21 July 2014

Five Tips for Choosing Comfortable Sheets

When shopping for sheets you can quickly become bombarded with options. Should you go with Egyptian cotton or a cotton blend? Which colors will be the most relaxing to you? How much does thread count really matter? You might find that even as you get answers, you are also finding more questions. You might get to the point when you start to wonder just how important the sheets really are. Take a moment to think about the most comfortable bed you have slept in. Chances are good that a significant part of that memory involves the sheets. In fact, because of the close connection between you and your sheets (and pillows and blankets), your bedding plays a prominent role in how well you sleep.



Follow these tips to make your bedding choices easier:

1.       Choose the Right Material

There are a few great options; linen and silk are almost as popular for sheets as cotton is. However, cotton has been a favorite and continues to be a favorite for some very good reasons:

·         Cotton can trap heat and let cool air pass through. It is a great choice for summer sleeping when you want to be cool. Blends might provide you with pretty good results, but for the best sleep, choose top quality cotton.
·         Cotton sheets are durable. As you consider the fact that you spend a third to half of your life in bed, it becomes quickly apparent that top quality sheets are necessary unless you want to replace them often.
·         Cotton is also a very comfortable option. Choose a luxurious cotton sheet to really enjoy a comfortable night. A sateen version will deliver top quality comfort.

2.       Pay Attention to Craftsmanship

You can easily be misled by high prices and high thread counts; neither of these qualities can guarantee that your sheets will be soft and inviting. Instead, find out how the sheets were crafted. For example, hand-picked cotton is often cleaner, more durable, and as a result, softer than other cottons.

3.        Choose a Relaxing Color

Remember that the primary function of the bedroom is to relax and take a break from the world. In other words, your bedroom should be a good place to de-stress and sleep – and very few other things. You might choose bright colors because that is what you really love, but for the best success at getting a soothing night’s rest, choose soft pastels and only subtle patterns, if any.

4.       Feel the Differences Between Weaves

If you like your sheets crisp and smooth or soft and supple, you can feel the difference when you pass your hand over the sheets. Percale provides a snappy crispness and sateen delivers a more forgiving softness. Jersey sheets are very soft, but may move around the bed quite a bit.

5.       Select the Best Fit

In order to enjoy slipping into bed at night without constantly adjusting the sheets, you need to carefully measure your mattress and pick sheets that are the right size. Look for an elastic edging around the fitted sheet that will accommodate the size and shape of your mattress. If you have a mattress that is not a standard size, look for sheets with special sizes.


As you remember these tips, your chances of successfully choosing sheets should improve. Stick to your own impressions concerning the feel and comfort of bedding. After all, your comfort at night should be the top priority. 

09 July 2014

10 Drawer Organizers for Your Home Office

Do you have a home office that needs some organization?  This area can easily get cluttered with paper and little items. Fortunately, there are several tools that can make this area look functional and visually pleasing at the same time. In particular, these 10 drawer organizers are greatoptions to help you stay organized.

1 – Drawer Cart

A lot of people like to add drawercarts to their offices. These carts are very functional in an office because they move. In addition, they hold a lot of items including paper, tools, and folders. They are great for the crafter, writer, or at-home business owner.

2 – Colorful Drawers

If you want your office to look more colorful, then you can always include organizational drawers that have color. This is a nice way to add personality to your office and help it stay clean at the same time.

3 – Drawer Boxes

There are individual boxes that can be used in drawers. These boxes help you organize smaller items such as paper clips, scissors, staplers, pens, calculators, and more. Many people like individual boxes because they select the ones they want based on their individual needs.

4 – Drawer Compartment

Drawer compartments are a great option because they contain multiple spaces in one container to organize your belongings. These are ideal if you want something that is simple and easy for your office drawers. Many people prefer these, and a lot of them are available in high quality materials such as bamboo.

30 June 2014

EliteToolboxes.com has What Every Man Needs to Safely Store Valuable Tools

Tools are valuable implements that are used by men who work on various projects such as fixing furniture or performing some other DIY task. Tools can be expensive, especially if they are of a higher quality. It pays to store these implements safely where they will be handy, within easy reach, and secure at all times when not being used. 

