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Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

 

If you’re one of those people who love to spend time outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the sound of nature, then you must create a practical deck or patio to quench your thirst for the outdoors. However, no matter how much you love nature and all things natural, the sun can be quite nasty in the summer and even chase you inside where it’s cool and air-conditioned. But if you install the right type of shading for your outdoor space, there’s nothing to be afraid of, not even the sun!

Colorful umbrellas

Sometimes, the oldest and least expensive way is the best way to do things and the same goes for shade! Patio or deck umbrellas are definitely the most popular and a completely foolproof way to add some sun protection to your outdoor area. These decorative umbrellas come in all sizes, shapes, colors and materials, so no matter the style you’re trying to achieve, you’ll make it! Plus, once the outdoor season is over, you can just close your umbrella, store it in the garage and wait for the next spring! Just make sure to secure your umbrella tightly, especially if you live in a windy area—you don’t want to be seen chasing one of these down the street!

Draw the curtains

If you want to add some shade AND some movement and softness to your deck or patio, you might want to add curtains to your outdoor structures. Outdoor curtains also offer some light sun protection and are quite inexpensive and easy to install. You can even DIY these curtains with some canvas and grommets! Just imagine airy curtains flowing in the gentle summer breeze while you sip a cocktail on your deck—it’s a really magical sight!

Set sail!

Another practical and affordable way to provide your outdoor space with some shelter is to invest in shade sails. These sails act as a light canopy that can cover your seating or dining area, deck hot tub or even your outdoor kitchen! They are quite easy and fast to install and they take up very little space which makes them perfect for tiny decks or patios. Shade sails also come in various sizes, colors and shapes and can look very futuristic in any space.

Build a lush pergola

If you really want to go big with shade and privacy, you should opt for a beautiful pergola. This freestanding feature will not only provide your patio or deck with all the shade that you need but also help define the space and add a dose of flair to it! You can go very old-fashioned with a wooden pergola with all sorts of ornaments or opt for something very modern and high-tech. Today, there are light aluminum pergolas with practical retractable roof systems that allow you to let the sunshine in or provide shade with the touch of a button! No matter where you are, you can control your roof with your smartphone. The weather will never surprise you again!

Let nature take care of you

If you’re not in a hurry to give your space a lot of shade, just plant some greenery, have patience and watch as nature takes care of your shade needs! Plant a fast-growing tree next to your patio or deck and in a few years, you’ll not only have a bit of shade, but also a priceless addition to your outdoor space. If you’re patient enough, your tree will live to see your grandkids playing underneath it and serve as a home to many little birds, insects and critters! Just make sure to plant your trees strategically, because they can also reduce your home’s cooling bill in the summer and heating bill in the winter!

These practical shades will not only make your patio or deck more comfortable but also add interest to your outdoor space! So, don’t be afraid to throw some shade! 

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The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

By Guest Blogger, Kevin J.

The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

How many times do you look out at the sunny day and wish you had an outdoor space that was more usable? Whether you have a large backyard or one that is simple, small and enclosed, we’re willing to bet that it is under-used, so what can be done to make it more usable?

We have taken a look at three excellent ideas that will encourage you to make more use of the outdoors, and what could be better than enjoying the sun in your own personal outdoor living space? So, here are our ideas – start with these, and you’ll soon have a great outdoor living space that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Lay a Deck

All the rage at the moment – and with good reason – decking should be the first thing you consider if you want to transform your outdoor space into a viable living area. You might think it expensive, but in fact it is one of the most cost-effective methods of bringing alive an outdoor area. Whether you have a simple courtyard-type space or a larger garden area, a decking space either attached to the house or in a separate part of the yard has many advantages: it is easy to keep clean, rainwater drains from it, and will be a great place with heaters installed for use in even the winter evenings.

You can install decking yourself – there are many videos online that tell you how – but we strongly recommend that you check out local providers as a professional job will give you better results, and you may be surprised how affordable it will be.

Add a Gazebo

The sun is beautiful, warm – and dangerous! Even with ultra-levels of sun screen on your skin, it’s still possible to get too much sun, and if you’re one of those people who suffer from the heat, some shade is always welcome. So, in addition to your beautiful new deck, why not add a gazebo?

These affordable and very practical items take the form of an open-sided tent – although there are many you can buy with optional side screens for protection against the wind – and are easy to set up and take down. So, you can choose whether you want to have a permanent gazebo or one that can be used only when necessary, and there are some surprisingly attractive models on the market, too. It’s worth having a look around at the different sizes, and perhaps picking one that covers a portion of your deck and leaves the rest open to the sun.

