10 Best Cheap Landscaping Ideas For The Front Yard 2020

cheap landscaping ideas for the front yard

10 Best Cheap Landscaping Ideas For The Front Yard 2020

Cheap in this article, mostly means very cost efficient in terms of energy expenses.


You capitalize on one of these cheap landscaping ideas for the front yard, with the one time cost, and reap the rewards of the shining sun power.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.

Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Most Beautiful Top Selling Home Garden Yard Solar Powered Outdoor Water Fountain- Relaxing Soothing Two Level Tiered Design With Mini-Waterfalls- Oiled Bronze Finish Elegant Design


One “cheap” aspect of this choice is the solar pump. You’re utility bill won’t go up while this unit enhances the visual and the soundscape of your front yard.


Power gets stored in a battery, for your enjoyment after sunset.


The vendor states:

“Customer satisfaction is our top priority so when you told us you were disappointed with solar bird baths and fountains that wouldn’t hold a charge, we went looking for some that did. Unlike other solar fountains that only run when the sun is shining, this new fountain runs with revolutionary On Demand technology to work when you want it to.


The solar panel on this fountain stores energy so you can run it when it’s cloudy or even at night. We’re very excited to be the only ones to offer you this fantastic product, and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”


This shorter 29″ high fountain can fit among a bed of flowers or shrubbery providing a humid and comfortable field for the plants.


The visual and sound effects from fountains create a feeling of well being and relaxation.


The curb appeal of your home is greatly enhanced with the presence of running water.


Reviewers are very happy with this water fountain.

Wonders Shop Outdoor/Indoor Large Size Accent Metal Classic Crane 38″ – 42″ Patina Figurine Statues Bird 2pcs


These birds have a hand painted bronze copper finish.


The metal is powder coated for durability.


“Powder coating is a safe, dry finishing process that uses finely ground particles of pigment and resin to create a protective finish. We choose to powder coat our steel frames because it is low in toxicity and has low flammability.”


Low in toxicity – important in today’s polluted environment, right?


Powder coating contributes to:

  • Durability of the steel
  • Rust resistance for average to humid areas
  • Chip resistant – always a bonus that keeps the material good looking!
  • Requires little or no maintenance
  • The product contains no solvents and does not out-gas harmful chemicals


All above information from here.


From: 10 Best Patio Sets With Fire Pit Tables 2019.


Prongs will secure these birds down in the garden.


These are an elegant class act for near your front door or in a tall planted area and will really draw appreciative eyes to your yard.


Talk about curb appeal!

Plow & Hearth Outdoor Weather-Resistant Metal Butterfly Bench for Yard and Garden, Tubular Steel (Yellow)


This beautiful bench gets FIVE stars for easy assembly.


It holds two adults comfortably.


If you have planted a garden to attract butterflies this will be an extra special touch!


This bench would make a wonderful gift. You can add bright patio cushions for vibrancy.


Eye catching and outstanding, this is an artistic addition to your front yard!


The tubular steel is powdered for weather resistance.


This pretty bench also comes in white.


Christopher Knight Home Hardy Outdoor Antique White Finished Cast Stone Planter


  •  This pretty, accent planter can mark a corner, border, or front door nook in front of your home.
  • Any color of flowering or green leafy plant will pop out in this white ceramic pot, the perfect punctuation for your front yard, or driveway top 
  • Cast from the highest quality ceramics, the detailed scroll work reflects plant tendrils
  • Weight is 15 pounds
  • Diameter of base is 26.6″
  • It has drainage holes

A pair of these would “book end” a porch or driveway in the most attractive way with matching flower colors or leafy plants.


Can you picture them on your front way?

Bits and Pieces – Magnificent Jupiter Two-Way Giant 22 Inch Diameter Wind Spinnner – Multicolor Kinetic Garden Windspinner – Decorative Lawn Ornament Wind Mill – Unique Outdoor Lawn and Garden Décor


This tall 67″ decorative spinner moves in two directions.


The metal is weather resistant.


Here is a wonderfully detailed review about its unusual use:

This spinner is beautiful. I was shocked at the size. Purchased to ward of wild turkeys from pecking on my windows and eating my garden. The globe part is really big so the poles are tall and beefy. Support stand is solid. Mine arrive well packed but the spinner was packed bent. I had to carefully correct it. The welds do not look solid. Screws are very soft. Easy to assemble. Spins in low breeze but rotation is not very even, which I think that can be fixed with a screw replacement. What I care about is that it scare the wild turkeys away. It does.. the turkeys will come within ten feet and stop. Neighbors really like the look of it. Tip- do not use your foot to push the stand base in the ground. The welds just do not look strong enough. Use a rubber mallet with a piece of wood and make sure to use a level. It will not spin if it’s not level.


Perhaps it would keep deer away from your garden too!


heck the video below to see its action.


TomCare Solar Lights Upgraded, Waterproof Flickering Flames Torches Lights Outdoor Solar Spotlights Landscape Decoration Lighting Dusk to Dawn Auto On/Off Security Torch Light for Patio Driveway (4)


These lights will go anywhere – no wiring needed!


The height is 43″. The batteries need 8 hours of charging in the sunlight and then will light up for 12 hours.


These are great safety features for your walk ways and driveway.


The dancing flame action is decorative as well as functional.


They will come on automatically at sundown.


Here is a newer model of this item:


Solar Spot Lights Outdoor 36 LED Landscape Lamps Double Head 1000 Lumens Bright Spotlight Waterproof Flood Lamp with Motion Sensor for Deck Yard Garden Garage Driveway(Daylight White)


Do you need more landscaping – or do you just need to highlight what you’ve already got?

This powerful spotlight will serve for both aesthetic and safety purposes.

This unit has the following features:

  • Can emit up to 1000 lumens of light and illumination distance up to 33 feet
  • Motion Sensor & 4 Working Modes – saving more power to extend lighting time at night
  • Two 2600 mAh Li-ion batteries can store more power than other solar lights
  • Has inserting pole and wall bracket in the box, you can easily insert it into the ground or fix it on the wall
  • Adjustable lamp heads and solar panel of solar path lights can also be rotated 360 degrees to adjust their orientation in different seasons and locations
  • Waterproof & Dual-Head Design
  • Can be converged to one spot of light, or set apart facing an opposite direction to lighting a larger area

Solar Lights Outdoor Decorative – B-right 2 in 1 Solar Wall Sconce, Solar Torch Lights with Flickering Flame, 87 LEDs Solar Motion Sensor Lights Outdoor (2 Pack)


When you were a child, did you ever have a part of the yard that was dark and creepy? And when you played hide and seek at night you knew someone was going to go into that corner.


You had to look and you were creeped out! But you never admitted it… 🙄 


This vintage style solar powered light will enhance the front or back look of almost any style home.


The light has two actions – the yellow flame type of light will change to a stronger white light when the motion sensor is activated. After 30 seconds, it will revert to the flickering flame style.


The 4.9 start ratings come from:

  • Light weight
  • Easy to install
  • Used on fences and sidings
  • Mounted on each side of entrance door for better light
  • Perfect for breezeways or side of house
  • Great around the pool and pool shed
  • Perfect on the outside of pergolas and gazebos
  • Mount on a pole anywhere in your yard’s corners or nooks


Any yard needs lighting for safety issues in urban areas. Why not get a traditional and attractive look that is soft and appealing?


And also comes with a second function that will deter snoopy people looking for a vulnerable home?


These will help you do your best to keep your property safe!

Outdoor Bronze-Colored Solar LED Garden Wind Spinner


This spinner moves on its vertical axis, catching the wind with bronze discs.


The light will come on automatically when it gets dark.


Assembly and movement requires not tightening the screws to a very tight degree.


It is 49″ high and will capture the wind in your garden’s taller plant areas. Customers rate it as sturdy and will hold up in 25 mph winds, and more.


It is also considered easy to put together. Two buyers stated it would not move. I wonder if they read through the advice not to over-tighten the screws.


This lovely sculpture will liven up any part of your front landscape. Movement is always attractive. What’s even better, it will be seen at night too!

Flyhoom Garden Solar Lights Outdoor LED Landscape Lighting – Waterproof Moon Crackle Glass Globe Stake Lights for Patio Lawn Backyard Pathway Decoration(Warm White)




Do you have an Inner Astrologer? A fascination for the moon and stars-capes?


This beautiful 31.5 ” are only 1.1 pounds. One buyer takes hers camping for an evening light.


You can line your walkway, your curb side entrance, or your front porch areas with a few of these for a great style or statement about yourself.


Practical, whimsical, and well crafted these bronze pieces are weather resistant.


They can stand in your flower pots and planters and show off your frontal landscape day and night.


They are also beautiful at your pool side or near your gazebos or canopies.


Are you just starting out tossing around front yard design ideas?


Below are two articles  that may give you information and ideas. 

Illuminate Your Pathway With Solar Lights by Stewart Lewis

“Many homes these days have amazing driveways and pathways leading to their doorstep. How beautiful it is to see these lined up with solar lights at night. This is a great way to keep especially dark areas well lit in order for people to see their step and enjoy the view. Solar lights will not let you down when it comes to being decorative and offering light. If you get creative enough many people will begin to complement your lighting and before you know it all your neighbors will be getting them one by one. I can name a few good reasons why every home should have this kind of amazing lighting system, they are energy efficient, they give you free light, and they are stunning.

They are energy efficient, meaning that solar lights don’t need electricity in order to work. When you buy them all you need to do is mount them onto the wall or the ground very simply and watch them work. You will not have to deal with any kind of wiring at all. These lights work on long life NiCad batteries which store energy from the sunlight and release its energy at night. You just need to see to it that they are getting the right amount of daytime light. If any kind of object blocks the sunlight from reaching to one of them then that specific light will not turn on at night. So it’s good to make sure that you don’t park your car next to or on top of them.

So if you aren’t consuming electricity then this means you are contributing in saving the planet. If you are wondering how, well we all know that fuel has to be burned to make electricity and therefore causing carbon pollution in the air. So when you switch to solar you reduce this effect. You are using the sun to power your solar lights, and this is completely natural, harmless and free.

If you know how to shop you can find many beautiful decorative solar lights. Some might look English style and there are even some that look likes an artificial rock. If you have rocks with light coming out of them, just imagine how illuminating that would look. If you don’t like the artificial rocks then you can try artificial bricks. Some people place them in between their own real bricks in an organized style which also can look very beautiful.

It will pay off to get solar lights so don’t worry if you are investing a lot of money on them. They not only beautify your home but they also offer you light. Solar lights give you light that is totally free so you never have to worry about how long they have been on. For your home and garden this might be one of the best investments you can make. Who wouldn’t want to have free lighting even if the product itself is a little expensive?

Try using a solar christmas light [http://www.solarlightszone.com/solar-christmas-lights] and any other decorative solar lights [http://www.solarlightszone.com] for your yard or driveway.”

Article Source

Save Energy With Solar Powered Garden Lights by Robert Van Tongeren 

“Garden lights make your garden more visually appealing by drawing attention to the best parts. They set up different tones by using different styles of lights. Solar powered lights help to enhance the garden visually by using illumination.

Solar energy is used to convert into electrical energy and the light is automatically charged by its internal battery. At night, the photoresistor turns on the light from night till the next morning. With this, light bulbs take up less energy and eventually last longer than conventional light bulbs, which contain a lot of poisonous chemicals that could harm our environment. These conventional light bulbs also use filaments that may easily break unlike solar garden lights that use semiconductor diodes that last long and requires less changing and stocking of light bulbs.

Solar garden lights make it easy and safe to install, and they prevent a lot of hassle and mishap for homeowners. They may be expensive due to their raw material, by which I mean the silicon crystals that make up the solar cells. But, solar lights use up less energy and last longer. Flicking of light is avoided with the help of a daylight sensor that turns on at night and turns off during the day.

Help improve your garden by installing these solar powered lights, which are perfect to be placed around shrubs, trees, patios, walkways and pools. You’ll be able to choose from a wide array of shades, shapes and sizes. Enhance the beauty of every single part of your garden and be creative in your design. The nice ambiance and different atmosphere will be the center of attention for people gathered at your home.

Indeed, solar lights are the best to transform your garden. A lot of time and money is saved as well as the environment. Top quality gardens are created with the use of these solar powered lights.

Want to know more about these environmentally friendly garden lights? Check out the post I made about solar garden lights [http://homedecorguide.com/solar-powered-garden-lights/] on my blog about home interior decorating [http://homedecorguide.com/].”

Article Source

Note: the above articles have been un-linked at the source.

Related material:

10 Best Ideas – How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint At Home 2020

10 Best Gifts For Dads To Use In The Garage 2020

gifts for dad to use in the garage

Photo by Kim Stiver from Pexels

10 Best Gifts For Dads To Use In The Garage 2020

Garages are for moms too, of course. Sometimes there isn’t a dad in residence, or Dad isn’t a handyman, or he isn’t that into his car. 


Here are some of the 10 best gifts for dad to use in the garage he cares about, if that is what will give him a workshop heaven or simple organization with great shelving for tools, and the family sports and outdoor supplies.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.


You can choose the flooring your garage needs to protect the concrete.


The shelving options have a range from permanent super heavy duty grade, portable, or fold up onto the wall, to save space.


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


New Pig Grippy Floor Mat with Sticky Backing, Absorbent Top Up to 8 Gal, 100’ L x 36” W, Gray, GRP36200-GY


I grew up without garages. My family moved often and the areas we  lived in were very pleasant and the homes were built efficiently. Somehow garages were never part of the plan.


The car had to be plugged in, during the winter, so that it would start in the mornings.  How about you, did you grow up with garages?


Today garages are a multi-use part of the property. Some people don’t even use it for their cars.


It is best to protect the garage floor right from its first use.

Hanjet Garage Car Mat Containment Floor Mat for Snow, Mud, Rain – 8Feet 6Inches x 20Feet, Black


The HANJET Garage Floor Mat is constructed from commercial-grade woven PVC fabric which has widespread use in the trucking industry. Non-toxic and no bad rubber smell! This product has not shown any irritation to skin or the respiratory system.


The mat will flatten, when taken out of the box, if it is spread out in the sun for a short while. It should be kept clean and can be mopped down with a mild detergent periodically.


This type of material will burn easily, and the usual caution should be taken regarding any flammable fluids kept in the garage. Store carefully!


Make sure the floor is clean when you first lie the mat down. 


Its structure will remain durable at best, if the car wheels are straight when you enter or exit your garage.

IncStores Standard Grade Nitro Garage Roll Out Floor Protecting Parking Mats (Diamond 7.5′ x 17′)


This garage floor protector comes in four surface texture options.


It has a seven year warranty!


You will need some tape to secure this flooring down, but buyers advise to wait for a short while, as the product “relaxes” and becomes completely flat.


It comes from the manufacturer with slightly uneven edges. Trim the edges once the floor is “relaxed” and flattened.


It is used for a puppy pen floor, and also a trailer liner. Customers say it looks good and are very happy with its wear and tear durability.

