Category: Home + Lifestyle

Get Ready for 2018 with IKEA’s New Catalog

“Make room for life” is the newest theme to be unveiled by the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA. The IKEA 2018 catalog was recently released featuring space-saving ideas for rooms of any size.

Real Simple magazine highlighted 9 of their favorite items from the new catalog, everything from sofas to side tables and clocks. Which is your favorite?

The new catalog is available at http://www.ikea.com/us/en/. How are you planning to “make room for life” in your home? Drop me a line about the ideas you have anytime. I’d love to hear from you!

 

Source: Ikea and Real Simple Magazine

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, the contiguous U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. The eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, will cross the country from the West Coast to the East Coast, leaving portions of 14 states momentarily immersed in darkness. Even those states that don’t see a total eclipse will experience a partial eclipse, which occurs when the moon only blocks a portion of the sun, a phenomenon that can last for about two or three hours.

The total solar eclipse will cover an area that is about 70 miles wide and will move diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. While the map of the eclipse’s path of totality touches 14 states, it clips a few very narrowly. This leaves just 10 states — Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina — that will get a good view of the total eclipse, as long as the weather cooperates,according to NASA.

Read the source article at time.com

How to Sleep Better

By now, we can all agree that sleep is important. It gives the brain time to process everything that happened during the day and it’s an important opportunity to relax. But sleep doesn’t come easy to everyone. There are a hundred things that can disturb sleep, from anxiety to noise pollution to bad habits.

But no one is destined to a lifetime of sleepless nights. There are plenty of things that we can do to get some extra shut-eye and avoid that all day sluggish feeling that leads us to be less focused and productive at work. Here are a few to try:

Giving yourself a bedtime helps train your body to fall asleep at a certain time. And consistently waking up at the same time, even on weekends, reinforces the amount of sleep your body gets used to.

Some suggestions are actually a bit surprising. For example, one study suggests that having warm hands and feet can help you fall asleep faster, so keep a pair of socks handy. Other studies suggest that taking a warm bath or shower before bed will raise your body temperature and help you fall asleep faster.

Going to bed with a clear mind can also have a positive effect on sleep. So if something is troubling you, consider some of the many activities that can quiet the mind such as exercise, keeping a journal, meditation, or yoga, to name a few.

Check out the link below for more tips to help with sleep.

 

Read the source article at huffingtonpost.com

The 25 Coolest Hacks for All Your Favorite IKEA Products

IKEA is so much more than the go to dorm room furnisher. With high end and affordable options available, there’s something for everyone. But that’s not the only reason to love IKEA . One of the best things about the retailer is the simplicity of the furniture. This give you the ability to customize many of the pieces, changing both their aesthetic and their original function.

These “IKEA hacks” give you the opportunity to spread your wings, creatively, and make your home truly special and one of a kind, often for a bargain!

Check out some of the coolest IKEA hacks by clicking on the link below.

Read the source article at housebeautiful.com

Top 5 Affordable Dishwashers to Your Rescue

Not all dishwashers are created equal. That is a FACT. And if your budget is limited, you might find that the quality suffers too.

Consumer Reports to the rescue!

The evaluators at Consumer Reports recently rated the top 5 dishwashers with the best performance for less than $500. High performing and affordable? Let’s check this out!

Of course they do warn that with the budget-friendly models you won’t get as quiet of a machine as the pricier options. But the report indicates that the dishwashers listed below were “excellent at cleaning a full load of glasses and very dirty dishes that were scraped of leftover food but not rinsed. Plastic items are among the most difficult to dry, with drops of water remaining, but these dishwashers did an excellent job drying. Most used 4 to 5 gallons of water to wash a load and were energy-efficient when heating the water, washing, and drying.”

Consumer Reports’ Top 5 Under $500

  • Kenmore 13223 $450 
  • Whirlpool WDT720PADM $400
  • Kenmore 13473 $400
  • Maytag MDB4949SDM $450
  • Ikea Renlig IUD7555DS [288921] $400

For the full dishwasher ratings at Consumer Reports in all prices ranges, go to http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/dishwashers.htm

Amazon Prime Day 2017: Everything you need to know

If you’ve ever wondered how we ever lived without Amazon, then Prime Day might just be the greatest shopping day of the year for you!

This special mid-year shopping day features great deals throughout the retail giant’s website on plenty of things you may need and some that you might just want.

