Christmas Gift Ideas – Week #2

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Welcome to week #2 of Christmas Gift Ideas! Christmas is only 5 weeks away. Now is a good time to start your shopping if you haven’t already!  I hope you found some of the ideas from week 1 to be helpful!  I had a lot of feedback about the coffee warmer.  Ha! I’m not a coffee drinker myself but relate to cold food which translates to cold beverages.   This week I wanted to share more ideas for the different people in our lives.

 

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Fitbit Blaze Fitness Tracker

Titleist ProV1 Golf Balls

Lumenoks -Bow Hunting

Kate Spade Purse

Lululemon Studio Pant

 

Titleist ProV1 Hat

Muck Boots

 

 

Toms Sunglasses

Plantronic Wireless Headphones Under Armour Golf Shirt

Moultree Trail Cam

Hunter Boots
Nike Dry-Fit Running Shirt

Golf Mat

Under Armour Scent Blocker

Personalized Bar Necklace

 

What are your favorite gifts to give the people in your life??  I’d love to hear from you!

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

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Hello!!

Isn’t this the CUTEST truck you ever did see?  I am in LOVE with the vintage red truck with the Christmas Tree.   Make sure to sign up for my newsletter and you can download the picture and Christmas Tags!! (I removed the watermark for the download – personal use only please!).  I send newsletters monthly so don’t worry, I won’t blow up your inbox!

I am sooooo in the Christmas Spirit this year!  For anyone who knows me, this is totally rare.  I used to hide during this season and just hunker down and wait until it was all over. I think it’s something about having a little one that makes you want to decorate and get in the Christmas mood.  We haven’t seen frigid temperatures or even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already filling my Pinterest Boards with all things Christmas!  Have you seen my latest post with Christmas ideas for the coffee lover, techie, toddler and cold weather fan?  I have a lot more in store for this week too!

Are you the type that decorates before or after Thanksgiving? I think we are going to wait until after we stuff ourselves full of wonderful goodies to decorate, but it gives me the perfect excuse to start shopping so I have everything I need to decorate!  I have been scouring the web for all sorts of adorable things to decorate our house this year!  Here are my favorite finds on Amazon.

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  1. Berry Wreath 2. Trees in a Jar  3. Plaid Pillow 4. Merry Christmas Sign 5. Believe Ornament 6. Christmas Trees for Sale Sign 7. Pre-Lit Tree 8. Birch Logs  9. Reindeer 10. Stockings 11. Joy Sign 12.Red Truck Ornament 13. Buffalo Plaid Table Runner

Have you started decorating yet?  What are some of your favorite decor ideas for Christmas?  Don’t forget to check back later this week for my next roundup of Christmas Gift Ideas and make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get your free printables!  (Mobile, scroll to the bottom!).

XOXO

Kristen

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Christmas Gift Ideas – Week #1

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Christmas should be the most wonderful time of the year, right?  Yet I always seem to be fighting the crowds and super stressed just wishing it was over!!  So this year, I put together a series of gift ideas for all the different people in our lives!

We all have those people in our lives who seem to have everything! I know I do. And before I had kids, I didn’t have the slightest clue what to get little ones. I’m pretty sure I bought everyone Color Wonder Markers and Coloring Books. Each week I will share another round of gifts for all the wonderful people we know.  Here are this week’s ideas!

 For the Toddler  For the Techie  For the Cold Weather Fan  For the Coffee Lover
Jumbo Puzzle

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sorel Boots

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Mini-Trampoline Amazon Fire HD Tablet Blanket Scarf Coffee Hand Grinder

Building Blocks

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Snowshoes

Keurig
Books HP Portable Photo Priner Down Parka Keep Reusable Cup
 

Train Set

UE Boom Portable Speaker

Smart Wool Socks

USB Heated Coaster

 

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Beginners Guide to Working from Home

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I started working a corporate job from home almost 2 years ago and there are things I learned that have made it successful for both the company and me.  The first 6 months to a year were rough.  When people hear you work from home they imagine you sitting in front of the TV, feet up, in pjs working.  Unfortunately, that is so far from the truth.   I struggled for a long time with my identity and trying to find the best work/life balance.   There was no reason to get dressed nice, do my hair, put makeup on because no one ever saw me.  I have learned that I need to take care of both me and work and I wanted to share some tips that have helped me over the past few years.

Work your set hours

If you work 8-4:30 Monday through Friday, those are your hours.  Don’t logon at 7am and work until 8pm because your laptop is there and you feel obligated. Would you be working those hours if you were in the office?  If the work demands those hours, so be it. It happens. There have been many nights where I have worked until 9pm. I also have 2am checkouts. I get it.  But you need set hours so you aren’t a slave to your work.

Designate your work space

When I first started teleworking, I didn’t have a home office that I liked working in.  My office was in the basement (where it was cold), I had a small table I worked at and sat on a folding chair. It was definitely not ideal.  When we moved to our new house last summer, we were very deliberate about giving me a “home office.”  Get yourself a reasonable size desk to work at, ergonomic chair, headset, wireless mouse, monitor, etc to give you that “office” feel.  This was the best thing I could have done.  I hung both personal and professional accomplishments on the wall. It truly is a place for me to work.

Have a routine

Similar to setting hours get yourself into a routine.  This includes taking a shower, getting dressed and making breakfast.   When you look professional, you will feel more professional.  This helps feel more connected and that you’re at “work” rather than at home.  Take breaks. Ensure you eat lunch during the day.  It is really easy to get caught up in a busy work schedule and forget to take those stretch or snack breaks.  (Let’s be honest, I rarely forget to eat!!).

Leave!

Find a destination. Take a walk outside. Go for lunch. Go workout.  Do something outside of your home/office.  Every Wednesday I go out for lunch. This is my thing. I typically go to the same place, but this gets me away from work to have outside conversation and helps me disconnect.   It’s also been a great way for me to meet people and network.  Occasionally I have a friend meet me which is also wonderful!  I’ve really enjoyed having the opportunity to get out and leave for lunch.  Recently, I went and had lunch at the local elementary school with a family friend.  It was so refreshing that my work allows me that balance to work from home so I can go do those things.

Connect

It’s very easy while working from home to entirely disconnect from the outside world. I instant message, I text, I email, but I RARELY found myself talking on the phone. That is one big thing I changed.  I find that I try to talk to people (on the telephone) at least a few times a day.  This helps me feel engaged to not only the work but to people as well.   This has really helped me build better relationships with my work peers.

Send your kids to daycare/school/grandma’s house

This is a question I get asked often or the first assumption (outside of wearing my pjs all day) people make.  No, I do not keep my sweet boy home with me while I work.  If anyone has ever attempted to work with a toddler, there is a lot less work going on than getting milk/playing legos/entertaining.  The only time I have ever been able to work while George was home is while he was napping or sick and snuggled on the couch.  That’s it.

I have found that as long as I consider my office “work” and the rest of my house my home, it has been a perfect working relationship at home.  I am like anyone else, my dishes pile up and I have laundry that needs to be done as well.  However, when I am at work, that is my focus.  I have found as long as I maintain the above, I have been successful.

What suggestions or ideas would you offer to someone who is new to working from home? What has been the hardest thing to overcome??

 

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