Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating A Dream Bedroom For A Peaceful Night's Sleep

Kids, partners, pets, and family life all bring a lot of joy to any mom; however, they’ll certainly keep you busy, and at times, give you no time to rest. There’s always something to do around the house, or something to prepare so that everyone is fed, looked-after, and happy (for the majority of the time). You’ll get plenty of fulfilment from what you give to your family; however, you need to ensure that you’re also taking care of yourself and your needs too. It can be easy to get stressed and suffer with fatigue if you don’t give yourself enough room to breathe each day and time out to relax and unwind. A well-rested mom will be able to tackle the many challenges that are thrown her way throughout the week. Therefore, it’s worth spending some time thinking about how you can create a serene and calm environment, where you can switch off and rest, before drifting off to sleep.

Your bed room space might be the last place you’re thinking of redecorating. There will be many more rooms like the kitchen, living area, and bathroom that you think need prioritizing as the whole family uses them. However, preparing a place to retreat at the end of each day will ensure that you can organize the rest of the household successfully so that everything functions and runs efficiently. Fortunately, the bedroom is a place where you can do an array of simple and affordable things to instantly udate and improve the atmosphere. So get your notebook and pen ready to start writing down what you think can be changed in this room. The following are some ideas and inspiration for busy parents who are ready to give theri bedroom the boost it deserves so that they can enjoy a restful night’s sleep.


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Pure, Relaxing Comfort
When you need a break and somewhere to rest your head; your priority should be the bed. Investing in a comfortable, supportive mattress is the best way to ensure your aches will drift away as you do each night. The bed base or frame should add to the character and style of the room, or provide handy storage solutions, which are perfect for family homes. Research online for some of the best places to buy a bed and discover what will suit your bedroom environment and your interior style. Try to remember that choosing simple and classic furniture pieces for the room will help to ensure that they’ll withstand the changes in fashion, and will be a wise investment that can last for the years ahead.

Think about layering your bed up with quality crisp sheets, from companies like PeachSkinSheets soft cushions, throws, and pillows, and anything that will help you sink into sumptuous comfort. It’s always nice to feel like you have a place where you can cocoon yourself in comfort, and your bed should be your first port of call. A deep pile or faux fur rug is another way to bring texture into the room, and your feet will appreciate the addition by your bed.

Peaceful, Calm Surroundings
If you’re able to do a little DIY over the next weekend; why not give the space a fresh coat of paint? A calming, neutral hue, or a crisp white, can give a room an instant facelift and a new lease on life. Therefore, invest in a good, quality paint, a paintbrush and roller brush, roll up those sleeves and get painting.

You’ll be amazed at the transformation, especially if you're painting over busy wallpaper or old and tired looking walls. There is nothing relaxing about a cold, stark, ceiling light that’s beaming down on your head from above. Therefore, it’s worth having some warm-light bedside lamps, and perhaps a floor lamp for when you need to illuminate the room a little more. You’ll want enough light to read your new book, but also create a cozy feel so that you can snuggle-up and drift off to sleep as soon as possible, after a day of busy family life.

Once you’ve applied the new coat of paint, and you have an empty space to play with; you can figure out the best way to arrange the furniture. Try to place things so that the room flows, and it’s easy to walk to everything. Hang a few family photos or a special painting on the wall.  Have a cd player bedside, where you can turn on some soothing music, or white noise to assist you relaxing and going to sleep. You’ll have created a sanctuary to unwind and rest within, in no time. A well-rested and happy parent, will have better days ahead with their (sometimes demanding) brood.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Changing Your Career Could Help Your Health

One of the most important things in life is making sure that we are as healthy and happy as possible. However, some people aren’t as fortunate as others and have a wide range of ailments that they have to deal with every day. Regardless of whether your illness is physical or mental, it can be emotionally draining when you’re dealing with something every day of your life. However, have you ever considered a career that could in fact, help you with your ailments? Many people have found peace and clarity with their illnesses by going into a profession to help others as well as themselves. Take a look at these careers that could totally change your life and help your overall health!


