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The Rise of Eco-Friendly Household Products



You check the ingredients labels on the food you buy to ensure that you’re providing your family with healthy, safe options. The same thought process should apply when you buy household cleaners, right? Unfortunately, federal regulations governing chemicals that brands are allowed to use in cleaning products are outdated and weak. What’s worse, makers of cleaning products can legally refrain from disclosing everything that’s in their products. You can read ingredients labels all you want, but you likely won’t get the information you really need.

Some chemicals can be very harmful to human health and to the environment, so you will want to avoid them as much as possible. To do that, you’ll have to conduct extra research on your own behalf to find out which cleaning products are sustainable and safe. One of the ways you can do this is by researching companies to find out which ones are reputable and which ones are not. When Amway, for example, introduced its first original product in 1959, it offered a biodegradable, organic cleaner. Since then, through much expansion and far more product offerings, Amway has maintained its commitment to sustainability and healthy living.

But remember that looking for the word “green” on a label isn’t enough. If enough people start buying better products, consumers can send a message to the government and to the cleaning industry — they want safe, sustainable products. Check out the following infographic to learn more about how to research cleaning products and switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.


9 Tips For A Healthier Barbecue



Whether you are a regular griller, or you only occasionally degrease the rack and cook up some steaks for close friends, barbecuing offers unique flavors as well as an enjoyable atmosphere. It even gives you the opportunity to show off your pristinely maintained external living area. While you might think of a barbecue as being a red meat feast, littered with high calorie beers, and you may even know of the potential for charred meat to carry excessive amounts of carcinogens, there is no reason that you can’t enjoy a healthy meal. Here are 9 Tips For A Healthier Barbecue.


1 – Get Creative With Veggies


Burgers, sausages, steaks; these tend to be the constituent parts of a barbecue menu. Unfortunately, none of these are particularly healthy, although you can prepare your own burgers and you can make them from lean turkey or lamb mince to reduce calories and minimize your fat intake. Get creative with vegetables, and even fruit, in order to enjoy a more varied and balance menu, to increase your intake of different vitamins and minerals, and to reduce calorific intake.


2 – Grill More Fish


You don’t have to limit your healthy options just to fruit and vegetables, either. There are many dish that can be prepared and cooked on the barbecue. Some of them can be grilled directly on the rack, but some may fall apart too easily if they are prepared in this way. For flaky fish, you can wrap them in foil and create parcels that can be cooked on top of the grill rack or even placed in cooling coals in order to really envelop them in heat and ensure that they are cooked through. Add some lemon juice or garlic for added flavor.


3 – Remove Skin From Chicken Breasts


Chicken is a healthy meat. It has less fat than red meats and it is lighter when eating. Chicken can be used to make skewers or kebabs, and portions can be cooked in foil parcels. You can even remove the backbone, and spatchcock the chicken to make it even easier to cook. However you choose to prepare and cook the chicken meat, though, you should remember to remove its skin. The skin of the chicken contains unsaturated fat and while it is believed that small amounts of unsaturated fat occasionally is not bad for you, you should consider removing the skin before barbecuing in order to enjoy a lower fat meat option.


4 – Wrap Meat In Foil To Avoid Carcinogens


When fat drips off meat and onto the coals, it causes flare ups that could potentially cause the creation of carcinogens on the food. Carcinogens can increase the likelihood of getting cancer, and while it might be unlikely that eating a burned burger will lead to cancer, it is a risk that can be easily avoided by wrapping meat in foil and ensuring that you don’t get flare ups. Strictly speaking, it is the charred section of the meat that has the highest concentration of carcinogens so if your meat does get burned, try to remove these sections before eating in order to eliminate the risk.


5 – Check Meat Temperatures


There is no excuse for meat that is burned on the outside and raw in the middle. This is generally a sign that you started to cook on the barbecue before it was really ready. The flames should have disappeared and the coals should have burned to a grey before you even contemplate putting meat on the rack. You can also buy inexpensive meat thermometers and probe thermometers that can be inserted into the meat to check the temperature. Try not to stab the meat too often, though, or you will ruin the flavor by letting the meat juices run out.


