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6 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

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  With the economy being what it is, people are more conscious about their expenses. The last thing you want to be doing is spending money on things that are not essential. There are simple ways to save money at home, which can cut down your bills significantly. Use energy-efficient appliances If possible, buy energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and dryers that have lower water and energy consumption levels. These will help save energy and thus money over time because they consume less electricity than their non-efficient counterparts do. Consider replacing your old refrigerator with an energy-efficient refrigerator. You may not be aware of the fact that your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of power in your home. An inefficient refrigerator can use up to 300 kWh per year, which is more than 10% of the total household energy bill. So, it is important to get an efficient one that uses less electricity and saves you money on your electricity bill. Use en

A Breather for Busy Moms

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Being a mom is the busiest job in the world. Most moms need to balance work and home demands. Moms can get caught up in a frenzied juggle of spouse, children, bosses, household chores, projects, errands and even family pets. If it gets too much to take, moms definitely need a breather or a time out to collect themselves and charge out to face all these demands once more. When was the last time you had a date with your spouse without your kids? How long was it when you last bonded or talked with your girlfriends and siblings? It may become difficult to find time for yourself when you have your family and career to think about, but with little changes you can significantly improve how your daily routines and avoid that “burnt out” feeling from doing everything. lunch date, bonding time with my sisters Communicate with your partner what you need so that you will be more connected and in tune. Use technology such as text messaging, email or a post it on places that he or sh

Easy Puppy Proofing Tips to Use in Your Home

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When you’ve got a new puppy to bring home, you might find yourself at lost on how you can puppy proof your home and ensure your new pup’s safety. It is basically like bringing a new baby home, what can harm your baby will surely harm your puppy too. Here’s a few tips to help you start up your puppy proofing project at home. Start with clearing and keeping your household cleaning products including those toxic substances away from your puppy’s reach. Like toddlers, puppies tend to be curious and they want to try, feel and taste anything. Tall cabinets or top shelves are ideal places for keeping toxic items such as insecticides, detergents, rat poison and other cleaning products. Watch out for electrical cords and other choking hazards – keep them out of your chewers, if you can’t raise them, get a rug that you can place over these electrical wires and chords. Also beware of indoor plants. Some plants can be harmful to animals when ingested so find out which should be remo

Easy Ways to Maintain and Care for your Carpet

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The carpet is like the middle of the ocean. It may look clean and beautiful on the surface, but deep down lies a village of mysterious creatures named dirt and grime. And when food and drink stains hit the surface? You might as well play the Jaws instrumental while you try to furiously clean and scrub. But over-the-top analogies aside, maintaining and caring for your carpet isn’t a sink or swim situation after all. With most problems, come a series of pretty smart solutions. But what are they? Read on and find out! image credit: kropekk_pl - pixabay.com Preventing Dirty Dramas Averting a potential cleaning dilemma before it occurs will not only save you time, but money. As they say, prevention is the most effective cleaning method. But how can you prevent this? With a dependable vacuum cleaner! While vacuuming, concentrate your time on areas that are close to entryways, outdoor areas and different corners of the room. These regions have high tendencies of accumulating dust, h

Must-have Furniture Pieces for your Bedroom

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The part of the house where we retreat to get relaxation and enough needed rest at the end of the day is the bedroom.  A clean, clutter-free and fully equipped sleeping quarter eases and enhances physical and mental health as well. Investing in quality furniture pieces will not only make your sanctuary look fabulous and functional but it can also have a positive effect on your general health. A well rested body and mind can carry out day to day tasks properly.   Photo credits:  http://flic.kr/p/fh3YsY It is important to select the right bedroom furniture that suits your individual needs and style. The following are suggested essential furniture pieces for your bedroom. A comfortable bed The bed is the main bedroom furniture that needs more focus and attention. The bed frame must be sturdy to last for years. The size also matters; a queen size is good enough for a couple. A good and comfortable memory foam mattress will help you get a comfortable and rejuvenatin

Kit your student accommodation out with fun bean bags

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For a lot of students the chance to let off some steam and play as hard as they work is too good to resist. Students may be typecast as party animals, but their studies are a serious investment for their future lives and careers. Whether at their first-year accommodation – catered, self-catered, or otherwise – or in their own rented property students need to stamp their own identity on where they’re currently living to feel at home, work effectively, and host their friends. Student accommodation isn’t cheap , and for the majority of students it’s a cost that they constantly have to keep their eye on to get the most out of not just their studies, but their freedom as a student, too. Furniture can be pricey, especially if the landlord in question expects their student tenants to invest in their own furnishings. Luckily there’s an affordable and creative solution that students from all backgrounds can take advantage of – beanbags. image from greatbeanbags.com Bean

