Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 369

Good evening!  Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  As always we’ve got a great set of featured posts to share with you.

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Decorating an Outdoor Area for Summer

Summer weather can be harsh, which means your outdoor area, furnishings and décor need to be able to handle the heat as well as the thunderstorms. This can be a tricky combination as you need to prepare for all weather events, both wet and very, very dry depending on the year. Here are some top tips for decorating your outdoor area this summer.

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Make Room for Guests

One of the most important aspects of an outdoor area is its entertaining capabilities. We just love to entertain, especially outdoors. Barbeques are a way of life so you’ll need a good range to cater for a large crowd and the seating and dining to match. If you only have a small space, put your spend into the barbecue and host informal get-togethers, buffet style.

Weather Proof Everything

You’ll need to consider your specific area when decorating your outdoor living space but it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll experience both wet and dry conditions. Pick fabrics that are weather proof whenever possible. Cushions should be able to handle wet weather while their colour needs to stand up to the harsh sun. Don’t spend a fortune on rain-proof fabrics if the colours are going to fade in the sun after only one season or you’ll be buying again next year.

Likewise, choose sun proof fabrics if you can. If they’re not all weather wear then you’ll need somewhere to keep them when it inevitably rains. If you don’t have the space to store your outdoor

supplies in your indoor linen cupboard or similar, invest in an outdoor chest and storage compartment that doubles as extra seating for your guests.

Lisa Green, Editor in Chief of Australian House & Garden had this to say in an interview with hipages: “Choose furniture that will age gracefully – i.e. aged metal finishes which will patina over time. Or look to the hi-tech weatherproof synthetics that now come in many more sculptural forms, with soft cushioning to match.”

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Durability Over Design

You shouldn’t have to compromise but if your budget doesn’t make room for your favorite design in a durable material, always, always choose durability over design elements. If your chosen design isn’t durable enough to face numerous summers, simply don’t make the purchase. You’ll enjoy one summer only, before you need to buy again. This is especially important when making big purchase decisions, such as your outdoor table and chairs. Certain woods require a lot of maintenance to hold up under the harsh sun, so forego the wooden dining if you’re not up to the task. Instead, opt for metal and glass tabletops that will last many years to come.

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Shading

While certain dining suites require regular maintenance, you can help your aging furnishings by shading your outdoor living area well. You’ll need at least enough shade for you and your guests to enjoy on hot summer days. Whether you choose large table top umbrellas to keep you and your guests cool while you entertain, or invest in canopies to cover your entire outdoor living space, your décor and outdoor furniture will hold up much better in the shade than in constant sunshine.

5 Necessary improvements for your Living Room

Living room is the heart of your home. It is place where whole family can gather around and spend some quality time together. That being said, it requires more attention than any other space in your home.

When decorating your interior you shouldn’t only consider the visual aspect; comfort is also something that should be of the highest priority.

With that, let’s check out 5 necessary improvements that will bring coziness to any living room.

1. Decorating your walls

There are numerous ways to refurbish your walls.

Traditional approach teaches us there is nothing better than paintings. However, with the surge of modern architecture simple designs and solutions are given advantage. Here, I am mainly talking about mirrors, posters and photos.

If you think about it, these solutions are much “cleaner” which fits perfectly with white or unicolor interiors where all items are meant to work in unison.

Mirrors are especially great as they do not disturb the natural order of things. Among various interesting forms, you can even use Hollywood mirrors with lights. It is all up to you.

2. Surrounding yourself with shelves

It is always good dedicating one or two living room walls to shelves.

They are usually seen as the opposite of wall decorations but it doesn’t have to be so. You can always use part of the room for shelves while decorating other walls with mirrors and posters.

Main reason why you need to get so many shelves is so that your home feels cozier. Even if you are going for minimalistic approach, it is still possible to have shelves as the counter to all the other items in the room.

