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Posted by Dana Claflin on 10/24/2019

Once you have all the inspections and walk-throughs, sign all the paperwork, and get the keys, now what? Do you move in right away? Remodel? Upgrade? Just paint? Depending on your financial situation after the down-payment and closing costs, you might wonder if you will ever have enough to make some changes to your kitchen. While you save up for the big remodel, give your kitchen backsplash a makeover to see you through the waiting.

Consider one of these low-impact backsplash options

Stick on tiles: Whether you want the subway tile look, an impressive glass tiles mosaic, or standard square tiles, you can get the look for less with elegant peel and stick tile options. Apply SkinnyTile or Smart Tiles (available at DIY stores, specialty tile shops, and through online resources) to your walls. These stick-on tiles come in a vast variety of colors, textures, designs, and finishes from glass look to stone to wood. 

This technology gives you a three-dimensional appearance on a tile that is only 2mm thick. It resists humidity—allowing it to work well above the sink and dishwashers—and heat—so you can install it above your cooktop. These tiles stick onto drywall or over the top of existing tiles which makes your project even more straightforward. Although the manufacturer recommends grout when possible, it is not mandatory, so if the idea of having to grout puts you off, no worries here. All you need are readily available glass cutting tools.

Stick on wood: To give your kitchen a modern, farmhouse, or shabby chic vibe, consider all the options available with stick-on wood veneer products. Stikwood gives you access to a variety of finishes and stain colors. This real-wood veneer goes right on the wall and lets you unleash your creativity. You can find all the installation tools you need right at the Stikwood website or use what you already have.

Peel and stick planks from Plank and Millwork vertically or horizontally and you can cut them with a utility knife, although a miter saw gives you a more professional look. Create a decorative herringbone pattern or use whitewashed planks to make your kitchen appear historical.

Give your kitchen a shiplap-look with stick-on vinyl plank flooring. You will find extensive choices at your local flooring or DIY suppliers. The vinyl takes a beating and gives your wall the woodgrain texture you crave. Leave them natural, paint them white or try any other color you wish.

Once your project is complete, keep a few extras on hand in case you need to replace one or two tiles or planks. When you get ready to do your complete makeover, carefully remove your stick-on pieces and use them for another project.





Posted by Dana Claflin on 8/22/2019

Everyone has experienced that overflowing, chaotic closet. Clothes everywhere and you can't find what you're looking for. For some, this occurs occasionally, but for others, especially those with smaller closets, this can be a constant stressor that effects your time getting ready in the morning and your mental stress when trying to get where you're going. Not everyone can afford a fancy closet system that easily helps organize your clothes, and some simply don't have the space to implement one. So, what can you do to help yourself organize your clothing without installing a system? Here are a few simple organization methods to consider.

Organize by like colors. 

If you pair your outfits by matching colors, it can help to organize your clothing by color. Arrange black with black, blue with blue and so on. It can further help to hang your clothes to organize by color and in a sort of gradient pattern. Start with black, then grey, then white, then yellow, green, blue, purple pink, brown, patterns, etc. You get the idea. When you look in your closet each morning, you can head directly for the color you want to wear that day and easily find the clothes to match.

Organize by like items. 

Hanging your clothing by like items is another simple way to organize. Hang jeans, pants, skirts then dresses together. Then, hang shirts together and separate by type: tank-tops, t-shirts, long sleeves, button downs, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets. When you go to get ready, you'll be able to easily see the different pieces you need to complete your outfit.

Organize by purpose. 

If you wear specific clothing for work that you don’t wear outside of work, it can be beneficial to organize your clothing by purpose. Put all your work-wear together and all your casual wear together. Place workout clothes together and all your dress clothes together. 

Organize by frequency worn. 

One more idea, particularly useful for narrow closets is to separate your clothes by the frequency that you wear them. Put the clothing you wear most toward the front of your closet and the clothes you wear least toward the back. Depending on the season you might consider moving your winter or summer clothing to the back of your closet until the appropriate time. 

By implementing any one or a combination of the methods above you'll be well on your way to staying organized, saving time and reducing morning stress. If you have a lot of clothing and will be moving to a new home soon make sure that a large closet with a built-in organization system is on your checklist of required home features. Your professional real estate agent will help you find the best home for your wardrobe.