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Become a Personal Trainer
Personal trainers are usually extremely fit and healthy people, so I bet you’re wondering how this is going to be possible, especially if you’ve got a physical ailment. Getting your body to those kinds of levels of fitness could eliminate most if not all of the troubles that you’re having. Many illnesses begin because of lifestyle choices. Things like sore and swollen joints might be because you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, or you’re eating the wrong foods and gaining weight. Consider working towards becoming a personal trainer for your health, and also the prospect of helping someone in the same position as you’re in right now. Imagine going to the gym and seeing a PT with ailments like yours, it would inspire you to work as hard as you can to become as fit as possible right?
Help People with Their Mental Health
Mental health problems are at an all time high. With bigger stresses landing on people’s laps, it’s no wonder that many of us suffer with some form of mental health issue. Regardless of whether you’re feeling just a little stressed, or you’re wondering whether you want to live anymore, it’s important to seek help so that you can get yourself on the road to recovery. Once you’ve got your problems under control, why not consider a career within the industry so that you can help others that are in similar positions as you? You can get an online masters in mental health counseling and begin helping people work through their issues and help prevent the suicide epidemic. Nobody deserves to feel low or unwanted on this earth, and there aren’t enough people taking action to stop this from happening!
Start an Advice Blog
A lot of people find solace in starting up a blog to talk about their issues. Unfortunately, unless you’re a celebrity it’s unlikely that people will only want to read about your ailments. Instead, why not seek out solutions that have helped you and share them with the world so that people like you can try your advice too? There’s also a possibility of money to be made from blogging, so your advice could not only help someone solve their troubles, but it could also become a full time job for you to live from. It will also help you unload your problems and gain clarity mentally too!


Consider these three career ideas that could help you with your mental and physical health and see how much of a difference it makes to your life!

Make Dad's Day With SOG Knives! #FathersDay #GiftsForDads

This Father's Day, it's time to skip the boring old tie and pocket square set, the new dress shirt, or crazy socks. I mean, think about it. Who wants to get the same old gift every Father's Day, especially the rather mundane gifts like that? What dad wouldn't prefer, say, a snazzy knife from SOG Knives?!


I was able to review two products from SOG recently. First up, the Fielder Assisted Knife. This is a very elegant, very classy knife that any guy would appreciate having in his pocket. Even for the men who don't normally carry a pocketknife, the style and appearance of this one make it fit into any wardrobe or style. Just take a look at this sweet, stylish thing!



As you can see, the Fielder Assisted is indeed perfect for any guy, whether his style is jeans and a  t-shirt, khakis and a polo, or even a suit and tie (goes great with that Father's Day gift from last year!). After a couple weeks of testing, I can tell you that the locking mechanism is very secure, so there are no worries about it opening in your pocket. I have owned a couple knives that promised a secure lock only to have them pop open in my pocket, which is not fun at all! I love that it has a belt clip as well, for carry either in-pocket or on your waistband. If you're not familiar with knives, you may be wondering what the "assisted" part means. That simply means you can easily flip open the knife with just a small push on the thumb stud, and then the high-tension coil springs inside take over to propel the knife open - safely but quickly. Another aspect of this knife that I appreciate is the size and weight. It's the perfect size for an everyday carry, very lightweight and yet very sturdy-feeling. At less than 4 ounces, you will hardly even know it's in your pocket!




Another great gift for dads that you can pick up from SOG is their Throwing Knives. I received a set that comes with three throwing knives and a sheath that holds all three and attaches to your belt. Throwing knives are one of my favorite sports, and we have a target set up in the backyard for practice. If your dad enjoys playing darts, take it up a level with a set of these throwing knives! The knives are scratch-resistan, perfectly balanced for optimum throwing, and very lightweight. They come with paracord-wrapped handles which you can remove or leave on as preferred. This set is perfect for beginning knife-throwers! Seriously, what dad wouldn't prefer a cool new set of throwing knives over a boring old tie?!






