Holiday Prep with BIZ

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for BIZ and have received compensation for today’s post. The opinions are my own.

Many of us dedicate November and December to holiday preparations. This includes decorating, shopping for groceries and gifts, and holiday baking.  Of all the things on our holiday to-do lists, I believe that cleaning is probably the least exciting, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad!  As I work to clean my home for company coming over, I try to remind myself that it’s all for a good cause.  I remember just how much I enjoy hosting holiday events and how much everyone seems to enjoy themselves, and that makes things seem a little easier.  Another thing that makes the work easier, is having the proper cleaning products and supplies on hand. For our laundry needs, I am happy to have BIZ® as my little helper!

All year I’ve been partnering with BIZ and telling you, my readers, how much I like having this product as part of my laundry routine, and when it comes to holiday prep, there is no exception.  Today I’m going to give you a few examples and tips on how BIZ can assist you with your holiday cleaning and preparations.

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How To Avoid the Curse of Home Buyer’s Remorse

There’s no avoiding the fact that buying a home can be stressful. Even if you know exactly the home you want to buy, there’s the issue of getting the money together, hoping they agree to your offer, packing up your belongings, and so on and so forth. Things can get much more complicated, however, if you go through all that process and then, several months after you move in, your feelings about the home change and you think you’ve made a mistake. It’s called buyer’s remorse, and it’s more common than you might think. Indeed, somewhere in the region of 44% – nearly half the population! – have doubts about the home they’re living in. Below, we take a look at a few tips you can incorporate into your house-moving process that’ll reduce the chances of you becoming one of the unlucky ones.

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Before You Begin Looking

There’s no such thing as the perfect home. There are only the houses that are right for you. Before you begin your search, draw up a list of all the things you need from your home. Then draw up a list of things your house would have, or at least what it’d have if you lived in an ideal world. After that, it’s about recognizing the things you don’t need/don’t care for. It’ll make the process of beginning your search much more relaxed, and will give you a solid framework from which to find your property. Remember, however, that you’ll need to think about your plans; there’s no point buying a tiny property if you want to have a big family in a few years! [Read more…]

Easy Hacks To Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Haven

There are so many studies that confirm that the environment that we sleep in has a big impact on the quality of the sleep that we have. But even when we all know this, there are so many of us that still sleep in super cluttered, messy, and uncomfortable bedrooms. So here are some easy hacks that you can do to make a change to your room, to make it a proper sleep haven. Try them and see the difference for yourself.

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Eliminate Natural Light

Natural light is all good for our Instagram snaps, but when it comes to sleep, we want to have the room as dark as possible. When you have a dark room it will mimic the natural setting of the sun, so it will help your body and your brain to give a signal that you should be ready for sleep. You could choose some thick drapes or curtains, as well as blackout blinds to help to mimic this. It can make a massive difference. [Read more…]

4 Tips for Buying the Right Electric Fireplace for Your Home

Fireplaces have for a long time now been the top expressive add-ons to any polished home set-up. They bring out ambience and a literal sense of warmth to the living space. Electric fireplaces have replaced the traditional wood. They offer a convenient way to introduce the heat of burning wood right in your space. In this case, you don’t have to worry about smoke or finding the best firewood.

So, when you’re in the market to find the right electric fireplace, here are some of the essential points you need to take into account.

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1. Space and Portability

The first factor you need to look at is the space in your house. You can either opt for an inbuilt one, which will require some concrete work to be set up where you want. Alternatively, you can go for the portable option, as it will allow you to move it around from room to room at your own discretion.

