Effective House Warming Gifts

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The neighbors just moved in and you want to show a little friendly hospitality or your friend bought a new house and is throwing a party to break in their happy home. The go-to gift would be a beautiful Ivy but you know that they have a brown thumb as opposed to green; you’ve seen those flower beds struggle.  Here are a few items that those friends and neighbors will be overjoyed to receive and definitely will use.

A fancy bottle of olive oil. For those who are chefs at heart, this is the gift that keeps on giving. Since typically olive oil tends to be pricey most people don’t use an excess amount. A nice bottle will last them through several meals. A flavor infused oil may add a little spice to their life. Literally. A nice bottle can be purchased in any culinary boutique or a more widely known store such as Williams Sonoma.

A precious doormat. They could be worried about that freshly lain carpet so a place to wipe their guests’ shoes would be ideal. A cute doormat with a welcoming quote or phrase will be an inviting addition to their front porch. If they have animals then a “Wipe Your Paws” mat may be in order, or a “Come on In, We’re Not Ready” for the one who always claims they’ll be ready in five minutes but you both know they just got in the shower. You know who you are.

Freezer meals. This may not be the cleverest gift but it is extremely practical. If you’re anything like me then you LOVE food and always appreciate a good meal. Sometimes throwing a frozen meal in the oven or slow cooker is just so much less headache when the busy day is done. Moving into a new place is exhausting and any time spent not thinking about what’s for dinner is time well spent. Your friends will hold you dear to their heart once you’ve fed them.

A chips and salsa server. Who doesn’t love salsa? No one, I tell you. This is one thing I was really upset about looking back at my wedding registry after the wedding was long over. Why didn’t I register for one?! This is something that is perfect for the one who loves to entertain. So convenient and can be a multiuse server. It can hold chips, salsa, hummus, crackers, pickles, olives, and even celery for the weirdos.

Never go to a party empty-handed. I have always taken this advice from my mother and honestly, it has never let me down. These housewarming gifts are sure to be a centerpiece of the party. If not, then there’s always wine.

Multi-Use Guest Room

MB-0159-Blog-041718 coverA guest room is a great addition to have when family and friends come to call. The downside is that the room is only used occasionally, maybe a few times a year around the holidays and vacations. In order to maximize this space, there are quite a few options to turn that room into a multipurpose area.

Turn that room into an at home office. Set up a desk area that your guests can use while they enjoy their stay. A decorative comfy chair and a modern glowing lamp can set the ambiance for a more homey place to get all your duties accomplished. It will make your office feel less sterile and for once you and your companions may actually enjoy getting to sit at a desk. Choose a full bed in place of a queen or king if the space is especially tight.

A guest area can also double as a den or family room. A day bed can be a place for sleepovers or a lounge spot to gather the family around for movie night. Find a lifted day bed with deep drawers for extra storage underneath, which can hold board games and toys. The use of smaller furniture such as a daybed, side tables, chest of drawers will stretch the space to go further.

Remember the old comedic shows when a person rented a cramped efficiency and the whole scene was the character trying to figure out how to pull out their Murphy bed from the wall? Well, I’m not saying it’s for everyone but Murphy beds are back in style. There are many cute beds that tuck away easily when you are finished with them and need the extra room. The best part is that the back of the bed just looks like another part of the wall.

When we work hard for our square footage at the end of the day we want to get as much use out of each inch as possible. Creating multipurpose spaces can help actualize that to help form a functional home.

Tax Day Freebie Guide

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Nearing the end of tax season can be stressful but the good news is that it’s almost over and we can breathe easy for another year. With the end in sight, we can celebrate on April 17th with these free treats and super deals.

Catch a Great American Cookie. On tax day participating Great American Cookie offers one Cookies and Cream or chocolate chip cookie per each customer. After your cookie, Cinnabon is giving away two gratis Cinnabon bites. Treat yourself to a tax job well done.

Need something a little stronger after you’ve filed? Chili’s offers $5 Presidente margaritas and pineapple margaritas for $6. Of course, you must be 21 and over to participate in this frozen freebie. Applebee’s has Dollarita, which is $1 margaritas during the month of April so you can afford to relax all month. Toast to tax day.

Now to get organized for Spring and leave all that paperwork behind. Go to Office Depot, Office Max. or Staples and get up to 5 pounds of paper shredded for free. Now you can shred those tax papers from over 3 years ago.

Moving on to lunch. At Schlotzky’s, if you buy a bag of chips and 32-ounce drink then you will receive a free sandwich. That’s a pretty decent price for a tasty meal. If sandwiches aren’t your style then Sonic has half-priced cheeseburgers ALL day.

For dinner, you can feed the entire family with Papa Murphy’s pizza. For their tax day promotional they are giving 50% off online orders. Use the code SAVE50P to make that refund money stretch.

To relieve the leftover stress, HydroMasage at Planet Fitness is giving you a free Hydrotherapy massage treatment. The perfect finale to an anxious season. Offer lasts through April 22nd.

You deserve all of this and more so take advantage of these great deals while supplies last.

Cleaning Out Your Closet

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Spring is now upon us, the season of rebirth and renewal. To keep in the spirit with the moment it’s a good time to clean out your closet literally and not metaphorically. Although if clearing old junk from your closet helps you emotionally and mentally then maybe metaphorically will work too. I am here to be your closet rebirth guide.

First remove all the clothes in the closet. For each item ask yourself these questions to aid you in deciding whether to get rid of it or not. Does it fit? Is it damaged? Have I worn this within the past 12 months? Would I buy it today if I saw it in a store? These are great indicators if you should donate the piece. This system can also be used when contemplating the worth of shoes. Then you can separate them into discard or sell piles.

Get new hangers that match so that everything looks uniform and straight. You will be more likely to wear an item if you can see them all clearly and don’t have to dig around in the closet to the deepest abyss for an outfit.

Raise your bed with a bed riser. This is a great place to store unused clothes for the season. If it is spring and your closet is full of winter’s thick coats and boots then under the bed riser in plastic tubs would be a choice hiding spot.

Get matching wicker or canvas baskets to organize the non-clothing things in the bottom of your closet. These can go back in the bottom or on the top shelf. These can also be tagged to easily be able to see what the baskets contain for your convenience. That way it hides your clutter and brings order to the mess at the same time.

Use a hanger with shower curtain rings to hang scarves, camisoles, tank tops, ties, hats or belts. This way you can keep them all in one place and lessen the chance of losing them. You will also be able to see them all at once and re-hang them with ease.

If you cleared out tons of old clothing but your tiny closet still is busting out like the Koolaid man through a concrete wall then a simple hack is to use S hooks or soda can tabs to hang multiple garments so they will stack vertically instead or squishing them inside to side. You can take this one step further by grouping them in colors, season or types.

The rebirth of the closet is one of the most beautiful sights that spring cleaning brings.