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About David Sommers

David Sommers, author of the Cozy Homes blog, has a degree in design and 8 years of publishing experience.

Planning a Huge Once-in-a-Lifetime Party for That Special Occasion

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A wedding? A graduation? A big birthday? Every life has its big moments for celebration, and if you are planning a party or celebration for one of life’s momentous occasions, you want to make the event itself a true reflection of the importance of the moment. You can do so by:

 

#1: Keeping everything in one place.

As you plan, get a planner or a special notebook with all the guest list information, venue details, and other information you will need – including contact details for your event rentals company, event planner, and anyone else you need to contact in order to plan the big day. Keeping everything in one place will make it easier to ensure that nothing gets overlooked.

#2: Choosing a memorable idea.

The number one way to make sure that your big party is memorable is to choose an idea that is not typical. Every birthday, for example, has birthday cake and presents. Very few have a giant movie screen for guests to play video games on or diving tank. Of course, you’ll need to stay in budget, but by turning to corporate event rentals and party rentals, you’ll be able to find unique items that transform your party and allow you to stick to a specific theme.

#3: Getting great decorations

Decoration should be more than a few limp streamers and a few balloons. Look at furniture rentals and chair rentals to create wonderful sit-down areas and look to party rentals services to find decorations that look terrific and make the night feel really special.

#4: Getting a great venue

Look beyond the local hall for unique venues. Do you want an outdoor event or an indoor venue? Look for venues that are aesthetically appealing and will hold everyone on your guest list with comfort. When considering venues, make sure that it has a kitchen area, if you need one, as well as an area for any service or entertainment you need. For example, if you want to have a live band, look for a venue with a stage, an area for the band to set up, and the capacity to handle the noise. If you do decide on an outdoor venue, consider a venue that also allows you an indoor space, so that guests can retreat indoors in case of bad weather. An indoor area is also great if you want to keep you wedding decor, party decor, or wedding backdrops dry in the case of rain.

#5: Making sure that you have fun

One thing that’s easy to forget in all the hustle and bustle of planning a big event is that it is supposed to be fun. Make sure that you enjoy the process of choosing the right decor, furniture rentals, and other items. Make sure that you set aside enough time to really plan the event well and give yourself a chance to have fun at the actual event.

That’s all it really takes to transform that special event into a big night (or afternoon) that will have everyone talking for months to come!

The article is published based on the material collected from EventSource.ca

The Most Important Home Medical Supplies you Should Have At All Times At Home

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Nobody expects emergencies to happen, and most people would prefer to avoid injuries altogether. However, unfortunately these things are a fact of life, and can happen as much as you do not want them to. The best way to deal with the unexpected is to be well-prepared, and it is sensible and responsible to be especially well-prepared in your own home. These are some of the most common injuries that occur in the home that are important to be prepared for.

 

 

 

Common Household Injuries

Falls
When using ladders or high stools, the risk of falling is greatly increased. Falls can occur from missteps, the loss of balance, or even tripping. Clothing, furniture, toys, and anything on the floor also creates a tripping hazard, as does completely unavoidable elements in many homes, such as stairs or landings. Other common causes of falling injuries include slippery surfaces in the bathroom or kitchen.

Burns
Like with falling, caution can reduce the risk of burns, but there is no way to avoid the threat entirely. Of course, the kitchen is one of the highest-risk rooms for burns from cooking or from handling food or drink that has been heated to an unsafe temperature. The bathroom is also a high-risk zone, with hot water being used on a regular basis.

Cuts
Like most injuries, cuts have a wide range of seriousness and intensity, and can also have a wide ranges of causes in the home. While many cuts come from knives while cooking and preparing food, these injuries can also be incurred from letter openers, paper, or even sharp surfaces.
Important Household Medical Supplies

These are the items that any household first aid kit should contain.

Coverings
This category is extremely important for a number of common injuries including cuts and burns. The crucial items in this category include sterile dressing for burns, butterfly bandages, gauze bandage, medical and duct tape, an elastic bandage that can be wrapped around strains and sprains, butterfly and triangular bandages, moleskin, gauze with roller and pads, and various sizes of adhesive bandages.

