Tuesday, July 26, 2016

EASY POOL MAINTENANCE LIFE HACKS!



Having a pool at home requires basic knowledge in pool maintenance. As a pool owner, you probably know the usual pool cleaning tips - skim, brush, vacuum, check the filter, pH and chemical level. And most probably, you are aware that these tips can be a pain in the shoulder. Keeping up with a pool cleaning routine can be tough and challenging as these have to be done in a regular basis. 

Here, I am sharing you several mind blowing pool maintenance life hacks you definitely need to know. These will save you time and effort in cleaning your pool!

Toss in a Tennis Ball

Unusual as it sounds, but tossing a tennis ball will help you get rid of extra oils and chemicals in your pool. Sunscreen, tanning lotion, makeup, hair products and body oil often end up in your pool. These substances easily make your pool dirty. Throw in a few tennis balls and let it float while it absorb the oil and excess chemicals, leaving you with a clean and clearer water. 

Use Baking Soda

Surprisingly, baking soda isn't only good for baking. It is also effective in cleaning your pool! Check your pool regularly especially when it's rainy. Rains usually imbalance your water's pH level. Pour in a pound of baking soda to retain alkalinity balance. Not only that, you can also use baking soda in cleaning your pool tiles. Make a paste of water and baking soda to brush the tile and grout in your pool. Do this regularly as this effectively helps prevent algae from growing. 

Make Bathing Suit a Requirement

In small doses, swimming with a shirt or a short is fine. But in most cases, fabrics and especially dyes bleed. And these react to the chlorine in your pool, causing your pool to get cloudy over time. Make it a rule to everyone in your family and guests to wear bathing suit when using your pool. By this way, you maintain proper chemical levels in your pool and prolong your fun with your friends! 

Keep Dogs Out

Dogs are cute and fun but it's best not to let them jump and swim in your pool. Chlorine is basically not good for canine. Not only is it bad for them, but it will also make your pool dirtier. Keeping your pool hair free is hard to keep up. But if you insist, keep in mind to adjust the chlorine level below 3.0 PPM for your dog's safety.

Track Water usage with a Bucket

Humidity and temperature are two factors that affect the water level in your pool. Aside from that, when your pool is highly used it will most likely to cause a drop in the water level from all the splashing and exiting out of swimmers. Keep in mind that that the average water loss should not be more than a quarter of inch per day. The easiest way to track how much water your pool is losing, is to place a weighted bucket on the stairs of your pool with a mark of the water level on the side. If you notice a big drop in the water level, you might need to check your water pumps for possible leaks.

Supercharge Your Skimmer

Skimmer baskets are very important as they filter out debris in your pool. But they tend to leave smaller objects behind. One way to optimize its function is to use an old pair of pantyhose. Wrap them around the baskets and they should now be able to filter out sand, hair and dirt. Keep in mind to empty and clean them every week.

Natural Bug Repellant

Insects are not only a nuisance for swimmers but also for the pool cleaners. Bugs are often found floating in the water, which causes dirt and bacteria. A great way to keep them out of your pool area is by planting lemongrass nearby. Lemongrass contains citronella which is proven to ward off bugs especially mosquitoes. 


So here you go! It may seem surprisingly unusual but it works. The important thing is these hacks will save you a ton of time and money in maintaining your pool clean, fresh and safe to use. Now you won't have to worry much on cleaning, and you can have more time relaxing and having fun in your pool with your family and friends!

If you still need more pool maintenance tips, I recommend you this awesome step-by-step guide.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

How to Give a Bedroom a Jungle Theme



Ever since The Jungle Book hit the cinema screens, kids and adults alike have fallen in love with wild animal and safari themed bedrooms. If you don’t have much time, a few posters of jungle creatures will probably suffice, but if you want to be a bit more creative, go the extra mile and create a beautiful jungle themed bedroom with gorgeous bed linen from threel.co.uk.
Colour Schemes

Jungle-themed rooms work well with greens and browns, but if you would rather take inspiration from the African plains, stick to reds, golds and oranges, with a few touches of green here and there.
Jungle Print Walls

Instead of plain, painted walls, experiment with wallpaper to create a fun jungle theme. Leopard print or zebra striped wallpaper is a fun way to start. Papering the entire room in spots or stripes might be a bit much, but one feature wall, perhaps behind the bed, would look very cool. 

If you can’t hang wallpaper, use paint to create the same effect. Zebra stripes are easy to paint: all you need is some black paint. Paint leopard spots or tiger stripes using some brown and orange paint: a piece of sponge makes a useful print tool if you don’t have time to hand paint each spot. 
Safari Stencils

Stencils are a quick and easy way to add some jungle-themed images to a bedroom. For a child’s bedroom, look for animal stencils. Add a border around the walls, or stencil animals and jungle plants at random intervals. For an adult’s room, look for jungle images or African-inspired prints to decorate walls and furniture. 
Jungle Accessories

Use accessories to give your bedroom a jungle theme. Bed linen and throws are a quick way to do this and there are lots of great designs to choose from. Kids will love simple, colourful animal print duvet covers with matching curtains, whereas an adult room would benefit from a more sophisticated feel.

