How to Make Your Travel Blog More Engaging for Readers

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If you’ve already got your own travel blog up and running, that’s awesome! Sharing your experiences about this amazing planet we all share is a great thing for you to do; helping others discover new locations, and learn about cultures they may not have even heard of, is more than a worthwhile goal, it’s something we should all endeavor to do as human beings.

Still, maybe your viewership isn’t as widespread as you want it to be; maybe there’s something missing in your blog to really make it stand out from the crowd; or, maybe you just want to get even better at what you do. They’re all perfectly fine – every blogger worth their salt should want to improve, and explore the ways that they can not only draw in new readers, but create an even better experience for those who already subscribe.

Consider the following ideas to help your travel blog grow, and have an even greater impact on your readers.
Take the Road Less Traveled

Travel blogs are a dime a dozen, and they cover nearly every topic imaginable. To complicate things even more, non-travel blogs, like Facebook and Instagram, make it easier than ever to share photos and posts from a trip to the beach or a tour of Asia. What this means for you as a blogger is not only more competition for your readers’ attention, but also fewer ideas to use that are wholly original.

But if you want your blog to stand out, you need to find a niche no one else, or very few people, are covering. This can be tough to do, and will take some creativity on your part. Some suggestions to pull this off include:

Look for Unique Locales – Just about every travel blog you come across will have posts titled something like, “Your Guide to Vacationing in Las Vegas,” or “The Top Ten Shopping Destinations in New York City.” While there’s nothing wrong with talking about either of these cities, they’re both great places to visit, you won’t stand out talking about the exact same places everyone else is.

Instead, discuss regions and cities that few people are showcasing. Travel blogs appeal to people because they get to see places they’ve never been, and learn more about them. They don’t necessarily have to be locations that your readers will actually travel to – you can talk about the deserts of Saudi Arabia or the Arctic Tundra and make it interesting. Sometimes, it’s enough just to learn something new!

Take a Different Approach – If you are going to talk about a common location, approach your subject from a different perspective. Everyone wants to talk about the casinos, spas, and shows when they discuss Las Vegas. Again, nothing wrong with that, but it’s been done before, and many times. You never, or hardly ever, see anyone discuss the music scene in Las Vegas, despite the fact that Imagine Dragons and Five Finger Death Punch both call Las Vegas home. Using a different perspective will allow you to talk about common travel destinations in an uncommon way!

Improve the Quality of Your Writing

Nothing is more painful for a reader than to find a blog with a topic they’re interested in, with an article that covers exactly what they were looking for, only to discover that the useful info is buried beneath layers and layers of fluff and bad grammar. Blogs are primarily a medium that uses the written word to communicate what you’re trying to say, so with that in mind, if you want to make your blog stand out, you need to be able to write well.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying you have to be the next Stephen King. Part of the appeal of blogging is that anyone can get started in it, and they can showcase experiences, advice and ideas that are common to many people with simple, easy-to-understand language. You’re not necessarily trying to write a bestselling book on your blog (although
there are bloggers who have).

Instead, what I’m talking about is generally improving your grammar, how you structure your posts with a beginning, middle and end, and in the case of relating your experiences, how you tell a story. There are many different ways to do this, and it depends on your preferred learning style, as well as what aspect of your writing you want to improve.

Do a search for the most popular blogs on the web, and do a careful analysis of their writing styles. You shouldn’t be copying them, but instead, looking at what makes them work: how they structure their posts, the persona and tone they use, how they present their topics. Understanding how different people approach different topics, and their blogging philosophies, will help broaden your knowledge, as well as generate potential ideas for your own blog posts.

Tying in with your writing clarity, think about how impactful your blog and domain names are. If you didn’t give it much thought when you started, and settled for, I’m not blaming you: we all have to start somewhere. But to make you stand out, you’ll need a name that’s simple, but memorable, and that means you may need to retitle your blog and register a new domain name.

Use Better Images to Illustrate Your Posts

There are few places that the old adage of “a picture is worth a thousand words” proves itself more true than on blogs. No matter how good your writing is, you should include some visual indicator to elaborate on or illustrate the points that you make in your blog.

