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How to Create a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

How to Create a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

They will all tell you how beautiful it is when your little one says his first word or makes his first steps. But none of them will tell you about the horror of the darkest thoughts that will go through your head and about all that mess that waits for you to clean it up after that little one decides he no longer wants to go pee-pee with his mom, but all by himself – as the true big boy that he is. And speaking of big boys, why did you place that toilet seat so high, so he cannot climb it? And what is a little pee stain compared to the fact your child is now practically an adult? Jokes aside, there are some things that need to be done in order to save both your child and yourself from a lot of potential trouble.

Floors

Floors in a child-proof bathroom should be non-slip. In other words, opt for tiles that are small and rough (anti-slip) in order to eliminate the risk of your little loved one falling down and hurting himself. And if he still isn’t walking quite steadily, a great idea is to incorporate those non-slip mats as well. Finally, after every shower session, make sure every adult family member wipes off all the water puddles.

Fittings

Adult skin is a lot thicker than a child’s skin. And this is why you have to protect your child’s skin from getting burned with hot water. You will do this by incorporating those safe bath tub, sink and bidet thermostat fittings that can only reach a certain water temperature, and select valves with scalding protection. This way, those little hands will definitely remain protected against the heat.

Finishing

Avoid those pointy ceramics for your bathroom at all costs. In fact, you should rather opt for elegant and soft-edged bathroom supplies without any sharp corners that may hurt your child. Next, make sure that all glass areas are well secured. Also, you are more than welcome to install those invisible drawer handles and lockable cupboards that will prevent your child from grabbing the razor, a pair of scissors or a chemical product (which should, by the way, be kept as far away from them as possible – ideally, completely out of their sight and reach).

Space

If you simply aren’t blessed with a big and spacious bathroom, make sure it is always 100 percent decluttered. Use every inch of your bathroom space wisely, so it will both be aesthetically more pleasing, and safer for your child. And if, on the other hand, you do have a large bathroom, you have the luxury to install a large bathtub or shower that will allow several little ones to bathe at the same time, which is both time and money saving.

Levels

Try looking at your bathroom through your child’s eyes (and height). He will definitely need some help reaching the wash basin, so you might want to install a sturdy step-ladder in front of it. Next, keep storage levels on no more than one meter, so it is easily accessible to them as well. Install a showerhead with an adjustable height, so it fits you all. Smart showerheads are a huge trend right now. Finally, note that children quite enjoy seeing themselves in the mirror, so make sure yours is at the appropriate height.

Handling

The harsh truth is that bathroom items are made with only adults in mind – so your child’s little hands may find it quite difficult to use them. So when you go shopping for bathroom furniture, look at it through your children’s eyes. Go with easy-to-open shower doors, choose hooks instead of towel holders, invest in a solid shower caddy, etc.

Fun bathing

It is not always all about safety. What you should also do is to make this a fun experience for your little one. Let him play with his rubber and plastic toys during bath time, invest in a couple of colorful and fun accessories, as well as educational bath toys, have fun with color and maybe even consider putting a cartoon wallpaper to liven the space up a little bit.

Bathrooms can be a dangerous space for kids. And when the time comes when they can use it themselves, do your best to protect them.

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Take Charge of Your Health: Get More Sleep

By Guest Blogger, Sarah C.,

Take Charge of Your Health: Get More Sleep

Man Relaxing Under the Sun — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

When it comes to getting healthy we hear an awful lot about exercise regimes and fad diets. What we don’t hear quite as much about is sleep. Why is that? Maybe it’s because sleep is something you can do for free!

 

Obviously diet and exercise are important but the lack of attention paid to sleep is surprising considering how vital a role it plays in both our physical and mental health.

 

What’s more, how well we sleep also plays a huge part in our capacity for exercise and our ability to maintain a healthy diet. So, while those two might be the pillars of a healthy life, good sleep is the foundation on which they stand.

 

Read on below to discover just how important sleep is for your health and why you should spend more time thinking about it…

 

Boost to the immune system

 

Our bodies are amazing things, while we lie asleep at night they get busy and go to work repairing themselves from the hardships of the day. If our sleep is broken these processes are obviously disrupted and don’t function nearly as well. That in a nutshell is why we feel bad if we don’t get sufficient sleep.

