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Simple Do it Yourself Projects

Do it yourself projects are a fun and personal way to decorate your home; even with limited time and experience. The simple act of sprucing up a photo frame can be a source of pride and an ice breaker for when new people visit your home.

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Start by finding a DIY project that you want to put time into. Finding the project is many times as enjoyable as the project itself. When looking for a project take into consideration the following.

Supplies: What supplies do you need? How much money will this project take?Where can I find them? what tools do I need? If you want a simple project do one with simple supplies.

Do I have the space? Where are you going to work on the project? Does the project require drying time? (glue, paint, stain etc) Where can I put it to safely dry?

Are the directions easy to follow? Directions for a DIY can make or break a project. Red the directions before you buy one supply. Make sure they are clear to you and easily accessible.

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DIY projects vary so finding one that suits your home and skill level should be fairly easy. Start broad and narrow it down. Think outside the box! Most of all … have fun.

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Every Day Solutions for a Small Closet

A small closet is a reality in many homes with a little creativity and everyday items a small closet can be organized into a dream closet.

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The first step to dealing with a small closet is the most obvious step. Get rid of some of some of the clothes. Start with packing away seasonal items that are not currently needed. Rotating out your seasonal clothes takes some time but it is time well spent.

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Find a way to use wasted space. Is there empty space above your hanging rack? Adding a shelf for clothes that are not worn as often but still in season. Look at the bottom of your closet. Is there empty space for fabric crates or stack-able buckets for small light weight items?

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How you hang and fold your clothes can make a difference in how much space you can squeeze out of a closet. More then pair of pants folded properly can fit on a single hanger. Investing in hangers that fit more then a single shirt is always an option. In addition, Don’t forget the back of your closet door. Hanging a clear plastic shoe holder can also be a sock holder.

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The key as always is be creative, think outside the box, and get rid of what you don’t use.

 

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Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Summer is coming and so are the kid’s time off from school. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or child care provider having some rainy day activities planned is always a good idea.

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Have a bucket of rainy day toys! These are toys that only come out when the weather prevents them from doing something outside. Be creative! Fill it with blankets for a living room fort, puzzles, special crafts, play dough, and any other toy that will keep them busy.

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Get messy! Rainy days are going to be messy anyway so embrace the mess. Get out the finger paint and hang a long strip of paper across the coffee table. Get in the kitchen and make something yummy! Try a science experiment and ignore the mess.

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While having children on electronics all day is never a good thing some electronic time is ok. Try to make them educational if you can. Join in and have a Dance off with them. Get a special movie for late in the day or right after lunch.

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Mostly remember be creative and be patient. The rain will pass.

 

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Simple Dishes for BBQ’s

Summer is here which means BBQ’s, picnics, and other outings that require you to bring a dish. This season is also busy for many people and having a few recipes that are easy to throw together at the last minute is always a good ideas.

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Fruit Salad: While fruit salad seems plain it is an easy “go to” dish that every loves. The best thing is the ingredients are every day ones that are usually already in your kitchen. Seasonal fruit that is on sale  also means that the dish is an inexpensive dish to make.

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Box Desserts: Don’t feel like you have to make desserts from scratch. Keeping box mixes for cakes, cookies, and quick breads is always a good ideas. Stock up on canned frosting that holds well in the heat. Keeping cooking times down to a minimum in the summer is always a good idea.

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Crock Pot Recipes: Investing in a small crock pot is a smart move. There are many wonderful recipes that can be thrown in a crock pot and left. The side benefit is the crock pot can double as a serving dish!

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Summer is a season that is meant to be spent with family and friends. Cut down the time you are in your kitchen and increase the time you are with the ones you care about.

 

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Ways to Hide Home Technology In Your Home Office 

Nowadays, technology is very important in our daily lives especially when it comes to security, comfort and entertainment. However, blinking lights, wire jumbles, and metal boxes that often symbolize new technology into our home offices often take over the intended feel and look of our homes. New technology might make our homes lose their original feel. Therefore, it is advisable that you hide the technology in your home office to create and retain cleaner and more comfortable appearance. For you to enjoy the limitless benefits of modern technology as well as keep the aesthetic look of your home office, here are four tips that will surely help you salvage the appealing look of your home from technology without surrendering the convenience of technology marvels.

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Keep your tech hidden behind closets. This way is best for creating a small home office when you have a limited space in your home. All you need to do is hide your technology, such as computer monitors and printers or tower behind your closet, especially when they are not in use. Hiding unused printers and computer monitors behind in your home office will not only create more space in your small home office but also help enhance the looks of your small room. Also, you can also go for an Amish made office chair this chair will make you feel relaxed at you home office after spending a lot of time at work as well as giving your office great looks.

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Computers, printers, and televisions in our homes come with a lot of cabling that may cause inconveniences and discomfort in our home offices, as well as take a lot of space making our homes not so relaxing. However, if you want to avoid the inconveniences caused by cords, use cord holders and cord cables to keep cords in your office in order. Also, you can opt for a solid wooden desk, with drawers that will enable you keep your cords when they are not in use this will help you hide technology in your home office for more comfort and appearance.

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Don’t be afraid of introducing custom storage equipment in your office this will ensure you get the best storage system to keep all of your electronic items. For example you can get solid wood bookcase for keeping your files to promote your office tidiness. Amish made office for you keep your routers, computers and printers and any other technology items when they are not in use this will enable you hide technology in your office. By doing this you be able to keep your technology concealed as well as maximizing storage space in your home office.