6 – Don’t Overfill Plates


Another common mistake during barbecues is to get carried away with the cooking and, once too much food has been prepared, it can be very difficult to take a sensible portion size. A decent rule of thumb is to only three quarters fill your plate, and this doesn’t mean that you should go out and buy larger plates. You should only eat until you’re full, rather than eating to clear your plate, especially if you are looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. If you’re still genuinely hungry after eating your three quarters of a plate, you can always go back for the other quarter of a plate.


7 – Check The Sides


No matter how healthy your main meals and meat dishes are, all of your hard work can be undone by the addition of coleslaw and potato salad with full fat mayonnaise and other side dishes and side orders that are high in calories and fat. Use light mayonnaise, or replace it with lower fat alternatives. Instead of pasta salads, offer proper green salads, and also check the fat and calorie content of any sauces and other sides and extra dishes that you include.


8 – Low Fat Desserts


When it comes to dessert, ice creams and chocolate based puddings can be replaced with fruit dishes and other healthier alternatives. You can even create fruit skewers or fruit parcels that can be cooked on the barbecue to create great tasting desserts. If you do make fruit desserts, avoid chocolate sauces and syrups because these too are very high in calories and sugar.


9 – Replace Rolls With Pittas And Wraps


Rolls are high in carbohydrates and surprisingly high in calories. Even brown and wholemeal bread is likely to be higher in calories than you imagine. Pittas, wraps, and flat breads offer a great alternative. They are better for you, they can even be home cooked on the barbecue while you are preparing the rest of your food, and you can add extra ingredients to the bread to further enhance the flavour of your foods. Create garlic pitta breads and flat breads, and you should find that the flavor of the bread negates the need to add sauces. has a large catalogue of barbecues, barbecue accessories, and other accessories. Buy high quality barbecues from the likes of Weber, Broil King, and Outback, as well as accessories like smoking chips.

Here are Some Ways to Cope With Household Chores


There’s no denying that household chores are boring and unpleasant for most people, but they are also an unavoidable part of life. While you’ll probably never love doing the housework, there are things you can do to make it less tedious.

Here are some ways to cope with everyday household chores:

  1. Establish a routine. If you leave the chores till you feel like doing them, chances are they won’t get done. This is a good way to end up with an overflowing laundry hamper and a dirty house. The best way to ensure that your household jobs get completed is to establish a routine and stick to it. Base the routine realistically on your lifestyle so that you can do the most time consuming chores when you have the time. Don’t schedule hard jobs after work when you know you won’t have the energy. After you’ve stuck to your routine a few times, it will begin to turn into a habit, making housework easier.
  2. Use cleaning time to exercise. There’s a lot of movement involved in cleaning the house. Think of all the reaching and lifting and pushing you have to do when vacuuming, dusting and washing windows. You can burn a lot of calories this way, and unlike the gym, this exercise is free and there’s no one watching. If you want to know just how much exercise you’re doing while completing household chores, invest in a pedometer to measure your steps. You might be surprised at how much housework contributes to your fitness level. Many people who work in offices don’t get anywhere near the amount of exercise they need, so housework can play a role in alleviating this.
  3. Listen to music you love. To help you get in the mood to clean and burn calories, pump up the music. This will make cleaning seem like a lot more fun and you can even add some dance moves to your routine. Music is great for relaxation, and by using it to elevate your mood while you’re cleaning, you can turn housework into a form of stress relief rather than a contributing factor. If you spend your days in front of a computer, look at this as time to reconnect with your body and try to enjoy the feeling of doing physical labour for a change. Cleaning time can be turned into much-needed ‘me time’ for busy people just by changing the way you perceive it.
  4. Invest in proper equipment. To make the most of your cleaning time, it’s important to use the right equipment. Professional window cleaning equipment can give you the results you’re after, instead of leaving windows looking streaky and cloudy. A quality vacuum cleaner with filters is essential to keep your home free of dust and allergens. Mops and brooms vary in quality, and the cheap ones don’t last long and may be detrimental. Be sure to research cleaning products before using them, as some surfaces require specialized equipment and can be damaged if you use the wrong things.
  5. Take a moment to admire your handiwork. After you’ve put in all that hard-work, it’s important to take a moment to step back and admire it. There’s nothing quite like an organized, clean home to make your whole life look brighter. So, revel in this moment of calm and order, before the kids or housemates come home and mess it all up again!