If neither of these options seem to fit your dad's style, be sure to check out SOG's website for a great selection of all things blades and outdoor gear!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

June Swagbucks Rewards!




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Lime Crime Continues Their Venus Series

Lime Crime Continues Their Venus Series; Releases Venus 3


Lime Crime, a vegan and no-cruelty make up manufacturer has revealed its newest pallet. It is a part of the Venus palette series and is being called Venus 3. Originally, Lime Crime teased consumers with a clear see-through pink container in front of a pink a purple sky. They continued their promotion by opening up the container but hiding the specific colors in a shadow caused by the top lid. When fans of Lime Crime finally got to see what colors, the new palette included they were treated to a wide variety of bright shades. There are two shades of pink, a very dark purple, and a couple of darker shades with more pink undertones. Dreamy, Beam, Heavenly, Rapture, Ecstasy, Paradise, Bliss, and Beloved are the names of the shades. A lover of pink can pick up the new palette for only $38.


The product comes in a pink packaging with the same image of a woman from previous editions of the Venus line. The woman is standing in front of a purple sunset with clouds and bird behind her. Like most palettes, the top lid of the packaging opens to reveal a mirror.


The palette's catch phrase is "Grunge Gets Pretty," and it couldn't be truer. The pink shades in this palette are mixed with earthy, dark tones to create a mysterious look is appropriate for multiple occasions. The variety in the package makes the Venus 3 palette a great addition to nearly every woman's collection.


About the Venus Product Line


Even though Venus 3 is labeled the third edition to the series, it is actually the fourth. A product called Venus XL, which contained a large number of colors and sold for about 60 dollars, was actually the third product in the Venus line. The Venus XL is certainly true to its name. It contains a total of 18 colors and comes in a long flat packaging. The Venus XL contains a lot of variety too. It has half a dozen tones of pink, metallic colors, and darker, more casual colors.


The original Venus comes in a blue and gold packaging with a bright background on the front cover. This is the earthiest edition of the Venus line consisting of colors like rust red, brick brown, and burgundy. The official names of the colors in the original Venus package are Venus, Shell, Aura, Creation, Muse, Divine, Rebirth, and Icon.


Venus 2 comes in a black and gold packaging, and this time the woman on the front lid has a set of wings. The colors inside are called Boot, Mud, Jam, Fly, Pigeon, Filter, Marsh, and Mustard. This palette is full of unorthodox colors that can't be found in most other palettes. For the people who love unique, this product was designed for them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Canvas On The Cheap

Hey neighbors!!!

We have a really super review and giveaway today!  Canvas On The Cheap is of course a place where you can get your favorite pictures made into a beautiful canvas for display.  Some of you may know that our first grandson was born in December, so I chose one of our favorite photos to use for this project.  There is just something about this photo!


I have to tell you, that Canvas On The Cheap was so very easy work with.  The whole ordering process is easy to follow and they walk you right through it.  Obviously the first thing you do is choose the size canvas you desire.  You do have to decide if you want it framed or not, but as I stated they walk you through each choice.  After uploading my picture, I was able to rotate and/or crop the photo.  Once I was happy with the way it looked, I just finished the ordering process by entering my address and the payment method I wanted used.



I received a tracking number, and all I had to do was wait for it to arrive.  I was so excited when the package arrived!  As you can see by the finished product, I am entirely satisfied with the whole procedure.  My daughters were amazed at how nice it turned out.  It looks really nice hanging with some of our other family photos.


The GREAT  news is, Canvas On The Cheap will be giving one neighbor here the opportunity to receive their own canvas.  It will be a 12" by 12".  So be sure to enter this giveaway!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perfect Gift Ideas For That Special Friend

We all have a special friend in our lives. The one that is always there. You can call them whenever you need to talk, they listen, they give advice, and they know exactly what to say in every situation. Your best friend. However, when it comes to showing your appreciation you may become a little stuck on what to do. Birthdays or Christmas, even just gifts to show you are thinking of them could become difficult as you try and find the right gift for them. So I thought I would share with you some of the best ideas you could consider.


