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DIY Office Redecorating

 

I started my job in October. At the time, I was one of three people in my office. By January, I was the only one still in this space. It felt a little lonely and like there was way too much furniture in the room. It took some brainstorming with a co-worker or two, but I finally decided that an office redecorating day was overdue.

Here is how it looked before. By this point I had moved from the smaller desk in the middle of the room to the larger desk in the corner for more work space but I didn’t like that people were already in the middle of the room before I could see them. It was kind of plain since a lot of the décor left with one of my former office mates. Then there was the vinyl decal that was too stark with the black on white but couldn’t be removed without taking the paint with it.

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Here are the ways I wanted my office to function:

  • I wanted some color.
  • I wanted to be able to have interns working in my space.
  • I wanted somewhere for people to sit when they came in.
  • I wanted a surface for projects, or meetings, or for my kids to sit at when they came into the office.

I also knew I did not want to spend a lot to refresh the space. After assessing what I wanted to keep that was already in the office, I started by digging through some household items in the garage that hadn’t made it into our current house. I found pillow covers along with extra pillow forms that were sitting in a closet, fabric I had previously used as guest room wall décor, and signed items in frames from my former life as a dancer and dance teacher. I also now had somewhere to put the 12×12 canvas print I won from Printicular.

I also dug through the company storage area and found some large items to put on the wall plus a small table that was just holding up a box and a couple of chairs. Lastly, it gave me an excuse to visit the Base Thrift Store to see if I could find a few things. I found a candle display, some plain black frames, and a large canvas print.

I picked up the large canvas print with the intent of covering it in fabric, but needed to make just a little bit larger so I picked up some foam when I purchased the fabric – with coupons, of course. I just neatly wrapped the foam and canvas and stapled in on to the wooden frame portion on the back.

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After enlisting the help of a few coworkers to move some of the furniture around and giving everything a good wipe down and vacuuming, here is the final product.

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I don’t expect to win the designers reality TV contest, but it has been much more pleasant and functional. It’s kind of funny that no one used to really come into my office before but now people will walk in and sit at the little table and most people like the pops of blue in the room. I have also since added some flowers to the little table. Both the table and lining up the two smaller desks has been helpful when putting packets together or to plan out what needs to go to an event. My kids eat dinner here on the evenings that Kelsey has dance class plus they have a little bit of floor space to color or lay down. Even though there is more in the room, it actually feels bigger.

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I was happy to finally have somewhere to display some of my dance memorabilia and it has been a topic of conversation when people come in, especially since you can see the Lion King poster from the hallway. When I was living in a first floor apartment, a hurricane came through and dumped a lot of water and flooded my apartment. I had items on the lowest shelf that were destroyed including some books and other items that had autographs on them. After drying them out, my Mom had the idea to cut up the covers and autographs to keep at least. I could have gotten these custom framed but instead, I got some frames and cardstock and cut out the size I needed for each book.

I think I hit every thing on my wish list and, best of all, I barely spent anything to do it thanks to a little reusing and repurposing. If I am going to be somewhere most of the day, I might as well make it my own.

 

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Album Review

 

 

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Madonna is back! Madonna’s 13th studio album was just released by Interscope Records and it is genuine Madonna.

Madonna told Billboard “Rebel Heart explores two very distinct sides of my personality, the rebellious renegade side of me and the romantic side of me.” I can definitely see these two themes running through the songs of the album. There are some edgy songs about more adult topics (after all, it is Madonna) that make this album not exactly appropriately for family listening.

However, those are balanced with some catchy tunes that were more like classic Madonna with some soul and some sampling of her own hits. This new album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson and was recorded in NY, LA and London which keeps it all current.

You can download Rebel Heart at http://bit.ly/REBELHEART. My personal favorites are Living for Love, Devil Pray, Joan of Arc, and Rebel Heart. It plays well as an album, but obviously, keep your earphones on at work and maybe not when the kids are in the car. Good to know there is also a “clean” version of Rebel Heart available, too.
Rebel Heart Track List
01 “Living For Love”
02 “Devil Pray”
03 “Ghosttown”
04 “Unapologetic Bitch”
05 “Illuminati”
06 “Bitch I’m Madonna” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
07 “Hold Tight”
08 “Joan Of Arc”
09 “Iconic” (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)
10 “HeartBreakCity”
11 “Body Shop”
12 “Holy Water”
13 “Inside Out”
14 “Wash All Over Me”
15 “Best Night”
16 “Veni Vidi Vici” (Feat. Nas)
17 “S.E.X.”
18 “Messiah”
19 “Rebel Heart”
Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour kicks off on Aug. 29 in Miami, FL. Check here to see if she is coming to a city near you. I had the opportunity to go to her Sticky & Sweet Tour a few years ago and it was an event. Great stage show, guest performers, devoted fans in costumes – I would recommend going if you enjoy Madonna. My sister and I were 80’s Madonna inspired but I have no idea where the photos are – ah, the days of pre-Facebook.
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Stop by iTunes to download your copy. Get more information on Madonna.com, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

*I participated in the Madonna Rebel Heart album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.*

 

 

Enjoying the Last Days of Winter

Yay! We’ve been healthy enough to venture out again a little bit and thankfully we are starting to thaw out a bit. After a couple of rough weeks, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and soon enough I’ll be complaining it’s too hot.

Last weekend we finally made it to Mad River Mountain last since we’ve been back in Dayton and we had a great day snow tubing. We even took the 18 month old down the mountain once. She didn’t cry, but she didn’t seem to particularly enjoy it so we only did that once.

