Travel Tips, Ideas, and Hacks + HM #234

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Travel Tips, Ideas, and Hacks + HM #234

Have you got a travel bug? Make the most of your getaways and vacations with this awesome roundup of travel tips, ideas, and hacks from the gals of Home Matters!I’ve got tips for the airport, traveling on a budget, things to know for international travel, and some of the best free apps to rock your trip. Enjoy!

 

 

Top Ten Airport Hacks from Sheree @ SheShe Show

 

61 Ways to Travel on a Budget from Milly @ Mini Adventures

 

15 Essential Things To Do Before International Travel from PattiThe Savvy Globetrotter

 

25 of the Best FREE Travel Apps from JuliannaThe Discoveries Of

 

Travel Tips, Ideas, and Hacks Blog Hop

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Last Week’s Theme: Memorial Day Inspiration

Next Week’s Theme: Stay at Home Summer Activities/Backyard Games/Outdoor Activities



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Sahana @ VikalpahFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Stenciled Patriotic Envelope Pillow from Lisa @ Fresh Vintage by Lisa

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Peanut Butter Brownie Squares from Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

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Instant Pot Candied Nuts from Melissa @ Sparkles to Sprinkles

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Easy Succulent Hanging Basket from Amber @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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Easy Fruit Pizza from Miranda @ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitts

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Decorating Tips and Ideas + HM #228

It’s National Decorating Month! Find awesome decorating tips and ideas. Plus, link up at Home Matters. #DecoratingTips #DecoratingIdeas #HomeMattersParty

Decorating Tips and Ideas + HM #228

It’s National Decorating Month! And, no matter your style, here are some helpful tips and ideas to creating a beautiful atmosphere in your home. The gals of Home Matters have a fabulous roundup all about decorating this week, so be sure to check it out!

 

12 Common Decorating Mistakes and How To Avoid Them from LaurenBless’er House

 

5 Tips for Mixing Fabric Patterns from AnnOn Sutton Place

 

Decorating 101: How To Style Vignettes from  Lauren @ Bless’er House

 

12 Tips on Choosing the Right Paint Colors from  Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Last Week’s Theme: Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games

Next Week’s Theme: National Pecan Month



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Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Sahana @ VikalpahFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nina @ Vintage Mama’s CottageFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

 

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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots from Jen @ Cincy Shopper

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Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl from Nicole @ Mama of Many Blessings

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DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed from Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life

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Classic Ambrosia Salad from Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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Tiered Tray Decorated for Easter from Lori @ Dining Delight

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Bringing Home A Cat – Tips to Make Kitty Feel Welcome

This post, Bringing Home A Cat – Tips to Make Kitty Feel Welcome, is sponsored by Cat’s Pride but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Are you bringing home a cat? Find great tips to make kitty feel welcome and safe in your home. Plus learn how you can help save millions of cats with the Litter For Good initiative from Cat’s Pride. #CatsPride #LitterForGood

 

Bringing Home A Cat

Tips to Make Kitty Feel Welcome

 

Adopting a cuddly and fluffy kitten or an adult cat can bring joy and companionship to your family. But just like bringing home a baby, you need to be prepared. I have some great tips for helping your kitty adjust to its new home, and help you keep him happy and safe. And, learn how to help save millions of homeless cats one jug of litter at a time!

Essentials

  • Carrier or Crate

Be sure to take a carrier or crate with your when you go to pick-up your cat. Place a soft and cozy blanket inside for kitty to snuggle into. Not only will it provide a sense of security, it is also the best and safest way for your cat to travel in a car.

  • Appropriate Food

It is important to feed your cat a healthy and nutritious diet that is appropriate for its age. Kittens have different nutritional needs than fully grown cats or older mature cats. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for a recommendation if you have questions.

  • Litter Box and Litter

Have a litter box ready to go for your new feline friend. They will thank you. Cat’s like to use a litter box. If you are bringing home a very young kitten, good news, litter training will be easy! Kittens that are 10 to 12 weeks old may come to their new home already trained. If you buy Cat’s Pride® Fresh and Light® litter in the GREEN JUG, one pound of litter will be donated to a shelter for those kitties less fortunate than yours.

  • Other Necessities

Some other items you will want to have for your cat or kitten are a Scratching Post, Food and Water Dishes, Grooming Tools, Collar and Tag, Safe Toys, a Bed.