Following these simple steps can make household chores seem like less of a drag.


Vehicle Washing Tips with Norwex



It’s not that I disliked washing my vehicle “the old fashioned way” with a water hose, a bucket of soapy water and a big soppy sponge… I actually found it quite therapeutic.  An opportunity to enjoy some alone time with the outdoors…and my car! (Ohhhh, how I would swoon over that car.)  But, I digress…

My first introduction to Norwex MicroFiber was with the EnviroCloth & Window/Polishing Cloth Set.  It was love at first use!  And as a matter of fact, the first place I use them was in my SUV to clean the dashboard and all it’s gadgets and knobs, and of course, the windows. The result was mind-blowing!  I had to have more of these amazing cloths, so I booked a party, of course. The night of my party, I decided to sign up as a consultant, because I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get all the freebies.  All I wanted to do was stock my cabinet with as much Norwex as I could get…. Even though I had only used one cloth so far, I was hooked!

In this bunch of freebie stuff was an adorably cute and cuddly, fluffy green mitt.  This poof of puffy microfiber fingers was irresistibly intriguing to look at and touch, it actually made me smile, but to wash my car with it?  C’mon!  I knew the EnviroCloth did a spectacular job cleaning the inside of my car with just water, but that’s an entirely different kind of dirty, right?  I wasn’t convinced. So, the cloth sat in my closet…for years.

That’s right. Two summers passed before I had heard enough testimonials from other happy Car Wash Mitt users before I gave it a try.  And, quite honestly, I was still a bit skeptical, but the time had come. So, I filled a gallon bucket with water, tossed the green fluffy thing into the bucket and marched out to the driveway.  It was a nice warm sunny day, perfectly therapeutic…what did I have to lose.

I flopped the sopping mitt onto the roof of my car with the “finger-like” side downward to grab the dirt. Swooshed it over every inch, then wrung out the mitt and went over the roof with the “smooth” side to remove any excess water.  Then, I paused to watch as the rooftop dried quite quickly, and to my amazement, steak-free! This was a good sign, so I moved on to the hood and trunk areas, then the side panels, the front grill and even the tire wells and rims… everything.  I remember making an audible “huft” sound to signal I had done my part, as to dare the finished car results to prove the efficacy of the cloths.

I dumped out the dirty water into my lawn (which I had no issue with as there were no chemicals in it), went into the house to return the bucket and mitt and announced to my husband that I had just washed the car, proudly adding that it only took me about 15 minutes. I then invited him out to inspect my work, not really knowing what the true result would be.

Would I sound dramatic if I say the results were jaw-dropping?  I will admit I felt a little giddy.  The only issue I had was that the windows, mirrors and chrome were spotted. A result of washing and drying in the afternoon sun. It was an easy resolve.  Now, when I wash I also use the Car Cloth to quickly “shammy” the car dry.  No more spots!

Not that it takes two to wash the car, but my husband and I have established quite the routine. He does the green Car Wash Mitt on the exterior while I EnviroCloth the interior. I then finish the exterior windows and mirrors with my Polishing Cloth.  It takes us literally less than 10 minutes. We do this together weekly. Not that we have to, and not because it’s a big chore… because it’s therapeutic.

In a Nutshell;

The Car Wash Mitt & Car Cloth are both made of superior Norwex microfiber which allows you to achieve a real clean without the need for added toxic chemical cleaners.  All you need is the water out of your faucet!

I have also used the Car Wash Mitt to clean our house siding, the patio rails, outdoor furniture, and my girlfriend absolutely loves it for her motorcycle!  And, I use the Car Cloth in my bathroom to shammy the glass shower doors streak-free. The uses for this fluffy green mitt and window cloth are only bounded by your needs and imagination … don’t let the “car” title limit you.

The Car Wash Mitt & Cloth, like all Norwex microfiber, saves you time & money by eliminating the need to buy and pre-mix additional products. It also lessens water consumption, the disposal of toxic chemicals into our environment and their containers into our landfill. And most important of all, reduces your exposure to unnecessary toxic chemicals.

There’s so much more to share!

I invite you to learn more about Norwex microfiber and other home cleaning and personal care products @, and join me on facebook @ Darlene Nagy – Norwex Independent Sales Consultant (

Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to your Norwex needs, and be sure to let me know Living Smart Girl sent you… Sheila has something special for when you do!

