3.23.2019

Kids’ Room - 4 Decor Ideas to Boost Their Creativity




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Every once in a while we feel the need for change in our lives, so we try to redecorate and remodel our
homes. When it comes to children’s rooms, we have much more freedom to get creative than we do
with the rest of the house, and we want our children to be able to express themselves. If you’re hoping
to turn your children’s room into an oasis of creativity where they’ll be free to be themselves, we’ve put
together a list of four ideas you and they will love.
Tree shelves
Any parent knows how difficult it can be to keep the kids’ room tidy, especially when they’re still just
toddlers and preschoolers. They like to play with different toys but don’t always remember to put them
back after playtime. Shelves are a great way to maximize your storage space and keep the room in order,
and there are many different types of shelves for you to choose from. So-called “tree shelves” are the

best combination of cute and functional designs, and you can use them to store anything from toys to
books.
Magnet wall
Kids who like playing with numbers and letters, but who can’t use pens and pencils just yet, will love
playing with ‘magnet walls’ and a bunch of colorful magnets. All you need to make this happen is a
simple, custom cut piece of sheet metal, some cardboard and nails, a hammer, and as many magnetic
alphabet letters as your heart desires. When making holes for the nails, place the sheet metal over the
cardboard and hammer a nail into it until you create a hole. When nailing the metal to the wall, start
from the bottom and move upwards while making sure there aren’t any gaps or holes between it and the
wall. After that, just add letters and there you’ll have it – a giant magnetic alphabet wall.

Chalkboard wall
As we age, we lose confidence in our abilities, but children all over the world love drawing, coloring, and
painting, and there seems to be a miniature artist inside them all. Because we know how messy markers,
crayons, and watercolors can be, we are always on a lookout for different creative solutions that will
allow children to express themselves through art. Your walls can be a new canvass for your child if only
you decide to paint them with chalkboard paint. Because this paint can be tricky, you can also rely on
professional painting services to get the job done instead. This way, you will be sure that the paint will
last longer and that the rest of the room won’t be painted black accidentally.

Tape to the rescue
Sometimes there just isn’t enough wall space for you to get creative, which is why it’s a good idea to look
down and use floor space instead. It doesn’t matter if you have wall-to-wall rugs or a small throw rug
and plenty of bare floors, you can use colorful tape to turn your kid’s room into a playground. Use the
tape to create a maze, hopscotch, Tic-Tac-Toe, a balance beam, or simple zigzag patterns for finger
tracing (toddlers and preschoolers love this). Not only do you have a chance to create anything you want,
but you can find a different colored tape and remove it after the children get bored with it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re only decorating your child’s bedroom because you’re expecting your first child
or your children are already going to school, and you’re hoping to give their rooms makeovers, these
ideas are simple and easy to pull off. Not only will they love spending time there, but the space will
inspire them and boost their creativity, so they’re always be having fun.

3.22.2019

5 Effective Tips on How to Train Your Dog



Having a well trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your pet knows a couple of
basic commands, it can be extremely helpful when tackling problematic behavior, whether it already
exists or you want to prevent it from developing in the future. While you could take a class in obedience
training, most of the time it isn’t necessary. Not only can you do it yourself, but with the right attitude, it
can be fun for both you and your pet. So, here are the most effective tips on how to train your dog:

1. Give your dog partial freedom
In order to learn boundaries, let your new dog gradually earn freedom throughout your home. A
common mistake that many new pet owners make is giving their dog too much freedom around the
home too soon, which can easily lead to difficulties relating to house training and destructive chewing.
So, make it a habit to close off doors to unoccupied rooms and use baby gates to section off parts of
your home, if necessary. One of the best ways to minimize incidents in the home is to keep your dog
tethered to you whenever possible and to use a crate or doggie safe area when you aren’t able to
actively supervise them.

2. Try positive reinforcement
The idea of using treats to train a dog is often equated with bribery. The truth is, dogs will do whatever
works. If using treats enforces them to obey your commands, then you’ve found an effective way of

encouraging them to listen and learn. However, you need to be mindful of the fact that too many treats
often cause weight gain, which is why you should slowly wean him off treats as he starts to perform
behaviors based on verbal commands. But training your dog with rewards isn’t the only tool you have
when training on your own. A great idea would be to get an educator collar, such as the amazing E-Collar
Technologies that puts minimal stress on your dog, while still giving them enough incentive to obey and

follow commands.

3. Ignore negative behavior
If your dog exhibits a behavior you don’t like, there is a strong likelihood that it’s something you’ve
already reinforced before. From excessive barking at the doorbell to surfing on the counter, owners
often inadvertently reinforce all kinds of undesirable behavior. Puppies love to bask in all of the
attention they get, so if your dog does something they shouldn’t have, don’t yell or reprimand them –
whether good or bad, it’s still attention. The best way to deal with a situation like this is to simply turn
your back and ignore it. This method is very effective, as it clearly shows your dog what you consider to
be unacceptable behavior.

4. Implement replacement therapy

While there is nothing inherently wrong with telling a dog “no”, that word doesn’t give them enough
information. So, instead of simply saying “no”, tell your dog what you want them to do. Dogs don’t
generalize well, so if your dog jumps on someone to say hello, for example, and you just say “no”, he
may decide to jump even higher or jump to the left side, instead of the right, thinking that he has
corrected his mistake appropriately. A much better alternative would be to ask him to “sit” or “stay”,
then immediately praise him for obeying the command. So, in order to avoid confusion, always tell your
dog what you want them to do.

