About Samantha Cuevas

Most of my friends call me Sam for short. I'm a Social Media & Brand Manger at Luma Comfort. I enjoy writing, reading, sports, and cooking. I have a huge love for animals and weird obsession with video games. When I'm not in the office, you'll find me at the beach either surfing or riding my bike. I love being outdoors and taking in the Vitamin D.

My Instant Rice Almost Burned My Apartment

Having a job near my apartment is wonderful. I reside in Huntington Beach, California, and work in Santa Ana. I used to make the dreadful commute to Los Angeles, and it would take me over an hour each way. I now only have a 20 minute commute! Luckily, I’m from the Los Angeles area and had my parents’ place to stay at, so I didn’t have to drive every day. My high school friends also live in that area, and we still remain very close. They always come to visit me at the beach, and I figure I can at least visit them every once in a while too. The drive there is even more dreadful than I remember now. I honestly don’t know how I put up with the slow-moving traffic in LA and not to mention the low pay.

It was a Friday night, and one of my friends was having a party with beer pong and other drinking games. Honestly, I was hesitant on going because I was getting low on gas and worried I didn’t have enough money to fill my tank, but for some reason, I decided to go riceanyway. I had a great time owning the beer pong table, and ended up spending the night at my parent’s house because I was too tired to make the long drive back to Huntington. When I woke up, I immediately left to get back to my apartment even though I was super hungry. I had a few groceries in my pantry, and the easiest thing to cook was my instant brown rice. I placed it in a pot of water, turned on the stove, and walked away as it started to boil.

I had an appointment at the salon within the next two hours, and I needed to go to the bank to withdraw some cash for a tip. When I looked inside my purse, I realized I left my debit card in my friend’s clutch the night before. I figured I had enough time to go back to LA and then come back before my appointment. So without thinking, I got into my car and left. I was feeling a lot of emotions at once. I was frustrated, tired, annoyed, and hungry. I cancelled my haircut and just went back to my parent’s house after picking up my debit card. The smarter thing to do was to cancel my card, and go to the bank to get a new one instead of wasting even more of my gas. I instantly fell asleep and did not wake up for another four hours. When I looked at my phone to check the time, I had 10 missed calls and five text messages. I’m pretty popular, but I know I’m not that popular, so who on earth could this be? One of my text messages was from my roommate and it read, “Where are you?!?! Did you leave the stove on? I’m freaking out! There’s smoke everywhere!!!” I assumed our apartment had gone up in flames like Miley Cyrus’ tour bus.

I immediately called her. I can’t believe I almost started a fire with my rice. I have to admit that this was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. When my roommate came home, she could hear the fire alarm. Our apartment was filled with smoke and probably would have caught on fire if she had not gotten there on time. After I got off the phone with her, I immediately drove back to my apartment AGAIN. When I walked in, I found my roommate on the couch and smelled the scent of an extremely burnt pot. My pot of rice was completely black, crusted in ash. All the windows and doors were wide open to let the stench out, but I knew a solution to make the process quicker – an air purifier.

fire extinguisher and smoke alarmIncidents like these can happen anytime, which is why it’s very important to own an air purifier to get rid of the harmful pollutants that may be trapped in your home. Inhaling smoke is the leading cause of death in fires. It is a mixture of particles and chemicals produced by incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials, specifically creating carbon-monoxide. Carbon monoxide decreases the body’s oxygen supply which can cause respiratory irritation, shortness of breath, and heart and lung disease. Being exposed to low or high levels of smoke, even for a small amount of time, can cause other numerous health problems including burning eyes, runny nose, and an irritation to the throat. The finer smoke particles can change the function of your lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

With a Luma Comfort air purifier, health risks can be avoided by removing such harmful pollutants, even ones that are undetectable to the naked eye. A HEPA filter will be able to get rid of the smoke and odor in my apartment, so I can have peace of mind and feel comfortable living there again. Even without the smoke in my apartment, our bodies are exposed to toxins every day that can lead to serious diseases. Cleaning the air of your home will permit easier breathing and healthier living, and an air purifier is a great investment to benefit our future lives.

Design Milk is the Heaven of Home Décor

When checking out a new home, you try to imagine what it will look like once you’ve finally moved in. You try to picture yourself living there. You want it safe if you have kids, you want a backyard if you have a pet, or you want a huge kitchen if you cook. You also look at how your beautiful furniture and decor will fit in. But first, you must finish the essentials before settling into a new home.

