Tips for a Minimalist Home Office

Tips for a Minimalist Home Office

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More and more American workers are working from home at least once a week, and it seems that the trend will continue. Whether you’re telecommuting to the office, or you’re working for yourself and you want to save on rental money, a home office is an important space, distinct from the rest of your home.

You want to be able to focus and be productive here. You want to have a space set apart from your other daily activities and from the distractions of other family members. You especially want all the tools that you need in order to get your job done available within arm’s reach. I believe that the best decor scheme for a home office is a minimal one. Minimal design can support all the things that you need the space to do, eliminating distractions and keeping you motivated and focused. Here are some tips for a minimalist home office.

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Why Go Minimal?
Before we dive in, let’s take a moment and talk about what minimalist design really is. As this article explains, minimalism is removing unnecessary elements and winnowing a space down to its essential function. This doesn’t have to mean that minimalist design is devoid of any decoration or beauty, though. The real philosophy underlying the idea is that when we boil things down to their essential elements, we actually end up with something even more beautiful, since we’re able to see the bare lines that make up those things that we need.

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Minimalism works so well for a home office because it eliminates frippery and distractions. One of the biggest challenges of working from home is getting distracted by other things. We tend to start thinking about some project or another than needs to get taken care of in the house, or we might find it harder and harder to resist the call of that video game when we’ve hit a stalling point at work. Minimalism strips the room of those distractions and gives us a space apart, where we can simply concentrate on work. So here are some tips for making it work for you:

Remove All Clutter
Your first step is to get rid of any and all clutter. If you have a room dedicated to being a home office, odds are pretty good that that space gets used for a lot more. It might also be a TV room, a storage space for old photo albums, the dog’s favorite napping place, etc. However, if you want to really make it a viable office, it needs to be that and only that. Take all the extra junk that you don’t need to work, and put it in the garage, a storage closet, wherever else. Removing all clutter can also mean getting rid of unnecessary furniture, decor on the walls, and even books in the shelves. In fact, you might not even need a bookshelf, unless you like having certain books for reference. You’ll know which items are actually fueling your productivity, but be honest with yourself and stick to the important things. This link has some more tips for creating a good study space.

Visualization Space
I think that no office space is complete without a visualization space. Sometimes we need an area where we can sketch out our ideas as they’re formulating. It can also be a great way to keep track of tasks, projects in progress, and to-dos for the day. Your visualization space might be a large whiteboard, a chalkboard, or a corkboard. In any case, it’s the place where when your eyes drift away from your workspace, you can refocus on your overarching goals instead of getting lost in a daydream.

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Minimal but High Quality Furniture
One of the major benefits of minimalism is that when you cut down your decor to its essential elements, you’re usually more able to invest in quality for those essential elements. If you have a room free of fussy extra items, you can instead identify those things you really do need, and go ahead and buy high quality. So, get yourself an office chair and a desk. Invest in a computer or laptop, and any extra tools you need, like a supplemental table, seating for visitors, etc. Get high quality that will last a long time and serve you well.

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Take Breaks Outside the Office
We all need breaks during the work day. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that this justifies a putting TV in their home office, or distracting projects that have nothing to do with work. If it’s something that you can do while brainstorming for work, then go ahead and include it. However, if it’s something that completely pulls you out of the working mindset, save it for outside the office. You know what? It’s better for you to stretch your legs and take a walk around during work anyway. Just make sure that you set a specific time for your break and get back to work when the break is up.

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Taking The First Steps Towards Becoming A Healthy-Eating Family

Taking The First Steps Towards Becoming A Healthy-Eating Family

Did you know that, on any given day, more than one in every three American children will eat fast food? Our bad eating habits seemingly start much sooner than we might think – as early as in our toddler years according to researcher Victor Fulgoni. Until about 9 months of age, our diets are pretty balanced, consisting of breast milk or formula, baby cereal and mashed up fruit and vegetables. At 10 months we are generally introduced to our first bite of cake while our first birthdays open up a portal to a land strewn with sodas, candy, potato chips, chicken nuggets, pizza and a whole array of other overly-processed foods. Judging by our early start at eating junk food, it is no wonder that we inherently find it difficult to make healthy food choices as we grow older. Luckily there is still a chance to become a responsible adult and parent, making small changes to your eating habits that will soon see your family following a healthier lifestyle without kicking up a fuss.