5. Have fun and be patient
The most important thing to keep in mind while training your four-legged friend is to always be patient
and positive. They are learning so many new things about the world around them, and it can often be

difficult for them to remember everything they’ve learned. Therefore, be consistent with everything you
do, so your puppy doesn’t get confused, and allow them to make mistakes every once in a while.
Remember that being calm end encouraging while your dog is learning is equally as important as
reinforcing the rules they’ll eventually master.
Don’t be afraid to ask for dog training tips from friends, family, and even professionals whenever you
need it. Training a new dog requires a lot of patience and persistence, but it should always be a positive
experience in both of your eyes.

3.21.2019

Building a pond in your garden for spring


Now that spring is officially here it is the ideal time for us to get out into the garden and have a look at some of the plants we can grow this year. There are so many different ways we can make the most of our outdoor space and today we will we looking into one particular feature which can be amazing in any garden: a pond.

Building a pond in your garden is easier than you might think, and today we will be looking at the best way to build a pond for your garden this spring.


Choose a location

The location of your pond in the garden will of course have an effect on what plants can grow around it and also the kind of life you may find within the water. Make sure you try to choose a spot or the garden which has some sunlight during the day and this can help your plants photosynthesise and produce more oxygen for the water.

Find some liner

Building a pond is simpler than you may think and it can involve simply digging a hole and filling it with liner. When choosing liner for the pond you don’t have to choose anything too fancy, as long as it will hold the water and stop it soaking into the soil below it is great.


Bricking it up

Once you have the liner you can consider thinking about bricks or stones to lay on the border of your pond to frame it. Depending on the type of style you are going for you could choose a bright colour to add some fun or you can instead choose something simple and classic. You’ll be able to find pictures online where people have framed their ponds so take a look and see if you can get any inspiration for your own creation. Once you have bricked up the sides you can fill the pond with fresh cold water and move on to the next stage.


Adding a filter

If you plan to have any fish in your pond outside then it is important for you to have a water filter from Sawyer Waterscaping which will keep the pond oxygenated and clean for fish to thrive. Koi carp are some of the most popular pond fish however there are plenty of other species to choose from so you can choose your animals depending on the size of the pond and the location.

Adding final touches

Once you have built a small pond in your garden you will want to bring some natural elements into the water to keep it healthy and thriving for years to come. Adding duckweed to clean the water and pond lilies for colour can be amazing and you could even buy some small pond snails to help clean the sides of the pond throughout the year. If you know anyone who has frog spawn in their pond you can ask to take a small bucket of it and watch tadpoles and frogs grow in your garden pond.

3.20.2019

5 Spring Cleaning Tasks to Prevent Allergies



It’s allergy season.



While daffodils and longer days brighten the mind, allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy red eyes, and breathing problems can mute much of the joy. The most common culprits that cause household allergies are dust mites, pest droppings (such as cockroaches), mold, and pollen, and they thrive in the dust and fabrics of your less than clean home. Thus, springtime, with its accompanying cleaning, is the perfect opportunity to get a handle on these irritants.

Check out these five spring cleaning tasks you should prioritize this season.

Protect Yourself

Your first task is to protect yourself while cleaning, as these activities will agitate the dust that triggers your immune system, and it will last for house. Make sure you’re vacuuming with a HEPA filter, and wear a filter mask while dusting, sweeping or vacuuming (you can get these at the hardware store or pharmacy). Wear long sleeves and pants tucked in, and leave the house after cleaning for at least 2 hours.

If your allergies are serious, consider investing in a dehumidifier with a high-quality filter (mold and dust mites love moisture) and a separate air filter system. It may also be time to clean or replace the filters on your heating and air conditioning, and other appliances.

Dust Your Blinds

Because they hand in low-traffic areas right next to heating vents, blinds are dust magnets. This means they accumulate quite a bit of normal household dust as well as pet hair and dander. Professional maid services recommend using a disinfectant solution or vinegar and a microfiber cloth for cleaning blinds, and always moving from top to bottom.



Other specialists say you can use the vacuum cleaner with a soft attachment to quickly clean blinds, but this may not trap the dust. One online hack suggests making a “dust puppet” with an old sock. Hear me out. By putting an old sock on your and dipping it in disinfectant, you can use precise movements to capture and trap household dust on blinds of any type.

Don’t Hang Laundry Outside

I know it’s hard to hear, since the laundry industry literally markets the fresh scent of a sunny day with its products. But when washing fabrics and linens this spring, hang them inside or use a dryer. This is not the “greenest” advice, but your bedding and fabrics will pick up pollens and other airborne allergens outside, and the high head of washing machines and dryers will kill bacteria, dust mites, and other microbes.

Flip and Air Out Your Mattress

It’s not just a rumor, your mattress, and your bedroom in general, is the main location for dust mites and other microbes that cause allergy problems. Many mattresses, especially memory foam, trap heat, which make it the perfect warm, damp breeding environment for undesirable microbes. Maintaining a clean mattress year-round is key to a healthy nighttime environment, but flipping and airing out a mattress is advisable a couple times a year.

This can be done by one person, but of course, two people can maneuver an awkward mattress better. Do not rest the mattress on unstable headboards or furniture: instead, lower it to the floor and flip it that way. Now is a great time for your HEPA filter vacuum. Use it on and around the mattress. Some people recommend exposing the mattress to sunlight for several hours, as this kills bacteria, but it can also attract pollen, so use your discretion. If you do put the mattress outside be sure to return it before the sun starts to set as the dew will add even more moisture than before.

If you have had your mattress for over 10 years, it’s likely soiled with all types of allergens. It might be best to get a new mattress all together. And while you’re at it, look into “mite-proof” linens for your bed and pillows.

Get Extra Help

You may have to call in some help this spring with your cleaning, as the droppings and dander of pests, such as mice and cockroaches, are especially troublesome for certain people. Especially if you live in an older home, consider using a quality pest control company to rid your home of excessive spiders, insects, and other rodents.


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