How to Make Your Yard Look Like a HGTV Dream Yard

Transform your outdoor space into an HGTV-worthy oasis with our step-by-step guide. Learn how to design, plant and maintain a stunning yard that’s both beautiful and low-maintenance.

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HGTV-Inspired: 5 Steps to Create Your Dream Yard

The dream of having a beautiful outdoor space on your property isn’t so hard to achieve. While it does take work, creating an HGTV dream yard is possible with proper planning and designing. As you make your plans, keep in mind that the best yards are easy to maintain, which frees up your time for hosting cookouts and other special moments in one of your favorite places on your property. 

Step 1 – Sketch Out a General Design and Color Scheme 

HGTV dream yards don’t just pop up overnight. Instead, a crew of designers set to work creating a plan that everyone can use to execute their assignments. Take a moment to create a rough sketch of your property. Then, add the design elements that you hope to see. For instance, you might want to include an outdoor kitchen or a meandering pathway that’s lined with flowers. You’ll use this sketch as a road map as you work with landscapers or put yourself to work. 

Step 2 – Choose Low Maintenance Outdoor Plants 

Plants make every yard look better, but the last thing you need is droopy flowers or dried-up leaves littering your property. Start by looking for low-maintenance plants that fit your design scheme. Adding a mixture of shrubs, trees, and flowers to your property helps it to feel like a true oasis from your hectic lifestyle. 

Step 3 – Arrange Outdoor Furniture As You Would a Living Room 

Speaking of an outdoor oasis, you’ll need a place to rest as you gather with family and friends or enjoy a book alone. When you look at outdoor furniture, consider the size of the space you’ve created for entertaining. Then, look for pieces that fit within that space and still generate a cozy vibe like you feel in your home’s living room. Arranging the furniture so that people face each other fosters conversations and makes gathering outdoors more appealing. 

Step 4 – Perfect the Art of Lawn Mowing 

Many people are unaware that using the wrong or poorly maintained lawn mower can do more harm than good. If you’ve ever wondered how the homes on HGTV have such beautiful lawns, then it helps to know that the secret is in the mower. Using a high-quality lawn mower with sharpened blades places less stress on the grass. With crisp cuts, each blade stands up perfectly and creates that lush look that will be the envy of your neighborhood. 

Step 5 – Add a Few Finishing Touches 

Once the main landscaping and outdoor seating areas are finished, you’re ready to put on the finishing touches. One of the reasons why yards stand out on HGTV is that the designers include special pieces that bring all of the elements together. Try adding string lights, lanterns, throw pillows and other small touches to your yard. You’ll find having a warm glow of lights

twinkling over the seating area creates an inviting scene that genuinely feels like you’ve come home. 

Additional Things to Consider

Now that you know the five steps to creating a dream yard worthy of appearing on HGTV, let’s look at a few additional things to consider.

Budget Considerations

When planning your HGTV-inspired dream yard, it’s important to have a realistic budget in mind. Here’s a rough breakdown of potential costs:

– Basic landscaping: $3,000 – $15,000

– Outdoor kitchen: $5,000 – $20,000

– Water features: $500 – $5,000

– Professional design services: $2,000 – $7,000

– Patio installation: $2,000 – $10,000

– Lighting: $2,000 – $5,000

Remember, these are estimates and can vary widely based on your location, the size of your yard, and the quality of materials used. Start by prioritizing your must-haves and allocate your budget accordingly.

Seasonal Tips

To keep your yard looking fantastic year-round:


– Prune shrubs and trees before new growth starts

– Apply pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds

– Start planting annuals and vegetables


– Water deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth

– Mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds

– Deadhead flowers regularly to encourage continued blooming


– Plant trees, shrubs, and spring-blooming bulbs

– Aerate and overseed the lawn

– Clean up fallen leaves to prevent lawn damage


– Protect sensitive plants from frost

– Prune dormant trees and shrubs

– Plan next year’s garden

DIY vs. Professional Help

While many aspects of yard renovation can be DIY projects, some tasks are best left to professionals:

DIY-friendly tasks:

– Planting flowers and small shrubs

– Basic lawn maintenance

– Installing simple water features

– Setting up outdoor furniture

– Adding decorative elements

Tasks for professionals:

– Major landscaping changes

– Installing irrigation systems

– Building retaining walls

– Electrical work for outdoor lighting

– Complex hardscaping projects

Consider your skills, time, and the complexity of the task when deciding whether to DIY or hire a pro.

Eco-Friendly Options

Create an environmentally friendly yard with these tips:

– Use native plants: They require less water and maintenance

– Install a rain barrel: Collect rainwater for irrigation

– Create a compost bin: Reduce waste and improve soil quality

– Use organic fertilizers and pest control methods

– Install solar-powered lighting

– Plant trees for natural cooling and CO2 reduction

– Create habitats for local wildlife with bird feeders and pollinator-friendly plants

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Steer clear of these pitfalls when creating your dream yard:

– Overlooking your climate zone when selecting plants

– Ignoring soil quality and not preparing it properly

– Overplanting or planting too close together

– Neglecting proper drainage

– Choosing high-maintenance plants or features

– Improper scaling of design elements

– Forgetting to plan for growth and changes over time

– Not considering your lifestyle and how you’ll use the space

Tools and Equipment Guide

Essential tools for maintaining your HGTV-worthy yard:

Basic tools:

– Lawn mower

– Pruning shears

– Garden hose with adjustable nozzle

– Rake

– Shovel and spade

– Hand trowel

– Wheelbarrow

Advanced tools:

– Leaf blower

– Edger

– Hedge trimmer

– Pressure washer

– Aerator

– Spreader for fertilizer and seeds

Invest in quality tools that will last. Proper maintenance of your equipment will ensure they remain effective for years to come.

All yards require work, and it’s nice to know that the labor you put into maintaining your landscaping pays off by giving you a lovely place to spend a beautiful day. Now that you have some inspiration, it’s time to get started on picking out plants, colors, and lawn care equipment that turn your dreams into reality.

Balancing Work and Pet Ownership

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Creating a balanced lifestyle is crucial for working pet owners to ensure the well-being of both their pets and themselves.

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Mastering the Juggling Act: Tips for Working Pet Owners

Legally, a pet is something you own and is considered property, but you know that it’s really like being a parent. Balancing the responsibilities and joys of having a pet in your life is hard enough, and part of that is finding an equilibrium between your professional duties and taking care of your furry family members. Any chance to do remote work might help, but that’s not always an option. Your pet might help you manage the stress in your life, so you owe it to your four-legged friend to minimize their physical and mental stress.

