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Creative Ways to Decorate Your Front Door

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

Creative Ways to Decorate Your Front Door

Every season brings many changes to our surroundings. No matter whether you live in a house with a yard or in an apartment on the 3rd floor, there are certain spaces that can be decorated and freshened-up.

Nature itself will always complement the look of your house, especially if you own a yard, but when decorating our front doors with something creative and unique, we’re bringing a whole new look to our living area.

Here are a few creative ideas on how to decorate and refresh your front doors without necessarily copying your neighbors’ ideas, or without getting stuck with uninspiring decor examples from arts & crafts magazines.

DIY Decor

The main entrance to your home can reveal much more about you than you’d ever think, so why choose universal decor ideas when you can get creative with the DIY approach? Express yourself by going for the inspiring front door decor designs and you’ll be surprised to see how many creative solutions will emerge in the process.

If you want to pay homage to your family name, the DIY monogram letters are a great solution for such front door decor. Use a pattern to cut the shape of the letter and cover it with moss, twine, fabric, or buttons. Even led lights can do the trick and they will light up your front door at night.

Freshen up your front door with flowers, umbrellas, rainboots, and watering cans. Place some faux flowers in an old umbrella and use a hammer and a nail to hang it on the front door. Or put the flowers in a pair of rainboots and place them at the center of the front door.

Don’t go for the common wreath decor. Take a watering can, fill it up with plants and secure it with a ribbon to make an adorable decorative solution.

Use a custom-made chalkboard as a front door decor by painting the interior of a frame or tray with chalkboard paint. Write some welcoming and heartwarming words to welcome your guests in a creative way. This solution is helpful when you need a few hours of peace and quiet because it takes a second to write the messages like ”On vacation!” or “Shhhh… a lunch break!”. Also, you’ll certainly be surprised from time to time when you discover cute messages that were written by your friends and loving neighbors.

Safety First

Our working and living areas should be secured with high-security measures, no matter whether you’re a homeowner looking for a safe solution, or a business owner who’s after a high-performing security system for your company. There are a few smart and creative solutions for securing the front doors, you can always turn to a professional locksmith in Parramatta whose superior customer services will get your house back on track by providing it with safety and security.

Opting for the old-school security measures will only bring the vintage looks to the doors, so turn those classic chain locks and padlocks into a door decor rather than the security solution. The multiple-point locking systems are great for the indoors and main door security, as well as the double locks with built-in alarm systems. No one wants to see their beautifully decorated front door scratched and damaged in the burglar’s attempt to break in. Always secure your home since the aesthetics are conditioned by the safety.

These ideas will help you look beyond the wreaths and padlocks and have your creative flow going. Choose your favorite idea and start decorating!

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5 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

By Guest Blogger by Diana S.

5 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

 

Every home needs a change every once in a while. And since today it’s all about going green, you can use this opportunity to make your home greener. This way, you won’t only aid in saving the environment, but you’ll also be able to save a lot of money on your bills. Even though some of these projects may seem costly now, when thinking long-term, these home improvement projects will save you tons of money in the future. But with so many things you can do to green up your home, choosing the upgrades you’ll go for can be quite challenging. That’s why we came up with a list of five simple eco-friendly home improvement projects that might just be what you were looking for.

Add more insulation

Having a high-quality insulation means you’ll have to spend way less money on keeping your home cool during summer and warm during winter. Many older homes aren’t as insulated as new ones, so depending on when your home was built, you might want to think about adding more insulation to it. Luckily, this is a project you can do yourself and avoid calling in professionals. If you decide to add a layer of fiberglass, which is the easiest way to make your home more energy efficient, all you’re going to need is a utility knife, a straightedge and a little bit of effort.

Let natural light in

Another great way to make your home more eco-friendly is to start relying on natural light more than you do now. Think about the rooms in your home where the light is always on and see if they’re able to fit a new window or two. By relying on natural light, you’ll be guaranteed to save a lot of money on your electricity bill. Also, it has been shown that natural light has a positive effect on your productivity. So, if there’s an office or study room in your home, installing more windows there is definitely a good idea.

