A Squeaky Clean House Is Possible Even With Kids & Pets

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I know how important keeping a clean house is.  It’s not just about appearances; it’s about how it makes you feel.  Spending time in a place that’s a mess can have a big impact on your mood.  It can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety.  Furthermore, it can make you prone to feeling blue and can even lead to depression.  Your messy house can impact your mental health; however, a clean house is possible.

No home is always perfectly organized and clean.  Occasionally, the mess will take over. This is especially true when you have kids and pets sharing your home.  Kids pull toys out and don’t put them away.  They throw food and tread dirt through the house. Pets shed hair here, there and everywhere, and are also culprits of walking mud and dirt into the house.  However, just because you share your home with children and pets, doesn’t mean it’s impossible to keep it clean. You just need a good strategy.

Become a minimalist

If you want to make the process of keeping your home tidy a little easier, become a minimalist.  This means clearing out anything that you no longer want or need, and ensuring that your home is completely free from clutter.

The best way to go about doing this is to focus on one room at a time and then work through each area of the house.  Be ruthless.  Anything that hasn’t been used in over two months, you most probably don’t need. You can choose to sell your unwanted stuff, or you can donate it to charity.

Always keep your cleaning supplies stocked.  If you don’t have cleaning supplies you can’t have a clean house. It’s as simple as that. So it’s a good idea to stock up on your cleaning items so you can keep your home in shape.

Keep cleaning products that you use regularly stored.  Make sure that your cleaning products are out of reach of  little fingers or that it has a childproof lock on it.

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If you want to keep on top of chores, you need the right equipment. With the right pieces of equipment, having a clean house can be much quicker and easier.

The chances are that you already have a mop, but do you have a steam mop? Steam mops make cleaning so much simpler as there’s no need for a bucket of water or chemicals to clean the floor.  All you need is a small amount of water.  Steam mops clean with steam that can kill 99 percent of bacteria.  Fill them with water, plug them in, and clean the floor using the same motion as you would when vacuuming. You can get six-in-one steam mops that have different head attachments and can be used for all sorts of cleaning. From cleaning the windows to refreshing soft furnishings, and many other areas of the home. If you’re going to invest in a steam cleaner, it’s best to opt for a multifunctional design, so that you can use it for various chores.

A good vacuum cleaner is also a must for keeping your home clean. What is important to remember is that not all vacuum cleaners are equal.  Some are better than others. For instance, pet hair vacuum cleaners tend to have better suction and be more durable than normal vacuum cleaners.  Plus, if you’ve got pets that spread hair everywhere, they’re ideal for keeping on top of the problem. To learn more about this type of vacuum cleaner, read reviews of the best pet hair vacuum cleaners of 2016 online.

It may also be worth investing in a handheld vacuum to use when you need to quickly vacuum up small messes.  The great thing about handheld vacuums is that they’re just as powerful as normal ones but are ideal for spot cleaning.

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Use containers to keep your home tidy 

Place containers around your home.  Store toys and other odds and ends.  This simple step will help  keep your home tidier.  To make it easier for kids to keep their toys neat, label each container with what belongs in them, such as ‘cars’ and ‘farm animals’. Use pictures if you’re children are too young to read.

Containers can also be used in the kitchen.  Containers can be kept in your cupboards as well as the in your fridge.  By having labeled containers, not only is it easier to keep things neat and tidy but it’s also easier to know where everything is.

Keep on top of the washing

Make sure you keep on top of the laundry.   If you get behind with your washing, it can be a nightmare to catch up with. Having piles of dirty laundry everywhere can make your home look a real mess. Keep all dirty clothes in a laundry bin.

It’s a good idea to have set days a week when you do the washing. This will ensure that you are able to keep on top of all the washing and don’t get behind with it.  Have a laundry basket for each family member.  Place each member’s folded clothing into their basket.  This makes putting the clean laundry away much easier.

Having a clean home when you have kids and pets can sometimes seem impossible, but the truth is it’s not. If you are smart about how you keep on top of a clean house and have a good strategy in place, it doesn’t have to be so much of a struggle.