Garage Flooring Options For You by Ted Garacci

“Many people have a normal gray concrete floor in their garage. These people don’t consider a new garage floor to be very beneficial and a waste of money. In actuality a new garage floor has many benefits and can be affordable depending on your options. Garage flooring manufactures have developed a wide variety of methods that come in a wider selection of designs. Some of the options are a rug, peel or interlocking tiles, and anti-fatigue mats.

One very popular option is the peel and stick garage flooring tile. These tiles come in twelve by twelve blocks and they are very easy to install. All you need to do is peel off the bottom of the tile and stick it to the floor. This option is very inexpensive and it allows you to completely customize the design of your floor. You can pick out each tile individually so you can make a design or color pattern that fits your lifestyle. These tiles are much easier to clean than normal concrete, so you don’t have to worry about spilling any oil or grease anymore.

If you rather not have something stick to your floor, then you should look at interlocking tiles. Interlocking tiles come in many of the same colors and styles as the peel and stick tiles. The only difference is, instead of sticking all of the tiles together, you need to connect them all. When it comes to durability, the company Gladiator manufactures a heavy duty tile which has been shown to withstand two hundred and fifty pounds per square inch. This type of tile can easily withstand the weight of a large vehicle without breaking. Also, if something were to happen to one of these tiles due to an accident, then you can always just replace that tile, which is better than having a dent in your floor.

Another very durable garage flooring option is something called G-floor which is a type of roll out rug. It comes in a huge roll and you simple have to roll it out. In fact because there is no pieces or adhesives, all you need to do to install it, is roll it out. Some of the designs that these rugs come in is a coin, ripped, thread, levant, and clear. Some of the most common sizes that they are sold in is, seven and a half by seventeen, seven and half by twenty, and a nine by twenty. G-Floor is extremely easy to clean as well and it fully protects your concrete from any chemical spillage and psychical damage.

Now you may know more about some of the garage flooring options available to you. Some other popular choices are epoxy paint, mosaic tiles, and mats. Before you decide to invest your money on one garage flooring option make sure that you know enough about all of them so you are comfortable with your decision. If you are going to invest your money into improving your home, you want to make sure that you like the final result.

Written by Ted Garacci, an expert in home remodeling. For more great information on Garage Flooring [http://bestgarageflooring.com/], be sure to visit [http://bestgarageflooring.com/].”

Article Source

Quick Dam Water Filled, Water Curb diverts flood water, 10in high x 5ft long, 1-Pack


If you live in a flash flood prone area this is a necessity for you to have in your garage. I’m not talking about the huge floods we’ve seen across the country in the past years, where rivers and lakes overflow drastically.


But sudden rains in any area can threaten your home and garage. Not all properties have ideal drainage, with the house built up an incline from the street.


This product can save you a lot of grievance. Diverting the water away from your driveway and the front of your home will save you trouble – and money!

NewAge Products Bold 3.0 Gray 14 Piece Set, Garage Cabinets, 50439


Each time we moved, my dad would make himself a workshop bench as soon as we were in the new house.


After that, he set to work making cornices for the drapes. He could also put together a new dresser for us, or book shelf as needed.


He would have loved this incredible unit, if we’d been able to have a permanent home. Even if you do have to leave your home at some point, this huge unit will raise the value of your property if you decide not to take it. 

  • Total Weight Capacities: Multi-Use Lockers 800 lbs., Wall Cabinets 100 lbs., Rolling Tool Cabinets 600 lbs., and Base Cabinets 600 lbs.
  • The steel shelves are adjustable to give you a variety of heights and accommodate different sized items
  • Constructed with 24-gauge steel frames and doors, and finished with a powder-coat paint 
  • Doors can be locked – great security! –  and have full-length aluminum handles
  • All fixed cabinets are designed to be secured to a wall to ensure safety
  • Set Dimensions: 216 in. W x 18 in. D x 77.25 in. H, 4x Multi-Use Lockers;2x Rolling Tool Drawer Cabinets;2x Two-Door Base Cabinets;4x Wall Cabinets;2x 48″ Stainless Steel Worktops

EDSAL Heavy Duty Garage Shelf Steel Metal Storage 5 Level Adjustable Shelves Unit 72″ H x 48″ W x 24″ Deep (Pack of 4)


These shelves can be purchased with expert assembly if desired.


The shelves are particle board, and can be adjusted every inch and a half.


Each shelf will hold 400 pounds. Handy for all your tools, garden machines and outdoor equipment.


You will need extra nuts and bolts if you want to connect all these shelves together. Otherwise, everything you need for assembling these is included.


A rubber mallet will be handy to bang these in place as you assemble. 

DIY RhinoMini Shelf Kits for Garages & Other Applications (12′ Length; 20″ Width)


One hundred per cent Made In USA


This storage organizer comes in multiple sizes. Wall mounted, you can shelve and hang all your supplies and outdoor recreational accessories.


The vendor states:


“Every fastener that you need is included, along with a simple pictorial installation guide and pre-assembled components. Only basic tools are required: Drill, drill bits, drive sockets, stud finder, level, ladder, tape measure, and wrenches. Shelf decking consists of 2x4s that are available at your nearest home improvement store or lumber yard. 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with the product, return the kit for a full refund. We recommend 30 and 35-gallon totes (available locally) and industrial milk crates (available online) to maximize the utility and organization of the RhinoMini.”


The wooden shelving is not included. The brackets are designed for 20″ deep shelves. Depending on how you decide to configure this unit, and the size you purchase, you will have your shelving cut (or cut it yourself) to fit your plan. 

FLEXIMOUNTS 4×8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack Adjustable Ceiling Garage Rack Heavy Duty, 96″ Length x 48″ Width x (22”-40″ Ceiling Dropdown), Black (Two-Color Options)


Here is an installation video to help you see how handy this is:



Utilize space that is otherwise wasted; over a water heater, washer and dryer, or shelving. 


This unit will hold 550 pounds. Store totes, bedding, Christmas trees and ornaments, summer outdoor decorations, camping and sports equipment, and more.


One buyer got them installed length-ways instead of side by side, to fit his small space.


Watch the video, and map out how this will best enhance your garage space.


Put up your canoes, kayaks, and skis. Get rid of that clutter!

Seville Classics (UHD20271B) UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench on Wheels (48W x 24.7D x 37.4H Inches) Graphite


  • The solid wooden top (48 x 24 x 1.5 inches thick) is Polyurethane coated
  • UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench on Wheels has two Sliding Drawers, and  is constructed from industrial-strength powder coated steel
  • The steel frame in a graphite finish; The two steel drawers feature stainless steel handles and commercial grade ball bearing sliders
  • The 4 wheels are stabilized by two locking
  • Weight Capacity: 500 lbs. equally distributed; Weight: 83.6 lbs
  • Utilize for business, home, garage, warehouses, mail rooms, basements, workshops or office use


Mount a pegboard and light above this sturdy shelf.  You can also place a shelf on the bottom brackets of this work bench with a few extra screws.


This would be an ideal desk for the vertically placed coding monitors/double monitors/ and light attachments that come with the heavy duty racks to secure these. 

Lifetime Products Wall Mounted Work Table, 4′, Wood Varnish


  • Has an attractive water resistant wood varnish working top
  • The mount height can be set between 34-42.3 inches for your convenience
  • Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
  • The handy fold-up design accommodates a lock (not included) and make storage simple
  • Both the interior and exterior pegboards hold additional hooks for tool storage
  • Will hold 150 pounds, evenly distributed


One DIY customer states he could not have built himself one for less money. 


Another notes that you probably shouldn’t tighten up all the bolts until everything is in place and squared off.


One negative is that the table is in a metal frame and it isn’t easy to use clamps.


Yet this work table is perfect for your projects, and once done, you just fold it up onto the wall. 


It is not weather resistant, but perhaps could go on an outside wall in a sheltered area. This would depend on the climate in your location.

Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

“Simple Workshop Storage Ideas by Peter S. Kelly

There are many types of workshop storage answers on the market and in this article I will describe what has worked well for me, but obviously the final choice comes down to individual needs.

Utilize wall space

Take a look around your workshop (or garage, we will use both these terms to mean the same thing). Where do you see the most empty space? If you are a disorganised kind of person most of your stuff will be on the floor whereas the walls will be relatively free.

It pays to make efficient use of wall space. If you visit any kind of home centre or depot you will immediately realise how well they take advantage of the wall space to display items. Getting things off the floor and into the air is one of the key principles when it comes to workshop or any other kind of storage problem solving.


The most basic type of shelving one can use is horizontal brackets supporting lumber which creates a shelf.

My preferred way to deal with shelving is to use simple angle iron with drilled or punched holes to create a frame using standard nuts and bolts and fix this securely to the wall. The fixings used will depend if your supporting wall is masonry or timber frame construction.

You may want to consider building a frame using lumber instead of angle iron. If you have lightweight storage requirements for items such as sandpaper, power tools or small pots of paint or glue, you can use 2″x2″ for the verticals and horizontals and 3/8″ ply for the shelving. The horizontal spacing of the shelves should be designed so there is minimal wasted space between each shelf but make sure you allow at least two inches of clearance space between the top of the highest item and the bottom of the next highest shelf support.


Tall workshop storage cabinets can also be incorporated into your solution. If purpose made ones are too expensive then try and find some secondhand ones or use metal kitchen cabinets. If you cannot source metal ones then wooden cabinets will suffice.

If you also use base or low level workshop storage cabinets then fit them out with roll out shelving which will minimise the need to move things around to get to hard to access items at the back of the cabinet. Roll out shelves allow you to see what things you have available and to pick them out with ease.


For small items such as screws, nails, nuts and bolts and so on and for small hardware items you can use small stackable plastic workshop storage containers. Get some in different colours, sizes and shapes so you can readily categorise your items into different groups and you will also have an immediate visual clue as to where things are.

For example you may decide to but all your screws in blue containers, nails in red containers and bolts in yellow ones. The colour coding is entirely up to you but keep it simple.

Some storage containers are designed with a built-in french cleat which will enable you to hang them onto a pegboard. If you set out the bins at a suitable vertical height so there is a gap between each one you will be able to stack at least five or six high and still be able to see what is inside each one. Some storage containers also have a slot holder on the front so you can write what the contents are on a label and install it on the container.

Shop around and get ideas

Visit plenty of hardware and specialist stores before choosing a storage system and see what is on offer. Even if you do not buy the particular system you will get some good ideas that may be you can replicate using cheaper materials.

Have an idea of your storage requirements and loadings (light, medium or heavy duty) before you buy any pre-fabricated system and ensure shelves are deep enough and can be adjusted as necessary. A shelf should be a maximum of 26 inches deep so you will be able to reach items at the back of the shelf easily. This depth also applies to pegboards and cabinets too.

Hopefully this article has given you some ideas on how you can make your workshop and garage tidier and to give you more room to get your work done easily.

Peter S. Kelly enjoys tinkering in his garden shed where he comes up with plenty of creative ideas. He keeps his garage nice and cosy with insulated garage doors [http://www.insulatedgaragedoorsinfo.com] and you can learn more about these at [http://www.insulatedgaragedoorsinfo.com]”

Article Source

These articles are used per the correct terms. The authors links are un-linked at source.

10 Best Outdoor Cooling Fans Decks Need 2021

Outdoor-Cooling-Fans-Decks-Need: outdoor deck

10 Best Outdoor Cooling Fans Decks Need 2021

Photo by Peter Li on Unsplash

Outdoor cooling fans decks utilize are one of the best ways to expand your enjoyment of a back yard deck, pergola or canopy. Outdoor cooling fans can be installed on a wall, on the ceiling, or you may choose a portable fan.


You can stay cooler, and get more use from your beautiful outdoor areas.


Portable units are a comfortable complement to deck and pools areas.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.


The ceiling fans are a perfect addition to covered decks that otherwise would be too hot enjoy.


Some of the larger fans are a bit noisy in a confined area, but are a boon to large outdoor dining and party areas


Read on, about the 10 best outdoor cooling fans decks need.


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Outdoor Misting Fan Kit – 18″ Fan with 1500 PSI Misting Pump – High Pressure Misting System – Residential, Restaurant and Industrial Misting (5 Fans)


  • Base Fan Mist Kit Includes: 5 – 18” High velocity 3 Speed Fan with 4 Nozzle Stainless Steel Ring 1- 1500PSI High Pressure Pump with Solenoid, Pressure Switch and Filtration 5- 25ft Roll of Flexible HP Tubing 1/4” 20- Ultrafine, Anti-drip Brass/Stainless Steel Misting Nozzles – Stainless Steel Mounting Clamps and All necessary fittings for easy DIY installation.
  • PUMP Features: – Quiet operation; – Built in Solenoid Valve; – Built in low water cut off switch; – Commercial Filtration; – UL Rated for Outdoor Use; – Durable Steel Enclosure; – Max Pump Pressure1500Psi;
  • – Supports up to 8 Fans FAN Features: – UL 507 certified for outdoor use – High Velocity (Air throw up to 20 feet) – Corrosion resistant finish – 9ft pre-wired 3-prong plug for 120VAC – 6400 CFM, 1/10HP,
  • 1.4 Amps – Quiet operation – Totally enclosed, maintenance free high performance motor with thermal overload protection – Stainless Steel 4 Nozzle Mist Ring, all kits come with Black color tubing (we also offer White and Grey Color Tubing) contact us if you wish to get a different color tubing.
  • Available options include wireless remote control and cyclic timer
  • Stainless Steel Mist Ring and fittings on each fan are rated for 2000PSI and will complement the looks of any outdoor space. All kits are expandable and can be customized to your yard/deck needs.

    18″ Cool Caddie self contained Portable High Pressure Misting Fan Pump/Fan with timed Mist Cycles, 1000 psi, Beige, 5 Nozzles, 110V, 15 Amp


There are no fancy accolades for this 130 pound, sturdy, powerful portable fan, except “works as advertised”.


But that’s the best comment, I think. Some people who review a product just aren’t up for the essay, 🙂 .


The portable factor makes this choice useful for:

  • Camping
  • Outdoor weddings
  • Backyard parties (take to a friend’s!)
  • Tailgate events
  • Sporting events/practice
  • Swap meet booths


Because when it’s hotter than hot, you don’t want to cancel those well-planned and super fun, or money making events, do you?


You can be prepared for anything all summer with this amazing and efficient portable fan mister. It’s heavy tires support its movement well.

MistAmerica MiniCool Outdoor Patio Mist Cooling System-Outdoor Fan Black


One buyer verifies that this fan does indeed cool your patio down 20 degrees. That’s pretty awesome.


You will need a little help installing this fan, depending on your DIY skills.


It reportedly mists well, and doesn’t soak your patio furniture. From that comment, I suppose some of the misters do?

Matthews DGLK-BN-MTL, Dagny Brushed Nickel Dual 39″ Outdoor Ceiling Fan with LED Light & Remote


There are options for the downrod length, and the angle of each fan. This would be altered manually.


A remote changes three speeds, and is a light dimmer.


Two halogen bulbs are included.


The two fans rotate around the light fixture.