EliteToolboxes.com is an online destination that carries a variety of storage units for every type of tool that a man could possibly own. These units are well constructed and come in all sizes to fit the needs of men with various requirements. Proper storage for tools is a good way to keep expensive items safe and also remove clutter from garages and work areas. 

The secure and user-friendly website offers online shoppers a wide range of units, including such items as portable boxes, roller cabinets, side cabinets, tool carts, top chests and hutches. Website visitors will be able to locate a large number of storage units that have portability and can easily be rolled from one location to another on sturdy casters. Other units are of a larger size and are meant to be placed in one permanent location.

29 June 2014

KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection Stand Mixer Giveaway




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High performance meets designer style with the KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection 5qt 325 Watt Stand Mixer. Finished in a smart, jewel-toned color, this tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer boasts 10 speeds and a 325-watt motor that keeps up with you in the kitchen. Whip up everything from homemade cookies to mashed potatoes in the mixer's glass bowl, which includes a spout and measurement markings for convenient pouring and prep.

Features:
  • Includes stand mixer, glass bowl, burnished flat beater, burnished dough hook, six-wire whip, and use-and-care guide
  • 325W motor
  • 10-speed slide control
  • 5-qt bowl with comfort handle
  • 59-point planetary mixing action allows for quicker, more thorough mixing
  • Power hub for additional attachments
  • Non-hinged hub cover
  • Yields up to 4-1/2 bread loaves, nine dozen cookies, or seven lbs of mashed potatoes
  • Embossed trim band
  • Two-coat color finish
  • All-metal construction
  • Measures 13-15/16"H x 14-1/8"D x 8-3/4"W; weighs 29 lb; 5-qt capacity

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19 June 2014

How Feng Shui Works

Since the 1980s, the ancient art and science of feng shui has surged in popularity in the U.S. Many people, however, are still unaware or confused about what feng shui actually involves. Although there are many different schools of thought among followers, feng shui is generally considered a way of designing and organizing environments to support a focused, optimal flow of energy into a person so that it can enhance and improve their life.



A Deeper Look

One of the most basic tenets of feng shui involves the idea that energy, actively flows throughout the universe and can be harnessed to improve a person’s circumstances. Followers believe that this energy, called chi, is the life force that permeates everything. It applies to the energy around the human body, inside buildings, and in the open air. It is everywhere. To understand chi, one must understand how it flows through the five elements of the world: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The flow can be productive, with water creating wood, wood creating fire, etc. It can also be destructive, with fire melting metal, metal chopping wood, and so forth. Paying close attention to the elements in a room, and how chi will flow through those elements, is a great start to feng shui.

Bagua Map and Color Theory

Individuals who are connected to Tao, the underlying principle of the universe which governs everything, can see their connection to life and space. Using the bagua map, they can create a perfectly harmonious living or office space that can improve their success in all areas of life. The bagua map is an octagon chart that relates the different parts of a person’s life to their living space. Each face of the octagon is the base of a triangle, with all points meeting in the middle, where the yin and yang act as the grounding center of life. Each triangle covers an area of life, one of the five elements, a direction, and shades of a corresponding color. Most maps include the following:

·         Wealth/Southeast/Purple/Wood
·         Family/East/Green/Wood
·         Knowledge and spirituality/Northeast/Blue/Earth
·         Career/North/Black/Water
·         Travel/Northwest/Grey/Metal
·         Children and creativity/West/White/Metal
·         Relationships and marriage/Southwest/Brown/Earth
·         Fame/South/Red/Fire

Applications

When someone wishes to apply the principles of feng shui, they can lay the bagua map on top of their home or office layout to determine how to increase the positive flow of energy in their lives. For instance, it is through the front door that all energy enters the home, making it one of the most important features to consider. Consulting a bagua map, an individual with a front door that faces East would ideally choose a strong, well built, solid wood door. To increase the feng shui even more, the door could be painted a pleasing shade of green. For North-facing houses, however, a door made of water is obviously impossible. In that instance, choosing a metal door with black details while downplaying the destructive elements of earth and wood in the area should increase the positive energy coming into the home.

Feng shui may be used in many different ways to potentially help brighten a person’s space and their life. Although there are many schools of thought, the basics to each remain the same: if an individual can improve the feel and energy of their rooms, they can absorb more positive chi and live a happier, more successful life.