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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DIY Asbestos Removal: Is It For You?

When you hear “asbestos removal”, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind? Is it the health risk associated with exposure to asbestos? Or you might probably think, are you legally allowed to do it? Well, there’s no right or wrong answer because when dealing with asbestos, you really have to consider a lot of things before you decide to do things on your own. If you are in a situation where you feel the need to do an asbestos removal on your own, and you want to know more about it, this article will help you navigate about the legality and safety of it.

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Asbestos As Construction Material

Before the dangers of exposure to asbestos fiber were known, asbestos was popularly used in construction of buildings. Asbestos can be added to asphalt, concrete, vinyl materials in wall sheeting, ceiling panels, corrugated roofing and roof shingles. Materials made with asbestos were common for electrical buildings because they are strong, incombustible, and heat-resistant.

However, when materials made of asbestos are disturbed or damaged, they release dust or fibers into the air which humans can ingest or inhale. 

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Life Skills You Should Teach Your Kids During the Pandemic

I guess the title of this post really should be just “Life Skills You Should Teach Your Kids”, since, if you’re a parent you’re kinda responsible for imparting knowledge to your offspring, but since we are all spending a bit more time at home and all together these days, well…we might as well be specific with the title!

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While your child may be cooped up in homeschool or other forms of distance learning, why not take this opportunity to teach them important life skills that won’t just get them straight A’s in school but also in life?

In this article, we’ll list some important life skills you yourself can teach your children while staying safely at home.

Basic Cooking

Not all kids (and to be honest, not all adults) would like the idea of working in a kitchen. However, let’s face it: one way or another your kids will most likely have to do their cooking later in life. So let’s teach them to enjoy the act of making delicious and healthy meals.

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How to Remove Stains, Without Removing Paint

Removing splatters from your wall can be a pain. I’ve rented a couple of houses in my lifetime, and each time the landlord came by to conduct an inspection I’d find myself stressing over stains. The wallpapers of my bedroom, kitchen…you name it, I’d stained it.

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If you’re reading this article, maybe you’re in a similar situation where the blemishes on your walls are getting a bit out of control. Luckily for you and I, there are lots of wall-cleaning chemical “erasers” readily available on the market. However, if you don’t have the money to spend on cleaning supplies, that’s fine too, as you can create your own stain removers at home with ammonia and water in a jiffy. But beware – things can easily go south and you can scratch off a layer of your paint if you aren’t careful, and I’m speaking from experience here. So what should you do to ensure that your bright, shiny coat of paint stays safe, whilst removing the stain at the same time? Check out these three common methods and select the one that suits you best. 

Before you try any of these methods, I’d strongly recommend that you find out what type of paint is on your wall. Different paints react differently to different chemicals, and a method of cleaning that might work for one type of wall might not work for another. Glossy surfaces, semi-gloss surfaces or enameled paint will respond​ well to cleaning, whereas eggshell or flat surfaces might not hold up as well.​   

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