Archive for April, 2014

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WINDOW SHADES

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WINDOW SHADES

Although the lines of distinction are not that clear, for simplicity’s sake it’s safe to say that shades are the warm, fuzzy version of blinds. Whereas blinds are made of hard substances, like wood and aluminum, shades are made of soft materials, like linen, cotton, silk and every imaginable form of natural and synthetic fiber. The less disputed distinction is that blinds have slats or vanes that open and close

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6 BREATHING EXERCISES TO RELAX IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS

6 BREATHING EXERCISES TO RELAX IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS

Overworked, underslept and feeling the pressure? There are plenty of ways to find calm, without investing in a four-hand spa massage. All you need is a pair of lungs, your breath and 10 minutes or less. Don’t wait until fight or flight kicks in before minding your breath. Controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of

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12 WARM-WEATHER MAKEOVER IDEAS FOR THE BEDROOM

12 WARM-WEATHER MAKEOVER IDEAS FOR THE BEDROOM

The longer, warmer days of spring and summer beg for a lighter touch in the bedroom and guest quarters. Pack up the thick duvets and woolen blankets and set out something fresher and prettier — think kantha quilts, airy curtains and painted furniture. These 12 ideas will get you started. 1. Paint bicolored walls. Carefully tape off the lower section of your bedroom walls. Paint below the line a soft

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THE HEALING POWER OF WORDS

THE HEALING POWER OF WORDS

Journal writing is proven to reduce stress. Your pen may also help you write your way to a happier healthier you. 1) Lower your blood pressure by free-writing. Write about everything that comes into your head. Induce a stream of consciousness called “flow”. It’s proven to reduce tension, even in your arteries. 2) Erase aches and pains. Write about serene nature scenes, from rhythmic ocean waves to picturesque fall foliage.

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BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE

BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE

Many people are feeling overwhelmed by the need to achieve, the complexity of competition, and a fear of failure or rejection. As a result their self-confidence is like the mystical unicorn — elusive and seldom, if ever, seen. You will probably never catch a unicorn, but here are five steps to help you capture your self-confidence. 1) Focus on what’s right, not what’s wrong. Know your shortcomings and weaknesses, but

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POPULAR BATHROOM THEMES

POPULAR BATHROOM THEMES

Here are the most popular themes in bath decor. Some are pretty serious, while others are just for fun: 1) Romantic – Light wall colors, sumptuous textures, gold tones, gauzy window treatments, towel warmers, bubble bath, fresh cut flowers and potpourri set the scene. 2) Retro – Remember the small bathroom tiles popular in the 1950s, and the bold floral and geometric designs of the 1960s? They epitomize retro style.

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RENOVATION TIPS TO SAVE DOLLARS

RENOVATION TIPS TO SAVE DOLLARS

Renovations are not just about updating the design and comfort of your home. They can also be a great way to incorporate better approaches and sustainable technologies, they cost little but lead to big savings in dollars and also helping the environment. 1) When filling un-insulated spaces make them more energy efficient by considering rock wool or cellulose insulation. They contain recycled content and may reduce monthly heating cost. 2)

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QUICK CLEAN BATHROOMS

QUICK CLEAN BATHROOMS

Here are some clever and cost-saving tips. Sinks. For non-abrasive scrubbing, sprinkle on baking soda; wipe away dirt with a sponge. Countertops. Fill a spray bottle with one part distilled white vinegar and one part water; use it to clean surfaces, no rinsing necessary. Tub, tile and shower. Clean hard-to-reach nooks and crannies – and say goodbye to back strain – with a Clorox bath wand or similar extendable tool.

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MELT AWAY STRESS AT HOME

MELT AWAY STRESS AT HOME

These fast fixes may turn your home into a stress-free retreat. 1) Drape a cozy throw over the sofa or across your bed; reach for it whenever you need warmth and reassurance. It will act as a serenity blanket, recreating comfort and safety that you enjoyed as a child. 2) Display cherished objects. A treasured possession of a favorite work of art is a symbol of safety and protection, producing

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Good advise for home sellers

A lot of sellers don’t listen to their real estate agents, so we’ll tell you what your agent wants to say, but can’t say to you and this is it – your agent can’t get you the price you want unless your home is in pristine move-in condition. That means no sticking drawers in the kitchen. No leaning fences. No rust-stained plumbing fixtures. We could go on, but maybe we

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