Wow…it’s already fall!

I haven’t meant to neglect my blog. I have been so busy with school. I decided to go back and get a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. I do have an Associates, but it’s a technical degree so I didn’t have to take stuff like College Algebra or English Composition.  I actually had already taken English Comp I several years ago. So I am taking English Comp II this semester. It is kicking my butt. I am normall a A/B student in English, but apparently writing papers is just not my thing.  At least not the way this teacher wants me to write.  As far as College Algebra, I had to drop it.  I wasn’t doing too hot in that class and I just didn’t understand the material. Of course all of my classes are online. I’m thinking that maybe I should have taken College Algebra on campus. I’m not sure I would have grasped the concept much better, but at least I’d be able to ask questions in real time.  Math has never been my thing anyway. I started having trouble with math in probably 6th grade. I just can’t wrap my head around math concepts, especially College Algebra. It’s like I’m trying to read a foreign language.  School is just making me feel really stupid right now.

My younger two are in full swing with homeschool.  My oldest is 20 now and works away from home for several months at a time. He’s in South Carolina right now.  He’s also newly engaged. It’s crazy that I have a child who is old enough to be getting married.  His fiancee is the sweetest girl. They’ve been dating for 4 years so she’s already pretty much a part of our family, but I’m glad it’s going to be official.  My stepdaughter moved to Ohio with her kids. She didn’t even tell me in advance or anything, so my feelings were hurt.  I had the kids the previous weekend (3 yr old and a 7 month old) and took them back home on Monday.  I messaged her later that week to check on her and the kids and that’s when she told me that she and the kids had moved.  I was dumbfounded to say the least. I’m not sure exactly what happened.  She just said that she couldn’t handle staying in the apartment complex she was in any longer.  I understand that, but sheesh, did she have to move 12 hours away? I was used to getting the kids every other weekend or so and now I’m going to have to drive to get them.  And I’m sure you’re wondering why Ohio? Her mom moved there a few months back. I’m hurt because her mom rarely helped her or the kids. I was the one who took my stepdaughter places she needed to go and babysat the kids while she worked. So for her to just up and move was kind of a slap in the face.  I don’t expect a medal for helping her out, but a little appreciation would be nice.

So yeah, that’s what’s been going on around here the past few months. I’m going to find some giveaways to post, so check back soon!

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Art Mistakes Everyone Makes

Art mistakes everyone makes

 

Art is, and probably will forever be, an integral part of decorating and making a home feel more homely, however, most of us have or will make mistakes when it comes to hanging art within our home-decorating lives. To help you avoid making some of these mistakes, here we have listed a few of the most common mistakes people make…

 

Hanging art too high

It’s the most common art hanging mistake, but also the easiest to fix. Make sure you take the time to do it properly, rushing it is when you are most likely to make mistakes when it comes to hanging art. It’s best to do this with at least one other person so they can help you put it in the right place and give you their advice to good positioning. Place your piece of art when you are stained on the floor so you can really see what it will look like from a true perspective. Avoid standing on chairs or other items that lift you higher and distort your perspective until you need to put the nails in the wall.

 

Too matchy-matchy

Your art is the best opportunity to break free from the confines of colour palettes, so don’t get stuck thinking you can only display art that has a mix of the colours that are in the rest of the space. If you are looking for some inspiration to break away from the ‘norm’ take a look at Evolution Fine Art, they have some really beautiful pieces for every style.

 

Not thinking the wall collage through

Only the very lucky can brave their way through eye-balling hanging a wall collage and end up with the best outcome. It doesn’t matter what methods or tricks you use, just use one that will allow you to get the feel of your wall collage plans — experience whether it will come off feeling energetic or calm —before you start banging a bunch of holes in your wall.

 

Not enough variety
It’s called the art gallery effect, and it’s when you hang the exact same type of art on every wall in every room of your home. It’s also known as “boring.” Switch up canvases and framed art. Hang tapestries. Pin up quilts. Find a collection of all farm tools to attach to a wall. The point is, search far and wide for art pieces so it doesn’t end up looking like there should be a wine and cheese table in the corner.

 

Filling every wall up

This can be tough for folks who collect a lot of art, but it’s the kind of restrictions that could lead to lovelier, less hectic spaces. Just because you have walls, this does not mean you need to fill them ALL up with art. It can make a space feel and look very cluttered and actually take away from the pieces you do have. Depending on the space you have, think it through before nailing anything in and maybe think less is more when it comes to wall space.

 

Not hanging things securely or properly

Speaking of crooked artwork, are you only hanging art with one nail, so it’s always tilting out of place? You don’t have to bolt every frame into your walls, but don’t let the excitement of hanging something up get in the way of thoroughly thinking out what kind of hanging tools and hardware your art pieces need to go up securely.

