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Top 6 Ways to Keep the Time Spent on House Cleaning Down

Whether you hire a housekeeper or not, the amount of time spent on cleaning your house should be kept at a minimum. Noone wants to make an entire day of scrubbing the floors, cleaning the rugs and wiping down every nook and cranny in the place. These are 10 easy ways to keep the time spent on house cleaning down.

After cooking, immediately wipe down the burners and stove.

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Wait until the stove cools down of course, but this task is one of the most tedious because food is sticky and hardens. Before you know it, the gunk piles up and you are soaking your burners for an entire day trying to remove the food build up. Plus, food can stain the metal insert underneath the burners when you don’t wipe it clean regularly.

Vacuum your rugs and carpets weekly.

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Noone wants to whip out the vacuum every day but taking the time to vacuum weekly will prevent too much dirt and dust to pile up. These are carpet killers. Not enough maintenance will make the rugs look shabby. Plus, it will force you to do a deep cleaning with a high-powered carpet cleaner which is much more time consuming and energy depleting. Another helpful tip: invest in a vacuum that doesn’t require a power cord. This way, you won’t have to keep plugging and unplugging it from room to room.

Get a shower squeegee.

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That’s right, a squeegee for your shower. Each time you are done showering, spend a few extra minutes using the squeegee on the walls and doors (if your shower has a door) removing any soap residue. The water from your shower will make it easy to wipe them clean. This prevents soap build up and removes any dirt or grime that may have flung off your body while showering.

Dry cleaning before wet cleaning.

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If you grab a microfiber duster or cloth, use this to wipe down surfaces, fixtures and appliances before using a damp rag. Picking up the dry grime before the wet won’t completely soil the wet rag in dirt and dust. In fact, if you use a damp rag before a dry one, you may be simply adding and re-adding the dirt you just wiped off back onto the surface.

Purge the fridge weekly.

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Out with the old and in with the new. The vile smell in your kitchen may be the chicken from two weeks ago you forget to throw out. Not only does not regularly cleaning out your fridge create foul scents, old food can leak and contaminate surrounding food. Plus, it can be deceiving when you are ready to cook a meal. You go and reach for that expired milk to make homemade mashed potatoes and UH OH! Now you have to stop what you are doing to run to the grocery store to get more.

Tidy before you thoroughly clean.

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We may live busy lives. Throwing our clothes on the floor instead of the hamper on our way out of the door or leaving dishes in our bedroom when we want to pig out while watching a TV show. If we aren’t tidy on a regular basis, we want to be sure to put things where they belong and declutter the space before we go in for a deep cleaning. There is no use trying to clean around messes especially because messes can disguise the things that really need to be tackled.

These easy ways to cut down on the time it takes to keep our house clean will save precious hours of our domestic lives. We can be sure that when our last minute guest arrives, the house isn’t in shambles. We can feel confident in our already well maintained home with a few simple steps.

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Easter Morning Sticky Buns (Resurrection Buns)

Each year when I was small, I can remember my mom baking up a pan of delicious sticky buns to eat on Easter morning. Even better than standard sticky buns, though, these buns were something truly special: one bite into each one revealed an empty center, just like the empty tomb discovered on Easter morning….

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Top 6 Must-have Multifunctional Modern Furniture

The more uses your furniture has, the less furniture you have to buy. Plus, added features in furniture allow for a more minimal interior design. Design smarter with these multifunctional modern furniture!

Ashbury Sleeper Sofa

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A minimal two-seater sofa with a solid wood frame and plush cushioning that doubles as a comfortable daybed.

Bolla Shelving System

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This eclectic bookshelf with round cubby holes for books and display items doubles as a colorful room partition.

Dakota Cocktail Ottoman

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This button tufted ottoman with a cushioned top and bottom wooden shelf doubles as a plush table.

Bench Box Cushion with Legs

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This comfortable wool upholstered bench has wooden cubbies underneath doubling as a storage space.

Slick Accent Table

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This unique accent table made of molded plastic features a storage space underneath tripling as an end table, stool and storage cubby.

Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool

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This stool is an accurate reproduction of Sori Yanagi’s 1954 original design. It can be used as a stool, ottoman or as an accent table.

There is nothing more modern than furniture with multifunctional purposes to help keep things decluttered and simple!

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10 Extraordinary Designs That Blend Art With Function

There are cool and unique designs all around us and we’re constantly discovering them every day. With furniture pieces and accessories like the ones featured below any space would look extraordinary. These are ten of the coolest and most amazing designs out there right now and we’re very excited to share them with you today.

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This is the Cone Invi vanity created by studio woodbasin. At first it might look like a stylish desk but then you realize it has a faucet and everything starts to make sense. The vanity is made of wood and is treated with natural oil which allows water to seamlessly flow on it without leaving marks. It has a little planter built into its surface at the top right corner.