Inbuilt ones give you a sense of stability and completeness to your space. They are, however, more costly than portable ones, since you’ll definitely need a bit of rebuilding. If you have a traditional wood fireplace space, then a built-in electric option is the ideal replacement to heat your space. [Read more…]

5 Must-Do’s in Your New Home

For most of the population, no matter what country, buying a house is most probably the most costly and important purchase of their lives. Although this has been the case for quite some time now, within the last decade or so, the prices of properties in big cities have been skyrocketing to absurd amounts. In cities like London, you can find yourself paying as much as a whopping one million Dollars for a mere 25.2 square meters of space, making some houses cost around 14.75m British Pounds. Keep in mind this is not the price of a giant villa with an enormous garden, just a nice house somewhere in Belgravia. With prices like these, it is no wonder that the large majority of the population can only afford to buy one house within their lifetime. Now with such a costly purchase out of the way, chances are you want to keep your house in the best shape possible, as long as possible. Like an expensive MacBook, maintenance is possible, but usually costly, let’s have a look at some things which are a must-do for everyone who finally possess their very own piece of the world.

 

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House Recon

No matter how well you thought you might have checked, no matter how much you saw through the tricks of whoever was selling you the house, some imperfections are eventually going to show after daily life in your new home. While this may be inevitable and just a part of buying property, there are things you can do to minimize the long term damages. [Read more…]

You’ve Found Your Forever Home: What Next?

Moving home a few times in your life is pretty normal. Sometimes, though, you find a home that you know you want to be yours forever. You’ve decided that you’ll be leaving it feet first, unless there’s a very good reason not to stay. Even if it doesn’t end up being your forever home after all, maybe in a decade or two, you’re there to stay for now. Finding and falling in love with your dream home is a wonderful thing, and now you can decide how to make it even dreamier. Once you’ve been handed the keys, there are some things you can do to start settling in and feeling right at home.

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Spruce Up Your Home Exterior

One great place to start is the exterior of your home. When you get home after a long day, you want to be greeted by a welcoming sight. So it’s worth thinking about how you might improve your home exterior by changing its appearance. Plus, it’s not all about looks. Pay attention to your home’s exterior if you want to protect your property. Companies like Clayton Restoration can help to improve your home by installing siding, which looks great and helps to weatherproof the building too. But you might also want to do some smaller things. Maybe you want to get a new front door or add some outdoor lighting.

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Consider Any Conversions or Additions

It might be the home you want to stay in forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect just yet. If you think it’s not exactly your dream home, a few adjustments could improve things greatly. You might find that you need some extra living space, or that you want to reconfigure your property’s layout. Converting some of the space or perhaps building an addition can give you what you need. You might want to convert your basement, attic or garage. Maybe you want a conservatory or sunroom, or you could add an extra room to the side, back or top of the house.

Think About How Your Home Will Grow With You

People can find their forever home at different stages in their life. You might be about to start a family, or you could have recently retired. Whatever stage of your life you are in, you should think about how your home might grow with you. Will you soon have kids running around? Maybe your children will soon move out, or perhaps you could find yourself needing to make your home more accessible soon. If you’re going to make any changes now, think about whether they’ll still be suitable for your needs in the future.

 

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Make Changes to Last

There are some things you might change a few times over the years. The urge to redecorate might strike now and then, and you might need to replace worn-down furniture. But if you’re planning on making your forever home truly yours, consider making changes that are going to last. If you’re going to put in a new kitchen or install a new furnace, think about buying things that won’t let you down for years to come.

Once you’re in your forever home, you can do what you like with it. Create a home that you can love for many years.

Shopping for and Finding the Perfect Home

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Finding a new place to live is a lot like dating.  You may have to look at a few properties before you find the perfect one, and as with dating, it’s good to be informed and know everything about a place (the good, the bad, and the ugly) before making the big commitment.  However, a lot of people rush in to the process.  They say most people spend 25 minutes or less looking at home before deciding to by.  With this fact in mind, it’s no wonder that 1 in 10 homeowners regret buying their properties. When you bought your current home, was it love at first site?  Did it take you a while to warm up to the place? Are you still happy with the decision.