 

5 Reasons For Food Storage

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In the United States, most people do not think about needing to keep food on hand. We pick up grocery store items when we need them. Out of stock items annoy us.

Many people across the country have learned that there are instances when having a stash of food is necessary for survival. A supply of stored food may just mean the difference between life and death.

  • Natural Disasters – If you have ever been in a region that deals with hurricanes or blizzards, you know what it is like to see the empty shelves at the grocery store. People panic, they want to make sure they have food in the event they cannot get food for several days. Additionally, there are disasters you cannot plan on.  For example, earthquakes, tornados, and mudslides.  People panic because they have not properly prepared. Taking the time to set aside some non-perishable food, you can stave off the challenges of these natural disasters.
  • Evacuation – There are many reasons why you may be evacuated from your home. In a mass evacuation like what happens ahead of major hurricanes, you cannot count on neighboring communities to have enough food and supplies to accommodate the influx of evacuees. Keeping an emergency kit with 72 hours’ worth of food and water is critical during these times.
  • Unable To Leave Home – There are times when you may not be able to leave home. You may be sick or snowed in, so you will need to ensure you have enough food on hand to sustain you until you can get out again. 
  • Drop Or Loss Of Income – While everyone likes to think they are immune from a layoff or a drop in wages, the truth is everyone is at risk. If you do encounter a significant drop or loss of income, it can be scary.  It can leave you wondering how you are going to feed your family. Having a supply of food on hand is a great way to help reduce the stress during these very difficult times.
  • Interruption To Supply Chain – Natural disasters are not the only thing that can cause an interruption in the supply chain. Global events, worker strikes, transport company bankruptcies, and other challenges can all delay or prevent food from being delivered on time. If there is a disruption to the supply chain, this can cause local and regional panic.  Furthermore, this could affect the availability of grocery supplies.

Options for Preparation

There are two primary options for developing your storage  of food. Budget, time, and the number of people for whom you need to prepare food will influence which option is best for you.

Option 1: Prepackaged Food Storage – You can easily purchase prepackaged meals, similar to what would take on a camping or hiking trip. You can buy them individually or in a bulk bucket for easy storage. Prepackaged meals can last for up to 10 years, depending on the brand.  So there is little need to rotate your inventory or worry about it expiring.

Option 2: DIY Food Storage – You can also buy bulk food, and ration it out in simple recipes. The best foods for this kind of preparation include rice, dry beans, lentils, nuts and granola. You can also buy or make your own dehydrated food like jerky and dried fruit.

To store it, you will want to use a vacuum seal solution, such as foodsaver bags. This ensures your ingredients last longer. Creating smaller bags ensures you can easily grab a few days supply in the event you are evacuated.

No one wants to think about emergencies or the stress that comes along with them. However, taking some time and investing a little money into proper preparedness helps reduce that stress when these events occur.

 

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley  Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

Ideas To Keep Your Home Secure

 

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Having spent a vast amount of money owning or living in a property, there is no surprise that more people are looking at their security measures. With things like burglary on the rise, you need to be able to protect your assets. However, not everyone has a fortune sitting in the bank for a state of the art security system.  Which is why I thought I would share some of the budget friendly ways that you can keep your home safe and secure.

Fencing

One of the biggest ways to deter anyone is catching them at the first hurdle. A great way to do this is by adding a fence. Thankfully, with things like chain link fencing you don’t have to worry about it costing you a small fortune. Fencing is one of the best ways to deter anyone from entering your property. Don’t make it easy on them.

Plants and Shrubs

If updating your fencing isn’t an option then you can still create a boundary to your home. You can do this by planting new bushes and shrubbery in your garden. These can be difficult to climb over or get around when planted strategically. You could consider high vertical hedges and bushes for the boundary, and then some smaller ones for your pathway and driveway.

