Room Redesign on a Budget

Do you have that one room that just needs a little love? Maybe it’s a tad outdated, or maybe it just doesn’t carry the aesthetic of the rest of your home. We’d love to be able to change up, or restyle a room whenever we got the urge, but if we’re on a budget, that might not be realistic. Here’s some tips to redesign a room on a budget. Little changes can have a huge effect on the outcome of your living space.

Evaluate Your Space

  • What is this space?
  • What do I use it for now?
  • How does it make me feel?

It’s good to figure out what this space currently means to you. If this space is technically a living room, what do you consider its use? A family den, a greeting space, a place that houses your couches? It’s important to understand what this space means to you and the others in your household before you decide what it’ll eventually become. Once you evaluate the space and have your answer to those three questions, then ask yourself: what do you want this space to be and how do you want to feel when you’re in this space?

Easy Transformations

If you choose to redo a room, try first to transform it through budget friendly means. From reusing, or upcycling items you already own, to merely painting the space a new color. There are a million and one ways to spruce up your space.

  1. Paint! Painting a room is one of the simplest, more affordable ways to reimagine your room. Color has a transformative power. If you’ve already decided to change up what’s hanging on your walls, or rearranging furniture, you may want to think about taking a pause on putting anything back up before you have a chance to paint.

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Use paint to bring a certain emotion, or presence to a room. Is there a color that makes you feel happy, studious, or calm? Don’t be afraid to get creative with your interiors, and your color schemes. If you’re going for a minimal look, but want to bring color into the space, try painting one wall with a strong accent color. If you want to bring an extra uniqueness to a room with concrete or wood floors, try painting your floors instead of your walls.

  1. Chalkboard Paint

If you’re looking for creative way to utilize your walls, try using chalkboard paint. It’s a fun and useful way to use a wall in a room. It’s excellent for children’s rooms, as they can doodle on a chalkboard wall as much as they’d like without ruining the wall itself. It’s also a great idea for decorating a front room, or kitchen on a budget. It’s a great idea if you like to have a “to-do”, or grocery list visible to everyone in your household.

 

Have Fun With Your Furnishings

Move it around! If it’s not in your budget to find brand new furniture for the room you’re redecorating, use some time to move your furnishings around. Sometimes, all it takes to look at a room in a new light is just the simple act of moving things about. There’s always that one piece of furniture that either suits a room or doesn’t. Find a clear space for it.

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Upcycle & D.I.Y.

Before you go out and make a new purchase for your room, try and upcycle something you already own. Whether you’re giving a beloved piece of furniture a facelift, or take an upholstery class to update tired seating with new slipcovers.

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Make It Livable

Only spend on what you know you’ll love for years to come. One of the most enjoyable things about getting to revamp a space is having a chance to change the way you experience the space. Whether you make bold choices, or simple ones; this is your chance to fall in love with a space you’ve maybe forgotten about, or even avoided. Redoing a room on a budget doesn’t lessen the work that can be done, but it does mean you should be willing to get creative.

Make sure you know where and why you’re spending your budget. If you plan to splurge on one or two items to pull your room together, do so carefully. There’s nothing worse than spending your budget on items that will never use, or items that will run out their welcome quickly. If you intend to buy instead of repurpose, make sure that you’ll love what you bring into a space many years down the road. Keep your spaces unique, but livable.

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It’s A Suite Life

It has been crazy while building my freelance business business, I was stressed out and overwhelmed wondering where I was going to find new clients and how I was going to keep my bills paid all at the same time. 

As I spoke about before I quit a full time job in early February to pursue freelancing full time. I seriously thought it was going to be way easier than it actually is. I didn’t realize how much I had on the table and what all still needed to be done. I still needed to find clients (I had two when I left my full time job), needed to build my website, learn all I could about copy then set that into action, and write all the articles requested by the two clients I had. Yup, I was overwhelmed.

