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    • 5 Designer Secrets for Mixing Wood Tones

      12 August 2022

      The key to creating a designer-inspired space lies in the art of layering. Regardless of the material, layering textures and tones creates an intentional and inspired look. Mixing wood tones is an excellent way to design with depth and prevent the room from falling flat. Here are some go-to designer tips to seamlessly blend wood tones throughout your home.

      Select a Dominant Tone
      Identifying a single dominant tone is the first step in mixing wood tones. Selecting the primary tone creates the base on which to layer different wood tones, textures and colors. Depending on the space, the dominant wood tone will likely be the largest surface area, such as the dining room floors, the living room entertainment center or the kitchen cabinets.

      Coordinate the Undertones
      With the dominant wood tone selected, it’s time to layer in other wood tones. To ensure a cohesive look and feel, it’s important to choose complementary wood with undertones in the same family as the dominant tone. For example, if your prevalent wood is warm, it’s best to select accent woods with warm undertones. The same holds for cooler wood tones.

      Use Repetition
      To create a cohesive look that is visually interesting, incorporate each wood tone in at least two ways. This is the secret to making it look intentional. However, these varying wood tones also need to be spaced out to create balance. For example, if you group all the dark-toned woods together on the wall and group all the light-toned woods together on the built-ins, the room will look off-balance. 

      Contrast Furniture and Flooring
      In a room with hardwood floors and wood furniture, selecting different color woods with the same undertones will create a visual break. Different tones will create visual interest and break up the heaviness of the wood tone layered on top of each other. An easy rule of thumb is to select three wood tones in a space: light, medium and dark.

      Soften Space With a Rug 
      Even with contrasting wood tones, wood furniture on top of hardwood floors can feel a bit overwhelming. However, you can break up the wood-on-wood look by adding an appropriately sized rug to the space to provide a visual pause. The rug should be large enough to anchor the legs of every piece of furniture.

      Accentuate With an Accent Color 
      To complete the room, incorporating accent colors or patterns can act as the room’s jewelry. One or two accent colors or repetitive patterns can tie the space together and can be incorporated throughout the room in the upholstery, curtains, throw pillows, lampshades and more. Another way to break up the monotony of an all-wood space is to incorporate furniture pieces in various textures like leather, rattan, metal or painted wood accent pieces.

      While there is no magic formula for mixing and matching wood finishes, knowing the basics can make the layering process feel less complicated. 

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    • Some of the Best Things to Buy at a Drugstore

      12 August 2022

      It’s tempting, in our busy lives, to do all of our shopping at the supermarket—and you can stay within budget if you watch for sales and save even more with coupons. But consumer watchdogs say there are at least seven things that are almost always cheaper at the drugstore, especially when combined with coupons.

      • Cereal - Most drug stores offer good deals on name brand cereals as a way of bringing customers into the store. Take coupons with you and stock up.
      • Cosmetics - A number of name brand cosmetics, shampoos and conditioners are almost always on sale or offered at buy-one-get-one free prices at the drugstore. You can also find low prices on similar store-brand products.
      • Dairy and Eggs - Prices vary regionally, but consumer advocates say you’ll almost always pay less for these products than you will at a grocery store.
      • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes - These are almost always on sale at the drugstore at better prices than the supermarket—and the experts say toothpaste purchased at the drug store is more reliable than toothpastes found at many dollar stores. 
      • Diapers - Store-brand diapers are deemed as consistently as good as name brands and are often offered at two-for-one prices.
      • Sweeteners - Artificial sweeteners, fairly high-priced items at the supermarket, are said to be typically cheaper at the drugstore.
      • Detergents - This is another loss leader frequently featured in drugstore ads to bring consumers in. Name-brand laundry detergents are almost always on sale at prices you won’t find in the supermarket. 

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    • Early Signs of Diabetes

      12 August 2022

      Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to levels of sugar in the blood that are too high. Either type of diabetes can begin at any age, but Type 1 diabetes typically begins in childhood or adolescence, while Type 2 diabetes typically occurs in people over the age of 40. 

      Diabetes has several common symptoms. With Type 1 diabetes, symptoms may arise quickly and may be severe. With Type 2 diabetes, signs of the condition are often mild and easy to overlook. If you experience these symptoms of diabetes, see your doctor as soon as possible.

      How the Body Normally Processes Sugar
      When we eat, the body converts food into glucose that provides energy for cells. In a healthy person, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin and secretes it into the bloodstream. Insulin helps sugar enter cells, which reduces the amount of sugar circulating in the blood. That prompts the pancreas to secrete less insulin.

      How Diabetes Affects the Body
      If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or if it makes insulin but your cells resist it, your cells won’t get the glucose they need. That can leave you feeling tired and hungry all the time.

