How to Wash Your Baby’s Clothes

As a new mom, you’ll notice how sensitive your newborn’s skin can be. From the soap you use at bath time to the detergent you use for their laundry, their skin’s reaction will tell you if you’ve got the right stuff. However, if you start to notice little small patches of skin irritation or dry spots, it could be that your baby needs something that’s a lot less harsh on their skin. A lot of times parents will switch their body lotion and soap without thinking about the detergent they are using for their baby’s clothes and blankets.

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To avoid these annoying skin allergies due to laundry issues, here are some tips on how to wash your baby’s belongings. 

Use a mild detergent

Scented detergents have a tendency to be hard on a baby’s skin. It’s best to choose fragrance-free options to avoid the extra chemicals and perfumes used to make the scent. Another thing to look out for when shopping for a detergent is the added dyes used. Added dyes are known to cause skin irritation among babies. The best detergent for your baby is something that is free of dyes, scents, and is hypoallergenic.

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How to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay

Life can feel pretty bleak when the days start getting shorter, the nights start getting longer, and it feels as though it’s cold all the time. But maybe the winter blues don’t have to be as regular as the seasons!

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It’s common for the change in season to have huge impacts on mental health and wellbeing. It’s estimated that around 10 to 20% of the population experience the “winter blues,” and 1 to 2% of the population are much more severely affected and suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). 

Here are few ideas that you can try to help yourself to cope with these feelings.

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The Home Away From Home Experience: How to Be the Best Vacation Rental Host

When most people go on vacation, they want and expect the ultimate treatment, especially when it comes to their accommodations. With hotel accommodations, guests can indulge in room service, in-house restaurants, and exceptional spa facilities… This type of vacation experience allows guests to not have to lift a finger.

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On the other hand, there are vacationers who want the ultimate vacation experience but enjoy it most in vacation rental properties. With this type of vacation experience, there is no room service or spa facilities (typically) like hotels provide, but people still enjoy it more than hotels.

Why?

Because it gives vacationers that “home away from home” experience. Yes, people want the luxury of not lifting a finger while on vacation but being able to stay in a property that’s nice with all the makings of home, without it being their actual home, is still a huge selling point to lots of travelers. That reason alone is why so many people are getting their feet wet in real estate investing.

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How to Choose the Right Contractor for Your Home Improvement Project

There’s no doubt that there are some home improvement projects that require the skills of a professional, but how do you find that professional? Do you just read Google reviews and pick one at random? No, that’s not a good strategy.

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Instead, you need to ask around, interview contractors on the phone and in person, get references and check them, check licensing, verify there are no complaints lodged against the contractor, and that’s all before you get quotes. Choosing a contractor for a home improvement or remodel can be daunting, but it’s well worth it if you want the job done right the first time, on schedule, and on budget (or as close to it as can be managed). Here’s your step-by-step guide to finding a contractor for your next home renovation.

Get Recommendations from the Right Places

The right contractor for your home improvement will be one who specializes in doing the kind of jobs you want done. If you don’t know anyone who has recently had similar work done to their own home, and don’t have any family or friends in the home remodeling industry, you’ll have to think outside the box to get recommendations. Start with your local independently owned hardware store. They usually know who the most reputable contractors in town are, because they deal with them regularly. 

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