If you’ve recently gotten engaged, you know the wave of wedding planning responsibilities can hit you hard. Many brides say they are often more stressed about the side events like wedding showers than the actual big day. Whether you are having a surprise shower or planning one yourself, you still need to create a wedding registry.
To make your life easier, we’ve come up with a list of the best wedding shower gifts out there for you to add to your registry. Some are unique and trendy while others are essential and traditional. Check out the full list here.
Celebrities care for their pets just like we do. Many celebrities rescue them from shelters and give her pets lives that even people would be envious of. More and more stars are sharing their pets’ memories and personalities with us on Twitter and Instagram. These pets’ accounts are sometimes even as popular as their celebrity parents.
Check out the best celebrity pet social media accounts to follow, and find out why these adorable animals are so treasured by their famous owners. You might even see some special photos of your favorite celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Victoria Beckham, and Andy Cohen snuggling up with their pets. We’ll also give you some first steps toward creating an account for your pet too.
Celebrity, super mom, and entrepreneur, Jessica Alba, just gave birth to a new baby boy. Born on New Year’s Eve, Hayes Alba Warren is Jessica’s third child. Cash Warren and Jessica Alba are already parents to two daughters: Honor and Haven. In celebration of their newborn son, we put together a list of the 10 best gifts for moms and their babies.
These are the gifts we’d give Jessica Alba, but they are fit for any new mom and her child. We’ve covered the basics like cozy socks, bathrobes, and monogrammed blankets. As well as the must-have stroller and bassinet that is celebrity-mom approved. Check out the full list to see all of our gift suggestions.
Sleep derivation world-wide is at an all-time high. As technology has allowed us to be more connected than ever. Many companies have demanded longer working hours, and expect to receive a response from employees around the clock. Adding to this crisis are the many executives who publicly claim their success is due to their early working hours. They brag about their short sleeping schedules and send an underlying message that sleep is for the weak.
Innovative companies are combating this sleep deprivation, and round-the-clock schedules by allowing their employees to take naps on-site. Many are also putting a cap on working hours. Much like NASA in the 1990s, these employers are noticing that their employees are much more productive after taking short naps.
Having a blissful sleep requires easing your mind and body into a state of relaxation. In order to do this, you need to make your bedroom a space intended for a blissful sleep. Ensure that your room is dark and cool. Carefully, select the right bed sheets, pillows, and mattresses. Keep pets and other distractions out of the room as well.
Get your body prepared for sleep by slipping into the most comfortable pajamas and cozy socks. Keeping your extremities warm will lull you to sleep quicker. Also, stop eating, drinking caffeine, and exercising by the afternoon to start unwinding. Try to maintain a strict sleeping schedule for a better sleep.
Putting your mind to rest early will also help you sleep. Process your day in the early evening before entering the bedroom. Use essential oils and practices like meditation or yoga to keep your mind calm. These tips will ensure a perfect night’s sleep.
Start 2018 off right by getting organized and clearing out your linen closet. You know, that closet you shove things in when guests arrive and right before they leave. It’s time to concur the mess and all of those missing hand towels and socks.
Not only will you be starting off the year right, we promise this is an easy job that will take away little time but leave you feeling like an HGTV star. Start by removing clutter from the floor and all of the buried treasures that you find. Once you’ve made sense of what was in the linen closet, sort everything by what needs to be thrown away, donated, and stored.
This is not the time to be sentimental. If it is damaged, toss it. Mismatched? Time to donate it. Organize everything by linen type. Keep the cloth napkins with the tablecloths, and away from the beach towels. Keep matching sets together on the shelf, and designate a hard-to-reach spot for any family quilts you might have.
Once you’ve gone through everything and carefully sorted through it. It’s time to evaluate how you can better utilize your space. Consider purchasing organization items like boxes or baskets to store smaller items in. Label everything, and go crazy with color coding if that is your thing.
