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Friday, July 28, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Flowy Breeze

A simple Madison flowy skirt from LuLaRoe is all I need to keep me cool on the most humid of days.  

If I know it's going to be a crazy humid day in PA, I reach for one of these.  It let's me feel the breeze when I'm outside so I don't have to worry about overheating!  I love this look because all I had to do was pull it up and over a simple tank top!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Staying Comfortable After Surgery

Receiving much-needed surgery for weight loss or procedures made to enable your body to get back to health can be a scary time. The recovery period is important into a quick and healthy healing process. Each person will be different in their recovery period, everyone has different expectations from their healing. Bodies all heal differently some quicker than others, go at your own pace to recover.
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Having a healthy and balanced diet ensures you get the right nutrients to stay healthy, get into a routine of eating healthy snacks and staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help combat the tiredness and extra energy needed to heal. Eating healthy and drinking plenty will surprise you into seeing how much difference this will help your body.
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If the surgery was to help with weight loss then reading up on how to maintain a positive attitude mentally is so important, These tips are great for enabling you to remain upbeat and loving yourself as well as taking good care of yourself.

Learning to sleep whilst recovering is crucial, before surgery look into what the best option for you is. If you can sleep in a separate room on a lengthy recliner is worth looking into, sleeping on your back will help tremendously. Pillows and cushions are great for prepping your back up when not sleeping. If you are a side sleeper, the use of pillows can cushion your side if you really have to side sleep.

Remaining comfortable when it comes to dressing is a tricky area, you want to be able to move freely and with ease. The other issue is not wanting the wound to rub or get sore waist extenders are perfect for relieving pressure around the stomach area. If you've had a keyhole or invasive surgery this is great too allowing you to wear clothes that are still fashionable but comfortable.

When you’re feeling up to it slow walks are a step to facilitating your recovery, it gets your circulation running and prevent joints from stiffening. Before you do any walking double check with a doctor or surgeon as you don't want any setbacks. Obviously, don’t go out on your own, have someone who can assist you even when it's a short distance, you may get dizzy and require someone to hold onto. Don't walk uphill or long distance, let the walk be short enough to keep your heart rate and a reasonable rate, sticking to flat services will be perfect.
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Even if you are careful to be sure to take on all doctor's advice, even if you feel your recovery is going well. Don’t get ahead of yourself and set yourself backward. Time is the perfect healer and if you feel the slightest discomfort when it comes to moving or walking know your limits and stop. Don’t put pressure on yourself to recover quickly.

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5 Ways To Make Your Home Minimalist

What is minimalism? It is a way of styling your home in a minimal way, almost barebones without it look empty. The art style actually originated post world war 2, however in recent years it has crept into home decor and took the modern world by storm. Minimalism is often associated with futuristic looks, and as technology advances it could never be more appropriate! So here are the best 5 ways to make your home have a minimalist style.

Monochromatic Paints

Minimalist styles are often made so because of their colour. Color gives a room character and tone, but if we are going for a minimalist look we need to eliminate this! Minimalism is about having as little going on as possible, which monochromatic paints are perfect at doing. Monochromatic is a posh world for anything that is of the same color, however it is more commonly used to refer to anything that is a shade of black or white. You can buy paints like this from companies like Behr, they sell a wide range of different paints which which surely suit your needs! Be mindful that once the paint is down, you need to make sure that all the other rooms are painted in exactly the same color, this reduces variation and gives you the minimalist look you’re after!


As just covered, part of minimalism is having very little variation. This is why it’s also very important to de-clutter your areas if you want to achieve this look! Clutter can be anything from candles to cushions, anything that does not have to be there, shouldn’t. This contributes to the look because there is much less going on in any given room, giving it that barebones feel that we are after. However, a lot of us do have things that we like about our home, small things that we feel like we still need, so when de-cluttering don’t forget that you can keep these things! Even if you can’t find a place to put it, you don’t have to bin it; companies like Home Depot sell containment units for you to have at home, perfect for keeping those precious ornaments

Uniformed Furniture

Arguably the most important part about having a minimalist home is the furniture. Livingroom furniture plays a very important part in dictating the look and feel of your house! This is because they are the most functional things within your house, meaning that they serve as focal points and therefore mood setters. This is why it’s incredibly important to really nail your furniture, and you should be trying to make it uniformed. By uniformed, we mean that the furniture is as similar as it can be, the same colors, styling, size, that kind of thing. By doing this, you remove the variation that ruins a minimalist look, therefore giving the room the look you want! It’s often very advisable to buy sets of furniture to make sure that they’re all identical in terms of style. It’s also important to note that your furniture should be a very similar, if not the same, color to your walls.This gives a lovely synchronized feel to your home, one that other interior decor styles are not capable of pulling off! Once you have your new furniture, make sure to put it in the right place. Minimalism does not have any set rules when it comes to furniture placement other than it being perpendicular to a wall, so as long as you do that then you’re set to create the perfect look!