  • Visit the Veterinarian

Take your cat or kitten to see the veterinarian within the first week of bringing home a cat. At that visit, your kitty will get a wellness check, any shots or tests they may need, and you can have them microchipped as well.

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Tips for Helping Kitty

  • Kittens

Kittens are sometimes adopted as early as six weeks old. This is a little early and can be hard on the kitten. Ten to twelve weeks old makes for a much easier transition. Kittens may be lonely – missing their mom and siblings. The will also be confused and maybe scared. Soothe your kitten by holding it gently, keeping it warm, providing pets, and playing with it. Take cues from your cat as to what it may want or need, or how much to provide.

  • Adopt Two Cats

Bring two kitties home is a win-win for both you and the cats. Your cats won’t be lonely, they’ll have a feline buddy to cuddle and play with. This will not only be easier on you, but it is twice the entertainment watching the cats frolic and play together. Jinx and Josie are brother and sister from the same litter. They are definitely a bonded pair. They love each other so much, take care of each other, snuggle and play — super cute.

 

Help SAVE Millions of Cats! CLICK HERE

You can help homeless cats living in shelters across the country when you buy Cat’s Pride litter for your cat. Be a part of the Litter For Good initiative — purchase the Fresh & Light litter in the GREEN JUG and Cat’s Pride will donate one pound of litter to an animal shelter.  You can also help by signing up for the free Cat’s Pride Club and nominating your favorite local shelter to receive a litter donation. Find out more about the program HERE.

 

Jinx and Josie thank you for helping save other sweet kitties like them! Check out more from Jinx and  Josie…

Kitty Cakes – A Birthday Treat For Jinx And Josie

Kittens – Hijinx and Josette

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Get Ready for Summer! + HM #183

Get ready for summer! Check out these great ideas for summer fun and entertaining. Find fabulous food and drink recipes, and tips and tricks for the best summer ever. Plus, link up at Home Matters. #Summer #HomeMattersParty

Get Ready for Summer! + HM #183

Summer is COMING! Whether you idea of summer his hitting the beach, going camping, having backyard BBQs, or just relaxing with friends, the gals of Home Matters have got you covered. Trip through our roundup and find awesome ideas to help you get ready for summer. Enjoy!

 

Camping – Hacks, Tips, Tricks from Ashley @ Frugal Coupon Living

 

Frozen Butterbeer Popsicles Recipe from April @ Mama Loves Food

 

Soothing DIY After Sun Spray for Sunburn Relief from Chrystal @ Happy Mothering

 

Kids, Summer, YIKES! Brilliant Ideas for Kids’ Activities from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

Get Ready for Summer! Blog Hop

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Last Week’s Theme: Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas

Next Week’s Theme: Memorial Day Weekend Ideas



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Lorelai @ Life With LorelaiFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Kristen @ The Road to DomesticationFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Sahana @ VikalpahFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nicole @ Mom Always Finds OutFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nina @ Vintage Mama’s CottageFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ashley @ Sweetpea LifestyleFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Jenny @ Cookies, Coffee and CraftsFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

 

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Paper and Iron-On Wood Sign from Randi @ Duke & Duchesses

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Glazed Lemon Scones from Lisa @ Cooking With Curls

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How To Paint Outdoor Furniture So It Lasts for Years from Krista @ The Happy Housie

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DIY Plastic Bottle Faux Succulents Terrarium from Claire @ Pillar Box Blue

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Steak and Mushroom Mini Quesadillas from Jas @ All That’s Jas

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

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  1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.
  1. On the same note, please do not add links of an extremist, political or strong controversial nature. (The hosts and co-hosts read each and every blog post linked and will contact you directly if you have linked something that does not fit into the realm of the party.)

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Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home Clean – Tips

This post, Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home  Clean – Tips, is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #EmbraceLifesMesses #CelebratePetsWithLibman #coupon

 

Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home Clean

Get helpful tips on protecting your pets

 

It’s National Pet Month! So, in celebrating our furry friends, I wanted to share some tips on how to keep pets healthy. Part of keeping your pet healthy is maintaining a clean home.

