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Keep Your Cool this Summer

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The summer heat wave has arrived and it is time to figure out how to stay cool this summertime. Do not have an AC available? Well these tips on staying cool will make needing an AC obsolete. Summer time does not have to be you becoming a puddle of sweat. These cooling off tips are easy and can make the summer more enjoyable. Check out these cooling off tips for the summer time!

Create Shade

The sun is the source of the heat, so keeping that sun out of sight means keeping the heat away. Keep those blinds closed! Create some shade inside the home by closing the curtains and keeping the sunlight out of reach. You can even invest in black out shades to ensure the sun stays out.

Nighttime Air

During summer nights, the temperature drops and the air starts to cool down. Open up the doors and windows and let the summer’s cool night inside the home. This will help cool down the home. It is also a nice temperature to enjoy some outdoors time this summer.

Grill Time

Summer time is the perfect time to grill more. Cooking inside the home creates more heat in the home which is not ideal in this heat. It is time to go outside and dust off that old grill. Nothing brings people together better than a grill out. Bonus, almost everything can be grilled!

Outside Greens

Shrubs can be a great way to create some shade outside the home. Tall shrubs can be used to shade the home and make it naturally cooler. Trees are a great addition to any yard to create some natural shade. These natural shaders can cool off sidewalks and driveways and help feet not get burnt.

 

 

 

DIY Garden

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Do not have any green or land available for you to grow your own garden? Do not worry! There are plenty of other options you can choose from in order to have the garden you have always dreamed of. It is DIY garden time. These DIY gardens are easy to make and not on the expensive side. It is all about being creative and being able to work with what you have around the home. Here are some cool gardens you can make without having any land.

Mason Jars

Have any mason jars lying around the home? These are the perfect DIY garden for some herbs. Plant any herbs you want like, rosemary, basil, mint, etc. The best part about using mason jars as a garden is that you can decorate them. Paint the jars with some decorations or create some cute labels for the herbs.

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks can be a cool and modern style of garden. These blocks are able to hold larger plants and can give a pop of modernism to a room.  Check out this tutorial to make cinder blocks into plant holders at Contemporist, people will not believe you made it yourself and from cinder blocks!

Pallets

Old pallets can easily be turned into the perfect garden. The pallets are able to keep your garden organized and easily maintained. You do not have to do anything to the pallets, except fill them with some dirt and plant some plants in them. They are perfect for vegetables!

Tires

Old tires are another great thing to recycle into a DIY garden. You are able to plant multiple plants in one tire. You do not even have to keep the plain, black color. Grab some paint and give those tires a summer makeover. They will be the perfect plant holders for the summer time.

DIY Bathroom Remodel

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Sometimes bathrooms need a little bit of a makeover and that can be pricey at times. Here are some bathroom remodeling tips that are within a budget and will make your bathroom the star of the show. There are some bathroom projects out there that will elevate the bathroom and are simple for anyone to do at their home! Get ready for some low priced and great quality DIY bathroom remodeling projects.

Vanity Makeover

Is the paint on your vanity fading or just too dull for your taste? Well there is a simple solution in order to wake it up. Use a gel stain! Gel stain is able to change the color of any vanity and bring it back to life. Here is an easy tutorial you can follow at Designing Vibes.

Mirror Frame

Cherished Bliss has a simple and cute frame that is easy to make for your bathroom mirror. A wooden frame brings a nice pop to the bathroom and creates a homey feeling. You can reuse old wood and paint it up to make it look brand new. Everyone will be stopping to take a second look in this mirror. This is a great remodeling trend.

Peel & Stick Tile

Too expensive to pay for someone to come in and tile up your bathroom? Well these peel and stick tiles are a great option for anyone trying to update their bathroom and stay within a budget. You can create a tile background for your bathtub or use it as backsplash on your vanity. Peel and stick tile is an easy and inexpensive remodeling tip.

Storage Ladder

If you are tight on space in your bathroom, then this DIY storage ladder is perfect for you. Jenna Sue has a great tutorial that shows how to make a storage ladder out of old repurposed wood. This storage ladder is able to hold many items and brings a rustic feel to any bathroom.

Basement Organization

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Have not been done in the basement for a while? Well it is time to take a walk down there and declutter that basement. Do not let that little voice in your mind say that this task is too overwhelming or you cannot find the time. Organizing the basement is a task that is not overwhelming and will make your life easier once is it completed. Here are some pro tips when it comes to organizing the basement.

