When Houseplants Cause Bad Air

It has been taught, for years, that houseplants are very beneficial, to the air that we breath within our homes. We’ve been taught that plants purify air. Well, plants do benefit air quality and even, dramatically. The question is, ‘Do houseplants purify the air?’

Let’s clarify something, first. I am a firm believer in the health benefits of houseplants to the air. However, what seems to be a scientific discovery, may not be a scientific discovery at all. That study also, called a review states that houseplants do not clean nor purify the air as much as, air purifying machines. With that said, do not loose your old-fashioned faith in houseplants.

As far as, the purification of air by houseplants. They are right. That is a no. Yet, the improvement in air quality is undeniable. ‘Did we really think that plants made our air pure?’ I don’t think so. We did think it would make our home air quality better. We also, understood the scientific facts that state just how houseplants improve air quality.

These are the facts. Plant leaves and their roots pull volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide out of the air. After which, they release clean oxygen. Obviously, this means they remove ‘bad-for-you‘ air and release ‘good-for-you’ air. Thus, improving the ratio of good air over bad air in your home or office. As wonderful as that is, plants also, have the potential to release bad air. What?!?

A root bound plant. A.K.A. a plant that has outgrown its container.
This causes lack of soil and extreme water depletion.
Thus, dust!

It seems, to a lot of plant lovers, that once the plant is in the pot; it doesn’t need re-potted until, the roots have outgrown it’s container. In a lot of cases, the soil has become stale and is more dust than soil. This occurs, when a very small plant is potted in a very large pot. If you’ve noticed extra dust in your home, your plants might need re-potted to refresh the soil. A correctly fit pot helps prevent soil from flying. Re-potting will make the soil viable, again. It will allow the plant to receive better nutrition, retain soil and moisture, and breathe better.

Plant mold is not only deadly to the plant, but also, becomes the air you breathe. Plant mold is just like any other household mold. It occurs when plants are frequently over-watered or maintained in dank conditions with insufficient airflow (sweating). It is also, contagious from plant to plant.

Plants that have mold. Plant mold can be white or black.

Checking plants, from time to time, for diseases like black mold and white mold should be a regular routine that can be conducted during watering. Checking for such diseases should be conducted about every 3 months.

There are many diseases a plant can have. Most of them can be a negative effect on air quality. A lot of these diseases are bugs, such as, dust mites. Dust mites occur, when the leaves of the plant are left dusty for a long period of time. Spider mites will also, occur. These two diseases are often found together. They are able to cause plant death and can cause illness to humans.

Spider mites can also, be red in color. Some experts believe that a dust mite is a very young spider mite.

When a plant is dusty, removal of the dust is simple yet, delicate. By using a soft cotton cloth, gently wipe the leaves clean with a plant leaf cleaner. Some are spray-and-leave. Some require wiping. A simple home made solution of water and lemon dish soap, such as, Joy will remove dust and mites from leaves. However, if the leaves of any plant has bugs, the soil has bugs, too. Always, re-pot after any discovery of bugs and discard the soil in an outside trash reciprocal.

Mold can be removed from plant leaves in the same manner. It will work, if only, a few leaves and a few spots are found. All the same, discard the old soil in an outside trash reciprocal.

Select correctly fit pot, plant or replant, relish the results!

Plants are healthy. The work it takes to keep them that way is also, healthy. It is therapeutic and rewarding. The gifts that can come from taking care of plants are boundless. Do not be afraid to embrace plants and their bountiful, clean benefits!

Was that a…Ghost?!?

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When Time Takes a Photogragh.


Once I was shown a photo of a beautiful gown featured in a display at a museum. The gown was worn by someone in the early 1800’s. The photograph was taken with a cellphone. I viewed it on that cellphone. No big deal. Right?

There was no person in the gown. There was no mannequin representing a person in the gown. It was displayed on a dress form so that the gown could be fully viewed.

Other people where viewing that photo with me. There was about 5 of us, in total. Somehow, and even upon the very instance of viewing, the gown became alive.

The gown did not move. It seemed like it could move. Strongly! The stark time difference stood out. Profoundly! The time of the gown was all around it. The gown could be felt.

Everyone viewing that photograph felt the same. The person showing the photo experienced those feelings at the museum and after, taking the photograph. It was a beautiful profound moment. No matter how many times we viewed that photo, the same feelings occurred.

I have experienced similar in the past. Old things do that. Yet, never had I experienced feelings like that so strongly, and deeply. It was a profound moment for all of us. So profound, that it affected all of my past experiences. I now, view past feelings differently. As for the future, it will be different.