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The Proun Chair is a real work of art. It’s designed by Katia Tolstykh and it has a highly sculptural and abstract look. The frame is made of metal and the seat is soft and plushy. The entire chair features a single color which unifies all its components and the different materials and finishes on them.

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The Spider in the Book Tree collection is something that architect Steffen Welsch has designed for his own children. It’s a series which was designed with kids in mind, with cutouts that make it easy for them to open the cabinets and drawers and with surfaces that seamlessly transition into something else, such as this cabinet which turns into a desk and the sculptural shelves that complement it.

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Designed by studio Pushe, the Subtle Happiness is a beautiful piece which brings together two very different elements: a table lamp and a vase. They complement each other wonderfully but you can use them independently if desired. Just remove the circular top section which is the lamp from the base which is the vase.

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Benches are rarely interesting which makes the Bend that much more intriguing. this is a very special design created by Ricardo Garza Marcos, a flexible bench which bends when you sit on it. This is possible due to the Ahuehuete, a special cypress tree from Mexico with elastic properties and the 87 evenly spaced cuts into the seat.

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The Aurora designed by studio Luum is a unique suspended lamp with an aluminum body that twists and turns giving the piece a dynamic and fluid form. It was created using 3D tube=bending technology and emits soft and pleasant LED light from silicon diffusers.

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This is just one of the unique and amazing furniture pieces in the Steam Bent series created by artist Bae Se Hwa who managed to turn solid walnut into extraordinary pieces with unexpected silhouettes. The series includes benches, lounges, tables, chairs and desks, one more exquisite than the next.

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The Spritz pendant lamps created by designer Yuval Tzur feature very simple geometric shapes but stand out through their special textured finish which mimics the look of stucco on walls. This look was created using a mixture of acrylic and a combination of cement and glue and is quite nostalgic. .

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The Jack o’Lantern collection designed by Lucie Koldova for Brokis consists of table lamps, wall lights and pendant lamps all defined by slender and minimalist metal frames holding luminous hand-blown glass spheres. The spheres resemble pearls and give each piece a unique and very glamorous allure.

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The wonderful fluidity and elegant of the Florian Lounge Chair was made possible by using a singular mold in the production process which is both very unusual and very impressive. The chair is designed by Sjoerd Vroonland for Linteloo and can be paired with a matching ottoman that’s every bit as as exquisite.

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Easy Scrunchie Pattern

Got scrunchies? These handy fabric hair bands are so easy to make with fabric scraps and just a few minutes’ time! My scrunchie pattern and tutorial will help you learn how to make a DIY scrunchie out of any fabric you like: velvet, satin, cotton, minky and more. Continue reading to learn how to sew…

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Feel More Relaxed at Home with These Best Essential Oil Diffusers

One limited to spas, aromatherapy has made its way into our homes as we try to create a relaxing environment away from the stresses of work and responsibility. Calming the mind can help improve focus as well as the quality of sleep. Whether you’re experienced with aromatherapy or just trying some out to see how it works for you, it’s important to use essential oils and not chemical substances that mimic various smells. And, the best way to do this is with an essential oil diffuser.

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Essential oil diffusers come in various forms with different features. Which ones you choose can depend on where and how you plan to use the diffuser – as well as how much you think you will use it.

Our Top 3 Essential Oil Diffusers

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VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

With 88 percent of the more than 12,000 reviews coming in at four and five stars, this diffuser/humidifier covers all the bases.

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InnoGear Aromatherapy Diffuser

InnoGear Aromatherapy Diffuser

The capacity of this diffuser makes it perfect for any room and its size makes it portable throughout the house.

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It also comes with a one-year warranty and 24-hour response for after-sales service.

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What Are Essential Oils?

If you’re new to aromatherapy, you might not have a clear knowledge of exactly what essential oils are.

Basically, an essential oil is a compound that is extracted from plants in a way that preserves the scent or flavor of the plant – its essence. This is done using a variety of natural methods – not chemical ones — including distillation or cold pressing. Once the essence is extracted, it is mixed with a carrier oil – a neutral oil that dilutes the essence and makes it possible to use them in diffusers and on the skin. They are not typically meant to be consumed in most cases.

While essential oils are often used in massage, aromatherapy relies on inhaling the scent of the oil. It is said that inhaling these scents stimulates parts of the brain that are involved in memories and emotions and that this why aromatherapy is relaxing and soothing. The inhaled benefits include some positive effects on body functions such as blood pressure and heart rate. While lots of health benefits are being ascribed to essential oils, little scientific research has actually been done on their effects. Of course, this is changing because the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has renewed interest in the search for other compounds that can fight bacterial infections, so research is ramping up.

