you think that you’re already surprised at the amount of stuff that you or your
household throws away, there are even more things that you should pay attention
to since they have their own lifespans.
fact, here are five of them to get you started:
1. Air Conditioner
conditioners can last you about fifteen years on average, and when given proper
care and maintenance, as well as replacement parts, can even reach a full
However, there’s a good chance that replacement parts won’t always be manufactured or available in order to make the repairs possible, so be sure to keep an eye out for the signs that your air conditioner is starting to fail – especially when it’s been around for more than ten years.
2. Washing Machine
machines are another item at home that you should be replacing, especially if
it’s been in your home for more than ten years.
the average lifespan of a washing machine is between eight and twelve, you want
to pay careful attention to little details, such as the door gasket, the water
connections, and the motor mount.
Small problems in your washing machine should not be overlooked, especially since the current that comes with the electronics can come into contact with the water, and any leaks could mean the risk of electrocution.
may find it difficult to replace your refrigerator at home since you’ll have no
place to store your food, and especially since it’s running 24/7 to do just
that. However, it may just be all the more reason why you should do so.
with a properly maintained model, the life expectancy of a fridge can only be
up to seventeen years at most, and that’s when the parts can be unavailable and
the repairs can start to get more expensive over time.
should also pay extra attention to your refrigerator’s water filter. Replacing
it regularly every six months minimizes your risk of being exposed to harmful
bacteria and chemicals.
4. Fire Extinguisher
never hurts to have one at home just in case, since fire accidents and hazards
are common, but disposable fire extinguishers can only be viable for up to
twelve years before they need to be replaced.
rechargeable fire extinguishers, this lifespan is six years.
making sure that your fire safety at home is ready and safe, check the pressure
gauges at least once a month to see if they are still charged to full. If not,
then you should get new ones or refill them as soon as possible.
this list is compiled in no particular order.)
though growing succulents at home or on your desk at work sounds easy at first.
While they don’t need to be watered frequently to thrive, they do need a lot of
sunlight to stay healthy and vibrant.
by following this guide, you’ll be able to practice your green thumb and grow
them in your home or office like a pro.
Getting the Right Succulent Plants to
some plants can adapt fine growing indoors, most succulents tend to require a
lot of sunlight.
The way you can tell this is by looking at their colors – if the succulent has bright colors (reds, purples, oranges), they should be left outside. Succulents that will do fine growing in a controlled environment are green in color.
Getting the Right Light
hard even for indoor succulents to get enough sunlight, so be sure to place
them near a window or somewhere that gets bright, indirect sunlight all day.
you notice that your plants are starting to stretch, there’s a good chance that
they’re not getting enough sunlight. For most colorful succulents grown
indoors, such as Echeveria varieties, this is a common fate.
On the opposite end, succulents can also get sunburned if they get exposed to too much sunlight, but these tend to be rare cases and not a major issue.
Knowing When to Water (and How Much)
thrive off of a surprising amount of water. However, what makes succulents
tricky to grow is that they need to be watered less frequently compared to
other indoor plants, and this is because they like to be soaked with water and
then dried out quickly.
indoor succulents daily is the quickest way to kill them, so you will need to
follow the “soak and dry” method of watering them once a week.
spritzing them with water can also help them survive for a while.
thing to pay attention to is the “dormant period” that succulents have, which
is usually during the cooler months of the year. During this time, they won’t
need as much water since they aren’t actively growing.
pots can be great for storing succulents, but when it comes to office storage,
glass containers are definitely a no-no because glass containers tend to not
have adequate drainage, which means that the plant’s roots will be sitting in
damp, soggy soil for a long time.
same can be said for airflow. Because succulents are usually found clinging to
trees in nature, their roots need that regular airflow to stay healthy.
you’re determined to use containers without drainage or breathability, your
best bet is to use soil that allows for easier draining, and carefully measure
how much water you’re giving to avoid any excess.
this list is compiled in no particular order.)
in groups has always been a trend: all-girls’ holidays and bro trips are just a
few examples of friends hitting the road together. Before you jumpstart preparing
the nitty-gritty details of your travel, here are some tips and tricks to
ensure that your ‘friendventure’ goes off as smoothly as possible.
- Narrow Down Your Destination Choices
Before you start calling the squad, narrow down your destination choices.
These are your best buds, so you probably know what kind of vacation everybody
wants. Your choices, of course, should be down to actual justifiable and
practical reasons, such as affordability of flights, a destination everyone
would want to visit, brilliant hotel deals, etc.
- Go for Shared Accommodation
Renting a property as a group will make the travel so much cheaper than booking individual hotel rooms, though you certainly can if you really want that option. If you choose the latter, contact several hotels, and even hostels, to see if there are any ongoing promotions and discounts for bulk booking.
Let everyone in the group play a role. Someone books the daytrips,
someone takes care of the flight bookings, someone handles the finances, etc.
This way, the responsibilities are shared, everyone would feel they have contributed
and no one would feel stressed out or overworked.
