Tips on Doing Your Part to Give Back to the Environment

posted by on 2021.03.25, under Partnered Post
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Things have changed, and giving back to the environment has never been more crucial than it is today. Companies worldwide have started to do what they can to promote cleaner living further and have made significant strides while doing so. Many households have also dramatically changed their way of living in order to participate in a movement that aims to curb the rate at which pollution and deforestation are ruining the planet. But, many people wonder what they can do to help or where to begin as well as where they can go in order to be part of a bigger picture – that said, here are some tips on what you can do to promote change and give a little back to the environment.

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Reduce

Reducing the amount of waste we produce is one of the three crucial R’s to a cleaner and greener lifestyle. How can you reduce the amount of waste you create? It’s simple. You can make less waste by buying products in bulk – this will lessen the amount of plastic packaging you ultimately throw away. Another method of reducing waste is buying products with less packaging. For example, instead of buying fruits and vegetables that come in plastic bags or containers, buy fresh products packaged in biodegradable material. Because water has become scarcer over the past years, it is now a precious commodity that should be used sparingly. Reducing the amount of water you use by taking showers instead of baths and watering your lawn in shorter intervals can also make a major difference.

Reuse

Reusing products or items more than once before disposing of them will automatically reduce the amount of waste you produce, instead of using something new each time. A great example of reusing is refilling a bottle of water again instead of buying a new one every time. Also, reusing shopping bags that are environmentally friendly instead of using new plastic bags every time you buy groceries is one of the most effective and effortless ways of reusing items.

Recycle

Everyone knows about recycling by now. Recycling means separating materials that can be reprocessed before disposing of your garbage. Recyclable materials include glass, aluminum, and cardboard. You can even remove something that is recyclable from an item before throwing the rest away – for example, some parts of your computer can be recycled to make new ones again.

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Renewable energy sources

Governments have taken massive steps in an effort to move away from fossil fuels that are incredibly harmful to the environment. Some of these steps include the further development of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy. Solar energy, for instance, is one of the most effective sources of renewable energy there is – seeing as the rays from the sun that reach the earth each hour is enough to power the entire earth for a year. While the sun’s rays that hit the earth every hour are over 440 quintillion joules, the world only uses about 410 quintillion joules each year – the problem is capturing all that energy. 

Community Solar

Choose solar has launched an initiative that will provide the people of The United States of America with clean, renewable solar energy. This initiative is genius because households will have the chance of using solar energy without the need for installing solar panels on their roofs that may be costly. The idea behind community solar is to have a main solar farm that generates solar energy, afterward delivering it to the utility company, which then supplies households and businesses with this renewable energy. 

The best part about this idea is that it will be easy for the public to acquire and maintain. Many states have been working on combining community solar with utility bills to make the billing process much more effortless. One of the many benefits of solar energy production is that it’s much less expensive than fossil fuel energy production. Except for installation and maintenance, the actual energy production doesn’t cost a dime because sunlight is absolutely free. You can find more information about this game-changing initiative at www.choosesolar.com.

The most important thing to remember is that even though you may feel like you’re not making a big difference by showering instead of taking a bath, or saying no to plastic bags, is if everyone does their small part, it will make a monumental difference in the long run. That’s the most important key factor about cleaner living – it’s a team effort!

Who Said You Needed Green Fingers To Get Your Garden Right?

posted by on 2021.03.25, under Partnered Post
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We hear all the time that gardening is an amazing way to ground ourselves, ease our anxieties, and generally get our homes looking the way we want them. ‘You’ll love it,’ they say. ‘You just aren’t giving it a chance.’ 

But, what these green-fingered fanatics don’t realize is that, for some of us, an outside space that needs attention feels less like a way to destress, and more like the stress itself. In these instances, far from seeing the possibilities, we look at that tangled, overgrown mess and shut the doors because we just can’t deal with it. 

Such is the curse of not having green fingers. But, as with anything, there is a means to achieve the garden of your dreams regardless. In fact, whoever said that you needed green fingers to get stuck in here couldn’t have been more wrong, as we’re going to prove by considering three alternative, and very tempting, plans of action. 

