Tuesday’s Tips: Ideas for master bedrooms…

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Oftentimes I watch HGTV and get tickled at the amount of people that request such large sized bedrooms. They just CANNOT live with a smaller room. The entire house could fit the rest of their needs and be in the school districts they want but if the bedroom has a small square footage, they will pass.  I understand no one wants a cramped space. I also understand you want adequate room for foot traffic and drawer clearance. It’s just funny because most of the time when they go back and show how the people live after moving in, they never really utilize the space that they have. A lot of the times the bedrooms are huge and empty with a lot of dead space. If you find yourself with the pleasure of having to figure out how to design a bedroom that is sizeable, then here are ideas.

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Create a living room space. Yep, a living room. You have the room for it so you might as well invest in a small loveseat and coffee table area.

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I know most would frown upon this and I do as well (if you work from home). Otherwise, if you use the computer for leisure purposes, I don’t see a problem creating a computer space in your bedroom for web surfing, shopping, blogging and social media.

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Create a reading corner. All you need is a side table, a comfy chair, an ottoman and reading lamp.

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Tuesday’s Tips: one way to spice up a room

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Stunning work by Spruce Interior Design over on Apartment Therapy. I like the symmetry by the fireplace. I also like the modern way of furnishing a conversation area. Let’s get outside of thinking about furniture sets and create more interesting spaces mixing styles and pieces. If that isn’t in the budget then think about incorporating different tables. Swap out side tables between rooms in your home to avoid everything being too matchy.

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Beautiful stairwell. Head over to Apt Therapy to see more of the home.


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Tuesday’s Tips: use canvas artwork to hide unsightly light switches etc

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These are not the best quality of pictures but this is how I decided to hide a light switch and temperature controller in my hallway. I purchased these wrapped canvas beauties from AtHome. By positioning them right over the eyesores, I now don’t have to see them. It also allows me to hang art exactly where I wanted. If I hung around the thermostat, the art wouldn’t have been centered with the wall. It just would have created an odd look. However it was brought to my attention that your thermostat may not work efficiently being covered from the circulating airflow. So do this at your own discretion.

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The depths of canvases allow for protruding switches and knobs of a circuit breaker door to be hidden seamlessly.

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Tuesday’s Tips: updating a dated dining set

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There are a few things you can do to spruce up a dated hand-me-down dining room set. Taking away chairs from one side, and adding a bench or taking away the head chairs to add two newer ones can add some extra oomph. You can also add new fabric to the seats in modern patterns or trendy colors to give new life in older pieces. Lastly, accessorize and create focal points that takes away from the furniture. Creating beautiful elaborate centerpieces and place settings with runners are ideal. Browse places like Zgallerie & Pier 1 for ideas. Mix candleholders and candlesticks and vases for an interesting look. Placing the set on a really pretty rug can help as well.


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Tuesday’s Tips: mosquito repelling plants and flowers

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Nothing like June: the start of summer, the longer days, the warmer nights, the outdoor eats, carnivals and festivals, etc. However with everything sometimes you have some give and other times you have some takes and one thing I can’t stand are mosquitos. They die in your cocktails when you leave them uncovered. They cause you to itch and scratch and just plain obnoxious. So here are some plants that repels mosquitos.

 
Marigolds are said to have a repulsive smelling aroma that bugs dislike. 

Lavender is not only a beautiful soothing plant with a calming scent for humans, but it’s a natural mosquito repellent. you can also pull some and place in your bedroom to help relax your body when it’s time for bed.

Geranium’s have a pretty cascading look  that repels mosquitos because of the strong fragrance.

 
Citronella grass is not only low maintenance but lemon scented ones are best for keeping mosquitoes at bay.

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Basil not only satisfies chefs but lemon basil and cinnamon basil deters insects like flies and mosquitos.

 
Garlic not only tastes good but it works for repelling.

Peppermint can double as cocktail garnishes and relief for itching if you do get bit by one (by simply rubbing the leaves on the bite). It’s a taste and smell most bugs dislike.

Rosemary is another great herb I love to cook with especially in green beans and pork chops. It attracts butterflies  and naturally repels mosquitos, cabbage moths and other bugs. They can be pruned and make for great landscaping additions as it looks like a shrub.

They also even say catnip helps and works way better than any spray you can get. Unless you have a fence, I wouldn’t advise. I don’t have a fence around my condo and I swear the neighborhood cats see my cat looking out of the patio doors and windows and they keep coming on my property hiding in my bushes as if I will let my cat out to play. Never fails, every friggin evening these cats come up, even when I’m on the porch. They will simply walk in the street and go up my neighbors driveway until I go inside. So the last thing I’m trying to do is have a buncha cracked out cats on my lawn 😂.

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Overall mint and lemon smelling flowers are the common denominator in most. Instead of spending money on spray that may not work, try a natural route that can not only be a great addition for your food prep, but ones that are also beautiful on the eyes. Happy gardening!
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And happy eating and drinking!

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Tuesday’s Tips: save money with these produce storage tips

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Some takeaways I learned from Real Food Real Deals &;My Thirty Spot: how washing certain fruits like berries and grapes ahead of time can cause a negative affect on the skin and make them prone to bacteria so only wash when you get ready to eat them.  I also learned you should line berries in a different container lined with paper towel. How paper towels supposedly keeps lettuce fresh if placed on top and bottom and a lot of melons and fruit can actually stay at room temperature on the counter before going in the fridge. I started doing this with my strawberries as some grocery stores don’t have them in the refrigerated section so I figured they can stay out at home for a day or so before putting them in the fridge. I also try to cut and slice fruit I know I wont eat and freeze them in zip loc bags for future smoothies or Nice cream (google it if you don’t know what that is).

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They say you should keep fruit and produce separate in the fridge drawers. When buying fruit and veggies, always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. That’s something I want to give a try. Do you have any tips on making food last longer?

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Tuesday’s Tips: fun ideas for toddler parties

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Here is a small round up of cute 1 year old and toddler birthday party ideas. 

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The lemon theme is so cute with wood crates and mason jars, beverage dispensers and pretty straws…

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Make sure you have activities for small children that makes sense to them. An inflatable pool filled with balls is sure to be a hit…

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