February 3, 2016

Free Standing Tubs and Bathroom Design Trends

Current trends lean toward large bathrooms that can be designed as a relaxation oasis or rejuvenation station. Sleek, luxurious and uncluttered are some of the basic goals to strive for when designing and decorating a bathroom. Tile and stone have moved to the forefront of bathroom material choices. Nature-inspired decor is often used to create the spa-like atmosphere that is a popular design choice for a master bath. 

Tub, Shower or both

The design trend of separating the tub and shower space opens up new opportunities for creating a bathroom that satisfies your needs and desires. Generally, showers are a convenience when are preparing for work, for a busy day off or for times when you need re-energizing. Tubs are most frequently reserved for slow, relaxing soaking time. Free standing tubs are available in design styles that can cater to your physical comfort without compromising on style. Typically, a standalone tub is easier to install than a built-in tub.

Decorative options

Free standing tubs offer you the chance to diversify the placement of the tub. It can be positioned under a skylight in the middle of the room, placed on an elevated platform to make it a focal point of the room, situated in a corner or even placed inside of a large shower. Design styles are extensive. There's a free standing tub design that will complement any decor style. Basically, any of these tubs can easily be considered an artistic feature in the bathroom.

Creative Bathroom Decor Ideas

With the trend toward nature-themed bathroom decors increasing in popularity and the focus of comfort remaining paramount, you can be very creative with your decorating ideas. A living wall, filled with lush green plants that will thrive in the lighting and moisture conditions of your bathroom, would be an impressive background to showcase a free-standing tub. Natural wood accents are another way to add a spa-like atmosphere to your bathroom. 

Chandelier lighting, pendant lights and recessed lighting with a dimming option are ideal ways to create a luxurious atmosphere in the bathroom. Accessories such as a towel warmer, plush bath towels, luxurious rugs, impressive wall art and a limited number of exquisite decorative accessories can help you achieve the elegant bathroom design you desire.

January 12, 2016

Your Teeth Matter: Eat This, Not That

Going to the dentist isn’t exactly something anybody looks forward to. However, the problems really begin when you don’t go at all. After all, it’s a whole lot worse to go to the dentist because you’re in pain and need a root canal than to get a basic preventative checkup.

While you can’t avoid going to the dentist, there are some things you can do on your own to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. One of them is to eat the right foods. Use this guide to make sure your diet contains foods that are good for your teeth while eschewing those that are potentially problematic.

Apples

When you think of apples, you probably think of sweet, crisp treats that you can eat as a healthy alternative to things like cheese and crackers. Maybe you think of apple pie instead. While that second choice isn’t so great for your teeth, fresh apples are often referred to as cleansers for the mouth.

Though they do contain sugar and acid, apples work to scrub some of the bad bacteria off your teeth that can form plaque and other gross stuff you don’t want there. So follow your lunch with an apple and have a midday one for good measure.

Your Brooklyn dentist would approve of your snacking choices, no matter what type of apple you prefer to munch on.

Chicken

Chicken is a healthy lean protein that you know is an ideal food for your diet, but it’s also good for your teeth. It helps strengthen and clean them, so make sure you eat this food regularly if you’re a carnivore.

Just skip the sweet sauces like barbecue or sweet and sour.

Popcorn

For some people, the idea of going to a movie without having their hand in a barrel sized bucket of popcorn is painful to even think about. The problem is that popcorn really isn’t very good for your teeth.

Those little bits of kernel can easily get stuck between your teeth where they’ll do a lot of damage until you floss. Bite down on an un-popped kernel and you might be at your dentist’s office before you even have a chance to finish the movie.

If you must eat popcorn, make sure you’re careful when you do it. Carry some xylitol gum with you or stop in a convenience store after the movie too. Gum with xylitol helps clean your teeth – at least until you can get to the dental floss and toothbrush.

December 11, 2015

Improving Home Safety: Tips for Every Homeowner

Almost everybody with a home wants to keep it safe. That's pretty obvious and it isn't something most people question. If you have a family, you obviously want to keep the people you care about safe in your home as well.

Doing that isn't always quite as easy as it sounds though. In fact, keeping the average American household safe can feel like a full time job if you're not on top of everything. There are some things you can do to make it easier though.

Use this guide to help you keep your home protected from everything that can go wrong.

Get Regular Home Inspections

Home inspections aren't something most homeowners think about. If you're living in your home and doing just fine, why would you need one, right?

The answer is that you can't always see problems in your home because you just don't have the eye for it. Professionals can spot things like foundation issues, plumbing problems and even damaged roofing before you can.

Spotting problems early will help you to save money on repairs as well. Who couldn't use some help with home repair savings?

Hire Professionals

If you want to keep your home safe, one of the best things you can do is hire the right people to do work in your home. Believe it or not, you might have 20 people or more coming to your home each year to do work for you, from your plumber to your roofer to a housekeeper.

