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3 Home Essentials Worth the Splurge

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

Finding a good deal is the great, but the best deal isn’t always the cheapest. For these three home essentials, investing in quality can pay off huge in the long run! 1. Sofa You and your family spend a lot of your time on your couch, and it can take a beating. Splurging on a sturdy sofa made with quality materials can be an investment that lasts decades! 2. Lighting The lighting in your home creates an atmosphere and ambiance that can either say “come in, stay a while”, or “get ready for a nasty headache”. Hiring a professional and splurging on quality bulbs and fixtures will make your home (and YOU!) look amazing. 3. Hardware  Much like your sofa, you touch them everyday. Also like your sofa, they can take quite a beating. Avoid the headache of constantly replacing loose doorknobs and hinges and invest in better hardware. There are some beautiful options out there!   What’s on your home list? Recommend your favorite home decor and renovation places and providers on...

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Lifestyle

Top 3 Workouts for Warmer Weather

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015

Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, it’s time to start thinking about breathing some new life into your fitness routine. For the season of new beginnings, we’ve come up with the top 3 workouts you can pick up now that the sun is shining! 1. Jogging An oldie but a goodie! Whether you go for a solo run, or join a group to train for a marathon, there’s nothing better than a jog outside. 2. Swimming It’s the ultimate low-impact workout! If you live in a place where it’s warm enough to start swimming laps in an outdoor pool, you can start right now. If not, you can start in an indoor pool until it’s warm consistently. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be a pro! 3. Tennis or Golf You may never have given these “country club sports” much thought, but warm weather is the perfect time to bust out your clubs or racket. Whether you’re hustling around the tennis court, or walking 9 holes on the golf course, it’s a day well spent...

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Travel

3 Tips for Holiday Travel

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014

1. Bring a Few Forms of Entertainment Whether you’re sitting in an airport or spending hours in the passenger seat, you’ll need something to kill time. Bring a book, some music or a game to pass the time. You might get bored having only one of the above on hand! 2. Keep Comfort in Mind No matter the length of your trip, the last thing you want is to be is uncomfortable in what you’re wearing. Bring layers so you can adapt to the temperature, and opt for that pair of sensible shoes in your closet. (Remember: sensible is does not have to mean ugly!) 3. Pack Light It’s one thing if you’re packing for a week-long trip. But if you’re just visiting family or friends for a long weekend, pack as light as you can. Chances are you can borrow anything you need, or pick it up at the local mall. Plus, you won’t have to add “heavy suitcase” to your list of holiday travel-related headaches!   One bonus holiday travel tip? Use emazeMe.com to bookmark restaurants to try when...

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Work

Top 5 Old School Office Supplies You Need on Your Desk

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Though we live in a world where apps, electronics and technological advances make our lives easier, sometimes it’s good to remember the basics. We’ve assembled the top 5 old school office supplies you simply need at your desk! 1. Legal Pads When you’re tired of clicking away on your tablet or staring at a screen, it can be refreshing to take notes on a legal pad. Plus, a legal pad just seems more professional than a regular old notebook, right? 2. Paper Clips Even though we’re in the digital age, most of our workspaces aren’t completely paperless yet. A trusty paperclip can be what separates a cluttered desk from an organized workspace. 3. Number 2 Pencils  This might seem pretty elementary (and by that we mean elementary school) but a cup of sharpened number 2 pencils can make scribbling notes or numbers down while you’re on a call ridiculously effortless – and it beats having to use both hands to type! 4. Highlighters We’re talking a rainbow assortment! It’s crazy how organized a schedule, agenda or really any printed document can be when...

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Halloween

How to Get Your Home Ready for Halloween

Oct 27, 2014

Whether you’re throwing a party or simply passing out candy, Halloween is a great excuse to add some festive flair to your home! 1. Carve a Pumpkin It doesn’t get more traditional than a Jack-O-Lantern! 2. String Some Spiderwebs Get a little spooky with your decorations. They look great on bushes or windows. 3. Get a Ghost… Or Two! To really make your house ready for trick-or-treaters, get some ghosts for your yard! You can find a pair at your local party store, or get crafty with some sheets. 4. Prop up a Cornstalk If spooky isn’t your style, opt for this more understated festive decoration. You can even keep it up until Thanksgiving!   Where do you buy your Halloween decorations? COMMENT...

4 Desk Essentials

4 Desk Essentials

Oct 21, 2014

Forget about the stapler! Here are 4 things you need at your desk for you workday to go by a little more smoothly. 1. Hand Sanitizer A practicality to fight any colds going around the office. Get a bottle in your favorite scent! 2. Mints/Gum No one likes that coworker with coffee breath! It’s always good to keep a pack within arm’s reach. 3. Favorite Photo Over the course of a long workday, it’s nice to look up and find a photo of loved ones, beautiful scenery, or even a poster of your favorite TV show! Think of it as an easy stress reliever. 4. Tissues Ending the list is another practical suggestion. Tissues can be used for more than just blowing your nose. Use them to clean your computer keyboard and screen, wipe smudged glasses, and...

3 Tips for Packing Light

3 Tips for Packing Light

Oct 14, 2014

Packing light is a skill that every traveller should master! Here are a few tips to make your carry-on a little lighter next time you take a trip. 1. Plan your outfits. Resist the urge to pack multiple outfit options. Get out a pad of paper and a pen, and write out what you’re going to wear each day of your trip in the morning, afternoon and night. Pack those and commit! 2. Roll your clothes If you need to bring a couple extra things in case of weather or other circumstances, roll your clothes. It leaves more space in your suitcase, and you’ll avoid unsightly creases! 3. Buy travel sizes… at your destination! Round bottles and tubes full of toothpaste, shampoo and contact solution are space wasters. Chances are, your destination has a drug store or your hotel has a gift shop. If you have the time, save a lot of space and buy that little tube of toothpaste when you get...