As far as the question; “Was the picture haunted?” I would say, yes and no. How can a picture be both haunted and not haunted? In my last post, I somewhat described the Universe as expanding and contracting. Scientists also, say that the Universe is growing. It’s growing process includes the expanding and contracting. The Universe will expand and contract over and over again. Until, it pauses. Sometimes, when it pauses, it pauses larger than the size it was before it expanded and contracted. This is predicted to be it’s behavior forever!

It has come to light, in my mind, that the Universe does not grow without understanding all that it is, and all that it holds. Every living thing has to be considered. Every plant and every animal contributes to the shape, of not just our world, but of the Universe as a whole.

To do this accurately, the universe must also, remember all that ever was. It can take from our then and our now, combine it with everything else, Universe. By this data, the Universe forms it’s shape and pin-points it’s direction. The future and all of it’s probabilities is within it’s foresight. Yes, the Universe must plan a future and move in the direction that is best for itself!

We too, must remember in order to pin-point our direction. We must remember love and loss. We must remember past civilizations and the perils that led to there end. This is to determine the shape we are currently in. Then we can move forward and reshape the future.

The Universe participates our remembering. What was no longer there, seems to appear. Images held-fast to remind us of a person or a time. These images are regarded by some scientist as photographs taken by time. That time itself takes photographs we see as ghosts. We must also, be reminded that there is a such thing as … moving pictures!

By our thoughts, words, and actions in regard, to these feelings and photographs. We convey information to the Universe about the direction we are planning and/or the shape we are in. The probabilities of our future are foreseen.

Furthermore; if we are a threat to our Universe and thus, ourselves, will the Universe retaliate with earthquakes, hurricanes, pestilence, and disease? As we fight to live, does also, our Universe?

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The Dust in My Vacuum is the Dust in My Home!


It’s obvious. We all have different households. Our homes are a reflection, of our unique characteristics. No matter how similar we may seem, we are entirely different. Such is the same, when it comes to the dust sitting in our vacuums. They are very much the same, but what I have more of, you may have less, and vise-versa. Take the Universe, for example. The dust in one sector of universe is totally unique to another.

Although, the basic ingredients of each other’s household dirt may not be any surprise. Our circumstances that surround this vast galaxy, of contaminating, pollutant particles, voyage us into unknown danger. This danger can be set off by what we do (clean) or don’t do (not clean).

According to the Mayo Clinic, and other scientific research studies; the contents of a vacuum contains at least 5,000,000 – 6,000,000 bacteria and more (which may now, include COVID-19). That count varies from household to household. Also, dominated by household circumstances. These circumstances vary between being a pet owner, occupation, number of people living within the household, and etc. Thus, the multiverse that is the compilation of our individual households.

Like the Universe, in which we live, our galaxy expands and contracts. When we have not cleaned, yet, our galaxy of dust expands and shifts. We walk, we stir dust that is unseen. We sit, we stir dust and that is also, unseen. Throughout all of our activities, within our homes, we are constantly stirring dust. Furthermore; we are dragging it in through our entrances and from room to room. This is the expanding and the shifting that happens to that microbial galaxy. Add pet dander and natural, human flaking that is also, happening.

In order to contract this vast galaxy of strepococci, staphylocci, sarciane. Just to name 3, out of possibly or likely more than 6,000,000 germs and viruses. We could either get sick (contract) or we could reduce it by cleaning (also, contract; i.e. make smaller).

The most effective way to ‘contract‘ (make smaller) our overly expanded galaxy, of filthy debris is advised to us, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or , the CDC. The CDC has published a guideline, for people who live with someone infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), might be infected with the Coronavirus, or is infected themselves. Keep in mind that I did search high and low for guidelines for regular household cleaning, not related to the Coronavirus. As far as, our governments advice, the only guidelines available (without going to the library) are in relationship to the Coronavirus.

With that having been said, these guidelines are quite helpful. Due to the Coronavirus and each of our chances, for contracting (catching, getting the virus, etc.) this disease; these guidelines should be followed. You can find these guidelines by this link; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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The History of Pandemics and the Paralleled Way They Where Fought


Beginning with early history (about 541 CE), an ominous pandemic struck the earth. It began it’s stretch in Egypt; thriving on the backs of black rats that fed upon grain intended for the celebration of the Emperor Justinian. Fleas they were! Fleas traveling from rat to rat and from person to person; infecting all they came in contact with.