Hiring the right people ensures less damage to your home and safety even when the leave the premises. 

Install Gas Detectors

Almost every single home already has smoke detectors in it. If you keep yours working with regular battery changes and random tests, you know that you'll be alerted if there's any smoke or fire in your home.

However, there's more to keeping your family safe than just preventing fire and getting out of harm's way. Gasses can also cause serious health concerns, and if they aren't dealt with, they can lead to respiratory failure.

The most common gasses a homeowner will have to deal with are radon gas and carbon monoxide. Radon gas removal is essential if you're buying a new home, but installing detectors that can pick it up is important if you're living in an older house.

You also need detectors that can pick up carbon monoxide before it becomes a problem.

December 5, 2015

A Vacation For You and Your Pet

You often hear the term "separation anxiety" in regards to the emotional distress or insecurity a dog has when its owner leaves home. If you've ever felt a sense of guilt or sadness when you leave you dog at home or at a boarding facility, that could be consider separation anxiety on your part. 

Pet owners who experience separation anxiety tend to think that they are doing what's best for their pet if they take it on vacation with them. In many situations, vacationing with your pet isn't the ideal experience for either of you. What will your dog be doing while you're enjoying vacation activities? Are you going to have to temporarily board your pet in the area you're vacationing in so that you comply with motel restrictions? How much time will your dog spend in a crate if you take it on vacation with you? 

As a concerned, caring pet owner, finding a local pet boarding facility that provides excellent care for your dog would be one of the kindest things you could do for your pet. Boarding your dog at a luxury pet resort such as Paw Print Inn is like providing it with an upscale vacation that it will enjoy while you are enjoying a much-deserved vacation of your own. Your active dog will have ample playtime while vacationing at the resort. Your senior dog can lounge in comfort and bask in the attention the staff gives it. Choosing a boarding facility that has a webcam can ease some of your anxiety. 

There are several advantages to finding a boarding facility that offers a variety of services such as grooming and doggie day care. If you take your dog there to be groomed or for some social interaction with other dogs and the staff at the facility, it will be more comfortable being boarded there. You'll also feel more comfortable boarding your dog with people that you know are concerned about your dog's health and happiness. When a facility gives you the opportunity to personalize a care plan for your dog, you know that they consider your dog to be a special guest at their facility. If you have a special needs dog or a senior, boarding them could be a more compassionate choice than taking them on vacation with you and exposing them to strange surroundings and unusual schedules.

November 8, 2015

Three Simple Ways To Take Control Of Your Health Right Now

Although many people want to lead a productive, positive life, they do not maintain the level of health necessary to make it happen. Energy deficits, chronic diseases, cloudy thinking, and poor moods are all unwanted states of being that are at least tangentially related to poor health. Luckily, there are several simple strategies you can implement to take control of your health right now. Here are three of them:

1. Invest In Testing Kits. 

In many cases, people endure unwanted symptoms and physical pain because they have not accurately diagnosed the condition that is impacting their body. Don't make this mistake. Instead, invest in testing kits so you can figure out what type of ailment you're struggling with. In some cases, unwanted physical symptoms are the result of a pregnancy, meaning that you simply need to start investing in prenatal care services. Companies like Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. are pleased to provide clients with a great HCG Combo pregnancy test as well as other testing kits that can help identify the presence of disease in your body. 

2. Work Out.

Although we're constantly reminded that exercise is an important activity to engage in, only about half the country works out regularly. Failing to implement and adhere to a physical activity program is a big mistake. In fact, leading a sedentary lifestyle makes you more susceptible to a wide range of dangerous and even deadly diseases. Yet by working out regularly, you can reap numerous health benefits, some of which include:

• better sleep
• elevated mood
• clearer skin
• regulated blood pressure
• improved posture
• weight management 

3. Optimize Your Eating Habits.

One of the biggest factors that contributes to lackluster health is poor eating habits. When you fail to eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, you do not provide your body with the material it needs to function optimally. However, you have the power to take a careful look at your diet and then make positive changes. One great way to get started is replacing your daily cup of coffee with a fresh green smoothie chock full of spinach, bananas, apples, and other life-giving ingredients. You can also replace candy bars with delicious trail mix. 

Embrace Wellness Now

If you find that you suffer from a chronic illness or simply lack energy, it's time to take control of your health. To get started, try implementing the wellness tips and tricks outlined above. In so doing, you'll likely start to look and feel better with lightning speed!

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October 7, 2015

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Please meet our Destination Co-host:
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This month we will be travelling to Naples, ITALY
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This wonderful blog is so full of inspiring hints, helpful parenting tips, delicious recipes, giveaways & linkies!  This is how Stephanie describes herself & her blog: "Wife to J. Momma to C. lover of reading, traveling and a good dose of Mexican food.  Obsessed with reality TV, Christmas and capturing life through a lense.  Join me as I share life as a wife and mommy while remembering to take some time for me."

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