Summer is a special time for having fun in the backyard pool, yet drowning is a leading cause of accidental death. Drowning is many times called the “silent killer” as you might not hear a cry for help or the sound of a splash to alert you that a child is in trouble. To keep your summer fun and tragedy free, follow these safety tips: Don’t Get In Over Your Head Regardless of whether you are a beginner or seasoned swimmer, always make sure to swim in a water depth that is most comfortable for you. You should never swim in water that’s deeper than you are used to or that makes you feel intimidated. Child Safety Tips If children are present, make sure that they are never left unattended near the pool area. If they are in the water, an adult should be nearby at all times in case help is needed. It’s also important that children be equipped with the proper flotation aid to help them remain above water. Watch Your Step If your pool has steps leading down into the water, make sure that there is a sturdy handrail to hold onto. This will not only help […]
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If you are like most people, dust is a part of life. Regardless of how much or how often you clean, it still has a way of popping up when and where you least expect it. In addition to being a visual nuisance, dust can also aggravate an allergy condition that may be giving sufferers something to sneeze about. But, don’t fret; you can reduce the dust in your home with a little footwork and a lot of knowhow. Run A Tight Ship Dust comes from many places, including the outdoor environment. If you really want to reduce the dust in your home, keep your windows and doors tightly closed. If you have an air conditioner, use it to keep your house cool in the summer rather than opening up your windows. The fresh air may smell good, but it could be bringing much more into your home than meets the eye. Check Your Vents You can help to significantly reduce the dust in your home by stopping it where it starts. Specifically, check the air vent covers in every room and vacuum the vents in order to prevent dust from being circulated into the air. Cleaning The Air Did […]
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If you have children, you know how quickly they can accumulate toys and other items. You also know how quickly those items can take over your home! Providing simple and effective storage solutions for your child’s toys and books is the best way to keep the clutter under control as well as teach your child how to care for their things. A Bin For Everything And Everything In Its Bin Color-coded and labeled bins are a great way to keep toys organized. Look for bins that either fit onto a shelving unit designed for that purpose, or can easily be stacked. Choosing a different color for each type of toy makes it easy for your kids to clean up their own things and ensure they are in the right spot. You can also consider making simple labels. If your children do not read yet, use images to label the bins. Print a picture of a car for a bin meant for toy cars, an image of a block for the bin where blocks go; each bin can be marked with a picture of the type of toy that belongs there. Bins with lids can be stacked in a corner; you […]
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When winter comes around it seems the piles of boots, coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are piling up all over the place. Bulky winter coats and heavy boots, along with all those accessories, can really push your storage space to the maximum. When you have to pull everything out for winter, it’s time to consider some easy storage solutions that allow you to have everything handy and yet out of the way. Double Duty Storage Pick up a small storage ottoman and place it near the front door. All of your mittens, gloves, scarves, and other small winter accessories can be thrown inside when you get home, and then you just replace the lid and it’s all hidden. It’s easy for kids to use as well. Storage ottomans have the added bonus of providing a convenient place to sit down while you get those winter boots on and ready yourself to head out the door. Be sure that the items are dry before putting them away. Dealing With Winter Boots Boots can take up a lot of floor space, so get them off the ground with a shoe tree or rack. Place the tree or rack over one of your […]
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One of the simplest, most economical and also eco-friendly ways to provide lighting in your yard is to use solar lights. There are a wide variety of solar lighting options on the market that can help you to create the right ambience for an evening on the porch, light your sidewalk and driveway, or simple illuminate your yard for aesthetic appeal. Solar lighting is simple to install and uses the energy absorbed from the sun during the day to provide the power for nighttime lighting. This means you can light your yard without affecting your energy bills. There are a few different options you can use to create the lighting effect you are seeking in your yard. Lighting Your Yard And Patio The most commonly used solar yard lights are the classic stake lights. They can be placed at the interval of your choice, and are great for lining flower beds, placing around the patio, or illuminating the path up to your house. These versatile lights are perfect for just about any situation. They give a very classic look that works in both the front and back yard and will fit in with most landscaping or architecture. To add mood […]
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If you are feeling a lack of color and vibrancy in your décor, but don’t have a lot of time or money to put into redecorating, you can still make a big difference. Adding a splash of exciting accent color to any room is simple and affordable, and can be done without any major changes to your current décor. Choose A Color Based on the main colors that now exist in your room, choose the accent color or colors you would like to add. It is usually best to stick to one color or family of colors when adding bold accents to a room to prevent them from fighting with each other for attention. If your room is very neutral, your choices are wide open. You can go with just about anything from yellow to blue. If your room has a lot of greens, consider a complementary color such as dark red or bright yellow. If your room has a lot of beige and brown tones, look for bright oranges, reds, or even blue. A great way to decide is to grab some paint chips from your local home improvement store and see how each color looks. From Cushions To […]
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