Top 3 Fashion Decisions for Cold Weather

If you’re a real fashion enthusiast, it’s not surprising if you tend to prefer fall and winter over summer. Making good cold-weather look requires a more refined taste and some knowledge about layering, complementary colors and other elements that make an outfit attractive and well-thought-out. On the other hand, during the summer, you can just put on some shorts and throw on a tee and you’re ready to go. That is exactly the reason why dressing up for colder weather can be tricky. Here are some great tips that will keep you warm yet well-dressed even when it’s a bit chilly outside.

Layer everything

When temperatures start to decrease, it can be very tempting to throw on a thick sweater or a cozy hoody and call it a day. These chunky pieces can sometimes make you look a bit shapeless, and they leave no space for a more complicated look construction. So, instead of aiming for simplicity, try to layer your clothing with a few thinner pieces that complement each other. For starters, opt for items that don’t have a matching length, like a t-shirt that matches your cardigan’s length will make your outfit look monotonous, while variations in length give your look an interesting vibe while accentuating your figure.

On the other hand, if you want to pay attention to any beading or other decorative accents that might stick out beneath the top piece or cause bumps underneath and disturb the overall shape of your look. Also, thicker straps and unusual necklines can be tricky to layer. If you decide to a top piece with a closed neckline (a sweater or poncho), make sure your shirt is not peeking out. In case it does, make sure that it does so with a purpose like a shirt collar or a turtleneck.

Don’t forget to match footwear

Although having only one pair of winter footwear might look practical, it means that you’ll have to adjust to various weather conditions and clothing combinations. One of the must-have items every woman should have in her possession is a pair of black boots that will fit any outfits. Ankle-high boots are a staple of every colder weather outfit. Additionally, waterproof sneakers are also very practical, especially if you prefer sporty looks.

Formal winter footwear is a bit tricky to choose because it needs to be attractive, warm and practical. Elegant boots or even closed pumps will do the trick most of the time. It’s much easier when you have your footwear because then you can play around with stockings, socks and other accessories that will change your look according to your outfit.

Choose the right accessories

Accessories are often purely aesthetical, but winter accessories also need to be practical. Think this way: if you have to wear a scarf, why don’t you also keep it as a part of your outfit once you take off your coat? One great tip is to purchase a hat, gloves and scarf sets and match them to your go-to coat. You’ll always look put-together this way, even in a hurry.

Things like pointy and bulky jewelry aren’t really practical for colder weather, because they can easily get caught on scarves and gloves and leave you with a wardrobe malfunction. Pro tip: during the winter, a belt can be your BFF. It can help you accentuate your waist and give you an alluring figure even if you’re wearing three layers of clothing under your coat!

Don’t let cold weather prevent you from looking lavish and elegant! Remember to rotate clothes in your closet, especially during the transitional period. Switching from summer wear straight to your fall and winter clothing can be quite tricky if you don’t practice good closet organization. If you tend to run cold all the time, just add another layer to your ensemble to keep you warm and insulated.

Natural Remedies You Can Give to Your Dog

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Just like us humans, our pets can suffer from ailments too.  Your first port of call when your dog is displaying abnormal symptoms would obviously be your local vet, but sometimes a minor condition can be treated using natural remedies right at home.  The following are some simple solutions to help relieve some conditions that your dog may suffer from.

Vitamin E for Dry Skin 

Vitamin E in oil form can be a great remedy for dry skin.  It is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant with the added benefit of providing UV protection.  If you have ruled out possible allergies, infections and/or parasites, and your dog still suffers from dry, irritated skin, vitamin E massaged onto your dog’s coat can prove highly effective.

Chamomile Tea for an Upset Stomach

Most of us have heard how chamomile tea can help with anxiety, sleep and upset stomachs in humans, but did you know that it can also help your canine friends?  A strong cup of chamomile tea that has been left to cool can be added to your dog’s water or food bowl if they are suffering from a stomach bug.  Also, you can put any leftover tea into a spray bottle and keep it in the fridge for use as a soothing ointment for cuts and rashes.