Adding Your Own Security Cameras

A state of the art camera and alarm system could be quite pricey, but that doesn’t mean cameras are out of reach. You can purchase webcams that can link to an app downloaded on your phone on Ebay. Often a cheaper alternative, but still giving you a good level of security. Of course, you won’t have the benefits of an exterior security camera deterring anyone from entering. But it does allow you to keep 24 hour access to the interior of your home.

A Neighborhood Watch

A great way to improve the security of your whole community is to create a neighborhood watch.  A cost effective way of keeping your home secure is to have neighbor’s keep an eye on each other’s property. You could even put up signs warning that you have a neighborhood watch in place.  Again this can be enough to deter any opportunists from attempting to break into your home.

Using Common Sense

Sometimes we just need to use our own common sense to improve the security in our homes. Many doors and windows are installed with added security features. Windows often have a key lock and doors sometimes have double locks or extra security along the top and bottom.  When you leave your home, make sure the windows and doors are locked. Especially for long periods like vacations.

Lighting

Finally, You could add some exterior lighting to your home. Or keeping certain lamps on a timer switch. This is an easy way of making your home look occupied when it might not be. Many attempts of break in happen when the property is empty.  So giving them the impression that someone is home could help you avoid any nasty issues in the future.

I hope this has provided you with some ideas to secure your home without breaking the bank.

 

 

 

Feel Like Royalty in BikeBandit Fashion

fashion and accessories for bikersIt’s been years since I been on the back of a motorcycle.  I loved riding years ago, but my bike riding was placed on the back burner when life happened.  The job, kid, house and other life events became a priority, and than fatigue set in.  I’ve dreamed about riding from time to time.  Seeing a motorcycle or hearing the sound of a Harley brings back memories.  I admire biker’s out for a Sunday afternoon ride or those who are taking a road trip.  I look forward to 3,000 bikers converging on our small town with police escorts yearly for Bike Night.

I’ve often thought about purchasing a leather jacket or a pair of motorcycle boots for my next ride too.  My skinny jeans would be the perfect accessory for the pair.  BikeBandit would be my go to for the boots, jacket and accessories.  Their leather jacket selection is huge.  They have hundreds of styles to choose from in a variety of sizes in ladies leather jackets.  I found the perfect jacket for my next ride.

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Bikebandit’s Enchantress leather jacket is at the top of my list.  It’s every lady biker’s dream jacket, stylist and affordable.  For example, the jacket is made of top leather.  YKK  zippered sleeves for comfort put the icing on the cake.  I would wear a sleeveless shirt under the jacket in the summer, but a shirt under it in the spring, fall, and winter.  The removable, quilted and insulated liner makes the jacket a great investment.  The insulated liner can be inserted on cool mornings and evening rides.  Also, it can be removed on days when it heats up during the cooler weather or in the summer.

This jacket also has two sleeve and a back vent to help keep you cool on hot days. People often wonder why bikers wear leather in the summer.  They assume that the leather is hot and sticky.  Not so. These jackets are made to keep you warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather.

Because Bikebandit has a great selection of fashion and everything else relating to biking.  I recommend you head over now and grab your share of the bargains.

 

 

How To Throw an Epic Fall Barbeque

 

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The summer might have come to an end, but there’s still plenty of time left in the year to make use of your barbeque. The weather is still mild enough, but the change in season makes it a little different to your average midsummer cookout. So get your family and friends around, and fire up the barbeque while you still can! Here are just a few of the ways you can make a fall barbeque special, and ensure your party is an epic success.

 

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Cook Seasonal Produce

Now we’re in fall, take advantage of the awesome fall produce that’s available! Don’t be afraid to think out of the box when you’re planning your fall barbeque.  Just because certain things aren’t traditionally done on the barbeque doesn’t mean they won’t taste great. Ingredients like squash, sweet potatoes, meats marinated in warming spices are all great options to cook on the grill. You have things like mushrooms (which are at their best during the fall and winter) and corn on the cob which are both in season.  We all know they work well on the barbeque. You could even grill some seasonal fall fruits such as apples, quince and figs. Serve with some mascarpone cream for something tasty yet unusual.

