Best Online Reads

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:


1. The biggest hand sanitizing mistakes you're probably making via The Huffington Post.


2. Sixty genius pumpkin carving ideas for Halloween via Woman's Day.


3. How to clean baking sheets so they look brand new via Real Simple.

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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Monday, October 19, 2020

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It's pumpkin spice season, and whether you like the drink or not, it's hard not to be inspired by it's bright orange color. This week's 5 Fab Finds Under $50 feature fun, festive orange finds for fall and beyond. 

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Weekend Dispatch

Monday, October 12, 2020


We're at that point in time where politics is at the forefront of EVERYTHING. Between debates, TV ads, yard signs, and countless articles online and on paper, it's hard to get a break from it. I follow politics, but I wouldn't consider them a passion of mine. But since this is a presidential election year, I've had a piqued interest in them. Plus, this is the first presidential election that Emma can vote in, so I've been hyping it up and creating momentum around it. I want her to know how important her role in this election is and that she should take that role seriously. (And she does!).


Anyway, on a lighter note, here are a few of the things I've been enjoying lately.

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5 Tips For Making Your Hair Healthy Again

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Are you spending too much on the shampoos and still not getting the best results for your hair? Don’t worry; you are not the only one who is struggling with this issue. Millions of people complain about not getting the perfect results, even when they purchase high end shampoos and conditioners. However, fear not because we will sift you through some easy ways to maintain healthy hair again.

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Splurge vs. Save

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

If you've always wanted a designer handbag but couldn't justify the cost, I've found some good dupes that, unless you look very, very closely, look almost identical to the designer bag. I'm not claiming that the quality is comparable. I mean, you get what you pay for ultimately. But if you are looking for a bag that's a suitable dupe that doesn't necessarily have to last 30+ years, the bag above as well as these bags are good choices.
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The 10 Best Things I've Bought From Amazon Lately

Monday, October 5, 2020

Amazon has been coming in clutch for the past six months while we've been on lockdown. And even now that most stores are open in some capacity, we are still relying heavily on Amazon. Every two weeks we've placed at least one order for anything from a handy kitchen gadget to a bathroom organization item to a cozy piece of loungewear and more. A recent browse through my Order History on Amazon inspired me to share some of my best buys with you.
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10 Things to Consider When Renovating a Bathroom

Monday, September 28, 2020
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The bathroom is one of the most highly trafficked rooms in any home. When guests arrive, they typically ask to use the bathroom before seeing the rest of the house. When you are ready to achieve the heart of perfection in this essential space, consider these ten important things during your next bathroom renovation project.

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Best Online Reads

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. The best hotel in each state via Far and Wide.

2. What going back to the gym is actually like right now via Bustle.

3. The difference between using salted versus unsalted butter in baking via Food52.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Last week was so chilly that the only things I could think about were sweaters, booties, slippers, and cozy clothes. This week the weather is a little warmer, but I know the cool weather will return soon, and so I'm busy searching for fall basics to add to my wardrobe. Whether you prefer a cute slip-on mule or a comfy sweater or a cozy pair of slippers, one or all of these fab finds to help you ease into a chilly fall.

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CELEBYOU TALENT CHALLENGE JOINS STAND4PEACE TO LAUNCH THE “SHAPE PEACE TOGETHER” CHALLENGE

Monday, September 21, 2020

In recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace today (September 21, 2020), the CelebYou Talent Challenge App will support Stand4Peace and launch the CelebYou Shape Peace Together Challenge.

   

The Challenge invites people of all ages, from all over the U.S., to submit a video to the CelebYou Talent Challenge App to show how they are working to Shape Peace Together. The Challenge begins on Friday, September 18, 2020 and ends on Sunday, October 18, 2020. To enter the challenge all you have to do is download the CelebYou Talent Challenge App from the Apple App Store (for free) or visit https://celebyou.com.
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Best Online Reads

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to properly store face masks when not in use via Huffington Post.

2. This fall foliage map provides peak times across the U.S. via Prevention.

3. Have you seen American Girl's latest historical doll. She's from the 80's via People.
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Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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As I am writing this, a chill has set in, and I'm not happy about it. One of the things I love about the Jersey shore is the month of September. Locals call it our "local summer". The weather is warm, and the tourists have long gone home, and it's finally our time to enjoy our beaches. But when you wake up to temps in the high 50s, it's not a local summer. Maybe next week...