We’ve been pretty lucky with our cats, Jinx and Josie, they don’t spit up furballs or throw up often, but when they do, we can embrace life’s messes with the help of the Libman Wonder Mop®. It has Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS that lift up to 20% more dirt and a power wringer to remove more water from the mop head. Best yet (as far as I’m concerned – LOL), you can toss the Wonder Mop mop head into the washing machine! Now, that makes for easy cleanup. The mop head can go through 50 washing cycles before it needs to be replaced. Awesome, right?

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Here are some other ways we keep our pets healthy:

  • Pet Medical Binder

It is important to get your pet regular veterinary care to keep their health at its best — shots, flea/tick treatments, spay/neuter, worming, etc. Pay attention to your pet and if something seems off, don’t hesitate to get it checked out. Keep track of your pet’s health records and microchip registration. Jinx and Josie have a binder with a record of all the shots they have received, the surgeries, antibiotics, and so forth. This way, if you need to change vets, or are on vacation with your pet, you have their history easily accessible.

  • Wash Food and Water Bowl Daily

Would it be healthy for you to eat off dirty dishes? No, and neither is it for your pet. Make sure to wash food and water bowls daily. Provide fresh food each day, and make sure to refrigerate leftover wet food properly.

  • Clean Litter Box Daily

Cats are very particular about their litter box. They like it and want it to be clean. This is also something that is super important to your cat’s urinary health. Cats get urinary infections easily, so be sure to scoop out the box one to two times per day — more if you have multiple cats. Completely wash the litter box and provide fresh litter at least once a week.

  • Brush Fur

Brushing your pet’s coat helps them get rid of excess fur. Not only does that help keep your home cleaner, it helps keep your pet from swallowing fur as they lick themselves. Cats are especially susceptible to furballs.

  • Play with your Pet

Play with your pet. Not only is it great bonding time and lots of fun, but it also provides exercise to keep your pet trim and healthy.

 

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You can find more fun and helpful ideas for your pets on the blog. Check these posts out…

Kitty Cakes – A Birthday Treat For Jinx And Josie

Kittens – Hijinx and Josette

Keep Pets Safe

 

 

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Keep Pets Safe At Halloween – Dogs And Cats

We love our pets — they’re one of the family. Keep pets safe this Halloween by checking out this infographic, get tips, and be aware. #Puptober #pets

 

Keep Pets Safe At Halloween

PSA Infographic from PuppySpot for #Puptober

We love our cats, Jinx and Josie. They are definitely precious and we don’t want them to get hurt in any way. Dogs and cats have special needs. So, it is important to be aware that not everything that is good for you is good for your pet. Take chocolate, for instance, I love a yummy chocolate fix once in a while (ok, maybe a little more often than that), but chocolate can be deadly to dogs and cats.

 

So, I’m sharing this fabulous infographic created by PuppySpot to help you keep your pet safe at Halloween.

I hope you found this infographic super informative and helpful to keep your pets safe this Halloween. Share it with all your friends!

Want to see more of Jinx and Josie? Follow them with #JinxandJosie or check out these fun posts:

Kittens – Hijinx and Josette

Purina Pro Plan Is The Cat’s Meow!

Fresh Step of a Litter Master + A DIY Cat Toy HILARIOUS!

Kitty Cakes – A Birthday Treat For Jinx And Josie

Happy, Healthy Pets – Jinx And Josie

 

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Cars – Buy, Sell, Maintain – Get Tips For Every Turn!

Cars – buy, sell, or maintain a car, get the right tips for every turn. Cars.com is a full-service resource for every aspect of car ownership.

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Cars – Buy, Sell or Maintain A Car

Get the Right Tips for Every Turn with Cars.com

 

Are you in the market to buy or sell a car or truck? Own a vehicle that needs service, repairs, or maintenance? Don’t get taken or feel helpless; let Cars.com help with every turn.Cars(dot)com

 

Cars(dot)com is a full-service resource for everything dealing with cars and trucks.

  • Learn how to Sell or Trade your car. Get tips on Accepting Payment, List your Car, and more.

  • Buy a car with confidence. Research car models and dealers. Help for First-Time Buyers, Find Safety and Recall Notices, Car Values, and For Sale by Owner Listings.
  • Get advice and estimates on Service and Repairs, find locations.
  • How-Tos for Do It Yourself Repairs, and keep your vehicle running its best with Car Maintenance 101 — you can even watch video tutorials.