Create a Routine That Balances Work and Your Pet

Animals do better in structured environments, and a predictable routine is something they can get used to and rely on. If your work hours are regular, then you need to build a routine for yourself and your pets based on that. Specific times for bathroom breaks, playtime, feeding, and exercise need their designated spots in your regular schedule.

Depending on what pets you have, you might have them exercise and play before and after your time at work. Routine exercise lets animals funnel their energy into something positive while moving their muscles and pumping their hearts. This reduces the frequency of destructive behaviors. Tiring them out early in the day makes your work shift easier on them, but you should still leave treats and toys out to occupy them.

Consistent schedules minimize pet anxiety and further promote good behavior. You should visit with your pets as frequently as possible or have others do so. This is possibly more important for dogs than cats, but some cats are still exceptionally social. Check-in with them when you can, use a doggy daycare, have friends or neighbors check in on them, or hire a dog walker.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Your pets can be a source of joy, but they’re still animals. Left to their own devices, they can severely damage your home. You need to designate a pet area whether you head out to work or close the door to your home office. Most pets need water, food, bedding, and toys.

Pet gates or crates might keep animals in certain spaces. Keep that area free of excess food, dangerous objects that could be choking or chewing hazards, and clutter or electrical cords that pets might pay too much attention to when you’re not in the room. Scratching posts are essential for cats. Keep kids’ toys and remote controls out of the way.

Protect your furniture with anti-scratch tape, and cover up your trash cans or put them inside cabinets. This will not only prevent a mess but also keep your pets from accessing potentially indigestible or toxic items.

Pet-proof your home before leaving for work, setting up a designated pet area. Make sure they have food, water, toys, and bedding. Cover HVAC vents, and move or block fitness equipment in your home. Water-repellent carpeting is a significant investment, and pee pads can save you a lot of mess.

Use Technology

Technology can’t replace your relationship with your pet, but it can be a helpful complement in many circumstances. You can use pet cameras to keep an eye on your animal when away from home; some even let you talk to your pets when you have a moment. Utilize voice commands, treat games, and much more. Remote access can provide your pet stimulation with minimal effort from you or even having to be there. When your pets can occasionally see and hear you, it alleviates their separation anxiety. These technological tools might even relieve your anxiety.

Interactive toys can occupy your pets but need rotation to maintain entertainment and engagement. Automatic feeders let you schedule meals ahead of time, and some permit multiple meals to keep your pets fed just enough on a regular schedule. Find an automatic feeder that can handle both wet and dry food. Whenever possible, opt for a battery-powered or battery-backup so your pets stay satiated and healthy when the power goes out in your home. Some models are units you can mount to wooden boards or other hardware to ensure stability if your pets are rambunctious and knock things over from time to time.

Regular Vet Visits Are a Must

Your pet needs wellness visits or check-ups at regular intervals. Ask your vet whether you should go by an annual or six-month schedule, and follow their recommendation even if your pet seems fine. Preventive services and treatment can stop any suffering your pet might go through before it starts. Many pets are adept at hiding their problems and are genetically inclined not to show weakness. By the time you notice something, it could be too late. Fortunately, vets are experts at discovering, preventing, and treating issues impacting your pet’s health.

Wellness visits can also save you money in the long run. Preventive medicine is usually cheaper than emergency treatment and the costs of long-term medical care. Regular vet visits are also chances for you to ask questions and learn about caring for your pet between trips to the clinic. If you only do emergency visits, you might not get the time with your vet to talk to them about many things, and they might not get the chance to establish a medical history for your pet.

Saving money regularly and anticipating future expenses is crucial to ensuring you can afford your pet’s needs. In addition to that, pet insurance can help. The right policy invests in your pet’s health and happiness, helping you save money and access affordable benefits thanks to group purchasing power.

Minimize Stress and Enjoy Life More

Finding the right balance between work, spending time with your pet, and caring for yourself is a tricky act that will take time. Once you find that balance, enjoy it. Your time with your pet and your self-care can overlap a lot, as pet owners have more joy in life and even longer lifespans.

Why Timeless Jewelry Pieces Are More Budget Friendly Long-Term

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Investing in timeless, high-quality jewelry pieces is more cost-effective in the long run compared to buying trendy costume jewelry

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The Long-Term Benefits of Investing in Classic Jewelry

Jewelry does more than accentuate your outfit and impress other people. It says much about your style, your self-confidence, and your eye for beauty. Buying fashion jewelry is fun and gives you a contemporary look. There is nothing wrong with following current trends. These pieces will rarely hold their value or increase it, and it’s unlikely they will last long enough to be passed down to your heirs.

Fine jewelry is often timeless jewelry. Investing in these pieces is more budget-friendly in the long term and has other advantages as well. It always stays in style and can be worn with almost anything. Your appreciation of it grows because of its many benefits. And classic jewelry holds its value and usually appreciates in value. It costs far more than costume jewelry when you purchase it, but over its lifespan, it is worth much more.

What is Timeless Jewelry?

Timeless jewelry pieces are often simple and elegant. Diamond studs, a twisted gold chain, and natural pearl strands are examples of timeless pieces. They are made with superior metals and stone, are often uncomplicated, and look at home in any era. With care, they will last generations and become prized family heirlooms.

In contrast, costume jewelry is frequently trendy, so that it may go out of style in a year or so. Even the best pieces are not made with the care of fine jewelry and use lower-quality gold, imitation gems, and other cost-saving elements. This approach is sensible when a piece is not meant to last. Of course, some of these items may be recycled if 80s fashion comes back around.


Timeless jewelry pieces are usually more expensive than costume jewelry or other “on-trend” pieces. A natural pearl necklace will cost thousands while you can buy a cultured pearl necklace for several hundred dollars(depending on its quality). Natural pearls age well and gather luster over time, often increasing in value. Cultured pearls never quite achieve the loveliness of natural ones, and antique pieces don’t sell for nearly as much. An antique natural pearl necklace is worth quite a bit if it’s in good shape. Fake pearls only have decorative value and no real sale worth.