Cannabis Oil for Anxiety

Even if your dog always seems happy and relaxed, there will be times when they feel stressed.  Noisy celebrations, fireworks and being left alone for a longer period than normal can all lead to undesirable behaviors such as barking, urinating indoors, and destroying furnishings.  Fortunately, anxiety in dogs can be easily treated with a natural cannabis oil supplement.  Canna Companion, found at cannacompanionusa.com, supply cannabis oil in capsule form, which when regularly administered, can help to keep your pet’s stress levels to a minimum.

Peppermint Oil for Bad Breath

Every dog owner knows how bad a dog’s breath can be, and sometimes it can get a bit much.  If your pet has been checked over at the vet and underlying causes such as gingivitis and tooth decay have been ruled out, you can go ahead and treat their bad breath with peppermint oil, or even spearmint oil.  Simply add a couple of drops to their drinking water and you should soon start to notice a difference.

Vinegar for Waxy Ears

Mixed with isopropyl alcohol, vinegar can be the perfect remedy for wax buildup in your dog’s ears. In a clean bottle, mix half a teaspoon of alcohol with a water and vinegar solution.  Use two-thirds water to one part vinegar.  Gently dab a cotton wool ball soaked with this mixture (excess squeezed out) on the outer area of the ears.  Note that this solution should not be used on dogs who have visible cuts or active infections, as this will irritate the ear canal.

Always make sure your vet has given your dog a clean bill of health before administering any remedies yourself, natural or not.

Creating a Calm Space: Several Ways to Go Green in Your Bedroom

When it comes to creating an eco-friendly home, most people first think about waste management and installing separate bins in the kitchen. The bedroom is actually the last room in the house that anyone would think can be made green. In fact, many people take the concept too literally and just paint the bedroom green, which is a hilarious move. There are so many methods that you can use to turn the bedroom into an oasis of peace that is ecologically friendly. In the long run, this will ensure you sleep soundly and that your physical and mental health is not disturbed in any way. A calm sleeping space has never been closer.

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The bed area

You needn’t guess twice which piece of furniture is at the center of any bedroom. The bed is also the place where the change in your room will start. It is all about the material it’s made from, so a wooden frame should be the standard. The type of wood can even be bamboo, while you should look for companies that do not contribute to deforestation. They are responsible in the way that for each tree they cut down, they plant another one, so you know your bed did not destroy the environment in an irreversible way.

Speaking of the materials other parts of the bed are made from, latex is an excellent solution for your bed as it is renewable and it doesn’t impact the environment as other materials. In general, any modern material used for making the bed is acceptable as the manufacturers took care of the environment while making it. That is why memory foam mattresses are suitable both for nature and your body support while sleeping.

Second-hand furniture

Apart from the bed, there are bound to be other pieces of furniture inside your bedroom, like chairs, night tables or wardrobes. We are speaking about a lot of wood and you can’t always count on sustainable timber sources.  One way to protect the forests is to buy used furniture that is in good shape. Many people do this as excellent second-hand furniture is easy to find both are specialized stores and in online ads. Most of it is in pretty decent shape, so after some polishing, it will look as good as new.

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The lighting

The light bulb is the part of every room’s décor that people tend to skip while redecorating the room. They simply forget that the ceiling is the place where they can save a lot of energy by replacing the old incandescent bulbs. They are so inefficient that 95% of the energy they receive is used for emitting heat and only 5% for light. The energy-saving LED lights that are commonly used as replacements use different math, wasting only 5% of energy for heat and the rest for light. Furthermore, if you have a solid light source above your head, you won’t need any additional lamps around the bed or on the desk, so that’s another save of energy. Remember, minimalism goes well with eco-friendliness.

Introducing plants

You are fighting the battle to protect the lungs of the world by conscientious shopping but have you ever considered creating a forest of your own inside the bedroom? You need fresh air when you sleep and a small garden is better than an open window in winter. Instead of freezing under the sheets for the sake of fresh air, you can bring in some potted plants inside. Plants will do their thing (called photosynthesis) and pump in oxygen straight into the bedroom. Just make sure they have enough nutrients and that they are near a light source like the window. Depending on the type of houseplants you decide to introduce, they are going to be watered regularly. The best method for this is the use of a durable water spray gun that will disperse the water evenly around the entire pot, so the plant’s root system soaks it up gradually.

