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Types of Blankets and How to Choose One

By Achal Mehrotra 

Blankets form a huge part of our home décor because they are everywhere in your house from living rooms to bed rooms. Choosing the right one becomes a difficult task even because most of the people are quite finicky about it to avoid repeating a design or even a texture. The choice of blanket is varied for all age groups. Some might like the cotton ones while others might opt for velvet. Let us get through this.

To be honest, there are LOTS of blankets available in the market but here are some basic ones which are commonly used:

1. Duvet:

This is basically a type of blanket which you put on your bed. These blankets are also provided with zippers so you can fix them accurately and zip apart easily while washing. They also come with pillowcases.

2. Quilt:

A quilt is a handmade blanket consisting of varied colors or types of fabrics. You can make them easily at home with even denims or cotton cloth. You have to simply sew them together in your favorite design or even add batting for the extra warmth.

3. Comforter:

This is what we call blanket in general language because a comforter is responsible for the warmth. They come with variety of fabrics to even synthetic materials woven together to shield you from the winters.

4. Throw Blanket:

As the name suggests, this blanket is used for the occasions when you are feeling only a bit of cold. They come usually in lighter variety but some might even come with heavier ones. They are made up of fleece and a variety of fabrics.

5. Fleece Blankets:

These are very thin and short. Not preferably the ones you will need to snuggle in winters but can be used in summers for just giving you the comfort of one. One can put them on sofa's for decorating as they are usually of soft materials.

6. Afghan Blankets:

A type of throw blanket and the most desirable among all. These are actually knitted or crocheted with a typical yarn. These are perfect for giving you the warmth in winters. Most of the people make these at their homes or even gift their loved ones. However, these still cannot protect you from extreme winter as they have minute holes in them through air can easily pass.

7. Security blankets:

These are the favorite of children all over the world. They may be available in full size but are usually of short length to give children comfort.

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How To Decide If You Need Fridge Repair Or A New Fridge

By Morris Raymond

A home's kitchen is perhaps the most important room in the entire house. This, of course, would mean that fridge repair would be paramount in making the most important appliance in your home work like new again. This, however, is based on the idea that consumers, in general, subscribe to the idea that the kitchen & their refrigerator are that important to them.

Think of it this way: even though your living room is named to denote the congregation of the home's residents in that particular space, where do many of a family's big talks take place? At the kitchen table, right? Moreover, with families moving in and out of their home with pressed schedules, having a functional, organized fridge makes it easier to grab something to drink or eat and head out the door.

So, if your fridge happens to go down for the count, what options do you have? Not only are you contending with the interruption of your family's daily schedule, but you may also have to deal with replacing hundreds of dollars of spoiled food. You are essentially left with two options - either you replace your refrigerator or you call in a repair person to identify, and fix, the problem. Which is the right call?

Here are a few things to consider when making the call about fridge repair or replacement:

Can You Fix Any of It Yourself? There is a big DIY movement going on, and with so many people trying their hand at fixing things in their own home, some have found that basic appliance repair is something they can do. If you can fix your fridge for only the cost of a part or two & a little bit of time, you're talking serious savings.

What Patterns Are Emerging in Your Utility Bill? Is the cost of electricity going up? Your refrigerator is usually a culprit, and the older the model, the greater the chance that its energy efficiency isn't what it used to be when it was new. A newer model usually means greater savings in terms of the energy you use.

Do You Need More Options? As your family has grown & their needs have evolved, does it make more sense to have more options available on your fridge? A basic fridge can be had for only a few hundred dollars, but if it's not doing the job & now is starting to have issues, it might be the right time to upgrade to something that fits your family better.

Is The Cost of Repairs Higher Than The Cost of Replacement? If your current fridge can be repaired & return to normal, that saves you money. But how long until there is another issue? A dependable repair person may be able to give you insight into what issues you may face down the line. Do you want to sink more money into repairs (e.g., service call, parts, labor, time) or does it make more sense to just buy new?

Fridge repair or replacement may seem like a tough decision, but when you consider what your family needs, it's actually easier than you'd think. Be a proactive consumer, and weigh all of your options prior to something going wrong. It's important to note that all households are not the same, so a decision that benefits your home and family may not be the right call for someone else.