Build a Fire Pit

Great for those evenings in the fall when the nights become a little cooler, a fire pit is an excellent addition to your back yard. It’s one for the adults, of course, but keep the kids at a safe distance and they can enjoy it too. It’s easy to do: clear a nice flat area – preferably close to your decking so you get the full effect – and build a circular wall with bricks. It’s best to cement them in place if you want it to be a decent one.

Leave a few holes in the wall for the air to get through and build it to a sensible height so that you can drop wood in – and you have a great fire pit for added warmth on cooler nights, meaning your outdoor space is more usable than ever!

These are just a few of the ideas we came up with for making your outdoor space more usable, and we reckon there are many more, so make up a list and you’ll soon enjoy the backyard more than you ever thought you could.

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Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

Does Organic Pest Control Work?

Does Organic Pest Control Work?

Your first instinct when you discover you have a pest problem is probably to grab the chemical spray and start spraying.

Pests can make you feel itchy and uncomfortable in your home; an instant spray makes you feel more in control. This is an acceptable reaction. Pests carry hundreds of different diseases which have the potential to seriously damage your health.

However, it is also possible to utilize organic pest control methods. But, you’ll need to know your enemy and be able to identify the best solution that will take care of the pests for you. You can find out more by talking to a professional pest control expert.

What Is Organic Pest Control?

Pest control generally spraying chemicals into your walls and where you believe the nest is. These are generally very powerful and should kill the issue with just one or two applications.

However, these chemicals can also have side effects for humans; they are, after all, poisons.

This is why you may prefer to consider the organic methods. This type of pest control treatment uses products naturally available which work in nature to kill various animals.

A great example is your cat catching a mouse; that’s natural but not necessarily a practical solution.

Other examples include using mint leaves or cloves to deter ants; it’s surprisingly effective. You can also use slices of cucumber at entry points or even just spray the ants with soapy water.

Another effective and organic method for ants is diatomaceous Earth; just sprinkle a little wherever you see them. It won’t kill them but it will persuade them to leave the area.

Tannic acid is excellent at neutralizing the allergens in dust mites and even animal dander; allowing you to organically enjoy your own home.

 You may even be surprised to find that catnip is effective at deterring cockroaches. Either leave the sachets round the house or make a catnip tea and add it to a spray bottle for use as and when needed.

Does It Work?

The short answer is yes. These are all products which occur naturally in nature. As the Earth has a multitude of systems in place to ensure animal numbers stay under control you’re simply tapping into the Earth’s natural resources.

If you’re not confident implementing these techniques yourself or you need the reassurance of a professional pest control expert then you can click here to find out more about the services on offer.

Even the professionals will use organic solutions if you request it.

These are products that have been tried and tested to eliminate the issue without killing the pests. However, it is important to note that should you decide to take this route it will be extremely important that you tidy your space inside and out, keep it clean and ensure that potential entrances for pests are blocked.

If you don’t new pests will simply arrive.

You should always consider using a professional as they will be able to locate and target the nest, making sure the problem has been dealt with effectively.

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Why you should check for Hidden Cameras in your Hotel Room?

 Why you should check for Hidden Cameras in your Hotel Room?

 

You are at risk wherever you go these days. No place is secure unless you are alert to risks that happen in any country you visit. Naturally, with boom in the electronic consumption worldwide you cannot assume that you are safe and has a space of your own for there are equally rogue humans who would love to break your privacy with hidden cameras. A good shot of your body in the bed or in the bathroom may be enough to cheat on you unknowingly. So, knowing a little bit of cameras and those that hotels hide in your room would go a long way of assuring you a hassle-free stay.

There are numerous kinds of cameras that can be hidden with ease in any hotel room and many of them are so small that it can be difficult to spot them. I highly recommend you to check the complete article from SCR.COM that explain you How To Detect Hidden Cameras In A Hotel Room.


However, you must know, unless there is a something big at stake for spying on you, no hotels would like to compromise on their goodwill. Therefore, you will need to understand that it is the staff or another visitor to the hotel who would be doing this mostly. Naturally, they wouldn’t be investing a huge amount of money on this as they only after some fun. Hence, you needn’t worry about very tiny highly sensitive and sophisticated cameras, but only those that you may be able to spot with a thorough search.

