How to wash your pillows

How to wash your pillows

You regularly wash your pillow cases and sheets every week or two, but what about the actual pillows? Some people assume that just washing the sheets is enough or that pillows can't be washed, but neither of these assumptions are true. Like sheets, pillows can become smelly, full of dust mites and just simply dirty! While you don't have to wash them weekly or even monthly, you'll find that washing pillows twice a year is enough to keep them fresh and clean. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Check the label Not all pillows can be machine washed,...

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Keep Cool This Summer Without AC

Keep Cool This Summer Without AC

As the temperature continues to rise, many people's first instinct is to crank the AC. Doing this, however, often leads to high utility bills and less money to spend on summer fun. This year, cut down on your AC usage by trying these five cool strategies, and save your money for a weekend trip instead! 1. Install ceiling fans Ceiling fans are a less expensive way to cool down in the summer. Plus, if you invest in a fan that can rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise, you can also save money on your heating bill during the winter! 2. Use...

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Putting together the perfect picnic in 5 easy steps

Putting together the perfect picnic in 5 easy steps

I enjoy summer for many reasons, and one of my favorite ways to savor the sunshine is to go on a picnic with friends and family. Delicious food, warm weather, good company – what's not to love? This summer, put together your own fun picnic. I've found these helpful tips come in handy when setting up a picnic and I'm sure you will, too! 1. Pick a picturesque setting Part of the fun of picnicking is taking in the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Set up a spot by a nearby lake or check out the local park. If you have...

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Bellacor Father’s Day Gift Guide: Dad Bod Edition

Bellacor Father’s Day Gift Guide: Dad Bod Edition

Sadly, some of us, ahem, have the dad bod (or something rounder) without even getting to experience the joys of parenthood. But as Father's Day approaches, let's celebrate the dads among us who come by their dad bods honestly. But first, we should back up a bit. Perhaps some of you haven't heard of dad bod. Allow us to educate you, with the help of Mackenzie Pearson, a college sophomore who coined the term in March. She claims she heard it from her roommate, but we'll credit Pearson for giving it to the world. Pearson describes the dad bod like...

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Create your own Jurassic escape

Create your own Jurassic escape

The nephew was just in town and we were tripping over dinosaurs all week. From the T-rex to velociraptors, it was like a little "Jurassic Park" at our place. Oh, and there was also a trip to the Science Museum, which was really just an excuse to see more dinosaurs. The kid is "Jurassic World" crazy. "Jurassic Park" is so over, apparently. It stands to reason our nephew is not the only fan out there whose desire for all things dino has reached a fevered pitch as the summer blockbuster approaches 1 billion dollars in worldwide box-office receipts. We're not...

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Create the Perfect Man Cave

Create the Perfect Man Cave

Need a space to get away from it all or to watch the big game, hang out with friends or simply relax in solitude? That's where a "man cave" can come in handy, a room of your own where you can find sanctuary whenever you need a break. With the Super Bowl just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get started - whether it is for you or a spouse. Here are the steps... First you'll have to carve out an area in your home you that can be man-caved. It could be an corner in the...

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How to Design a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

How to Design a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

When friends and family walk into your home, what will they see? A welcoming, stylish space or a muddy entryway cluttered with coats and shoes? A messy foyer can take away from your home's overall interior design, and coming home to find your place disheveled can make you feel stressed, too, which is exactly the opposite of how one should feel in their home. To design an entryway that's beautiful and clutter-free, first you have to get organized. Storage benches are perfect for entryways and can keep the area tidy without diminishing your home's style. Even better, consider a storage bench or...

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Redecorate Your Space Without Going Over Budget

Redecorate Your Space Without Going Over Budget

If you're ready to give your bedroom, living room or any other space in your home a new look but you can't afford to splurge, there are ways to update a room without going over your budget. Here are five tips to help you redecorate any space in your home and still have money left. 1. Plan ahead Buying decor, furniture and paint without planning out the expenses ahead of time is a sure way to spend more money than expected. Carefully calculate every purchase before actually buying anything. This way you'll know whether you can actually afford that new...

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How the Pantone Color of the Year Gets Chosen

How the Pantone Color of the Year Gets Chosen

Earlier this month, Pantone announced the Color of the Year to be Marsala, which is described by Pantone as an earthy hue, similar to a bottle of wine. "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness." Not everyone is a big fan of this year's choice. I, however, like the subdued color and find it very elegant. But what's even more interesting to me than this year's chosen color is how the company actually chooses it. Here's...

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How to Simplify your Stuff Using Minimalist Interior Design

How to Simplify your Stuff Using Minimalist Interior Design

I'm not a hoarder, but like many people, I have a difficult time letting go of certain personal belongings. It might be a sentimental trinket, or a pair of shoes that look cute despite being uncomfortable to wear. Getting rid of stuff that does nothing but take up space, however, can actually feel freeing or cathartic afterward, and it will certainly help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by a disorganized home. If you feel you have too much stuff in your home, start thinking like a minimalist. Here are three ways you can bring minimalism into the home and design...

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