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African Fabrics - Rich Cultural Heritage

By Prabir Das 

African fabrics echo their diverse tradition and culture. They are enchanting and easily identifiable by their colors, motifs and textures. It does not matter whether you are decorating your home or looking for stunning attire. African fabrics will provide you with just what you need. Many times, there are specific symbolic meanings associated with these fabrics. African imports, which include textiles, have a steady and increasing demand in the international market today.

African fabrics date back to the earliest sub-Saharan times. African textiles draw their inspiration from the rich African cultural heritage which came to America along with slave trade. Many slaves were skilled in weaving. Archeologists have found remnants of ancient and earliest African fashion clothing in various parts of Africa. Ancient African clothing was made from tree bark and animal hides or furs. Genuine African textiles are strictly traditional, following typical African motifs and earthy colors. Brocade fabric, George fabric, Rabal, Kente print fabric, Kuba cloth, Kitenge, mud cloth, bark cloth, hand-woven Nigerian Aso oke fabric, Adire tie & dye, Egyptian Ankh gold print fabric, burgundy pattern fabrics, indigo hand spun fabric, black/grey pattern fabric, multi-colored confetti fabric, African floral fabrics, cowrie shell print fabric, African village print fabrics, leopard prints, wax prints etc. are some common and popular African cloth. You will also find many embroidered, stitched and patterned textiles. Most of the fabrics are available in 12 yard bolts. African fashion clothing as well as regular wear is manufactured with these fabrics.

Textiles woven from locally grown cotton, sheep and camel wool, jute, flax, silk, mud cloth, rayon, suede, lace, brocade, polyester, wax print, batik, Kitenge, Kente cloth etc. are quite characteristic of Africa. In Africa, weavers are mostly men and women spin the thread. Even children are skilled in the art of weaving. Both single and double-heddle looms are used for weaving; however, ground looms are also used in some parts of Africa. Use of brightly colored threads and vegetable and mineral dyes are two most popular attributes of African fashion clothing. Most designs and motifs used for beautifying the fabrics have specific names and vary from plants, animals, events, proverbs, tribal rituals to various scripts.

Afro-centric designs today are sought after throughout the world. African style, grace, beauty and fashion are closely attached to their roots. They strongly entice you with their distinct earthy appeal and simplicity. Today, many designers are showcasing their creations made from authentic African fabrics at renowned international fashion shows. You can find these fabrics at African cloth stores or buy them online at various shopping sites. Each fabric has its own history, own story and own symbolism.

African fabrics are iconic and truly eye-catching and today you will see many fashion conscious people flaunting dresses made from original African fabrics. Not only clothing, African product are just great for bags, wall hangings, cushion and quilt covers, home decoration, upholstery, crafts and other creative endeavors. Most of these fabrics are handmade and African artisans hand-dye symbols into them to demonstrate day-to-day life, African proverbs, flora and fauna.

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3 Easy Steps for Making Your Home A Sanctuary

By Elizabeth Oberly 

People everywhere are beginning to feel more and more stress in their daily lives from the fast-moving pace of modern technology, rapid changing workforce, overload of information, and an unstable economy. As a result, it is becoming more and more important for your physical, emotional, and psychological/mental health to have a home you can retire to each day that allows you to de-stress your nervous system, to relax & release tensions in your body, and to recharge yourself with peaceful, restful sleep before going back out into the world the next day, to do it all over again.

The problem is, that many folks are so submersed in the fast paced cycle of work, stress, and self medicate with unhealthy habits, that they aren't aware how easily they could stop the cycle long enough and get the genuine support they need for staying energetically strong, so the day-to-day stress doesn't become a problem of exhaustion and unrest.

Once you realize the energy in your home feels a bit heavy or out of sorts, how do you go about uplifting the energy of your home to make it feel more like your sanctuary?

Here are the 3 Easy Steps for Making Your Home A Sanctuary:

Step #1 - Use it or Lose it!

Clean your home, top to bottom, and purge all the items you no longer use. If this seems like a daunting task, then this is EXACTLY what you need to do. Select at least one room or one area each week and get it done! After the junk & clutter have been removed (and not just relocated to the basement or garage), give the home a good cleaning - windows & coverings, carpets, floors, dusting... all of it. Once this is done, you're ready for the next step.

