Getting Familiar with Your Outdoor Lighting Options

Exterior lighting does not only add beauty to your landscaping; it increases security, as well. Whether your goal is to make sure you can walk safely to the door when you arrive home late, or bring your backyard to life at night for all your gatherings with friends and family, there is a lighting solution that is designed just for you. Getting familiar with your options will help you choose lighting that is most appropriate for your outdoor space and personal needs.

  • Flood Lights – Ideal for an entry, dark garage door, or stairway, flood lights really illuminate the area and increase safety. They should be positioned about 9 feet from the ground. Timers and motion sensors are options on them, too.
  • Path Lights – As their name implies, path lights should be placed along walkways. If you plan on putting a couple hammocks under that big shade tree out back, use these lights to create a path out there so you can go gaze at the starts after the kids go to sleep. If you do not have any hammocks yet, you don’t know what you are missing. You can find them online at websites like SoothingCompany.com, and you will have the best nap of your life out there. You don’t even need two perfectly spaced trees. Many today have their own stand.
  • Post Lights – Classic lantern-like post lights are welcoming and create the perfect atmosphere. These lights are ideal along driveways and around pools.
  • Deck Lights – Deck lighting is surprisingly easy to install. It gets mounted right in your deck to illuminate stairs, railings and benches. Flush-mounted ones are also available that can actually be walked on without causing any damage.
  • Spot and Well Lights – These handy lights get installed around trees, shrubs, flowers, and ponds to highlight them at night. Don’t let the beauty of your landscaping fade into the night. These lights ensure the hard work provided by your green thumb can be appreciated all the time. They also give your landscaping a sense of depth. Weather-sealed ones cost a little more but they last significantly longer, which makes them well worth the expense
  • Decorative Lights – These are the finishing touches that make your property really special. From pagoda-shaped walkway lights to stargazing balls to solar string lights around the railing of your deck, there are countless options available to complement your outdoor living space beautifully.
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Bedtime regimens

These are the things I put on before bedtime. Aging isn’t fun at all because it’s not only numbers involved but it also about health deterioration. I’m only in my mid 30’s but I’m feeling some of the aches and pains older people may have felt. Ugh! Inflammations causes these aches and I’m doing my best to find relief using home remedies because I don’t want to be depending on painkillers. Here are some of my lubricants I use for my pains, it somehow eases my pain and makes me relax and fall asleep. Does your upper shoulder hurt too, or at the back of your neck? What do you do with it? You can share some input and I will really appreciate it a lot.

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What causes hair loss?

While it may be common, hair loss can be extremely distressing, especially if it is unexplained or sudden. There are several types of hair loss, each with different causes. The good news is, there are plenty of effective treatments available to prevent, or even reverse, balding. Finasteride, commonly sold as the branded version Propecia, is one of the most popular methods of prescription treatments. Identifying the cause of your condition can help you to determine the most appropriate form of treatment. Here’s some of the most common causes of hair loss and thinning:

 Genetic predisposition

 Male pattern baldness is a genetic disorder that is related to male sex hormones. The pattern of balding occurs when certain hair follicles become overly sensitive to a type of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Over time, this causes the follicles to shrink and eventually die, preventing future hair growth. The reaction also reduces the lifespan of the follicles, meaning that hair is lost at a more rapid rate. The treatment prescribed for male pattern baldness works by suppressing the effects of DHT, allowing the hairs to regrow. While male pattern baldness is hereditary, it is still unclear as to whether this is the case for female pattern baldness.

Some people may also be genetically predisposed to alopecia areata, a condition that is characterized by bald patches. If a member of your family has an autoimmune disorder, you may also be more susceptible to the condition. Alopecia areata is also more common among individuals with the genetic condition Down Syndrome.

 Side effects from medical treatments

Intensive treatments, such as chemotherapy, can also result in temporary hair loss, known as anagen effluvium. Other treatments for cancer, such as immunotherapy and radiotherapy, can also lead to hair loss. A severe operation or bacterial infection can also trigger balding, as can certain medicines, such as beta-blockers or anticoagulants.