 

One very important process that takes place while we sleep is the production of cytokines, also known as the things that bravely fight off bacteria and viruses. These little guys are the cornerstone of our immune system.

 

If we’re sleep-deprived our immune system becomes impaired, meaning we are less able to fight off infection and less able to bounce back once we become infected. The result is more colds, more flu and more sick days to get over them. Not fun!

 

The heart of the matter

 

Not only does sleep improve your resistance to viruses such flu and colds, it also reduces your risk of being afflicted by a whole host of more serious conditions. Chief amongst these are strokes, heart disease and heart attacks.

 

When it comes to sleep and heart health the exact mechanisms at play aren’t exactly known. One theory simply relates to wear and tear, when we sleep our blood pressure drops and our heart has to do less work. If we sleep less, our heart doesn’t get this break.

 

This means two people of the very same age may have hearts who have done considerably different amounts of work, simply due to a difference in sleep patterns.

 

Has this info got you clutching at your chest in surprise? Well, for advice on how to get a handle on your own sleep patterns why not turn to those in the know, head on over to the Sleep Advisor for specialist advice.

 

Improves weight loss

 

So you’ve been up every morning jogging and you’ve been knocking back those disgusting wheatgrass smoothies but still your waistline hasn’t budged. Why is this? Well, it could be because you’re not getting enough shuteye.

 

Firstly, when we are sleepy we have reduced willpower, meaning we are far more likely to hit the candy jar than when we’ve slept well.

 

Secondly, even if you’ve the willpower to resist temptation, not getting enough sleep will still impact your weight. Not fair I know!

 

Researchers at Chicago University have discovered that our bodies actually process food less efficiently when tired. Apparently when sleep-deprived our fat cells suffer from a condition called ‘metabolic grogginess’. Who knew?

 

Without getting too deep into technicalities, when tired our fat cells are unable to correctly respond to the hormone insulin. Insulin controls how fatty acids and lipids get used and stored. When tired it seems our bodies end up storing more fat than it should.

 

What’s more, metabolic grogginess can lead to fat being stored in the wrong places, such as the tissue in our liver. The result of this can be diabetes. Yikes!

 

So, keep up the jogs and keep knocking back those ‘tasty’ green leaf drinks by all means. But also add a couple of extra hours in bed to your regime and you’ll soon be dropping a few notches on your belt.

 

A brighter tomorrow

 

Sleep isn’t just good for our physical health it’s also strongly linked to our mental health. Such is the link in fact, it’s been reported that insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression as well-rested individuals.

 

Once again the exact reasons for the link between sleep and mental health aren’t completely understood. What we do know is that while we sleep our body attempts to regulate the levels of stress hormones in our system. If this process is constantly interrupted it stands to reasons that it will be less successful, resulting in imbalances and with them a less balanced emotional outlook.

 

There you have it – four reasons why sleep is essential for your health. Who knew that lying in bed for a few more hours could be so good for you? Nighty night!

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7 Tips to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker

By Guest Blogger, Dennies John

7 Tips to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker

Did you know that poor maintenance is one of the biggest reasons why kitchen appliances meet an early death? Drip coffee makers are no different. Foul taste, ugly stains, and slow brewing are some of the big warnings that signal you when it’s time for a thorough clean up.

But the good news is that regular cleaning can keep all troubles at bay, and you don’t have to be spending copious amount of time doing it! Here are some easy and valuable tips to clean your drip coffee maker and lengthen its life span in the process.

  1. Empty your pot

Let’s start with the obvious. After each cycle, empty the coffee/pods and its residues from the filter. Scoop them from a spoon if needed, and simply dump them into a bin. This will prevent any solid waste from clogging the sink.

 

  1. Dissemble the parts

Residues have a way of seeping through parts that aren’t sealed. That’s why it is important to dissemble all the parts that come off, including minor parts like the rubber that seals the lid. The best coffee makers have fewer parts, and that’s a blessing especially if you have to wash them by hand. Once dissembled, they’ll provide access to every nook and cranny that needs cleaning.

 

  1. Wash

If yours is a machine that isn’t dishwasher-safe, then submerge the parts in a basin with soapy water, instead of soaping them one by one. This will save time, and help to remove even the stubborn dirt. Once done, scrub them and rinse off under running water.

