Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Workspace Solutions by 3M @shoplet

I am relieved that I finally  finished organizing our home office.  I couldn't work in my desk with so much  stuff piled up around me.  I just can't concentrate working whenever  my table is unorganized.  When it's chaotic,  my brain does not function well.  I am excited  for the new Office supplies I got from Shoplet.

They sent me this office bundle from  3M which includes mousepad with gel wrist rest, keyboard with gel wrist rest, and the adjustable monitor stand.  I am super stoked because these are really what  I needed to make my daily online job a lot  comfortable.  

I love that this precise  mouse pad has a battery saving design that draw less current than darker mousing surfaces, which results to longer and extended battery life. I used to use  the rolling gadget to put my wrist on but even that makes my wrist  sore so I am glad that this is super soft.  It is super sleek, stylish and functional.  If you are planning to invest in a good mouse pad, I highly recommend this.  You can get this at Shoplet for $23.65

During the first two weeks of our move, my office was full of unopened boxes and my desk are just piled with  frames and what-nots.  This adjustable monitor stand was a great thing to have, it arrived at a perfect timing as I got to use it.  I set up my work station  for a while at the dining room which was one of the rooms I have cleared out first from boxes.  I borrowed my husband's iPad just so I can  work on stuff.  You can get the monitor stand for $40.40 at Shoplet.   What great about this monitor stand is that you can adjust them accordingly.  If you don't want to sit and you want to stand upo while working, this is a perfect stand to put your gadget in.  
But now, I am back to normal, I got to  put  my new office supplies at the right places where it needs to be.  The keyboard with the gel wrist rest is  also awesome.  I removed the  piece of wood  in my keyboard  drawer and  replaced it with this one.  As Shoplet described it, this keyboard with gel wrist rest is like a satin pillow for my wrist.   It stay in the zone with good form and comfort with wrist rests containing 3M Gel Technology.  With it's sleek profile, it  uses minimal desk space and is easy to pick up and move around wherever you want it to.   I really love this.  For $23.76, you won't ever experience having a pain in your rest.  
I still have a lot of unboxing to do but I Have to  finish  things I need to write  before this month ends.  I am running out of time in finishing my goal.   One thing at a time, I will get to finish all of these including unboxing.  I would probably be unboxing until the end of this year but hey, at least it is getting done, slowly but surely.
One thing I wish  with this office  space is a window.  I have no idea why they did not put a window  on the wall because it would have been a great source of natural lighting  plus I would have enjoyed the beautiful bamboo sigh outside.  But since I can't see that, I decided to put  nature-inspired  wall decor on that part of the wall so that I would see  nature  when I am working even just on pictures.  Those pictures by the way are the puzzles that my family put-together  at the old house.  I decided to frame them  to preserve memories and now I got to use it as a decor in my office.  
On the other side of the office is another office desk.  My husband did not want to take this one and wanted to leave it at the other house but I disagree because  I love that one more than the desk I am using as it has a lot of  storage space.  So I forced him to take this desk here and set it up so the kids can use it and they don't have to bother me while I am working on something.  
I love organizing especially when I have  a space to put things to.
Hubby wanted to ditch this cabinet but I again opposed because I have so many things to put there so now it is holding most of our office supplies which he later commented, "It' looks great there".  
I wish I could unpack all the boxes in one day but I am dreaming when I think of that.  At least, I am getting things done everyday.  Office is now  cleaned, organized, and ready for some  action.  Shoplet have some awesome office supplies, they even have great selection of Office Furniture, I want some of them lol.
They also have Cleaning supplies , Medical supplies  and a lot more.  Check Shoplet out for their back-to-school sale.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Piano Lessons at Our HOme

I am so grateful of my children's piano teacher because she  volunteered to come to our house for the piano lessons this summer.  I still have a lot of  boxes to unpack so while they are having  their lessons, I can  organize and put stuff away.   We don't have orchestra software but  we do have  two instruments they can use.  On the first week, when we just newly moved, we haven't  moved our  traditional piano yet so they used the electric one.  My son is kind of falling behind because he lacks practice so  she encouraged him to practice more.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Geometric Design and Color Scheme Patterns Plus a Cool Looking Fan

In the past couple of years, our daughter have  changed a lot.  It is not much on the physical aspect as she is tiny  like me but  emotionally and mentally, she has grown a lot.   Before,  she never liked her hair  being brushed  so I  had to  tell her that I will cut it if she doesn't take care of  it, that is when she would brush  it.  From that scenario, she is now  become so  conscious of her looks, always  looking at the mirror and  fixing her own hair.  She also gotten into the mood of organizing, cleaning , and now that she has her new bedroom, she became so much interested in interior designing.  
 I mentioned that she painted the bottom of her walk-in closet with the geometric pattern where she used  painters tape to form the  shapes.  She did all that by herself.  At 11, you would think she would be interested in  other things but not her.  I always think that she is so mature  for her age.
 She did all the organizing herself which I am very proud of because she  wasn't like that a couple of years ago.  She was the messiest girl I knew but now, she has evolved into this little organizer  like her Mom lol.
This is the  pattern that inspired her to   go for a geometric theme on her bedroom.  
 When she told me that she wanted to use French gray to paint her bedroom, I was hesitant. I thought, that wouldn't be girly and would look boring for a girl bedroom but when she showed me  the  colors and designs of  things that she want  to design her room, I gave it a go.
  She painted  this owl on a canvas  when she had her first  field trip   with her  gifted class.  We hanged it above her laundry basket to give this corner of her room some pop of colors.
Now, her dresser is always organized and  tidy.  She is really becoming a little lady.
She does  DIY projects on her spare time this summer.  She did this cute jewelry  hanger/holder which I thought was very chic and unique.  She used the  rocks that our  neighbor gave her  and glued  them on the frame.  
The alarm clock that  our family friend sent her for her birthday matches perfectly with the bamboo accent we bought for her room.  
 The bright colors of furniture and other things  she got  really made the  bedroom look alive and girly.  She drew these geometric dinosaurs and framed it.  We hanged it  on top of her  newly painted desk.