In order to cut down the panic attacks, stress, and migraines I decided a part time job would help, then I’d stress less knowing my bills would at least be paid and I could still work on growing my business.

It’s A Suite Life #dreams #motivation #lifestyle

I have social anxiety so it’s hard for me to come out of my shell, but when I’m comfortable it is easier to handle everything. I perused the internet [Facebook Jobs] and found what I thought to be a fun place to seek employment. Cue Suite Paws, it’s a Pet Resort and spa. I sat down in my interview and knew I was going to fit in, everyone was so nice and I even got to take out a few dogs. To my surprise I was hired on the spot to learn reception then cross train in the kennel.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days playing with dogs. The place is huge, with 2 big dog day care rooms, 2 small dog daycare rooms, a pool, walking areas, & a few areas to run and play. The kennel is used for the daycare pups but also pups that are being boarded. There’s a selection of villas and pet suits that fits for every size and all breeds. While the owners are away on business or play they can watch their dogs via webcam and the villas have DVD players or said pup can watch a nature channel. 

It’s A Suite Life #dreams #motivation #lifestyle

When their owners drop them off they’ve filled out a sheet to indicate if their pup wants cuddle time, dietary needs, & if they’d prefer their pup get an “exit” bath before being picked up.

It’s A Suite Life #dreams #motivation #lifestyle

I myself can not think of another way I’d like to spend the days. I’m hoping to lose some weight; which I don’t think I’ll have a problem with because I’ve already hit over 11 miles worth of steps in the 2 days I’ve worked this week.

I’ve found out I can’t eat whatever I want with this wretched gluten allergy because activated charcoal pills should only be used now and then. So eating better will definitely be in the works as well.

I do have new content coming up next week that I believe you all will enjoy though.

Happy Friday, what are your plans for the weekend??

How to Know to Whom You Should Be Marketing

 

The world of marketing is more complicated today than ever before. People are busy and resistant to advertising; there are so many channels that people could use for marketing and advertising, and social media (which has quickly become the most popular and successful method of marketing) is always changing. These are only a few of the hundreds of challenges that marketers are faced with as they sit down to determine their marketing and advertising campaigns.

How to Know to Whom You Should Be Marketing #marketing #business #entrepreneur #work

However, although marketing and advertising are arguably more difficult than ever, the fundamentals have not changed. In fact, the basic rules of marketing and advertising will never change, and when you are feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless possibilities and confusion that marketing and advertising naturally bring, you can find your footing on basic principles that aren’t going anywhere, are easy to understand, and can be applied to every aspect of marketing and advertising.

How to Know to Whom You Should Be Marketing #marketing #business

One of those fundamentals might seem obvious, but in fact, many companies run into issues because they never stop to think about it. Many companies never stop to ask this very important question: To whom should we be marketing? If companies do ask themselves that question, they are often tempted to answer with “everybody!” Of course, every company would ideally want everybody’s business. They see it as a win-win: Our customers get our products or services, and we get their money!

But the fundamental flaw in that line of thinking is that a company’s target audience is never everybody. While it might be tempting to make your target audience as broad as possible, refining your target audience and coming up with a very clear definition of exactly who it is will help your company focus on what’s most important and therefore advertise more effectively.

So now that we’ve determined that your company’s target audience isn’t everybody, it’s time to find out who it is. And that’s what this article is here to help you do. In just a few simple steps, I’ll outline a nifty trick that you’ll be able to use to help you determine who your target audience is. Once you know that, you’ll be able to create better advertisements and reach your potential customers more effectively.

Determine Who Your Ideal Customers Are

The first step in defining your target audience is to create a detailed and specific depiction of your ideal customer. When creating your ideal customer, you’ll want to be as specific as possible. Here’s a list of questions you’ll want to ask about them.

  • How old is this person?
  • What is their income?
  • How do they spend their free time?
  • Is the person a man or a woman?
  • Where is this person from?
  • What time of day would they visit your store?
  • How did they hear about your business?

