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  • Hip Mobility + Glutes (25 Min Class)
    by Nicole on January 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

    I’ve got another mobility class for you! If you missed the last one focused on shoulders, check it out HERE. Today we’ll focus on hip mobility, strengthening through the glutes as we do. If you love this type of work, you can get access to more mobility classes by becoming a Patreon member. Patreon members The post Hip Mobility + Glutes (25 Min Class) appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Lower Body Strength Circuits Workout Class
    by Nicole on January 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

    This lower body strength circuits class requires a single heavy weight (dumbbell or kettlebell will work) and an optional resistance band loop. Class is 45 minutes long and, as always, includes a guided warm up and cool down. No jumping, and easy to modify (just go lighter with the weight). This is a great one The post Lower Body Strength Circuits Workout Class appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Shoulder Mobility (22 Min Class)
    by Nicole on January 8, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Let’s show our shoulders some love with this 22-minute shoulder mobility workout class. It’s great for everyone, but especially if you’ve been spending increased time sitting at a desk or are otherwise feeling tight and stiff through your upper body. Maybe try it as a lunchtime work break! You could also use it as the The post Shoulder Mobility (22 Min Class) appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Strength + Plyo Workout Pyramid (45 Min Class)
    by Nicole on January 4, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Happy New Year, friends! Hey it can’t be worse than 2020, right?? *crosses fingers and toes, silently prays, cries* Today I have a strength and plyo workout class for you. It mixes strength exercises using dumbbells and bodyweight plyo exercises. Each time through the circuit, the interval length gets shorter in a pyramid structure. And The post Strength + Plyo Workout Pyramid (45 Min Class) appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Mini Pilates Flow Core Finisher
    by Nicole on December 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

    This mini Pilates flow core finisher is great if you’re short on time or are looking for a bit of core work to round out a longer workout. Focus is on obliques. This is a short version of the Mini Flows classes I’ve shared in the past: Resistance Band Mini Flows Class – Glutes & The post Mini Pilates Flow Core Finisher appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • 4 Stress-Reduction Strategies to Keep in Your Pocket
    by Kelly Martin on September 23, 2021 at 5:00 am

    In moments of sudden overwhelm—perhaps work is piling up quickly, or you’ve found yourself in close quarters with a few too many strangers—it can help to have some stress-reducing techniques in your (literal or figurative) pocket.

  • A Nutritionist’s Flexible Plan for Weeknight Cooking
    by Caitlin O'Malley on September 23, 2021 at 4:50 am

    Nutritionist Maya Feller plans for a whole family’s varied needs right now—with some household members working or learning remote, going in person to the office or school, or a combination of the two. Her advice, as always, is clever, practical, and workable for many types of households and schedules.

  • GP’s Best Hair Days (and How to Use the Hair Serum That Changed Everything)
    by megan oneill on September 21, 2021 at 5:20 am

    GP has lived a thousand hair lives—she’s gone from bleached blonde to brunette, steamrolled straight to super cropped, and plenty in between—and here, she walks us through some of her most epic looks. But her best hair days ever, she says, have been in the past few months. “The thing is, since I’ve started using the new serum before I shampoo, my hair looks way shinier and healthier, with less frizz and absolutely amazing texture,” she says. “It’s kind of hard to believe the difference it makes.”

  • A New Class of Cult-Classic Bags, Boots, and Brands
    by Alyssa Nelsen on September 21, 2021 at 5:10 am

    Historically speaking, fall is prime time for big fashion moments. And after the year(s) the industry has had, it’s unsurprising that this season brings no shortage of imaginative spins on hypercovetable boots, modern riffs on iconic bags, and fresh perspectives from the coolest contemporary brands in the game.

  • Workouts, Spirituality Classes, and Mindfulness Sessions from Our Favorite Practitioners
    by samantha on September 21, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Workouts, packing inspiration, a tool for connecting to your body, and more from six goop experts joining us for a new wellness experience at sea.

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  • A Big, Juicy Round Up of Fall Recommendations
    by Joanna Goddard on September 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, so fall has officially arrived! What are your hopes and dreams for the season (apart from eating Reese’s pumpkins every night after dinner)?… Read more The post A Big, Juicy Round Up of Fall Recommendations appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • I Tried It: Press-On Nails
    by Kim Rhodes on September 22, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    When you hear the words “press-on nails,” does your mind harken back to the ’80s? This was always my reaction, until I realized, Perhaps I am the target for Lee’s Press-on Nails, thirty-plus years later.… Read more The post I Tried It: Press-On Nails appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • My Grandma’s Pancakes (With Cranberry-Maple Syrup!) Are Perfect for the Fall
    by Vallery Lomas on September 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Growing up, when I visited Grandma Leona in Indianapolis, I learned that steamed rice with a little butter and sugar is as good a breakfast as cheesy grits.… Read more The post My Grandma’s Pancakes (With Cranberry-Maple Syrup!) Are Perfect for the Fall appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Do You Tell Your Friends ‘I Love You’?
    by Joanna Goddard on September 21, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Do you tell your friends that you love them? I’m a mixed bag. Whenever I call her, my friend Gemma answers the phone with “Baaaaaayyyybeeeee!!!!” She is forever saying sweet nothings and using pet names.… Read more The post Do You Tell Your Friends ‘I Love You’? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • This Small Apartment Will Make You Want to Paint
    by Joanna Goddard on September 21, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Ariel Sun lives with her husband, Simon, and their cat, Mochi, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Her day job is on a tech company’s design team, but during quarantine, she got into painting and created mini masterpieces to hang around their home.… Read more The post This Small Apartment Will Make You Want to Paint appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Small Purchases that Make You Happy
    by Corporette Staff on September 23, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Readers, have you made any recent small purchases that you're really pleased with? Here are some that we're loving... The post Small Purchases that Make You Happy appeared first on