My daughter and her family just purchased their first home in Los Angeles, California. It’s in part of the city that allows for an easy drive into downtown, where they work and shop. The house itself isn’t easy on the eyes as its older, but with a little love and care it will be her most prized possession. They have a few months before they officially move-in, and that’s plenty of time to get the home ready to comfortably live in. Of course, my husband and I helped them out for a weekend, and we spent time cleaning, painting, and unpacking the essentials at their new home. I encouraged her to create a “To-Do List” and she found it really helpful to make sure everything gets done before the big move. It’s important to only start working on the interior rather than exterior because that can always wait. Move-in day is quite tiring and you’ll be unpacking for days, but here is a list of important “to-do” items for every new homeowner. Please feel free to add on any others that come to mind:

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1. Change the Locks

The realtor or the previous owners may still have the keys. You’ll sleep like a baby knowing that no one is able to get into your home except for you. Setting up an alarm system isn’t a bad idea either however at the beginning you will have so many other expenses, so this is definitely something to consider once you have settled in.

2. Exterminate Pests

You can never be too careful. When you move into your new home, you spend several hours on your hands and knees cleaning floors, so why not do a proper job and get rid of those pests once and for all.

3. Check Plumbing

Even if the realtor stated the plumbing is fine, get it checked anyway. Hopefully you won’t have to pay an excruciating amount of money for fixes.

4. Clean, Clean, Clean

The house may have been cleaned before the keys are handed to you, but it’s better to do it yourself. To save time, hire a service that can deep scrub EVERYTHING…specifically the bathtub.

5. Install a New Toilet

I’m a germ freak. Install a new toilet because who knows how much bacteria is on that thing when you move in.

6. Find the Circuit Breaker

Label it, so you don’t kill yourself or someone else.

7. Install New Switch Plates

It will make the home feel newer with clean outlets or cover plates

8. Check the Smoking Detectors

Make sure they work. Test it by placing a lit candle near it.

9. Paint the Walls and Ceilings

Hopefully you have time to give the color of your walls a deep thought. If not, you can always paint them a neutral color like white or beige.

10. Get Rid of Peeping Toms

Cover windows with blinds, curtain, drapes, or shutters. Prevent nosy neighbors from looking in, so you can have some privacy.

11. Hook up the Internet

You’ll be making new memories at your new place, and letting your friends and family in on your new journey will be comforting. Once you have your internet installed, post some pictures! Remember to put a password on your wireless internet. It’s bad enough having nosy neighbors without them stealing your internet also.

12. Clean the Air

Clean your heating and cooling systems. Purchase an air purifier and humidifier for a healthier living lifestyle. Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk, says, “I think that it’s a challenge to work around any free-standing appliance or small tabletop appliance. It’s much easier when the appliance is hidden, good-looking or well-integrated.” Luckily for all you new homeowners, Luma Comfort is a handsome hunk. Say goodbye to ugly products! Our air purifiers and humidifiers will fit into your home décor without a hitch.

Jaime currently owns a humidifier that she consistently uses during the winter in her Southern California home. Without that moisture in the air, she would be drying up like a raisin. She recommends placing a humidifier in your bedroom and an air purifier in family rooms.

13. Furnish

imgresFurnishing your space can be expensive, so it’s important to have the basics – a table, sofa, bed, and chair. Moving around furniture can always make a huge difference on how you feel about your place. Even placing things on the wall, like art and photographs, is a quick way to make you feel at home. As you save more money for furniture, you can keep in mind how you want the personality of your home to show. That’s when Jaime and Design Milk come in to save the day again!

Design Milk is the definition of eye candy. It’s an online magazine dedicated to bringing you the best in modern art, architecture, interior design, furniture, décor, fashion, and technology. You’ll find designs from the around the world to bring into your own home. Before creating the site, Jaime was a frequent wanderer in furniture stores as she has always had a creative mind for design. Her inspiration comes from nature, as well as the contributions of artists and designers to her site. She has thus become an expert in home décor, design, furniture, technology, and architecture. Her signature brand and style have become recognizable among the most popular design channels to date! They’ve been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Chronicle, was one of the Google Reader Engineers’ Staff Picks and has been noted on Twitter’s “Who to Follow” list of influencers in Art and Design. Great stuff!