They will provide a lot of space upon which you can put small items, books and other trinkets that will instill life in your living room. And with that, we come to number three.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 368

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Hill’s Youthful Vitality for Kitty #AwesomeAsEver

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the new Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality pet food for cats and dogs over the age of 7, but Simply Sweet Home only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.
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If you are a regular visit to my blog, then you know that the Simply Sweet Home dog and cats play a huge role in my life.  I love them like children, and I try to do everything I can to make sure they are healthy and happy.  One way I do that is by feeding them good food like Hill’s® Science Diet®.

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Rebel is my oldest cat.  He just celebrated his ninth birthday! (Happy Birthday Rebel!)  According to the age calculator I found on the Hill’s® Science Diet® website, this makes Rebel 52 years old in human years.

As an older cat, Rebel spends a lot more time lounging and napping than he did in his younger days, and he certainly isn’t the ball of energy our kitten Mina is.  But he still gets around well and has a very happy disposition.  Recently I started feeding Rebel Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality.  The food is formulated to give complete nutrition to cats ages 7 and up.  The company also has a similar product for 7+ dogs and 7+ small/toy dogs. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 367

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Lisa at Condo BluesTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Amy at A Day of Small ThingsPin

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Top Tips On Choosing The Perfect Boys UV Swimwear

When you introduce your child to the pool for the very first time, it is important as a parent to ensure that your child is perfectly prepared for it. And, once the child gets into the pool it becomes rather difficult to get them out of it. This puts in a substantial challenge for the moms to put sunscreen on their kids more than once. In such a situation, boys UV swimwear is the best solution to protect your little one from the harmful rays of the sun. This swimwear could also be beneficial for your child’s swimming classes or for some fun time in the water park on a sunny day.

The cool breeze, the warm weather and those fun times at the pool or by the beach is what kids look forward to. The ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause several damages to the skin in cases when adequate protection is absent. Overexposure to the sun can cause various health issues like sun spots and sunburn in children. It is, therefore, important to choose a UV swimwear of good quality.

Reasons to Choose Boys UV Swimwear

* Sun protection –It is quite apparent that when we are talking about boys UV swimwear, it is there so as to provide your child adequate protection from the harmful rays of the sun. Some of them provide a UPF 50+ which is ideal for the children.

* Ease of Usage – The UV swimwear is absolutely easy to use. You can just make your child wear the swimwear and then sit and relax as they enjoy the pool while the UV swimwear protects their skin. Also, these are super easy to wash as well.

* Design – The UV swimwear is mostly longer than the normal ones which help in providing more coverage to your child.

Ways to choose Boys UV Swimwear

There are various factors which one must consider while choosing the Boys UV Swimwear. A few things would be its fit, skin coverage and the UPF factor.

UPF Factor

The first and the foremost thing to consider while purchasing a UV swimwear would be to check its Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating. The laboratory tests the weight, content, the way in which the fabric has been constructed as well as its color. This is indicated by a number which tells about the amount of UV rays that would be able to penetrate the fabric. The fabrics having a UPF rating of 50+ is perfect for kids as well as for the adults. The UPF rating of 50 would only allow 1/50th of the sun’s radiation to reach the skin. It is important to note that the sun protective fabrics lose some of the protection capabilities with age. Therefore, it is important to test these fabrics for their end of life cycle protection value. Also, the fabrics tend to provide lesser protection from the sun when they are wet. The UV swimwear is the best example of taking precautions in the present and enjoying its benefits in the future.

Skin Coverage

Pools and the beaches have a highly harsh UV environment which can cause damage to the child’s skin. This is where UV swimwear comes into use. They provide a greater coverage to the skin thereby reducing the need to use sunscreen and shade. The sunscreen would only be necessary for the areas of the body which the swimwear has not covered. This means that the need to reapply sunscreen can be avoided completely. It is preferable to choose a UV swimwear for your child that completely covers the shoulders and the arms of the child thereby providing efficient sun protection all day long.

