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Your home should put you at ease, soothe you after a long day, recharge your creativity, and wash away any tension you picked up throughout the day. Give yourself some room to breathe and organize your home in a way that puts you as ease.

Infuse a Sense of Calm

Every room has potential. Don't close the door on a room and leave it for later just because it's cluttered. Throw out or donate extra stuff. If you think you might use it "someday," chances are it can go in the donation bin. Let your family know that if they want to keep something they need to put it away or it might end up at the local Goodwill. Once you've made space, you can organize and arrange each room how you've always wanted.

Color evokes emotion, so decorate your house with colors that bring out the best in you and your family. Toss out any item that has bad mojo; certain items may have bad memories and these items should be thrown away. On the other hand, there are also items that make you smile and remember the best times of your life. Place these possessions around the house and make them the focus of many different rooms. When you enter each room, you'll be greeted with a boost — a calming memory of your past.

Consider Safety & Security

Check your fire alarms. Make sure they work. Just because new batteries are in them doesn't mean they are reliable. Test them. Have your appliances and heating unit inspected by professionals. Fuel-burning home appliances can be potential hazards if not serviced annually. Carbon monoxide alarms should be placed in all rooms and sleeping quarters of the house. Carbon monoxide is only slightly lighter than air, and due to airflow in most homes, achieves a neutral buoyancy. Therefore, install carbon monoxide detectors up high on lower floors, and near the floor in upstairs bedrooms.

Keep your family safe from intruders with an HD security camera system set up. While security cameras were once overpriced for all but commercial use, home security has seen a drop in price over recent years. Lorex Technology offers an HD camera system in several various packages to meet whatever security needs you have.

Make It Soothing

Flowers and other decorations from nature have a soothing effect on people's lives. Indoor plants provide an ambiance that connects you with a larger living world. Pets can also soothe their owners, as dogs and cats are intuitive creatures. They pick up on stress, fear, frustrations, and often give their owners moments of joy in an otherwise busy life. However, house plants and pets don't always mix. If you have indoor plants and animals that roam your house, make sure your plants aren't poisonous to your dog or cat.

The sense of smell is often overlooked as a soothing sense, but an aromatherapy unit can provoke happy memories and tranquil emotions. While natural light and a quiet atmosphere can soothe you, the sense of smell triggers memories more often and more powerfully than any other sense.

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This was a Book of the Month club pick.

Jenna's life has been altered. Drasticically, devastatingly altered. So she leaves everything behind and moves to the Welsh coast, off the grid.

The interesting thing about this novel is we have no idea what Jenna is running from. We have no idea what happened to her. We just know she is scared and hiding.

There are also a pair of Bristol police trying to solve a hit-and-run. We know the two are related, but not sure how, until the very end.

There are a lot of plot twists in this book that will keep you interested right up until the very last page. And even the last three lines will keep you guessing.

Jenna gains sympathy from the reader from the start and you will be pulled in so many different directions as you try to figure this one out.

4stars

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Home Cleanliness Tips for Young Families

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Parents don’t need anyone to tell you how hard it is to keep a clean house while your kids are still young—you already know all about it. Sometimes, it may seem like the task is impossible. Don’t give up, though. We’re here to help. Keep reading for some tips on how to keep your house […]

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I love a good historical fiction book. The Velvet Hours is set in Paris on the brink of German occupation. Goodreads says, "Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loved." […]

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Image Source: https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2015/04/15/00/14/april-723017_960_720.jpg You’re the luckiest in the world if you have an affectionate mom, and there’s no way she can be thanked enough for being the reason of your existence. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Presenting her with thoughtful gifts is the best way to show her how much she means to […]

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I’ve used up 4/10 products so far.  

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What if you woke up one day and your life wasn't yours. You are still you, but everything else is different. You are in an entirely different world. That's exactly what happens to Jason Dessen in Dark Matter. It's difficult to talk much about the story without giving too much away. So I'll tell you […]

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Why Budget-Friendly Homebuilders Are Going with Concrete

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Log homes, cape cods, colonial style homes… The kind of homes one could build literally falls under a never-ending list. While beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, the aesthetic outlook of a home is not the only feature a home owner should be focusing on. With the financial health of economies and the […]

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Boxycharm this month was an interesting collection with some real hits and some terrible misses.

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A Trio of Ways to be More ‘Adult’ while Still Holding on to Your Inner Child

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Becoming an adult is the classic “grass is always greener” scenario. When we're young, we pine away for the days when we’ll be grown up and seemingly able to do, eat and watch whatever we want. But, now that we've officially entered into the realms of adulthood, we may wish to go back to the […]

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Which puppy is the best for you?

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Have you ever wondered what type of dog is the right breed for you? Check out this flowchart to find the perfect dog for your household.

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Is barrier control or baiting better for pest control?

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2017 Planner Setup in FoxyFix Traveler’s Notebook

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I have wanted to give planning in a traveler's notebook a try for quite some time and I am LOVING it!  

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When it comes to skincare treatments, the options are practically limitless. However, there are certain tried and true methods that the majority of people turn to when they need help with their skin. Among those methods are laser treatments and Dermaroller devices. Differences Between Laser Treatment and Dermaroller Much like laser treatments, Dermaroller procedures have […]

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Visit New Orleans, Branson or Orlando for Under $500 for One Week

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I didn't reach my goal of reading 30 books in 2016. I only read 23. I was terrible at posting reviews. So I will put up reviews for the books I haven't yet. I will also link to those reviews I have done. 2017 Goals: I am going to aim for 30 books again in […]

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Boxycharm December 2016

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