Buy at antique shops

Antique shops are great places to visit when you want to make your home more environmentally friendly. That’s where you can find tons of different doorknobs, lighting fixtures, and coffee tables which might just be what you need in order to give your home a fresh look. Moreover, when shopping in antique stores, you’ll be investing in repurposed items, which is always a good thing to do when trying to save the environment. Make sure you visit all the local antique stores, and you’ll be guaranteed to find items that will match the style in your home perfectly.

Ventilate your roof

Most of the homes have heat trapped in the roof. If this is the case with your home, this heat is going to make things uncomfortably warm during the summer and make you use your air conditioner more often. And in order to make sure this doesn’t happen, you should think about ventilating your roof. There are Whirlybird vents which are powered by wind and are guaranteed to keep the air in your roof fresh. So, if you want to green up your home, make sure you get one of these and contact experts who offer Whirlybird installation services and can have it set up for you.

Use low-flow showerheads

We all tend to use large amounts of water when taking a shower. Still, most of that water goes to waste and when going green, reducing the amount of wasted water should be one of your most important goals. Luckily, you can now get low-flow showerheads that will help you reduce the volume of water used when taking a shower to a mere fraction of the water that was wasted before. Some of these even come with a timer which can alert you when it’s time to wrap it up.

All the projects we mentioned above are going to help you aid in saving the environment and save money. Still, make sure you always keep looking for new ways to make your home greener.

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How to Look Great at the Gym

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Look Great at the Gym

 

Losing weight and staying fit is tough work and sometimes it’s hard to look your best when you’re covered in sweat from head to toe. But, if looking extra fly will motivate you to work out harder and more often, then you must try to get some new gym wear that will inspire you to hit the treadmill. The right gym clothes will not only make you look amazing but also make your workouts more efficient and easier. So, what to wear, what to wear?

Undergarments

Even though it looks super cute on you, that lace bra and underwear might not be the best gym clothes option. It certainly makes you feel sexy on a date night, but it will only make you feel uncomfortable at the gym. In general, no underwear will be as comfy during exercise as a sports bra and athletic panties. Sports bras provide some extra support, limit breast movement and pain, and typically come in light and breathable materials that help keep your skin dry. Men have it a bit easier here, just make sure your undies are comfortable.

Socks and shoes

Athletic socks should be your number one choice to wear during your workout because they’re made of light, synthetic materials that wick away sweat and don’t scratch your skin. No matter the length you prefer, sporting goods stores have all kind of athletic socks for you. When it comes to shoes, you should choose them according to your preferred activity. For instance, if you love to run, then getting cross trainers is just not a great idea, and if you’re an avid weightlifter, running shoes will not do the job. Don’t be scared to splurge some more money on high-quality shoes, otherwise, you’re risking injuries and all sorts of unwanted side-effects. But, generally, look for shoes that are light, comfortable, keep your feet cool and provide ample support.

Shirts

Both women and men have a wide variety of options here. Ladies usually opt for T-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeved shirts or sweatshirts for the gym. In general, gyms permit all sorts of tank tops, but halter tops and shirts that show excessive cleavage are usually frowned upon. Just to be sure, check your gym’s dress code to ensure which shirts are appropriate. Guys better avoid tiny tank tops, even if you’re a pro bodybuilder. We get it, you have a killer body, but obviously, you have an even bigger ego. Instead, get a high-quality sleeveless shell tank that will show off your arms and hint at your abs just the right amount. And as with all gym clothing, ensure your tops and shirts are made of light, stretchy fabric that keeps you cool and doesn’t limit your mobility. You can also check out some moisture-wicking options.

Pants and shorts

For many women, the only criterion when buying gym pants is that they match with their shirt. But, your foremost priority should always be to find shorts, yoga pants and sweatpants that are light, comfortable and allow a wide range of movements. Some ladies prefer elasticized biking-style shorts, while others favor the comfort and freedom they find in yoga pants. When it comes to the gentlemen, don’t try to make your swim trunks do your gym work. Instead, pick up a few pairs of men’s gym shorts that offer breathability and comfort.

Hair and makeup

If you feel too naked going to the gym without any makeup, then choose a sheer, light foundation, a couple of coats of waterproof mascara and pull your hair out of your face. It’s an easy and functional look that still allows you to look polished at the gym

Now that you know what to wear and what to avoid in the gym, there are no more excuses. Grab your gear and hit those dumbbells.