Classic gold jewelry is usually 18 karats or higher and has clean lines and perhaps authentic jewels. Gold prices fluctuate, but they often trend upward. Currently, the price of gold is quite high, which means any gold piece in your home is worth more than it was last year. 18K and 24K will bring you the best price, but 14K can be resold as well. With gold jewelry, the style doesn’t matter if you are selling it to a gold dealer who plans to have it melted down. If you have a classic gold piece, you should have it appraised by a jeweler. If it is a quality piece, it will have more value in its current form.

You can buy an attractive piece for $200 and have its value be almost nothing in a few months. Or you can spend more for a classic piece that can make you money as the years pass. This is the case with most classic jewelry.


Timeless pieces are made well and will be more durable as a result. As you’ve probably experienced, costume jewelry is fun and flashy but often falls apart quickly. Pearls drop out, gold strands break, and brooch pins break.

Timeless pieces are created with top materials and the craftspeople work to create art

pieces. That takes time and attention to detail. Their purpose is to make things that last and that will be passed down in families. Timeless pieces last because they are well-built and beautiful in any era.


Timeless pieces appreciate over time. Luxury watches are an excellent example. A Rolex watch is usually worth 113% of its initial value/price on the resale market.

Good quality diamonds also appreciate, so it pays to purchase those with excellent cut, clarity, carat, and color. It may be tempting to purchase a small flawed diamond, but you should realize that it won’t bring much if you try to sell it. The market for larger, quality diamonds is much stronger, and the money you spend on them should be considered a long-term investment.

Jewelry from respected brands such as Tiffany Co., Hermes, and Chanel will likely appreciate more than fine pieces from unknown brands. Buyers find certain brands more valuable because of their style and their name. The name helps ensure a higher price when reselling.


You want to leave your children valuable items but also ones with sentimental value. A timeless piece of jewelry fulfills both goals. An antique gold ring from the 1900s has monetary value, but it is also a symbol of family love and affection. And in many families, the piece will be passed on to many generations. That process alone is worth investing in fine pieces, the monetary worth is a bonus.

Timeless Care

Even the best-crafted pieces need regular maintenance. Stone settings must be checked to make sure diamonds and other precious gems are not lost. This jewelry should also be cleaned professionally to keep it looking its best. Take your timeless pieces to an expert for maintenance and repair. It’s an essential step in keeping their value and preserving them for future generations.

Why Timeless Jewelry?

Investing in better pieces just makes sense financially. They will retain their value, and in many cases, increase it. Timeless jewelry is always in style, and if you do need to sell it, you should find plenty of buyers. You will want to wear this jewelry and not keep it stored in a safe.

Inexpensive or trendy jewelry is fun to buy and wear, but it’s not meant to last. It won’t be on trend for long, and it won’t last centuries. Before buying jewelry, consider investing in top-quality, well-designed items that will be worth more next year than they are today. In the long run, it pays to buy the good stuff.

How to be Financially Proactive About Planning Your Wedding

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Tying the Knot Without Going Broke: A Financial Guide for Savvy Couples

TLDR: Practical tips for setting a wedding budget, saving strategically through side hustles and smart spending, and creatively cutting costs on venues, flowers, transport and more.

Getting married doesn’t have to break the bank if you can plan for priorities. If you must have a big reception with a dance and a DJ, you should. If you have to have a beautifully tailored dress and bridal party, allocate funds for that purpose. By listing your priorities, you can make sure that those items are fully funded for your enjoyment. 

What to do to prepare for your wedding financially 

Set up a bank account you can ignore, preferably one that offers high interest. If your family can contribute for your wedding, ask for their contributions early and load the account with that cash so you can earn interest on it. 

Start a side hustle and ask your partner to do the same. If you and your partner haven’t talked about merging your finances, now is the time to have a frank and open conversation. Load the funds from your side hustle into your new bank account. Make this bank account easy to load 

and hard to empty; don’t get a debit card for this account until you’re ready to start making purchases. 

How to get the best deals for your wedding 

Consider going off-season. May and June are often popular for weddings, but you may find that your favorite venue is over-booked or quite expensive. Consider also using non-traditional venues. 

Find out what flowers are in full season around the date you plan to marry. Seasonal flowers will be cheaper and more abundant; you can use these flowers to decorate your reception space. Save your floral funds for your bouquet and for your bridesmaids to carry. 

Limousine rentals can get quite costly. Again, plan early. Check in with your parents friends and your aunts and uncles. Does one of them have a classic car that they would be willing to rent to you or lend you? You may actually be able to ask to borrow a classic car or even a horse and carriage as your wedding gift from a family member or friend. 

How you can save money prior to your wedding

If you live on your own, now may be the time to bring in a roommate or even move back home. You and your partner may live together; it may be time to move into a smaller apartment to save money for your big day. 

Now is also the time to set up a budget together. Financial stress and conflict can do a great deal of damage to your relationship; financial conflict is actually a big contributor to many divorces. If you and your partner can save up and get through the financial pressure of a wedding, you can manage your next financial challenge with ease! 

If you’re in your 20s, you may be just starting out in your career or just out of college. Don’t fall into the trap of easily available credit for new furniture or a new car. You and your partner need to stay liquid until you’re married and ready to build a home life together. 

Tips and tricks for saving for your wedding 

Make a list of things you want to have done for your wedding. Do you want to lose weight before your big day? Focus your budget and your diet on cheap, filling foods that are low in calories. 

Maybe your goal is to have a big family gathering as part of your wedding. While you’ll likely want a caterer for your actual wedding reception, it may make more sense to have a potluck for your rehearsal dinner. If the weather and outdoor space will work, consider putting together a rustic outdoor gathering of hearty salads and grill up burgers and hot dogs. 

You can add picnic table coverings in your wedding colors. Get online and look for paper plates and plastic cups that will match your bridesmaid dresses. Clean-up will be simple and you can keep costs low. 

You don’t have to have a fairytale wedding with an unlimited budget to have an amazing day. Your grandmother’s dress can be altered to suit your shape and style. Revel in the financial skills you and your partner are building together!

Stress Less, Age Slow: The Link Between Stress Relief and Anti-Aging

The following is a guest post from my bloggy friend Ashley Nielsen. Interested in having a guest post on my website? Click here for my guest post submission form.

The Fountain of Youth Lies in Stress Reduction

TLDR: Prolonged exposure to stress hormones like cortisol can contribute to premature aging and age-related diseases. Prioritizing stress management through lifestyle changes may be a key to maintaining youthful vitality.

