How to Keep Cool This Summer

The summer time comes quick after spring and quickly raises your home energy costs to keep it cool. There are multiple ways to keep yourself and the children cool in the summer and some ways help you save money also. Check out these facts to keep cool, have fun and save energy this summer.

Keep popsicles and ice cream stocked in the deep freezer for the children. You could even get creative and make cool cups or snow cones, set some chairs up outside in a nicely shaded area then enjoy.


Put a pool in the backyard if you do not already have one installed. Pick up a pool from the nearest supermarket take it home and follow the instructions on the box. When purchasing a swimming pool be sure to check for all of the equipment you need for easy access, keeping the pool clean and covers that may not already be included. With a large swimming pool you just have to fill her up one time and keep it covered when not in use. Don’t forget floats, a beach ball and some new summer swim wear.


Keep drinks in the freezer to keep hydrated when you step outside. This will keep your drink cold while you’re outside in the heat. Then for the children you can freeze some Capri Suns and cut the top off with scissors, then use a spoon to eat it like a sno cone. I enjoyed doing this as a kid.

Caulk your doors and windows. Running a bead of caulking around interior and exterior doors and windows will create a seal to minimizing air flow, keeping cool air in and hot air out. Buy high quality caulk, and it will be many years before you need to remove and replace it.


Reverse your ceiling fans. If you have an electric ceiling fan, you should run it clockwise in the winter to force the hotter air downward, and then counter-clockwise in the summer to pull hot air up toward the ceiling. Most ceiling fans have a reverse switch that lets you make this change.


Avoid cooking with the stove/oven. Gas and electric stoves throw off a lot of heat when in use. During hot summer months, cook using more a heat-efficient countertop convention oven, toaster oven or microwave. Better yet, fire up the grill and cook outdoors! Bring home some food that you can throw on the pit outside instead of cooking inside. This way you can cook with propane, wood or coal.

You can also check out this DIY video on how to create a homemade air conditioner. Hope this helps.

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“10 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer Without Air Conditioning.” 10 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer Without Air Conditioning. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2014.


How to Improve Family Time at Home

Are you having trouble getting your family at home on the same page that you’re on? Sometimes it could just be a lack of communication going on inside the house or maybe the family has interfering schedules. it’s very important that everyone in the house is in sync with one another. If you haven’t incorporated different ways to acknowledge the issues at hand, here are a few tips.

1) A Family Meeting

Family meetings are one of the best sources of communication for the family. This time allows everyone to say what they have on their mind. The important thing about communicating during family time is to not to allow anyone to talk over one another, everyone must hear each other out before making any comments or questions. It is also important to always tell the truth, but be careful of what you say and how you say it.

2) A Family Calendar

To know about the things or events that are going on underneath one roof it is a great idea to post a calendar somewhere visible on the refrigerator or on the wall. This way no one will be unaware of anything and there will be no one to blame for being misinformed. For example, if Jimmy is coming home late Friday night or Sarah’s staying at a sleepover for the weekend, as long as it’s marked down on the calendar the parents will not have to be concerned of their whereabouts. The important thing about the calendar is making sure that you still mention in person what you put on the calendar; because someone may forget to check it.

3)Family Movie/Game Night

Have a movie night with the family to spend some quality time together. Pull out an old board game, like monopoly! Nowadays, family time isn’t how it used to be. Most teenagers or young children are cooped up in their rooms on phones, tablets, video games, etc. Make them bring the video game in the family room; ask them to teach you how to play. Just interact with one another, without the phones and other electronics involved.

Please watch the video below for additional information

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“How to Improve Family Relationships in 2014 by Parenting Expert and Contributor Dr. G.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 01 June 2014.



Patriotic Decorations for the Home

As the Fourth of July approaches, you may want to create a patriotic atmosphere in your home. From centerpieces to homemade flags, there are a variety of decorations you can add to your house.

Table Décor

If you are inviting guests over to celebrate the holiday, you want to ensure that your dinner table leaves a great impression on your visitors. To start, you can choose red, white, and blue plates and utensils. Using these colors for your tablecloths can also be very useful.


For your dining or living room tables, you can think about adding a centerpiece to bring out a patriotic feel. These centerpieces can range from bouquets to star and ribbon embellishments.

Wall Décor

Aside from table décor and centerpieces, wall décor is an unique way to prepare your house for the holiday. To do so, you can string Fourth of July garlands and banners around your home.

Room Décor

There are several ways you can prepare your rooms for the Fourth of July. Whereas red, white, and blue pillows and throws are good ideas, you can also consider patriotic picture frames and rugs.


Living in an apartment or house, your doors may seem bare. However, wreaths are a wonderful solution and can add to the patriotic feel. Attaching die-cut stars or using the American flag colors, you can design a wreath that will remind you of the holiday.

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Top Tips for Childproofing Your Home

With summer around the corner, your children will be out of school and probably spending more time at home. To make sure your home is a safe environment, childproofing is essential. Here is a list of a few safety precautions.

Physical Safety

  1. Keep breakable items away from children. Items made of glass or ceramic should be kept out of reach to prevent any injuries. You can also switch to using rubber instead of breakable materials.
  2. Use playpens. To make sure young children are not running into items or getting hurt around the house, playpens are very useful. They are also often portable in case the child is visiting a neighbor or friend.
  3. Use safety gates and fences. Keeping children away from accidents, safety gates can be placed in front of stairways. If you have a pool, you may also use pool fences to prevent children from accidently falling into the pool.
  4. Cover furniture edges and other sharp corners. If your children like to run around, it is highly advisable to cover sharp edges to keep them from getting hurt.