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Set a good example for your children

As adults, we are required to set good a good example for our children, regardless of how hard it may be at times. Leading by example is one of the most effective ways to get your children to follow a healthy diet as children are naturally prone to copying their parents. Resist the urge to drink countless glasses of soda in front of your children, opting for a homemade lemonade or ice tea instead. Pack a healthy lunch for yourself for work and offer the children something similar for school. If everyone in the household is on the same page as healthy eating is concerned, it will be significantly easier to make permanent changes to your lifestyle.

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Don’t buy what you can make yourself

As convenient as it is to reach for the nearest bottle of ketchup or a tub of yogurt, it is not the healthiest option for your family. Even seemingly healthy store-bought foods are often riddled with hidden ingredients that are not nearly as healthy as the manufacturers make them out to be. When you prepare your own meals from scratch you have complete control over what ingredients you use. You may be surprised to find how easy it is to whip up a batch of homemade yogurt or prepare your own healthier take on corn dogs or chicken nuggets.

Ensure you have healthy snacks in the house

While it is fairly easy to eat healthy at meal times, snacking is often a whole different ball game. Make sure there are a number of healthy snack options available to indulge in while watching TV, firing up the BBQ or to take along on a family road trip.  Instead of potato chips, buy a packet of pretzels and bake a batch of oat cookies rather than buying a box of Oreos. Investing in a popcorn maker and an air fryer will go a long way in enabling you to make nutritious and delicious snacks any time a craving rears its head.

While it is of vital importance for you and your family to follow a healthy diet it is also important to not expect all the changes to happen overnight. Be patient with both yourself and your family, auctioning one small change at a time. Before you know it, you and your loved ones will be leading a healthy lifestyle without even sparing a thought for the unhealthy eating.

 

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

Aging can be a beautiful thing. It often comes with a sense of renewed confidence, new-found wisdom, and unique experiences. The physical signs of aging, however, aren’t always as welcome. Here are some quick tips on how to adapt your beauty routine to meet your changing needs.

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Your Skin

Boost your diet
Subbing in a few healthy choices every day can have a surprising impact on your overall appearance. Healthy fats like nuts and avocados strengthen cell membranes and can nourish your skin. Similarly, foods rich in vitamin-C, like green veggies, can boost collagen levels and skin elasticity.

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Create a night routine
If you begin incorporating some quick skin care into your nightly routine, you will be enjoying the benefits of brighter, clearer skin in just a few days without feeling overwhelmed. First step is always removing makeup, then introducing a serum to hydrate and regenerate your skin. Try exfoliating just once a week to physically rid your face of dead skin and dirt. Just be careful to use a gentle product and not overdo it with the scrubbing to protect your skin from damage.

Your Hair

Get the right color
As we age, our scalp loses some of its natural oil which can make our hair lose color and become weak. Guessing the right shade for your changing hair can be risky when you’re bombarded by all the choices at the grocery store. Bring new life to your hair by switching up its appearance with a dye that’s custom made for you.

Skip the shampoo
Surprisingly, most people don’t need to wash their hair more than twice a week. In fact, overwashing can strip your hair of the natural oils that give it shine, and leave your scalp dry and itchy. Try cutting out a shampoo cycle every now and then and see if it helps your hair look more youthful and thick. As with most beauty advice, however, it all depends on your lifestyle: if you’re running marathons everyday, you might want to follow your own shampoo routine!

Your Makeup

Use warm colors
Lighter tones can brighten your whole face, while dark hues with silver undertones can accentuate dark circles. Peach, rose and gold eyeshadows can make your eyes appear bigger, and rosy blush or lipstick can perk up your skin and overall look.

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Find the right foundation
With age comes diminished skin elasticity and unfortunately, wrinkles. Investing in the right foundation to meet your needs can be a huge help in your own confidence. Let your skin type guide your choice: those with dry skin should use a hydrating liquid foundation while those with oily skin should look for oil-free liquid, or powder foundation. Check out this helpful guide for more specific information about your skin type to make sure you find the right foundation for you.

Whether you celebrate your age or want to hide it, make sure you’re taking small steps like these to ensure that your regimen accentuates your changing beauty. After all, your beauty on the outside should match that of the confident woman on the inside.

