home renovation: flooring

When John and I first bought our home we knew that we had some work ahead of us. Before moving in we had a list of changes we wanted to make. For example, neither of us wanted carpet due to having three boys and two dogs, so we were planning on replacing it with laminate. After two years, we finally managed to pull the carpeting and put in new flooring!

Not to mention with the housing market, we thought now would be a great time to finally start renovating. You know, just in case we finally decide to sell our home.

before:

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Admittedly, I had no idea how much of a hassle doing flooring would be. Pulling up the carpet, ripping out carpet padding, and pulling out carpet staples. Not to mention cutting the laminate to fit and putting in trim pieces. Oh and lets not forget having to take everything out of the living room. That was exhausting! With help from one of John’s friends, we were able to get it done in two weekends. Before pulling the carpet out, we removed the trim so that we could paint it as well.

after:

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Needless to say, John and I are absolutely in love with the new flooring! We painted the trim white and did a fresh coat of paint, called greyish, in the living room and hallway. We also decided to replace the carpeting in our bedroom since the dogs sleep in there.

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Honestly, part of me doesn’t want to move now that the flooring is done. Even with the blood, sweat, and tears we put into this project, it was so worth it. However, if you would have asked me during the project I would have been cussing up a storm and saying to never, ever do such a tedious project.

how to purify your air naturally

purify the air

purify your air naturally:

Would it surprise you knowing the air you are breathing in your home is worse than the air outside? Poor air quality is not a surprise when it comes to being indoors. Although it was to me when I first found out. After all, many home heating systems recycle the air that is already inside the home. The air in our homes can result in allergies, asthma, and constant headaches. However, that is not all! Poor air quality can even affect your digestive system.

When I first found this out, I was pretty taken aback. All I could think was that I needed to find ways on how to purify the air in my home.

what should you leave behind?

  1. Harsh, and common, chemical-laden household cleaners. Many cleaners most commonly used in households contain VOC (volatile organic compound) ingredients. This includes ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. Chemicals such as those may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and more.
  2. Scented candles and incense. The scent of many candles are neuro-toxic. This means that the chemicals used are harmful to our brains, lungs, and nervous systems. Plus, they can cause developmental difficulties in children.
  3. Dusty curtains, fans, filters, and surfaces. Keeping your home free of dust can really reduce potential allergens! Routinely clean your filters and wipe down surfaces.

what to use instead:

  1. Organic or homemade household cleaners. One of my favorite, and most simple, cleaning recipes uses lemon essential oil, warm water, and vinegar.
  2. Candles made from beeswax, coconut wax, hemp, or soy. Not only are these candles made from natural ingredients, they often are scented with essential oils. Essential oils contain many beneficial and healing properties!
  3. Air-purifying plants. At the top of the list: English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Boston Fern, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, and Peace Lily.
  4. Himalayan salt rock lamps. The crystallized salt, when heated by the bulb inside, releases negative ions which are known to neutralize pollutants.

what would you add to this list?