  • Thursday’s Workwear Report: Allison Pant
    by Elizabeth on September 23, 2021 at 11:45 am

    These pants have a lot of buzz and great reviews. The post Thursday’s Workwear Report: Allison Pant appeared first on

  • Suit of the Week: Banana Republic
    by Kat on September 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Mustard yellow seems to everywhere this fall... The post Suit of the Week: Banana Republic appeared first on

  • Previously, on Corporette…
    by Kat on September 22, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    One year ago, we talked about doing a complete wardrobe revamp, discussed fantasy vacations, and shared eco-friendly, zero-waste cleaning products. The post Previously, on Corporette… appeared first on

  • Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Essence Longline Blazer
    by Elizabeth on September 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

    It seems that the longline silhouette is the go-to look for blazers these days. The post Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Essence Longline Blazer appeared first on

  • At Home in Montecito with Suzanne Rheinstein
    by Stacey Bewkes on August 22, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    While acclaimed designer Suzanne Rheinstein’s storied Hancock Park home in Los Angeles is a study in layered neoclassical style, her home in Montecito is all about tranquility. At her idyllic country retreat, Suzanne worked with architectural firm Bories and Shearron to totally transform what was a dated 1971 house into her ultimate “house of calm.”… The post At Home in Montecito with Suzanne Rheinstein appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm
    by Stacey Bewkes on August 8, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Fifteen years ago, Robb Nestor and Bill Reynolds discovered what would become the masterpiece of their creative endeavors.  “We had been looking for two years before we found River Road Farm and from the very first time we drove up, it just spoke to us.… The post At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in the Hamptons with Kate Rheinstein Brodsky
    by Stacey Bewkes on June 27, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    It would be difficult to grow up as the daughter of renowned designer and legendary shop owner Suzanne Rheinstein and not be influenced by her elegant flair. But along the way, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky developed her own style. And while she didn’t become an interior designer, she did follow in her mother’s retail footsteps, opening one of New York’s most celebrated design destinations, KRB.… The post At Home in the Hamptons with Kate Rheinstein Brodsky appeared first on Quintessence.

  • Nantucket Lightship Baskets Video
    by Stacey Bewkes on June 5, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    As we enter June, it is with a sense of renewed optimism that we look forward to the upcoming summer season. One of the highlights here on Nantucket will be the Nantucket Historical Association‘s sixth annual Nantucket by Design event, held from August 5 through 7.… The post Nantucket Lightship Baskets Video appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in Pasadena with Kate Stamps
    by Stacey Bewkes on May 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    “Not everything should be perfect.” This simple phrase speaks volumes about Odom and Kate Stamps’ approach to both their own home and the many houses and gardens they design for others. Now that does not in any way describe their actual design work, which is thoughtful, exacting and detailed, but rather the final effect, which results in rooms of “grace and lack of pretension.”… The post At Home in Pasadena with Kate Stamps appeared first on Quintessence.

  • Bootylicious? What the return of derriere fashion...
    by Priya Elan on September 23, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    The cheeky 00s revival speaks volumes about cultural re-appropriation and the emergence from lockdownThe idea of what’s “sexy” has been going through something of a metamorphosis in fashion of late. Since the pandemic shuttered any semblance of flesh-bearing and instead saw virtually everyone opt for chunky, tie-dye jogging bottoms, there has been an effort to bring sexy back. The widely predicted “vaxxed and waxed” Hot Girl Summer was delayed, but recently, we’ve seen a heap of […]

  • Max Mara’s British designer brings a bit of...
    by Jess Cartner-Morley in Milan on September 23, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Ian Griffiths says he spent much of the pandemic at home in Suffolk reading existential novelsThe critic who in 1959 called the writer Françoise Sagan a “luxury hotel existentialist” didn’t mean it as a compliment. But for Ian Griffiths, the British designer of Max Mara, the phrase is a way of making sense of returning to the pomp and finery of the Milan catwalks after spending much of the pandemic reading existentialist novels at home in Suffolk.“Did you know that sales of Camus […]

  • Linda Evangelista says she is ‘deformed’...
    by Priya Elan on September 23, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    The supermodel says she may have been left unrecognisable after a fat-freezing procedureLinda Evangelista was one of the original 1990s supermodels and, alongside Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, dominated the catwalk and fashion magazine covers in the 80s and 90s. However, she says she is “permanently deformed” after a non-surgical cosmetic surgery gone wrong.In a post on Instagram, Evangelista said after having a procedure known as “CoolSculpting” (which involves “freezing” fat on […]

  • Warriors, cathedrals and carnivals: Spain’s...
    by Guardian readers on September 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Medieval plazas, fortresses like film sets and seafood straight out of the net feature in your pick of these lesser-known destinationsI stopped in Salamanca for lunch when driving from Madrid to Lisbon and ended up staying there for a week, caught up in the lovely atmosphere of the city. Its graceful red sandstone architecture, with two cathedrals and splendid university buildings dating from the 15th century, gives the city the quality of an alfresco cultural living room – where academics, […]

  • Robots, Russians and rock’n’roll – take the...
    by Martin Belam on September 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Fourteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday – how will you fare?The quiz master remains on holiday, but before he departed he left behind a crumpled up piece of paper behind a filing cabinet with 14 questions written on it which has taken ages for some poor soul at the Guardian’s office to type in. As ever, the questions are on general knowledge and topical trivia, there’s a hidden Doctor Who reference to find, there’s a picture of the […]

