Five Ways to Protect Your Yard from Wildlife

We’ve lived in our lil’ dream home for almost 3 years now. Just over an acre of land that backs up to a wooded preserve. Sounds nice, right? We DO love it, but it presents its own set of challenges, one called WILDLIFE that we were reminded of over the weekend. Not only did we find part of our new landscaping removed (and raccoon paw-prints everywhere), but we also heard multiple coyotes howling just beyond the tree line after dark. Sandhill cranes, hawks, snakes and the occasional loose cow are all a pretty common sight in our yard, so we have to take some extra precautions to keep our property safe for the twins!

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Maybe you can relate? If your landscaping is lavish and green, chances are you get intruders who pick on your plants or come to quench their thirst on you water fountain. Whereas, this spectacle brings life to your yard, the critters can destroy your pricey investment. For example, a squirrel may burrow onto your underground tubing and start a leak. Fixing such a leak may require that you remodel your backyard, which is quite expensive. How then do you protect your yard from such intrusive wildlife?

Plant Garlic Alongside Your Flower Plants

Yes, small animals, especially squirrels and raccoons detest the smell of garlic. As they come for your flowers at night, the garlic cloves will deter them from causing more damage. With time, these intelligent creatures will now which yards have garlic and will always avoid them. Besides, it’s a great way to grow your own garlic and enjoy cooking from farm to pan. 

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Keep Your Home Clean and Organized

Keeping your home clean and organized, especially with children running around, might feel impossible. But there are a few ways to help you maintain a cleaner home through the implementation of simple tips and tricks that are tailored for households with children! Let’s check them out!

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Don’t Clean – Prevent!

We have established this list is for families with children, maybe even young children running around, and, possibly (or probably), smudging surfaces, scratching this, scuffing that, and so on. Well, the trick here is to find products that not only help you clean your home, but assist in preventing smudges, scratches, and scuff marks from ever happening in the first place.

Using nanoCare waterproofing products on the surfaces in your home is the answer we have all been searching for. Basically, what this does is create a protective layer from corrosion, scratches, marks, you name it. It is also waterproof, which is great for those beautiful surfaces that do not need water spilling all over them accidentally.

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Storage Hacks to Try in 2020

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to get a fresh start on cleaning and organizing your home. As many of us know, after rounding out 2019 with all of the back to back holidays, your house can start to feel as though it has taken on more clutter than ever before. But the question is, how do you properly manage and store your belongings without having to do a complete purge? Is there a way to implement effective storage solutions without breaking the bank? Thanks to useful storage hacks, making room for your supplies doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds and you can finally reclaim your living spaces from all of the clutter.

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Storing Paper Goods

Every weekend when you take that long-awaited trip to the grocery store, you come back with all the essential supplies you need for the week and those big, huge packs of paper towels and toilet paper. Obviously, those are two incredibly important items in any household but where in the world are you supposed to store those massive packages? The easiest solution you can try only requires a hanging shoe shelf organizer. They typically cost around $10 and are easy to set up in any closet. They are perfect for storing rolls of toilet paper or paper towels and keeping them organized and out of the way. 

For a more hands-on hack to store specifically paper towels, you can install four hooks and two bungee cords against the wall. Place two hooks at the bottom of the wall and the other two up high enough so that the bungee cords will have some tension when they are stretched. Hook the bungee cord to the hook so they are both vertically positioned. Then, just start stacking your paper towel rolls horizontally up the extent of the bungee cord. Allow the bungee cord’s tension to hold the paper towels in place and then, forget about it. This hack is perfect for the inside of a pantry or cleaning closet to keep paper towels stored neatly and out of the way.

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What We Did to Get Out of Debt

If you look up the phrase “the American dream” I’m pretty sure there’s a Visa or a MasterCard logo right there next to it. And if one of them isn’t represented, then it’s a company trying to convince you that you need a personal loan in order to live your best life. And if THAT isn’t distracting enough, there are now what seems like a million retailers waving “buy now pay later” promises in your face, and debt overall just kinda seems…normal.

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Well, I’ve never been one to be…normal. (No comments on THAT little revelation, folks, okay?!)

In all seriousness, a couple years ago, my husband and I realized that we were in a BAD spot when it came to debt, and we didn’t even have the American dream to blame. Life had just kinda…happened…and we hadn’t been prepared for it, so we fell back on lines of credit and pieces of plastic, and the results turned into something that was simply not for us. We knew we had to get out. And guess what? WE DID.

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Best Flooring Options For Your Home

There are plenty of fantastic options to select from when it comes to installing new floors in your home. However, you can’t just select any old type of flooring, slap it down throughout your home, and hope that it’ll work.

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Installing new floors requires a great deal of thought and care. This is because each type of flooring comes with its own unique features that might be great in one room, but disastrous in another.

In this article we look at each of our top five picks of flooring options and explore the advantages and disadvantages each type brings to the table.

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