MaryAnne Sannicandro's Blog
Although it's an old-fashioned concept, its value and importance will never go out of style.
For homeowners, growing families, and senior citizens, having a small group of people you can consistently turn to for support can make problems smaller and challenges a lot easier to glide through. Not only that, but having a solid connection with a few good friends, family members, and neighbors can help keep your spirits up, through both good times and bad.
When it comes to being a homeowner, raising a family, and growing older, here are some specific reasons why staying in touch with your social contacts can make life easier, less expensive, and safer:
- Getting recommendations: Whether you need a new dentist, dog groomer, or plumber, your chances of finding someone who's dependable and reasonably priced are much greater when you ask a friend, relative, or trusted neighbor. When you're just left to you're own devices to sift through Internet listings, online reviews, and advertisements, it can be pretty time consuming and frustrating. All things being equal, you're more likely to have a successful experience with a service provider who's been recommended to you, as opposed to going through the vetting process completely on your own.
- Taking care of your house while your away: When you're on vacation or away from home for a long weekend, it's nice to have someone you can rely on to water your plants, take care of your pets, and check to see if your house is secure. They can also make sure you don't have newspaper deliveries, packages, or mail piling up in front of your house.
- Knowing a neighbor you can trust: Having someone nearby who can help you in an emergency, take care of your kids if you can't get home on time, or keep on eye on your house while you're away is a vital resource.
- Senior citizens need a support network: As we age and become less able to get around like we used to, a helping hand can make a big difference in our lives. The psychological benefits of having a social life at an older age have also been well documented. Social contact enhances the quality of life for senior citizens and can even contribute to longevity.
Finding the perfect bedroom mattress is a must if you want to feel and function at your best. The right bedroom mattress can also have a positive impact on your relationships. Your health will also thank you after you get and start sleeping on the right mattress.
What to look for in the right bedroom mattress
After all, poor sleep doesn't only cause you to feel fatigued, as if you're literally dragging your body around, during the day. Lack of sleep or poor sleep can also contribute to irritability, heart disease, high blood pressure, dizziness and difficulty concentrating.
Avoiding these problems is as simple as finding the right mattress. Be patient. You could sleep on a mattress for eight years or more. Features to look for in a great bedroom mattress include:
- The right amount of firmness - You want a mattress that supports your entire body, all of your weight
- Room to roam - The perfect bedroom mattress is wide enough to allow you to roll from side to side. If you move a lot while you sleep, go for a king size bed. Also go for a bedroom mattress that is long enough to support your head, arms, calves and feet. The perfect bedroom mattress will not require you to draw up your legs or hang your feet over the bottom of the mattress.
- No sag - Ensure that the mattress does not dip,sink or sag when you lay on it. If you're married, try both sides of the mattress. It's best to visit a mattress store with your spouse, so that you both can try out the mattress.
- Consider your box springs - If you're only replacing your bedroom mattress, measure your box springs before you head to the store. You want a mattress that easily fits your box springs.
- Design - If decor is important to you, go with a mattress that has the type of design that you appreciate.
- Accidents - A good mattress can sustain minor water spills. Ask the retailer that you work with how well the mattress handles spills. Find out if the mattress stains easily if a liquid is spilled on it.
- Comfort - Lay on a mattress for several minutes. To get the real feel of a mattress, give yourself several days to try out different mattresses. You could even create a simple spreadsheet to chart and compare how different mattresses feel. Don't rely on television, magazine and other advertisements. Actually try several mattresses out yourself before you make a purchase.
Sleep deprivation is nothing to take lightly. There are physical, emotional and mental health risks associated with poor sleep. Finding the perfect bedroom mattress can help to reduce those risks. When you sleep on the right mattress,the type of bedroom mattress that fits the weight and shape of your body, you may wake in a better mood which can, in turn, lead to better communications and relationships.
If you live in a relatively safe, low-crime area, then that's definitely something to be thankful for! However, very few -- if any -- neighborhoods are 100% crime proof, so it's always a good policy to "err on the side of caution."
By integrating some basic, common-sense home security measures into your daily routine, you can dramatically increase the chances that you and your family will remain safe. While each home has different security needs and potential vulnerabilities, there are several steps you can take to thwart burglaries and help prevent home intrusions.
- Be security conscious: Good habits are one of the cornerstones of keeping your home secure. If you get in the habit of locking doors every time you leave the house, then you're making it a lot less convenient for an intruder to enter your home. Even if it's just a neighbor, relative, or friend who might innocently let themselves in through an unlocked door, there might be personal papers on your desk, a private letter left out, or a sink full of dirty dishes that you'd prefer they didn't see! Locking your doors when you're not at home can help protect your privacy, as well as your security.
- Avoid leaving ladders out when you're not using them. One of the cardinal rules of home security is don't make it inviting and easy for a burglar to gain access to your home. Leaving your garage doors open when you're gone or allowing your first-floor windows to be covered by overgrown bushes are two other security breaches that many homeowners overlook.
- Create the impression that someone is home -- especially at night. Leaving lights on or having them come on automatically at a designated time is one smart strategy for discouraging break-ins and home intrusions. Outdoor illumination, such as lamp posts and motion-activated spotlights, are other easy-to-implement techniques for making your home more burglar resistant.
- Secure first-floor windows. Since homes can get pretty stuffy if you leave your windows closed all the time, it's nice to let fresh air circulate, whenever possible. Although opening your windows on a regular basis can be highly desirable to maintain comfort and indoor air quality, remembering to close and lock them when you're sleeping or away from the house is of even greater importance.
- More ideas to consider: If home security is a major concern of yours, it may pay to look into options like deadbolt locks, stronger doors, window and door sensors, and high-tech security systems that you can control from a mobile device.
While it's beneficial to make your entire family aware of the importance of home security, it's often a good idea to designate one person as the resident security chief, so to speak. When the "buck stops" with one specific person -- preferably an adult -- then there's less of a likelihood that important precautions will be forgotten or overlooked. Since every family's security needs are unique, creating a customized checklist for your own individual situation is the best solution.
What is aerating?To grow healthily, the roots of your grass need to reach deep into the soil. When too much thatch builds up or your soil becomes too compacted, grass has a hard time taking root. Furthermore it becomes difficult to plant new seed or to get nutrients down to the roots of your grass. One do-it-yourself solution to this problem is aeration. Motorized aeration machines plug clumps of compacted soil and pull them out of your yard, allowing water, seed, and fertilizer to enter the soil to grow new, healthy grass.
When should you aerate your lawn?The best time for aeration is during or just before peak grass-growing season in the spring. Warm weather and a lot of rain and sunshine all will help your newly aerated lawn grow quickly.
Steps of aerationHere are the steps you should take for aerating your lawn:
- The day before aeration rake your yard and clean up anything that might be in your grass (pet toys, garden hoses, etc.)
- Water your yard heavily to make the soil moist. If you own an aerator, you can wait until the day after heavy rainfall. If you're renting one, just make sure the soil is wet enough to soften and plug
- Use the aerator on your entire lawn, avoiding things like irrigation systems. Then make a second pass with the aerator
- You can leave the excavated plugs on your lawn to dry up and decompose
- Once aerated, spread compost or peat moss over the yard to prevent further soil compaction