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    5 Amazing Tips for Interior Design

    interior design hacks and tips

    When most people think of Interior Design, they think HGTV, which means they’re thinking of a complete overhaul of their space and lots of money. Well let me be the bearer of good news, there are quick changes that can really freshen up any space and make it beautiful. All of these fixes can be done over a weekend by yourself, or with a group of reluctant friends. Let’s get started.

    Interior Design Layout

    Layout: One of the biggest things you can do to change the flow and look of a room is changing the layout. A layout can dictate, or at the very least tell people how a room should function. Try moving around your furniture for a new look.

    Tip 1: In bigger rooms, avoid wall hugging. Wall hugging is when your sofa is pushed against a wall.

    Paint Those Walls: Another way to transform a room is to paint. Changing the colors on a wall can make a room feel warm and inviting or cool and airy. A little paint can make a room feel bigger, and you can even create a focal point by painting one wall a different color than the rest.

    ways to improve interior design. Living room with rug and white walls

    Tip 2: Paint the walls and ceiling white to help accent colors stand out, and make the room feel larger. Let’s be honest white adds luxury.

    Add A Rug:  Something missing from a seemingly finished decorated room? Try adding a rug. Rugs are great for defining and anchoring a space. Rugs are a must for open floor plans, as it gives layouts direction and helps to define each space as their own. By adding rugs it’s almost like a mini-map for guests, they’ll be able to tell where the living room ends and dining room begins.

    Interior design hacks. Room with white walls makes the color pop. Carpet is blue. Chairs are dark.

    Tip 3: Rugs should be big enough to fit under the front legs of your furniture.

    Covering Your Windows: Curtains are a lovely way to help bring up the eye and add a touch elegance. Blinds get the job done, sure but they are definitely a sight for sore eyes. Making the switch from horizontal or vertical blinds to curtains will drastically change the look of your room for the better. Yes, buying curtains are apart of adulating, and an even bigger part of Interior Design.

    How to improve a room. Interior design. Rug covers all legs of the coffee table in this living room. Wall has a leaf design with a white wall background. Sofa has yellow cushions which pop in the room.

    Tip 4: Hang your curtains higher than your window, the ends of your curtains should sweep your floor.

    Stop Obsessing Over That Color: This is more of a don’t. All of your furniture doesn’t have to be the same color, in fact, it could be hurting your décor plan. A solid color through all of your furniture seems boring. It gives off the impression that you bought the first furniture set you found, without giving much thought.

    Tip 5: Try adding an accent chair that differs in color from your sofa, add an accent pillow with a funky pattern, and use those colors as accents throughout the rest of the room.

    Alright, now you’re ready to get to work and change your interior. While some of these may not seem like they’re big enough to make a difference, all of these changes will majorly improve your home’s décor. Start with two coats of paint and a layout change. You can add curtains and a rug later.

     

    This article was written by Ri Covington you can check out her website and hire her at Caiat Home

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    5 Simple Ways For A New You In 21 Days

    Simple ways for a new you, change your life, change your habits, diet, eating food

    Breaking Bad Habits You Thought Were Good

    We all have some deeply ingrained truths about nutrition – we know what’s good for us and we know what’s bad. Unfortunately, if those truths are not actually true, we may be hurting ourselves by eating well. As they say in weightlifting “reals over feels.” So hang on, because we are going to break down some of your firm beliefs about what’s good and bad for you and show you how ten simple ways you can get fitter and healthier in only twenty-one days.

    Why the twenty-one day benchmark? After three weeks of doing something consistently, our bodies create a habit. This is true of both good and bad habits. Each of these truth bombs has an action step if you want to give it a twenty-one day trial run.

    1. Fat is Bad

    Yes. And no. Your body needs fat to thrive. And some fats are filled with added bonuses like Omega 3’s which are essential for good health. Fat is a calorie dense medium (9 calories per gram,) compared to protein and carbohydrate (4 calories per gram.) But that doesn’t make it a bad choice. It’s just as effective as any other calorie source for running your body. The food containing the fat and the other compounds you are eating along with it are the culprits that really affect your health.

    Bad Fats = poor quality fats and chemically altered fats can be acidic, putting your body in a state of inflammation.

    Good Fats = high-quality fats like grass-fed beef, organic and pasture-raised animal fats, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil and avocado oil can have a soothing effect on your body and reduce inflammation.