Since blogs are very personal affairs for many bloggers, taking your own pictures, and indeed, featuring your own adventures, can go a very long way towards drawing more people into what you’re blogging about. If you haven’t yet, start training yourself in photography.

Don’t worry so much about the camera right now; cell phones have gotten to the point that they can take very high quality, if not professional grade, photos. Instead, immerse yourself in the principles of lighting and composition; figure out how the Rule of Thirds works and how to turn it to your advantage.Utilizing these principles, even photos taken without filters on a mid-range phone can become compelling illustrations of the stories you’re telling.
If you’re not a competent photographer, and know you never will be, that’s okay; you can still provide high quality, engaging images to expand on your written word. If you can’t compile your own photography to use, you should look into use free stock black-and-white images to accompany your post.

The important aspect to focus on is providing images, whether your own or those you use from cited sources, to bring a deeper understanding of your topic in each post.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving Winter in New York

To many people of the world, the winters up in northern USA are pure insanity. With snow piled inches high and temperatures below freezing, it’s almost a wonder anyone gets through it unscathed.

Native New Yorkers are used to these temperatures; they’ve weathered these storms since they were born. But for those of us from elsewhere in the states, you might not know exactly what to expect from your first winter in NY. If you find yourself relocating up toward the big apple, remember these tips to keep yourself from (metaphorically and literally) getting buried beneath the snow.

1. Buy Thick Winter Clothes

You may think you know what winter feels like, but it’s better to be safe than miserable after stepping out in below freezing temperatures because you wore a coat that was too light. Far more important than fashion is function in this instance. Before winter hits, stock up on some specialized winter outerwear and clothes that can be layered. Think things like puffa jackets, chunky woolen jumpers and thick boot socks. You’ll need thermal gloves and underwear, and a hat thats padded to keep your head and ears warm. Long johns may seem like overkill now, but you’ll be so grateful to have them as winter sets in Long before November, stock up on things that’ll keep you warm. Not
everything will look cute, but as long as you don’t freeze, it’s done
what it needs to do.


2. Proper Footwear Is Important

Get yourself a proper pair of boots. Better yet, get yourself
a couple pairs. Sturdy boots coupled with a pair of thick socks will help you wade through snow and not get frostbite doing it. Your boots should also have a good grip. New York is a walking city, and you don’t want to fall flat on ice while trying to get a latté. Again, try not to worry about whether they’re fashionable. It’s far more important that they protect your feet.

3. Invest in Your Home

When you’re not out walking the New York streets, you’re probably going to be in your home trying to keep the heat going. During the winter, the moisture in and around your house or apartment can cause mold and fungus to grow. Take the time to have your home treated before the winter completely sets in and worsens the infestation. Focus on breaking the mold in Brooklyn , NY by investing in a company that’ll come look at your home and treat the mold that’s nestled into your property.

4. Be Careful Where You Stand

I can’t emphasize this enough: avoid standing next to intersections at all costs. Sure, it’s typically normal to stand at the intersection while you wait for the light to change so you can cross the street. But consider this, during the day all of the snow and slush will start to melt and will collect on the sides of the streets. This melted snow combines with everything else on the street including dirt. If a car drives past you while you’re standing at the corner, you’ll be sure to get covered from head to toe in cold, gray slush. Be smart and stand back from corners and sidewalk edges. A dry pedestrian is a happy pedestrian.

5. Snow Removal

Be aware of how snow is removed from your area. If you’re renting or in an apartment building, you’re lucky. You don’t have to worry about keeping the snow off of the sidewalks. That’s your landlord’s job. It’s them that you’ll complain to if the snow becomes a problem. If you’re a homeowner, you’re responsible for shoveling that snow yourself or hiring someone to do it for you. You want the area around your home to be clean and safe for you and others to walk on, so remember to shovel your walkway. Winter in New York can be brutal, but if you’re prepared, you can survive it just like a native.
When the snow finally starts falling, put your warmth before everything else and invest in the things that’ll keep you safe and happy.