Cool-Off 12 Gallon Island Breeze Oscillating Misting Fan – 26-Inches


This misting fan with a 12 hour run time has sturdy wheels and a break for safety. Roll it wherever you want it and secure it in place.


This oscillating fan is weather-proof and rust resistant.


The copper motor does not buzz or click. You can nap on your deck, in your pergola and under your canopy without being disturbed.


Great for families with new babies and toddlers, or elderly family members.


This fan can also be used in greenhouses and garden areas with plants that need high humidity.


Reviewers cite easy assembly, great for outdoor dinner parties especially in uncovered patio areas.

Modern Forms FR-W1818-56L-OB/DW Nautilus 56″ Four Blade Indoor/Outdoor Smart Fan with 6-Speed DC Motor and LED Light, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish Works with Nest, Ecobee, Google Home and IOS/Android App


Free Amazon tech support is included with this purchase.

Use your smart phone to control this sleek modern unit.

Luma Comfort MF24B 24inch Commercial Misting Fan


You will find the following features in this fan:

  • This misting fan will cool up to 800 square feet.
  • The water tank lasts for four hours before it needs refilling.
  • Oscillating fan head
  • Anti-corrosive metal material
  • Commercial grade construction but with a residential design
  • Powerful but quiet motor
  • Great for working in the garden on hot summer days
  • Will help keep the bugs away


Customers advise have a full tool kit ready for the assembly. You will be threading the water tube through a small space.

60″ Triaire Modern Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Light Dimmable LED Oil Rubbed Bronze Walnut Damp Rated for Patio Porch – Casa Vieja


This fan has a blade pitch of 13 degrees and spans 60″.


The walnut finished blades are described by customers as “gorgeous” and “beautiful”.


The quiet and air output gives a five star rating result.

HydroMist F10-14-006 24″ Shrouded Outdoor Wall Mount Oscillating Fan, 3 Speed On Cord, 0.27 HP, 1.9 Amps, Black


This fan comes with the needed wall mount and brackets.


It is nickel plated for durability.


A smaller 18″ version is available.


Choose speed selection on cord, or on motor.


This fan runs smoothly and quietly.


A misting ring can be added.

CoolZone by Sunheat CZ500 Misting Fan Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan in White with Bluetooth Technology


This fan has a mosquito repellent function. It comes with two packs which run about 12 hours. Replacements are $1.00 each. 


It is quiet. The mist comes from the center of the fan and is very fine. (You can sit close, and not get wet.)


It comes with a remote.


On four wheels, it is sturdy.

An In-Depth Understanding of Outdoor Ceiling Fans by Andrew Strong (emphases mine)

“All ceiling fans are not of the same type since they are all manufactured differently. U should do a thorough study of different aspects of an outdoor fan before choosing a unit. Also, an in-depth analysis of certain aspects such as efficiency, durability, noise, finish, lifespan and warranty helps to gain better knowledge about outdoor fans.

The performance of outdoor ceiling fans will depend upon its energy consumption. It also depends upon the amount or volume of air which the fan circulates. Motors with high voltage requirements utilize very high energy. As a result, it gives out a huge volume of air, so we consider it as being efficient.

The blades of a fan play a major role in the air movement. Avoid selecting the fans just based on their attractiveness because they may not be as efficient. If you want a fan which provides cool air, then you’ll need to look carefully at the pitch of the fan blades. Remember that outdoor fans with greater pitch would always give more air movement.

Besides that, blades with a greater pitch support the motor and give cooler breeze. To reduce the cost, some manufactures cut down the corners of the blade material while others use very thin blades. As a result, the air movement gets decreased. Remember to analyze these features before spending money on outdoor fans.

Quality fans are almost silent. The loud noise of other fans is caused due to the inappropriate fitting of the metal in the motor blades of the fan. Some manufacturers use cheaper ball bearings in order to reduce the cost. The usage of such fans also results in noise pollution.

Moreover, weakly designed and manufactured fans give out the humming noise when the fan is spinning. Damping between metal parts of the fan can cause this noise too. Apart from that, thin metal sheet motors, and cheap parts on the mount system also result in the annoying noise. Therefore, when buying outdoor ceiling fans, make sure to check that the fans don’t have such undesirable qualities.

A fan with quality parts should be the first choice if you want to save money on a long run. Some features of these high performing good quality fans are the pull-chains always pull correctly from it’s housing, and the motor size and blade pitch always blend with one another. Buying fans with these features ensures that they last for a long time.

Another major thing to consider before buying a fan is its finishing. Buy the fans with brass and bronze finishes. Usually such fans tend to be more expensive. You may think that buying a cheaper fan will save you money, but the truth is, it would only tarnish and become unfit for use very soon

Therefore, it is advisable to buy these fans with brass and bronze finishing, which ensures long lasting durability. In conclusion, by understanding the various aspects of the outdoor ceiling fans, you can make a better judgment in buying one, and eventually enjoy it’s breeze, worry free.

You can get a lot more information about outdoor ceiling fans [http://freeoutdoorceilingfans.com/] by checking out the author’s blog. You can even read reviews of popular ceiling fans [http://freeoutdoorceilingfans.com/2009/08/reviews-of-popular-outdoor-ceiling-fans/].”

Article Source


Love history? This is an interesting article by B. Alden Chambers, about the development and use of ceiling fans.


His article concerns indoor fans, yet now we have the convenience of weatherized finishes for outdoor fans, misters, and gazebos, canopies and pergolas(CLICK to view that article) that you can hang a fan in.

Ceiling Fans – Your Key to a Warm Winter or a Cool Summer (emphases mine)

“They come in all shapes and sizes. Some featuring one, two, or maybe even three lights. They are used everywhere, from in residential homes to vast factories and warehouses. I am speaking, of course, about the miracle invention that is the ceiling fan! Now, I’m sure that many of you readers have inhabited rooms that have ceiling fans, but I am willing to bet that of those many people, there are very few who actually know the story behind those fans or how exactly they can work in both summer and winter to provide your room with appropriate climate control.

Dating back, as early as 1870, ceiling fans have always been an effective and inexpensive manner of climate control. Originally, designed to work with a water turbine rather than an electric motor, fans incorporated the use of belts transferring power between the actual fan units that were comprised of two large metal paddles.

It was not until, over a decade later, in 1882, that a man by the name of Philip Diehl, who had previously invented an electric motor to be used in a sewing machine, that he actually later on decide to adapt it and mount it to be used as a ceiling fan unit. This was the world’s very first motorized ceiling fan, a major break through in interior-building cooling technology! This unit was simple to install and got rid of the use of such other vestigial parts such as the mechanical belts and water turbines.

Despite this breakthrough in technology, ceiling fans did not become common household items until around 1920. This sudden peak in popularity was only followed with a sudden drop in the 1930’s. Sales and use of ceilings fans dropped parallel with that of the stock market crash which occurred September the 3rd of 1929.

It was not until the energy crisis of the 1970s to open America’s eyes back up to the energy frugal ceiling fan. Ceiling fans required a fraction of the energy that the massive air conditioning units of that time needed to effectively run, thus making ceiling fans a highly cheap but effective alternative to brave out the sweltering summer conditions as well as spring and early fall in many highly humid zones.

The popularity of ceiling fan usage in America has always been a roller coaster. It is because of this fact, that the spike in popularity seen in the 1970’s could only be met once again by a demise and downfall. This setback was caused by the increase in technology of air conditioning units. A/C units went from being hulking boulders of machines that were usually set beside the house, as opposed to being the compact and inexpensive boxes that could be able to conveniently fit right into the windows of homes and offices, that we know of today. It would seem that the conventional and pragmatic use of ceilings fans had been overshadowed by the bulbous metal tumors that we see sticking out of peoples windows during the triple digit summer days of late July. However, there was still a glimpse of hope for the plastic and metal flower that resides above your bed and in your kitchens.

The modern day ceiling fan has transformed from being an object relied upon by millions to cool down their homes, now to become more of a decoration piece or a work of art, universally advocated by an array of well-established interior decorators. Fans now serve the purpose of adding decor to what would be just plain ceiling lights or in many cases, just an empty space. They can spruce up a dull, boring room instantly and still provide their prime function of climate control. As a college student, fans are invaluable to me. though they are not necessarily ceiling fans, the three fans I keep in my dorm room are about worth their weight in gold. Attending a university that does not provide air conditioning can be beyond grueling in the summer, add to that equation, the stipulation of having three other male students living in the same room and you have what would inevitably a somewhat pungent misery-filled living situation if it not for the utilization of multiple hardware fans.

Fans work in a manner, where they push and move air, rather than change the actual temperature of that air. They function because of the scientific concept known as convection. Convection is simply the idea that as a gas is heated, it will rise and as it cools, will sink. The way the fans work is that each of the paddles on the fan are slanted in such a way that, based on which way the fan is rotating, it will either push air down or pull air up. The manipulation of convection in fans can best be seen in winter use rather than as in winter the warm air will naturally rise as the cold air tends to stay low by law of physics. Setting the fan to pull air up will cause the cold air to be pulled up and force the warm air to fall and that way will keep the people below well heated without forcing any of that warm air back up thus making it lose it’s heat. In the hot summer days the air will naturally rise due to the heat so outdoor fans should be set in order keep pushing the air down, even though the air is hot it will cool as it moves. It will also create that certain breeze of air, we all savor and hope for during those heatwaves brought on by summer droughts.

Though the threat of complete air conditioning take over is continuously looming, fans still continue to provide us with both a solid alternative and supplement for climate control. Over two centuries have passed since the advent of this wonderful contraption and it is still a common object to see in residential areas. They not only provide a certain decor to a room, but as I outlined above, can provide climate help in both the dead cold of winter and the torturous heat of summer days. Even to this day we see many innovations and improvements to fans such as smaller, more efficient motors and the use of variable speed controls. It is because of these constant changes in technology that we can be rest assured fans will continue to be a common part of the average american home.

B. Alden Chambers

Home Improvement and Climate Control Enthusiast”

Article Source

Related material:

10 Best Outdoor Storage Benches For Seating Comfort 2020

10 Best Landscaping Ideas For The Backyard – Ponds And Fountains 2020

10 best landscaping ideas for the back yard

10 Best Landscaping Ideas For The Backyard – Ponds And Fountains 2020

Photo by Hilary Halliwell from Pexels

I hope you have fun choosing from the 10 best Landscaping ideas for the back yard and these beautiful ponds and fountains.


It is recommended that these fountains be brought in (if possible) or covered during winter months.


At all times, the pumps must be submerged.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.


Yet this minor maintenance requirement is well worth the result of having moving water with the calming sounds in your garden, atrium or on your patio.


I had a fountain in the courtyard where I lived when my baby was born. We spent many hours there while he slept, and I caught up on reading or caught a little nap myself. The sound of water falling was exactly what we needed.


In a back yard, or on your front yard area, these fountains will transform your property as only running water can. With or without a pond, perhaps with a waterfall, there are many options for your garden and patio designs. 


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


At the bottom of this page are two articles about the beauty and health benefits of water fountains, for your enjoyment. 

Aquascape Complete Waterfall Kit with 26 Feet Stream | Large | AquaSurgePRO 4000-8000 Pump


This kit comes complete with everything your property requires to incorporate the vision and sound of cascading water into your yard or landscape

  • All necessary components are provided in a convenient, all-in-one kit that takes the guesswork out of purchasing individual components
  • Includes the Aquacape innovative Automatic Water Treatment System, reducing maintenance and allowing you more time to enjoy your water feature
  • Features the innovative AquaSurgePRO 4000-8000 allowing you to control the water feature wirelessly along with a complete LED Lighting Package for night-time enjoyment
  • Aquascape is passionate about the products we produce, providing unique products, designs, and features that stand above the competition


Here is a video discussing the design of a waterfall made with an earlier version of this brand kit:


Half Off Ponds’ XLS0 – 30 ft x 30 ft Extra Large Savio Pond Kit w/ 6,100 GPH Pump, Savio 22 Inch Livingponds Waterfall, & Skimmer w/ 16 Inch Faceplate


This kit assembly earns a 5 star rating!


The pond liner is 30′ x 30′, giving you plenty with which to shape and to shape and line your pond.


Enhancing your property with a pond is a rich, rewarding experience. It certainly increases the value of your real estate.


Savio makes it simplest for you. This company strives to help you create a gorgeous pond requiring minimal maintenance.


The Savio brand is renowned in the pond industry for quality and strength.


Savio Signature kits are perfect for your first pond build or for expanding existing ponds.


These are ideal for homeowners creating an impressive water garden, fish pond or water feature. Get more for your money and remove the guesswork of individually selecting components.


Only Savio products harness the natural dynamics of moving water to keep your pond clean, clear, and healthy. Build your pond right, build your pond with Savio architectural-grade-engineered equipment.

Here is a suggestion a buyer offered about this installation:
what size is the tubing that i will need beside the one it comes with?
I believe all the extra tubing we got was 1-1/4″. I would also suggest adding an additional 6″-8″ piece of pipe inside the waterfall weir input. The elbow is just not long enough, and creates a “sucking” sound without the extension.
By The Austin Family on January 20, 2017″

Savio EPDM Pond Kit w/ 10′ x 15′ LifeGuard Pond Liner, 3,000 GPH Pump, Savio LivingPonds 16″ Filtering Waterfall, & Compact Skimmerfilter w/ 8.5″ Weir Assembly – SA4


With a smaller 10′ x 15′ pond liner, the rest of the components in this kit are scaled to match the dimensions you chosen in this range.


From the review section:


Some people like Savio better because they feel that Savio products are constructed better. Savio skimmers are easier to maintain and add UV filtration too.”


One buyer noted: “ you will need to buy a 1 1/2″ threaded coupling and 2 – 2″ metal coupling clamps to connect the pump piping to the waterfall filter“. Another customer mentioned this too.


The average rating is 4.6 stars!

Sunnydaze 4-Tier Outdoor Water Fountain with Fruit Top – Large Outside Floor Waterfall Fountain Feature for Garden, Backyard, Patio, Porch, or Yard – White, 52 Inch Tall


This traditional looking fountain gets the best rating of its type, from happy purchasers.


The sound is enjoyed. It does splash out a little but on a large patio, or on grass, this does no harm.


1 YEAR WARRANTY: Sunnydaze Decor backs its products with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for worry-free purchasing


This unit is easy to assemble and is quite light.


Don’t be surprised if small birds drop in for a bath.


Here is an installation video to help you get your fountain up fast!


Alpine Corporation 4-Tier Modern Industrial Metal Fountain – Indoor/Outdoor Waterfall for Garden, Patio, Deck, Porch – Yard and Home Art Decor


A sleek modern look enhances any garden that sets off a current design home with rectangular lines.

