The Benefits of Natural Clothing

Normally, when we consider changing our clothing choices it means changing our style or changing our colour scheme. But, changing our clothing can mean one more thing; it can mean changing our fabric choices. And, if you were to decide to change your fabric choices to far more natural options, such as by choosing clothes that come ready made with natural-fibers, you could reap a host of benefits. What’s more, the earth that you live on could reap a host of benefits, too.

To see just a few of these benefits, make sure to read on.

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There are plenty of healthy benefits to be found in natural clothing for us humans

There are plenty of health benefits to be had by us humans by switching to natural forms of clothing, and these are benefits that anybody can reap if they only choose to, well, reap them! For instance, as documented on this natural clothing website, there are healthy benefits to be found when it comes to switching to natural underwear; these benefits include vital temperature and moisture regulation, bacteria control down below and the fact that they are easier to clean and be made ready for the next wear. So, as you can see, there are health benefits to be had by going au natural, especially with your pants!

Natural clothing choices are far more sustainable that non-natural choices

If you want to help our earth out every time you buy a new piece of clothing, then you should only ever be opting for natural clothing choices. You should be doing so because natural clothes are far more sustainable than any pieces of clothing that are made with synthetic fibers simply because the latter demands a high amount of energy use and crude oil use during their creation, and the former does not. What’s more, natural clothing choices are made of plant materials, rather than plastic materials, which means they will decompose quicker than their alternatives when they are eventually discarded.

A far better investment can be found in natural clothing

If you’re somebody that appreciates sound investments and saving as much money as you can, then you should seriously consider switching to natural clothing choices. You should be doing so because clothes made of natural fibers hold up over the years considerably better than their rivals, which only means that, should you turn to them in your next clothing choice, you wouldn’t have to continue spending money on new clothes over and over again for years to come. Instead, you’d be able to hang up your new piece of clothing and leave it there, ready to be worn, for practically the rest of time! And if that’s not a good investment, what is?

And, fear not, natural-fiber clothing does not now automatically mean you are going to be itching the whole time whilst wearing them. So, now that you know that and now you’ve seen the benefits above, why not give your wardrobe a complete clear out and replace every piece of clothing that you throw away with far more natural options?

To see more ways in which you, specifically your health, can benefit from the wonders of nature, make sure to  head here.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 408

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Tips for Planning a Healthy, Active Idaho Vacation

 

A lot of couples, families, and groups of friends are focused on planning vacations that revolve around being active, adventurous and enjoying the outdoors.

Idaho is a good destination to achieve all of those objectives and then some.

There are national parks, beautiful scenery and lots of fresh air and outdoor activities to enjoy in the state, and the following are some highlights to get you started as you plan a trip.

Rent an RV

First and foremost, one of the best ways to enjoy a truly adventurous and also healthy vacation is to do so from an RV. You can rent an RV in Boise or another one of the bigger cities in the state, and then you can plan your trip from there.

RVs are great for this kind of adventure-centric trip because they allow you to camp and park in and near natural parks and other outdoor areas, plus it’s easy to bring along things like your bike or other equipment you might want. (Don’t forget your camping gear.)

National Parks

Even for lovers of adventure and the outdoors, Idaho tends to get overlooked as a destination, but in reality, there’s a lot to see and do in the state, including several National Parks.

In just a long weekend, you can easily visit three National Parks in the state.

One of these is called City of Rocks National Reserve, which is especially known for rock climbing and its Climbing Experience Program. There are also 64 campsites that include walk-in and drive-in options.

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument isn’t even a full two hours away from City of Rocks, and then there’s Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, which has a volcanic history and hiking options including Loop Road, and Broken Top Loop. There’s also first-come, first-serve camping available.

Sun Valley

Another place worth visiting in Idaho is Sun Valley, which is a mountain resort town known for its skiing on Bald Mountain in the winter, as well as hiking and biking in the summer.

There are also plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, and it’s even a popular resort town among celebrities.

Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene has also caught the attention of many celebrities, but it’s not just an A-lister hideaway. This Idaho destination is a large town located on Lake Coeur d’Alene, which is incredibly beautiful. There’s a downtown area with bars and restaurants, and it’s only around a 40-minute drive from Spokane, Washington.

Since it is on such a large lake, Coeur d’Alene is perhaps best known for boating and watersports.

Bruneau Sand Dunes

Finally, for something completely out of the ordinary when you’re planning your Idaho trip, you might consider a visit to the Bruneau Sand Dunes at Bruneau State Park.

These are some of the tallest single structure dunes in North America, and the park includes a unique and diverse landscape of not only dunes but also a lake, marsh, desert, and prairie.

You can camp here, swim, fish, or even board down the dunes. Plus, there’s a public observatory where you can view the stars.