    What can you do? Switch out your

    2. A Vegan Diet Is the Healthiest Choice

    Once we start watching animal cruelty videos, it may trigger a response to jump on the vegan bandwagon. People tend to cut out all meat and dairy for about a week, and then relapse and go back to their original diet because it’s too hard.

    But is a vegan diet healthy? Different people require varying amounts of protein and carbohydrates. A vegan diet needs to be carefully planned to include a broad range of macronutrients because while vegetables are typically healthy, they are also very low in calories that your body needs for sustained energy.

    Also, many of my vegan friends are sugar addicts. For the record, cane sugar affects vegans the same way it affects their meat-eating allies (spikes blood sugar and leads to long term energy loss and ‘crashes.’)

    What can you do? Slowly reduce the amount of meat, eggs and dairy you eat, while ramping up your protein and fat sources from vegetables. A vegan lifestyle tends to promote rapid weight loss, so be aware of your starting weight and if you feel constantly feel sick, tired or have cloudy thinking, you may need to give up the vegan diet and go back to eating meat and/or dairy.

    Pros cons Vegan Diet, No meat, No dairy, Should you follow vegan diet

    3. I Should Eat A Gluten-Free Diet

    Gluten is a compound found in wheat (and barley and rye,) where the triangulated protein ‘gliadin’ (part of the lectin family,) can be hard for some people to digest. In some people it can cause stomach upset, bloating, weight gain, inflammatory response, and ‘leaky gut’ syndrome. In rare cases like Celiac disease, people are so sensitive that consuming products that have even come into contact with gluten can cause dire repercussions of gastric distress (mass amounts of diarrhea.)

    But many people can handle gluten just fine. While you should be aware of your carbohydrate intake and make sure you eat a balanced diet that suits your body type and activity level, wheat products are okay for some people to eat.

    What can you do? Wean yourself off until you are able to cut out all gluten products from your diet for at least six weeks. Then reintroduce gluten slowly and see if your body suffers because of it. If not, then you are not gluten sensitive. Keep in mind that bodies can change over time and you gluten tolerance tends to wane as you age.

    4. I Should Work Out Three Times Per Week

    One common belief being circulated is that you should work out as hard as you can, then take a day off to let the muscles rest. While this it is good to rest a muscle group (and you can alternate days for muscle groups you are working out,) this advice is for strength training. In fact, high-intensity strength training can cause serious injury unless properly conditioned and prepared for.

    The human body performs optimally when used aerobically every single day of your life. Strength training within your limitations is an excellent bonus to a daily aerobic workout.

    Not using your body can lead to fatigue, muscle atrophy, and often leads to weight gain and pain in the joints. Additionally, this can result in poor posture and lead to muscular aches, and continuous lower back pain.

    What can I do? Move your body! There are thousands of options, and most of them are free. Try replacing your driving time/passenger time with walking or bicycle riding. But make sure to start slowly and build up your activity level over time if you are out of shape, or starting an unfamiliar activity.

    5. I Should Drink Plenty of Water

    No, you should not be drinking plenty of water. It can actually damage your body to drink lots of filtered water, by creating an imbalance in your natural levels of salts and electrolytes. Magnesium deficiency is one common consequence, and can have serious and painful repercussions.

    Your body has a natural tendency to keep itself in harmony, and optimally you would only need to drink a small of amount of water that contains trace minerals. A diet rich in vegetables and alkaline foods will also satiate your body’s need for water.

    However, you may have to drink more water if you deplete your body by:

    – Drinking coffee, tea or alcohol

    – Eating salty foods

    – Overexerting from too much exercise

    – Being sick (diarrhea and vomiting)

    What can you do? One incredibly easy fix is to purchase trace minerals and add a small amount to your water. If you are still feeling symptoms of dehydration, you can try reducing your intake of coffee, tea, alcohol, and salty foods. Additionally, monitor your activity level and increase your water and electrolyte intake when you exercise.

     

    Jules Fox wrote this article. You can find more about him or his books at his website.

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    New App is Facebook of Podcasts

    Chorus Social media podcast iPhone app

    Ever listen to a podcast and wish your friends were listening to it as well? Or want to discuss the latest episode with other listeners? Chorus is a new app that makes podcast listening social.

    Social and audio? Just as myspace users were asking about this new Facebook thing people are looking at Chorus. Why?

    Because it allows people to connect over their interest and what they listen to.

    Chorus iPhone podcast app with social media

    What’s Wrong?

     

    It’s a bit sad that Apple doesn’t allow comments or a community. You can only leave a review or share the episode on another platform. This leaves a lot to be desired.

