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How To Build A Content Calendar for Your Blog, Brand, or Business

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 

Whether you write a blog, have your own business, or are trying to promote your brand, it's important to plan your content out when it comes to blogging and social media.  This can be done for social media channels, blogs, and newsletters.  Having things planned out can help when you are lacking inspiration and motivation or when life just gets chaotic.  Today I'm sharing how you can build a content calendar that makes it much easier to keep chugging along when you lack motivation. 

Energy-Conserving Tips To Help You Save Money on Electricity

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 
These days, saving money on electricity is a huge consideration that a lot of us are focusing on. This is mainly because many of us are choosing to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle that is more conscious of the effect that we have on the environment. Unfortunately, a lot of us have developed poor habits that lead to wasted electricity around the home. So in this post, we’ll be talking about how you can conserve energy and save a surprising amount of money around the home.

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Lowering your lighting costs

One of the biggest energy expenses in the home is lighting. Many of us leave the lights on around the home whenever it gets dark, and it’s understandable since we don’t exactly want to be using candles or trying to walk around at night in the dark. But there are a couple of smart ways to reduce your lighting costs.

Consider using natural light whenever possible. This guide from https://elemental.green is a great example of how you can make better use of natural light.

- Try switching to LED bulbs as they tend to last longer and don’t cost as much to run.

- Use smart bulbs that automatically dim under certain conditions, such as when it gets darker or closer to bedtime. You can also use smart lights to automatically switch lights on or off depending on who’s in the room.

- Take advantage of renewable energy when possible

It’s also a good idea to consider using renewable energy whenever possible. There are a number of ways to do this, such as using community solar options from www.choosesolar.com to split the cost or investing in your own solar panels. Investing in solar should be considered a long-term option that takes years before you can recuperate your costs. However, it does offer immediate savings.

With that said, renewable energy shouldn’t be wasted. While it’s nice to generate “ free” energy from the planet, it’s usually not enough to power everything in your home so you’ll need to be mindful of how you utilize it.

Being more efficient with your home heating and cooling

There are countless different ways to improve the heating and cooling of your home. Here are just a couple of tips to consider:

- Make sure your home is properly insulated so that the temperature doesn’t swing wildly. This is great for keeping the heat in during winter and for keeping your home cool during the summer.

- Get a smart thermostat that automatically regulates the temperature in your home. This can help you save a lot of money over time since it automatically switches off heating and cooling in certain parts of the home when it’s not needed.

- Make use of the shade in cool rooms. Use curtains and blinds to reduce the amount of exposure to the sun to keep certain rooms cool throughout the day.

With these simple tips, you’ll be able to drastically reduce the amount of energy that you use on heating and cooling your home.



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5 Effective Habits for a Happy Life

 

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Finding happiness and satisfaction is everyone's dream. But life can throw some shades that might make your heart get troubled and your smile fade. That's life anyway!

Fortunately, there are several ways you can be happy. It could be having the freedom to pursue your dreams, being in a healthy romantic relationship, or having a network of friends and relatives who accept you unconditionally.

Whatever your version of happiness, living a satisfied and happier life is within reach. There are good habits that can make you attain your goals.

Self-Acceptance

Life’s dynamism makes us have a desire to alter, change, or punish ourselves for attaining some goals. But you can never achieve everything you ever dream of. That is why you should cultivate a lifelong and stable relationship with yourself.

Self-discovery is a prerequisite to be a happy soul. Discover your purpose and passion in life. Realizing you cannot be everything in life is the step towards happiness.

It’s all about knowing there are things you cannot change in life. Self-acceptance makes you realize you're a worthy human being despite your insecurities and weaknesses.

Get Surrounded with Positivity

Be grateful and content for what you already have instead of getting depressed for what you don't have. This is a great way to kickstart your day, and the universe will cooperate to give you more reasons to be grateful.

According to Dr. Mike Brooks, the five close people in your life determine how you feel. “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” That’s why you need to accumulate positive vibes and energies around you.