I ALWAYS find gorgeous products every time I visit Design Milk. It is the heaven of home décor. Jaime also loves using Pinterest and recommends it for your own inspiration because you can find amazing items and ideas there too (Want to be a trendsetter? She’s predicting patterns will be “in” very soon!). The best advice she has ever received is, “Go with your gut. Buy and do what you love.” We are happy to pass this advice along to our readers as they purchase products from contributors of Design Milk. We hope that you live comfortably and in style at your new home.

Dehumidifying the Bathroom Because of Our Dog

My really good friend, Alanna, recently broke up with her boyfriend. It was one of those relationships where they spent way too much time together and every little thing became an argument. However, it was still tough for her to get over their breakup. They were dating for three years, so for her to become totally independent wasn’t easy. You know the ancient saying “To get over a boy, you need a new one”? Well in her case, to get over her boyfriend, she bought a puppy. Alanna found him on Craigslist for a mere price of $300 and brought him home from the mall. He is a mutt with a mix of a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. At least, that’s what we think he is. His coat is black with a white spot on his chin and stomach, in a way he’s quite similar to a penguin. Alanna named him Taco, and thus began a loving, loyal friendship.

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During Taco’s first few weeks of living with us, Alanna trained him to sit, lay, and learn the meaning of the word “no”. The word “no” was regularly being used by Alanna and myself, and it became irritating. Taco misbehaved constantly by biting our skin, jumping on our faces while we were laying down, chewing on shoes, and biting pant-legs. He specifically loved the pant-legs and shoes while we were walking. He’s lucky we never accidently stepped on him. Even though he had just eaten, he would bother Alanna and me as we ate. He also had a horrible habit of stealing our socks from our bedroom floor to add to his collection of toys. He barked loudly and continuously, especially when Alanna left the apartment. Taco had some sort of separation anxiety that reminded me quite a lot of Alanna’s old boyfriend. I remember thinking Taco would never make it out on the streets alone nor be domestically independent. But now he is about six months old, and it amazes me how smart he has become. He was really stupid two months ago. The barking has stopped, he’s a lot calmer, and bites less. He just nibbles these days. The only dreadful thing he still does though is go through the bathroom trash can. He knocks it down, picks out his favorite items, and brings them, along with their germs, into the living room. Gross, I know.

We made the decision to have the bathroom door closed at all times to prevent Taco from going through the trash. Every time we had to use the bathroom or take a shower, we made sure to close the door behind us. However, this led to a different problem. Bathrooms collect a ton of moisture from tubs, showers, and lack of ventilation. Alanna and I take very warm and hot showers, so the room fills up with steam quickly. The walls and ceiling are wet, dripping with water to the floor, and the mirror is foggy. With so much moisture being trapped inside the bathroom after our showers, the bathroom ceiling, wall cracks, and shower curtain started to grow an ample amount of mold.

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My first thought to reduce the amount of mold was to buy a shelf. It would be high enough to place our trash can on, and Taco wouldn’t be able to get to it. We would then be able to leave the bathroom door open. I knew it would somewhat help, but it would not be enough. I started researching ways to get rid of bathroom mold, and one of the options was using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of moisture in the air that can lead to mold and mildew. Not only is it bad for your health, but also for your home structure. Floors will creak, furnishings will damage, and musty odors will come arise. After one of our showers, the bathroom has excessive moisture. A dehumidifier sucks in moisture from the air, moves it over cold ice tubes to drip into a bucket, and pushes dry air out. The dry air will mix with the moist air making it drier and drier. We live in Southern California, so the general air in our apartment is already dry. However, homes suffering with high humidity levels can find relief in dehumidifiers instead of living uncomfortably.

I found that there are five items to consider when purchasing a dehumidifier:

  • Why do I need one? Because my bathroom smells and the ceiling is starting to grow moldy friends.
  • What size is the space I need to dehumidify? 50-100 sq ft.
  • What is the humidity level? Humidity of 50%+
  • How will I have to maintain it? Does it include a washable and removable tank? How will I have to drain the water?
  • Do I require any special features? Portability, automatic shut-off, size of water storage tank, price, and brand.

Our bathroom is very small so a mini, portable dehumidifier would work best. Other dehumidifiers would simply not fit into our bathroom. Small dehumidifiers are less expensive to purchase, but still get the job done of pushing out the growth of pests. Dehumidifiers can also be wireless so they don’t need run on power, which is great in case we accidentally leave it running. We hope to be mold free by the summer!

