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Why Your Wedding Reception Should Have Wildflower Seeds As Party Favors

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Are you getting married in the next year or two? Are you actively planning out your wedding and what will be done during and after the wedding? With so many different choices around, it can sometimes be difficult to pick just one option for your ceremony. Fortunately, as far as picking favors for the reception afterward goes, you are certainly free to pick multiple options if you want. But even with the ability to choose several items to give away, sometimes it’s still not easy to make a decision. To help you with that, here are some reasons why you should consider giving away wildflower seeds as one of the items in your favors: Symbolism: Giving away candy or things like personalized pens are nice, but in the long run they don’t actually mean all that much. On the other hand, seeds are the promise of a new life. Just as you and your spouse are about to embark upon a new life together, wildflower seed mixes promise to sprout and add beauty to the wherever they’re planted. Once the planted seeds start to grow, your guests will see the flowers and be reminded of you and your wedding. Easy to care for: While you could give away fruit & vegetable seeds or some other type of seeds, that may not be the best idea. Regular garden seeds can be a bit of a white elephant gift, requiring more care than your guests might have anticipated. They might love tomatoes, green beans, or zinnias, but they might not be aware of just how much time and energy it takes to make sure that those plants are growing healthy and strong. If they inadvertently allow the garden seeds to get eaten or forget to water them, your guests may feel bad because the seeds were a gift. Wildflower seed mixes, however, are filled with flowers that need no care at all. If your guests have no room to grow the seeds that they are given, they could even sprinkle them on a nearby empty lot, common area, or patch by the side of the road. Assuming nobody mistakes them for weeds and pulls them up, the wildflowers should still sprout and grow without any further assistance. Different varieties: If you’ve only seen a few wildflower seed mixes in a retail store, you can be forgiven for thinking that they’re all the same. But the “best” wildflowers will vary depending on where in the country that they’re going to be grown. Instead of just picking a mix off the shelf where you are, one that will be tailored to your area, consider going online to purchase several different wildflower seed mixes suited to where your guests live. For example, you might pick a midwestern mix for some of your guests and a southwestern desert mix for others. The appropriate wildflower mixes will make care even easier and may make it more likely that your guests will actually plant the...

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3 Ways To Keep Your Teeth Bright Between Dental Visits

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If you’re like most people, you’re always looking for new, effective, and easy ways to keep your teeth white and bright between professional dental visits. Here are three things you can implement to make it happen: Make Your Own Mouthwash A great way to keep your smile bright and white between dental visits is to make your own whitening mouthwash to use on a regular basis. It’s easy to make and holds up well in the fridge between uses – you should only have to make a batch once a week or so. The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will whiten your teeth, while the peppermint essential oil works to kill anaerobic bacteria, which is known to cause gum disease. Here is what you’ll need to make a batch: 1 reusable bottle with lid or mason jar 1 cup fresh water 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide 1 tbsp baking soda 20 drops peppermint essential oil Put all the ingredients in your bottle or mason jar, close the lid, and shake the container a few times to thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together. Use as you would commercial mouthwash, but keep it in the fridge between uses.   Focus on Water Consumption Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is an effective way to keep your teeth clean and free of stains. Make sure that you have some water available to drink before and after your meals and snacks throughout the day so you can rinse away food particles and get rid of staining substances, such as coffee, after consumption. Put a water bottle in the freezer each night and then carry it around with you during the next day, so you always have something fresh to rinse your mouth with after a meal, a snack, a cup of coffee, or even after chewing a piece of gum. Brush with Activated Charcoal Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal a couple of times a week is an excellent way to keep your teeth white and bright between dental visits. The charcoal absorbs plaque and other particles that causes staining, and it also helps regulate the mouth’s PH balance which helps to prevent cavities. Just dip your damp toothbrush into a little activated charcoal and brush your teeth as you normally would with commercial toothpaste. It’s important to note that activated charcoal can stain your clothes, flooring, and countertops so be careful when using it. You can improve the flavor of your activated charcoal toothpaste by mixing it with a little orange or cinnamon essential oil before use. These tips and tricks should make it easy to keep your teeth white and your smile bright between visits to your dentist. Click here for more...