  This is the  desk I had in our bedroom at our old house and she wanted to  give it a new look so my husband sanded it and we helped her paint it. She did most of the work  on the desk, I only helped her paint  with the white.
 She also gave the  book  shelf a new look.  She sanded and  painted it by herself to match the  desk.
I find it amusing to see how our kids are just like mini version of ourselves.  She constantly changes the arrangement of her desk, every time I go on her bedroom, the  arrangement is different and that is  just like me.  This is how she arranged it before.
Our former  neighbor, invited them for a movie night yesterday and gave her a  gift card for her birthday.  So today, we took her to  Target for a little shopping trip and she bought the lamp and the  pencil organizer.  Now that she  bought some accessories like the lamp and pencil organizer, she changed it again into this.  
She also bought this geometric design planes on a frame to hang above her beds. This year, I started  the Good Point chart for them where in   if they help with the chores  around the house, they get good points and those points can be converted into cash.  Not only it is working great for me but  it is also teaching them the value of hard work.  
I was laughing when she was paying for her merchandise today because she looked  sick, she looked like she was going to throw up as she was handing the cashier of her money lol.  I also found it very effective to let them manage their own  "little money" while shopping as they   get the understanding of how  hard earned money works.  They don't really want to spend it  to something that  isn't valuable lol.
So now her bedroom is almost complete.  The only thing missing is the  desk chair that she wanted from Office Depot.  We were not able to get it because we ran out of time today and the space  of of our CRV's trunk won't accommodate her  chair.  
 I was giggling when she saw this white tower fan that Ozeri sent us for review  because she wanted to trade her  fan with this.  I told her that there is no geometric design to it but she said that  the circle matches her wall clock.  She got it all figured out lol.  Our bedrooms upstairs have  window AC's installed  but we only used them during  night time so we can sleep comfortable so during the day, we uses  electric fan.
Not having air condition at the  first floor of our  new house is so unbearable for my husband as he is not used to  hot weather.  It doesn't really bother me as I am used to this kind of weather back home and besides, we have  Ozeri fans in most of our rooms downstairs so it is comfortable.  His plan is to get a big AC unit for downstairs but for now that we can't afford it yet, these fans are life savers.  
  So glad Ozeri really do have great selection of cool, modern, and high tech fans that is space savers and has  noise reduction technology. It really help us cool down  with the hot  and humid temperature we have been getting lately.   You can buy them  through amazon for $99.95 with free shipping.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Painting Walls #DIYhomeImprovements

Buying an old home has it's own pros and cons.  The house that we bought hasn't been updated for 15 years according to it's  assessment/appraisal report so pretty much everything in it  have seen better days.  That's why we decided to upgrade the wood floors and  removed the  old  linoleum types of flooring s in  the family room, kitchen and hallways in the first floor.  I  wasn't planning on painting walls yet until we moved in but all of that changed when  the  flooring company whom we hired to do the tile work in the floor  have delayed  for few  weeks.  So we decided to give the house a fresh coat of paint.  We went to Sherwin Williams and bought our  paint there and avail their sale.  Their paints are a lot  expensive even with sale prices.  
The kids picked  and decided   the colors to paint their own bedrooms.  My daughter chose  French  light grey to paint her room and my son chose bluebell for his room.   Hubby and I decided to paint our master bedroom with  sea salt color. I also chose marshmallow white for the rest of the  house.
Even though I was concern with the cost, I am glad we  painted  before we moved because it looks a lot better with fresh coat of paints.  We still have a few to paint like the ceiling and the  main bath but those will be our future projects to do.
What I love about this store is,  the associates really knows their job so well.  They were so helpful to us as well.
You can never go wrong going with them, I just wish they are not so expensive.  Then again, you get what you pay for so I am not complaining.
We will wait till they have another major sale before we buy the  paint that we need for the remaining rooms that we weren't able to do.
To make  our kitchen look spacious, we  painted it  marshmallow white to match the  tiles that we used on the flooring.  Our kids love to help so we put them to work lol.
It's nice when your kids are involved in doing projects like this.  It makes the memories  so memorable.
Our daughter is such a hard worker.  She painted with me for so many days.
Hubby and I helped her paint her room.  I like the previous white walls on her room but  since the color  the she chose for her bedding  are so bright,  the french grey was a great choice.
Her room has a very big window so it looks bright in there  even on night time as the street light shines so bright.
My son's room looks very relaxing although the color makes the room look smaller.
My 9 and 10 year old little  helpers in painting did   a great job!
I am so glad that they were off the school when we  started working on the house.  It was hard concentrating  on doing our projects when they  were still in school because we can only work for .few house and then stop as they have activities and other  stuff.
My daughter is very interested in  interior designing. So she decided to put some artsy design in her walk-in closet.  She used  a lot of  painters tape to do this project but she did it alone without our help.
This design goes with the geometric design of her bedding.
We are still unpacking as of this moment so everything is still in disarray lol.  I need more time to put everything in place but I will get there.
It's amazing how much stuff you collect over the years. In our 13 years of marriage, we have so many stuff. You never knew what you have till you move to another place, whew!

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