 

  1. Mop

Just because certain parts cannot be washed doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cleaned. They will accumulate dust, dirt and even splashes of coffee over time. So make sure to wipe them with a wet cloth and repeat it at least once in every two days. This will make your coffee maker look brand new for years to come.

 

  1. Dry off

Never reassemble the parts of your coffee maker without drying them first. Not doing so is like an open invitation for mold and bacteria. Remember, it’s never easy to kick them out once they take up residence in your coffee maker.

 

  1. Use vinegar

According to Mercola.com, vinegar is proven to be the best natural and non-toxic cleaner that can be used on a coffee maker. It not only kills about 80% of mold and bacteria but also removes mineral build-up caused by hard water. All you need to do is mix equal portions of vinegar with water and let it run through the coffee maker at least twice a month.

 

  1. Battle Stains

Stains are the first thing that makes your machine look older than it actually is. Baking soda is a great way to get rid of them. For light stains, scrub the area with a sponge by dipping it in baking soda. If that doesn’t work, let a solution of baking soda and water sit in the coffee pot overnight.

 

If these tips proved to be valuable to you, start adjusting your cleaning-habits right away. You’ll be rewarded with a better looking coffee pot and better tasting coffee in no time at all.

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Points To Bear In Mind When Hiring Building Suppliers

By Guest Blogger, Rohin D.

Points To Bear In Mind When Hiring Building Suppliers

 

When we talk about home construction or home improvement there are a number of things which have to be taken into account. There are also many loose ends which have to be tied up. Amongst the various things identifying the right Building suppliers without any doubt is an important and critical task. The raw materials which go in to the making of any building without any doubt is one of the most important task and there cannot be any compromise on the same. However, with so many options being available, making the right choice often becomes a challenging and difficult task. We will try and identify a few important points that we need to bear in mind when availing the services of these professionals. You could need them for your home or also for improving the looks and appearances of your office. It might be needed for improving the curb appeal and also lead to freeing of more space whether it your home or office. The following are the most important points which one must take into account before going in for these suppliers.

 

Do They Have A Wide Selection Of Materials

 

It would always be better to look for a supplier who can provide all the building materials under one platform. It makes no sense to run  around from one supplier to another for this job. You certainly want everything available at the best prices under one umbrella. This will help you to load the materials required in one transport facility and get along with the job rather than making repeated trips to different building material outlets. It does save quite a bit of time and money which otherwise may not have been possible.

 

A Good Track Record Of Proven Service

 

When looking for suppliers of building materials, the onus lies on you to be sure that you are identifying somebody who comes with a good and proven track record. This is important from the perspective of quantity and quality. It would always be better to look for a supplier who runs a family owned business.  This is important because they would know the specific needs and requirements of the customers and act accordingly.

 

Check The Samples Before Ordering

 

Whether it is rock building materials, concrete, cement or sand, the onus lies on you to look for somebody who is known to match samples with actual supplies. It would be advisable to look for somebody who allows the customers to physically look at the samples and then decide placement of orders. The contract should contain a clause that if the orders or not as per the sample specifications and quality, then the customer should have the option to cancel the order or even return the supplies and take refund if desired.

 

Take Some Expert Advice Before Moving Forward

 

Finally as a customer you must be sure that you are buying the right grade of cement, concrete or the right type of rocks and stones for our landscaping and other needs. If needed you must not hesitate to take the help of professionals and then move forward.

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5 Reasons to Book a Brazilian Blowout

5 Reasons to Book a Brazilian Blowout

 

You may have seen the results all over your social media feeds, Brazilian Blowouts are having a moment! The treatment is loved by women around the globe due to its transformative and, quite frankly, life-changing results.

 

According to Yahoo, the Brazilian Blowout is a liquid keratin formula that bonds to your hair and creates a protective layer around each strand, effectively diminishing frizz and sealing in the cuticle, thereby protecting your hair against any external damage.

 

It originated in Brazil and uses ingredients indigenous to the country including camu camu, annatto seed, and açai berry. The treatment leaves hair hydrated, less frizzy, and more resilient to heat styling as well as comes with an insanely glossy mirror-like shine.

 

In case you still aren’t sold, here are five reasons you need to book a Brazilian Blowout in Dubai or wherever you are located.

 

1. It’s customizable

 

For many people, a Brazilian Blowout is considered a hair straightening treatment. While allowing those with naturally curly hair to experience smooth, straight locks is undoubtedly the most common use of it; the treatment can be customized for you.