Disinfecting Items
Infections are an unfortunately common complication of many injuries. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risk of this potentially very dangerous problem with items used for first aid disinfection including antiseptic wipes, disinfecting ointment (such as Neosporin), saline eyewash solution, and hand sanitizer for cleaning your hands.

Pain Relief
For anybody who has recently suffered an injury, this part of a first aid kit can seem like by far the most important. A standard pain relief medication like ibuprofen is advisable to include, as well as less common items such as cold packs and pain relief gel and ointments.

Tools
Many of these items require tools in order to utilize correctly. Important tools that should be included in a first aid kit include a pair of tweezers, some safety pins, pairs of scissors of various sizes, and a pair of gloves. The gloves should be non-latex because some people suffer allergies to the material.

Knowledge
Of course, none of these items are of much use without knowing how to use them properly. While being well-prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit with all of the important items can go a long way towards alleviating anxiety about injuries. However, knowing what to do in various emergency situations can go even further not only towards alleviating anxiety but also effectively dealing with situations as they arise. This is one of the reasons that a book like this one from the American Red Cross is extremely useful to have.

While there is no way to completely avoid injuries in the home, being prepared to deal with these situations if and when they do arise is the best way to deal with this unfortunate aspect of life.

Create a Multi-Purpose Media Room

media-roomComing up with clever ideas for allowing one room to serve many purposes is how homeowners utilize their living space. For those who don’t have the space to spare for a dedicated home theater, creating a multi-purpose media room is the popular choice – a media room that can be used for a range of functions while maintaining the attractiveness and efficiency of the space. Don’t limit your media room to a single purpose – transform it into a more social and enjoyable yet relaxing environment.

Lighting

Lighting can be tricky in media rooms – you want that space to mimic theater-like viewing, but you also plan for it to be the place where you can socialize with friends, play pool, or entertain guests. Generally, the room’s purpose is for viewing, so the lighting should be planned thoughtfully to diminish the amount of glare on the screen.

One of the most recommended lighting fixtures for a media room is recessed can lighting. This type of lighting won’t create a reflection on the screen – the way overhead ceiling lights might. It’s not recommended to put recessed lighting over seating areas; you want to put them around the perimeter of the room.

You can also include ambient and decorative lighting such as a chandelier in the center of the room. To brighten the area more and create a cozy ambiance without glare coming from the screen, you can use wall sconces. This type of home theater lighting fixture has a dark covering, an opaque front, and light that emanates from the sides, top, and bottom.

Wall sconces should be placed behind the main seating area of the room. Some media rooms have integrated a dimming system – this lighting control allows you to set certain light levels for different functions – all at the press of a single button.

Sound Control

Whether it’s sound proofing or acoustic treatment, you want to carefully manage the audio quality in your media room. You can install insulation batts and panels into your walls and ceilings to leave no air gaps for sound to pass through.

Additionally, you can double up on the layer of drywall to block out more noise. The floors of your home theatre should be carpeted. Use home theater rugs if you don’t want to install carpet. Home theater carpets and rugs can provide a layer of sound absorption to your media room.

Think Minimal and Stay Neutral

Clutter is the main thing you want to avoid in a multi-purpose media room. Since the space is functioning as a flexible room, chances are it’s already housing a number of equipment – from home theater systems to entertainment units to furniture.

Choose furniture pieces that are minimal yet multi-functional. To make the room less hectic, identify the traffic flow and focal point of the room. Usually, the TV is the center of a media room, so the main seating arrangement should be across from it. If you want to add extra seating, use lightweight chairs that can be easily repositioned to face the TV.

Any media room usually has a pathway through it, so it’s essential to direct the main traffic route at the back of the room so people don’t walk in front of the screen. Assign dedicated zones for each of the activity you will be doing in the room.

Use neutral hues on the walls, upholstery and fabrics to create a clean, cozy ambiance and create the illusion of a spacious room. Keep the space tidy at all times, so it will look attractive and relaxing.

