Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring - How To Make Your New Yard Yours


If you've just moved into your new home, this is a very exciting time as it's the beginning of a very big chapter with many more to come. Once you've finally finished unpacking and you're getting used to your surroundings, you can start making the new place yours. And while focusing all your attention on the interior design, a lot of people often forget about the outdoors - the yard. A yard needs just as much love, if not more, because the more you leave it, the more it will change and grow and end up a chaotic mess of greenery, so it's important that you maintain it properly, as well as making it your very own safe haven.

Here's how.


Remove the weeds.
This is as boring as it sounds, but that doesn't make it any less essential. Weeds multiply and multiply until your garden is full of them, and they end up making everything look a cluttered mess. While there are many different chemicals to kill them, these can also damage any other greenery you have around them - plus they always come back eventually. So it's better to use more natural remedies that don't cause any harm to what else you have growing. The best option you have are your hands, so stick some gloves on, and make sure you pull the weeds up from the roots. Carry on until they've all been removed. The more regular you do this, the harder they will find it to grow back, so it really is worth getting on top of it all.


Plant some life.
If you have a rather bare yard that looks lonely and cold, then you should consider planting some life into the place, as it is a garden after all. If you're feeling elegant, then Italian cypress trees are a wonderful addition as they bring a feel of class to an area, and these are great whether you have a huge garden or a little one because they grow up rather than out. So they still leave you with plenty of room to add in more things. You also don't want to forget about color too, as this can totally change the look of everything. If you want to follow your theme, then white flowers are a classic touch. While red brings a sense of romance and passion, and multi colours shows off your playful side.


Add some lighting.
Just because you're outside doesn't mean that you don't need lights. They can really add a mood to the whole environment, and this works so well in the evenings, so imagine when you host summer parties when the weather gets warmer. Fairy lights are a lovely glow that you can put anywhere, be it around a tree, scattered around your decking, or hung down from the roof. You can even make your own lanterns to hang from branches which adds a magical feel, even more so because you've made it yourself. There are also solar lights that you can stick down the sides of your yard that charge up from the sun during the day, and then shine through the night.

Hopefully a couple of these ideas will help you with your own yard!

Monday, March 12, 2018

5 Simple Tips for Moving into a New Home

Moving into new spaces and changing your current living situation is a stressful time. A lot can go wrong if you don’t organize yourself well. From your furniture to your smaller, more personal belongings, taking everything to your new home is a methodological process not many have aced. For the less organized, the moving process can take several weeks and instead of being a delightful process, can be a nightmare.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid the stress and seamlessly move into your new place:

1. Keep an Inventory

It is easy to lose things when the entire house is littered with cartons and suitcases. Those who have moved houses know how that feels. It is an especially nerve wracking moment when you need something specific and have a stack of cartons to go through just to find it. By the time you do, it’s not even worth it anymore. This is why keeping an inventory is really important.

Download inventory management apps, get a notebook or a lined sticky note to paste on cartons, or take pictures of the cartons' and suitcases' contents before taping them shut and you won’t find yourself wanting to scream in frustration every time you can’t find something during or immediately after moving.

2. Get a Bulletproof Contract

It is so easy to get scammed in real estate. Horror stories on the Internet show accounts of people having paid the entire sum only to find that the lease hasn’t been made in their names or the real estate agent was not legit. Make sure you get a detailed contract and get a lawyer to go over it. Make site visits. If you are moving into an apartment building, talk to the superintendent. If you are moving into a house, talk to the neighbors to ensure that you are not falling for a scam.

3. Store Your Belongings Safely

According to experts at Austin storage units, this is especially ideal for moving out of state, but even in-state, it’s a great idea. Pack away your belongings in a self storage unit and make moving a phased and organized process rather than a haphazard and overwhelming one. You can get storage spaces easily in almost every state and the rent is ridiculously low. This is an amazing option if you are moving from a larger space to a smaller one because even if you cannot move all your things into your new home, you can still hold on to them instead of having to sell.

4. Hire a Moving Company

Saving money on the U-Haul and other moving companies by moving your belongings to your new home in your own car sounds great until you have to go through it. Just ask yourself what is better. Renting a moving truck and taking all your belongings to your new home in one or two trips or making several trips yourself to take all your valuables from one place to the other? Come to think of it, the personal trips can amount to almost the same amount of money being spent on gas as the moving company fee but a lot more effort and hassle.

5. Take a Little Breather

Don’t immediately throw yourself into the grueling process of unpacking the minute you move into your new home. Take a break. A day out, or a spa day, or maybe a night or two in a good hotel or bread and breakfast with 24-hour room service? Take this time to Google DIY home d├ęcor ideas and browse through interior design blogs to make your new house a beautiful place.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tear Drop Banner Flags - Distinctive Marketing Displays

What Makes Teardrop Banner Flags Different?

Teardrop banner flags are marketing showstoppers, perfect for promoting businesses, products, exhibition booths, special sales, and all sorts of events—tournaments, concerts, and food festivals.

The teardrop shape makes these banners stick out in a crowd, attracting potential customers whether on the street or in places with high-volume traffic such as trade shows and shopping malls. Their distinctive arch also allows them to be fully open 100% of the time and prevents them from fluttering or moving around.
Teardrop Banner Flags Deliver Branded Messages

Teardrop banner flags can be purchased in various sizes and designed to deliver a branded message, complete with a logo, a small amount of text and specific Pantone colors. You can even print on both sides of teardrop banner flags, so your message can be seen from 2 directions. Typically, this saves costs as it reduces the number of banners required.
How to Display Teardrop Banner Flags

Teardrop banner flags are put together quickly and easily with (1) a banner, (2) a flagpole to hold the banner, and (3) a stake or base to keep the flagpole in place. Whether you use a stake or a specific type of base, will depend on the location and surface—grass, dirt, sidewalk or flooring.