      If you have high blood sugar because of diabetes, your kidneys will try to filter it out of your blood by producing more urine than usual. You’ll have to use the bathroom more frequently and you’ll be thirstier than usual. Since your body will be using fluids to produce more urine, you may also experience dry mouth and dry, itchy skin.

      If your body can’t get enough energy from the food you eat, it may use fat and muscle for fuel instead. That can cause you to lose weight, even if you haven’t changed your eating habits or started exercising more. Your body can also produce ketones, which can cause nausea and vomiting. If ketone levels get too high, that can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening.

      Diabetes can produce other symptoms. Sores and cuts may take longer than usual to heal. You may also experience yeast infections or blurred vision.

      If You Have Concerns, See Your Doctor
      People who have diabetes often don’t have severe symptoms or don’t realize that the issues they’re experiencing can be signs of diabetes, which is why it’s important to know what to look out for. If you’re concerned about your blood sugar, your physician can discuss your symptoms and order tests. Be sure to visit your doctor for routine physicals and checkups.

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    • 3 Simple Tips for a Great Road Trip

      11 August 2022

      A relatively inexpensive way to travel and a guaranteed way to inspire family memories, it’s no wonder that road trips are a popular way to spend time off. Unfortunately, road-tripping without the proper planning can make an otherwise good vacation lackluster. For your next trip, follow these simple tips to make sure that the journey is just as fun as the destination.

      Pre-Plan Your Stops
      A good road trip plan always includes stops at reasonable times. If you are traveling with elderly adults or young children, you may want to increase the frequency of your stops. Allowing everyone a chance to use the restroom and stretch their legs is key. Consider adding a few park stops on your route. Stopping at parks can ensure that kids get a chance to play and adults can prevent health issues like blood clotting from sitting for too long. Park tables are also a much more pleasant way to eat a packed lunch or takeout, plus the greenery can be a refreshing site after being on the road for a long time.

      Bring a Variety of Snacks
      Road trips and fun snacks go hand-in-hand. While comfort food, fast food and fun snacks are often road trip staples, it’s important to keep your body properly fueled. Pick out your favorite crunchy chips and candy, but be sure to add in some good sources of packable proteins, fruits and veggies to prevent feeling uncomfortable from overindulgence. Be sure to also bring water bottles and low-sugar juices to keep everyone hydrated. After all, no one wants to have an upset stomach or suffer through a sugar crash when there are still hours of traveling ahead.

      Pack Smarter
      Instead of trying to fit everything in your car, consider what you could borrow or rent at your destination. You may be tempted to shove everything in the back, but too much in the trunk can create less visibility (depending on your vehicle model) and hamper fuel economy. Items like strollers, cots, playpens and bedding can all likely be rented or borrowed from your hotel upon arrival. Since everyone will likely feel more comfortable with their favorite pillow, consider bringing this from home. This also allows passengers, especially children, to easily rest during the drive. Be sure to leave space in your car when you first leave to ensure there is room for souvenirs, as well as a separate bag for dirty clothes.

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    • Tips to Properly Clean an Oven

      11 August 2022

      From day-to-day cooking to baking your show stopping dessert that everyone requests at potlucks, it’s no wonder that your oven gets its fair share of grime and buildup. While cleaning your oven might be a chore that everyone loathes, modern ovens make it more simple than ever before. With a few key tips, you can keep your oven looking great for years to come.

      Clean It Regularly
      Like any other cleaning task, the longer you wait to complete it, the more difficult the job. For this reason, experts recommend that ovens should be cleaned every 3-6 months. Just like any cleaning job, expert recommendations should be taken as guidelines, if your oven starts looking grimy sooner, it’s time to tackle the task. Remember that prominent splatters or grease stains’ scent can alter your food’s flavor and even cause harmful smoke when baked.

      Get Your Oven Ready to be Cleaned
      A self-cleaning oven may sound like a “get out of jail” free card, but there are still some essential tasks you need to complete before you use the cleaning setting on your modern oven. Whether you opt for the steam cleaning or self-cleaning method, there are some steps to take. First, be sure to remove any items from your oven, including the oven racks. Next, remove any excess crumbs or food residue with a damp cloth, avoiding letting water or cleaner enter the slots on the doorframe. Food can react with porcelain at high temps, which can cause superficial pitting or scratches in your oven if not removed. Since a self-cleaning oven gets extremely hot (900-1000 degrees), don’t leave any items on your oven’s top surface, as they could melt.

      Avoid These Common Mistakes
      After the self-cleaning process has occurred, you may think that you’re home-free, but there are still a few important rules to remember. Once your oven has self-cleaned, use a damp cloth to clean out any remaining ash, but be careful to avoid touching the oven door’s glass with a damp cloth. Wait until the oven has completely cooled before you begin cleaning. Once you’re completely finished, you may be tempted to ward off future spills by placing aluminum foil on the bottom of your oven. Do not do this as the foil can cause permanent damage to your oven’s finish.

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