If you manage to get some time off when it’s nice outside, you want to make the most of what little freedom you have. Sadly, this free time is normally used to take care of things in our personal lives that have been thrown to the wayside. This includes cleaning the house, running long overdue errands, and of course, taking care of the yard. Grass can get pretty insane if left alone long enough, but you don’t want to spend hours prepping and using a lawnmower when you could be lounging around, right?
We like the idea of the smart home, but it seems like something that is reserved for business professionals living in cities that are as staggeringly large as their paychecks. It’s expensive to make a full conversion to an automated home that adjusts to your wants and needs, so it seems a bit out of reach to most. While there are some systems out there that can improve one aspect or another, there’s nothing that ties them all together easily.
When you have a really good cup of coffee, there are a variety of factors coming into play with how it tastes. The temperature of the water when brewing, the coarseness of the grind, how fresh the coffee is, and of course, the roast of the bean. While most of us usually see the bean in its roasted form and only have to grind it to make coffee, it is possible to roast your own beans to your exact specifications.
No one wants to get up in the morning, but we have to pull ourselves from bed and participate in regular society. Of course, being jolted awake by loud sounds is not the best way to start your consciousness, but the other options will vibrate your wrist or head until you wake up. There are also options out there for lights that can slowly turn on to simulate a sunrise, but if sound is the only thing that will rouse you, it’s back to square one.
We’ve been inundated with smart home technology. Our lights can adjust depending on the time of day, our heat will kick on before we get home from work, and our coffee maker will brew us the perfect cup of Joe in the morning without asking us to lift a finger. Our cars are even starting to be smarter as the years press on, but the garage we keep them in hasn’t changed much.
While managing how much food you eat, water you drink, and exercise you get in every day is important, sleep plays just as integral a role to your health. There’s a bit of a ritual before going to bed where you brush your teeth, set out clothes for the next day, and patterns of tossing and turning that warm up the bed to the point where you can peacefully drift off. Of course, having a good mattress can make a big difference, but there’s nothing quite like getting into bed when there’s already a warm spot.
How our day goes is not always determined by our mornings, but having a decent start can certainly help the rest of it along. If you wake up on time, manage to bathe, eat, and remember to wash your thermos out so you can take coffee to work, then you’re doing pretty good. However, coffee is a big part of that equation, and should you forget to set up the grounds and water the night before, then it’s iffy whether or not your morning brew will be ambrosia or swill.
We’re all worried with how we smell. We use scented soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, laundry detergent, and sprays to hide the natural smells our bodies produce. The one thing that is the hardest to hide, is the delightful aroma left behind after using the bathroom. When you have guests over and nature calls, you can’t exactly say no, but you can try your best to cover your tracks so to speak.
We all wish there was an “easy button” for different aspects of our lives. It would be awfully convenient if we could just press a button, and then relationship, work, and other problems in life would just disappear. While you can’t whisk away issues with people, you can make other parts of life far easier. Our smartphones have certainly made things more streamlined, but they can’t do everything for us.
We all know how to turn on and off a light. When the switch is up, the light is on, and when it’s down, the light is off (unless you had a terrible electrician who made the on off and vice versa). It’s really nice to have a dimmer light for the evenings or mornings when you don’t want a light on full blast, but not all of us want to mess with installing it.