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Sewing on the go!

It’s always fun to find the right sewing machine for your projects you have to do in the Fall. Getting a sewing machine case is perfect way to transport your machine and stay organized. It gives enough space and compartments to hold tools, threads and notions. You can go with a simple case that just hold the sewing machine or be more convenient to finding one that keeps supplies secure.  There are different styles to choose from for a , but they all do the same thing, protect your sewing machine.

There are different types of sewing machine cases. You can always look for a case that if sufficient and sturdy for the job. I choose the polka dot rolling case because it’s reliable, and has enough space for my tools that I need when I’m not near my station. I love that it rolls because I don’t have to carry a heavy machinery and hurt my back. It also has space for me to place my fabric and patterns and make it more accessible.  Now that I have everything organized and accessible in one place, I can take it with me on trips and work on my projects. Great way for work!

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What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? It has rapidly become one of the most popular, if not the most popular, workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It can be done from the privacy of your home, classrooms, and work or even while you travel. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Once you get into the workout though, you learn that it is so much more than just a way to work out and keep in shape. It is a philosophy, a passion and a way of life for many of those involved in Yoga. While you may be getting into it for the exercise, you may soon find yourself wrapped in the philosophy and spirituality that Yoga brings along with it.

It can do a lot for the body, although it won’t cure every ailment. It can be worked into practically any lifestyle or schedule. Proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

Physical Benefits 

Increased Flexibility                           Increased Strength                    Improved Balance

Increased Stamina                             Improved Body Alignment (reduces joint pain)

Mental Benefits                                  Stress Reduction                          Body Awareness

Better Sleep                                         Improve self-confidence             Relaxation

There are many more physical and mental benefits, but these are the major ones. Those who suffer from certain conditions can also benefit from yoga. Women who are pregnant or who are planning on becoming pregnant can benefit greatly from the workout. Finding the right fit for you is beneficial. As a beginner, I try taking classes to aid me with the techniques and teach me ways that I can improve my posture in every motion.  As I fully grasp the workouts, I plan on using apps and going outside the realm and find other places to workout. Yoga is good for the body and mind. You can find yourself taking a leap of faith in getting your body and mind into shape. Give it a shot!

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Skyrocket power bills: how to reduce the cost.

As the temperatures skyrocket, power bills seem to do the same, but you can stop them!

Cutting your electric bills doesn’t have to mean buying a bunch of gadgets — or sitting alone in the dark.

I live with sunny weather all year round, so air conditioning usage accounts for most of my bill. If you live in a colder part of the country, however, heat can cause you cost more. Either way, you can use the thermostat more efficiently with simple tricks.

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  1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – some  recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature.While this may sound entirely too hot for the summer months, you may be surprised to find that it is just low enough to keep you cool. Many opt for a temperature of 72 degrees, or even lower in some cases. It is your choice, but the lower you go, the more you are going to pay on your electric bill. Getting a programmable thermostat can also help you set the temperature higher when you’re gone during the day at work and cooler when you’re home at night.
  2. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.Before the summer, get your AC inspected to make sure your system is leak-free and operating as efficiently as possible. Clean air filters, some units require monthly cleaning.
  3. Keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night. This is a no-cost way to keep your home a little cooler.If you spend of the your day outside of the house, see your thermostat to automatically shit off the AC when you’re away. To keep the sun from heating your rooms, close the blinds when you’re not home.
  4. Window, ceiling and whole-house fans are also low-cost ways to stay comfortable.overhead fans getthermostat-banner air circulating which helps delay turning on the air conditioning, especially if you can also leave windows open on cool summer evenings.
  5. Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It’s best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m.
  6. Set your water heater to 120ºF.
  7. Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
  8. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.Turn off lights when you are not using rooms, try to rely on natural light more often.
  9. Eliminate, or deactivate, extra freezers or refrigerators if you can, especially if they spend the summer outdoors or in a garage.Keep the refrigerator doors closed whenever possible. Also, avoid placing hot items in the fridge – let them cool to room temperature first.Heat up the food, not the house. A microwave is much more efficient (and quicker!) at heating things up than an oven, especially if you’re trying to stay cool with air conditioning.
  10. If you have a pool: consider slowly reducing pool filtration time by 30 minute increments daily. Keep on reducing the time as long as the water appears clean. You may find you only need to run your pool filter six hours a day. Install a timer to control the length of time that the pool pump cycles on.

Hope you have a great summer and find ways to save in the heat!