In other news, the girls are in their second week of school, and so far, so good. Emma just submitted her first round of assignments that were due for college, and Harper's classes are moving right along. Some days it feels as if I've reversed the clock with Harper in school only two mornings a week (taking me back to the pre-k days). Anyway, I have to commend them. Remote learning isn't easy, and especially when you are beginning your freshman year of high school and college that way.

Here are a few of the ways I've been spending my time lately:

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5 Fab Finds Under $50: Camo

Monday, September 14, 2020

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The camo trend...it's kind of like cilantro. You either love it or you hate it. I personally love it. Can't get enough of it. The key is to not go overboard when you wear it. To pull off the look, wear one piece of camo at a time. No mixing and matching here. This week's fab finds under $50 are an inexpensive way to wear this trend. Whether you prefer a cute slip-on sneaker or a comfy sweater or a cozy pair of shorts, one or all of these fab finds to help you ease into the camo trend.

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Best Online Reads

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. What it's like to live through a wildfire via The New York Times.

2. Seven signs you may have already had COVID-19 via Prevention.

3. How much money you save by making coffee at home via Next Advisor.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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This week's fab finds under $50 are an inexpensive way to expand your fall wardrobe. Whether you prefer a fab ankle bootie or a comfy flat or a cozy sweatshirt and a faux leather crossbody, one or all of these fab finds to help you ease out of summer and into fall.

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Best Online Reads

Friday, September 4, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. The best temperature for sleeping, according to experts via Health Dedicated.

2. Nine cooking steps you can feel free to skip via A Cup of Jo.

3. What it looks like to be a USPS worker right now via The Cut.
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Weekend Dispatch

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

I've finally managed to get back into the swing of things after our week in Rehoboth Beach. Our vacation certainly was different this way, but it was also different in all the good ways. We spent more time together and less time out. We eat many of our meals together at home rather than either going out or running out in small groups to grab something to eat. These little things added up to more quality time together, and isn't that the goal of any vacation?

Now, it's back to business as usual (or as usual as it can be right now). The girls start school next week, so this is our last summer hurrah before they'll be hitting the computers. Emma is starting her freshman year of college at home studying remotely, and Harper will have a hybrid schedule for her first year of high school where her time will be divided between home and school. It will be interesting to see the outcome. And, of course, we are keeping our fingers crossed that a second COVID wave doesn't hit.

Here's what I've been up to lately.
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3 Tips For Getting Your House Ready For 2021

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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Yes, you are reading that title and crying out ‘but it’s only September!’. Sure, it is only September - and that means we are almost in the last quarter of the year. Most of us are just trying to get through today before we even give a thought to tomorrow, but before we know it, we'll be putting tup he Christmas decorations and making our new year’s resolutions for 2021.

2020 has not gone how anyone planned it. When we woke up on January 1st of this year, the thought of a global pandemic sweeping the globe, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending entire countries into lockdown was inconceivable, but here we are, slowly starting to come out of the other end of it. Many of us are thinking about next year and how we can make it a much better year. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that your house is in order, that it is safe and is not going to harm your health.
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Splurge vs. Save: Tie-Shoulder Tank

Monday, August 31, 2020

When I recently saw an influencer wearing the splurge version of this top, I thought it was the cutest tank, and I just had to have it. But then I saw the price ($225). I couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a top. And then, serendipitously, this morning I was browsing Banana Republic Factory online and found this almost identical top for only $20. So, you can guess which one I bought. Here are two versions of this very similar top at very different price points.
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5 Tips To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Monday, August 24, 2020
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Here at the Jersey shore, we are preparing to head into hurricane season. Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall here in 2012, hurricane season continues to instill a sense of fear and uneasiness in most Jersey shore residents. From high winds to storm surges that cause flooding to loss of power and utilities, it's important to be prepared for any situation.

Even over the course of this summer, we've been faced with heavy thunderstorms that have caused extensive damage from downed trees as a result of powerful winds. Whether it's the summer storm season or hurricane season, here are 5 tips for preparing your home and yourself to stay ahead of the game.

