dream. The cost of real estate is always on the rise; hence, you may be tempted to think that you can never afford to purchase that home you dream of. As tricky and challenging as it might be, it is not an impossible task. There are many clever ways that you can save up for your house deposit slowly. Here’s how:

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Always have a budget

Often the biggest excuses people have for not being able to save up for a dream house is because their budget isn’t enough. However, the reason why saving is almost close to impossible is that you aren’t working on a budget. When you write down all your expenses and have a budget in mind, you can see where each amount is going to; hence, you can better manage the same.

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Safe Eco-friendly Home Cleaning Tips

Someone shared a local news article with me a couple days ago. The article said that being a mom was equivalent to working two-and-a-half full-time jobs. 

WOW. I’m not sure I’ve ever tried to compare it in that manner, but it makes sense. What do you think of that assessment?

I know one thing: moms do a lot to make sure that everyone comes back to a clean home on a routine basis. Deep cleaning may be employed weekly, monthly or quarterly, but mostly during the spring season.

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So, here we are at the beginning of spring once again, and it’s time to deep clean your house! Most people would go for commercial cleaning products to clean their houses, as it is a common belief that the industrially produced home cleaning products are harsh on stains and disease-causing germs. However, the chemicals that are used might have toxic effects on the environment. For this reason, there is need to find routine cleaning tips that are eco-friendly.

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With the following tips, proper home cleaning is not only made easier but also you rest assured that your cleaning does not negatively affect the environment.

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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 (like a 2 wheel dolly) 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.

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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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Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Any Room Better

Ever get the feeling that you will just NEVER be finishing decorating your home? I hope it’s not just me!

We’ve been in this home for almost 4 months now, and every day I’m still putting decor together. And moving it. And replacing it. And putting it back where it was to start out with. Considering the fact that when we moved from our last house I still didn’t have THAT one the way I wanted it…well…I think decorating is just part of life for me these days. 

And I guess that’s okay. Because if I finally get the house exactly the way I want it…well, then what?!

So when Tabitha Gits sent me over this post, I was ready! I’ll take all the tips I can get! How about you?

As you probably know, designers do not follow rule books to achieve great results. As humans, we are creative by nature and love to follow our intuition. That being said, when it comes to home decor, you SHOULD follow SOME rough guidelines to get a great result every time.

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Here are some decorating tips that will work for every room in your house:

Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe

Resist the urge to overcrowd any room in your home. If you are working on a tight budget, this is very good news for you. Spend your money on fewer quality pieces if you want a room to look better. For instance, a few high-backed chairs will make a room look more elegant.

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