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3 Tips for Purchasing a Walk-In Tub to Modify Your Bathroom for a Person with Disabilities

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If you or a loved one you live with is disabled or elderly, the current bathrooms in your home may be hazardous. Luckily, there are many modifications that can be made to make a bathroom safer and easier to use for someone with limited mobility. One of the top modifications includes replacing a standard shower and tub with a walk-in tub. Use the following tips to purchase a walk-in tub for your home: Consult a Plumber Before you invest in a walk-in tub, it is important to consult a plumber to learn how the plumbing system is set up in the bathroom and determine which type of tub will work in the room. A plumber will be able to advise you on the cost of installation; purchasing a walk-in tub that works with the current plumbing setup is the most economical option. If you need to completely change the pipes in order to have the tub installed, you can expect higher costs.  Set a Budget There is a wide variety of walk-in tubs available, and they range from basic to top of the line, luxury models. Figure out exactly what you need before shopping for a walk-in tub. Some people need built-in grab bars and hand-held shower faucets, while other people may not require these features. After you determine what you need in a walk-in tub, you can then set your budget. Don’t forget to include the cost of installing the tub when determining how much you can realistically afford to spend. Understand Warranties and Return Policies Walk-in tubs tend to be more complicated than standard bathtubs, especially if you buy a luxury model, so it is important to purchase one with a good warranty. You will be happy to have that warranty if you encounter any problems with the water tight seals or the water pump in the tub. When looking at the warranty, understand exactly what it covers and what you need to do if you need repairs.  Some companies offer returns on walk-in tubs, while others don’t. Since walk-in tubs can be expensive, many people feel more comfortable knowing that it can be returned if needed. If you find a great deal on a quality walk-in tub, but the company does not offer returns, make sure that you have the correct measurements before you make the purchase.  For more information about walk-in tubs and the features that will best suit your needs, talk to a company like Bath Planet...

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Outdoor Candle Lantern Ideas For A Wedding Reception

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Few things are more romantic than the soft glow of candles on a warm evening. If you’re holding your wedding reception outdoors, consider lighting up the night with charming candle lanterns rather than bright, electric bulbs. To reduce the risk of a fire hazard, especially if you live in a dry climate, you can use LED candles instead of the real thing. LED candles will give off the same warm glow and will last all night. Depending on how much time you have to create the decor and the size of your budget, you can either buy the candle lanterns or make them yourself using everyday items.  Here are a few outdoor wedding reception candle lantern ideas to consider: 1. Glass and Wrought Iron Lanterns Popular glass and wrought-iron lanterns have a classic look, making them ideal for both elegant and rustic receptions. The lanterns’ glass doors open, so you can place tealights or pillar candles, along with some other decor items such as faux ivy or glass beads, into them.  These lanterns are easy to customize and can hang from tree branches, barn rafters, or wherever else they’re needed. 2. Glass Jar Lanterns Homemade glass jar lanterns will give your wedding celebration a rustic-chic touch. Start with either clear or blue glass mason jars, and fill the bottoms with small pebbles, sand, or glass gems, depending on the reception theme. Place a tealight or votive candle into each jar. Next, wrap a piece of wire around the neck of each jar, and attach handmade wire handles to them for hanging.  3. Tin Can Lanterns  Another fast and simple way to lend a charming, country-inspired look to your outdoor reception is with tin can lanterns. Start by peeling the labels off of aluminum cans, completely removing the lids, and thoroughly cleaning them out with soap and water. Then use a metal puncher to create small designs, such as hearts or stars, all over the can. When you place tealights or votive candles in the lanterns, the light will shine through the patterns. Create a wire handle for hanging using the same method as the glass jar lanterns.  4. Glass Tealight Ball Lanterns  As one more inexpensive and easy idea, buy several clear glass tealight balls, which are hand-blown spheres with small openings in the front. They will give the outdoor space a sophisticated touch when hung from tree branches over the dining table.  After the reception, you can use the holders for hanging air plants in your home.  For more information, contact Alive With Items or a similar...

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How to Remove Pet-Urine Odors Completely When Replacing Your Carpet

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If you have a dog that has wet all over your carpet, replacing the carpet will help with the odors, but it might not eliminate the smell completely. There are a couple extra steps you may need to do before getting your new carpet installed, and here are a few of the most important things you should consider doing. Remove All the Padding There are times when people replace carpet in a room and leave the existing padding to be reused with the new carpet. If your dog has urinated on your carpet, you will not be able to do this. You will have to remove all the old padding along with the carpet because the padding will also contain urine. If you leave the padding, you will not get rid of the urine odors in your home. Check the Subfloor The subfloor is the flooring material you will find under the padding, and subfloor is typically made of wood. While this wooden floor will not become smelly from just one or two pet accidents, but it can begin getting stinky if a pet continually wets on the carpet. This is because wood is porous. In other words, it absorbs liquids. Each time the urine soaks through your carpet and padding, it will end up saturating the wood. If you want to make sure you totally eliminate the urine smells, you should get down on the floor and smell the wood subfloor to see if it stinks. In addition, you should look for signs of staining on it. If you see stains, they are likely from the urine. In this situation, you will need to remove the entire subfloor and replace it with new wood. This can cost a significant amount of extra money, but it will be the only way to get rid of pet smells. If you are afraid your dog will continue having accidents, you may want to take one additional step. This extra step is sealing your new subfloor. You can do this by painting several coats of paint on it. If your dog wets on your new carpet and it seeps through, it will not be able to penetrate into the wood. This means that your new subfloor should never have to be replaced in the future. Replacing carpet in a home is a big job, but it can make a difference with the way your house smells. To learn more, contact a carpet installation company such as Carpet Depot...

