If you have recently decided to purchase a hot tub, there is no doubt that your entire family is excited and anticipating the day it arrives. There is no experience quite like being able to just relax and enjoy the bubbling, soothing water in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Not only that, a hot tub can significantly increase the amount of quality time that your family spends together. Below, we will take a look at some of the ways it can make your family time extra enjoyable.
Gathering Point for Fun
Your hot tub will quickly become a focal point for family gatherings, BBQ’s and celebrations. To maximize your enjoyment, create a comfortable and functional outdoor living area and accessorize with patio furniture, a fire pit or even an outdoor kitchen. Whether it is a sunny summer day or cool winter evening, your family time can be enjoyed together outdoors while breathing in the fresh air.
Love having a family game night? Invest in one of the many hot tub friendly waterproof board games or card decks available. The fun of enjoying a game together while soaking in the warm water makes for a memorable evening without even having to leave the house.
Stay Healthy and Active
A hot tub is a perfect place to introduce your children to water and teach them how to swim. This in turn also will encourage them to stay active and exercise regularly. Swimming is an ideal way to stay active and a number of fun exercises can be performed in a hot tub to help your entire family maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even just batting around a beach ball will keep everyone active while having a blast. For children, regular exercise is a must for developing a strong body and immune system and for adults, physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight as well as reduces the risk for a number of illnesses and diseases.
Today, so many kids and adults alike are glued to electronics, phones, and technology. Owning a family hot tub provides the perfect environment to set aside time and unplug. Spending quality time together in the hot tub is something that everyone in the family can look forward to and will enjoy catching up on each others news. If you have teenagers at home that can be difficult to pry away from their phones or computers, water and electronics do not mix so it is the perfect excuse for them to put their smartphone down and relax!
The warm water in a hot tub helps to increase blood flow, improve circulation and assists our body in detoxing naturally. This, in turn, boosts our immune system and helps us ward of colds and other viruses. With a stronger immune system, the whole family is happier and healthier!
If you have been looking for a way to invest in your home and the quality of your family time, purchasing a hot tub is an excellent choice. Even the shopping process is a family event - get the kids involved in picking out their favorite features and participating in testing out the different models that you are considering.
About the Author
Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out. Right now he works sales while writing about consumer goods on the side. If you want to contact him, you can do so at his LinkedIn.
I pretty much don't have to explain this. If you don't know, you can skip this post Heh.
Happy Star Wars Day!!
Here's Joseph Wheeler from ASL That! showing how to sign "May the Force Be With You" in ASL!
Decorate your Home with Star Wars!
Are you a huge Star Wars fan? How about decorating your home in some cool stuff?
Apart from the age of your mattress, there are several other reasons which you should consider while replacing your mattress.
Remember warranty only covers defects, not comfort, so replace the mattress well before the warranty has expired.
Following are the reasons that imply it is time to buy a brand-new mattress:
1. Suffering from Back Pain
If you are waking up to body pain frequently these days, then it is your mattress, which is causing trouble. You need to change your old mattress urgently.
2. Neck Aches After You Wake U
Don’t ignore the neck pain, get a new mattress as soon as possible. As your old mattress is very much capable of instigating serious health problems for you.
3. Change Mattress According to the Transformation of Your Body
With each passing time, our body changes, which is directly related to the durability of the mattress. Losing or gaining of your body weight is closely related to your mattress.
4. Experiencing Stiffness in Your Body
After waking up your body is suffering from stiffness! This means while sleeping your body is not getting much-needed support from your mattress.
Chances are parts of the mattress might be wrecked or drooped, this calls for buying a new mattress.
5. Check the Comfort-ability of Your Mattress
It is essential that you wake up fresh in the morning. Apart from the warning signs, comfort-ability is also an important factor to look for while buying a new mattress.
Your new comfortable mattress can also help you to lower your stress levels.
