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Friday, April 9, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Top Tips for Disinfecting Your Home.

Top Tips for Disinfecting Your Home.

In the current world we live in, it is incredibly important to put a focus on finding strategies to keep ourselves and our family safe and healthy.  Although our homes should be our safe place, germs and bacteria can be carried in daily.  Here are a few tips to rid your home of those contaminants.

Clean regularly touched surfaces.  Although washing your hands regularly is a great habit, there is still a chance germs can be transferred to surfaces.  Disinfect areas that are touched regularly, like handles, light switches, tables, and countertops, with an all-purpose cleaner.

Wash dishes the right way.  If you use a dishwasher, make sure the water temp is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and us detergent that lists chlorine bleach as an ingredient.

Disinfect soft surfaces in the living room.  Although disinfecting tables, light switches, and lamps is a great starting place, be sure to focus on pillows, couches, a. ...

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Friday, March 26, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Easy to Grow Herbs for Your Home

Easy to Grow Herbs for Your Home 

 Green thumb or not, every homeowner should try their hand at growing fresh herbs.  Here are 5 easy-to-grow herbs you can pick up and start tending to today. 
Mint.  The perfect addition to a cool, refreshing summer drink, mint can be grown indoors in a wide pot of moderately rich soil.  They recommend placing this herb in indirect light in an area with temperatures no more than 65 to 70 degrees during the day. 
Basil.  This plant thrives off plenty of sunlight and warmth, so plant its seeds in a pot and place in a south-facing window. Once ready, this herb is a great addition to any tomato sauce or Italian dish. 
Oregano.  Another Italian food staple, oregano is a great addition to your indoor garden.  This herb requires direct sunlight and should be turned occasionally.  Make sure to select a pot with a drainage hole and be careful as oregano plants a. ...

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Friday, March 5, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Is Downsizing Right for You?

Is Downsizing Right for You?
Downsizing your home is not just for empty nesters.  There are numerous reasons and situations where this path could be the right one for you and your family!
Minimizing.  Owning a large home and property comes with a large responsibility like multiple rooms and floors, a large yard, and maybe features like a deck or pool. There is a lot of upkeep and cleaning that is required to keep a home looking and functioning at best.  One common reason homeowners are looking to downsize is to reduce the time, energy, and money spent on those activities, leaving them with more time to do the things they enjoy with the ones they love.
Saving Funds. When downsizing to a smaller home, you allow for an increase in your monthly budget.  Not only does your mortgage and maintenance cost less, but so does your utility bills, insurance, property taxes, interest payments and furnishings.  This is a great option for those who want to put their childre. ...

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Thursday, February 25, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Reasons to Maintain a Phone-Free Bedroom

Reasons to Maintain a Phone-Free Bedroom
In this day and age, our smartphones have become just another limb, permanently fixed to our bodies.  So, the idea of keeping phones out of the bedroom seems like such a foreign concept.  However, here are 5 reasons you should give it a try!
Minimize temptation.  Even if you think you have strong self-control, with your phone within arm’s length, you are much more tempted to play that additional game of solitaire or scroll Twitter for just another 15 minutes.  This results in staying up later and later, which can readjust your internal clock, making it harder to fall asleep.
Ease your brain.  Whether you’re scrolling social media, texting your significant other, replying to emails, or skimming the news, you are using and stimulating your brain.  When you finally do put down the phone, your brain is still on overdrive.  Try reading a book, meditating, or doing yoga instead to put your brain in a r. ...

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Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Value-Booting Renovations for Your Home

Value-Booting Renovations for Your Home

Buying a home is likely one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime.  So why not maintain and grow that investment so if or when you decide to sell, you can reap maximum return?  Below are a few value-boosting ideas to get you started.

Change your color scheme.  Never overlook what a fresh coat of paint can do for a home, plus it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to give it a whole new look and feel before putting it on the market.  You can commit to doing the job yourself or splurge just a little bit more to hire a professional.

Update your landscaping.  Curb appeal is incredibly important in capturing potential buyers’ attention, so investing in your landscaping should be at the top of your list.  On top of regular fertilizing and weed control consider planting a variety of plants against the house or along your driveway, mixing heights and colors.  Add a focal point by. ...

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