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Choosing Essential Oils

More than 90 types are commonly available and each one has its own smell and potential health benefits. You can choose them for the benefits, but if you don’t like the scent, it won’t be relaxing for you. Find some scents you like and see if they match up to the calming effects that your are looking for. Here are some popular oils and the benefits that are attributed to them, but you can find a much longer list on healthline.com.

  • Peppermint is most often used for better digestion and as an energy-booster.
  • Lavender might be the most well-known thanks to its prevalence in spas, where it is used as a stress reliever.
  • Sandalwood may be more associated with the perfumes of the seventies, but it is useful for calming nerves and helping people focus.
  • Bergamot is another stress reducer.
  • Rose is very useful for lessening anxiety and improving mood.
  • Chamomile is already well-known as a bedtime tea, so it’s logical that it is used for relaxation and to improve mood.
  • Ylang-Ylang is frequently used for headaches and nausea.
  • Tea Tree is already used in skincare products to fight infections and improve immunity.
  • Jasmine is thought to help with depression and libido.
  • Lemon can help with digestion, mood, headaches, and more

Choosing an essential oil diffuser

With hundreds of models that range from $10 to well over $100, the choice can be daunting. Of course, the choice depends on more than just visual style. Many features can sway which ones are best for your home and intended use. Make sure that you take these elements into consideration when choosing an essential oil diffuser for your home:

Capacity: Essential oils are very potent, so to diffuse them, a few drops are added to water. The water capacity of the diffuser will determine how long it can run and how large of a room it can accommodate. Sizes can be anywhere from a few ounces to more than a quart. Of course, the smaller sizes tend to be the most common. The larger the capacity, the longer it can run without needing to be refilled and the larger the space it can serve.

Area served: If the room where you want to use the diffuser is small, then size really doesn’t matter. If you want the aroma to permeate a much larger space, look for diffusers that have a larger capacity water tank and are made to cover a larger area.

Mist: Before you shop, decide if you want a continuous cool mist or one that is released intermittently because that might narrow down your choices somewhat.

Strength of aroma: If you prefer a stronger scent or mist, consider purchasing a nebulizing diffuser because they vaporize the oil drops without heat, before the emitting the mist. Nebulizing diffusers are generally expensive, so you don’t need one unless you find the scent from regular ones to be too weak.

As a humidifier: Some essential oil diffusers can also work as a cool-mist humidifier. If you have problems with dryness in colder weather, this can be a two-for-one bonus.

Timer: If you plan on using your diffuser on a regular basis, you’ll want to consider a timer. Being able to set a timer to run consistently is a great convenience if you think you’ll benefit from regular use.

Automatic shutoff: While a diffuser is not generally a fire hazard if you forget to turn it off and the diffuser runs dry, it can overheat and break. Having an automatic shut-off function will ensure that you don’t accidentally ruin it.

Lighting: The properties of LED lighting make them suitable for all kinds of uses, including in diffusers that can also be used as a nightlight or mood light.

The 8 Best Essential Oil Diffusers

1. VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

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Doing double duty as a diffuser and humidifier, this Amazon Choice VicTsing 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser does the job very well and has plenty of bells and whistles to boot. This is a good-sized diffuser with a 300-milliliter tank that can last for 10 hours when running on the lowest of the two available mist level settings. The diffuser has a timer with a variety of settings as well as automatic shut-off when the water runs out. Mist levels generated are ideal for a space of 200 to 300 square feet,

Beyond the basic functions, the VicTsing essential oil diffuser also has a choice of seven colors to add to the soothing environment. The colored light can be switched off or run on a dim or bright setting. The exterior wood grain finish, which comes in three shades, helps the diffuser blend in with any style of decor.

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VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

With 88 percent of the more than 12,000 reviews coming in at four and five stars, this diffuser/humidifier covers all the bases.

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Pros:

  • Reviewers love the style, function and quiet operation of this diffuser.

Cons:

  • Some buyers who use the diffuser overnight are bothered by the brief beeping when it shuts off. Also, the “on” light remains lit even if the colored accent light is turned off.

2.InnoGear Aromatherapy Diffuser with 6 Bottles 100% Pure Essential Oils

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For a top diffuser in a more modest size, the InnoGear Upgraded 150 milliliter Aromatherapy Diffuser is a fabulous choice for those using a diffuser for the first time because it comes with a package of six commonly used essential oils to sample and try out.

The company’s whisper-quiet ultrasonic technology makes this an extremely quiet diffuser. The mist it generates is super fine and smooth, which means it can help relieve dry skin in the winter improve breathing in the summer. Depending on your preference, the diffuser can be run with a continuous mist or an intermittent one, allowing you to control how much of the mist and aroma are released int your space. A waterless auto shut off means that users don’t need to worry about safety if they forget to turn it off before the water runs out.

InnoGear’s aromatherapy diffuser also has an LED night light feature that can be set on a single color or to cycle through all seven. The six essential oils in 10-milliliter bottles included in the package are lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptus, sweet orange, and peppermint.

