top tips for creating a comfortable, fun summer at home

Even if you manage to get away during the summer, you don’t usually spend the whole season away from home. That means that when you’re not visiting elsewhere, you need to make the most of the time you have in your own home. This year, like last year, many more of us may still be at home for the summer, with no chance to travel. But even if you can’t get away at all, you can still enjoy the warmer weather and everything that summer brings. Here’s how to make sure your summer at home is comfortable, fun, and memorable.

Keep It Cool

When it starts to get really hot, the last thing that you want is to be stuck at home with no way to keep cool. Before it gets too warm, servicing your air conditioning unit will ensure it’s good to go. But it’s also handy to have an emergency AC repair service on hand, just in case. A reliable service will be able to come out quickly and fix any issues so you don’t have to wait too long before your home is cool again. If you don’t have efficient AC or it needs a boost, you can use various techniques to keep cool, from the right sheets at night to fans to keep the air flowing.

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Make the Most of Your Space

Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. There are plenty of things that you can do, especially when you make full use of all of the space that you have available. It’s worth thinking about how you might change things around for summer. When the temperature goes up, you don’t need blankets and throw pillows to snuggle into. You might remove rugs or other things that make your home look and feel warmer. Make full use of each room too, as well as your outdoor space.

Plan Some Local Trips

If you want to make sure you’re not stuck at home all the time, think about planning some local trips to go on. There could be a few different ways to explore the region around you, depending on where you are. A trip could mean going to the local park or checking out an outdoor space that allows you to get active. Or you might be thinking about some indoor activities, whether it’s shopping or visiting a museum.

Have a Vacation at Home

You might not be going away anywhere, but you can still have a vacation – or a staycation. Without leaving your home, you can recreate a vacation and have plenty of fun. It won’t be exactly the same, but you can still enjoy yourself, especially if you’re doing it as a family activity. You could go camping in the backyard, fire up the grill, travel the world by trying out new cuisines, or even have a full-on theme night where you pretend you’re on vacation.

Even if you’re at home for the whole summer, you can have an enjoyable time. By creating your own fun and making your home comfortable, you can have a memorable summer.

** This was a contributed post.

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camping with a baby: 4 unmissable tips every mom needs

When you have a young baby, it’s hard to take them on the plane. For one thing, they can get scared, so it will make for an uncomfortable journey. And it’s a long day for a little one with so much waiting around at the airport. But as parents, we do need a break! Therefore, you should consider going on a camping trip with your small family instead. It’s a great way for you all to bond without heading abroad. Here are four unmissable tips every mom needs when they want to go camping with a young baby.

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Look for a family orientated campsite

If you are going away with your family camping, you will want to choose somewhere that is going to be fun for all of you. Therefore, you should be looking for a family orientated campsite which has all the facilities you need to ensure your family has a good trip. For example, there might be an area with toys for kids that you can go to, while your partner goes to do some fishing at one of the lakes. Also, they will have adequate baby changing facilities that you will need if you decide to tent during your camping trip. You can look online to find some great places to go with your baby for an unforgettable trip.

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Look into suitable accommodation

Although you might want to tent with your family, it’s going to be harder with your little one. There might not be enough room for their travel cot, and they might struggle to sleep in the strange surroundings. To ensure your family has a great time camping, you might want to look into a travel trailer which can be towed by your vehicle. They will have all the conveniences of home so that you can tend to your baby as necessary. Also, it means you don’t have to rely on campsites to have the right baby changing facilities. You can find a large selection of quality fifth wheels online, which would make the perfect accommodation for your camping break. It’s also an investment piece as you will use it for years to come until your kid is old enough to get on a plane.

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Check the weather before you go

You don’t want to end up unprepared when you get to the campsite. For example, if it’s going to be pouring, you need to ensure you have waterproofs to keep your little one safe. You don’t want them to catch a chill as you didn’t check the weather before you left your home! Therefore, go online and check the reports so that you can pack accordingly for your baby.

Pack plenty of diapers and wipes

When you go camping with your family, you might choose to camp somewhere that’s secluded. After all, it’s good to get away from the rest of the world. However, you need to ensure you have plenty of diapers and wipes with you, as you might be situated miles from the shops. As this feature says, they weigh nothing, so pack more than you think you will need. That way, you won’t have to end up driving miles to find diapers!

