Healthy Home Tips for Cold and Flu Season

Put these 10 home habits into practice now and stand a better chance of avoiding a nasty bug this year

Coming down with a bad cold or the flu is dreadful. And for pregnant women, people with certain chronic medical conditions, children under 5 and people over 65, the flu can even lead to potentially dangerous complications. Thankfully, there are steps you can take at home to increase your chances of staying healthy and to prevent spreading illness when someone in your household is sick. Here are 10 practices to put in place now so you can stay well this year.

15 Smart Ideas From Beautifully Organized Pantries

See shelf, bin, drawer and lighting setups that can help keep your food items and supplies in good order

The pantry is the workhorse of the kitchen. It helps you when you need to get dinner (or breakfast or lunch) on the table and keeps ingredients fresh and cool. But like all hardworking spaces, it can get a little (or a lot) disorganized. Gather inspiration from these beautifully organized spaces, and pick and choose from 15 takeaway tips to get your own pantry in shape.


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Visual Guide To Child Proofing

The measures will differ depending on the child’s age. For instance, you need to know that soft bedding in your infant’s crib is relatively dangerous because it can cause suffocation. Also, keep in mind that stairs can cause a lot of problems for both toddlers and preschoolers.

As your kids grow up, you’ll also have to remember to keep your front door locked or consider placing the lock higher so they can’t reach it and go out unattended.

101 Facts About Instagram

Instagram’s come a long way from its roots as, effectively, an online photo album.

The app was first launched on iOS in 2010 and was subsequently purchased by Facebook in 2012 for what, at the time, was seen by many as a crazy high price of $1 billion. At last check, Instagram, which now has over a billion active users in its own right, is worth an estimated $100 billion, a fairly significant return on investment for The Social Network.

With the addition of Instagram Stories, and the continued development of its many tools and features – most recently IGTV – Instagram continues to expand, and shows no sign of slowing yet.

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How to Light Your Living Room

Add these 5 layers of lighting to create a bright, functional and stylish living room

When I was growing up, my childhood living room was strictly off-limits to kids and reserved for my parents and their friends. In my current home, however, we do quite a bit of living in our living room. Therefore, having a lighting plan that covers all of my family’s activities in our living room is essential. My plan for a well-lit living room requires five layers of light.

How to Paint Your Front Door, From Start to Finish

Learn what you need to know about this weekend project, such as the best paint to use and the right time to do it

Maybe you want to give your home’s exterior a color makeover. Or you’re ready to paint the front door that bold color you’ve been eyeing. Perhaps it’s time to refresh paint that has faded over time. Regardless of your reason for doing it, painting the front door is an easy and effective way to update and enhance your home’s exterior. It’s a home improvement project that can take a day to finish, won’t cost too much and can be done on your own or with the help of a professional.

Painting the front door is a seasonal project, depending on where you live, as you can’t paint in winter if it’s too cold outside. (Paint cans will state their minimum temperature requirements). You also don’t want it to be too hot, as the paint will be at risk of drying too fast and will be more likely to leave roller or brush marks. “We always try to paint doors when they are in the shade and are cool,” says painting contractor Michael Murray.

Read on for more tips on how to paint the front door.

Determining Your Learning Style

Find out what learning style serves you and use it to your advantage to learn new skills efficiently.  Your learning style is your approach to learning based on your preferences, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Establish your style by following this flowchart, then develop better ways to absorb information.

The Dangers of Biking in the City

Biking is one of the most popular activities worldwide. In fact, in some countries like Denmark, it has become the main vehicle for transportation, surpassing cars and even the subway.

I’ve just put my bike in storage until the spring.

Among people in the US, men are more likely to ride a bike than women. This isn’t the case in northern Europe, where pretty much everyone bikes.

In the US, women claim they’re concerned by their safety and that keeps them from riding more often. Women with children drive around 20% more than men, probably hauling their kids to a myriad of activities: this makes it more difficult to ride a bike. In Denmark, they have those long family bikes, but they’re still a rare occurrence in the US.
Women’s concerns about bike safety are well founded: in 2009 bicyclists deaths represented around 2% of all traffic fatalities.