Take a look at the infographic below from http://www.thelawhouse.com/ to learn about the perfect house date. [Read more…]

Hashbrown Casserole and Clean Up with Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubWithDots #CollectiveBias

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to brainstorm recipes and menu ideas and prepare for that big holiday grocery outing.  While preparing your shopping list, it’s just as important to add cleaning products and tools that you will need.  Enter Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Previously I’ve written about the Scotch-Brite™ Brand and how their wide range of products helps me with my household cleaning.  Recently I purchased their new Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponges and dishwands.  Today I’m going to share these products with you and show some examples of the products at work in my kitchen, including how I used Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots to clean up after making a Hashbrown Casserole. (Recipe included!)

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Instant Savings on Huggies® at Sam’s Club + Baby Changing Supplies Organizer

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As many of you know, my Simply Sweet Home will be even sweeter about a month from now, as we welcome our newest member, Baby Thaxton!  I am currently 35 weeks pregnant. As you can imagine, I am in the middle of final baby preparations: cleaning house, packing hospital bags, purchasing last minute supplies, and getting everything organized.  Phew!  One thing I don’t have to worry about right away is diapers and wipes.  Thanks to Sam’s Club, we have stocked up on plenty of those for a while!

Sam’s Club is THE place to stock up on must-have supplies for your family or small business.  In the past, I’ve saved a lot of money on health and beauty supplies, pet items, office supplies, and cleaning products.  Now that I’m pregnant, I get to take a peek at the must-have items for baby!  Sam’s Club has everything from baby toys and clothes, to essentials like diapers, wipes, and formula!  Today I’m going to talk about why Sam’s Club is a great place to shop for baby essentials. I also have information on an instant savings deal with Huggies® at Sam’s Club and a tutorial to help you organize your baby changing supplies! [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Yard Well-Maintained

Do you ever wonder how your neighbors manage to keep their yards so well-maintained?

If you have, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Harris Poll, more than 90 percent of homeowners across the country agree that keeping a well-maintained yard is important. The difficult part is how to do this when you work more than 40 hours per week. Explore the following three tips to help you make and maintain a stellar yard.

Use an Automated Lawn Mower

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· Low-end cost of an automated lawn mower: $600

· Mid-range cost of an automated lawn mower: $1,000

· High-end range of an automated lawn mower: $2,500

When you’re short on time but still need to make sure that you cut your grass on a regular basis, one of the best investments you can make is purchasing an automated lawn mower. You’ll find the different price ranges above for low-end, mid-range, and high-end automated mowers.

An automated lawn mower allows you to conveniently program it according to your grass mowing needs. You can control most automated mowers using a corresponding app or via Bluetooth. Traditional lawn mowers may require repairs, but, thankfully, automated mowers tend to be low maintenance. The only effort on your part consists of emptying your lawn mower’s bag. Achieving landscaping efficiency is possible even when you are pressed for time in your schedule.

Consider Investing in a Sprinkler System

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Grass is best watered early in the morning between 6 and 8 a.m. Watering grass early in the day allows the grass a chance to absorb the water, but waking up early every day to water your grass isn’t always convenient. Is there an easier way to water your lawn?

Yes, but you’ll need to invest in a sprinkler system. If you’re not sure how to set up the sprinkler, consider outsourcing the installation service. With the sprinkler set up, remember that grass requires only 1 inch of water every week. With this point in mind, schedule the sprinkler to water your grass once a week.

Keep an Eye Out for Weeds

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Seeing dandelions and little bright flowers growing on bright green grass may look lovely, but as much as we like seeing these plants, we need to remember that they are weeds. Weeds rob grass of nutrients, and with time, weeds can multiply and cover over your carefully kept lawn.

You need to nip these weeds in the bud as soon as you see them. Weeds not only affect grass, but they can also find their way into household items such as HVAC systems. Weeds, dirt, and debris can significantly reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, which can cost you more money and hinder your system’s overall energy efficiency.

Keeping a neat and well-maintained yard doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. By combining carefully selected automated tools and regular lawn maintenance schedules, you’ll be on your way to achieving a well-maintained yard.