6. Get Mattress as Per Your Lifestyle
At times, you may have to buy a new mattress because of your changed lifestyle. You might be spending a lot of time on your mattress, doing stuff like - reading or working on a laptop or maybe you just sleep a lot.
If this is how your lifestyle is, then you must buy a new mattress which is suitable to your needs.
7. Check the Condition of the Mattress
While sleeping if you can feel those springs in your body. Then there is an urgent need to replace your mattress.
Also, if your mattress is making noise while you toss and turn-a clear sign for buying a new mattress.
Generally, most of the time people ignore the above-listed signs and suffer from health issues. Buy a new mattress if you are facing any of these problems.
Please refer to the infographic "7 Surprising Ways Your Mattress Affects Your Sleep and Health" for more information.
About the Author:
Cindy has been fascinated with the art of sleep since she was a child. Her focus is now on mattresses and the health benefits from OrthoMattresses
If your home needs an improvement, then you cannot overlook the importance of blinds. Here you will get a complete idea about blinds and why you should use them.
What Is the Purpose of Using Blinds for Home Improvement
A blinds setup is usually used for covering the windows. There are multiple kinds of window blind systems which come with different operating mechanism. A general kind of window blind is made of multiple vertical as well as horizontal slats and these can be obtained in various materials. Nowadays, advanced level blinds are also available in the marketplace which can be operated with the help of remote systems. But if you want the traditional blind setup then you can go for the manually operated blinds.
The main purpose of blinds is block sunrays from entering the house is also they are used for decorative purpose. With the help of such a setup, you can improve the appearance of the house. These are operated with the help of rollers and cord arrangement and if you want then you can even lift them up completely to get maximum natural light in the room. Thus, based on the specific needs you can decide how much light should be let in by using opening as well as closing procedures of such a setup.
The Material Available for Blinds
There are a number of available types of materials to use for Blinds. Some of them include PVC, wood, vinyl, bamboo, aluminum, plastic, different kinds of metals, the mix of metal and plastic, etc. Thus, it solely depends on what kind of arrangement you are looking for. It is also the best setup if you are looking for privacy. Blinds are very simple to operate and you will face no hassles in understanding the control mechanism. If you have perfect blinds for your home, then you can be assured that the overall look of your residential premises will be altered in a stylish manner.
How to Find Blinds for your Home?
There are many suppliers of blinds available in the local market. If you don't have any local places, you can always search online. Customer testimonials will give you an idea of how good online sources are. Make sure that the supplier you choose offers complete installation services as well. These days, creative setups are available for blinds that will completely match your color theme and room layout. So, do a little research before choosing the finest options.
Here are Some Suggestions
There are many people who have never opted for blinds and instead they prefer going for normal window arrangements for their homes. It solely depends on one’s own personal preference. But if you have never gotten blinds before, you'll never know the exceptional difference. It is a long term investment and you can obtain the best quality blinds at very reasonable rates. Your home will look stylish and the most advantageous thing is that you will have complete control over the amount of natural light. Get the best blinds with the best fit and your home will look very alluring.
About the Author:
This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Facebook and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.
If you missed the other parts of this series, you can start here.
Today let's do the office space and products that will help with computers, reading, and writing.
If you've been following this series, you already can guess what's wrong with the above photo. I see two things:
Personally, I like my office space somewhat dim so I can see my computer screen clearly. I have a small desk lamp for tasks such as reading and writing, but it mainly stays off while I'm working.
Let's talk about low vision products that can help with computer accessibility:
1) Most computers have accessibility settings built in already and are very useful for low vision and don't cost extra. Settings such as:
2) A low vision keyboard may help those unfamiliar with typing. Since I pretty much type without looking at my keyboard, there are a few keys that give me trouble locating. My solution is to use the same puff paint I used on my microwave on some keys. I have it on my DEL key, Arrow keys, and a few others I use frequently.
3) If you only need a little magnification, a computer tip is to hold down the CTL key and press + to make the text bigger on your browser (PC computers).
