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    July 21, 2015
    Don’t Flush That!

    Becoming a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities that you may not have had before. For instance, you repair anything that breaks. It really makes you more conscious of everything you do to your home. You’ll want to avoid costly mistakes as much as possible. One of the more difficult (and expensive) things to repair is plumbing. So, how do you make sure your plumbing systems operate perfectly and remain clog-free? Simple- don’t flush that! The only things that should go down a toilet are water, waste, and toilet paper. Check out this post by Cori at Cori’s Cozy Corner for what you should NEVER flush:

    (Not so) Flushable Toilet Wipes-Flushable wipes while convenient and sanitary may not break down in a timely fashion and can still cause a back up in your pipes. The same is true for most feminine sanitary products.

    Toilet paper is made to disintegrate but facial tissue, baby wipes, and other personal products are not. 

    Photo Credit: Laura Ritchie 


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    July 15, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Kitchen Sink

    Photo from Hollowed Hearts


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    July 10, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Clean A Shower Head
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2w2vd6

    If you have crusty gunk on your shower head, all you need to clean it is a plastic baggie and some vinegar. Voila!


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    July 8, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Frames as Towel Racks

    Photo from RoboLady Blog


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    July 7, 2015
    Dust Be Gone

    Dust drives my allergies crazy, plus it’s also kind of gross. Did you know that dust is mostly made of your dead skin cells? Ew! No one wants that in their home. Instead of constantly battling it with swiffers and furniture polish, there are ways to simply prevent having a dusty home (or at least, that will help you dust less often). Check out these tips by Carl and Jennifer at How to Build it for tips:

    -Wash pillows, blankets, and other linens regularly

    -Replace your air filters

    -Get rid of excessive décor items that only gather dust

    -Vacuum couch cushions and beat rugs

    -Turn the “fan” on your thermostat when cleaning to help filter all the dust you’re kicking up.

    Photo Credit: John Liu 


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    July 3, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Tool Safety 101
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2wcezg

    How to properly guard your fingers when using a hammer. Important safety info for everyone!


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    July 1, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Pink Marble Bath

    Photo from Coco Kelley


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    June 29, 2015
    Design Plans For Platform Beds

    There is just something about platform beds- I think they make a bedroom look especially luxurious. Having your mattress lower to the floor and situated on a beautifully designed platform just looks so much better than traditional metal bed frame. If you are particularly handy, check out this post by Sarah Lyons at Decoist for platform bed plans. I especially love the minimalist ones!

    -Floating platform bed design- Thanks go to our friends from DIYNetwork for this inspiring design.

    -DIY Queen platform bed- Another traditional bed design comes to us from Shanty-2-Chic. This rustic idea is great for a sophisticated room and evokes a sense of warmth and comfort.

    -Contemporary style platform bed-  thanks to DIYLife you can learn how to make it at an affordable cost.

    Photo Credit: Jackie ModernMiami


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    June 25, 2015
    How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Anything

    I live in a house of women. Me, my sister, my mom, and my grandma all live under one roof with my dad. Even all our pets are females. I also love painting my nails, and have a pretty impressive collection of nail polish, if I may say so. Needless to say, accidents happen. I’ve spilled nail polish on carpets, sheets- basically no surface is safe. That’s why I depend on articles like this one by Taylor at Stain Removal 101. Here’s how to get rid of nail polish stains from any sort of fabric:

    Washable fabric and clothing: Blot the fabric with acetone. Rinse with cool water. Repeat as needed until no more nail polish comes up. Then pretreat the area with a stain remover and throw it in the washer.

    Upholstery: Blot off as much as you can without further spreading it. Apply acetone using an eyedropper. Immediately blot with a paper towel or white cloth. Repeat as needed. If more remains, use a dry cleaning solvent.

    Photo Credit: Gerry Lauzon 


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    June 24, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Entry Way

    Photo from Interior Design Portfolio


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