If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, take advantage of it! The backyard doesn’t have to be an extra piece of space just for the dog, it can be a welcoming extension of your home. All you need is some imagination and a little planning. Here are some great tips to get you started!
Design a Layout
The first thing you want to think about is layout. When planning the layout of your backyard, think of it as you would your home: divided into “rooms” for different activities. Take into consideration where you will want to eat, relax, entertain, etc. Remember multiple levels or different surface areas help define different zones, like the patio, deck, lawn or … Read more...
Move over man caves, there’s a new trend in town: pub sheds! Pub sheds started in the UK and are quickly growing in popularity stateside. Are you ready to swap out the lawnmower and garden tools for a kegerator and bar stools? Here is what you need for the ultimate DIY project:
The first thing you will need is a shed (obviously). Already have a shed? Then you’re one step ahead and all you need to do is clean it out.
Next you will need to decide how you will store your beverages. There are a few different options and you don’t have to stick to just one. Whether you want a … Read more...
Are you looking to save money on groceries? We all are, and a great way to do that is with an additional freezer. It may sound silly to suggest spending money to save money, but the amount of money you can save is well worth the investment. Saving money is probably the biggest reason to add a second freezer in your home, but you will find it can also save you a lot of time as well.
Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider a second freezer in your household:
You Can Buy in Bulk
This is a no-brainer! One of the biggest ways to save money on groceries is buying frozen foods in bulk. With an additional … Read more...
Dirty clothes go in and clean clothes come out; it’s like magic! Only this magic is limited to how well you take care of your washing machine. Did you know you should clean your washing machine once a month? Dirt and grime that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle winds up trapped within the machine, and over time clothes may not come out as clean and fresh smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer running at its best and avoid buildup of mold, mildew, and scum that contribute to odor, you need to clean your machine. Here’s how:
Things you should know:
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Any mattress that helps you sleep comfortably and wake up feeling refreshed, without pain and stiffness, is the best mattress for you. Unfortunately, there is no single mattress that works for all people, so finding your perfect mattress can be a challenge. Everyone’s bodies adjust to mattresses differently, and all have a preference to the firmness. Here is an easy guide to explain the various options you have to choose from.
Mattress Size: What size is appropriate for my room and situation?
Let’s start with the simple option first: size. Picking the size of the mattress should be the first thing you do. Take into consideration the size of the sleeper as well as the size of the room this … Read more...
As the temperatures rise, so do energy costs. We all know running the air conditioner during the summer months can be quite costly, but a cool home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some tips on how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently while keeping those energy bills low, without compromising your comfort.
Keep the Cool In and the Heat Out
Make sure your home is properly sealed. Check your attic to make sure it has been properly insulated. If you can see the attic joists, you will need to add more insulation. Check your windows and doors for drafts and seal up any cracks with caulking or weather stripping.
Help Your Air Conditioner Breathe
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Making your own meals at college can be challenging. Most likely you will have a mini fridge that that stores less than you are accustomed to. You might also share this fridge with your college roommate, leaving you with even less space. This, along with your peers and time constraints, may influence you to just grab something quick at a fast food restaurant or your campus cafeteria. The truth is, this is not a healthy diet and can be much more expensive than preparing your own food. Here are some simple recipes that are healthier for you than your local fast food chain.
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken breasts marinated in teriyaki sauce, lemon, garlic, and sesame oil, then grilled … Read more...
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and summer marks the start of grilling season. What better way to celebrate the warm weather than with some barbeque? Your BBQ grill has probably been sitting, unused, for months… and the last time it was opened was when you took off your final burger last summer. Did you clean it?
Let’s face it… your grill needs a good spring cleaning to welcome in the summer season. In just 5 steps you’ll have a clean BBQ and even better tasting food on Memorial Day. So without further ado, let’s get to work!
Before you begin, please make sure your grill is off and the propane tank is disconnected.
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Spring is in the air… and so is the POLLEN. While some are running into the great outdoors, others are running to the pharmacy for some allergy relief! And it’s not just pollen; there are other air pollutants in our home that can trigger allergy symptoms. The itchy eyes, runny nose and fatigue that come with allergies can be brutal. The use of HEPA filters can help relieve your home of these allergens and thereby reduce your allergy attacks.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters work by trapping those pollutants that trigger allergies. It’s a type of mechanical air filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, … Read more...
For allergy sufferers, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean many over looked items that could be harboring allergens and help reduce symptoms. On the other hand, the cleaning itself may set off fits of sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion. Whether you dread this process or find it strangely satisfying, it’s got to be done especially if you suffer from allergies.
Here are some cleaning tips to keep in mind as you spring clean your home. These cleaning tips will help both you and your family breathe easier.
Clean or replace filters on humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, air conditioning units and furnaces. If you are replacing your filters, try replacing them with HEPA filters … Read more...