Conceal the Components

Tucking away your home theatre systems is both a safety and a space-saving measure.  A/V components and accessories, wires, cables, and other equipment should be properly organized and concealed.

You can acquire media cabinets that will house all your components. You can also secure an entertainment unit to the wall so that the wires and cords are hidden. Another simple way to organize cables and wires is to hide them under the carpet or lift them off the floor and affix them to surfaces.

Erika White is a content writer for a home theater supply store that offers professional home theater installation packages.

How to Successfully Monitor Blood Pressure at Home

If you choose to monitor your blood pressure at home, it is important to know how to get the best readings. Many factors affect blood pressure. The fact that there are differences in right and left arm readings emphasizes the importance of measuring blood pressure in both arms to initially prevent the misdiagnosis of high blood pressure.

Several doctors agree that when you have your blood pressure taken at the doctor’s office for the first time, it is recommended that it be taken in both arms. But when measuring blood pressure at home, readings are more easily taken in the non-dominant arm.

Steps to ensure reliable blood pressure readings

  • Make sure the cuff fits
    Be sure to measure around your upper arm and be sure the cuff will fit before purchasing your at home blood pressure monitor.
  • Activities to avoid
    If you smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure, your numbers will not be reliable and could shock you. Try to avoid these activities before taking a reading.
  • Sit correctly
    Make sure your back is straight and supported properly. Do not sit on a couch. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and do not cross your legs. Be sure the arm you are taking the reading from is supported on a flat surface (such as a table) and the upper part of the arm is at heart level. Ensure the middle part of the cuff is places directly placed above the elbow.
  • Know your BP Unit
    Before taking your initial reading, be sure you have read your bp monitor’s instructions or have your healthcare provider show you how to properly place the cuff on your arm and begin.
  • Take multiple readings
    Each time you take your blood pressure – even if you are satisfied with the readings – take two or three more readings one minute apart and record all of the results.
  • Measure at the same time every day
    It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to take the readings at the same time every day. Decide which time of day works for you and stick to it.
  • Accurately record all of your results
    Record, record, record all of your readings! Even if you take one right after another, 5 in a row – record them all. Share your blood pressure records with you healthcare team. Your blood pressure machine may even have a built-in memory to store your readings. If it does, take those readings with you to your healthcare provider. This will help your doctor stay informed of your progress or if further actions must be taken to lower your blood pressure.
  • Understand your readings
    Understanding your blood pressure numbers will help you better understand your high blood pressure condition. Sit down with your doctor and go over all key terms you should know and the important blood pressure numbers to know.
  • Contact your doctor regarding high readings If you find that you are getting several high blood pressure readings, contact your doctor immediately. You could be reading it wrong, the cuff may not be placed right or your blood pressure could be rising. All of these issues your doctor can help you with.
  • Home blood pressure monitoring is becoming more and more popular and you don’t need a prescription. Monitoring your blood pressure at home is an easy step you can take to help improve your condition, help you keep tabs on your blood pressure in the comfort of your own home, monitor your progress and contribute to a plan of attack formulated by you and your healthcare team to lower your high blood pressure.

A Wood Flooring Guide – Solid vs Engineered Wood Flooring

Now is the perfect time of the year to start thinking about decorating – and what better way to transform your home than with a brand new floor? Solid wood floors are a desirable feature for many homeowners but have you ever considered engineered flooring? This great infographic is your personal guide to choosing between the two – outlining how eco-friendly the two floors are, how durable they are, how easy they are to install and how long they can last for.

Furthermore, it also gives you a brief insight into the various profiles you can get with these two floors, outlining the advantages of each whilst also giving a quick overview of the types of finishes you can choose between. Check out this fantastic infographic today and learn everything there is to learn about these two popular types of flooring to ensure you choose the floor which is most suitable for you. Choosing a new floor has never been easier.

Gayle Brown created this on behalf of Factory Direct Flooring – a leading supplier of laminate, vinyl, solid and engineered flooring.

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