Those are only a few of the questions you should be asking, but you can probably see what’s happening here—you’re creating a very specific outline of your ideal customer. After you’ve asked yourselves those questions, you should be able to write down exactly who your ideal customer is. Here’s an example:

“Our average customer is a 50-year-old caucasian woman from San Francisco, California. She is from a middle-class family and is married with children. She has an active lifestyle and loves the outdoors.”

Determine Who Your Current Customers Are

Once you have created a depiction of exactly who your ideal customer is, you’ll want to ask the same questions, but this time about your current customers. Take a look at your data and determine your average customer’s age, income, gender, etc. and then write down exactly who your average customer is, just like you did with your ideal customer.

Compare and Contrast the Two

Once you have an accurate depiction of your ideal customer and an accurate depiction of your average customer, you’ll need to compare the two and see which aspects of them are similar and which are different. This exercise is especially helpful because it shows you the disconnect between who you want to be serving and who you are serving.

How to Know to Whom You Should Be Marketing #marketing #business

If, for example, you want to advertise to teenagers but your main customers are in their early thirties, you’ll know that something is wrong with your marketing efforts. Maybe you need to make your advertisements less formal to attract a younger audience. Maybe you need to stop advertising on Facebook and start putting more emphasis on Instagram or Twitter. This is just one example of how this method can help you determine who your target audience is and create better content for them. I hope you found this helpful!

Tips to Spring Clean Your Budget

Now that spring is here, it’s time to take a look at your budget and see some ways that you can cut down on how much you are spending, on a month by month basis. If you don’t already have a budget, then make one! If you do, then pull it out and take a look at some simple ways you can cut down on the money you routinely spend…

Tips to Spring Clean Your Budget #spring #budget #money #lifestyle #savings

 

Use Public Transit (or Other Methods to Drive Less)

Cutting down transportation costs is one of the best and quickest ways to lower your monthly expenses significantly. If your area has sufficient public transportation to get you where you need to go, don’t hesitate to use it. You’ll be surprised at the fortune you save on gas.

Again, anything you can do to cut down on transportation costs will make a huge difference. Another option you have is to ride a bike. Making a bike your primary mode of transportation will also be good for the environment and improve your health. If you’re looking to cycle to work, but don’t have the budget for a brand new bike, check the inventory at secondhand stores and check yard sales too.

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Get Rid of Unused Gym Memberships

Cancel your gym membership and head to your local park to get the same workout for free. Use the natural layout of the park, trails, playground equipment, and benches to create a comprehensive workout routine. Not only will you save on gym membership fees, but you will also enjoy some time in the sun.

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Cut Back on Subscriptions

Whether it’s the newspaper, magazines, or even an internet streaming service like Netflix, subscriptions are usually things you can easily live without. If you’re really looking to cut monthly expenses this summer, cut all subscriptions and spend more time outdoors.

Be a Smart Driver

You’d be surprised at how much money you can save merely by changing some simple driving habits. Let up on the gas pedal just a little when accelerating, cut down on speeding, and try walking to destinations that are reasonably close. Even if you can’t completely live without a car, chances are you can whittle down your gas expenses significantly.

Eat Less Meat

It may be difficult to BBQ less and cut down on the number of steaks you grill this summer, but the fact is meat is expensive. Take the opportunity to learn some new recipes and cook some refreshing vegetarian dishes. If you grow a garden, you can use your own vegetables and save even more on meals than you ever thought possible.

Partake in Free Events

Summer is a great time to get out into the action of your hometown. If you’re looking for some budget-friendly excitement to mix up your summer, go to a free concert or local outdoor event. Taking advantage of these seasonal events may provide your family with a free or inexpensive experience that would normally cost a lot more to enjoy.

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Update to LED Lightbulbs

LED lightbulbs are becoming a popular alternative light source in contemporary homes. Not only do they last longer than traditional light bulbs, they are also more energy efficient, more versatile, and completely silent. Switching over to LED lightbulbs will cost some money upfront, but will prove to be a saving investment in the long run.