In today’s fast-paced world, stress seems to be an unavoidable part of life. From demanding work schedules to personal responsibilities, stress can creep into every aspect of our lives, affecting not only our mental well-being but also our physical health.

While we often associate stress with temporary discomfort, mounting evidence suggests that the impact goes beyond fleeting feelings of unease. In fact, chronic stress has been linked to a myriad of health issues, including accelerated aging. However, amidst the chaos of modern living, there’s a silver lining: stress relief may hold the key to slowing down the aging process.

Understanding the stress-aging connection

To understand how stress influences aging, it’s crucial to delve into the intricate mechanisms at play within our bodies. When we experience stress, our bodies initiate a physiological response known as the “fight or flight” reaction. This triggers the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which prepare us to confront or evade perceived threats. While this response is beneficial in short bursts, prolonged exposure to stress hormones can wreak havoc on our health.

One of the primary ways stress accelerates aging is through oxidative stress. When cortisol levels remain elevated over extended periods, they can lead to an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body. Free radicals, unstable molecules with unpaired electrons, can cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA, contributing to premature aging and a host of age-related diseases. Additionally, chronic stress has been shown to shorten telomeres, protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that safeguard genetic material. Shortened telomeres are associated with cellular aging and an increased risk of age-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease and dementia.

Furthermore, stress can impair the body’s ability to repair and regenerate tissues, hindering vital processes for maintaining youthful vitality. From compromised immune function to diminished collagen production, the effects of stress on the body’s repair mechanisms can manifest in a myriad of ways, including sagging skin, weakened muscles, and impaired cognitive function.

The role of stress relief in anti-aging

Given the profound impact of stress on the aging process, it’s clear that effective stress management strategies are essential for maintaining youthful vigor and vitality. Fortunately, numerous techniques have been shown to mitigate the detrimental effects of stress on both your body and mind.


Regular physical activity is a potent stress-buster and anti-aging tool. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a yoga class, or a gym session, find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your routine. Exercise not only reduces stress hormones like cortisol but also boosts mood-enhancing endorphins and supports tissue repair and regeneration.

Mindfulness practices

Incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily life to cultivate inner calm and resilience in the face of stress. Whether it’s meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindful walking, taking time to anchor yourself in the present moment can help alleviate stress and slow down the aging process at a cellular level.

Prioritize sleep

Quality sleep is essential for both stress management and healthy aging. Aim for seven to nine hours of restorative sleep each night, and establish a relaxing bedtime routine to signal to your body that it’s time to unwind. Create a sleep-conducive environment free of distractions, and consider incorporating relaxation techniques such as gentle stretching or reading before bed.

Nourish your body

A well-balanced diet rich in nutrient-dense foods can support your body’s ability to cope with stress and maintain youthful vitality. Focus on incorporating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your meals. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol, which can exacerbate stress.

Foster social connections

Nurture meaningful relationships with friends, family, and community members to provide emotional support and buffer against the effects of stress. Make time for social activities, whether it’s a coffee date with a friend, a family dinner, or joining a hobby group. Strong social ties are associated with lower stress levels, improved immune function, and increased longevity.

Set boundaries

Learn to say no to excessive commitments and obligations that contribute to feelings of overwhelm and stress. Prioritize your own well-being by setting boundaries around your time, energy, and resources. Delegate tasks when possible, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed. Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first and prioritize self-care.

Engage in relaxation techniques

Incorporate relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or aromatherapy into your daily routine to promote relaxation and stress relief. Experiment with different methods to discover what works best for you, whether it’s taking a warm bath, listening to calming music, or practicing gentle yoga poses.

Seek professional support

If stress becomes overwhelming or persistent, don’t hesitate to seek professional support from a therapist, counselor, or healthcare provider. Therapy can provide valuable tools and techniques for managing stress, improving coping skills, and enhancing overall well-being. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Be creative

Channel your stress into creativity by engaging in activities that spark joy and inspiration. Whether it’s painting, writing, gardening, or playing a musical instrument, creative expression can serve as a therapeutic outlet for stress relief. Lose yourself in the flow of the creative process, allowing your mind to unwind and your spirit to soar.

The mind-body connection

Knowing is just half of the battle when minimizing stress and supporting slower aging. By understanding the connection and prioritizing the methods we’ve outlined to reduce stress, you can feel young in your best years of life. 

By incorporating these actionable methods into your daily life, you can effectively reduce stress levels and slow down the aging process. From regular exercise and mindfulness practices to prioritizing sleep and nurturing social connections, there are numerous ways to cultivate resilience and promote healthy aging. Take control of your stress levels today and reap the benefits of a more youthful, vibrant tomorrow.

So embrace aging and minimize stress for your health and sanity. 

About the Author – Ashley Nielsen

Ashley Nielsen earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration Marketing at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is a freelance writer who loves to share knowledge about general business, marketing, lifestyle, wellness, and financial tips. During her free time, she enjoys being outside, staying active, reading a book, or diving deep into her favorite music. 

Living the Chick Life: Tips and Tricks for Happy Hens and a Coop to Crow About

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The Eggcellent Guide to Backyard Chicken Keeping

TLDR: This comprehensive guide covers everything from choosing the right coop size and location to providing enrichment and maintaining a healthy flock, ensuring a rewarding experience for both you and your backyard chickens.

So you’ve decided to join the growing flock of backyard chicken enthusiasts? Welcome! Raising happy hens isn’t just about fresh eggs (though those are a delicious perk), it’s about creating a thriving little society in your backyard. 

Here are 12 tips and tricks to get you started on living the chick life:

1 – Size Matters

It’s generally recommended to have at least 3 to 5 square feet of space per bird inside the coop if they have access to an outdoor area, and 8 to 10 square feet if they do not have outdoor access, especially if you plan on having a larger flock or if you want to raise happier and healthier chickens

Providing more space helps reduce stress among the chickens, which can be particularly important for certain breeds or in warmer climates. Pecking order squabbles and aggressive behavior are more likely to arise in cramped quarters, leading to potential injuries or even fatalities.

It’s important to observe your hens regularly for signs of overcrowding, such as feather pecking, bald spots, or general unrest. If you notice these issues, adjust the coop size or reduce the flock numbers accordingly. 

In addition to indoor coop space, outdoor run space is equally important for allowing chickens to exercise and engage in natural behaviors like foraging and dust bathing. 

