Month: February 2020

Bathroom Stretching Ideas For People, Big Families and Small on Bathrooms

"It's weird," I thought. "We have ten people in two bathrooms at home. At the beach we often have 20 people using one bathroom. Why is it that half the number of bathrooms for double the user goes more smoothly? Pun intended of course.

Over the years I pondered this situation and saw over and again that it is true; one bathroom at the beach works even better than two at home. By implementing these bathroom-stretching ideas learned from the beach you can stretch your bathroom without adding on!

The most important principle is simply that at the beach bathroom usage is limited to things you can only do in a bathroom: personal hygiene, bathing, and using the toilet. At home we use the bathroom for so much more. We put on our makeup, style our hair, take our vitamins, do our nails, and many other things in the bathrooms that do not have to be done there. We also often common store things there like medicines in "medicine cabinets." In fact, many people even keep reading material by the toilet and call it the "library."

If you want to learn along with me from the beach, you could sum it up by saying, "Move it out." Here are 7 moving out ideas:

1. Store some regular Band-Aids in an easy access location. I have a small wooden basket with a leather handle that holds about a hundred Band-Aids (I have some Spiderman and plain ones there) and a tube of antibiotic salve hanging on the side of an iron shelf system near my kitchen. This keeps quick fixes the out of the bathroom and if they do need a sink and a paper towel they are nearby.

2. Keep over-the-counter and prescription medicines outside of the bathroom. Things for stomachaches, diarrhea, sore throats, eyes, and itches do not need to be kept in a bathroom. A bin or shelf near water is nice since many need to be taken with a sip of water.

3. Move out the other medicinal items like heating pads and thermometers too.

4. Set aside your hair care items to keep in a separate location. Try keeping your hot curlers, curling iron, and blow dryer along with a comb, brush, mirror, water bottle, and hair pretties (barrettes, clips, scrunchies, etc.) somewhere else. All you need nearby is a mirror and an electrical outlet.

5. Designate a "Fast Fixer Up Spot" near your departure door. Keep a hairbrush, comb, hair spray, and mirror near the door you tend to dash from. This is also nice to have when unexpected company comes calling and the bathroom is in use.

6. Make up does not have to be applied in a bathroom. Keep your beauty potions and toiletries somewhere with good natural light along with some wet wipes and a mirror.

7. If possible considering putting a wall and a door to separate the toilet and tub from the sinks. This greatly increases the bathroom's efficiency.

If …

Portland Oregon Apartments That Approve With Bad Credit Or Broken Lease

Portland Oregon, also known by other names such as “Rose Garden” and “Little Beirut” is a large city that occupies an important place in Multnomah County and has a population upwards of 500,000. The city’s location close to such notables like Seattle Washington and Vancouver makes it an attraction for students, businessmen and people looking to settle. This makes the area apartments a hot item with applications being submitted on a daily basis. To adhere to housing laws, Portland apartments conduct routine credit and rental history checks on potential tenants. This essentially means that if your credit score is low or you have a prior broken lease with a previous apartment, you may be denied an apartment in Portland Oregon.

The fact that there exists a standard practice of checking credit and rental history in Portland area apartments, it does not mean that there will not be apartments that will not work with problem applicants. While they may be few, they do exist nevertheless. Many applicants with bad credit or broken lease report a level of frustration when searching but if you fall into this category, here are a few areas with the city that you can look for second chance apartment:

  • Northwest including Pearl District
  • South West
  • Northeast
  • Southeast and more…
  • The reason it is difficult to locate second chance Portland apartments is because they do not get into the routine practice of advertising. One reason they do this is because they want to maintain their quality rating and also be able to keep their rates high. They also want to maintain a reputation of renting only to the most financially-stable tenants. This generally means that a casual search of apartments which approve applicants who are credit-challenged may yield disappointing results.

    One method then that can be used to locate these types of apartments in Portland Oregon is learning to network. This means sharing with others who have been in similar situations. This is because they may have helpful ideas as to where one can locate an a leasing office manager who is understanding or lenient or apartments which are willing to overlook credit shortcomings. Another option is to utilize the power of the Internet to search and locate potential apartments and then call them ahead of time. You can also contact apartment locators and see whether they can offer any helpful insights as to which apartments would be willing to work with you.

