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The Determined DIY Diva – Glam Containers and Snazzy Artwork August 27, 2015

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There’s crafty and then there’s near genius. Crafty is for beginners, right? It’s the phase when you decide you are totally cut out for creating something spectacular on your own. Who needs store bought stuff? Enthusiasm abounds as you race to the store for supplies. But then comes the let down, when this stroke of inspiration is followed by the phase of sad, sorry projects that went awry because you lacked experience. Fear not, though, and try again. A few mistakes are investable but you’ll soon feel like pro once you’ve mastered the skill of DIY. Try these two projects! 

From pickle jar to glamour girl container

Save those jars! You can transform them from vinegar swishing cucumber containers to lovely storage containers that are reminiscent of apothecary jars. Wash the jars well (very well!) with a strong dish detergent and the run them through the dishwasher as many cycles as are necessary to rid them of the pickle smell. Include the lids because they retain the vinegar smell even more than the glass jar.

Then, paint the lids pretty colors using rubber paint. Purchase pretty drawer pulls from the cabinetry section at a store, and use hot glue to attach them to the lids. Try crystal or porcelain pulls because they are feminine, pretty, and classy. All done! Fill them with things like cotton balls or hair ties – anything that will look nice because it will be visible through the glass.

Bleeding hearts art

This project is dazzling when it’s done and it’s so much fun that you’ll feel like you’re back in kindergarten. There is a particular kind of tissue paper that is known as “bleeding tissue paper.” It transfers color when laid atop porous surfaces.

Purchase some in colors your heart most desires. While you’re at the store buy a blank white artist’s canvas. When you get home cut the tissue paper into heart shapes. Wet the canvas with water, lay the tissue paper hearts on it, and gently press them into place. Let it sit overnight and then remove them.

The color and shapes will have transferred to the canvas, at which point you’ll have a lovely piece of artwork. Hang it on the wall and brag to your friends about how terribly difficult it was to create!


How to Rid Your Home of Flies August 20, 2015

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During the spring and summer months, it is natural to open windows and doors. The additional fresh air and sunlight is wonderful to let into the house. 

However flies insist on coming in without being invited. Even if you don’t leave windows or doors open, they somehow find their way in! They are drawn to light, access to food and pleasant conditions indoors. Find out how to deter and kill these pests.

Clean your kitchen thoroughly and often. Flies are drawn to fruit and veggies that have been left sitting out. That is why it is important to never leave dirty dishes with food scraps in the sink. Ensure that all food items are put away and covered. Wipe down countertops to ensure that crumbs are not accessible. Keep garbage covered. It is best to have a trashcan with a lid on it.

Pet food, wet or dry, attracts flies. Cover these dishes if your pet does not finish the food quickly. Make sure that stored pet food is sealed tightly. Keep pet food in a bin if at all possible.

Shut out light. Since flies are attracted to light, darken the house by closing blinds and drapery. Leave one small opening for the flies to exit. They will be attracted to the light coming in and exit the home. If they do not exit, you can swat the flies near the exit quickly and without running around after the pests!

Make a flytrap out of household items. Use a mason jar with a metal lid and poke holes in the top. The holes must be big enough for the flies to enter. These creatures can be lured in but cannot usually fly out. Another option is to use a cup, covered with cling wrap, sealed with a rubber band.  Don’t forget to poke fly-sized holes in the saran wrap! Fill the container half full with apple cider vinegar. Place the jar in an area where you have seen the flies. Once the fly is inside, the vinegar will kill them.

There are many different methods of ridding my home of flies. The above information is a great place to start! Good luck and enjoy a fly free home during the warmer months of the year!

How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep August 14, 2015

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Busy lives mean full schedules and participating in activities. Sometimes it can be difficult to go to bed at the same time every night. However, the benefits of a long and restful night far outweigh the inconvenience of losing an hour or two in the evening.  A full night’s sleep can help you slim down your waist, clear your skin and give you the energy you need during the day.