  • How To Fix Squeaking Bar Stools
    on September 17, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Bar stools are stylish furniture pieces - ideal for kitchen counters, dining tables and, of course, bars. But over time, these stools can begin to make high pitch noises that irritate the ears.There’s nothing worse than being annoyed by a squeaking sound while you’re trying to enjoy a meal or drink with your loved ones.Unfortunately, though, it’s hard to prevent bar stools from making these squeals - so it’s essential you know how to fix them. Don’t worry; if your seats are squeaking or making an irritating noise, fixing them is generally very easy.Why Do Bar Stools Squeak?Whether you have wooden bar stools, fixed, swivel or gas lift, they all generally make noise for the same reason - because of loose joints and bolts, rusted parts or due to their age. When exposed to heated environments like homes, the joints in bar stools can dry out and loosen or expand.Fixing the issue depends on the type of stool you have and the origin of the noise. How To Fix Squeaking Bar StoolsStopping a bar stool from screeching is a simple process that usually only requires some oil or grease or tightening. The type of solution you should use depends on the kind of bar stools you have.Identify where the noise is coming fromThe first crucial step to fixing a squeaking chair is to determine where the noise is coming from, whether that be the base, seat, or structure.Finding the sound is more accessible with another person - one to sit on the chair and another to find the issue.Important - the noise could be coming from multiple points, so ensure you listen out for sounds coming from different areas.How To Fix Squeaking Gas Lift Bar StoolsIf you have a stool with a swivel base - as depicted above - the sound will most likely be coming from that centre column. With age, the pillars can rust and cause that squeaking noise you’re hearing. But fixing this issue is very simple and generally just requires spraying some lubricant into the column.Before you spray: Because the substance can leak out of the column, it’s good to protect your floors with an old sheet. Otherwise, you could end up damaging your floors with the spray.To Fix A Squeak Coming from The Centre Column:1. You’ll need a spray oil or lubricant like WD-40. WD-40 is fantastic at eradicating squeaks, whether that be from your door hinges, bed frame or chairs. Although you can use a cooking spray - using WD-40 is better, as its effects will last longer, and it’s actually designed to fix squeaking issues. It also has a thin nozzle that’s ideal for really getting into the matter.2. Spray on the substance - once you’ve gathered your spray, lift the plastic collar on the column and spray the lubricant upwards around the circumference. The moisture from the mist will reduce the dryness around the joints and improve mobility.IMPORTANT: Don’t spray too much into the column - you only need a small amount. Over spraying can lead to further rust and leak down the sides of the column causing permanent damage.3. Swivel the chair to move around the moisture and ensure it gets everywhere.4. Let the spray ferment for a while (a few hours is good, but overnight is best), then come back and check the sound is gone. Wipe down the column if there’s any excess lubricant running down it.5. Repeat the process if the noise is still there.How to Fix a Squeak Coming from A Bar Stool’s Seat or Base A common reason bar stools squeak is because of loose or expanded screws. Like the joints in bar stools, screws can untighten with age or enlarge when exposed to heat. Luckily, you only need a screwdriver to fix the issue.1. Determine whether the noise is coming from the base or seat.2. For easy inspection: Turn the chair upside down so the seat is on the floor.3. Feel the screws on the base and under the seat to see if any are loose - secure the joints that are.4. TIP: Don’t over tighten the screws - this could just cause the joints to make more squeaking noise. Only tighten the links till they feel secure in their position.5. If the noise persists, it could be from those overtightened screws.6. To Fix: simply loosen the bolts a little or spray some WD-4O to moisten the area.How To Fix Squeaks in Wooden Bar Stools? Unlike most bar stools, wooden counter seats have minimal or no screws in their structure. Instead, they’re usually put together with wooden pieces. Like metal joints, wood expands in hot temperatures and creates friction.Luckily, fixing the issue is generally just as easy as radiating the noise in metal bar stools.1. Find the noise: Take the same process as metal bar stools and determine where the noise is coming from.2. Look for any holes in the wooden screws or any pieces that have over-expanded.3. Fix: You’ll need glue to eradicate the noise - preferably an adhesive designed for wood, but you can use a household glue if you don’t have any.4. Important: For easy application, whatever glue you use, ensure it has a nozzle to get deep within the area.5. Application: Apply to the wooden joints that need added moisture, wipe off any excess and let it sit until dry.Hopefully, by now, your bar stools should be free of any squeaks or noises. If you’re still having issues - drop a comment below, and we’ll help answer any of your questions.