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Go Green Without Going Broke

You may not be aware of it, but more and more people around the world suffer from respiratory diseases, allergies, and other intolerances. What is scary is that the numbers of asthma-related cases have been increasing gradually over the past five decades. In all likelihood, the polluted air, indoors and outdoors, is to blame. Additionally, you can’t watch your favorite show on TV without coming across advertising campaigns about the endangered wildlife. Admittedly, in most cases, these campaigns rely on donations, which may not be very efficient as most viewers don’t pay attention to the advertising break. Nevertheless, there’s a common denominator to the planet’s suffering, and it’s us. The human presence has put at risk the survival of several plants and animals, without mentioning our own. Will the children or your children still be able to walk in the woods or smell wildflowers? Will they hear the songs of the birds in the morning? Or will they need to wear a breathing mask to go outside? While this might sound like a pessimistic perspective, there’s no need to deny it anymore: People need to embrace a green lifestyle to protect the future of the planet. Here’s how you can transform your household into an environmentally friendly home without breaking the bank.

Go green for less

Know your way around waste

In 2013, the American population generated about 254 million tons of waste. In fact, 99% of what you buy become trash within 6 months’ time. In other words, we live in a world of waste. If we don’t manage what we buy and what we throw away, the planet will suffocate under trash before your children’s children are born. Consequently, it’s important to start a waste management plan in your home. If you have a garden, you can repurpose organic waste such as vegetable peels or food leftovers with a compost bin. This will provide your soil with the nutrients and minerals it needs. For all large items, such as a broken washing machine or anything that isn’t organic and doesn’t fit in a recycling bin, you can rent a dumpster from Shamrock Environmental. By the way, if you haven’t planned anything already, January is a good month to clear out your home from damaged and unwanted items, especially as you take your Christmas ornaments down. Finally, remember that items that can be recycled such as food wrappings and bottles need to be cleaned. Recycling centers are forced to reject dirty items, which defeat the purpose.

Clean home the green way

Keeping your home clean is important. Most households have a weekly cleaning program that targets dust, mold and the dirty laundry. However, have you ever stopped to consider the impact of your cleaning products on the environment? Chemical products are often evacuated through the plumbing systems and require additional treatment in water management centers to be fully removed. Not only are they costly to filter out of the water, but they can also put your health at risk. Instead, you could use non-toxic products that are safe for children and pets, and for the planet. Using lemon, for example, is a great way to remove most household bacteria. White vinegar is useful to remove some odors and stains. Regular ventilation and effective insulation can get rid of mold safely. What about a bug or rodent infestation? More often than not, keeping a clean home can prevent the presence of unwanted guests. As a preventive approach, you might want to adopt a friendly cat!

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Save the planet, one bulb at the time

An energy-efficient home is a win-win, for the planet and your budget. Contrary to the common belief, you don’t need to add a solar panel to your roof to cut down your energy bills. In fact, all you need to do is to change your consumption habits. Keep the appliances you don’t need unplug, as more often than not they continue to consume energy even when left on standby. Always use LED light bulbs, which can save up to 50% energy.

Shop and eat local

How you shop can save the planet. Indeed, reducing the food miles by buying local products gets rid of the carbon footprints generated during the transportation of imported products. Additionally, you get fresher products that have not been frozen for transport. Finally, you can help to protect the local wildlife as you support your community farms. Farmers manage the local environment without causing the damages that large producers and businesses would create.

Going green is, as you can see, extremely easy. It’s accessible to all, and every little step can make a great deal of difference. So what are you waiting for to save the planet from you

10 Swimming Pool Ideas for Your Home

Remodeling your exterior can be a stressful but exciting project, as it gives you the opportunity to turn your yard into the perfect spot to unwind or entertain guests. Regardless of the reason for your remodel, this project is the perfect time to create the pool area you have always wanted. There is a lot of work the goes into high-end pool construction, and it all starts with picking the design of your pool area. The pool area designs range from an outdoor fireplace to a pool house. Whether you are relaxing after a long day or hosting a nighttime gathering, you can find a variety of luxurious designs that fit your lifestyle.

You can start designing your dream exterior by checking out the following swimming pool ideas.

Warm But Cool: There is nothing like an outdoor fireplace to keep you warm after an evening swim. Your pool area is complete with cool features such as a curved pool, water spouts and an outdoor living room. The fireplace ties the pool area and living room together to create a functional outdoor spot.

Simple Pool Upgrade: Are you looking to keep your pool upgrade simple? You can always install accent tiles in your swimming pool. It may seem like a small change, but the tiles add a charm that makes your swimming pool look brand new.

Recessed Seating Area: This is a great idea for guests who want to stay dry as they mingle with other guests. A small path leads to the recessed lounge inside the pool, which features a cozy seating area and table for beverages. Everyone can spend time together without getting wet or sacrificing swim time.