And while you are at it, learn how to properly fold everything. That fitted sheet gets everyone every time. Do a YouTube search, and you will be amazed to learn that you’ve been folding those sheets wrong for years. Proper folding will help you fit everything neatly in your linen closet, so you’ll even have room to spare. This way, you’ll have nothing to hide when guests stay over in the new year.
When you come home, you want your space to be relaxing, welcoming, and a reflection of your personal tastes. Your linens should add to this feeling, and be customized with your personal touch. Adding a monogram is a great way to personalize linens while also upping the sophistication of your home.
There are many different types of monograms as well, so select the ones that are best suited to you. Consider placing this monogram on your bed sheets, cover, or pillow shams. These fancy initials are sure to impress your guests, and possibly even your bedmate.
Less common items to monogram are your shower curtain or hand towels, but they are certainly growing in popularity. There’s something special about seeing your monogram on a plush towel on display in your bathroom. It really is one of the easiest ways to personalize a space.
Another much more traditional way to personalize your home is to dig up an old, family heirloom like a quilt. Usually, these types of treasures are passed down generations, so be such to ask around to aunts, uncles, and other extended family members to see if your quilt exists.
If you are lucky enough to have such an item, make sure you protect it and put it on display to add a very personal touch when family comes over. Another easy way to personalize is to screen-print photos onto a fabric surface like a throw pillow. There are even companies that will allow you to completely customize your bed sheets and duvet cover by screen-printing on them.
Photographs have a way of taking you back to a specific moment, a place, a feeling, or memory in time, and are another way to personalize your linens and bedding. Consider using a beautiful landscape with vibrant colors, or a romantic black and white image from your wedding. Read more to find other more ways to personalize your linens and bedding.
You’re at dinner and someone spills red wine on your dress. Unfortunately, this is a scene that happens all too often. Unless you live your life as a recluse, stains are a common occurrence. To help you the next time this uncomfortable situation arises, we’ve put together this handy guide to teach you how to remove the toughest stains from many different types of fabric.
The first rule of stain removal is to treat it right away. The sooner you dilute the stain, the more likely it is that the stain will not be permanent. Quickly, blot the area and treat a small spot first to make sure you aren’t accidentally causing color damage to the fabric. When dealing with delicate fabrics, it is extremely important that you do not rub, this will only further embed the stain into your clothing.
Be sure to check your clothes’ tag for any special instructions to make sure you do not damage your clothing. Purchase a stain removal pen or wipes and throw them in your handbag or car, so you always have a quick method for pretreating a stain while out of the house. Pre-treat carpets, upholstery, and bath mats with a stain resistant spray that will coat your fabric to help prevent any future stains that arise.
Rather than reviewing all of the possible stains you can get, we’ve identified the four main types of stains. These include oil and grease stains, organic stains, tannin stains like red wine, and stains caused by dyes like pen ink. Nearly all of the best stain removal tactics require pre-soaking your clothing with either stain remover or dishwashing soap. Oxy-clean is another powerful stain remover. Read more to learn the specific methods for removing each of these different types of stains.
Most consumers do not realize that the clothing industry is not overseen by a government agency like foods or drugs. This leaves the trillion-dollar clothing industry open to unscrupulous practices, particularly when clothing is manufactured abroad. A little-known fact is that there are over 8,000 synthetic chemicals used in the industry that contain toxins and are perfectly accepted by the majority of companies.
Most of this toxic clothing is produced in China with pesticides and other chemicals that have been proven to harm your health. Sadly, as clothing technology advances, the use of chemical processes in clothes increases. It is more important than ever that consumer stay educated on how and where their clothes are being manufactured.
Clothing comes into daily contact with our body’s largest organ: skin. When toxins are present, they are absorbed into our skin cells and into our body’s lymphatic system, which then leads to the liver. Each day, our skin works hard to remove these harmful chemicals, expelling nearly one pound of toxins daily.