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InnoGear Aromatherapy Diffuser

InnoGear Aromatherapy Diffuser

The capacity of this diffuser makes it perfect for any room and its size makes it portable throughout the house.

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Pros:

  • Besides the overall function, reviewers love how easy this is to fill and clean.

Cons:

  • Overall, buyers had no quibbles with the product except for those who received a defective one.

3.Smart Wifi Enable Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser

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With smart technology spreading throughout the house, it’s no surprise that you can now get a wifi-enabled essential oil diffuser. This 300-milliliter diffuser from Birgus can be operated without wifi, but can also connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Connections are made with the Birus app downloadable from the iOS app store or Google Play store. Extra conveniences come with a connected diffuser, such as being able to program or control it from your phone or with voice commands.

Other important features of the diffuser are its omnidirectional ultrasonic variable mist, the automatic safety shut off when the water is low, and the accent lighting. Different colors of the 360° LED lights can be used for mood lighting or as a night light. With a 300-milliliter capacity, the diffuser will run on the low mist setting for 8 hours.

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Smart Wifi Enable Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser

Smart Wifi Enable Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser

It also comes with a one-year warranty and 24-hour response for after-sales service.

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Pros:

  • On Amazon, 75 percent of all reviewers gave this diffuser five stars for its easy operation, stylish look and connectivity.

Cons:

  • Some buyers had difficulty with the app, which one reviewer noted will not work with 5G

4.URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

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As Amazon’s choice for “humidifier and diffuser, the 400-milliliter URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser has a large capacity that will last for six to 12 hours before needing a refill. The size and mist output are best for a room no larger than 15 by 15 feet.  The diffuser has a stylish vase shape and a choice of natural wood grain finishes in different shades.

Using ultrasonic technology, this diffuser runs very quietly, making it great for overnight use. The automatic shut off feature ensures safety and protects the unity from damage when the water runs out. A four-setting timer and mist control let users customize the experience. The same goes for the seven colors of LED lights, which can be set you a favorite hue or left to cycle through them all. The package contains a charger adapter and a measuring cup, but no essential oils.

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URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

The zen look is appropriate for the relaxation and hydration that comes from this essential oil diffuser.

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Pros:

  • Buyers love the look and great functioning of this essential oil diffuser.

Cons:

  • Some reviewers had issues with defective products.

5.OminiHOME Essential Oil Diffuser

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With a water capacity larger than most other essential oil diffusers/humidifiers, the 530-milliliter OminiHOME model can provide up to 10 hours of misting. and, if it is run on the low mist setting, the diffuser will work up to 18 hours. The unit has a stylish oval design and an attractive woodgrain finish. High and low misting modes allow users to control the amount of humidity and three timer settings allow it to run automatically for two, four or eight hours.

Low sound from the diffuser means that it will not disturb sleep or be a daytime annoyance. This diffuser unit also features seven colors of LED light that can be adjusted to a dim setting or a bright one.

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OminiHOME Essential Oil Diffuser

OminiHOME Essential Oil Diffuser

The vent for the mist is located on the side, which means that it is easy to direct the mist in the desired direction.

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Pros:

  • Amazon reviewers liked the ease of operation and sleek look of this essential oil diffuser.

Cons:

  • A few buyers received defective models.

6. ALOVECO Aromatherapy Diffusers for Essential Oils

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More than 80 percent of Amazon reviewers gave the ALOVECO Aromatherapy Diffuser for Essential Oils four- and five-star ratings. The whisper-quiet operation of the stylish diffuser/humidifier makes it a popular choice. With a capacity of 300 milliliters, it can run up to 12 hours on the low setting. The unit has setting options for a Continuous mode or 10-second intermittent mode, along with a timer that can be set for two or four hours. In addition, the mist can be set at a strong or standard setting. It is also designed to automatically shut down when the water level is low. A side vent allows users to turn the mist toward a particular direction.

A unique feature of this ALOVECO diffuser is the wireless remote control that lets users turn the mist or lights on or off at will. The remote is also handy if you want to place the diffuser on a higher shelf or behind furniture. And, speaking of lights, it has seven soft LED mood light hues, which also make a great night light, especially for children.

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ALOVECO Aromatherapy Diffusers for Essential Oils

ALOVECO Aromatherapy Diffusers for Essential Oils

Even better, the product comes with a 90-day money-back and a lifetime worry-free warranty.

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Pros:

  • Buyers love the good mist output for a small-sized diffuser.

Cons:

  • Some buyers noted problems with the diffuser not working after a short time.

7. Ultrasonic Cool Mist Essential Oil Diffuser

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For diffusers that have more artful style, Amazon shoppers love the Ultrasonic Cool Mist Essential Oil Diffuser with its tree design. Rather than just a plan vessel, this diffuser features a tree silhouette that stands out against any of the seven LED light colors. The 100-milliliter capacity is smaller, but as this is primarily a diffuser, the size is not an issue.