1. Create a Hurricane Supplies Kit
This kit should contain essentials that you'll need in the event of loss of power or if you become stranded inside your home. Plenty of batteries, bottled water, blankets, candles, coolers filled with ice, and if you have a gas or charcoal grill, be sure to have the gas tank filled and extra bags of charcoal so that you can cook.

2. Determine an Evacuation Plan
If you live in an evacuation zone, be sure to know the route you will need to take to leave a dangerous area. They are most often marked with signs, but you can call local authorities to get the specific and direct routes. Also, allow plenty of time to evacuate and expect traffic as you exit your area. Also, have a bag packed in the event that you may need to evacuate mid-storm. If you have pets, have supplies read to go for them, including carriers and cages. You don't want to be scurrying at the last moment looking for a carrier that is at the back of the attic.

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3. Strengthen Your Home
The first place to suffer the effects of a hurricane or strong storm is the exterior of your home. Roofing, siding, and gutters are most likely to become damaged during a storm. Peter's Roofing Company offers before and after-storm services to inspect your roof, siding, gutters, and even skylights before a problem occurs. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having suffered damage to the exterior of your home, Peter's Roofing specializes in expert repair of roofs, gutters, siding, skylights, and more. The experts in New Jersey EPDM roofing, Peter's Roofing employs expert estimators who can help you determine which roof is best for your home and your budget. When it's time for installation, Peter's Roofing pays careful attention to project timelines and budgets to remain within the parameters while adhering to quality and safety standards.

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Founded by Pedro Guaman, Peter's Roofing Company is recognized as one of the best roofing contractors in New Jersey. Pedro, his brothers, and other related families continue to exceed their clients’ expectations with their professional and efficient work, which includes roofing, siding, gutters, doors, windows, skylights, chimneys, attic fan, roof leak repair, flat roof repair installations and replacements, roof pipes, exterior renovations and exterior home improvement that will bring joy to you and your family for years to come.

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4. Get an Insurance Check Up
Make sure you are up-to-date on all required insurances. If you live in a flood zone, be sure you have flood coverage on your homeowner's policy. Also, confirm with your agent, what will be covered if your home suffers damage whether it's to the exterior of your home or to the interior (basement flooding, etc.).

5. Complete a Written Plan
If you can't complete a written plan, at a minimum, have a plan in mind and communicate it to the entire family so that everyone is one the same page. Make sure everyone knows where emergency supplies are located. Let the family know when you will evacuate should you need to do so.

Take action today, so you are prepared for the 2020 hurricane season.
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Best Online Reads

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to make decisions when you can't really plan for anything via MindBodyGreen.

2. Seven common words that mean the exact opposite of what you think they mean via Reader's Digest.

3. Fun summer activities that won't break that bank via Woman's Day.
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How To Find The Perfect Fitting Bra

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Did you know that four in every five women aren't wearing the right bra size, and most are unaware of it? The research found that most women don't know how to measure themselves to find the right fit, and more often than not, they don't have somewhere they feel they can go and get comfortably measured. As a result, most women end up wearing the wrong bras. Luckily these days, we have resources that help in establishing the right fit like the bra size chart and techniques to help you find the right bra size that best fits you.

So how do you know you’re wearing the wrong bra?
These are some of the mistakes made when measurements are done incorrectly and some signs of an ill-fitting bra:

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The Books I Read in July

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Last month in addition to reading two Elin Hilderbrand novels, I also had a chance to meet her and have a book signed by her. I was thrilled!!! After coming off my high from reading 28 Summers, her latest release which came out earlier this summer, I couldn't wait to meet her. I was definitely fangirling. I attended the signing with my girlfriend Cathy, who is also a fan. It was a highlight in an otherwise strange and different summer.

OK, so now on to the books I read in July:
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Best Online Reads

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. What life will look like after a COVID-19 vaccine hits the market via Huffington Post.

2. Thirteen trailblazing facts about Kamala Harris via Mental Floss.

3. Five ways to set healthy boundaries around the news and social media right now via Healthyish.
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What I'm Buying at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Monday, August 10, 2020
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the biggest sales events of the year. Where as most sales happen in the middle or at the end of a season, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happens before the season. Which means you can score brand new fall merchandise at a discount before the season even starts. Once fall arrives, you'll have lots of new goodies just waiting to be worn.

