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Grow Your Own Party Food

Getting the ground ready to plant energizes me.  At the first sign of spring, I’m ready to pull out my shears and spades and turn the earth over, dig down past the earthworms and bugs and put in some bushes.  I look forward to placing my order for cuttings from my favorite garden supply store and can’t wait to drop seeds gently into the soil.

Last year we had a bumper crop of vegetables that were shared with family and friends.  You can always tell when it’s peak season for tomatoes because everybody that’s been growing them starts to give them away.  I have a solution for that this year.  I’m going to throw a garden party. Not the white linen, canape sort with wait staff passing around trays of goodies and drinks.  No.  This year, I want my friends to come over and help me dig up the potatoes, then we’ll roast them over the fire and eat them.  Make salad from my lettuce and tomatoes and saute the snap beans right off the pole.  Instead of parceling out the bounty here and there, I’m going to invite them all over to my own private farmer’s market.  And just like farmers, we’re going to dig the stuff out of the ground to really appreciate the work that goes into growing it.

And I know just what to do to get ready for this shindig.  I’ll go online to the Groupon site and order a new wardrobe from my favorite store, 6:00pm.  I love the quality of their clothes and the wide selection they offer.  And by using a Groupon to make my purchases, I know I’ll save money on every item I buy, and will also get free shipping.  I’ve already shared this secret with my friends so they are Groupon shoppers too.  With over 80% off shoes and more than 70% off clearance items who could blame them.  It means more money to buy other things for the garden party.  And I can use my phone to place my order and have it shipped right to my door.  No searching all over the internet for companies I don’t know.  I can trust the merchants on Groupon and I’ve never had a problem with a return or missed deadline.

This year will be all about the garden party.  And it will start with 6:00pm.… Read More

Best Vacuums for Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the big design trends that just seems to keep growing. More and more people keep discovering how great hardwood floors look, what a great backdrop they make for furniture and beautiful, and how easy they are to keep clean.

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Solid wood flooring does not require a lot of maintenance, and to keep your floor looking its best you will need to clean it occasionally. Appliance manufacturers are paying attention to this trend and developing vacuum cleaners specially equipped to deal with wood floors. You can always sweep a floor of course, but a vacuum is much more efficient for removing dust and substances such as pet hair.

Canisters Come Out on Top

Research has revealed that canister vacuums perform the best on wood. A good one, such as the Miele Complete C3 Marin, which comes with a bag, will suck up all kinds of grime. Good canister machines will have a feature that protects the floor’s finish too. The Panasonic MC-CL935 is also a canister vacuum that has no bag, which might be preferable for some although the filters will need changing.

Other Varieties

Some upright varieties also perform well, such as the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly 31150, which is great at picking up animal hair. When it comes to stick vacuums, the Dyson V8 Absolute is a gem, with incredible performance on all types of floors. A vacuum you can pick up and hold with one hand offers great convenience, and in this category, the Eureka Easy Clean 71B is good little performer when it comes to wood.

This report from The Telegraph contains lots of tips on how to keep your wooden floors looking their best.

If you are keen to learn more about the beauty and benefits of solid wood flooring, it would be a good idea to consult experts such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/solid-wood-flooring. Flooring experts should be able to advise you on the timber options available.

To reduce dirt and grime on your wood floor, puts doormats outside doors into the house. To protect the finish, also put mats in areas of high wear, such as in front the kitchen sink. Beware that steam mops are not advised for wood floors as the moisture can get into cracks and damage the finish.… Read More

Ideas for making home gym

Considering today’s lifestyle, physical exercise is among the most crucial element of life. Even 30 minutes of walk everyday can allow you to remove unnecessary fats, reduce stress and keeps you fit all day. Gym certainly is the top place to sort out but because of the busy schedule sometimes it becomes hectic to be there and do the workout. But you can now bring the Gym at your property and exercise at your own convenience.