From Egypt these fleas and rats traveled with the grain aboard ships into Constantinople. From there the disease called Yersenia Pestis. Also know as The Plague reached pandemic proportions. The plague killed from 30 to 50 million people around the globe.

How to stop The Plague was unknown. All that could be understood was to stay away from other people, in order to avoid catching the plague. That’s right. Social distancing!

The Plague seemingly vanished. Yet, the coast was not clear. The Plague returned in Europe in 1347. This time it was called The Black Plague. As before, The Black Plague traveled aboard ships around the world. It claimed the lives of 200 million people.

Having no solution, the authorities decided to detain all arriving sailors aboard their ships for 30 days. Yes! You’ve got it! Quarantined! So, now, we have social distancing and quarantining happening in as early as, 541 CE and 1347.

Every 20 years, this same disease would resurface and claim the lives, of least, 20 percent of the European population. This continued on, into 1665. The last plague killed about 100,000 London citizens.

This crucial and devastating time warranted people to retain the sick within their homes with red crosses painted on their doors. All social gatherings, banned. Does it sound familiar? With that alone, the last Black Plague ended.

There has also been, in far, yet, more recent history types of plagues that may not have originate by normal, natural direct human contact. However, their journey from person to person was much the same. Small Pox, Cholera, to name two. Let’s not forget Influenza and Pneumonia. Influenza and Pneumonia are easier to avoid now-a-days, but every year they take lives.

The parallel is:

  • Keep social distancing. Maintain no closer than 6 ft. from another person.
  • Cough in your sleeve or a napkin.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.

Learn from history! We are here today, because our ancestors practiced these things.

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Disinfecting Herbs That Promote Cleaner Air


Image by gate74 from Pixabay Rosemary, lavender and thyme.

In these times, of infectious disease that reek havoc upon our earth. We are cautiously, diligently and aggressively disinfecting our surroundings. Not only are we doing it more often in our homes, but in our workplaces, as well. There is virtually, nowhere that isn’t disinfecting harder and more consistently.

With all of our hard work and diligence toward disinfecting, there is one place that may have been overlooked. That place could further enhance our disinfecting efforts and it has been sitting under our noses, all of this time. That place is the air.

Natural ingredients can be added to a steaming, hot pot of water on a stove. It could also, be added to an electric hot diffuser. This releases into your air and thus, your air has those properties, too. There are many ways to use them. However, the most effective way, for air quality control, is via;

  1. electric diffuser
  2. tealight candle diffuser
  3. a hot pot on the stove.

Choices 1 and 2 are at the top of the list, because they will release aromas for longer periods of time. Furthermore; there would be no need to consistently watch them. A boiling pot empties too quickly. Thus, the danger of fire and the aromas only vaporize while the pot is boiling. Never leave a boiling pot on the stove unattended.

Choice number 2, is not as helpful as choice number 1. Although, it takes a lot longer for the water to evaporate than a boiling pot on the stove. The water does boil out and the candle keeps burning.

Choice number 1 is best, because the electric diffuser usually, comes with an automatic sensor that turns itself off when the water has gotten, too low. Plus, they can run from 6 – 8 hours at a time. That is 6 – 8 hours of naturally, disinfecting herb essence vaporized straight into your air. Not to mention, they can be purchased from Walmart, the Dollar General, Walgreens and many other stores for as little as $8.00.

Keep in mind, cleaning and cleaning often will still be needed. However, it is possible for these herbs to enhance the clean by adding disinfecting properties to your air and for a long time.

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These are some of the herbs that contain some disinfecting properties. They can be purchased in essence form (oil) that can be utilized in an electric diffuser, candle diffuser or a boiling pot of water on the stove. Remember. Never leave a boiling pot unattended.


Eucalyptus; naturally antiseptic and probably #1 on most antiseptic herb lists. It is also, an ingredient in medications for the treatment of colds, cough and flu. Yet, not limited to just these.


Rosemary; contains both antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. Rosemary is also, thought of as a stress reliever. This property offers an additional benefit to these tense and frightful times.


Lavender; known for its fragrance and calming effects. Lavender like eucalyptus also, contains camphor which is a natural antiseptic found in many cold and flu medications. Lavender can be found in disinfecting multi-surface cleaners, as well as, laundry soap.

Citrus: lemon, lime and oranges

Citrus: highly fragrant and tantalizing oil. You can buy citrus as its own name; or you can buy it in individual scents. The scents being lemon, orange, lime and others. Citrus scent, on its own, is a combination of different oils of citrus fruit. The oils are usually, expressed from the outer rine. Its properties are within its acidic content. The acid kills germs and bacteria and can also, be used as a bleach substitute. Citrus works well combined with any of these essential oils listed above.