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Pest Control 101: 3 Visible Signs Of Termites

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Termites are silent invaders that enter your home, colonize, and feast on the wood. As you might expect, these tiny insects can cause huge problems for your home. From structural damage to minor cracks or holes, termites can easily eat their way throughout the wood in your home and cost you thousands of dollars in repair bills. Unfortunately, termites are often hard to detect. Luckily, there are some telltale signs that will notify you that you need termite control immediately. So what signs should you be looking for? Here are three warning signs that you might be sharing your house with termites: 1. Insect Wings Perhaps one of the most noticeable signs of termites are insect wings. During their reproductive cycle, they will swarm. However, they only fly for a short distance—so if they are already in your home, you’ll likely see the aftermath. After flying, they’ll take their wings off. If there is a colony living in your home, you’ll likely find piles of these insect wings. Usually the wings will be located near windows and doorways, as they attempt to enter (or leave) your home. You can tell they are termite wings, and not ant wings, because both wings will be the same size. 2. Small Tubes Another sign of termites are small tubes throughout your lawn—or anywhere dirt meets your home. However, you might also find these tubes near food sources, such as trees. Also known as mud tubes, these small tubes are where the termites live. The tubes create a humid environment, which termites thrive in. If you find any of these tubes on your property, carefully remove a section of the tube with a small shovel or hoe. If termites begin walking out of the tube, you have a live colony on your property. If not, it’s still worth calling an exterminator; as the termites may have simply relocated. 3. Fecal Matter Finally, you might also notice fecal matter in your home. Termite feces is small and wood colored. It has the appearance of sawdust. So if you notice anything that looks like sawdust in your home—and it shouldn’t be there—it’s likely that you have a termite infestation. While termites can cause serious issues with your home, they can be controlled. If you believe you have termites, contact a termite control specialist for help. These professionals can help eliminate the termites and prevent them from returning....

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4 Things You Need To Know About Hanging Curtains

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If you just purchased your first house, one way to really class it up and give your home its own personality is by hanging up curtains. Here are four things you need to know about hanging up curtains in your new home. #1 Layer Your Shades You don’t have to just put up a single layer of curtains; you can layer your curtains. For example, you can put some semi-transparent curtains close to your windows, and then put a thicker type of curtain on another rod above the first curtain rod. That way, when you want more light in but still want your windows covered up, you can open the first set of curtains and reveal the second set underneath. Or, when you want to close your curtains to keep out the heat or cold, you can have both sets closed. Semi-transparent curtains, bamboo shades, and roman shades work great as an underlay beneath thicker, traditional curtains. #2 Hang Your Shades Up High Even if your windows are small, you can create the illusion inside of your house that it is full of room length windows by using long shades that you hang above your windows. For example, if there is about two feet of wall space between your window and the ceiling, hang your top curtain rod (if you decide to layer the curtains) about a foot and a half about your window. Leaving a little space between your wall and your window can create almost an imaginary border around your home; of course, you can also put the curtains just a few inches below your ceiling if you really want the complete floor-to-to ceiling effect. Just make sure that the curtains you purchase are long enough to cover your windows and go almost all the way to the ground. #3 Leave Room Underneath When purchasing your curtains and determining how high you want to place them, think about where they will fall. If you want to be able to easily clean under your windows, you should make sure that your curtains fall a couple of inches above the floor. If that is not a concern for you, you can have your curtains brush the floor. If your curtains brush the floor you may need to wash them more frequently as they will pick up dirt from the floor. #4 Go Wide Finally, it is also smart to go little wide when hanging your curtains. When you hang up your curtain rods, you may want to put the hooks for the rods into the wall six to twelve inches past the edge of your window; generally, the rod will extend past the hooks. When you do this, the curtains you hang up will be able to complete cover the front and sides of your windows. If you ever want to open your curtains, it will also give you space to pull back the curtains fully so that your entire window is exposed. Contact a business that specializes in drapery for more information....

