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|Posted on February 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Blog post by Grace Bailey
People like to change the looks of their home at some point in time, whether through serious home improvement projects or through smaller touches. After you've spent years looking at the same furniture, same walls and views, you might yearn to change things around a bit. A little change will do anyone good, so this is where you can really shine.
For the most part, we may not always have the resources for huge changes to our homes, so we may want to focus on smaller solutions. Changes such as buying new furniture, re-carpeting your rooms, painting your walls and even remodeling a whole room or two can carry a significant price tag with them. You could do a whole lot more by giving your furniture a makeover, instead of completely replacing it.
One of the easiest ways you can approach that subject is by repainting your current furniture. You can choose bold and bright new colors, neutral ones that fit with any environment or darker ones that stand out against the background. This can work on wicker or wooden chairs and furniture, as well as metal pieces too. Regardless of your choice of colors, you will add a new look to your room, bringing out something unexpected and sending the old, boring colors on their merry way.
You could also reupholster all of your furniture or simply choose a few pieces that suit your needs best. Although this could carry its own complications, you could still do it much more cheaply than buying an entire new suite of furniture. When you're choosing the type of fabric for your chair, you should look up a tutorial that walks you through the process. It all depends on the type of chair and materials used in the process. Although this will take a good deal of time and a great deal of patience, the end results will look wonderful if you do so.
Slipcovers may be another way of changing the furniture's looks. You can make your own or buy some from a store. Whatever your choices, they will fit in over your sofas or chairs, completely changing the way they look overall. You can find various sizes of slipcovers in many shapes, fabrics, textures and patterns up to the point where the possibilities are incredibly numerous. You could also use a larger throw blanket to cover up and drape some of the furniture pieces.
In many cases, the changes can be done as simply as cleaning up the furniture and bringing out the underlying fresh looks once all the dust and grime are out of the picture. Choose your method and bring out the best of what your furniture has to offer.
|Posted on February 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Cartilage piercing requires more healing time than a piercing that just goes through the skin. Fortunately, the care required for a cartilage piercing is not difficult or time consuming.
1 - Always wash your hands before cleaning any body piercing. Soak a gauze pad or cotton ball with warm water and wet the area around the cartilage piercing.
2 - Apply a small amount of an antibacterial soap to the pierced area and gently work up a lather with your wet cotton pad. Allow the soap to remain in contact with the pierced area for one minute or more.
3 - Using a damp cotton swab, loosen any discharge or crust in the area.
4 - Turn your piercing jewelry as you are cleaning to allow the liquid to reach the inside of the piercing.
5 - Rinse the entire piercing area well and allow it to dry naturally. Clean your piercing two to three times a day, for the first three days, or as recommended by the piercing provider. After the first three days, cleaning once or twice a day will prevent over drying of the area.
6 - As an alternative, iodine free salt or sea salt can also be used for cleaning a cartilage piercing, but do not use this method within the first few weeks. Dissolve approximately ¼ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and use in the same manner as the antibacterial soap.
Always completely rinse any shampoo or bath soap away from the piercing after a shower.
|Posted on February 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Body jewelry gauge sizes can be difficult to understand and the correct size is needed to fit into the piercing. Like the AWG system for marking electrical wire sizes body jewelry sizes get bigger as the number goes down. A 20 gauge piece of jewelry is smaller than an 18 gauge. 16 gauge is smaller than 14 gauge.
Large sizes for plugs will use inch measurements. A 0 gauge is approximately 5/16". A 00 is about 3/8". From there sizes will usually be in inch format but can also be marked as 000 or 0000. Size may also be marked by using the metric system.
As not everyone is happy dealing with fraction conversions, this may help:
1/4 is the same as 2/8 or 4/16
5/16 is the next common size up from 1/4. 5/16 is smaller than 3/8 which equals 6/16.
More information can be found in my article: The most popular types of body jewelry and how to wear them
|Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
Regular dental cleanings and check ups are important for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. If you practice a routine of proper flossing and brushing, your check ups should go well. As you age, plaque or deposits build up creating tartar or calculus, a cement like substance on your teeth. If this calculus build up is not removed, periodontal disease may begin. Left untreated, gum, or periodontal disease, can lead to tooth loss and many other health complications.
Plaque is formed by bacteria. Bacteria accumulates between teeth, at the gum line and below it. The bacteria feed on sugars from the food and drinks you consume and turn the sugar into an acid that creates cavities. When the bacteria are not removed, minerals found in your saliva turn bacteria into the hard substance known as tartar or calculus. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing; it must be scrapped away from the tooth by a trained hygienist or dentist. The tartar or calculus on the surface becomes a breeding ground for more bacterial growth and the continuation of tartar formation.
Moderate plaque build-up and early gum disease
Scaling and Root Planing
When you go for routine dental exams, the hygienist has a limited amount of time to perform a cleaning. Individuals, who have limited amounts of tartar, can normally be taken care of during a regular visit. Unfortunately, patients with large amounts of tartar build up will require special, deep cleaning appointments for thorough scaling and planing.
