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7 Creative Ideas for Your Home’s Floor

7 Creative Ideas for Your Home’s Floor

Ah, home. It’s truly the one place in this crazy, frantic world where you can unwind. Relax. Let yourself go and gain your wits about you. Recharge for the day.

Or…. On the other end of the stick, your home causes the mayhem. Children run wild. Dogs, cats, and everything in between like to do their own thing. Emotions clash. It’s one thing after another, constantly piling up. Until finally… you want to snap.

In whichever case, your home is yours. It is your identity ‒ it’s a piece of you, through and through. That’s why having floors that are sturdy, durable, while being “just you” are as important as what style of wall you go with. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, choosing the right floor doesn’t just pave the way for you and your family, but the very liveliness of your guests!

Or maybe you’re going with hand-made tiles to bring a little pizzazz to your home. Whatever floor plan you’re designing, it’s crucial to pick out custom decor that hasn’t been done to death in every other home. Also crucial, of course, is laying down the right floor. Make no bones about it, having just the right floor can make or break the “style” you were going for. And sometimes (really, just sometimes) we need a spark or two in the right direction. Here are 7 creative ideas for your home’s floor.

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1. Old is The New Now

Giving a fresh face to “what’s already happened” is probably the chicest thing anybody can do. Revamping what’s happened before is what humans do best. I remember one friend who gathered a pile of “wooden bricks” (2x4s cut brick-sized)… Sprayed individually and laid out like real cobble. Right in the entranceway of her home!

Not just for designs ‒ making the “old new” means adding new flavours to… just about anything that needs to brought into the 21st century.

2. Cork It

Get ready to raise your glass to corks. Yes. Corks. Half the fun of drinking wine for me, is playing with corks. Can you think of a more creative way to show off the elegance, the special flavour of your home… than corks? Take a look for yourself: let corks get your gears rolling.

3. Put Those Pennies to Use

Time-consuming? You bet. Chances of running out of pennies? Perhaps.

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That’s why small, nifty designs (using ONLY pennies) is a wiser option than flat-out renovating your entire floor in unused pennies. Finally, they aren’t “just there” taking up space! Take a look. Doesn’t it make you feel like you hit the jackpot?

4. Hardwood Diamonds

Bored sick with a hardwood floor, in any room? Add a dash of luxury, of comfort, and “imitate” the filthy rich by designing chequered diamonds on your hardwood floor. Also called parquet. Yowza, where’s a chandelier when you need one!

5. Add Some Pizzazz

Anything (literally, ANYTHING) beats cement floors. They’re plain. They’re boring. You know the drill. Cement reminds me of amateur artists who go to art galas, hang up a white sheet of paper, and ask people to use their imagination.

To their benefit, cement is cheap (it won’t take you to the cleaners) and eco-friendly. They can really make your home look super-ultra-mega-modern. If the rest of your home’s going for that look. Sadly, cement is ugly on patios unless those are converted into beautiful cement tiles.

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A can of spray paint is just a can of spray paint until it brightens up this ugly world. If you can use it, you can groove it, there’s no design too weird, too out there, too refreshing… and badly needed… than what you can come up with. Really, go wild!

One square inch at a time.

6. Learn to Love Laminate

Casey Slide (from Money Crashers) suggests using laminate flooring, to save $$$ here and there. Laminate is versatile as all get out; it can be “dressed up” REAL wood or REAL tile. This versatility is laminate’s biggest benefit, acting like a “chameleon” to simulate the look of different (and NATURAL) hardwood floors.

7. Glass on The Floor

Originally, this idea came from an inspiration overload about things to do with your backsplash. ONE of those ideas was to use broken glass. Just grab a bunch of glass and break it into shards to make an eye-catching, jaw-dropping mosaic. Seriously, they’re beautiful.

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But if you’re the type who likes their home to match just right… why not glassify your backsplash AND floor? Yeah, the idea’s out there. I’m surprised I thought of it. I mean, glass? On the floor? See for yourself!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to designing your floors, the ceiling’s the limit. Really. Hit up Google or DuckDuckGo to keep the search going. There are dozens (and dozens!) of more creative, fresh ideas for home flooring. Go out there and find what’s right for you.

Featured photo credit: Flooriations via flooriations.me

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Last Updated on August 13, 2018

5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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    1. Cardio for Stamina

    If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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      • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
      • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
      • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
      • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

      The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

      These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

      2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

      The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

      Barbell squats
        • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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        Zercher squat
          • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

          Glute bridge
            • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

            Hyperextensions
              • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

              Ab wheel rollout
                • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                Cross body crunch
                  • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                  Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                  3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                  Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                  Plank exercise
                    • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                    Close grip pushups
                      • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                      Chin ups
                        • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                        These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                        4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                        You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                        5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                          If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                          Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                          With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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