 

Serve Up Warming, Seasonal Drinks

You could whip up a big batch of warming apple cider with spices for guests when they arrive. Or you could create cocktails using seasonal fruits to sip on through the evening. Think pear mimosas, blackberry margaritas and bourbon hot toddies. You could even make some homemade hot chocolate and keep it warm in the slow cooker ready to serve later in the evening. Mugs served with whipped cream, sprinkles and maybe even a shot of Irish cream liqueur are bound to go down well.

 

Keep Everyone Warm

While the weather is still nice, there’s definitely more of a chill in the air especially as the evening draws on. So investing in fire pits or outdoor fireplaces could is a great investment for the garden. You could provide guests with blankets, and all sit around the toasty fire.  Toast some marshmallows or drink hot chocolate in the cool, crisp evening to finish off the night. Perfect!

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Think About Lights and Decorations

There are so many ways you could go with fall decor ideas. Hollowed out pumpkins displaying seasonal flowers make a fabulous fall decoration which doesn’t look ‘halloween-y’. You could line some mason jars with pretty fall leaves and put some tea light candles inside. You can even buy cute battery operated autumnal fairy lights featuring things like faux leaves. These kind of things will set the ambience. Having lots of lighting around is useful when the days are shorter too. As well as your smaller light sources, it’s worth having an outdoor light or floodlight if your party is going to carry on through the evening.

Have you ever thrown a fall barbeque? How did you make it different to a standard summer one?

 

Is Your Bed Clean Enough

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The bedroom is somewhere we like to retreat in search of calm and peace, as well as, rest after a day’s hustle and bustle of life. It should feel like a sanctuary. However, it won’t feel like one until we recreate it.  One of the major steps to achieving a sanctuary-like bedroom is proper cleaning. Unfortunately, we clean other parts of our bedroom and forget about some important aspects of the bed. The sheets, pillowcases, and mattress cover may be clean, but what about the pillows, mattress, and the blankets?

Your bed is not clean enough until you have thoroughly dealt with everything on your bed.  Of course, some of the items will be cleaned more often than others. The most important thing is to make to make sure you do not forget about them completely. What are some of these items that should not be forgotten?

Blankets

We are reluctant about taking our fluffy companions to the washer. However, their material can harbor a lot of dust and form proper breeding grounds for germs. This makes it necessary to clean them at least once a month, or by their sixth week of use. A frequent cleaning schedule is required. Many fabrics used on blankets are safe to clean at home with the washer.

Before putting it in the machine, do a color test to see if the dye used runs. You will know whether to launder it separately or if you wash it with other items. Set your machine to the gentle cycle and use a mild detergent with cold water. Warm or hot water, agitated beating, and strong detergents can cause your blanket to shrink, stretch, or fade.

Pillows

You may have heard that pillows are better cleaned at the dry cleaners. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot maintain them in tip-top shape from home. Most pillows can be washed at home. They can either be washed by hand or machine. Check the tags to see if there are any washing instructions. To keep off molds, dust mites, sweat and dead skin or scales, clean your pillows every three to six months. You will also improve the quality of your sleep.

Front loading washers are great for washing bedding. Load a reasonable number of pillows in your machine and distribute evenly. Using warm water and a mild detergent, run the machine on the gentle cycle. Rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry. You can also use a dryer depending on the fiber material.

Comforters

Comforters are often forgotten; however, they collect a lot of dust, body fluids, oils and any cosmetic products.  For you to make your bed clean and fresh, consider cleaning your comforters regularly.

Check the washing instructions given for the kind of material. Comforters can usually be cleaned in a washing machine with warm water and a mild detergent.  Kill any remaining bacteria by exposing them to UV sunlight during drying.

The Mattress

Even if your mattress has a cover, some body fluids, dust particles, hair and other dirt still find their way onto its surface. Unfortunately, we tend to overlook it and that allows bacteria suitable ground to breed. This creates a hazardous sleeping surface where you can easily contract allergy related infections such as flu, asthma, and respiratory tract illnesses, among others.

