Archive for April, 2014
Having a toddler in the house can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. While you want to bask in the pride you feel when your child takes his or her first step and begins to waddle around barely holding onto anything for support, there is also a heightened degree of risk that comes along with this significant accomplishment. A mobile child can often equal disaster if you have not begun childproofing drawers, cabinets, the stairs, or anything in your house.
Childproofing your home is one of the most important parts of keeping your toddler safe. The leading cause of death in children ages one to 14 are unintentional injuries in the U.S., and UNICEF also reports that thousands of children are killed this way globally. Some of the main contributing factors of these injuries include cuts, burns,
Did you know that vexillology is the scientific study of flags? While vexillology looks at the symbolism and usage of flags, many people choose to display flags for a variety of other purposes. There are several benefits of exhibiting flags, as there are many types of flags available.
1. Decorative. These types of flags are typically used for outdoor purposes. Decorative flags for outside are able to display a wide variety of images, and they can be used for seasonal purposes, as well. Whether you are seeking spring flags or summer flags, there are decorative flags for outside that can suit your needs.
2. Garden. These types of flags
Spring is finally here, and it’s time to start thinking about the garden and landscape you let go to waste during the winter months. Compelling garden design can increase the value of your home and save you money on watering, maintenance, and grocery bills. Here are some ways to maximize your garden’s aesthetic appeal — and save some money in the meantime:
Throw Out Your Lawn Mower!
Favor sustainable, low-maintenance flowers, plants, trees and shrubs to reduce watering, weeding, and fertilizing costs. “Several folks are turning over their grass patches for drought-tolerant flowers in an attempt to minimize water and eliminate fertilizing,” Better Homes and Gardens reiterates. “Oh! — and, of course, to create a gorgeous, neighbor-envying garden, too.” These
A new construction home is like a blank canvas. You can get to work like an artist, creating the structure of it, adding different shapes, and integrating various genres to paint the ultimate masterpiece. It may take a while for each of your individual strokes to come together, but the end result will be a work of art that you can admire for the rest of your life.
This is one of the main advantages of building a new home from scratch, instead of looking for used homes, rental homes, or luxury townhomes for sale. In addition to the stylistic benefits of new home construction, there are practical perks as well. Home buyers are increasingly trying to find ways to reduced their energy costs and infus
What is a continuing care retirement community? For a large portion of the 40 million Americans currently over the age of 65, it’s home. And that number is only increasing — as the Baby Boomer generation gradually ages into retirement, the number of seniors moving into retirement communities is slated to increase as well.
But there are plenty of stories in the media about nursing homes and the dangerous they can pose to seniors, especially those who don’t have people to take care of the decisions for them as they age. So what are the benefits of moving into continuing care facilities? And on a larger scale, what are the options for someone looking into moving to a retirement home t
True, home ownership has always been the American dream. Mortgaging or buying a house lets you call a place your own and is a great investment tool for your retirement. But there are many advantages to apartment renting as well.
When seeking an apartment to rent, keep in mind apartment rentals typically offer a lot more for your money. Many apartment complexes even come with pools, gyms, and other creature comforts it would cost thousands to add to a home. Apartment renting also relieves the burden of the stress associated with homeownership. Generally, renting allows you to avoid the associated financial responsibility of water bills and property taxes.
With an estimated 9%
Looking for apartments can sometimes feel like a big game hunt. You learn all there is to learn about your prey, you track down its whereabouts, and you try to beat other would-be hunters to the kill. To get the most out of your “apartment safari”, here are a few important apartment hunting tips to keep in mind.
Stay Near the Waterhole. When hunting the wild apartment, it helps to know where they’re most likely to gather. While some complexes do tend to spring up in the suburbs, downtown will still be your best bet. And living in apartment
Your house might be dirtier than you think. On average, an office desk hosts around 20,000 germs per square inch, while a bathroom or kitchen sink holds an average of 100,000 germs per square inch.
Along with greatly reducing the presence of these potentially harmful germs, there are many other benefits to hiring a residential maid service.
Here are four surprising benefits of hiring a residential maid service to keep your home clean:
1. A noticeably cleaner house: In addition to using the most effective cleaning equipment, professional home cleaning services also train their employees in the best methods of cleaning and arranging your house.
2. Improved health: Did you know that about 60% of time off work related to illness comes from bacteria or viruses encountered in the office? Y
The effects of sleep deprivation have been well documented by studies throughout the past few decades, and they’ve all led to an overwhelming conclusion — we need to get better rest at night. Recent reports have linked a lack of sleep with early onset of Alzheimer’s and even permanent brain damage, all troubling signs for those of us who enjoy our nightcrawling proclivities. There are plenty of sleep aids you can buy at the drugstore, but some can be habit-forming in the long run. It’s better to focus on your body’s natural rhythms and try to cater to them.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of three natural
Young kids are writing letters to support our troops. “Thank you for protecting our country. Must be pretty brave joining the military. They say a man looks handsome in uniform,” one such letter begins. “My name is Giselle. I’m in 8th grade. I love listening to music and being lazy. My favorite food is chicken wings.”
Our children and their heartfelt — and often funny — letters are on the right track. Contributions and donations for military families do not have to expensive. It is more than possible to give back to active military and veterans, without breaking the bank. Here are some simple — and cheap — ideas:
Donate From Home
If you are tight on money and time, you can still Continue Reading