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Practical Ways to Pest Proof Your Home

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Pests can invade your home at any time.  Furthermore, they may come to nest, to access an easy source of food, or to find shelter from the weather. They can fly, crawl, burrow, or jump to get into your property.  They have one thing in common, and that is to get in regardless how bad you want to keep them out.  Check out my tips on pest proof your home:

Common Pests

The most common invaders are rodents and insects. Rodents are extremely successful breeders and, if they are not dealt with promptly, can multiply rapidly and bring disease and nuisance.

Insects fly and crawl.  Some can be very destructive to furniture and to the fabric of your home.

Prevention or Cure

Traps can be either lethal or non-lethal, although live traps leave you with the dilemma of what to do with the creature.

Poisoning, unless carried out by an expert, comes with a variety of drawbacks, including

  • The risk of inadvertently killing other animals, including members of an endangered species.
  • The difficulty of finding the dead bodies, which may still be in the house.
  • The limited effectiveness of some techniques, such as rodent smoke bombs.

So prevention is generally a preferable route, where it is practical.

Don’t Invite Them

The most important step, is to discourage pests from getting near your home.  Once they are comfortably settled close to the house, it will not be long before they decide to move inside.

Also, remove piles of debris from around the walls, including discarded building materials, firewood, trash cans, garbage containers, compost and leaf piles. All these make comfortable homes for insects and rodents. They can move in to nest and then look for somewhere a little warmer when the air turns cold.

Clean out gutters, downpipes, and drains. The organic matter that accumulates in these is very attractive to insects. Cut back trees and plants that are touching the walls or roof.

Replace traditional bulbs in exterior lights with sodium lights which attract less flying insects.

Move bird feeders away from the house, as fallen seeds will rapidly attract vermin.

Block Their Entry

It is said that if a hole is big enough for a pencil it is big enough for a mouse. Go around your house and inspect every surface for ways that rodents and insects could get in.

Check all your doors and windows to ensure they are close fitting and the frames are sound. Pay particular attention to basement and attic windows. Check all the points where pipes enter the building. Seal holes with caulk or concrete.

Damp and rotting wood is both attractive to insects and easy to chew. Replace it with sound wood or another material.

Keep Your Home Pest Free

Regardless of how hard you work to pest proof your home, everybody gets a pest problem at some time. There are plenty of companies around to help, but you can keep their requests to a minimum by taking simple steps to stop the critters getting inside in the first place.

Spring/Summer Makeup Tips for Busy Moms

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If you’re a working mom, you  know the daily struggle that includes taking care of your kids while getting ready for work.  Applying makeup can be time consuming, but you can create a flawless makeup look at just a few simple steps.  Here are six summer makeup tips and tricks that’ll help you speed up your morning makeup routine:

Choose tinted moisturizer instead of foundation

We know that you love your favorite foundation.  However you’ll kill two birds with one stone if you opt for a tinted moisturizer! Apart from providing great coverage, this product will also nourish your skin to the max and keep it hydrated all day long.  A tinted moisturizer is generally much more lightweight than a foundation.  So, you don’t have to worry about clogged pores and potential breakouts!

Don’t forget the primer

If you want your makeup to be long-lasting, it’s crucial to get a high-quality primer.  You should definitely invest in a primer.  It will allow your makeup to stay on all day long without touch-ups.  As busy moms, this is exactly what you should look for. The primer will smooth everything out in no time and boost your hydration levels, so don’t skip it under any circumstances!

Concealer is your best friend

If you’re a sleep-deprived mom who has to cover those hideous dark circles under the eyes, concealer should definitely be your best friend. The best way to apply it is to draw a triangle with the base under your eyes and the point toward the cheeks. Besides concealing dark circles, this technique also creates the illusion that your face is lifted, which is what you need for an early morning meeting. You can even skip a tinted moisturizer and apply concealer only.  Add this to your summer makeup tips, and it will provide a fresh look on its own!

Voluminous eyelashes for a wide-awake look

Two coats of your favorite black mascara will do wonders for your overall appearance, even if you didn’t get much sleep last night. Don’t be afraid to use an eyelash curler which can give you a wide awake look in the blink of an eye. It’ll inevitably make your eyes look much bigger, which contributes to a fresh morning look. Just remember to use this handy tool before applying mascara – never use it afterward since it can stick to your mascara and even pull your lashes out.