Happy, Healthy Cleaning!


Get Ready for Fall Yard Care

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It’s the middle of summer, and you’re taking a well-deserved break before September signals the start of the busiest few months of the year. There’s no rush to get to it — relax and enjoy the lazy days — but you still need to add fall yard care to your list for when the weather starts cooling off.

You may have thought that late winter was the time to kick things into gear for the new grass that will sprout in spring, but autumn is actually the time to prepare your lawn for a healthy and lush carpet of green lawn that will thrive through the summer.

So sometime soon after the leaves start turning, here’s what to do:

Adjust How Much You Water

Even though the temperatures start getting cooler in most of the country, and grass grows a bit more slowly, it’s important to keep on watering. The thing during fall is to adjust the amount of water based on the weather.

To avoid overwatering, do the tuna can test. Place empty tuna cans in various parts of the lawn and see how much water they receive during a week’s time. If any combination of irrigation and rain deposit an inch in each can, you’re good.

This is also a test to see if your sprinklers are doing their jobs; if some cans have more or less water than others, adjust the sprinkler heads.

Keep on Mowing

Because the grass isn’t growing as fast, you can cut down on the schedule, but as soon as the turf reaches the recommended height for its variety (generally between 2 and 4 inches), get out the machine and mow the grass down one-third of its height.

Mowing not only keeps your lawn looking neat, but it helps keep the grass healthy and free of weeds and insects. And it also chews up fallen leaves and turns them into soil-enhancing mulch.

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Rake and Dethatch

This means more than taking a rake and removing the surface leaves that while pretty now, will soon turn into a soggy blanket that stifles the grass. Apply some pressure to loosen and remove the thick layer of plant debris that has accumulated under the grass during the summer and that would otherwise restrict water and airflow.

Don’t rake too harshly, though, or you’ll be removing healthy grass along with everything else. While you’re at it, it’s time to take lawn furniture, big toys, and the like off the lawn and stow them.

Aerate the Soil

Fall is an ideal time to aerate the soil, particularly if you’ve got clay or a lot of compaction. The process involves punching small holes all over the lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can reach grass roots easily. The plugs are left on the lawn and decompose by themselves as they feed nutrients back to the lawn.

Consider hiring a lawn care professional for this task because while you can rent what’s called a core aerator at your local garden center, they’re large and bulky. As for those silly “aerator” shoes with spikes in them, they might be fun to use but don’t get the job done.


Even if your lawn is only bare or thinning in some spots, overseeding (seeding the entire lawn) will ensure a healthy crop of thick grass that will fend off weeds. It might seem counterintuitive to seed now, but fall is the best time for seeding because the sun isn’t too hot but the ground is still warm, and in most climates, moisture is plentiful. If there’s no rain, though, be sure to water regularly until seedlings appear.


If you fertilize your lawn only once a year, doing it now will give your lawn the added nutrients to grow deep roots now as well as keep some in reserve for a good start in the spring. If your variety of turf is on a twice-a-year feeding schedule, and you fertilized in the spring, now is the time for the second round.

Stop Weeds

Weeds, like most plants, absorb energy in the fall to build strong root systems. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide now, and stop them in their tracks. Don’t wait until it gets cold, though, because most herbicide manufacturers recommend doing the treatment when daytime temperatures are still above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more detailed information about lawn care, check out The Lawn Institute.


10 Home Improvements That Aren’t Worth the Investment



If you plan to keep your home for a long time, you should obviously make whatever home improvements your family likes. However, if you plan to relocate fairly soon, you should be doing home improvements with other potential home buyers in mind. If that’s the case, here are 10 home improvements that you shouldn’t do.


Adding a Pool

It’s true that a buyer might like an in-ground swimming pool. However, pools can cost you as much as $75,000 to install. That’s not including the operations and maintenance costs. Also, a pool might appeal to adult buyers with no kids, but not to people that do have kids.


Installing a Whirlpool Bath

It might sound like a great idea for you and your family to have a whirlpool bath in your home. But the unfortunate thing is that not everyone wants a whirlpool bath, especially since they come with many hidden expenses. For example, if you install one, you might wind up having to also install a larger water heater. The constant use and larger draw on the water and power in the home will lead to larger bills, which most home buyers want to avoid.


