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How To Use Mirrors To Decorate Your Home

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People use mirrors for a lot of reasons. You probably don’t even know how much you use your mirrors until you really sit and think about it. You roll out of bed and head to the bathroom to do your teeth and morning skincare and boom – mirror. You head to the closet to choose your clothes and boom – mirror. You put your coat and scarf on before you leave the house and boom – mirror. Everywhere you go, you see you, so it makes sense that a big part of the décor in our homes involves mirrors.

For many people, they’re a necessity for everyday living; even if you’re not the type of person to check your teeth in every reflective surface. There are so many benefits to adding mirrors to your home, and it’s not always because you want a quick glance at your appearance! Your home can benefit from many accents and upgrades, but mirrors are one of the best decorative investments you can make, especially since they are inexpensive. Change the way your home looks and you won’t look back on your choice of mirror décor.

Here are some of the ways that your home can really benefit from having more mirrors on the walls.

Space
Getting the hang of living in a small apartment when you strike out on your own isn’t always easy, especially if you’re used to the space around you. Click here to have a look at some of the nicest mirrors of all sizes that help create the illusion of more space. You can use them to make a narrow hallway look brighter and longer. You can use them to expand a small bathroom space. Mirrors have a fantastic ability to make everything bigger.

Statement
You may live in a smaller home, but you don’t have to be without style. Mirrors have a knack for allowing a home to make a statement. Mirrors can replace artwork on the walls and be a real focal point in the room. With the right frame, a mirror can make a significant impact on how others perceive your home.

Lighting
Mirrors are reflective. So, imagine what would happen with the right amount of lighting in the room. Light bounces off mirrors to give you even more light around the room. Every nook and cranny of a space can be lit up with the right angles of mirrors.

Atmosphere
Did you know that mirrors are a big deal in feng shui decorating? They represent water and provide a sense of balance to your space. You can soften fireplaces with a mirror and you can make your entry hall welcoming and inviting with the right size and shape mirror. 

Your home can benefit from many accents and upgrades, but mirrors are one of the best decorative investments for your home, especially since they are inexpensive. Change the way that your home looks and you won’t ever look back on your choice of mirror décor.

 

Weekend Dispatch


We're off again! We've been back from Rehoboth Beach for only a few days, and on Thursday morning we are jet setting to Salt Lake City for my nephew's wedding. However, in the days since we've been home, a lot has happened. After you read about that, you'll understand just how much we need both a break and and some time with family to celebrate a joyous occasion. So, here's what I'll be doing this weekend and on the flight out to SLC. Enjoy your week and weekend! xx


Our first night, we are staying in downtown Salt Lake City to adjust to the altitude before we move even further up the mountain. Our final destination is Alta Lodge which is a staggering 8,600 feet above sea level. Yikes! I'm super excited, and the bride-to-be sent a detailed itinerary today with suggestions for activities and fun things to do. Mountainside yoga, hiking, gorgeous views over cocktails? Sign me up! There's a welcome barbecue dinner on Friday evening. The wedding is Saturday evening, and then we finish up with a brunch on Sunday and possibly a beer (or two!) at Oktoberfest. And then we head back on a red eye flight Sunday evening. I'll have a full recap on the blog next week!


We have a long flight from Philadelphia to Phoenix and then on to Salt Lake City. A good book is a must for our cross country flight. I've downloaded Tangerine by Christine Mangan. If you loved The Talented Mr. Ripley, you'll love this book. I'm super excited to get started on this. It's been hard not to start it, but I'm really trying to save it for the flight. Synopsis: Newylwed Alice is reluctantly vacationing in Tangier with her husband when her old school friend, Lucy, turns up unexpectedly and begins using Alice’s name. Sounds like a goodie, right?


With everything that has happened in the past week, it's no wonder that my anxiety has been at an all-time high. I have a difficult time shutting my brain off at times like this. In fact, most time I find it rambling on and on, and I can't seem to figure out how to calm it. When I came across The Overwhelmed Brain podcast, I felt my blood pressure lower several points. It's like a free therapist. They seem to pinpoint exactly the anxieties that most of us experience most often. When I scrolled through the list of episodes, I honestly wanted to listen to all of them at once. I've downloaded a few of them and plan to dive in on the plane when I'm not reading.


On our first night in Salt Lake City we are headed to Wasatch Brewery with my husband's family for dinner. I don't drink a lot of beer, but when I do, it's always craft brews. While I'm super excited to catch up with family I haven't seen in a while, I'm equally excited to try some new-to-me brews. Bottoms up!