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The walls and the floors

We might have been joshing about the color of the bedroom in the introduction but in reality, it is not all the same which color you use on the walls of the bedroom. We are not referring to the hue that much but rather to the chemical composition of the paint. There are many colors that have a high content of toxic chemicals that destroy the environment and your health. Try to avoid these by buying colors that are made from natural ingredients.

Pretty much the same goes for the floors. If you have a wooden floor in your bedroom, like parquet, then use epoxies and other chemicals that do not harm the environment. It might seem silly to take care of such unimportant matters but any toxic chemicals that get used in the house eventually find their way into the environment. That is why you have to prevent your house from becoming a source of such poisoning of nature outside. In addition, the therapeutical effects of eco-friendly material can be a real rehab for depression.

The smell of eco-friendliness

Unless you plant flowers in your provisional bedroom garden, your bedroom is going to require some pleasant scents inside. People recklessly buy those aerosols canisters that they use to spray the room with but these are highly detrimental for the environment. Instead of piling up tin cans that add to house waste as well, use essential oils to create the ideal atmosphere for sleeping. Lavender, chamomile, and even lemon oil are all ideal substances to freshen up the room without harming the environment. The best thing is that essential oils are cost-effective because their dosage is a single drop which is enough to make the entire room smell nice.

As you have seen from the methods listed above, your bedroom could be transformed into a hub of positive vibes that will not only help you fall asleep but protect the environment as well. You don’t need to spend a whole bunch of green bills to go green in your house.

Improve Intuition Through Meditation

Intuition – Or you may want to call it a sixth sense, instinct, gut feeling or inner guidance. It is a part of every being. It is to guide, protect, and to develop. You can push this intuition to confirm that the society says. The great thing is to cultivate something and to, unfortunately, lose the touch. Though it is a part of every existence, most often, we tend to ignore it due to the logical thinking overpowering our instinct. Many times, the outer noise (here the outer noise refers to views, opinions and freely available advice of others) is so loud, that our inner guidance cannot find its way.

I have been a meditation practitioner for the last eight years. In addition to popularly known benefits of meditation, such physical and mental wellness, controlling thoughts and emotions, calming down the mind, healing and many more; I found that it helps in developing intuition as well. That means you CAN listen to your inner guidance despite the louder sound of the outer world.

Talking in scientific terms, we experience different states of consciousness. Beta is a consciousness level (the awake state, we spend most of our time in this state of consciousness) alpha is awareness, Delta is a transcendental experience and theta is meditative trance. Among these mental states, the alpha state helps you memorize, learn, interact, and read the emotions, thoughts, and yourself. This state of consciousness also relates to meditation. By practicing meditation one can control the alpha state, and thus control intuitive process.

Let’s see, how different meditation practices help us in developing our intuitive sense.

Third Eye Meditation

The 3rdeye or the 6th chakra is between the eyebrows and is in the brain centermost area. This is the pineal gland location. This is associated with clairvoyance and intuition. Many scientists and successful people owe their success to meditation practice.

How to Practice Third eye Meditation

Choose a safe, quiet and dark place. Lie down or sit in a comfortable position and focus on breathing. There is no need to alter your breathing pattern, let it happen naturally. Putting your awareness on the forehead, between your eyes, you can direct your consciousness such that you can keep your eyes closed. In case you find the mind wandering, just gently bring back your attention to the 3rd eye. In the beginning, it’s ok to do it just for 2-5 minutes and gradually you can increase the duration.

Trataka

Trataka is the candle meditation.

  • Light in front of the candle and gaze the flame. Keep a steady gaze and do not try to blink your eyes.
  • In case your eyes water, focus the image on the 3rd eye center so that your eyes look inward and upward. Once you do not see the candle image with closed eyes, you may gaze at the candle.

Indigo Meditation

You may visualize the Indigo color as violet or deep blue at the pineal gland beginning and expand it past your head. The chakra expands past the physical body. You can imagine the head radiating light and with every breath out, you can visualize the light as bigger as it fills the entire body.