 

Your Eyes are the Best Detectors

If you want to spot the hidden camera then you ought to train your eyes to search thoroughly. This means inch by inch screening of the whole room and the bathroom. Look at places like the shelves, wall decors, electrical sockets, mirrors, indoor plants, tissue boxes, shower, toys, DVD cases, table lamps and any other places that you suspect may be quite easy for a camera to be hidden.

If you have not spotted a camera then you must take your search to the next level. This is done during the evening. First you draw your curtains and then switch off the lights. Then look around for any light sources or any other source that reflects your own tiny torch lights. Remember to maintain pin-drop silence while you are doing this. Most cameras give out a tiny buzzing sound while many would give out some tiny streak of light which you may be able to detect in the dark.

You may also detect a source which reflects your own torch lights as most cameras have lenses. Again, there are some places in the room where you may detect unusual wiring or adapter settings and power outlets then be warned that there may be some kind of object hidden somewhere in the room.

Apart from the above, you may use your own mobile phone for detecting spy cameras in your hotel room. If you are using iOS or Android then you may download an application straight from the web.

Lastly, you may still be able to detect the undetectable camera if you call one of your friends or family members and walk around the room. If there is a camera anywhere then there will be interruption in the frequency levels.

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Which are the best Burglar Deterrents that Works?

Which are the best Burglar Deterrents that Works?

 

Due to ever increasing thefts in modern times there has appeared numerous ways to create effective deterrents both by the public as well as by the manufacturers. As technology is being skillfully used by the burglars and other criminals, it is natural for the manufacturers to keep themselves ahead of the game by updating their products.

In fact, you often see unique locking systems for doors, safes and interior fittings and other ensembles where valuables are kept. Not in least are the uses of alarms, manual and artificial theft deterrents. Yet, the fact of the matter is that whatever be the nature of the system, both hand made or factory made, you cannot beat the new revolution in burglar deterrent equipment. These are the new batches of IP camera surveillance system that drives technology to its very edge. .

Perhaps, over a period of time you may find that there is hardly any house in your area where one or the other kind of camera surveillance system is not in place.

 

Top notch video streaming

You will find that video surveillance camera system is the best as it offers you a wide range to choose from as per your needs. Since, IP system is connected with the internet you may watch your camera video shots from anywhere where there is internet connection.

If you prefer one for outside your home, then you may purchase a vandal proof video camera like the Funlux Camera, or even the slightly costlier Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) video surveillance system. You may get the video streaming done with an IP camera with actual date and time so that you may use it as evidence at the police station. For further information and for your specific requirement you may browse for the same from one of the online stores.

Further, you may use several cameras positioned indoors and outside so that the stream of video shots could be watched from a single computer.

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5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

By Guest Blogger, Rebecca B.

5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

We can’t always feel our best or be at our best. But in order to live a happier and more stress-free life, there are certain things you can do to help the tough times flow by faster.

Exercise More

Did you know that exercise actually makes you happy? While doing your workout, your brain recognises the activity as stress, which is why it releases endorphins which are also known as the hormones of happiness. And the more you “torture” your body with exercise, the happier you are afterwards! You can even get hooked on your daily workout and it is probably the best addiction you can develop. There is a long list of benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood sugar levels, a slimmer figure, a sense of achievement, better mental health, to name but a few.

Most people find it hard to endure a certain type of exercise. We tend to give up for all sorts of reasons: it is too hard, we don’t have the time, it is more fun to do other things or we simply get bored of repeating the same drill over and over again. You can solve this problem by changing the type of workout you do. Combine different activities such as running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym. Or try out some fun new ways to keep fit such as power yoga, pilates, kickboxing or even dancing.

Enjoy a Long Walk by Yourself

If you want a quick fix for your body and soul, then go outside and take a stroll by yourself! Did you know you can spend a lot of calories just by walking? In one hour, you can burn about 200 calories, which is one snack. And just being outside alone and enjoying the fresh air will help you clear your mind and forget about anything that was previously bothering you. Beautiful scenery will help you even more, so go to a park, forest, river bank or simply stroll along quiet streets.

But what if it is too hot, too cold, too windy or too rainy outside? Then you can walk at home! All you need is a few square meters and a step counter. You can play the music you like or even watch a movie! And if you need extra motivation, find walk at home videos online.