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Haggar’s Men’s Dress Pants Review #Jeans #CasualWear #Jeans #BigAndTall


I received two pairs of pants from Haggar’s Clothing for my son. I have to say that sometimes ordering clothing online makes me a little nervous with not knowing if I’m ordering the right size. I’m sure you can relate it to having those feelings as well. However, Haggar’s made it really easy to know how to order on their site. They had an easy chart to figure out the size that my son would need in their Big and Tall section. It was an easy two clicks for the size and they were ordered! I know it couldn’t get any easier then that! I was so excited for them to arrive because I wanted to see the pants in person, because trying to find pants in the stores is really a nightmare for us. My son does not enjoy shopping and going in and out of at the minimum of 10 stores to find pants for him. So I was so hoping those days would come to an end with Haggar’s. I know that’s a lot of pressure to put on a purchase! Although, I’m sure we are not the only ones that feel this way.

When the pants arrived I literally ripped the package open because I couldn’t want to see if our shopping nightmares were coming to an end. I felt the pants material and I have to say that I loved it! It was a very nice quality material, not scratchy at all, I loved the invisible expandable waistline, I could not find one thing that I didn’t like about them. So I sent my son off to try them on, there was some grumbling of course that he had to try them on. However, I could hear him from his room when he yelled “Whoo hooo! They fit mom!” I have NEVER had my son excited over pants fitting! Seriously, I was SO excited myself, no driving all over to different stores and trying on more pants then I care to think about, no son having a fit after the 3rd store that had nothing that would fit him! OMG! our shopping for his pants just got so easy by just signing into my Haggar’s account, finding the pants he wants, selecting the size and ordering then we can just sit back and relax till they arrive in 4-5 days! WHAT! someone pinch me because I can’t believe it’s true! I could have done cartwheels down the street knowing that I didn’t have to go through the nightmare shopping trips and my son was excited over his pants. That’s an epic win for this mom! No, that’s not even close to an exaggerated statement! If you don’t believe me, we can take my son shopping for pants and you can have a first hand experience of the shopping nightmare. lol I’m more than happy to share the shopping experience with you, you may run screaming into the night after the 3rd store we go in!


The jeans fit perfectly as well! I also loved that they offered a variety of shades of the jean colors as well, so that he doesn’t look like he is wearing the same jeans everyday. I do wish that they offered a black jean color as my son really likes them. However, other then that, we loved the comfort of the way the jeans fit. The material was so comfortable to my son and he is picky about jeans! The material has a quality feel to them and the ones I chose for him were stretchy as well so that they would be more comfortable for him. He was again yelling out “MOM! They fit! I’m wearing them now!” Who is this child??? I have never seen them so excited about trying on pants and them fitting. There has always been frustration, anger, both of us annoyed, but never such excitement! We have found our go to for all his pants needs! They fit perfectly, he loves the way that they feel, fit, and he is excited to wear them!


I also love that Haggar Clothing has great deals on their clothing like for Father’s Day they are offering a great deal! You can purchase 3 pairs of pants for just $85 or 3 pairs of shorts for $55 with FREE shipping! The deal ends on 6/9 so hurry over to get your Father’s Day gifts so Dad can be as happy as my son! Trust me, he will just LOVE them! Don’t forget to use the promo code: 3FORDAD at the checkout to grab this great deal!

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5 Secrets that Make Every Parent’s Life Easier

Having a new baby in the house is a joy for any family. Any parent will tell you that nothing compares to the sounds, sights and feelings of caring for a newborn. Many expectant parents long for the day that they’ll get to meet their new infant, but brand-new parents often feel incredibly overwhelmed when the time comes.

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The key to enjoying life as a new parent is by simply being prepared for your newborn and the challenges it might bring. No one is ever truly an expert, but by checking out these tips, you might think about some things you hadn’t thought about before. Check out our 5 secrets for making your life as a parent easier below.

1. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

There’s no statement that rings truer than, ͞it takes a village to raise a child.͟ Whether you’re in a committed relationship, a single parent or a new guardian to a child, you’ll understand very quickly that it’s extremely difficult to succeed on your own when it comes to taking care of babies. Whether it’s coming from your parents, friends, neighbors or community members, don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help. No one is expecting you to do it all on your own!

