5 Ways You Can Make an Easy Income as a Stay-at-Home Parent

Many parents feel conflicted about having to leave the house to provide financially for their family and staying at home to spend quality time with loved ones. While these seem to be conflicting forces, you may actually be able to blend them through a work-at-home job. These are some excellent work-at-home ideas for parents to make an easy income.

Party Planning

Many people find party planning to be stressful and time-consuming, and they are eager to pass the torch to a professional. If you enjoy organizing special events and being creative with themes, designs and more, you may be a natural party planner. This is a wonderful option because most of the work can be done from home, and you may only have to attend a special event that you have planned at night or on the weekend when the other parent is home.

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3 Careers Centered On Keeping People Safe

Regardless of where they may end up, many people go into business or set out on their careers with the notion or idea of trying to make the world a better place. For some, this might mean trying to cure certain diseases or illnesses, while others might want to help make life better for the poor. Still, others want to protect people and keep them safe.

While careers like law enforcement or the fire department are clear avenues for those who want to help keep others safe, they are not the only career fields for those interested in promoting safety and security. Here are three other careers centered on helping keep people safe.

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Enormous Energy Bill? A Few Easy Tips to Cut Your Monthly Expenses

Monthly utility bills are a necessity that you have to pay. There are times during the year when it seems like the utility bills are less expensive because you don’t use as many large appliances and systems in the home, such as the air conditioner or the heating system. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to cut your monthly expenses and keep your utility bills low throughout the entire year.

Insulate

Trap the heat or air that you’re using in the home instead of letting it escape by adding insulation. Common areas to add insulation are the attic and the basement. If the walls of the home are thin, you can add insulation there as well. You can often use spray foam insulation instead of tearing down walls or creating a mess using materials with fiberglass insulation.
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Entertainment Time: 5 Steps to Getting Your Home Ready for Company

Once you move into a new home and make it yours, one of the first things most people want to do is invite people over. It’s really nice to have people over so that you can entertain, have fun and make new memories. However, before you invite anyone over, you’ll want to make sure your home is ready for company. Try these five tips to always be ready for company.
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How to Manage Your Funds for the Important Things in Life

Life is all about expenses that you just can’t anticipate. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be proactive about fund management and saving, however. If you’re prudent and careful, you’ll always be able to pay for the things that matter the most in this world. Money shockers are never welcome for anyone, after all.

Put a Budget Together

Careless spending and proper fund management are two things that never, ever go well together. If you want to manage your funds effectively, the first thing you need to do is put together a budget. Figure out how much you want to set aside for all kinds of expenses. Ask yourself how much you need to set aside for groceries, fun, transportation, utility bills, rent and more each month. People who lack budgets often don’t think twice about how they use their money at the end of the day. A budget can keep you responsible and in check.

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Worried about Your Carbon Footprint? 4 Tips to Keep It Low

If you take one look at the weather forecast, it’s clear that global warming is a very real issue. Sure, there is an ongoing debate on Capitol Hill about it. Between its validity, costs and solutions, global warming is a hot-button political subject. However, while they debate on the Hill about it, you need to be proactive and do something about your carbon footprint. As you decrease your carbon footprint, you can make a difference. Consider these four ways to keep your carbon footprint low.

Water Usage

There are a few things to consider when it comes to water usage. If you’re one of those people who throws a towel in the washing machine and lets it run, stop doing that. Only wash full loads of laundry. When it’s time to take a shower, don’t let it run for ten minutes before you get inside. That wastes a lot of water. Consider implementing a timed shower routine.

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4 Helpful Hints for Making the Move from Apartment to House

If you are about to move from an apartment to a house, feelings of excitement and anticipation are likely ruling your day. At the same time, you might have some anxiety when it comes to making such a major life decision, and much of that revolves around the move itself. Consider the following four helpful hints as you begin to make the move from an apartment to a house.

Get Ready to Add Some Furniture

With most apartments, you are limited by the amount of furniture you can have. Now that you will have more space in your new house, you must begin thinking about how will fill it all up. Do not feel that you need to buy all new furniture. Stay within your budget by visiting consignment furniture locations in order to find what you need at a fraction of the price.

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How to Decorate Your Home and Patio for a Garden Party

Everyone comes back to life when warmer weather hits. The sun is out and plants are finally in full bloom. What better way to celebrate all that greenery than by throwing a garden party? The following steps will make your home ready for entertaining.

Understand the Seasons

The garden invites a mystical, almost fairytale vibe. Play it up by stringing lights along your bushes and patio for a soft and cozy feel. These lights also make a comfortable transition into the evening and keep the party going. A theme like that works well for late May and early June, where it’s not super-hot yet. July and August are when summer has truly arrived. This is a season that invites luaus and backyard barbecues. Get that pig on a spit and break out the tiki torches.

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How to Build a Long-Lasting Home without Depleting Your Savings

When you build a home, it’s important to make sure that the finished structure is durable and will last as long as you need it to. At the same time, though, high-quality construction can be fairly expensive, making the home more expensive. Here are four of the best ways to make your home long-lasting without breaking the budget.

Use Bamboo Flooring

As you’re probably aware, real wood floors have a tendency to last longer than almost any other type of flooring, but they’re fairly expensive. A great way to get the look and durability of hardwood without quite as much cost is to go with bamboo flooring. Bamboo is almost as durable as hardwood and costs significantly less per square foot. If used throughout your house, the cost savings of bamboo over hardwood can run into the thousands of dollars.

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Saving Time: 4 Tips to Organize Your Life

If you feel like tasks often take longer than they should or that you forget to do things throughout the day, then getting your life more organized is a smart decision. You’ll be able to go through the day more efficiently and accomplish more with your time. Here are four simple tips that will help you organize your life better.

Plan Your Days in Advance

The easiest way to keep yourself on track for the day is to know what you want to do. That way, you’re not left bouncing from task to task as you remember them. Write a plan for your day either the night before it happens or the morning of. This doesn’t need to be anything complicated—it could simply be a list of tasks to do that day.

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