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Self-Employment Series: Working from home with kids

I've been a self-employed, work-from-home mom for the past 11 years. People are often curious about the idea of working from home, and one of the most common questions they ask me is "how do you get so much done with the kids at home with you?" The answer to that question has changed over the years, so let's back up to the beginning. (The ideas I'm going to share can help keep kids happy and busy while you do work-work, housework, yard work, exercise, hobbies, just about anything!)​​ When I started my home-based graphic design business 11 years ago, we had two kids, ages 5 and 2.5. The corporate cubicle was suffocating me and even though we had an amazing daycare ​​provider, I just really wa

Changing it up for summer with simple bedroom decor

Our bedroom has two personalities - one for spring and summer, another for fall and winter. It's not a major overhaul that happens twice a year, it's just a matter of swapping out a few key elements that bring a fresher, lighter look for spring, and a warmer, cozier look for fall, just when I'm craving those things. Nothing expensive or extravagant, and nothing that takes up a lot of space in storage. Read on for my simple tips for adding some simple yet effective touches to your bedroom. At its roots, my bedroom is pretty basic. My walls are painted a Home Depot color called "Garden Shed" by Behr and my carpet is a similar pale, mossy green. (In my colorful mind, green is sort of a neutral.