You may deeply inhale and with every exhale expand and push the indigo light past your physical body, allow growing until it fills the entire room, whole house and your entire neighborhood, country, city, continent, globe and the universe reaching your imagination.

These are some easy methods to practice meditation to develop intuition. If you are still unable to let go of your thoughts and relax, try practicing with the help of guided meditation. Simply follow the instruction given in audio to relax your mind. After practicing for a few days, you will be able to control your wandering mind.

Intuition may be felt in the gut. If you had a “gut” feeling turning out to be correct, start to feel into your body. Breathe to get aligned and centered. In case you have questions about anything, you require guidance or answers; you may ask your body. Your body is wise and intuitive, it can feel your logical mind, and things cannot have a grasp.

Whether you need guidance for choosing your life partner, need career advice or need to overcome any confusion at any stage of life, your Intuition can be your most trusted adviser, guide or a best friend. You will never regret trusting your gut feeling.

About the author

This is a Guest Post by Jais. She is a meditation practitioner, a multi-passionate entrepreneur, creative-writer, Fitness enthusiastic confident, Nature Lover, Animal Lover, an observer, a traveler on the path to self-discovery. Focused on Raising Happiness level and simplifying life. Love to Live. Live to Love. She blogs at http://www.getsethappy.com

The Green Kitchen: Can it Exist?

It sounds like the name of a quirky restaurant, but today’s article is about anything but this topic. Instead, it’s about green in the eco-sense of the word, and just how you can implement these principles into your kitchen.

Sound interesting? Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can introduce this to your home.

There’s a reason behind the energy efficiency ratings

On first glance, it might sound like marketing spiel. However, if one were to conduct research on the modern appliances, it would soon become clear that they save significant amounts of energy in comparison to those which are years old.

It means that if you haven’t got such a device, try and opt for an A+++ version (that’s right, these do exist). Or, if yours is somewhat neglected, consider looking at reputable services such as Service Force tumble dryer repairs to help you out.

The beauty of the modern-day microwave

Staying on the subject of appliances, let’s turn our attention to a slightly smaller one. Sure, microwaves might get something of a bad name courtesy of the quick meals that you can conjure up in there, but from a green perspective, they are a Godsend.

It’s understood that your energy usage can drop by 80% if you use a microwave as against cooking in the oven and suffice to say, this is a number worth taking note of.

Your cooking techniques matter as well

Of course, it’s not all about splashing vast sums of money on the latest and greatest devices. Sometimes, staying green might just relate to your own cooking techniques.

For example, the next time you boil water on the hob, consider placing a lid on the pan. This might seem like a small course of action, but by covering this pan you are keeping the heat in it. The result? Your energy usage will drop considerably as the pan won’t be losing any of its heat.

The perils of non-stick pans

For some of us, non-stick pans have been an absolute savior. After all, the days of that fried egg sticking to your pan are long gone.

Unfortunately, this comes at a price. Studies have been conducted which show that when these products are produced, a substance called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is produced. This is something that can’t break down, meaning that it stays in the air indefinitely. With further research showing that this is likely to be a human carcinogen, try and turn to metal pans the next time you deck out your kitchen.

Cleaning products are even affected

Finally, let’s end proceedings on cleaning products. A lot of people don’t realize that most of the standard products are full of all sorts of chemicals, most of which are toxic and don’t degrade. It means that simply cleaning your kitchen can do great damage to your kitchen.

Fortunately, help is at hand. It’s now possible to buy biodegradable products, some which might be made of plants, so it’s much better for the environment.

Setting Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Children

Are your children familiar with the concept of New Year’s resolutions? If not, explain to them that those are goals they would try to reach during the upcoming year and that they would have to invest some effort into doing it. However, tell them that the effort doesn’t have to be theirs alone and that you will always support them. And finally, through examples, make them aware that those resolutions should be healthy and useful ones. Here are some that fall under that category.

Be kinder to your planet

When it comes to preserving the environment, pointing your children in the right direction from their earliest age is essential. Let one of their resolutions be to do something positive for our planet every day. For example, teach them to always separate trash, so that everything that can be actually gets recycled. Plant a tree in your backyard together or create a vertical garden on your balcony with some fruit, vegetables or herbs. They could decide never to litter and to pick up whatever trash they can from the green areas around them, as long as their hands are protected. And finally, explain that this is a resolution they need to stick to not just this year, but for as long as they live.

