Simplify Your Experience

When looking at ways to simplify, consider starting with decorations. If your family purchases a Christmas tree, a living tree might be a good choice. Living trees can be purchased and planted ater the holidays are over. Or if you buy an artificial tree, it can be used over and over again. If you don’t have a place to plant a living tree but want the aunthenticity of a real tree, make sure to recycle your cut tree. When you put up ornaments, let the tree show. If some needles show after all the ornaments are hung, that’s okay. Not every branch needs to be glittering and sparkly. If you need more ornaments, consider making them from recycles materials. There are tons of Websites and library books with great ideas for ornaments, and if you remember to date your new ornaments you can look back and reminisce every year.


Keep a Green Home

Most of us don’t think missing a few nights of sleep on a consistent basis is going to have any real serious side effects beyond being tired. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Sleep deprivation affects everything from our ability to concentrate to our overall mood and once it becomes chronic, more serious health problems often follow.

Fuzzy Thoughts

When you haven’t had enough sleep, just having a clear focused thought becomes difficult. When you are starved of the proper sleep nothing is crystal clear and many of your thoughts are fuzzy and unfocused . It becomes increasingly difficult to focus for any length of time. Imagine having to make a speech, or drive your child to school. Sleep deprivation could have a huge affect on your ability to do both of those things. In your haze, you could even walk through a sliding screen door.

Decreased Productivity

It’s hard to be effective and get a lot done when you’re tired. The simplest tasks take double the time to accomplish and our bodies drag. Unfortunately, when sleep deprivation becomes chronic, weight gain, diabetes, and a whole host of other serious disorders often follow. Often our jobs are driven by the need to be productive, imagine how much impact not getting enough sleep would have on a job that was very productivity driven. You might get fired because of your inability to perform at a certain level.

Less Immunity

Sleep deprivation can even affect our immunity. We are more prone to colds and other illnesses when we don’t get enough sleep. Our immune systems suffer when we are chronically tired, which means our bodies aren’t as equipt to handle illnesses. If you notice yourself catching colds more often, or find that they last longer than usual, sleep deprivation could be to blame.

Not getting enough sleep can be a serious matter if it happens enough. We can find ourselves unable to focus for long periods of time, more prone to sickness, and unable to be as productive as we usually are. Unfortunately, serious sicknesses like diabetes can plague us when sleep deprivation becomes chronic. Get your rest, your health depends on it and you deserve it.

Ease Sore Muscles with These Simple Strategies

Whether you overdid it at the gym, spent the day rearranging furniture or got involved in any other activity that made your muscles ache, check out the pointers below. They’ll ease the ache and help you to prevent soreness in the future.

Sore muscles mean that your muscle fibers have torn. This is a natural and desirable state that prompts muscles to repair themselves and become stronger. Overly sore muscles are not good, however. Working out to the point where your muscles are achingly sore actually slows down the healing process and, of course, prevents you from continuing your exercise regimen.

Work out different muscle groups on different days, so that each group gets a day of rest between workouts.
Protein helps repair muscles and aids in the healing process, so eat a little extra protein when your muscles feel sore.

Treat yourself to some fresh pineapple. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, can help the healing process.
Antioxidant-rich foods can help speed up the muscles-healing process, so have some dark green, leafy vegetables, legumes, porridge, asparagus, avocados, mangoes, or tomatoes.

On days you work out, drink an additional 4 to 5 glasses of water, it may help relieve soreness later.
Don’t forget to stretch your muscles. Stretching helps to maintain flexibility and relieve soreness.

Metal Polishes

Although many metal polishes make broad claims, no one product is likely to be labeled for use on all of the following: silver, brass, copper, stainless, aluminum, and chrome. Copper and brass can be cleaned with a commercial cleaner available in your supermarket. Some of these products must be washed off thoroughly, because they can stain or etch metals if left in contact with them. Others, however, maybe wiped or rubbed off. It is a good idea, therefore, to restrict your choice to a wipe-off polish for objects that can’t be readily rinsed or submersed. My son has an electric guitar and he used this commercial metal polish to clean his guitar. Anyhow, he is planning to buy a new electric guitar at 200 before end of this year.

A Pedal for Electric Guitar

I am a music lover but I am not familiar with some of the musical instruments and its accessories. I have seen many accessories but I don’t know where to use it. Just like this univibe pedal. I honestly don’t have any idea about this product, but my son was looking for this long time ago. He said, it helps to produce a better sound to the tonal and textural paletter of the electric guitar. Well, I guess he has no money yet to buy this accessory or he didn’t find it in the store nearby. But I will let him know that I found it online.

Home Office

Homes are now an office for the self-employed professional. If you have to hold meetings in your home office, you will need to make doubly sure that your space looks passably professional. It is also a good idea to locate your office close to the entrance to your home, so that clients and colleagues won’t have to traipse through the whole house to get there.

In a small or dual-purpose space, good storage is crucial and neatness almost forced upon you, or work will creep out of its allocated space and invade the rest of the house. Careful planning is particularly important in a multi-functional space in order for it to fulfill, not fail, both roles. Partition off a corner of the room to divide it into zones, or choose freestanding storage on casters which can be wheeled away out of “office hours.” In a small space, choose wall-mounted shelves, which take up less space than free-standing units, a built-in or modular shelving system may be the most useful answer.

Efficient home storage is for those with a healthy horror of, not an unhealthy interest in, filing. Try to maintain a clean-desk policy by putting away everything that is no loner needed. Keeping everything off the primary work surface apart from the task immediately in hand has been shown to improve concentration by minimizing visual distractions. Mess equals visual noise. It is difficult to concentrate or be creative in chaos.