Harder to Breathe Underwater

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I assume an asthma attack would feel like you’re trying to breathe underwater. I know that feeling all too well, and it’s no fun at all. Surfing can be scary, and I almost drowned not too long ago. I lost my balance trying to catch a wave and got tossed within its current. It was easier for me to panic when I didn’t know which way was up, so it felt like I was under water for a good thirty seconds. It was pitch black and I was practically doing somersaults as the waves passed by, which made me feel very disoriented. When I finally popped my head above the water, I was gasping for air to the point where I had no more energy. It was terrifying to think that was going to be my last moment on earth. I would’ve liked to enjoy an In-n-Out burger before I went.

In elementary school, I had one classmate you suffered from asthma. I remember the first time I ever saw him struggle for air. It was very hard to watch. His face turned red, and he was gasping for air like he was choking on something he swallowed. He would use his inhaler, but even that seemed difficult to take in. He was also on the basketball team and after each and every game I would watch him use his inhaler which seemed even MORE difficult to take because he was already out of breath from the exercise. I was always stuck wondering if he was okay because there wasn’t anything that I could really do to help him.

It’s hard to imagine how asthma sufferers really feel. They must worry about having an attack at any second of the day. It takes a lot of courage to conquer it on your own, especially as a child. However these days it’s great that we can have some control and try to prevent these spontaneous attacks from happening.

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As a parent, sending your child to school worried he or she might have an asthma attack is stressful. You hope to never receive a call from the principal telling you that your child has been sent to the emergency room. For those parents who are familiar with this feeling, then perhaps it’s time you did something about it. Maybe you should suggest adding an air purifier in the classroom to relieve their symptoms or become an advocate for healthier air through the entire school. Air purifiers improve overall health by reducing the amount of pollution, dust, or mold in the surrounding air. It works wonders on the immune system and the quality of sleep which in turn, help fight allergic reactions. Enjoy fresh, healthier air with Luma Comfort’s air purifiers and enjoy the beautiful weather Mother Nature brings you.

How Exactly Can an Air Purifier Help?

Air Purifiers are designed to clean and improve the quality of the air around you. Although it cannot get completely rid of allergens or other pollutants, it helps tremendously. The filters are designed to trap pollen, allergens, odor, smoke, and mold that can be harmful to our immune system. Letting any of those build up can bring more bacteria and germs into your life. Purifiers that are HEPA certified will filter big and small particles that can be extremely sensitive to people who suffer from asthma. They can improve the general health and sleep of your household environment, and are the best solution to relieve allergy and asthma symptoms.

Peyton Manning’s 2nd Big Game Win

If you have read my previous blog post on the Denver Broncos, then my predictions are still on the right track. It’s time for Peyton Manning to finally win another Big Game! The Broncos and the Seahawks are the perfect matchup this year, and I could not be more excited. The number one defense is going up against the number one offense, and this Sunday is going to be filled with GREAT football. Peyton Manning has truly made his mark this season with 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards, and it will be no surprise when he comes out strong from start to finish. After reading his responses from Media Day this past week, it only makes him that much more likable on his modesty about his legacy.images

I’m also quite a fan of the Seattle Seahawks. My grandma used to work at USC when I was younger, and we would always get free tickets to watch their football games at the Coliseum. Pete Carroll was the head coach at the time and it was very exciting to watch his dynasty of leaders, including Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. Those days were so thrilling, and looking at him now only shows that he is the best at what he does. Everyone at the MetLife Stadium will have their adrenaline pumping and will be shouting with excitement every second. Wishing I had tickets is an understatement. It must be an awesome feeling to be there. If you plan on attending, please share your experience with me! I want to live vicariously through you, and I’m also looking forward to hear what Richard Sherman has to say next!

I cannot wait for Sunday’s festivities to being, and to celebrate a Bronco win. This game only comes once a year, and of course I use it as an excuse to throw a party. It would be un-American of me. In my other blog post, I also mentioned that one of the most important items to have this Sunday was an ice maker. Specifically, I’d like to recommend Luma Comfort’s Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker. Why? Because your life would suck without it. Your party and reputation are on the line if you run out of ice.

