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Creating a Killer Home Bar Setup

A well put together home bar is a great addition for homeowners who enjoy entertaining. When you start stocking up, it’s important to keep in mind that you want good quality items, but you don’t need to go overboard. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Spirits. When buying liquor for your bar, make sure you purchase a vast variety, that way your cocktail options are endless. You don’t need to purchase everything at once. Start with some staples like vodka, white rum, gin, tequila, and bourbon and then add on from there. Use a bartending app if you need help determining which spirits are required for your favorite drinks.
  • Mixers and modifiers. Vermouth, Cointreau, and bitters are three ingredients found in many classic cocktails that would be a great addition to your bar. You also want to keep mixers like soda water, tonic water, cranberry juice, and sodas stocked.
  • Tools. The bar tools you need to purchase really depend on the type of drinks you and your guests would like. For most drinks, you likely only need a jigger for measuring, shaker, and strainer. If you’re interested in creating mojitos or drinks with fresh fruit, you may want to pick up a muddler. If your drinks require a twist, a sharp vegetable peeler will do the trick.
  • Glasses. Any good home bar should have a set of highball glasses, Old Fashioned glasses, wine glasses, and champagne flutes. You could also consider adding in a couple of martini glasses or margarita glasses as well to round out your collection.

Revamp Your At-Home Workspace

Nothing ruins a workday like not having a designated, comfortable place to work from. And when you are working from home, whether it be temporarily or indefinitely, setting up a great workspace gets even tougher. However, your productivity and body will thank you if you take a few steps to upgrade your desk setup. Here are some ideas!

Seating

Purchase a chair that offers great spine support and has adjustable height, armrests, and back. If a new chair just isn’t in the budget, there are many seat pillows and cushions available that are designed to attach to an office chair and encourage you to sit properly and help support your lumbar.

Desk

Adjusting your desk height to fit your specific needs can be tricky, but necessary. If you are able to, investing in an adjustable-height standing desk is ideal because you can adjust your desk for different tasks, such as typing, writing, and reading documents. If you are unable to make that purchase, consider installing a keyboard tray to lower your keyboard or raising your chair to ensure your wrists are above your keyboard. If you are experiencing neck pain, that may be a result of your monitor height. Purchase a laptop or monitor stand or use normal household items like books or a box.

Lighting

Poor lighting can cause a lot of strain on your eyes and may decrease energy levels. If you are unable to work in an area with natural light, find a LED desk lamp that can be adjusted as needed. These come in all shapes and sizes and LEDs bulbs have a long lifespan and are energy-efficient.

Take 5: How to Use Mirrors to Feng Shui Your Home

Feng shui is the practice of using spatial arrangement and orientation to create synergistic, harmonious surroundings in a room or home. Mirrors of many shapes and sizes are often used to achieve this because they help bring light and movement into space and move energy throughout a room. Here are some tips for placing mirrors in your home!

  1. Add a mirror to your home’s entryway. Adding a mirror in your foyer is recommended by feng shui experts because it’s where energy flows into your home. Make sure to place it on a wall perpendicular to the door as opposed to directly across from it.
  2. Place a mirror in your dining room. Experts recommend placing a mirror in your dining room to invite more wealth and abundance into your home.
  3. Hang mirrors along your hallways, not at the end. If you’re hanging a mirror in your hallway, place it along the length of it. Placing a mirror at the end of a hallway is said to slow or stop the flow of energy throughout that area of your home.
  4. Be careful when placing a mirror facing a window. In most cases, a mirror facing a window is a good practice as it brings nature and light inside. However, if there are any structures like electrical poles, wires, pipes, etc. outside the window, experts say that mirror placement can bring negative energy instead.
  5. Keep mirrors out of the kitchen. In the feng shui practice, kitchens are considered areas of negative energy. By keeping mirrors out of this area, you avoid doubling that negative energy.

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