Luxurious Pool House: Eliminate the need to walk through your home soaking wet by adding a pool house. You can use the pool house to dry off, change clothes and rest during the summer, and you may decide to convert it into a guest bedroom in the winter. Create a luxurious but cozy vibe by opting for a pool house made of timber beams and stone finishes.

A Natural View: If you love nature, create a view that allows you to relax as you go for a swim. Your pool is surrounded by trees and grass so you can enjoy a touch of nature, but the greenery is not close enough to disrupt your pool area with leaves, debris or mud.

A Tropical Environment: How would you like to create a tropical environment in your own backyard? Place several beach chairs around your traditional pool, and surround the pool area with gorgeous foliage. Use the foliage to create the beautiful scenery found in spots such as Florida or California.

A Different Shape: Stand out from the crowd by having your pool designed in a different shape. You may choose a heart or guitar shaped pool to match your personality, or you may want a pool with random curves throughout the design. This is a fun way to break away from the traditional round or rectangular shaped pool.

Stick with Tradition: Maybe you would rather stick with a traditional pool area after all. There is something about a traditional look that is both sophisticated and inviting. You can create a traditional pool area by sticking with a round or rectangular shaped pool, cozy seating areas and neutral colors. A Nighttime Swim: Do you enjoy going for a swim after dark? Maybe you are planning to host a nighttime pool party. You are going to need several LED multicolored lights in and around your pool area. This way, you are creating ample lighting for a nighttime swim without killing the mood.

Add Cascading Waterfalls: What could be more luxurious than a cascading waterfall in your own pool? Start with a multilevel, free form pool, and then add a waterfall to your stone surface. One idea is to add a dramatic effect with a vanishing edge or LED lights.

You can choose from a range of swimming pool designs, from a unique shape to recessed seating. Whether you are keeping it simple or breaking away from tradition, you are sure to come up with a pool design that fits your personality and overall lifestyle.

Oh Bug Off! How To Keep Your Home Safe From Infestation

Buying a home is simply one of the biggest decisions we make in our lifetime. It certainly is the most expensive one anyway. So it is understandable that once you get those keys in your hand, you move in and make the house your home, you want to protect it in every which way possible. However, while you can have precautions in place for natural disasters, keep your home protected with state of the art security systems, and even secure the perimeter of your home with fences and shrubbery, what about those unwanted visitors that you have no control over?

I am not talking about long lost friends turning up or your parents unexpectedly, the unwanted visitors no home wants is big, rodent or insect infestation, that is for sure. Rustling in your walls, finding dropping littered all around the home. Everywhere you turn you might see something out of the corner of your eye whizz past. It is disturbing. So I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can ensure you keep your home safe from infestation in the future.

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At the first sign of trouble seek out professional advice

One of the first things you should do if you have an inkling that there is an infestation already present in your home is seek some professional advice straight away. Hearing strange sounds is not a sign you are going crazy. Discovering nests and homes in loft spaces or in the cavity of walls is more common than people think, especially when you first move into a property that might have been empty for some time. Websites like pests.org are full of advice for helping you avoid or get rid of problems such as mice and rodents, insects and bugs. So seek out the professionals and even get someone into your home to try and rid the problem for good=

Be hygienic with food waste and rubbish in your home

It is all well and good trying to avoid the problem, but sometimes the obvious actions in doing this can come from you. A great tip is to be very aware of your hygiene in the kitchen areas. Rodents, mice and bugs look for the main principles of staying alive, which often means a place to sleep, food and water, much like us humans. So leaving out food overnight, not getting rid of food waste correctly, or even not being responsible for rubbish in your home and recycling accordingly, could cause more problems than you would like. Websites like myzerowaste.com have some great tips.

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Seal any possible entrances

There are many ways in which mice, rats and bugs can get into your home. Some might be obvious while others may need you to hunt and think about a little more. First of all, your doors can be a big entrance for some of these pests, so ensure that you seal them up correctly. The main culprit is the gap between your door and the flooring inside your home, and some pest can really squeeze through this easily. Adding a door sweep is very easy, and can solve this problem without causing too much damage or upheaval to your home. You may also want to look around the exterior of your home looking for any cracks or holes in which something might be able to enter. Taking special attention to where pipes enter in your home as over time, gaps can form, and this is a direct entrance into the walls of your home. Sealing them up is a great way to also stop drafts. Finally, areas like chimneys and vents do need to stay open i admit, but there are mesh coverings you can use which stops things coming in, but allows air to ventilate.

Think about adding to your family

Finally, if you feel you have done everything you can to your home but would like some more protection, then you could consider adding to your family, and not of the bay kind. First of a all, a cat is a natural predator for things like mice and rats, and while you don’t want them chasing them around, having one in your home and garden could be enough to keep potential threats at bay. You could also encourage other natural predators into your garden like birds by adding a bid table or bath. Again, this could help you to avoid other things wanting to get closer to your home.

