Spring has sprung in many places. There are however those unlucky few that have not experienced the Spring season quite yet. As we all know this might lead to Cabin Fever setting in. You are hearing all about how wonderful Spring is. How the days are longer and how the days start to feel slightly more warmer. I sometimes suffer from Cabin Fever myself. While living in the Pacific Northwest has a great many perks, it also has its faults. One of them being that sometimes I don't actually see the sun for what feels like weeks. If your feeling even the slightest bit of Cabin Fever give our ideas of how to combat it a try.
Sharing Our Ideas
Moving around in my opinion is key to ditching that pesky Cabin Fever. It helps to get your blood pumping and helps to take your mind off of the dreary weather that is happening right outside your window. Here are a few of the things my family and I like to do when the weather has us down.
Family baking is always a fantastic idea. Not only dose it help everyone to bond for a few hours, but by the end you also have tasty treats to enjoy together. Your home will also be filled with the delicious smells of all the goodies your family bakes.
Charades not only fills your home with cheers and laughter. It also gives you the opportunity to interact with others. Dance Contests are always welcome in my home. These are a great way to get everyone moving and to have a mid-afternoon jam session.
There are a few things that I recommend you pick up. To help you on your 2017 Spring Cleaning journey.
1. A window squeegee
This makes cleaning windows a breeze!
I love mine is literally a life saver.
2. A cleaning tote to move your cleaners with you wherever you go.
Hate running back and forth looking for your favorite cleaner. Load all of your cleaners into one tote and carry it with you. this way you can easily reach your favorite cleaners in order to get the job done fast and right.
I would love to hear about your favorite cleaning tools.
Leave us a reply in our comments section.
Spring is Here!
Today is the official start to Spring.
This means more sun, more trips into the mountains, and more outdoor family time.
Spring the right way
While the welcoming of Spring can mean organizing and clearing out all of your winter gear. How about instead of starting Spring on a rather dreary note. Let's start with a sweet/sour one instead. Meaning let's make some Lemonade. Not just any Lemonade, but Raspberry Lemonade. Here is my favorite quick and easy way to make the most refreshing glass of Raspberry Lemonade.
Gather up your supplies:
5 Fresh Lemons
One 6oz Package of Fresh Raspberries
1 1/3 Cup of Sugar
3*4 Cups of Water
2 Handfuls of Ice
We started our recipe off by slicing the Lemons in half.
You then want to cut away the peel.
We then placed the lemons in a Cuisinart juicer in order to get fresh lemon juice.
With our 5 large lemons we were able to get about 4 oz. of lemon juice.
We also put the raspberry through the juicer,
but you can always squish the berries through a strainer.
We were able to receive 1 oz. of raspberry juice from our 6 oz. package.
Add the juice from both the lemons and raspberry's into your pitcher.
Pour 1 cup of warm water with a portion of your sugar serving.
(this is to help the sugar melt)
Mix all together and then repeat this step.
Until all of the sugar and water have been added.
Add you ice and then your done.
We recommend you chill your Raspberry Lemonade for at least an hour before serving.
Feeling Fancy Garnish It
We also added a little fresh twig of rosemary. Mint would also be an amazing addition to this drink.
The content of this article holds all of the tips and tricks that we use on twitter. Hopefully our knowledge helps you.
People will follow just as fast as they unfollow.
The trick is to not let the fluctuating numbers affect your mood too deeply.
Hashtags are extremely important when using twitter.
Make sure your tweet contains at least one hashtag before you publish. If your new to twitter or are having a hard time coming up with hashtags to, That are either relevant to your tweet or business, Then try out (hashtagify.me), I often use this site for inspiration.
If you find that you don't want posting on social media to be your full time job.
There are a few shortcuts that you can take to help free up your already very valuable time. There is a both a website and an app referred to as a scheduler. A social media scheduler will allow you to schedule out your posts. Personally I use buffer to schedule all my social media. Buffer allows me to schedule my tweets, posts for Facebook, pictures for Instagram, as well as our articles on google plus. Buffer also has an app so I can use it on my phone or at the computer desk.
When I first started twitter I did everything myself.
For example all of our retweets, likes, and favorites. Yet as we have grown I have had to add some automation into our page to keep up with the twitter activity. Using it is not a bad thing, you just have to be careful. Make sure it's retweeting things you are okay with your brand being associated with
Many people have moved to the added element of automated DM's ( Direct Messaging) I however truthfully receive so many that my inbox becomes filled with "span" and just like most of you I so not read spam. If this is a marketing element that you feel your business can utilize then go ahead. I would just say to try and keep them funny and light. Introduce yourself try forming a relationship first.
Since I do not use this program. If you ever do receive a direct message
from Thavin & Marcob then it is from myself directly.
Being active online is not only necessary, but almost a necessity. Building your brand and reputation all require you to have a positive and active presence on social media. Everything you do dose not have to be centered solely around marketing your business.