 

If you would rather keep your natural curls or waves intact while smoothing out your hair, the best hairstylist in Dubai can make that happen.

 

2. Requires no downtime

 

Compared to other smoothing procedures, there is no downtime whatsoever. Tuck your hair behind your ears, put your sunglasses on top of your head, wear a ponytail, swim, or exercise immediately after you walk out of the salon with no worries.

 

3. Perfect for all hair types

 

No matter what kind of hair you have, whether it is straight, curly, kinky, coarse, fine or damaged, a Brazilian Blowout can be tailored to work perfectly for you. The treatment is safe for any hair type and helps to improve shine as well as moisture levels.

 

Having one enables you to use less hair care products, decrease daily drying time by half, achieve salon quality hair, and air-dry hair and have it look natural and frizz-free.  

 

If you are looking to grow your hair more quickly, a Brazilian Blowout can assist with this as the treatment reduces split ends meaning you won’t require trims as often.

 

4. Won’t affect your natural curl pattern

 

Your treatment should last anywhere from three to four months. But after this period, your natural curl pattern will return with no line of demarcation. Even if you don’t get your Brazilian Blowout touched up right away, there will be no noticeable line of separation between the previously treated hair and new growth unlike with other relaxing or straightening methods.

 

A Brazilian Blowout is a smoothing treatment that does not contain harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, and it is a non-permanent treatment that won’t give you roots that must be retouched in a few months.

 

5. Done only by certified professionals

 

Overall, the process takes under two hours but depends on how much hair you have and how thick it is. In the salon, a certified Brazilian Blowout stylist will start by shampooing your hair three or four times to remove any product residue, and to create a base for the treatment to adhere.

 

At this point, working section by section, the Brazilian Blowout formula will be applied from root to tip, then blow-dried smooth. Next, a flat iron heated to 450 degrees will seal the formula in; then your stylist will again rinse your hair. This is then followed by a deep conditioning mask before your hair is once again blow-dried smooth.

 

Unlike other similar treatments, there aren’t any restrictions as to what you can and can’t do after a Brazilian Blowout. You can tie your hair up in a bun or clip it any way you want. You can sweat it out and shampoo, so you won’t have to skip your CrossFit class.

 

And since the treatment is already rinsed out while you are in the salon, you can wait for as long as you want to wash it. Just ensure you are using a sulfate- and chlorine-free formula to extend the pleasant appeal of a Brazilian Blowout.

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AUTHOR BIO

Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.

 

Benefits Offered by Adventure Sports

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Benefits Offered by Adventure Sports

 

Adventure sports is an umbrella term used to describe activities that involve a certain degree of risk and uncertainty, as well as self-discovery. These sports include base jumping, bungee jumping, biking, hiking, kayaking, jet ski racing, mountaineering and rock climbing, para-gliding, scuba diving and so on. While some people feel rather intimidated by adventure sports, there are those swear by them and give them a lot of praise for allowing them to overcome their fears and step out of what they would normally consider to be their comfort zone. Here are some of the major benefits you can experience by participating in an adventure sport.

Exercising made fun

Coupling cardiovascular exercise such as running and swimming with bodyweight or dumbbell training is one of the best ways to increase your strength and improve your overall fitness. The only issue is that most of our cardio and weight training is often performed indoors and repeated time and time again until you reach that point where you’re simply bored with doing the same routines, or worse, not seeing the results. Running outside, however, helps develop balance, involves more muscle and going off trail and experiencing a new environment actually stimulates the brain by throwing in countless new variables to your training.

Improved health

Adventure sports are ideal for getting back into shape, especially now that the holidays are over. Furthermore, they can be an excellent stress reliever, namely due to the fact that during exercise, our brain is releasing various hormones, including dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin, even if the exercise in question was not strenuous at all. Adventure sports such mountaineering and rock climbing improve balance, endurance and high-tempo sports such as biking or kayaking improve the delivery of oxygen and elevate the oxygen levels in our blood and muscle cells.

