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Thread a Needle with Ease

Does it take you several tries to get a needle threaded? This was very easy for me several years ago, but when my eyes started getting bad, it takes me a lot of tries without a threader. Then, I discovered a trick to do it in a with ease. Hairspray!

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I just spritz a bit of hairspray on the tip of the thread to stiffen so it will easily pass through the needle’s eye. It worked like a charm, and now I always thread my needle on the first try.


Ease Aches and Pains with Arnica Blossom

Looking for a natural way to ease her aches and pains, my sister found Arnica Joint Muscle Rescue by kneipp very effective. According to her, it helps relieve her joints and muscles right after playing tennis. She engages in this activity once or twice a week as a form of exercise and to relieve her from stress. But because she’s not that young anymore, her body becomes achy afterwards. The bath oil is revitalizing, soothing and has warming effects. I’ll give this a try after working out.

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Product Review: Ozeri 3x Tower Fan

Today, I am reviewing the Ozeri 3x Tower Fan (44″). This is really a cool-looking fan and I got giddy when I found out that I am going to review it.

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Product Description

  • Upgraded with canted fan blades that utilize the physics of blade curvature to generate opposing sound waves to reduce blade noise and isolate the soothing sounds of the airflow itself.
  • Boasting unrivalled technology, the 3x Tower fan is engineered with 3 independently controllable fans and 3 fan speeds, offering up to 9 levels of cooling and customized airflow.
  • Defining the latest in stylistic innovation and digital decor, the 3x Tower fan is among the world’s thinnest fans at less than 3 inches thick and boasts a visually arresting design with an elegant reinforced glass base stand.
  • Features 3 preprogrammed airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation and comfort with 90 degree whisper-quiet oscillation for optimal air circulation.
  • Extended range remote control and the touch sensitive LED control panel provide easy access to all features, including a 7.5 hour timer that can be programmed in 30 minute increments.

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My Thoughts

The fan is really slim and looks nice. It is remote controlled and is very quiet on the lower and middle speeds, but on the third, it sounds just like a regular fan. I like that it has an LED night light at the bottom that helps you see when all the lights are turned off.  The illumination that comes from it is not glaring.

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Setting it up is a breeze because the fan has only two parts; the base and the fan itself. All you need is a pair of bare hands to connect them.

Also, if you accidentally bump on it, the main unit rocks back and forth, but the base stays firm on the floor. I noticed that the connecting tube to the base is made of plastic and I’m not really sure if this won’t easily snap if you keep bumping on the fan.

Pros

Like I said, the fan is thin and it looks very modern. It can easily fit in small spaces. The fan offers 9 levels of cooling and customized airflow.

Cons

The design is slim, but it is very heavy. Actually, the fan itself is lightweight, it is the glass base that is heavy. As for the remote control, you have to be directly in front of the unit for it to work.

Recommendation

Overall, I had a great experience with the fan. It’s sleek and would easily fit in any room. If you’re looking for a really quiet fan, this is a great product to try.

Where to buy?

Ozeri 3x Tower Fan (44″) with Passive Noise Reduction Technology is available on Amazon. You may also get it directly from the Ozeri website.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me for free by Moderna Housewares for evaluation purposes. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Renting Out Your Property

Are you thinking about turning your place into a rental property? That would mean extra income for you. But before you let it out, there are some things you need to do. Read on.

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Update your property

One of a landlord’s responsibility is to provide a safe place for his tenants. It should be clean and it is up to code before you have it inspected. Most cities will require a home inspection before renting out a home or space for the first time. Also make sure that the electrical wirings are still intact, if not new because faulty electrical wirings are the most common cause of fire. Check that all utilities such as gas, electricity and water are all working.

Advertise your property

Once your place is updated, cleaned and inspected, you can now start adding them to rental listings. Remember, if your home is safe and clean, it will allow you to charge a higher rent. It may help to advertise in other areas as well because people also check the listings in other areas.

Select your tenant

When people start to contact you about your property, do a criminal background check and a screening test to verify if the person is a worthy tenant. This can be easily done with Tenantify, a website that investigates the tenant’s employment record and his capacity to pay the rent. The website does all the job for you, and it is the possible tenant who pays for the service.

Renting out your property is definitely a smart move, but you have to make sure that you are prepared for the stress and is ready for the responsibilities that go along with the lucrative income.


I was recently sent a Flexible Cell Phone Universal Car Mount for review. I always struggle to get my phone inside my purse when I’m in the car, so I was very excited when my SiliGuy arrived.

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Product Description

Flexible Cell Phone Universal Car Mount. Use the SiliGuy anywhere you want. Flexibility to secure any smartphone. The universal fitting SiliGuy can grip your mobile device while hanging from your rear-view mirror, slid into the air vent, suspended from the steering wheel, or where ever you want. Any hand-sized device can be safely and comfortably secured in your car, providing safe visibility to use GPS and easy access to speaker phone.

