Author: Hannah Whittenly

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know Before Hiring Any Type of Handyman

You want to get things fixed around your home, but you want to save money doing it. That is completely understandable. However, when it comes to your home, you need things fixed right. Mistakes with the infrastructure of your home from electrical to plumbing and HVAC upgrades or repairs can cause devastating results. Here are four things you need to know before hiring any handyman to renovate or make repairs to your home. Get a Full Contract in Writing Without documentation, you have no leg to stand on. When you are getting an estimate or having work performed on...

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Fall Celebrations: 4 Elements You Need at Your Outdoor Autumn Party

Fall is the best time of year to throw a fantastic party. Between the cooler, crisper weather and the colorful changes in the leaves, the outdoors is a great place to throw your next party or get-together. Whether you are throwing an outdoor birthday bash or just inviting friends over for an autumn weekend shindig, outdoor parties in the fall need crucial elements to make your party both fun and festive. The four party ideas below will help transform any outdoor autumn party into a great and memorable experience: Food and Snacks Food can make or break any party....

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Century-Old Sentimentals: How to Properly Care for Your Family’s Heirlooms

Heirlooms are an important part of many families and possibly yours as well. Family heirlooms are great visible ways to pass down family information from generation to generation. You would hope that your priceless heirlooms last for many more years, but that is not always the case. Since most heirlooms are many years old and irreplaceable, they need to be properly cared for. The following four tips will help ensure that your family’s treasures last man more generations. Never Attempt Repairs by Yourself Over the years, it is very likely that your family’s heirlooms have become scratched, cracked, ripped,...

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Are You a Hobby Historian? 4 Fun Activities That You Should Participate In

Hobbies are a constructive way to help you unwind and reduce stress. They enable you to do something interesting and rewarding while teaching skills and knowledge. While there are many hobbies, those related to history can be especially meaningful. If you want an enjoyable hobby that will also keeps your mind sharp, here are four options you should consider. 1. Buy Antiques Antique items are a part of history that you can actually hold in your hand. For some they’re great collectibles with a history of their own, but for others antique items are investments to be bought and...

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Older in Years? How to Prevent Falling Down & Breaking Bones

Breaking a bone isn’t the end of the world when you’re young and spry, but as you get older, the consequences of taking a tumble can be dire. Here are just a few tips for keeping yourself safe as you become more prone to slips and falls. Modify Your Home It’s common for seniors to fall during every day, home-based activities like going up the stairs and climbing out of the bathtub. You can reduce your risk of injury by increasing the safety features in your house. For example, handrails on the stairs can keep you steady as you...

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How to Know if the Life Decisions You’re Making Are Really the Best Choices

CEO Dallin Larson said on Crunchbase that “A life of significance is a byproduct of making the ‘best’ choices”. This quote accurately sums up the mindset needed for making good decisions and sticking to them. You won’t go anywhere in life if you remain standing in the same place, but self-doubt can be so crippling that it’s hard to know if you should really take that first step. Here are just a few ways to figure out if your life choices are worth it. You’ve Done Your Research From adopting a baby to starting a new career, this should...

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What to Do When Your House Doesn’t Seem to Get Below 80 Degrees

Keeping your home cool in the summer can sometimes be a challenging and expensive affair. When it seems like you just can’t get your house cool enough, it might be time to examine some common problems and fix them. Insulation and Air Leaks Two of the most common reasons for poor temperature control in your house are air leaks and insufficient insulation. Homes in warmer climates tend to have less insulation compared to those in colder climates, but insulation is equally important for them as well. It helps keep in cold air just as effectively as warm air. Adding...

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4 Alternatives to Smoking Old School Cigarettes & Why They are Healthier for You

There is a lot of pressure to stop smoking today. It is an established fact that cigarette smoking is not only harmful to our bodies, but very addictive. Measures to reduce smoking include high taxes on tobacco products or smoking bans at many locations. Smoking, however, can be relaxing and enjoyable. It’s not easy to resist the urge. If you’re trying to quit cigarettes, here are four alternatives you might consider. 1. Chew Gum Nicotine gum contains usually 2 or 4 milligrams of nicotine per piece. Two milligrams is about equivalent to the nicotine in one cigarette. It’s intended...

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How to Handle the Chaos Involved with Being the Parent of an Athletic Teen

If your teen is active with one or more sports, you may understandably feel the stress associated with leading a chaotic life. Your teen may have numerous practices, games and more that you need to attend throughout the week. You may also have your own work responsibilities, home responsibilities and activities of other children to manage. Because of all of these factors, you can easily feel as though you are being pulled in every direction on a daily basis. These tips can help you to better manage your life and reduce your stress level. Avoid Over-Scheduling Your Child with...

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Mom, You Got This: How to Stay Energized When You Have Wild Toddlers

There comes a point in every mother’s life when they realize that the “terrible twos” aren’t just a name. Fortunately, there are ways to preserve both your energy and your sanity despite the growing pains of rambunctious toddlers. Here are just a few ideas for putting some pep back in your step as a busy mom. Get Up Earlier This may sound counterproductive, especially if you’re the type of person who has to stumble to the coffeemaker before you feel remotely human. But getting up before the rest of your family has a number of benefits. For one, it...

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