Step #2 - Set the Stage!

Evaluate the positioning of your furniture and wall décor. Everything in your home should have purpose and be positioned to flow energetically. If you have pieces of furniture that stick out or that you stumble into from time to time, you need to move or remove these pieces. If you have non-essential furniture, consider removing it or selling it. The simpler the décor, the easier it is to keep your home clean and less likely to re-accumulate all that clutter you just cleaned out.

Step #3 - Finishing Touches that Uplift & Support You!

This is the step that is the most fun! Consider placing energetically pleasing items in your home as décor. This includes plants, crystals & gemstones, and artwork - but don't over clutter! The best crystals to use for uplifting and enhancing a tranquil home include Selenite (my favorite), Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Citrine, and Clear Quartz. Also consider appropriate use of color - like tranquil blues, lavender, white, greens in sleeping spaces, and high energy colors in the active spaces. Simply focus on creating a happy, tranquil, and pleasing environment in every room, so you can enjoy being there after the daily exposure to the chaos and calamity of the world. Not only will your home look more pleasing, but it will energetically support you in keeping you uplifted & aligned with the peacefulness you desire!

While 3 Easy Steps for Making Your Home A Sanctuary will work well for anyone, they are especially helpful for folks experiencing health or relationship issues, anyone who experienced the death of a loved one, recently moved into a new home, or are trying to sell a home.

"Many Blessings to You, on the Journey of Your Heart!"

Elizabeth Oberly is the owner of Matrix Energy Healing Center, founder of Golden Heart University, author of Developing Your Intuition: A Journey of the Heart, and President of Excelsius Property LLC. Elizabeth is committed to share her knowledge & wisdom to inspire & support others who are on a path of living extraordinary lives, experienced with loving, joy, & happiness.

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Why Families Are Crumbling

By Uche Mbah

The old and conservative concept of family is fast crumbling before our very eyes. In the olden days, families consist of what today may conveniently be called the family lumps, a concept that still retains come relevance in the African concept of Kinship. But in the so-called advanced world, it is as good as gone. This may be attributed to the fact that most basic needs of every citizen is catered for by the government, such that it is easier for any one reaching the age of eighteen to already become independent of the parents. But in the third world countries, the reverse is still the case. The government is only catering for the populace in propaganda, while every one is to himself. Thus it is easy to see a man of fifty still dependent on the parents.

This goes a long way to explain certain psychological traits that can only be found in blacks. It also shows the level of intellectual maturity of the different races. As for spiritual maturity, that is a different story. Individuals bear Kama, and so do races as basic entities. And in the development of Mankind, the white race outpaced the rest in intellectual domination. But to whom much is given, much is expected. The white race were at the same time the race that recorded the worst spiritual failures.

Consider, in the human development, the development of the spirit is to go hand in hand with intellectual development. Hence, at each level of intellectual development, forerunners of the word of truth are sent to bring a race at par with the intellectual development and take them to the next level. The spiritual trainings will then be the driving impetus for physical development. Where it is the opposite, like the ancient people of the Incas, spiritual development becomes stunted until intellectual development catches up. That was why the people of Incas were allowed to be destroyed, so that they can be scattered in reincarnating among intellectuals and upgrade their intellect

For this reason, there is usually implanted within man the longing for the spiritual unknown. This most times results in restlessness until the seeker is able to either find a spiritual goal or fall back into lethargy. The law of attraction plays a major role in this. You find a race that is exuberant,and you automatically know that most exuberant people are incarnated there.

When I talk of the intellect, I don't just mean the educated, but all who depend only on their brain to reason out every thing without the impute of intuition. On the same pedestal can stand a University professor and a village farmer.

The disparity between the intellect and the intuition in its activity spell doom for the collapse of families. Like nations and races, families are the last links in the chain. In African villages, for example, because of homogeneity, souls keep incarnating within the same circle. Family members keep circulating within the same family. This means that when they leave the flesh, they do not even go beyond the planes of Astra before returning back to earth. And the ancestral African know this and sees it as normal. Thus before any ceremony, they pour libations to the earthbound ancestors, inviting them to take their own share of the feast.