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Organizing a Widespread Community

Communities that span several dozen acres are common in many parts of the nation. Hundreds of families might live in these areas where they share resources, such as recreation facilities. If you want to keep these neighborhoods as clean and friendly as possible, you’ll need to organize them with a few simple strategies. A widespread community can be a close-knit one when you keep courtesy in mind with each action.

Set up Monthly Potlucks

An enjoyable way to connect everyone in the community is by holding a regular potluck. Each household brings an entree, appetizer or dessert to a common area, such as a picnic space. Families can try different recipes and enjoy the company of others. Although you’re simply socializing with neighbors, strong relationships are born out of these events. As a result, better organization and camaraderie are possible afterward.

Invest in Transportation

You may not want your community to have a lot of vehicle noise, especially for residents simply moving around the immediate area. Consider an investment in a neighborhood golf-cart system in order to organize traffic. One or two carts might be offered as quiet ways to roam the neighborhood. You’ll need to stock some spare parts, such as a golf cart engine, in order to maintain the vehicles. However, the neighborhood will have a quieter feeling as fewer cars dot the roads.

Make Bylaws Understandable to All

An organized community also relies on laws that are understandable. If community contracts are too complex, disorganization occurs as people do as they please. Read over your community’s bylaws, and look at them with a critical eye. If any sections are confusing, ask your community board to alter the wording. Everyone should know the rules to remain organized.

Invite Everyone to Meetings

A well-organized community also has easy communication among all of the members. Instead of inviting board members to an exclusive meeting, the entire neighborhood should be allowed to sit in at the event. Neighbors must be able to voice their opinions during these meetings so that the community can remain organized. Satisfied residents will comply with the rules and enjoy the living arrangements.

There will inevitably be some disagreements within the community over time. It’s critical to have some bylaws that describe how issues are resolved among the residents. With a fair and streamlined process, issues can be quickly fixed as order continues to reign in the neighborhood. A friendly region translates to lucrative property values and better quality of life for everyone.

Ways To Protect Children As They Play Outdoors

In the summertime, children love to get outside and run around in the summer sun. But parents know that children who are not protected from the dangers of summer can become ill. That is why it is important for parents to understand the various ways they can protect their children as they play outside. It only takes a few minutes to provide the kind of protection children need to stay healthy while enjoying the summer sunshine.

Protection From Bugs

Bugs are a big problem when it comes to outdoor summer play, but you can protect your children and your home from bugs with a few easy steps. Be sure that you give your children a good coating of bug spray before they head outside to protect them from getting bitten. Outdoor bug screens allow you to keep your insulated doors open, but keep the bugs from getting into your home. Reduce the presence of mosquitoes and other bugs by getting rid of puddles of standing water after rainstorms and burning citronella torches to keep bugs away.

The Sun

Your child may want to run outside and play right away, but you need to stop your little one and make sure they have the proper amount of sunscreen applied. You can buy sunscreen specifically made for children, and it is a necessity to apply sunscreen to the exposed skin of any child that plans on playing in the sunshine. Even if it is a cloudy summer day, the rays of the sun can still get through. That is why sunscreen is important whenever your child heads out to play during the summertime.


Play time should stop a couple of times every hour to allow your children time to get hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks as they can do more harm than good in the summer sun, and insist that your children drink a glass of cold water a couple of times an hour while they are out playing.


You can buy an inexpensive yard tent at a department store and use that as a place where your children can go to get out of the sun. Encourage your children to avoid being exposed to the sun for hours at a time, and be sure that they take a break in the shade as often as possible.

Children enjoy summertime fun. But as a parent, it is your job to make sure that your children are safe whenever they are playing in the summer sun.

Visiting Relatives

When my son and I went to my aunt’s farm, we had a blast because it was our first time at their farm, and it was also my first time to see the durian fruit still hanging on the tree. My son enjoyed the mountain. He runs to the corn fields, and he enjoyed watching my cousins harvesting the corn. He was amazed on the cacao tree with lots of fruits, and he had fun riding the carabao also known as the water buffalo.




We left at home early in the morning, and we planned to go home late in the afternoon, but my aunt told us to stay for a night. I asked my son if he is willing to sleep there because they don’t have an air conditioner, and even an electric fan, and the farm house is made of log. Well, since it was his first time in the mountain where neighbors are very far from each other, he wanted to try to sleep in the mountain. For me, it was a great idea to sleep there for a night because I had plans to go to the river in the morning, and the farm house that is made of log seems like I was having Log Cabin Holidays. Anyway, my aunt invited us again, and we are planning to visit the farm again

Clean Like a Pro

A professional cleaning service can surface-clean a decluttered there-bedroom home in less than four house. You can too when you know what you are doing.

The most prudent step in cleaning is prevention, keeping dirt out in the first place. For example, since 40 pounds of dirt and dust are tracked into an average tree-bedroom home on shoes and clothes each year, it makes sense to catch that dirt before it gets in. Place rough textured vinyl-backed mats at every entrance of your home. Ideally each mat should be large enough to cover three to four steps. The nylon fiber in such mats creates a static charge that pulls dirt from shoes and clothes.

Other simple prevention methods. Eat in designated areas only. Confine crafts to a specific area. Wipe shower doors after each use. Children’s rooms can also be modified for easy maintenance. Some suggestions: a bed with a fitted bottom sheet and a quilt that serves both as a blanket and spread; a laundry basket in each bedroom; a waste basket in each room; clothes hung so children can reach them; drawers or stackable bins for folded clothing, toys, books, crayons, puzzles, etc. The children’s daily routine should include a five-minute pickup of their room before bedtime and should be repeated again before they leave for school in the morning.

Proper cleaning tools are also necessary. Note that the supermarket is not the place to shop for quality tools. Hardware and janitorial supply stores provide superior tools in most cases. Quality tools may be more expensive, but they are well-made, last a long time, and give better results.