Illness

Alopecia areata can be caused when the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles rather than the infection. Although the exact reasons as to why this happens remains unknown, the follicles are not permanently damaged and the hair will usually regrow after time. It is also common for alopecia areata to affect individuals who have an autoimmune condition, including thyroid disease and diabetes.

Hormonal imbalance

Telogen effluvium, a form of temporary hair loss that involves widespread shedding or thinning, can be triggered by drastic hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy. The menopause can also cause a woman’s hormone levels to drop, increasing the risk of developing female pattern baldness.

Other factors

Baldness can also be triggered by emotional stress, crash dieting or your body experiencing shock or trauma.

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Cover Your Hair Review

It’s wintertime! Have you gotten your winter collections yet to keep you nice and warm during this cold season? I bet you would want to wear something trendy, fashionable and at the same affordable. I want to share with you this website called Cover Your Hair.com, they have a wide selection of stylish winter accessories that are very inexpensive for babies, children and women. When it comes to quality of their products, it’s proven that they have excellent merchandise because I recently received items from them. Their PR contacted me to review two of their products and I selected this beautiful zig zag infinity scarf for myself because I really love the pattern and the color combinations of it and a visor beanie hat for my daughter because she loved warm looks of it. I received the items a week later after I sent my orders. As I had mentioned above, I am happy and satisfied with the quality of their products and I highly recommend it to my friends and family and YOU. It is actually the best online store to order for your winter warmers and head/hair covering accessories. The items I picked are available in different colors too.

Zig Zag Infinity Scarf  - SALE: $11.49

Zig Zag Infinity Scarf – SALE: $11.49

Kids Visor Beanie Hat - SALE: $13.49

Kids Visor Beanie Hat – SALE: $13.49

Ordering and navigating on their website is so easy and their customer service is rated excellent. Since many of you would like to save some money in shopping for this holiday season, CoverYourHair.com is offering a special holiday coupon, you can avail a 20% off discount using this codeblogdec31” the expiration would be on January 01, 2015. Hurry and place your orders now! Don’t forget to relay the message to your friends and family too. You can follow them on Facebook and on Twitter for more updates of their newest collections.

Disclaimer – Product(s) received for FREE, contents are 100% mine and I am not paid to give my honest opinion…

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How to Find New Fashion Inspiration

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The world of fashion is ever changing. Every day, every person has the opportunity to change their look completely and start out new. Men and women alike can express how they are feeling and what they hope to gain from each new day with a simple change in wardrobe. Fashion’s versatility and personal expression is what makes it so popular, because anyone can create a unique look that includes everything that they love in fashion.

However, fashion is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Some people need some help finding out what looks good together and what pieces they will actually enjoy wearing. Additionally, everyone can get stuck in a creative rut and need a little help finding new fashion inspiration. Luckily, there are a lot of places all around us to find inspiration for a new outfit. Here are some ways that anyone can find inspiration for their fashion.

Go to a busy street in the city

Hitting the streets is a great way to see what everyone else is wearing today. Doing some people watching can help anyone find new ideas and get a better idea of what is most popular this season. Those looking for fashion inspiration can spend an afternoon in a coffee shop that overlooks a busy street admiring everyone who walks in and out to find what outfit ideas they may have been missing out on.

Watch a guilty pleasure TV show

Watching a Cable Vision TV show is a great way to not only relax, but also to find some new outfit ideas. Anyone can watch a reality TV show or another guilty pleasure show to see what the celebrities love to wear today. These exact outfits might not be in the right price range, but the ideas can help anyone replicate a great outfit in their own price range.

Check out a style website

Every fashion magazine now has a website that anyone can utilize to find out all the latest trends in fashion. Clicking through these websites is a great way for anyone to catch up on the latest Hollywood gossip and find out what they are wearing today. Many websites also provide links to the sites where people can buy some of the fashion’s featured on the site, so anyone can easily create an outfit that will be an instant hit.

Hit the stores

Once a person has exhausted all other resources and still feels inside a fashion rut, the best way to find some new fashion inspiration is to hit the stores. By scanning the racks and finding out what is most popular in stores today, anyone can begin to craft a look that is uniquely their own. Department stores with a lot of selection are a great place to start. Thrift stores can also be a good option to find more unique and original looks that not only have lower price tags, but also that would not be in the department stores currently.