Get Your Glow On

Get Your Glow On

You’d always find me in a tanning bed, up until this summer. Working at a dermatologist office has opened my eyes to the effects of skin problems like melanoma.

I canceled my tanning membership a few weeks ago, but I was still wanting a tan. I feel a little naked without one. 

I searched YouTube videos, reviews, and tan types to find something that wouldn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. This brought me to Sally’s Beauty Supply (where I am eyeballing a stunning color of copper red hair dye. My hairdresser is amazing with cuts and color) in which I started my search for Toma’s Liquid Spray Tan. I’d never used any kind of spray tan or any tanning lotions but this kit had everything I needed for about $18.
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The kit came with 2 rubber gloves, a mitt, and the liquid spray tan. You use the rubber gloves to protect the color your applying from seeping through the mitt onto your hands. I thought it was great the kit included them because I would’ve never thought of that.

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Once your gloves are on slide the mitt onto the hand of the leg you’re doing first. Then spray a few sprays of the liquid spray tan. Apply the mitt to your skin working in a circular motion to really blend it all in. It’s time to get your glow on!

You can go as dark or as minimal as you’d like. It took about 10 minutes to complete both legs. I’ll be doing the rest of my body since the formula didn’t break out my skin.

I was left with an even, streak free, non orange tan. I’m so happy it worked like it did, I’ll be using this secret weapon year around now.

I didn’t do my feet so you could see the difference between my natural color (foot) and the liquid spray tan (legs). This was like I said about 10 minutes of applying, I sprayed the pump 4 times onto the mitt 3 different times then worked it in. I repeated the same process on the other leg as well.
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Beginning Steps for Going Green

Beginning Steps for Going Green

Becoming environmentally conscious isn’t something that just happens overnight. It’s more of a process or a journey that happens step-by-step. However, as more and more people continue to start living green, the ecological benefits of sustainable living are starting to compound for society. These types of changes don’t happen overnight, but when enough people start deciding to make a difference, it controls the momentum of the narrative of our society. Here are some tips for making the transition to green living…

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Buy reusable bags
We go through an astonishingly high number of plastic grocery bags every year. In America alone, we use about 100 billion plastic shopping bags, every year. Not only is that a lot of plastic that is filling up the landfill, but it also takes a large amount of oil to produce that much plastic. Roughly 12-13 million barrels of oil is needed to produce those plastic bags. The sad reality about these facts is that a large number of the grocery sacks that we use are plastic. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Using reusable shopping bags can help cut down on the overall number of plastic bags used by Americans, which can make grocery shopping a more sustainable experience.
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Find ways to improve your gas mileage
If you thought the number of plastic shopping bags that Americans use is alarming, then get a load of how much gasoline we burn through. Each year, Americans use over 142 billion gallons of gasoline in just their vehicles. This doesn’t go into heating for houses and businesses either. This doesn’t mean that you need to push your family sedan into a ditch and buy a Tesla. You can start to cut back on the amount of gasoline that your vehicle needs by doing very simple maintenance on it, such as using tires with good tread or getting the oil changed regularly.

Use reusable building materials for home projects
Using plastic is generally a practice that isn’t very green, and yet it is something that we use in nearly every facet of our lives. One example of this is when we are building our homes, when plastic composite materials are starting to show up in a variety of home projects. When you’re thinking about diving into a home improvement project, such as building your new deck, opt to go for wood, or even materials for a salvage yard, rather than using plastic lumber or similar materials.
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Go paperless
Do you go to your mailbox almost every day and walk back inside with a large clump of letters that you then need to dig through? Probably, if you’re like most Americans. And the worst part is that there are very rarely any actual letters, which can actually be exciting to get. In junk mail alone, Americans receive nearly 70 pounds of paper to their house, each year. This adds up to a whole lot of horrible waste, and can stop by simply contacting the company that sends the junk mail and asking to be taken off their mailing list. Likewise, speaking with your bank, utility company, or other financial institutions and asking to go paperless can help you cut back on the amount of paper waste that you generate.

Use reusable water bottles
We’re back to plastic, where around 38 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away each year, as opposed to the 12 billion that are recycled, on average. This billions of pounds of plastic waste that ends up in oceans and landfills, every year. One of the simplest steps that you can take towards going green is to simply buy a reusable water bottle and fill it up when you need to stay hydrated, rather than wasting a totally new plastic bottle every time you get thirsty. Like many other options to go green, this won’t only help you be more environmentally friendly, but will actually help you save money throughout the year.
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5 Ways To Deal With Anxiety At Work

5 Ways To Deal With Anxiety At Work

Anxiety: A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.