Ultrasonic technology that is whisper quiet won’t be a disturbance during sleep or work. The cool mist that is continuously emitted spreads the scent of your choice throughout the room and the little boost of humidity also helps the indoor air environment. Automatic shut-off means the diffuser is safe and won’t be damaged when water completely runs out. In addition. the QUSUP Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser passes all the safety and durability testing required for ETL and FCC certification.

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Ultrasonic Cool Mist Essential Oil Diffuser

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Essential Oil Diffuser

The unit has an easily removable cover that allows for easily refill

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Pros:

  • Buyers love the look and the simple function. The diffuser also comes with a 45-day money-back and 24-month worry-free guarantee.

Cons:

  • Some reviewers said the diffusing function stopped working.

8. Two-pack URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

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For fans of aromatherapy, Amazon’s choice for a two-pack is this URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser. Ideal for when you want a small essential oil diffuser/humidifier in more than one room, the double option is more economical. This unit has whisper-quiet operation technology and an automatic shut-off mechanism for safety when the water runs low. The mist mode has two settings — intermittent and continuous — which can run up to 6 hours with the 100-milliliter capacity tank.

Each diffuser has a 45-day money-back guarantee and one year warranty. The oils and measuring cup are not included with the units. Of Amazon reviewers, 87 percent rated this with four or five stars, loving its function and small size.

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Two pack URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuse

Two pack URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuse

Seven colors of LED lighting are adjustable from bright to dim, according to personal preference.

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Pros:

  • Buyers love the value and function of this small diffuser.

Cons:

  • Some reviewers had issues with defective models.

Conclusion

Any of these essential oil diffusers can fill the house with a relaxing scent and a comforting level of humidity. It’s up to you If you want the extra bells and whistles like colorful LED lights or artistic designs. Aromatherapy using a diffuser is an easy and very affordable way to transform the atmosphere in your home and make the whole family more relaxed and at ease.

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August’s Desktop Calendar has Arrived!

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Last month I visited Utah for the first time and attended the Young Living convention. It was our 25th anniversary, so everything was BIG!!

I got to visit the Mona, UT, farm and walk among the fields of plants that will one day become our oils. I’m writing a 52-oil, oil-a-week book on essential oils and this also gave me the opportunity to photograph some plants that I wouldn’t be able to find otherwise.

Honestly, I’m not sure how these bright, sunny flowers fit in. They are called Gaillardia and as far as I know, there isn’t an oil from them. Maybe they control weeds or provide a benefit to the field? I don’t know, but I think they’re lovely and I hope you do too.

Do you keep a garden or grow flowers or vegetables? I prefer perennials: they just keep giving, year after year, and seem to be harder for me and my black thumb to kill.

Download August’s desktop calendar:

Enjoy!

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11 Amazing Manly Christmas Gift Ideas For Boyfriend

Need manly Christmas gift ideas for your boyfriend? This gift guide features gifts for men they will actually love to show off and use all year round!

RELATED: What DIY Christmas Gift Should You Make for Your Boyfriend/Husband? [QUIZ]

In this article:

  1. Do-It-All Multi-Tool
  2. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter for His DIY Bug Out Bag
  3. Beer Savers Christmas Gift Idea
  4. Ninja Blowgun Christmas Gift
  5. Zippo Hand Warmer Christmas Gift
  6. Stinger Spy Pen Christmas Gift
  7. Man Candles Christmas Gift Ideas
  8. Unlimited Battery Power for Life
  9. Tracking Device for His Phone & Keys
  10. Man Meets Stove Beginners’ Cookbook
  11. Bearded Beanie Christmas Gift Idea

Manly Christmas Gift Ideas to Let Him Know You Care

1. Do-It-All Multi-Tool

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Why not get the #1 guy in your life something he can actually use this year? You know I’m a fan of doing everything yourself, but how about a little change.

Why not for this year, spend a couple of bucks on him. This Hoffman Richter HR100 mini multi-tool packs a lot of punch in its small frame.

With 13 functions, this is the one everyday tool your guy needs. He’ll thank you for it.

2. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter for His DIY Bug Out Bag

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You don’t want to get your very special guy just anything this Christmas. If you got an outdoorsman or simply someone who’s always prepared, this personal water filter would be the perfect gift.

He’ll be happy to add his new gift to his growing bug out bag checklist.

3. Beer Savers Christmas Gift Idea

These beer savers help keep the beer fresh even after opening. I actually can’t believe my man doesn’t own a set yet. This item sounds like such an essential!

4. Ninja Blowgun Christmas Gift

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I know handmade is best but even I try to broaden my spectrum every now and then. This ninja blowgun is perfect for the hunter or survivalist in your life.