Challenge general opinions

If you want your children to grow into intelligent and responsible people, they need to detach themselves from everybody else’s opinions and start forming their own. For instance, just because a toy comes in a pink box, it doesn’t mean it’s for girls only and that cars are only for boys. Also, the fact that a TV commercial says your child can’t do without something doesn’t mean they actually need it. Therefore, a good New Year’s resolution would be that your kids give valid arguments for anything they want or they think they need. For instance, if they want a jacket with their favorite cartoon character on it, a good argument would be that their old one is too small or worn out. If they only want it because everybody else is wearing it, tell them that’s an invalid argument and that the jacket they already have is perfectly fine. Teaching them to think critically can improve their academic success and provide them with a more realistic perspective of the world.

Choose healthier food

As far as wellness goes, the most important decisions you and your child can make involve healthy food and physical activity, which is why some of their resolutions should be about better food choices. Start with investing in a premium Bosch refrigerator and loading it with fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy food options. This is important since the way you store your food determines how long it maintains its quality and taste. Once your child is surrounded by healthy food, instead of salty and sugary snacks, set some smart and fun resolutions. One of them could be that your child tries a new fruit or vegetable every week, or that you switch from supermarket granola bars to the ones you make together at home. Other resolutions might include drinking water or home-made smoothies and lemonade instead of bottled sodas, a bowl of fruit salad instead of cookies for their afternoon snack and using honey instead of white sugar for sweetening their tea or cereals.

Be more active

No child should sit and stare at any screen for hours a day. So, instead of spending time watching TV and playing computer games, have your child set a resolution to spend some time every afternoon playing outside. If their friends are busy, make it a family affair and play dodgeball or Twister in your backyard. Furthermore, clever resolutions would include trying a new sport and sticking to it for at least six months, cutting down on screen time and taking their pet for a walk for an hour every day. These healthy resolutions can help your child develop better, lose any excess weight and even boost their metabolism and immune system.

Be friendlier to others

Developing empathy in your children should start before they even know what the word means. There are many resolutions they can set to support this. For instance, once or twice a year they can donate their old clothes and toys to an orphanage or a children’s shelter. Your children can promise to do or say a nice thing to one of their neighbors or their schoolmates every day. These things can be small, like complimenting them on their behavior, a project well-done or even lending a hand to somebody who has fallen in the schoolyard, instead of laughing at them. They could help carry their neighbor’s groceries or volunteer with you in a local hospital or a retirement home. The point is that they try to gain better insight and understanding of people around them, which can build your kids’ character.

This year help your children set New Year’s resolution that will improve the quality of life for them and your whole family. And since it’s your job to always be there for your kids, help them go through with all of their good decisions throughout the next year and longer.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Ways of Providing a Safe and Healthy Environment for Your Child

Becoming a parent means making it your lifelong mission to keep your children as safe, healthy and happy as possible. You’ll turn your home into a safe haven, choose the best schools and teachers, as well as take any action you can to ensure they’re safe physically and emotionally. However, if you want to achieve all this, you have to know how. Here are some ways for you to provide an environment in which your little one can grow into a happy and healthy individual.

The way we treat people

The first thing your nestling will know about this world is your smell, your touch, and your voice. Similarly, their earliest development will be greatly influenced by your behavior and the way you treat them and other people in your life. Make sure you nurture a stable and loving relationship with them, that you teach them by example how to express any emotions they might experience and how to communicate with those around them. Show them your love and support through words, but also through other signs of affection, like hugs, kisses and your presence whenever they need somebody to listen to them or comfort them. Also, if you treat the people around you with the respect and kindness they deserve, your child will pick up on that. This especially applies to your relationship with your partner. Avoid arguing in front of your little one, but rather be tender and loving, since that’s what you want your child to consider normal.

