Holiday Prep with BIZ

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for BIZ and have received compensation for today’s post. The opinions are my own.

Many of us dedicate November and December to holiday preparations. This includes decorating, shopping for groceries and gifts, and holiday baking.  Of all the things on our holiday to-do lists, I believe that cleaning is probably the least exciting, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad!  As I work to clean my home for company coming over, I try to remind myself that it’s all for a good cause.  I remember just how much I enjoy hosting holiday events and how much everyone seems to enjoy themselves, and that makes things seem a little easier.  Another thing that makes the work easier, is having the proper cleaning products and supplies on hand. For our laundry needs, I am happy to have BIZ® as my little helper!

All year I’ve been partnering with BIZ and telling you, my readers, how much I like having this product as part of my laundry routine, and when it comes to holiday prep, there is no exception.  Today I’m going to give you a few examples and tips on how BIZ can assist you with your holiday cleaning and preparations.

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 398 – With Table Decor

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s linky party.  And Happy Veteran’s Day to all of our men and women in uniform, past and present.  We appreciate your service!

We’re going to be doing things a little differently for a few weeks. As some of you may know I am currently pregnant. Actually as of this Friday, I am 39 weeks along, so things could happen at any time!  That being said, I wanted to make sure that the party goes on every week without a hitch, so for the next few weeks, each party hostess will be sharing their own party post with JUST their feature pick(s).  Normally we compile all of our feature choices together in to one big post, but I wanted to make things as easy as possible on the hostesses.

When you link up your post it will still be part of a linky party that will be shared on ALL of our blogs, so there’s no change there.  Anyway, I just wanted to make a note of that, so that you guys wouldn’t wonder about the sudden change in format.  Alright, let’s get to it!  This week I’ve selected 3 tables to feature.  Two of these are Thanksgiving tablescapes, and one is a DIY project that I thought looked just awesome!  Hope you enjoy!

Please support and follow our lovely blog party hostesses:

Jerri at Simply Sweet HomeTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Maisy at Becoming AliceFB | G+ | Pin

Sheree at Stage PresentsTwitter | FB | Pin | Inst | Inst

Lisa at Condo BluesTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Amy at A Day of Small ThingsPin

Penny at Penny’s PassionTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Kelly at Under a Texas SkyTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst | BL

If you are featured this week, be sure and grab a featured button for your blog!

You can show your love for this week’s favorites by going over and commenting on the posts and by pinning or sharing!

And if you love all of this week’s favorites, please pin, share, and invite your friends to this week’s linky party! [Read more…]

How Healthy Is Your Diet REALLY?

Do you ever find yourself sitting to make a list of groceries and feel stuck in a rut with your meal and snack choices for the week? You and about every other meal planner out there feel the exact same way. Whether you are conscious about your budget or about your diet – or both – planning meals requires a creativity that is difficult to come by when you already know what you like. Your diet is often impacted by your lifestyle, and the choices that you make for your meals and snacks each week is going to be influenced by the way you have to juggle your time. For example, if you are working shifts, you’re very likely to grab food as and when you can in the quickest and most convenient form. Microwaved meals and handy snacks are very popular among those who work long hours, as the time it takes to make proper meals for the day is often overridden by the urge to sleep. If you are able to take the time to make proper meals from scratch every day, you are putting your body in a position of energy, wellness and health. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way of this and so convenience items are in favor. [Read more…]

How To Avoid the Curse of Home Buyer’s Remorse

There’s no avoiding the fact that buying a home can be stressful. Even if you know exactly the home you want to buy, there’s the issue of getting the money together, hoping they agree to your offer, packing up your belongings, and so on and so forth. Things can get much more complicated, however, if you go through all that process and then, several months after you move in, your feelings about the home change and you think you’ve made a mistake. It’s called buyer’s remorse, and it’s more common than you might think. Indeed, somewhere in the region of 44% – nearly half the population! – have doubts about the home they’re living in. Below, we take a look at a few tips you can incorporate into your house-moving process that’ll reduce the chances of you becoming one of the unlucky ones.

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Before You Begin Looking

There’s no such thing as the perfect home. There are only the houses that are right for you. Before you begin your search, draw up a list of all the things you need from your home. Then draw up a list of things your house would have, or at least what it’d have if you lived in an ideal world. After that, it’s about recognizing the things you don’t need/don’t care for. It’ll make the process of beginning your search much more relaxed, and will give you a solid framework from which to find your property. Remember, however, that you’ll need to think about your plans; there’s no point buying a tiny property if you want to have a big family in a few years! [Read more…]

Easy Hacks To Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Haven

There are so many studies that confirm that the environment that we sleep in has a big impact on the quality of the sleep that we have. But even when we all know this, there are so many of us that still sleep in super cluttered, messy, and uncomfortable bedrooms. So here are some easy hacks that you can do to make a change to your room, to make it a proper sleep haven. Try them and see the difference for yourself.