An extremely effective weapon, but easy enough to use with the kiddos (with your supervision of course!).

5. Zippo Hand Warmer Christmas Gift

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Good Christmas gift ideas for boyfriends can be hard to come by. Tired of ties?

Bored of holiday-themed boxers? This Zippo hand warmer is an awesome camping accessory!

One fuel filling will keep your man’s hands warm for 12 hours. Take it fishing, hiking, camping, skiing — anywhere.

RELATED: Our Last Minute Gift Ideas for Christmas | Creative Christmas Gifts

6. Stinger Spy Pen Christmas Gift

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Absolute must-have protection tool. So discreet and lightweight, it can be taken practically anywhere. Give your man peace of mind and protection against thugs with this stinger spy pen.

For gifts you bought, you can still showcase your creativity by giving it a nice Christmas gift wrap.

7. Man Candles Christmas Gift Ideas

With scents like New York Style Pizza, Fresh Cut Grass, Dirt, Coffee, Sawdust, and Campfire, no man will be able to resist these soy-blend man candles. You can also take this inspiration and make your own DIY soy candles with the scents you think your man will love.

8. Unlimited Battery Power for Life

Sounds pretty impressive, huh? This solar battery charger is a gift your boyfriend will actually use (instead of tucking into the back of his drawer and forgetting about entirely…).

9. Tracking Device for His Phone & Keys

A perfect solution to the age-old problem: “Honey, have you seen my keys?” With the BiKN tracking device, your phone finds your keys and your keys find your phone!

10. Man Meets Stove Beginners’ Cookbook

Man Meets Stove Beginners' Cookbook | Amazing Manly Christmas Gift Ideas For Boyfriend
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Is your guy totally lost without a microwave? Then this is the cookbook for him.

It gives your man the instructions he needs to survive in the kitchen.

11. Bearded Beanie Christmas Gift Idea

Want to know what to buy a man who doesn’t want anything? It’s hard, but you can give him some laughs with this bearded beanie gift idea.

Is there anything more sacred than the gift of an instant beard? “Ideal for chopping wood, building a cabin, or shoveling snow.”

Want more homemade gifts for men? Then take these ideas for masculine gifts in this video from Tess Christine:

Any of these manly Christmas gift ideas will surely show your man how much he means to you. I hope I have given you a few ideas men in your life would love. I just got my man the multi-tool for his birthday and he was so grateful.

The smile on his face was just priceless. But, whatever you give, make sure you give it with love. After all, what really makes Christmas gift special is the thought that you put into it!

So which of these manly Christmas gift ideas you think your husband will love? Comment below to let us know!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 2, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Il design green diventa creativo con DAM

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Per una casa che punta alla sostenibilità senza rinunciare al design ecco quattro proposte d’arredo eco-friendly che privilegiano i materiali naturali: legno, sughero, paglia e corda.

DAM è design, artigianato e amore per il pianeta. Tra tradizione e modernità, il brand portoghese unisce materiali naturali e tecniche tradizionali con il disegno creativo e innovativo. Si fa ricorso alle emozioni, alla semplicità e alla qualità della vita, in armonia con la natura e la società. La cultura portoghese e le cose comuni sono la fonte di ispirazione per la creazione di complementi e accessori adatti a tutti: bambini, ragazzi e adulti.

Ogni elemento d’arredo DAM è prodotto nel nord del Portogallo, zona con il maggior potenziale nel settore del mobile. Qui, il monitoraggio della produzione prevede cura e precisione, e questo è chiaramente visibile in ogni elemento d’arredo realizzato. La selezione dei materiali avviene con la massima cura, privilegiando quelle che rappresentano al meglio la cultura locale, come il sughero, la paglia e la corda. Il legno utilizzato proviene da foreste sostenibili e tutti gli altri materiali sono soggetti a ridurre i processi di impatto ambientale durante il loro ciclo di vita.

Tavolini FLORA

FLORA è un set di tavolini che si riferisce alle piante che offriamo a quelli che amiamo, quindi c’è una somiglianza tra prendersi cura delle piante e prendersi cura degli oggetti.‎ Questi tavoli versatili combinano materiali naturali, con quattro dimensioni e otto diverse finiture colorate e lavorano separatamente o insieme.‎

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Materiali utilizzati per i tavolini FLORA
Impiallacciatura di rovere (tavolo), 100% naturale; sughero scuro agglomerato (base).‎ Anche disponibile in impiallacciatura di noce (tavolo).‎