Unplug Unused Electronics

It may be a task so simple that it never crossed your mind. Or, it may seem so menial that you haven’t actually gone through with it. Either way, now is the time to try it out. Unplugging all electrical devices you aren’t currently using them can save significantly on monthly electric expenses.

Ask About Loan Modifications

If loan payments are becoming more than you can handle from month to month, you might want to look into getting a loan modification. Making a permanent change in one or more items on your loan can be a huge help in giving you some leeway on your monthly budget. Not to mention your loan payments will feel less daunting.

Do Specific Chores Yourself

For some chores, you may be tempted to use a professional service, but you can save hundreds of dollars just by doing it yourself. For example: lawn mowing! Use a non-electric push mower and turn a boring activity into a time of connection with the outdoors. Mowing with a push mower will save you the money you would have otherwise spent on gas for an electric one.

Another example is car washes. Now that the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to wash the car in your own driveway and complete a chore while having some family fun too. Grab some cleaning supplies and head to the driveway when the heat of the summer strikes.

Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread

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Over the weekend i was feeling so crappy, Mother Nature came with my monthly subscription and sucker punched me. It was worse this month than the last couple months and I was nauseous, not hungry, moody, tired, just the works. Bleh.

I had a serious craving for something sweet and crunchy when I noticed the bananas that were overly ripe. My very first thought was “BANANA BREAD!”. I ran the idea by Christopher and he agreed we needed walnut banana bread in our life. I have been eating gluten free for a few months now and I feel so much better. I’m not toppled over in pain, not bloated from inflammation, and lesser migraines. 

Despite the pain and anxiety I was experiencing I decided to tackle the grocery store by myself (HUGE deal) because it was 9:43am, how crowded could Lowe’s Foods be? I picked up the ingredients needed and a few extras like the Starburst jelly beans then made my way back to Christopher’s. Ya know, I’ve never been a jelly bean kinda girl, but the Starburst jelly beans satisfy my soul. 

The Best Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe #glutenfree #dessert #breakfast #recipe #foodie #food #banana

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium ripe bananas (3 bananas yield ~1 1/2 cups or 337 g)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed organic brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on ripeness of bananas // or sub honey)
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or dairy-free milk
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free oats 

Make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mash banana in a large bowl. Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine. Last add almond meal, gluten free flour blend, walnuts, and oats then stir.
  3. Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly and golden brown on top.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting or it will be fall apart from being too tender.

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The loaf can be put in the freezer for up to a month but trust me, it will definitely get eaten before then. You can eat the slices of banana nut bread with honey too, which is equally delicious.

I’m still new to the gluten free lifestyle so if you have any recipes I’d love for you to share them! It can be a little overwhelming with all of the labels and hidden words, so know what I can have is half the battle. 

It’s Time To Chime

It’s been about 3 weeks since I left my full time job to become a full time freelance writer, between thoughts of losing everyday and days where I bust out 6-7 articles I’m still trying to keep money in mind. I still have a lot of bills that need paying on a weekly basis, so there shouldn’t be any downtime for me; for a while anyway.

It’s Time To Chime #banking #freelancer #business #smallbusiness

I’m trying to figure it all out, still working out the kinks but I know this is a learning curve as I’ve never worked for myself before. I knew I needed to have a separate account for my freelance writing business so I started to look around, I found Chime which is a mobile banking app. Everything i was reading was exactly what i needed, with Chime there is no monthly fees, no overdraft fees, no minimum balance requirements, and no transfer fees. Chime also helps me save with the round up transfers when I shop or get paid, which will come in handy for a new laptop! They recently created a graphic with some tips on how to save money this year. Check it out it below.

