Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Home – By Introducing Solar Products!

One of our many reasons for our recent move from a subdivision out into the country was so we had a bit more control over our own property. While we loved our subdivision, there were many rules to follow, and if what we wanted to add to our property didn’t fit the bill, our ideas were shot down. For instance: one of our ideas was to add a pool, complete with solar panels to power the necessary pool equipment. Turned out that the “committee” didn’t like that idea. 

But NOW, we’re on the right track! We have just over an acre with very few rules attached, so we’re looking forward to knocking some ideas off our list! In prepping for that, I’ve been doing some research on solar products for homes. Folks, the possibilities are amazing! So when blogger Christopher Austin sent me over HIS research on the subject, I knew it was the perfect time to share with all of you.

As the rest of the world tries to catch up in regards to the use of renewable energy, some developed countries such as China, USA, and the UK are already enjoying the benefits that come with the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Over the last couple of years, a significant increase in the world’s power grid came from renewable energy sources.

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Many benefits come with the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. However, due to the numerous impacts on our environment such as global warming, many governments, and nongovernmental organizations are pushing for the use of renewable energy sources by large manufacturing companies that have a significant impact on the environment. Apart from enjoying cheaper energy sources, you are guaranteed clean energy which means a cleaner environment.

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Although the amount of carbon emitted from your home could take years to count in regards to global warming, it’s the number of homes we have across the world that really makes it count. In this regard, if 50% of homeowners went green, it would mean a significant reduction on environmental degradation associated with the use of fossil fuels. Here are some of the ways that you can reduce the negative environmental impact of your home by introducing solar products.

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How To Help Family Burdened By Debt

I hate debt.

Over the almost 7 years of our marriage, we’ve paid off a lot of debt. We’ve incurred a little bit more…and paid it off, too. When our financial advisor looks at our setup, he thinks we’re looking pretty durn good – but I HATE even a little bit of a balance left on a credit card. Drives me NUTS. Makes me feel stressed out and nervous. So anytime we end up with more money than we thought we had, I’m always down for paying off something else! 

In the US, the total household debt accumulated by families currently amounts to somewhere over the $13 trillion mark. With this in mind, it’s not unlikely that you know someone suffering from the consequences of debt, made only worse by rising costs of living, and a generally fickle economy. If a family member or dear friend is struggling under the weight of debt, it’s time to strategize. Help distance your loved ones from the anxiety of endless payment plans with the following tips:

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Eliminate Bad Spending Habits

Spending habits are the easiest things to tackle. By cutting costs at every possible opportunity, you can not only avoid adding more debt to your name, but you can eventually start to accumulate enough money to pay off your debt sooner than expected. And it adds up quickly! We’re always surprised when we start looking for expenses we can eliminate!

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Use a Budget

A budget can help you find each and every spending habit that may be threatening your finances. Indeed, if you’ve the time and resources, help your family organize a spreadsheet which details expenses and income. Don’t worry if you’ve never tallied a budget before. There are award-winning money management apps like Mint, Pennies, and You Need A Budget (YNAB) that simplify what seems like an insurmountable task to the novice. (The one my husband uses for our finances is called “Personal Capital”.)

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Spring Cleaning Tips and Ideas + HM #177

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #177! Our theme today is Spring Cleaning Tips & Ideas because, guess what? It’s National Cleaning Week!!!

I won’t lie, and you can laugh all you want – I don’t care : I. LOVE. CLEANING. And I love when things are CLEAN. And I love planning to clean, and making things clean, and smelling clean things…I could go on for a while! So I was super excited to compile a few helps so YOU can love cleaning right along with me! #SpringCleaningTips #NationalCleaningWeek #HomeMattersParty

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When I think about my cleaning process, there’s a clear progression for me. Get inside my brain for just a second…

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The Household Handoff

Within the past year, we sold our former home and bought a new one. That’s a lot going on in one household, let me tell you! So when some of our friends shared with us that they were doing the same, it brought back lots of memories! It was a bit of a scary process, so I thought now might be a good time to speak to some of those things, in case what we experienced can be helpful to anyone else. 

The process of selling your home can prove a challenging one due to the inevitable complications and setbacks. Patience is key here, however, there are actions one can take to initiate and speed up the selling process of their home. Below, I’ve detailed a few fundamental principles that can heavily influence the rate at which your house will sell.

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Property Styling

Property styling is a service many sellers may be unfamiliar with, however, this alone can heavily influence the selling rate of your home. Property Styling, or house staging, refers to the process of optimising the visual representation of your home in the hope that it will increase the asking price, as well as the rate at which it will sell.

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This is done by adjusting and implementing different lighting fixtures and furnishings and photographing them in the property to introduce a sense of elegance and glamour. For instance, house staging in Melbourne is now a multimillion dollar industry and is commonly practiced all around the world among those who long for a generous asking price and swift sale. This is for good reason, given the success rate of property styling over the last decade. Reports even display that property styling can not only double the rate at which your home will sell but, more often than not, attract more interest and with it, a higher asking price.

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How Toys Can Impact The Development of Children

At this time in my family’s timeline, I’m a stay-at-home mom. (I mean, I stay home with our 19-month-old twins, but I also run several small businesses and attempt to keep my house clean and my husband happy, too…but you get the idea!)

I take all of these responsibilities seriously, of course, but one thing I’ve been paying close attention to is how our girls play. And what they play with. And how they interact with toys and each other. They start daycare in the Fall, and I want to make sure they’re in line with the rest of the kiddos, ya know?

So when Nik Stoyanov sent me over a post on child development and toys, well, it was perfect timing! Interesting read here, for sure! 

Toys are one of the rare items on which parents spare no expense. And rightfully so.

This product group is crucial for baby’s and child’s development. It introduces infant to the world and helps build motoric skills and senses. However, not every toy is ideal. This is precisely why parents need to prioritize and provide the right toys at the right moment.

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Here are some thing you need to know as a parent.

Toys for Newborns

Babies are extremely eager to learn. They are very curious beings and easily stimulated by things that surround them. All these colors and patterns are new to them so it takes them a while to get used to this situation. In fact, you as a parent can impact an infant’s development by introducing it to the right toys. Musical and sound toys are important during first months. Also, you need to introduce toys with various colors and schemes. This will help baby develop vision. As the time goes by, more advanced toys are necessary; toys that will develop motoric skills. Have in mind that all these toys are used so that your baby is more proactive and engaged.

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Toys for Toddlers

Toddlers are already used to toys at this point. This period allows for more experimenting as you have already covered the basic senses. During this time, the child will learn more advanced things and continue its previous development. Have in mind that toddlers can still play with the same toys with which they played during infancy. But now, they can use even some more advanced tools. Blocks are pretty great during this time as they introduce kids to problem solving and develop their creativity. Crayons are also good as they also improve their creativity. Cars and small kids’ vehicles can also be an interesting choice as they help kids move around and explore their surroundings also increasing their autonomy. Reborn dolls can also be great as they slowly teach kids how to behave responsibly and to take care of things.

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