Use the App to stay updated on your dream car.

Cars.com is a comprehensive auto resource and has a lot more to offer than you ever thought, right? I was stunned. I will definitely be using the website the next time my vehicle needs anything! Check it out for yourself here.

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School Year Tips To Shine With Success

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Shine with success this school year with great tips: first day of school photo ideas, organization charts, homework station ideas, and free printables.

 

School Year Tips To Shine With Success

Make Moments Sparkle

 

Can you believe it? Back-to-school is here! This is always a special and hectic time for families with school-age kids, even when they are heading off to college (Ha! Maybe more so). But, through the years I have learned a thing or two, and now I am going to share them with you.

These ideas for a successful school year are easy to implement and change up to meet your needs. Be creative! I even created a few FREE PRINTABLES that you can download. My hope is that you will find these ideas helpful and fun.

First Day of School Photo Ideas:

The first day of school means PICTURES! So, be prepared, grab your Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and make moments shine. You definitely don’t want grubby fingerprints on windows in the background.

Give these creative and easy ideas a try.

  • Use Chalk Markers to write and draw on glass or chalkboard.

I did this with Rory this year — college bound. We have pictures from every school year of the kids in front of our car or truck. It is a nice way to look back and remember what life was like at that moment in time, including our ride.

A couple of really nice things about using chalk markers on the windows — they are easy to write with and very easy to clean with Windex® products, check it out…

Clean your windows first. Windex® Original Glass Wipes work great for this.

Draw and Write on your windows to make your moments shine. Then, it is easy to clean up with the Windex® Original Glass Cleaner spray. The spray helps loosen up the dried chalk. Watch how easy…

  • Use Sidewalk Chalk and draw a large number for the grade your child is entering on the driveway. Decorate the number with style and personal flair. Then, have your child sit in the number or next to it for the photo.
  • Make a small pennant banner that your child can hold for the picture. Write or glue the words: First Day of School, 1st Grade, 2017, or whatever you want to say to create a special memory.
  • Frame a printable and have your child hold it for the picture. You can download and personalize the FREE PRINTABLE I created just for you.

Click to Download the First Day of School Printable

Remember, be camera-ready with Windex® Original Glass Cleaner or Windex® Original Glass Wipes.

Then, take advantage of this fabulous OFFER: Buy 2 Windex® products and get $20 to shop at Shutterfly®. This is a limited time offer. Disclaimer: Offer valid 7/15/17 – 12/1/17. Visit here for terms and conditions. Notice those dates, you can buy more Windex® products and use the offer for Halloween and Thanksgiving photos too!

 

Get Organized for the New School Year:

Start the school year with a plan. Children do very well with a schedule, it gives them a sense of purpose and a semblance of security. If they know what to expect next, you will have an easier time getting them to accomplish it. Schedules help set your child up for success!

  • Set Schedules
  • Morning: Wake up time, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, leave for school, etc.
  • After School: Have a snack, do homework, play outside, eat dinner, quiet reading time or studying, take a bath, pack your backpack for the next day, set out your shoes and clothes for school, etc.
  • Bed Time: Have a set time your child is supposed to go to bed. Making sure your child gets enough sleep each night and is well-rested will help to ensure they have a good learning day a school.
  • Have a specified place for backpacks and other items to be placed. If you are not searching all over the house for things your morning will go much smoother. Less stress, less fighting, and arguing is better for everyone’s day.

I have created a couple Organization Charts that will help your child stay on task between getting home from school and going to bed. You can download these FREE PRINTABLES. You have a choice of two different color schemes.

Click to Download I’m Ready For School Organization Chart – yellow

 

Click to Download I’m Ready For School Organization Chart – pink

 

Put this chart on your refrigerator and use magnets to mark the accomplishments daily.

 

Homework Station Ideas:

Homework stations were a big part of a successful school year for us. We had one set up in our kitchen, where the kids could sit at the table to do their work, and I could be getting dinner ready for the family. The nice thing was that I was there and available for any questions that may arise. We had a cabinet where all of our homework necessities were stored.

We also had homework supplies in the car/truck. Why not take advantage of the time while one child is sitting around waiting for the other sibling for sports practice or ballet lessons? The more you get finished early, the more free time you have at home at night as a family.