Invest in a washable cover.  Wash regularly. An effective way to get rid of even the notorious bugs is by using baking powder and a vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum the surface to collect any loose dirt. Then dust the surface generously with baking powder. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes then vacuum again. Wipe away any remaining marks with a damp cloth. Flip the mattress and repeat this process. If possible, set the mattress up and allow both sides to dry.

What other bed items do you think you are overlooking? A clean bed is not only comfortable but also safe to sleep on, but healthy to sleep on. Use the above ideas to purge any dirt and bacteria that could be endangering your health during your sleep.

Beverly Jenkins is proud of her staff at The Tidy Maids house cleaning service in Raleigh, NC. She has 24 years of experience in house cleaning, customer service, and business operations. She knows all the tips and tricks and do-it-yourself hacks when it comes to cleaning and her clients’ homes are the best proof for that.

 

Valuable Ideas For Decorating a Small Bathroom

 

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The size of the bathroom is one of the most common issues homeowners face. Even the smallest things, such as taking a bath, can pose a problem if you don’t have enough space to do them. This room is crucial for us because it affects our hygiene.  To make things worse, there are so many different items you have to fit inside of this room leaving us with very little space.

People usually say that bathroom reflects our life style. Nevertheless, it always has to be used functionally which can be a problem if there is not enough room to make it functional.

Besides the toilet equipment, we also need a lot of room for things such as soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, shaving kits, hair dryers, toothbrushes, toilet papers as well as different cleaning products. Luckily, with a little bit of planning, it is possible to incorporate all these items into your small bathroom.

Tiles

 Tiles are perhaps the most important part of the bathroom. They can have an enormous impact on the ultimate look of this room. At the same time, they give us a lot of leeway as you can combine various patterns using different tiles for wall and floor. Area around the sink and the bathtub can be emphasized by using more vivid colors. On the other hand, you can keep the floor and one part of the wall simple.

Using the Color Yellow

Yellow is ideal nuance for small bathroom especially if the room doesn’t have a window. We can make an interesting combination with various shades of this color. Ideally, yellow should be combined with white. They are both very light and provide feeling of spaciousness to your tinny bathroom.

Flowers in your bathroom

Today, besides classic, plain tiles, we can also purchase the ones that resemble wallpapers with various flower patterns. Although you have limited space, this will provide specific charm to the room averting attention from its downsides. Additionally, you can use some real flowers that will contribute to overall feeling.

Of course, you should always go for artificial flowers as the real ones are really hard to maintain and change. Make sure to use lighter colors (as we mentioned yellow). Aggressive colors such as red are not the best option for bathroom as they increase the tension in a person. Purple is also fine, especially in combination with other colors.

Lighting

Besides the central light, you should also install one right above the mirror. If you have this option, purchase halogen lights and place them in the ceiling. Similarly to colors, bright light together with its proper positioning can make feeling of space.

When it comes to the design of small bathrooms, planning is everything.  Make sure to design it, so that you can use it effectively.  Small bathrooms are usually deprived of natural light.  As a result, it is very important to have quality lighting.

When Less Becomes More

Regardless of your available space, you can always improve your bathroom. First, it is necessary to adjust various elements to the actual size of the space.  Using the right colors and a big mirror will reflect the light, which will visually increase space.   Strategically use the corners of the bathroom. Placing various items in them will maximize your space, which will allow you to utilize the rest of the room properly.

Smaller bathrooms should naturally have tiles in smaller dimensions. In that regard, you need to be selective while shopping for materials.  Be sure to buy items that will fit into your space.  During the purchase, you will also have to consider the material.  Tiles shouldn’t be slippery, remember color does matter. When it comes to utilizing space, check out corner sinks.  They have a great selection on the market that easily fit into small corner spaces. They are the ideal solution for small baths.

