4 Simple Ways to Add a Touch of "Green" to your Home

In the past, an average home was surrounded by nature. However, the world has undergone major change, and tens of millions of trees have been cut down.

Modern homes don’t come with enough green in them, which is why many people wish to change them. In today’s environment, most people find that their home is boxed in by large, rigid structures, which are completely artificial.


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While there are many exceptions, it’s very difficult for most people to remember what it was like to live alongside nature. If you’re wondering
how to make your home more green, you’ll be happy to learn that there are four simple ways to add a touch of green to your home.

Add a Wreath

When looking for ways to add a touch of green, most people would never think to add a wreath. However, adding a succulent wreath to a home serves as an excellent touch of green.

The best part is that it doesn’t require significant investments in time and effort. Most people choose to make their own wreath because they have the power to customize it and make it suitable for their existing décor. A typical wreath can be made from virtually any materials, and it can be hung virtually anywhere in a home.

Most people choose to make a wreath out of succulents, but any materials can be used for the project. A wreath is a simple project, and it can be made to be filled with beautiful textures and colors. The kitchen is one of the best places to hang a wreath.

Add a Terrarium

When looking for a way to add a touch of green, most people wouldn’t think of a terrarium. However, it’s a simple project, and it can give a home a greener feel. A lot of people make a terrarium for their plants. Before starting the project, you will need some supplies.

Most people like to make terrariums out of rocks, plants, cactus soil, horticultural charcoal and a container. It’s very important that a glass container is used because it provides the transparency needed to achieve the green effect.

Small Tin Garden

A miniature tin garden can be a great way to give your home a greener feel. It lets you bring a bit of nature into your home.

You need pliers, faux wood contact paper, rocks, dried flowers, sand and a glue gun. You might also want to have some dried moss and scissors. You can use a planter box and fill it with the rocks and sand. When making a miniature tin box, you can get as creative as you want.

Hanging Terrariums

For this simple project, all you need to do is make some terrariums and hang them. To make some simple terrariums, you can use glass bulbs and small rocks.

The glass containers should have an opening on one side. Some people like to fill the bottom of the containers with pebbles while others prefer to use potting soil. Like regular terrariums, hanging terrariums can give your home a powerful touch of green.

These are four simple ways to make any home feel greener. The rapid loss of trees and other aspects of nature are causing homeowners to seek out their own sources of indoor nature. These projects require minimal time, effort and money.




Lovingly written by Joy












4 Secrets to Unclogging Any Clogged Drain

A drain clog is perhaps one of the most common plumbing issues. There is no sure-fire thing you can do to prevent your drains from getting clogged. However, you may be able to unclog your drains yourself. Below is a list of things, courtesy of Amyotte's Plumbing & Heating Ltd., you can use to unclog your drain:




Baking Soda And Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are two natural remedies you can use to unclog the drain. The first thing you will need to do is boil some hot water and then pour it down the drain. After that, you will need to pour 1/3 cup of baking soda down the drain. Allow it to sit for five minutes. After that, add vinegar to the drain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Pour some boiling water down the drain to remove the vinegar and baking soda.

Salt And Baking Soda

You will need a 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 table salt. Pour it down the drain and allow it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Pour the boiling water after 20 minutes. The chemical reaction formed by the baking soda, salt and hot water will help clear the drain.

Bent Wire Hanger

You can use a bent wire hanger to unclog your drains. You will need to unwind the hanger and straighten it as much as you can. Place the hanger inside of the drain. Use the hanger to pull as much out of the drain as you can. You can use boiling water to clear the drain. The bent wire hanger is best for removing minor clogs.

Drain Snake

A drain snake is effective for removing very stubborn clogs. This equipment is relatively easy to use, and it can work wonders. A drain snake is often used by professional plumbers to remove clogs.

A drain clog is a plumbing issue that most people are bound to have at some point. The good news is that clogs are fairly easy to remove in most cases. You can use a bent wire hanger, baking soda and salt and baking soda and vinegar to remove clogs. You can also use a drain snake to remove clogs that are very stubborn. However, you should always call a plumber if you are unable to remove the clog.


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Changing Up Your Beauty Routine– and Growing Old Gracefully

So you've arrived at that age where you feel like you don't have to try so hard anymore – not in terms of your external appearance anyway. But au contraire! There's plenty you can do to look and feel young, while still growing old gracefully. All it takes are some small changes, like exercising, socialising, or changing up your beauty routine. There’s no reason why you can't maintain that youthful feel!

yours truly at 49 years old with my mom who's 73 years old 

Update Your Hairstyle

You may have greys now but,these days, grey is the new brunette. Or blond, or red, or black…Plus, a really graceful way to stay current is to have your hair in a short bob or pixie cut. Is your hair thinning? You can try hair replacement or restoration treatments from experts like Transitions Hair. A brand new ‘do will have you feeling 20 years younger every time you pass a reflective surface!

