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Creative Ways to use Hammocks Around the Home

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When you think of a hammock, one of the first thoughts that come to mind likely includes lazing the day away under the trees with a good book, or possibly even napping. Hammocks beat sleeping on the ground—after all, you’re above it—and the soothing swinging motion is gentle enough to rock you to a nice long siesta. But hammocks don’t have to be just for the outdoors. In fact, there are a few different and creative ways you can incorporate hammocks inside your home. Here are a few to begin with. Hammock in the Living Room Spruce your living room up by adding a stylish and chic hammock. This can be a nice touch to your current décor or use it as the main attractor. Hammocks never go out of trend and everyone can benefit from a little afternoon nap. Hammocks for your Pet As much as we love taking naps, our little fur animals also enjoy a good hammock. Try hanging a small hammock under a coffee table for easy access for your pets. We guarantee this will be a favorite spot in the home. Hammock for the Kids Add some fun in the kids’ room by adding a hammock….

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Creating An Efficient At-Home Workspace

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Working from home has a lot of benefits, such as the flexibility of time and saving fuel, working in your pajamas. However, it might get boring over time and if your workspace is too casual, it can hamper your productivity. Let’s look at a few ways we can create an organized and work-friendly space at home. Location, Location, Location Find a location in your home that offers natural light and is conducive to your devices like your desktop or fax machine, printer, etc. Keep in mind that your space should provide enough privacy and quiet so that you can work uninterrupted and attend to any meetings without any disruption. Storage, Lighting, and Color If your home office offers little in the way of lighting, a lamp is the easiest way to remedy this issue. Additionally, having a small cabinet to keep your files and documents from scattering will help keep your desk clean and organized. Color can also affect productivity, so consider painting your walls a soothing color that will keep you calm even when you’re under tight deadlines. Ergonomics and Technology To avoid long-term back issues and headaches, it’s important to invest in a chair that offers back support….

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How to Design a Stylish and Kid-Friendly Home

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Designing your home can be a creative and fun process, but add kids into the mix and the situation becomes quite interesting. You want your home to be kid-friendly, but at the same time, you don’t want it to look like a daycare. With these tips, you can ensure your home is both kid-friendly and stylish. Add Color to Your Decor You probably favor the pearl finishes and silken upholstery, but it will be a good idea to hold on to that thought for a few years and switch it up by adding some color. Add a colorful rug in your living room as that is an area that experiences quite a bit of foot traffic. To avoid any spill stains, a dark colored rug would be more conducive, or you can forgo carpeting altogether and opt for hardwood floors. The Play Area To give your kids space they need to play (and for you to keep an eye on them), it’s a good idea to create a play area next to the living room rather than in the nursery or bedrooms. Keep your child’s toys and treasures organized and out of the way once she’s finished playing by utilizing…

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Hosting a Family-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Get Together

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Cinco de Mayo is a popular mid-year holiday that a lot of people enjoy celebrating, especially when there are food and drinks involved. If you’re planning on having a get together at your home, add to the festivities by including some great easy-to-do meals and drinks, creating fun props and photo backdrops for your photo booth, and even including some fun décor to go from siesta to fiesta! Taco Stations and Drink Bars No Cinco de Mayo get together would be complete without a taco station! Everyone loves tacos, and having a simple station where your guests can make their own tacos will be a definite hit for everyone. You can also include easy to make to-go cups of seven-layer dip, bean dip, or everyone’s favorite, nacho cheese! Add a bit of color and fruit to your food bar by adding cups of sliced mango dashed with a bit of chili pepper seasoning. Having a refreshments table nearby is a good idea, and if you plan on having little ones at your fiesta, consider having refreshing soft drinks like Jarritos and Goya, horchata, and agua fresca on hand. Fruit smoothies are also a hit for kids and grownups alike! If…

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How to “Greenify” Your Home

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Most people in the United States consider themselves to be environmentally friendly, but are we doing everything we can to save our Earth? Earth Day is right around the corner and we wanted to share some handy tips to keep your home and environment green. Invest in Reusable Water Bottles Instead of buying bulk water bottle packages, consider using a filter to get your daily H2O. According to the EPA, Americans consume 50 billion bottles of water every year. These bottles are harmful since most of it end up in landfills. The environmentally-friendly thing to do is purchase a reusable bottle and fill it up with water from a filtered water source. Package and Seal Your House Scan your house for any air that escapes through any nooks and crannies. The amount of energy lost is equivalent to the loss of energy when a window opens. Improve the insulation in your home and it will help conserve energy as a whole. This can also help save some dollars off your utility bills. Sounds like a win-win! Dish Washing Strategy If you plan on running your dishwasher, make sure you are washing full loads. Running your dishwasher for only a few…