If someone asks you a question not about your business. Answer it and you might want to do the same to others. This will help you to build relationships and to have your brand/name be associated with positive feelings.
INTERACT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
Interacting with your twitter community (following) is a must. Here are a few things that I do in order to interact with the Thavin & Marcob community (following).
1. Make sure you like and retweet all of your mentions from within your community. This is just a small thing that you can do to let others know you saw their tweet. It also shows your community that you took the time to respond, as well as encourages others to find a fellow active tweeter.
2. Always acknowledge when someone takes the time to look over your profile and retweeted your original content.
3.Help out your twitter community by retweeting their original content. If you see someone is new to twitter or is having a hard time figuring things out. Extend a virtual hand and add a hashtag for them.
GIF's are always fun. Add a few to your social medias.
If your looking for a particularly feeling search in the
box located at the top of the GIF screen.
My favorites are
You Rock, You're awesome, & Virtual hugs.
Adding pictures to some of your tweets is always a good move. Visual aids are good for marketing your brand and for creating brand awareness.
The best places I have found to pick up stock photos are (canva.com) and (Wordswag).
BUYING YOUR FOLLOWING
I can honestly say that I do not completely understand the concept of buying followers. I personally suggest that you just maintain your patience. You can grow your twitter account organically.
BUILDING A BRAND
There you have it. Our tips and tricks when it comes to managing our twitter account.
I hope that this article proves to be helpful to some of you. In that you are able to better understand how you can market your business using twitter, help you in managing your time with social media, grow your following, and help you to establish a brand with a positive outlook.
I have been asked a few times what the best way is to start a blog. In regards to all of those question. I dedicate today's blog to how to start a blog. While I feel like I know a quite a bit of handy information I do not claim to be an expert on this topic. All I want to achieve from this blog. Is to provided those that were and are curious a starting place
If you find that this topic dose not peak your interest. Go ahead and check out a few of my favorite blogs listed on the right hand side of your screen. I also encourage you to explore around our website.
What Kind Of Blog
Who is your target audience?
The things that you wish to write about and your target audience should match up in a fairly obvious way, at least at first. For me The Thavin & Marcob Newsroom is a way for us to keep open communication with our customers. We share tips and tricks, we feature guest bloggers, and we feature products from our boutique. As well as share a little bit about ourselves. I want Thavin & Marcob to have some transparency. Therefore we created the newsroom in order to achieve that goal.
Create A Business Name
You can use someone like BlogLovin,com. Which I don't really know a lot about, but they have a heavy presence on Pinterest.
You can purchase a domain name and link your domain with your hosting site. This is the route that I took Thavin & Marcob. We use Weebley as our hosting site. It is extremely easy, customer service is amazing, and it had everything that we were looking for in a hosting site.
Here is my list of top 5 requirements for a hosting site.
(Make sure your hosting site fits within your budget.)
(You are going to want to know that your hosting page has support available. In this case it is better to be safe than sorry.)
(You are going to want to work with a hosting site that has security for yourself as well as your users.)
(Having an easy to use integrated shopping cart is what sold us on deciding to use Weebly.)
Page Loading Time
(No one ever wants to deal with a slow loading page. Loading promptness is something we felt was an extremely important element when we went looking for a site.)
How will people find you
Pick out which social medias your more than likely to find your audience. That should be the social media channel you are using to interact with new potential readers.
I personally love twitter, but we do have pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Google Plus.
If you decide on multiply social channels. Find yourself a social media scheduler. Here at Thavin & Marcob we use buffer. I typically schedule everything on Mondays and add to it during the week. I check our social sites on a regular bases, but I don't worry about posting. I suggest that you do the same. This way you can connect/find an audience.
Yes SEO Matters
Let's Support Each Other
Stress alone can cause an assortment of physical and emotional issues. It can even lead to you developing other concerning issues like feeling burnt out or feeling depressed. There are of course a few things you can do to help alleviate stress. Exercising is at the top of my list. Hitting the gym, hiking, or taking a brisk evening stroll all should help to alleviate some of the stress you might be under.
When feeling overwhelmed it can be hard to plant your feet firmly on the ground. One major move that I would suggest you learn how to do is learn how to say no. As well as try to develop some kind of schedule. With a schedule in place you will not feel as if things are toppling all over you. Remember that it is okay to tell people no. Take the right amount of time for you to figure out if a task is something you can handle at this moment or if it would be better broken up.
Trying to be everything to multiple people can be exhausting for anyone. You might start to feel lack of motivation or simply feel as if you are no longer interested in certain things. You might also start to notice that you are procrastinating more and/or moving around in a more sluggish manner. All of these could be the cause of you being tired. Being both tired in the literal physical sense as well as tired in the nonliteral mental sense.
Now the question remains. What do you do when you are feeling tired?
1. Power Nap
Take a nice 15-20 minute nap. While it might feel like your wasting time. You are actually preparing yourself to become more productive, by giving your body a chance to relax and recollect its energy.
