Keeping Cool This Summer With 3 Tips

3 Summertime Interior Design Tricks for a Cooler Home

Making your home cool is easy with an AC unit, but it’s also expensive and not very good for the planet. The Guardian cautions against the use of air conditioners due to their huge level of power consumption and therefore a high carbon footprint. Even the more advanced and energy-efficient units available today are quite far from being ‘green’. However, you don’t need to switch on an AC system to enjoy a pleasantly cool room. If you use some interior decorating tricks, you’ll be able to bring the heat level down while enhancing the beauty of your home. 3 Summertime Interior Design Tricks for a Cooler Home

3 Cooling Interior Design Tricks

1.    Go green

In a sense, not using an AC unit will make you ‘go green’ due to the reduction of your home’s carbon footprint. However, you can take it a step further and literally fill the room with greenery. Plants do not only add beauty to the room, but also fill it with oxygen.

This means two important things. First, many plants enhance oxygen circulation, which effectively brings the temperature in the room down a few degrees. The other benefit is that having many houseplants improves your wellbeing (NBC News).

Beautiful greenery also looks stunning in any interior and tending to the plants will give you a fulfilling hobby.

2.    Buy a cool standing fan

A standing (also pedestal or tower) fan requires only about a tenth of the energy, compared to an AC unit. Some models need even less and they will provide you with a pleasant cooling breeze. In addition to this, the fans of today are so beautiful they can serve as decorations. You can find amazing modern, futuristic, retro, and vintage pieces.

When looking for the best standing fan, don’t forget to look up the appliance’s reviews to determine if it’s quiet. You also should check the speed settings and stability of the piece. If it weighs about 13 pounds or less, it might wobble. So, when choosing a standing fan that will cool your house and enhance the interior, pick one with a solid base and heavy enough not to topple easily.

3.    Get colored drapes

Blackout curtains or blinds will be most effective for blocking out the heat. However, they aren’t the most beautiful solutions. If you want to put your interior design first, you should go for colored curtains.

The most important qualities to look for in heat-blocking curtains are close-weave and high thread count of the fabric. You can also choose layered curtains as they will block out the sunlight more effectively and they are available in many colors and designs. The best fabrics to choose are velvet, linen, and silk (both natural and faux).

If the drapes are thick enough, the color won’t matter much. However, as you are making an investment, bear in mind that sunlight will make the fabric fade quite fast. Therefore, it’s best to avoid bright and ‘juicy’ colors.

As you can see, it’s not only an AC unit that can help make your house cooler in the summer. Combining all three of these solutions will produce a great effect, without a huge carbon footprint.

10 Tips You Must Do Before Traveling

10 Must Do’s Before Traveling:

What is more exciting than booking that last minute vacation or on the other hand having had that vacation booked for several months and being able to look forward to it. Regardless of when you booked it, it is an exciting time in your life and before you go it’s time to get fully prepared. What are those must do’s before you head out on your vacation? Let’s take a look at our ‘10 Must Do’s Before Traveling! 10 Tips You Must Do Before Traveling

For many people out there, they worry about their appearance before traveling. They rush in to get their nails and toenails done and maybe even their eyelashes. What they would love to be doing, but don’t know much about it is coolsculpting. Click on the link to learn more about coolsculpting and why you should look into doing it before you head on vacation. It’s a great way to freeze your fat!  

Depending on where you are traveling to, it’s important to always have the local currency. If you are traveling to Mexico for example, you should take out Mexican Pesos to get the most for your money. The same applies to traveling to Europe. Instead of paying with euros in places that accept their own currency- take time to research what they use and go to your bank or get it at their bank upon arrival. 