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Sharing my recent VS shopping!

I only paid $64 for everything!!!

I only paid $60(ish) for everything!!!

I received my $10 reward coupon a few weeks ago and since I have other coupons that need to be redeemed I decided to go to Victoria Secret to make some purchase. I wanted to give bras to my oldest sister and mom; I took advantage of the savings I could possibly get that day. I found out that mom’s bra size is difficult to find with the victoria secret brand, they do have her size however but the price is on regular. I have no choice but take it since the quality and style suits my mom’s taste. The bra costs $45(ish) each so I went ahead and bought 2 for my sister and her (I have $20 coupons). The great thing about VS is that they have great marketing that helps customer save some bucks. They offered a free scratcher when I buy 2 bras on regular price; accordingly I could win a jacket with hoodie, perfume or underwear guaranteed. I took that offer and won underwear ($14 worth). I got 2 (from scratcher and monthly freebies coupon) undies for free. I paid a total of $60(ish) after the coupons and I saved $34 that day and got another coupons for more savings on my next purchase including the $10 secret reward and a sample of their perfume.

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The Rising Demand For Au Pairs Everywhere

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Image by Kathleen Cragun via Flickr

The need for au pairs is on the rise as mothers attempt to juggle work and family life. In today’s tough economic times, many parents need to work in order to make ends meet and gone are the days of moms staying home to raise the children. That’s where Perfect Match Au Pairs London can help.

The Need for Au Pairs Has Increased

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Image by Katherine Hala via Flickr

But for many parents, finding reliable and trustworthy childcare can be a huge strain. Childcare fees are costly and before and after school care equals a very long day for young kids.

That’s why more and more families are turning to au pairs from agencies. Choosing to go through an agency assures parents that the au pairs have been checked out, interviewed and vetted and are suitable to care for children. Many families are also finding that hiring a live-in au pair offers a flexible solution.

Greater Awareness

Another reason there’s been a rise in the au pair market is greater awareness. Families are more understanding of what an au pair is and the importance of approaching agencies like Perfect Match Au Pairs in London to help them find a balance between work and family life.

The Benefits of Hosting an Au Pair

There are a myriad of benefits to employing an au pair’s services.

  • Au pairs are cost effective, especially if you have more than one child
  • Au pairs offer flexibility and the ability for parents to remove a layer of stress that comes with juggling family and work commitments.

The Experience of Having an Au Pair

Convenience and affordability aren’t the only advantages of hiring a prospect. It can also be about sharing cultural experiences. Au pairs from different countries can offer cultural and language enlightenment to children which can greatly enrich their learning experiences.

For a lot of families, child minding offers a much broader experience. It can be a sort of cultural exchange program and often families will extend their au pair’s contract long after the initial placement ends.

How to Find an Au Pair

While a lot of families try to find au pairs independently, going through perfect Match Au Pairs London, will ensure that you receive an au pair who has been screened and will be a good fit for your family. The reputable agency offers a high level of screening and a good level of support during the placement process.

When sourcing an au pair – be it through an agency or independently – there are several things you can do to ensure the entire experience is a very positive one. These include:

  • Sit down as soon as possible with your chosen au pair and explain your family life to them and how you choose to live.
  • Write down guidelines for your new au pair.
  • Be clear and specific about your rules and expectations for your home.
  • If the au pair is of a different culture to you and your family, provide clear details of your way of living.
  • Always respect your au pair’s need for privacy.
  • Work towards supporting your au pair through the early weeks of adjustment.

Inclusion is important too. An au pair, typically, is joining a family because they want to be a part of the family. They’re going to be looking after your children the way you want them to, so including in them in family activities, if they so wish, will help to strengthen the bonds between all of you.

It’s important to be open about having a meaningful experience with your au pair and be willing to warmly welcome them into your family unit.

On the whole, hiring an au pair offers an exciting experience that frees up the stresses of family and work balances.

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How Often to Bathe a Newborn Child?