A nice blush will save your day

The warm natural color is vital in a quick beauty routine, so make sure not to skip it. Just a touch of peachy blush or baby pink will result in a beautiful, luminous skin that looks healthy and fresh. Use a tad bit of it on the apples of your cheeks and you’ll see an instant improvement. You can get either a powder blush or a cream one – it really doesn’t matter, as long as it gives your face a gentle glow.

Plump up those lips

Plumping up your lips is the final step before heading straight to the office or running errands. From balms and glosses to regular lipsticks and even lip stains – everything’s on the table. Here’s a little tip: apply these products with a lip brush since that’ll help them last a lot longer on your lips. Of course, applying some of them (such as lip stains) is much more time-consuming.  So, save those for special occasions and use a lip gloss instead.  This can be added to your bag of summer makeup tips without much effort.

As you can see, there are ways to come up with flawless summer makeup tips in just a few simple steps.  It’s all about optimizing your routine and using high-quality products.  Products that will allow your makeup to stay on throughout the day, without touch-ups. Once you master these steps, you’ll manage to look stunning in no time, and all day long!

Author BIO:  Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is also very passionate about DIY projects, latest fashion trends and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Auction Tips For New Bidders

 

Are you interested in attending upcoming auctions, but unsure what to expect?  Attending auctions can be a great way to score antiques and other household items cheap.  However, you must know the basics before you attend. You don’t want to wander around the auction house or grounds looking uninformed.  Most importantly, you don’t want to make mistakes that will cost you financially.

Check Out On-line Pictures Before the Auction – Many auctioneers will have photos of the items up for auction on their website.  Check out the photo gallery so you can get an idea of what’s going up for bid.

Wear Comfortable Shoes – Auctions can last hours, so wear comfortable shoes.

Bring a Tape Measure  – If you are bidding on items for your home,  bring a tape measure to ensure it will fit into the vacant spot in your home.  You will want to measure you space at home, and make a note so you can reference it once you arrive at the auction.

Arrive Early  – Arrive early so you can check out the items up for bidding.  Check pieces for damage and box lots to see if it’s something you want to bid on.

Register to Bid – Be sure you have your driver’s license with you and another form of identification.  You will need to register before you can bid.  The auctioneer will assign a bidding number.

Check Out Fees Before You Bid – Know the method of payment allowed and any fees before you arrive at the auction. Some auctioneers will charge bidders for using credit cards.  Most auctions will accept checks without an upfront fee. Furthermore, some auctioneers charge a buyer’s premium, additional  percentage charged, on purchases.  Know if the fee is applicable, and remember this when you are bidding.

Bring Cash or Checks – If you plan to write a check, be sure you have check blanks with you.  Also, if your purchases are small, cash is a good way to pay.  Also, many auctions sell refreshments.

Bring Blankets and or Tarps  – Have a blanket handy to cover purchases until you’re ready to load it into your car or truck.  A tarp is nice to have on hand, especially if it rains.

Bring a Folding Chair – Auctions can be an all day affair.  So, folding chairs are great when you need a break,  relax, eat or check out the scenery.

Set a Limit on Your Bid – Decide how much you want to spend on each item and stick to it.  It’s easy to get caught up in a bidding war in the excitement and overbid on an item.

Pay Attention – Be mindful of what you are doing.  Accidently rising your bidding card could cost you.  The auctioneer will see your card and assign the current bid to you.  It is rare that they remove the bid.

Be Prepared to Haul Merchandise Away – Make sure your vehicle is large enough to hold purchases.  You are responsible for transporting all items that you bid on.

Most importantly, have fun.  Mingle, ask questions and just enjoy the day.

 

 

 

The Importance of a Clean House

 

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A clean home is a dream for many of us.  But, sometimes life gets so hectic that you neglect to clean the house for a while!  For many people, it almost seems that cleaning is futile.  Things will just get messy again, especially if you have children!

So, while there isn’t exactly a temptation to never clean, there may be a temptation to clean less often.  Or to neglect certain areas.  But, it’s important that we take a look at just how vital a clean home can be. When you look at the benefits, there are a great range from physical to mental health.  You may not want to skip on cleaning tasks in the future.

Here’s a list of the areas you need to think about. This will make the importance of a clean house clearer to you than ever before!

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Allergens and General Hygiene

A lot of us are allergic to something, even if it’s on a very mild level.  If you don’t clean regularly, your carpet, bedding, and upholstery will be riddled with allergens.  Dust mites lurk in these areas.  Most importantly, they decrease the overall air quality in your home.  They trigger allergic reactions.  As a result, make sure all of these areas are cleaned often.