It’s Time To Chime #banking #freelancer #business #smallbusiness

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited and scared simultaneously in my life, it’s truly exhilarating. My anxiety rings in from time to time to make sure I know it’s still around but I try and brush it off. If I get too overwhelmed with my tasks I will take a break, go for a walk, or scroll through Twitter. I always set an alarm though, which has pretty much become my life. I set alarms for all kinds of things now like to wake me up in the morning, to keep up with the articles I write so I can stay on schedule, while I’m taking a walk, and even one to let me know it’s bedtime. Each sounds different so I don’t drive myself crazy but they’re there like little ticking time bombs.

If you work for yourself how do you keep track of your spending/expenses? What do you do during your workday do you don’t get burnt out? (so you don’t get burnt out)

 

Goals For The Rest Of The Year

After a month away from the blog I’ve went through a small transformation, kind of like a butterfly wiggling out of its cocoon. It was uncomfortable, confining, and scary but I think it’s for the best. 

I shed a relationship which I think is better as a friendship. I did learn a lot from the time we were together that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. I also relocated jobs, I landed a full time at the beginning of October which I love. The company is two companies under one roof so it’s super fast paced and there was and still is a lot to learn.

Sitting back reflecting on the year made me realize I’ve pretty much been living on autopilot too, just going through the motions day after day.

Goals For The Rest Of The Year #goals #lifestyle

As for goals to achieve throughout the rest of the year:

• To become emotionally aware

• Keep trying to heal emotional wounds

• Becoming more comfortable and confident with myself

• Putting the focus back on freelance writing

This year has been tough, dad passed away in February which took a lot out of me and I’ve been struggling a lot since then but I am trying to deal with all the feelings that come with loosing someone, not just anyone but a parent. It all happened so suddenly, if I knew then what I know now I would’ve forced him to seek out help. I’m still trying to pick up all the pieces of my broken heart. November is also his birthday month, so there is that too.

I’m shifting into a healthier lifestyle, everything that happened this year made me realize ya only get one body and one life (as you’re not a cat), it needs to be nurtured and looked after with care not stuffed with greasy cheeseburgers and pizzas. The cooler weather makes it easier to get out for walks on the regular, which is the plan. 

I have an amazing freelance client who I’ve been working with all year, she is kind of the perfect client actually. She’s been so understanding throughout the projects we’ve worked on. She offered me a huge project that i am very lucky to have the opportunity. I want to settle down, focus, and create killer content. 

10 Things That Make Me Happy Everyday

I’m not going to lie, some days are better than others. I’m trying to be more mindful as I go about my day, doing so I’ve picked up on things that make me happy. I can enjoy these thing that make me happy almost everyday if not everyday. 

It makes me happy to be in nature too, I don’t do it nearly enough though. A trip to the beach a few weeks ago reminded me of that. Since summer is drawing to a close maybe a few hikes will be in the books for the fall/winter, I do love going to the beach during the winter too though. It has such a different feel, I just love it.

Anything i can do to put a smile on my face or have a moment of calm in the anxiety driven mind I have; I’ll take it. 

10 Things That Make Me Happy Everyday #life #happiness #happy

  1. Watching my kitty sleep – and boy does he sleep a lot, he is pretty much level expert. 
  2. Seeing all the beautiful colors in the sky from dawn to dusk.
  3. Gazing at the moon and stars – if I didn’t know any better I’d think I was an alien.
  4. Reese’s Pieces – need I say more?
  5. The love I have in my heart – it’s full and I try to be kind and spread it around all day. It takes 2 seconds to say “thank you” or give a compliment.
  6. Practicing mindfulness everyday – it really helps to keep you grounded.
  7. Having a sense of fulfillment in my life – it’s been awhile if ever I’ve felt this. I started a new job September 10th, I have a loving family and friends.
  8. Fluffy blankets – I love getting lost in all of its puffiness.
  9. Crystals – I have my favorites that I carry around with me daily but I love them all. I’m currently carrying around a tumbled Rose Quartz.
  10. Sleeping in – I absolutely love to sleep so on the weekends I do take advantage.

What makes you happy everyday?