2. Brisk Walk
Never under estimate the power of a quick walk outside. The fresh air will help reawaken you. Making you feel more alert and feel like you have a significant amount of more energy to get you through the rest of your day.
Staying Hydrated is the most simple and obvious key at bettering your health. Although I will admit that because it is so obvious it can be sometimes overlooked. It you find plain water hard to drink. Try adding mint leaves, lemons, or berries to make your water more appetizing.
When the feeling of guilt overcome you, it can be hard to discover the root of the problem. Although while it is hard and is never fun, it is necessary in order for you to find a solution.
When the guilt sets in for me I like to first look at everything that needs to be done. Then I pick and chose which ones are the most important and proceed to accomplish those task.
The most important thing to take out of our short series is to enjoy the life you have. Smile often, laugh lots, and share the love with those around you.
This is the second part to our three part series on how to balance work and family. On Monday's post we discussed the importance of knowing your values and the importance of keeping them.
Today's post we are taking our values. I recommend working with your top five for both work and home, but you can always work with a list that is sorter or longer. We are going to be working with them to determine three separate things.
2. Support Networks
Establishing firm and clear boundaries is a very crucial part in balancing family and work life. Decide whether you will be answering work calls or emails during your family time. You should also decide when your want family time to be, For instance why not reserve weekends for your quality family time. Even if weekends are not always an option for you to dedicate solely to family time. Make sure to at least reserve some of your free time to your family. Unplugging from work not only allows you to clear your head it also allows you to relax and enjoy your family. Remember that the time you dedicate solely to your family dose not have to contain any big extravagant adventures. Use this time to have a picnic in the park, or to take a short trip to your local ice cream shop. Even something as simple as making breakfast or walking around the neighborhood will work. The overall goal here is to connect with your family without the involvement of work. Which can be hard at first, but over time as you learn to separate the two worlds, will become increasingly more easier for you to do.
Support networks are an amazing social tool for you and your family to utilize. As we all know life has it ups and downs. This is were a great support network can really save the day. Having a support network helps to balance out family and work, by being that safety net. If for some reason your child gets sick during the day and you need someone to pick them up, but you can't leave work. You have someone from you support network to call and help you out. This can also work the other way. Say if you needed someone to cover you for the two hours it takes for you to take your child to see the doctor. While life can throw surprises your way. It can be easy to maintain balance if you belong to a great support network. If you are in need of establishing a new support group, try meetup.com. You also have the option of starting your own, you can also look for one inside of your church.
Scheduling is a crucial element in making sure that everything runs smoothly for you life at home and your life at work. When creating your schedule for the day/week/month/year consider the following.
Socializing outside of the family/work
Think about how many hours you are working in a week. Take into consideration the extra time that may be needed if you are working on a special project. Over all make sure that when developing a schedule you are keeping in mind your values.
Knowing what is important to you is the starting point. Next you should be making sure that you have things in place that help you to achieve and maintain your values. Like the three discussed in todays posts, Boundaries, Support Networks, and Scheduling. The last part to this series will be talking about the importance of YOU.
Which will include discussions on:
These five topics are the ones that I feel are the most important aspects in finding a healthy balance between work and family life.
A Place To Start
Everyone has their own unique set of life values.
Which can be broken up into three different categories.
1. Moral Values
Moral values refers to the values you have on subjects such as stealing or murder.
2. Work Values
Work values also referrer to your work ethic. It is the value you hold in a work setting. For instance what you perceive as acting professional and how you choose to dress.
3. Family Values
Family values refers to the values that you customary learn in a family setting.
For example having open communication at family dinners, helping each other out, or how you choose to treat each member. Are examples of family values.
Most of us are naturally aware of the values we hold. It Is one of those things that gently guide us throughout the day. It is also the thing that helps us to determine how we interact with those around us. I am starting out the discussion with the idea of values because it is important, your values have value.
You Have to Know what Is Important To You
Before you can start the task of balancing out work and family. You must first know what values are the most important for both your family and your business. For instance if you value family dinners. Then late nights spent at the office must be sacrificed. It dose however become increasingly tricky if you top goal/priority at work is to achieve a promotion. It can be really easy to persuade yourself that giving up family dinners for a possible promotion is a justifiable reason. However the possibility of guilt arising from this choose is very real. Here is a space where you can visit a situation like so and decide what it is that you place the higher amount of value on. You can also think of ways that you can achieve both goals (family dinners and promotion) without having to fully sacrifice one to get the other. For example in order to spend dinner with your family and still put in the extra work for the promotion. You might come in early or work through lunch. This way the values placed on both are still achieved.
I hope that today's discussion was found helpful. The goal that we wish for you to obtain is balance between your family life and your work life. The next discussion will touch on the topics of Scheduling, Boundaries and Support Networks. I have chosen these three topics because Those are the ones that I struggled with the most!
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