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Seek easy-to-find inspiration

If you aren’t green-minded then trawling through garden landscaping websites or magazines won’t be much fun. Luckily, there is an easier, and typically more interesting alternative, and it comes in the form of turning instead to easy-to-find inspiration. After all, every house on your street will have gardens that you can steal ideas from. Equally, grabbing garden landscaping ideas from your local public gardens can mean a fun day out AND inspiration from some of the best designers in the business. All without your once having to go out of your way with a pursuit that, quite frankly, altogether fails to keep you engaged. 

Trust the professionals 

Once you have a rough idea of how you’d like, there’s nothing wrong with calling for backup. After all, there are professionals to take care of everything from design through to maintenance, saving you a task and ensuring a finish that you’d probably never achieve alone. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of a well-finished garden, with none of the hard work that you’ve been avoiding thus far. That’s a win-win if ever we’ve seen one, and it’s a benefit that doesn’t require a green finger in sight. Well, at least not where you’re concerned. 

Don’t be afraid to simplify

Don’t forget either that, sometimes, the pressure to get gardening can lead us to overcomplicate the matter, but there’s no need. If you aren’t garden-minded and you don’t want anyone else coming in and out of your space, then simple is best. It may be, for instance, that you’d prefer to add a patio or decking area to cover a large portion of your outside space. Or, you could simply lay turf that doesn’t require much more maintenance than a quick cut every few weeks. Like with anything in life, knowing what you can realistically manage, and taking steps to make that work, is guaranteed to see you a lot happier with the results in the long-term. 

So, forget green fingers. It’s time to find another way to make your garden work for you at last.

4 Tips for Relocating on a Budget

posted by on 2021.03.24, under Partnered Post
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Empty apartment with packed carton boxes before moving

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Moving is among the most stressful life events you will ever experience, right along with losing a job, losing a loved one, or divorce. But why is it stressful? The general disruption, the packing, the scheduling, and mostly the moving costs. 

When you live somewhere, you get attached to the four walls, and it becomes your comfort zone. And disruption of this attachment can become stressful

However, relocation cost is the major stressing factor. On average, a local move costs about $1,250, and long-distance is about $4,900. These evaluations are based on a simple two or three-bedroomed house. 

Fortunately, you can cut down the expenses by following these tips:

  1. Declutter

Fewer items mean fewer belongings to relocate. Moving companies charge you based on the weight of your items. When you declutter, you minimize your stuff in volume and weight. 

One of the best ways to have a hassle-free move is by donating or tossing items you don’t need. Take time and move room to room, evaluating items you need versus those you no longer need anymore. 

Decluttering will also give you an easy time when packing. And if you hire a moving company for packing and unpacking, you can be sure they’ll charge less due to fewer items. 

You can also sell some items to get extra money for other expenses. 

  1. Source Packing Materials from Local Shops

Packing materials can be another nuisance expense you can easily cut down. You don’t have to spend a fortune on them. Get boxes for free from local shops or friends and relatives. 

The usual spots like liquor or grocery stores can be a great source of free boxes. 

Alternatively, you can search for websites that give boxes at a low cost or free. 

Remember your zip-top bags, sheets, and pillows can be packing materials. You can also save money on packing supplies by utilizing containers or laundry baskets for packing breakables or smaller items. 

  1. Rely on Professional Movers

Moving your stuff from one place to another is unnerving. It can also strain your wallet, and you risk breaking your valuables. Hiring a reliable moving company like Allied Van Lines saves you the trouble. 

Moving companies are insured to cater to any liability. It means if your items get lost or break while on transit, you’ll get compensated. 

And as you pick movers, verify if they’re paid based on your load or hourly basis. For a local move, hourly movers are the most ideal. Paying a flat rate on your load will save you some bucks on a long-distance move. 

  1. Choose a Season and Mark Your Calendar

Summer is usually the moving season. Movers tend to charge high due to high demand. But if you want to save some money, plan your move during winter. 

Relocation rates also tend to be extremely high on the weekend. Therefore, schedule your move on a weekday. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are ideal days for relocating. 

The Bottom Line

There is a lot that happens during a moving process. But some common sense, a bit of planning, and creativity can go a long way. These relocation tips are designed to help you keep your sanity and more money in your pocket during the transition. 

