Creating a Home Office That’s Inviting, Cozy and Organized Too

Although many would say that switching homes can be a rather exhausting and stressful thing to do, I loved every step of it when it was my turn. Sure it was exhausting and it took a great deal of my time to transport all the furniture elements and clothes from my old home to the new one, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. It was my home and my story that I took care of transferring for many more happy chapters to continue, and I’m glad I took things into my own hands.

One of the most important things to determine while moving is which things you plan to bring with you into your new home and which items you’d like to replace. It was time for me to decide whether I would continue using my old office furniture elements, or if I would make a dream come true – a brand new home office. You’ve guessed right.

I love my job and creating a home office that will help me feel my best and boost my productivity was a real challenge that I looked forward to accomplishing. This time I was not settling for anything less than extraordinary modern office furniture. So, I did my best to create the home office of my dreams: bright, elegant, contemporary and functional with a dose of a personal touch so that I feel more like myself in my work space.

The Desk as a Focal Point
As I was shooting for the stars, the first thing I did was make a list of some of the most reputable online and brick-and-mortar stores in my town. I visited a few websites and stores to find my perfect piece of furniture – my everyday work companion – a desk. And since my idea was to create a cosy yet sophisticated office, my first choice was undoubtedly white coloured modern office furniture. Sleek and contemporary, I found the perfect combination of durability, design and function – all in a wooden piece in the form of a white desk. It features clean lines, sleek track metal legs and a large floating top work station which provides plenty of room for all my office needs. It also comes with a couple of drawers which are my ally to getting things done in a more organised manner. It’s a life saviour during hectic working days.

The Importance of the Chair
After choosing a desk that will make it easier for me to work for hours on end, it wasn’t that hard to choose the office chair. Do not get me wrong, it was easy in terms of colour and overall design, as nothing goes so perfectly well with a dazzling white office desk than a stunningly white, ultra-modern chair. From all that I had read about office ergonomics thus far, I gathered that the office chair should provide great lumbar support, with adjustable back support, arm rests and height. So, I made sure I followed all these rules for the sake of my long term health, my mood and my productivity. And there it was – the perfect addition to my small slice of paradise, the ideal complement to my modern office furniture set – a gorgeously white office chair with 2 inch thick seat cushions upholstered in a high-quality Italian leather. It features a wide seat which provides extra comfort, removable arms as well as an adjustable gas-lift seat height. A real treat to the eye.

Light It Up
Since most of us are more productive during daytime while there is ample natural light, it would be a shame not to use all the daylight you could get in your home office in favour of your productivity. What I did in mine was left all the windows without any curtains whatsoever. This way, there’s more light coming into the room, making it brighter, which in turn is more inspiring and makes it harder to fall into the trap of that middle-of-the-day sleep craving. Of course, I strategically placed my computer desk in a position so that there is no glare to affect my eyesight while working. Moreover, I installed white light bulbs as these are known to set a better working atmosphere rather than yellow lights which give a more laid-back ambiance. Yellow lighting is nice, but then again, you have work to do in that room. Leave the sweet pleasures of falling in your comfort zone for the bedroom.

Details Matter
The thing about details is that they are not just details – they make the design. For the ultimate cosy feel, it would be a great idea to add a fluffy rug on the ground so that it adds a comfy touch to the room. To add up to the sleek design of my office I chose a greyish rug which paired well with the all-white set of modern office furniture. It also matched perfectly well with the cushions on the corner sofa and the rest of the office accessories in the room. The perfect contemporary colour blend.

Last but not least, in order to break the white-grey monotony, to give the room a colourful stylish boost as well as to give myself the motivational boost that I so much need from time to time, I created an art wall. I put nothing but the most creative and positive mindset building quotes and photos on it, which help me get through tough days. Motivation is a crucial ingredient for optimum success in any field. Practice it daily.

DC Super Hero Girls On Youtube

There is a brand new show on Youtube, just to empower girls. It’s called the DC Super Hero Girls, and it’s all about Girl Power.

DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heros on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What I love is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun; there is a character for everyone.

You can watch the DC Super Hero Girls from anywhere on demand. Your tablet, home computer, phone. Just click the Youtube link and watch.

There is even a extended online application that will take your kids to games, printable activities and more.

I just introduced my daughters to the show and they love it. They are already comparing themselves to characters on the show. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy seem to be their favorites right now just by similarities with them and the characters and also their personalities. The show really is great and has a great storyline.

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Placenta Banking With LifeBankUSA

There have been so many proven benefits for Placenta Banking and also putting your child’s cord blood in a Cord Blood Bank. Placenta blood is the blood that’s left in the placenta after birth. During your pregnancy, the placenta provides your baby with oxygen, water and essential nutrients and protects your baby against infection. After birth, your baby no longer needs the placenta, but the usefulness of the placenta doesn’t end with delivery. Like the umbilical cord, the placenta blood is a rich source of stem cells which can be collected and stored in case your child or a close family member needs them someday.