2. Nap When You Can

Think of the stereotypes of a new parent: stressed, scared and sleep-deprived. This doesn’t have to be you! By getting enough sleep, you’ll be able to keep calm and avoid meltdowns over insignificant stressors. While it may not be possible to get a full eight hours at night with a newborn, allow yourself to rest when you can. Work out a schedule with your partner to make sure you’re both getting enough rest, or nap when the baby is napping. You deserve rest too.

3. Keep an Emergency Kit

The life of a parent is never anything short of hectic. You’re bound to forget things, whether it’s an essential baby item, or a form or an appointment. One way to make your life easier? Pack an emergency kit in your trunk so you don’t forget essential supplies. Keeping an extra diaper bag stocked with diapers, wipes, extra clothes, coloring books, crayons or anything else you might need in a pinch will save you on your most forgetful days. You can even start to build this bag before your baby arrives by stocking up on supplies when you find buy-one-get-one free coupons or other great deals.

4. Invest in a Double Buggy

One way to simplify your life as a parent is by investing in the right tools. If you’re a family with multiple young children, a double buggy is like a secret weapon, allowing you to take both kids on longer walking trips without fear of wearing anyone out. If you’ve only got one child, a double buggy can still do a lot for you. The extra room, whether in the form of a seat or a platform, can be extremely handy for holding groceries, diaper bags or any other bulky supplies you may have with you. If you need help shopping for a double buggy, check out a review site like for tips on how to pick the best one.

5. Remember: Nobody’s Perfect

At the end of the day, no matter how prepared you are as a parent, accidents will happen. One of the greatest skills you can learn when taking care of children is to let things roll of your back and to not sweat the small stuff. As long as you love your children and strive to be a good parent every day, the rest will fall into place. Take your time as a parent to enjoy life with your child and make memories that your family will keep for the rest of their lives. It’s a beautiful time, don’t be afraid to make the most of it!

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Attachment Parenting and How to Practice It Safely

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There are plenty of parenting styles and philosophies and finding the right one for you is most important. Attachment parenting is a philosophy that many parents take ideas from. It’s the general idea that a mother and child should stay physically close at all times, whether that be touching or within reach. For many, probably including you, this seems like common sense, but being committed to attachment parenting can be more difficult than people originally think.

For some parents it’s less of a choice and more of a necessity. Every child is different, and some simply need more attention than others to function. Some babies can be strapped into a rocker and will instantly pass out, while others will start to whine if you so much as leave their sight. Obviously, these are all things that you learn as your infant grows. No child is the same, and they’re always growing and learning. Some parents have started less attached and suddenly become full users of the attachment parenting lifestyle simply because the baby learned it got what it wanted if it cried more often. Kids can be tough.

Sleeping Arrangements

One of the most heavily debated facets of attachment parenting is having the baby sleep close to mum. If you’ve done any research or talked to almost any mother, you know that even the idea of sleeping next to a baby is a scary idea because of S.I.D.S (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). But with new technologies and research, many of those fears are no longer an issue. New developments in co-sleep beds are actually a great help to many mothers with fussy or overactive infants. Having a hand on the baby while they sleep (and while you sleep) is a great way to help the child fall asleep and stay asleep. One mother who used attachment parenting even started her own blog about her experience and the research she did on the way, and sites like provide a great resource for new parents of even second or third time parents looking to try something new.

Co-sleeping arrangements have had lots of studies done on them, as well as the alternative, which is usually sleep training. Co-sleeping is said to support mother and child attachment, as well as help to prevent separation anxiety. However, many people are easily dissuaded from its perks because they don’t know how it works or the best way to do it – they just hear the negative press. But with new technologies like co-sleeper cribs, the dangers of co-sleeping have been eliminated while it’s perks are enhanced.

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How to Throw the Perfect White Party This Summer

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Need a break from the vibrant color-filled parties? Try removing all the colors and instead indulge in an all-white theme. Normally, white parties can be set up with the most minimalistic looking furniture and some arrangements for lighting. White is also the most preferred theme for weddings. So, if you are planning to throw your wedding after-party or a chic summer all-white party, you ought to find wedding rentals near me for styling and design of your party. Here are a few areas to focus on to blend the theme equally well across the setup.