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How to Lose Your Weight in Fun and Exciting Ways

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Lose Your Weight in Fun and Exciting Ways

 Weight has become a sensitive issue. On one hand, the first world countries have a growing number of obesity problems, and on the other hand, it has become a political issue. In spite of all this, people are always looking for a way to live a healthier lifestyle and these days, there are a lot of fun and exciting ways to lose your weight.

Become a smoothie master

One of the first things you hear when it comes losing weight is to cut down on starch, milk and milk derivatives. This means most of your meals will consist of fruits and vegetables, and this is where the fun way to lose weight emerges.

Since 70% of our body is water, we need a higher liquid intake to speed up our metabolism and lose those extra pounds. Therefore, you could combine the best of both worlds and turn your fruits and vegetable meals into juices. There are a lot of recipes online that even combine fruits and vegetables into a single smoothie.

However, you can go one step further and start developing your own recipes and combinations. This can be an exciting culinary adventure that can lead you in many unexpected directions. You just need a blender and a juicer and you are good to go.

Start trekking and discover the undiscovered

At first glance, the activity like trekking might sound too boring and hard for a casual person. However, with the right group of friends, this can be turned into a fun and exciting activity. For starters, find a group of people with which you click when it comes to adventuring.

Then go out whenever you can and start conquering those hills and valleys outside of town. You can even agree to go to a different location every time and enjoy hours of talking and trekking as you explore new territories and discover beautiful vistas you’d never think you’d find so close to home.

Play soccer and bond with friends

Soccer is not as violent a sport as American football and it can be played leisurely. It contains the element of socialization that will build up your bond with the members of your team and the respect of your opponents as you try to think of new strategies.

The 90 minutes (the length of one soccer game) will pass in a blink of an eye and you will start losing that extra weight before you know it. This is a fantastically fun sport that can work for a variety of people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No wonder, therefore, it’s called the favorite pastime of the world.

If there are no quality soccer terrains nearby, you can pop into a well-equipped soccer shop and buy a pair of goals as well as some additional accessories and make your own terrain for you and your friends. Since these accessories enable you to play wherever you want and modify the size of the terrain, you can even do it in your own backyard if other options are not available.

Do some doga

Yes, you’ve read it right. It’s called doga and it’s a combination of two words – dog and yoga. If you want to go completely wacky and fun with in order to lose your weight, why not add your pet to the mix? Believe it or not, doga is actually becoming a trend, as it’s a fantastically hilarious way to stretch and push your body and simultaneously bond with your pet. As it’s evident by numerous YouTube videos, it’s a potential source of countless funny situations which will help you forget you are even practicing. It’s far from the traditional way to lose weight, but try it out, and you’ll discover it’s as effective as it is fun.

We all want to push our bodies into shape. No matter the size of our bodies, we all feel much better once a physical activity that requires discipline is thrown into the lifestyle mix. In order to get the best of all worlds – in other words, have fun and lose weight – just try any of the aforementioned methods, and you’ll see yourself laughing through those extra pounds before you know it.

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6 Ways of Getting Your Body Ready for Summer

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

6 Ways of Getting Your Body Ready for Summer

 

Summer is almost here and it is time to get our bodies ready for it. Long days at the beach are slowly closing in and you want to be sure you are ready to rock your new bathing suit and enjoy the summer. If you think you’ve put on a little weight or you just want to tone up your muscles, here are some of the changes that need to be incorporated.

Stay hydrated

Water is essential throughout the whole year, but during the summer you have to pay attention to it even more. Summer can be harsh on our bodies since strong sun dries out our skin and we lose plenty of water by sweating. That’s why you need to start drinking plenty of water right now. Additionally, if you are working out for the summer, the lack of water will make your workout sessions less effective because hydration is essential for performance and fat-burning.

Cut back on processed food

Bread, pasta, bagels, crackers and cookies are all filled with bad processed carbohydrates that will do you no good. They certainly are tasty, but such foods are filled with sodium and preservatives that will hold water in your body and cause bloating. So, if you are craving some food and you are at the store, check the ingredients listed on the package. If you cannot read or pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat it. Instead, opt for small servings of fresh fruit and veggies that will actually help you get ready for summer.