Improved self-esteem

Any activity that involves adventure sports is oftentimes challenging and comes with a different set of goals when compared to other types of sports. Whereas normal sports deal with teams and winning, adventure sports are more about challenging yourself in order to complete a specific task. It’s about overcoming your own fears and limitations and experiencing the thrill and the sense of accomplishment that follow. Just don’t get too full of yourself and never avoid wearing protective gear. Professional mountaineers would not set a foot on a mountain without being fully prepared the same way down-hill bikers would not imagine racing down a hill without their lightweight year sturdy full face helmets.

Knowledge and experience 

Every sport, including the adventure variety, comes with its own learning curve. The thing with adventure sports is that most of the skills you learn from practicing them can also be carried over into other situations in life. With biking, for example, you’ll most definitely learn how to change a tire, fix a flat or straight out the spokes, while mountaineering and technical rock climbing are ideal for instilling teamwork, improving communication skills and building trust. Kayaking will teach you all about remaining calm while underwater and base and bungee jumping can show you just how frivolous some of your fears may actually be.

Adventure sports are by far one of the best opportunities you can find to challenge yourself, overcome your fears and limitations and learn from your experiences. The physical and psychological advantages adventure sports pose, such as better physical shape, improved health, clear-headedness and positive thinking are too strong and too abundant to simply be overlooked. While it may be frightening at first, the exhilaration you get from the unknown and unexpected is not only better but also way healthier than the mundane routine you would normally experience in your daily trips to the gym.

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How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

 

If you’re just expecting or already have kids who are starting to venture into the living room on their own, it might be the right time to give your space a little kid-friendly makeover. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole aesthetics. Only a few barely visible changes will be enough to have a both beautiful and kid-friendly living room.

Washable paint

If you’re raising future painters that are still discovering their ideal canvas, don’t be surprised when you come home to a new wall design. However, if you invest in washable paint instead of your traditional one, you will be able to clean up the mess with mild soap and a damp cloth. There are even some flat matte paints that allow you to touch-up the pain without any visible brush marks. However, if your kids are really persistent with surprising you with wall murals, you can opt for chalkboard paint. Paint one wall and let your kids safely express their artistic tendencies.

Kid-friendly flooring

Kids are not very careful when eating, drinking and carrying stuff, and a lot of things will end up on your floor. So, make sure to invest in flooring that is washable, such as tile, wood or laminate. If you want to let your kids play on the floor, then you need something much softer. Luckily, there are carpets made of seagrass or jute that are durable and low-maintenance. You can also opt for small area rugs which you can toss into the washing machine every once in a while.

Durable materials

If you want your furniture to have a long and happy life, make sure your pieces come in durable and easy-to-maintain materials. There are many stain-resistant fabrics on the markets today, so you’ll definitely find something you love. Leather is also a great furniture option. For instance, lounges made of leather can be easily wiped with a wet cloth every time an accident happens. Also, keep in mind that the darker colors can take more beating than the lighter ones.

Ample storage

If you want your living room to be tidy without too much work, you have to have enough storage to put away your kids’ toys when they aren’t in use. Most people opt for decorative baskets because they are cheap, portable and very practical. However, you can also go for something more stylish and permanent like double-duty furniture with built-in storage. Benches and window seats usually come with hidden storage below the seat. There are also coffee tables and ottomans that can fit some of your kids’ trinkets and create an uncluttered and stylish look.

Create a cozy corner

If you want to keep most of your living room reserved for adults, then creating a cozy corner is a must. Simply designate one corner in your living space and fill it with fluffy pillows and lazy bags that are perfect for afternoon naps and reading seasons.

Make it fun

No matter the interior style and the atmosphere in your living space, it should really be the place where every member of the family feels comfortable and happy. So, make sure to decorate the space with at least some kid-friendly accessories. For instance, putting up the kids’ artwork on the walls next to your “grown-up” art is a great way to start. Make sure not to use too many fragile decorative pieces, and opt for nature elements (pinecones, seashells, driftwood), wooden figurines and bowls, and a lot of kid-friendly books. Hanging family photographs is another way to decorate your living space with beautiful and personal items.

As you can see, a kid-friendly living room doesn’t have to look like a kindergarten. With just a little bit of planning, it can be a stylish, functional and cozy space every member of your family will love.

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Car Care Tips for Young Drivers

By Guest Blogger, Blake S.