Everything from the furniture, the garlands, to the lighting and the balloons can be white. This creates an all-dimensional ambiance that looks superbly white. Throwing off a completely white theme might miss out on the specialty of metallic edges. I mean, total white-out may not turn out to be what you have expected but metallic finishes and silver linings can give a special feel to it. When organizing your seating arrangement, carve out an ultimately relaxing area with white living room furniture complemented by silver or gold pillows. Cornering the furniture from all sides, high cocktail tables should be set up for the guests to get handy with the booze. For centerpieces to look magical, load up white flowers to keep the floral density minimal and inspiring. If you are hosting a day event, lighting can’t do much good. However, if you’re kicking it off in the evening, paper lanterns with warm lights can mesmerize everyone with the striking golden glow all through the night. You cannot forget balloons – stock up the place with small and large ones to notch up the atmosphere of the party.


Champagne should run like water at the event. The guest should be served at the start and there must be frequent rounds to sensitize them with the party. An efficient caliber of bartenders should be showing skills and creativity by preparing a special line of ‘white’ cocktails, mojitos and margaritas. Lemon drop martinis and white sangria should lead in the lineup of drinks. Make sure the drinks are light and there should be an arrangement for guests who get hammered enough. One more thing, serve the drinks on metal trays or white trays with silver edges to intensify the appeal. Remember, these extra metal touches provide for the richness of the theme and have a captivating aura to it!


The theme entails light food for serving. You can, though, have a couple of energy-rich foods on the menu too. Don’t offload the courses of food at once, keep it consistently flowing. Start off with appetizers like cheesy puffs, sizzling skewered haloumi cheese served with white grapes, crab ravioli, buttered cauliflower and hot tartlets to mark a savory decadence. For desserts, creamy coconut bites, chopped banana topped with dark chocolate and vanilla eclairs brushed with maple syrup – just yum! For more delightful recipes, follow the link.


You can arrange for beaded necklaces or twig crowns for women while the men can have metallic handkerchiefs to go along with their ensembles.

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Razor Turbo Jetts Review

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I received the Razor Turbo Jetts to review with my son’s. Living in the Midwest, we get serious cabin fever during the winter months. So when the Razor Turbo Jetts arrived we couldn’t wait for the snow to melt, of course we then went into raining season. However, we finally got a good day where we could get out and about and try out the Razor Turbo Jetts. Talk about being thrilled to get outside! OMG! we were so excited to get out and do something together.

I tried them first so I could direct my son’s on how to use the Razor Turbo Jetts.
Okay, Okay, I wanted to try them first because they looked so fun! Shhhhh….that’s not what I told my son’s, I told them that I wanted to be able to tell them how to use them. Don’t judge me….all parents have done it at some point! lol Where was I? Oh, Yes, so I put on the Razor Turbo Jetts, and they were so easy to get on over my shoes, I had a helmet on (Yes, I’m sure it made me look very cute! Safety first, when teaching the kiddos) and elbow and knee pads. So I was building confidence that I could do this no problem! I pushed the switch and I was ready to test them out. I put my foot with the jett on it and I was ready to go. I had a straight sidewalk with no one around so I was on my way.

razor jetts

I went down to the end and came back, the Razor Turbo Jetts worked great. My son’s were jumping up and down when I got back by them. They couldn’t wait to have a turn! So my younger son went first, he had all his gear on and I explained how to use them to him. He was off and down the same path I took. He was screaming as he went that he LOVED THEM! He had an easy time turning around and coming back again because it’s so easy to do, you just use your foot without the Turbo Jett on it and you can easily turn around and go the direction that you want to. My oldest son went next and he went down the same path and had some great time as well. He was also screaming how fun it was and could he take another turn right away! The boys had so much fun on the Razor Turbo Jetts.