Doing a Major Kitchen Upgrade

You might think that doing a major kitchen upgrade will be great for your home’s value. The only problem is, when it comes time to sell your home, it’s not really beneficial. If your ultra modern dining room doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of your home, buyers will be turned off. The trick to creating a kitchen that is appealing to buyers is to purchase appliances that appeal to almost anyone.



Constructing a Sunroom

A sunroom surrounded by glass might offer a great view of the surrounding area and a nice place to relax, but what it doesn’t offer is increased home value. In fact, you could spend thousands of dollars building it and only get back 60% or less of that investment when your home sells. Not only that, but sunrooms are not energy-efficient. So, you can expect your heating and cooling costs to go up for the time between when you install the sunroom and when you sell your home.


Doing Major Landscaping

Creating your own personal backyard paradise is one thing, but preparing your yard for a potential buyer is quite another. Major landscaping changes won’t increase your home’s sale value at all. You’ll just be wasting time and money. Instead, stick to simple yard upgrades, such as planting a few bushes and making sure that the lawn looks healthy. Leave the major upgrades to the next resident.


Adding a Room to Your Home

Adding an entirely new room to your home is not a good idea in terms of increasing its sale value. It costs a lot of money, and the increase in square footage means that they buyers would have to contend with heating and cooling a much larger space.


Nevertheless, creating a new bedroom in your home can be worthwhile both for your family and visiting friends and for potential buyers, as long as you do it by converting part of the existing space. For example, you can divide a larger room into two smaller rooms by installing a wall, as long as both rooms meet code standards. You may also have to install a closet or other storage options in the new bedroom.


Remodeling Your Home Office

If you enjoy your home office, that’s fine for you. But not all buyers are going to be interested in home offices at all. Upgrading yours with new equipment is also a bad idea because that equipment will soon be obsolete anyway. So, you can never expect to recover the entire amount of home remodeling investment.


Replacing Your Roof

Replacing your roof is something you should avoid prior to selling your home unless the roof is in extremely bad shape. The reason is that a brand new roof doesn’t add value to your home. On the other hand, a severely damaged roof will keep your home from selling. So, depending on the situation, you may just have to be prepared to do the replacement and eat that cost.


Adding a Garage

Adding a garage to your home can cost many thousands of dollars, and it doesn’t add to the value of the home enough to make that investment worth it for you. So, definitely avoid that home improvement unless you plan to stay in your home for a long time to come and really want your own garage.


Septic and Plumbing Upgrades

Finally, provided that your home’s current plumbing and septic systems can pass inspections, don’t upgrade them before selling the home. Buyers are not going to care that much about a new septic system. They just want one that works properly.

Getting Green with Darlene and Living Smart Girl

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SPRING CLEANING SEASON IS HERE!  A time to refresh your home, inside and out, it’s an annual chore that can make some cringe at the thought of the effort… but, can be made easy by just adding water!

That’s right, ONLY WATER…and it’s not ‘special’ water, either… just the water out of your home faucet. With Norwex microfiber and water you do not need any additional toxic chemical cleaner to achieve a REAL CLEAN!

ALL ‘microfiber’ products are NOT created equal!

Different makes of microfiber cloths have different characteristics, and the name ‘microfiber’ should not imply superior cleaning efficacy.  Two very important factors to consider are HOW the microfiber is made and WHAT it’s made of…. Norwex is the World Leader in Microfiber Technology and has developed a fiber so small and absorbent it cleans “mechanically”, without the added need of those toxic chemical agents that are costly to your pocketbook and health!

Color me a skeptic!

Like most people, the concept of “just add water” was difficult for me in the beginning, too.  I have a complete understanding for the response I receive when I share Norwex with people for the first time. That is why I am so passionate about sharing what I have learned, and how I have applied this new way of achieving a real clean to my own household.

Norwex has changed the way I clean and live!

Personally, I have not purchased one single cleaning product off the store shelf since I started using Norwex in 2013. I don’t even go near that section of the store if I can help it… the overwhelming chemical stench just about gags me!  Sadly, that chemical smell was once such a familiar (albeit false) indicator of “clean”… I now realize this; clean has no smell!