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Their Favorite Beverage
I am sure you may have shared many a conversation with this friend over the years, so you are bound to be aware of their favourite drink. It might be a certain coffee or they may have a passion for tea. However, finding the right gift that speaks more than just a canister of something might seem hard. These days you can get unusual coffees and teas with related gifts. A monthly coffee subscription service could send your friend a new coffee to try each month. A specialty tea company could send them a box or gift basket of different teas to try. You could even create your own hamper and include one of their special coffees or teas with a mug to drink out of and even some other treats to enjoy.

Something Personalized
Maybe you like the idea of something that is personalized for them. This sort of gift route could present you with many possibilities so I will mention a few to get you inspired. First up would be something like stationery, if your friend likes to write letters. If your friend has a stationery obsession you can find some nice personalized sets from websites like Giftsin24. Other items that can be personalized would include pieces of jewelry, mugs,  totes and throws. It would be good to look around and see what there is based on the budget you have in place for the gift.

A Trip
Maybe you like the idea of gifting an experience that both of you could enjoy. In this case there are many options to choose from. You could consider something like an afternoon tea, where you can dressed up and enjoy plush surroundings. Maybe your friend would prefer a meal out or even something like a spa day where you can both relax and unwind. There are plenty of things you could do together and having the chance to make more memories is just as good as the gift itself.

A Gift Related to Their Hobby or Passion
Finally, maybe consider giving them a gift that shows them you are thinking of them and their special likes. Try to find out what they are most interested in at this time.  Are they exercising more and or trying to better themselves? A book perhaps to help with self improvement or organization. Maybe you could find thoughtful printed quote that is framed, or a picture of you both enjoying yourselves. Only you will know what will put a smile on their face and thinking of this could help you pinpoint the right gift.

What are some gifts you have given a friend to show them you cared?  Share it in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Something's Not Right With Your Neighbor, But What Should You Do About It?

If you live in a close-knit community, there’s every chance you and your neighbors look out for each other’s well being. You likely meet up for town councils and pop over to each other's homes to catch up and check in. It’s lovely to build this sense of community where you live. It can also go a long way towards ensuring everyone is happy and healthy.

Sometime, you may notice worrying signs in your neighbor which weren’t there before. As you live so close, you may even be the first person to do so. After all, family members stop by for a few hours at a time, but, you’re with these people every day, and you’re sure to notice changes in behavior and routine.

When it comes to our elderly neighbors, sudden changes are often cause for concern. Sadly, Alzheimer’s and dementia are rife and ruining lives on a daily basis. The first signs usually include sudden changes and confusion, both of which you, living next door, are likely to spot straight away.

And, that begs the tricky question of how you can move forward. You’re going to want to do your bit to help. You may be the only person in a position to notice these small changes at first. So, if you suspect a neighbor is struggling in this way, you should make sure to do the following.

Talk to Others
The idea of talking to other neighbors may seem underhanded, but when it comes to issues like these, it could be your best course of action. After all, wandering and getting lost are commonplace with Alzheimer's. You alone can’t keep an eye out to ensure this doesn’t happen. The more eyes on the street looking out for this person’s well being, the better. What’s more, you may find that others have spotted things you missed. They can thus confirm your thinking enough to lead you in the right direction. Knowing you are not the only one who has noticed a difference, will help you decide what actions you should take.


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Contact the Family
Contacting a neighbor's family is never easy. It can feel like crossing a line, especially if you don’t know them well. If the family lives far away or they don’t visit often, there’s every chance they won’t know what’s happening. In truth, it’s easy for this to backfire. As such, you should be sensitive and avoid definites. Simply give them a call and let them know about the things you’ve noticed. Then, it’s up to them to seek medical opinions and, if necessary, alzheimer's care. At least you’ll be able to rest easy that you didn’t sit by and let your neighbor suffer alone. You may be the only one who reaches out and this could make a big difference in how quickly your neighbor will receive the help they need.