Eat Healthy

Changing your eating habits can also help you feel better about yourself. If you want to lose weight, start counting calories. You can download an app to help you monitor what you eat and achieve your goals. You should also carefully choose the food you eat. Read the labels and avoid products which contain additives, artificial sweeteners, nitrites, nitrates, and other nasties.

You should also try to eat more organic food and cook your meals from scratch. Instead of buying a pasta sauce or mayonnaise, why not make them yourself. Fresh, healthy food tastes better anyway! Whenever you can, cook your meals, because it can be so rewarding. And if you don’t have time to do that, buy healthy, quality ingredients which can be tossed together and prepared quickly, or order food from trusty restaurants.

Have a Cosmetic Procedure

Not happy with your looks? Why not treat yourself with a cosmetic procedure! If you need a small boost, try one of the non-surgical treatments such as lip enhancement, face fillers, acne treatment or laser hair removal. Perhaps you have a tattoo you are no longer happy about? That can be fixed too!

Cosmetic surgery is nothing to be ashamed of if it can actually improve your overall wellbeing. A small intervention can boost your confidence and let you embrace new opportunities in life easier. In some cases, it can even improve your mental health!

Have a Pampering Session

 

And occasionally spoil yourself with a pampering session! Book a treatment at a beauty salon to fix your brows, get a wax or have your nails done. It will make you feel so much better about yourself! Or even go to a spa and enjoy a massage, an indulgent cosmetic treatment, a sauna or an energetic swim in the pool. It is a great idea for a girly outing with your bestie!

Alternatively, stay at home and dedicate an evening to yourself. Light up your favourite candles, make a bubble bath, put a rejuvenating mask on your face, do a scrub and use your most loved lotions and potions. Then tuck yourself in comfy pajamas and watch a series you are hooked on. It is one of the best ways to end the day and fill yourself with positive energy.

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How Car Seats Work

By Guest Blogger, Rachel F.

 How Car Seats Work

A car accident is arguably one of the most common causes of injury and death in the United States, and the situation isn’t getting any better as years go by. As responsible parents, the best we can do to get better protection from the perils of the road is to educate both ourselves and our children about the elements of car safety. Fortunately, every car comes with the basic equipment designed to protect you from precisely such an event – a seatbelt, an airbag and so on. When it comes to children, however, the problem is that their small frames can’t really benefit from these safety aids, as they were not designed for them.

That’s where the child’s car seat comes into play, as an additional means of safety you can provide for your little ones. With just a little bit of education, you can learn how to use the car seat to properly protect them. The car seat operates on three different safety principles:

1) The harness that stabilizes your child’s frame at 5 separate points.
2) The impact-absorbent cushions on the side of the seat.
3) The tether that secures the seat and keeps it from moving/falling over.

It might not seem like much, but when put together these three mechanisms are highly beneficial for your child’s safety, some would argue more than a seatbelt. Make sure that the harness kept straight at all times, and that the recline of the seat is at the recommended angle.

For further clarification, please reference the infographic below from Parenting Pod.

car seat info

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How to Zen Out Your Space

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

How to Zen Out Your Space

Our lives are pretty hectic due to busy schedules and the constant urge to please everyone around us which is impossible, and sometimes too stressful. In all these circumstances, we often forget about our own needs and, most importantly, our health. Such a lifestyle leads to insomnia and eating disorders. Our body is our temple, and the only place we actually have to live in, so we’d better take good care of it first. We must learn how to focus on the important things in life and inner peace is definitely one of them. It happens very often that we don’t manage to clean the house or we have to deal with a pile of paperwork on the desk and unsorted laundry. That mess has to be decluttered before it drowns us in the vicious circle of dirt. Although some people are more productive when working under pressure and surrounded by mess, there is nothing better than living in a clean, fresh environment.

The rage for Zen-organized homes became a trend of the modern-day world, and this implies organizing your personal space with simplicity, minimalism and absolute peace. Here are some useful tips on how to turn your home into a laid-back place.

Start with rearranging your personal space

It goes without saying that a messy house equals a messy life. Cleaning your household the right way can turn any home into a safe haven and a private oasis of peace. A Zen-inspired place means owning a minimal amount of furniture, as it opens up the space and makes it easier to vacuum and clean. The furniture should be made of natural materials such as clay, marble and wood, because these bring a sense of tranquility and warmth. Avoid complicated details and dark colors. Keep your kitchen counters clean and dispose of everything from your bathroom shelves that you haven’t used for a long time.