  • MODERN FOUNTAIN: Industrial fountain is the perfect addition to your decor. Interior pump keeps the water flowing – just plug it in!
  • RELAXING WATER FLOW: Water trickles down to mimic the sounds of a real waterfall, adding peaceful ambiance to your home or yard
  • BEAUTIFUL DESIGN: Sleek stone look offers a cosmopolitan look that is stylish with any decor
  • DURABLE: Zinc construction is rust and weather-resistant to keep your fountain looking new overtime
  • IDEAL SIZE: Fountain statue measures 20”L x 14”W x 43″H, the perfect size for your home or yard

Sunnydaze Stacked Slate Outdoor Water Fountain – Large Freestanding Outside Floor Waterfall Fountain Feature for Garden, Backyard, Patio, Porch, or Yard – 49 Inch Tall


This lovely modern style fountain enhances small spaces as well as bigger yards. Perfect for a small office atrium, a home screened-in porch or outdoor patio, buyers are very pleased with its tranquility inducing water sounds.

Sunnydaze Staggered Pottery Bowls Outdoor Water Fountain with LED Lights, Garden & Yard Cascading Tiered Waterfall Feature, 34-Inch Tall


The LED lights shining up onto to this fountain are a special touch for your evenings outside in your garden or patio area.


The pump has an adjustable flow rate so you can make it suitable for any area on your property. 


This is a perfect fountain for you to sit near while enjoying your favorite wine, herbal tea and relaxing conversation! 

Sunnydaze Buddha Outdoor Water Fountain with LED Light, Patio and Garden Statue Feature, 36-Inch Tall


  • The durable fiberglass construction results in a lightweight product that is easy to maintain
  • Submersible electric pump recirculates water through the fountain with a calming sound
  • The LED light illuminates your space and is a soft addition to your outdoor lights
  • The traditional Buddha design brings a meditational inspiration to your outdoor space
  • The 36 inch height creates a focal point in any garden, yard, or on the patio

The Cair Paravel – 32″ Floor/Wall Fountain w/LED Lights: Indoor/Outdoor Water Feature Perfect for Patios, Welcome Areas, Porches, Decks, Gardens


The vendor states:

“Harmony Fountains’ designs are based in elements of nature with realistic polystone that reflect environments from forested timberland, low grasslands, deserts, to high alpine peaks. 

Harmony Fountains endeavors to provide you with prime quality home, yard, and garden decor. We stand behind our brand and the quality of the items we sell with a money back guarantee. We will send new parts, or, as outlined in out product warranty, a replacement/refund if you’re not absolutely thrilled with your fountain.”


At a slightly smaller height than the fountains aforementioned, 32 “, this appealing unit may enhance your front door area easily, if that is what you’re looking for.


It will also decorate any other area you have chosen to bring the sound of running water into your environment.


The pump is adjustable to get the flow you prefer.

Sunnydaze Shower Outdoor Water Fountain with Light & Planter, Garden & Yard Rain Waterfall Feature, 31-Inch


This fountain has the added touch of a planter built in for you to add a fern or other leafy plant that likes being near water. 


Perfect for a front porch or smaller back yard area, it brings the mood enhancing quality of water in motion for you to enjoy every day!


One cannot underestimate the power of water to improve our experience of our private spaces, helping us leave behind our stresses and worries.

Handy Accessories For Your Fountain

Sunnydaze Khaki Outdoor Water Fountain Cover, 80 Inch Diameter, 80 Inch Tall


Covermates – Fountain Cover – 52DIAMETER x 68H – Classic Collection – 2 YR Warranty – Year Around Protection – Green


Sunnydaze Khaki Outdoor Water Fountain Cover, 56 Inch Diameter, 68 Inch Tall



Are There benefits To Using Water Fountains? by Belinda Nelson

“Water fountains have been used as a symbol of wealth and prosperity since ancient Rome. For hundreds of years people have used water fountains as landmarks and gathering places. Indoor water fountains add humidity to the dry air and the sound of running water creates a sense of well being and calm. Outdoor water fountains have been and still are the focal point of some very famous gardens. Indoor or outdoor water fountains can be beautiful to look at, but did you know they also have health benefits? 
Indoor water fountains act as an air purifier and humidifier. Moving water produces negative ions that are released into the air. These negative ions bond with dust and smoke pulling them out of the air onto the ground. Scientists have studied the effects of negative ions on the brain and have determined they increase our state of alertness and well being. Moving water is also an important element of feng shui.     

The sound of running water produced by your indoor water fountain is known to promote relaxation. Many people buy a relaxation tape or CD that is filled with white noises and one of those sounds is running water. These sounds or white noises block background noises to promote relaxation and help with sleep problems. 
A large outdoor garden water fountain will provide hydration for birds can be elegant or whimsical and makes a stunning focal point in your home garden. Although your water fountain will not produce the millions of negative ions found around large areas of water like the ocean it will make you feel rejuvenated and energized.  
Water fountains have many benefits and adding beauty to your home garden is one of them they also provide a source of water for birds and they offer several health benefits.  Get your water fountain running and start enjoying the many benefits. 
Celebrate Everyday, 
Belinda Nelson

Always Free Shipping on Quality Lawn and Garden Decor at:


Article Source

Can Decorating With Water Fountains Make Me Healthy? by Donna L. Turner

“Water fountains have many different benefits for people both physically and mentally. Installing one in your home or yard can provide you with a serene and peaceful place to relax and may also have a direct impact upon your health. The health benefits of water fountains are numerous – from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress to rest and relaxation to mood enhancing benefits and more. Keeping yourself as healthy as possible is very important, so that you can enjoy life to the fullest. A water fountain can help you to create a living space that can help to keep you feeling young and healthy, in conjunction with diet and regular exercise. Therefore, you may ask, how can a water fountain benefit my health?

Mood Enhancement

First consider this. Where was your first home? Your first home was in a fluid-filled sac within your mother. You spent approximately nine months in this area, evolving, breathing, drinking, playing, and living in the fluid. Is it any wonder that water still has the capacity to soothe us even as adults? Sometimes simply a hot bath or shower rejuvenates us. Or if you have a more substantial budget, a steam room at a spa, or a sauna or jacuzzi may be your idea of water relaxation. Usually just the sound of gurgling and moving water can instantly relax most people and take them to a place of better concentration and peace, as well as speed up the healing process.

Fountains also increase the amount of negative ions in a room naturally. This increase helps to enhance moods in both humans and animals. This is why you have such a good feeling when you breathe in air after a summer rain. By adding an indoor decorative water fountain to your home, you can try to create this feeling every day, no matter what the weather is like outside, so that you and your family will feel more positive and be more emotionally stable.

Respiratory Benefits

Health benefits of fountains can also include respiratory benefits. Studies have found that the circulating water that is part of an indoor water fountain can clean the air even better than some air purifiers. The water naturally removes dust from the air and also helps to neutralize viruses and bacteria as well. This can be very helpful for homes that have allergy or asthma sufferers, helping to decrease the severity of these symptoms caused by dust and other pollutants in the air.

Another respiratory health benefit of water fountains is that fountains add humidity to the air. This is great for people who live in drier climates, because this humidity can help to keep their breathing more comfortable. Dry air can be a significant problem for those with respiratory problems and an indoor water fountain can help to add just enough humidity to the air to aid in breathing.

No matter what size of room or area that you have, you can find a water fountain that will work for the area. From small desktop water fountains to larger wall mounted water fountains, to free standing floor water fountains, these beautiful water fountains can provide significant health and mood enhancing benefits for you and your family. Don’t underestimate the health benefits of fountains. This simple piece of living art can give you a healthier mind and body and a beautiful and relaxing place to hang out with family and friends.

Donna Turner is owner of Fountains-a-Flowing.com, a website dedicated to offering the greatest selection of water fountains online, as well as useful, interesting information related to these beautiful water features. From beautiful self-contained Desktop Water Fountains [http://www.fountains-a-flowing.com/desktop_water_fountains.html] to the more glorious Wall Mounted Water Fountains [http://www.fountains-a-flowing.com/wall_fountains.html], these wondrous water features bring beauty and serenity to any indoor living space no matter what size. Discover for yourself the natural power and wonderment of water fountains as they are becoming increasingly more popular accents used as indoor home decor and surprisingly enough provide a healthy environment.”

Article Source:

Related material:

10 Best Large Metal Wall Art and Yard Decor 2020


10 Best Large Metal Wall Art and Yard Decor 2020

large metal wall art

10 Best Large Metal Wall Art and Yard Decor 2020

Design Toscano is a premier source specializing in historical reproductions. Not only do the designers travel to the source of the art pieces to acquire the knowledge of style and detail, but the customer service is also exacting in its response to buyers and their needs.


Over 90% of art works presented is exclusively offered by the Design Toscano brand.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.


Specialty home and garden décor isn’t easy to come by if you’re not a modern patron of the arts acquiring your own unique works.


Yet why shouldn’t you enjoy reproduction furniture and accessories,  statuary, and one-of-a-kind home and garden inspiration?


Five of the following 10 best large metal yard decorative works are from Design Toscano.


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Dеsign Tоscаnо Outdoor Garden Backyard Décor Colossal Cranes Bronze Garden Statue Set


These are traditionally cast in bronze from wax models.


They come piped for use as a backyard fountain.


These bronze bird statues, remind us of the European tradition of grand-scale garden art, found in castle and villa gardens.


Did you know that if you see a crane flying overhead you have seven years of good luck? I was able to point that out to a friend on her wedding day as a pair flew over us at her brother’s fowl farm, where a real big Greek wedding was to take place later in the day.


These pieces perfectly illustrate the form and grace of the elegant crane.


Cast and crafted one piece at a time in the traditional lost wax method (see the contributed article below) which guarantees lasting beauty, this pair of cranes boast a hand-applied emerald Verde patina.


These Design Toscano heirloom-quality bronze garden statues are a statement that your home is not just a shelter but is a nurturing of your own artistic spirit, which few of us can express for ourselves.


But we can admire it and raise our hopes and dreams with its companionship.


Designed to optionally cascade flowing water from both cranes’ mouths into your pond or fountain, you can add yet another dimension to your garden environment.


Add the optional 1,650 GPH pond pump kit for each bird to create the calming  water music in your garden.


Make a fanciful addition to your favorite pond, pool or fountain! These mega-scaled, magnificent cranes are an ultimate statement in bronze.


Accommodates Toscano Pump Kit DR-1650, sold separately. Each Crane requires its own pump.


Set Includes: Bronze Crane Curved Neck: 24″Wx30″Dx93″H. 64 lbs. Bronze Crane Straight Neck: 24″Wx30″Dx113″H. 64 lbs.

Design Toscano Mucha’s Maiden of The Arts Garden Statue, Cast Bronze


Traditionally cast, and hand finished, this sculpture adds the winding flow of the maiden’s dress to the poetry of your garden environment. In La Belle Epoch sensual design, it will provoke your imagination and motivate your own aspirations, as art is meant to do.


If you like the Art Nouveau style of art, you may enjoy this article about Alphonse Mucha.

“Mucha Artwork by Tom Gurney

Mucha artwork is a topic regularly searched for through Google Image Search with thousands of art fans around the world passionately discovering more and more on the work of famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, with this article covering Mucha artwork in great detail. Those normally searching specifically for this topic often have less knowledge of precise details of the career of Mucha but are perhaps already sold on the qualities of his illustrative skills and the stylish portraits that would always dominate his prints right throughout his career. It is easy to develop a view on Mucha’s career as a whole because of the consistency in style that he adopted throughout after finding his preferred method at a relatively young age and sticking with it for the majority of his output.

Those looking for Mucha artwork as a study topic will quickly realise that illustrative art prints was his method of production and most followed the same proportions and layout. His topics covered seasons and times of the day for example, as he sought to produce series of works that together covered something completely. This is similar to Claude Monet who himself created the respected series of Haystacks paintings which displayed the changes in light and colour over times of the day and in different seasons.

In conclusion, those interested in Mucha artwork will be drawn to his original illustrations and portraits which are his characteristic style that remains consistent throughout. The feminine look to his charming prints was relatively unusual at the time and this helped him to build a large fanbase who immediately took to his style and always looked forward to his future works, confident they would follow a similar artistic direction.

Discover the best Mucha artwork [http://muchaprints.com/artwork/] at Muchaprints.com.”

Article Source

Outdoor Garden Backyard Décor Patio Premium Meditating Buddha Statue, 20 Inch, Real Cast Bronze


This statue is  inspiring of calmness in and of itself. If you have a penchant for meditation or contemplation, or just love to  sit beside an artistic image while you read a book, you’ll love this!


I bet you have already worked hard (or had someone work hard) on your  personal home environment.


So why not add an  art work of traditional casting, one that will sit in your space for generations?


With serene pose and timeless beauty, the Meditating Buddha exudes peace and surrender that will meld seamlessly with your most beautiful garden setting. Our impressive, 360-degree, over-foot-and-a-half-tall bronze Buddha statue is expertly finished with a hand-applied, classic sepia bronze patina to bring out the amazing detail.


Cast and crafted one piece at a time in the traditional lost wax method, which highlights the detail of the sculpt and guarantees lasting beauty. Sure to be a garden focal point, this Design Toscano, heirloom-quality bronze meditation statue conveys that you take the exterior of your home as seriously as the interior.


14″Wx13″Dx20″H. 27 lbs.

Design Toscano SU1029 Asian Dancing Koi Fish Piped Statue Fountain Pond Water Feature, Giant, 22 Inch, Green Verdigris


  • This giant Asian style  dancing fish appears to jump and dance in the water, the fluidity of motion has been captured from the delicate folds of its flapping fins to the eye-pleasing detail of every scale
  • Fountain Focal Point – Inspired by the classic bronze statuary that graces elegant European fountains, this heirloom-quality bronze fish statue adds rich beauty to your home’s garden or yard
  • Each statue is hand-cast in the traditional lost wax method
  • The sculpture is then topped with a hand-applied emerald verde bronze patina
  • This is one of the pieces that is exclusive to the Design Toscano brand
  • A wonderful addition to a garden, oyou may choose to add an optional pump (sold separately) to cascade water into your pond, pool or fountain
  • The fish statue is piped to spit water, measures 17″Wx20″Dx22.5″H and weighs approx. 44 lbs.

SPI Home 31291 Medium Garden Crane Pair Sculpture Brass


These two brass cranes weigh 43 pounds, and will stand on any flat surface and withstand normal winds.


Perfect for your deck, path or pool side, they will add elegance and style to your garden.

Design Toscano Gargoyle of Naples Bronze Garden Statue


Many people don’t know the history of gargoyles, which are on most Christian churches in Europe and the Americas too. 


You may enjoy the following article: 


“The Symbolism Of Gargoyle Statues by Angie Wood

Gargoyle statues are a popular choice for our homes and gardens today. Our fascination with these grotesque creatures is, it seems, just as prevalent now as it was in Medieval times.

Neo-gothic artists take their inspiration from 15th century flamboyant Gothic designs, creating modern day gargoyle statues in “cathedral style”. Gargoyle statues allow the artist a great deal of freedom in style and expression and incorporate a range of styles from the monstrous and grotesque to the amusing or whimsical.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, living in 12th-century France, made this now famous complaint of the gargoyle carvings he saw around him:

“What are these fantastic monsters doing in the cloisters under the very eyes of the brothers as they read? What is the meaning of these unclean monkeys, strange savage lions and monsters? To what purpose are here placed these creatures, half beast, half man? I see several bodies with one head and several heads with one body. Here is a quadruped with a serpent’s head, there a fish with a quadruped’s head, then again an animal half horse, half goat… Surely if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them.”