  • Set up a place in your home where your child(ren) will do homework every day.
  • Find somewhere to store all our homework supplies: notebook paper; graph paper; pencils; erasers; glue; paper clips; stapler and staples, colored pencils; crayons; markers; etc. Be sure supplies are easily accessible to your child.
  • Use a Lazy Susan or turntable to place your supplies on the table. That way your kids can just spin the supplies to reach what they need.

Supplies on the go.

  • Keep a smaller amount of the same school supplies in your vehicle. Colored pencils work better than crayons and markers as they do not melt.
  • Have chairs for your kids, so they have a place to sit.
  • A lap desk or board helps to give stability for writing.

 

Whatever you are doing, however you celebrate and organize for the new school year, remember to get things clean and make your moments sparkle with Windex® products, America’s #1 glass cleaner — famous for streak-free shine!* For more information and ideas for use follow Windex® on Facebook and Twitter.

And do make use of the Shutterfly® offer, generations of your family will thank you.

Want another fun idea for school? Check out this fun video tutorial, Cool For School or Anytime… Shoelacing!

Here’s to a happy and organized school year! Go get ’em kids and parents alike.

 

* Claim based on data reported by Nielsen Scantrack in Household Glass Cleaner category for 52 weeks ending 11/26/16. Total US XAOC. Copyright 2016. The Nielsen Company.

 

 

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Air Conditioning – 5 Tips On Choosing The Right One For Your Home

Get 5 Tips on choosing the right Air Conditioning System for your home. Find out the best Air conditioner features for your lifestyle and needs.

 

5 Tips on Choosing an Air Conditioning System

Get the Right One for Your Home

 

Air conditioning systems have become almost vital in our times with the changing weather conditions. If you do not have one, you are probably looking to get one installed. And, If you have a system already, you may be in the market to replace or maintain your existing unit. Of course, with the wide range options, this could be a challenging decision. Here are a few pointers to help you along the way to the right system for you home.

 

Air conditioner system

Purchasing an air conditioning system is an investment well-worth the cost. Prices will vary according to the size of your home or office and your specific needs. You will receive a good return with cooling and comfort provided by the AC unit. On hot summer days, the cooling system not only removes the heat, but will add a lovely freshness to your rooms.

 

Tips on choosing the right system for your needs

 

Do not allow the varying sizes, models, and features through you for a loop. Check out these tips that will give you an edge in making the right choice in AC systems for your house.

 

Air conditioner installation

  1. Size

You need to know the size of the space you are looking to cool and purchase an air conditioning unit that can handle the job. If the system is too small for the space, it will never sufficiently cool the space. This will result in the system overworking and lead to damage of the compressor and other parts. Purchasing an over-sized unit will only cost you more money than necessary in the cost of the unit itself. Both scenarios will cost you more money in the long run by increased energy costs and consumption. So, it is important to purchase an appropriately sized air conditioning system that is suitable for your space requirements. Do some research and get help from knowledgeable professionals.

 

  1. Energy Efficiency

Another primary concern should be the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. You will want to check out the energy efficiency rating, known as the SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This rating will give you an idea of how efficient the unit is in terms of energy expenditure. The higher the rating the more efficient and better the equipment, which will save you a lot of money on electric bills.

 

Air conditioner installed

  1. Features

Get to know what features are available in air conditioning systems. Find out what they do, and what their purpose is. That way, you can make a good decision on the best features for your needs. Manufacturers offer devices with many advanced features such as; easy filter removal, sleep timer, energy efficiency, human activity sensing, anti-bacterial filters, and many more.

 

  1. Service and Warranty Period

Warranties and service policies are important to consider. Look for reputable brands with long warranties including a replacement guarantee. You will also want to have the option of extending the warranty period. This will save on maintenance costs if any problems arise.

 

Air conditioner

  1. Budget

Be budget conscious. Looking at air conditioning systems that are out of your price range will not benefit you or your home or office. Buy the best product that fits within your budget. If the unit you truly want is above your financial range, do a little more saving before you purchase. Then, you can get the unit that best fits your requirements.

 

I hope you have found these tips helpful and informative. Good luck in finding the perfect air conditioning system for your home.

