I put my first born, thirteen year old daughter on a plane yesterday to travel back east to see family and friends for a few weeks. It was bittersweet because I know she will have a blast but worry about her traveling alone. I must say the airport personnel at LAX were amazing and went above and beyond in customer service. They gave my family the VIP treatment by allowing us to take her all the way to the gate and get her settled. After a bumpy flight she is now safely enjoying her summer vacation with her family and friends. Her trip and an upcoming one I am going on has got me thinking about packing and how I can make this daunting task easier.
Jul 10, 2014 2:48:50 PM
Jul 8, 2014 2:47:22 PM
As my birthday quickly approaches, I have been bombarded with emails offering me coupons for everything from a free steak dinner to complimentary yoga classes. It’s amazing how many free things you can do or get on your big day. BirthdayFreebies.com is a website totally devoted to things that are free on your birthday! While not one to turn down a free meal I have found that on my birthday I could literally eat a free breakfast, lunch and dinner plus dessert! If I had the time that is. Not only on your birthday but every day the internet is chock full of freebies and ways to save money. And who doesn’t love to save money and get free stuff?
Jul 3, 2014 2:42:24 PM
To look around my house you would think I invented eclecticism. My penchant for yard sales, flea markets and curbside “free” signs has unintentionally made me a trendsetter! Who knew my collection of Buddha statues mixed with colored glass jelly jars would be a design statement. My mismatched collection of styles acquired over the years is born from personal taste mixed with my “can’t resist a bargain” mentality. Eclecticism is defined as "the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and combining them" (Hume 1998). This is a hot design trend right now, so let’s be brave and mix things up a little.
Jul 1, 2014 11:45:46 AM
The Fourth of July is upon us and it got me thinking about my past Fourth of July holidays that have come and gone. There has always been a common factor in each one, family & friends. This is the heart and soul of most holidays and the reason we look forward with anticipation to each one. That, the food and an extra day off from work, of course.
Jun 26, 2014 4:04:22 PM
Since moving to California I have noticed that not having a basement can really hinder your storage options. When I lived back east basements were where all the things that didn’t fit in the rest of the house would get put. Everything from holiday décor to outdated appliances, totes of outgrown baby clothes and boxes of books. The things we hold on to for who knows what? But now I live in a basement less home and my storage option are limited. Time to de-clutter before I run out of space!
Jun 24, 2014 3:45:26 PM
With the everyday hustle and bustle of kids, work, chores, appointments and an occasional thirty minutes on my elliptical machine, relaxing is usually not an option. That elusive word creeps into my brain from time to time and I think why don’t I make time to take time and relax? The world keeps getting faster and faster and sometimes we need to step off the hamster wheel for a bit to save our sanity.
Jun 19, 2014 12:27:42 PM
My husband, what would I do without him? There are many times I ask myself this question, but really? What would I do without him?? The thought is terrifying. After returning to the work force after being a stay at home mom for ten years I admittedly didn’t think he could handle the pressure of being a work at home/stay at home dad. As much as I hate to admit it he has proven me wrong, very wrong, as wrong as those crazy folk who thought the Titanic was unsinkable. Here is my public ode to all those husbands out there that step up and dare to go where some men fear to tread like the kitchen, laundry room and the grocery store
Jun 5, 2014 3:30:18 PM
Furnishing your home can be a fun and exciting experience or it can be a time consuming headache. There are right and wrong ways to accomplish your home furnishing goals and working for a furniture company and designing residential spaces has taught me a few things about the right ways. Let’s explore some ways to make furnishing your home an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Jun 3, 2014 2:13:49 PM
As the school year is quickly coming to an end, I have been thinking of ways to properly thank those courageous souls who dedicate their lives to teaching my children. An apple for the teacher just doesn’t cut the mustard these days so every year I look for a unique and special way to let them know how much they mean to my family. I have a child in middle school, elementary school and preschool so finding unique gift ideas can be time consuming. I have come up with some EZ solutions for teacher gifts and will let you in on my findings.
May 29, 2014 2:20:57 PM
“Home is where the heart is” they say and that is certainly true for frequent movers. Whether it’s college students, business travelers, military families or just those suffering from wanderlust, repeat movers need to keep it simple when it comes to furnishing their homes. Having moved six times in the past 16 years, I have learned some valuable tips for furnishing for future moves that can save you time and money.