Car Care Tips for Young Drivers

Why You Should Check Your Car

Imagine the euphoria of getting your first car. You’ve pictured this day when you got your driver’s license, when you’ve pictured the freedom of going wherever you want, when you want. Then of course, you have that car for a few months, and everything’s fine. But just as you’re riding down the road, your car suddenly breaks down.

 

While it may be just a distant problem to think about, it’s a common one nevertheless. Oftentimes, young drivers tend to overestimate themselves, and push their cars too far. However, there are tips they can use to avoid this, not only by avoiding unnecessary risks on the road, but also by properly maintaining their cars.

 

Car Care Tips

  1. Change your car’s oil: Everyone in a while to reduce friction. Generally speaking, the oil helps reduce the friction between metallic parts whenever the car runs. If the oil isn’t changed, the friction will increase, which could produce enough heat to completely annihilate the engine. You can usually tell when you have to change the oil by listening to how loud the engine is when you first turn your car on, if you can’t remember the last time you changed the oil, or if the appearance of the oil is a thick black.

 

  1. Check your car’s coolant system: A car’s coolant helps protect your radiator from volatile weather conditions that could potentially damage your radiator. Water helps the radiator to prevent from overheating, and antifreeze protects it from freezing. If you haven’t changed your coolant in the past year, or if you’ve driven approximately 20,000 miles or more, you have to consider getting your coolant changed. Be sure to take into account conditions such as the area you live in and how much you run the air conditioner.

 

  1. Check your car’s transmission fluid: The transmission oil, like oil, serves as a lubricant that can help reduce friction between other working parts of the car, thereby preventing damage to your car. The transmission fluid can go bad when it collects particles, causing the transmission gears to grind against each other. This, in turn, affects the acceleration and gears.

 

  1. Clean your car to protect it from any unwanted nuances: By leaving a car dirty, dirt and other particles can build up, causing the paint to slowly peel off. If the paint peels off, this can:
  • affect your car’s resale value
  • expose your car to harsh environmental conditions
  • lower your car’s visibility

  1. Always check your tires to make sure you have enough air in them. According to CarCareNinja, checking the pressure in your tires will help you know just how much air is in them, and whether or not you have to add more. Similar to your car’s coolant system, the environment your car is in will determine just how well your tires are. The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure is, and vice versa.

 

  1. Check your brakes: You need to check your brakes to avoid any unnecessary car accidents. Not only has broken car brakes been the subject of murder/mystery and horror movies, but this has also contributed to many car accidents. Make sure you get your brakes checked out by a mechanic or any related professional periodically, especially if when you push the brakes, you hear a loud, squeaking sound.

 

  1. Make sure you have enough fuel to make it to your destination. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it’s also good for the fuel pump. The fuel pump is responsible for getting gas from the fuel tank to your car’s engine. If you run the car when there is too little fuel, this can only serve to hurt your car.

 

  1. Take your car to a mechanic at least once a year so that they can determine if your car is actually safe to drive. While you may use these tips to check your car, you may want to determine if there is anything wrong with your car. By getting a mechanic to inspect it, you will be able to reduce the risks of your car breaking down on the road.

 

Conclusion

These car care tips will hopefully help you avoid an accident while on the road. While it may be a bit of a hassle at times, these tips will let your car last longer, and be more reliable. Not only that, but you will also be safer on the road.

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Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

 

Living rooms are true hubs of domestic life, where we tend to spend quite a bit of time. If you are bored with it and don’t have a budget to do a complete overhaul, don’t fret. In order to turn a new leaf, you don’t even have to get out of your way: There is a multitude of affordable and simple upgrades and tweaks at your disposal.

So, here is how to give your living room a makeover and witness the magic in a blink of an eye.

A fresh start

When you are feeling uninspired in your living environment, you know it’s time to make a positive change.

First off, take a good long look at the layout of the space as well as the placement of the furniture. In all likelihood, you can do some rearranging and utilize the available space more efficiently. Put your desk by the window to harness natural bounties. Orient a comfy sofa towards the focal point of the room, be it a fireplace or a TV. 

Furthermore, note that a fresh coat of paint can work miracles for the visual appeal of the room. Indeed, grabbing a brush is easily one of the most affordable ways to completely shift the mood and atmosphere. Just bear in mind that lighter and subdued colors are a safe bet.

