Since Amy just had her first baby a few weeks ago she asked me to create a guest post for her blog. I wrote about how I find inspiration and keep my creative juices flowing. Check out the post on her blog.
Since I've had another baby, I've been looking for new ways to try and get caught up on emails and other work in my free time. I have been lugging my laptop to the coffee shop when I need break from the home office, but that can be more trouble than it's worth. Recently I got an iPad mini & new keyboard case which has been so convenient to use. The Snugg iPad Keyboard Case is awesome! It clips onto the front of my iPad mini and protects the screen when I am not using it. When I need a keyboard to write emails or a blog post it sets up in just a few seconds, and it so much easier to type on than the keyboard on the tablet. Definitely one of my new favorite gadgets.
Make Your Christmas More Natural With Three Eco-Friendly Suggestions
This coming Christmas, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a lot on both gifts and decorations. In fact, you can cut down your Christmas shopping budget—there are actually many creative and eco-friendly ways to feel the spirit of Christmas right in your home. You just need some old materials, the knack for creativity, and the will to have a very eco-friendly yet meaningful holidays.
Recycled Materials To Make Christmas Ornaments You can actually use your old CDs to create a sparkly Christmas tree ornament. Yahoo Voices suggests that you can “cut them in to shapes for ornaments, or use them to make photo ornaments. This is a great idea if you are looking to make your own decorations this year. CD ornaments look amazing next to a Christmas tree. The lights reflect off of the Cd's and make these handmade ornaments stand out even more.”
Use LED Christmas Lights Another way to save resources is to use eco-friendly decorations. Yahoo Voices contributor Chelsie suggested that in order “to save money in electricity expenses, and keeping your Christmas lights lasting even longer, use LED lights for decorating. LED lights are made of semi-conducting material, instead of incandescent filaments.” There are brands that are members of the WEEE Distributor Taking Back Scheme, which allows you to recycle your electronic waste without harming the environment. For example, a set of LED Christmas lights can be 90 percent more efficient than using traditional Christmas lights. They usually emit little or no heat which makes them all the more safe to use. Also, Marks & Spencer recommended using power saver during the holidays so your outlets won’t be supplying power when not in use.
Make Nature Your Christmas Motif Diane Selkirk from BCLiving said that one of the best ideas to include as a Christmas motif is an eco-friendly theme. “Think of how your grandma or favourite natural-type friend decorated during the holidays—with evergreen boughs and holly cut from local trees (ask first!), homemade ornaments and bowls of fruit, nuts or pine cones,” she said. Meanwhile, a veggie feast this Christmas will not just get you more in touch with nature but also keep you on the healthy side.