Increase the intake of natural diuretics

In order to lose a few pounds and get rid of all the toxins in your body, you should rely on natural diuretics. Such foods will make it easier for your body to get rid of excess fluids. These include cucumbers, lemons, green tea, asparagus and any other foods that have a higher concentration of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium and caffeine. Plus, such foods are rich in antioxidants that will protect your skin from the negative effects of the sun.

Exercise more

If you want a bikini body, then you must not skip exercising. Get your gym wear ready and commit to an intensive full-body strength workout at least three times a week. Such a workout will burn the calories, boost your metabolism and help you develop muscles. Also, make your belly and bottom top priorities. Glutes (bottom muscles) are some of the biggest muscles in your body and they will require more energy and effort, which will result in more burnt calories. As far as your belly is concerned, it is one of the essential elements of looking good, so commit to some core exercises three times a week.

Reduce alcohol

Every type of alcohol contains plenty of bad calories that will only pile up. So, if you’re used to drinking every once in a while, try cutting back. You will reduce the calorie intake and you will feel better overall. Plus, you will manage to preserve a healthy metabolism and it will be much easier to exercise and get better results with a limited alcohol intake.

Try fake tanning

Lastly, you can try out fake tanning and be completely ready for summer. You don’t want to show up on the beach pale and almost see-through and lack of tan might get you some serious sunburns. So, try out different tanning options before you go out and enjoy the sun.

Don’t wait the last minute to start working on your summer body. Commit to exercising and watch your diet and you will be ready in no time.

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What is Necessary for a Beautiful Smile?

By Guest Blogger, Diana S,

What is Necessary for a Beautiful Smile?

 

image-1-6With selfies and cameras all around us, having a camera-ready smile is a great thing. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity in order to have a beautiful smile in any given situation, not just for taking pictures. There are simple ways of improving your smile, but it might take you some time to master it. Start with these several tips and tricks and you will manage to perfect your smile and look stunning.

Being natural

Beautiful smiles are all about being natural and relaxed. A genuine smile is the most stunning smile so whenever it’s picture time try to relax and think of something happy. Relax your face, slightly open your mouth and match the curve of the lower lip with the curve of your upper teeth. This way you will manage to avoid squinty eyes and tension in your neck muscles which can make your smile look too awkward and not genuine at all.

Healthy lips

Your lips are the frame of your smile and they need to look good too. Keep them well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day. If you are a smoker, quit, because cigarettes only dry your lips, encourage wrinkles and create dark stains. Avoid licking your lips, because saliva has irritating acids which remove natural oils from your lips. Additionally, don’t exfoliate the lips like you exfoliate your skin because the skin of the lips cannot regenerate as fast as your facial skin can. Lastly, don’t be afraid to put some colour on them to avoid a pale smile.

Caring for your gums

A healthy and beautiful smile will need gums with the same features. Gum disease, such as periodontal disease, is very common and it is harmful both for your teeth and your smile. Also, unhealthy gums cause bad breath and if they are not treated immediately the gums will reduce, making your teeth appear longer and uglier. Just like you would take care of your teeth, you should brush after each meal and floss at least once a day. This way you will manage to remove food debris and dental plaque which are one of the initial causes of gum disease. Additionally, you can use mouthwash to disinfect your gums, but opt for one that has no alcohol.

Strong and healthy teeth

image-3-2Dental hygiene is of the utmost importance if you want to have a healthy and beautiful smile. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and use dental floss once a day. This will help you thoroughly clean your teeth from food debris and dental plaque which are responsible for many mouth, teeth and gum diseases. Also, don’t smoke. Cigarettes leave stains and encourage tooth and gum decay. Avoid food that can harm your teeth and refrain from drinking soft drinks and other sugary beverages because they are extremely harmful for your smile. However, if you already have some issues with your teeth, a healthy diet and hygiene will not help you. Your best option is visiting a cosmetic dentist in Sydney and going for regular checkups to explore all of your options.