Throw it Out

Some things are meant to be thrown away. If you are someone that has a lot of stuff stored in the basement then you should go through all of those items and throw some of them out. Ask yourself, “Has this been used in the last year?” If the answer to that question is no, then you should probably throw it away.

Bin, Bins, Bins

Storage bins are a great way to organize things easily and quickly. Everything needs its place and bins can become the home to almost everything. When you are putting things away make sure they have a rhyme to the reasoning. Labeling the bins are another secret to organizing and staying organized.

Everything off the Floor

There should be nothing lying around on the floor by the time you are done cleaning out the basement. If everything is supposed to have a spot for it, then there should not be anything on the floor. The floor should be clean and empty. The more things that are on the floor, the more a room can feel cluttered.

Creative Storage

Get creative with how you store things. Not everything has to be thrown into a been. Use free wall space and hang up some things in a cool design. You can create your own cubbies and shelves and can be easy clean up toys.

Summer Backyard

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Summertime is here and that means more time spent outside. A backyard is the perfect place to hold outdoor barbeques and to just sit and relax during the day. You can also enjoy a family dinner outside in the evening. A backyard is a place where people can hang out and enjoy the summertime. Here are some summer backyard ideas to make your yard more inviting to hang out during this summer.

Themes

A theme is a great way to start working on designing your backyard. The theme could be anything; beach, color, modern, etc. A theme is helpful when coming up with ideas and keeping those ideas organized. Shopping can be overwhelming and a theme helps shrink that overwhelming feeling down.

Outdoor Lounge

The backyard is the perfect place to hang out and relax during the summer. Turn your back yard into an outdoor lounge. Start with a nice canopy to cast shade over a cool relaxing area. You can repurpose old lounge chairs by decorating the pillows or giving them a new pop of color. Go to a thrift store and find an old coffee table that can be cleaned up and possibly add a glass top to give it a sleek feel.

Flower Display

Flowers are a source of beauty and can bring some color into a backyard. A nice flower display in a corner or even spread out around the backyard would be a nice addition to have. Flowers are a quick and easy way to pretty up a summer backyard for any home.

Walkways

Walkways are a cool and sometimes funky thing to have in the backyard. Repurpose old wooden pallets and create a wooden walkway. Get some stones and create a funky and fun walkway that can add depth to a yard. Walkways are able to connect parts of the yard that are broken.

Plants that Repel Bugs

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Bugs during the summer time can become a little annoying if you are trying to relax on your porch or throwing a BBQ in your back yard. No one really wants the bugs around. Bug repellants can be filled with chemicals that are sometimes harmful. The best bug repellant is always the natural option. Some plants are natural bug repellants and are the perfect addition to any home. Here are some plants that you may want to add to your garden this summer time!

Lavender

Lavender is a smell that many people correlate with relaxation and spas, but it also repels mosquitoes, fleas and flies. Unlike humans, those bugs do not like the smell of lavender. Lavender is a beautiful plant that brings some purple to your garden and it is the perfect repellant for those annoying bugs. You can also use the oil from lavender to use on your body as a natural repellant.

Basil

Basil is a great herb to cook with, but this is another amazing natural bug repellant to have around the home. Basil helps repel mosquitoes and pesky house flies. The oil that comes from basil leaves can also be a natural treatment for mosquito bites. Add it into some of those dishes you cook at home and keep around the home to ward off the bugs.

Rosemary

Rosemary is another great herb to have around when it comes to cooking. It also has a nice smell. The best part is that it repels mosquitoes. It is also great repellant when it comes to other insects that have negative effects on gardens. This is one good smelling, natural bug repellant.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a great repellant with mosquitoes. Lemongrass has a natural oil, citronella, that repels mosquitoes. This is a perfect summer time plant to have around the home. It is a natural repellant to those mosquitoes.

The Best Green Tips

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Green living is the best living when it comes to helping out the planet. There are so many green tips that are floating out there, so what are the best ones? Here is where we filter through some of the best green living tips. The best part is that most of these are pretty simple and easy for anyone to follow these green living tips! Here are the top green tips.

Recycle Water Bottles

So many water bottles that are thrown away each year. 60 million to be exact according to the Container Recycling Institute. The best green tip is to recycle those water bottles. Stop throwing them out into the trash and just refill them with some more water. This is better for the environment and better for your wallet.