    It is also essential to bear in mind that even when you do find such an apartment, there will be basic requirements to meet. One is that you must have a job and have had it at least 6 months. Another is that your job must be paying you at least 3 times the amount of the rent and thirdly, you may have to go through a background check.…

    Home Burglar Alarms – Free Tips Inside

    You've just bought a new house and only adding a few more details to make it all complete. Before breaking that bottle of wine, make sure that you've also installed home burglar alerts to protect your home. Even if your house is inside a village or in an exclusive subdivision, there will still be instances of burglary and other types of crimes that you often see in television.

    Before you become part of the breaking news on TV, plan for a home security system. There are free tips online that you can look up before you choose a device that will suit the needs of your house. If the construction is done and you have already called off the workers, you can just do the installation yourself. Employing the help of security agencies to install the devices will certainly be an easy alternative but with a cost of course, so if you do need to do it yourself, then it should be fine as well.

    Aided with a manual provided by the manufacturer of the alarm system, you should be able to make it work. You may also ask some help from relatives so the work is easier and you can have a clarification on proper placements. A slap-dashed work, if you have to do it alone, is unacceptable especially when the safety of your family will be put at risk.

    Buying a new home and feeling safe inside your home is probably the best feeling for a homeowner. Home security devices will certainly be the icing on the cake for your brand new home. …

    How To Write Gardening Articles: Tips For Gardeners And Writers

    Believe or not, my first published article – and one of the first things I ever had published – was about gardening. There’s a good demand for garden-related bits…. grow your own is back in fashion…. and it’s not too technical, so it’s a good place to get started. Here are a few tips to help you.

    This is the most important thing you need to know: You don’t necessarily need to be that green-fingered to write about gardening. What a lot of gardeners are looking for is ideas and inspiration. And little tips, tricks and secrets that can help them improve their garden without spending a lot of money.

    If you’ve done, or are planning, a garden project – like a pond, decking or landscaping for example – you could use that as your starting point. Write up a step-by-step guide to what you did. Include a ‘shopping list’ of items that are required for the project, with estimated costs. Things like this make a project seem more achievable and boost your credibility.

    Or, if you know say tomatoes or petunias inside out put some of your own secret tips together. Things that readers are unlikely discover from a regular gardening book. For example, do you have a particular fertiliser that you’ve found works really well? Or do you know a little-known, organic way to get rid of green fly?

    Whatever you do, try and make your writing tightly focussed to the subject and aim to put a personal twist on it. This will add real power to your writing:

    So who buys garden writing? As well as gardening magazines try general interest magazines and newspapers too. Some women’s magazines buy garden writing, as do magazines aimed at the over-60s. Try gardening websites.

    Consider setting up your own gardening blog as a way to promote your services.

    Photos are a great way of adding interest to your garden writing and can even earn you extra money. Try to focus your photos closely on what you are writing about rather than just having general garden scenes. If you’re writing about a project as I suggested above create a photo ‘how to’ guide with a pic of each main step.

    One last thing, remember that gardening is seasonal in most countries so plan ahead. It’s too late to be thinking about writing on summer gardening themes in the middle of the summer. Think about writing on autumn and winter gardening topics instead, and vice versa.…

    The Good and Bad About Bermuda Grass

    Bermuda grass is one of the most popular grasses in the U.S. It has used extensively on golf courses, lawns, large landscapes, playgrounds, recreational parks, sports venues, etc. Originating in the country of Africa where it populated the open areas of the country, this transplanted grass has proven to be hardy in this country as well. Its origin, no doubt, explains its ability to go for long periods of time without much rain. It also has a high tolerance to sunlight. But even when the grass blades are burnt or damaged by insects or animal it manages to re-grow and reestablish itself in record time. Because it recovers so quickly, it is the perfect grass for high traffic areas such as those mentioned above.

    One of the reasons that Bermuda grass is so hardy is because of its deep root system. This root system enables it to grow in temperatures as cold as thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit and as warm as ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Even though Bermuda grass can easily survive periods of drought by slipping into a semi-dormant state, it absolutely thrives in warm, rainy weather. Its best growth spurts occur in air temperatures above sixty-four degrees Fahrenheit and ground temperatures from the high seventies and above.

