5 Reasons To Use A Home Humidifier

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*This post was sponsored by Crane USA. All opinions are my own.

I know the phrase, “since we’ve been spending a lot more time at home,” is beyond cliche at this point, but I can’t help starting today’s post with exactly that because the truth is that we are spending a lot more time at home! And all of that extra downtime in our house has given us lots of extra time to consider how we can make it a better place for us to live in.

I’m sure you guessed from the post title, but I’m going to be talking alllllllll about humidifiers. John and I both suffer from allergies, so we’ve used a humidifier intermittently in our bedroom for years, but before the Crane USA team reached out to us for a partnership, I don’t think I really understood why (not to mention how to keep humidifiers properly sanitized in the long run). Keep scrolling for the scoop on our new Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and why we’ve started using it every day.

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5 Reasons To Use A Home Humidifier | dreamgreendiy.com + @CraneUSA #ad #happyhealthyhumidity #Cranehumidifier

5 Reasons To Use A Home Humidifier:

1. They help relieve congestion: One thing I probably don’t need to mention? That we’re in the midst of a serious global health crisis! I know I’m not alone when I say that we’re doing everything we possibly can to stay safe and healthy. The idea that a humidifier can help keep flu and cold symptoms at bay is a game-changer, and the number one reason why we’re staying on top of our humidifier usage (and the disinfecting of said humidifier—tips for doing that are this way).

2. Humidifiers help quell snoring: These handy little devices help relieve annoying congestion, which, of course, means they can stop snoring, too. He’s going to kill me for bringing this up, but I used to say I’d do just about anything to keep John’s nasal passages quiet at night. Since we started using a humidifier, that hasn’t been an issue anymore!

3. Promote good health in pets: We have four fur babes in our household, so when I found out that humidifiers are good for their health in addition to ours, I jumped right on board the humidifier train. They help clear your pets’ congestion, plus the additional moisture in the air helps keep dry skin issues to a minimum. NOTE: Always check with your vet if you have questions about adding a humidifier to your pet’s routine.

4. Humidifiers offer stress relief: I don’t know about you, but my stress level has been quite a bit higher these days. To help with that, I recently started adding calming essential oils to the Crane USA Cool Mist Humidifier I keep in my meditation room at home. Twenty drops of lavender oil fills the space with soothing scent in addition to that calming humidity, and I can’t get enough of it. Another cool thing about this particular humidifier is that it has a color-changing setting, which is so soothing to watch in the evening when it gets dark. Check my stories on Instagram today to see that feature in action.

5. They keep indoor tropical plants looking vibrant: I’m the proud plant mom of 28 indoor potted plants, and our home just wouldn’t feel the same without them. Knowing that a humidifier can improve the health of our favorite tropical plants makes me want to get one for every room. You’ve probably heard that plants can purify your air. Well, it seems only right to return the favor and give them an environment with the proper humidity that they’ll love to live in, too.

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Have you tried regular use of a humidifier in your home? Before, I used to only pull ours out of storage when one of us had a cold or started feeling under the weather. But I’m finding that everyday use is better for us. There are so many benefits that I just didn’t know about, and it’s one of those nightly routines that I don’t think I’ll be able to go without ever again.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I (or someone from the Crane USA team) will make sure to get back to you. Another great resource that I’ve been using a lot lately as I get used to our upgraded humidifier is the brand’s blog. There are tons of great articles to read that go into things like properly cleaning a humidifier, more reasons to use one in the first place, plus tips for promoting good health and wellness. It could just be the perfect time to try it out!

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Outdoor Bar Cart Styling With AllModern

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

*This post was sponsored by AllModern. All opinions are my own.

To be completely honest, I’m an autumn lover at heart. I live for those cool, crisp days of fall, and all the cozy layers, steamy mugs of hot cocoa, and holidays that go along with it. That said, I’m still more than happy to embrace the heat of summer since we’re officially knee-deep in the season. Bring on that alfresco living!

There’s no question that my favorite thing about summer is the fact that we get to eat practically every single meal outdoors. Now that my parents live here in town and have a giant back deck, John and I have been spending most weekends over at their house enjoying the views of the golf course that’s in their backyard. We’d probably be going over there every other day if it weren’t for the pandemic.

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DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

John and I don’t entertain often because big crowds and raucous parties just aren’t in our nature, but my parents entertain pretty often. They tend to only invite over one (carefully screened) couple at a time because of the current state of things, but I’d say they host friends at least once or twice a week.

