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! :)

Declutter Your Home Office in Next 5 Steps

Piles of papers, office accessories, notebooks, stickers, cables, file folders, etc. It’s just stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis and it’s driving us crazy! How can we function properly with all those things laid all over our work space?! And it’s not just the mess – you have wasted God knows how much time trying to find that one piece of paper you had needed, yet you couldn’t find it as it was buried at the bottom of the pile.

Compact fit desk

It’s better to spend some time de-cluttering your office than waste hours trying to find what you’d needed. Cluttered workspace may distract you while you’re trying to get your job done properly.

Still, there’s no reason to worry about anything. We are giving you a de-clutter tutorial that will instantly help!

1. Do you really need all that stuff?  

Step away from your desk and try to get a bigger picture of your home office.  Discern every single thing that is placed on your desk and think whether you actually need it. You may even take a picture and print it, sit back in a comfortable chair and make a mental sorting out of (un)necessary items to have in your office.

Hello Fall!

Every season has its good side, but fall is probably my favorite! The cool weather, the return of boots and woollen scarves… The first red leaves on the tree in front of my home makes me feel like decorating the entire house for fall and leaving my deck for the comfort of my indoors! A note of caution: don’t confuse “Halloween decorations” with “fall decorations” Often, our fall decorations are part of our Halloween decorations, but the opposite isn’t necessarily true.

Here are two tips to decorate your home for fall.

Buy flowers in orange, red and yellow tones.

Dare to use artificial leaves to make a wreath or a centerpiece, or simply to replace flowers!

Use squash in a variety of ways.

Use candles to add atmosphere. (If you use perfumed candles, I recommend “Sweater Weather” or “Leaf” from Bath & Body Works).

Change the pictures in your frames to fall-inspired images.

Add a little touch of fall in your home, and say hello to fall!

Say yes to eclecticism!

Eclecticism is a style most of us have at home, perhaps without even knowing it. Too often it’s adopted by default because we can’t pin down our favorite type of decor: we tell ourselves that it’s not totally country, or totally modern, and we don’t know if our style is more contemporary or more rustic! It’s not always easy!

But don’t worry: I’ve studied decorating, I work in decorating, and I still haven’t pinned down my own style (it’s probably unique on the planet!). I like to be able to change the look of my decor whenever I want! I find this gives my house personality, and makes me feel at home. You have the right not to have a specific style – that’s exactly what eclecticism means!

But what is eclecticism?

Eclecticism basically is a mix of styles: it mixes modern and traditional, or contemporary and a touch of rustic! Give yourself the right not to have a very specific style and make eclecticism more than a style by default, but a a style of your own!

But eclecticism can also mean:

Mixing colors: You’re not trying to make a pizza. On the other hand, you don’t want to settle for just one accent color per room.