 

 

 

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5 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Family Christmas Party

Hosting a Family Christmas Party can be stressful. You want everything to be perfect, full of family tradition and holiday spirit in order to create those magical memories that will last a lifetime. So, we have some great tips and trick that will help you host a stress-free family Christmas Party. Of course, these tips will help in planning and in hosting any party!

5 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Family Christmas Party

 

With winter holidays straight ahead and drawing closer by the minute, we’re all looking forward to lip-smacking Christmas banquets and family reunions, right? Well, not exactly. Every time the season comes for Santa to slide down the chimney and deliver gifts, busy moms start bracing themselves for second helpings of stress and hard work required to host a pitch-perfect at-home Christmas celebration. Nevertheless, the fact that your whole family will be coming together to welcome Father Christmas in a few weeks’ time doesn’t have to be a source of angst or dread this time around. All you need to do is arm yourself with tried and tested tips on how to throw an unforgettable, stress-free Christmas party and act on them without delay.

1. Invitations Nobody Can Say No To

Before dashing off to decorate the dining table and whip up food for the Christmas party, pause for a second to do a brief guest count. Draw up the guest list and seating plan to make sure your party goes down without hitches or unpleasant guest table quibbles.

With the guest list in place, it’s time to send out invitations (preferably in the written, not digital form). You should send invites at least two weeks ahead of the celebration to allow your guests ample time to RVSP. Expert tip: be sure the invitations are so lovable your invitees can’t say No to them. If you hate the idea of DIY invitation crafting, you can find various printable Christmas party invites online. Use them to cheat your way to bonus party turnout.

2. Decide on the Food and Drink Menu

The next point on the stress-free Christmas party staging list, the choice of food and drinks you’ll serve your guests deserves an extra dose of attention. As a general rule, the party bar should contain both alcoholic and soft drinks, just to stay on the safe (and relatively sober) side of the dining table.

If possible, it would be a wise idea to check with the guests if they suffer from any food allergies or follow special diet plans: such a precious piece of info will help you stock the party table with delicacies all invitees will relish. If you don’t want to go through the food prep hassle, you can look up the offer of best finger food catering services in Melbourne and pick tasty bites that fit the party budget and your guests’ dietary preferences.

3. It’s Time to Dress Up the Party Venue

After you’ve sorted out the essentials for the Christmas party, you’ll need to dress the venue for the gathering. The rule of thumb here is that ornaments in red, gold, and green are best-suited to the biggest event of the winter season, but you can also use violet, blue, and orange details as accents.

To achieve a festive yet suave tablescape, you should bring out finest silverware and porcelain crockery: after all, Christmas is precisely the type of a special occasion that calls for such displays of elegance and luxury. For final touches, you can top the Christmas party table with fragrant candles, string lights nestled in jars, and a centerpiece in the form of an evergreen arrangement with red and white ribbon.

4. Devise a Fail-safe Entertainment Program

To keep boredom at bay and avoid awkward party silences, create a special playlist and pick a few games you and your guests will play after dinner. Christmas Carol Pictionary, white elephant gift exchange, and other themed games are a great entertainment choice, but you can also opt for non-Christmassy activities if your party crowd isn’t exactly a major fan of traditional festive amusement.

As far as music is concerned, you shouldn’t leave out Christmas melodies from the playlist, but you can structure it around handpicked non-seasonal tunes such as jazz, blues, R&B, and classic rock. Expert tip: melodies that make your guests’ ears prick up and set the mood to merry are a good choice of music for the Christmas party.

5. Party Favors, the Hospitable Hosts’ Way

No Christmas party is complete without gifts, but the Christmas tree shouldn’t be the only place for your guests to find tokens of appreciation, caring, and love. To bring home the medal as the most hospitable host ever, make cute party favors before the big event which you’ll place at the dining table.

Gingerbread cookies, lollies, tree ornaments, and chocolates in Christmas wrappers are just the tip of the party favor iceberg. If you want to go pro with the Christmas party staging, you can present the guests with personalized favors such as swag bags, printed mugs with funny slogans, spa and massage coupons, and creative cookie tins or favor bags which you can order online for bonus stress-free party organization.

All set? Don’t forget to put on your finest party clothes, don a wide smile, and have tons of fun –after all, joy, laughter, love, sharing, and positive mood are the whole point of winter holidays. Enjoy your family Christmas party to the fullest. Merry Christmas!


 

 

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