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Posted by Dana Claflin on 2/28/2019

Are you aware of the fact that hearts disease is one of the health conditions that kill people most? It is our responsibility to keep our heart in good shape through what we eat and our lifestyle. Here are five tips that will enable you to maintain a properly functioning heart:

Consume a heart-healthy diet

To keep your heart in good repair, you must stick to a food plan that will not pose a danger to your heart. You should avoid eating processed carbs, unique animal products, and sugar. You should also cut out toxic fats such as trans fat and GMO vegetable oil. Instead, go for foods that support a healthy heart. Examples of such foods are berries and organic vegetables, avocados, olive oils, animal products, wild caught seafood, nuts, and seeds. 

Move your body daily

There are lots of benefits associated with the movement of your body regularly. It is essential for our overall health. Sadly, many are not moving their body enough. Exercising yourself does not require much effort; it can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of using an elevator, talking a short walk after your meal, and walking to a nearby grocery store instead of taking your car. These suggestions will help towards boosting the overall health and minimize the postprandial blood sugar spike especially when you go for a walk after a meal.

Maintain a good oral hygiene 

Are you aware that there's a link between diseases of the mouth and heart disease? It is therefore essential to maintain good dental health as it is vital to the condition of the heart as well as the overall wellbeing of the body. On this note, you brush and floss daily with a natural product that is not harmful to your health and maintain good oral hygiene to keep your heart in good condition. 

Sleep adequately 

Sleep is critical as it is a way of refreshing the body. Lack of adequate sleep can trigger insulin resistance, stress, and inflammation. These are some of the risk factors for heart diseases. Therefore, you should aim at getting about 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

Look after your mental health 

People who are depressed have higher chances of developing heart problems because they are socially isolated and are always bothered with one issue or the other. Speak to your doctor if you feel depressed for more than two weeks. Having a good social life as well as friends and family willing to help goes a long way in this kind of situation.




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Posted by Dana Claflin on 10/9/2018

You’ve made it through the bidding process and you’ve finally unpacked the last of your boxes. It’s finally time to show off your new home to your friends, family, and new neighbors! Throwing a party can be intimidating, especially a housewarming party since it's not every day you move to a new house. If you don’t know where to start to host your housewarming party keep reading for some tricks and tips below. Send out the invites. In the age of technology sending out e-vites is as easy as a few clicks and saves on postage, however, physical invitations include the opportunity to add a handwritten note to your loved ones and new neighbors. This adds a personalized and thoughtful touch to let them know you look forward to having them attend your party. You may also want to consider allowing guests to bring a friend. Doing so will also help you expand your social circle in your new community and make new acquaintances more comfortable. Including a reply by date will give you the opportunity to know how many guests to expect and allow you to plan accordingly. Clean and stock your home. A tidy home will impress your guests. Ensure that every room is spick and span as your guests will be hoping to see each room in your new home. Make sure your bathroom is well stocked for your guests. Think items like toilet paper, soap, air freshener, and extra towels. Go the extra mile and make your home smell good with lightly scented candles or an oil diffuser. Plan your menu. Skip the sit-down dinner in favor of finger foods. You will also want to keep dietary restrictions in mind when creating your menu, include a few vegetarian, dairy free and/or gluten free options to play safe. Creating a few different table spreads will allow for guests to mix and mingle throughout the house and avoid an overcrowded room. Greet guests. Be sure to greet incoming guests at the door or assign someone to do so for you to create a welcoming atmosphere for your party. Offer to take any coats or bags and make introductions to other guests to encourage a sociable atmosphere. Entertain. Have some simple games on hand to occupy guests like horseshoes or tic-tac-toe. You’ll also want to have a playlist prepared ahead of time to encourage a party atmosphere. If putting together a playlist isn’t your thing look into a music service that will automate one for you so that all you need to do is pick the atmosphere you would like for your party. The idea of hosting a party might seem like the last thing you want to do after the stress of buying and moving house however you can throw a party that is just as much fun for you as it is for your guests. By planning a casual housewarming party you can put in minimal planning and focus more time on having fun with your friends, family, and new neighbors.




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