4 Tips for a Safe (and COVID-Free) Road Trip With the Family

Are you planning a family outing anytime soon? With lockdown restrictions being relaxed across the country, and the holidays upon us, you might want to consider going on a road trip with the kids. After all, they need a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air after staying indoors for a very long period.

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Before you go on your first adventure since the lockdowns began, road safety should still be a priority. With health protocols still in place, you need to make sure your travel goals go unhampered by the dangers that lie ahead. Here’s a guide on how you can spend quality time with your family during a road trip in this time of pandemic:

Finalize your destination

Regardless how long the road trip will be, you need to come up with a surefire plan that includes specific destinations and stopovers. This also helps you identify the safest routes to take. More importantly, mapping out the trip involves determining the places with increasing COVID-19 cases that you should avoid. Give yourself at least a few weeks to plan for the trip. This should give you ample time to check with friends or family members living within or around the destination to see if it’s safe. Make sure to review any health protocols you need to be aware of.

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5 Things to Consider When Installing Your Windows during Your Home Extension

Home renovations and extensions are not a piece of cake. They require many factors to be taken into account for a smooth process to ultimately take place. Your tiles are waiting to be laid out, your paint needs to go up on the walls, and you still have to decide which room needs Velux roof windows. Before coming to the part of installing windows, here are a few key things to bear in mind.

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Fitting

Many times we skip the part of considering key factors (such as moisture) while installing windows. In order to save energy and prevent leakage in homes, you have to make sure your windows have quality sealants. Otherwise, leakage would just be the start of a whole plethora of problems. Moreover, if the fitting quality is not up to the mark, the house has greater chances of air leakage resulting in energy loss.

Longevity

Getting your home fixed is not an easy job, and certainly not something you can sign up for every other day. The pivotal thing to keep in mind is to find the windows that will last for a longer time. This means you cannot compromise on their quality. From sound reduction to thermal insulation, you have to be aware of what you’re buying. Do thorough research to look for names that have shown extraordinary quality over the years and have those installed. 

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Top 5 Reasons to Install Home Security System

Providing for and protecting your family is your number one priority. As a parent or the head of the household, you can maintain your home security in many ways. For example, offering quality food, healthcare, love, education, and a home that’s a secure place. 

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You can keep your house safe by installing a home security system. We’ve installed one in each home we’ve lived in, and the peace of mind it offers really is invaluable! Many options on the market are easy to set up and are affordable, which is explained in depth in this Amazon Alexa and Total Connect 2.0 Integration Guide

If you’re still contemplating if you should invest in a home security system, read our top five reasons why you and your family will benefit. 

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Top 6 Houseplants For Beginners

If a good recommendation for your very first plant baby brings you here, you landed on the right page. But first, welcome to the houseplants club!

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Finally you decided to become a plant parent. And we understand that looking for your first potted green is no walk in the park. That’s why you’re here. Good thing we’re close to the OG plant moms and dads from Hello Blooms who gave us a list of the best house plants for newbies like you. These species are low-maintenance plants and will probably make you want to do this endeavor full-time!

These are in no particular order so let your plant mommy instinct do its magic!

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Hosting Guests During the Holidays

Having guests come to town for the holidays can be exciting, and at the same time, put a lot of pressure on you as the host. While your inner Martha Stewart will frantically try to get everything picture perfect, it doesn’t have to be. The most memorable detail for your guests will be the way you make them feel during their stay. So while you’re working hard to get the house ready to impress them, make sure you put more effort into the things that will make them feel the most welcomed and comfortable. Remember, nine out of ten times, your guests will feel like they are intruding on your space so the best way to make them feel at home is with these thoughtful touches you can add to their stay. 

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Snacks

Find out what your guests like to snack on. Make sure to add their favorites to your grocery list and keep a good stock of them in your pantry or cabinet. If they aren’t as forthcoming, as some may be, add some popular items. Snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, chips and dip or salsas, cookies, fruit snacks, chocolates and crackers, are some of the most basic but loved snacks. The same goes for beverages. If you know they are coffee or tea drinkers, have a few varieties on hand if you don’t know which brand or blend they prefer. 

Leave a note

A heartfelt note on their bed or bathroom vanity is always a genuine gesture that’s appreciated by all in this world of texting, emails and direct messages. If you’re not quite sure what to write, explain to them how happy you are to be hosting them along with some tips. Tips such as how to work the remote in the guest room, a list of where things are in your home that you think they will need, and even some nearby places they can walk to for coffee, lunch or to buy toiletries. You can also write down your timeline for activities you have planned for them so they can be aware ahead of time. A small note can go a long way in making a person feel welcomed.

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