The Ground Stake works well on grass or dirt. Check for sprinkler pipes or other possible obstructions, then simply hammer the ground stake deep into the grass or dirt.

The Cross-Base is built with a heavy-duty X-stand which makes it suitable for indoor venues—convention centers or stadiums—or outside on the sidewalk or any asphalt surface. Additional weights such as sand-bags should be placed at the base to ensure stability.

The Square Steel Plate Base is barely noticeable as it sits completely flat on the floor, making it simple to hide by sliding it under a table, drawer or tent. Use this type of plate indoors or outside.

The Car Wheel Base enables car dealers to promote their businesses. By setting the base under a wheel, the teardrop banner flag can be placed next to a car for high visibility.

How to Care for Teardrop Banner Flags

With proper care, teardrop banner flags that are used periodically could last 4+ years. Those displayed outdoors for 8+ hours will fade faster and may need to be replaced every 9 to 12 months. In fact, the banner flags tend to fade more quickly in states such as California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona where heat and dry weather affect them. Additionally, take precautions such as removing the teardrop banner flags during high winds to prevent the flagpole from snapping.
Tear Drop Banner Flags are Lightweight and Portable

Teardrop banner flags are lightweight and easy to handle. Often, you can purchase kits with multiple flagpoles that telescope together and, along with the banner flag and base, fit comfortably into a carry-bag. Given their attention-grabbing shape and ease-of-use, these banner flags are ideal for promoting your event or taking your trade show on the road.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Find a Hobby That Refreshes You

Finding a hobby that makes you feel refreshed and relaxed can go a long way in helping you to get rid of some of the stress in your life and to take time for yourself. This is going to benefit you in your professional life, in your family life, and in many other ways. Depending on the hobby you choose, it is likely going to help you to feel like you have accomplished something as well.

How do you determine the right hobby for you? If you have spent much of your life trying to earn money to take care of your family or doing all of the things that were necessary for you to care for your family in the home and raise your children, you may have never had time to pursue a hobby because you never had any free time. It may be challenging for you to decide on a hobby that is right for you. If you are throwing around ideas for a new hobby, take time to research different things online. Ask individuals about the hobbies they have and get the details about what their hobby involves and how it makes them feel to work on these certain things.

Many have found that building and repairing boats using replacement marine parts is a great way to de-stress and enjoy a little bit of relaxation. They can work on their boat in their garage and then take it out on the weekends or at other times. In addition to the fun that comes from working on the boat and the sense of accomplishment that a person will receive, they have also found that it is a great way to enjoy recreation with friends and family. They can take their kids out fishing or sailing. While a person does have to invest some money in the beginning and they have to use money to maintain the boat, they usually find that this is not a hobby that is overly expensive.

A hobby should make you feel refreshed and relaxed. If you do some research and try a couple of new things, you may find just the right hobby for you.

Identifying Common Allergies and Dealing With Them

We’ve almost all experienced the symptoms allergies at some point in our lives or another. It really isn’t all too pleasant. Depending on the cause, the symptoms can often vary, but generally, you will feel itchy, have a blocked nose, or watery and itchy eyes. There are steps that you can take to reduce the impact that allergies have on you and your ability to engage with day to day life. For some, you can take steps towards eliminating the source of the allergy from your life. Others are caused by irritants that are relatively unavoidable, but the symptoms can be alleviated with special practices or treatments. Here are a few of the most common allergies and how best to deal with them.

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Pet Hair
If you notice that you start sneezing or have a runny nose or eyes after you’ve been playing with a cat or dog, chances are that you have some sort of pet hair allergy. While you can take antihistamines, or make use of nasal sprays and bronchodilators to reduce the discomfort of symptoms, you should reduce your exposure to the majority of animals. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to wave goodbye to dreams of having a pet of your own though. There are plenty of hypoallergenic breeds out there. For cats, you’re limited to sphynx cat, which has no fur, but breeds such as the Cornish Rex, Russian Blue, and Bengal are said to be relatively hypoallergenic too. For dogs, look for curly haired breeds, such as Bichon Frise, Poodles, and breeds that are crossed with either of these dogs. Bichons and poodles do not shed fur, and many of the pups produced when cross-breeding with these dogs won’t shed either!

Dust is one of the most common allergies, yet so many of us are completely unaware that it may well be dust that is triggering their sneezing, stuffy or runny noses, red and itchy eyes, or wheezing. The problem is that a house doesn’t necessarily have to appear unclean to provoke this type of allergy. Dust particles can be invisible to the human eye, yet still have an unpleasant effect on your body. In order to properly diagnose a dust allergy, you will have to visit your GP. They will then be able to tell you what’s going wrong and offer appropriate solutions. These may be allergy shots (otherwise known as subcutaneous immunotherapy), tablets, or other medications. However, there are steps that you can take to reduce the number of dust particles in your property. If you want to find out more, helpful changes to make to your household routine can be found at motherhoodtherealdeal.com!

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Another common allergy is pollen. Now, this is a little more difficult to deal with than things like dust and pet hair, as there aren’t many things that you can do to avoid coming into contact with pollen. It is a microscopic grain produced by flowers and transported on the wind. For this one, you’ll simply have to settle for antihistamines until the season ends!

These are just a few different allergies that many people have to learn to cope with throughout their lives. While there are more out there, these are some of the most common, so hopefully, this information will help you tackle them if you ever find yourself suffering from them!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swago Spring Edition!! (US)

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 
  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Friday, March 2, 2018

$3 When You Sign Up With Swagbucks in March (US)

Want some extra boost for your budget this month? 

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral in March. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me, you can earn an additional $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 4/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.  

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned loads of Amazon gift cards.  This makes birthday and holiday shopping easier!