  • 10 Tips For Buying Bar Stool: A Buyer’s Guide
    on September 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    When you’re unsure of what’s out there, purchasing the right furniture pieces can be a challenging experience, and bar stools are no exception. They’re often a final or afterthought when it comes to renovating your dining room or bar space. But choosing the wrong ones can affect your style and the area’s functionality, so it’s crucial you buy the perfect seats the first time around.Bar stools should be aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also practical. They also need to be durable yet timeless for a long-term investment. But with some options out there, you may be unsure of the best types for your space.Not to worry, below is a detailed step by step guide to consider when buying new bar stools for your home.1. Reflect On the Placement of the Bar StoolsBefore you can begin looking for new bar stools, it’s crucial to think about the area they’ll be placed. The most common spaces for bar stools are a kitchen bench, dining table and of course, a bar.Deliberate on how much room you have available - whether you’re tight on space or have a vast room.Contemplating the placement of your bar stools also allows you to think about functionality. Will you be able to move around the room freely with your chosen bar stools, or will it impact the room? For style, your counter seats should elevate your room rather than make it feel cluttered - so you’ll need to measure the space for proper placement. 2. Measure Once, Measure TwiceMeasuring the space you’re looking to place your bar stools ensures they’ll fit correctly.Counter seats need to be both functional and stylish; otherwise, you might not get use out of them.Measure the height, width, and depth of the available area, whether that be your kitchen bench or bar. Ensure you measure out the space twice for accuracy, then compare them to the measurements of your chosen bar stools. 3. Choosing The Ideal Bar Stool HeightOnce you’ve worked out how much space you have available, you can determine what height you need your bar stools to be. Whether you’re planning on placing your bar stools under a kitchen counter, bar or dining table, there are a few general guidelines that can help determine the correct size:For Kitchen Benches: The standard kitchen bench height is 90 cm, so your chosen bar stools should have a height between 60 - 75 cm.For Bar Benches: The typical height is 100 - 120 cm, so the bar stools’ size should be between 70 - 80 cm.For Dining Table: The average height of a dining table is around 75 cm, so it’s best if the bar stool's height is between 45 - 50 cm for functionality.Pro Tip: To guarantee your bar stools have proper functionality and work for every user - ensure there’s at least 15 cm between the top of the seat and the bottom of the bench. However, 20 - 25 cm between is ideal for style and comfort.How Many Bar Stools You NeedOnce you’ve worked out all the measurements, you can choose how many bar stools you need.When deciding the right amount, it’s essential to consider your household, lifestyle, and how often you plan to use your bar stools.If you have a large family or host at home a lot, it’s preferable that you have at least four to six chairs. However, if you’re tight on space or have a small household, you might be better off with just two for practicality.Before you decide on the right amount, you also need to work out how much space should be between each seat.As a rule of thumb - There should be at least 15cm between each chair but no more than 35cm for proper style.4. The Different Bar Stool DesignsWith the logistics covered, it’s time to focus on the perfect-styled counter seats for your room.As a popular seating choice for many homes, bar stools come in various looks to suit alternative styles and preferences. Although the choice is completely yours, remember you will be viewing and using these stools regularly so, they should be functional and reflect your unique style. Consider Swivel CapabilitiesFor superior functionality, it’s good to buy bar stools that swivel. Seats that can move around 360 degrees are very practical. Unlike regular bar stools, they allow for easy movement in and out of the chair. 5. Alternate Bar Stool MaterialsChoosing a suitable material for your bar seats is essential. Not only for the correct appeal but for practicality. The most popular mediums for bar stools are fabric, wood, metal, and rattan. Each one is designed to work with alternative spaces and complement the different decor in the room. 6. Consider The Feet of Bar StoolsWhen you sit down or get up from your counter seats, you’ll be moving them in, and out. So, it’s vital to contemplate the feet of the seats you’ve chosen. Some come with padded bases, whereas others don’t have any. The scraping of chairs can be annoying on the ears and damage your floors, so choosing stools with padded or protective feet can be beneficial if you have hardwood floors. 7. Keep In Mind Your StyleThroughout the buying process, it’s crucial to remember your existing style. Although functionality is essential, you also want your chosen stools to look appealing in your space and complement well with your current tones, furniture, and decor.Pro tip: Instead of choosing bar stools that match your existing furniture, opt for seats that will flatter the shades in your area. Choose one relating feature between the chair and a statement piece in the room - this could be the matching timber of the chair’s legs and the wood of your bench. Or the colour of your stool relating to the hue of a painting in the room.If you have a minimalist styled home - this is your opportunity to add some texture with a bold set of bar stools in leather or wood.However, if you have a vibrant space that already features many daring pieces, do the opposite, and go with metal-based bar stools.Can you have different styled bar stools?Deciding on whether you want your bar stools to match is entirely up to you. They generally come in sets for convenience but having odd seats can add more of a statement to your bar or kitchen space.However, to avoid having stools that look out of place, it’s essential they have a matching feature correlating between them; whether that be colour, material, pattern, or design is entirely up to you.8. Pick The Correct Bar Stool ColourCounter seats come in a massive range of colours so you can pick the perfect ones for you. As a statement piece, these seats can be any colour you desire them to be - perhaps that’s your favourite shade or one that enhances your room.Natural, neutral hues are a fantastic choice if you already have a wide range of colours in your bar or kitchen space. However, bold colours are the perfect way to brighten areas that have a minimalistic feel.9. Price Of Bar StoolsSo you don’t get a nasty surprise when you go to purchase your ideal bar stools, it’s good to understand their typical price range. A bar stool can cost anywhere between $50 - 1,000. The more casual-styled seats (like rattan and metal) are generally cheaper than high-end types (like wood or fabric); however, the price commonly comes down to where you buy the stools from.Custom-made bar stools can set you back quite a bit, but you can get high-quality ones for as little as $45.10. Bar Stool CoversIf you’re buying fabric bar stools, it might be worth investing in some seat covers. Fabric is a delicate material that’s not as easy to clean as wood or metal-based furniture, especially if you spill food or drink onto it. So, for long-lasting chairs and added protection, it can be beneficial to invest in some seat covers. They’re generally relatively cheap, come in sizes for all chair types and slip simply over a seat for easy maintenance. With these simple steps, buying the perfect bar stools for you has never been easier. No matter where you plan on putting your new bar stools, hopefully, this guide has made choosing the right ones for you; simple and easy.If you’re on the market for affordable seats, check out our extensive range of high-quality bar stools available at insanely discounted prices.Be sure to show us what your new stools look like in your space and if you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.FAQSAre bar-stools good for posture?Bar stools can be very beneficial for promoting a healthy posture. Generally, they align your spine and body as well as keep you properly upright. High-back bar stools are better at long-term support for your back, but because all types bend your legs under your body, all of them can help improve your posture.Should I buy bar stools or counter stools?There’s not a massive difference between bar or counter stools - they both serve the same purpose and commonly come in the same designs and materials. The only real difference is their height.Bar stools usually are higher than countertops like kitchen benches. In contrast, counter stools are designed lower and are ideal for benches or dining tables. However, there’s a lot of bar stools out there that feature an adjustable height, so you can use them in any space in your home. If you’re unsure which one would suit your area best - measure out the room and compare it to your desired bar stools to ensure they fit securely.Where can you buy a good deal on barstools?MyDeal has a vast range of quality bar stools available online at affordable prices you’ll truly adore. Whether you’re looking for gas lift stools, a set of two or four, industrial, wooden, upholstered or low seats, we’ve got you covered with insanely discounted choices.   

