Make Mornings Work for You

Posted Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by .

Does your alarm clock catch you off guard? Do you find yourself running out the door, late yet again? Do you reach your destination, only to discover that you’ve forgotten something important? Then this blog is for you! Read on to learn how to manage your morning, and make the rest of your day more enjoyable because of it.

Start the Night Before

To make the most of the morning, start planning the night before. There are many things you can do before going to bed to make things go smoothly when you get up. For example, you can plan out what you are going to wear. This will help eliminate all those minutes spent in front of the mirror wondering if you look okay. What about that purse or briefcase? Take a few minutes to go through paperwork prior to bedtime, to make sure everything is in order. Here is your new mantra:


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Celebrate Grandparents!

Posted Thursday, September 10th, 2015 by .

There are about 70 million grandparents in the United States.  According to 72% of them, being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.  Thanks to Marian McQuade, the Sunday after Labor Day is cause to celebrate grandparents everywhere. Our post will help you make the grandparents in your life feel as special as they have made you feel.

Honor the Family Tree

If you have the type of grandparents who get really excited about heritage and lineage, there are lots of ways to celebrate. You could make a family tree in the old-fashioned way, with lines and circles on a scroll of paper. Or you could get creative and use fingerprints, footprints, or handprints as leaves. Either way, Grandma and Grandpa are sure to smile!


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3D-Printed Back to School Shopping

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by .

If back-to-school shopping makes you want to crawl back into bed, you need to learn about 3D-printed school supplies. A variety of back-to-school products are being produced with some of the latest technology. This blog will detail a few options that you might want to put on your shopping list.

Get the Basics

It’s amazing what has been created with 3D printers, and that includes basic school and office supplies. You can find just about everything on your list, from erasers to tape measures. (One author discusses a mechanical pencil that was made to store extra lead.) Don’t forget a cool pencil holder!


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Hold the Phone and Get One of These Trendy Cases

Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by .

You hear stories all the time. Uncle Charlie was in the bathroom and dropped his phone in the toilet. Aunt Wilma was washing dishes and her phone slipped into the sink. Amusing though it may be, a water-logged phone or a cracked screen is really no laughing matter.

Recently, a cell-phone expert discussed what to do and what not to do should your device take a dive into the nearest pool of water. Given the likelihood of the scenario, it’s important information to have. We are becoming more and more attached to our phones, and accidents are bound to happen.

People go to great lengths to keep their communication devices safe and dry. Indeed, phone cases are touted as the new fashion accessory on the streets. Given the amount of time we spend with our phones at home and at work, it makes sense that phone manufactures have been working to jazz those phone cases up. There are a wide variety of case options at your disposal.

For Conversation Starters

Some people like to show off their true colors, and a phone case can do just that. You can find cases that will get people laughing, frowning, or asking questions. Many people, for example, have never seen or touched a cassette tape. Why not strike up conversation with the younger generation by using a blast from the past to protect your phone?


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How to Make First Day of School Smiles

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by .

Get ready for school buses, stacked displays of crayons, and happy parents everywhere. It’s time to get those kids back to school! Every household differs in how they celebrate the first day of school. We’ll help you cover basics you won’t want to forget.

Celebrate First Steps

Whether you take a picture outside the school or on the front porch, it’s important to capture the first day of school. Lots of parents take a snapshot of their child, but i’s easy to do something extra special.

Some sites offer photographs of the first day of school for children around the world. You can do a little research on how children elsewhere celebrate. For instance, children in Germany carry a Schultüte to the classroom. Kids are interested in how other children do things. Back-to-school time is perfect for a quick lesson in culture—your children will thank you later!


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Highly Useful Ways to Brighten Office Restrooms

Posted Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by .

Like it or not, all employees will spend a bit of time doing things we’d rather not talk about. One thing that cannot be avoided is restroom breaks. This is one area where it’s best to just go with the flow, pun intended. Make it a welcoming place to get the job done. It’s time for a bit of work in—ahem—the bathroom.

Stock Up

One way to keep employees happy is to provide all the essential hygiene items. Of course you need toilet paper and hand-washing soap. But why not go the extra mile and provide staff with additional items like cotton swabs, lotion, and essential oils? You can display items in pretty glass bottles with printable labels so employees have a visual reminder of all the extras available to them.


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Amazingly Simple Tips for a Greener Office

Posted Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by .

It’s good to be green! At least, it’s good to be a business that acts responsibly when it comes to the environment. This means taking steps at the office to reduce waste and increase efficiency. This blog will help you to make your office a greener space that you can feel proud of.

Cut Paper

Businesses rely on communication to help get the job done. This adds up to lots of memos, invoices, and other methods of passing around information using paper products. If you’re not recycling already, it’s time to get started!

Many cities offer shredding services for confidential documents that you no longer need. You can set up your own recycling box for everything else. Encourage employees to use both sides of paper whenever possible. You can also ask them to toss waste into the office recycling bin when they are done, not a trash can! Make your own recycling bin out of crates and start cutting back on paper.


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How to Host an Epic Summer Block Party

Posted Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by .

What is the best part of summer? Good old-fashioned block parties, of course! Pick a day, send out some invitations, and get ready to get reacquainted with the neighbors. This blog will help you to plan a get-together the people on your block will be talking about for years!

Somewhere to Sit

While it is not necessary for everyone to have a chair when the big day arrives, it is a good idea to have plenty of seating available for all the adults. You can ask neighbors and guests to bring their own lawn chairs or folding table sets. You can also rent seating.

If you plan on making large gatherings a regular happening at your place, make a more permanent gathering spot. This DIY swing arrangement can be built around a fire pit as shown. Speaking of fire pits, here are 33 potential DIY weekend projects to get you fired up!


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Zap the Productivity Zappers at Work

Posted Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by .

When it comes to productivity, there are a variety of obstacles that can come between you and your work on any given day. Some things, like being hungry, are easily fixed. Others, like talkative co-workers, are much more sensitive issues to address. This blog will discuss some of the top office productivity zappers and help you to deal with them effectively.

Loud noises

Monday morning, it can be a quite distracting to listen to your fellow office mates discuss their weekend expeditions, especially if you’re working on a project that’s not very stimulating. Rather than suffer through the chatter, turn on some music, ask them to keep it down, or advocate for yourself and everyone else who wants peace and quiet. Create a space for quiet work!

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The Future of 3D-Printed Office Wear

Posted Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by .

Evidently, Karl Lagerfeld stunned audiences at Paris Fashion week when he unveiled a 3D-printed version of the classic Chanel suit. The head designer for Chanel has never been one to shy away from risks, and with this type of venturesome spirit as inspiration, this blog will focus on 3D-printed clothing you can wear to the office.


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