Remember, a happy and comfortable environment leads to healthier and more productive chickens, so prioritizing their well-being by providing adequate space will pay off in the long run.

2 – Coop Condos

Vertical space allows for more hens without sacrificing floor space. Build tiers with ramps for easy access, ensuring sturdy construction that can hold the weight of your feathered friends.

Rotate flock access to different levels to prevent dominant hens from monopolizing prime roosting spots.

3 – Location, Location, Location

While sunshine is vital, consider prevailing winds and potential noise disturbances. Locate your coop away from noisy areas like busy roads or property lines to minimize stress for your hens. 

Strategic landscaping with wind-blocking shrubs can create a cozy haven.

4 – Fort Knox for Feathered Friends

Remember to consider a predator’s determination. Bury chicken wire fencing at least 2 feet deep around the run to deter digging predators. 

Consider a hardware cloth overhang around the top of the coop to prevent aerial attacks from hawks or owls. Invest in motion-sensor lights and alarms for added security.

5 – Nest Egg Essentials

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Nesting box placement matters. Avoid drafty corners or areas with high traffic. Provide comfortable nesting material like a mixture of chopped straw and wood shavings, and refresh it regularly. 

Offer a variety of nesting box styles—some hens prefer open boxes, while others prefer enclosed spaces.

6 – A Balanced Diet is Key

Chickens love variety! Supplement their feed with locally available fruits and vegetables. Squash, melons, leafy greens, and even leftover cooked (unseasoned) rice or pasta are all welcome additions. 

Research what’s safe and seasonal in your area to create a delicious and nutritious smorgasbord for your flock.

Trivia: Hens need extra calcium for strong eggshells. Providing crushed oyster shells or a calcium supplement ensures they get enough.

7 – Hydration Stations

Chickens are messy drinkers, and constantly refilling waterers can be a chore. Invest in an automatic watering system with a drip line or nipple drinkers to ensure a steady supply of clean, fresh water. 

In freezing climates, heated chicken waterers are a lifesaver to prevent ice buildup, keeping your hens hydrated throughout winter.

8 – Bedding Basics

The deep litter method involves building a layer of absorbent bedding like wood shavings or chopped straw. Microorganisms break down manure, creating a natural heat source and reducing odor.

Simply remove a few inches of the top layer every few weeks and add fresh bedding, maintaining a comfortable depth for your hens to scratch and dust bathe in.

9 – Let There Be Light

Light is crucial for egg production in hens, as it directly influences their reproductive cycle. To maximize egg laying, consider investing in timers for your coop lights to ensure a consistent light cycle that mimics natural daylight hours, typically around 14 to 16 hours of light per day.

When setting up the lighting system, make sure to use warm-colored LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient and closely resemble natural sunlight. Position the lights to evenly distribute illumination throughout the coop, avoiding dark corners where hens might feel insecure. 

Additionally, consider using dimmers for the coop’s interior light source to create a calming atmosphere at night, which helps reduce stress and promotes better rest for the hens. It’s important to transition gradually between light and dark periods, as abrupt changes can startle the birds and disrupt their natural rhythms.

10 – DIY Dust Bath Blend

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Commercial dust bath mixes are convenient, but creating your own allows for customization. Combine sand (play sand works well), diatomaceous earth (a natural pest deterrent), and wood ash (ensure it’s completely cool) in a large container within the run.

Replace the mixture regularly for optimal dust bathing fun.

11 – Get Crafty with Enrichment

Boredom busters are essential for happy hens. Get creative! Hang colorful hanging baskets with treats hidden inside, offer them a mirror to spark curiosity, or create a “pecking playground” by scattering dried corn cobs or whole peppers in the run. 

Rotate enrichment activities to keep your hens engaged and prevent feather picking, a sign of boredom or stress.

Fun Facts: Each hen has her personality. Some hens are more dominant, while others are shy. This diversity makes having hens a fascinating experience as you observe their interactions and behaviors.

12 – Become a Coop CSI

A keen eye goes a long way in maintaining a healthy flock. Regularly check for signs of illness (lethargy, ruffled feathers, pale combs), injuries (limping, difficulty walking), or external parasites (mites, lice). 

Early intervention can prevent the spread of disease and ensure a speedy recovery for your feathered friends.


In conclusion, raising backyard chickens is a rewarding and enjoyable experience that involves creating a healthy and vibrant environment for your feathered friends. Following the outlined tips and tricks, you’re sure that your chickens are happy, healthy, and productive.

Protect Your Online Business Dreams: Avoiding LLC Legal Landmines

The following is a guest post from my bloggy friend Rob Lora over at Interested in having a guest post on my website? Click here for my guest post submission form.

The Online Entrepreneur’s Guide to Airtight LLC Protection

TLDR: From drafting an ironclad operating agreement to picking the right state to zealously separating business and personal affairs, this guide covers the must-dos for LLC perfection.

You have a vision. A calling to create, to build, to make a difference through your online venture. You’re ready to pour your heart and soul into making it a reality.

But before you take the leap, there’s a crucial step you can’t afford to overlook: properly forming and maintaining your LLC. Neglect this legal foundation at your own peril.

The Importance of Properly Forming and Maintaining Your LLC

Imagine your LLC as a fortress protecting your personal assets from the risks and liabilities of your business. But like any fortress, it’s only as strong as its construction and upkeep.

Securing Personal Liability Protection

When you establish an LLC, you’re erecting a barrier between your personal and professional life. Your personal assets – your home, your savings, your family’s financial future – are shielded from potential business debts and legal judgments.

But this protection isn’t automatic or absolute. It requires diligence and care in how you set up and run your LLC.

Setting a Strong Legal Foundation for Growth

A properly formed LLC isn’t just about defense; it’s also about offense. It’s a springboard for growth, a signal to customers, partners, and investors that you’re serious about your business.

Cutting corners now might save time and money in the short term, but it can cost you dearly down the road. A solid legal structure from the start paves the way for a thriving future.

Common Mistakes When Organizing an LLC (And How to Avoid Them)

Let’s dive into some of the most frequent missteps entrepreneurs make when organizing an LLC, and how to sidestep these legal landmines. While the guide is based on Oklahoma, many of these principles apply no matter what state you’re in.

Skipping the Operating Agreement: A Recipe for Internal Disputes

Your operating agreement is the rule book for your LLC. It defines the rights, responsibilities, and relationships of the members. Neglecting to create one is like setting out on a road trip without a map or GPS.