Last, avoid buying a bathtub. Shower stalls are much better in smaller spaces. There are quite a few options on the market, so you can definitely find something that will fit into your bathroom.

With all these tips, we are sure that you will manage to decorate your small bathroom space effectively.

 

Tips For Choosing the Right School For Your Kids

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You can’t mess around when it comes to your children’s educations. It’s really vital that you pick a school that is going to give them the best capacity for learning over a long period. These are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the right schools.

 

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The Location

Making a decision on schooling means you need to think hard about location. It’s important to choose the right school, but you also need to know what is in your area. Generally speaking you will only be able to apply to schools that fall within your area. The school needs to be reasonably accessible from where you live.  It’s important for your children to be able to make friends with kids who live locally. That’s why you need to consider the location before you choose the school.

Syllabus

Another thing you might like to consider is the syllabus that each school presents. These will probably end up being pretty much the same across the board. The government tends to set the syllabus, and the schools just teach them. However, they can choose the framework with which they present and teach the syllabus.  Some schools will have more exciting ideas than others. Think about the sort of syllabus your kid might enjoy. In fact, when you go to view some schools take your kids with you to give them a feel for what they might like.

 

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Pass Rate

The point of children attending school is to learn, study, and get the best possible grades they can. That’s why it’s useful to look at a school’s pass rate when considering whether it’s right for your child. Of course, you’re going to want to choose a school that has an impressive pass rate. Though, some institutions will excel in certain areas, and not in others. So, it’s worth thinking about what matters to you, and what is important for your kids. The pass rate is a key factor, but you have to understand it’s not the be all and end all. It’s much more important to choose somewhere based on a combination of factors.

Facilities

The facilities must always be taken into consideration. It would be best to pick a modern school that has recently been built, or undergone a major face lift.  You have to look at how strong each department is within the school. What’s the layout like? Do they have a gymnasium and sports field? Are there plenty of toilets? Most importantly, is the school as safe as it can be? Studies have proven that facilities can greatly affect student outcomes and teaching methods. So, you need to be sure you’re choosing an institution with wonderful facilities.

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Reputation

Making a decision about where to send your kids will be based a lot on reputation. Before making any life decisions, you’re going to want to do your homework.  School is such a pivotal institution in the lives of children, and can help shape their future. That’s why reputation is so important, and you’ve got to make sure you choose the school with the best reputation imaginable. That means you have to do your homework and scrutinize a school’s reputation and performance. Does it seem like the right sort of fit for your child? If the answer is yes, then it’s a good place to enroll them. If the answer is no, then you will need to look into other schools instead.

Equipment

As well as considering facilities you also need to assess the equipment the school has. Attending open house should allow you to take a tour of the school and quiz them on the equipment they have there. It’s really important to choose an institute that’s equipped to serve the needs of your children, and helping them to learn. For instance, you’re not going to want to choose a school with a shortage of classroom chairs or desks. This is going to have a negative effect on the capacity for learning.  So it’s really important that the school be well stocked and professionally run, with a focus on the children.

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Who Else Goes There?

It’s also important to consider the company your children will be keeping.  This sort of links to the point about reputation, as well as a little about location. It’s important that you know the children your kids will be interacting with. Do you have any friends who are sending their kids to a specific school? Do your children get along well with some of the kids who may be going there? It’s essential that you consider who else goes to the school you want to send the kids to. This is an important decision to make, and will help you decide on the best school for the children.

Home Schooling?

You may even make a decision that you don’t want to send your kids to any school.  Instead, you may wish to home-school them. There are a variety of reasons why parents home-school their kids. Close to 2 million American children are home-schooled, so it’s certainly a popular choice for a lot of parents. Think about whether you’re the type of person to choose distance learning for the children. There are positives and negatives to either argument.  Remember if you’re home-schooling the kids, you’re going to need to take time out to actually teach them. They aren’t going to be able to do it themselves. It’s going to be hard work for you just as much as it will be for them.