I’ve put more thought about how this product can be incorporated into a party atmosphere, and I thought it deserved it’s own blog post. Without this ice maker, your party will be lame because nobody wants a warm drink in their hand. With the pounds of ice it makes throughout the day, you’ll have plenty on site and you won’t have to worry about making those extra trips to the grocery store to buy more bags. It’s compact so you’ll have more room to place your keg near guests, but just don’t put it next to a lot of liquid where the Justin Biebers at your party can ruin it. You’ll need it for future parties to celebrate different occasions, like Valentine’s Day and St. Patty’s Day.

rs_560x415-140123092522-1024-justin-bieber-miami-arrest.ls.Speaking of Justin Bieber, it’s good to have tons of alcohol at your party, but you don’t want anyone getting hurt. Drunk driving, especially at a high speed, is very dangerous and friends of mine have been killed because of it. I would love to sign the petition to deport Justin Bieber back to Canada. It looks like he is about to have an immigration case on his hands with over 118,000 signatures on it’s way to the White House. I am really interested to watch what the White House does, and I’m eagerly waiting to see if he receives any special treatment for being a celebrity. He is a horrible role model and bad influence for all of his teenybopper fans. He’s also not newsworthy! Our country is so obsessed with pop culture that we don’t listen to what else is really going on in the world. Did you know that the US government was found guilty of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination? Did you also know vitamin B17 destroys cancer cells, but is banned by the FDA? Did you know that the US government was caught helping the drug cartel smuggle drugs into the US? No, but you knew Justin Bieber was arrested in minutes.

I love the advice that Vanilla Ice gave him though. He told the young singer to turn in the liquor for some coffee, which gave me a great idea. I began vigorously searching for ice cube recipes on Pinterest that would be a great fit for my football party on Sunday. Although it’s not recommended to use other liquid than distilled water for this product, I just couldn’t help myself.

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My first recipe is a tasty alcohol and coffee combination. It’s great for a party, but not strong enough to send someone over the edge. It’s also a great energy booster:

  • 2 ox of Baileys Irish Cream
  • 6 oz vanilla vodka or milk
  • Coffee ice cubes

I’ve also been thinking about how I can create orange and blue ice cubes, and I found the perfect solution. Koolaid! You’re probably wondering why I didn’t choose orange juice. Orange juice is more of a yellow color and that wouldn’t match my Bronco decorations. I also heard running Vodka through a Brita filter will improve the taste and that it did!

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Therefore, my second recipe is completely different. As the ice melts, the flavor of your drink changes:

  • 6-8 oz of Sprite
  • 2 shots of vodka
  • Berry Blue Kool-Aid Ice Cubes
  • Orange Kool-Aid Ice Cubes

I saw other ice cube recipes on Pinterest with flowers or bits of fruit in them, but I haven’t tried those yet. These two options of flavored ice will fulfill the different taste buds that people may have at your party. I would recommend that you first make the water ice cubes before making the flavored ones. Just make sure to really clean your ice maker afterwards, so it doesn’t stop working correctly.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Follow your heart this Valentine’s Day and finally break up with that dreadful product taking up space in your beautiful home!

1544931_645343328863966_872473080_nAttach a picture of your UGLIEST home appliance in our Facebook Post’s comment section, and you could win our AP400W Air Purifier – Valued at $270!

Instructions:
-Attach a picture of your ugliest product HERE
-Share with family and friends
-The photo to get the most LIKES will win!
-Competition ends 02/07/14 at 3PM PST
-Start Sharing!

Lunch Pails

Sometimes I think I should be an interior designer because I love to decorate. It’s fun to mix and match colors and pick out trendy furniture and decorative pieces. I’ve been working in the Luma Comfort Office for almost a month now, and the office decor could use a little work. I’m currently looking at a yellow mustard colored wall to give you an idea of what it’s like in here. Not the best color, but I can definitely work with it.

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However, every time I come in I start to sneeze. I really do not know what it is besides dust particles, but I literally sneeze every hour and my nose starts to run. Mark, the guy who works on the desk behind me, is always the first one to say “bless you”. It’s almost embarrassing for me that he has to say it so many times. The entire office probably thinks I’m always sick. The only time I ever sneeze a lot is when I’m around a cat, but I don’t know if anyone here is a cat owner and bringing all their cat hair to work with them.

Working for a manufacturer that produces air purifiers, I thought why not test out the product. So I went downstairs to the warehouse to pick up a sample, and I choose the Luma Comfort AP170W Air Purifier. The warehouse is amazing by the way. There are rows and rows of products. I almost got lost. Anyways, the first thing that caught my eye about this particular purifier was the design. It’s sleek, modern, simple, and very high-end. Most air purifiers I’ve seen look like a fan. Have you seen the air purifiers from Honeywell? Some of them look like a cheap tower fan, and others look like a huge lunch pail that my mom would force me to take to school. Although it could probably hold a lot of food, and I do love to eat. I received hostile comments on my Hello Kitty Pochacco lunch pail in elementary school, so I bet kids these days are worse with their blunt, honest comments.