4 Things To Consider Before Buying A Dog

posted by on 2021.03.23, under Partnered Post
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Buying a dog is an exciting process. That said there are many things to consider before purchasing, such as do you have enough space for a dog? Have you factored in the costs of owning a dog or what type of dog you would like? Before committing to purchasing a dog, you should always do your research to make sure it’s right for you – after all, pets for life. And after you’ve done your research we are sure you will love your new furry friend. Below are 4 things to consider before buying a dog. 

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Do you have enough time for a dog? 

One of the first things you should be asking yourself before getting a dog, is do you have enough time? Owning a dog requires a lot of dedication and attention. Not only do you need to take them on walks every day but you can’t leave them on their own for too long either. Dogs are great fun, and beneficial to most families but if you have a busy social life, then you may not have the time for a dog or will need to make sacrifices. 

Costs of owning a dog

Dog’s don’t come cheap. First off is the cost to buy a dog. After that is the monthly running costs of owning a dog. These can include buying the best natural dog food, monthly vet bills and dog toys. Although it does add up, dogs are still affordable but the last thing you want to do is overstretch yourself. Before purchasing a dog, it’s always worth putting a spreadsheet together to work out the overall costs of owning one. 

The type of dog you would like to own

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on your preference you can find a dog to match your lifestyle. Some dogs are bigger and require longer and more frequent walks, whilst others are smaller and can get away with one walk a day. If you have smaller children you may want a smaller dog or one that has more patience. Some dogs are easier to train whilst others enjoy running around and being more active. 

Is your home dog friendly? 

Something that you need to consider is how dog-friendly your home is? A major part of owning a dog is making it’s surroundings safe. Is your garden safe and secure for them to run around in or do you need to get some fencing put in? What type of furniture do you have within your property and is it dog proof? Remember dogs can jump up on the sofa and cause a mess. If you are thinking of making some changes to your garden, Pinterest is great for some inspiration. There are many pet goodies that you can get to put around your house if you want to make some changes at the same time. 

Have you recently got a dog and what things did you consider before purchasing one? Did any of the above points come to mind? What type of dog are you looking into getting? Let us know in the comment box below.

Create A Unique Style For Your Home

posted by on 2021.03.22, under Partnered Post
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Living Room With Rustic Theme

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One thing that a lot of people seem to have trouble with when it comes to turning their home into the most enjoyable possible space is finding some way to really give it a sense of unique style that sets it apart from everywhere else. After all, there are few things worse than showing up to someone’s home and it essentially feels like a showroom. The best starting place when trying to make your home feel more unique is to figure out what kind of style you want to create in the first place. After all, different homes lend themselves to different aesthetics and the kind of tone you create in your home is going to depend on your personal sense of style. With that in mind, here are some ideas to help you create a unique style for your home.

Rustic chic

People tend to assume that a stylish home is one that has to be ultra modern and sleek but that’s not the case at all. In fact, one of the most effective styles for a lot of homes is to embrace a rustic style that brings a touch of vintage class into any home. The best thing about this kind of home style is that it’s often on the cheaper side since so much of that style can come from things like log burners, reclaimed furniture and second hand pieces. 

High class

Of course, if you wanted to go in the complete opposite direction to the rustic style of home then you can’t go wrong with embracing some sleek, modern, high-class style. This kind of style is one that emphasises clean lines, simplicity, and function over form. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t embrace style and make some serious statements. Things like Murano chandeliers are a real tone setter that fit into this style perfectly. That way you can be sure that your home still has that, all important wow factor.

Bohemian

If you’re looking to throw caution to the wind and really let your unique style shine out then a bohemian style to your home might well be perfect. It’s actually a lot trickier than many people think to create a style in your home that looks like things have just been tossed at random and just happened to land in the perfect place every time. But it’s the kind of style that really can make your home feel like nowhere else if you get it right.

The reality of creating a style for your home is that it has to reflect something about the people who live in it. If you want to make your house really feel like a home then don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. After all, not only is that going to make it a lot easier to make the place feel dynamic and lived in but it’s going to allow you to feel much happier in it for much longer than a home that looks great but doesn’t have any real life to it.

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