Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Preparing Yourself and Your Home For Winter

I was told by my son that he's going to experience winter soon and this probably will start next month and as early as now, he could already feel the extreme cold weather as early as now.  I told him to get ready for winter as this is going to be his first time to experience it.  I told him that it would be more appropriate if he could shop for winter clothes as early as now as these will get expensive during the winter holidays. For his convenience, I advised him to check cozy winters reviews to get the latest updates on their products and services.  Some of his co workers requested for heating system to be installed in the house, others are already starting to shop for heated gloves, blanket warmer and other similar products that will help them cope up with winter.

I think going through the cozy winter reviews website and make an inquiry online is fast and easy and will help you save a lot of time and effort.  There's nothing more comfortable than getting the service or product you require in just one click.  Also, another plus factor is the opportunity to see the reviews of previous customers which could be a big help in your decision to avail their products or services.  I think, getting testimonies from previous customers themselves will be more convincing. Since both bad and good reviews are being published, you could be assured that there will be no bias as far as rating their services is concerned.

My son is equally excited and scared experiencing the winter season for the very first time but I guess he's prepared for whatever this will bring him. :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Gardening As A Hobby

Gardening is one of my many hobbies and this is something that I cannot do without.  I don't know but there's a kind of excitement and happiness every time I tender my garden.  No doubt, it's time consuming but I derived a great pleasure just by watching my plants grow.  In fact, I am long been planning to go to vegetable gardening as well.  Just few weeks ago, I tried to plant bell pepper seeds in an empty pot of soil in my garden and guess what? I could now see the bell pepper plant about 2 inches in height but already have flowers...meaning to say, I would be seeing my bell peppers soon! It really excites me because I just planted from scratch.  In fact, the seeds were just taken from my kitchen scraps.

I used to propagate my plants by cutting the stem and re planting.  I considered myself having a "green thumb" since it seems to be very easy for me to grow plants even if I planted these without roots.  I believe in the old folks saying that if you treat your plants with tender loving care, they will also love you in return.

These are the photos of my ornamental plants which were propagated through "cuttings".  From the leaves alone, you could see that these plants are healthy. :)

Aside from giving me a fresh air to breathe, these plants really beautify my porch and yard.  This, I think is the cheapest way to decorate your homes.  No matter how small or simple your house is, try surrounding it with lots of plants and you will be amazed with the result... your house will appear to be very attractive and beautiful.

This is why I love gardening, I get all the benefits and it keeps me stress free. :)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Five Ways to Increase the Air Quality in Your Home

Poor air quality in your home can lead to a wide array of problems. Those who are sensitive to dust in the air can have breathing issues. There can also be problems for people with allergies. This can affect people living in the home as well as pets and anyone visiting your home. The solution is to improve the quality of the air in your house, and there are several things you can do to achieve this. 

Have the air tested
If you are not sure about the quality of air inside your residence, you can have a professional air quality testing tampa firm analyze it. Even if no one has noticed a problem, if the air is dirty, it will only be a matter of time before a member of your family begins to experience issues related to the air. If there is a problem, the following five steps can be taken.

Change the air filter

People often forget to change the filters for their heating and air conditioning system, but without doing this, you can never have clean air. You should purchase several of these filters and change them on a regular basis.

Have the air ducts cleaned

These air passage ways will gather dirt over time and need to be cleaned. If you have a new air filter, it will not do much good with dirty ducts. There are companies that specialize in this type of work and can do a thorough job of cleaning all of the air ducts as well as the air vents in all of the rooms. 

Have your air conditioning and heating system serviced

Your AC may be cold and your heater putting out hot air, but it doesn't mean that the air is clean. Your system may be putting out dirty air because normal maintenance of the system has not been done on a regular basis. The source of dirty air can be something as simple as the fan blower.

Have mold removed

If a testing of air quality finds that there is mold spores in the air, you will need to hire a company to find the source of the mold and have it removed. There is no other way to solve this type of problem. 

If you suspect an air quality issue, some of what is mentioned above can be done, but if the problem persists, you will need to have the air tested, and then locate the specific cause of the problem. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Purify Air Through An Electronic Diffuser

This is the new electronic diffuse that I recently ordered online.  I long wanted to have this at home but I am thinking if it would be useful or would it just add up to my utility expenses or if I just have to shed extra money buying essential oils or would it be well worth it?