The sale opens to the public on August 19th. Until then, if you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you can shop the sale privately anytime up until it opens to the public depending on what level status you have as a cardholder. I'm part of the Influencers tier, and the sale opened to us today.

If you aren't able to shop the sale yet, you can preview sale merchandise and create a wishlist so that when the sale opens to you, you are ready to roll.

Here are 9 items I'm buying at this epic sale.
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7 Things To Remember When Planning a Road Trip

Friday, August 7, 2020
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It’s not so easy to jump on a plane these days since the rise of COVID-19. Many people are reluctant to step foot on a plane, but driving has become the new favorite means to travel lately. If you’re planning on taking the family away for a well-deserved break away from home, or perhaps you’re planning a solo road trip, you might be wondering how you can make it go as smoothly as possible - especially if you’ve never driven like this before. Check out these things to remember when planning a road trip so you don’t accidentally forget anything important!
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Best Online Reads

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. The ten greatest films of all time according to 358 filmmakers via Open Culture.

2. The most and least effective face masks for COVID-19 via Prevention.

3. The trendiest hairstyle the year you graduated from high school via MSN.
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3 Things To Know Before You Borrow Money

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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In difficult financial times such as the ones we are currently living in, borrowing money is considered a normal part and often a necessary part of managing your finances. We all take out loans and credit cards, often without really thinking about it. It’s so easy to get into a lot of debt, and people tend to get into financial trouble when they start borrowing without understanding exactly how debt works and how it can affect them. Educating yourself is the best way to avoid getting yourself into trouble, and these are some of the most important things to understand before borrowing money.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Monday, August 3, 2020

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The summer sales are in full swing! But to get the most bang for your buck, you'll want to shop them now so that you'll have a chance to wear what you buy. Sure, you can save it until next summer, but by then, the novelty will have worn off, and what fun is that?

I've scoured a few of the sales, and here are 5 fab finds under $50 worth scooping up now.
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8 Tips For Preparing And Caring For A Baby As A Working Mom

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Motherhood is never an easy journey. And although there are various tips to help lessen the burden, there is still a substantial amount of work that comes with such a big responsibility. However, the burden is easily doubled when it comes to working mothers. There are countless success stories from which working mothers or expectant working mothers can draw some encouragement. With proper preparation and lots of patience, you will be able to ride the storm and enjoy all the positives that come with motherhood and having a career. Hopefully, the following tips will help to take away some of the stress that this important chapter in life brings.
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How To Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Friday, July 31, 2020
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We've had a pesky, yet albeit inconsistent, ant problem for years. They pop up when we least expect them and during times of the year when ants generally shouldn't be invading our home. We've found them everywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom to the master bedroom and places in between.

We've sprayed, placed traps, sprinkled Borax, and tried every other trick in the book. But time and time again, the ants return and are worse than they were before. If you've ever had an ant issue, you know that they are persistent. They don't tire or surrender easily, and often "over the counter" tactics just aren't effective. We had finally had enough when I was in bed reading to find one crawling across my hand. Yuck! Time to call in the pros!

We finally gave up trying to rectify the problem on our own and went in search of a professional pest control service that could help us with this problem once and for all. After much research online and chatting with friends and neighbors in search of recommendations, we discovered that Surf Termite & Pest Control, a local, Jersey-shore based service in Neptune, NJ would be our best bet for successfully helping rid us of our irksome little ant friends.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Monday, July 27, 2020
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This week's fab finds under $50 are a sort of celebration of summer. Each item has a nautical touch that fits right in with boats and the beach. So, whether you plan to spend time on a boat, at the beach, or anywhere you might find yourself basking in the beauty of summer, grab one or all of these fab finds to help you celebrate an endless summer.
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Tips For Managing Your Time And Your Family

Thursday, July 23, 2020
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During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are all being pulled in many directions while trying to balance work, family, and self while being at home. Busy is not the word to describe the sensation of sheer mental overload that many of us are experiencing. The only way to make things work is by learning some helpful tips and tricks that can turn you into a time management ninja. You'll be amazed by what you can achieve in a few minutes with some practice. Here are a few of the tips I've learned over the past several months that have helped me maintain balance and keep me from feeling completely overwhelmed.
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The Books I Read In June

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

June was a really good month for books. I read 4 books in total, and all of them were top notch. It's amazing how fast I read when I really enjoy a book. I'm struggling a bit right now since I just finished Elin Hilderbrand's latest release, 28 Summers, and OMG! It was sooooo good that any book I pick up just doesn't compare. So I am in a bit of a reading rut right now. I have about 4 books going, and I just can't keep on task with any one of them. I've been switching back and forth and that is not conducive to reading retention or to finishing a book. I am still ahead of schedule to finish 40 books this year, so at least theres' that.

