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Chasing Sleep When It’s On The Run

We can lose it, we never find it and we always want it. It’s sleep. Ask any traveler-especially one on business with high-adrenaline days-sleep is almost as valuable as gold. The marathon meetings, the late-night dinners, rushing to and from the airport and the multiple time zones all make getting a few winks harder to achieve.

It happens to most of us: a sleepless night in a hotel room just before a big meeting. You want to sleep. You need to sleep. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t get to sleep.

With action-packed schedules, a traveler would think sleep should come as easily as counting sheep. For many, however, trying to sleep on the road brings on a case of temporary insomnia, called transient insomnia. Most travelers know they have it when they find themselves staring at the ceiling or twisting and turning in frustration.

Fortunately, there are things every traveler can do to avoid losing Zzzz’s. Here are five tips for finding a comfy, cozy night of sleep away from home:

Look for the love. One hotel chain conducted nine months of research and testing before introducing a new bed as part of “Make It Hampton,” the largest and fastest transformation ever undertaken by a hotel brand to dramatically enhance the guest experience at each of its hotels. The bed features nine new attributes so that the bed looks as great as it feels. From the crisp duvet cover that holds a down-like comforter, triple sheeting on 200-thread count linens, a decorative lumbar pillow and a higher sitting bed, it could feel like home.

Watch out for the imitators. There’s more to a mattress than meets the eye. Choosing a mattress that’s right for you can mean the difference between a peaceful night and a scary nightmare. According to Pawn Kongkosonkichkan, a bedding trainer with Rich’s-Macy’s/Lazarus/Goldsmiths, pick a mattress with a high coil count and you can be snoring in no time. Also, look for hotels featuring plush-top mattresses, as these will keep their form better and avoid the lumpy mattress feeling associated with tossing and turning.

Sometimes, faking it is good. Goose down-filled comforters and pillows are great for personal home use, but some travelers may prefer today’s synthetic fabrics, which are just as top-quality. Travelers with sensitive noses will want to avoid the opportunity of a sleep-interrupting allergy attack. For travelers who prefer down pillows, Hampton Inns provide a choice.

Re-create habits from home. Take a look at the habits you have every night before you go to bed; do they include some light reading, maybe listening to soft music or a quiet conversation with loved ones? Any traveler can re-create those homey feelings by simply taking a warm bath, turning off the TV or calling home for a quick “good night.” Whatever your bedtime behaviors may be, take about 15 minutes before you go to bed to really relax. (Remember, a caffeinated drink late at night affects those on the road just like at home, regardless of how tired you may feel.)

Tick-tock, find a good clock. With so many confusing versions of the clock radios in hotels, some people may lose sleep just worrying if the darn thing will work as expected. For a more pleasurable sleep and wake-up experience, look for universal clock radios that offer simple alarm settings and a digital display that allows you to select your favorite type of music effortlessly.

 

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time!  Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Candle Holders

Your home’s décor can be enhanced by the use of beautiful, yet functional candle holders placed around the house. Even an outside garden looks pretty with sturdy candle holders. Paired with a scented candle, candle holders make the perfect gift for the hard to buy for. Children can even make candle holders that are perfect for gift giving. In addition, candle holders come in all shapes and sizes and can fit virtually anyone’s personal taste.

There are numerous types of candle holders available to beautify your home. There are companies that cater especially for those who want to purchase candle holders. To quickly and easily decorate a blank wall, look at some of the scrolled ironwork candle holders. Handcrafted wrought iron candle holders make a stylish addition to a table or a centerpiece. These types of candle holders can be bought to hold one or several candles. Try placing long tapered candles in candle holders to decorate a mantel.

Candle holders also make great gifts. Just about anyone can appreciate a pretty candle holder with a nice scented candle. Candle holders are certainly a one size fits all gift. In addition, candle holders can be bought in a wide variety of sizes and in just about any material. Small glass candle holders are good for individual candles. Try making a gift basket filled with several small candle holders and small candles. Find a different candle scent for every month of the year.

Kids can enjoy making a variety of candle holders for gifts, too. These easy-to-make crafts make a perfect rainy day activity. Try helping your child make these candle holders one day. Give these homemade gifts to teachers or grandparents for a truly personalized gift.

Here are some easy to make candle holders that children can enjoy with a little help.

Supplies needed:

Small tea candle
Empty baby food jar
Colored tissue
Glue and paintbrush

Make a candle holder just the right size for a tea light candle out of a recycled baby food jar. Remove the label from the baby food jar and clean thoroughly. Give your child scraps of brightly colored tissue paper and glue mixed with a little water. Have your child brush the glue on the baby food jar and glue the tissue in pace. When the jar is completely covered with tissue paper, go over the jar again with another layer of glue. Add a tea light candle and you have just created a perfect candle holder gift.

Here is another idea for making a unique candle holder out of soup or vegetable cans.

Supplies needed:

Empty soup can
Hammer and nail

Remove the label off of the can and clean well. If the label on the can is difficult to remove, you can soak the can in warm soapy water and continue to remove the label. After the can is clean, fill it to the top with water and place in the freezer. When the water is frozen, use a hammer and a nail to pound holes into the can. The ice inside the can will help it hold its shape. Be creative with the design. Let the ice melt and place a small candle or tea light candle inside. These candle holders look pretty outside around the holiday season.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time!  Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

www.Handyman-Austin.com

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Cabinet Refacing, A Popular Alternative To Replacing

When remodeling your kitchen, an alternative to replacing your cabinets entirely, is to reface them. With refacing cabinets, you can achieve a beautiful new kitchen while spending half the amount of money. You will literally be giving your cabinets a face-lift!

In the refacing process, existing doors, drawer fronts and hardware are removed and replaced with new ones. For cabinet doors, a wide variety of veneers and laminates are available to cover old surfaces. Other noticeable surfaces such as cabinet ends and frames are finished to match. Cabinet interiors are either refinished or repainted. Cabinet refacing is available in a variety of styles, materials and colors.

Neither the kitchen layout nor the amount of space available is affected by refaced cabinets. Doors, drawer fronts, and hardware are refaced and then put right back into their previous place, leaving your current arrangement untouched. A beautiful new look will be created, but you will still be standing in the same kitchen. If you are looking for a more drastic change, consider installing a few new cabinets to alter the look a bit more. In addition, new pull out or swivel shelves can also be installed to enhance the appearance and feel.

One of the most important factors in refacing your cabinets is that you find a licensed contractor. Getting a contractor that is licensed and bonded means that you will receive quality work without some of the hassles of hiring someone not qualified. Make sure you shop around and get multiple quotes. Contractors typically have different rates depending on the number of employees that will be working on your project. By getting multiple bids you can lower your cost and find a contractor you are comfortable

Not only does refacing cabinets improve the overall look of your kitchen, but it also greatly improves the durability of your cabinets. It helps protect and lengthen the life of your existing cabinetry, adding overall worth to your home.

 
 

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