Some of the most toxic clothes are made of nylon, polyester, and other synthetic fabrics that make it difficult for our skin to breathe. The worst offenders are those that promise wrinkle-free, stain-free, anti-static and anti-stain fabrics. These fabrics are harmful no matter whether they are used in apparel, linens, bed sheets, or towels.
This is usually due to their high content of formaldehyde. Some Chinese companies even place false FDA-labels on clothing. It is important for consumers to be vigilant and not fall for such phony clothing labels.
Frequent travel often takes a toll on your body, and very often your sleeping patterns as well. When visiting a destination in a different time zone it is especially hard to get a good night’s rest. This is why guests consider a quality bed one of the most important features of a hotel room.
If you know you will be traveling soon and haven’t made hotel arrangements yet, you are going to want to read this article. We’ve researched the best hotels for getting a blissful sleep. Some of these chains are most known for their comfortable beds, so much so that they even have created their own mattress brands.
The Westin was one of the first hotels to realize the importance of a great slumber. They unveiled their signature bed in 1999, in partnership with Simmons mattresses. Their research proved useful and their beds continue to be one of the most popular hotel beds today. Their other, more high-end hotel, the W also tops the list for having some of the most comfortable beds in the hospitality business. Its reputation has left some calling it the “do not disturb” bed.
If you need a blissful sleep, and you are willing to pay for it, there is no better hotel than the Four Seasons. Its luxury beds offer a personalized menu of options that include extras like a padded topper. The Marriott has added new heights to comfort by promising its one-foot high bed will be one of the greatest rests you’ll ever get in a hotel room.
The truth is no one likes changing their sheets, it’s one of the most boring chores there is. Because of this many people end up putting this task on the bottom of their to-do list and it often keeps getting carried over into the next day. Before you know it, it’s been a month and the bed sheets really need to be changed.
A recent study by an NYU-based microbiologist named Philip Tierno is now showing just how important it is to change your bed sheets frequently. He says that if they go unchanged for too long, bacteria festers and formed a funky “botanical park.” Changing your bed sheets is now not just part of maintaining a good household, it is also an important part of maintaining proper health.
Tierno explains that even when it is cool outside, people sweat while they sleep. It is this natural process that adds humidity to the bed and makes it an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. On average, most beds contain about 17 varieties of fungus. Add shedding skin, dust mites, and bugs so tiny they can’t be seen with a human eye to this equation, and you can see what Tierno is talking about when he says botanical park.
These microbes are what cause you to have allergic reactions while in bed, and lead to sneezing and trouble breathing at night. Tierno says this is due to the proximity of your mouth and nose to your bed sheets. Wounds can even become infected from some of these microbes.
Luckily, the solution is an easy one. Change your bed sheets every week or sooner. Keep several different bed sheets on-hand as well so you are not inconvenienced when one set is in the hamper waiting to be laundered.
Spending time with family and friends is one of the greatest joys of the holiday season. If you are a homeowner with room to spare, it is likely that you will be hosting house guests this time of year. Make them feel extra special and welcomed into your home with these helpful suggestions.
It’s a great idea to think about your own experiences in someone else’s home or at a hotel. What stood out to you in those overwhelming positive stays? Often it is the small details like a handwritten note or a freshly baked cookie that are most memorable. Impress your house guests this holiday by putting in a little extra effort on those small, well-remembered details.
For starters, you want your guests to have a good sleep. To ensure this, purchase quality bed sheets in a high-end fabric like Egyptian cotton, and be sure to match the design and color to the guest bedroom’s theme.
Handwrite a note with essential details for your house guest, like your internet password, local restaurants, stores, places of worship, and any other local spots they might be interested in. If you have any social functions going on when they are staying with you, let them know they are welcomed to join you but shouldn’t feel obligated to do so.
Put together a toiletries basket in the bathroom and fill it with commonly-used bathroom items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, makeup removes, and more. Leave instructions on where to leave dirty clothes and hang bathrobes in their room that they can use to lounge around. Your guests are certain to appreciate your care and attention to detail so they feel welcomed in your home.