Scaling and root planing is the term used to describe the deep cleaning process of scraping away calculus built up on the teeth and below the gum. Planing goes below the gums to remove the tarter at the root, or base, of the tooth. It may sound painful, but it is not really an uncomfortable or difficult process.
Extreme build up of calculus at and below the gum line
Scaling and planing treatments are usually done in sections or quadrants, depending on the amount of work that needs to be performed. This breaks the cleaning process down into the lower and upper teeth on the left and right side of the mouth. Topical or injected pain relievers can be given if needed. In some dental offices, nitrous oxide may be available, if needed.
The good news is that once the scaling and planing has been completed, your gums should heal quickly and symptoms of periodontal disease should diminish. This procedure does not need to be repeated, as long as you do your part in brushing and flossing to prevent future build up. Using a bacteria reducing mouth wash also helps to reduce the formation of plaque.
Unfortunately, this procedure is not always covered under all dental insurance plans. The cost per treatment can be as much as $600. However, there are lower cost options for individuals that cannot afford the treatment. Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio operates a Dental Hygiene school. Individuals can make appointments at the college for low cost dental cleanings.
X-rays are used to determine the health of teeth, locate cavities and detect calculus formation
|Posted on February 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
The continuing extreme cold and a load of laundry got me thinking about the right temperature for washing clothing. Cold water is often the best choice as it reduces shrinking and fading. There are also a few detergents that are designed to work in cold water. The problem is what temperature defines cold water.
As cold as it is here, the water coming from the cold faucet is not much above freezing. When it comes to laundry, hot water is defined as about 130 F (54 C). Warm water is 90 F to 100 F (32 to 43 C). Cold water is supposed to be between 60 F and 80 F (15 C to 26 C). Water below about 60 F (15 C) is too cold to do any good.
If you are doing cold water washes with extremely cold outside temperatures, you should probably mix warm and cold water to get the cold to a temperature that will work for your laundry. This also applies to any cleaning you might be doing, cold water straight from the faucet may be too cold to really work.
|Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Guest post by Grace Bailey
Being organized takes more than just a conscious effort, sometimes it takes a little bit of guidance. For the most part, we don't use a staggering amount of what we own, letting it lay around our homes without any real reason. For example, we really wear about a fifth of the clothes we own. Imagine what we could do with less clutter in our lives. This article aims to help you organize and deal with the multitude of belongings, seemingly becoming agents of chaos in our homes.
Organize your breakfast and lunch items, as well as anything you need, ahead of time in a specific area. Have your kids ready their backpacks for school the night before.
Pick an area where you can place your cell phone, keys and other to-go items.
Make “to do” lists on a whiteboard and stick to them on a regular basis.
Organize your bathroom counter top clutter by placing all your accessories and cosmetics either in the confines of the vanity, or in a plastic tub out of sight. Take them out only when you need them.
Organize your body wash, shampoos and other items in shower caddies. They won't be in the way or out of reach when you need them the most.
Buy a squeegee to keep your shower doors clean. They are commonly used to clean windows, but they can be very useful in your bathroom and your home as well.
Consider installing a magnetic strip on your cabinet or vanity so you can hang your nail clippers, tweezers and scissors from it. It makes it easy and completely worry-free to find or store them.
Buy or make a decorative rack for your magazines. Recycle or give away the old issues, if you're not intent on keeping them, so you can have only the current issues or two or three issues back. This will save you some space and it will look organized.
Downsize and declutter your home from all the items, books, cosmetics and other belongings you know you won't need. You can donate your books to your local library, donate your clothes to a thrift store or a charity. If you don't feel like donating them, you can always organize a yard sale or simply use the web to put a price on them through websites such as eBay.
Use organizers for your drawers, whether it's the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. It will make finding things infinitely easier to deal with.
Organize and store your clothes by season. If you are lucky enough to have a closet offering more than one row of hanging rods, place your clothes in such a way that one season will be on a single level.
Store your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags to keep them compact and easy to handle. Your storage space will be nearly doubled if you use such a technique. You should focus on winter clothes, as they are thicker and they take up more space.
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|Posted on January 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Keeping your home well-maintained is the best way to avoid expensive problems. Proper maintenance also helps you keep the value of your property from decreasing, even in a poor real estate market. There are chores that should be performed every season and some items should be done on a monthly basis.The problem can be knowing what needs to be done, and remembering to do it.
Choice Home Warranty provides five separate checklists that you can use. Maintenance issues are broken down into summer, fall, winter and spring jobs, and a list is available for monthly items. The checklist allows you to mark each job after you have completed it and provides some tips to make certain projects easier.
These checklists are free and you can print them for use. If you choose, you can sign up for the newsletter service that will send you your checklist every three months.
|Posted on January 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Guest post by Grace Bailey
Many of us happen to leave on holidays once in a while, clearing our heads and running away from the stresses of modern life. What we do leave behind us, however, is our home and personal belongings. Depending on the place you live, you will have a decent amount of risk concerning break-ins and the dangers of possible theft. Thankfully, we live in a time where home security has seen a gradual increase in effectiveness due to a range of sensors, cameras and systems that are getting better at foiling any would-be thieves. The main issue with these systems always remains the human factor, since we are often forgetful and tend to leave flaws that perceptive people can exploit to their advantage. The following tips will give you some reminders of the things you must pay attention to before you go anywhere or at any given time, you want to leave your home:
· You can ask the police to do a cruise by your home once in a while if you're out of town. Patrol cars have nothing to lose while they patrol neighborhoods. Alternately, if you have a security company watching over your neighborhood or your home, then the answer is obvious.