Remember. If you choose, to add these oils to your home cleaning in any form; make certain that it is essential oils and not a perfume only. Do not let the oils be in direct contact with your skin. Essential oils are naturally concentrated and can cause damage to skin. If direct contact does occur, wash affected area immediately.

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Active Shooter Safety! Learn Prevention.


Every year we are faced with the news of an active shooter. We live in daily fear of when and where it could happen next. Yet, with no choice at all, we must go out there and face the possibilities of it happening to us. So, we get in our cars, ride our public transits and do what we have to do. Go to work, go to the grocery store or take the kids to school. Most of the time, we are only doing what we must do. Is there any help out there before it costs us our lives?

From the year 2000 to 2018 there have been 277 incidents of active shooters. Resulting in a total of 884 deaths and 1,546 wounded. This is not a trend among the criminally insane, but a more than negative evolution into criminal how to.

FBI Quick Look: 277 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States From 2000 to 2018

Unfortunately, unless, we can walk and live our daily lives with an army of armed men and women to protect us. There is very little that we can do. Furthermore, we cannot blame the government nor the police. They simply cannot predict the future. However, there is something that the Department of Homeland Security has provided. They have provided a website with videos, links and ways to form organizations; that help us help ourselves during an active shooting.

The Department of Homeland Security has given a plan of action to take, in order to help ourselves and possibly others, in case of an active shooter. Similar to “stop, drop and roll.” Home Land Security says, “run, hide, fight.”

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  • Run: Run and escape away from the shooter. Leave personal belongings where they are and warn people as you go. Warning people might help save lives.
  • Hide: When running is not possible, hide and away from gun fire as much as possible. The objective is to stay out of the shooters view and don’t hide in groups.
  • Fight: Fight is the last resort. When all else fails, fight for your life.

Along, with these guidelines is also, what to do after. After, the police have arrived and it is safe to move. You must always, keep your hands in the air. Keeping your hands in the air helps police identify you from any other possibly opposing threats. Not having anything in your hands is also recommended. Make certain your hands are always visible to the police.

Walk toward the police. The area that the police have entered from is regarded clear. This is why this area is possibly safest after, the police have arrived.

Remember. The police are armed and it is necessary for them to push their way toward the shooter. They may have to push or shove to break through a crowd or a person obstructing their way. Do not be surprised to see this happen or experience yourself. They will also, overlook the injured. The police have to do this in order to quickly apprehend the shooter. Don’t forget that the objective is to stop the shooter before others are killed or injured.

To get all of the information you need. To be prepared in case you are in any active shooter situation. To also, learn more about how to help the injured, find or form training organizations and more. Go to https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter.

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How to Start a Home From Scratch, Stylishly!


We have either seen it, lived it or living it. We have found a place to live, but we have little to no furniture. We want it all now, but our budgets will only pay for a little at a time.

Do not despair! You can make it a home, now. No matter if your home is large or small; apartment or house. Your home can feel like home while you gradually build your dream. Plus, remember. You can make anywhere a dream!

If your style is contemporary or something else, it only matters to one thing. Your style counts as elemental. Your style matters. It is the key ingredient in the total expression of you. That may mean combining your style with a minimalist perspective.

What you must do first is start with what pieces of furniture you truthfully need, now! Do you have a place to sit? Do you have a bed or something soft to sleep upon? These are the types of questions you should ask yourself. Then make a list based upon your greatest need and start from there. However, be warned! You may have to mix it up a little in order to make it feel like home…now.

For example: You want a couch, but need a bed. Do you buy a couch and use it to sleep on; or do you buy a bed and use it for a couch? Either way you choose; you can style it home. Just think about the minimalist perspective. A minimalist lives buy need only basis. This should not imply that all minimalist are bland. This is also, not a convert you to minimalist. It is, however, a means of making more out of less.

The view of this gray couch with a plant and gallery wall is a good example of applying minimalist ingenuity. As you may see, part of this room’s style is it’s architecture. The room itself has only a couch, planter with plant, a rug and a few pictures clustered on a wall. Try using the architecture of where you live. Perhaps a window, as this room has done. Combine with some other character building properties. Such as a rug, family photos or throw pillows for color. Small additives will bring character to your space.

As it has been stated before, “It is not how much you have, but how you use it.” Your style and “character” are one and the same. Use what you have to present your style. Adding a little cleverness to what you have already will get you a long way.