Here are the books I read in June.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Monday, July 20, 2020
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There's certainly no shortage of fab finds under $50, and this week, I accidentally happened upon five with a beachy kind of theme. So many retailers slashing prices on summer clothes to make room for fall inventory, so there are lots of deals to be had online and in stores. I've handpicked five favorites this week that scream summer!
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Weekend Dispatch

Friday, July 17, 2020

It's something like week 1,647 of quarantine, and it's really starting to suck all my mojo out of me. Today was one of those days where I just couldn't seem to get and stay on track. I felt off all day long, and eventually just gave in to the feeling and went with it. I was dressed to work out but that never happened. I didn't feel like making decisions about food, so I barely ate all day. I didn't drink enough water and decided to try to play catch up a few hours before going to bed (not one of my better decisions). But tomorrow is another day and hopefully a better one.

Here's what I've been up to lately and what I have planned for the weekend:
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How To Create The Perfect Outdoor Living Space This Summer

Friday, July 10, 2020

Summer is here and for most of us that means we'll be enjoying more time outdoors in our yards, on our patios, or on our decks. No matter where you live, you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor space all year round with a few well-placed plants, ambient lighting, comfortable furniture, and miscellaneous outdoor items. Creating the perfect outdoor living area not only gives you a place to retire to after an exhausting day, it also expands your overall living space, even if only for a few months of the year.

From plants to heating elements to lighting to furniture, you want to be sure every detail is considered. This is a place you'll be spending time in as well as entertaining in. So, you'll want it to reflect your personal style as well as be inviting and comfortable for you and your guests. The smallest details from pillows to plants shouldn't be overlooked.

Here are several ideas on how to spice up your yard into a place you will love spending time.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

There's certainly no shortage of fab finds under $50. With so many retailers slashing prices on summer clothes and accessories, there are lots of deals to be had online and in stores if they are open in your area. I've handpicked five favorites this week that you can wear now and well into fall to get the most bang for your buck.
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Red, White, and Blue Desserts

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

I love the Fourth of July holiday. There's just something about it. A palpable feeling in the air that summer has officially arrived and is here to stay, at least for a little while. This year out July 4th festivities will look a little differently than they have in the past, but they will definitely be about great food, including festive desserts.

Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite (and easy) red, white, and blue desserts to celebrate the holiday.
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Best Online Reads

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to style your coffee table and bookshelves like a pro via Coveteur.

2. Ways to implement CBD into your daily routine via The Chalkboard.

3. Finally a face mask designed for working out via Bustle.
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The Books I Read In May

Monday, June 22, 2020

May kicked off the unofficial start to summer reading season. I have a pretty ambitious summer reading list which I'll share later this week, but for now, we'll just have to chat about the three books I read last month. I tend to get stuck in a particular genre of books (I'm looking at you chick lit and psychological thrillers), but I am trying to break out of the pattern and read a variety of different types from non-fiction (biographies, true crime) to classic literature (Pride and Prejudice). I've included a wide variety on my summer reading list, and I can't wait to share it with you. For now, here are the books I read in May.
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How To Create The Perfect Home Office

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

When the COVID-19 quarantine was handed down, many people found themselves in a situation where they were required to continue working...but they had to do it from their homes. Now that many countries are slowly opening up using a multi-phase approach, many employers are giving employees the option to permanently telecommute. For many, permanently working from home is attractive as it allows for greater flexibility to tend to your family as well as provide for them.

I've been telecommuting for eight years, and although I love the freedom and flexibility, it's not without its challenges. Here are three things that have helped me to effectively work from home, avoid distractions, and do my job successfully.
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What We're Reading

Monday, June 8, 2020

This week I've taken a step back from the blog and social media to listen, learn, reflect, and take in all that is going on in this country with civil rights and racial relations. These issues have a long history in this country. And while I know a lot more now than I did even a week ago, I still have a lot to learn. One of the ways I am empowering myself to become better educated as well as support BIPOC is through books. I'm using my love of reading as a mechanism to become anti-racist and to support Black authors.