A healthy home is a safe home

If you want to raise a healthy child, you have to make your home a safe and healthy place. Above all, this means you have to maintain its cleanliness, using only natural cleaning products that aren’t a health hazard and that are ecological. Children are more sensitive than adults, which means that they might have a reaction to some pollutant your body doesn’t even notice, so make sure your home is free of cigarette smoke, mold, and dust. Investing in a HEPA air purifier and HEPA filters on your vacuum cleaner is always a good idea. Avoid wall paint containing VOCs. Choose furniture made of natural wood, and which hasn’t been treated with glue or paint containing formaldehyde. When it comes to carpets, opt for a lovely jute rug, which won’t only look amazing on your kid’s floor, but is also eco-friendly. As for clothes, mattresses and the bedding your child sleeps in, make sure they’re made of organic materials. These things might not have been important to you when you weren’t a parent, but they are definitely something you have to think about how you’ve become one.

We are what we eat

What your child eats can have a crucial influence on their overall health. Again, you need to teach them by example, since it would be ridiculous to expect your child to eat broccoli and apples while you munch on potato chips and chocolate. The meals you serve them should be home-cooked, and if you can include them in the preparation of those meals, their benefits will multiply. A child will be more likely to eat something if they helped make it and watching you cook will set a great example for when they become independent and have children of their own. Make sure their diet is loaded with fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. If they eat nutritious food, with all the vitamins and minerals they need, their immune system will be stronger and they will be readier to fight any viruses or illnesses. Instead of shopping in big supermarkets, opt for your local farmers’ market and have your child tag along when you go. Choose home-grown, organic products and don’t forget to teach your kid that eating healthy is a choice, not a punishment or a chore.

A healthy lifestyle for smart and healthy kids

Make sure your kid is physically active, that they don’t spend their days sitting in front of one screen or another. Take them to the park, to a swimming pool, or get them a bicycle and go cycling with them. Have them spend time outdoors, playing with other children or with you. Read to them, introduce them to art, music, and games that develop their imagination, creativity and motor skills. Also, it’s important that they get enough restful and uninterrupted sleep. Establish a routine that will get them in and out of bed at approximately the same time every day, even on weekends. Try to incorporate some basic organization into their daily life. Disrupting this routine can cause them to lose sleep, which can affect their health and mood. Teach them how to care for their planet. Plant a tree together, adopt a pet, explain that littering is out of the question and that glass containers and paper or cotton bags are a better choice than the plastic ones. Always bear in mind that the safety of your child depends on the safety of the world they live in.

In order to create a safe and healthy environment for your child, you might have to change your own lifestyle and habits. It might seem difficult, but you have to be persistent. After all, just remember who and what you’re doing it for.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Interior Style – What a Millennial Home Looks Like

You really have to hand it to millennials. They are taking this world by the horns and they are making it work for them. But while their favorite thing might be breaking the rules set by some previous generations, they do have some rules of their own, and this applies to almost every part of life: the way they dress, what they eat and even the way they organize and decorate their homes and apartments. So let’s see what our new favorite generation has to say about interior design.

Repurpose everything

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We’re not about to throw a single thing away. Millennials understand the value of things and let’s face it: they love the retro vibe. These two combined means that all kinds of furniture are being repurposed in every corner of their homes. Have an old wooden chair that has been collecting dust in the shed? Cut the back off, give it a fresh lick of paint and you’ve got yourself a bedside table. Old oil barrels found on the street? Guess we’ve got a new seating arrangement for the front porch! Everything you find on the street, in a thrift store or in your own backyard can be made into something new and improved, and we are all for it. It’s not only limiting the amount of furniture that ends up on landfills, but it’s also giving every room in the house a story to tell – one that is a lot more interesting than “I bought it at IKEA”. If your just starting out try finding one of the best sewing machines for beginners, it will help you with repurposing

Make it functional

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Some millennials are shut-ins and there isn’t much that can be done to lure them out. They fully understand that they can have everything they need in their home, and sometimes, even if they want to spend some time outside, there’s simply too much work and too little time. That is why it’s crucial to make sure everything works. Have a fully functioning kitchen that you can prepare meals in. Get exercise equipment for your apartment so that you can work out when you’ve only got half an hour or when your favorite show is on the TV.