Anxiety is a tricky monster that is currently along side almost 40 million people to date. For me my symptoms at any given time range from: fatigue, sweating, worrying, heart palpitations, not being able to focus, and irritability. Which may lead to a panic attack at any time.

In the mornings while I’m getting ready for work a flood of anxiety can come over me, if i let it. Thoughts of how bad traffic will be, if there is a wreck that will be sure to make me late, then onto how busy the day will be and if I will make any mistakes, or the mistakes I made a week before creep into my mind.

I sat down to try and help others that experience morning anxiety as well, you can read “setting up your morning to combat anxiety“ and hopefully find it helpful. I tried to pick up on anything and everything that helps me, to help you too.

Once you’re at work any triggers can be set off throughout the day. So you don’t find yourself locked in a bathroom stall or crying your eyes out in your car there are a few different ways to handle your anxieties at work.

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Know your triggers – this is the very first tool in your toolkit. If you know your triggers then you’ll know what to watch for.

Build a grounding techniques – notice objects around you. Take notice of the sounds around you. Notice a scent coming from around you. By giving your brain something to distract from your anxieties you’ll gain a sense of calming.

Ask for what you may need – flexible scheduling, a mental health day.

Break things down – as long as your meeting your deadlines, you’ll be able to turn a task into several micro tasks. This will keep you focused and help with being overwhelmed.

Take a time out – take just a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. This is not hindering your work progress nor is it bothersome to anyone else around you. Although it may feel like your world is crashing in on you try to remember it’s not obvious to anyone else.

A few things to keep in mind when you’re anxious: you are bigger than your anxieties, don’t let them tell you how to feel, you are just giving into the feelings of your anxieties. Remember that it WILL pass, you will come out on the other side.

I like to keep my lavender essential oil with me at all times, just Incase I need a little dab behind the ears or across the wrist.

When I get home I’ll do some journaling about the day and how I felt to see if I by chance develop new triggers. I like to flow through my anxiety yoga sequence  as well.

I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful. Anxiety is a terrible thing full of different emotions that can be difficult or crippling at times. I’d like to hear ways that help you cope with anxiety at work.

6 Tips for an Easy Move With a Pet

6 Tips for an Easy Move With a Pet

Moving, even if it’s a simple move across town, is a stressful event. The more people that you include in the equation, the harder and more difficult that it gets. Moving alone is hard, but then add a partner or friend, children, or pets, and it can get really overwhelming really fast. Especially when it comes to pets, it can be hard for them to understand what is going on. Often, a pet feels scared and unsure of what is happening during the moving process. This distress can be hard for them to adjust to your new home together. If you’re worried about the effect that moving may have on your pet, here are a few tips for an easy move with a pet.

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Ensure your new home is pet friendly
When trying to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during a move, it’s so important to make sure that there is a welcoming home waiting for them at the end of the move. Take a few extra moments before the move, to make sure that your new home is pet friendly so they can get comfortable in their new environment right away. Things like a doggie door and a fenced backyard will make sure that your furry friend enjoys their new home, as well as has an opportunity to relieve themselves at the end of a long drive.
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Drive your pet in your car with you
Whether you usually put your pet in a carrier or kennel in the car, or they are happy to sit next to you with their head out the window, make sure you bring your pet in your car with you. This will keep them comfortable during the transition process. A new home and environment is scary enough without having to add a strange car ride with a stranger or in a moving van.
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Pack them an overnight bag
This may sound a little overkill, as it’s not like your pet needs a toothbrush and a change of clothes for their first night in their new home. However, your pet will need food, their food and water bowls, as well as bedding, as soon as you arrive at your new home. Packing a little bag with all of their essentials will help them realize that this is their new home, because their things are there. Other great things to include in their overnight bag are kitty litter, favorite toys, and grooming tools such as a brush.

Keep your pet away during the move
For the sanity of your pet, you should keep them away from the moving process. It’s stressful to them to see you packing up everything they are familiar with. It’s not unusual for them to get rowdy and act out, as they may feel like you are abandoning them. It’s recommended that your pet stay with a friend or in their kennel/carrier in a quiet room of the home, away from all of the chaos.