While no ancient texts exist that explain the meaning of these strange creatures, we do know that artisans as far back as the Bronze Age used grotesque forms including gorgons, griffins and sphinxes to avert the powers of evil. Perhaps medieval man felt he could ward off evil forces by presenting an equally powerful array of evil strength.

Some believe that grotesque gargoyles were intended to be guardians of the church, magic signs to ward of the devil. Amalgamations of animals, humans and mythical creatures have long being used by artists to create frightening images. The devil was said to be always watching, much as gargoyles were always looking down on passersby. Everywhere one looked these silent observers were patiently watching.

The fact that these grotesque creatures were permitted on the medieval church, otherwise embellished with beautiful artwork, could be explained by the notion that the devil is actually on God’s side, doing God’s work when he punishes the wicked. Many gargoyles are demon like and appear to have alighted on the ledges of the church, frozen in flight but ready to swoop down on the unsuspecting at any time.

A popular belief is that grotesque gargoyles were used to educate by frightening or shocking a largely illiterate Pagan population into “behaving”. Physical deformities in medieval times were seen as an act of the devil so these gargoyles served as a warning to sinners.

Some believe these monstrous gargoyles represented the souls of humans condemned for their sins. The price for sinning, although they were spared from eternal damnation, would be to be turned to stone. This would correspond with the theory of gargoyles being for education, as they then would have been reminders of what could happen to those who did not obey religious laws.

However, not all gargoyles were intended to frighten, reprimand or threaten. Some appear to have a more profane purpose; to entertain or amuse. Rather than inspiring dread the more comical gargoyles have lively faces and animated poses, conveying a remarkable sense of energy and giving a great deal of character to the buildings on which they are found. However, even these more comical gargoyles could have well conveyed more than just fun for their creators and original viewers, for humorous imagery can often be used to say things that could not be said, and satire has long been used to confront unpleasant, controversial, or frightening issues.

That gargoyles can be interpreted as both good and evil – is served by a description found in the Roman d’Abladane written by a 13th century bishop. It describes how there were two gargoyles on then gateway of Amiens which could evaluate the motivation of each person who came into the city. If one had evil intentions the gargoyles would spit venom on them so horrible it would cover them and they would die. But when the lord of the city came he would be showered with gold from one gargoyle and silver from the other.

Modern day gargoyles come in range of styles, both frightening and entertaining. The one you chose and the symbolism or meaning attached to it, really comes down to your own personal style. Gargoyle statues are believed to offer protection from evil and many people display them near the front door of the house or in a prominent part of the garden.

Gargoyle statues are becoming increasingly more popular in home and garden decor. I am an avid researcher and collector of modern day gargoyles. Visit my blog http://gargoylestore.blogspot.com.au/ to learn more about the history and meaning of gargoyles, how to use them effectively in your garden design and where to source unique gargoyle statues as gifts for lovers of the Medieval, the macabre, mystical and fantastic creatures.”

Article Source

Massive Silver Metal Wall Sculpture By Jon Allen


  • This aluminum reflective silver color wall art, Synchronicity, an original design by Jon Allen Metal Art, will complement contemporary, modern, or abstract decor.
  • This multi panel measures 84” x 36” and makes a real impact in a modern environment.
  • Pre-installed brackets “float” the artwork 2-inches off the wall.
  • EASY TO HANG: Included is a handy measuring tool to facilitate installation. The aluminum artwork is lighter than other metal art so hanging it not such a big effort.
  • HANDMADE IN THE USA: Designed, created & packaged in our Florida-based Statements2000 studio. This original piece of artwork is signed by the artist and includes a certificate of authenticity.
  • INDOOR/OUTDOOR DISPLAY: This three dimensional silver metal wall decor can be displayed in your living room or patio. It looks terrific under natural light, and dazzles when displayed under track lighting.

XL 50″ Iron Scroll Wall Medallion – Dark Brown


This classical motif is 50″ in diameter. it can hang indoors or outdoors in a sheltered area.


Weatherizing metal art can be done by spraying a coat of clear urethane over all sides, every year.


This design will enhance your deck wall or fence, or can be inset in a gate. 

Pure Art Blue Desire Metal Wall Art, Giant Scale Decor in Abstract Ocean Design, 9-Panels


  • QUICK AND EASY INSTALLATION; Our lightweight aluminum metal artwork is easy to handle and hang up on your walls;
  • The panels arrive ready to hang with pre-installed brackets for quick mounting the Nine-panels which measures 86 x 32
  • Instruction sheet is included
  • ADDS  a 3D effect under your inside or outdoor lighting bringing the waves to life

Large 38″ Indoor Outdoor Ornate Wall Medallion Art Decor Plaque Patio Garden Metal


This beautiful wall art accents a wall or mantle, or a garden patio wall. 


It will add an element to a simple environment without extreme style or flamboyance.


The handcrafted iron and tole medallion is completed with a hand painted brown finish.


The large size and artistic look give it an impressive but not imposing.


The excellent craft work and the classic design offer detail that you would expect from a high-end luxury boutique.


It comes with one circular mounting hook). Can be used indoors or outdoors in a protected environment.


It will develop a natural patina over time if exposed to the elements. If you need a larger size, please see our other listings for the matching 50″ wall plaque for sale!


“The Lost Wax Casting Of Bronze by Alan Beggerow

The traditional process used to cast bronze, developed and used 4,000 years ago, is called lost wax casting. This method results in highly detailed, quality castings and has changed very little over the centuries. The method was used by craftsmen and artists from every culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt up to today.

This process begins with the object that is to be cast. An artist creates a sculpture from clay or wax as these substances remain soft. These sculptures can be very intricate and finely detailed. A mold is then made of the sculpture, usually in two pieces, sometimes more when a sculpture is very large. Plaster is used on small pieces, but fiberglass is also used, especially for larger sculptures. After the molding material has been applied and it has dried thoroughly, the mold is then opened and the original sculpture is removed. Usually the original is destroyed in this process, as the molding material is very rigid. That is why the original sculpture is made of a soft material so that it can be removed from the mold.

After all of the original sculpture has been removed and the mold cleaned, a thin coating of wax is brushed onto the inside of the mold. This is done to capture every intricate detail of the mold. The mold is then put together, and wax is poured in the mold while it is being slowly rotated. After a layer of wax at least three quarters of an inch forms on the inside of the mold, the rest of the wax is dumped out. When the wax has thoroughly hardened, the mold is removed. The wax cast is then worked on by artisans to ensure that it is as perfect as possible.

The wax casts are then dipped into a mixture of plaster and sand. This is repeated many times. Each dipping has to dry thoroughly before the next. With each successive dip, the sand and plaster mixture gets more coarse. This results in a very strong shell being built up over the wax cast. After these shells have hardened, vents and ‘runners’ are added to allow the molten bronze to enter the shell, and for gases and excess metal to escape. The shells are then placed into a kiln and baked at very high temperatures. This heat causes the wax inside of the shell to melt away, leaving an exact image of the sculpture in the shell. This gives the process its name of ‘lost wax casting’. After baking, the shell is now a mold ready for molten bronze.

Once the bronze has been poured and has cooled, the shell is then carefully chipped away, leaving a cast of the original sculpture in bronze. Any flaws are removed, the sculpture can be buffed and left its natural bronze color, or painted. This process is very labor intensive and expensive, but it results in such fine quality castings that it is still used after 4000 years.”

Alan Beggerow is a free lance writer. Visit his writing services website, Ghostwriter, at http://www.ghostwriterboo.blogspot.com

Article Source

Related material:

10 Best Cheap Landscaping Ideas For The Front Yard 2020

10 Best Sound Machines For Sleeping – 2020

machines for sleeping

Image above by naobim from Pixabay

10 Best Sound Machines For Sleeping – 2020


Do you know why sound machines for sleeping are so popular?


“It has been estimated that over 20% of adults suffer from some form of sleep deprivation. Insomnia and sleep deprivation are common symptoms of depression and can be an indication of other mental disorders.
The consequences of not getting enough sleep could have dire results; not only to the health of the individual, but those around them as sleep deprivation increases the risk of human-error related accidents, especially with vigilance-based tasks involving technology.” – Wikipedia


This page contains affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what the vendor advertises.



How’s your sleep? Do you wake up completely refreshed after 8 hours of deep sleep every day?




Years ago I often had to put my baby into the car and drive around for an hour or more and finally his deep sleep blessed us both. Then I could go back home, and with the car still on, I could read a good book or get some shut eye myself.


The vacuum cleaner worked too, until my child got too big to fit in the ‘snuggy’ baby carrier.


Within a few years it was me who needed better sleep! The stress and anxiety of being a working mom did not shut down at night. The city seemed to be getting noisier at night with sirens and helicopters.


Yet I love to leave the window open a bit when I sleep.


You too?


I used some videos from You Tube for a while. The sleep help music is good – and their claims are wild.


They will repair your DNA and erase all negative vibrations harbored deep within your mind. 🙄 .


Anyway, they will help you sleep. Until you lose your internet connection, or it starts buffering. Then suddenly you’re wide awake!


It is so worth it to get a good sound machine that you have control over, don’t you think?


 The number one choices are from the company discussed directly below.


sound machine for sleeping

Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc., (ASTI) is the creator of Sound+Sleep SE, the world’s most advanced sound machine.


This machine produces sound profiles scientifically configured to effect relaxation, renewal and deeper sleep.


Customers have chioice from a selection of white, pink or brown noise programs. Other familiar sounds like ocean, the rain, and other natural sound compositions block indoor and outdoor noises that can prevent or interrupt  a healthy night’s sleep.


Sound+Sleep SE also provides a patented adaptive sound sensor, which uses a built-in microphone to listen to the user’s environment and dynamically change the volume based on ambient noise levels.


Take a look at the two models below (out of five selections).


woman holding tiny sound machine
Hand bag size for travelers.



sound machine
Updated with additional surf sounds.






Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


For the following products, CLICK through on each item, and go to Amazon to see today’s prices and deals.

Somnox Sleep Robot – Robotic Stress Reliever with Washable Sleeve (Grey) – Compatible with iOS and Android




Here is a video presenting the Somnox Sleep Robot.

When I read about people’s struggles with insomnia I really want to help them. I suffered from it for years before I realized how important it is to find a solution for it.


Insomnia induces a cascade of negative cellular and hormonal reactions that cause:

  • Weight gain
  • Inflammation
  • Degenerative disease – via inflammation including cancers
  • Mental fog
  • Increasing anxiety


Do you ever lie awake at night:

  • Thinking about all the worst thoughts you ever had?
  • Feeling remorse about something that wasn’t your fault, or couldn’t prevent?
  • Convinced you are the worst parent/sibling/friend/employee?


Those are some of the things people have shared with me about their ongoing insomnia, during the hours when their brains should be detoxing and resetting for the next day.



This sound machine for sleeping, and brain training machine,  is the world’s first Sleep Robot. A group of robotics engineers developed it, in collaboration with Royal Auping, Europe’s leading circular mattress company.


The Sleep Robot provides:

  • Relaxing breathing rhythms
  • Adjustment to your breathing to a different breathing pattern
  • The Sleep Robot gradually slows down your breathing
  • This makes you calm down, and makes it easier to fall asleep
  • Gives you a point of focus, redirecting your thoughts from stressful ideas
  • Soothing sounds that help you fall asleep
  • Sounds will turn off as soon as you are asleep
  • Programming for your your personal preferences are provided through the companion app on iOS and Android, making sure you get a customized approach to a good night’s rest


It may take one to three weeks for your sleep habits to thoroughly transform.

Huso Home Frequency and Sound Therapy Machine – Helps Improve Sleep, Reduces Stress, Aids Mental Clarity and Focus



This system comes with headphones and sticky pads for use on specific meridian points.


If you have any experience with acupuncture, acupressure, or Reiki healing, you already understand this machine,


But customers who don’t have that background in their healing methods (for themselves or their patients) give this machine a full FIVE STAR rating.


It is not a diagnostic or treatment device. Like the other healing sound machines, it promotes relaxation and calming.


One buyer stated that after ten minutes he fell into a deeply relaxed state.


The ever- increasing cycle of bad sleep, and then less and less sleep can be reversed. The HUSO is unique in the following ways:

  • HUSO begins with the human voice using the time tested and true power of song and sound
  • Delivers beneficial, uniquely enhanced human toning sounds in lossless mode through headphones as well as through pads placed on major acupuncture meridians
  • Results in a natural healthy vibration frequency in your body
  • Counteracts the harmful EMFs (electro-magnetic fields), toxins and stress you are exposed to during the day
  • Re-balances your system leaving you with a clear head, improved health, better sleep, and a feeling of calmness and well being. In only a few minutes


The vendor NOTES: “Commonly known in the medical field as contraindications, people with the following conditions should only use HUSO after consulting with their physician: Seizure Disorders; Severe Panic Disorders; Severe Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Implanted Electrical Devices; Recent Head Injuries”

PEGASI 2 – Smart Light Therapy Glasses, Improve Your Sleep in 7 Days, Feather-Light, Research-Backed Blue-Green Light, Boost Energy, Beat Jet Lag (White)




These light weight glasses are worn before sleep, in the evening.

They are light filter glasses.


It takes approximately one week to change the body’s sleep cycle and melatonin production, using these glass (which also come in black).


If you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) you can replace that huge box of lights with these simple eye glasses.


If you travel frequently, these are handy, light to carry, and can help decrease the Jet Lag faster.


The technology is a result of 10 years research achievement of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Through the patented light-emitting module, the PEGASI filters the harmful blue light, leaving the beneficial wavelengths (between 475-480nm) to be absorbed by your eyes.


These blue-green light wavelengths stimulates melatonin production, which then gives your brain the signal that it is time to sleep – thus  solving sleep problems scientifically.

Can You Benefit From PEGASI ?

Are you looking to:

  • Improve sleep
  • Go through life with more energy
  • Get better sleep from your day sleeping (on night shift?)
  • Transform your disrupted sleep schedule
  • Regulate your mood disorders
  • Resolve your jet lag during travel 


The 4.4 star rating is noted because of the light weight, portability, and effectiveness. 

Sound Oasis Stereo Bluetooth Sound Machine for Sleep and Tinnitus Masking, 20 Non-Looping Soothing Sounds Plus Pink Noise



It’s so small! And look what you get:

  • A rich bass stereo Bluetooth sound machine.
  • 20 options for sounds including Pink Noise.
  • Choose from the provided sounds or Bluetooth stream music your own playlists from your Bluetooth enabled device.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with 30’ range with 2 x 10 watt speakers with >80 dB volume.
  • Headphone jack, Auxiliary input jack, Hands free telephone use,
  • Sleep sensitive indicator lights that turn off after 10 seconds
  • All regular play modes and volume buttons. Built-in rechargeable lithium battery (3.7 V, 4,000 mAh).
  • Is easy for travel – weighs 1.5 lbs (676 grams)
  • Durable aluminum construction
  • Can be used as a speaker
  • A rechargeable lithium battery is included


Described as “best of” its category, this sound machine for sleep gets 66% FIVE STARS.