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Blend your home technology with your home environment. This is one of the greatest ways of not only transforming your home office into a calm living environment but also hiding your home office tech. If you cannot hide technology in your office try blending it with your home office environment, this will make your cabling, routers and other technology assets look like your office environment and hide their ugliness giving your office a better appearance and good environment for work.

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Why You Need a Pool House

A pool house is a very useful structure that is overlooked by many. Having an outdoor enclosure ,such has a pool house, not only increases the beauty of your outdoor space but provides many useful functions.

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Providing an enclosed outdoor space for guests to change into and out of swim clothes decreases the amount “wet” people running through your home.  Wet floors are annoying and unsafe. In addition, it keeps the outside outside.

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A pool house provides storage for pool and swimming supplies. Having a dedicated space for drying towels and wet swim clothes keeps thing simple. Also, a pool house provides a place for pool chemicals and other cleaning supplies that can be kept near the pool and out of reach on young children. An outdoor structure will give you a place to store your patio furniture and garden decor along with pool supplies when the seasons change.

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A pool house is an investment that has many uses and adds to the value of any home.

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Roses for Beginners

Roses are a beautiful and wonderful addition to any outdoor space. Roses are so varied that the flower will suit any outdoor space big or small but knowing a few facts will help you choose the right rose for your space.

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How big is your space? The type of rose you pick will depend on how big your space is. Do you have a small patio or a big sunny yard. If your space is a small patio you may want to consider a potted rose plant or rose plant with small blossoms. If you have plenty of outdoor space then you have more choices.

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How much time do you have to devote to your garden? When considering the type of roses you want to plant think about how much time you have. If your time is limited then choosing a lower maintenance rose will benefit your lifestyle.

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How much experience in gardening do you have? If you are inexperienced in gardening then that will need to be taken into consideration when deciding on the type of roses you plant. Roses are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space but some are more complicated then others. Doing research on which type is best for beginners is always a good idea.

 

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Amish Life Hacks Everyone Can Use

Everyone at some point looks around their home and thinks “I need to simplify”. Simplifying your home can actually be done with ease if you take a few tips from the way the Amish live.

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Ask yourself “Do I need it?”.  When cleaning out your kitchen or closet ask yourself do I even use it and do I have more then one item that does has the same function? If you are organizing your child’s room ask yourself “When was the last time they used this toy?”

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Everything has a place. This is a simple and effective way to keep you counters and living space organized without giving yourself a headache. Designate a place for everything that is not in use. This practice will allow you to keep your living space clean and know where your items are  the next time you need them. (Baskets, containers, and other simple organizers are a perfect way to keep living spaces from becoming cluttered.)

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Do you really need another gadget? Before investing in the newest gadget for your home ask yourself “Is this really going to save me time?”. Electronics are wonderful and enhance our lives in many ways. Sometimes though they can complicate your home more.

 

 

 

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How to make the most out of your small outdoor space!

The outdoors can be great for entertaining and for relaxing alone or with your family. The outdoors have much to offer in regard to getting away from the world. When your home has only a small outdoor space available to it, you need to find ways to make the most of that space. When your backyard is not as large as you would like for it to be and you are stuck with a small patio, you need to find ways to make the most of what you have and to fully enjoy the outdoor space that you have available.

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Choose a few simple pieces of outdoor furniture. One of the ways that you can keep your yard from feeling too small, one way of creating a practical small space, is through the help of simple furniture pieces. When you fill your yard with all kinds of furniture, when you put too much furniture in a small space, you will make it feel crowded and tight. Choose a few Amish made patio pieces that will give you the sitting space that you want without creating too much clutter. Use just a few pieces of furniture to finish your small space and to make it into all that you want it to be.Properly light the space. If you are looking to spend time outside after the world has gone dark, then you will find that proper lighting will help a small space to feel a little larger.

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If you do not have good lighting in place, then darkness is going to cut off portions of your small space and you will be crowded in all the more. Make sure that you have good lighting set up, the kind of lighting that illuminates your whole patio, and then make the most of your space in the night and in the dark.Take good care of the space that you have and keep it looking nice. One of the ways that you can sort of make up for the fact that your yard is small is by caring for that yard in a perfect way. Choose to give your yard all of the best care and to treat it in the right way. Choose to do all that you can to keep your grass in good shape and to keep your furniture clean. A clean and tidy space is going to look better and feel better than a space that is in need of care, and a smaller space is easier to clean and take care of than a larger one is.

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You deserve the best in regard to your life, your yard, and your home. When you make the most of the small outdoor space that you have, then you will be able to enjoy your life at home and your time outside. You deserve to have a yard that you love, and you will hvae that when you make the most of your small space and turn it into all that it should be.

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Why You Need a Dressing Table by your Entrance

Dressing tables are normally found in bedrooms and mostly used for makeup, jewelry, and getting ready to meet the day.  A dressing table placed near the entrance of your home can be quite useful.

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Place a decorative “comb holder” for family members to check their appearance before walking out the door. A bowl of handy wipes for last minute face cleaning.  Place bins underneath for kid’s backpacks.In addition, placing bowls or containers on the top is the perfect spot for car keys, cell phones, a purse and other things you need on your way out the door. Add a soft lamp to keep on during the night.

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Store your seasonal out door necessities. In this location the drawers are a perfect place to store hats, gloves, and scarfs in the winter and your sunglasses and sunblock in the summer.

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Do you have a pet friendly home? Store your pet’s leashes, treats, and other essentials for a walk in the deep drawers of a dressing table. Place your pet’s toy bin underneath for easy clean up.

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With a little creativity a dressing table can be used for much more then their traditional purpose.

 

 

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