Finally Tackling That Basement

We moved into a fixer upper a little under two years ago and I’ve made strides to make this place into the home I imagine it being. So far I’ve replaced the rotted cabinets in the kitchen and expanded the main bathroom space by another three feet, but I was looking to tackle something a little bigger.

So yesterday I started on the basement with a few goals in mind, one of which being to get the lights working down there. The previous owner mentioned there was some mild water damage but he hadn’t told us that the electrical was just not working, so I got down there to start messing with wires when I noticed the whole room was damp and sticky.
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First issue has been found then, because any place that’s harboring a lot of humidity isn’t going to be very good as a place where electricity is going to be actively running. I pulled my phone out and punched in ‘humid basement’ and immediately was pointed to a local home improvement store to get something called a pump dehumidifier. Sounds noisy? The search turned up a quiet pump dehumidifier for basement, so I ran out to the store, bought one, and started setting it up.

It had a little hose that I could poke out of the basement’s window and lay in the grass so that the water it collected would head up and out of the basement all together. Once set up, I flicked it on and nothing happened. I remembered I hadn’t finished fixing the electricity down here.

That took a good while as there was more than one short from the fuse box to outlets, but once I had the majority working I tried again and opted to call it a day, flicking on that dehumidifier before I left. It churned quietly, which was a plus, as our room is not too far from the basement.

Today, earlier this morning, I went back to work on the room and it was almost humid-less. That thing did wonders for the work environment and I feel a lot safer finishing up my work with the nearby outlets. Pretty cool! I didn’t even know these things were around until yesterday. Now to go back and replace the tile in there.

How I Get to Spend so Much Time at Home

If you have spent much time reading here, you will notice I spend a lot of time talking about things in my house – my appliances, gadgets and computer equipments mostly (I love people too, but technology will always be special to me).

You might be wondering how I manage to spend so much time at home, enjoying all these modern conveniences. “Is he unemployed?” you might ask yourself. Nope, I’m not unemployed. Neither am I an Internet millionaire. I’m a social media strategist, a big name for a small time consultant who spends hours on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and Pinterest. Doing work. From home.

“But how do you get clients,” you ask. “How can they trust you to work from home?” Wow, you’re feeling direct today, aren’t you!!

Let me tell you how I’m able to enjoy this lifestyle and still appear professional. I have a virtual office space in New York City.

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When I first heard the term “virtual office,” the picture that came to mind was something like The Sims. A tiny little digital office filled with pixelated cubicle drones working on reports and Powerpoint presentations for a blocky, digital cigar chomping boss.

No, a virtual office is not like that. It’s virtual because, although it has a physical address in the real world, it’s not a real office. I don’t go there and hold meetings and complain about the AC and the faulty elevator.

I sit at home and work on my Mac. When someone calls the office, a receptionist (human, not machine) takes the call and calls me (at home). She does not tell the client that I’m at home. If I’m busy, she takes a message.

When I receive a letter at the office, someone (I don’t know who) opens it and scans it for me. Minutes later, it’s on my screen, in an email.

Now maybe you are thinking that I’ve outsourced this to a third world country, that in my virtual office in Kuala Lumpur there are dozens of exploited people working for a handful of rice every day. Nope, I believe in paying a fair wage, and what’s more, I have a virtual office in NYC. This means that I have an impressive, prestigious address to give my clients, and my staff are all native English speakers.

And because I am sharing this location with many, many other businesses (I don’t know how many – never asked), I get this at a fraction of the price of a “real” office. And without the commute, too!

Clean Smart, Not Hard!

I am wife, a stay at home mom of three boys, and our family has two dogs that we keep inside and treat like our babies. Although I love my family dearly, all of them sure know how to make a mess! It seems like more often than not, my day revolves around cleaning and re-cleaning my home as my husband, children and pets run through our house, wreaking havoc on anything in their path. That being said, I would like to believe that I have become pretty adept at cleaning “smart” rather than cleaning “hard,” if that makes sense. Why bust your back cleaning when there are tools out there to help you do the job in half the time, with the same great results? If you’re in a situation that is similar to mine and you’re tired of wasting your day working hard to keep your home clean and tidy, I have some great tips for you!
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First off, invest in your cleaning products. I can’t tell you how many years I spent pinching pennies when it came to my cleaning supplies because I thought it didn’t really matter what I bought. I can tell you now, ladies, it matters! I recommend that you invest in the best steam cleaners, vacuums, carpet shampooers, and mopping systems that you can find! I promise you that the initial sticker shock that you might get from shopping for these products will wear off immediately once you give them a spin in your home. I use my steam cleaner and vacuum almost daily, and having spent a little extra money on them, I am so pleased at how well they work and how nicely they have held up over time (especially with how much use they endure!). With a little bit of online research and a little bit of digging into your budget, you can have a great set of cleaning tools that will truly change your life!

Curly-Haired Ladies, Rejoice!

curlyI have good news and bad news, ladies. The bad news is that my beloved hair straightener died last week (RIP). It gave me a great three years of service, but I had noticed recently that it wasn’t getting as hot as it used to, and it finally just fizzled out one morning. The GOOD news is that I have found an AWESOME replacement for it, and I am so excited to tell you about it!

So, after my straightener died I went online to look up brands and models that might be suitable for a replacement. The first brand that I came across was Chi, which I had heard of, but had never used before. The Chi hair straightener reviews I read were fantastic, almost everyone loved their Chi, and I watched a ton of product review videos on YouTube that made me a believer. There were so many girls that had insanely wavy, curly, and coarse hair that were straightening out their manes in a matter of minutes! I was sold. I went out and bought one for myself the very next morning.

Needless to say, I absolutely love my new Chi! It heats up quicker than my old hair straightener, it glides across my hair in a much smoother fashion, and I don’t have to go over and over the same spots to achieve the look I want! As someone that has chronically wavy hair (that never does what I want it to do, naturally), this product has made a huge difference in my life! I have cut my straightening time in half, which makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. I went out for a date night with my husband over the weekend and he was shocked at (and pleased with!) how quickly I was ready to go!

If you’re looking for a new hair straightener, I would absolutely recommend that you look into getting a Chi!