    Bermuda grass is also a very aggressive grass and once it has established itself, it is hard to get rid of. The nice thing about this is that it requires only moderate lawn care. You can miss more than a few waterings and grass-cuttings with no ill effects. It is very forgiving of your lawn negligence and does not need to be babied. Another benefit is that, if you have bare spots, Bermuda grass can produce lawn coverage amazingly fast – even from seed. And you rarely have to worry about weeds. In a fight with weeds, more often than not, the Bermuda grass will come out the winner. And finally, you rarely have to worry about your soil. Bermuda will grow in practically any type of soil – it is very versatile.

    The bad thing about Bermuda grass’ aggressiveness is that it can easily overrun other plants that you have in your garden. Or it can overrun your neighbors property. It just won’t stay put. It can also cause problems in farmland areas where Bermuda grass seed my be intermixed with crop seeds, eventually posing a challenge to the farmer’s crops when they both fight for the same resources. If you ever need to get rid of it, about the only way to do it, without poisoning the ground and any other plants in the area, is to dig up its root systems.

    Even though you will find in in all areas of the country, Bermuda grass has a special affinity for the South. Many parts of the South, such as Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, have temperatures and weather conditions very close to its place of origin making it almost like a second home.…

    How to Grow Mushrooms From Old Mushroom Stem Butts

    Usually when it comes to growing mushrooms, the most important thing that you will need to begin with is the mushroom spawn itself – this is what the mushrooms grow from, so it is an essential ingredient. Without it, it would be like trying to grow an apple tree without the apple pip – its never going to work. Usually the mushroom spawn will be especially created by a mycologist, and will normally consist of some kind of grain that has been impregnated with mushroom mycelium (mycelium is what the mushrooms come from).

    You can create your own mushroom spawn several ways, but what most people don’t realise is that you can actually grow your own mushrooms from old stem butts, enabling you to re-use old mushrooms and start your own cycle of mushroom cultivation.

    All that you need to do is to cut off a small section of the mushroom stem butt, no bigger then an inch long. It is important to try and use the bottom of the stem, with the bulbous part of the stem intact (this part is usually removed prior to preparing the mushroom for cooking and for packaging before being sold in stores). However if you have already grown some of your own mushrooms from some kind of spawn then you will have no problem getting hold of the healthiest variety of stem butts. You can still try using the stem from shop-brought mushrooms, but you may not have as much success.

    It is important stating that not all mushrooms have this stem growth capability, and there are only a few varieties that are known to be able to re-spawn from their stems. These include Oyster mushrooms (Pleutrous Ostreatus), Parasol mushrooms, Morels, Prince, and many more.

    All you need to do is remove a section of the stem butts, and get some corrugated cardboard. Soak the cardboard and then try to peel it in half, so that the paper is as thin as possible. Next, lay the carboard on a surface and place some of the stem butts on top. Try and leave around 6 inches of cardboard per stem butt. Cover the stems with the rest of the corrugated cardboard and then re-soak for a few minutes. Place the folded pieces of cardboard into an old box – cardboard, wood, or anything else that will keep the box moist, and then place it in a shady position in your garden before covering it with leaves.

    What will happen is that the mycelium will start to grow through the pieces of cardboard, from the stem butts, using the materials in the cardboard as a food (mushrooms naturally grow on wood and so cardboard is ideal to use and is easier to break down). After a few months you will have your own cardboard spawn, and you can either use this to grow mushrooms on more cardboard, or you can mix this cardboard spawn with straw, creating an outdoor bed or mushroom patch, or you …

    Personalized Candy Wedding Favors

    Looking for unique items for your wedding or bridal shower? Why not try personalized chocolate bar wrappers, mint books, water bottle labels or invitations?