4) If you prefer to have a screen reader instead there are several options:
With low vision, reading is one of the hardest tasks to accomplish and can easily lead to frustration because of small, blurry print. Don't worry, there are lots of ways to ease that situation:
1) If you use an Kindle e-Reader, many accessibility options are available such as:
2) Switch to Large Print materials. Amazon and other websites has a variety of large print books and other everyday products available such as:
3) As I mentioned in my last post about the bedroom, there's a great product called the PenFriend. This is a handheld reader that will record and read self-adhesive labels that you stick on almost anything in the home. I already mentioned the laundry labels you can attach to your clothes. You can stick these tiny labels onto your prescription bottles, place them in a row on your phone and record important phone numbers, or anywhere else you struggle to read.
4) For viewing pictures, magazines and other material you couldn't get in Large Print you may want to get a CCTV reader. This is a camera and monitor set-up that will magnify text and photos placed on the tray onto the monitor. Many low vision agencies have a variety of different types and sizes for you to try out and you may get them for free or at a discount. There is a smaller, cheaper alternative, but I cannot vouch for it's clarity or magnification possibilities.
Writing is the next frustrating task after reading. Again there are a few alternatives:
1) Use a black sharpie or similar dark marker or pen on either a white or yellow notepad. You can get notepads with bold lines for easier writing.
2) Use writing guides for envelopes, letters, and more. I use a small writing guide for signatures to use to sign receipts especially in dark restaurants.
3) It may help to get a magnified lamp for writing (and reading) at your desk.
And that's it for the Office, Reading and Writing. I hope you're finding these helpful for yourself or a loved one.
The next and last part of this Series is "Miscellaneous" which will be a smorgasbord of various low vision tips that didn't quite fit in other categories.
If you're looking for help in a particular area, please contact me and I'll be glad to help! Have any other low vision tips? Comment them below!
Hey y'all! Welcome to Part Four of this series, please be sure to check out the others if you've missed them.
Today covers the Bedroom:
Let's use the photograph to explain a good bedroom layout:
1) The bedroom is the one room I feel doesn't need to be well lit as it's usually a quiet place and used for sleeping. But tamps and task lighting and a well lit closet would help greatly.
2) The headboard and footboard are contrasting colors from the walls which helps visually, but not so much contrast with the flooring and a light area rug under the bed may help (and your toes will thank you).
3) The doorway to the bathroom is a little lighter color than the wall but could do with going darker instead.
4) Personally I have light colored curtains and I leave them open just a little bit to help my eyes adjust to the light in the mornings. My eyes "adjust" while I'm sleeping and the morning light gets brighter. If I'm in a place with "black out" curtains and no chance to acclimate to the light change, I sometimes end up with watery, sensitive eyes and I'm walking around with sunglasses in the house, Heh.
Now for a list of low vision products that'll help in the bedroom:
1) Clothing - If it's getting hard to see colors clearly (which can occur with some low vision users), you can use a talking color reader, or audio laundry labels to use with PenFriend (I'll explain more about this awesome product in the next segment of the series)
2) Use a clock with large numbers to see clearly from your spot on the bed. If you prefer you can get a simple large button talking clock instead.
3) If you don't have hearing loss, you may opt to listen to audiobooks instead of reading. Here's a little secret - if you or a spouse/partner is a member of AARP, you can get 10% off Kindle e-Readers, 50% off some eBooks & 10% off print and audiobooks!
4) Organization is important in every part of the home, but it really helps in the closet. Use shoe organizers to keep pairs of shoes together, use double hangers to keep matched sets together, and use baskets for the smaller items such as hats, scarves, belts ans such.
5) For going to the bathroom at night it may help to have a motion detector night light. But after a while, walking to the bathroom (and other parts of the home) becomes second nature.
Well that's it for the Bedroom series! If you use any other adaptations or tools, please comment below!
Please join me in the next chapter where I explore the Office.
Note: Many adaptations in this series can be found in my eBook.
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