A zebra print rug on a polished wood or laminate floor would look great, but coir matting is also a nice touch for a jungle themed room. Cushions in jungle fabrics and colours, bedside lamps and rattan blinds can all be used to compliment your jungle theme.
Safari Artwork

Do you have a steady hand? If so, have a go at painting a mural on the wall. Pick one of the walls in the room and turn it into a feature wall. Trace out your design using chalk to help you get the composition right, and then use acrylic paint to complete your artwork. 
Jungle Murals

You don’t need to be artistic to create a wonderful mural. It is now possible to buy large murals that stick on the wall. Look for murals of photographic quality, so you can fall asleep in the jungle, surrounded by prowling animals and lush vegetation. 



A jungle theme is a fun choice for a bedroom, but if you decide to paint animals or a mural on the wall, be aware that it will take several coats to cover up your artwork when you get bored of the theme.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review: "I Believe in Jesus- Leading your Child to Christ" by John MacArthur


Book Description

Discover how to lead your child to Christ.

It's the most important conversation you'll ever have with your child, but that doesn't make it easy. The gospel is simple enough for little ones, but has kept theologians debating for years. So when it comes to explaining the Good News to your son or daughter, where do you start?

In I Believe in Jesus, John MacArthur walks children though the gospel of Jesus in a way that is easy to understand, and equips parents, grandparents, teachers, and loved ones to share the familiar story of God's love.

By opening the door to conversations that lead to salvation, this picture books has the potential to change lives forever.

My Review:
This was an easy book to read and it paints a very clear picture for kids and parents to easily discuss the elements on the page to make sure the child understands what decision they could be making.   That decision to follow Christ is a big one that will impact them forever so making sure you have ample time to discuss this book further in details is a must.  I don't recommend it being a bed time story as that will not give you the time you need to take on it.  

The author, John MacArthur, takes you through the gospel very well from creation to birth of Jesus, to His sacrifice.   I like the last few pages as it lays out what salvation is and means.   

The author includes scriptures on almost every page which is nice to relate the whole story back to Biblical references.  However, it would have been nice if there was more guidance for parents on how to lead their child to Christ and what the next steps would be.  I feel like there could be some major improvements in this area. 

Overall I think this is a great resource for parents who are unsure on how to lead their child to Jesus and his love and forgiveness.   





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Book Review: "Brave Girls- Beautiful You"



Book Description

Body image and self-esteem are major issues for young girls today. This devotional for tweens helps them appreciate themselves and grow up to be comfortable with who God made them to be—inside and out.




My Review:

I really liked the back cover description so let me start my sharing that! 

"Here are a few things you will find in these 90 Devotions:

-Real beauty is not about trying to be like everybody else.

-God designed me to be just the way I am, right this minute!

-God wants to show a unique kind of beauty to this world through me... there's only one me! 

-Real beauty is becoming who God wants me to be, and it begins with loving Him and the people around me. 

This 90 day devotion is split into the following chapter:

1. Beauty Basics

2. Radiant Reflections

3. Works of Beauty

4. Beautifully Clothed

5. Kingdom Fitness

6. Creative Beauty

The first chapter, Beauty Basics, is all about seeing the beautiful gifts all around us. From looking at the things God gives us after we simple accept the free gift God has given us to making sure we understand we are in God's forever family. 

Chapter two, Radiant Reflections, is all about being comfortable in who we are. God has created us each for a special purpose so this chapter is to make sure we are not comparing or becoming jealous of others and are happy with what features and gifts we have. 

Chapter three, Works of Beauty, is a great chapter to get your daughter thinking of others and having a kingdom mind focus while serving or loving others. It is meant to get you thinking about ways to bless others and share Christ's love!

Chapter four, Beautifully Clothed, is all about being aware of how we present ourselves and making sure our wardrobe as well as attitudes are honoring to God! It is presented in a loving way and will hopefully shape young minds so that in a world that portrays girls as sexy rather than beautiful they will reflect back to this and not fall into the worlds ideas!

Chapter five, Kingdom Fitness, is a chapter to help each of us understand that the body we do have does need to move and have fun! 

The last chapter, Creative Beauty, is going to leave one last impression on the importance of celebrating God's creativity.   The chapter will look at nature and help us to connect to God through his creation! 

This book is a great one to do with your daughter.  Each daily devotion starts with scripture, then a couple paragraphs to share a story regarding the scripture, and then it ends with a prayer starter.   The daily devotionals do not take very long to complete but will leave your daughter lifted up and confident as she grows closer to here Daddy, God!   


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer Fun with Oriental Trading



Oriental Trading Summer Party!!!  

The kids are home on summer break and you might have heard the phrase, "mom, I'm bored!"   As parents we probably hear it often but Oriental Trading has so many fun items to help entertain the kids or even throw a fun summer bash for them!
First, I'm sure they would love some glow in the dark sunglasses to add some fun in the evening when maybe they are out by the bonfire or catching fireflies.  

Plus Oriental Trading has so many fun outdoor games to choose from.   I found this really affordable LaCrosse set as well as a giant snakes and ladder game.   I think all little kids will find it fascinating to take an indoor game and bring it outside!  




Last but not least they have jumbo dice so you can play any dice game outside like Yahtzee or doubles! 


There is so many more items that Oriental Trading has to offer including more glow in the dark items, other summer games for outside, and of course awesome party decorations for tons of themes!  





I was paid for this post!   I am delighted to share the wonderful products from Oriental Trading and believe this company has some great deals for your summer fun!   Enjoy!  
 
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