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A Mom, Hardworking, and an Informed Consumer!

A post written by Annie Lavigne, Director Human Resources and Talent Development at South Shore Furniture, and a mom with 2 kids.

Mom = hardworking + informed consumer. Yikes! Four little words that put my mind in “alert” mode. But that’s nothing new: a whole lot of skills are needed to stay on top of all this! I’ve been working with the human resources team at South Shore Furniture over the past few years, setting up skill profiles for all the jobs in the company… and let me tell you: the list of skills for the “mom-hardworking-informed consumer” profile would be U-N-E-N-D-I-N-G!

  • Client-focussed (be ready to listen to our kids or co-workers)
  • Performance management (make the right choices when shopping, and for our families)
  • Organization and planning skills (no need to explain this one!)
  • Good judgment, decision-making (on a day-to-day basis)
  • Teamwork (able to look for resources on hand)
  • Creativity (to achieve a goal by deadline and on budget)
  • Enthusiasm (whatever happens!)
  • Leadership (those who like me will follow me!)
  • Ability to balance (otherwise everything else could fall apart).

Double yikes! We often pressure ourselves (too much!) to excel at all these skills… Are my girls eating enough veggies? The older one didn’t see a mistake in her homework – she won’t get an A!

Get set for Halloween with your little ones!

I’ve always loved Halloween, as far back as I can remember: the costumes, the decorations, and of course the CANDY! No doubt about it, Halloween was meant to be for kids – and I’m still a kid deep down, which is most likely why I always want to enjoy this time of year to the max. (We don’t often get a chance to dress up in costume and decorate our homes!) The best way to get your kids into Halloween is to include them in the preparations. You can get them to make the decorations for your home, their costumes, Halloween themed meals, or even some cute little candy bags for the other kids who’ll come trick-or-treating!

Here are a few ideas that are very likely to inspire you as you and your kids get ready for Halloween.

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To enjoy Halloween properly, it’s important to remain a child at heart! :)

Back to school for teens!

Your little one has been growing so fast… and you suddenly realize that he or she starts high school this fall. Here’s a little advice you can pass on to your young teen, to help with the transition!

  • Avoid drama when starting high school! The idea is to blend in – not to get noticed for all the wrong reasons.
  • Don’t forget the fun side of high school! That first year can be a really fun and interesting time, but it’s all up to the child.
  • We hear this a lot, but it’s important to try to be yourself! Suggest that your youngster “keep it real”: pretending to be the coolest kid in class – or someone he or she isn’t – won’t do any good.
  • Don’t forget your schedule! If you can get your child’s schedule laminated, it’ll be easy to carry around. And if you’ve already got his or her planner, you can print out a smaller version and stick it on!
  • During the first study break or lunch period, check out the rooms you’ll be using the most. This will make moving around easier, so your youngster will feel more at ease.
  • Get organized! Your teen will probably need a binder for each course.

For a touch of summer in your home!

Summer is probably the season that passes the fastest – I’m never in a hurry for it to end, and I’m always impatient for it to arrive! I try to make the most of this season of sunshine, heat and ice cream by being outdoors as much as possible. I have found THE solution to get the most out of summer: integrate outdoor elements into the home (outside in), and vice versa! Here are a few tips and inspirations:

Outside in:

In your home, add the following decorative elements in your common areas and bedrooms:

  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Brightly coloured decorative elements
  • For even more ambiance, change the pictures in your frames to brightly coloured photos and summer landscapes.

    Inside out:

    For more comfort outdoors, incorporate some objects from your home on your balcony, on your deck or in your backyard!

  • Cushions, banquettes
  • More intimate lighting
  • An outdoor carpet
  • Follow these tips and you can make your deck as comfortable as your living room, and have a touch of sunlight in your home, even on the greyest days. In conclusion, I wish you a very sunny summer! :)

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    Try daring contrasts!

    For some, daring means colorful. But this isn’t always the case! As I often say, a successful decor is a decor with contrasts! I have always found that contrasts highlight the items in a room, whether these are accent items, items of sentimental value, or simply items you find beautiful.

    If you believe you can achieve contrasts only with colors, think again! There are also contrasting textures, which open up a world of possibilities.

    Here are some interesting examples:

    Contrasting textures

    Bare brick wall with a divan covered in very fine fabric and luxuriously silky cushions.

    Combining a very industrial steel chair with fur.

    Color contrasts

    You can opt for very pale walls and darker accents.

    You can also use dark walls in contrast with pale furniture.

    You can even dare to try such contrasts in your baby’s room!

    Or in other rooms, regardless of the occupants’ age!

    Don’t feel obliged to paint all the walls in pale or dark colours. Sometimes, just one wall is more than enough!

    Finally, always bear in mind that you have to like your decor and always feel at home with it. Trust yourself and be daring!