Pay regular visits
Visiting elderly neighbors is always essential. It becomes especially so in cases like these. Alzheimer’s and other such issues can lead to considerable confusion and feelings of isolation. The mere knowledge of your visits will help your neighbor build structure and give them interaction to look forward to. And, when it comes down to it, that’s the most important thing of all.

Hopefully this is helpful to you.  Thanks for stopping in.





Wednesday, May 9, 2018

300 Bonus SB for Signing Up with Swagbucks in May

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Things to Pack for Your Dog on Vacation

So you have decided to take your dog on a vacation this year. You will surely have loads of fun together. However, if you would like to make sure that they are comfortable in their new environment and make the most out of the break, you will have to create a separate packing list for them as well. Below you’ll find a list of things you shouldn’t forget about when going on a holiday with your pet.


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The Food
It is not a good idea to change your pet’s diet before you would go on vacation. Your dog will have too much change anyway, so having the food they are used to will help them settle in and will help prevent stomach problems. Get a bag of your usual dog food and place it in an easy to seal container and you are ready to go. Be prepared for increased appetite, due to the fresh air and activities, so take a little more than you would normally need at home.
Water Bowl (Self Filling)
No matter how much you enjoy your dog’s company on vacation, there will be times when they will be left in your hotel or cabin. If you don’t want to check on them every hour to make sure that they have enough water, especially in the summer, you can get a self filling water bowl and fill it up in the morning to last all day. This way, you can also avoid spills and accidents, and can supply clean and fresh water for your sloppy drinker throughout the day. It is also a good idea to bring a jug of bottled water, because different water than normal can also cause an upset stomach.
Travel Bed


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It is also important that your dog stays comfortable on the vacation. While you will have the bed, they will only have the floor, unless you bring a pet bed with you. A memory foam dog travel bed will be easy to fit in your car trunk, and provide the right temperature, no matter what the weather and climate is like.

Medication 
If your dog suffers from any health issues, be sure to bring their normal medications along. If they suffer from joint problems, the increased level of exercise is likely to cause pain. It is important to take the medication with you. In case you have plenty of outdoor programs and activities planned, you should make sure that vaccines are up to date, apply flea treatment, worm them, and take some repellent sprays with you. To manage chronic pain, you could also take some hemp treats with you. 

Toys
Your dog will want to be entertained while away, no matter what you are planning for the vacation. Take their favorite toys in a bag, and let them play on the beach, in the park, or in the garden, if you are renting a villa or cabin for your trip. Take a frisbee, a chew toy, and a ball as a minimum, so you can play together everywhere.

Planning a vacation with your dog can be challenging. You will have to make sure that you have everything to keep them comfortable and settled. The change of scenery might trigger anxiety, so make sure they get loads of exercise and have their familiar food and toys to feel more secure.

Have any other suggestions? Feel free to leave them in the comments.  See you soon!
 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Things You Need To Know For A Hassle-Free Home Revamp

Are you planning to revamp your home, or have you recently moved into a house you’re hoping to revive and remodel? Taking on a project of any scale can be stressful, but hopefully, this guide will help to eliminate unwanted hassle.


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Plan in advance
Are you ripping out an old kitchen, are you going to be short a bathroom for the foreseeable future or are you planning to turn a spare room into an office? If you’ve got work going on, you need to make sure that you can carry on with day to day life. If you’re just painting a bedroom, it’s easy to find a solution. You could move the kids in with you for a night or even stay with a friend or a family member for a day or two. If you’ve got no kitchen, or there’s extensive building work going on to extend the house or convert the attic, you may need to give your living arrangements more thought. You could consider options like living in a travel trailer or a motorhome for a couple of weeks, you could ask your parents if you could move in with them or you may think about finding a short-term rental. Think about the scale of the work, and whether it’s viable to stay at home or not. If you’re prepared, you can make plans long before the builders arrive.

