Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems. Visit eLivingtoday.com for more ways to spruce up your home for spring. Combat Carpenter Bees with Early Prevention Don’t let carpenter bees get a foothold in your home where they can damage wood. One of the easiest ways to prevent carpenter bees from boring into your house is …

Free Family Entertainment from Home

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect. All you need is a TV with a Wi-Fi connection to access free, family-friendly movies to keep the kids entertained while at home, as well as other films for parents to watch after the kids have gone to bed (or after a day in the home office is done). An option like Tubi, the world’s largest free, ad-supported movie and TV service, …

Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health

(Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall. Consider these sustainable projects and changes for a healthier, happier household: Rethink window treatments. Windows can affect a home in numerous ways, both good and bad. On the upside, ambient light is a natural mood-boosting alternative to energy-hungry fixtures. Windows add character, and the right window treatments can play an essential role in a decorative …

5 Tips to Fight Sleep Deprivation

(Family Features) Despite a desire for perfect sleep, Americans are not even close to getting the recommended eight hours a night, and 1 in 4 Americans believes the sleep they are getting isn’t the quality rest they want and need. “To put sleep deprivation into perspective, 37% of Americans report they have fallen asleep behind the wheel,” said Dr. Sujay Kansagra, a sleep health expert for Mattress Firm. “About 5% report falling asleep while driving on a monthly basis. Clearly, sleep deprivation is wide-spread and a risk factor for overall well-being.” With chronic sleep deprivation, the brain’s ability to maintain …

5 tips for Better Home Safety This Spring

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared. Whether you are just beginning to take a stronger safety-first approach or looking to upgrade existing home safety equipment, keep these tips in mind as you spruce up your home for the season. Don’t Just Check Batteries, Check the Alarm   It’s a good idea to review your safety equipment and ensure everything is in good working order at least a …

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List (Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at kidde.com/home-safety. SOURCE: Kidde

7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel. Step 1: Identify Reasons for Remodeling Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are remodeling in the first place, whether it’s to make your new house feel more like home or to …

Franklin Townhome Transformation

Dawn D. Totty Reveals Customized Franklin Townhome Transformation “I don’t care if it’s 600 sq ft or 6,000 sq ft. It should have the same “wow factor” regardless of the size or space,” says Dawn D. Totty of Dawn D. Totty Designs. Totty’s optimism and desire to accentuate a space’s positive features has led her to be one of Tennessee’s most hired designers. When she was asked to design a newly purchased Franklin townhome, she was immediately up for the challenge. The Franklin area townhome, which is owned by singer Jason Crabb’s managers, now serves as a relaxing second home …

March/April 2020

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Deep Cleaning Your Home

The Most Important Parts of Home that Need Deep Cleaning Every once in a while, everyone’s home requires a thorough cleaning. And this process is something many people underestimate. Remember; if you want to keep your home as hygienic as possible, you mustn’t forget to perform a detailed cleaning from time to time. With that in mind, we’ll go over a couple of areas you don’t want to forget about! Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen Obviously, in terms of basic home hygiene – your kitchen is pretty important. That’s where all of your food is, and if you don’t keep it …