Placenta use has become a new trend after birth from people doing Placenta Banking to eating their own placenta for medicinal benefits. It’s amazing to think that something as easy as saving a Placenta or umbilical cord could be so lifesaving, but it can.

I have never done the Placenta Banking, but have done a cord blood bank. I decided to do the Banking based on the fact that doctors said my daughter would have serious medical problems. So we decided that the cord banking would help in the long run if she had any issues. Thankfully she was born healthy with no issues at all, but that cord bank will always be there for us.

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One example they have on their website is a little boy who went into remission after using his sisters placenta and cord blood. Two years later he was deemed free of Leukemia. How great is that! Just one great story that shows the power of banking your cord and placenta blood.

About LifebankUSA:
As the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood and tissue banking — and the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant — New Jersey-based LifebankUSA is a technological leader that is pioneering key medical innovations in the field. Owned by the Celgene Corporation, a world-class biopharmaceutical company, LifebankUSA also operates a robust donation program and collects cells from anywhere in the US for use primarily in advancing medical research.

If you would like to find out more about Cord Blood Bank of your own, donation, or just how the process works. You can also see prices for their services and a calculator to estimate a payment plan.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of LifebankUSA. All opinions are 100% my own.

DealSpotr Earns You Rewards for deals

I must get over 100 emails a day from stores and websites pitching me there deal of the day or a sale they have going on. Usually I just delete them and move on with my day, but now I am earning rewards from them. I am placing the deals on a website called dealspotr. The website has hundreds of users and all you do is upload a deal you have found online or in store. You automatically start earning rewards like Amazon gift cards.

Dealspotr is all about sharing great deals (coupons, product deals, store-wide sales, flash sales, stacking matchups) and garnering votes from the community. You get points for sharing deals which are redeemable for Amazon e-gift cards, but you earn the most points if the community votes for your deals and you build your reputation score (Deal Rep). You also earn points for curating deals and being a great dealspotr.

Find the best coupons, promo codes, and deals everyday at Dealspotr

I have been adding deals for weeks and even finding reliable coupons when I shop. It’s so easy to use and load deals. I have made some great connections using Dealspotr and I am getting a few likes on my posts which help me in achieving rewards.

Have you visited dealspotr? What do you think of the website, and have you joined in to start earning rewards.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post and contains a referral link. All opinions are 100% my own.

My Kids Always Seem To Be Sick

As a Mom with 3 small kids in school, I have someone complaining about some kind of sickness constantly. No matter how much I clean, keep them germ free, my kids always seem to be sick. As a mom its to be expected, specially since they are in school and that is where a lot of the sickness gets transferred.

My daughter who is in 5th grade had perfect attendance for 4 years, she changed schools and now she has already missed school 5 times to fevers, stomach aches and more. I have seen it all between my 3.

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The easiest sickness to me is just a small stomach bug. The kids will have a stomach ache, and light fever, but they just fight it off by resting and getting plenty of fluids. It keeps it quiet around the house and they get everything they need.

My Kids Are always getting sick

The worst has to be a full on flu, fever, vomit, everything. My son had some kind of bug last year, the doctors couldn’t even explain it. No fever, he felt okay, but he could not stop throwing up. This occurred for almost 2 weeks non stop. That is the worst because he was feeling week so sometimes he couldn’t even make it to the bathroom and then you have to clean up Vomit.

Sometimes when life gets hectic which lets be honest having 3 kids is everyday, all I want is to have just a minute to myself so I can relate to this video, as I am sure a lot of moms can.

Lately the biggest sickness to hit my house is just the runny nose and then the hacking. They build up so much mucus and it’s hard to break it down. Thank goodness for Robitussin® it relives chest congestion and cough. It has helped so much in this house.

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Table Setting Trends

2016 has seen a change in what a bride is interested in. They want their wedding to be a fun experience for guests, and showcases who they are. The same goes with table settings. What we see trending now is different than what was trending last year.

Metallics

Metallics is one type of table setting that has been trending. It is versatile, whimsical, elegant, and natural. This table setting has the capability of popping out the décor filling the room. Rose gold is bound to show up at many wedding venues around the world, such as table linens or rings. Ballrooms inside the banquet halls in Glendale, CA will take on a look that each bride desires. However, silver is a metallic that is going on the wane.

Floral Arrangements

Arrangements which are in season and local are something that many brides are finding more attraction to. At times these arrangements can take on a wild look from the couple’s request. They really are looking to have fresh blooming flowers. These centerpieces and free-form bouquets are many times a mixture of both big and small blossoms in at least two colors. For an exclamation use, these sometimes uses fruiting vines or spiky flowers. With these flowers set on the tables in an elegant ballroom, inside banquet halls Glendale, CA, guests are sure to be stunned by their beauty.

Centerpieces

Brides have become amazed by non-floral centerpieces such as potted plants, ferns, succulents, decorative leaves, and lavender sprigs. These are no longer used only for anchoring flowing arrangements, they can now be the focal point of the table. Many wedding venues are beginning to see this new trend take off with much popularity. These are an excellent idea for couples that are on a tight budget, and want to bring sophistication to the banquet halls Glendale CA.