Practice

image-4-4A perfect smile cannot happen overnight. Whether you need to master it for your photos or you simply want to improve it, you will need to practice. Take a mirror and see how you look when you smile. Adjust anything that is needed and try out different smiles for different situations. Don’t forget to stand up straight to avoid the double chin when smiling, adjust your eyes to avoid squinting and try to look natural and relaxed. It might take you some time, but if you make an effort, you will master the most beautiful smile.

To have a perfect smile you need to make an effort. Besides practicing, you have to take good care of your teeth and gums and you will look stunning each time you reveal your teeth.

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Bridal Makeup Tips for Flawless Wedding Photos

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

Bridal Makeup Tips for Flawless Wedding Photos

 

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With your wedding just around the corner, you need to get everything prepared. You’ve found the dress, booked the venue and invited all the guests and now it’s time to take care of wedding beauty. Bridal makeup is just as essential as the rest of the wedding elements and every bride should be perfect on her big day; especially if she wants mesmerizing wedding photos. Thus, here are several tips for your flawless makeup and wedding photos.

Primer is essential

Firstly, by applying it you can have perfect makeup with little products. Secondly, it will help your makeup last throughout the whole wedding. Primer’s purpose is to smoothen your face, no matter how rough it is and it will help the rest of the makeup adhere better and blend in perfectly. Everything looks better with a primer and you will avoid having shiny areas on your face on your wedding photos and you won’t have to rush to the bathroom to fix your makeup every now and then.

Use a concealer

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Since planning a wedding takes time and can be stressful, you probably won’t get too much sleep. This will result in dark circles under your eyes that need to go away on your big day. That’s why you should rely on a concealer. However, you should avoid using concealer five shades lighter than the rest of the makeup and your skin tone. Remember, less is more so spread it out evenly and modestly so you don’t end up with white circles under your eyes.

Emphasize your eyes

Don’t forget to make the eye makeup a bit darker, because you need to compensate for the whiteness of your dress and accessories. Also, pay attention to your lashes. Most women have never worn fake eyelashes but on your big day you can try them out. However, you need to be careful and rely on a professional to apply them; otherwise they could be your worst nightmare. You can also use individual eyelashes which can make your lashes more rich and natural. Nevertheless, you should emphasize your eyes, since they can get lost in the photos; but this way you will look beautiful in all of them.

Don’t forget your lips

Since your whole bridal look is rather white and light, you shouldn’t ignore your lips. They will need some colour as well in order to avoid looking too pale. You can opt for your favourite lipsticks or lip glosses in complementary colours, or rely on good old chapstick. If you leave your lips bare and dry, cracks will show up on camera and that could ruin your whole look.

Find a good photographer

To look good in your wedding photos you will also need a good photographer. Depending on your budget, you can hire a professional or ask a friend to take photos and videos. However, rely on friends only if they know what they’re doing and if that’s their passion. Otherwise the photos might not be as satisfying. If you decide to hire a professional, you should even have a trial photo session. Wear your makeup and ask your photographer to snap a few photos so you can see how the makeup looks. Many professionals, like those from Perfect Moment Photography, will gladly have a trial with you in order to make sure you are completely stunning and satisfied.

Have a trial

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Before applying the final makeup for your big day, make sure you have a trial with your makeup artist. Give them your ideas and desires and wear a white shirt so you can see how the makeup looks on a white outfit. Trials are essential, because you don’t want any mishaps on your wedding day and so you can know for sure what makeup look is the best for your wedding.

There you have it; the most essential tips for your bridal makeup. Follow these tips and there is no doubt that you will look stunning on your wedding day and in your photos.

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Do I Want an Indoor or Outdoor Wedding and Reception?

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

Do I Want an Indoor or Outdoor Wedding and Reception?

 

image-2-1It’s time to start planning your wedding, but before you start inviting your guests, you should think about the venues. Do you want to have your ceremony and reception in a restaurant, big wedding hall; or would you like it to be outside in the park, winery or at the mesmerizing Sydney beach? If you are having troubles deciding, then you should carefully list all the pros and cons of both options and see what best fits your budget and desires.

Indoor wedding

Pro: you don’t have to worry about the weather. Since you’re in a controlled environment, you don’t have to worry about sudden rain, snow or winds that could ruin your big day. You are basically safe to assume that both you and your guests will enjoy the wedding and reception in a comfortable and safe place.