Medical Safety

  1. Keep medicine out of reach. To do so, you can use child-proof caps or store the medicine in higher cabinets and shelves.
  2. Make sure household chemicals are stored away. Like medicine, household chemicals should be placed in locked cabinets and shelves or in places that children cannot reach.                                  

Fire and Electrical Safety

  1. Block access to electrical outlets. Inserting objects into electrical outlets is a risk for electrocution and serious injury. To prevent these accidents, you can use sliding outlet covers or plastic units.
  2. Install smoke alarms in every room. You should also check them monthly to make sure they are working.
  3. Create an evacuation plan. In case a fire breaks out, you should run through an evacuation plan with your child and remind them of the dangers of fire.

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Decorating a New Home

Moving can be an exhilarating experience, especially if it’s your first house. One of the primary things that you must tackle is turning a house into your home. The following are some tips for decorating a new home:

Don’t buy everything at once

When you first move in, those empty walls and sparse bookshelves can be daunting. While you will want to infuse your personality into every aspect of your house right away, you should take your time. Start by purchasing essential pieces and some decorations. In the following months, buy items here and there as you see them. This will save you from splurging on things that you think you need to fill space in an empty home.

Invest in big ticket items

While you are purchasing the essentials, be attentive to what you are spending your money on. You should invest in items like large pieces of furniture and necessary appliances. Don’t spend a lot of money on top of the line wine bottle openers or expensive coasters. Spending more money now on better quality things can ultimately save you money in the long run.

Avoid buying sets

Furniture showrooms often create the idea that in order to have a perfectly decorated living room you have to buy a complete set. However, doing so would make your home look just like those furniture showrooms! Instead purchase some pieces in a set, like a bed frame and matching dresser, but find end tables somewhere else. Mixing and matching will show that you spent time finding the perfect items for your house, and not like a store picked them out for you.

Add personal touches

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative! Instead of spending money on all new cabinets, consider painting them and adding new hardware. Being resourceful will also save you money. Visit thrift stores and yard sales for items like picture frames and small knick-knacks that will give your home a personal touch that only you could create!


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Graduation Party Clean-Up

Now that it’s June, it’s time for graduation parties! Everyone loves a good party – the food, the decor, the laughs. When the graduation party is over and it’s time to cleanup, use these four simple steps to effectively clean your home.


1. Pre-party Preparation

Before the party starts, make sure your home is prepared for it! Set out coasters, have paper towels on hand, and provide plenty of trash and recycling bins. Taking time to prevent messes now will save you time later.

2. Pick up

Once the party is over you should grab a trash bag and pick up any rubbish littering your kitchen, living room, and backyard. Clearing out cups and plates first will allow you to get to the grime on furniture, walls, and floors.

 3. Wipe up

The next step is to wipe down surfaces that may have gotten dirty during the party. Use Windex on your windows and mirrors, an all purpose cleaner on your walls, and soap on your tables.

 4. Vacuum and Sweep

Now that you’ve tackled the walls and furniture in your home, it’s time to turn your attention to the floor. Be sure to use a stain remover for any spills on your carpet. Then, you can vacuum your rugs and sweep or mop your floors to remove the final party debris.


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Summer Decorations for the Front Door

Summer is on its way, but the heat is already here! What better way to greet your guests than with a refreshing blast of décor at the front door? Door decorations are not only fun crafts, but they also leave a great first impression on your visitors. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Wreaths are perfect for any season and are easy to make! Like in this pinwheel wreath, adding color brings out a summer feel.

Or if you have leftover cloth and have no idea what to do with them, check out this fabric scrap wreath.

Not the only season in its wake, summer is also time for baseball! If you’re a fan, this wreath is an exciting way to cheer on your favorite team.


Door Hangers

Aside from wreaths, door hangers are also welcoming decorations. Recreating objects that remind you of summer can be a fantastic addition to your front door, like this sun decoration.

You can even flashback to those memories catching fireflies in the summer with this Mason jar decoration.

Or you can escape the heat with juicy fruit at your front door.

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2 Backyard Must-Haves for the Summer

As the weather gets warmer, we all begin spending more time outdoors. A backyard is the perfect place to relax in the evenings and entertain on the weekends. Here are two functional ideas for a well-decorated yard this summer.

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1. Hammock

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Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day

For this Father’s Day, you can give your dad the tools to start those projects he has been hoping to try. Even if your dad has a garage full of tools, there may still be ones that he is missing. To get you started, here are a few tools that your dad will enjoy receiving for sure.

Basic hand tools: These refer to the tools that are most often used, such as hammers, screwdrivers, levels, and nails. For odd jobs at home, your dad may also need a ladder.

Power tools: If your dad enjoys large-scale projects, he would love getting a new set of power tools. As one of the most popular, a cordless power drill would help your dad finish projects faster.

Garden tools: With summer and fall coming up, your dad may be working outside in the yard more. Gifting him with a mulching lawn mower or a high-powered lawn blower would help him finish gardening in no time. Again, your dad may also need basic tools such as rakes, spades, and shears.

If your dad is not interested in project tools or home improvement, think about getting him a different kind of tools:

Grilling tools: Aside from personalized spatulas or aprons, your dad may also enjoy receiving a new pair of tongs or a BBQ grill set.

Kitchen tools: To spice up the kitchen, you can also gift your dad with a few cooking tools. For a creative present, you can look into these knuckle pounder meat tenderizers.

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