  1.  For many people out there, they worry about their appearance before traveling. They rush in to get their nails and toenails done and maybe even their eyelashes. What they would love to be doing, but don’t know much about it is coolsculpting. Click on the link to learn more about cool sculpting and why you should look into doing it before you head on vacation. It’s a great way to freeze your fat!
  2.   Depending on where you are traveling to, it’s important to always have the local currency. If you are traveling to Mexico for example, you should take out Mexican Pesos to get the most for your money. The same applies to traveling to Europe. Instead of paying with euros in places that accept their own currency- take time to research what they use and go to your bank or get it at their bank upon arrival.
  3.   Set in place a good health plan. Some people don’t believe in health insurance when you travel but trust me- you do not want to be on the other side of the fence when you get sick and must pay out of pocket.
  4.   Make sure before you make any travel plans that you are aware of the entry fees and if you need a visa to get into the country in the first place.
  5.   This one is very important. Make sure to print a couple copies of your passport via photocopying. This is important in case you lose or someone steals your passport. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  6.   If you know you want to go certain excursions, why not pay for them before you go. It’s important to make sure you are buying from a reputable source but prepaying for any excursions gives you the certainty that you have a spot on the day of choice.
  7.   Make sure you have a phone plan. It’s always good to be able to access your phone for emergency reasons when you are away. It might not be on your end, but your family members who are trying to get a hold of you while you are on vacation.
  8.   Remember that some places use different adapters when traveling. It’s important to know which adapter and purchase it before you travel. This will allow you to charge your devices once you arrive in that country.
  9.   It’s crucial that you call your bank if you are intending to use your debit or credit cards. If you do not call them and tell them you are traveling, you run the risk of them putting a hold on your card.
  10.   Always, always, always, pack and extra set of clothes in your carry on and any snacks that you would like to bring. This is good in case your airline loses your luggage.

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Helping Your Teen Boy Dress More Manly

Our Teen Boys Grow And Will Need Some Help In Dressing More Manly

So, the time has come that your baby boy wants to dress to impress. Away with the scruffy t-shirts and baggy jeans, he wants to catch capture the attention of someone special at the party that all of his friends are going to.

If this is your teen’s first time with truly smart dress, they will probably seek a lending hand and some helpful advice – even if they won’t directly come out with it. Help them to dress more like a man, whilst still retaining that boyish charm that makes hearts skip a beat.

Fitted Suit

The first and most important part of dressing like a man is to buy clothes that are made to measure. Clothes off the rail often do not do us justice, either coming up a little short or a little longer – we have all seen the guy whose hands disappear in the sleeve of his jacket. Teenage suit (1)

When clothes fit as they should, your confidence grows and, as this will be your teen’s first time in donning their very own suit, confidence is of the utmost importance. A shirt that fits comfortably, a jacket that allows movement and trousers that neither rubs on the floor or rolls up too high is what you are looking for. None of this ‘you’ll grow into it’ malarkey.

Accessories to Complete the Look

Most teens wear jewellery of some description, but not all are suitable to be worn with such carefully coordinated attire. This is where you can lend a hand, as judging what accessories to where and when is a skill that is mastered over time – even some of the most well-renowned icons of fashions received guidance in their formative years.

Studded earrings are fine depending on the style as some give off more an aura of immaturity than the boyish charm we are looking for. Wristwear is proving to be very popular amongst men at the most and complementing the look with a sophisticated shine will instantly make your boy feel all grown up. Don’t hold back by selecting from a range of men’s bracelets screaming luxury and maturity.

Don’t Overdo the Aftershave

Most teenage boys will have experimented with aftershave, likely ‘borrowed’ from their father’s collection. Before they even think about spraying healthy amounts of a prominent scent to the point that you can smell them before you see them, bring them into line. Teen aftershave

In some cases, you can have too much of a good thing and aftershave is one of them. A little dab adds to the owner’s flawless appearance, while overloading will guarantee no one coming too close to you. This is a common mistake amongst teen boys on their passage of rites to manhood so, to help yours to be more hunk than skunk, put them right.

The Right Shoes

They have the suit, they have the accessories and they have the scent – but what about the shoes? Black trainers and scuffed shoes simply won’t do, they must be the perfect crescendo to the suit. Not only must they look the part, but again like the suit, they also have to be comfortable – after all, there might be a deal of dancing involved.

Internet shopping is all the rage, especially amongst teens that have grown up not knowing anything different, but shoes should never be purchased without trying them on first. Recommend a number of specialist shoe stores, ideally shops that you have used yourself. They probably won’t want you to tag along and picking out shoe after show for them to try on, they are going through a phase in life where they want to be independent and present this in the way they dress.

So, now your baby boy is, well, no longer your baby boy. He has grown into a man and, we are sure, a fine example of a gentleman.