Deciding how often to bathe a newborn child can be something that new parents are very unsure of. Frankly speaking, exactly how often you should be bathing your child will vary a lot depending on the specific circumstances – but there are a few rules of thumb that certainly apply.

For starters, during the first week or so until the umbilical cord falls off, it is best to restrict yourself to sponge baths alone. These can be carried out on a daily basis, and care should be taken to avoid touching the cord itself. Be sure to clean the genital areas thoroughly, and also wash your child’s face and hands on a regular basis.

Once the umbilical cord has dried up and fallen off, let the area heal for a while before you start to give your newborn tub baths. Initially these baths should be no more than once every two days or so, because they could cause your baby’s skin to dry out very quickly and that’s something that you’ll probably want to avoid. For the first year you can probably limit yourself to about three baths per week, unless there are specific situations that call for more.

No two babies react in exactly the same way when it comes to water and bathes. Some find the water soothing and are content to remain it in and play for quite some time. On the other hand, many other babies will react badly and start to cry the minute they’re placed in a tub. Assuming your baby finds it distressing, you should bathe them as quickly as possible to avoid too much discomfort.

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The first time that you bathe them is bound to be a nervous experience for you as a new parent too. Check out moms.com for advice on how to best bathe your child, and slowly but surely you’ll begin to get used to it and become more confident as well.

After the first year or so (when your child is hardly a newborn any longer) you can graduate to a more regimented routine of daily baths. Once again, depending on the situation you may want to vary your bathing routine accordingly, but that is very much something that you should decide based on what you feel your child’s requirements are. So long as you keep them clean, you’re doing a good job!

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What a beautiful foamy skies

This is what we saw this morning as soon as I opened our front door…. A beautiful sky full of foamy clouds with bright blue background. I took pictures of it and I’m sure it’s going to be a talk of the town because we rarely get this kind of sky. It is gorgeous. Isn’t it?

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How to Feel Safe and Secure When Living Alone

When it comes to living alone, safety is usually a person’s number one concern. Creating a secure environment within the home is not as difficult as it might seem. There are many practical safety solutions that can enhance a your independence without suffocating it.

Here are the top tips:

1. Home Security System

Investing in a home security system can offer you comfort in knowing that your home is protected. If someone attempts to break in, you, the authorities, and the security system are alerted. As an added bonus, the sound of the triggered alarm usually scares burglars away. To find the best home security for your situation, do a quick online keyword search that includes your location, such as ADT alarms in Missouri, or something similar. These searches can offer you a detailed list of cost, security features, and reviews on various systems and companies.

2. Always Lock Up

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Regardless of whether you feel safe in your neighborhood or building, or even if you are just dropping in for a few minutes, always lock your doors. An open door is a perfect invitation for a burglar.

Often times people are in a hurry or have their hands full and inevitably forget to lock their doors. However, getting into this type of habit can lead to unintentionally leaving your doors unlocked while at work, running errands, or even at night.

Also, if you have recently moved to a new place, it is a wise idea to change your locks.  Or, if you live in an apartment, install an additional lock. Who knows how many past tenants or owners still have keys or whom they passed keys out to.

3. Curtains and Blinds

Adding window coverings offers you privacy as well shielding any big-ticket items you have inside that might be attractive to burglars. Even if you live in a high-rise building, window coverings are still a wise idea, for you never know what can be seen from other buildings in the area or from the street.

4. Dog

Dogs are extremely loyal companions, and are usually very protective of their owners. If an intruder is on the property or inside of the home, dogs are the first to sense that something is not right. With a growl or deep bark dogs can alert you of a burglar’s presence. Likewise, their bark will deter the intruder from entering.

5. Lighting

Intruders seek out homes they can discreetly enter in and out of. A well lit home illuminates it to the street, making it far too challenging for a burglar to enter undetected.

6. Social Media

Be cautious with how much information you give out publicly over social media. Quite a few burglaries happen because of too much public information allowed over the Internet.

7. Extra Measures

Adding a metal bar to any sliding glass door or window in the home prevents anyone from the outside the ability to open a window, adding an extra layer of security.

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