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Winter Home Prep: 10 DIY Tips

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If you’re a warm weather fan like Laura is, the thought of the coming winter months can be a bit depressing. The knowledge that these bright sunny days will soon transform into those cold windy nights, is enough to make anyone want to find a warm cozy corner of their home to hunker down in hibernation. Unfortunately, if you’re homeowners like we are, you know there are way too many things that need to be done around the house in preparation for those icy rain storms and heavy snow. Winter can be very damaging to your home. Ice and snow can build up on roofs leading to leaks or structural damage, water pipes can freeze, and heavy snow can wreak havoc on plants and trees. So before you grab your homemade quilt and hot cup of cocoa, take these simple steps for winter home prep.

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Household Repairs Anyone can do

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Whether you are an urban homesteader or a rural homesteader, in the home there is always some aspect of the property that needs a little fixing up. Unaddressed, small problems and tasks become large and expensive eyesores, requiring professional attention, precluded by a sizable withdrawal from your bank account. Granted, not everyone has the skill set to remodel a house, or for that matter, even change a light switch. But everyone does have the ability to complete simple household repairs, and thereby save money and preserve their homestead.

A list of household repairs anyone can do should be approached from a perspective of maintenance, you’re just attempting to fix what you can properly to preserve a pleasant environment...

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5 Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself

5 Simple home repairs

You don’t need a carpenter, painter, or some other professional every time you have a problem in your apartment, condo, or house. In fact, there are plenty of household repairs that you can do yourself with ease. Anyone can do these jobs, so don’t waste your money calling a professional on such small things. You won’t’ be putting yourself into any danger with these jobs, so don’t worry.

5 Simple DIY Home Repairs

  1. Paint Jobs

There’s a good mix between people who paint their own homes and those who hire others to do it. However, you should always be able to paint your own walls inside your home. The outside of the house should always be left to the experienced though. Anyways, painting the inside walls of a home a pretty simple...

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DIY Tick Repellent

It’s the season to be outside! Whether you’re spending your summer days hiking, biking, in the garden, or by the pool, there’s one pest we’re all a little paranoid about- ticks.

I feel my paranoia is justified. After one particularly lengthy “family walk” in the hills of southern Ohio, my father, sister, two brothers and I made our way back to my grandparents’ house, only to find that Dad had lead us right through a tick-infested field. We were covered in these little blood-suckers. (Thanks, Dad.) So after the long and arduous task of wrangling four squirming kids and removing every last pest, a thoroughly grossed-out 9-year-old me vowed that I would never again fall victim to the tiny vampires commonly known as ticks.

Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, so using a tick repellent isn’t just a...

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How to Replace A Light Switch

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A light switch is often overlooked at how important it is around the house, until it no longer works correctly. When that happens, it is an easy task for any do it yourselfer to change out the broken light switch with a new one.

First thing to do is to figure out the type of light switch you will be working with.

There exist three varieties of light switch, a one-way switch, a two-way switch and an intermediate switch. All switches are rated at either 6 or 10 amps.

A one-way switch controls a light or lights from one position, usually by a door. A two-way switch is going to have a partner so that a light can be turned on and off from two positions, say by the kitchen door and the back door...

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DIY Makeup Remover Pads

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The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, here goes nothing- I have a makeup addiction. (Kevin is reading this and giving a sarcastic gasp of shock right now, I guarantee it.)

My last three YouTube searches were all for contouring tutorials. Unless the house is on fire, I’m not leaving without my eyebrows filled in. And my Sephora frequent-flyer card takes a place of higher priority in my wallet than my library card (I’m a bookworm, so that’s saying more than you might think). I love makeup. Probably too much.

But the one thing every woman over 21 knows is that you absolutely, positively must take off your makeup at the end of the day. Unless you want breakouts, irritated skin, and puffy eyes, you do not sleep with your game-face on.

makeup-remover-padsFoundations, concealers, powders, and...

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