People don’t clean their carpeting as often as they should either.   Vacuum once a week won’t cut it!  You should actually consider giving your carpet a wash a few times a year.  As for upholstery, very few people bother to clean this at all. Remember to take a vacuum cleaner to your upholstery once in a while.

Safety

People like to imagine that their homes are the safest places on Earth. And, in many ways, this is true.  But the fact is injuries take place in the home. Falls, trips, slips, they’re all more likely to occur in your home than in the vast majority of other places.  Additionally, fire hazards are also something you need to think about.

When your home isn’t tidy, the risks of these things happening rise.  Mess and disorganization make it more likely that a fire will occur, and possibly spread.  It can also make exiting safely more difficult.

Pests

Liquid and food spills both attract bugs and rodents. Of course, you may say to yourself that these are certainly things you clean up right away. The fact is, most of us have unnoticed little spills somewhere in the house. People also tend to leave these things uncleaned for a little while if they occur on kitchen tops.

There are other things that attract pests.  For example, uncleaned pet bowls.  And that’s certainly something that is prevalent in the homes of pet owners! People usually leave pet food bowls for a few days before giving them a really good clean.  Furthermore, not taking the trash out regularly is another way to attract pests to your home.

 

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Organization

A lot of us lose things quite often. We lose our car keys or our cell phones.  Sometimes we lose important documents. We look in all the places we think we’d have placed them, but they still don’t manage to turn up. The more disorganized your home is, the more difficult it’s going to be to find things!

It’s much easier to organize your home if you declutter it first. Most of our homes have a plethora of items that we don’t really need or even use. Consider clearing out a lot of those items that you don’t use or need.  That way, when you clean house, your home will have less clutter.

Stress

An unclean home builds up a considerable amount of stress! It also begins a vicious cycle.  When you’re feeling stressed, you’re more likely to put off the task. Which means that your house is just going to get a bit messier.  The messier it gets, the more stressed you feel.

So making sure your home is clean if you want to keep yourself free from stress. Remember that stress is worse for your long-term health than many people think! Something else you should remember: cleaning provides you with a little physical exercise, which in itself helps relieve stress!

Productivity

It’s hard to be productive when your home isn’t very clean.  Disorganization and stress will make it productive.

They say that a clear home is a clear mind, and there’s a great amount of truth to that. If you’ve got work to do at home, be it an actual job or something creative then you need the mental space to perform those tasks.  Freeing up physical space can help you with that.

Value

The value of the property is going to be affected in the long-term by how clean you keep it. Generally, there are a lot of telling signs that a home that has just been cleaned has either been cleaned regularly or cleaned infrequently. Mess tends to build up in ways that leave signs of uncleanliness even after you’ve cleaned up.

If you rent your property, then this may mean that you won’t be able to get all of your deposit back when it’s time to move. If you own the property and decide to sell it, then the value could take a hit. With this in mind, it’s also worth bringing up the exterior of your home.  Its cleanliness also affects the value in a big way. You should be looking for ways to keep the exterior as clean as possible. Check out the Spray and Forget Deep Dive at A Cleaner Choice if you want to see reviews of outdoor cleaning products.

Hospitality

Surely we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve wanted to have friends and family over, but had to rush around and clean house in order to do so?  In fact, many of us had to turn down opportunities to see people simply because our homes weren’t tidy.

Outside of planned visits, it’s also worth noting that you never know who is going to come knocking at your door. You may find yourself in a surprise situation, standing awkwardly at the door,  Araid to let someone in because of the state of your home! Keeping your home clean will give you a lot more opportunity to be hospitable.

We hope that you found our clean house tips beneficial.  Do a thorough cleaning and than strive to maintain the house during the week.

Sleep Tips: Falling and Staying Asleep In the Midst of Commotion

 

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Traditionally, noise does not accompany a great night of rest. However, whether it’s a noisy roommate, undesirable conditions, or too much light, obstructions exist. Therefore, you need to get accustomed to sleeping when conditions are sub par. Here’s a few sleep tips on how to fall asleep and stay asleep when noise and other undesirable conditions won’t stop or go away.

 Create More Noise

 It seems counterproductive, yet if you create your own white noise to drown out other sounds, you could lull yourself to sleep. Try placing a humidifier/dehumidifier somewhere adjacent to your bed. The rumbling would initially seem like a disturbance, yet it’s constant and does well in eclipsing other sounds in the immediate area.