Compost

Starting a compost is one of the most common and best green tip that is out there. Composting is recycling your food scraps in a food bin and turning that into rich mulch for gardens and other plants. This is a green tip that can reduce the amount of trash that is produced in a household and the plants love the minerals a compost can produce.

Large Laundry Loads

Laundry can be one of the reasons there is a lot of water waste. Do not clean a few shirts and pants three to four times a week. That is piling up the water waste produced. Instead, try to do laundry at least once a week and make it a large load. This will reduce the amount of water that is used multiple times in one week.

Carpooling

Carpooling is one of the oldest green tips that has been around. Carpooling can reduce the amount of gas that is emitted into the air. Who does not want to reduce air pollution? Also, carpooling with people can make the car ride more enjoyable and not seem so long.

Garden Trends

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It is garden season again and that means there are new trends for the year. Since the garden season is back here are some trends that you might want to start. There are many different type of garden trends to satisfy any curious person. Some trends may be funky and some trends can be so simple. Here are some of the coolest garden trends that are making head way this 2018 season.

Meditation Garden

Meditation is becoming a bigger and bigger thing every year and there is no more place more peaceful than a garden. It does not take much space to create a meditation area in someone’s garden. A small bench or a stoned or bricked area that calls you to take some time to sit down and relax classifies as a meditation garden.

Upcycling

There is no better feeling than turning something old into something so beautiful someone thinks you bought it at the store. Take an old water feature like a sink and turn it into a beautiful makeshift pot or pond. Some imagination and DIY magic can turn anything into a brand new feature.

Succulents

These low maintenance plants are perfect for any busy bee or city dweller. Succulents come in many different shapes and sizes and can become a garden decoration for around the home. Try mixing different colors to bring out a different look.

Indoors Plants

As long as you place the plants in contact with some sunlight, then the plant can survive indoors, even in the bathroom. Bringing nature indoors can bring a sense of calm to a room. It is also a nice touch to have in some rooms. Remember to water the plants and watch them blossom as well as they would outside.

Garage Sale Tips

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Tis the season for garage sales! Garage sales are a great way for you to de clutter your home and make some money for the summer time. Garage sales have a certain science to them if you want to make sure you sell the majority of your things placed out on the lawn. Here are some pro garage sale tips in order to have the best success this sale.

Location

Most of the time, people know about a garage sale when they actually drive by one. Location is very important when it comes to get getting a lot of foot traffic to come by. Neighborhoods are great locations that attract a lot of customers, but you do not live in a neighborhood then do some research. Locate some heavy traffic areas for your sale.

Advertise

Getting the word out about the garage sale ahead of time is key. Advertise about the garage sale. You can design signs and post them up around the neighborhood or heavy traffic areas that will attract people’s attention. Social media is also a great platform to use to get the word out about this garage sale you are having. Spread the word!

Prep Work

Do not just throw everything out on a table and think people are going to voluntarily go through piles and piles of chaos. Prep work is a key component to a successful garage sale. Organize things by categories and label them so people can easily find that they are looking for. The more prep work put into the sale the more organized and easier it is for people to shop.

Placement

Put the big sellers in front, so those are the items that pull people in. All of the items that are cheaper and miscellaneous can be placed in the back. Placement is key when it comes to grabbing people’s attention and making sure they come in to buy

Reuse Water in the Home

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Imagine the amount of water that you use in a household once a day. It may not seem like a lot, but this will show you that there is a lot of water usage going on in the home. These tips will be a good way to recycle water and help reduce the amount of water that goes wasted in a day. Here are some tips to help recycle water in the home!

Shower Water

The shower is where most people tend to use a lot of water. Place a bucket in the shower and watch that thing easily fill up. Shower water can be recused for many other things around the home. You can recuse the water to water plants. Also, take a smaller cup of water from the bucket and use that water to brush your teeth.

Runoff Water

Collect the runoff water that comes from the roof. Place a bucket at the downspout and that will collect more water for you to use. Runoff water can be a big use of water recycling and can help you collect a lot of water. Recycling water can come from inside you outside the home.

Old Water Bottles

If you are someone that has half-drunk water bottles all around your home, then keep them and do not dump that hot water down the sink. The water in those bottles can be used to water plants or even clean off some dirt left on the porch. Old water bottles can have an extra use and have recycled water ready at hand.

Pasta Water

Filling up a large pot with water can result in a lot of water waste if that water is later dumped down the sink. Save that pasta water! Dump the water into another bucket when making pasta. Save the water and wait for it to cool down to use it to water plants.

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