Key Provisions to Include in Your OA

At a minimum, your operating agreement should spell out:

  • Ownership percentages
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Voting procedures
  • Profit and loss allocation
  • Buyout and dissolution terms

Having these key issues agreed upon in writing can spare you from disastrous disputes and misunderstandings later.

Choosing the Wrong LLC Formation State

Not all states are created equal when it comes to LLC formation. Some have higher fees, more stringent requirements, or less favorable tax treatment.

Factors to Consider When Deciding Where to Form Your LLC

Before you automatically form in your home state, consider:

  • Where your business will primarily operate
  • State filing fees and ongoing costs
  • State taxation of LLCs
  • Legal requirements for out-of-state LLCs doing business in your state

An ounce of research now can save you a pound of headaches later.

Neglecting to Keep Business and Personal Finances Separate

Commingling personal and business funds is one of the quickest ways to undermine your LLC’s liability protection. If you treat your business account like your personal piggy bank, a court could decide your LLC is a sham and “pierce the corporate veil.”

Best Practices for Maintaining Financial Boundaries

To keep your business and personal finances distinct:

  • Open a dedicated business bank account
  • Get a business credit card
  • Pay yourself a salary from your business account
  • Keep meticulous financial records
  • Never use business funds for personal expenses

Blurred financial lines can lead to blurred liability lines. Keep them crystal clear.

Failing to Stay Compliant with State Requirements

Forming your LLC is just the beginning. To maintain its good standing and legal protections, you must keep up with ongoing state obligations.

Annual Reports, Licenses, and Other Ongoing Obligations

Depending on your state and industry, your LLC may need to:

  • File annual reports
  • Obtain and renew business licenses and permits
  • Pay franchise taxes or other fees
  • Update the state on major changes (address, registered agent, etc.)

Falling out of compliance can lead to late fees, penalties, even dissolution of your LLC. Make compliance a non-negotiable priority.

Legal Pitfalls That Can Sink Your LLC (No Matter What State You’re In)

Some legal traps can ensnare LLCs regardless of their state of formation. Here are a few to watch out for.

Inadequate Capitalization: Ensuring Your LLC is Properly Funded

An LLC that’s running on fumes is more vulnerable to creditor claims and legal challenges. Make sure you inject enough capital to cover foreseeable expenses and weather potential dry spells.

Not Following Corporate Formalities

Treating your LLC too casually can backfire big time. Skipping annual meetings, not keeping minutes, or making major decisions without proper votes can all be used as evidence that your LLC is a sham.

How Skipping Meetings and Record-Keeping Can Haunt You

If you’re ever sued, the other side will scour your records for any hint that you’re not respecting the corporate form. Sloppy or nonexistent record-keeping is a glaring red flag.

Mishandling Contracts and Agreements

Signing contracts in your own name instead of the LLC’s might seem like a small detail, but it can expose you to personal liability.

Signing in Your Own Name vs. the LLC’s

Make sure all contracts and legal documents are signed by the LLC, not you as an individual. It’s a simple but crucial distinction.

Accidentally Dissolving Your LLC

Yes, you can inadvertently dissolve your LLC, often without even realizing it. Failing to file annual reports, letting your registered agent lapse, or ignoring other compliance obligations can all lead to administrative dissolution by the state.

What Actions (Or Inactions) Can Unintentionally Close Your Doors

Other potential dissolution triggers include:

  • Extended periods of inactivity
  • Failure to pay franchise taxes or other fees
  • Operating without a valid business license

Stay vigilant and proactive to avoid an accidental business ending.

Piercing the Corporate Veil: When LLCs Don’t Protect Personal Assets

In certain cases, courts can disregard the LLC structure and hold owners personally responsible for business debts and liabilities. This is known as “piercing the corporate veil.”

How Courts Determine Alter Ego Liability

Factors that can influence a court to pierce the veil include:

  • Commingling of personal and business funds
  • Undercapitalization of the LLC
  • Failure to follow corporate formalities
  • Using the LLC for fraudulent or wrongful purposes

If a court finds the LLC is merely an “alter ego” of the owner, the liability shield can crumble.

Real-World Examples of LLCs Losing Their Liability Shields

Case law is littered with cautionary tales of LLCs that lost their protection due to owners’ missteps. From construction companies to restaurants to real estate firms, no industry is immune.

The common thread? Treating the LLC as an extension of the owner rather than a separate legal entity. A painful and costly lesson.

Preserving Your LLC’s Liability Protection: A Checklist for Online Entrepreneurs

Properly forming and maintaining your LLC isn’t rocket science, but it does require consistent care and attention. Use this checklist to help safeguard your online business dreams:

  • Draft and sign a comprehensive operating agreement
  • Choose the right state for formation based on your unique factors
  • Open dedicated business banking and credit accounts
  • Keep business and personal finances strictly separate
  • Stay on top of annual reports, license renewals, and other compliance tasks
  • Sign contracts and legal documents in the LLC’s name, not your own
  • Hold annual meetings and document major decisions
  • Ensure your LLC is adequately capitalized
  • Monitor your LLC’s status with the state and address any issues promptly

Your online empire is counting on you to build it on a rock-solid legal foundation. Don’t let preventable missteps turn your dream into a nightmare.

About the Author

Written by Rob Lora, a business professional with extensive experience in workforce solutions and a keen eye for market trends and industry dynamics. 

For the Skimmers – Here’s a Quick Rundown of What Was Shared in This Post

– Draft a comprehensive operating agreement that covers ownership percentages, roles, voting procedures, profit/loss allocation, and buyout/dissolution terms. This prevents internal disputes.

– Choose the right state for LLC formation based on factors like fees, taxation, and where you’ll primarily operate. Don’t just default to your home state.

– Maintain complete financial separation between business and personal accounts/expenses. Commingling funds can undermine your liability protection.

– Stay compliant with ongoing obligations like annual reports, licenses, and fee payments. Falling out of compliance can lead to penalties or inadvertent dissolution.

– Follow corporate formalities – hold meetings, keep minutes, properly document decisions. Lax governance can be used against you in court.

– Ensure your LLC is adequately capitalized upfront. Undercapitalization increases liability exposure.  

– Always sign contracts and agreements under the LLC name, not your personal name.

– Monitor your LLC’s active status closely. Simple oversights can trigger accidental administrative dissolution.