 Use Earplugs

Some people don’t like sticking things in their ears.  They believe that it impedes their ability to hear intruders entering the home, the phone ringing, etc. However, a tried and true way to cancel out other noise is to block your ability to hear it.  If the solution sounds attractive, you’ll be happy to hear that a wide range of selections exists. Actually, some report that earplugs work too well.  They make it difficult to wake to alarms and hear other things.  Additionally, find apps at this link that help with waking on time.

 Muffle the Sound

 Use fabric and other materials to deafen sounds outside of your room. Wrap your door in heavy fabric that will muffle the sound.  Moreover, you could put soundproof fabric on your walls. The heavier the material, the better it will block sound. If you don’t like the thought of fabric, try shopping for heavier wallpaper or tapestries.

 Spray Scented Oils

Scents help drift people to sleep by first making them at peace and relaxed. For example, lavender oil is known to help people relax and is sometimes used in therapy and sleep studies. Many products on the market incorporate oils, chamomile, passionflower teas, etc.

 Exercise and Stretch to Exhaustion

Getting too tired to be bothered by noise is another way to get to sleep. Some enjoy reserving time in the evenings to stretch, lift weights, do a cardiovascular activity, etc. However, such a solution could backfire since working out can also make one feel energized afterward. It may be best to find a sweet spot, such as going to the gym or working out three to two hours before bedtime.

 Go to the Source

Another sleep tips is to try going straight to the source.  For example, if it’s a noisy radiator, maybe you need to call maintenance for help. If it’s a noisy roommate, it may be much more effective to have a conversation and ask them to be quiet. Maybe it’s not that noisy; perhaps you have a mild sleeping condition that can be addressed through medical attention.

 Make it Darker

In some cases, you may think that it’s noise that’s keeping you awake while it’s really too much light. Some people are very sensitive to light.  And if you are trying to sleep during the day or in a room that lets in too much interior light, it could be incredibly difficult to get to sleep. Try draping sheets over the windows while you’re sleeping, putting a towel underneath your door to block light from leaking in, etc.  Also, light blocking drapes are known to work. 

We hope that you have found our sleep tips beneficial, and you will implement a few suggestions in your life.

 

 

 

 

4 Simple Ways to Prevent Allergies in Your Home

 

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Common allergies can cause people to live with annoying, painful symptoms. If you have allergies, then you have probably experienced headaches, runny noses, sleepless nights, and other problems. You can put an end to your suffering — and the suffering of your family members — by using these four simple ways to prevent allergies in your home.


Keep Pets Off Furniture

Letting your pets get on the furniture will cause problems for people who are sensitive to dander. Instead of letting your dog or cat share the couch with you, get a separate bed that will keep your furry friend comfortable. It only takes a small amount of training for domestic animals to understand that they aren’t allowed on furniture.

If you can’t resist snuggling with your pet, get a hypoallergenic breed that won’t make allergic people feel sick. Popular hypoallergenic breeds include:

 

  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • Poodle
  • Schnauzer

Cats tend to cause more allergic reactions than dogs, but there are a few hypoallergenic breeds to consider.

Replace Your HVAC System’s Air Filter

Your home’s HVAC system can remove a lot of allergens from the air. It can only do the job well, though, when it has a clean filter to capture dust, pet dander, and other allergens.

Some experts recommend replacing air filters once per month. That works as a general rule, but in reality, your filter will collect more dirt during times of the year when you use your air conditioner or furnace frequently. Inspect your filter monthly to see if you need to replace it. Don’t let more than 90 days pass between replacements, though. If it’s been 90 days, your home’s indoor air quality will benefit from a new filter.

Ask People to Use Doormats Before Coming In

When you think of pollen, you probably imagine it floating through the air. The air’s pollen count will affect allergies, but so will pollen that enters your home in other ways. Your shoes are one of the most common ways to track pollen into a house. When you walk across the lawn, you collect large amounts of pollen from small plants.

You can limit the amount of pollen that enters your home by having everyone wipe their feet before entering. It’s a good idea to put a mat on the inside and outside of each exterior doorway. With two doormats, you’ll take control of the pollen that tries to enter your house on shoes.

Vacuum and Dust Weekly

No matter what you do, some allergens will get inside your home. Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent the allergens from accumulating. Take time to vacuum and dust each room every week.