    On its website it says one of the goals of the app:

    Chorus gives you an endless list of recommendations from some seriously fascinating people.

    Endless list of recommendations sounds dangerous to an audio binge listener like myself. #SundayIsGone

    Anyone else feel the same?

    Back in the day of radio you might talk to the person next to you about the radio show or what just happened. In our isolated world of smartphones and technology this becomes harder. The people around you might not listen to the same shows, or have the same interests. Ever talk to the person next to you on your morning commute about that history of peanuts episode you thought was crazy interesting? They might think your crazy and lost your peanuts. No, neither have I.

    Chorus Social media podcast iPhone app

    Artist Listen to their Audience

    The other problem with current podcasts is that producers can not hear feedback from their listeners. They can only see reviews. Some creators of shows allow discussion on their website, forums, or Facebook group. With a lack of commenting standard people are less likely to have an interesting discussion each week about the new episode.

    Chorus: Podcast Community

    One review on the app store said:

    Great idea. Podcasts are all about community.

    -YupOkay

     

    That’s right podcast is all about the community. Listeners decide if a show will succeed or fail. It is the passion of the community that drives ideas forward and makes the experience better.

    There are bad sides to this age of technology, but it allows us to connect with people with common interests and share our passions. Chorus helps share those passions by connecting fellow listeners to build that community.

    Check them out:

    Chorus on the App store

    Chorus Website

     

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    Choosing a Dog Collar: Tools for Dog Owners

    Dog with a fancy collar laying on grass

    There are a lot of embarrassing situations dog owners can run into over the course of their dog’s life, from unsuccessful attempts at potty-training, to a dog who refuses to ever come on command. Whatever the case, it’s probably a common trouble for other pet owners as well. However, sometimes these serious issues can be avoided by knowing what mistakes not to make when a dog joins the family. Among the most important decisions a new dog owner makes is the choice of training tools they use.

    Dog Collar Options

    A pet owner needs to select the right tools for basic training. While most people gravitate towards a standard flat collar or a choke collar, these aren’t generally good choices for dog training. A flat collar creates a single point of pressure when a dog pulls on a leash, which can not only hurt the dog’s neck, but it also doesn’t give you much in the way of communication between your hand and the dog’s head. Choke chains, in the meantime, are excellent tools, but require precise timing when giving a correction. Additionally, choke chains – as per their name – can cause a dog to actually suffocate itself. These tools are meant primarily for dogs who are already trained, or who are being worked with by a professional trainer. A properly fitted prong collar, a head halter, or a no-pull harness is generally a safer choice when teaching a dog the basics, however above all, any tool used must be properly fitted, or else any tool can cause serious injury or even death for the dog.

    Dog with a fancy collar laying on grass

    Dog Leashes

    The next tool in a dog owner’s arsenal is of course, the leash. Currently flexi-leads and elastic leads are popular, because they allow the handler to give the dog room to roam, while also allowing them to shorten the leash as needed. These tools aren’t actually particularly good for training though: dogs in training need to have a set boundary, otherwise it results in confusion about the corrections given by a tug on the leash. With a flexi-leash, the dog won’t know if it will get that correction at five feet out, or twenty-five feet out from its handler. The lack of consistency can create a leash reactive dog, which will cause all manner of troubles later on, for both the dog and the owner. Instead, standard leashes with a set length should be used for training. For walking out and about in the neighborhood, a six foot leash is usually plenty, and when teaching a solid recall or playing fetch in an unfenced area, a longer leash – twenty-five to thirty feet – is generally best.

    Training

    The final, and most important core tool in training a dog is consistency. No matter what age a dog is, if the handler doesn’t give consistent commands, corrections, and rewards, then the dog can’t effectively learn. Inconsistency can lead to numerous behavioral problems, from a dog not following basic commands, to anxiety, reactivity, and aggression.

    There are of course other tools one can utilize during training – treats, toys, and pretty much anything a dog has any interest in make for great rewards, but they won’t do anyone any good without the basic tools.

     

    Article Written by Kathryn O’Keefe

    A happy dog with a harness and collar

    Read More:

    Amazem articles about Dogs Amazem.net

    How to collars can hurt a dog and what to watch for. Peterdobias.com

    Dangers of Choke Collars. Greyhound Companions of New Mexico

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    What to Grow in your Yard to make your Neighbors Jealous

    A Lawnmower on a lawn mowing grass on someones yard

    Grass is used for turf because it grows fast and can quickly regenerate. Grass is highly adapted from herbivores eating it all day, such as cows. Picking and maintaining the grass in your yard can make all the difference (and your neighbors jealous)

    Creeping Bentgrass

    The main type of grass used in Golf courses and most homes is Creeping Bentgrass, (Agrostis stolonifera). Your yard probably has this grass growing in it making it nice and green. Creeping Bentgrass is found in more than 80% of Golf courses in the world.