– Be vigilant against “piercing the corporate veil” by courts who may disregard the LLC structure if owners fail to treat it as a truly separate entity.

The key is treating your LLC with respect from day one by formalizing operations, maintaining separateness, and staying compliant. Proper formation and maintenance allows the LLC to serve its vital asset protection function.

How to Turn Your Backyard into an Oasis

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Learn how to turn your backyard into an oasis of your very own in this quick post from our bloggy friends at Elite Pools. Interested in having a guest post on my website? Click here for my guest post submission form.

Your home is your palace. You want to design every aspect of it to be relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your family. One area that you never want to overlook during this design process is your backyard. In fact, we’re going to help you turn it into your very own relaxing oasis.

Start With a Deck 

If your backyard is lacking in functionality, it can be challenging to determine where to start your oasis design. A great first step is to build a deck. The feature not only increases the overall value of your home, but it helps to carve out some definitive space. A deck will elevate your family from the natural landscape and provide a more enhanced feeling of privacy. 

Install Lights and Speakers 

Next up, you need to light up your backyard. Simple string lights can help to set a more relaxing ambiance on those summertime evenings. If you have an existing fence on your property, consider outlining your entire backyard perimeter with some ambient low lighting to help better define your space. It can be extremely relaxing to have that low light and the comfort of knowing that you can see what’s going on in your yard. And don’t forget to include those outside speakers. They can allow you to enhance your atmosphere and speed up that feeling of relaxation. 

Consider a Water Feature 

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You can’t go wrong when it comes to integrating water into your backyard oasis. Water helps to provide a feeling of relaxation and comfort. You have a plethora of options when it comes to determining what water features you want to use. Pools, spas, waterfalls, and even fountains are all great options. Being able to relax in your spa or pool can further help to melt the stress away from your body. Adding a waterfall or fountain to your pool can promote that relaxation even further with the background water flowing. 

Plant Bug-Repellant Blooms 

You can’t have a backyard oasis without some beautiful flower blooms to set the tone. While you may be tempted to choose plants solely off of their bloom color, think again. You first want to look for plants that are well-proven to be bug-resistant, such as citronella grass. By having bug-repelling plants, you can spend less time being distracted and avoid the feeling of bug spray on your skin. Try to find a good mixture of bug-repellant plants and those that have stunning aesthetics.

Designate Shaded Areas 

You can have a beautiful outdoor oasis. However, if there’s no shade, it’s going to deter you and your family from using the space during the hot daytime hours. Do yourself a favor and carve out some designed shade. You have many different options at your disposal, depending on your unique landscape. You may be able to utilize the shade of an old oak tree to create a sunless sitting space, or you may want to install a canopy over your deck to give it a nice, cool location to avoid the sun. 

Create Areas of Interest 

If you truly want your backyard to feel like an oasis, you need to create areas of interest. These are simply small locations where designated activities can take place. Some examples of areas of interest include a cooking area, firepit, pool, spa, flower garden bench, and even gaming table. When you have multiple people visiting, they can break up into smaller groups and utilize these different areas of interest. These areas help to create more opportunities in your backyard oasis and keep it interesting for everyone. 

The Many Benefits of Having a Backyard Which You Can Relax In 

In today’s environment, it seems like everyone is burning the candle at both ends. Taking the time to relax your body and, more importantly, your mind is an absolute necessity to live a healthy and fulfilled life. Having a backyard oasis ready to go is a great way to encourage you to relax. There’s no planning needed. Simply head out back and enjoy the beautiful oasis you’ve created for yourself. 

Having an area gives you the perfect location for hosting friends and family for outdoor meals. This is a great way to promote social well-being and keep everyone interested in coming back. Even better, having items like flowers in your backyard oasis allows you to pick up a new gardening hobby that has been proven time and time again to promote relaxation and clarity.

How to Pitch a Collaboration That’s Hard to Refuse

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Want to pitch an irresistible collaboration? Learn the key elements of an effective proposal and how to offer enticing mutual benefits to seal the deal.

The following is a guest post from my bloggy friend Indiana Lee. Interested in having a guest post on my website? Click here for my guest post submission form.

Collaborating with peers, partners, and coworkers is a great way to enhance your operational efficiency and share the burden of your responsibilities. Effective collaboration brings out the best in people, too, as folks can share their unique skills and talents when working together. 

However, if you have ever engaged in a group project at work, then you will know how hard it can be to convince people to collaborate with you. This is understandable, as many people mistakenly believe that group projects will put a disproportionate burden on them. 

Rather than growing frustrated with peers who turn down collaborative opportunities, learn to pitch group work in a way folks cannot refuse. This respectful, enticing approach to collaboration will build a buzz around your project and help you bring in the insight and expertise of more people. 

Understanding Effective Collaboration

When you invite folks to collaborate with you, you should already have a good sense of what, exactly, they will do. This is crucial, as you cannot afford to waste people’s time when they join in your efforts. Similarly, people who join your team should not be expected to shoulder more than their fair share of the work. Before you send out proposals, be sure that you understand the basics of effective collaboration, including: 

  • Culture: Do you have a clear sense of values driving your efforts? Do you welcome new ideas, and will you take the time to get to know your teammates? 
  • Goals and Roles: What do you aim to achieve, and who will do what tasks? This ensures no one takes on too much and will help you get more from your people. 
  • Leadership: What kind of leader are you? How do you plan to motivate and engage your co-collaborators? 
  • Communication Lines: How can folks get in contact with one another? What tools and tech will you use to ensure everyone is on the same page? 

Answering these questions will put you in a great position to write an enticing collaboration proposal. A little preparation shows that you are in a good position to lead these efforts and can be trusted to spread the workload evenly amongst your peers. Defining your goals and roles early on will be crucial when writing your proposal, too, as these details will form the backbone of your pitch. 

Writing Proposals

Once you have established some goals and identified key responsibilities, you will need to write a project proposal. A formalized proposal shows your co-collaborators that you are well-organized and ready to lead a team of people. In general, an effective project proposal contains key elements, like: 

  • Summary: Introduce the problem that you are trying to solve as clearly and concisely as possible. What will the impact of your project be on the wider problem? How will this introduction entice your stakeholders? 
  • Background: Dive a little deeper into the problem, including data and key details where relevant.
  • Solution: Propose a solution that includes a vision statement, core responsibilities, and a proposed schedule. This gives people an understanding of the scope of the project and the work they may be asked to complete. 
  • Resources: What will you need to follow through on your vision? Are you waiting for funding? What costs do you expect to incur? 