Poltroncina a dondolo GAGO

La poltroncina a dondolo GAGO con braccioli, onora la prima traversata aerea del Sud Atlantico realizzata da Sacadura Cabral e Gago Coutinho nel 1922.‎ Ispirata all’elmetto da aviatore, con braccioli curvi come le ali di un idrovolante, il rivestimento GAGO poggia su una scocca di legno tornito.‎ La base della seduta ricorda i galleggianti di un idrovolante.‎ Sullo schienale c’è l’iscrizione “1922, 8383 km”, in ricordo di una pietra miliare dell’aeronautica.‎

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Materiali utilizzati per la poltroncina a dondolo GAGO: frassino, rovere o noce e tessuto di Gabriel.‎ dk (‘Step’ o ‘Luna 2’ e ‘Obika Leather +’).‎ Finitura: legno con vernice opaca incolore.‎

Pouf PIPO

PIPO si ispira alla tradizionale botte di legno utilizzata per il trasporto e lo stoccaggio del vino.‎ Questo sgabello è prodotto in sughero scuro agglomerato, quasi a richiamare la tonalità delle botti invecchiate; materiale che lo rende anche leggero e antiscivolo.‎ La corda enfatizza il look antico e può anche essere prodotta in altri colori, rendendola più divertente e adattabile all’ambiente e al gusto delle persone.‎

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Il pouf PIPO è realizzato in sughero agglomerato al 100% naturale  e corda in cotone colorato

Orologio da parete MR SILVA

MR‎ SILVA è un orologio da parete dall’aspetto amichevole; è sospeso tramite una cinghia di paglia appesa a un piolo fissato al muro.‎ I baffi del personaggio corrispondono agli indicatori delle ore, conferendo una personalità decorativa e narrativa a un oggetto che di solito è semplicemente funzionale.‎

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Mr Silva è realizzato in Frassino massello e paglia cucita a mano intrecciata. Disponibile anche in massello di noce.‎

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The Gift of Daily Graces @ (in)courage

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OOPS! I’ve been working so hard on my next book’s deadline that I didn’t share my (in)courage post with you! Here’s a snippet:

“It seems like everything is going wrong,” he said, discouragement evident in his tone and written on his face. Still wearing his office clothes, sweat soaked through my husband’s button-down shirt, and dust and grass covered his black dress shoes from multiple trips between our basement and the air conditioning units outside. 

The night before school starts is always crazy. Our children attend and I tutor at a Classical Conversations program once a week; we’ve been there for years. Usually, there’s chaos because we can’t find all the books for the new school year or figure out what to pack for lunch, but this was different: the fan in one of our AC units stopped spinning and the wall in my son’s room felt so hot the outlet cover had begun to discolor. With daytime highs in the 90s, the house was miserably hot. Plus, we were becoming afraid of an electrical fire in our son’s room. 

Sometimes it makes my husband crazy that I assume he can fix anything. Usually he proves me right, but I know it’s a lot of pressure. However, an hour after arriving home, he had switched out the outlet box in my son’s room, installed a new capacitor in the AC unit (in honor of our 80s heritage we call it a flux capacitor), and the air coming through our vents was cooler than we’d felt in months. A week earlier, he had fixed the dishwasher when it suddenly quit filling with water. Our leaky washing machine is next on his honey-do list. 

A friend once told her husband if he came home and everything looked the same as when he left, she’d done a lot; she’d managed to maintain. We worship a God of logic and order, but for us, entropy — a lack of order or predictability or a gradual decline into disorder — is usually the name of the game. 

Things fall apart.

Please join me at (in)courage for the rest of the post, where we take the time to appreciate our daily graces.

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Easy Baby Bib Pattern

Sewing for little ones is so much fun! If you’re looking for an easy and practical baby sewing project for a special baby in your life, this easy baby bib pattern is a great idea to try. With just a small amount of fabric and about 15 minutes, you can make a baby bib out…

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10 Popular Features of Mid-Century Modern Homes

A mid-century modern home has distinct features that any architect and designer will tell you separates it from your average living structure. You may not have every mid-century modern feature but these popular ones are sure to classify your home in the mid-century modern range.

Large Glass Paneled Windows

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Dedicating an entire wall to glass panels from ceiling to floor brings the outdoors inside. A staple of mid-century modern design.

Flat Roofs

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Classic mid-century modern homes have flat roofs with no peaks or steeples. Many are one story level with flat roofs.

Natural Cooling

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Many mid-century modern homes have windows that open on the corners to create a cross breeze that naturally cools down the home.

Radiant Floor Heating

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Instead of typical heating systems with vents that push out hot air to warm the home, mid-century modern homes install radiant floor heating underneath the floorboards that heat the home from the ground up.

Open Floor Plans

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Along with the natural cooling system, many mid-century modern homes have open floor plans with little to no walls separating from room to room specifically in the common areas such as the living room, dining room and even the kitchen.

Minimal Design

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There is very little clutter or an abundance of home accents and decor. Everything has a place that adds to the cohesiveness of the design.