Large Rooms

This is a similar concept to the de-cluttering one, just on a larger scale. A lot of minimalist house designs you will see will have large, open plan kitchens, big living rooms all full of space, and it’s important you try to mimic this. Restructuring your house plan is an incredibly large task, so  only do this if you have enough time and money behind you! Walls make houses cluttered and smaller by taking up surface area that they are grounded upon, so knocking out almost all the walls in your house to create 2 or 3 large rooms depending upon the size of your house is a must do if you’re doing big renovations and trying to go for this look. As covered before, this reduces the variation of your house, by having less rooms you have less areas of difference, making everything much more orderly and minimal. Due to the technical difficulty of this task, it is very advisable to hire a floor plan designer to aid you in your work. Designing a floor plan yourself is very hard to do well if you have never done it before, and since you’re putting so much money and effort into it, you should really do it justice by getting the right plan first!

A much smaller issue than the last, but still a point of importance. Lighting, along with paint, dictates the tone of a room. Lighting on it’s own does not achieve a lot, but it serves to amplify effects that are already there. Getting the right lighting is very important because it can either significantly boost, or reduce, the minimalist look of your home. You’ll want to go for something that shines a plain light within an either monochromatic or metal casing. Metals work very well with minimalist styles, so don’t forget to include them if you like them! You can buy a plethora of different lights here, just find one that suits you!

So there you have the best 5 ways to make your home more minimalist! It is very important to note that to fully achieve the minimalist look, you will most likely have to do all of these things! However if you’re looking to go for just a slight minimalist look, then any of these will suit your needs, just make sure that you go for the right one for you without ruining the current styling of your home. Minimalism doesn’t mean sacrificing style for comfort, if you’re looking for ways to make your home more comfortable without ruining the look of it, read this.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Change The Fabrics And Materials In Your Home For Greater Comfort

Colors, patterns and shapes make up our surroundings in the home. They form a part of who we are because they become the most-used things in our life. However, textures matter too because the wrong kind of fabric can send you into a frenzy of endless scratching. On the other hand, soft and supple materials can send you off to Narnia, where you’ll sleep like a baby and want to roll around in the softness. Additionally, if you have children with skin conditions or you’re very susceptible to forming a rash, the right fabric is crucial for your health. Mixing fabrics is just as important as mixing metals. However, it’s no surprise that most design teams when they build homes, don’t use high-quality, soft fabrics for the decor design. This is because, the cost of the best textures is always going to be higher, and that is no secret for those who want to spruce up their interior a little. Sometimes, you’ve just got to bite the bullet, and go right on ahead, and get the best of the best. However, your home only needs the soft, velvet-smooth fabrics for some parts of the furniture.

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Swap the leather

Leather couches are something many people love. Mainly because the look of a sleek, dashing, leather sofa is really quite chic and sophisticated. However, with regards to function, it can be rather lacklustre. Leather takes a while to break in, and become flexible. It doesn’t like to stretch a lot, and rather than mold around your body, it resists your weight. That’s fine if you want more support for your joints, but not as comfortable as other options. Swap the leather, for a silky smooth polyester and nylon upholstery fabric mix. The cushions themselves should be stuffed with cotton or wool and not feathers. Feathers attract dust, and over time, trap dead skin cells, thus, making your itch and scratch. If you don’t want manmade, synthetic fibers, then go for cotton because it’s smooth to the touch, each to wash and doesn’t stick to you as leather does in warmer temperature.

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Sleep soundly

The bed is incredibly underrated in most people’s mind because, all you need is something that’s able to support you, and allow you to doze off without making noise when you flip over or have springs in the mattress that squeak. However, no style or pizazz should come into the decision-making when it comes to being comfortable on and in your bed. Some bed sheets for sale, are made from Egyptian cotton, with a threat count of 1800, making for some of the best affordable bed sheets around. Whether it’s duvet covers, pillow cases, comforters or mattress protection, a fabric which is smooth and silky, and world-renowned for being the most comfortable to the skin, is something you cannot replicate with any other material. Rather than any old best sheet, Egyptian cotton sheets should be seen as an investment, giving you year and years of trance-like sleepful nights.

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Cushions are everywhere

Wherever you are in your home, whether it’s the living room, bedroom, dining room or the patio, lounge cushions are there to give you extra support when you need it. If you find yourself hanging around the patio seating area, enjoying a glass of wine in the evening, sitting on a hard deck chair or wall is far from ideal. Therefore you should give your joints and rest, and sit on a cushion that’s made from a good, soothing material. A jacquard woven curtain fabric does surprisingly well for a cushion material because it has just the right amount of spring and absorption. The best mix will be 50% cotton and 50% silk. The silk gives your back, feed or bottom, a smooth surface to rest on, while the cotton stops you from slipping off the silk. For padding, again, nothing beats mother nature so use wool. Preferably, if you’re willing to spend a little extra, lamb’s wool is better than sheep, because it’s got the bounce of youth in it.