See, how these pallets combined with the crisp, white of these sheets and the potted plants beside portray a natural, calming atmosphere. Allow your senses to help you define your character. It is a great aspect of decorating.

Utilize the feature wall technique. Make the main area, of whatever room you are working on, be where your eyes go first. Select that space, for your main area. This is for the time you have to live with less than what you want. It will automatically draw your eyes, away from the emptiness, of the rest of the room. Allow that area, to be your warm and cozy spot.

Utilize savvy. Place things on the wall that will add interest. Whether it is something that already goes on a wall; or something that can go on a wall. Utilize it, for interest sake and you have created a feature wall or focal point. Remember. You are creating an area for your eyes to see immediately, as well as, to stay focused on. In doing that, the rest will only seem “in the making“. It will not appear to be only empty. It is a pallet for the future!

Lean it! Mount it! Love it! Placing wall art on a wall in your blank space areas will also, remove eyes away from remaining emptiness. You may not be on that area of the room, just yet, but your eyes will draw to the picture or sculpture. Not the empty space.

Store it on the outside. Things that normally would be put in a closet can serve as room decor. If at all possible, store it outside of the closet. Just make sure it is neat and well organized. Once again, use savvy to bring out a more decorative side than just outside storage. Doing this will provide time and space to think storage within the closet, while temporarily filling the empty space outside of the closet. It will provide the opportunity to begin within- closet-organization from the beginning. Don’t store in until it can be done with permanent organization. Kill two birds with one stone!

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How to Truthfully Manage Toothache Pain!


Toothache pain can be an excruciating experience. It can also be quite debilitating. Almost, everything under the sun has been tried to relieve toothache pain. After all, we can’t always just run to the dentist. As much as we should and would like to, even the dentist can’t always be available.

There is also the cost. This cost is not in reference to seeing the dentist. After all, that is inevitable. It is in reference to money spent on home remedies that don’t work. Speaking of work, the time spent at home, in pain missing work!

What can we do in-between making a much needed dental appointment and the time it might take to actually get in to see the dentist? This may come as a surprise to you, but there is a solution to the mean time and still live our (overly) active lives.

  1. Go to any pharmacy and pickup…
    • Triple antibiotic ointment
    • Peroxide
    • Echinacea
    • Anti-inflammatory pain reliever
    • Dandelion daily detox tea (must be daily detox).
    • An electric heating pad.
  2. Brush your teeth well or as best as you can. Start by rinsing first with water, then follow with peroxide. Do not dilute. Rinse 2-3 times with peroxide. then brush.
  3. After brushing, rinse again with peroxide followed by water.
  4. As you would apply Orajel, apply the triple antibiotic ointment onto the affected area. That is, the gum line. Not the tooth! Look for a polyp or blister. This is the source of pain. Infection!
  5. Allow the triple antibiotic ointment to sit for about 30 minutes before eating or drinking.
  6. After about 30 minutes, make yourself a hot, warm or cold cup of the dandelion detox tea (use twice daily). While drinking this tea, take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Such as, ibuprofen and according to the directions on the label. Remember. You should, also, not take any anti-inflammatory on an empty stomach. Nor should you take more than the directions call for. However, take every 4 hours as directed on the label.
  7. After eating and taking your anti-inflammatory, repeat the rinse process and reapply the triple antibiotic ointment. Sit and relax with the heating pad applied to your soar cheek. Repeat after eating or drinking and before bed.
Important Reasons for this Process!

Triple antibiotic ointment, is not truthfully antibiotic, but fights infection in much the same manner. A plus is that it does not become ineffective, as would regular antibiotics.

Using triple antibiotic ointment will not harm you to apply to the gums of your mouth. In fact, because of your mouths ease of absorption, your gums will absorb it’s properties and thus, fight the infection. Fighting the infection will promote pain relief. You should start feeling results within about 1-4 hours. Depending on how severe the infection.

Peroxide deep cleanses within the mouth. It will work more rapidly and effectively and also, helping fight infection. It’s effectiveness is greater than regular mouthwash.

Echinacea helps fight infection by promoting your bodies able to cleanse. You should buy a good strong bottle (about 1,000 mg) and take as directed. Cleansing must work from inside out. Trust me. You will be happy you used it.

Anti-inflammatories reduce swelling, as well as, numb some of the pain.

Dandelion daily detox tea is almost instantaneous as to removing toxin, in this case infection. It works fast and rapidly. That is why it is important to use daily detox. Daily is mild, but works fast. Stronger than daily could cause adverse reactions. Especially, if you’ll need it about twice daily.