Clean virtually every home surface, floor to ceiling, inside and out… and the body, too!

I am one of the millions of people worldwide that have embraced cleaning with only Norwex Microfiber and water, and will testify that without the use of toxic chemical laden products, my house and my body are as clean as they’ve ever been, my family and pets are healthy, and I have saved oodles of time and money. It’s true!

Get started now with our Spring Cleaning Dream Team!

Our Top-Selling EnviroCloth, paired up with the Window/Polishing Cloth, is the absolute must-have duo I recommend for anyone beginning a Norwex adventure, and will clean nearly every surface of your home, floor to ceiling, including fabrics & carpeting. Add the Dust Mitt for superb dry dusting of furniture, electronics, window treatments/blinds… and when used wet, your window screens!  The Mop System, also microfiber and can be used dry or wet (only water!), will clean not only your floors, but with the telescopic handle will allow you to reach high wall and ceiling surfaces, beams, fans, vents… and even your outside windows – no ladder needed!

There’s so much more to share!

I invite you to learn more about Norwex microfiber and other home cleaning and personal care products @, and join me on facebook @ Darlene Nagy – Norwex Independent Sales Consultant (

Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to your Norwex needs, and be sure to let me know Living Smart Girl sent you… Sheila has something special for when you do!

Happy, Healthy Cleaning!



From the Lens of an Interior Designer: Elements of Detail for a Well-Designed Space

From the Lens of an Interior Designer: Elements of Detail for a Well-Designed Space

homedesign When you’re thinking about using modern design in your home or business, you need to consider the big picture. The basic elements of interior design should help you to create a space that is unique and popping with your own sense of style, but also useful, livable and workable. There’s even an entire field of science called EBD, or Evidence Based Design, which is changing the way that buildings are built. Office spaces, hotels, restaurants, museums, schools, residences and even prisons are being designed with traditional healthcare architecture in mind. And you can there’s no reason you can’t incorporate some of these design theories into your own home.   Let’s cover some of these elements below, and see how they would work for you.   Balance Balance is not just an orderly and neat symmetrical look. Balance can be presented in a variety of ways that are pleasing and interesting.

  • Symmetrical Balance: This is where the two halves of the room are repeated to either side of the central line of the room and its main focal point. This creates a harmonious and reassuring, if not somewhat formal and controlled space, though it can be used in rooms from the office to the bedroom and even bath.
  • Asymmetrical Balance: Again, there is a central line or a focal point, though this time the room is arranged in a more lively way. Think of a mid-century modern room with its wall of glass windows, and a fireplace off the central line of the room. Placing design elements like furniture, lighting and art to highlight these features requires a different technique, and a bit of practice to make it look natural.
  • Radial Balance:  The room has a central point, and the design radiates outward around the point. Think of the placement of a Kartell Furniture conference table with the lighting above it and the chairs around the table to create a focal point.

You might not think of psychology when evaluating the balance of a room, but symmetry can make you happier and calmer. Symmetrical images garnered more positive responses than asymmetrical or random ones, and can even make people smile more. So for rooms that are supposed to be restful and comforting – along with other positive adjectives – you might want to stick with symmetrical balance, leaving radial and asymmetrical-balanced rooms for more public spaces.   Contrast Mixing up textures, colors, shapes or even different design styles can prevent a room from looking too flat or matched. Contrast livens up a room by keeping visual interest. Think of a white sofa with bright red pillows, or a quarry-faced stone fireplace enclosure against a smooth and polished paneled wall. The two contrast and complement each other, holding viewers’ attention and interest.   Scale The room should not be too big or too small to hold the furnishings comfortably. A smaller room can look cluttered with just a few pieces of furniture – say a sofa, two armchairs, and a coffee table – while the same items would disappear in a room twice the size and make it look under furnished. Likewise, carpets, window treatments and art need to fit the scale of the room, and mesh well enough with each other instead of giving the eye too many places to look all at once.   Negative or White Space This is a concept of art galleries and publishing, where an item of interest is highlighted by white space or empty space surrounding the object being viewed. It’s uncluttered and serves to help people focus on that item.   Theme or Unity Your home and your business should have an underlying theme, and your decorative choices should follow and reinforce that. Keep your choices consistent, but allow for wide variations in personal spaces. For instance, you might love the cool, clean look of mid-century modern, but it might not be a restful choice for, say, a child’s bedroom.   Learning interior design is a chance to have some fun while getting your space just the way that you want it. While a professional decorator can help you pull the final details together, your space should be all about you – not what the designer wants for you. Your interiors are a reflection of you, and your tastes. So if you want to use that great old table you bought at a yard sale, go ahead and do you. Just keep in mind the above tips for a well-designed space and you can’t go wrong.

