As the summer winds down and we prepare to get our kiddos ready to go back to school let’s take a moment to reflect. Reflect on the long and lazy days of summer when we have no schedules, no lunches to pack and no homework to nag about. Ahhhhh….so nice. Ok, the moment has passed, now let’s make our “to do” lists and get going because the first day of school is just around the corner! Here are a few ways I have discovered to save time, money and sanity while still making this a memorable transition back to school.
Aug 7, 2014 4:12:09 PM
Aug 5, 2014 2:25:11 PM
Today is my first day back to work after a wonderful week long vacation in the Bahamas. They don’t call it the "Baham-ahhhs" for nothing. I had an amazing time filled with many “ahhh, this is the life” moments. Now that I am back to reality I am going to recapture some of those moments by using my 5 senses to recreate feelings of tropical relaxation in my own home.
Jul 24, 2014 2:03:49 PM
As we near August one thing is clear, it’s getting hotter. While in the middle of winter we long for these hot summer days, but by the end of the season it can get unbearably hot. If you need to cool off just try some of these helpful tips to chill out.
Jul 22, 2014 3:23:35 PM
A few weeks back we talked about how to de-clutter your home and now that the purge is over, and hopefully you have recovered, we can talk about where to store all the things you decided you can’t live without. I only got through my four year olds room and still haven’t recovered! After a quick break for smelling salts, it's now onward and upward my friends because our home is full of untapped storage opportunities just waiting for us to utilize.
Jul 17, 2014 4:44:54 PM
Nothing is more boring than a tired, dull and drab space that yearns for color and style! Stop living la vida boring and loosen up your space with some fun-tastic furniture. Here are my top three picks based on color, style and classic design.
Jul 15, 2014 12:53:43 PM
I am a firm believer in karma. You see examples of it every day, and usually in every Disney movie. Every time the good guys wins or the bad guy gets his, it’s karma in action. Karma is defined by Google “as (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.” Which to me means if you do good things, good things come back to you and if you do bad things, the bad things come back to you. Makes sense, right? In keeping with this philosophy I always strive to be a better person and try and give back some of the good I have be blessed with in my own life and keep my karma on a positive path. Let’s take a look at some EZ ways to give back.
Jul 10, 2014 2:48:50 PM
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 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.