Monday, September 28, 2015

Nursery Design Tips for First Time Moms

Are you a new mum who's hoping to design the most spectacular nursery for your tiny bundle of joy? But are you at a loss for where to begin? Then continue reading for a few helpful nursery design tips that are geared specifically towards first-time mums so you can create the tranquil and cosy space of your dreams.

Set a Theme
Before you cover all of the functional aspects of your nursery, focus on the actual design scheme. In this way, you can set a theme and then work around that theme when choosing paint colors for the walls, lighting fixtures and lamps, furniture, and more.

Once you've established a theme, look for bedding and accessories from companies like so you can bring all of the various elements throughout the nursery together beautifully.

Keep Surfaces Free
It may be tempting to decorate the surfaces of your nursery's furniture with adorable little trinkets and such, but the truth is that you'll need as much surface area as you can get once your baby arrives.

You'll need areas where you can place everything from feeding supplies and tissues, to nappies, wipes, and more. And you'll need to have all of these materials in easy-to-access places around the
room. If anything gets in your way, you'll definitely get annoyed and you'll end up hiding those
trinkets in drawers or storage bins anyway.

Get a Clock You Can Read at Night
A digital clock that you can use for timing out feeding sessions throughout the day and night is also definitely necessary in your nursery. Place one in an area of the room that's visible regardless of where you're sitting or standing so that you can always see the time, whether you're nursing your baby, holding her in your arms, or changing her diaper.

Control the Light
In addition to ensuring that your baby's nursery remains as quiet and calm as possible so that you don't end up startling her awake after she has fallen asleep, you also need to be able to control the amount of light that enters the room.

Install blackout curtains or shades that will prevent the sunlight from streaming in and waking your baby up from an afternoon nap. An overhead light on the ceiling is great for when you need to completely illuminate the room, and adding a lamp or two throughout the space is a great way to have just enough light in the evening and at night without having to turn the brightest light on.

Add a Cosy Rocking Chair
And finally, a cosy, plush, comfortable rocking chair is a must-have for a nursery, as it can help you and your baby relax as you lull your bundle of joy to sleep.

With these design tips in mind, you'll be able to create the nursery of your dreams, and one that your baby will love to be in as well. Remember that you need to really think about functionality above style, though you can certainly create a theme that you'll enjoy.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tips and Tools to Plan Your Next Charity Event

Planning a charity event takes time, money and a serious commitment. To help your event succeed, there are a few tips and tools you can add to your arsenal. From organization to invitations to donations and thank you notes, here are some of the best tools for planning your next charity event:

Planning Sessions
Time is one of your most valuable resources. Set aside time to meet with other volunteers, so you can brainstorm strategies as a group. Meeting at a coffee shop is delicious, but going to a library may be more productive. If you don't have a group to work with, get out of the house and devote a specific chunk of time to outline what needs to be done. By scheduling a specific time for planning, you stay motivated to organize what needs to get done and to devise a plan to complete your tasks. Working toward a goal can only start when you take the time to do it, so block out time from your busy schedule and get to it.

Online Invites
Sending out traditional invitations to your charity event is nice, but costs can add up in a hurry. Online invitations save you money and time. Most online invitation builders, like Evite, are easy to set up, even if you aren't particularly computer-savvy. Once you find a program you like, create an attractive invite with all the essential information neatly listed out. Then, send it out to your list with the click of a button. They can RSVP immediately upon receipt, which gives you a better idea of what the turnout is going to be, so you can plan more effectively.

Your Smartphone
An up-to-date smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, is an immensely valuable tool as you start planning your next charity event. Yes, you can use a smartphone to make actual calls, but it can do so much more. With your smartphone, take photos, make notes, schedule appointments and track your calendar appointments. The best part is that you have all these functions right in the palm of your hand, always within easy reach.

When the day of your event finally comes, use your phone to post updates to social media and draw in additional donations and guests. Make sure you have established accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and spend some time before your event gathering some followers. Also make use of your email signature lines to add links to your event's social media pages.

After your event is over, make sure you have a solid plan in place to thank the volunteers who helped you put your fundraiser together as well as the people who attended and made donations. Whether you give them a small gift to show your appreciation or a handwritten thank-you note, the gesture lets them know their time was valuable, which increases the chance they'll assist you in future endeavors. Positive word of mouth from your volunteers or committee also makes it easier to recruit volunteers next time you're planning a charity event.