Stick to a color scheme

Gone are the days of “oh, this looks nice, I’ll put that on the wall”. Millennials choose a style, a theme or a color scheme and they stick with it, even if it means only having one set of linen. Your color scheme should be no more than two main colors plus and accent one, and if you want to be a true millennial, have the two base colors be nudes, inspired by Scandinavian design (bonus points if you use millennial pink). Everything you bring into your home should fit into the scheme, or shouldn’t be displayed. Sure, there’s the odd person out who likes to have it all colorful and rainbow-inspired – but they probably aren’t millennials at heart.

Cozy and homey

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Not only are you creating a home for yourself, but you want every person who walks through your door to feel like they can be relaxed and at home. So making sure there’s plenty of space to sit, placing fluffy pillows and blankets at hand’s reach and lighting up some warm-smelling candles is a staple for a millennial home. To make sure this balances out and doesn’t become overcrowded, you can use different materials and textures. For example, a fluffy, knitted blanket on a plain couch next to a glass table gives the feeling of comfort without smothering you, and that’s really what you’re going for.

You don’t have to be a millennial to organize your home this way, nor do you have to do it if you are one, but there are definitely some great design choices being made here and we could all learn a thing or two from them.

7 Ways to Live More Eco-Friendly Starting Today

We often talk a lot about going green, but we never actually find the time to make some real changes in our lives.

The truth is we don’t need to make such a big effort in order to see big changes. Often the smallest changes can produce the most valuable results.

We all need to start from somewhere and then improve over time until we’re satisfied with how we’re living our lives and we are happy with how much we are contributing to saving our environment.

A recent study showed that most people don’t realize that they can make a big change in the way they live and impact the environment by implementing a few small changes in their daily routines.

Here are 7 small changes you could make in order to live a more Eco-friendly life, starting today!

1. Recycle and Up-cycle

Believe it or not, there are some things that are even more important than recycling. Sure, it’s important that we recycle everything that is recyclable, but what’s more important is to try and reuse or upcycle the items we already have in our home.

By up-cycling we can create new and beautiful pieces of home and garden furniture and much more, from old, worn out pieces, like old clothes, tyres, pallets, water bottles, boots, suitcases, or basically anything else you have lying around in your home.

So the next time you’re doing some spring cleaning and are planning on throwing away things you no longer use, think about the ways in which you can improve or remodel them so that you can give them new life with a wonderful new twist.

That way you’ll have items that nobody else has, and you’ll be lowering your carbon footprint by not buying new items that you can actually make yourself from items you already own.

2. Borrow, Share and Reuse

Rather than let your house sit empty while you are on vacation bring in some house sitters. They can care for your pets, plants and ensure the house is secured the whole time. Not only that you provide a place for someone to stay rather than renting a hotel room. You can save a lot of money house sitting, so check out the best house sitting websites, sign up and started saving.

You’re invited to a vintage wedding and you don’t have a suit or a dress to wear? Instead of going shopping right away, why not see if you can borrow something from a friend or a family member?

We are all used to buying new clothes for each occasion and leaving them to sit in the closet forever. So if you cannot find something to borrow, you should at least try to buy clothes that you can wear on multiple occasions not just for that one wedding.

How many people do you think have worn a suit or dress just once and then never again?

3. Get Rid of Chemical Cleaning Supplies

You can go green when cleaning as well, by making your own eco-friendly cleaning products that are not only good for your family’s health but are great for the environment as well.

Get rid of those toxic chemical cleaning supplies, and try some fantastic alternatives.

Biodegradable and Eco-friendly detergents can be found in most supermarkets and can be easily made at home, using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. For example, you can clean up a minor mold issue using these homemade/natural/environmentally-friendly methods.

Not only will you avoid those harsh chemical smells, but you can also rest assured that your home will be clean and fresh!

As a side note, Business Insider recently wrote a post about everyday Eco-friendly products that you can easily switch to using.

For example, you could use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean the kitchen and bathroom tiles instead of using a harsh chemical based one. You might be surprised at how impressive the results are.

