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Comfy = Happy. Ever try a collar extender?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Package and Extenders - Main with TMHappy Havens is all about the little things in life that can bring a smile to your face, or make you feel just a bit more comfortable. So we were excited when we saw an ad today for these collar extenders by Comfy Clothiers. From the looks of it, you can just attach one of these gizmos to the top button of your shirt and it acts like an extension cord, making your collar just a bit bigger. A great option for guys who have to wear ties every day. Looks like you can buy on their website or on Amazon.



5 secrets to seeing through sneaky sales schemes to become a savvy shopper

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Wouldn’t it be great to be a savvy consumer who always gets the best deals? It only takes a little preparation to shop with purpose and walk out of the store with what you want every time.

Wouldn’t it be great to be a savvy consumer who always gets the best deals? It only takes a little preparation to shop with purpose and walk out of the store with what you want every time.

We all want to get good value for your our money, whether buying a car, hiring a contractor, or purchasing a new vacuum or dehumidifier. Whenever you enter a store or office that is selling a product or service, you immediately become a selling target. Actually, in the age of the internet, we are all constantly sales targets with ads, commercials, email marketing, and direct mail. Everyone on the internet seems to have an agenda; even things that are “free” seem to have ulterior goals. Wouldn’t it be nice if when you went to the store, people always told you the truth? Or we already knew the value of the product? With groceries and style, this may not be as hard for you, but with big ticket items and appliances, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of specs and jargon. Here are our top 5 tips for becoming that savvy shopper who walks in knowing what they want: Read more »



Top 10 Creative DIY Holiday Gifts

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The life of sustainability and ingenious crafting – many of us want it, few of us actually feel we have time for it.

A popular trend this holiday season, with the advent of Pinterest, has been making your own gifts for friends and family. A unique aspect of homemade gifts is that they often used recycled materials or natural materials you already have on hand! Here are our top affordable and creative DIY gifts this holiday season from a variety of creative crafting bloggers, if you’re looking for ideas:

Idea from Sparkle & Hay

Idea from Sparkle & Hay

1. DIY Printed Candles – While stamp sets aren’t free (most of the ones I saw were around $14), this project is my top pick; there’s no denying that this project just looks plain cool. I feel like candles are a gift that are kind of bland on their own (you don’t see “candles” on the top of most Christmas lists), but in putting a little thought and customization into them they make a way better gift! Read more »



Why quality products matter – and can be found online

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
I got this blooming tea set off Amazon last Christmas for about $20. It was really cool and fun and ended up being a great gift! As you can see, the quality is great. Online products often have reviews so you know exactly what kind of experience to expect.

I got this blooming tea set off Amazon last Christmas for about $20. It was really cool and fun and ended up being a great gift! As you can see, the quality is great. Online products often have reviews so you know exactly what kind of experience to expect.

It’s easy to skimp on things because of money. In the real world, we have a limited budget and competing needs, desires and priorities. But we’ve all had a bad experience where we’ve bought something cheap and it didn’t work out too well for us. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” and sometimes cheap products become more of a hassle and you end up losing money on them between repairs and replacing them. From researching product reviews, it seems that most people find it more worthwhile to buy a higher quality product as long as the value is reasonable than mess with a faulty one. Read more »



Happy Havens’ 2012 Top Vacuum Awards

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

With thousands upon thousands of vacuum cleaner models out there, ever wonder which are the best of the best? Happy Havens is hosting our very own 2012 Top Vacuum Awards (TVA) telling you who wins best of category with different superlatives, regardless of the type of vacuum you like!

hoover-linxBest Upright: Hoover Platinum LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Runner-up: Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Upright

This genius vacuum has 4.5 stars on Amazon and is packed with a ton of smart features every upright vacuum cleaner should really have. First of all, the design is sleek and sexy with a great silver, red and black design. It just looks like 21st century vacuum for the innovative homeowner. A big problem with bagless cleaners is that they can puff dirt in your face when opened if not designed correctly. Read more »



Going Green by Using Greywater

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Did you know you can actually go green by reusing water from household chores and appliances like dehumidifiers to water plants?

Did you know you can actually go green by reusing water from household chores and appliances like dehumidifiers to water plants?

When people hear “gray,” they usually think of losing their youthful hair color. Luckily, that’s not what’s going on here.

When you think about it, everyday household chores are using up a lot of precious water. Between laundry, doing the dishes, water for baths, flushing toilets, garbage disposal, and other appliances like dehumidifiers, the average American is using 50-100 gallons of water per day. That’s a lot, considering fresh water is such a scarce resource. Read more »



Waging War Against the Dust Bunnies

Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Evil dust bunny is hoping you don’t learn vacuum types. Or for that matter, ever use one again.

Evil dust bunny is hoping you don’t learn vacuum types. Or for that matter, ever use one again.

They’re fluffy, evil, and composed of all those secret hairs that fell off your head when you weren’t looking. They also probably steal your useless pocket lint. These evil nose-twitching lagomorphs are under your bed, couch, and behind the curtains, plotting viciously how to take over your home.

Luckily, an effective vacuum can be your sword and shield to banish those little lint balls forever.

Obviously, vacuums aren’t really…optional. It’s a pretty essential home appliance. But are you getting the right kind of vacuum for the type of space that you are living in? Choose your weapon wisely: Read more »



Here’s to Happy Breathing: Comparing Dehumidifiers

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Breathe in, breathe out…ahhh.

Breathe in, breathe out…ahhh.

So you’ve decided to purchase a dehumidifier to improve the air quality in your home. When you bring home your new moisture-extracting baby, what should you expect? How do these things work and what features do they have, anyway?

Dehumidifiers use a fan to pull in air over two sets of hot and cold refrigerated coils, pulling out the moisture in the air as if you were wringing it with a wet wash cloth. The general factor that sets dehumidifiers apart is how many pints of water they can extract per day. Read more »



Warning Signs: 5 ways to know if you need a dehumidifier

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Here’s a cute little dehumidifier helping dry out a freshly painted room. An interesting use, eh? The basic function of a dehumidifier is to drain excess moisture from the air and store it as water, which has many health and home comfort benefits.

Here’s a cute little dehumidifier helping dry out a freshly painted room. An interesting use, eh? The basic function of a dehumidifier is to drain excess moisture from the air and store it as water, which has many health and home comfort benefits.

“A dehumidifier? What’s that? Don’t I have enough appliances already?” you may be asking. “How do I even know if I need a dehumidifier?”

Your child or someone you love may be plagued by allergy problems and you feel like you’re losing the battle against the invisible microorganisms at the root of the problem. How can you fight what you can’t see? Well, if your home or apartment feels stuffy, has0 dust-filled or moldy air, or just you have allergies that just won’t seem to go away, it may be time to attack the problem head-on and invest in a dehumidifier.

Better air quality means better health for everyone. It can be the difference between waking up in the morning feeling irritated and groggy and feeling fresh and alive. Read more »