Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Looking Great

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Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Looking Great

When you buy new carpet for your living room, or any room in your house, you probably are extra anxious about keeping it clean. Some people love that “new carpet” smell. But, just like in a new car, that smell can quickly turn to “ewww” if you don’t take care of your new carpet. A home is meant to be lived in; just because a new carpet has been installed doesn’t mean rooms should be roped off and only used on certain occasions. There will be the occasional spills. Families with pets will have even more mess. It’s inevitable.

So, to help you avoid accumulation of dust or other crud that gets packed into the house, here are tips for cleaning your carpet:

* Vacuum often
* If you spill anything on the carpet; take a paper towel and pat down on the spill until it is absorbed onto the paper towel.
* Whenever possible, use door mats to have your family wipe their shoes so nothing is tracked onto the carpet.
* Be careful when using certain cleaning supplies*
* If you choose to have your carpet shampooed; be sure to ask if the scotch guard will be removed in the process.
* Do not allow anyone to eat in the living room.

While these are just a few tips for cleaning your carpets, you may certainly have your own tried and tested methods to keep your carpet clean. Preventative measures are the best way to avoid soiling your new carpet. Read more

Legitimate Home Business Ideas to Consider

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Depending on your experience and current skill set, there are several viable options available for starting a home business. Keep in mind, not everyone can immediately start out as a web designer or graphic designer, but there are online courses available to teach you the skills you need. Don’t let your current situation determine where you will be later on. Bettering yourself through education and training is the best way to achieve your goals. If you want to start a Virtual Assistant business but you aren’t sure if you have the skills yet, then research what VAs typically do and then find courses to learn those skills.

There are other home businesses that you can start without needing a ton of experience, however. Want to blog for a living? Then find an online course on blogging as a business and get started. Affiliate marketing is another idea that doesn’t require a lot of experience. You can also learn what you need to know about affiliate marketing from online courses. Some of the information may even be free online. Just do your research and be wary of scams or “get rich quick” websites that promise the world but deliver very little.

Home Businesses You Can Start

Here are some common home businesses that people start. None require a huge investment, and like I mentioned above, a lot of the information needed to learn how is available online.

Web Designer – If you know about design, and understand the popularly used software today like self-hosted WordPress then you can earn a lucrative income designing websites for local and distant business owners.

Graphic Designer – If you’re good at making book covers, website banners, and other types of graphics like logos you can make a very good income. Many designers charge by project and others charge hourly.

Virtual Assistant – You can specialize depending on your skills and earn a larger hourly rate. Many specialties VAs such as speaker’s assistants, author’s assistants and so forth earn from 45 to 100 an hour. You can hire a team to help, or charge by package to up your income. You can learn more about earning as a VA from VaNetworking.com. Read more

Thinking About Working From Home?

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What is Your “Why” for Working From Home?

Working from home is a dream that many people hope to achieve for a variety of reasons. However, for those of us with children at home, the idea of having more flexibility and time with the kids is a major reason. The work at home parent demographic is huge as more and more parents start thinking about ways to make the dream a reality. If you’re not yet sure if you should start working from home, take a moment to look over some additional reasons for “Why.”

10 Good Reasons for Parents to Work from Home 

No Business Clothing Required – Wearing business clothing is a pain for a new mom. You try to get ready for work and before you know it the baby has spit up on you and you have to change clothes. This will end.

You’ll be More Productive – No one is really super mom or dad, but if you have your own home based business you can be a lot more productive. You can fit everything into the time you have if you have control over your calendar.

No Distractions from Co-Workers – While you will have some distractions from your children, they are a pleasure, you won’t have any from co-workers stopping by your desk to gossip. Baby hugs and kisses are so much better.

You Can Balance Your Time Better – Having control of your calendar is an amazing thing. You can write in all the important things you need to do as a parent and arrange work around that.

You Can Be Healthier – Everyone knows that sitting all day long is bad for your health. When you work for yourself you can schedule in exercise to combat the damage done by sitting all day long. You can also eat more home-cooked from scratch meals which will make you healthier as well. Read more

Fun Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Fun Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

1.) One of the easiest crafts kids can make is a coupon book. The coupons can be made from sheets of paper cut in thirds. Help them think of things to put on the coupons – “One hour uninterrupted bubble bath,” “Clean up my room by myself” or “A flower garden bouquet.” Let your child think of fun things to use for the coupons.

2.) Help your little kids make flowers from paper hearts that may be left over from Valentine’s Day. If you don’t have leftover hearts, you can help them cut out paper hearts from Mom’s favorite color. Arrange three to five hearts with the points at the center. Thread floral wire through the points and then twist the wires together to create the stem. Glue a large button or beads onto the hearts as the center of the flower. Your toddler can also create leaves by cutting them out of paper and gluing them to the stem. Place the flowers in a vase and set it on Mom’s tray for breakfast in bed.

3.) Purchase a pastel t-shirt for Mom. Then, using paint specialized for fabric, let your children place their hands into the paint and press them into the fabric. Be sure to write down the child’s name and age on their hand-print. You can also write the date on the t-shirt so Mom can see how the children have grown over the years. Read more

Tips for Building a Patio

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Tips for Building a Patio

Wouldn’t it be great to have a place to relax outdoors after a long day at work? A great do-it-yourself project is to learn how to build your own patio. With some time and hard work, you can create a getaway spot your whole family will enjoy.

Begin by laying out the proposed location for the patio. Think about the other buildings or landscaping features of your yard. Will you have more than one level of the patio, a built-in barbecue pit or retaining walls? Draw out exactly what you’d like the patio to look like so you can determine what materials are needed.

Decide on the material you’ll use to create the patio. You can use brick, flagstone, wood or even concrete. If you’re not handy with tools, you may want to ask for help or advice from home improvement employees or friends who have built their own patios.

Rather than depending upon pictures in a book, magazine or printed store display, try to find a real-life display which shows exactly what the colors of the pavers are. You don’t have to match the color of your home. Contrasting or complimentary colors are common. Darker colors are also less reflective which can make your patio more user-friendly. Read more