· Check up with your neighborhood watch group, if yours has one. Make sure they know about your move and let them help you by keeping watch over your home. If you don't have one of those, you can instead ask a friend to check on your home once in a while, such as removing mail and taking care of small details or your pets.
· Ask a police officer or a security company to check and assess your home for any possible security options. Install a burglar alarm and let the alarm company know when you'll be out of town. Let them have your phone number in case of emergencies. If the alarm is tripped, you will be given a call so you will be aware of the intrusion.
· Check out your motion detectors and make sure they work, but make sure they can't be set off by your pets or any moving curtains or similar objects.
· Close all doors and make sure your locks work well. Make sure you deal with any cracks in the windows and doors and lock your garage doors. Install bars on the sliding doors to prevent them from being opened from the outside with ease.
· Hide your valuables; keep them out of sight and preferably in a strongbox hidden in a place most people wouldn't think to look for. Never leave your keys inside obvious spots such as fake rocks, flowerpots, under the rug and so on. Stop your mail and newspaper delivery, if you can, and arrange for it to be on hold.
· Make sure your home looks like it’s lived in so the illusion will hold up. You can use automatic light timers that adjust to the day and night cycle. Make sure you keep that up and chances are burglars will never even consider targeting your home.
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|Posted on January 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
BATHROOM FLOORING TIPS
Guest post by Grace Bailey
What flooring is best for your bathroom? You surely ask yourself this question while planning your bathroom renovation. It should look and feel nice underfoot, be durable, moisture resistant, and kid-proof. You may also wish it to be sustainable. Floor coverings are also to be taken into consideration. In addition, you may want it to comply with the style of your home, be it traditional, modern or any other. There is a really wide range of options from the conventional ceramic tiles to concrete to pebbles.
The ceramic flooring seems to be perfect and among the almost universal bathroom solutions nowadays. It is waterproof, affordable, good looking, easy to clean, and offered in many different types, shapes and sizes. You do not have to bother with arrangements and design, you can choose pre-modeled mosaic tiles, and even pre-mounted in sheets for easier installation. The grout colors additionally increase the chances for variety and creativity. The downsides include slipperiness and a cold feel underfoot. Some texture and more grout diminish the former problem, and the radiant heating is also an option.
Vinyl is another both practical and beautiful bathroom flooring solution. In fact, it is maybe the most favorite choice today. Besides some common advantages over ceramic tiles such as the relatively low price and variety, vinyl tiles are easy to DIY, which can be done within a short period of two days or a bit more, depending on your skillfulness and preliminary experience. The downside of these tiles is they happen to come up. On another hand, the vinyl sheets are more stable in this respect, however the installation is harder. Another minus of vinyl is it does not have the look most people prefer.
These stone floors may be of granite, marble, limestone, pebble, river rock, slate, and more. This type of flooriing is preferred for its durability, moisture resistance, and beauty. A pebble stone floor will sew the bathroom together, while a river rock floor can make your premise look much more expensive than it actually is. The expensive marble can be an excellent material for adding details in the bathroom. Main disadvantages of stone bathroom flooring are the very high price, as well as cold feel underfoot and slipperiness. Although the latter is not that difficult to find a solution for.
This combines a beautiful look with stability and moisture-resistance because of the plywood basis. The combination is not achievable using other natural timber or moisture-resistant materials.
This bathroom flooring offers a beautiful, cozy and warm look, however the disadvantages seem to outweigh the positives. Above all, it is not moisture resistant, especially if gaps are left during installation. It is not DIY, unless you are a professional, and it is also quite expensive.
Bamboo flooring is really durable and moisture resistant, which makes it practical for bathrooms. And you can easily install it. The cost of bamboo flooring is between that of hardwood and laminate.
This flooring is stable, durable, moisture-resistant, easy to clean, affordable, and does pretty well compared to solid hardwood in the bathroom. It is, despite the materials it is made of, including a resin-impregnated top of paper imitating hardwood or stone covered by a melamine layer. A downside is it become vulnerable to moisture in case of chips.
Nowadays, concrete flooring can be a good practical alternative to the universal ceramic or vinyl, outmatching them with a more consistent feel.
The above bathroom flooring options are not arranged in any order. You need to select the flooring that will be the best for your needs, expectations and style.
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|Posted on December 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
You can easily make your own Calendula oil and save a significant amount of money over purchasing it. Growing Calendula, pot marigold, is easy and you should get an enourmous amount of flower petals to work with.
Allow the petals to dry and place them in a small container. Cover the petals with your choice of an oil base. I use olive oil. You can also use vitamin E, safflower or sweet almond oil.
Cover the container and allow the petals to soak for two to four weeks. You can speed up the process by cooking the oil but this really reduces the potency of the Calendula.
Use the oil in skin lotions or soaps.