Night is the time when the body goes into “restore mode”: your skin begins to repair the damage that was done during the day, the digestive track rests and resets itself for the coming day and the mind is allowed to sort the thoughts and experiences from the day, translating them into long term memories. There are ways that you can get your body use to going to sleep and waking up at certain times. You must reset your body clock. Take a look at our suggestions for how to retrain your body!

Sleep with an eye mask on. This completely blocks out light and tells your brain to wind down. Make sure you set an alarm clock since it can be easy to oversleep when wearing an eye mask. There are calming, restful scented eye masks available. Lavender scented masks have a great side effect of calming as you are dozing off.

Take the appropriate steps to make your bed comfortable. If your mattress is lumpy or sags it can be difficult to stay asleep during the night. A comfortable, supportive mattress is necessary. If you need to know what to look for in a mattress, please review our “Before You Buy” post.  Don’t forget to invest in a nice set of sheets.

Make an effort to go to sleep and wake up at the same time. Creating a schedule allows your body to anticipate your wake/sleep cycle and prepare for what is coming next.   Finding your own routine will make it easier to go to sleep at night and you will wake up rested, ready to start your day. Make sure to stick as closely as possible to your established schedule and your body will get use to the particular pattern over time.

If you need any help finding the best mattress for you, feel free to ask at My Big Bob’s!

Teenage Dream: A How-To Decorate Guide August 5, 2015

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to discuss the fun and excitement that is such a lovely part of the teen years. If you’re decorating a room for a teenage girl, read on. She’ll be your biggest fan when it’s all said and done!

  • Colors: Sky is the limit with a couple of smart considerations

    • However tempted, use their favorite colors instead of yours
    • Consider the rest of your home, ideal scenario is colors they love but that also flow with the rest of the house when the door is open
    • Lighting
      • Lamps that are easily moved around so the whim of a new project or idea is easily lit
      • Durable fixtures that can withstand dance parties and pillow fights
      • Light strings for ambient mood lighting
      • Organizing the space – use the entire space by considering vertical space, for instance an elevated bed with a desk underneath, or stacks of wall shelves
      • Furniture
        • Extra seating for friends, such as a bean bag
        • Small couch or loveseat for lounging space during the time when the bed has been made for the day
        • Canopy bed with side curtains for a sense of a private personal space
        • The walls
          • Nicely framed posters of teen idols
          • Closet doors with mirrors attached , for assessing what outfit to wear for the day
          • Semi gloss paint that is easy to clean
          • The floor
            • Faux fur or shag area rugs
            • Expansive area rugs featuring bold geometric patterns
            • Brightly colored, textured rugs

Should You Update Your Bathroom? July 28, 2015

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When making updates to your bathroom it may not be clear where to start or what changes are the most important to make. But there are a few key elements to keep in mind when you are redoing your bathroom and as long as you stick to those, the rest will feel like a breeze and should fall into place rather easily.

 

First and foremost, let’s go back to the basics. That means paying attention to the lighting in your bathroom. First you should consider how much natural lighting your bathroom takes in especially in the morning and evening. If you have plenty of it, then you can place lighting in fewer places. If you have less of it then you will want to think strategically about adding mirrors and lights to your bathroom so that it is optimally illuminated when you need it the most.

 

Next you want to think about whether or not your floor needs to be replaced. If you are happy with what you have already then you can move on from here. However, don’t forget how important your bathroom is to the resale value of your home. Replacing the floor is a great way to improve the home value, and is a perfect way to update your bathroom. You can add pops of color with a creative pattern or create a more upscale feel with a marble or granite countertop.

 

Take stock of whether your bathroom cabinets need updating. You might even add extra cabinets it you didn’t have adequate storage space to begin with. Consider the overall design of your bathroom and think about if a darker or lighter wood is the best option.

 

These are just a few things to consider when you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom. The most important thing you will do is deciding what exactly you want to update, and how you want to update it ahead of time. Once you have an idea of what changes you will be making, the process becomes an exercise in design taste.  If you have any questions, feel free to talk to us about your dream bathroom!

