How to Prepare Your Home for Guests

Just because the big celebrations have passed, doesn’t mean that there aren’t still guests on the way to your home! Sometimes it’s easier to wait until the new year to do your visiting, so you’re not limited by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

No matter the reason for company, you’ll want to make sure that your home is ready to accommodate them. And, to make sure your guests feel right at home, there are probably some improvements you’ll want to complete before they arrive.

Roll Out the Red Carpet

Chances are you probably don’t have a red carpet you’re going to throw out to welcome your guests, but the idea is all the same. The main objective is to make your guests feel welcomed from the very moment they pull up to your house. Therefore, you want to take care of any exterior housework to get ready for their arrival. Whether that means clearing out the clutter in the garage for extra parking space, installing security lights so they can get to and from their cars, or repairing any dangers like a broken railing, or damaged staircase which can cause an accident.

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Clean Up and Compost: Preparing Your Garden for Winter

One of the things I love about our new house is an already-picket-fenced-in area the previous owner used as a garden! I haven’t planted anything in it yet, but I plan on getting some good use out of it come Spring. However, in order for it to be ready for me come Spring, there’s a bit of preparation that needs to be done, am I right?

Beautiful young woman gardening outside in summer nature

Right now, with winter coming hot – or cold – on the heels of Fall, it’s the time of year we all enjoy getting cozy inside and snuggling up by the fire. For those with green fingers, it’s time to reflect on the summer’s bounties and think about preparing your garden for the coming chill. Preparation is the key to having an easy maintenance garden over winter, and helps it to burst back into life in next spring as well.  

Pulling up and bedding down

Start with your plants, digging up any annuals and adding them to the compost heap. Make sure that any bulbs are settled in ready for spring, pull out weeds, and cut back your perennials. Digging over the beds helps to aerate the soil and mix it up, and spreading a thick layer of compost or bark chips on top helps to replenish the nutrients and organic content. If you want some winter color, try adding wallflowers and pansies or some heather and cyclamen, which do equally well in easy to manage pots and hanging baskets.

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Being Organized in the Face of a Storm

Let me show you guys a picture. Just a little picture of a storm…

Hurricane Irma 2017 Storm

You see that?

That is the forecast track for the CAT 5 Hurricane Irma, as of 11:00 this morning! 

And do you see where it says Tampa down there in good ol’ Florida? Yeah. We live in a suburb of Tampa, so if you look REALLY close, you might see me waving…

In short, we appreciate any prayers you feel led to send towards us as this imposing storm heads our way! There is still time for things to change and the track to shift, however, we are BIG on being prepared around here, NOT waiting until the last minute, so we are ready for whatever Irma has for us. We are Florida natives, we know the drill, we’ve lived through this stuff before and we are ready…but we are also feeling pretty cautious…because this is a HUGE storm, folks. We’re talking breaking records HUGE. As of now, we are planning on riding it out. Our home is strong and in excellent repair. Concrete block, double-pane windows, and not covered with trees that could take out the roof. However, as we monitor the path of the storm, we may decide to evacuate. We have places to go, and babies and animals to care for.

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Preparing Your Garden for Spring

I love Spring! Well, other than the incredibly high pollen count that sends my allergies into a frenzy, that is.

This young woman sneezing into a tissue either has a cold or really bad allergies.

This year I’m still a bit preoccupied with two tiny humans, so I won’t be doing a Spring Garden, but when Morgan from Craig Manor sent over this infographic, it was almost enough to make me reconsider! I think by the time I have everything ready it would probably be Summer, which isn’t at all helpful!

All the same, I figured I’d share it with all of you! I’ll just have to follow it myself next year!

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5 Ways to Ensure You Have a More Fulfilling Holiday

We just came back from a quick getaway for Valentine’s Day, which has got me thinking of going on another trip already! You know the feeling? You get a taste of traveling and suddenly you want to go further and stay longer!

So, in lieu of that, I put together a few ideas for all of you as to how you can get the MOST out of your travels! 

Because it’s important to get value for money when you’re away. You want your break to run smoothly, so that you have as many positive and memorable experiences as possible. However, many people go to their travel destination and miss out on most of the amazing things these destinations have to offer. This doesn’t have to be the case. Here are five ways you can ensure you have more fulfilling holidays.

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Research Your Destination

Whether you’re travelling in your own country or going far away, it’s important to find out as much as possible about the place you will be visiting. There’s no excuse for not carrying out this research. There are countless tourist guides, books and online resource packed with information about almost every holiday location in the world. The most important details you need to find out about include information about travel, accommodation, local customs and culture, the cost of living, currency values, tourist attractions, shopping, entertainment venues and places to eat and drink. Once you do this groundwork before going on a holiday, it will be more likely that your stay will run more smoothly than not preparing for this event.

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