Update their info and contact their vet
When you move, make sure that you update their microchip information with your new address. If you’ve moved far enough away that you need a new vet, ask your current vet for recommendations of vets in your new area. You can also ask to have all of your pets medical information and prescriptions sent to your new vet. This helps avoid any lapse of treatment and keeps your new vet in the loop of any preexisting conditions your pet may have.
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Don’t let your pet out without a leash
With the exception of fenced yards, don’t let your pet outside of your new home without a leash. Even if your pet is usually very docile and has never attempted to escape before, the new environment can be frightening and cause your pet to try to escape to try to return to their previous home. It can take months for your pet to feel comfortable in their new environment, so be patient with them during this transition as they get to know their new space.

It’s a new space for your pet and some pets aren’t very good with change, so anything like a comfy comfortable bed and an all natural treat may help them to settle in a little easier.

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7 Favorite Christmas Scents

7 Favorite Christmas Scents

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I love Christmas scents probably the most out of all scents ever! Maybe because Christmas is my favorite time of year; I love the warm glow of the lights, the smell of the Christmas tree, and of course baking, decorating, & devouring homemade sugar cookies!!

I think I might’ve become kind of a candle snob in July? Around the time i started working at the candle shop. I absolutely love them which is great considering I have about 30 22oz candles; so much so I have an inventory of them all in spreadsheet form.

Maybe it’s weird but I love good smelling things; cats, dogs, armpits, cars, restaurants… Whenever I’m out in public I get a little upset if I can’t smell myself – I don’t want to smell bad.

The obsession with candles has sparked a fire (see what I did there? Hehe) this year and I am all over the Christmas candles! I am all over smelling them all, thank goodness for coffee beans (they help clear the nose pallet) or my nose would probably cut itself from my face to run away.

It took a little pondering however I did it! I have picked the very best (in my opinion) Christmas scents to share with you all. If these do not sound like your idea of a smellebration then (your wrong jk) that’s ok because to each is their own and variety is the spice of life.

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How the fragrances are arranged in what order the scent is received through your nose pallet. While the candle is either sitting or burning all of the notes are combined to create the full effect of the entire candles scent.

The fragrance notes go as followed:
• Top note is the initial impression of the fragrance
Middle note is the main body of the scent
Base is its final impression.

Yankee Candle’s “Balsam & Clove”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Fresh Balsam, Cinnamon
Middle note: Cassia (spice from bark of east Asian evergreen), Pine
Base: Cedarwood, Amber

Yankee Candle’s “Cherries on snow
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Fruit, Cherry, Almond, Sweet Citrus
Middle note: Spicy Cinnamon, Tart Cherries
Base: Musk

Yankee Candle’s “Red Apple Wreath
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Golden Apples, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove
Middle note: Apple Peel, Cracked Walnuts, Brown Sugar
Base: Amber, Melted Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

Yankee Candle’s “Holiday Bayberry
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon
Middle note: Apple, Pine, Lavender
Base: Fir Balsam, Patchouli, Amber

Did you know?:  Trimming your wick to 1/8-inch helps the candle burn evenly. The length helps create complete combustion which means less soot is formed.

The WoodWick company has been around for a little while but it seems like not everybody has seen them in action. I like burning these at night with the lights off and the tv turned down or completely off. WoodWick makes their candles with a soy base but have an intriguing natural wooden wick.

the pluswick innovation of the wooden wicks creates a crackling sound, such as a fireplace. Between the ambiance and the unique crackle of the wick these candles are perfect for relaxation. I like to pair mine with a Lush bubble bar bath.

WoodWick’s “Frasier Fur
“This fragrance truly captures the essence of fresh-cut fir on a crisp winter morning.”

WoodWick’s “Hot Toddy”
“Tempting notes of ground cinnamon and nutmeg swirl with caramel-drizzled apples and sweet maple wine.”

WoodWick’s “Crimson Berries”
“Juicy Christmas berries blended with a touch of warm spice and mistletoe essence”

If you like candles even a little bit I’d say check out the WoodWick’s if you want to have your mind blown and relaxed at the same time. If your not into holiday scents check out the White Tea & Jasmine or the Lavender Spa scent.