Stick to your budget
If you’ve ever watched home makeover shows on TV, you’ll know all too well that it’s easy to go over budget. When you’re planning a remodel of any type, it’s so important to have a budget in mind and to stick to it. Work out exactly where your money is going, and try and to set aside a small contingency fund. Every aspect of the project should be planned out in advance. If you don’t have a bottomless bank account available, take a look at this page for advice about remodeling on a budget https://kitchensacramento.com/ultimate-home-remodeling-renovation-guide/. If you’re searching for building firms, kitchen fitters or interior designers, get several quotes before you make a decision. If you’re shopping for furniture, accessories or soft furnishings, shop around for the best deals. Update your budget as you go, so that you know exactly how much you’ve already spent, and how much is left in the kitty. Keep track of payments you have made, file invoices and keep receipts.

Get involved
As a homeowner, you want the remodel to run as smoothly as possible, so it pays to get involved. You don’t have to become a site manager or devote all your spare time to overseeing the project, but it’s wise to keep in touch with contractors, pop in and see how things are going, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if the remodel is delayed or you’re unsure about the quality or speed of work. If you’re not sure what kinds of red flags or mistakes you should be looking out for, it’s worth reading this article https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/top-25-biggest-renovating-mistakes-pictures.


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Are you hoping to change your home? Remodeling can be stressful, but there are ways of preventing unwanted hiccups and ensuring your project your stays on track. Hopefully, this guide will help you achieve a sensational, stress-free home revamp.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Creative Gifts Don’t Have To Be Handmade


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Giving gifts should always be a creative project. When you want to show someone that you care about them, giving them something which has taken a lot of your thought and energy is a great route to take. Of course, though, it can be hard to find the time to make a gift from scratch, and this is what a lot of people are drawn to. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the best creative gifts out there, all of which can be given without having to make anything by yourself.


Travel
Most people love to travel the world, soaking up new sights, and enjoying cultures which feel exotic and interesting. The gift of a vacation or short break is often received very well. Your loved ones will always be happy with a present like this, but it has to be handled creatively if you want to make the right impression. One choice you could make is, you could consider thinking about an important place in their life, like their birthplace or ancestral home. Re-visiting somewhere like this can be a very thoughtful way to make someone feel good.

Along with this sort of approach, though, you could consider pushing the envelope a little bit. Most people have hobbies and interests which make them happy. Using this sort of thought, you can start to build a vacation which covers something they love more than anything else. For example, if they are a keen photographer, you could send them somewhere with incredible landscapes and loads of viewing platforms to take pictures from. Many state and national parks are a great example. Or, if they like driving, you could take them to a world-famous track to take a drive.


Clothing
A vacation can be a very expensive gift, and many people won’t be able to afford the idea above. This isn’t a problem, though, as clothing could come to the rescue on this one. This sort of gift is great, as everyone has to use it, and it is very easy to tell what someone likes simply by spending time around them. With this in mind, you can find garments which they will really like, and it doesn’t have to be a challenge. Take into consideration the type of clothing they like to wear when relaxing. Do they prefer a casual look, or do they enjoy going out somewhere special that might require a dressier look.  Put together one entire outfit that matches their personal style.

While it would be a very long process if you wanted to hand-make clothing, using another company to do it for you isn’t a bad idea. By using a computer, most people will be able to put together a meaningful design which shows how much they care for someone. Custom hoodies, t-shirts, and even socks can be found across the web. This makes it a simple matter of making a design which you like and sending it to the printers before you will have a garment which reflects your care for someone.


Food
This next option is probably the easiest on this list. Of course, though, this post is about things you don’t have to make, so this isn’t going to be a meal which you’ll be cooking. Instead, you will be focused on looking for a creative option for your friend, as this will give them a munch to remember. To help with this, websites like TripAdvisor can be great when you’re looking for interesting places to eat. Depending on your relationship with the recipient, it could be worth bringing yourself along, as this will be part of the gift.