TWO Sound Oasis® Tinnitus Sound Therapy System® S-680-02



The vendor states:

“Our Sound Oasis group is the world leader in sound therapy systems (otherwise known as “white noise” machines or sound machines). We are passionate about helping you sleep, relax, manage tinnitus or just enjoy more privacy. Our superior nature sounds are authentic, recorded in the wild sounds. We work extremely hard to provide you the best results possible, so we also offer a multitude of sounds that were composed by world leading sleep therapy experts and musicians. We combine these superb sounds with our patented technology (such as our exclusive sound card and Sleep Enhancement technology) to deliver a superior sound experience solution for you.


Our newest Tinnitus sound machine gives you the best selection of sounds developed for Tinnitus relief plus the ability to customize the sound list to your preference. We’ve taken one of our most popular sound machines, reinvented it and made it better than ever.”


The wake up alarm is a gentle chime. The unit has global plug in capacity, plus a USB connector.


If you are sensitive to sound quality you will enjoy the real nature sounds and musicianship that has gone into this product.

Sound+Sleep SE Special Edition High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine with Real Non-Looping Nature



This device has the following features:

  • Over 60 soothing, calming, non-repeating sound environments for better sleep, relaxation, and sound masking
  • Adaptive Sound detects changes in the noise level around you and increases or decreases volume accordingly
  •   You can run the sound all night long, or set the timer to gently turn off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes
  • Front panel lighting automatically dims for distraction-free rest
  • Dual USB power ports
  • Audio input
  •  A headphone jack in case your partner/house mates don’t want to hear it


The following article has some useful information. 

“Sound Machines Prove Sleep Makes A Difference by Melissa Nathans

Working to keep your family going and everything at the office running as it should, you may be neglecting the one thing you need most. It’s your personal sleep! Unfortunately, with all the things you need to do in a given day, it is easy to lay awake at night tossing and turning, unable to get to sleep. The least little noise and you’re wide awake, mind racing, and the next thing you know it is morning.

You can choose to let those little bumps and thumps in the night make you dependent on caffeine for the rest of your natural life, or you can take steps to get a good night’s rest. You can buy a sound machine to fill your bedroom with soothing noises that drown out the little night noises that are currently keeping you awake. Inexpensive and proven to be effective,
sound machines really do make a different.

There are many who doubt the power of sound machines, but the science behind them is sound. When you have a strong sleep routine, you slip more easily into a solid night’s slumber than when you allow chaos to reign in the bedroom. Your body recognizes the natural cues that it is time for sleep and starts to trigger the nerve and chemical responses necessary to plunge you into the deepest stages of slumber.

Sleep machines like this also help you feel like you have more control over your sleep life. You can program your bedroom sound machine to project the sounds of waves crashing on a distant shore, or you can opt for the soft sounds of rain falling. You can create the world where you want to sleep, and your body will become conditioned to recognize when the moment for a good night’s rest has arrived.

The effects of this sleep conditioning will start to show in other areas of your life. Instead of turning up to work as a walking zombie and staggering through the day, you will be able to show up well rested and ready to cope with the challenges of the day. You will get to the end of the work day and still be able to functionally interact with your family. All of these things are real and reasonable effects of owning a sound machine. The sound machines really do make a noticeable difference.

Melissa Nathans, a sleep expert, recommends trying a sound machine [http://www.sleepwellbaby.com/Sound-Machines-s/8.htm] or using a
white noise machine [http://www.sleepwellbaby.com/White-Noise-Machines-s/18.htm] for for insomnia and other sleep problems. For more information, please visit
Sleepwellbaby.com and speak to a sleep professional.”

Article Source

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet



Here is a fabulous sleep machine for a baby. It provides motion, vibration, and soothing sounds.


No more driving around in the car or vacuuming!


You can go do something that really needs doing, or grab a nap yourself.


This is a godsend for work at home moms and dads. And for busy stay-at-home parents (there is always lots of work to do, right? Even if no one calls it work!).


The soothing sounds only last for thirty minutes. However, if you have the Number One sound machine, you can set it for whatever you need.



  • Easy assembly
  • Soft mattress is removed easily
  • Mesh sides – a safety feature for easy breathing

SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine – Real Fan Inside for Non-Looping White Noise Sounds – App-Based Remote Control, Sleep Timer 79.99


About the product
  • Peaceful, non-looping white noise from a real fan (without the cold air)
  • Travel friendly, portable design
  • Fully adjustable tone & volume (10 settings) for babies, kids, adults, and even pets
  • Applications include for office distractions, city street noise, loud neighbors, snoring, barking dogs, tinnitus, and noisy hotel neighbors
  • Optional companion app includes remote control, programmable automatic on/off scheduling timer, night light, and first-ever nursery calibration to protect baby’s ears (available for iPhone and Android)


SNOOZ uses an ultra-efficient brushless DC motor so it uses the energy equivalent of a 6W LED bulb. That means the annual power consumption of SNOOZ is 98% less than that of the average box fan.


No more pointing a fan away from you or your children in the cooler months.

Zidoo Eversolo Sleep Therapy Sound Machine, Natural White Noise Machine, Sound Spa Relaxation Machine for Baby Adult and Traveler


About the product
  • You have TEN HIGH QUALITY NATURAL SOUNDS: Wind; included are a crackling Campfire; Rain; Thunder; Ocean; Stream; Bird Twitter; Summer; Farm;Cafe,
  • NO CLIP LOOPING: The Ten White Noises were specially arranged without any clip looping, to give you uninterrupted hours of sleep
  • WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER SYSTEM: The sleep therapy sound machine enables listening to any music from your favorite playlists through your mobile device or other music player
  • Sounds can be mixed providing much variation

AccuMed White Noise Machine for Sleeping, Baby, with Natural Fan, Night Light, Variable Volume – High Fidelity Sound Machine




For those who love a plain white noise, this device gets a four plus star rating.


It is small, light, and easy to take traveling. Please note, there are no global adapters.


Appreciation is expressed for use with babies and small children.


Here is the adapter you can purchase if you are a global traveler:

Ceptics European Travel Plug Adapter, Ceptics Europe Power Adaptor Charger Dual Input – Ultra Compact – Light Weight – USA to any Type C Countries such as Italy, Iceland, Austria and More (CT-9C)


Your Healthy Solution for Getting Better Sleep, A Privacy Bubble, And Relaxation


Do you have a home office, a large family, or a house full of college room mates?


You need to get away, right? But few of us have that luxury. We have to adapt.


Quiet your mind and relax with the AccuMed Classic White Noise Machine. With a dual speed natural fan and specially designed acoustic housing, you can create a fully customizable soothing sound.


This natural sound conditioner is equipped with 18 LED lights to give you the exact lighting you need. Turn on the lamp with the tap of a button. Press and hold the lamp switch to decrease or increase the light.


Create your own sound haven and chill while you study, read or sleep. With control over your immediate environment you will greatly improve the quality of your life, and your achievements.

Can Sleep Deprivation Effects Make You Foolish? by Elaine W. Cooper

Sleep deprived people suffer from multiple disturbed functions; physical, behavioral, emotional, intellectual. Here we will focus on intellectual and cognitive faculties that are known to be impaired by sleep deprivation. Studies have shown significant Sleep deprivation effects on cognitive functions like memory, reasoning, logical analysis and problem solving.

People who suffer from sleep deprivation effects have decreased creative ability i.e., when they face a new problem they produce only standard and cliche solutions. Also there is a notable decrease in the ability to concentrate, in performance speed and accuracy, and in short memory capacity, which is reduced notably under insufficient sleep, and this affects problem solving. That keeping facts and data in a short term memory is essential to solving complicated problem. Reducing thinking speed, and difficulty in doing quick logical analysis are also serious sleep deprivation effects on cognitive functioning. All these effects create real problems in decision making – as a famous Insomniac – Bill Clinton said: “Every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I’ve made because I was too tired.”

Thus sleep deprivation effects have significant negative influences on academic performance, problem solving, decision making, and more. Sleep is a very important condition for cognitive functioning, in all ages, and it must not be overlooked. The major mistake students do while studying for exams is to stay up all night in order to memorize more. If you learn a new skill or studying for exam just be aware to get enough sleep. Your memorization gets much better in your sleep, Isn’t it great? Go to sleep, your grades will be higher.

It seems that sleep deprivation effects have negative impact on almost any mind faculty.
putting it simply, they do make you fool. Imagine that, sometimes the difference between being smart or a fool is only a matter of getting enough sleep. Don’t neglect your sleep.

Insomnia is not a life sentence. For more information, tips and advice visit [http://www.sleep-deprivation-effects.com]

Article Source

Links in the article were un-linked at source.

10 Best Outdoor Storage Benches For Seating Comfort 2021

outdoor storage benches for seating

Image by Vone Evans Deporter: Daisy And Spunky

10 Best Outdoor Storage Benches For Seating Comfort 2021


Super size your property’s use with settings around your pool and patio. Choose from the outdoor storage benches for seating comfort – your colors, material and accessories, when you get your selection from the 10 best outdoor storage benches for seating comfort.


These bench boxes are all close to five feet long, a couple are just a bit smaller.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.


The solid resin versions are water tight, and the others may need a little help for that in rainy weather.


Please note that these items are seasonal, and if one has disappeared from Amazon it may be back in stock soon, or you may find one in a different brand, yet just like it.


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Victoria Young Resin Wicker Deck Box Storage Bench Container 60 Gallon



This is on the Best Seller list and I understand that. This resin wicker box has a traditional look, but is much sturdier than natural wicker.


It has a cushion seat and will hold up to 400 pounds.


Handles allow easy moving of the box/bench.


The rattan is hand woven and water resistant.


It has an elegant look and will hold your patio cushions, towels, small pool toys, BBQ implements or gardening tools.


Festnight Outdoor Storage Bench with Cushion Seat Brown Poly Rattan Garden Deck Box Waterproof Storage Container Patio Backyard Poolside Balcony Furniture 


Keter 229437 Eden Storage Bench, Grey



This resin bench box assembles easily. Some customers added strapping across the bottom for extra sturdiness.


It is water proof and ventilated, to keep your items dry. Common sense does dictate not to put wet items (like swimming towels) in it.


Plastic is durable through all kinds of weather. This choice may be the perfect one for your yard.


You can add a lock to this box if you like.


The 18 ” back allows for extra patio cushions.


One con mentioned is that the bottom of the box cannot hold heavy items. Yet it is perfect for cushions, towels and small pool toys.


Purchasing two or three will make a furniture set configuration. Add a coffee table or fire pit for a great relaxation and dining area.

Keter Rockwood Plastic Deck Storage Container Box 150 Gallons



Update! This bench is now on the Best Seller list!


This box is big and according to reviewers is quite strong. It is described as slightly off-white in hue.


It assembles with ease, snapping into place and screws are provided for a couple of spots.


The size of this box will help keep your patio/pool area uncluttered and attractive.


For your BBQ area, you can store your grilling tools and cleaners.


This will seat two to three adults in your patio or pool area.


You can also add a patio cushion for color and comfort!

Festnight Outdoor Storage Bench Acacia Wood – Waterproof



This attractive solid Acacia wood bench box got a good review initially, but then…It rained.


The liner is described as water resistant, but it seems best to throw a plastic tarp over the whole thing when it rains.


I had wondered about that, because it is obviously slatted wood. One buyer ended up putting a plexi-glass cover on top which for them, solved the water proof problem.


If you prefer wood, this one is a good choice even though it requires a little maintenance for wet weather.

Lifetime 60254 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box, 150 Gallon, Desert Sand/Brown



This box holds up its claim to being waterproof. One buyer says after the harsh winter, it proved to be mice proof also.


It has a latch if you want to add a lock.


Almost 2,000 reviewers give it 4.6 stars.


Mentions of easy assembly adds to the appeal.


59″ long, it will seat two adults.


Add a patio cushion for extra comfort!

Suncast 99 Gallon Patio Storage Box



Over 100 reviewers star rate this box at 4.5.


Weather resistant and sturdy, this box has been in my friend’s back patio area for over fifteen years. That is where I’ll see the dogs dozing in the sun.


There is always a supply of clean swimming towels in this box, for when kids drop over for a fun time in the pool. It also holds tablecloths and place mats for their outdoor dinners near the BBQ.


This bench box can also accommodate a padlock.

HYD-parts Black Patio Storage Bench120 Gallon



There are mixed reviews about this box’ sturdiness but much appreciation is expressed about how much it can hold.


It is handy to store your speakers, radio or other device for your back yard entertainment. It can take a lock, for extra security.


The black is a true one and can be a great decor addition, perhaps with colorful potted flowers bordering it. If you like tropical colored patio pillows, they will look fantastic with black.

70 Gallon Deck Box Brown Resin Patio Loveseat Slatback



One of the first things I noticed from the purchaser photos was that one buyer bought three, effecting a living room type of configuration. It is quite attractive, with matching cushions.


This a great idea for a household that cannot afford the $1,500.00 plus patio furniture sets. Not only does this idea give you 210 gallons of storage space, but there is plenty of seating room for family and guests.


If you want to see those furniture sets to compare, you can check them out HERE.


The slat back design also makes this choice good for an indoor piece. Front halls, mud rooms and indoor porches will look very nice. And all that storage!

Tidyard Outdoor Garden Storage Chest Deck Box with 2 Wheels



I have included this box, with wheels, even though it has no reviews, yet. It is on the “Most Wished For” list, and I can see why.


I would want a box that is easy to move around the yard. It appears to be well built and is attractive.



10 Best Home Generators For Power Outages 2021

home generators for power outages

Home Generators For Power Outages

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Which of the home generators for power outages is right for my house?


How many appliances can a 5500 watt generator run?


(Check Amazon’s Generator Wattage Guide – click here.)


That link opens in a new tab so you can easily return to this page.


These are questions most folks don’t have the answer to. 


Thus my presentation of the 10 best home generators for power outages below. 


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.

Are There Automatic Home Generators For Power Outages?


Yes. These are also called standby generators and will switch on automatically when a power outage occurs. More details here.

Are There Portable Home Generators For Power Outages?


There are various sizes of portable generators, some options below, that you can buy, according to your needs.


Buyers can choose from:

  • Diesel home generators for power outages
  • Propane home generators for power outages
  • Solar home generators for power outages
  • Natural gas home generators for power outages


These can power huge mansions or the smallest apartment. 


Below are the 10 best generators according to customer ratings. 


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking (AL= Ad Link) to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Briggs & Stratton 76107 25kW Home Standby Generator System with Dual 200 Amp/Split 400 Amp Automatic Transfer Switch, Gray



This high powered 25kW with iys Symphony II Power Management can manage your home, up to 19,000 square feet with a 5-ton air conditioner.