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These Tips Can Help Save the Environment

These Tips Can Help Save the Environment

There has been research and numerous studies done on how our lifestyle is damaging the planet. People consume energy at an alarming rate and with the massive world population, that energy consumption is multiplied to a large degree. It can seem disheartening to hear all the statistics about how we’re damaging the planet, to the point that people often feel helpless and don’t feel there’s anything they can do to help. However, there are many simple ways we can adjust our daily lives to be more eco-friendly.

Change Your Transportation

One way you can help the planet is to change the way you commute to work each day. If you typically drive to work, opt to leave your car at home and walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation to work. If you live a long distance from your job, see if you can find someone to carpool with or, better yet, ask your boss if you can telecommute a couple days a week.

Switch Your Routine

Do you tend to spread your errands out throughout the week so you have more free time on the weekends to do other things? This habit could be harming the environment because research has shown that taking many shorter trips throughout the week may actually be using more file than one longer trip. Choose to lump your errands together on one day, which may even work out better for you in the end by freeing more time up during the week to do other things.

Reduce Food Waste

Americans throw out an alarming amount of food each year– enough to feed almost 1 billion people. Make a plan to reduce old waste by only planning to buy what you’ll eat and composting any extra food you might otherwise throw out to use as garden fertilizer. You may also be able to repurpose leftovers into other meals, such as turning leftover vegetables into soup or cutting up excess chicken to put on a salad. Before you toss out food you may not want, consider donating to your local food kitchen.

Learn to Love Reusables

While it’s encouraging to hear that people are making healthier lifestyle choices by opting to drink water over bottled soda, this hydration habit is also increasing the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills and our oceans. Invest in a sturdy reusable water bottle and keep it handy whenever you need to quench your thirst. Some companies, such as the Cadiz Water Project, have created a plan to help the environment by using groundwater that’s currently being lost to evaporation and putting it back into our water supply. If you’re a coffee drinker, you can also swap out that disposable coffee cup for a travel mug and enjoy your coffee hotter longer, which is a bonus for everyone.

Support Local

Did you know that by opting to support your local businesses you’re actually effecting change on multiple levels? Shopping local reduces our carbon footprint since you don’t have to travel as far for your goods, and you’re also stimulating the local economy, which can help create jobs, lower taxes, and bring new opportunities to your area.

Be Crafty

Before you toss out those baby food jars, peanut butter containers, tin cans, and coffee containers, think about how these items can be repurposed. There are countless ideas on the internet on how you can turn old items into something new. If being crafty isn’t your style, gather up these old items and take them to your local school or daycare, who often look for these items to use in their crafts.

These small changes to your daily behavior can make a huge difference in the health of our environment. If we can start a chain reaction of people who are willing to make a difference on a small scale, it can have a ripple effect and become a major movement towards saving our planet.

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Win an Amazon $50 gift card and/or Aromatherapy bracelet! ends 9/20

I love bringing my readers/followers awesome giveaways.  I know a lot of you love essential oils so you are going to love these prizes!

Today we are presenting a new giveaway sponsored by Aravinda.

Aravinda actually has a kickstarter campaign launching soon, and they would love if you could sign up on their website to be the first to know about the launching date on kickstarter, discounts and additional giveaways – check out https://www.aravinda.us

Aravinda bracelets and essential oils

This company also developed unique blends of Aromatherapy Essential Oils that go especially well with these motivational bracelets. So far, there are 4 different bracelets with their complimentary essential oil blends.

This giveaway is open for USA only. One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card from Box Roundup blog + a bracelet with a 10ml bottle of essential oil ( value $40), and 3 more winners will bracelets with a 10ml bottle of essential oil ( value $40 for each) from Aravinda. Total number of winners 4 (1 Grand prize winner and 3 more membership winners). By participating in this giveaway your email address will be shared with the sponsor of this giveaway, Aravinda company, in accordance with their privacy policy. We have a co-host for this giveaway – Random Ramblings of a Small Town Girl. No other bloggers associated with this giveaway are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is open Aug 21 – Sept 20. The winner of the giveaway will be requested to provide a valid US shipping address and phone number. Once the prizes are mailed out, there will be no substitution, refunds, or returns.

Aravinda giveaway

Do you like this giveaway? We post giveaways like this one often on Box Roundup blog – be sure to visit and enter! We post lots of daily Twitter parties, recipes, fashion, beauty and craft ideas as well – absolutely free. We are also PR-friendly, so if you have a product or service you would like us to feature – please, contact Box Roundup at info@boxroundup.com.

 

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