 

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Choosing the right school or learning institution for your kids is really important. They need to get the best possible education they can so they have good opportunities. That’s why it’s important to think hard about this choice and make it as carefully as you can. There are so many factors to consider when it comes to choosing a school. Hopefully, you will find this list helpful when trying to choose the right school for your kids.

It’s vital that you pick a facility that is going to give them the best capacity for learning over a long period. These are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the right school:

 

 

Raaya Garden Hose Nozzle Review #RY_GARDENER

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I received this Raaya Garden Hose Nozzle for free or at a discount in exchange for an honest review.  I needed an additional nozzle for a hose in the back of my house.  This particular hose is used to wash off the picnic table, deck, and outdoor furniture.  I hate taking the nozzle off one hose and moving it to another.  So, I was looking forward to receiving the set and putting it to the test.

The package finally arrives.  The nozzle is heavy and quality made.  It comes with 2 connectors, 4 washers and 2 O rings.  You won’t have to worry about leaks for quite some time.  It was easy to attach to the connector and to the hose.  It has a nice grip and the handle is easy to apply pressure to it.  I love that it has a little triangle on top that can be used to hold the handle in place.  You can set the handle and let the hose do the work.

 

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The handle is ergonomically designed too.  This feature is important to me because of my carpal tunnel.  It’s heavy, but it doesn’t add a lot of weight to the hose.

The nozzle has several water streams.  First, the full stream is what I use to wash the car or clean off the deck and outdoor furniture.  It is powerful and does the job.  It’s perfect for cleaning off the driveway or the vinyl siding on the house.  This is a plus.

The one negative on this nozzle is that the streams are not marked.  I would not use the full stream in my garden or shrubbery bed.  It’s too powerful for tender plants and it would blast the mulch from the shrubbery beds.  Because the nozzle is not marked, you have to literally turn the knob on the hose to unmarked settings and just wait and see what stream you arrive at.  It’s not a show stopper, but it is an inconvenience. Other than that, I would recommend this nozzle.

 

 

14 Reasons You Need To Get An Outdoor Pool!

 

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Swimming is something we all do as kids, and then as we get older a lot of us start to lose interest.  It’s not because it’s not fun, but as we get older we have other things to do. Also as we get older, we get hang-ups about our bodies in a way that few kids really do. That’s not to say it never happens to kids; regrettably it does.  But whatever age we are, we can all benefit from time spent in the pool.

If you’ve been considering getting a swimming pool, or just starting to get more use from the one you have, then you definitely should. There are so many reasons why it is an excellent choice, ranging from the obvious health benefits to many others.  Although it’s not cheap, the benefits you will get mean it really does pay for itself. Particularly if you have the climate to suit it, a pool can be a year-round investment.

Swimming Is Some Of The Best Exercise You’ll Get

 

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A lot of people talk about swimming as a low-impact form of exercise,  and in some ways it is.  It is an excellent way of getting aerobic and cardio exercise, which everyone needs.  It doesn’t put much pressure on muscles, and if you struggle with endurance time in the pool is a great way to build it.

Getting In The Pool Is A Great Way To Cool Off

It’s a fact that, globally, temperatures are on the rise, and are staying higher for longer periods of time.  It is also a fact that heatwaves are happening more often.  Heatwaves has its benefits for those who love the sun. However, anyone who says that it’s not occasionally uncomfortable is either untruthful or some sort of lizard. We’re not built to sustain heat indefinitely. Getting in the pool is heaven on hot, steamy days like these.

Swimming Is A Communal Form Of Exercise

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Going to the gym has its place. We all benefit from running machines and exercise bikes, but it’s not for everyone. It’s certainly not “fun for all the family.” You don’t really get to have a fun chat as you’re pounding the treadmill. That’s not least because you fear being sling-shot into the weights machines if you pause for a moment. But get in the pool and you can go at your own pace, and make it a family thing.

Helps In Recovering From An Injury 

As mentioned earlier, swimming in a pool is a low-impact form of exercise from a muscular point of view. This is a major reason why doctors recommend it as part of an injury recovery regime. To get back in shape you need to exercise.  With the support of the water, you can do it without over-exerting and aggravating the injury.  It will also strengthen muscle generally.