Tips for Taking a Long Distance Motorcycle Road Trip

If you’re planning a long distance trip on your motorcycle in the near future, there are a number of things that you’ll need to consider in order to make sure that your trip is as safe and as comfortable as possible. Whether you’re a seasoned motorcyclist or have just purchased your first motorcycle and want to take it out for a spin, we’ve put together a list of top tips to consider before taking your journey that you’ll appreciate. Read on to find out more.

Bare Necessities
Before you set off, it’s important to ensure that all the basics are attended to. Since you’re taking a long distance trip, if you don’t usually ride with all safety and protective clothing, now is probably a good time to invest in some. You can buy helmets, gloves, boots, jackets and pants at and it’s a quality investment that will keep you protected for a long time. In addition to safety gear, you should also make sure that your bike is running safety – is it topped up with fuel, and are all the lights and brakes working? Taking some time to ensure that your motorcycle has no issues that could cause a problem en-route can be the difference between being involved in an accident or not.

If you’re setting off in the morning, it’s a good idea to just have a light breakfast – eating a heavy meal can make you drowsy, and that’s the last thing you need when you have to concentrate on the road. It’s advisable that you pack some high-energy snacks such as mixed nuts or sweets and even energy drinks to keep you going along the way, and you should always stop at a service station to
refuel – both yourself and the bike! It’s also a good idea to take some bottled water in order to stay hydrated. You might find it helpful to plan out a route beforehand that has regular service stops, so you don’t get caught hungry on a long stretch of road.

Staying Connected
If you’re planning on taking a smartphone or mobile phone, don’t forget to take your charger – many hotels and service stations will have plug sockets that you can use to charge your phone, and this way you know that if you run out of battery you’ll be able to recharge. Having access to a mobile
phone is important on a motorcycle trip as you never know when you might need it – it’s handy to have if you break down, get lost, or need to get in touch with anyone for any reason. Some riders
also have a cheap cell phone just in case – they hold onto battery a lot longer than smartphones, and
are great for emergencies.

What do you always do before a long distance motorcycle trip? If you have any handy tips that might be of use to fellow riders planning a long distance journey on their bike, we’d love to hear from you
in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Comes // Playlist

Wednesday is the first day of fall.  I love fall.  It just makes me feel so whole and complete.  Maybe it's because I know the holidays are coming, maybe it's just because the air is cool enough to breath, but I love it.

Nothing is life is complete without a playlist or soundtrack playing in the background of your every move, so this is least for the next week.

I recently discovered Johnnyswim by complete accident, but I am so glad I did.  While they are gaining popularity, they are relatively unheard of.  Later this month they will be playing at the opening on the Fixer Upper's new Magnolia store in Waco, Texas.  I'm sure the only way to go is up for here.

Keep going.  Keep going.  You can make it.  You can make it.

Simple enough.

The first time I heard this song I sat in my car and cried.  Challenges are going to happen in life.  There's no way around that, but our response to those challenges will define our future.   This song reminds me of that truth and it makes me want to dance and sing and fight and win in the face of every challenge.

In the United States, on October 23, the movie Suffragette will open.  Suffragette is the story of women's rights in England.  So what does that have to do with this song?  That's how I found this arrangement.   It was featured in the movie trailer.   I've always loved the Fleetwood Mac version and the Dixie Chicks' version.  And while nothing will ever take away from Fleetwood's original, I think this version is a close second.

Ok, ok.  I can take it no longer!  I am a closeted Pentaholic.  Yes, I watch crazy youtube videos and serial twitter stock all the member of Pentatonix.'s pretty sad.  (Oh, my goodness.  What am I do admitting all the crazy?!?  I'm supposed to keep that locked away.)  But it's only because I'm uber impressed with their vocals.  And their arrangements.  And their desire to help people accept who they are.  And their unshakeable positivity.  And...and...and...

Well, I guess you get the picture.

I don't think there is really an explanation.  For me, fall means that family will be here with me very, very soon.  They are my northern light guiding me towards the true Light.  They keep me grounded.