  • Lockdown Gift Ideas
    on September 10, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Do you know of someone who needs some cheering up right now?With ongoing lockdowns and constant restrictions, it can be hard to stay joyous each day. So why not make someone’s day with a thoughtful gift they’ll absolutely love?Below are some sensational gift ideas to help spread the love with any of your friends and family today.Heart Warming GiftsSometimes it’s the simple, thoughtful presents that spread the most love. Let your family and friends know you’re thinking of them during this challenging time with a present to brighten their day. Mail a cardTell your friends and family you’re thinking of them with a heartfelt card. Getting mail is exciting, and although it’s a bit old-school, a handwritten card generally carries more meaning than one written over a text. They’re a personal gift that can spread joy and instantly cheer anyone’s spirit. Plus, cards come in a range of options to suit any message you’re trying to convey. Check out MyDeal’s range of quality cards.  Gift Hamper A basket full of your loved one’s favourite snacks and treats is a thoughtful way to brighten their day. Perfect for sharing or eating alone, food and drink is the ideal warming gift for someone stuck in isolation.Whether you’re looking for a present for your family or friends, gift hampers are a fantastic gift that comes in a wide selection of options. Get a gift hamper with wine, chocolate, lollies, or cheeses. The possibilities are endless and affordable too. Make their day a yummy one with a gift hamper from MyDeal today!   A Nature PresentSending someone flowers or a new plant is a fantastic way to convey a message of love and spread warmth.Flowers and plants can brighten up a space and are a perfect way to boost morale. Help your loved one get in touch with nature in the comfort of their own home, with a bunch of flowers or a new plant. We’ll deliver them directly to that special someone for convenience.Relaxation Gift IdeasIsolation can be a stressful time that’s draining and tense. So why not gift your friend a present designed to help them relax?   Puzzle Or Paint By NumbersHelp occupy your friend’s time with a new puzzle or paint by numbers. They’re fantastic for improving cognitive function and can reduce stress and anxiety by giving them something else to focus on. These activities also relax the mind and create a calm serenity. Find a variety of affordable options of puzzles and art canvas at MyDeal.  SubscriptionsHas your loved one expressed being bored while in lockdown? Then a new subscription to a streaming service is the perfect gift for them. Whether you choose Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Binge or Stan. The options are endless and jam-packed with heaps of quality movies and TV shows. Perfect for occupying your friend or family member during a lockdown.  Self-Care KitIf your loved one is struggling to stay positive lately, then a care pack could help boost morale by giving them something relaxing to do.Whether you buy them a hair or skin set, they’re bound to make your friend feel good and enhance their mood. Discover a wide range of skincare and haircare kits for all your loved ones at MyDeal. Gifts under $30Want to spread some love to your friends and family but on a budget? Don’t worry; we’ve got heaps of quality present ideas for under $30 that are bound to brighten anyone’s day. A New BookWhether your loved ones like fantasy novels or recipe volumes, books can be the perfect gift for anyone in need of some cheering up. Help your friend or family member escape their everyday lockdown life and venture away with a new book suited to their liking.They provide a quality source of entertainment and are an excellent opportunity to learn something. Plus, they’re generally available under $30, especially at MyDeal. Check out our diverse range of books and save.  CandlesA new scent is an excellent way to spread love during a lockdown. They can relax the body, elevate the appeal of any room, and bring warmth and light.Candles can also bring back memories of past experiences and indulge emotions, so why not remind your loved one of a special time you shared together with a familiar scent? With a massive collection to choose from, MyDeal has affordable scented candles bound to impress your loved ones.  Coffee, Coffee, CoffeeDoes your friend adore coffee? Then why not treat them to a new bag of delicious coffee beans or pods?A cup of coffee is the perfect way to start that day and can boost anyone’s spirit instantly. So spread the love with a premium bag of coffee or pods today!  A New PillowA pillow can improve one’s sleeping experience for a quality night’s rest, and no one can ever have too many.Enhance a loved one’s sleep no matter the time of day with a new pillow – trust us; they’ll be very grateful for it! Find the perfect pillow to suit your friend or family member’s needs at MyDeal - We have premium options available at affordable prices you’ll love. 