I hope that these tips and options help you to keep your home safe from infestation in the future.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 406

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Happy 2018 + Baby Announcement and Story

Hello all!  And Happy New Year!  With 2018 here, I just wanted to check in and write a quick post.  I’ve been a little bit absent the last couple of months, but if you follow me on Instagram or read my first little mini announcement, you know it’s been for a good cause!

 

I’d like for you to officially meet little Charles Saban Thaxton Birdwell.  (You may call him Thaxton.)  He was named after 2 great men.  The first is my dad, Charles Thaxton Holladay, and the second is Coach Nick Saban.  We wanted to name him Saban, because my stepson’s middle name is Bryant (after Bear Bryant), and it was actually my husband’s idea to use my dad’s middle name, Thaxton.  Then we had a gender reveal ultrasound, where we learned that HE was going to be a HE, and on the way home from the appointment, my husband suggested calling the baby Thaxton, rather than Saban.  At that point, I suggested we throw the Charles in as well.  So there is the story behind his name! [Read more…]

Can A Mattress Topper Revitalize Your Mattress?

Perhaps you have come across this question somewhere else or you’ve asked yourself the same question. Quite often mattresses age up in times when you can’t afford a new right away.

It gets worse when you dread going to bed at night and you know that you will again try your luck on a bed of nails until next morning. However, you don’t have to continue sleeping in an uncomfortable while there are a few ways to revitalize your old mattress for better sleep. One of these ways is using a mattress topper. Mattress toppers are economical alternatives to spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on a brand new mattress. Furthermore, it instantly gives a new life to your old mattress and at the same time improve your sleep.

However, you must be a little careful when choosing the best mattress topper for your bed. Any mistake in the selection may worsen your bed. So let’s get to the bottom and see how it works.

By extending its lifespan

As it ages, a mattress flattens and loses its comfort gradually. It may reach a point where it becomes uneven with some areas more compacted than the others. This condition risks you from developing back pains over time.

However, a mattress topper can make your mattress last a little longer than it would. (If you read the article at Try Mattress – topper reviews you will notice that there are different types of pads for side sleepers, back pain etc, so it’s important that you know which one is right for you.) Ideally, a mattress topper creates a barrier between the body and the mattress and this reduces wearing and tearing allowing the mattress to serve you for extra years.

Beyond this, a mattress topper enhances or restore the comfort of your mattress. And the catch is you get all this for a small fraction of the cost compared to buying a new mattress.

· By adjusting support and firmness to your needs

Perhaps you have once bought a mattress but upon reaching home, you find it is uncomfortable for you either because it is firm or soft than you expected. Similarly, mattress loses support and becomes firmer over time.

It is in this situation that a mattress topper becomes significant if you don’t want to buy a new mattress right away. A mattress topper will give you the ideal level of firmness and comfort since you can shop around to find one that suits your needs.

For instance, if you want to increase the level of firmness and supportiveness then memory and latex mattress toppers are appropriate. Likewise, if you want to make it plush and much softer then you may consider featherbeds. All these enhancements help in reducing a range of discomforts and pains.

· By customizing it for varying levels of comfort

One of the coolest thing about mattress toppers is that they are customizable to varying levels of comfort. This means that it can adjust your mattress to two different levels of firmness, which is perfect for couples who share the same bed.

For instance, if you enjoy the bed in its firm condition while your partner prefers a softer bed, then you can achieve this by adding a topper on one side to make it much comfortable.

· By limiting motion transfer

Another advantage of using a mattress topper is their ability to stop disturbances from movements. Mattress toppers are designed in a way that dampens vibrations or movement waves.

This is beneficial especially if your partner is one of those sleepers who toss and turns a lot at night. This means you can enjoy a peaceful night sleep without any disturbance no matter how your partner moves around.

· By reducing symptoms of allergies

An old mattress is prone to allergies because, sweat, dust and other harmful microorganisms have all rested on the mattress over the years. So sleeping on such a mattress puts you at risk of inhaling harmful microorganisms especially if you’re a stomach sleeper.

The good thing with a mattress topper is that it creates a barrier between you and your old mattress. This keeps you away from the risk of breathing harmful compounds allowing you to sleep peacefully.

Overall

With so many mattress toppers in the market, you just need to understand your needs to find the right mattress topper for your needs. As can be seen, a mattress topper can really change how your mattress feels in a many ways. Most common is by enhancing the comfort and support of your bed.

Secondly is by reducing motion transfer, extending the mattress lifespan and lastly by reducing the risks of allergies. If your mattress has started feeling uncomfortable but you can’t afford to get rid of it then it could be the right time to consider a mattress topper.