Multi-functional Furniture

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Functional furniture is a large part of mid-century modern design. The ottoman can also serve as a coffee table and the daybed can also serve as a sofa. These features help to minimize on furniture by preventing too many unnecessary furnishings.

Mid-century modern furniture

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Aside from being functional, the actual style of the furniture is a large part of the homes interior design. Ergonomic furnishings characterized by geometric form and sustainable materials.

Low level Scale

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Mid-century modern interior design keeps the scale at ground to eye level. This means there isn’t a abundance of tall furnishings where your eyes are being drawn upwards. Typically, one or two pieces of wall art or accents will be thoughtfully placed to grab your attention.

Solar Panels

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Sustainable design including energy efficiency is a popular feature of mid-century modern homes. Solar Panels utilized the power of the sun to reduce the cost of electricity and to conserve power.

These are some of the most popular features of a mid-century modern home. Even if you have a few differences in your homes design, mid-century modern design is minimal, sustainable and seeks to bring the natural beauty of the outdoors inside your dwelling.

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Why Autumn is the Best Season to Create Natural Home Decor

Dried and preserved fall florals and foliage makes it easy to never have a natural home accent wilt or die. In spring and summer, we are changing out the decor everytime the flowers begin to look shabby. In autumn, the shabbier the chicer. Create centerpieces, mantel accents and homemade wreaths.

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Where to begin?

We could look in our backyards to find the things we need to create rustic autumn accents. To preserve them, simply spray with hairspray or a transparent finishing spray from a local craft store or hardware store. If our backyard is bare this season, we can always order our rustic accents from a homegoods store.

Decide what we want to craft.

For centerpieces and fall floral arrangements, choose a vase from your natural accents. Be sure to get chicken wire that will fit into the vase. If the vase is transparent, stuff it with some dried grass or twine. Next, add your chicken wire to keep the accents upright and in place.

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If you want to steer away from traditional floral arrangement and centerpieces, grab a wicker basket and gently place your natural accents inside. Have them slightly poking out from one side of the basket.

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For front door designs, choose a few natural accents and a few pieces of decorative dried corn. Wrap tightly with a ribbon or several times with some twine. Leave a loop to hang with a nail on your front door, mailbox or on a post outside.

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Admire our crafted creation.

Now that we’ve made our autumn decor, we can sit back and admire it for the remainder of the season. Fall designs last! This is why we can keep the same centerpiece and mantel decor well into the winter months. It really is the best time of year to begin crafting homemade DIY decor!

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Exactly Where I Need to Be When I Need to Be There

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When people realize I have eight children, they often remark, “You must be so patient!” Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. When I want something done I want it done yesterday — or at least now. Recently the Lord took a frustrating situation that tested my patience and reminded me my timing and priorities are different than His and that He often places me exactly where I need to be when I need to be there.

Earlier this year, my husband’s company offered to include us on their corporate Costco membership, so when ours expired we had new cards made under their account. The cards worked fine at registers inside the store, but when we tried to buy gas it showed our membership as expired. The employees were always helpful — they made us at least two more sets of cards, and someone always activated the pump for me — but I buy most of my gas at Costco and felt like a fraud every time I had to explain to an attendant that my account was active even though the screen said it wasn’t.

I finally decided to wait at the membership desk until they were certain the problem was fixed. Little did I realize it would require two hours from a day two weeks before a book deadline, when every minute of my day counted.

Employees conferred, called corporate, and tested my card time after time while shaking their heads in confusion. No one had ever seen this problem. A smile masked my inner turmoil as the minutes ticked by and I glanced at my watch too often. Finally, the glitch was found — hooray! — and I would be on my way soon.

A young mom circled behind me, parked her shopping cart, then walked over to get her picture made for a new membership card. A two-year-old girl, strapped in the seat of the cart, had recently covered her arms and legs with black ink. Her one-year-old brother sat beside her in only a diaper. An infant car seat carrying a newborn rested in the cart’s basket.

My mind flashed back to a time when I shared her season of life, although my babies weren’t that close together. All three were content, but any mother knows that can change at any moment for no apparent reason.

And suddenly I knew why I still stood there: I was there for such a time as this.

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Villa Mantova

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Gruppo Lithos Architettura firma un nuovo progetto di interior design per una villa immersa nell’atmosfera del Centro Storico di Mantova.

Un restyling quasi eclettico, fatto di contrasti decisi e nuovi colori che creano una seconda pelle a questa straordinaria villa.

La zona giorno, suggestiva e di grande impatto, si sviluppa “in lunghezza” ed è suddivisa da scatole di colore. In questo ambiente ricco di fascino gli arredi di Wiener GTV Design Thonet ne sono i protagonisti.

Ai lati dell’imponente camino, l’elegantissima Foresta Botanical Botanica di Cole & Son Wallpaper crea vere e proprie finestre su un paesaggio immaginario immerso nel verde.

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