  • Ways To Clean Dining Chairs
    on September 9, 2021 at 6:48 am

     Messes and spills are unavoidable, especially on dining seats. You eat and drink settled on these chairs, so it’s not really a matter of if but when.Don’t worry though; when the inevitable happens, our tips will make cleaning stains from any type of dining chair, hassle-free and straightforward.Before You StartYou need to consider a few things before you begin cleaning to ensure you do it right. Such as:1. Act QuicklyAs soon as the accident happens, deal with it immediately. Leaving the stain to sit for hours can do further damage and cause lasting marks. Whereas cleaning it straight away makes it easier to lift the mess and prevents severe damage.2. Read The Care InstructionsWhen trying to clean dining chairs, the last thing you want to do is cause additional harm. So, it’s imperative you read your dining chair’s care instructions before you begin.3. Gathering your suppliesFor convenience, it’s helpful to have all the cleaning products you need to lift the marks. To remove almost any stain, you will need:· Dishwashing liquid· A deep bowl· Microfibre cloths· Soda water· Baking powder (to deodorise)· hydrogen peroxide (for deep cleaning)· Steam cleaner (optional but beneficial)4. Identify the type of stainDifferent spills require alternate cleaning solutions. Was it a liquid that spilt? Then it’s generally better to clean with a water-based solution like dishwashing liquid, soda water and H2O.Whereas food-based messes require heavier products like a paste, left on to absorb.5. What material your chairs are made ofDining chairs come in various materials, including fabric, leather, wood, metal, and rattan. And just like the type of stain, different chairs require alternative cleaning solutions. So, it’s essential you identify the type of material yours are made of before you commence.Steps To Clean Your ChairsFirstly, start by removing the liquid or brushing off the mess. Don’t rub though; this will just push the product further into the material.Once you’ve removed the substance, you can begin the cleaning process depending on your textile.Fabric Dining ChairsFabric seats are incredibly stylish; however, when it comes to cleaning, they require a lot of attention. Cloth seats come in various styles, including velvet, suede, linen, microfiber and upholstered.But don’t worry, there’s no need to buy new chairs, the stains can come out, they just require some extra steps. For proper removal:1. Create a solution: The best mixture for cleaning linen seats is a gentle, natural soap, soda, and water combination. Add HOT water to a bowl and mix in a few drops of liquid soap and 1 cup of soda water.2. Apply the product: Once you’ve created the solution, dip a microfibre cloth in it and begin to blotch the stain. Start in the centre and work outwards. Repeat the process until it is clean, and use a new cloth each time.IMPORTANT- if you’re only doing one section rather than the whole surface of the fabric, make sure you don’t have hard edges around the area you applied water; this can lead to water stains.3. For deep blemishes: If the spill refuses to lift, consider spraying the chair with hydrogen peroxide. It’s a mild antiseptic that’s very effective for removing stains such as mould, protein or fruit and vegetables. Spray a light amount onto the surface and leave for around ten minutes in a light space (this chemical substance breaks down better in the sun).4. Removal: Now that you’ve given the stain a clean, it’s time to lift the solution. The best way to do so is with a steam cleaner, as it will draw up all the liquids and cleaning water. However, if you don’t have one, you can pad the area with a dry microfibre cloth to lift any remaining water – it may just take longer.5. Deodorise: Finally, to remove any off-putting smells, sprinkle some baking soda over the area. It’s a natural deodoriser that will absorb any remaining residue. Leave for at least half an hour, then vacuum off.Leather Dining ChairsUnlike fabric dining seats, leather mediums are better at repelling messes. However, the timeless material can absorb water-based spills. To remove a substance from leather chairs:1. Remove the liquid: Firstly, you want to find a cloth to absorb the fluid on the chair. You should do this immediately, so the seat has less to absorb.2. Add a microfibre cloth: Once the surface liquid is dealt with, place a microfiber cloth over the area of the spill and let it sit for a couple of hours. It will absorb the leftover water. Give it a gentle padding before you remove any excess.3. Use corn-starch: For big spills, you may require a product that’s perfect for attracting liquids like corn-starch. Sprinkle over the area and leave for only a few minutes before wiping off.Rattan Dining ChairsRattan based furniture is simple to clean because it’s a natural substance that’s very durable. However, if you spill anything on your rattan dining seats, here are some valuable steps to help clean them properly.1. Remove the mess: Firstly, start by brushing or wiping the substance from the surface of the chair. This way, you can access the damage beneath and prevent it from staining intensely.2. Cleaning solution: Now it should only be residual mess remaining. Don’t worry; the rattan can be easy to clean. Simply create a removal product with some hot soapy water. You can add vinegar for an even deeper clean.3. Scrub: With your solution ready, get a gentle brush like an old toothbrush or scrubbing product and lightly rub the area. This will raise the stain and any remaining colour from food-based messes.4. Rinse off: Get some clean water and wash off the cleaning soap until the chair is fresh again.Wooden Dining ChairsIf you’re trying to clean wooden dining chairs, the great news is it’s an easy medium to sterile. It’s highly durable, very low maintenance and generally repels all types of spills. However, some accidental messes can cause damage if your wooden chair is uncoated.1. Remove the spill: Like every other type of dining chair, you need to start by wiping off the mess so you can adequately access the stain beneath it. Especially if it’s a food-based spill which will mark very quickly.2. Avoid: You mustn’t clean any uncoated wood with a multi-purpose cleaner or directly place water onto its surface. This will only further enhance the stain and prevent it from ever coming out.3. Use soap water: In a bowl, mix some hot water and soap. Then dip a cloth into the water and thoroughly wring out before rubbing the affected area. To prevent any water stains, use a dry rag to lift any leftover H2O.4. A paste for tough stains: If the mark is food-based, sometimes soaping water won’t help. So instead, create a paste with baking soda and a touch of water. Then apply to the area and rub until it raises. It’s essential you thoroughly dry it afterwards to prevent those water stains.

