Memorial Day Weekend Ideas + HM #184

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #184! Our theme today is Memorial Day Weekend Ideas! Do you already have your plans set for next weekend’s holiday? Hopefully you’ll find here something special to add, or something even more special to create celebration around! #MemorialDay #HomeMattersParty

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Memorial Day Weekend Ideas! + HM #184

It’s huge in my book that we all remember the difference between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and why we celebrate each. Check out the following posts I put together to help us remember with reverence those who paid the ultimate price!

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6 Easy Poppy Crafts for Kids from Alisha & Ashleigh @ Rainbow Sky Creations

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Memorial Day Infographic from Hollye @ The Silver Pen

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10 War Memorials Every American Should Visit from Allison & Terri @ Family Vacations U.S.

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Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad from Julie @ Running in a Skirt

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A Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

I hope amidst the time off work and the fun activities that you’ll stop and remember those who paid the ultimate price so we could HAVE a BBQ!

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Personality Planting – How to Create a Uniquely Stylish Garden

Our current house has a lovely little plot nicely picket-fenced-in and ready for gardening! While I haven’t gotten the chance to plant in it yet, I have lots of ideas for it! 

Of course, our entire fenced-in property is almost an acre, with more land outside of the fence, so if I wanted to turn more than just the small patch into a garden, I really could! The possibilities are endless, but I know I want to design the space to best if our family.

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After all, as with everything the design of your garden should evoke both personality and practicality. Whether you have a small inner city outdoor area or a large suburban backyard, a unique garden design will add warmth, value, and enjoyment to your home. So, where do you start with revitalising your outdoor spaces?

Space

When deciding what to do with the space you have, keep your design practical. If you have small children like me then you probably don’t want to clutter the only space there is for a lawn – they have to be able to play somewhere! Many contemporary designs aim for a minimalist feel that accentuates a sense of space. This can be particularly effective for people living in the inner city with very limited garden space, however sweeping lawns and minimalist design elements can look good in larger spaces as well.

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5 Common Home Cleaning Mistakes

Whether cleaning the house is your personal torture or your favorite destressing activity, it might surprise you that you may have been doing it all wrong. Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Check out these 5 common home cleaning mistakes and learn how you can correct them to make your cleaning efforts much more effective.

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Starting at the Bottom

Lots of people start with sweeping and mopping the floors before moving upwards. Stop! This is a common mistake that does a pretty good job of shuffling dust around further in your home. As you begin to move upwards, cleaning the furniture and windows, dust can get pushed off and fall to the floors, which have already been cleaned. Instead, start cleaning from the top down, so that dirt and dust particles collect on the floor, where they will ultimately be collected in the last stage of cleaning.

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Rushing

If cleaning isn’t your favorite weekend activity, there’s a good chance you speed through it to get it over with as quickly as possible. However, it’s worth it to slow down. A lot of cleaning solutions require a certain amount of time in order to work effectively. Read the label to determine how much time a product needs to soak on the surface before being wiped down. If you’re rushing, you might be interfering with a product’s ability to work!

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4 Kitchen Knives That Are Worth Every Penny

I need some new knives. How about you? 

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when I grab a knife for an important part of food prep, and I find it dull. Or Not the right size. Or with an uncomfortable handle. But if you’ve ever “knife shopped”, you know the possibilities are endless! How on earth do you choose? Well…hopefully this post will help you out!  

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If you are a keen admirer of the culinary arts and want to take your cooking to the next level, buying a high-quality knife is one of the best things you can do. While going for a cheaper alternative might be a tempting proposition, you can save a lot of time and effort by investing in a durable tool that could last you for years. Since, like I said,  there are many choices out there, I’ve rounded them down to just four that are considered to be the best bargain for your money. Here are four kitchen knives that are worth every penny!

4 Kitchen Knives That Are Worth Every Penny

Kuma Multi-Purpose

Kuma is a family run company whose purpose is to produce the finest items related to cutlery and craftsmanship. The whole design philosophy behind Kuma chef knives is to create tools that combine high cutting performance with maneuverability and aesthetics.  

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Can You Afford Solar Energy?

We’ve been doing lots of research on solar panels these days. The idea of saving some money on the electric bill is pretty appealing, right? Are we alone in that?! But one thing we’ve found in our research is that there can be some significant start-up costs when it comes to solar energy. How do you figure out if it’s worth it in the end for YOUR family?

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Adding solar panels to a home can save a family above $100 in many states, which, in 20 years can amount to savings of over $30,000. Because it can take a while until your finances begin to show the effects of solar panels, families can be wary to make the switch to green energy. ‘Do we have to put thousands of dollars down?’, ‘How much does it cost to install solar panels?’ or ‘How secure is this investment?’ are a few questions most families ask. In this post, we highlight the ease with which the switch can be made, focusing on ways to afford installation and other costs.

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Solar Installations Costs Have Dropped

Between 2010 and 2016, notes Forbesthe cost of installing solar dropped by over 70%, and technological innovations have meant that panels are more efficient and cheaper to own, yet many households still haven’t made the change. Obstacles include the fact that up to 77% of houses in the US are ineligible for rooftop solar panels (because of issues like orientation or building height, for instance). Moreover, upfront costs for solar can amount to thousands of dollars, which can be prohibitive for many families.

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