A Night Out
As you slip into adulthood and the realities of life become apparent, it can be hard to find the time for the old fun you used to have. Nights out, for example, are often something which will slip, even though they tend to appeal to most people. Being busy doesn’t mean that you won’t have the chance to go on at least one adventure like this, though. Perhaps you could plan an evening of bowling, take in a sporting event, or even just a quiet evening at an art show. Choosing one of these will be a great place to start, but it could be worth going further.

The best nights out always involve more than one venue, often starting with food and then moving on to some form of entertainment. To be able to do this, though, you’re going to need to make some plans. Picking out all of the spots from your younger years might be the route to go. This sort of approach will give you the chance to visit as many sites as possible. Of course, though, keep it flexible, and the plans you make should act as a rough guide more than anything else.


Entertainment
Figuring out what someone might like in the world of entertainment should be considered a creative pursuit. In many cases, you will have to make educated guesses during a process like this, using your imagination to fill in gaps which you may not be certain about. Most people like different  variety of television, shows, music, and other arts, making it fun to try and figure out. A large part of this will be using your skills of observation, and you could also talk to their other friends and family members.

There are loads of options out there, and the most creative will involve having to look far and wide. For example, for a lover of jazz, an event based around music could be a very fun one to attend. There are loads of different choices out there, though, and you will have to find one which will match the interests of the person getting the gift. This may not be something you like or enjoy, but it will still be worth booking enough tickets for you to go along with them. Putting effort and thought into the gift, is just as important, if not more important than actually hand-making a gift.


Hopefully, this post will inspire you to put a little effort and time into your creative gifts. Everyone wants to make a splash when they give something to someone they love, and these ideas can help you achieve that goal.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Give Your Garage a Gorgeous Makeover

Who says that a garage has to be purely practical? It might be a functional space, where you store your car or various other items, but it can still look good. For many people, their garage is a plain space, where they wouldn't think much about decorating. If you spend a lot of time in there though, there's no reason it can't be stylish, instead of just a bleak and boring room. You don't need to convert your garage into something else to make it look amazing. A few changes could transform your garage completely and make it a much more enjoyable space.

Install a Stylish Door
Your garage door is something you can see from the inside and outside of your garage. It affects the image of your home from the exterior and changes your property's curb appeal too. A stylish door can make a huge difference as to how your garage looks, and it's not too difficult to install a new one. Along with considering different styles, you'll need to take a look at garage door motors. Being able to open your door automatically is obviously a huge advantage. You need to have the correct mechanism to open your garage door swiftly and safely.


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Choose Storage for a Tidy Space
A garage can look untidy so easily. As well as using it to store your car or another vehicle, it's also a convenient place for storing anything from gardening tools to sports equipment. Various items just piled up on shelves or along the walls leaves you with a messy looking space that certainly doesn't appeal to anyone. When you're planning a redesign of your garage, focus on storage and the best solutions for what you need to store. There are many garage storage ideas, from built-in cabinets to wall and ceiling storage systems. Think vertical too, such as hanging bikes and tools.

Practical But Smart Floors
A garage floor is often plain concrete or something similar. While it's practical, it can look extremely dull. It gets dirty and stained easily, and just that can make your garage look sloppy. There are several options that you can consider for your garage floor that give it a smarter look but are still practical. If you want to stick with concrete, a polished concrete floor can look sleek and modern. There are also options like PVC tiles that interlock or resin floors, which can both work for various purposes.

Add Light and Color
Garages can be dark and depressing places. They don't always have proper windows, and the lighting is often inadequate. Taking some steps to make your garage lighter can transform it completely. You can start by making sure there's plenty of lighting, and not just a single light bulb trying to light the whole space. The use of colour will improve things too, whether you paint the walls or get some colourful storage units. You could also have a colourful floor or just focus on a brighter door.

Your garage doesn't have to be boring. It can be a light, bright and tidy space if you want it to be. Hope some of these ideas help!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Are Your Pets Disturbing The Neighbors?