Beautiful Backsplash July 20, 2015

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Adding a backsplash to your kitchen is a great way to add style and personality to what otherwise might be a bland painted area between your cabinets and countertops. Oftentimes kitchens lack in uniqueness because they fall flat with monochrome color schemes and a lack of decoration. With the right backsplash, you can liven up your kitchen’s design with the added utility of protecting your kitchen’s walls.

 

Design aside; a kitchen backsplash will make your life much easier. Between cooking and serving food, there are all manners of food and debris that end up splashed across your kitchen wall. A backsplash will be simple to clean—most materials that are used in a backsplash are easily wiped clean and will save you time and hassle after a big meal.

 

Backsplashes also provide you with an endless array of design options. When using tile you will be presented with almost any style and color that can be arranged into a myriad of patterns to achieve the desired affect.

 

If you are looking for a more modern design, you might opt to use a black and white design for your backsplash. Perhaps you are looking for something more unique—if this is the case, an unusual tile pattern is also another option. One unique arrangement is using accent tiles to create a visual focal point.  This design looks striking with dark woods and oversized kitchen appliances.

 

If you want more a more traditional backsplash then neutral tile is your friend. Your options are endless, and can range from a simple, single color design to a more intricate mosaic. If you are looking for ease in cleaning and an endless variety of choices, tile is the clear winner! Make sure that you correctly seal your backsplash so that water damage doesn’t ruin it over time.  My Big Bob’s can help you select the best options. 

 

Truly, your choices for a backsplash are endless. They make it easy to clean food that spatters during cooking, and can add to your kitchen’s design without having to go overboard with decorations—something extremely important in a room that requires a lot of real estate dedicated to cooking utensils and electronics. 

6 Ways to Simplify Your Life So You Can Enjoy It More July 17, 2015

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It’s been found that the more complex and demanding our lives are the less able we are to enjoy them. Living a satisfying existence can be greatly influenced by the act of simplification. But how does one accomplish this in the midst of a very hectic world? By pairing things down one at a time until you like you can breathe your day more easily. Try these six tips! 

  1. Let go of the past. Holding on to it is an energy vampire; it also fatigues your mind’s ability to regulate emotions that currently need to be watched over. If you try to do them both at the same time you’ll quickly notice that you feel depleted. Let it go.
  2. Need less and appreciate more. Rather than constantly ruminating about how great your life will be once you are living it in its ideal state, be grateful for the state it’s in today. When you always feel like you need more life seems more complicated and frustrating. Have goals but don’t live in a vacuum with them.
  3. Sever relationships with toxic people. It’s very simple. People are either adding to or detracting from your life. The parting of ways doesn’t have to be horribly unpleasant but it does need to be emphatic. You’ll be amazed by how much simpler your life is when you don’t allow others to drain you.
  4. Turn off your cell phone and all electronics for at least one hour each day. Silence truly is golden when it comes to experiencing a sense of simplicity in your life. Remember, there was a time when no one could be reached immediately from anywhere around the world, and the world survived just fine. Your life will also move along just fine if you can’t be immediately reached for one hour each day.
  5. Learn to say NO. If something is clearly going to negatively affect your life or impair your ability to fully and simplistically live it, the answer is no. Just plain NO. The more you say the easy it will become to say it again and again as needed.  
  6. Eradicate the idea of perfectionism. You are never going to do things perfectly. Never ever. Be done the notion by accepting that’s its positively silly and ridiculous to think otherwise. 

How To Create the Perfect Start To Each Day – Part 3 July 10, 2015

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Part 3 – Get your mind right

In this final post about ways to start your day we’ll discuss giving your brain the boost it needs to be your greatest ally throughout the day.

Make time for meditation. Yes, yes, we know! Holding still and meditating in today’s fast paced lifestyle feels nearly impossible. But starting your day with a quick mediation can positively affect everything that follows. No need to be an expert or take a class! There are now very easy-to-use apps that will walk you through a 2, 5, or 10 minute meditation that will work just fine.