If you don’t already clean once per week, then it may take a while for you to get into the habit. Eventually, though, spending a few hours vacuuming and dusting will seem like a normal thing to do on the weekends.

It only takes a little effort to banish allergens from your home. In return, your household will enjoy better health and freedom from the sneezing, coughing, and other irritations that are caused by allergic reactions.

We hope that you find our tips on Simple Ways to Prevent Allergies beneficial.   You may also like Choosing the Perfect Pet for Your Family and House Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms.

 

 

 

Tips For Creating The Perfect Backyard For Entertaining Guests

 

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When the weather is on the up, we all want to head outside to soak up the rays and make the most of the warmer evenings. What better way to do this than with your nearest and dearest? A yard perfect for entertaining is almost like adding an extra room to your home. It should be comfortable, beautiful, entertaining, and full of great food  Just like any welcoming family home.  If you enjoy playing hostess, or you just think it’s time to give your outdoor space the love it deserves, here are some top tips for creating the perfect backyard for entertaining.

Define spaces

Just like any room in a home, a large open space lacks intimacy and comfort. The advice given to people with super spacious living rooms is to use textures, colors, flooring, and artwork to define separate spaces. These concepts allow people to relax in rooms within rooms.  It brings  a sense of intimacy to the space. The same rules apply to the garden.

Unlike with interior spaces, the sky is your limit when it comes to defining areas in your yard. You can add the illusion of outdoor ceilings using verandas, gazebos, and trestles. You can even introduce walls using tall bushes or climbing plants. The floorplan can be dictated by lawn, flowerbeds, patio paving, decking, swimming pools, and more. Unlike the floorplan of your home, which is almost completely dictated by the existing walls, the world is your oyster when it comes to your yard. When you start to break it down into different zones, the space becomes easier and more comfortable to use, and focal points are added.

Perfect the entertainment

When you’re entertaining guests, you want options. A bar for cocktails, a fire pit for toasting marshmallows and making delicious s’mores, a projector and screen for movie nights, and the list goes on. These forms of entertainment take the pressure off the host as people are able to take free reign over their evening, creating a more relaxed atmosphere. A fire pit or a projector are brilliantly adaptable, too. They make great entertainment for adult evenings, but the kids love them as well.

Add water

The use of water in a yard can add a whole new dimension, and brings many different options.  A hot tub is an amazing investment if you plan on holding smaller gatherings, especially for gardens in cooler climates. They’re relaxing, intimate, and luxurious.  No wonder so many people include them in their fantasy yard. A swimming pool is another amazing option, and great for use all summer long. They’re perfect for children’s parties, grown up parties, or just a morning swim. With so many options available, find a pool design which suits your yard and your needs. While they do require a bit of extra maintenance, they make a yard perfect for entertaining.

A water feature such as a fountain, waterfall, pond or rockery is also a beautiful addition to a garden. While it’s more decorative, the sound of trickling water adds a relaxing quality to the space, and it can create a great focal point for the garden.

 

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Level up your grilling area

Who doesn’t love barbecues? If your summer food is mostly grilled, and you eat on the deck most days in spring through summer, you need an outdoor kitchen. It’s purely about bringing added convenience to the process. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on fancy equipment, but adding a countertop for food preparation and resting plates, and even a gas burner hob on the side, can make your outdoor dining experience so much more relaxed, fun, and interesting.

If you want to go all out a refrigerator is the ultimate food (and beer) storage unit. You could even put in cupboard units for storing utensils and crockery, and a sink for washing up. Creating an outdoor kitchen is all about enhancing your grilling experience. It removes the need to run backward and forward between the yard and the kitchen and allows you to enjoy grilling more thoroughly. Make it as elaborate as you like, but one thing’s for sure: your guests will love it.

Make it beautiful

We all want to hang out in gorgeous spaces. A yard with all the best amenities, but with no beauty, doesn’t inspire relaxation and fun in the guests. The great thing about a garden room is that there are limitless options for how to make it beautiful. Water features, as previously mentioned, make amazing focal points and can be really relaxing too. Otherwise, plants and flowers, sculptures and art, mosaics, and beautiful furniture all add to the feeling of the space.

You can really individualize your yard, and remember: less definitely isn’t more. Embrace color, texture, and reflective surfaces. Choose flowers and plants which make you happy and add to the dynamics of the space. Remember that durable and low maintenance plants and accessories tend to be best, unless you want to spend time tending it frequently.