Conclude your proposal with a persuasive summary. Re-emphasize the impact of your project and foreground the benefits that you can offer to folks who join your team. This will help stakeholders remember your pitch for days and weeks to come and will help you build an emotive appeal. 

If you are pitching to individual people, be sure to personalize your pitch. Learn more about the person you are asking to collaborate with and figure out what motivates them. Researching your potential co-collaborators will impress your stakeholders and will ensure that your pitch is relevant to their needs and aspirations. 

When writing your proposal, remember to keep your pitch as concise as possible. You do not have to share every detail of your project up-front. Instead, use time-saving tools to speed up the writing process, and focus on helping potential co-collaborators understand the need for teamwork. This will get folks to jump on board quickly and can help you create a culture of collaboration and cooperation. 

Mutual Benefits

Unless you are working on a charitable project that requires altruism from participants, you probably need to offer some mutual benefits to the peers you ask for help. Foregrounding the mutual benefits of your collaborative efforts will tip the scales in your favor and help build buy-in amongst folks who were previously on the fence. 

If you offer financial incentives, be sure to manage your financial system with transparency. Use tools like document management systems and regularly reconcile your accounts. This will help you manage a budget and remain financially compliant. This is crucial if you plan on offering dividends or financial benefits to the folks who have joined your team. 

Benefits do not have to be financial to be enticing. Sometimes, folks will join your project to gain experience and add something to their CV. If this is the case, be sure to endorse these team members as fully as possible. Write praise-heavy reviews on their LinkedIn profiles and give them qualifications or certifications based on their efforts.  

You can also offer noteworthy experiences to your co-collaborators. For example, if you are running a project that will garner public attention, consider concluding with a virtual summit and inviting your team members to speak. This will give folks a chance to practice their public speaking, help them network, and will innately boost the credibility of their CV. 


Pitching collaborative projects can be tough if you do not know how to communicate persuasively. Get the ball rolling by writing a proposal that is clear, concise, and properly organized. This will show folks why their efforts are important and will entice your peers into joining in. Follow through on this pitch by offering lucrative incentives. This will draw more people into the fold and help you share the workload amongst your peers. 

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About Indiana Lee

Indiana is a freelance technical writer, and is available for hire. Click here to find her on LinkedIn.

Why It is Important to Invest in Good Fabric

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Want to know why it’s so important to invest in good fabric? We’re covering the answer in this guest post by Rockywoods Fabrics.

TLDR: Good quality fabrics provide numerous benefits including sustainability, longer-lasting clothing, better fit and drape, comfort, professional sewing results, customer satisfaction, and the ability to purchase all necessary materials from a single quality retailer.

The Many Advantages of Choosing Quality Fabrics

Finding the right fabric can often feel like an exciting treasure hunt when you love to sew. Or, you might be someone who needs soft fabrics for sensory challenges, and it’s always a struggle to find what you need in a general clothing store. While you’ll find lots of inexpensive fabrics at big box retailers, the truth is that you do get what you pay for sometimes. Choosing to purchase good fabric provides you with many benefits that are worth knowing as you plan your wardrobe. 

Choose the More Sustainable Option

Fast fashion might help you stay on top of the latest trends, but all of those trendy outfits are wreaking havoc on the environment. Sadly, cheap fabrics are often made from materials that don’t last long, which means that they end up in landfills. Low-quality fabrics also use up unsustainable resources, but you can do your part to lower your environmental footprint by opting for higher-quality clothing whenever you can. 

Extend the Life of the Clothing You Wear 

There’s a reason why fast fashion earned its name. In many cases, those trendy shirts and dresses won’t last as long as the latest styles. Cheap fabric pills, tears and stretches out of shape fast, which can lower the life of your clothing. Since having to toss out a shirt that you love is never fun, it’s worth paying a little more for quality fabric that lasts long enough to still be good the next time the trend rolls around. 

Enjoy a More Flattering Fit 

If you’ve ever wondered why your favorite performers look so good in their clothes, then you may just discover the answer in the type of fabric their designers use. Nicer fabric hangs and drapes properly on your body which makes a difference in how it looks. If you’re sewing clothing for yourself or your family, then you’ll also find that it’s easier to achieve the ideal fit when the fabric doesn’t move out of place as you cut out the pattern. 

Feel Comfortable In Your New Clothes 

Well-fitting clothing also feels as amazing as it looks. You shouldn’t have to feel awkward stretching out your arm because a shirt sleeve keeps moving out of place. Nor, should you have to worry about the waistband of your pants constantly shifting around. Quality fabric feels soft against your skin, and you’ll notice the difference in its breathability or warmth as you go about your day. This is especially true with winter wear such as sweaters that tend to be overly heavy and scratchy if you don’t choose the right fabric. 

Achieve Professional Results While Sewing 

Cutting out perfect pattern pieces helps them to fit together better, which is only possible with quality fabric. Plus, you’ll find that good fabric also holds a crease better when you press it to create a hem, and the thread will glide through the layers when the weave is just right. Whether you sew clothing for your family or have a custom-sewing business, working with quality fabric is a true joy that makes your job easier. You’ll also find that you can whip out projects faster when the fabric doesn’t snag.

Ensure Customer Satisfaction 

When you sew for others, you know that every aspect of a piece of clothing matters. Customers can often tell the difference between cheap fabric and quality types, even if they don’t sew themselves. Low-quality fabric tends to be thin, which can pose a problem for your customers if they expect an outfit to be professional enough to wear to work or out in public. When you choose quality fabric, you know that your online reviews will also be positive and beneficial for your business. 

Know Where to Find the Best Fabric 

Figuring out where to shop for fabric is important. Ideally, you’ll want to buy good fabric from retailers that prioritize quality. For instance, buying fabric from a shop that sources fabric and notions from American companies allows you to know that they recognize the importance of quality and sustainability. You can also choose to buy your fabric from a retailer that supplies everything you need for a project. Being able to buy patterns, zippers, and buckles at the same place makes it easier to match them to your fabric and get started on your project. 

Investing in good fabric pays for itself over time. Not only will you spend less money on clothing when your new outfits last, but you’ll also look and feel better every time you put on your new shirt or dress. Now, all you need to do is start searching for the perfect fabrics to round out your wardrobe. After all, everyone deserves to love their clothes.

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