Well, it’s springtime here in Central Florida once more! (Please don’t hate us – we can’t help our weather and the fact that anything that CAN bloom is already starting to.) And along with that, something else we have a hard time helping is our allergies. *sneeze*
The oak blossoms are the worst for us here. All four of us are allergic, and sometimes our reactions are triggered by something as small as a quick ride in the car. No matter what, we always try our hardest to rush inside very quickly, hoping to escape “the blossom”. Yes, we all take regular vitamins and allergy medicines, and keep the house dusted and vacuumed – the normal things. But still we struggled.
So when Osmond from Toppin asked if I would be interested checking out one of their air purifiers, I was intrigued. Why not, right? Maybe it would be helpful!
Toppin’s Comfy Air C2 True HEPA Air Purifier arrived very well-packaged, and it literally took less than five minutes to set up and get going – anyone could do it. Points for sturdy simplicity, for sure. And check out the filter it boasts!
They’re not messing around! The True HEPA is designed to remove up to 99.97% of all particles (as small as 0.3 microns in diameter!) when the nylon pre-filter and activated carbon layer filter out smoke and odors.
The unit itself is about the size of a mini tower fan, so super easy to place anywhere around your home where you may need a bit of air quality control. It runs at an extremely low noise level, and the easy-to-use LCD panel that controls the unit will keep you abreast of the filter status, allow you to create a timer, and also adjust the fan level to different settings.
New year, new home? Congratulations! Whether your impending move is because you have finally bought your dream home or you just got the keys to that rental in the coolest neighborhood, this is, without doubt, both an exciting and terrifying moment in your life. Many people say that moving home is one of the most stressful things they have ever done and we would tend to agree. The thing is, it doesn’t need to be that way, and here are the best tips to make your house move less stressful.
Get Rid Of That Unwanted Junk
You’ll never have a better excuse to declutter. Ever. Now is the time to throw out all of those things that you never use anymore. The benefits of decluttering are many;
Lower moving costs – less stuff to move is less space required in your van /truck. A smaller van is significantly cheaper to hire if you’re doing the move yourself and if you’re using a moving company they might charge you less too as they will need fewer people. Worst case, you need to buy fewer packing materials.
The move will be finished quicker. Less boxing and unboxing for you to do.
Less likely to break or damage the stuff you want to keep as you won’t be under as much time or space pressure.
For handy tips on how best to go about decluttering before your move, read here.
Decorations have an impact on how potential buyers of the house perceive it. A well-decorated home gains value in the market compared to an undecorated one. While decorating a house before selling, which is called staging, can incur costs, it will fetch better returns for the seller in the end.
A comprehensive plan for home staging is needed to make it a worthwhile undertaking. Service providers like Advantage Property Styling have the professional experience to carry it out efficiently.
For The Ultimate Stage Decoration
Any venture will need planning to make it a successful one. Home staging, with its myriad of components, is no different. You will need the help of professional staging service providers to generate an appropriate plan. They will consider your input and their expertise to come up with the best possible solution.
COVID has changed daily life for the majority of us. Many of us have found that we have plenty of spare time on our hands and have turned to our hobbies to keep us entertained. If you love crafting and enjoy using gadgets, then here are some crafty gadgets to enjoy during the lockdown.
Sewing is a popular hobby as it can be as straightforward or as complicated as you make it, and in the end, you will have a useful item to show for all your hard work.
If you aren’t a fan of hand sewing, there is plenty of sewing gadgetry available for your pleasure. Sewing machines have advanced tremendously since your grandma was a young girl. Nowadays, sewing machines are computerized and usually come with a variety of built-in stitches. You can also purchase and download many more designs from the internet onto the computer. A computerized sewing machine makes very precise stitches. If you want to create more elaborate designs on your clothes or soft furnishings, consider investing in a computerized embroidery machine that will sew highly intricate patterns and pictures onto them.
If you’ve followed the blog for any amount of time, you know we live in a farming town in Central Florida. While we are not farmers ourselves (well, except for my experimental garden that continues to surprise me) we are literally surrounded by farmland. If you were to come sit on my front porch with me right now, you would smell the sweet sweet aroma of strawberries from fields across the road from us, behind us, and just down the street from us. And these days you would even be able to see the pickers dashing up and down the rows of fruit, snatching up the best options from each plant. Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself not to take this life for granted; it really is amazing.
However, with the somewhat warmer weather, a bit of rain, and wide open spaces come a few issues. Mainly mice, frogs, mosquitos and ants.
Granted, the circle of life is alive and well out in these parts. The hawks and other large birds don’t let too many mice or frogs get away, and the frogs are huge fans of dining on mosquitos. However, when the mice DO get through, they come in our garage and wreak havoc. When the frogs DO get through they pile up behind the wreath on our front door and PEE everywhere. And the ANTS. Oh my word at the ants.
So we try to stay on top of our pest control around here. As soon as we notice an issue, you can find my hubby outside with his trusty sprayer, barricading our abode with his secret pest control mix. (I seriously have no idea what he puts in there.) And typically to do that he uses a small pump sprayer that he picked up at our local hardware store.