There Is No Place Like Home


The best feeling: walking into your home after a long day at work or play. I love coming home with the boys after spending the afternoons at the park, the beach or running errands. The comfort of your place and the familiar settings really make it true, there is no place like home!

My husband’s office used to occupy two rooms in the main floor of our house and after moving his office out of the home we had a lot of newly found free space. We have been dreaming about setting up our own gym/exercise room for a while and the new space was perfect so we decided to set up an exercise room and a playroom for the kids at the same time. The playroom is attached to the main larger exercise room and it makes the perfect “safe area” for them to play while we exercise.



Since setting up the exercise room I have been working out daily! We set up a T.V. with WiFi that streams free exercise videos from YouTube. The Internet is filled with free workout series and I am loving the FitnessBlender channel on Youtube, so many fun work-outs. I don’t have any excuses now as the boys can come with me downstairs to play while I workout.

Exercising at home without having to leave the house to go to the gym has been amazing. I love the freedom of being able to work out at anytime of the day and the boys are really enjoying their new playroom.  We even use the playroom at other times as well when I am not working out, they love having their bigger toys set up in a separate area and the excitement of a new room to play in. I also love seeing their little heads popping up and saying hi as I workout and they watch from their playroom.


Now, having an exercise room at home used by my husband and I everyday means that windows must be opened everyday. Using Air Wick® Life Scents™ has been amazing to keep our home smelling fresh and clean. The Turquoise Oasis scent is my favourite for our downstairs. I love the driftwood, salty sea spray, and warm breeze scents, all ridiculously fresh and relaxing!

All Life Scents™ fragrances are long lasting and contain three very distinct fragrance accords that can be experienced on their own and also together, constantly changing throughout the day. I really like walking into the room and enjoying one of the nice fragrances.

Our downstairs is becoming one of my favourite areas of our home! What’s yours? Share your special space in your own home using #HomeIsInTheAir to WIN a  $5,000 Room Makeover! So easy! Capture it using Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, upload the photo of your special space with a brief caption describing what you enjoy doing there and don’t forget to tag it: #HomeIsInTheAir

At the end of the contest period, the most inspiring entry as determined by hearts, retweets, likes, and a panel of Air Wick® judges, will receive a $5,000 Room Makeover!

Unlike ordinary home fragrances, each Air Wick® Life ScentsTM fragrance contains three constantly changing unique scents that let you create your own home experience. Try the new air freshener collection from Air Wick®– Available in four multi-layered fragrances.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Air Wick® Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Air Wick® Canada.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

18 responses to “There Is No Place Like Home”

  1. The kitchen is my favorite are in my home! 🙂 Love your home gym!

  2. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll post a photo to enter the contest, would love a room makeover, we need it badly. Love your gym, wish we had the space for one.

  3. Jealous of your home gym! My favourite room is our sunroom ????

  4. My favorite room is the kitchen, but the living room is a close second.

  5. I was recently given a couple of Airwick plug ins…..have yet to try them.

  6. I’m insanely jealous of your workout room right now. It’s my dream to have a beautiful place to work out, yet have it convenient so I can watch what my toddler is up to.

  7. I envy your workout room. With three stinky kids, a cat and a dog we go through a lot of scented products to keep our home smelling fresh. Will definitely check out the Airwick Plugins and the contest!

  8. My favourite part of the home is my home office and my backyard because of the pool and deck. But I love what you have done and I truly find I need to run to the gym to schedule in my workouts to make them work for me BUT I think there’s a space downstairs where I could add some workout equipment when we redo the basement (happening soon).

  9. Wow, I like your space! Its great that your own space is next to the kids so you can keep an eye on them. So cute that your baby is looking into your workout space to look at the TV! Too bad I don’t have any spare rooms to get a Makeover.

  10. My favourite room in our house is my living room. We spend most of our time there.

  11. that’s a great workout area

  12. That’s some make-over, unfortunately I don’t have room to swing a cat as they say – I need a bigger home rather than a make-over 🙂

  13. i love the hardwood floors used

  14. That’s a very cool set up you have. We’ve always wanted to do that but it never panned out 😛

  15. My favourite room in the house is my library… I love the stacks and rows of books, my art work, my old antique desk and my rug… The toys the boys leave all over the place, my comfortable sofa. Its my sanctuary and the core of my family life.

  16. I love that cozy feeling myself.

  17. My crafting room is my favourite

  18. Love your setup! There really is no better feeling than coming home after a long day away.

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