More than just a car mount! This cell phone holder can be used almost anywhere you want! Secures to bike handlebars, gym equipment, in the kitchen for eRecipes, hangs phone while charging, even secures power cords in the office.

My Opinion

This is one cool phone holder. The rubber used to make it is soft, but strong and I like that the hook of the Siliguy is quite big. You can practically hang it everywhere you like. The wrap around flexible arms make any kind of phone fit perfectly. I tried placing my big Android phone first and then, my son’s iPhone 5; the Siliguy gripped both phone protectively.

And yes, this guy is more than just a car mount. I like trying out new dishes and I usually use my phone to search for recipes. I hang it on one of my kitchen racks for easy reference. I also use it while charging the phone.

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Recommendation

If you’re looking for a handy cellphone holder that keeps your phone protected at the same time, the Siliguy is a great product to try. It’s a must have for people who want their phones visible all the time.

Where to buy?

The Siliguy flexible cellphone holder is available on Amazon. For more information about the product, please visit Innovative Design.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Your bedroom is where you spend fully a third of your life. Most people fall into a rut of thinking that this room is just for snoozing, but it can also be a delightful place to read or just hang out and listen to music. This could be your peaceful place in the house where you won’t be disturbed by the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Creative Use of Chairs and Other Furniture

There’s a bed in here, but maybe what you need are chairs. Why chairs? Because they’re perfect for things like, you know, reading and stuff. Seriously, something like a charles eames chair will not only add class to the room, it’ll add functionality to it too – especially if it’s an upholstered rocking chair.

Create a small reading space by placing two chairs together with a small coffee table. The table can serve as a place to keep your books when you’re not reading them, and it can even be used to hold a table lamp. Simple, easy, and functional.

Another piece of furniture that can be added to your bedroom is a bench that sits at the end of your bed. These are great for getting dressed and for just lounging around.

Use Dividers

Dividers can also be incorporated into the room to physically segregate it into usable sections. Now, you don’t have to get crazy with them and create a maze or anything. Mostly, what you’re going for is a physical separation that creates defined spaces. So, for example, a small bookshelf could be used to break up the room. A chair, or a set of chairs, or even a dresser could be used to break up the room.

What do you do with a room that’s divided? Whatever you want. For example, many people keep  a T.V. in their bedroom to fall asleep to. But some people are annoyed by that idea. So, a compromise could be keeping a T.V. in the room, but sectioning off an area for T.V. watching. This forces you to commit to either going to bed or watching T.V. But, because you’re already in your bedroom, it’s sort of like already being in bed.

Use Throw Pillows

Get giant throw pillows for your bedroom so that you can sit on the floor and relax. Sure, it’s a little different, but it can also be exciting. Most people have become so accustomed to modern living, that they’ve lost touch with their primal side – you know, getting on the floor and playing around. Throw pillows can make a hard wood floor (or even a carpet) a little more comfortable, while still giving you an excuse to get down on the ground for some quality time with the dog, your kids, or just to read a book or listen to music.

Sitting on the floor may also be good for your health. According to Biomechanist, Katy Bowman, being able to sit down and get up off the floor, especially unaided, is a predictor of longevity and quality of life.

Jessica Andrews has enjoyed a long career in home interior design. From professional home offices to revitalized family rooms, she has a penchant for the inspirational, fun, and practical.


Home Flooring Choices: Bamboo

Homeowners looking to decorate or redecorate an area of their home have many choices to make when it comes to the details they want to add to the room. Paint colors, wallpaper, molding, accents and furniture can all bring a room together. However, it is the flooring option that can set the tone for the whole look. Since flooring can be expensive depending on your choice, you will want to choose a type of flooring that is durable, beautiful and can last throughout the years.

If you are thinking about hardwood instead of carpeting or tile, you may want to familiarize yourself with some information on bamboo floors to make an information decision on what type of material your wood floors could be made of.

Who Should Choose Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo flooring material is best known for its durability. Some other types of wood used for flooring can be much more susceptible to scrapes, scratches and other damage that will need continual repair. Bamboo is a material that can handle the everyday accidents such as dropping items, having pets walking across the floor and the abrasions that can be caused by playing children. It also stands up to high traffic areas such as entryways and hallways.

Color Choices
Flooring made from bamboo can be purchased in two colors: blonde and amber. The blonde is the bamboo in its natural state, and this color option lets you see all of the natural growth patterns of the plant. The amber color is achieved through a boiling process that takes naturally occurring starches within the wood and carbonized them.

Good for the Environment
Another reason that many homeowners choose bamboo over other wood flooring products is that it is regarded as an environmentally-friendly product. It is made from quickly growing plants that are harvested from sustainable sources. It is also a product that once installed in the home does not need any special chemicals for maintenance or cleaning.

These are just some of the bamboo flooring facts that you will want to know when you are making flooring decisions for your living areas and bedrooms. Choosing bamboo can provide you with a quality product that will stand up to years of normal wear and tear.


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