The Components Of A Great Home Theater System


The Components Of A Great Home Theater System

One of the best parts of owning a home is that you are able to add anything that you would like to make your surroundings more to your liking. There are so many different additions out there that will make your home more pleasurable for you, but none are as great as a home theatre system. A great home theatre system will allow you to enjoy your movies and music more than ever before. Here are a few components that you need to get your home theatre system going.

The Right Speakers

The first thing that you need to try to find for your home theater system is the speakers. Speakers come in a variety of different sizes and types, so you will definitely need to do some research in order to get the right ones for your needs. If you have a smaller living room, you will need to find compact stereo speakers that will allow you to get the sound that you want without take up a lot of room. The best thing to do is to set a budget and then go out in search of the speakers that you need based on your budget.

A Great Receiver

Another very important thing that
you need to have in your arsenal in regards to your home theater system is the best stereo receiver you can get your hands on to plug all of your
components in to.. The more sound and video components that you have, the bigger the receiver you will need. Be sure to consider the components you might add in the future because buying a bigger receiver than you need can come in handy in the future. Be sure to pay attention to the warranty that you get with your receiver because this may help you in future.

Quality Media to Use

When trying to get the most out of a home theater set up, a person will need to take the time to find the right quality media. Taking the time to make quality milq playlists will allow a person to fully enjoy the power of their new setup. Compiling various types of videos and music can be easy when using a great site like Milq. Without this type of media, a sound system will not be able to shine as it is intended to. Be sure to do some research before choosing which videos to download and play.

The time and effort that is put into getting a home’s theater system right will pay off. Be sure to consult with professionals to get advice on adjustments to make.


Cleaning Your Home with Essential Oils

Switching to an all natural, green cleaning system in your home requires that you learn about all the essential oils that work for different purposes and how to use them. Many oils have the ability to disinfect, kill bacteria, deodorize and break through scum that even some industrial cleaners have a hard time cutting through. With just a few different oils you can get started with a basic cleaning system to keep your house clean and then build from there based on your personal home cleaning needs.



These are some of the essential oils that you can add to your natural cleaning ingredients to care for your entire home.


Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is best for use on floors, tile and countertops because it is a great disinfectant, brightens surfaces and leaves behind a great scent. In the bathroom, this oil is the best help for scum on walls and glass doors, removing the hard to move residue.


Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is a great oil to use with water as a glass cleanser, and can be used on any other clear surfaces. The oil does not leave any streaks or residue behind and is the best oil for removing the type of scum that collects on glass.


Tea Tree Essential Oil

For stains on porcelain or countertops, tea tree essential oil is your best choice because it is able to get into the tiny pores found on these surfaces and clean out or kill the bacteria that resides there. Tea tree oil is best blended with lavender and lemongrass for wiping down generally dirty surfaces, but best applied directly to porcelain stains that need cleaning.


Orange Essential Oil

For any areas of the home that have tough grease or sticky residue, orange essential oil applied directly to the area is a great way to remove and break down the substance. Orange also kills bacteria and viruses, so not only will it remove tough grease, but it will help keep the family healthy by reducing winter bugs that we bring into our homes.


Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is known as a germ buster, mildew deterrent and odor eliminator, which is why its great for use in the bathroom or in carpets. Added to your carpet cleaner, or sprayed onto the carpet, before allowing it to dry out fully, peppermint does a great job at keeping these carpets clean and fresh smelling. In the bathroom, peppermint oil works to keep everything smelling fresh and bacteria free.


Using Essential Oils

In most cases, essential oils can be added to your other natural cleaners, or combined to create basic cleaners with household products that you already have on hand. If scent is important to you, it is okay to blend the different essential oils together to create a fragrance that you are happy with, but will also work to keep your home clean.

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