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  • 3 Purposeful Packing Tips

    It’s summer time which usually equates to traveling time. The kids are out of school. Make a list of things that you absolutely need. Less is always more especially since most people usually come back with more than you left with in the beginning. You don’t need more than one jacket or too many cotton clothes those are easy ways to fill up your suitcase space. Follow these 3 simple tips to make your next packing experience organized and easy.

    1.   Roll don’t fold
    2.   Utilize Ziploc bags
    3.   Stick to essentials (seriously)

    The “roll don’t foldIMG_0466” method is pretty common nowadays in terms of packing. It’s pretty simple, roll your clothes instead of the standard folding. Rolling allows for you to minimize the space your clothes take up in your suitcase. Rolling can also help you organize better. Many avid packers roll their clothes into outfits for specific days. So, 5 rolled outfits for a 5-day trip it’s as simple as that.

    Utilizing storage bags can also be another way to minimize the space you are using in your suitcase. If the roll method doesn’t work for you, try packing your outfits in separate storage bags. You can also utilize smaller storage bags to hold toiletries, chargers, makeup, and  accessories together without getting them all tangled along the way.

    Lastly, and probably the most important, make sure you are packing things that you absolutely need. Usually no, you don’t need “that extra pair of shoes just in case”, or your laptop (if it’s not a business trip of course). Don’t bring anything that is super valuable to you either. Live as a minimalist for your vacation. You’ll surely enjoy your experience much more this way. Also, by packing less you run less of a risk of forgetting things behind. Keep these steps in mind and enjoy your vacation without the pains of packing weighing you down.

     

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  • Summer Brain Drain

    Summer slide, which is also referred to as summer brain drain, is a phenomenon that commonly occurs amongst non-stimulated school aged children over the summer vacation. T5629710962_5bfd52589c_zhe brain is muscle that needs to be constantly exercised to maintain optimal performance. During the summer months, many parents used to opt to give the children a break in order to recharge their batteries for the upcoming school year. This break in learning can have a detrimental affect on the upcoming school year; whereby, students may loose up to three months of previously acquired knowledge. A balance of both has proven to be ideal for students during summer break. Parents can “leave it to the experts” and enroll their child(ren) in an educational summer camp or they can capture teachable moments to implement their own summer curriculum. (more…)

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  • A Business Mommy’s Struggle

    Success as a mom in business is a cyclical relationship. In order to keep one’s sanity she must understand that the two relationships must be in total balance so that the notorious mother’s guilt doesn’t take over. Allow your children to be your inspiration, as you are theirs. Know that writing your own ticket empowers you and will empower your family to live the lifestyle of your choice. Nothing comes without sacrifice, commitment and balance. I am living proof that it can be done.

    iStock_000038098732_XXXLargeAs many of you have, I had toyed with the idea of being an entrepreneur for a long time. However, something about life becomes more real when a mother looks into her child’s doting eyes and realizes that she is responsible for the molding of her precious love. (more…)

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