This applies to a partner you choose for a relationship, colleagues, or business partners. The individuals you surround yourself with should give you hope, encouragement, and uplift you. These are people who know you use hearing aid controls or suffer a particular disease without judging or stigmatizing you.

Positive energies uplift your spirits and bring joy and happiness.

Workout

Exercises are often associated with a physique. People workout for an incredible body, get an hourglass figure and maintain good blood flow.

But working out will also bring immense happiness by keeping you sane and healthy.

Research indicates that exercises improve happiness, health status and decrease the risk of depression.

Your body releases chemicals that suppress stress and anxiety-causing hormones.

You can engage in simple physical activities like bike riding, taking your dog for a walk, nature walk, and taking stairs instead of the elevator.

Do What You Love

Being happy means you are content with what you do. That's why it's important to engage in activities you have passion and love for. It boosts your overall happiness.

Give a Compliment

Performing acts of kindness makes you feel satisfied and happy. When you brighten someone’s day, it also boosts your happiness.

But ensure you give a compliment respectfully.

The Bottom Line

Life ought to be lived happily, regardless of the high and low tides. Just know achieving happiness is within reach. These monthly, weekly, or daily habits will help you jumpstart your quest.



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Books I Recommend You Read [February]

Monday, February 22, 2021

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Winter is a time when I'm stuck inside so I enjoy reading whenever I have the extra time! Here's what I read this month.



Laundry Mistakes That Are Making Your Life A Misery

Friday, February 19, 2021

 

For those of us who love to clean, laundry day is always a pleasure. What could be more satisfying than the gentle whir of the machine alongside a backdrop of your favorite detergent scent? Finally, you get to remove all those gathering laundry piles, and guess what? You get clean clothes out of it!It’s any neat freak’s dream. Until, of course, laundry day goes wrong.

As well as being obviously unpleasant, laundry issues of any kind can set your cleaning schedule back no end. Even then, there’s no guarantee that the outcome will be any different, leaving you spinning as fast as your washer drum.

Lucky for you, laundry setbacks are often down to a few obvious mistakes. To help you avoid and overcome them, we’re going to consider exactly what those are.

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The color conundrum

We all know that we need to split laundry colors. You weren’t born yesterday, right? But, can you honestly say that your so-called ‘well-planned' color coding system always runs smoothly? One stray black sock can turn a whole load of whites grey, and that’s probably one of the better outcomes! Worse, still, light and dark colors should never mix. It’s a whole headache, and it’s one that you can easily rectify by investing in one of the fantastic multi-section laundry hampers on the market. These go a long way towards removing human error, guaranteeing you never see a dreaded black sock spinning in your whites. Color catchers are also a must for adding an extra layer of protection to keep your colors straight, no matter what.

Perhaps it’s a poorly performing machine?

It’s not unusual to notice little bits of fluff on our clothes after a wash load, especially if you’ve got a pet. But, you don’t need to suffer this fate. While you will want to brush your clothes on entry, your machine should ultimately be able to wash the worst of any remaining fluff away. The fact that isn’t happening suggests you need to invest in either washer or dryer vent cleaning that clears overloaded vents, and ensures that your clothes come out pristine once more.


It’s time to turn to your laundry room




If you’re still having issues, it might be time to turn to your laundry room itself. Too often, the space in which our washes and dryers live is poorly planned, cramped, and generally unwelcoming. This can make sorting difficult, opens the risk of using the wrong laundry powder at any given time, and a whole lot besides. The answer, of course, lies in getting organized. Certainly, making the most of this space frees you to create a folding station, organize all your detergents, and even incorporate one of those multi-section laundry hampers we spoke about earlier. As simple as that, you may just find that your laundry comes out sparkling again.

Laundry setbacks can be stressful, but really, there’s no need to panic. Simply ask yourself whether you’re making these mistakes, and take steps to get back to laundry days you can love.




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How To Make A Pet Fund

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

 


I have talked before about how I decided that a pet fund was better for me than pet insurance but  every person is different.  If however, you are like me and you want to set money aside every month for the care of your pets, this post is for you!