    A Lawnmower on a lawn mowing grass on someones yardAnnual Bluegrass (Poa annua)

    The other grass that makes up that 20% or so is Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua). This Bluegrass is a super weed! It can adapt to almost any environment. This grass is the number one grass found in New York City sidewalks. It can quickly adapt to herbicides making it a major pain for golf courses. The ironic part is that for the older golf courses it is the turf.  It can shrink itself below the mowing height and make an acceptable golf course. You can not buy commercial seed bags of Poa annua, but you can buy it’s relative Poa supina. Poa supina is used often for soccer fields.

    Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon)

    If you live in the Southern United States you probably know Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon). It not actually native to Bermuda, but is an invasive species there. Be careful this grass is fast growing and can take over other areas you might have wanted grass free. Bermuda grass is very hardy and can stand high humidity and temperatures.

    Non-Grass Plants

    For non-grass alternatives for your yard consider your climate first. Ask yourself what type of biome do you live in? Do you live in a forest? Near the sea? A desert? Meadows? After you have an answer then look at what plants typically live there.

    For forest consider seeing what happens if you don’t mow a piece of your yard. Trees will probably start growing. A forest area could have ferns instead of grass with more trees in the yard.

    A beach home would be able to grow succulent plants and bushy plants like California sagebrush (Artemisia californica).

    Desert homes could grow cactus on their yard. Just be careful where you step with your Cactus Yard.

    If you live in a meadow area then consider planting wildflowers.

    Each yard is a unique collection of species that represent the local environment around them. For a more beautiful yard look for around for nature’s solutions and you’ll be guaranteed to have a wonderful lawn.

    Growing a garden in a yard or lawn

    Your Yard

    Look at what type of environment you live in and consider one of these types of plants for it. Here is the list we suggest:

    1. Creeping Bentgrass
    2. Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua)
    3. Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon)
    4. California sagebrush (Artemisia californica)
    5. Local wildflowers.
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    5 Foods that can Kill your Dog

    There’s a lot of common foods that can kill your dog. Some of these items may surprise you, but others are things that are more or less common knowledge. We just want to make sure that your four-legged companion is safe and sound, so we wrote this article just for you!

    A puppy in a tea cup.

    #1 Avocados

    The first of the foods that can kill your dog is actually avocados. They contain a toxic thing called persin which will cause heart, lung and other tissue damage in most animals, however the most harmed animals are dogs and cats.

    #2 Don’t Drink and Bark

    The second food that can kill your dog is a little more common sense than most, but it’s beer or any alcoholic beverage. They cause the same damage as it does to humans, but on a much larger scale since dogs are commonly smaller than humans. It causes brain and liver damage and can induce vomiting even from a small amount of alcohol.

    Dog on a beach with two beers
    No Dog was harmed in the creation of this article

    #3 Don’t go Nuts for Nuts

    The next food that can kill your dog is truly a surprising one. Nuts, especially walnuts and macadamia nuts can cause anything from vomiting to death. Even paralysis is a symptom from nuts for dogs and it can take as little as 12 hours for it to kill your dog.

    Dog eating dog food in a bowl

    #4 Grapes

    Another surprising food that can cause damage is grapes or raisins. Either of these cause kidney failure and the chemical that causes it stays in the dog’s system for their entire life. As little as one serving of raisins can overwhelm a dog’s body and kill them.

    Grapes to eat on the vine not for dogs

    #5 Onions

    One food that can kill your dog but is healthy for humans is onions. Onions are highly toxic to animals, especially dogs. They can cause a lower red blood cell count leading to anemia. Anemia can cause weakness, breathing difficulty and losing consciousness. Onions also build up over time, never leaving the dog’s system, so even one onion slice cloud push your dog over the edge.

    Not for your Dog

    To review the list of foods that can kill your dog:

    1. Avocados
    2. Alcohol
    3. Nuts
    4. Grapes
    5. Onions

    If you have a dog check out our list of recommended dog toys.

     

    This post was written by Jacob Cannon. You can check out more of his writing at A Green Family

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