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Maintenance Tips For Your Home

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We get our cars serviced regularly and rotate our tires regularly, don’t we? Well, shouldn’t we be doing the same with our homes? Home maintenance doesn’t mean just fixing something when it’s broken. Routine cleanups and maintenance will keep your home in working order, saving you money from major repairs down the line. Let’s look at a few basic things that you can do without having to call a professional so that you can save your hard-earned money. Deep Cleaning Apart from regular cleaning and vacuuming, get to those nooks and crannies—favorite havens for dust bunnies—and clear out any items you may have dumped in the basement last spring. Be sure to check for mold and pay attention to the roof to see if there was any damage sustained during the winter months. Clean up the fireplace for any residual hazardous buildup and check the chimney as well. Electrical Updates Check all the electrical outlets around the house. While you’re doing that, check and make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries, a routine that should be practiced every 6 months. Clean the kitchen hood filters of that built up grease, which can be a fire hazard….

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Adding the Spirit of St. Patrick’s to Your Home

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It’s time for some spring fun and brings the Irish out in everyone! St. Patrick’s Day is one of those much-loved holidays that goes with the spirit of spring. Infuse your home with the luck of the Irish through inspirational yet simple ideas for your home. Spruce Up Your Dining Room Holidays are always a great time to share with the family. Take some time to bake some green cupcakes with the kids and display it on a cake tier for a lovely table centerpiece. Not only will you make your dining room festive, you’ll have a great after school treat for the kids! Add green napkin rings for that extra touch. This will make your dining room glimmer with green! Welcome Your Guests with a Little Luck Your front door is the first thing your guests will see once they come to your home. Hang a simple, yet easy to make St. Patty’s Day wreath on your front door. If you can tie a knot, you can make this wreath we are about to share. Use natural burlap fabric and cut them into 40 2 inches by 22 ½ inch strips. Tie the fabric around a foam wreath and…

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A Smarter Home for Your Pets

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We are always in the know when it comes to the latest technological gadgets and devices that make our homes smart, but there’s also been a recent influx of tech gadgets designed for our furry friends. It’s a moot point that we love our pets, but sometimes we can’t feed them on time, aren’t there to prevent them from ripping the house apart, or worry that unwanted critters may be entering the home by way of the pet door. We’ve scoured the web and came across a few gadgets that will help put your mind at ease while making your home a smarter one for you and your pets. Petnet SmartFeeder One of the best devices on our list is this high-tech pet food dispenser. Gone are the days when you would worry about running home to feed your dog on time! All you need to do is schedule the feeder on Petnet’s app and the SmartFeeder will dispense an allotted quantity of food when it’s feeding time. It can even track your pet’s calories and adjust his diet accordingly, ensuring your pooch maintains a healthy diet. Amazon Echo Dot As the hottest tech tool on the market, the Echo…

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How to Make Your Home Smarter

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It’s a given that technology plays a leading role in our lives. Most people walk around with smartphones in their pockets, have the latest flat screen TV hanging on their living walls, and cars that have digital gauges that tell you when one of your tires is low on air. Before technology became so convenient and advanced, one wonders how exactly we lived before! Living a smart life is a lot more accessible than you may have thought, and it can all begin in your home. Amazon Echo Dot As the hottest tech tool on the market, the Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device* that responds in even the noisiest of environments, plays music when connected to a bluetooth speaker, controls smart home devices, provides information, and more. Small and compact, the Echo Dot is ideal for many situations, whether you’re looking to create ambiance while reading a scary story to your child, are hosting a dinner party, or roasting marshmallows while camping with friends. The FridgeCam Did you know that most households throw out approximately 40% of purchased food in their homes? With the advent of the FridgeCam, letting food go to waste will be a thing of…

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Decorating Your Space

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Decorating your home doesn’t need to take much effort if your hobbies, personality, and taste reflect your space. Sometimes we get into a design rut when it comes to decorating our homes, but with a bit of creativity and maybe even a DIY aesthetic, you can come up with some great ideas that will help turn your house into a home. Go Green Adding plants and flowers to your indoor space can literally bring a breath of fresh air to your home and there are plenty of plants that don’t need to be tended to regularly, so you don’t have to worry about not having a green thumb. Displaying your beautiful blooms in pretty vases in the kitchen or dining table adds color and freshness to your sanctuary. Other options include growing a small indoor herb garden or adding bonsai trees to your space.   Color Riot Sometimes adding a bit of color, texture, and pattern is all it takes to amp up a room. Consider painting the walls, adding colorful throw blankets or pillows, a brightly colored couch, or accent chairs to a room. Also, curtains can lend a beautiful touch of color to a white space if you…

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