Fit of the Swimwear

Another important thing to consider while purchasing an UV swimwear for your child is choosing the right fit. The right fit is not only essential for making your child look good but also for the comfort and the sun protection. Many parents often commit the mistake of choosing a swimwear that is too tight or too loose for their child. But, tight swimsuits get stretched and thereby the weaves get opened which allows a considerable amount of UV rays to penetrate through the fabric. On the other hand, loose swimsuits aren’t comfortable and look imperfect on the child. It is, therefore, essential to choose a swimsuit for your child hat is neither too confining nor too loose so that your child can feel absolutely comfortable while swimming.

Selecting the Best Style and Pattern

The UV swimwear for kids these days are available in various patterns and styles which would not only make your child look extremely adorable but will also ensure that they remain comfortable. You could choose swimwear having beautiful floral prints, geometric prints or abstract designs. While making a purchase, you should remember to choose the one that suits your child’s interest as well. The swimwear is a bit expensive and therefore it is important to make sure that your child likes it.

Choosing the Right Colour

The swimsuits for kids in today’s time are available in a wide range of colors. Right from neutral shades to vibrant colors, from color block to monochrome or the beautiful pastel colors, you can choose one that is going to look good on your child. This means that your child has the chance to looks stylish and adorable while being protected from the sun. Choose colors that compliment the skin tone of your child.

It is, therefore, important to get your kid a perfect swimwear which is going to keep them safe from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun while they can enjoy their time in the pool in absolute comfort. All you need to do is consider all the above-mentioned factors while making a purchase of the UV swimwear for your little one. Also, always make sure to check the UPF factor before anything else. This swimwear might seem a bit expensive but is worth investing in as they last for a long time while making sure that your child stays safe.

Biz: Eliminating Stains and Odors

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 366

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Sculpt a Scandinavian Bedroom

Scandinavian interior design has been in many people’s homes since IKEA came along, but recently some people have become more enthusiastic about it. On top of enjoying their flatpack furniture, lots of homeowners are enjoying the principles used in Scandinavian design, from Swedish minimalism to the Danish concept of hygge. The bedroom is one of the best places to use Scandinavian design concepts. You can make the room bright, fresh and uncluttered for a look that works in any season. It keeps things bright in winter and feels cool in the summer. If you want to bring Scandinavian style into your bedroom, here’s how to do it.

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Let There Be Light

Having lots of light is one of the core principles of Scandinavian interior design. In dark winters, you want to make sure your home has as much light as possible, so it’s not dark and gloomy. Using shades of white and cream, as well as various neutral colors, will keep everything looking fresh. You should also concentrate on maximizing the natural light coming into your home. Mirrors and leaving windows clear can help. Artificial light is necessary too, and you should try to have several sources of light in each room. Think modern and slightly industrial when it comes to lighting fixtures.

Keep Things Clean

Scandinavian design is often all about functionality, which is reflected in its form. When you’re choosing furniture, think about clean lines and functional design. For your bedroom, you might want to look at some mid-century modern options and similar choices. You don’t necessarily need a fancy headboard on your bed or an imposing sleigh bed. Think about low, loft-style beds with a minimal look. Combining function for different furniture helps to keep things minimal. For example, there could be storage space under the bed.

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Warm It Up with Textiles

If you’re not careful, the light colors can leave your bedroom feeling too cold. But you can warm it up with your choice of textiles. Start with the bedding and add a beautiful duvet cover in a fairly neutral color. You can then add to it with a throw or bed runner. Choose a slightly more traditional Scandinavian textile pattern to set off the more modern look of everything else. Or go for some faux fur for a super warm and cozy look. Fleece is a soft and comfortable choice too, which can help to keep the chill away.

Natural Touches

Adding some natural touches to your bedroom is also a great choice for a Scandinavian look. Touches of wood, florals, and foliage will make the room look fresh and alive while offering it some extra warmth too. Wooden furniture will get you started, but you can also add some wood accessories and decorations. Living plants are great to have in the bedroom if you’re capable of looking after them. But if you want something low-maintenance, a cactus or even some fake plants will do.

If you want a Scandinavian bedroom, you have to keep things under control. Don’t go overboard with too much detail.