  • Dining Chairs Buying Guide
    on September 9, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Dining rooms are an essential gathering place in any home. Perfect for Sunday morning breakfast, fancy dinner parties or family game night. The options are endless, and dining chairs play an integral role in enjoying these activities. The right seats will make any engagement more enjoyable, whereas the wrong ones can create an uncomfortable experience. Therefore, it’s essential you buy the correct ones.But choosing suitable dining chairs for your home is no simple process. There’s a lot to consider, including price, design, size, material, and functionality. So, it’s important you think about your selection wisely.Save time, money and take the work out of purchasing new dining chairs with our buying guide. Full of tons of helpful tips and tricks, it’s never been easier to find the right stools for you.The Correct SizeThe first thing you need to consider when buying new dining chairs is the appropriate size for your space.This starts with the dining table, whether that be an existing bench or one you’re ordering instantaneously. For functionality, your chairs should fit securely beneath the table without feeling cramped.So, plan out the chosen space before you buy. Determine where the best place for your dining set is. The centre of the room is the ideal spot that allows for multiple chairs. However, if you’re tight on space, against the wall may be more practical for everyday life.After you’ve decided on the placement, it’s crucial you measure out your chosen space for easy mobility. You should be able to pull out the chairs completely and still move easily behind them. Consider these guidelines when deciding on proper placement.- Leave at least a foot or two behind the chairs when fully extended.- There should be at least 30 cm between the seat of the chair and the tabletop for tons of legroom.- Choose dining chairs that are 20-24 inches in width to suit all users.- Rectangular table: Leave 50-60 cm between each chair, so no one hits one another. This also leaves space for extra chairs on special occasions.- Round table: Needs 75 cm between each seat for functionality. Consider the number of chairs you needOnce you’ve decided on the proper placement of your table and chairs, it’s time to figure out how many seats you’ll require. Think about how often you use your dining chairs and how much you entertain.Do you have guests regularly or perhaps a big family? You’ll need at least six chairs to ensure everyone has a spot.Or do you have a small family or tight space? Then you might only need two or four chairs.For convenience, dining seats come in different sets, including two, four and six to match your needs.Choosing the number of stools also depends on what table size you have.Size Capacity90-110cm length tableTwo people120cm length tableFour people160-180cm length tableSix people220cm length tableEight peoplePlease note: The capacity sizes will work for both rectangular and round tables.Remember your existing styleWhile considering size and placement is essential for functionality, your chairs should also look appealing too. As well as complement your existing style.To decide on the right design for your living room, reflect on the existing elements in the area. Pick out a complimenting colour or material. Rather than focusing on matching every aspect of the chair to the decor in your room.What Type You Buy MattersNow it’s time to focus on what type of dining chairs you want. There’s a variety to choose from that tailor to alternate needs.1. Side ChairsThe most popular type of dining seats are side chairs. They’re similar armchairs, only without arms for functionality. As the name suggests, they generally go on the side of the tables.A side chair is a lightweight choice that has a sleek design  to fit in tight spaces. Varieties available:As one of the most frequently purchased seating arrangements, side chairs come with different backs such as:   Ladder Slack Cross    Scoop2. Armchairs Like side seats, armchairs get their name from their form - a chair with sturdy arms. They’re a standard formal option that feels more luxurious to sit in and are generally placed at the head of the table. While they’re not ideal for all users because of their slim armrests, they can offer more support and enhance your relaxation. Armchairs commonly come with a high back too for superior comfortability. 3. Parsons Chair Parson chairs are the traditional seating selections. They have a simple design for comfortability and functionality. Although they look like a side chair, parson seats generally have a taller and solid back rather than an open one. For better support and relaxation. Their sleek style can add an elegant factor to any space, and they’re very appealing too. Parson chairs are also designed with lots of padded cushioning for deeper and better comfort. Perfect for sitting in for hours.4. Benches Bench seats are ideal for compact spaces.They offer just as much room as regular dining chairs with the bonus of sliding beneath the table when they’re not being used. While benches don’t offer as much support as side or armchairs, they have a padded seat and are very practical.  5. Barstools While they’re not a conventional option for dining seating, barstools are a fantastic alternative if you have a tall table. They offer tons of support and plush padding for comfort with a more relaxed feel. Generally, they feature a mid to high back for alignment and a slim design to fit in any space. They also can come with footrests for added support. Bar stools are sturdy, versatile and available in a wide selection of styles and materials. So, you can find ones to compliment your existing furniture and products.  Contemplate The Back SupportChairs come with different back designs for alternate comfort levels and looks. So, you get the right support you need; it’s essential to consider the different sizes.Low Back - These chair backs offer a relaxed feel beneficial for lower back support and alignment.Mid Back - As the standard design for dining chairs, a mid-back offers a good amount of comfort without feeling too overwhelming in tight spaces.High Back - For superior support, a high back is an ideal choice as they align your entire back and head.The Material Type MattersOne of the most important decisions to make when deciding on the type of chairs, is what material they’re made from. The most common medium choices are fabric, leather, metal, plastic, rattan, and wood. Each material will work better with alternate designs and lifestyles, so it’s vital you buy the right type for your unique needs.Tip: Go for bolder, thicker dining chairs for big spaces and slimmer, simple ones for tight spaces. Both will fill the areas better. Material:Benefits:Suitable For & Disadvantages:WoodWood is a timeless material that never goes out of fashion. It can bring warmth to any space and is highly durable. As a popular choice, it comes in a wide range of sizes and materials for convenience. It’s also very low maintenance and a practical material choice. It blends elegance with functionality for a sophisticated option, and is a fantastic long-term investment.Perfect For:- Families with kids.