- Create a Pot Money for Expenses
Decide on an amount and have everyone contribute the same amount of money to raise it. This will help keep everything clean and easy, especially for joint expenses, such as taxes for accommodation, everyday meals and night out expenses. If there is any leftover, it is much easier to split the remaining money among everyone.
- Let Everyone Do Their Thing
They’re your friends, so you probably already know each other’s personality.
While partying is your cup of tea, others may find it exhausting. You and a few
of your friends may want to go clubbing, while others prefer to stay in during
the night. If some prefer not to join some activities, let them be. Allowing
everyone do what makes them relaxed ensures that the group does not only get
the holiday you all want, but everyone else also gets the individual vacation
- Be Considerate of Everyone
This is more of a general rule: be considerate of everyone in the group.
Some could be more laidback than others, and simply because they do not say
anything mean you don’t need to consult them. Make sure that every single thing
is decided and agreed by everyone to avoid unexpected surprises. Once you’ve settled
everything as a group, review the information and adjust if necessary.
trips are supposed to be fun, so don’t let the stress of planning get in the
way. Keep in mind these helpful travel tips to organize and get you excited
about your upcoming vacation, instead.
Toddlers need around 12 hours of sleep. Otherwise,
they can get either irritable or hyperactive. It is also important in your
baby’s weight regulation, helps promotes cognitive development and enhances
your child’s immune system. Of course, you want all these benefits, except that
toddlers are quite a challenge to tuck into bed. Here, we share to you five
ways to make it easier for you to send your toddlers to bed.
- Practice a
family routine and stick to it. The key here is consistency. Kids love to feel
like they are in control—they like it that they know what will happen next.
When they can already distinguish the difference of night and day, it will be
easier for them to follow a bedtime routine, which can include brushing their
teeth, changing into pajamas, drinking a glass of warm milk and reading bedtime
- Put him to
bed when he’s drowsy, not when he’s asleep
As much as possible, try to lessen the nursing, singing or rocking to send your little munchkin to dreamland. When your toddler is so used to this, waking up in the middle of the night can become difficult for the both of you, since your child can’t go back to sleep without you rocking him or singing him a lullaby. Lessening this practice will train your baby to settle down on his own in case he wakes up in the wee hours of the night.
- Make your
toddler’s bedroom relaxing
Invest in a
cozy baby mattress, blanket, crib, night lamp and even in a calming bedtime
music. Try out different ways to know which works for your child or create a
combination of these things to help him easily fall asleep at night.
stimulants later in the night
Your toddler should all be set to settle down an hour before his bedtime. So, no offering of sweet treats two to three hours before it is time to put him to bed. Instead, offer a glass of warm milk to help him sleep soundly throughout the night.
- Give your
toddler a calming evening bath
A nice warm
bath helps calm the body down, preparing your child for a good night’s sleep.
And given Singapore’s summer-like weather, a refreshing bath at the end of the
day will keep your little one cool and comfortable throughout the night.
Newborns and toddlers can have a hard time falling
asleep. That is why it is important for parents to help them get the complete
sleep and rest necessary for their growth and development. Let these helpful
tips and tricks be your guide to ensure quality slumber for your growing
that comes with keeping a journal can seem quite daunting. But it really isn’t
as scary as most people think. In fact, journaling can actually give a lot of
benefits for us, especially if we do it every day.
1. Somewhere to put your ideas
One of the more
obvious benefits of journaling is that you are able to put all your ideas and
goals on paper. A journal is a place for you to write anything that crosses
your mind. Whether you write ideas for work or maybe a wild goal to be the
greatest actor/actress in Singapore, you can put all of that in your journal.
2. For self-reflection
Life presents us with a lot of problems and opportunities, while also being very quick about it. Life comes fast and sometimes we miss the more important things in our everyday activities. Writing about your day allows you to reflect and take a step back. You are able to ponder upon all things you are grateful for, and also all the challenges you’ve faced.
3. There are no rules
You are free to
be who you want to be in writing. Rather, you’re free to do anything when
writing in your journal. Journaling has no rules! It doesn’t matter if you
scribble, make typos, or use poor handwriting, journaling allows you to be
yourself. Of course, this only counts with your own journal. Make sure you
don’t disturb the affairs of other people.
4. Improves creative writing
The fact of the matter is, the more you write, the better you get at it. Writing every day in a journal is a way for you to gain more experience simply because instead of squeezing ideas out of your brain, you actually have your own real experiences to write down already. You can also write in your journal for drafts, or to map out possible scenarios that you’d like to include in pieces of your writing.
5. You become more organized
If you write
your thoughts or ideas in a journal, it will be easy for you to keep them clear
and orderly. You won’t have any problems trying to remember your ideas because
you already have them neatly arranged in your journal. Writing and finishing
to-do lists also becomes easier once you have them written down.
6. Reduces stress
also have a pretty therapeutic effect. You can write down all your worries,
problems, frustrations, and not keep them bottled up in your mind. Journaling
enables you to detach from the negative feelings and emotions that may build up
on you from your day to day endeavors. Doing this can be a small thing, but
you’ll find that it can help relieve your stress.