The “Symphony” power management refers to the built in ability to coordinate the power allocation to your variety of household machines, from A/C to your smallest table lamp.


Imagine the invisible conductor pointing his/her baton at your A/C to prompt a surge of power when it is switched on, or to your well pump, when needed. 


You can rely on the fact that your home will continue to operate smoothly the next time you have a power outage. Regardless of the source of the blackout, the Briggs and Stratton 25kW standby generator system switches on within seconds to continue providing the exact power your household requires


Your purchase of this liquid cooled 25kW system is also supported by our industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.


It runs off Natural Gas or Liquid Propane.

Generac 70351 16/16 Kw Air-Cooled WiFi Home Standby Generator, Aluminum



This is a Smart product, which you can control with your phone, tablet or computer, from any location where you have a connection.


The Generac’s Guardian Series® generators automatically switch on to provide you with backup power when a power outage occurs.


It comes with a FREE Mobile Link, so you can oversee the function of your generator.


It connects to your Liquid Propane or Natural Gas fuel, seconds after your electrical provider’s failure, or planned outage.


It will switch off when the utility power switches on.


Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., you can select the exact size you need from these standby generators.


It is recommended to contact your nearest Generac dealer to arrange for proper installation.


Generators can malfunction, and recently one did in my area, the result being that three homes were burned. The panic and haste of buying a generator when power companies suddenly announce their planned outage (to compensate for not maintaining their equipment) can lead to improper installation. 


The process and time need for installation for this unit is trimmed down for the installers due to removable door panels, a foundation pad that minimizes ground preparation, along with efficiency of the wiring techniques.


Cutting edge engine design and meticulous performance tests are to what is owed the successful results the Generac’s line.


Generac offers 24/7/365 customer support from their nationwide dealer network of 5,000+ strong, the most of the entire market.

Champion Power Equipment 100294 Home Standby Generator



Features of this product:

  • Get 24/7  power for your entire home – no interruptions
  • 14, 000 watts of consistent power on propane and 12, 500 watts on natural gas
  • Automatic Transfer Switch and adjustment for Demand
  • 24-volt starting system
  • No warming kit needed – functions in weather ranging from -22 Degree F to 104 Degree F
  • The sub-panel style transfer switch has 8 available circuits
  • Battery charger maintains the charge at all times for automatic start up
  • Self-diagnostic tests are run weekly
  • Backs up your house’s entire 200 Amp distribution panel and manage up to 8 high demand appliances


Home’s circuits are divided into priority functions – from essential to less vital. When a generator reaches maximum capacity, your high demand appliances are managed to avoid overload.


When demand decreases, the generator will automatically reacquire the appliances that are managed.


Appliance usage is controlled and reacquired sequentially.


An all-weather, composite mounting pad is included for easy installation, plus the steel enclosure protects your generator from the elements.


This 14-kW-rated unit produces 58. 3 amps at 240 volts on propane and 52. 1 amps at 240 volts on natural gas.


All generators make noise. This unit has a sound-dampening lining and a low-tone muffler to reduce noise through a unique baffle system and make this unit the quietest in its class.


The alternator produces less than 5% total harmonic distortion (THD) to ensure safe use with even the most sensitive electronics.


Buy worry-free. The Champion Support and our nationwide network of service centers will back your purchase up with a 10-year limited and FREE lifetime technical support.


No returns on Home Standby Units.

View more options below, and click to Amazon for products details!

Rockpals 12,000-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator, CARB EPA Compliant Gas/Propane Generator With Electric Start, 120V/240V 20A/30A/50A AC, 12V DC Output, Up to 20 Hours For Home


All Power America APG3590CN 10000 Watt Propane Portable Generator w/Electric Start for Home Backup Power, Hurricane Damage Restoration, RV Standby, Green/Black


Sungzu Portable Power Station 1000W, 1010Wh Portable Solar Generator Lithium Battery Backup Power Inverter with 2 110V AC Outlet, 2 DC, 4 USB for Home and Outdoor Camping Emergency


KMASHI Portable Generator, Portable Power Station 1010Wh Solar Generator Emergency Battery Backup Power Supply with 110V/1000W AC Outlet for Home Outdoors Camping Travel


ROCKPALS 500W Portable Power Station, 540Wh Lithium Battery Solar Generator Backup Power Supply with 110V AC Outlet, 2 DC Port, Car Port, Type C, QC 3.0, Emergency Light for Camping Home CPAP


Etq TG32P31 3600W Portable Generator, Home Generator (TG32P31DF 3600W Dual Fuel Generator – Use Gas or LPG/Propane)


Portable Camping Generator, 330W/78000mAh Portable Power Station, CPAP Battery Power Supply,Solar Generator with110V AC, 12V/10A DC,QC3.0 &TypeC, Wireless Charger,SOS Light for Travel Home Emergency



After going through several power outages recently, and seeing the local hardware stores run out of generators in the early morning, it seems prudent to plan for the next calamity brought on by irresponsible power providers.


The increasingly bad weather is a big part of this.


The 19th Century model power grid, that needs to be completely redesigned, is a big part of this. For instance, I recently read about a huge solar farm planned for the Cantil California area. It will supply solar power to about 150,00 homes in the Los Angeles area. 


This plan is per the 19th Century model – the idea of transferring that power to another area. It’s antiquated. Why not just put that solar array onto the houses it is going to power? Keep it local.


Then weather, earthquakes, et al, in another area won’t shut that power down. And, give those same homes a powerful generator too.


A previous City of Los Angeles study had shown that only two houses per city block needed solar power, to fuel the entire block. A plan was in place to move forward, starting by giving senior home owners the solar arrays.


It just disappeared somehow. 

Why Is California Shutting Off Power?


There is an angry ongoing discussion in this state, in the capitol, counties, cities and small towns.


Shutting off power to prevent wildfires of enormous destruction sounds sensible until you think about it.


And that comes to another very important question.


Should power companies be owned by the tax payers – customers? Or should they be corporations that serve their share holders first, and the infrastructure of their delivery system last?


Why shouldn’t profits go first to the reliability and safety of the equipment? How is it legal for for this to be neglected?


This issue will be reviewed, hopefully, ongoing.


Yet, already I hear good PR ads by PG&E on the radio. I never heard those before the massive transformer-sparked fires of recent months.


This makes that company look more irresponsible than ever. We don’t want to hear that, right?


We want to think that the company is out there fixing the weak spots, replacing old equipment. Just get on with it!


Don’t blah blah on the radio about how much you care!


Since no political solution comes quickly, we need to think about how to protect our homes and property from the huge losses of a power outage.


For instance, all the food in your fridge and freezers will cost a lot to replace.


If you own a business, how much income is lost over a few days of being without power? Especially if you have a restaurant or food store.


However, no matter how you get your power, you will always need a generator of some kind, to have uninterrupted electrical power.


I had a friend who used to say “peace of mind is cheap”. I always remember that when I consider buying something expensive, and contemplate the expense of:

  • Worry, maintaining a risky situation
  • The expense of loss when not insured (by a policy or in this case, a generator)

More info that may interest you:

The Best Solar Panels For Home Yard Boat RV 2021 – Top 12

10 Best Rated Robotic Vacuum Cleaners 2021

best rated robotic vacuum cleaners

10 Best Rated Robotic Vacuum Cleaners 2020


Here, I’m presenting the 10 best robotic vacuum cleaners, 2021.


These devices are also called “botvacs”. When I say best rated, I am gleaning from the 3-4 Star and up reviews given by Amazon customers, at this time of writing.


All products get occasional negative reviews, and I always read them. Why?


To see if the reviewers tried to use the customer service, and how that worked for them.


Most Amazon sellers will bend over backwards to fix a problem. So I go with the three to four + reviewers, regardless of a few bad accounts.


Reading reviews is good for getting the useful information. For example, one customer complained that the vacuum would only run for a small amount of time. Turned out they had it set on “one room” instead of “whole house”.


Take the time when you get your robot vacuum to program it and allow it to map your home. With a unit that doesn’t program, review all the settings and adjust them for your home.


You only have to do this once, even if it takes hours. Still beats hand vacuuming all the time, yes?


Which Of These Smart Wi-Fi Connected Robots Will Clean Your Home?


When you buy the best robotic vacuum cleaner for your home, you will have reviewed:


The size of your home – how many stories or areas need cleaning?


Do you have furry pets? How many, what types of hair, and do they shed seasonally or year round?


How much can you spend? Do you need financing?


Do you want to run your vacuum from your smart phone? Do you want the convenience of controlling your house cleaning from the office, when you unexpectedly find out guests are arriving?

ONE – MIELE Scout RX2 With Home Vision


This expensive vacuum gets praise firstly for being so quiet. That comes up frequently in the reviews.


The other aspect of this machine is the Home Vision – you can see what’s going on in your home when you’re away! Encrypted transmission to your smart phone gives you high security.


Reviewers mention efficient hair removal  from several all year round shedding dogs. That is certainly appealing.


This reminds me of my mom, who was allergic to dogs, but couldn’t live without them. She had four Basset hounds at one point, and she vacuumed every day!


She had an Electrolux canister vacuum, and she even vacuumed the dogs with the brush accessory tool. (They loved the attention).


She used Eucalyptus oil drops on the filter, per the advice of her doctor, to help with the breathing issues.


My goodness she would have loved this device!


The .4 liter dust container is easy to empty. It has an air filter also, another bonus.


This vacuum can adjust automatically to carpet cleaning when it moves off the hard floor.


Pay $61.06/month for 18 months, interest-free with your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card ” This is what is offered at the time of this writing.


Miele has been producing top quality machines for 120 years. It seems to be leading in the robotic vacuum cleaner field at this time.


The oh-so-quiet factor could be very meaningful for someone who works at home!


This could benefit a household with sleeping babies or napping toddlers too.

TWO – iRobot i7 + (7550) With Automatic Dirt Disposal


This is the top priced package of the i7’s, which includes an extra brush and filter. It also includes the vacuum emptying bin. The robot will empty itself at the bin dock.


With this handy dirt disposal bin, you can go for weeks without attending to this botvac. The bin bag can hold thirty disposals from the device.


This disposal action is quite loud, like a hand dryer unit, but I’m sure it’s worth the high level of convenience infrequent attendance!


On its first use, the i7 will map your home.


You can use voice commands to instruct the machine, with Alexa or the Google Assistant.


The programming options to label rooms, set groups of rooms to be cleaned, separate rooms, or the entire floor of your home, will give you customized vacuuming choices.


Each cleaning area can be set for a specific time.


The i7 will navigate under curtain edges, bed ruffles and couch skirts.

Handy Replacement Kit For i7 and i7 +

THREE – Neato Robotics D7 Connected Laser Guided Smart Robot Vacuum


best rated robotoc vacuum cleaners 2019
Source: Used With permission.


Wouldn’t you love a robotic vacuum cleaner that scans and maps out your entire house?


That cleans in the dark? (Laser technology)


That moves in a grid of straight lines instead of just bumping into walls and bouncing off somewhere?

Get In The Zone


Zone cleaning is one of its smarts.


This botvac is known for good speed – very handy for last minute cleaning jobs!


You can program up to three maps, for each story of your house.


You can program in “avoid” places. We all have a few corners that we kind of have to personally manage, right?


Don’t you love knowing this vacuum can pick up 99% of dust (and dust mites?). If there are allergies in the family, this is especially important. We don’t see the dust that flies around with every step we take, do we?


We run fans, the heating,  or the A/C and we don’t see the dust that rises and floats around. And guess what filters it? Our lungs!


A big plus is that the D-shape allows it to navigate into corners that those round botvacs get bumped off! This improves cleaning along baseboards or the edges of cabinets and other floor reaching  furniture.


Here are two videos to help you connect your device to your phone.

How to Connect your Neato Botvac Connected to your iOS Device

How to Connect your Neato Botvac To Your Android Device


FOURiRobot Roomba 960 Robot

  • W-ifi connected mapping
  • Works with Alexa
  • 99% of dust and pet allergens filtered


Despite a couple of unhappy consumers with extreme pet hair loads, this unit gets 4.1 stars from over eighteen hundred customers. 


Every vacuum cleaner with a clean filter is an air cleaner. And that matters, right?

FIVE – Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner


I really like non-black objects. They don’t look so good in my place and I only get black things when I have to. So many products in electronics only come in black. But that’s just me.


Many people buy for decor as well as technology, including me). And I know I’m not alone. But back to the basics – why get this thing anyway?


Well, how long does it take you to vacuum your entire house? Seriously…carrying a vacuum upstairs, or down a short four inch step to the next room…You don’t need to be straining your back after the nine-to-five job!


If you are a working woman/man, or parent – give yourself a break!


The robot to sort and do your laundry hasn’t been invented yet, has it? You’ll never be lacking for house work to do!


Okay, it’s a bit of an expense but you don’t blink before you buy that new $700.00 smart phone, right?


So now that you have the smart phone, buy your robot vacuum, get the App and go!


The Roborock can mop and wipe, leaving no water streaks. Perfect for your tile floors.


It can crawl over small rises, up to 2cm, or about 3/4 in. It will move easily from hard floors to most carpets.


Regarding all the robot vacuums, reviewers often note that they have problems with some area rugs. Is this because the rugs slide, or have thick fringes? I’m not sure.


Smart APP control: use the Mi Home App for scheduling, map saving, setting no-go zoned& barrier tape, zoned cleaning, spot cleaning, direction control, real-time monitor and customization. ” – Amazon


The video below is a good demo on how this device can be best used.

SIX Xiaomi Mijia


This machine has:

  • Remote activation with Mi Home App
  • Adjustable brushes for all surfaces
  • 2.5 hours cleaning from a full charge
  • One year warranty
  • Replaceable rollers and Hepa filters (for over the years of use)
  • Includes a cleaning tool to get pet hair off the main brush

SEVEN iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity with the iRobot HOME App
  • Connects with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice activation
  • Edge-Sweeping Brush and heavy particle sensors
  • Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head
  • Works on Carpets and Hard Floors
  • 90 minutes of cleaning before it docks to recharge


Over 3500 reviews give this model a 4.1 star rating. Emphasis is on the very satisfactory results of picking up pet hair. Note that the dust bin may have to be emptied more often for heavy pet hair loads, which makes sense, right?


One happy customer says her 2.5 hours a week spent floor cleaning is now reduced to 1-15 minutes!


EIGHT eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim)


This vacuum is a real work horse and it is quiet. It is slim, light, and automatically adjusts its suction power as needed.


It comes up as a customer favorite for price and great results. It merits 4.4 stars from over 4000 purchasers!


NINE –ILIFE V8s Robotic Mop&Vacuum Cleaner


Customers who had earlier models of this vacuum praise the upgrades. It is a less expensive robot cleaner, but still gets good reviews for:

  • Ease of popping out brush and removing longer hairs (human)
  • Large dust bin, low maintenance
  • Good battery life after one year’s use


This machine also mops and is recommended for homes with large wood/tile areas. It does not have a middle brush for cleaning carpets. Yet, purchasers don’t complain about its carpet cleaning results.