Eat breakfast, and make it healthy. Feed your body and mind. You’ve heard this a million times. But just do it!

Listen to an inspiring or motivating video. YouTube has made it possible to access more content than we could have ever imagined. A significant portion of it is very beneficial to controlling the course of your day where your mindset is concerned. The most important aspect of this is that it allows you to source strength and positive energy from someone other than yourself. Even the strongest person benefits from hearing encouraging and informative words from others so don’t skip this. Even if you don’t have much time, some videos are as short as 3-4 minutes, yet still do the job quite well!

Spend some time on your appearance no matter how laid back your plans are for the day. It’s easy to skip the effort to look good on days when it’s possible to do so. However, when you feel like you look good you automatically do better at life. You certainly don’t have to be the bell of the ball to go to the grocery store, but you’ll function better overall if you get things done while feeling confident.

Our last piece of advice is to get started tomorrow! If you can dramatically change how great your day is, why wait? Leave us a comment and let us know about your successes.

How To Create the Perfect Start To Each Day – Part 2 July 1, 2015

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Part 2 – Getting up and running

Now that you know how to set yourself up for success let’s take a look at how to get yourself moving!

Skip the excessive snooze button marathon. Yes that extra bit of sleep feels more luxurious because it seems like you’re stealing it. However, the human body operates on what’s known as the circadian rhythm. Within it the body goes through several levels of sleep. Right before it’s time for us to wake up we enter the lightest sleep state so that we can transition into waking.

Over-using the snooze button confuses the body a great deal. Rather than stay in a waking state it thinks you’re starting the cycle all over again and begins to drop back into heavier sleep states. This is why when you over-sleep you often feel for the balance of the day like you “just can’t seem to wake up today!” To give your body the best chance for a feeling well rested throughout the day, wake up when it’s time to wake up.

Start with physical fitness but take the liberty of letting that be something you’ll actually look forward to. In other words, if going for a run at 6:00 a.m. sounds like your idea of a punishment, then avoid it. The purpose of the early morning movement is simply to get your blood flowing so that lots of oxygen makes it way to all the regions of your body, especially your brain. Some basic stretching or body flow will do the job just fine. The benefit of something like this is that you can do it in your pajamas at home while you’re still having your first cup of coffee.

You might be surprised to discover that you will actually look forward to it every day because it won’t seem too demanding. As part of your night-before routine set out the things you’ll need to get right to it before you’ve even had time to think of an excuse not to.

Next read Part 3 – Get Your Mind Right

How To Create the Perfect Start To Each Day June 25, 2015

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Part 1 – Ahead of time

We all have different ways of tackling the day and you may have already discovered a formula that ensures you can give your best. Many of you, though, are probably relying on a less than systematic way to start your day. The alarm goes off, maybe you’ve snoozed your way through too much of it and you have to leap out of bed at mock speed and maintain that frantic pace all morning in order to meet your obligations. Or perhaps you get up on time but you don’t have a method for centering yourself and setting your intentions for the day.

If this is the case, even the most well intended day can get easily derailed. To increase your joy, productivity and peace we recommend trying to establish a morning routine that grounds you and positively influences all of the hours to follow! It takes some effort to learn it and maintain it, but it’s well worth it. When you start your day in a sane and grounded way you are more efficient and effective, and you’ll likely even have more fun.

Start getting up one 30-60 minutes earlier than usual. Yes, this will likely require you to also go to sleep that much earlier as well because getting less rest is not the goal. But by getting up a little earlier you can ensure that you will always have enough time do your morning ritual without feeling rushed. In general, people who start a little earlier just so they ground themselves are happier throughout the day.

Set yourself up for the best possible morning by accomplishing things the night before. Preset the coffee pot so the coffee is ready and entices you to get out of bed. Set out your clothes and things like keys, sunglasses, and so forth so everything is super easy.

Decide ahead of time to entirely avoid electronic communication such as email and social networking until after your whole morning ritual is complete. The point is to create a space for you to prepare for the day, not start it!

Next read Part 2 – Getting Up and Running