    Personalized candy bar wrappers make perfect place card holders, thank you souvenirs, or as part of a table centerpiece. Candy bar wrappers fit standard size Hershey's bars or Hershey's miniatures and can be personalized to your specifications using any font, color, shape or picture. You can find them in full color, glossy, high grade paper. They are best when printed from a professional, color laser jet printer. The chocolate bars may be placed in colored foam pouches for that added touch, then wrapped in your personalized wrapper. You can find foil in many different colors to match your decor. If you do not like chocolate or Hershey's, you can add any other item that will fit in the foam pouch – sugarfree chocolate, bubblegum, mints, crayons, etc. If your guests choose to eat the chocolate, they can keep the wrapper as a memento. Think of how nice it would be to have a picture of you and yours, your personalized message and date of wedding, professionally printed and wrapped in an elegant candy bar for each guest.

    You may also choose to add a mint book to the package. Mint books look just like match books but contain Lifesavers mint or Lifesavers fruit candy. They are also perfect for place card holders, souvenirs, part of a centerpiece, etc. These too can be personalized with your message and are a match to your personalized candy bar wrappers.

    Even better! Add personalized water bottles to the mix. Matching water bottle labels can be personalized for this mementos occasion. Guests will surely remember this wonderful occasion with a table decked out in personalized Hershey's bar place holders, a personalized Hershey's miniature centerpiece, personalized mint books, and personalized water bottles.

    Just when they thought it was over … say thank you with a matching thank you card. Matching personalized invitations can be used as announcements, invitations, thank you cards, tent cards, stationary, more! Your guest will really think you've out-done yourself with this wonderful package. How can they ever forget your wedding with such beautiful souvenirs? …

    The Slow Motion Game

    Recently, a friend invited me to stop and slow down. Just for a few minutes.

    I slipped off my shoes and felt the cool stepping stones in her garden under my feet. In a few short minutes, with all systems slowed to the moment in front of me, I felt like Alice in Wonderland-one moment staring up at the giant, waving leaf of a tropical banana tree and the next moment bent down, in awe at the mini, star-shaped moss tuft peeking out between a crack in the stones.

    Ten minutes later, as I finished up this walking meditation in her garden, refreshed and ready to go about with my busy day, I knew it was something I wanted to remember to continue as a regular practice for myself and share with my favorite seven year old.

    “Hey,” I said to the curly haired boy, “Wanna play The Slow Motion Game with me?”

    “What’s that?” he responded, with the keen skepticism of a seven year old who has been around the block and played a zillion games or two in his lifetime so far.

    “Well, it’s a kind of discovery game. We slow dooooown.” I started talking in slow motion speak. “And when we look aroooound we see things that we’ve neeeeeverrr seeeeeen beforrrrrrre.”

    I could see the spark of interest lit in his eyes now.

    “And whoever finds the most cool stuff is the winner?” he yelled excitedly.

    “Sure, something like that.”

    Five… Close your eyes

    Four… Slowing down

    Three… Your mind is going to sleep

    Two… Your body is getting very relaxed

    One… You are in slow motion mode. Open your eyes… And GO… s l o w w w w w w w w…

    Our bare feet made their way slowly through the back yard. The dirt felt good sinking between my toes. I watched out of the corner of my eye as the boy did his best slow mummy walk and then presently crouched down.

    Between the two of us, we discovered treasures galore in our familiar backyard space.

    An army of ants coming out of tiny hole in the flower bed, a bright green arrowhead-shaped sprout shooting out ninety degrees from a tree branch, a baby fly sunning its translucent wings, a baby bee buzzing. We discovered the glossy, tightly curled leaf of a waxy flower pushing its way upward, and crystalline water drops sitting in the very center of a regal succulent. A family of pincher bugs scurried away as we studied the natural, hieroglyphic markings on an old tree stump.

    Long after we finished playing, the curly haired boy was still bent over, looking at potato bugs curled up in tree hollows or looking up through tree branches, discovering many more unseen treasures in the garden.

    I didn’t mention to the wild-haired one the part that we would feel ourselves coming back to ourselves during this game.

    I didn’t mention that by slowing down our spinning minds, we would enliven all our …

    Decorating on a Shoestring Budget

    Right now one of the most popular shows on television is, âTrading Spaces.â If you havenât gotten an opportunity to watch this show, the object of the game is to decorate one room in someone elseâs house with a budget of a $1,000. The decoratorâs truly struggle to accomplish this so you know it is hard when even they, trained professionals, are having problems creating the room of the homeownerâs dreams.