Mom and Dad are currently keeping things almost exclusively outside and six feet apart on their back deck, so I decided to gift them some goodies from AllModern to help set their outdoor area up for all the self-serve, socially distant summer gatherings they could possibly throw at it. Keep scrolling to see the look come to life along with warm weather bar cart styling ideas.

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DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

The first thing I chose for them to set the scene is an outdoor rug. The aqua and gray print is modern without feeling too contemporary for their transitional aesthetic, and can be left outside all season long. It’s super lightweight, so it can also be easily moved based on where they want to localize things for company or when they’re enjoying cups of coffee, just the two of them, outside in the morning.

Next came the bar cart. I know it can be tough to order things online since you’re not able to tell whether the quality is there or not. I’m here to tell you that, in this case, you get so much bang for your buck! My mom and I were gawking at the price of this cart after we put it together because it feels like a $300-$400 piece but is half the price (and goes on sale regularly, too!).

The frame is a rich charcoal slate color, and the shelves are made of luxurious tempered black glass. It’s also really big—like, “it comes up higher than your hips” high! As soon as I press publish on this post, I’m going to hop right over to AllModern and leave a five star review on this piece because it’s really nice.

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

Since the shelves are made of glass, one thing we ran into was a hesitation to fill the shelves with glasses and wine bottles. Not because we were worried about how much weight the shelves could hold (they have a 40-pound weight limit that I don’t think we’ll ever exceed), but because there’s just something a little cringe-worthy about glass hitting glass.

To fix that issue, we added a pair of handled wooden trays to the mix. That way we could load them up with accents for the bar cart without the loud clank of glass against glass. This might not be a problem for most of you, but that sound is like nails on a chalkboard to me, so the trays were an essential addition to the bar cart.

The trays serve a second purpose, too, because they make transport to and from the kitchen a breeze. The truth is that not all of these items are rated to live outside permanently (with the exception of the rug, of course!), so my parents will be regularly carting the setup to and from the living room that’s just on the other side of the sliding doors. The trays make that process take about four minutes flat since we can carry the entire contents of one shelf in a single go. Bottom line: get yourself some trays if you’re going to entertain outdoors this season!

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

We can’t mention smaller bar cart accents and not talk about glasses and other little foodie things. We filled up the hanging glass rail that came with the bar cart with shatterproof glasses that my parents won’t have to worry over, and also a few heavy duty serving pieces, like a similar stoneware pot to serve as an ice bucket, and ceramic dishes for nuts and things. These are so easy to grab and use from inside, and are less likely to break if they fall on the deck by accident.

Flowers and greenery are the perfect finishing touch to just about any home décor “moment,” in my opinion. So, for this little self-serve area, I grabbed a faux fiddle leaf fig tree and plopped in right down in a woven basket to serve as its “pot.” It’s easy to grab from inside as an accent for the bar cart when that’s pulled outside, and looks just as great in their living room when Mom and Dad aren’t entertaining.

The thing I like to do with faux plants is mix in at least one or two live ones to help disguise the fact that there’s an imposter plant in the mix. I brought over this flowering pot from the other end of their deck to use beside the bar cart for a pop of color, and I also situated a trailing live pothos plant on the top shelf for an elegant organic finish. Now, instead of focusing on the fact that the fiddle leaf fig tree is fake, you see the plants as a whole, and the overall effect is lush and inviting.

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

Of course, there are certain precautions that my parents will have to put into place for this type of bar cart setup to make sure everyone stays healthy. I didn’t picture those here since I want to make sure these tips work for any occasion.

As an example, the little box you see pictured on the bottom shelf is perfect for stashing things like hand sanitizer and extra disposable cutlery, as needed. It could also be as simple as giving each guest their own spoon so he or she can serve themselves nuts from the dish, or pre-cut slices of bread that can be put onto plates or napkins using disposable forks. Feel free to customize this setup however you’re comfortable with this summer as things evolve!

Big thanks, as always, to the AllModern team for continuing to support me this year as I work on getting creative with shippable home décor options to help inspire your own homes and (small) gatherings! You can keep scrolling for a list of links to all the goodies you see here, and let me know in the comments how you’d tweak this summertime bar cart setup for your own style of alfresco living.

DIY Bar Cart Styling And Dining Alfresco Tips | dreamgreendiy.com + @AllModern #ad

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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