My slow cooker has been on the fritz these days. And I cannot…I repeat…CANNOT have that happening at this point in my life. I’ve put way too much trust in that particular appliance – I must have it working! But I’ve used the same one for a few years, and so I’ve become rather attached to it. How on earth am I supposed to choose a new one?
Slow cookers take the stress out of preparing healthy homemade meals. They’re designed to simmer your food at low temperatures over an extended period, with minimal effort on your part. But how do you get a slow cooker that’s perfect for your needs? Simply purchasing the costliest and most sophisticated appliance won’t cut it because price doesn’t automatically predict performance. To get the best value for your money, you may want to check product reviews before making a purchase.
Nearly all manufacturers depict their slow cookers to be the best. You can’t trust their words as parameters for evaluating the quality of their products. The best judges for slow cookers are the consumers themselves. Product reviews provide tremendously valuable information about slow cookers that you can’t find elsewhere. They give opinions and in-depth insights into performance, packaging, shipping, and even encounters with the manufacturers’ customer service.
The reviewers talk about the different topics on the products in a way that’s real and unfiltered. Bias is minimal because the information provided is based on personal experiences with slow cookers and there’s no pressure on the reviewers to give a specific response.
Everyone knows that home energy bills always become higher during the wintertime. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks to keep costs down. Here are five top energy conservation tips that you can implement this winter. (And you know what the great thing about these ideas are? You can “reverse” some of them and use to stay cool in the summer!)
Stop fireplace heat loss
This may come as a big surprise, but your fireplace could actually be the place you’re losing the most heat from. Wood-burning fireplaces, for example, can end up letting a lot of heat escape through the chimney. Make sure this doesn’t happen by installing airtight doors and inflatable draft stoppers. Another way to stop air escaping is with a flue sealer, which can be easy put in place by anyone.
Add attic insulation
Insulating your attic is one of the best ways to keep energy costs down. You can tell when a house is poorly insulated because it quickly becomes a very unpleasant place to live. It will save you a ton of money in the long run, and even more if you can do the insulating yourself. The recommended minimum level of insulation for attics is R-38, which equals about 12 inches. According to Habito, improving insulation also makes a huge difference to your property valuation and ease of sale.
We use lots of natural products around our home, and the main reason for that is, we have two 2-year-olds. And man, are they QUICK these days! They can do some serious damage in the amount of time it takes me to move a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer, let me tell you what! They keep us on our toes, so the more natural products we use in the house, the less of a poison control issue we run into! (Or at least, that’s our hope! HA!)
Natural is arguably the new normal, according to many consumers. The ability to use products that are more effective without compromising on safety is one of the main reasons why natural products are revolutionizing consumer trends in the world. Every feature of beauty products has an alternative to natural products and this development reflects the conscience of the modern consumer.
Recipes for Natural Products
Natural products are relatively easy to make. The golden rule in each of these products is to use available ingredients and use as few ingredients as possible. Natural deodorant, for example, uses some of the most available ingredients in a home setting and therefore saves on money without compromising on the safety. It is also important to mention that the process for this project is simple and everybody can successfully make a deodorant. Continue reading
We’ve finally had our deck off our back porch refurbished! It was a little ratty from the previous owner, and it had been on “our list” for a while, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally taken care of – just in time for the weather to start cooling off a tad here in Central Florida! It adds such a nice touch to our backyard – the girls have been running around it, the dog has been sunning on it, and the hubby and I have been enjoying dinners on it! It’s the perfect finish for our yard!
What’s YOUR yard’s perfect finish?
Your parent’s generation may have wanted expansive yards and swimming pools, but according to MarketWatch, today’s homeowners are looking to relax outdoors and make pizzas from scratch with fresh veggies they grew in their own gardens. Today’s backyards are all about blending meaningful experiences in a practical yet beautiful setting. But it takes the right strategy to transform your yard into a livable and dazzling space to relax with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.
Some of you may remember that my hubby works in homeowners insurance. He also has a background in flood insurance, and is currently working some claims from the recent Category 4 (just a few miles per hour away from a 5!) Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier this month. So, when the guy tells you he knows a thing or two about mold…he knows a thing or two about mold!
Since Fall is now underway, most of us are doing the thorough house-cleaning that comes with a new season. (Or a new set of decor, if you’re like me!) If during that cleaning, you encounter the dreaded black or similar stains on your walls, you may rightfully be worried – you’ve found mold in your home.
However, as my husband, and experts from Emergency Home Solutions of Orange County claim, the situation may not be as serious as you might think.
In fact, most things you read online can be attributed to overzealous mold removal companies trying to sell you their services. Even though mold can be a problem, it may not be a cause for alarm just yet. Here are some useful things to know!