January 2, 2013
Traveling is one of the best gifts that we can give our children. It does not only give them and us an opportunity to see new places and enjoy everything that these places have to offer, it is also an opportunity to bond as a family and create lasting memories together. Aside from that, traveling is a good way for children to learn about people, places, history and basically, life. It gives them the chance to explore new environment and meet new friends. It helps them understand that every place, every culture and person is unique. It makes them see life outside of their comfort zone.
Some would say that traveling is a luxury. Sure, one needs to invest as airfare and hotel rates can be expensive. However, like in almost all important undertakings, it is necessary that we research and ask around. There are many airlines out there that offer promo fares all year round. We can take advantage of these promos and book our family a flight to a destination that we could all enjoy. Moreover, a lot of hotels offer discounted and affordable rates if you book online. Just a simple search of Rochester NY hotels on Google will yield you hundreds of result. Aside from affordability, you must also take note of the hotel’s facilities and other features. Read previous guests’ reviews to know of their personal experiences regarding the hotel of your choice before you book.
Aside from hotels and airlines, you should also research about restaurants where you and your family can eat. Surely, there are plenty of resources, travel blogs and even recommendations from friends that you can gain tips and insights from. There are many restaurants and eateries that offer affordable food and you just have to find them.
Traveling on a budget does not mean that you do not get to enjoy everything that the place has to offer. It just takes some researching and budgeting and you’re on your way.
December 3, 2012
What are the indicators that tell you that it’s time to replace your carpets? When is the right time to visit carpet stores near you? Since a carpet makes a big impact on the atmosphere of your home, it need to be replaced when you see that it is time. So when do have to change carpets? What are the signs that tell you that you need to replace them? Here are some indicators:
- Not matter how much you care for your carpets, it will have noticeable spots and discolor. These are the most noticeable things you see in carpets that need changing. Even if you regularly have it cleaned professionally, grime, spots and discolorations will eventually catch up with your carpets.
- Old carpets change shapes as they tend to stretch and wrinkle up over time. Moreover the cushioning that is once useful has now flattened out. For longer carpets, the fiber may have loosen and sticks out. On the other hand, the edges have stated to become unattached to the tacking in doorways. These may pose as risk to your family’s safety as someone might slip because of the thinned cushioning.
- You have to replace your carpets when they start to smell. As old carpets become smelly, no amount of air fresheners or professional carpet cleaning can make the putrid smell go away. It will just be a waste of money and might even worsen the condition as carpet cleaning will only increase the risk of mildew. We all know that mildew and molds cause allergies to many.
If you see these signs with your old carpets, do not hesitate to dump them for new ones. You are not only keeping your house look good, but also, protecting and keeping your family healthy safe.
November 27, 2012
If you are living in a house with wood flooring, you might think that sweeping is all you need in order to keep it clean. However, there are other things you need to do in order to maintain its elegant look. Remember that the floor can greatly impact the house’s overall look thus, keeping it clean AND making sure that the color and luster of your wood flooring are maintained. Here are some tips to help you have a nice-looking floor that will last for a long time:
Keep it clean. Sweep your wood floors daily using a soft and fine-bristled broom. Make sure that you regularly vacuum your floor too in order to remove dirt, soil and other small particles. Go through the area rugs and runners too so that the accumulated dirt there will not filter down through the fabrics and scratch wood underneath.
Keep it dry. Wipe away spills with soft towels and dry the floor thoroughly. Use dry damp mop when mopping. remember that excess water can run into seams and can cause damage to your wood floor.
For high traffic areas, use carpet runners and floor mats by the doors.
Prevent scratches by not dragging your heavy furniture, appliances and other objects across on a wooden floor and wearing your heavy shoes and high heels. Use furniture pads on table and chair legs and other heavy furniture.
Ask your floor manufacturer regarding the specific procedures, cleaning and care requirements in order to maintain your wood floors.
Wood flooring is one of the more expensive flooring options available. Thus, maintaining its color and look is a must in order to preserve its life and look for a long time.
October 16, 2012
How to keep your pets safe during the Halloween season:
- When you are out and about, pay attention to your pet’s behavior. A new environment can be stressful for your pets – loud noises, big crowds, etc. can startle and overwhelm them.
- Dress your pet before an event as some costumes may be warm. Moreover, take plenty of water along for your pet to lap up in order to keep him dehydrated.
Consider other creative ways to show your spirit. This can include a Halloween-inspired bandanna, collar or leash.
Keep yourselves visible especially when it’s dark. Look for reflective collars, leads or leash with flashing LED lights in order to keep you and your pet safe.
Don’t tailor a child’s costume to fit your pet’s needs. Most costumes made for kids have stronger elastic that can irritate around the dog’s head and neck areas.
Don’t keep your cat in costume for a long time. Cats are not fond of wearing clothes so it is best to keep the session short and sweet.
Head out with an up-to-date identification tags under your pet’s costume. In case you and your pet gets separate in the busy streets, you can be easily contacted when someone finds him.
September 25, 2012
Now that a number of companies opt to hire online employees, many people have chosen to work from home. This is a good, especially for moms who wish to manage their household without leaving the workforce.
As on online worker or small home-based business operator, it is imperative that a home office is assigned where you can conduct business or work peacefully. It is important to note when creating a home office is that it should suit your family’s needs. Moreover, one should choose equipment and supplies which are versatile for maximum use of everyone in the family.
Here are some tips in creating your own office space:
- If space is scarce, find a wall or part of a wall to set up your office. Try mounting shelves on the wall where you can store files and other supplies. If you like, you can also opt for a table that can be folded down.
Use a divider like a screen to set off a corner of a room to separate your office space from other parts of the room.
If you have an unused closet like the one in your guest room, you can convert it into an office by replacing the door with a folding door. You might want to change your home office’s flooring into carpet or laminate to make it more conducive for working. If you are in Quincy, the best company to do the job is Harry’s Carpet One Floor & Home. You can contact them through their online shop or call them at telephone number (877) 917-9650. You might also need to install a good wiring for lighting and electrical outlet for your closet/ home office.
If your budget permits it, replace your double bed with a sofa bed for more space in your office.
Plan your space. Keep items which you often used within arm’s reach.
Draw a floor plan prior to purchasing equipment.
Use a bulletin board or big calendars to easily see your reminders, schedules, etc.
Remember that setting up a good and conducive home office need not to be expensive. There are ways to convert a small space into a room where you can work and at the same time, manage your household.
April 30, 2012
Tips for furnishing and maintaining your bedroom:
image by Pearlie Ng
Keep it clean. Make the bed upon waking up. Regularly clean and dust off. Also, make sure that you put things back to their proper places.
Buy the linens that perfectly fits your mattress. Make sure that you have with you the measurement of your mattress when you go shopping for bed linens. Get the correct dimension of your mattress, its length, width and pocket size.
Consider smart storage solutions. In order to keep the bedroom as relaxing and restful as possible, it should be free from clutter. Customize your bed to have drawers underneath to store clutter. Also, a chest of drawers, side tables that function as bedside storage and others are clever ways of making the bedroom clutter-free.
Less is more when it comes to your night table. Your night table is not a shelf so avoid putting too many items on it. Just place the items that you need to reach easily.
Avoid eating inside your bedroom. Do not bring food inside the bedroom as crumbs that you leave behind can become a breeding ground for unwanted pests and insects.