Create comfort

If your yard is uncomfortable then guests are uncomfortable too. Firstly, make sure it is easy to get around. People feel on edge when there isn’t a simple and straightforward route from one area of the garden to the other. This is also helped by well-marked pathways, and using the zoning technique previously mentioned to make obvious routes. Using fencing around water such as swimming pools and ponds will also help guests to feel comfortable when moving around.

Ensure there is always enough comfortable seating for the number of guests you are expecting. Choosing seating and tables in a durable material but with detachable cushions is the best way to get comfort as well as value for money on long-lasting furniture. If you plan to entertain guests during the daytime, creating options for shade is essential. Verandas, large trees, and parasols are perfect – they add depth and height to the yard, and also allow guests to shelter from the hot sun, if they prefer.

Perfect your lighting style

Last, add subtle lighting – a floodlight is a great security measure, but it’s far better for creating an atmosphere if you can turn it off while you’re entertaining. Fairy lights, solar powered lamps, and low voltage bulbs help to create a subtle, intimate, and magical backyard getaway after dark. So make sure you mix up different lighting in different areas.

Finally, we hope that you enjoyed our tips on creating the perfect backyard.  If you can’t implement them all, select a few.  Look for clearance or sale items to help cut costs.  Enjoy.

15 Ways To Make Extra Money From Home

 

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Looking for an avenue to make a little extra money?  Corporate America or just the work force period, is not for everybody.  But you can generate an income working from home.  Think about your natural talents, and you can make extra money from home too.  Here are a few ideas:

 

  1. Crafts – First, if you are crafty get out your glue gun and other materials to make wreaths, center pieces, signs etc.  They are great sellers.
  2. Baked Goods – Additionally, if you love to bake start creating cakes/breads/cookies and or cupcakes.  They are great sellers.  Cakes for parties are always in demand.
  3. Sell Books  – In spite of modern technology, people still want to hold a book.  Especially, books they can get for a bargain.  Hardback, board books, or paperback are all options.  Love stories, mysteries, children’s books, and biographies are in demand.  They will sell, I’m a buyer.
  4. Refinish Furniture – Turn old furniture into treasures.  Sell them on Craigslist or at flea markets.
  5. Sell on e-Bay – Furthermore, children’s clothing is  perfect for the e-Bay market. You can get free boxes from e-bay to help curb you expense.  I sell on e-Bay occasionally.
  6. Set up a booth at a flea market – Turn someone else’s junk into someone else’s treasure.  House hold items, old tools, dishes, kid’s toys are great sellers.
  7. Sell garden vegetables and preserves – Furthermore, farmer’s markets are a great place to sell your backyard vegetables, flowers, sauces, jams and jellies.
  8. Crochet or knitting – Beautifully created crocheted items like baby blankets, hats, gloves, scarfs etc. are money makers.  Baby blankets are great baby shower gifts and big sellers.
  9. Digital Scrapbook Sheets –  There are tons of scrap bookers out there who love the digit pages versus paper from big box stores.  Downloading the pages eliminates driving to stores.
  10. Save seed from you heirloom garden – If you garden, purchase heirloom seeds.  Save the seeds so you can sell them.  Design a cute seed packet so you can wow your customers.
  11. Teach a class – Additionally, if you’re good at photography, refurnishing furniture, crocheting etc., teach an adult class in your local community or on-line.
  12. Become a dog walker – There are elderly dog owners or professional people who will pay to have their dog walked during the day or evening.  Start advertising.
  13. Sell your jewelry – People love unique pieces of jewelry.  You can sell on e-Bay, Etsy, flea markets, or set up a web site.
  14. Clothing for dogs – If you can design and can sew, knit or crochet, sell your designs to dog parents. They love to dress up their little darlings too.
  15. Dog Treats  – Make and sell healthy dog treats to pet parents.  Create a cute packaging concept and sell them on-line or locally.

So, we hope that you liked our tips on how to make extra money from home.  Get creative and come up with a plan.  Set a date and start selling.  Women do it every day, you can too.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Additional Money

 

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When you’re a parent, it can be so hard to save money. Especially if you’re already living on a tight budget.  Furthermore, it can feel like you’re constantly grasping at straws.  Trying to figure out the right thing to buy or the best thing to do when investing or spending your money can be intimidating.  Actually, it’s not something that most people think about unless they’re in the situation.  We have tips on how to make additional money.  Here’s a few:

Sell Unwanted Items Online

First, there’s a lot of money to be made from selling  items that you no longer need.  Sites like eBay and even the marketplace on Facebook allow you to turn your trash into other people’s treasures.  Set aside a day to box up things that you haven’t used in months.  If they’re seasonal, but you haven’t used them in any season whatsoever it’s an item to sell.