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My husband and I took turns taking the 4 year old down the mountain. She loved it!

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I can’t say enough, however, how much I needed a nice relaxing day out. No temper tantrums were had. Minimal whining. I must have done well with the layering because it no one was cold – except that the 18 month old kept taking her gloves off. Everyone ate something for lunch. No one cried in the car – likely do to the DVD player with Sofia the First on.

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It was lovely.

This weekend was a little more laid back, getting a couple errands taken care of. On Saturday, we had lunch at 2nd Street Market and picked up a few goodies. It was actually warm enough to play outside and stomp in some slushy snow in the yard.

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Spring is on it’s way folks! Now, do I jinx it by washing and putting away the snow suits?

 

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.*

Heroes of the City’s YouTube Channel

Heroes of the City has two of their own app’s already. I reviewed one a while back and my 4 year old still enjoys playing with. Now their YouTube Channel is among the offerings on the YouTube Kids app.

Every now and then I end up needing to use the phone to keep a child or two sitting or happy in a confined area, so an app that has a couple kid friendly options already selected works for me. Heroes of the City is one of the channels so at least I know my kids will be happy to see characters they know.

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Heroes of the City – a YouTube channel for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers.

  • Full of fun episodes
  • Sketch & Guess with Calamity Crow
  • Calamity Crow Kids Crafting Show

Heroes of the City are an animated TV-series about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a hero! You will find over 6 hours of full episodes with great stories for the little ones.

The TV-series contains a lot of warmth and teaches the importance of friendship and what we can achieve by helping each other.

Click here to check it out for yourself!

Army Spouses with Children, Sign UP for Project CAPS Today!

If you are or know an Army spouse with children ages 3-7 years old, please read below for more information about a COMPENSATED online survey opportunity:

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Project Caps (Child Adjustment to Parental Separation) is a Department of Defense-funded research project located at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Drs. Julie Wargo Aikins and Deane Aikins are trying to better understand the impact of Soldiers’ deployments on Spouses and young children. Participants will receive up to $50 once the survey is completed. To apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/msbwayne

Wayne State University is working on a DOD-funded research project called “Project Caps” to help them better understand the impact of soldier’s deployments on military spouses and young children. They are in need of Army spouses of currently deployed service members with small children between the ages of 3-7 to participate in a compensated online survey.
 
To apply visit: http://bit.ly/msbwayne
For more information, visit: http://projectcaps.com/about/information/
 
 
 
* I was compensated for this post as a MSB New Media blogger. All opinions are my own. Domesticating Michelle is not responsible for the online survey mentioned above nor the compensation for participating in it. #ad #spon #ArmyWifeSurvey *

TULA Giveaway!!!

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We all know how wildly popular Tula Baby Carriers are! From the beautiful prints to the versatility in carrying.

Each Tula Ergonomic Baby Carrier:

  • can be used in both front and back carries
  • can be used from 15-45 pounds (toddler carrier is approved for 25-50 lbs)
  • can be used from birth with the use of the revolutionary Tula Infant Insert (not included), and into toddlerhood with Tula Free to Grow Extenders (not included)
  • is easy to use and comfortable
  • provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body
  • is easy to care for and machine washable
  • is made by hand from 100% Öko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton
  • is made with the highest quality Duraflex buckles available
  • includes features such as dual-adjustment straps to allow for the perfect fit, additional leg-opening and shoulder padding, and a large pocket on the contouring hip belt
  • includes a removable hood to support baby’s head while asleep, protect from sun or wind, and allow for comfortable breastfeeding

Have you been wanting to own one? Here’s your chance! One lucky winner will get the chance to win one of these beautiful Tula baby carriers in Carnival Print!

So head below for your chance to win! Giveaway open to US & CA and ends on 3/22 at 11:59m EST.

Disclosure: All opinions are 100% mine. This post contains affiliate links. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US &CA ,must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom
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Bebe Owl Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad Giveaway with So Simply Stephanie

 

Here’s your chance to win a bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad for your baby, toddler or someone else you love! 

Sponsored by:

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About the  bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad:

The Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad by bebé owl is designed to keep baby dry and comfortable.

LUXURIOUSLY SOFT – Quilted terry top made from bamboo viscose provides superior comfort 

WATERPROOF – Absorbent mattress protector prevents moisture buildup and protects from stains, bacteria, mold and more 

STANDARD SIZE FIT – 52 in. (length) x 28 in. (width) x 6 in. (skirt) – mattress cover perfectly fits all standard crib mattresses and fitted sheet design keeps it in place during sleep 

EASY TO CLEAN – machine washable and quick to dry, making it convenient for busy parents 

Be sure to check out So Simply Stephanie’s bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad Review to see her opinion and review of the bebé owl pad on her toddler’s bed.

BUY IT!

You can purchase the bebé owl Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad on Amazon.

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WIN IT!

Enter to win a bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad here!

This giveaway ends March 10th, 2015 at 11:00pm CST. 

By entering this giveaway you agree to the terms and conditions listed on the Giveaway Tool.

Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email! Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

 

Disclosure: This blog, nor So Simply Stephanie, were compensated for this giveaway. So Simply Stephanie did receive a free bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad to facilate the review. bebé owl is responsible for prize and shipping. Facebook, Twitter, Giveaway Tools and other social media outlets are not associated with this giveaway. For questions regarding this giveaway please contact Stephanie at sosimplystephanie@gmail.com. This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

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