So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?
     

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Life Is Short


It's a cliché we hear all too often and usually under casual circumstances. "Life is short. Eat dessert first." It's fun and playful to say. We don't really think about how short life is until tragedy strikes and the reality of the saying rings true and hits close to home.

Last week, we learned the hard way that life is short when my sister-in-law passed away suddenly. Nothing feels quite like a freight train has hit you like news like that. We were rocked to our cores. Shocked and speechless, you're glad your body breathes on it's own because if you had to think about making the effort to do it, it wouldn't happen.

She was like a sister to me. She welcomed me with open arms from the very beginning. She showed me all around a town that was new to me and shared her favorite spots with me and suggested some I might like that she wasn't necessarily fond of. We shared bits and pieces of ourselves over lunch and coffee dates. We both loved cats and Starbucks.

She had a candid way of telling it to you like it was. She didn't mince words, and I was always grateful for her candor. We need more people like her in our lives...people with hearts of gold who are genuine and authentic. She lived her life true to herself.

She'll be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Holidays won't be the same without her. My text message stream won't be the same without her. She was truly one of a kind. I hope you are lucky enough to have someone like that in your life.

Whenever these things happen, we tell ourselves we'll slow down and savor the moments. We'll be more present and we won't take time or people for granted. But then life gets in the way, and soon we are back to our old ways. My sister-in-law's death has had a profound effect on me. She was a peer, not a parent or a grandparent. She wasn't old and sickly. She was seemingly healthy and vibrant. And in a moment her life was over. It's been a lesson for me to live life to its fullest, not just the big moments but the small ones too.

Ironically, the day after my sister-in-law's funeral, I heard this song by Death Cab For Cutie. It's about losing a loved one, and it's so insightful and earnest. I literally haven't stopped listening to it since I heard it.

 

So today, tonight, and tomorrow, hug someone a little longer and a little tighter. You'll be glad you did. ❤️
 

Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. The most popular cookbook in each state via PureWow.

2. Health benefits of sleeping with a fan on via Bustle.

3. A weird trick for applying mascara for long, thick lashes via Redbook.

4. This birthday cake slime is everything via Hello Giggles.

5. A simple formula for answering "Tell me about yourself." via The Muse.

6. How kids around the world get to school via CNN.

7. Why it's hard to get your child's attention via The Washington Post.

8. How to cure the 3 p.m. workday slump via Well+Good.

9. Pregnant? Here's what gifts to register for your baby via Cup of Jo.

10. How to get a cat to like you via Lifehacker.
     

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How To Juggle A Hectic Work and Family Life


When you're a working parent, life can be tricky at times. Juggling your work life and home life is no easy feat. The fact is that for working moms, juggling a hectic work life and family life can, at times, seem totally impossible. The good news is it's not impossible. It's just a case of knowing how to balance everything effectively. If you have a plan of action in place, are organized and have help on hand for when you need it, you can make it much easier to cope and find a good balance between your work life and family life.

Here are a few tips I use to work efficiently, parent effectively, and run a home at the same time.

Plan Your Time
The first step to managing more effectively and balancing your time is simple: plan, plan, plan. If you want to make more time for your family without compromising your work, you need to plan effectively. If you work from home, designate times that you work from and times that are family time and don’t let the two overlap. Be firm with your boss regarding overtime and explain that you can only do a certain amount and no more because you need to balance family life with your work life.

Ask For Help
There’s no shame in asking for help. If you are struggling with aspects of parenting and running a home yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s no shame in hiring help to make life that little bit easier. Whether you opt to hire childcare for your kids or use a housekeeping company to make it easier to keep the house neat and tidy, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you get the help and support that you need.

Get Organized
When it comes to making life easier for yourself, organization is the key. When you have spare time, utilize it. Say, for instance, your evenings are really busy and cooking dinner is a nightmare. Spend an afternoon prepping food, cooking, portioning, and freezing homemade ready meals for easier dinners for busy weeknights. When it comes to family life, the more organized you can be, the better.

Slow cooking is another route to quick and easy dinners. Buy pre-cut meats and vegetables, find a recipe, toss everything into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on low heat, and leave. By the time you get home, your dinner will be cooked to perfection and ready to serve. You can make all types of meals in a slow cooker, from soups and stews to lasagne and even baked goods, it’s just a matter of getting creative.
 

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