But this condition is suffering under tremendous radiation pressure. This pressure is like flogging and forcing the earthbound souls to wake up and smell the coffee. Souls which are lazy are being forced to wake up, and this results in various rebellious moves by the younger generation. The "hippy" attitudes, drug related activities, so many of those things that make the youths long for "freedom"-these are the effects of the increasing cosmic radiation pressures on mankind. And it should not surprise anyone why it is more prevalent among blacks.



Simple Tips For Low Cost Home Improvements

By Trish Pappano 

Have you been thinking about remodeling your home? Keep in mind that you can often achieve your goal without a giant expense. Small improvements introduced in almost every room, including the exterior of the house can make all the difference.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Keep it clean and keep it simple!

A clean and neat house is appealing and eye-catching. You can start improving the appearance of your house simply by cleaning out the debris. Try making your garden look like an ideal place with some weeding and cleaning out the flower beds. Paint the front door to give your home a more welcoming feeling.

De-cluttering is also a part of cleaning, so get rid of things you don't need to make room for new ones. The first glance is usually enough for a selective buyer to quickly estimate a house.

Does the exterior of your home need repainting? Is there a walkway that you can highlight by introducing some flowers? Remember to keep it simple. Focus on making things neat and tidy.

Two hot spots of every home:

The two most closely inspected rooms of a house are the kitchen and the master bathroom. If you are looking to focus on two hot spots, these are the interior rooms where the most value can be added during a sale, so make them look their best to increase your return on investment.

Is your kitchen may be in need of an upgrade? A well updated kitchen will dramatically increase the value of your home, so focus on spicing up this room to grab buyer attention. Renovating your kitchen using modern décor is going to instantly improve the value of your home. Many times a buyer will compromise on other rooms and will buy a home just because its kitchen is well-maintained and inviting.

The same holds true for bathrooms, especially the master bathroom. You will charm open house-goers with modern upgrades like dual vanities and soaking tubs in your master bath. Replace the faucets and clean up the bathroom counter. We would again emphasize on simplicity because for easy maintenance.

What to Invest in?

So, you're done de-cluttering, cleaning and upgrading. What's next? Well, if you are willing to make a good upgrade investment, it is recommended to divide your renovation plan into four parts to bring impressive improvements to your home. Here are the four areas you may want to seriously consider upgrading:

Lighting: If you are not satisfied with the lighting system in your house, replace it.

This would entail buying lighting fixtures and other equipment for each room to make it look consistent and attractive.

Plumbing: Many old homes have rusty pipes and some leakage in the plumbing that needs attention. Your home will not sell fast and at a price you have in mind if you haven't already upgraded the plumbing system.

Flooring: Most people nowadays look for hardwood floors or alternatives that are easy to manage and provide health benefits instead of carpeting. Tiled floors are also fairly acceptable. If you think this improvement would bring you higher profits, make the investment without delay.

HVAC Replacement: Today new energy-efficient HVAC systems are being introduced to the market that incur a one-time cost and help you save huge amounts of money on utility bills. You can add a unique selling feature to your house by making this replacement part of your home improvement strategy.

What's really worth repairing?

Remember that not all things are worth repairing; some need to be thrown out and others need to be replaced. This is a good principle to follow when staging a home.

Inspect every aspect of your home and then come up with a plan within your budget to bring a fresh crisp look to your home. You may want to replace outdated appliances in the kitchen with new modern models. Repairing old appliances is not an option. If your budget doesn't allow an appliance upgrade, simply give the ones you use a color-boost to improve their appearance.

If you already have wooden floors installed at home, look for scratches and be prepared for some refinishing. Wooden floors are highly desirable, even if they are old and worn. Give them a little lift-up to make them more attractive and appealing.

Nowadays energy-efficiency has found its way into many of our systems including the windows. Home buyers look for the latest windows and other systems that are designed as energy-efficient since they provide a number of economical, health and environmental benefits. Replace your old windows for new energy-efficient windows to improve the value of your home.

If your bathroom floors are tiled, look for any flaws or cracks especially if the tiles are white or light-colored. These types of flaws are hard to conceal even if you arrange everything else very neatly. So, before investing in other bathroom accessories replace a cracked floor tile.

Trish Pappano, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Real Estate
(Mobile ) 484-868-7901
(Office) 610-363-4300
trishpappano@kw.com
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