The heating pad soothes pain.

Important! You will also, need to drink plenty of water. Water will help remove toxins, as well and will prevent dehydration. Dehydration could occur from the usage of the dandelion detox tea. It is diuretic! Drink plenty of water!

This procedure should take effect within 1-4 hours. Take all pills and capsules as directed on their labels. The directed amount will, truthfully, be all you’ll need. That includes discontinuing use. Such as, within 24 hours, as according to the anti-inflammatory label.

The rinsing, the twice daily brushing and the triple antibiotic should continue on until you can see a dentist; or when all signs of infection are truthfully gone.

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How to Add Greater Realism to Your Electric Fireplace!


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There is nothing like coming in from the cold and warming up in a nice, cozy home. We’ve all done things to make home cozy and warm. We’ve added blanket throws and pillows. We’ve bought cocoa and added the marshmallows. We’ve even provided a fireplace. Yet, what can we do to make that electric, light show fireplace become more real? Here’s how!

In pictures, the flame of an electric fireplace can draw our attention and money. Some of us, “that own one, still like it. Others are disappointed. “It just isn’t real enough.” Well, here are some tips to make realism come to life.

Treat your electric fireplace as you would a real fireplace.

With a real fireplace, decorating around it makes it a centerpiece or focal point. Although, a fireplace is generally a focal point of its own. Not leaving it too bland and blank, as a surround, brings out beauty and enjoyment to any fireplace. Even when it sits unused. It stands a well decorated focal point that brings enjoyment to the eye.

Increase the ambiance effect.

Ambiance is the total reason why people buy electric fireplaces. For some, the results of an electric fireplace can be dissatisfying. Usually, due to the lack of realism in the flame effect, itself. Don’t despair! Candles, faux or real add a fantastic realism to any electric fireplace.

Using faux flame fire effect candles are next to impossible from telling the difference between real and not real. That same effect latches on to the the faux fireplaces effect by causing a blending of all of the flame effects into one big, beautiful fiery effect. A bonus, is when your electric fireplace is particularly small, the addition of candles broadens the flame. It gives the effect of a larger flame than what is actually there.

Use all of your senses.

There is more to a fireplace than meets the eye. Your nose and ears play a very important role in the total ambiance effect. Burning incense conveys the effect of burning wood. It also, leaves behind that smokey smolder, of lingering in the air, a wood fires smell.

Sound effect boxes made for adding greater ambiance to an electric fireplace sell for very little. You can find them online easily. Just search for fireplace sound effect boxes and they should pop right up. They make the relaxing crackling sound that mesmerizes our ears.

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Don’t forget your taste buds! Enjoy your favorite drink or treat directly by the fire. The sight, sound and smell of that great fireplace experience is waiting for you. Your taste buds will enjoy the same!

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Be Home Alone for Christmas and Still Have Fun!


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Christmas seems to always be a time for being around others. When Christmas turns into a day when alone is all there is to be. Think again! This might be the one day out of the entire year when you’ve finally gotten blessed with some serious “me time!” Top Hat Tips wants to inspire you to take Christmas alone and turn it into a self rewarding day. After all, you deserve it!

First- prepare ahead for your Christmas “me time.” Decide what you are going to eat. Make a list of what good foods your going to eat for the day. Plan your snacks, your drinks and even your dinner. This prep could help you spend more time on yourself, having this part done.

Plan your day. Get that music playlist together. Have it ready. So, you can just turn it on. Relaxation is merely waiting for you. Turn it on and let those cares fade away.

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Have a spa day! Whether you are male or female, you can have a spa day. From a long hot shower to a nice relaxing soak in the tub. Get out your herbals or favorite after shave. Groom those hands and feet and take advantage of the free day and finally, have the time to pamper yourself.

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Get on line and plan next years look. How do you want your hair? What unique style are you going to wear? A fun and easy way to picture yourself for next year is by getting online and hitting the Google Play Store. Download free apps that will help you style yourself by utilizing one or more photos of you. There are apps for fashion and hair. You can see yourself with a whole new look without paying a penny. Don’t forget to save your changed photos. You’ll want to refer to them when you start shopping for your new image.

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Send the ones you love electronic greeting cards. The Google Play Store has all the tools you’ll need to design your own personal graphic images. You can edit pictures of yourself, your friends and family. You could edit pictures of your pet. Also, available are free images from sites like Pixaby and Pexels.

If all else fails… Elf Yourself!!!

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