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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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How to Celebrate National Old Stuff Day

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Did you know that March 2nd is National Old Stuff Day? We didn’t either, but what better way to observe this holiday than by spring cleaning, decluttering, and donating gently use items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. After all, your old stuff could be someone’s new treasure! Spring Cleaning After a long winter of keeping your shutters and windows closed, spring is the perfect season to open those doors, air out the house and start cleaning. Let’s face it, no one really likes to clean but it needs to be done, and if it’s done right it won’t be such a chore. Dusting off the blinds, ceiling fans, lamps, picture frames, and tables can be done in one fell swoop with a microfiber cloth or Swiffer Duster. Don’t forget to get the corners of the ceiling and windows! Take your area rugs outside and beat them before laundering or vacuuming them. Save time and money by purchasing an all-purpose multi-surface cleaner to wipe down tables, countertops, and faucets. If you’re interested in saving more money, consider making your own cleaners with ingredients you may already have at home, such as white vinegar and baking soda. The Art of…

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Color Me Pretty

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Even the prettiest of homes can start feeling dull after a few years, and sometimes repainting your home is just the makeover it needs. It works well whether you are thinking about selling your house or are in need of freshening up your space. Selling Your House  The safest bet when selling your house is to paint your walls in neutral tones, such as ivory or beige. Neutral colors can give buyers a blank canvas to work with should they wish to repaint the walls. Facelift Even if you are not selling your home, ivory and beige tones can be used to brighten up your space. You can add colorful pillows and linens to complement the walls, or use a colorful trim as an accent color to your space. Keep It Light If you prefer a subtle look there are a range of colors that can be used. Pastel colors such as lavenders, pinks, baby blues, and butter yellows can impart a calm feeling and make the house look airy and spacious. For some added dimension, paint the trim a shade darker than the walls. Color Riot Some people prefer to keep it calm and toned down but if you…

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Get Your Home Ready for Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl is around the corner and fans are getting ready for friends and family to come over to root for their favorite team. As important as it is to have the right snacks and right television, you need to ensure your home is ready for the big event. Preparing for the Super Bowl doesn’t have to be stressful and in fact, the preparation can be fun for you and your home. Here are some tips to get your home ready for all the touchdowns. Provide the Right Refreshments Super Bowl parties have the usual finger foods and drink selection staples so consider whipping up something more than just nachos and wings. Tap into your creativity and make some fun appetizers and snacks for your guests to enjoy. Display the food and drinks on different plates and trays for easy access. Don’t Forget About the Other Rooms Although most of your guests will be comfortably seated in front of the television, there will be guests who prefer to hang out in the kitchen or in other areas of your home. Set up entertaining spaces outside and inside for guests to lounge, or consider supplying music or a separate television and…

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8 Storage Spaces You’re Overlooking at Home

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Whether your home is big or small, your home is filled with missed storage opportunities. Feeling more organized and getting rid of clutter around the home will inspire not only a fresh but organized and inspired life in 2017. If your home is spacious and organized, your sanity will be as well. Utilize all the spaces around your home and be refreshed. Discover the 8 prime places you might be overlooking. Some of these might amaze you. 1. The Laundry Room: hang shelves above the washer and dryer to capture missed space. Here you can incorporate baskets with labels or apothecary jars to hold detergent, softener, socks and any other items. Having an organized room will make laundry day that much better. 2. The Kitchen: When storing your bulky pots and pans, organize them in a file (stacked on the side) vs. keeping them faced up. This will help open up space for other utensils and allow you to see everything. If you have an island in your kitchen, you could turn your basic island into storage central. Hang up a peg board on the back side of your island and allow yourself to hang not only pans but key…

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