Maintaining Your Carpet When You Have Young Children

When it comes to toddlers and young kids, it doesn't matter how strict you are about keeping food in the kitchen. Something is bound to make a mess on your carpet – a drippy sippy, a sneaky snacker, and toilet-training troubles are only a few examples. Despite the wear, tear, and possible rough treatment your carpet will get during these years raising a young family, there is a lot you can do to maintain your carpet and keep it in good condition.

Is Your Baby Learning To Walk? 3 Child Safety Mistakes You Might Be Making

As a parent of a just-learning-to-walk child, you try to do everything you can to keep your little one safe. But sometimes what you think is safe is actually putting your child at increased risk of injury. If your child is starting to gain mobility, read on to learn about 3 child safety mistakes you may be making, and how to fix them. Carrying Your Child Up And Down Stairs

Does Your New Home Have A Traditional Fireplace? Tips For Upkeep And Maintenance

When you purchase a home with a traditional fireplace with a chimney that towers above your roof, you may be excited at the prospect of getting cozy in front of a roaring fire during the winter. However, to enjoy the perks of a working fireplace, you must keep it in good operating condition and learn some basic fire-building and chimney maintenance skills. If you have never owned a home with a fireplace, the following guide provides you with a primer on its upkeep.

Use Fabric & Cardboard To Take Your Bedroom From Boring To Beautiful!

If you find yourself dreading to turn on your bedroom light or dressing in the dark because of ugly or drab décor, it might be time to consider adding visual interest in the form of a new headboard. If purchasing one is not in the budget, however, the following directions will show you how to use simple, inexpensive and recycled materials to make a great headboard in just one afternoon. Here is what you will need to get started.

6 Benefits Of Window Shutters Beyond Aesthetics

Window shutters can truly bring your house together in a way that is coherent, pleasant and gives it a cozy, sometimes even rural, aesthetic. Nothing quite says "Little House On The Prairie" like a quaint home with shutters. Having said that, did you know that there are benefits of window shutters that go beyond the aesthetic? It's true. Window shutters can provide you with a litany of benefits that go beyond looking nice and into the realm of the practical.

Tips To Help You Vote Politician Bugs Out Of Your Home, Your Yard, And Your Life

Boxelder bugs, can be quite a nuisance. Although they are not quite as damaging or even dangerous as other bugs, such as spider, bedbugs, bees, cockroaches, and termites, they can create problems within your home. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow to help rid these bugs from your life. Plan a Solid Campaign: Know Your Enemy The first step to voting boxelder bugs out of your home starts with knowing your enemy.

Do It Yourself! How To Remove And Replace Broken Window Blind Slats

A broken window blind slat, often caused by a curious pet or child, is unsightly and can lead you to think about replacing the entire set. However, broken slats aren't difficult to remove and replace; in fact, it is something you can do yourself with only a bare minimum of household tools and at zero cost. Below is what you need to know about fixing broken slats: Tools and materials you will need

What Are Your Environmentally-Friendly Weed Control Options?

The pursuit of a lush, green, weed-free lawn is one shared by many homeowners -- some of whom will seemingly stop at nothing to achieve the lawn of their dreams. However, toxic runoff from certain common pesticides can cause problems for your soil and nearby waterways, while certain types of weed control sprays can require you to keep your children and furry family members inside for hours as these sprays dry.

Furnishing Your Toddler's Bedroom? Here's How To Make Sure It's Perfect

Shopping for a toddler's bedroom tends to be a lot of fun, because there are so many quirky and unique options to choose from that bring out the kid in people of all ages. From colorful art tables to indoor slides, there is something out there for imaginations of all types. But all of those choices can be pretty overwhelming if you aren't armed with a design plan. Here's how to prep before your shopping trip to ensure that your toddler's bedroom is perfect for their needs and wants:

How To Make Live Mouse Trap With A Two-Liter Bottle

Mice enter the home in the fall and winter to seek shelter from the cold and to avoid natural predators like owls, hawks and foxes. They don't mean any harm, of course, but sharing your home with rodents puts your family at risk of a host of diseases, like salmonella and Leptospirosii. Getting rid of mice as soon as they are discovered—and before they have time to breed—is important. You can accomplish this quickly and easily with a homemade live trap made from a recycled two-liter soda bottle.