Life Hacks for Lunch at the Office

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by .

Eating out all the time can be hard on both your wallet and your waistline. If you find yourself rushing out of the house every morning without your lunchbox, you’ll want to read about our life hacks for skipping the takeout and eating in at the office.

Pack it Right

Maybe your excuse for eating out all the time revolves around a lack of Tupperware. That’s not a valid excuse anymore! Here’re a variety of life hacks for food storage that make it easy to pack a healthy lunch for the office. You can also re-purpose what you already have lying around the house, like the plastic container used for storing blank CDs. It works perfectly for a bagel sandwich!


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How 3D-Printing Changed Travel Forever

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by .

We’ve all been there. You need a new car and after seemingly endless research, polling friends, and searching the Internet for the latest consumer satisfaction reports, you finally decide what you want. It all seems fine and dandy until you find yourself face to face with a pushy salesman at the car lot, and it may be enough to prevent you from getting new wheels after all.


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Technology: From Old to New

Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2015 by .

What time is it? Check the iWatch. Lost? Check in with your GPS. Need help remembering a grocery list? Call or text your family for a quick response. It seems that it is getting harder and harder to stay up-to-date on all the latest advances in technology. The times are a-changing and they are doing this at rapid speeds!

Some technology advances are fun, such as those geared toward video games. Some are helpful, like those that make it easy to keep in touch with loved ones around the world. And some are even beneficial to the overall health and welfare of humans in a much grander scale, as in those designed to help folks live longer.


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Hosting a Memorable Memorial Day

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by .

Hopefully, Memorial Day is not merely just another day off from work for you. It comes with a rich history, beginning with what was originally called Decoration Day. Although Waterloo, New York was declared the birthplace in 1966, over two dozen US cities claim to be the origin of this special holiday which officially started back in 1868. It was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those who fought and gave their lives. Now, we honor all those who have died in any US war, not just the Civil War.

This year, why not create a Memorial Day celebration that everyone will remember? All you need are simple supplies and good company.

Crafts

There are a variety of ways to show your patriotism, and there are also plenty of red, white, and blue crafts you can do with your guests to keep them entertained. This site has several easy suggestions, including one that only requires rocks, paint, and a little imagination.


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Bringing the Outdoors In

Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by .

Spring has finally sprung! If you’re like many employees, you‘re probably spending a fair amount of time gazing through the window, wishing you were outside. Instead of wasting all that time staring out doors, you can make yourself, your boss, or even your co-workers a lot happier if you can find ways to bring the outdoors in.

This blog is about designing an outdoor-friendly office space.

Why Nature Matters

First of all, it’s important to know a bit about the benefits of the great outdoors, in case you have any “obstacles” in your way. Plants are the foundation of most of the food webs on Earth. This means that you can start with essentially any animal and work through a food chain, all the way down to plants. For example, a lion eats a zebra which eats grass. In short, without plants, none of us would be here!

For the office, a simple argument boils down to the quality of the indoor air. Houseplants are pretty to look at, but they have also been shown to actually help purify the air we breathe! Considering that indoor air can be up to five times worse than the air outdoors, this makes indoor plants a necessity at the workplace. These top 10 plants are effective at removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide.


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Give Your Mother the Absolutely Best Mother’s Day

Posted Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by .

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re a mother, you might consider this one of the single most important days of the year. On the flip side, if you are tasked with helping celebrate the moms in your life, this holiday may very well be one of the most stressful ones known to humankind.

Finding meaningful ways to tell moms how special they really are can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help with easy ideas to make any woman delighted to be a mom.

Breakfast in Bed

On Mother’s Day across the world, many moms are undoubtedly getting breakfast in bed. While Mom might appreciate eggs, bacon, toast, and freshly squeezed OJ, it’s really all about presentation. Plumped pillows and a tray are nice, but she’ll go gaga over DIY homemade placemats that are filled with special memories.


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Three Surprisingly Quick Ways to Enjoy Your Job

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by .

If you’re like many people, you probably like your job, but you’re far from loving it. Maybe you find yourself staring at the clock every day, counting down the hours to the weekend. Or perhaps you’re one of those workers who has learned to “milk the clock” until you reach your 40 hours and head home. What you need is an overhaul! Here are three creative ways to make work fun!

Take a Break

Many workers feel guilty about taking breaks, but your brain and body really need that time to unwind and regroup. You can compare it to recess as a kid back when you were in grade school. You probably came back inside ready to learn after a mere 15 minutes outside. It still works in adulthood!

Take time to clear your mind of all that office clutter. Try a brisk walk around the parking lot, or try a few yoga poses right at your desk. Your boss should be pleased to see how much more productive you are after you have your own recess at the office.


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Educational, Entertaining, and Useful 3D Printing

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by .

Have you heard the news? Sam’s Club has started to sell 3D printers. In a press release, they call the Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer “just right for the office, classroom, or home.” On the Sam’s Club website, they have it listed at $1375, though this is crossed out and the page says the price is “too low to show.”

The Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer challenges the user to “unleash creativity” with a machine that is described as “educational, entertaining, and useful.” This blog is about ways to use your very own Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer for these very reasons.

3D Printing for Education

You don’t have to be in a classroom to teach others, and with 3D printers you can enrich any lesson to the fullest. From apples to zebras, you can print out all the essentials you’ll need to make learning hands-on fun for everyone. Here’s a great example: a map/puzzle of the United States which will make geography lessons exciting!


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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Make the World a Better Place

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by .

Around the world we have celebrated the earth on April 22nd every year since 1970. This marks the birth of the environmental movement when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to call for cleaner air, better sewage systems, toxic spill cleanups, and more.

This post is all about what you can reduce, reuse, or recycle to make the world a better place today for the next generation.

Reduce

Reducing is all about lessening human waste and the effects we have on the planet. For example, let’s say you go out and have a nice steak for dinner. Did you drive to a restaurant that’s a couple of blocks away? You could have walked and saved gas. Where is the steak from? If it’s local beef, you cut back on the environmental expenses that went into rendering the beef ready for consumption, as well as transporting it across the US to the destination. Did you use paper napkins? Those napkins were once trees. Get a sense of how much energy you use with the Carbon Footprint calculator.


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Create a Home Office Space in a Small Place

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by .

More and more people are following their dreams, taking a risk, and starting their own business. If you’re among this daring bunch of entrepreneurs, you might be starting your business venture from the comfort of your own home. Whatever your reasons for staying on the home front, chances are you’re short on space. This blog will discuss the best way to create office spaces in small places.

Take Inventory

The first step toward making a home office is to take a thorough inventory. Do you have a lot of files? Are you plugged into a lot of technology? How about supplies? Exactly how much space you’ll need is determined by the amount of stuff you require to keep your business flowing.

If you don’t have loads of stuff, and are equally short on space, you can create a workspace in all sorts of unexpected spaces. Even working from under the stairs can be perfectly fine if you’re able to piece together an area that meets your needs!


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