Computer chair

Although not used as much as the sofa or bed, in the modern world a lot of people spend time at the computer desk. All those hours of endless sitting takes a toll on your upper back, and pelvis. You need something support, more so than you do soft in texture. Polyester office chairs are better than the rest because it they can withstand the wear and tear of daily use more than any other common material. If you want a chair with armrests, polyester isn’t the best for soothing skin conditions like eczema. Simply put a towel made from cotton over the armrests, and you can feel free to rest your elbows on the rests without cracking your skin and drying up.

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Making More Space in a Small Place

Sometimes in life, you end up living in a place where you don’t have a whole load of room to operate. But just because you live in a small house or apartment, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of the space that you do have. Luckily, there are a few simple tips and tricks which you can use that will help you out. Once you have tried out some of these, you should find yourself with much more room so you can get a lot more enjoyment out of your place. So, let’s get started!

Declutter on a Regular Basis

Most people tend to let things build up to breaking point before they actually get round to decluttering their home. And this is going to be one of the most effective ways of clearing some more space, so check out if you have a lot that you need to get rid of. A good rule of thumb to follow is the 80/20 one which states that we use 20% or our things 80% of the time. It is the other stuff that you will want to deal with. Once you have had your big purge, the best way of making sure it doesn’t return is by decluttering little and often, as well as taking your time before you make any purchases so you are sure whether or not this is something that you actually need to buy. Another way of dealing with the problem is by getting some private storage space elsewhere so you can get rid of any bulkier items that you don’t want to get rid of completely.

Split Your Rooms into Zones

Once you have got rid of any clutter that is weighing you down, you can start dividing up the rooms that you do have. For example, if you have kids then you can section of one part of the living room that is dedicated to their toys and other entertainment. You could then have another section that is just meant for relaxing and maybe another one if you do some working out in your home. This way, you can stop stuff from spreading into the different areas. Since you don’t have many rooms to work with, making sure that they are multifunctional should be a priority.

Make the Most of Closet Space

Closet space is like gold dust in small places, so you want to be utilising any that you do have to its fullest potential. Rather than just having everything piled on top of each other, you should put in shelves, hooks and hangers strategically so you can make the most of the full height and depth of the closet. Empty space should be avoided as much as possible when you are organising a strategic closet!

Move Items from Floors and Surfaces

Unless you are using things on a regular basis, you don’t need them taking up extra space on floors and surfaces as this will make your house or apartment look a lot more cluttered than it actually is. Inexpensive shelving units and baskets can really make all the difference when it comes to things that take up space. And remember that your cabinet or drawer space is valuable, so it is worth taking everything out and evaluating whether or not each individual item is something that you need to keep. Chances are that if you haven’t used it in the past year, you are unlikely to use it anytime in the near future!

Use Vertical Space As Much As Possible

We have already talked about this one briefly, but vertical space becomes invaluable when you live in a small house or apartment. Vertical shelving units are absolutely invaluable so you can pile things up to the ceiling without feeling like it is taking up much more space in your home. Alternatively, some floating shelves positioned in various strategic locations have a nice minimalist feel to them.

Put Some Mirrors Up

Hanging mirrors are a very useful tool in creating an optical illusion that you have more space than you actually do. The best places to put these are in smaller rooms and narrow hallways where you don’t want to feel like you have been boxed in. Another common design trick is to hang your drapes as high as possible to make it seem like your ceilings are higher. So, when you physically don’t have any more room, this little trick can make all the difference!

Install Some Sliding Drawers

Storing food can be a particular problem in small kitchens, but a great solution to this is to install some sliding drawers. These can fit into standard cabinet openings or even gaps between cabinets so you can make the most of any unused space. And remember to go through your kitchen cabinets to root out anything which has expired or you are unlikely to need anytime in the near future.

Look For Any Space that Isn’t Being Utilised

You may find that you have a small amount of loft space or the area underneath the stairs that is not in use. These overlooked parts of the house have potential, so try developing if you can by building in some storage space. Ultimately, you don’t want to let an inch of space be underused if you can help it!

These are just a few techniques that you can use if you are looking to make more space in a small place. To start off with, you need to get rid of any clutter that is getting in your way and make a commitment to making sure that it doesn’t return to you home. Then, it is all about making your rooms multi-functional spaces and keeping things off your surfaces and floors that you don’t have any use for. Finally, you can use design tricks like making the most of height, hanging mirrors and placing your drapes higher. A combination of these things should help your small space seem much bigger!      

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