But Prime Day isn’t just about sales on goods, there are sales on services and subscriptions and everyday times that always come in handy.

Thousands of special deals will be available on June 9th.

Read the source article at Curbed

Refinish Your Deck With Paint or Stain?

Summertime. Time to be out more than in. Relax. Kick your heels up. Enjoy the beauty of your backyard.

But what if your deck is less than lovely after a long winter?

It’s time to refinish it! For even the toughest of woods, it is recommended that you apply some sort of finish, paint or stain, to guarantee longevity.

Deciding between painting or staining your deck can be a tough choice. Below, I’ve outlined the pros and cons of each approach and given you some tips on getting the job done easily and quickly so that you can get out there and enjoy it all sooner than later!

Painting Your Deck

Pros of Paint:

  • Tons of color options.
  • Protects wood.
  • Fills gaps in wood.
  • Thick; covers well.

Cons of Paint:

  • Difficult to clean.
  • Slippery when wet.
  • Masks the wood’s natural beauty.

Staining Your Deck

Pros of Stain:

  • Beauty of wood grain shines through.
  • Not slippery.
  • Available in wide variety of colors.

Cons of Stain:

  • Doesn’t last as long as paint.
  • Requires regular maintenance.
  • Won’t conceal cracks or repair damages.

Still unsure which option to choose for your deck? Don’t be afraid to ask your local paint or hardware shop for tips and advice. Depending on the type of wood, age and overall condition, the experts will recommend whether paint or stain will provide the best coverage for you.

Prepare for the Job

After you decide to paint or stain, first you must prep. It is important you make sure that the deck is clean and a water test is completed before applying any product. Look for deck cleaning products that are specific to your type of wood or one that removes mold or mildew.

While most of us are familiar with the outcome of a coat of paint, not everyone is as familiar with stains. Before selecting a stain, be sure you know the different types. For staining a deck, choose a product for the appearance and durability you desire. Clear stain offers little protection from the sun but allows you to see the most wood grain. Toners add a little bit of color while also highlighting the wood grain. Semi-transparent stains are very durable with a nice color saturation allowing natural wood grain to show. Finally, solid-color stains cover blemishes in wood or ugly wood grains and are extremely durable (great for composite decking).

Use the Right Supplies

To properly prepare and finish your deck or porch, make sure you have the proper tools and supplies, including the following items:

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Drop cloth
  • Sanding sponge
  • Stiff synthetic-bristle brush
  • 4″ brush
  • Brush holder
  • Roller
  • Extension pole
  • Cleaning products

Here’s to a beautiful deck and a summer filled with lounging around on it!

Source: Sherwin-Williams

​How To Organize Your Kitchen to Stop Wasting Food

Food is so much more than sustenance. It symbolizes love, family, the feeling that you are cared for. But millions of pounds of food go to waste every year. Wasting food is something that we are all guilty of; however, with a few simple tricks, it’s something we can fix.

Saving food can save money, promote healthier eating, and reduce the guilt that comes from wasting. Here are a few tricks to help you avoid wasting food.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Safety is Key to Home Sweet Home

 

Accidents happen. But if you’re a homeowner, neglecting safety features in your home can be more than just an “oops” type of accident. It can be life-threatening to you, loved ones or guests.

This summer, let’s take the time to make sure our homes are safe! SafeWise Report names the following as the top 9 reasons for accidents in a home.

  1. Falls
  2. Fires
  3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  4. Choking
  5. Cuts
  6. Poisoning
  7. Strangling
  8. Drowning
  9. Burns

For more details on what to look for and how to prevent any of these becoming issues in your home, read the full article from SafeWise here.

Take the time to go through your home soon and prevent accidents wherever you can. Keep your home safe and it really will be your home, sweet home.

Trade Tools and Ties for Gadgets and Greeting Cards

 

It is safe to say that fathers can sometimes be the hardest people in your life to shop for. This Father’s Day, get a gift that your dad, spouse, or son that will love and use all the time. What fathers really want these days are gadget and greeting cards. What dad wouldn’t like the newest, high tech gadget to show off to all his buddies at work?  Also, don’t be fooled with that tough guy façade; fathers love a nice greeting card. Dads want to know they are loved and appreciated. So don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get your friend or family member a gift that he won’t forget. Click here to learn more about what fathers really want on Father’s Day.