We went for another ride before the boys had to get some school work done. It was the perfect way to relax them. However, getting them to do their homework was not as easy as I hoped, they were relaxed and just talking 50 miles an hour about how fast they went. How much they loved the Razor Turbo Jetts, and asking when we could charge them and go riding them again. They were so excited that it was an hour before we got any homework done. Okay, so maybe, just maybe I was joining in with their conversation about the Razor Turbo Jetts. I told them we would go out the weekend and ride them again.

Now, I have to say one day over the weekend the boys went with their dad over night. So if your thinking…”Did she go and have fun with the Razor Turbo Jetts?” The answer is a resounding YES! I went to a new area and had a complete blast with them. I had a few other parents ask me what it is that I was having such a fun time with. I of course told them that it was the Razor Turbo Jetts, so one of the mom’s asked if she could try them so I said of course. I explained how to use them and she just loved them as well. She wanted a set for her and a set for her children, so they could all go out together with them. I told her “Of course! Why shouldn’t we have fun too!” She just had so much fun with them, she said her son had a birthday coming up and she was going to surprise him with his. She was just so excited, she said her son kept asking for them but she wasn’t sure if they were safe for the kids and her. So she was so glad that she ran into me with his birthday coming up shortly. We talked for a little while longer and I was on my way having so much fun and not a care in the world. It was the perfect way to get rid of my cabin fever, let the stress go, and have a great time.

You can find the Razor Turbo Jetts at, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and many other great locations. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about early Christmas shopping, birthday’s as well. They will be some happy campers!

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Candied Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe

candied apple pie cheesecake

This Candied Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe would be a great make ahead dessert for any event that you have or to spoil the family with. It has me already drooling just thinking about it. I do believe that I’m going to have to make it very shortly for the family as we all love apples and we all love cheesecake. Is anyone else drooling over it???

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Easy DIY Dry Erase Board ~ Chore Chart, Calendar, Homework Chart, Daily Activity Chart Or More #MomHelper #Chorechart #GetOrganized

Daily chore chart DIY Dry Erase Board

We can always use organizational products but they can be expensive at times to purchase. I have made a DIY dry erase board that will cost you only $2.50 to make! It’s easy, fun, functional, and a easy way to organize the family in many ways and you can make more then one to fit all your family needs.

You can see that I made this DIY dry erase board into a daily chore chart. However, you can use them for so many different things that you need. They are easy to hang up where the family can see them as well. You’re able to write on them and then wipe them clean and then write on them again. I’m using mine to keep our daily activities where the family can see them and know what we have planned for the next day. We also have a daily chore chart, a calendar for the month, and a rewards chart for the family. They are all hanging neatly and are easy to change as well as easy to see for the whole family. It cost only $2.50 each to make and they have made everything in our home run smoother then in the past. Everyone can see what they are to do for chores, when homework is due, how far they are away from getting their reward, and what we have going on for the month for the family.

Project materials:

* 8″ X 11″ Photo Frame (purchase at Dollar Tree)
* Packing Tape
* 8 Discontinued Paint Sample Charts from paint store ~ Ask at the paint store for discontinued paint charts and choose the colors you would like for your Dry Erase Boards
* Thin tip dry erase marker (Dollar Tree)

Step 1: The names of the paints will be on the charts, so you will cut the names off, you will want to make sure the names are on either side of the charts and easily removed with plenty of space to use for writing

Step 2: Once you have all the names cut off you will put one chart next to your next paint chart that you want into your dry erase board and then tape the top and bottom. Then put one more piece of tape in the middle. You will do this on the back side of the charts while making sure that the lines on the front of your chart are lined up.

Step 3: Continue to tape all the color charts together till all 8 are taped together. If you choose a larger frame then given you will need more charts to fill the frame.

Step 4: Take off the back of your picture frame and put the charts inside of the frame with color charts facing down. Then replace the back of the photo frame.

Your photo frame is now ready to use as your DIY dry erase board. You will write on it with your dry erase marker and make it your daily chore chart, your calendar or whatever your family is in need of. You can also make it a message board as well if you choose. Then just write on it and you can wipe it off easily at any time and restart your board. It’s such an easy project but helps to keep you organized.

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