Here are the books we are currently reading in light of the current state of events:
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Where To Buy Gifts Online

Sunday, June 7, 2020

For most of us, the lockdown is still in full swing, which means stores, malls, and boutiques are closed to keep us safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, summer is a busy gift-giving time of the year with college, high school, and middle school graduations, Father's Day, and birthdays. Just because stores are closed doesn't mean you can't shop. There are plenty of opportunities to purchase the perfect gift online. You just have to know where to look.

Whether you are buying from brands directly, online retailers and shops, local shops that offer e-commerce, or online catalogues, you'll find an array of gift options online to fit any budget or occasion. Online shopping has become incredibly popular within the last few years and especially so within the last few months.
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Getting a Mortgage in Your 40s: What To Know

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By the time many of us reach our 40s, we get the impression that we should be feeling and acting… well, older. Even though many of us have kids, we still feel much the same way as we did in our 20s. And our lives tend to be a little less financially ordered than perhaps our parents were at the same age. But fear not! That doesn’t mean that we're financially irresponsible. It’s simply that times have changed. When our parents were younger, mortgages were easier to come by and property prices were infinitely more affordable.

There was a time when even those with a modest income were able to own their own homes. But times have changed, and soaring property values combined with lenders being a lot more cautious after the financial crash of 2007-2008, many GenXers and older millennials have rented their entire lives. And this has had a knock-on effect on all of their finances. Since rent repayments are typically higher than mortgage repayments, many people in their 40s find it difficult to budget and save.
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Best Online Reads

Thursday, June 4, 2020


This week's favorite stories from around the web focus on educating ourselves about racial injustices and how to take the first steps to create equality for all.

1. How white parents can talk to their kids about race via Huffington Post.


3. How to safely protest amid the pandemic via MindBodyGreen.
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Tips For Hosting a Fundraiser

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Every fall, my family and friends gather to participate in the JDRF OneWalk to support type 1 diabetes. My youngest daughter Harper was diagnosed with type 1 in February 2014, and we've been walking as a team since October 2014. JDRF is a cause that we hold close and dear to our hearts. Sometimes, it can feel difficult to know how to support causes that you’re not directly involved in. But there’s always a way to help and often that can involve raising money or funds of some sort.

The charity, cause or other good movement that you donate to will be able to use donated cash to achieve their goals - no matter what they are. It could go towards research, raising awareness, or anything else that will help. While donating directly is great, you can actually raise more money by having a fundraiser. This, of course, will require a fair amount of work and effort. But all in all, it’s worth it when you see the difference the proceeds make! Here are a few suggestions that will help you to set up your own fundraiser and get started in the right direction!

Decide On a Charity or Cause
First, you need to settle on what kind of fundraiser you’re going to hold. What charity or cause do you want to support? Will it be something local? Perhaps a local school needs new resources. A local dogs home might need new kennels. Will it be something more global? A charity to raise awareness and tackle social injustices around the world. A climate change cause. The options are endless. But if you choose one that you are passionate about, you will in turn be more passionate about raising money to support the cause.

Decide on Your Fundraising Event
Next, you need to decide what kind of event you’re going to hold. There are so many different ideas out there. It doesn’t have to be something completely innovative. The classic fundraising ideas work well! You could host a fair with games, Jumping Castle Rental, BBQs, and competitions. You could hold a music event with bands and DJs playing. Often bands and DJs are willing to give you a discount since it's for a charity event. Be sure to inquire. You could even do a charity auction. The list goes on.

Secure a Location
Once you’ve decided what you want to do, you need to secure a venue or location where you can host the event. Consider how many people will be in attendance and ensure that your venue can accommodate them. Consider ease to get to the location - easy to reach places will have a higher attendance rate than remote and difficult to access locations. Make it affordable or ask the owner whether they’d let you use the venue for free because the event is for charity.

Collaborate with Brands and Companies
A lot of brands and companies will sponsor a charity event and match donations raised or offer a lump sum donation. Your workplace may do something similar! This can really help to boost proceeds and help the charity or good cause you’re supporting even more!
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