Next, it can be hard to let go of things that are sentimental to you.  But if they don’t bring you joy any longer or you don’t get any use out of them, there’s no point in keeping them.  Furthermore, children’s clothes bundles can bring quite a bit.  They are great items to help you line your back pocket. So, make a list of the items that you want to sell and list in size order.  Take quality pictures and get them online to sell.

Choose a Good Savings Account

It can be easy enough to open a saving account.  However, you need one with a good interest rate.  Additionally, look for an account that will allow mobile check deposits, has a competitive rate, deposit insurance and no money fees.

Look For Extra Work

Also, think about what you’re good at and how you can make money.  The couple of hours a night that you spend on social media or watching television can be used to make a profit for you and your family.  Another way to make additional money is to look for work from home opportunities available online.  Choose one that will  fit in with your niche.  If you are a quick typist, you could look into transcribing for hospitals, courts and other professions.  Additionally, there are companies looking for hosts to sell their party products.  Do research and talk to friends so you can find them.

Utilize Coupons and Vouchers

There are websites and forums dedicated to coupons and vouchers.  Learning frugal money-saving tips and tricks is one way that you can stay within a budget and save.  You could go to sites like DontPayFull.com: 100+ money saving tips.  Implement what you can into your life.

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Don’t Say No To Freebies

If somebody is offering you something for free, and there’s a chance to sell it, don’t say no!  Again, someone else’s trash is another person’s treasure.  Recycling unwanted items is a great way to update your home.  With a coat of paint,  most old furniture can be upcycled into something that looks as  good as new.

We hope that our how to make additional money tips have inspired you to either implement a few or become creative and come up with a plan. Every dollar saved will move you a little closer to your goal.

 

Sprucing Up Your Home In Spring

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Spring has finally sprung unless storm Stella has caused a few problems for you.  In which case you have our condolences because you will have to wait a little longer.  Spring makes getting off your couch and out of your blankets easier.  It means sprucing up your home after spending all of winter hunkered down.  We have a few spring decorating tips to help you spruce up your home this spring.

Declutter

First, go room by room and start getting rid of things that you no longer use or need.  Either throw it away or donate it.  Put three bags in place – one for items that you plan to keep, one for things that will be donated, and a third for things to be trashed.  Lose as much sentimentality as you can.  And remember that if you haven’t looked at r used something in a few months, you probably won’t miss it.

The Outside Of Your Home

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You’ve probably spent the whole winter hurrying to and from your car without taking much of a look at the outside of your home.  It’s time for that to change.  Take a good look at your back yard and see what you can do to make it a pleasant area for you to relax in this summer.  Furthermore, add  seasonal fruits and vegetables that you can grow yourself.  Also, make sure there’s a patch of shade where you can relax with a good book or without fear of sunburn.

Check out companies similar to www.treeservice-fortworth.com.  Look for companies who will help you cut back any errant branches.  Make sure that your yard looks neat and tidy.  Additionally, check for any paint cracking and peeling.  If found, pick new paint colors and start painting when the weather is warm enough.

Let The Light In

It’s time to turn off your heating and add a little natural warmth to your home.  Open curtains and let the sunlight flood in.  Not only will the natural light give you a little extra vitamin D, but it really will warm up your home.  If you have a pet cat, you’ll absolutely see it lounging in the pools of sunlight on the floor.  The only problem with filling your home with sunlight is that it might just illuminate  patches of dust.  Get out the duster, and remove any dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter months.

Update Your Décor

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During the winter, we go for darker colors like red and green.  But spring is the time of new life, of rebirth and nature.  It’s time to ditch those Christmas colors and go for apple green, periwinkle blue and pale yellows.  You don’t have to redecorate your entire home, but why not buy some new art prints.  Paint an accent wall in a couple of your rooms.  You could also add new pillows and rugs to your living room in bright, fresh colors. Add a spring-like quality to your decor.  Finally, why don’t you add some plants? They’ll add some greenery to your home along with plenty of fresh clean air.

Finally, we hope that you enjoy our spring decorating tips, and will implement a few ideas into your décor.