We’ve had the air purifier on all week in the office, and I haven’t sneezed at all. It’s also very quiet when operating, so it’s not annoying to have on while working and it doesn’t overbear my music. The flat panel and simplicity of this product is perfect for any type of decor I wish to bring into the office. It’s white, which is a great color that matches anything, and small enough to fit into the corner for additional space. It stylish and delivers clean air. The best of both worlds. This is going to be my starting point to redecorating the office.

Predicting a Denver Broncos Championship

People really need to grasp the fact that Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. You can argue all you want, but I will let Manning speak for himself when he continuously breaks NFL records and leads his team to the Big Game. It’s exactly 20 days away, and I cannot wait to celebrate a Bronco’s championship win by throwing a HUGE party the day of!

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I’ve always got to make sure I have the essentials – beer, food, big screen TV, and maybe a lot of napkins in case there’s a bloodbath. Let me share my party checklist to guarantee satisfied guests at your own Big Game party:

1. Bronco Decorations

Because why would I put anything else up? I’ve got to support my team and plaster their colors and mascot everywhere. I’ll be purchasing navy blue and orange colored banners, streamers, balloons, and anything else I can find that will contribute to this perfect setting.

2. Napkins

Considering my decorations, there’ll be others who are hardcore fans of the opposite team, so things are bound to get rowdy. I’ve stocked up on plenty of napkins in case of spills, sticky fingers, and bloody noses.

3. Portable Air Conditioner

This is mostly for myself since I’ll be running around the house making sure everything is okay, but sharing is caring! It can also get really stuffy with a ton of people huddled around together for a few hours.

4. Big Screen TV

My eyesight is horrible, but my big screen HDTV comes in handy and I’m sure everyone else will appreciate it. We’ll be able to clearly watch the game and make fun of Colin Kaepernick commercials.

5. Vacuum

For easy cleanup to get rid of all those crumbled chips on the floor. A hand-held vacuum is more ideal during a party, but I plan on giving this responsibility to my roommate.

6. Toilet Paper

If my roommate and I go through a roll of toilet paper per day, I can’t imagine how many rolls we’ll go through with a dozen more people around.

7. Water Dispenser

It’s necessary to keep your guests hydrated with tons of alcohol and food around. A water dispenser is a great alternative to buying cases of bottled waters because there’s not going to be any room in the fridge.

8. Seating

I asked a few friends to bring some folding chairs just in case I don’t have enough seating for everyone. I’m also going to place blankets or rugs on the floor for those who don’t mind sitting on the ground.

9. Kegerator

It’s no question the drink of choice at this type of party is beer. A kegerator is perfect for guests who are glued to the TV because it’s easy access to quenching their thirst. Place it strategically near the TV.

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10. BBQ Grill

This is definitely not a fancy-shmancy party. Throw some meat on the grill! Our diet will consist of chips and dip, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, wings, and sandwiches. You can burn the calories tomorrow.

11. Beverage cooler

Another perfect item for stocking up on non-alcoholic beverages. Keep soda, lemonade, or juice cold and fresh for enjoyment.

12. Make Room for Vegetarians

My roommate is also a vegetarian, so she constantly reminds me to make sure we have a veggie platter. I don’t want her to be the only one starving so I’m getting carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, and some ranch dip.

13. Misting Fan

It’s torture cooking over a hot stove or grill. Place a Luma Comfort Misting Fan next to you to prevent looking like a hot mess.

14. Ice Maker

So important, yet so easily forgotten. Nothing ruins a party better than a warm drink. With an ice maker, you’ll have plenty of ice on hand and can even make more than needed.

15. Trash Bags

Self-explanatory.

16. Cigar Cooler

After the Broncos win their third championship, I plan on additionally celebrating by smoking a cigar on my patio. I keep them in perfect condition for a glorious moment like this one will be with New Air’s Bottle Thermoelectric Cigar Cooler.

While half the nation is celebrating and the other half is crying over the Bronco’s win, I’ll be proud of all the hard work we put into this season. Thanks for helping me win my fantasy draft this year, Peyton. I owe you one.

