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Pet Friendly Planning: Tips to Keep Your Home Clean & Safe

Make Your Home Pet Friendly!

 

We love our pets like family…because they are!  So, why not make sure your home is safe and practical for our furry friends?  Read below for strategies to make your home fit for humans and animals alike!

Greenery: 

Decorating inside or outside the home with plants and flowers is a great way to beautify your property.  However, some plants are poisonous to dogs or cats.  Before spending on landscaping or indoor plants, keep in mind safe placement and pet-friendly plants.  The Animal Poison Control Center has a list of plants to avoid and look out for. 

You can check out the list here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

Floors:

When buying or updating your home it’s important to think about flooring.  Certain types of hardwood can be easily scratched or dented.  Head-to-toe carpet is a recipe for any type of pet stain.  That’s why finding tile, vinyl plank, or harder wood (mahogany or oak) will be your best bet for flooring.  Stone or ceramic tiles are not only easy to clean, but a nice, cool place for your pets to relax in the warmer months!

Fabrics & Décor:

When it’s time to shop for furniture and home décor, focus on three things: fabric, texture, and color.  Whether it’s a textured wall or velvet throw pillows – some materials attract pet fur!  A more practical choice could be leathers or glossed paint.  If you’re committed to a textile that attracts hair, opt for a color similar to your pet, the fur will be less noticeable!

Cleaning:

No matter how perfect your furry family member is, there will always be accidents!  Make clean up easier by investing in washable fabrics, stain removers, and a fur-forward vacuum.  The ability to wipe down a couch cushion or put muddy linens in the laundry will save you time and peace of mind.  For larger rugs or hard to clean spaces, make sure you have a quality stain remover to use ASAP.  If you’re beginning to feel like the animal hair is endless, invest in a smart vacuum!  There are models now that can clean while you’re at work or fit into the furriest of knooks and crannies.   

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Helpful Gadgets for Your Home: Up Your Tech Game in 2023

Fun and Helpful Tech Gadgets for Your Home

 

Looking for a fun and easy New Year resolution?  Add “make my home more tech savvy” to your list!  Many of us have smart phones…smart watches…even smart cars, it’s time to add some smart gadgets to your home as well!  Read below for our list of tech updates you can make around your home in 2023.

Inside:

  • Light Bulbs: Changing out light bulbs is a great place to start your tech adventure!  Smart bulbs save energy and last longer, saving you money.  They can be turned on, off, or dimed with an app on your phone.
  • Thermostat:  Trying to find another way to reduce utility bills?  A connected thermostat can do just that! By tracking your energy use and providing remote access to the device, you can adjust the temperatures to suit the need of your home.  
  • Smart Display: Easily manage and control most, if not all, the smart devices in your home with this helpful screen!  Smart displays can play music, read recipes, and allow you to use voice recognition for easy control of your tech gadgets.

 

Outside:

  • Video Doorbell: Was that package delivered?  Who could be at my door?  Get answers to these questions instantly with a video doorbell!  The device keeps your home safe and tracks who’s at your doorstep by sending motion alerts and recordings straight to your phone.
  • Smart Lock: The days of digging for your keys are over!  Install a smart lock to easily enter or lock your doors.  The gadget is especially helpful when hosting, some models allow you to create a personalized code for guests or unlock the door remotely using an app on your phone!
  • Sprinkler: Conserve water and save time with a smart sprinkler.  The device enables you to set watering schedules for different areas of your yard or garden.   What’s our favorite feature?  The sprinkler can also check the forecast for rain and skip its cycle!  

 

Bonus – Pet Owners:

  • Vacuum: Sick and tired of sweeping up animal hair?  A smart vacuum can solve your woes! Let the device pick up dust and pet hair while you relax or work.  Consider this chore off your list!
  • Pet Camera: We know your pets are a part of the family, so add a pet camera to your gadget list.  Check on dogs or cats with an inside camera that lets you both see and send your furry friends treats remotely!

 

Our Holiday Gift Guide for New Homeowners!

Our Holiday Gift Guide for New Homeowners 

Have a new homeowner in your life this holiday season?  Searching high and low for a gift to get them?  Look no further!  Our “New Homeowner Gift Guide” is sure to spark gift ideas for the – cooks, entertainers, techies, green thumbs, and do-it-yourself’ers in your life!

For Cooks & Bakers:

Make cooking or baking easy this year, by gifting the chef some new non-stick pans or a stand mixer.  The Our Place pan is made to replace 8 cooking tools – perfect for keeping the kitchen space clean and tidy! Don’t want to break the bank with a new stand mixer?  Walmart has great deals, it’s time to give those whisking arms a break!

1. Our Place's Always Pan

2. Stand Mixers

For Entertainers:

Have family or friends who love entertaining?  Help them impress their guests by gifting them some new games or a personalized charcuterie board!  Target has great options for any type of game night – family friendly, board games, puzzles, adult games, you name it!  With charcuterie boards in fashion, take them up a notch by gifting a personalized one!  Etsy has great options for unique pieces with specialized engraving.

3. Party Games Galore

4. Personalized Charcuterie Board

For Techies:

Whether they already love tech gadgets, or need a push to upgrade – a video doorbell or smart plug can win anyone over!  Ring has a multitude of options for your doorbell or security system.  Check who is at your door or if that package has finally arrived by simply checking your smart phone! Smart plugs enable voice recognition or app control by syncing with a Google Home or Alexa.  Say goodbye to pesky switches and hard to reach outlets!

5. Ring Doorbell

6. Smart Plugs

For Green Thumbs:

A new home can mean new spaces to fill with plants!   You can scoot over to your local gardening store to pick up a funky succulent or a handy gardening set.  Check out The Sill, for indoor plants you can ship.  They make selecting the right plant easy by organizing on ability, size, and pet-friendliness!  If your homeowner has a new yard space, pick out a gardening set from Lowes so they’re prepared for gardening season!

7. Houseplants

8. Gardening Set

For Those Who DIY:

Gift the crafty, handy, do-it-yourself’ers in your life something they will always need – a tool set or a cordless vacuum!  With a set of new tools, the homeowner will be able to take on leaky pipes, a handmade picture frame, and everything in-between! Make clean up a breeze with a cordless vacuum.  Whether it’s big or small, this tool can find any debris left in the neglected nooks and crannies!  

9. Tool Set

10. Cordless Vacuum