The manufacturers do NOT recommend it for thicker carpets or thick area rugs.


TENILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Max Power


Under $160.00, and under 6 pounds, this vacuum gets great reviews – 4.1 stars from over 2600 customers.


There is no wifi connectivity. Its merits include a strong engine and good for getting up pet hair.


One OCD (self-appointed) individual with four kids and pets, says it is the best robot vacuum his household has used. The brush needs to be cleaned weekly for best results.


Still, that is easier than coming home and hand vacuuming the house two to three times a week, right? This gentleman has a stay at home wife but he shares the floor cleaning…So…


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

For History Buffs – Vacuum Cleaner History

The first vacuum cleaners used bellows to blow dust into collector bags. They were developed in the 1860s. Motorized designs hit the markets at the turn of the 20th century, achieving commercial success in the first decade.

In 1860 Daniel Hess of West Union, Iowa designed a carpet sweeper with a rotating brush to capture the dust. A bellows created the suction.

An 1869 model, the “Whirlwind”, was invented in Chicago in 1868 by Ives W. McGaffey. It was a bulky hand cranked machine that was difficult to operate, yet it achieved some commercial success. [

In 1876 A similar cleaner was constructed by Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose company also manufactured carpet sweepers. Bissell remains a popular name, today.

Powered Vacuum Cleaners – Delivered To Your Door

In 1898 John S. Thurman of St. Louis, Missouri submitted a patent (US No. 634,042) for a “pneumatic carpet renovator”. This machine was to blow dust into a receptacle.

Cleaning services would bring such machines to their customers’ residences on a horse-drawn wagon as part of a door to door house cleaning convenience.

In 1901 American inventor David T. Kenney designed an elaborate 4,000 lb. steam engine driven system equipped with pipes and hoses inserted into all parts of a home or building.

antique vacuum cleaner

Eckernfoerde, Germany, 2014 Museum Photo by THomas Quine

The first portable vacuum cleaner aimed at the domestic market was designed in 1905 by Walter Griffiths.

Of note, in 1906 James B. Kirby created his first of a continuing line of vacuums. His “Domestic Cyclone” used water as a dirt filter.

Daisy vacuum cleaner

By Thomas Quine – Antique Daisy vacuum cleaner

Other early portable vacuum cleaner developers were William Henry Hoover in America and Electrolux in Sweden.

Hoover, Kirby, Bissell and Electrolux are names that we know well today.

Fast forward to 1997. Electrolux of Sweden presented the Electrolux Trilobite, the first cordless robotic vacuum cleaner, on the BBC-TV program Tomorrow’ World. It appeared on the consumer market in 2001.

This vacuum cleaner history is from Wikipedia.

10 Best Patio Sets With Fire Pit Tables 2021

a fire pit on a patio, with furniture

10 Best Patio Sets With Fire Pit Tables 2021


I hope to help you choose from the best patio sets with fire pit tables for your property, for both your entertainment and family comfort needs.


This page contains amazon affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here. This does not change your price, you pay what Amazon advertises.

Here are the 10 best patio sets with fire pit tables, to make your selection easier.


Have you been under-utilizing your available space in the back yard? Wouldn’t you love to have a veritable outdoor living room with which to take advantage of your deck or patio space?

Whichever you decide to buy, you will upgrade your property in a very valuable way.


Best Online Shopping Guide is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


DELACORA BARBADOS-06h-CILANTRO Barbados Outdoor 6 Piece Conversation Set with Fade Resistant Upholstery – Includes End Table, Fire Pit and Sectional


This beautiful curved set with a round fire pit table comes with two end tables which also serve as storage spaces.

This set includes foot levelers for placement on an uneven yard area.

It will arrive FULLY ASSEMBLED.

The water resistant cushion covers are zippered and washable (but please sir dry!).

The end tables are cast aluminum and weather resistant.

Does a curved setting seem cozier somehow? This new design seems that way.

The wicker bottoms are solid and have extra flexible strapping for quality suspension and durability.

The manufacturer states

“If you don’t see a configuration that fits your needs, please contact us and we’ll help you build your own set!”

Wouldn’t you love to customize this set – options for colored throw pillows and a second set of cushion covers are offered.


LIVING SOURCE International 8 Piece Rattan Sectional

You will want to be out in your backyard every spring, summer and fall evening, viewing the sunset or stars above.


Doesn’t that sound wonderful?


This is how you relish your beautiful backyard – no more getting chilled and going inside to escape that sudden drop in temperature.

Maximize Your Time Outdoors


Imagine sitting out back with your morning coffee, feet up on the table, reading your morning news or a good book on your e-reader.


The birds chirping and the wind rustling through the trees welcome your new day.

Special Feature Of This Set


NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED ~when your patio chairs and fire table arrive they are ready to use on your patio.


Enjoy your backyard again with these gentle sloped-back seating and fire pit set. You can enjoy the heat of the fire during the cool nights, allowing you to spend all day and night in your backyard space.


Made with top quality wicker and proper outdoor water resistant fabric cushions, these seats are modular giving you your own patio design.


There are color choices for the cushions.


The fire pit is made with top quality material that is sure to have all of your friends wanting to get this set for themselves.

KINGER 5 Piece Round Propane Gas Fire Pit Table Patio Conversation Set, Red Outdoor Cushions Rattan Wicker Outdoor Furniture Patio Rocking Chairs, 50 Inch Stone Tile Top Deck LP Fire Pit Table


Rust resistant frames are a feature of these four spring-action rockers.


The chairs glide easily, and the bases do not move.


This set creates an intimate and cozy conversation-inducing space for long evenings where you and your friends can sit around and resolve the meaning of life, right?


The forty inch fire pit is still plenty big enough to double as a coffee table.


The fire pit material is aluminum Durastone FRP (fiberglass reinforced polymer).


Wouldn’t you love to serve your coffee or favorite wine around this fire and enjoy your best hours with pals or partner?


HANOVER NEWPT6PCFP-NVY-TN 6 Piece Newport Woven Seating Set in Navy Blue with Fire Pit Table


This extra plush set with cushy foot rests is super inviting!


Reviewers report “very simple to assemble”…”very sturdy”.


This deep-cushioned set comes with a love seat, two chairs and two large and equally plush ottomans.


What a great way to relax after the work week!


What a wonderful way to digest after an outdoor dinner, with one’s coffee, herbal tea or favorite brandy.


Two or three small children could cuddle up in each of those armchairs, don’t you think?


Actual measurements:

35.00” L x 64.00” W x 35.00”H – Loveseat
30.25” L x 35.00” W x 35.00”H – Chair
28.25” L x 21.25” W x 16.50”H – Ottoman
23.82” L x 35.83” W x 23.50”H- Fire Pit Table

Special Features Of The Comfort And Style

  • The Newport woven seating set from Hanover outdoor is an extra depth seating set which presents a traditional style elegance.
  • The gentle slope of the woven arms are quietly ergonomic for relaxing shoulders and back.
  • You and your guests will enjoy decompressing from life’s stresses on the soft fabric covered deep-seating loveseat.
  • Each piece of furniture is hand- crafted using strands of hand-woven, all-weather resin that offers long-lasting durability and creates a chic coastal vibe.
  • The cushions and pillows are upholstered with quick-drying, stain- resistant and UV protected fabric wrapped around thick layers of foam.
Their color and vibrance will not fade quickly from sunlight.
Wouldn’t you love to offer such a cozy escape from the nine to five
(or later) pressure around this the warm fire pit table?
If you like this somewhat Victorian antique set look, this is
definitely for you!
Bring out your tea tray to this setting.
Have friends over to share a bottle of wine and cheese nibbles!
Can you picture it?
The fire pit’s safe, non-polluting design is a huge plus for urban areas where burning wood is banned due to air quality management.

HANOVER STRATH6PCFP-BLU-TN Strathmere Ocean Blue with Fire Pit Table Outdoor Patio 6 Piece Lounge Set, Stone Top


Put your feet up! These cushy chairs with ottomans are the ultimate in relaxation. Recline with a glass of wine or herbal tea and truly let go of your busy day.


STRATHMORE Allure Lounge Set by Hanover Outdoor


This collection features hand-woven frames and generously-sized cushions to create a resort-style retreat in the comfort of your own backyard.


Gather your guests around this inviting set and enjoy hours of comfort and conversation by the glow of the fire pit table.


The fire pit’s reliable performance will captivate your visitors as the flames flicker across the pretty red fire glass provided for the center burner.


The thick extra comfort cushions are offered in an all-weather fabric that compliments any deck, patio or garden environment.


The cushions consist of easily maintained fabric and plush layers of foam.


Enjoy creating your luncheons or dinner parties in your outdoor and private social area that will greet your guests with comfort, style and warmth throughout the year.


Maybe you’re a new owner of your home. Or perhaps you’ve spent years cultivating a backyard garden?


Now you can’t wait to get out there and reap the rewards of your hard work.


I hope that viewing all the sets on this article will help you examine your options, your preferences and the styles of your choice.


Having a fire pit table means you can enjoy three seasons outside instead of just the summer.


This investment will triple your pleasure – all the money, hard work and patience you and your family have put into your little piece of heaven in the privacy of your yard, will enrich your lives for years.

CRESTED Bay Patio Furniture ~ Outdoor Aluminum Sectional Sofa Set with Dark Grey Fire Table


The rust resistant aluminum frames are perfect for humid areas. If you’re on the coast or on a lakeside,this is a good choice for you.


The set is described as light, but sturdy against wind.


Do you love to sit around a fire and roast marshmallows? This is perfect for your evenings outside with the kids!


Assembly is required. 


One reviewer mentioned a problem with the product that was remedied by customer service quickly.


Please note that the throw pillows and cube table shown in the picture are not part of this set.


A propane tank holder is included. It is not specified why it is separate or how it fits in the fire table assembly.


The love seat and two separate chairs make a small and cozy conversation area.


The durable aluminum is considered a tad rough by one purchaser, yet it was given four starts overall.


Often Bought With This Set


The table can be used upright for a tighter formation, or set to be longer and lower.


The materials are the same (rust resistant aluminum and water resistant cushion covers).


You may prefer this light weight set that can be moved around easily in your deck or patio areas.


Love bright colors? This neutral coloring could easily be enhanced with bright or patterned throw pillows or a pot of  flowers on the end table.


It is good to have your own personal touch with design choices, isn’t it?

CHRISTOPHER Knight Home Crested Bay 5 Piece Silver Aluminum Framed Set


This lighter colored light weight aluminum design will enhance a patio or deck design and offers a wide space for enjoying your outdoors.


The rectangular fire pit will keep your party warm and engaged for hours.


I can see this light toned set next to your pool, a harmonious vision.


It would also enhance a yard filled with white blossoms or birch trees.


Yet, seriously it would look gorgeous on any deck or patio.


The rectangular fire pit will keep your family or visitors cozy and relaxed during long evenings.


You can serve your multiple course dinners and linger for pleasant conversations without getting that evening chill.


That’s a huge plus, isn’t it, that you’d love to have?


While some assembly is needed, reviewers state that it is easy and not time consuming.


The cushion fabric is 100% polyester,and is the standard outdoor water resistant quality.


You are paying for both structural and comfort quality with this patio set.


One amazon reviewer bought two sets, they loved their first one so much. The good impression made by the quality and comfort prompted them to do so.


And has it occurred to you that while increasing the square foot usage of your property without building a structure, you’re not increasing your property taxes?


That is a side effect benefit. The important thing is you and your family’s comfort and enjoyment of your patio/yard – and of each other!


Isn’t that factor the most precious?

GDF Studio Livingston Outdoor 4 Pc Club Chair Set


This dark brown faux rattan set gets a couple of mentions of being a little on the small side. It sounds like it is not the choice for tall people.


Otherwise it gets good reviews, and it needs assembly.


Materials are sun resistant and water resistant.


For a simple gathering area with a fire pit this fits the bill!

Modenzi Outdoor Sectional Patio Furniture with Propane Fire Pit Table Espresso Brown Wicker Resin


Available in six colors!


You can configure your own patio or deck design!


You may choose a long sofa, with the four sofa chairs in between the corner chairs.


Perhaps you would prefer a shorter sofa with two of the chairs placed at ninety degrees for a U-shaped design.


Some customers bought a couple of extra chairs to have both a long sofa and also the separate chairs for the U-shape.


And end table is included which stores the propane tank. You can enjoy it for a table, or set it aside or behind your area.


Wouldn’t this be a lovely way to wind down from your hectic days and weeks? You have plenty of room around the fire pit to linger after a dinner party with friends and family.


The powder coated steel is considered the best finish for these support frames.


What by the way, is powder-coated steel?


I certainly did not know that when I first started looking at patio sets. Because we all want the best and most durable materials, don’t we?


“Powder coating is a safe, dry finishing process that uses finely ground particles of pigment and resin to create a protective finish. We choose to powder coat our steel frames because it is low in toxicity and has low flammability.”


Low in toxicity – important in today’s polluted environment, right?


Powder coating contributes to:

  • Durability of the steel
  • Rust resistance for average to humid areas
  • Chip resistant – always a bonus that keeps the material good looking!
  • Requires little or no maintenance
  • The product contains no solvents and does not out-gas harmful chemicals


All above information from here.


The UV resistant resin wicker is an attractive deep brown and will offset the color you choose to match with your patio/deck colors or other backyard setting.


The espresso coloring goes perfectly with the walnut hue of the fire pit table.


The fire pit comes with:

  • A tempered glass wind guard barrier
  • Lava rocks
  • Electronic ignition for the fuel
  • A cover to protect it when not being used


The end table hides a standard 20 lb. propane tank which is not included with this set.


Sometimes the set will be delivered on two subsequent days. Assembly is considered easy and will take two or more hours.


Some customers said they got clips in their order, and others did not. However, customer service gets a five star rating for quick responses!


As online shoppers, we sometimes have to deal with that, don’t we?


For the under-$1,500.00 category, I think this set is gorgeous!


For your entire outdoor area, you need the item below.

Wet and Forget 800003 Wet And Forget Moss Mold Mildew & Algae Stain Remover


This is the go-to cleaner for your outdoor areas. You do not need to rinse the product.


This product has an accumulative effect. In wetter regions, people may use it every 4-6 months. In sunnier areas, customers use it every 18- 24 months.


You can order one hose end dispenser, and for refills, a four pack, two pack, or single, as needed.

  • Biodegradable selective scrubbers for moss, mold, mildew and algae removal on any exterior surface
  • When diluted with water and applied, it immediately begins to work
  • Each time it rains, this safe, cleansing combination gently removes the moss, mold, mildew and algae without scrubbing or rinsing
  • No bleaches, no acids
  • Used on Vinyl Siding, Brick, Concrete, Composite Decks, Roof Shingles & Aluminum Hand Railing.
  • Also good for roofs, and outdoor furniture.


If you’re in a very humid region, or have a lot of shade trees, allowing moisture to linger, this product will prevent mildew buildup, and therefore, prevent the stains.


Related material:

10 Best Outdoor Cooling Fans Decks Need 2020