Use Argan Oil

It's never too late to enjoy the benefits of argan oil. Some rely on it for all their beauty needs: on the face instead of anti-wrinkle cream, on dry hair, as a body moisturiser, as lip gloss, as cuticle oil... the list goes on! This is one miracle oil.

Use a Bronzer

At this point in your life, you're unlikely to want to use the bright eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks you did in your twenties and thirties. The natural look is timeless. Bronzer can be used to define cheekbones, forehead, jawline and now can even be used as an eyeshadow and lip colour! Finish off with some eyeliner and mascara, and you'll be one classy lady!

Exercise

The one thing that is proven to help you ward off disease is exercise. “But I haven't exercised in so long!” you say. It'snever too late.You can still reap the benefits of taking up exercise. You’ll not only maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, you'll strengthen your muscles, which lessens your chances of falling. Your risk of developing diabetes and dementia will also be reduced.

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Exercise doesn't just mean going to the gym and doing workouts that are far too rigorous. Remember that milder activities like walking, gardening, and regular stretching will work wonders too. Your muscles will only stiffen up and shorten if you don't stretch and stay active. Consider yoga, which will improve your flexibility.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Keep an eye on disease indicators, like high blood pressure and diabetes. It can drastically reduce the physical difficulties you experience later on in life if you treat these issues promptly. And a tip for arthritis sufferers:keeping physically active can help reduce pain and other symptoms, even though it may feel like it's not right to exercise!

Be Optimistic!

Having a sunny disposition had been linked to healthier lives. In studies, optimistic women had a lower risk of heart disease and other chronic ailments.A great way to stay positive is to socialise whenever possible, whether that means having lunch with friends or going to church. Staying optimistic while socialising is great for your health.


You need not feel like there's nothing you can do once you reach a certain age. It's possible to grow old gracefully; the trick is to make some changes to your lifestyle – even simple things can help. Just having the right attitude can make you feel younger on the inside and it willshow on the outside too!

Lovingly written by Joy












Preparing Your Character Home for Winter

For most people, getting ready for winter is a considered a burden. The days are shorter and bleaker, you feel like you’re sleeping outdoors, and there’s never any good light in which to read, sew, or do anything that requires basic vision. However, what winter does do is encourage you to be more creative with your space, and to see the charm in the less obvious areas of the house. It also encourages you to rejuvenate your home altogether, something that should be done whether the season is changing or not. Here are a few essential ways you can prepare your character home for winter.


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Inspect Exterior

The most important part of making your home cold-proof is to inspect and repair its exterior, because this is obviously where the cold originates. For starters, remove any rubble from the roof gutters (dirt, leaves, moss, etc.) so that they remain unclogged,and seal any air leaks that could make ventilation more difficult to achieve. Now is also the time to replace or conceal any peels or faulty layering that might prevent cold air from staying outside. For assistance in these areas, consider contacting a licenced repair service like Roofmasters. This way you will have multiple areas attended to by professional problem solvers.

Refurbish Interior

Now would be a great time to install warm lighting, display a range of new colours around the house, and dust out your fireplace for the coming winter. These tasks will amount to a more welcoming interior for you and your visitors. You’ll also need to properly insulate each room with not just an air-conditioning unit, but some tactful design choices. For example, heavy curtains mounted against the window drafts will insulate a room simply by preventing any cold air from seeping through. This method requires no energy use, so consider investing in some good curtains. You might also want to dedicate a room to dealing with the inevitable perils: wet clothes, muddy boots and cold air. So in your hallway, include a rack for raincoats and a bench for shoes so that no dirt will enter the rest of the house.

Landscape Changes

The last thing you want is a squelchy lawn, or worse still, grass that reaches your knees, so make an effort to mow it down and rake away the leaves before the rain decides to show. Pre-winter is also the best time to do some gardening before it is too murky to even step outside, so pull out any dead plants and create a neat space from the get-go.

Remember that all this effort won’t only make winter easier to endure, it will make your life easier. Times like these should motivate practicality all year round, and by the end of the season, you should be ready to do the same preparation for summer. Repetition is key—doing this once a year isn’t wise; it must be done whenever it is needed—so stick to these basic principles and after a while you’ll be greeting the cold season with open arms, from inside your sufficiently closed house.

Lovingly written by Joy













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