4. Skip Buying Plastic Items

We are all surrounded by plastic everywhere we look. Everything comes in a plastic container today that it’s basically impossible to avoid buying any plastic, but once you start thinking about the sea life and everything else that suffers from our excessive use of plastic, you start finding ways to avoid it as much as possible.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Skip water bottles altogether and use reusable glass bottles.
  • Buy products that are packed in Eco-friendly materials such as PCR and paperboard containers, paperboard jars and tubes, black PIR jars, recycled materials, hemp clothes or zipper bags, glass bottles or jars and so on.

5. Bring Your Own Bag When You Go Shopping

There are a lot of countries in the world that have already banned or taxed the use of single-use plastic bags, which have contributed a lot in the drop of the amount of plastic bags strewn into the ocean and landfill sites.

The first time that the bag taxes were introduced was in 2003, in Denmark and Ireland, and it became effective in England in 2015 as well.

Even if you don’t have bans or fees in your country, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t bring your own bag when you go grocery shopping, so that you can avoid using plastic bags altogether.

6. Cut Down on Meat

Want to have a healthier, more Eco-friendly diet? One way of doing that is by reducing your meat consumption,  cutting out meat completely or choosing meat which has a lower carbon footprint.

Eating less meat is crucial for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet. Research shows that meat-heavy diets lead to obesity, heart disease and even cancer, which is quite alarming.

That’s not even the scariest thing.

Meat consumption makes our planet sick as well. Believe it or not, raising chickens, cows and pigs actually generate as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, automobiles and trucks combined, and that’s not the only way it’s affecting our planet.

Millions of square km of forests are cut down in order to build farms and pastures for the farm animals, which leaves an even bigger carbon footprint.

If we decide to consume less meat, or even avoid it altogether, we’d be contributing both to our health and the health of our planet.

7. Walk, Ride Your Bike or Use Public Transport

This last rule one is pretty obvious one, yet there are a lot of us who don’t live by it.

We all love the convenience that comes with taking the car to work, school, when shopping, going out, or basically everywhere else, and even though there are many situations where a car is more than necessary, that’s not always the case.

Bike riding, walking or even taking public transport has huge benefits for the environment, and it not only lowers greenhouse gas emissions, but it also minimizes pollution and helps save our planet, one walk or bike ride at a time. We all have the power to reduce our carbon footprint easily.

Imagine if every person in the World swapped just one car journey a day for public transport, walking or riding their bike. There are over 7 billion people in the world, including over 1.3 billion in China and another 1.3 billion in India…That would make a huge impact on global pollution.

Here’s what you need to look for in a front door lock

The last resort of locksmiths, though it’s their most effective tool, is drilling through locks with power drills. Drilling through deadbolts destroys the locks’ pins, tumblers, and other components, thereby rendering keys ineffective. Deadbolts with drilled-through locking mechanisms can still be turned with nothing more than a finger, pencil, or similar object.

Make sure you search reviews of locks prior to buying one. Your front door lock’s deadbolt should not be able to move if its mechanism is destroyed via drill.

When your front door’s lock is installed, long, thick, high-quality screws should be used. As long as the screws have something solid to anchor to, your lock will become exponentially safer.

Lastly, having a secure front door frame will also effectively deter burglars. Top-tier, Fort Knox-quality door frames make it virtually impossible for burglars to strong-arm their way into homes.

When you’re buying a new lock there’s a few things to consider, the first is of course where the lock is going to be. If it’s for a door inside your house, that’s of course of less importance then for your front door. Usually a good run of thumb is that you want to get the best possible lock for your front door. You never want to be in a situation where your front door lock gets kicked in. You also have to keep in mind how long you need your lock to hold up, with an inside door being of much less important then your front door.

Many locks have something called grading system where they’re graded based on how well they will stand up. This is the first part of your research, where you need to look into which locks will hold up better then others, always ask about the grading system for your lock.


Another option is to speak to a certified locksmith who has the knowledge and expertise you need to make sure you pick the right lock for you. Many people think to go to their local hardware shop and pick whichever front door lock is cheapest, but this is where you can fall down and make a terrible mistake. Make sure to work with a locksmith who has experience in the grading of different locks, and is able to help you determine the best lock for you.