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Creating a Comfortable Guest Room

By on August 14, 2017

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When you have guests staying with you, your hope is that they are as comfortable staying in your home as they are in their own home. There are some things that you can do in your guest room to help your guests feel welcome and relaxed during their stay.

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Guest Room Items –

  • Chair – A comfy chair in the corner is inviting to sit in a while reading or relaxing.
  • Desk – If your guest is on a business trip, it’s helpful to have a desk where they can sit and work.
  • Dresser – Having a spot to put their clothes and other items will help your guest to feel more welcome.
  • Table/Floor Lamp – Personally, I don’t prefer an overhead light. Providing a lamp on the dresser, nightstand and the desk, as well as a floor lamp next to the chair, will keep the room well lit without the use of the overhead.
  • Pillows – Having plenty of pillows can ensure that your guests are comfortable while they are in bed.
  • Throw – Having a throw that can be used to wrap up, or layer at night in is always helpful to stay warm.
  • Hangers – Make sure that there are hangers in the bedroom closet so your guests can hang their clothes and other items.
  • Things to Read – A variety of books and magazines give your guests something to read as they’re relaxing.
  • Guest Wi-Fi Password – Share your home wi-fi password, so your guests have access while they are visiting. You can print it out and place it in a frame on the desk or nightstand.
  • Fresh flowers/Plant – Fresh flowers or a plant can brighten the guest room.
  • Candles – Candles can help to add light and warmth to the guest room space and make it cozy and welcoming.
  • Diffuser – If you or your guests love using essential oils, having a diffuser in your guest room will help your guests to be able to use their favorite oils at bedtime.
  • Essential Oils – Leave a few bottles of essential oils for your guests to use in the diffuser. Personally, I love to diffuse lavender at bedtime.

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Bathroom Items –

I keep many of the following items in a basket on the bathroom counter. My guests are invited to help themselves to whatever they may need.

  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • First Aid Items
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental Floss
  • Cotton Balls/Swabs
  • Blow Dryer

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Food Items –

One way to feel your guests feel welcome is to make some of their favorite foods. Also, it’s helpful to find out if your guests have food allergies and intolerances. As someone who deals with both food allergies and intolerances, it always means a lot that someone cares enough to ask even if I don’t want to make extra work for them during my visit.

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Keep your guests comfortable during their stay with you. By providing some of the comforts of home, your guests will feel welcome and relaxed during their stay.

Until next time,

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Getting Organized for Back to School

By on August 7, 2017

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It’s the time of year when the kiddos are heading back to school. As crazy as it can get, it’s helpful to have some systems in place to help things run more smoothly.

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Routine is Key

We were lucky to have one of our kiddos who was very routine oriented. He would get himself up in the morning, get ready, eat breakfast and get out to wait for the bus without us having to say anything to him. He was the youngest which is probably a good thing. Otherwise, we would have been spoiled and expected all of our kids to be that easy to get off to school. I found that creating a routine helped. Especially, when our kiddos were younger.

It’s helpful to have a routine each morning, evening, and at bedtime. Having a routine set up makes it easier to maintain things as the school year progresses.

Each week, have your child help you to decide what they are going to wear each day. Then the morning of, you don’t have to worry about it. Make sure to pick out an extra outfit or two if your child is picky and not always on board with what they have chosen previously.

Also, I found it extremely useful for my kiddos to have a homework folder. Especially when they were younger. The homework folder was pulled out of their bag right when they got home. This allowed for me to see exactly what needed to be completed and make sure it was done and back in their folder before they went back to school the next day.

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Family Calendar

Our family found it extremely helpful to have a family calendar on display where every family member could see it. We put ours on a board in the kitchen. Our family calendar includes appointments, activities, and what is for dinner for each day. When our kiddos were in school, I printed ours out from Google Calendar, but you can just as easily get a dry erase calendar and make it work for you. The hubby and I had a calendar synced on our phones so we could add things and both see them.

The kiddos were required to let us know their schedule as far ahead of time as they could. Obviously, things come up at the last minute. Knowing what to expect each day made it easier to deal with the unplanned things that happened.

With four kiddos, we had dinner at home around the table, each evening. Adding dinner to the calendar allowed our kiddos to know what was planned for that evening. We would often find them checking it and even making meal requests.

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Plan Meals

As mentioned above, we added dinner to our family calendar each week. When you’re busy with work and the kids are in school, it’s helpful to plan out your meals. If it’s an especially busy night, you can have leftovers (if your kiddos like them), plan out something quick or make a meal in your Crock-Pot® or Instant-Pot®.

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Homework Space

Creating a homework space for your kiddos that is free of distractions is a helpful way to help them create positive study habits. Our kiddos spent a lot of time at the dining room table and that worked well for us. They were able to work on their assignments and get help if they needed it.

Having the needed supplies on hand to complete assignments is also helpful. Stock up on pencils, pens, notebook paper, and other essentials. I hit the back to school sales and find all sorts of bargains to stock my supply stash.

You can also keep a homework caddy with pencils, pens, highlighters, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, scissors, a ruler and sticky notes make good additions and keep the items easily accessible.

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With the kiddos heading back to school, it’s helpful to have set systems in place to help things run more smoothly. Wishing you and your kiddos a great year!

Until next time,

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