    Do not despair just because your money is limited- you can still create a warm and inviting home frugally. When people come into our home and see our front room (the only room we have decorated since we are relatively new homeowners) they always comment on how beautiful our drapes, furniture, and whole look of this room is. Do you think I disclose that we put the furniture together ourselves and that the whole décor came compliments of Target? No way! Never divulge the sordid details, just simply bask in the glory and let them try to recreate your look. Here are a few tips for creating an inviting home on a budget.

    · Watch television shows, read books, and look through magazines to gather inspiration for creating a stylish home. Although many of the things you look at are completely out of your budget, you can try to recreate it with lower costing materials and a little creativity. Some great looks can be found on, ,, and

    · Paint is the cheapest way to really change a room. One thing I have learned is to never be afraid of color- bright colors can really liven up a room. Be wary though with small rooms because this can make the rooms look smaller and closed off. In smaller rooms use softer and lighter colors- yellows, light green, lavenders, and white/off-white.

    · Getting your home organized will make your house look well-kept. To find out some great ways to get your home as well as yourself organized, go to . This site is wonderful for learning how and what you need to do to clear out the rubbish in your home. With different styles of baskets to organize your items it not only makes the room look cleaner, but it also adds to the décor.

    · Target, Kmart, and Walmart all offer great items for your home at a much lower cost. Target has fantastic drapes, tableware, towels, pillows, and furniture for your home. Kmart offers incredible linens, drapes, and sheets from the Martha Stewart line. Walmart offers great fabrics for those do-it-yourself projects in making pillows, drapes, and linens.

    · To add pictures to your walls, look through old art books or photograph books. Buy a cheap frame to put it in and you will have beautiful artwork for a fraction of the cost.

    · Rearrange your furniture in your home. Try to find new ways to break up a room or to make the room more open and inviting.

    · Light a candle …

    How To Care For Your Orchids – Fantastic Color For Indoor Decor

    Paphiopedilum – Are easily suited for home growing, requiring only bright light and your normal home temperatures. It loves bright indirect sunlight. Also called a slipper orchid and blooms are long lasting up to 10 weeks of bloom.
    Temperatures – Most mature orchids need about 15 to 20f temperatures between night and day.
    Water – Never let plants dry out.
    Fertilizer – Must be fertilized on a regular basis, but requires less fertilizer than most orchids. Use a good 10-10-10 balanced ratio
    Potting – Should be done about every one to two years.

    Oncidium – Oncidiums are from sea level to the tropics.
    Temperatures – should be 55-60f at night and 80 85 during day.
    Water – Generally plants with large fleshy roots needs less water. Watering should be thorough. Plants not active should be watered less. Do not leave in standing water.
    Fertilizer – Apply a good 30-10-10 balanced fertilizer twice a month.
    Potting – Re-pot when plant is about half mature. Keep Humidity high and new pot should be medium dry until new roots form.

    Dendrobium – Are very common at retail stores. Also called an air plant. Very leafy appearance. They love the early morning sun.
    Temperatures – Mature plants like 15 to 20f difference between night and day. Leaves may drop if temperatures drop below 50f.
    Water – They like moist soil but can tolerate dryness when plant is matured.
    Fertilizer – They like to be fertilized often especially during growing period. Use a good 10-10-10 balanced ratio.
    Potting – Repot every 2-3 years, give good aeration and drainage. They tend to like small pots for their size.
    Visit Houseplant Care for free indoor houseplant care tips.

    The Phalaenopsis – This is a favorite among orchid care enthusiasts. Long-repeating blooms with many colors and are really inexpensive. These blooms are moth like in appearance.
    Temperatures – Should be about 55-60f at night and 80 85 daytime. Seedlings need about 10 degrees higher than mature plants.
    Water – Do not let plants dry out. Younger plants needs more watering and attention.
    Fertilizer – Should be fertilized on a regular basis. A good 10-10-10 fertilizer or anything close ratio. Fertilize every week at one quarter to one half of recommended dilution.
    Potting – Should be done every 2-3 years. Better if done during late spring.

    Remember always use a good orchid care fertilizer and soil for all orchids. Typically the above orchids are what most nurseries have, but there are over 28,000 varieties.
    Read this article online at: Orchid Care …