Pre-School Years: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

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Some parents are very lucky to have toddlers who are more than willing to walk straight inside a classroom and are very eager to socialize with kids their age. There are also parents who have to deal with children’s separation anxiety and must find ways to ensure that they will be ready for this new and exciting experience. image via en.wikipedia.org Soon as you decide that your little boy or girl will be attending preschool, talk to him or her about the wonderful place you have found. Tell your child about exciting experiences that they may learn from this place and the kids they can meet and play with when they start preschool.  You can ask permission from your chosen preschool to visit and observe with your child. Introduce her or him to the teacher and staff, allow him or her to play with other kids so that they will become familiar with the environment. If you still worry about your child throwing tantrums when she starts preschool, ask the school if they can all

Lockers are Essential for Every Home, Office and Factory Worker

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The ways in which businesses and their employees work is changing rapidly, but for the home-based lone worker, the remote worker or the employee who works alongside hundreds of colleagues in an office or factory environment, security is equally essential. Regardless of working habits or industry type, every employee shares a common need for security and one of the most effective, simple and cost-efficient solutions is a lockable cupboard or cabinet. Home Workers: The recession has triggered a major change in the way that people work, most notably, those who shrug off a redundancy or lack of employment opportunities to show real entrepreneurial spirit and start working for themselves. The number of people who are now self-employed in the UK has risen dramatically since the crash of 2008/09. The majority of people who have launched their own start-ups work from home and now account for 15% of the total labour force in Britain . While the refusal of individual

Various facts and reasons to choose vinyl lettering and wall sayings

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Are you looking for ways to decorate your house and office? Well, I feel everyone can hang pictures and photographs which you will find in every house. To be frank nowadays hanging pictures and photographs on the walls is a common phenomenon and honestly speaking it is getting quite boring, isn’t it, same method of decoration in every home. Before a year I was trying desperately to redecorate my house as my eyes were tired looking at the same décor for such a long time. I started searching for new and unique ways through which I could actually redecorate my house without spending loads of money on redecoration and also it should be something exceptional. At this time I came across what is known as vinyl lettering which I actually opted for redecorating my place. What is vinyl lettering? Many of you guys must know about the whole concept of vinyl lettering and wall sayings as the demand of this wall decoration technique is increasing day by day. For those of you who a

Classic Dining Rooms From Around the World

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The heart of any home is truly its dining room. This is the room where the family gathers around the table with loved ones to eat a delicious meal, and make lasting memories. If you need some inspiration for decorating and furnishing the heart of your home, take some design cues from some of these great dining rooms from across the globe. Holyrood Palace Dining_Room by Saffron Blaze - commons.wikimedia.org Mountain Splendor The dining room at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, in California's Yosemite National Park is set in the picturesque backdrop of nearby Yosemite Falls. The natural waterworks tower over the lodge at a height of nearly 2,500 feet. The custom wood furniture, with its warm orange hues, perfectly complements the lodge's interior design of exposed beams and wood walls stretching towards the ceiling. Bright windows, left unadorned without curtains, let in plenty of natural light. Chairs are simple and sturdy, and evoke feelings of the mission style of d

DepEd Releases List of School Holidays for 2015

In conformity with Presidential Proclamation No. 831, the Department of Education, Philippines announced last August 4, 2014 the calendar schedule of regular holidays, special holidays and special non-working holidays for all schools for the year 2015. DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said that -“Information crucial to planning should be distributed with urgency; it steers decision-making functions and policies to their most efficient positions. It is a way to ensure that we are proactive in delivering the education agenda.” The list will guide both private and public schools in planning their academic calendars. The list of holidays are as follows: REGULAR HOLIDAYS New Year’s Day  - 1 January (Thursday) Maundy Thursday - 2 April Good Friday - 3 April Araw ng Kagitingan - 9 April (Thursday) Labor Day - 1 May (Friday) Independence Day - 12 June (Friday) National Heroes Day - 31 August (Last Monday of August) Bonifacio Day - 30 November (Monday) Christmas Day -

Why Choose Granite for your Kitchen Countertop

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Kitchen counter or work tops can be considered as one of the most used and abused part of the kitchen. This is where you place the things you need, the ingredients that you will use and you even do most of your food preparations here. It is only practical to use the most durable and easy to maintain material for your work tops. Granite is one of the recommended materials for a kitchen countertop because of it amazing characteristics and affordable price range. So when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade or a renovation, consider these characteristics and see why granite is the most ideal worktop material for your kitchen. Granite tiles can give your kitchen that classy and modern feel, but more than its aesthetic appeal, it is also very durable and needs very low maintenance. Granite is scratch and stain resistant plus it is easy to clean making it the ideal choice for your kitchen worktop. You will notice that granite is also being used by restaurants and other business establish