Perfect For Parties

No matter the type of party, a swimming pool can be an excellent venue. For grown-ups, they allow an outdoor space to enjoy good music, food, drinks and a place to cool off in summer. For kids’ parties where games are an absolute essential, they provide a great setting.  From the classics like Marco Polo, to Noodle Jousting and Octopus, all are a lot of fun and easy to monitor.

Enhances An Outdoor Space

When you move into a house, most of your time is spent thinking about the indoors. But the outdoor areas are in many ways just as important. A well-tended garden can make a house feel more like a home and increase its resale value. A pool and outdoor seating area can make it special too. When friends and family come to visit, you can be sure that they will appreciate the chance for a dip.

Each Pool Can Be Customized To Great Effect

It could never be said that when you’ve seen one pool, you’ve seen them all. What you do with your pool is up to you, but you can add a waterfalls,  put in a springboard or set up a hot tub and that’s just to start.  Even a waterslide is a possibility; however, unless you have a lot of disposable income you’re not going to challenge the theme parks.

Out Of The Pool Onto The Patio

Setting up a seated area on the patio is the perfect way to follow up a relaxing time in the pool. After you’ve had a bit of a workout and swum until you can swim no more – or if you feel like a change of scene – a few patio heaters will make a big difference. You’ve worked those muscles and now they deserve a rest. Get a towel wrapped around you and let the heat radiate and soothe any aches away.
As the temperatures drop and you’re still in your swimming costume, warming up by the pool is essential. Next to a heater on a comfortable patio chair, you can relax with a drink and carry on conversations begun in the pool. It’s worth checking sites like Hot Tub Advice to get a bit more information on what will suit you.

It’s An Incredible Way To De-stress

In the course of a day’s work, the stresses and strains can build up to the point where you feel like one big knot of frustration. Getting in a swimming pool and swimming or just floating for a bit can be a wonderful way of letting those stresses melt away. Think of it as being a big, gentle massage that encompasses your whole body. Can you think of anything more relaxing than that?

Strengthening Athletic Abilities 

 

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A child can demonstrate a talent for swimming or diving in the swimming pool. Maybe they’ll be great at water polo or synchronized swimming.  In any case, the chance to practice at home is something that could make things much easier for them.

Any Day Can Be A Holiday

Your familiar with the idea of a “staycation.” You do all the things that you would do on holiday (try driving a few towns over for some sight-seeing). The kicker is that you don’t have the travel costs to worry about. So if you like to spend a holiday by the pool, now you can do it at home. Weather permitting of course!

It’s A Great Convincer For Playdates

Let’s be honest, you’ll see your kids more.  Inviting their friends over to swim and play is a great way to get to know other parents too.  You can use the time for adult interaction. Having your own pool is a pretty useful card to have in the deck.  Kids like swimming and it’s good for them – and it could be good for your kid’s social life too.

A Pool Ups Your Resale Value

Having a pool in your garden compared to not having one can up the resale value on your property by 5% or more. If your house is currently valued at $500,000, you could add another $25,000 on to that.  The more you add around it – pool house, gas grill, diving boards – the more the value can rise. You’ll be sorry to leave it, but you’ll have the funds to do it again!

Do You Hate Bedtime? Not Anymore!

Having a pool in your garden means that your kids are getting exercise all summer long.  You may not realize the full benefit that this gives you until a couple of weeks into the summer. At some point, you realize that you haven’t had to shout at your kids to go to bed.  They have tired themselves out swimming all day.  A sound night’s sleep is good for them and for you.

The initial outlay of a backyard pool may seem excessive; however, the fourteen reasons above is worth it.

When it comes down to it how would you like to spend the sunny days of the year?  With a meal and a drink, and relaxing swim, and than looking over the sparkling water of your pool sounds like a winner to me. You’ll never regret making the choice to get a swimming pool.

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