Hopefully, these tips will ensure your first camping experience with your baby is a joy, not a bad memory!

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printing pictures

IMG_0340In preparation for the arrival of our little one, I’ve made it my priority to have a clean slate when it came to photography. What I mean by this is that I have 5 years of pictures stored on my computer that I have yet to print and place in albums. I can happily say that after a few weeks, and hundreds of dollars later, I am almost caught up!

IMG_0881Now when our baby comes, I will only have to worry about printing off new memories. These will obviously focus solely on him or her.

IMG_1275One repercussion of revisiting old photographs is that one becomes completely nostalgic for the past. I find myself wishing almost daily that we could visit USA once again. Until we do, here is a fresh collection at never-before-seen holiday pictures.

IMG_0733IMG_1236This has been quite the task. I cannot wait to be finished!

IMG_0681Tell me, what do you do with your digital photographs?

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in october

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 9.54.13 AMThe month of October came and went so quickly that I almost can’t believe that it was even here. These are some of the things that we got up to during that busy time.

Beard Oil DIY - 9Did you happen to see my do-it-yourself posts? First, I featured an easy beard oil tutorial. Then I had a duo candy and candle pumpkin holder, just in time for Halloween.

il_fullxfull.735150734_32zlI had several fashion posts, from a cropped jacket restyle, to a movie date outfit, to my favourite baby finds on Etsy.

Pregnancy Pillow - 3Speaking of babies, I shared my best purchase thus far, and celebrated being 20 weeks along!

Movie Date OOTD - 10Surprisingly, we only went to one film last month! However, we did watch several online, and I discussed the scariest ones here.

IMG_2740Wren from Florian shared her enchanted home tour on the blog.

Edmonton Trip - 13We also took a weekend trip to our dream Canadian city, and one that we hope to move to in just a few short months.

IMG_0887Last but not least, Truman celebrated his birthday at the end of October. He is now 3 years old.

IMG_0793Now that we are already into November, the days are getting shorter and colder. Soon there will be snow, and I will be having my 30th birthday this month. Yikes! 

Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 presetHave a wonderful hump day, friends!

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diy polaroid display

polaroid diyRemember this trip? The one where we travelled through seven states in nine days? I had brought along my Polaroid camera during our time in the USA, in hopes of photographing each state as we passed through it. We had done something similar four years ago when we drove to Colorado for our honeymoon. Similar to an outcome from a disposable camera, I ended up appreciating the Polaroid film more so than my digital shots because the results were so imperfect and one-of-a-kind. They’re irreplaceable (cue Beyoncè).

The only downside with Polaroids is that framing is not an easy task. In lieu of either ordering special frames online, or visiting several stores in hopes of coming across a cute and inexpensive solution, I tend to just stick my photos in an album. A few years ago, I crafted together my own Urban Outfitters-inspired clip string. While it certainly did the trick, after awhile I didn’t like how much space such tiny photographs were taking up. It was also a little too flimsy for the long run. This time, I was determined to make a more permanent Polaroid display. One that was not only modestly priced, but would last years.

polaroid diy - 1This is what you will need:

Polaroid photos
clipboard
crazy glue
permanent marker
stamps
ink pad
tape measure/ruler

polaroid diy - 2Steps:

1. Measure the length and width of usable space on the clipboard. Then measure the length and width of a Polaroid picture. (In order to evenly space them, you will need to figure out the appropriate and equal distances between each photograph.) Write down those measurements.

2. Tentatively arrange the photographs on the clipboard in the order that you will glue them down. Then remove them in that order.

3. Using a Sharpie, measure and mark the corners on the clipboard as to where the pictures will go.

4. One by one, add glue to the backside of each Polaroid, immediately placing them on the clipboard once you have done so.

polaroid diy - 65. Lastly (and optionally), stamp the frame with a quick description, or use a Sharpie.

polaroid diy - 5polaroid diy - 4I actually had everything that I needed to make this project, excluding the clipboard. After visiting the Dollar Store, I was all set to make it. In the end, this craft set me back a total of $1.25. Try finding a Polaroid frame for that low of a price!

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