Con: limited space. Every wedding venue has a maximum capacity, due to fire codes and other safety regulations. This may very well affect the number of guests you can invite. If you want a bigger reception, then you have to look for a bigger venue, which will be more expensive. Also, there might be some restrictions when it comes to decoration, which may alter the style of your wedding.

Pro: double purpose. Some venues have the capability to double both as a reception and ceremony venue. This can save you plenty of money if you are on a tight budget. Additionally, there are the benefits of being in a position to negotiate for lower package prices, catering services and even a free valet parking.

Con: higher demand. You should take into account the availability of the venues. If your wedding is during autumn or winter, then it will be harder to find available venues for your own wedding. During colder weather, the demand rises and you shouldn’t forget about that while planning your big day.

Outdoor wedding

image-4-3Pro: wide open space. Plenty of open space makes the whole wedding more family friendly. If there will be toddlers and children present who like to run around and move a lot, then it is easier to entertain them outdoors. Outdoor venues can accommodate many fun activities such as releasing birds, balloons, butterflies or paper lanterns and you can let the kids blow bubbles and enjoy. Also, if you have chosen to have a beach wedding, you can easily limit the open space with a few privacy screens from Sydney specialists and prevent any unwanted guests or letting your kids wander off.

Con: the weather. You can never know how the weather will turn out, so rain or snow could surprise you. Even though forecasts are close to predicting the weather, you cannot entirely plan it and the elements might end up ruining your big day. That’s why you should have a backup plan in case you are planning an outdoor wedding.

image-2-3Pro: little décor needed. The very nature is already you major wedding decoration. If you have chosen to have a reception at the park, you already have pretty flowers and plenty of greenery to complete the décor. If you are having a beach wedding, then there is nothing prettier than a mesmerizing landscape of a sunset or never-ending horizon. All you have to do is decorate the tables and chairs, and your wedding ceremony and reception are completely ready.

Con: restrooms. Even though many outdoor venues have restrooms nearby, it is probable that they are a bit further from the party. Decent walks may not be an issue for your guests, but it’s always good to ask about those facilities and their situation before booking an outdoor venue. It is beneficial to have a restroom nearby if some extreme or urgent situations do occur.

There you have it. The most common pros and cons people look at when deciding on their wedding venue. Sit together with your SO and see what fits your needs the best and have the most mesmerizing wedding day ever.

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6 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Exterior Paint Palette

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

6 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Exterior Paint Palette

 

image-4-2Choosing the exterior paint palette has never been an easy task. Unlike the interior that is supposed to be modeled entirely according to your liking, your house’s exterior is out there, exposed to everyone’s judgment. The wrong hues can affect the look of the entire street. But, that’s only a part of the problem. You need to think about the style and durability of your exterior paint, and any wrong step can cost you a small fortune when you realize that you’ve made a mistake. Let’s make sure that this doesn’t happen.

Consider the look of your neighborhood

Some cities like Cinque Terre, Cape Town, Trinidad and Bristol are inherently vivid and colorful. Adding to that diversity will only make them appear livelier. However, if you are living in a more traditional city or neighborhood, going for a garnish hue of green will make passers-by literally go green. That doesn’t mean that your entire neighborhood should follow the uniform, by-the-numbers color pattern. But, if you are surrounded with gentle browns and grays, going full cyan wouldn’t make too much sense, would it?

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Think about permanent materials and installations

When choosing the right exterior paint palette, consider the hues and nuances of the permanent exterior elements, such as roof, brick or stone foundation, patio, tiles, stonework, pathways or some other permanent accents. Put them all on the paper, try to find the lowest common denominator and work your way up from there. Are they cool or warm? Earthy or neutral? If you end up stuck, know that the colors that belong to the opposite ends of the color spectrum (for instance, red brick foundation and gray/blue exterior paint) make just as good combination.

Take style and era of the house into the equation

Can you imagine a Victorian house painted in stark orange and pale mint green? It looks jarring, right? Well, you are not the only one who thinks that. As a matter of fact, some neighborhoods, cities, and states even have different regulations prescribing the recommended colors for historic buildings. If you own an older house, it would be a good idea to do a little research and find what colors were popular when the house was built and it’s preferable to stick to those.