Fresh air is the number one contributor to your health

 

Make sure to air your rooms frequently since no one likes to live in a stuffy place. In addition, you can even get yourself an air purifier for mold which is a legit game-changer. You can place them in your office, living room or bedroom, and apart from being super quiet, these also remove impurities such as pet hair, smoke and dust. What’s more, they are beneficial to asthmatics and allergy sufferers. Enrich your living room with a few plants or purchase some essential oils, since they raise the level of energy and mental alertness. As for the bedroom, keep it simple. There should be a bed, a closet, one lamp and two nightstands, and to spice it up, add a lavender scent. Lavender is known for repelling insects, but it also helps with stress and anxiety. Scented candles are also a plus as they bring in the warmth and peacefulness.

Choose soothing colors

When in doubt, choose white. White plays an important role when decorating small apartments. You can also go for the mellow colors such as olive, mauve, coral or lavender. These subtle tones are perfect and can lead you straight to the land of tranquility. Purity of lines and open light spaces make us feel unbothered and relaxed.

Keep calm and listen to music

 

We all deserve a little ‘me time’ once in a while, and what’s better than bonding with yourself in a foaming bubble bath while listening to your favorite music? There are plenty of exceptional artists that can help you get through a stressful day, such as Norah Jones, Bob Marley, Sade or Sia. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the music shake the stress away. Nothing in this world is worth your anxiety, so seize the moment because, in the end, every little thing is going to be alright.

Get rid of electronic distractions

One TV in the house is enough and it should be placed in the living room. Remove all the cables and wires from your sight and keep your phone chargers in the drawers.

After you have mastered these little life hacks, be brave enough to Zen out your space and sail into a new life filled with vibrancy.

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Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

 

There’s an old stereotype that women know nothing about cars besides driving them from point A to point B. So, if you want to change the way women are perceived in traffic, make sure to learn a few useful things. Here’s what every woman needs to know about cars.

How to check the oil

One of the easiest and most important things is knowing how to check for oil. Not having enough oil can result in many car problems including causing your engine to fry, so make sure to keep your oil levels in check.

How to fix broken lights

The next common car repair (the one that can save you a lot of money in mechanic visits and fines) is fixing your headlights and taillights. If you have an older car, this fix can be very easy and fast. Just remove any trim components to expose the headlight panel and replace your burned-out bulb with a new one. Don’t know which bulb to buy? Just take your broken one to a car store and people working there will give you a matching replacement.

How to drive a stick

Knowing how to drive a stick is one of those things that can save you a lot of trouble in the future, because you really can’t know when you’ll need to use this skill. Luckily, operating a manual transmission isn’t that hard—all you need is some practice and patience!

How to buy and sell a car

Hopefully, you’ll have many opportunities to buy new cars and sell your old ones, so knowing how to handle these situations can be super useful. First, learn enough about your potential new car or your old one, so that you can avoid getting scammed. You can also find a good agency to handle your sale or purchase if you don’t want to risk getting ripped off. For instance, you can easily buy and sell cars at Carbiz as they can help you get quick cash for your old car or deliver your new wheels directly to your house!

How to check for tire pressure

Having proper tire pressure is quite important both for economic and safety reasons. Driving with under or overinflated tires can be very unsafe, plus it causes your tires to wear down quicker. Luckily, checking for tire pressure is super easy and fast. Check the inside of the driver’s doors and you’ll find a sticker with pressure recommendations for your car. With a small tire pressure gauge, you can check your pressure and see if you need to add or remove air.

How to change a flat tire

Changing a tire is every driver’s fear, but it shouldn’t be! Once you get a few practice tries, you’ll see how easy it is to change a flat and continue your ride in peace. Plus, that skill can save you a lot of money and even your life (getting stranded at the side of the road can be quite dangerous). There are great videos online with step-by-step tutorials, you just need to have good will and a few tools!

How to recognize red flags

Have you ever heard a weird sound coming from the engine or seen an unfamiliar light on your dash? Knowing what these sounds and lights mean can save you a lot of money and even your life. Some sounds and lights require immediate attention while some can be put off for a while. Here are some common warning sounds you shouldn’t ignore and some important dashboard lights to keep an eye on.

So, be a good driver that shatters gender stereotypes and make sure to learn about your four-wheeler. Every responsible car owner, regardless of gender, should know these seven car-related fixes and skills which will ensure their safety and safety of other road users.

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