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Scrub Bugs Helps Kids Clean Their hands

Having 3 kids of my own I know how hard it is to get kids to wash their hands. When they do they rush and don’t use soap. Getting them really clean is just not a priority for them. Now with the new idea of Scrub Bugs washing hands is going to be fun.

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Inspired by the tools surgeons use to scrub up before surgery, Scrub Bugs are pediatrician endorsed and are proven by independent lab tests to clean hands over 3X better than ordinary hand washing. In fact, real life in-use tests prove that kids wash their hands more often, with more pressure, and for longer with Scrub Bugs. Not to mention they are pretty darn cute!

Dirty hands are the #1 cause of germs and sickness, as a mom I know that my kids are sick at least once a month. Making sure their hands are clean is important.

My kids think they are so cute they even want to use them in the bathroom.

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Using a Scrub Bug is easy just….

Simply wet your Scrub Bug and pump a little foam soap on the contoured surgeons sponge.
Scrub the front and the back of the hands, making sure you get between those fingers.
Now do the same thing with the other hand.
Then use the soft scrub up bristles, to get under your nails where germs like to hang out.
To finish, just rinse, squeeze and stand the Scrub Bug on it’s end for hygienic drying.

This is a Kickstarter campaign and almost at it’s goal. To donate or find out more click here.

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Waterpik Complete Care 5.0 and Cordless Freedom

Waterpik Complete Care 5.0 and Cordless Freedom are two brand new products from Waterpik.
I have always had sensitive teeth and unfortunately bad teeth due to genetics and trauma as a child. It’s hard for me to floss my teeth with regular floss, as it hurts and I have even made cavity bigger. I have been using a Waterpik flosser for a few years and have seen so much improvement in my teeth.

Waterpik Complete Care 5.0 combines a water flosser and sonic toothbrush technology in one to create a perfect daily care routine. Brushing and flossing is now possible with one convenient device that saves counter space and power outlets. And it’s perfect for anyone with braces or implants, and those with crowns, bridges, and veneers.

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Apps and Devices To Monitor Teen Driving

I am only a few years away from having a teen driver and I dread it everyday. I don’t want my kids to grow up, but not only that there are to many distractions everywhere. My daughter loves her texts and games on electronics, I can only imagine whats going to happen once she starts driving.

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With so many new smart devices there are to many distractions on the road. Now you can monitor your teens driving with these apps.

  • Star Driver which is part of the Allstate’s Star Driver program. The app collects data about driving speed, time of day, hard braking events and driving routes.
  • Teen Driver by General Motors: technology that enables cars to give teen drivers visual and audible warnings when they exceed speeds preset by parents
  • Snapshot by Progressive: The Snapshot device isn’t specifically marketed for teens, but Progressive says it can improve teen driving habits.
  • Sprint Drive First: People who call or send text messages will get an automatic reply that the driver isn’t available.
  • On Board Safe Driver: Free for AAA members, OnBoard Teen Safe Driver allows parents to create alerts to notify them when teens arrive or depart from locations such as school or work. 

    In addition to these apps, be sure to talk with your teens and set ground rules that make them and you feel safe. My one rule when I started driving was no friends in the car and no phone. To big of a distraction. Also if I received a ticket or was in a wreck, my car was to be taken away.

    For more information on apps and devices to monitor teen drivers, click here to view the full article from insuranceQuotes.

Tips To Stay On A Budget For A Designer Nursery

When designing a nursery you want to strike a balance between being feminine and sweet without being cliché and prissy. Moreover, you want to be able to create a luxurious and beautiful environment without breaking the bank! Here are some amazing tips on when to splurge on nursery furniture and save!

Splurge: Permanent Items
For items like bookcases and dressers that you will be able to keep for years, it’s worth splurging on since you will get long term use out of the item. To ensure these items will be able to easily transition into your child’s adolescence, pick neutral colors and classic silhouettes and designs for your luxury baby furniture.

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Save: Temporary Items
Items like bassinets will only last you for the first couple months of your child’s life and while having a beautifully ornate bassinet is ideal, if you are looking to save, this is a great place to do so! This is a great tip in putting together a child’s room over all: if it will only last you six months or less, find an inexpensive option.

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Splurge: Accent Pieces
Having one or two truly stunning items will take your nursery from ‘eh’ to ‘ah!’ in an instant. You don’t need every single piece to be absolutely stunning, but having one or two pieces will do the trick. This tip also applies to ornate accent detail pieces, for example, plush pillows and mirrors.

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Save: Toys!
A nursery is not complete without an abundance of stuffed animals and other little toys to give the room a child’s ambiance. However, with some designer toys ranging from 60 to 500 you could end up spending hundreds if not more on toys. This is something you definitely do not need to do. Pick up some cheap toys and animals, maybe 10 to put around the room but no need to drop a ton of money, you never know, the child may reject the toy entirely!

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Head over to AFK Furniture today to create the perfect nursery for your baby!

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