Healing Children Back to Their Barbaric Ways

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I used to babysit for my uncle’s kids, and I always loved it when they were sick. One: because I finally had peace and quiet since they slept all day, and two: I didn’t have to do much work. They weren’t wildly running around, and their room didn’t look like a tornado destroyed it. However, the down side of them being sick is that they don’t care what they touch. They’re rubbing their nose and mouth touching furniture, door knobs, food, ME…and I would definitely settle for their super craziness rather than getting sick myself. So I opted to buy a humidifier to expedite their recovery process.

My uncle is pretty adamant about giving his children any type of medicine because he feels it may not be safe. Thanks to me, his children’s symptoms are at ease without any help. With a humidifier, I am reassured knowing that the children are taking in fresh air. The moisture helps them easily breathe, cough, and swallow by loosening the mucus in their nose and throat from their cold. They’re more comfortable and able to rest so they can be back to their barbaric ways in a couple of days.

One reason a child might get sick is because of a dry nasal passage. Their skin is also usually dry, and it can be more prone to irritation and wounds. It’s important to have a humidifier that keeps a child’s skin wet and warm at all times, especially after a bath. Moisturizing the air is key to prevent disease and to make their skin feel like soft, smooth butter!

The first time I saw a humidifier I thought it was a really weird-looking contraption. They’re mostly ugly, weirdly shaped, and I would totally be embarrassed if my friends saw it in my room. But, after my impeccable research, I learned that they come in different designs that better suit my fabulous taste (and I guess my uncle’s taste too). The kids are also big believers on saving the planet, so of course I had to invest in a humidifier that was energy efficient or else they wouldn’t let me bring inside the house. I bought the Luma Comfort Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. It’s design is sleek, modern, sophisticated, and very different. It can absolutely fit into any type of room decor!

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When I turned it on, I heard nothing! No wonder the kids can sleep with this thing on all day. But after realizing how beneficial it is for children, I vowed that I would always have it on hand when necessary.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Humidifiers

Looking for a tip or two on how to operate humidifiers? You’ve probably noticed the thousands of results when searching through Google. It seems like everyone is an expert when it comes to humidifiers, or are they? Here is some advice coming from a bona fide expert at Luma Comfort!

DO be lazy

Using distilled water in a humidifier reduces the amount of time to clean it. Great for lazy people like myself who hate moving their bodies!

DON’T get chlamydia and die

Do you know what happens when a bunch of people are sick in the same house? NOTHING. No one cleans, no one eats the leftover pizza in the fridge, and everything else is left to rot. This is what happens when you don’t own a humidifier and your body is slow to recover.

DO disburse drugs

I’m not talking about your illegal substances. I’m talking Tylenol, Nyquil, and Robitussin, that can aid the humidifier in getting you back to your healthy self.

DON’T trust people who don’t wear shoes

Because most likely they have dry, rough skin and static buildup. All can be prevented from the moist air of a humidifier, but I also recommend using body lotion, chapstick, and putting on leather shoes.

DO save those pretty pennies

Humidifiers can be quite expensive. Start saving that loose change found trying to escape the washing machine. You’ll be rich in no time.

DON’T let those white dust fairies run wild!

That was the whole purpose of buying a humidifier – to get rid of germs! They’re everywhere, they’re annoying, and they can cause lung damage in children. Yikes!

DO take pride in work you’re not doing

Humidifiers do all the work for you, while you take all the credit. Maintain your health, stay warm, and enjoy the moisture a humidifier brings to your home.

DON’T wake up a sour puss

Leave the humidifier running all all night. It’s totally safe, but make sure you have plenty of water so it doesn’t stop working.

DO be affectionate

Take care of your humidifier and it will take care of you.

DON’T take it with you on a hike

I know it’s great, durable, and the design makes you look stylish, but are you serious? How big do your muscles really need to be?

DO smile

Quit letting yourself suffer more than you already are. Whether you have a cold, allergy, or asthma, the humidifier works to ease those symptoms.

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DON’T become an alcoholic

You can have tons of sober fun with a humidifier. They’re great company. But if you decide to, which I’m not condoning because then I would be an accessory to crime, I really recommend sipping on some JD Honey.

DO buy a humidifier from Luma Comfort

They last long, produce outstanding results, and carry more features than most brands. Kapeesh? Kapeesh!

DON’T buy a humidifier of lesser quality

For example, a humidifier from Winix. False hope. How do I know? Because I bought one and returned it within a week.