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25 Days of Self-Care To Treat Yourself During The Holidays

Self-care is often overlooked. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, the concept of self-care is extremely important, as it helps encourage maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others.  With the holidays coming up, stress seems to consume us even more due to the pressures that accompany the holiday season — travel plans, hosting relatives and finding the perfect gifts for all your friends and family. So this year, gift yourself by filling your December calendar with some holiday self-care ! Below is a list of self-care ideas to get you started so you can nourish yourself for the holidays. Write Yourself a Love Letter An important aspect of self-care is being kind to yourself and practicing self-love, so start by writing yourself a thoughtful love letter. Write down things you love and admire about yourself, no matter how big or small they might be. If you are in need of a place to begin, check out this prin

5 Landscaping Projects to Boost Curb Appeal Without Going Broke

We’re meticulous about what the interior of our homes look like, but what about the outside? Sure, we may keep the lawn mowed and the leaves raked in the autumn, but did you know that nice landscaping can add value to your property? In fact, with even the most basic lawn maintenance, you could get an estimated 267% of the maintenance costs when you decide to sell!

If you’re not sure where you should start, we have a few landscaping ideas that’ll improve curb appeal without breaking the bank. Let’s take a look!

1. Upgrade the pathway to the front door

You may have boring concrete slabs that lead up to the front door, but they aren’t necessarily inviting - especially if they’re dirty! You could take a power washer and power wash the dirt and grime away or you could have a professional come in and replace concrete and do something different, like have them design a beautiful pattern using stone, gravel, or brick.

The cost to upgrade your walkway is going to depend on the materials, square footage and labor (if you’re not doing it yourself). 

2. Create a patio for al fresco dining and entertaining

Patios, decks, and balconies are in high demand right now and rightfully so. They’re a great place to entertain, have an al fresco meal, or even relax and get some fresh air. Of these options, a deck or balcony will be expensive projects that you’ll want to hire a contractor for. However, if you’re going with a patio (the cheapest option), all just ask to have a concrete slab poured to your desired dimensions.

If you want a patio with a little more pizazz, instead of using a concrete slab, you could use brick pavers, slate or even wood! 

3. Clear out dead plants and replace with new greenery

Flower beds are a great way to add some color and dimension to your property, but if you neglect them, it defeats the whole point of having them! You can try to have a beautiful flower bed simply by getting rid of all the dead plants and replace them with flowers that are suitable for your area. 

When choosing flowers or greenery, you have to consider: 

  • How much sun the plants will get throughout the day 

    • plants like begonias, summer snapdragons and latanas requires direct sun

    • plants like anemone, geraniums and hibiscus requires partial sun

    • plants like ivy, sweet alyssum, and torenia can grow in the shade

  • General temperature in your area 

    • Colder climates are suitable for winter jasmine, pansies and petunias

    • Warmer climates are suitable for sunflowers, hydrangeas, and blazing stars

  • How often they need to be watered 

    • Drought resistant flowers include yarrow, agave, and black eyed susans 

    • Plants that do well in wet areas include daylilies, lily of the valley, and bugbanes

4. Get toasty with an inviting fire pit with seating

Fire pits are a great way to spend time outdoors when it's colder out. Heck, even during the summer nights you can’t go wrong with a nice fire, especially if you love s’mores! A fire pit is an excellent addition to any backyard because family can gather and bond without being glued to their smart devices. 

Let’s not forget that when it comes to selling your home, a nicely done fire pit is certain to catch a buyer’s eye!

5. Illuminate walkways with solar walkway lights 

No one likes to walk in the dark and a simple way you can brighten your walkway is by installing solar walkway lights. These can be found at your local Dollar General or something similar. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, you could always hire a professional to help you choose the type of lights, where the lights should go and answer any questions you may have.

As a homeowner, it’s normal to want to make your home as comfortable as possible but you can’t ignore the landscaping. You’ll find that when your landscaping looks amazing, you’ll feel a sense of pride when you pull into the driveway. Plus, it’s always nice being the nicest house on the block!


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