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Eliminate Natural Light

Natural light is all good for our Instagram snaps, but when it comes to sleep, we want to have the room as dark as possible. When you have a dark room it will mimic the natural setting of the sun, so it will help your body and your brain to give a signal that you should be ready for sleep. You could choose some thick drapes or curtains, as well as blackout blinds to help to mimic this. It can make a massive difference. [Read more…]

Going Further Than Best-Dressed

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When you become a parent, your life will change by a huge degree. No longer will you be able to spend your time on whatever you want, enjoying yourself and having fun. These times will be replaced with looking after your kids, preparing for their school days, and making sure they are asleep at night. Of course, you wouldn’t change this for the world, but it can still cause some issues once you’re on the other side. With so long out of social situations and events, it will be hard to adjust to life when they leave home. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the ways you can be more than best-dressed at any event.

Arrive In Style

Most people have heard of the idea that you should always arrive late to a party. Of course, though, this isn’t really important. Instead, making sure you turn up in style is what matters, and a company like Award Limousine Service can help you to achieve this goal with ease. The only thing to consider is the type of event you’re going to, as some vehicles may be inappropriate or rude to use.

Dress To Impress

Although you’re not only aiming to be best-dressed, it’s still a good idea to think about the clothing you wear to your events. First and foremost, it’s critical that your garments are right for the events that you’re attending, and won’t make you look out of place. From there, though, you have a lot of freedom. Websites like Pinterest can give you loads of inspiration for your party clothing and will make it way easier to choose what you’d like to wear.

Conversation Sensation

At the heart of most great parties, you will usually find a single person carrying everyone else through the conversation. Being this element of an event isn’t too hard, and is just a matter of preparing yourself with loads to talk about. To handle this properly, it can be very helpful to know the people you’re going to be around. This can help you to find topics which they will enjoy, while also giving you the chance to avoid anything they may not, and will almost always make it easier for you to have a good time.

The Right Contribution

Finally, it’s time to think about the contribution you make when you go to someone else’s party or special occasion. For some events, a gift will be in order, and you will need to do some research to find the best options. In a lot of other cases, though, you will only be expected to bring some wine or another drink. Always avoid spending too much on something like this, as it could make other people feel bad about their own offerings.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the nights you spend out and the events you decide to go to. Image is a very big thing for a lot of people in the modern age. Even after you’ve had kids, this sort of consideration doesn’t disappear, and will often only get harder to deal with.

Finding Your Office Narnia – My Escape to the Smokey Mountains

Do you daydream at work? Do you get sidetracked thinking about your very own Narnia? Perhaps you wish you were at the beach or the spa, or just sitting at home relaxing on your couch.  The infographic below shows a few great escapes that just might tickle your fancy when it comes to thinking about your office Narnia.

 

I’m personally a homebody by nature.  When I’m working, I mostly think about spending time with my husband.  I think about us going out to one of our favorite restaurants or just sitting at home cuddling on the couch, but when I think of an actual escape, as in a romantic getaway, I like to think of us taking a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee or somewhere else in the smokey mountains. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 397

Please support and follow our lovely blog party hostesses:

Jerri at Simply Sweet HomeTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Maisy at Becoming AliceFB | G+ | Pin

Sheree at Stage PresentsTwitter | FB | Pin | Inst | Inst

Lisa at Condo BluesTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Amy at A Day of Small ThingsPin

Penny at Penny’s PassionTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Kelly at Under a Texas SkyTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst | BL

If you are featured this week, be sure and grab a featured button for your blog!

You can show your love for this week’s favorites by going over and commenting on the posts and by pinning or sharing!

And if you love all of this week’s favorites, please pin, share, and invite your friends to this week’s linky party! [Read more…]

Online Photo Editing and Projects Made Easy with Fotor

One of my favorite hobbies is photography.  Whether I’m snapping photos for my blog or taking family photos, it is fun to capture moments and then transform my photos into something more professional and creative.  Fotor is a free service that puts online photo editing right at your finger tips.  It makes it easy for you not only to edit your photos but to create graphics for your website and create other virtual and printable projects like greeting cards, posters, and other media.

As a blogger, I often need to make a photo collage or design a printable or a graphic for my social media pages, and Fotor makes these types of projects very simple. If you are a more experienced designer, you can start from scratch with a blank canvas or for a quick job, use one of their templates to get started. [Read more…]

4 Tips for Buying the Right Electric Fireplace for Your Home

Fireplaces have for a long time now been the top expressive add-ons to any polished home set-up. They bring out ambience and a literal sense of warmth to the living space. Electric fireplaces have replaced the traditional wood. They offer a convenient way to introduce the heat of burning wood right in your space. In this case, you don’t have to worry about smoke or finding the best firewood.

So, when you’re in the market to find the right electric fireplace, here are some of the essential points you need to take into account.

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1. Space and Portability

The first factor you need to look at is the space in your house. You can either opt for an inbuilt one, which will require some concrete work to be set up where you want. Alternatively, you can go for the portable option, as it will allow you to move it around from room to room at your own discretion.

Inbuilt ones give you a sense of stability and completeness to your space. They are, however, more costly than portable ones, since you’ll definitely need a bit of rebuilding. If you have a traditional wood fireplace space, then a built-in electric option is the ideal replacement to heat your space. [Read more…]