Piece by piece

Before spending money in any store, take a stroll around your home. Keep your eyes open for anything that can be repurposed and given a new role in the living room. Open your closet and storage to bring items back from the dark. Note that even dusty and old books can be beautiful when put on display. The same is true for anything that adds a bit of visual flair though shape, patterns, and color.

Likewise, you should do as much as you can by yourself. Making something with your own hands instantly elevates the mood. Besides, you can get a plethora of décor pieces for a fraction of the cost of what you can purchase. There is no end to brilliant décor projects, so get inspired.

Place small accents such as vignettes that reflect your personality and echo your passions. Choose meaningful items that evoke pleasant memories. Direct the eye around the room in a new, interesting way. Infuse color and patterns where there are none: Add life to blank walls with artwork and spruce up the seating area with colorful pillows.

In new light

Improve the indoor air quality by introducing natural filters in the form of houseplants. They will double as décor and liven up your living room, especially if you find stylish vases and pots for them. What is more, reduce the air pollution with the help of HEPA air filters and quality HVAC system. In case your budget allows it, consider buying a quality one and seek local services, such as these professionals who offer installation of air conditioning in Concord.

To improve air circulation further, make sure to open your windows every now and then to invite a flood of natural light inside.

Speaking of light, you can create instant change by switching your artificial fixtures. Pendants and chandeliers can serve as stunning centerpieces that spark attention. If you want to keep spending in check, change the light bulbs. Opt for energy-saving LED lighting and introduce dimmable and mood-enhancing solutions. You will reinvent the space with a minimum investment of time and money. 

Breathe new life into the heart of your home

There’s absolutely no need to break the bank: There is a slew of accessories and items you can get for cheap or repurpose from your home. Master the art of accentuating and beautifying the space with small items that make a big difference. Feel the breath of fresh air in your living room and spice things up.

Find beauty in the everyday and mundane. Rethink your living environment and see the positive vibes spilling over to all aspects of your life.

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7 Makeup Tips That Make You Look Amazing In Photographs

By Guest Blogger, Sania

7 Makeup Tips That Make You Look Amazing In Photographs

People think they don’t look beautiful in photographs because they are not photogenic but little did they know that the most important thing that guarantees the beautiful picture is the makeup. All the professional makeup artists think that in order to take look beautiful in the photograph you should do outstanding makeup for yourself. The beautiful makeup makes you look amazing in the picture even if you are not photogenic. Therefore, you should always do your makeup in the best and outstanding manner. Some of the makeup tips that will make you look phenomenal in the pictures are as follows.

Apply Moisturizer and Mask to Your Skin:

When you have to go to any party or any event and you will be going there with a lot of makeup on your face then you have to make sure that you prepare your skin before applying makeup on it. If you will moisturize, exfoliate and apply a high quality and an effective face mask on your skin, then you will have a glow and shine on your face. As a result, your makeup will last longer and you will look beautiful in the pictures.

Choose Foundation Wisely:

The foundation is the base of the overall makeup. The smooth foundation will make you look good in pictures. Therefore, it is obligatory for everyone to choose foundation according to their skin tone. If you chose a light color foundation for darker skin tone or vice versa, it will make you look terrible in pictures. For looking good and outstanding in pictures you should apply the foundation which suits your skin tone.

Conceal and Contour Efficiently:

In order to look beautiful and stunning in pictures, you should make your features prominent. The most important thing for making features dominant is contouring. Therefore, you should contour efficiently in the most amazing manner. To look amazing and flawless in pictures you should conceal your undertones and spots in the best manner.

Highlight:

The highlighter is the most amazing thing that makes your skin look perfect and flawless. In order to look beautiful and aesthetic in photographs, you should apply highlighter beautifully and efficiently. The application of high quality and standard highlighter will make you look alluring and enchanting in pictures.

Use Matte Products:

All the things which are used for blending and hiding spots from your skin like foundation and concealer should be free from shine and glitter If you will use the shiny concealer it will spoil your overall look. Therefore, it is very important to use the products which are not sheeny shiny while doing makeup. The use of matte products will make you look beautiful and enchanting in the pictures.

Glossy Lips:

Glossy and shimmery lipstick always looks enticing and alluring in pictures. In order to look beautiful and enchanting in photographs, you should keep the whole makeup subtle and light but you can enhance your look by applying glossy lipstick on the lips. This will make you look beautiful in the pictures.

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Author bio:

Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and traveling, is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.