5 Staples Everyone Needs in Their Closet

5 Staples Everyone Needs in Their Closet

Oct 7, 2014

Next time you feel overwhelmed by the idea of shopping, go back to the basics! No matter who you are or what your style is, there are a few basics everyone needs in the back of their closet. Black and White T-Shirt Think of all the possibilities a simple t-shirt holds! You can wear it with almost anything. Buy your favorite cut in both black and white, and they will become arguably the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. Statement Scarf You need a scarf in your closet that does more than simply keep you warm. Whether it’s a fun pattern or a pop of color, a scarf that makes a statement can give your look an easy wake-up call! Black Dress/Suit A simple black dress or suit is perfect for any special event. You really can’t go wrong with this classic option! Dress Shoes To go with your simple black dress or suit, you should invest in a pair of dress shoes. You never know when a good pair of black pumps or dress shoes will come in handy! Dark Jeans Dress them up or dress them down. Jeans in a dark wash are extremely flattering and will go with virtually every shirt and top you own. Buy a pair (or two) in your favorite...

5 Foolproof Fall Family Activities

5 Foolproof Fall Family Activities

Sep 29, 2014

Now that the school year is in full swing, most of your family fun has to wait until the weekend. Here are five activities to put on your calendars this fall! 1. Football game Whether you’re cheering on your town’s high school team, or shelling out the big bucks to see a professional game, football is a family-friendly fall staple. 2. Nature hike Fall is a beautiful season. Why not take your family on a walk to admire the colorful foliage? 3. Apple picking Hand-picked apples are perfect for homemade apple pie! 4. Pumpkin patch Visit your local pumpkin patch and choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, and even colors! Bring them home and plan your Halloween jack-0-lanterns. 5. Hay ride From haunted to kid-friendly, there are tons of hayrides available for your family to...

Top 10 Dishes for Cooler Weather

Top 10 Dishes for Cooler Weather

Sep 22, 2014

10. Homemade Soup Much better than in a can, a hot bowl of homemade soup is a great meal on a chilly day. It also leaves room for improvisation. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients to make the recipe completely your own! 9. Pecan Pie The first pie selection on this list is pecan. This crunchy option may be slightly less popular than apple or pumpkin pie, but it will be sure to add some warmth and sweetness to the end of any fall meal. 8. Stew It doesn’t get much easier than stew. Throw some meat, vegetables and basically anything else you want into your slow cooker and just let it cook! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon football game or easy weeknight dinner. 7. Lasagna  If you’re looking for some cheesy, saucy comfort, look no further than lasagna. This Italian favorite is perfect for those cool nights when the leaves start to change. 6. Apple Pie What says fall more than apples? Pairing them with cinnamon in a warm apple pie makes for a deliciously quintessential fall desert. 5. Chicken Pot Pie The best thing about this dish is its versatility. It can be bought in a box as a budget friendly option, or made to be a gourmet main course! No matter how fancy or casual your chicken pot pie is, it’s sure to hit the spot this fall. 4. Pot Roast  As stew’s heavier cousin, pot roast is another cold weather staple! 3. Pumpkin Pie As the weather gets cooler and cooler, it’s time to start perfecting that pumpkin pie recipe! After all, there are only so many weeks before November rolls around. 2. Chili  Whether you eat it with noodles, mashed potatoes, or topped with shredded cheese, chili can add some spice to a cool autumn night. 1. Turkey Finally, the mother of all fall dishes, the Thanksgiving turkey! Nothing brings family and friends together like this festive bird – not to mention all the delicious sides that come with...

3 Ways to Add Warmth to Your Home This Fall

3 Ways to Add Warmth to Your Home This Fall

Sep 14, 2014

Fall brings cooler weather and changing leaves. It also brings new and festive ways to decorate your home! Here are three to get you started. 1. Candles From a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, to a brisk fall walk, there are countless candle scent options to add some autumn-themed warmth to your home. 2. Fire pit Bonfires are not just for summer! Investing in a fire pit is especially great in the colder months. Grab a blanket and a cup of hot cider and enjoy your porch or backyard. 3. Baked goods Baking fall desserts is a fun and delicious weekend activity. It’s great practice for that upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, and the possibilities are endless: pies, cookies, and more!...

How to Rock Working From Home

How to Rock Working From Home

Sep 7, 2014

Whether you’re a freelancer, self-employed, or anything in-between, working from home can be an adjustment. Here are a few tips to add some structure – and fun – to your home work life! 1. Print your schedule each week Nothing says organization like a schedule and a simple to-do list! Keep your day structured by outlining your week. List your projects or obligations, and include due dates or goals. 2. Decorate your desk, office, or workspace Your office is completely yours, so you have complete creative control! You can make it simple and professional, or go crazy with colors – it’s all you! 3. Strategize your soundtrack Some like to crank out their work with a high-tempo playlist. Others are most productive with instrumental, easy listening, or even nature sounds. Plan ahead and make a productive workday soundtrack and press play! 4. Diversify your breaks There is no limit to what you can do on a break from your home office! You can run some errands, meet friends for a late lunch, or even clean your kitchen. Be sure to schedule in breaks when planning your week....