Use bold accents

Of course, if you don’t feel obliged to paint your house in accordance with your neighbors’ tastes or even a historical context, you shouldn’t be afraid to follow your own instincts. However, if you intend to use unusual, bold, and eye-catching colors it would be wise to limit them to accents like the front door, window trims, and fascia, and paint the rest of the house in some neutral color. This way, you will have much more room to experiment with the accents in the future.

Start with samples

image-1-4Some colors may look great on the paper, but that’s not always the case when you paint it on the wall. That is why you should start small. Paint a small portion of the wall, leave it to dry and see how it behaves throughout the day. Something that looks nice in the morning may not look as good in the evening. Painting a couple of different colors at the same time will give you even a better perspective.

Don’t forget durability

By painting a house, you are giving a new look to your most valuable possession. How about using this opportunity to make your most valuable possession a bit more durable? With the right choice of protective paints, coatings, and primers you will make your investment more worthwhile as you won’t have to repaint it as frequently.

Follow these few tips and you won’t have any problems painting your house in the right colors. Exterior painting is not that cheap, and you won’t be doing it every year. So, be careful, the mistakes you make will haunt you for many years to follow.

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What Sleep Deprivation Can Do to Your Body

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

What Sleep Deprivation Can Do to Your Body

 

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We all know how difficult it is to go through a day when we’re sleepy, but can you imagine going without a good night’s sleep for days, weeks, or even months? Having a rough night and waking up groggy and dizzy is bad enough, but going through that day after day is worrying. Bleary eyes and gaping yawns aside, your body suffers immensely if you don’t get enough sleep. Here are just some of the things which sleep deprivation can result in.

You’ll put on weight

Sleep is important for your body and mind alike: your muscles relax and your brain gets some much-needed rest and energy. If you’re not sleeping enough, your brains starts craving more energy, and if it can’t get it from sleep it’ll start craving more food. This means that you will be eating much more than you used to because your body will start producing more ghrelin – so called ‘the hunger hormone’ which makes you crave sugary and fatty foods. If you notice you started craving more such foods than you usually do, you could try swapping some of those unhealthy treats for healthy ones: fresh fruit dipped in melted dark chocolate or raw honey. Not only is this healthier, but you’ll feel energized.

Your immune system weakens

As your body’s resting overnight it allows your immune system to produce antibodies and cells which help you fight off all sorts of bacteria and viruses. In addition, these protective substances also help you sleep better, so a weaker immune system can be both the cause and the result of bad sleep. Long-term sleep deprivation increases your chances of developing a serious chronic disease like diabetes. If you feel like your immune system is weaker than it used to be, you should try boosting it up with some natural remedies. Drink plenty of green tea with lemon, use less sugar in your coffee, and drink freshly squeezed juices instead of sodas.

You have trouble with your memory

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Do you have trouble remembering where you’ve put your car keys and the keys to your place? Do you keep forgetting your phone in your car or bathroom? Can you remember the name of the movie you saw last week? If you notice that you’re having trouble remembering things, you don’t have to panic just yet – sleep deprivation can sometimes mess with your memory and make you more forgetful. When you’re tired, you stop paying attention to details and little things, while when you sleep your brains ‘clears’ your central nervous system. Perhaps it’s your surrounding that troubles you: try changing the position of your bed in your bedroom or buy a new bed altogether. You can easily shop online for a mattress that is perfect for you, so you’ll finally be able to relax.

You’re snappy and impulsive

When you’re exhausted, you don’t have time to stop and think too long about your actions, which leads to making impulsive moves and sometimes being snappy towards other people. You feel like that extra doughnut isn’t such a bad idea after all, and when a coworker asks for an advice or needs help, you are less likely to be patient with them. It’s not just coworkers who will get a taste of your new bad temper – you can act like that at home, with family, spouse, and friends. Try to meditate every day at least for ten minutes, it will calm you down and help you relax.

If you notice that you’re not sleeping well for a long time, you should visit your doctor. Pills can be helpful in putting you to sleep, but there may be some other reason why you’re exhausted all the time. Talk to your doctor and try to understand what is going on with your body, and do your best to find a way to relax every night before going to bed. This way, you will be able to get back into your routine soon enough.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
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