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3 Reasons To Add Extra Sun Protection At Home With New Blinds

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Getting blinds installed at home can make a big difference in how comfortable you are since they can help adjust the temperature inside while providing privacy, but you may be unaware of how they can provide sun protection. Even when indoors, both you and your belongings require sun protection, especially near any windows. Luckily, you can make sure you get the sun protection you want and enjoy the following benefits when you get blinds installed. Easy to Open and Close as Needed One of the most enticing reasons to choose blinds over heavy drapes or shutters is how easy they are to open and close. In fact, you’ll be happy to know that blinds can weigh very little, allowing you to control just how open you want the blinds to be at the time. This is ideal for adjusting the blinds as needed throughout the day as the sunlight moves. Thickness Varies to Allow in as Much or as Little Light as Needed Another reason to choose blinds over other forms of window treatments is the fact that you can choose a variation that has the thickness you want. Whether you choose vinyl or wood blinds, you can pick them with the thickness in mind, helping to control how much light filters in. When shopping for blinds, make sure to consider the weight of the blinds and each individual piece—two factors that will go a long way towards how much light still filters in. These two factors alone will ensure that you get the room darkening effect you want, while helping to block out the sunlight. Can Be Doubled with Curtains Hung Over the Blinds Unlike some window treatments such as shutters, blinds are a good choice for combining with other treatments to provide extra style and some protection. For example, the most common combination is blinds and curtains, allowing you to adjust both on their own so that you can control how much sunlight comes in. With the inclusion of blinds and curtains, you can have a stylish new feature in any room in the house and provide some protection you like for both you, your family, and your furniture inside. If you’re curious how blinds can be beneficial for your home, it’s good idea to consider just how harmful the sun can be when beating into your home each day. With this in mind, you can move forward with getting new blinds installed. Talk to a company like Cover Up Designs to learn...

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Three Tips For Prolonging The Life Of Your Mower

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Push mowers, like those from Joe’s Tractor Sales Inc, can get expensive depending on all the bells and whistles you want on it. This is why it is so important that you keep up with the maintenance a push mower requires so you don’t have to keep purchasing a new one every several years. This can mean the difference between it lasting only 5 years and going strong for over 10 years. The average lawnmower lasts around 8 to 10 years with proper maintenance. Of course, there are many variables for the life expectancy of a push mower. How tall the grass is and how often it is cut are just two of the variables you should consider. The most important variable is the maintenance performed on the push mower. In order to prolong the life expectancy, you will want to make sure you are performing these tasks on your mower.  Sharpen the Blades Keeping your blades sharp not only helps your grass from becoming diseased, but it will also ensure that you get a clean cut every time you mow. When the blades are dull it tears the grass instead of cutting it. Torn grass is more prone to diseases. It also means you will likely be cutting the grass more often when you do not get a crisp, clean cut. In order to sharpen the blades, you want to use a sharpening stone, a metal file, or a motorized grinder. By running one of these over the blade, it will help make the blade sharper. Doing this at the start of mowing season will help ensure your blades are sharp.  Change the Oil Just like a car, your lawn mower’s oil is susceptible to getting impurities in it. You want to make sure that you change the oil often to help remove the impurities so they do not get in the engine and cause problems. If not, it could cause the engine to overheat or fail earlier than it should. Your lawn mower’s owner’s manual will explain how the oil should be changed. You will want to first remove the bad oil before putting the good oil in it.  Watch Your Gas Gas can be hard on small engines, especially when it contains ethanol. To help avoid premature failure, you want to make sure the gas doesn’t sit in the tank for long without being used. When mowing season is done and you plan to put the mower up for a while, you want to remove all the fuel. This is because fuel in the tank will degrade over time and start to harden. By removing the fuel at the end of mowing season, you can start the next year’s season with fresh fuel for your...

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Do You Work As A School Janitor? Tips For Choosing The Right Shoes

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If you work as a school janitor, you are likely on your feet a lot every day. If you wear the wrong shoes, it can cause many feet problems, such as bunions, bone spurs, hammer toe, and ingrown nails. To keep this from happening to you, below are some tips to help you choose the right shoes for your feet. The Fit The proper fit of your shoes is one of the most important things. The sides of the shoes should be able to absorb shock. This will prevent injury to your ankles, balls of your feet, and your heels. The shoes should also have adequate cushioning. This will not only make the shoes more comfortable for you, but it will also help to hold your feet in place while you are performing your duties. This is especially true if you work in a very large school, as you would be walking a lot more. To prevent athlete’s foot and dry skin, make sure the shoes have good air circulation. The proper fit is also important as you will be on damp floors when you mop. Being a school janitor means you will likely have to clean up many spills. For example, a child in the bathroom may press the soap dispenser on purpose, which would make a very slippery surface. Children also often spill things like their milk or other drinks. If your shoes are too small, they will be cramped, which will reduce your balance. Shoes that are too big will get caught on the floor. Make sure the shoes you purchase have non-slick soles. This will make it easier for you to work on any surface.  Made with Durable Materials If you have shoes that are not made with durable materials, the soles and liners will break down easily, which would cause uneven treads. If this happens to your shoes, this will cause pain in your back, knees, and ankles. Walking on shoes with uneven treads can also cause you to trip and fall, as you would be a little off balance. When you’re hard at work, you don’t want to have to worry about your shoes. Make sure you keep a good eye on your shoes, and replace them as soon as you see them wearing out. Your jr janitorial service may offer to give you shoes. If so, make sure they are the right ones for...

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