After much dilly dally, I finally decided to have one.  I've always been a wise spender and would always assess the value of every item I bought.  I was thinking that since I have pets at home and my baby shi-tzu always stays with us inside the house, I think it would be worth to have an air diffuser to purify the air and eliminate pet odor.  I also think that releasing the aroma of essential oil in the air would increase relaxation and have a calming effect, well at least for a workaholic like me.  Not only that, as it purifies the air, it eliminates unpleasant environmental odor and create a healthy environment.

I bought a bottle of essential oil separately, as the free essential oil that comes with my electronic diffuser is not water based and cannot be used with the unit.  I wonder why the online seller didn't realize that! Why they would give something that cannot be used anyway. any rate, after I bought an essential oil (I choose the fresh bamboo scent from Mia Maison), I tried it with the electronic diffuser and wow, I really love the scent, very calming and relaxing and my house smells like heaven. :)

Essential Oils (the genuine ones) are not really cheap, mine is like 30 ml and it costs around Php650 per bottle.  But after I used it, I discovered that it's still worth it coz just a few drops will last for hours and you can't even finish 1 bottle in 1 month especially if you don't really use it everyday.  I normally use it when I feel tired and needs to relax or especially if I want to get a good sleep and it's also very useful during rainy season where bad environmental odor is really very evident.

You can diffuse oil as often as you want, it really depends on what you are using it for.  I feel happy and satisfied with this purchase and I recommend this for anyone who loves the spa atmosphere.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Cow Rugs - Versatile And Stylish Rugs For Your Wooden And Stone Flooring

Many people want to incorporate a beautiful natural element into their space, but they struggle to find the right decorative pieces to add to their rooms. While using potted plants and vases throughout your space is one idea, you may be looking for a different way to bring natural elements into your home. A more unique idea is to use a cowhide rug for home decoration. With a closer look at how cowhide rugs can be used to decorate your wooden and stone floors, you will see why these may be the perfect solution for your home decorating challenges.

The Versatile Style of Cow Rugs

When you think about cowhide rugs, you may think about them in a rustic or country home, but their versatile style also makes them a great choice for homes with traditional décor, modern or contemporary décor or another look. Cowhide rugs are available in a wide range of colors and styles, making them well-suited for many home decorative styles. They are available in colors that include buff, beige, tan, rust, black, white and more. Some are a solid hue, and others are mottled or speckled with two or more colors. They can be used to gracefully add natural softness to hard floor surfaces while also enhancing the décor in your room.

The Durability of Cowhide Rugs

While many people are drawn to the beauty and style of cow rugs, there are other reasons why cowhide rugs are popular as a decorative material in homes. Cow hide is among the most durable types of floor coverings available. You can easily place this floor covering over even the most frequently trafficked areas of your home, and you will not have to worry about the rug showing wear. If you are looking for a decorative rug that you can get a lot of use out of, cowhide rugs are a great option.

A Hypoallergenic Material

In addition to being stylish and versatile, these rugs are also hypoallergenic. Many types of rugs have allergens that can create respiratory issues for those inside the home. These are rugs that you can easily place inside a home with allergy sufferers, people who have asthma or those who have other respiratory health issues.

Dressing up your home's hard floors with the soft texture of a beautiful rug is a wonderful idea. While there are many types of rugs that you can choose to use for home décor, there are considerable benefits available to you when you incorporate cowhide into your space. Take a closer look at some of the beautiful cow hide rugs available, and you may discover the ideal option to sprawl across your wood or stone floors.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pet Feeding Station

Having 5 dogs at home is no joke! Feeding them and taking care of them eats up most of my time. Although I share the job with my daughter, I am the one who does the job most of the time.  Feeding time is always the busiest time at home as we have to prepare 5 different set of foods.  We don't give the same kind of foods to everyone that's why it's a bit difficult to prepare foods for each of them. Our 2 year old shih-tzu cannot eat chicken as he got a sensitive skin, so most of the time we feed him with beef or pork liver and rice.  He eats dog foods (Alpo) only for breakfast and snacks, he likes rice for lunch and dinner.  Our Golden Retriever who is less than a year old but very big now only eats rice mixed with dog food.  Their dish bowls, dog food supply, and other paraphernalia are placed everywhere in the house and I find it to be too messy.  Because of this, I am thinking of fabricating a pet feeding station where I could put everything in one place. Less mess...less eye sore.

I am considering the following designs:

I'm pretty sure any of these feeding stations can help us organize our pet essentials better. :)