- Pet households.- Contemporary, modern,rustic, chic, or farmhouse styles.Disadvantages:- Wood isn’t always as comfortable as fabric dining chairs for extended seating support.- Wood can look odd with matching hardwood floors. So, either choose another shade or different material.AcrylicHighly durable and extremely easy to clean, acrylic dining chairs are an excellent choice that have a stylish look. They’re more affordable than other options and impact resistant. Plastic chairs commonly feature a mid to high back for proper support. Perfect for:Pet householdsModern or contemporary styled homesDisadvantages:Plastic doesn’t come in a wide variety, so it won’t match every style. Plastic can also be uncomfortable for long seating periods.MetalMetal furniture is superiorly durable and easy to keep clean. These chairs are incredibly lightweight for easy mobility and have a classy look. Metal chairs are built to last and is a quality long-term investment. Itsdurable design will withstand any weight to suit all users. Perfect for:Kids or pets filled families.Contemporary styles.  Allergy sufferers.Dining rooms with existing bold furniture.Disadvantages:   Metal can be cold to the touch and not overly warming. Metal isn’t as comforting as fabric chairs.FabricFabric chairs are incredibly stylish and can brighten any space instantly.It’s the best choice for long-term comfort that has plush padding for support. Fabric is a classy dining chair choice that looks luxurious and appealing to the eye. Perfect for:Every styleFamilies without kidsDining rooms with existing simple furnitureDisadvantages:Fabric isn’t recommended for families with kids or pets as it’s delicate and not easy to clean.Best to avoid if you’re an allergy sufferer as fabric can attract dust and dirt. Instead, opt for a leather fabric. RattanRattan based furniture can add texture and a stylish appeal to a range of rooms. It’s a natural substance that’s durable and lightweight. Rattan dining chairs are also a very affordable choice that comes in a range of sizes and designs. Perfect For:Allergy sufferers - it’s a natural medium that’s good for your health.Kids – Rattan can withstand and repels liquids. Dining rooms with existing wooden furnitureDisadvantages:Fabric can be damaged if not look after properly.Best to avoid if you have pets, who can ruin that delicate medium. Choosing the Right ColourWith the type and material out of the way, it’s time to decide on the shade you’d prefer your dining chairs to be. So, they suit the existing colours in your room.As a rule of thumb: Your dining chairs shouldn’t be twins to your existing decor but rather sisters with similar features.Try matching the shade of the chairs to the subtle colours in the room, such as a photo, artwork, or pendant light.If you don’t have much colour in your room, this is an excellent opportunity to add some.Or perhaps you already have plenty of colour in your space? Then you should consider a neutral option.If you’re unsure what hue will work well with the shades in your room, the colour wheel can provide some guidance. The opposing shades on the wheel generally work better together. Such as red and green, orange and blue or green and magenta.Do Chairs Have to Match?Chairs don’t have to pair together if you’d prefer they didn’t. In fact, it can look more appealing and rustic if they don’t. However, just like when deciding on a shade, it’s essential to have a recurring feature between them, like the material, colour, design, or style.For proper styling, it’s beneficial that your chairs don’t match your dining table. As it can look odd and out of place.TIP: Consider your personality and what chairs you like, rather than focusing on the perfect style. You’ll be looking at these seats every day, so you’ll want to ensure you like their appeal and feel.  Other elements to considerThe feet of your chosen chairs - Different chair types can affect alternate flooring. Some can scratch hardwood floors, whereas others can make a permanent impression on the carpet.Before you buy, investigate the description of your chosen chairs, and see if they come with a protective cover, or padding feet. If they don’t, consider buying some. Or you could buy arug instead, which will protect both hardwood and carpeted floors.Covers to protect your chairs - If you’re buying delicate dining seats such as velvet or upholstered, it’s crucial to consider some covers (available HERE) to slip over chairs for added protection. These mediums can damage easily and are high maintenance, so covers will prevent these issues and uphold their integrity.The Price Of Dining ChairsThe exact price of a dining chair depends on the size and material you buy. Upholstered seats are generally more expensive, whereas the popular choice of wood is more affordable than acrylic options.The price of the chairs also depends on how many you’re buying and where from. They can range from $100 to $1,500. But at MyDeal, we offer dining chairs at exceptionally low prices from $60-100.General tips- Are you buying individual chairs? Remember to keep a corresponding element between them all, so they don’t look out of place.- Match your lifestyle. Functionality is the most essential thing to contemplate when considering any element of the chairs.- Measure the space and double-check for accuracy. So you don’t have to return the seats once you’ve bought them.- Are you renting? Think about buying neutral chairs that are versatile and will work in any space when you move.- Quality is important – So your chosen chairs last a long time.- Remember, dining seats should always be sturdy and practical.Ultimately, the most crucial tip to remember when buying new dining chairs is to keep it practical. At the end of the day, if your dining chairs aren’t functional for everyday life, you probably won’t get much use out of them. So, ensure they always match your personal needs and likes above all else.MyDeal has a massive range of quality dining chairs in various designs, materials and sizes so, you can find the perfect ones for your dining room. Check out the collection of dining chairs.Still not sure what to choose? Leave us a comment, and we’ll help you answer any issues.

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