How to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

11 Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer and increase your energy efficiency!

This seems like a weird topic for me because it’s mid-May now and we actually just had hail last week. :O BUT, it is predicted that this summer will be the hottest on record. Last summer was pretty brutal, the humidity was out of control. (Seriously. My crown moulding buckled!)  So I want to plan ahead a little and prep for this summer’s heat wave extravaganza.  Standing around and complaining about what a scorcher it is might be fun, but it’s not going to make my home any cooler.  The tips below, however, are going to do a much better job of that.

11 Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer and increase your energy efficiency!

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Cut the clutter

You might love having a cozy home full of soft furnishings everywhere, but when the heat starts to settle in, all that softness can be as much of a pain as it is a comfort. During the summer, it’s better to switch out your cozy style for something a more minimalist. Not only is it going to help cool air circulate around the room a lot cooler and stop those soft furnishings from retaining more heat, but it’s also going to make it easier to clean.

You don’t want to spend the hottest days of the year cleaning around the home. Cutting the clutter can reduce the buildup of dust and dirt, making it a much quicker job. Who doesn’t want that?!

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Causes of Property Damage and How to Manage Them

We are getting our house ready to hit the market in the next month or so! We’ve bought our land and we’re waiting on the building permits to get started on our dream house. We couldn’t be happier. But there’s a lot of work that goes into getting a house ready to sell. Here are a few things to consider to help keep your house in tip top shape!

Some causes of property damage and the measures you can take to try to avoid them.

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Wind Damage

The most common source of property damage is actually wind related. Wind can uproot trees and it can also damage your roof. We’ve had a couple big wind storms this spring and we’ve seen the wind lifting the roof shingles on the house across the street!

So keep your nearby trees pruned, especially any long reaching limbs that might fall on your vehicle, fence or shed.

Check your roof regularly and inspect the ground for any evidence that shingles have blown off. You’ll want to keep your roof in good shape to prevent any leaks from sneaking into your home!

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DIY Felt Flower Hair Clips – With Free Pattern

DIY Felt flower hair clip tutorial with free pattern download. Learn how to make this pretty rolled felt flowers with this simple tutorial. Download the free pattern to make these adorable felt flower hair clips. Easy felt flower tutorial. DIY felt flowers are such a pretty accessory!

Felt flowers are kind of my thing. I love any excuse to craft some pretty florals, but I’m starting to run out of places in my house to put them! Unfortunately my boys aren’t too keen to wear felt flowers in their hair, so instead I thought I would start sharing some DIY felt flower tutorials here instead!

DIY Felt flower hair clip tutorial with free pattern download. Learn how to make this pretty rolled felt flowers with this simple tutorial. Download the free pattern to make these adorable felt flower hair clips. Easy felt flower tutorial. DIY felt flowers are such a pretty accessory!

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This is my first DIY felt flower tutorial on The Yellow Birdhouse. Hopefully the first of many actually!

I love designing new patterns, and sharing them is fun!

This cute flower is really easy to assemble, the hardest part is cutting it out. But I’ve got lots of tips for you. 🙂

This is a great beginner-level DIY felt flower tutorial.

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Pros and Cons of Being a Work at Home Mom

Working from home is a dream many moms aspire to. Here are a few pros and cons to consider.

Being a work at home mom is appealing for lots of reasons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is an easy option. While working from home is a dream for many moms, the reality may be a little different than expected.

Working from home is a dream many moms aspire to. Here are a few pros and cons to consider.

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Having the option to work from home is something that many moms strive for. Even if you work in an industry that makes homeworking possible, some employers may be reluctant to offer it to their staff. Worries about productivity and managing staff from a distance are typically the major concerns for employers. However, nowadays more employees are pushing for flexible working options to help get a better balance between their home life and work life.

The difficulty in finding work from home jobs is something that drives many moms to set up on their own home business, but what is it like to be a work at home mom?

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How to Take Product Photos – 10 Tips for Online Shop Owners

How to take product photos. How to create beautiful product photography for your online shop using only your phone and a few props. Product photography doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Start with my top 10 tips for how to take amazing product photos! Draw customers into your shop with gorgeous images that really do justice to your products.

Product photography can feel like a huge obstacle to opening an online shop. It can be overwhelming trying to figure it all out on your own. And when you’re just starting out, you don’t have extra cash to spend on fancy equipment or courses. Trust me, I’ve been there. There at the starting line, wondering why my photos didn’t look as pretty as everyone else’s. Knowing I had a great product and feeling so frustrated that my photos weren’t doing it justice. Is that how you’re feeling? I don’t want that for you. So I’m going to share my top 10 tips for how to take product photos for your online shop!

How to take product photos. How to create beautiful product photography for your online shop using only your phone and a few props. Product photography doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Start with my top 10 tips for how to take amazing product photos! Draw customers into your shop with gorgeous images that really do justice to your products.

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Let me start by saying that no, you don’t need to invest in expensive tools or equipment. I take all my product photos using my smartphone and a few inexpensive props. It doesn’t have to be complicated to work. If your phone has a decent camera, and you can spend $20 on extras, then you’re off to the races!

It has taken me years to be able to get my photos where I wanted them to be. I figured it all out on my own with a lot of trial and error and I shed a lot of frustrated tears. But It doesn’t have to be that way for you!

If you’re interested in the nitty gritty, extremely detailed description of EXACTLY how I photograph my products, then you’re going to want to check out the e-book I wrote. It has it all! It’s almost 50 pages of info, way more than I could include in a single blog post.

For now, you can start with these tips for for how to take product photos, and grab a free chapter from the e-book. 🙂

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