Remember an ideal blend of primary colors; good images etc could be motivational for you personally when you do exercise. In reality, some funny cartoon characters, good music, fun equipment like jungle gym could make it look exciting too. Incorporating few outdoor activities like a stationary bike and a jumping rope can enhance your cardio activity. Just arrange your home exercise space with these fun designs that could be inspirational and can offer you an energetic and fresh look.

Things to consider while constructing a Home Gym:

For a healthy living, exercise is the greatest option nonetheless it is going to be effective if you perform it on regular basis alongside marinating a healthy food diet. If you have a spacious room at your home where you can personalize your own gym but for this, you will need to take into account certain important aspects discussed below.

  • Decide a budget and set the purchase price range where you anticipate an equipment of the gym to be counted.
  • To have your own family gym is a convenient option as it saves lot of time and money too but for this you should do a proper planning of its using time.
  • Consider what all gym equipment, such as those high-end rowing machine or your best elliptical machine, and kind of exercises you is going to be performing. Whether cardio or all over body workout, you will need to plan up the workout session for every single day.
  • Keep that room well ventilated are you aware that work out outdoors is extremely important.
  • When you can spare more room for this purpose, you may also put in a steam room where, you can relax the mind and body, after having a hectic schedule.
  • For rooms that have limited space should go for multi-purpose home exercise space machine

Some tips

While constructing this gym at your property, you have to calculate the investment carefully. Do not comprise with the flooring material and the house gym equipment that you are likely to buy. Avoid buying number of rings options and choose a low beam for better muscle toning when doing exercises with best resistance bands. Paint the wall with along with that will keep your mood and mind active and energetic while performing workout.

Effective ideas for your Home GYM

Twisting the spine laterally. Flexibility of the spine, aids digestion, stretches shoulders hips, neck,

Install a Mirror

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A trade secret of successful housewives

Here’s a trade secret of successful housewives. Private chef. Hire a private chef who’ll cook the most delicious food for your family and parties. If you want to eat healthy, well-balanced, fresh food but you rarely have time to cook it then professional chef is a must. No more cooking burden left when it comes to great events and gatherings. All you need to do is hire a professional catering company and get a perfect chef to make the tasty food for your guests.


Serve delicious food to your family and friends without having to slave over the kitchen table. Hire a private chef who cooks on behalf of you and serves amazing food. The key to a great event is its host. If you want to be the perfect host to your event than you have to be impeccable and how can you achieve that if you’ve spent the last 6 hours baking, boiling, shopping and etc. That’s when a private chef comes to your rescue. There are a lot of benefits of hiring a private chef.  Let me give you some basic tips on why and how to hire a perfect chef for home as well as for your next grand event.

Before hiring a chef for your event you need to conduct a thorough investigation. Here are some things you might want to know about him:

  • Personality of the chef

The personality of the chef should be good in terms of friendliness, good manners, meticulous and attentive. He should understand your requirements and should be able to accept your needs easily.

  • Communicate your requirements

Communication of your needs and making the chef understand your lifestyle and schedule is important. Let him know how many meals you will want him to cook. Communicate whether you need a full-time chef or a part time one. Make sure he is adaptable and understand how to use the equipment present in your kitchen. Tell him whether you want him to cook just for you or the entire family or in the big parties.


  • Budget

Plan a budget for hiring a chef. While making the communication, make sure the agency is charging you the same so that you do not regret later on for spending more. Stick to the planned budget. Some chefs charge you on per day basis, some on an hourly basis, one time booking while you host a party, etc. Thus consider your budget, make proper calculations before you finalize your chef.


  • Experience and knowledge

The chef should have enough experience,good reviews from customers he worked for before. He should have a detailed knowledgeabout equipment, techniques, cuisine and your food preferences. Name some of the cuisines and ask him whether he knows how to make them or not. He should have had a good reputation. You can also reach out to some of his previous clients to know if they were happy with his work, what were the drawbacks, etc. Ask the chef for some references, what culinary background … Read More

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