If you have pets in the home, you need to think about them from all possible angles, and this includes what those around you might think of them or how others might be affected by them. One of the most important concerns here is whether or not your neighbors are disturbed by your pets. If you think it is possible that they are, then you might need to alter what you are doing in order to try and make sure that this disturbance is kept to a minimum. Of course, it can sometimes be hard to know whether this is the case until someone complains, so let’s take a look at some of the early signs that your neighbors might be starting to get frustrated at your pets’ behaviors.


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Your Pet Keeps Escaping
This is a common one with dogs and cats alike. If you find that your pet is routinely escaping into other people's yards, it might mean that your neighbors are going to get a little annoyed in the long run. It can be hard to know when to try and do something about it, but if you find in particular that your pet spends more time there than in your own yard, it might be time to start thinking about what you can do to change that. It might be as simple as fencing in your yard, fixing a broken piece of fencing, or it could be that you need to think about some pet behavior management instead. Whatever it takes, make sure it doesn’t get to the point where your neighbors have to complain that your pet is always in their garden. Visit: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/safety/how-to-keep-your-dog-from-escaping for further advice here.

Your Pet Is Noisy
It may simply be that your pet is making a lot of noise - a particular concern for those who keep dogs as pets. Cats are much less likely to disturb your neighbors with old noises. The truth is that if your dog is barking too much it is likely to be a sign that they are not entirely happy for some reason or another. Sometimes they are just bored, or perhaps there is something outside that is scaring or alarming them.  You will need to make sure that you are doing whatever you can to try and keep them happy, by researching resources like www.dogsbynina.com and ensuring that you are doing everything you should be doing for their mental health. As long as you keep them happy, you will find that they are more likely to not be so noisy, and less likely to annoy your neighbors.


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Your Pet Makes A Lot Of Mess
If your pet is always shedding or leaving waste behind or otherwise making a mess in the neighbor's yard it is highly likely that people will complain before long. Therefore, be sure to go out of your way to keep the mess to a minimum, or at least remove it when it is produced. Groom your dog or cat regularly and if you do groom outside, collect the fur and place it in the trash.  If your dog uses your neighbor's yard as a toilet, one you should stop this from occurring, but should an accident happen, immediately go clean it up.  Apologizing before they complain helps too.  You will find this makes for much happier neighbors in no time, so it is something you should really think about early on if you want to keep everyone as happy as possible.

Hope these few tips help someone.  See you soon!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Like Arrows in Theaters May 1 and 3



Hey neighbors!!

I was given the opportunity to preview the new movie "Like Arrows" produced by Alex and Stephen Kendricks, Dennis and Barbara Rainey (Family Life), and Bob Lepine.  You may remember the Kendricks brothers from movies like; Courageous, War Room, Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Flywheel.  Our family has personally followed the Kendricks brothers from way back with Flywheel.


I stayed up late one night to preview this new film, Like Arrows with two of my daughters.  Just as with the previous movies the Kendricks have worked on we were impressed.  This one started out a little differently and spans a couples life over 50 years.  The movie begins a little slow, and because it leaps forward years several times instead of days, you may find yourself thinking, where is this going.  Hang in there, because it is well worth your time.  This movie deals with issues many parents experience with child raising and will encourage you to set goals and work towards them.  Be prepared to cry.



Movie Synopsis:
When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and
Alice are forced to rethink their parenting strategy. In the process, they realize how
critical intentionality and focus are when shaping and molding young lives. FamilyLife’s
first feature film explores the challenges and joys that come with raising children.
Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the
unmistakable power of family. Together, they learn that knowing and living by God’s
Word is what brings transformation and hope to any family

Movie Synopsis:
When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and
Alice are forced to rethink their parenting strategy. In the process, they realize how
critical intentionality and focus are when shaping and molding young lives. FamilyLife’s
first feature film explores the challenges and joys that come with raising children.
Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the
unmistakable power of family. Together, they learn that knowing and living by God’s
Word is what brings transformation and hope to any family
This movie will only be in theaters May 1 and 3, and is not being released nationwide, so be sure to check HERE for locations near you.


MOVIE SYNOPSIS:
When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to rethink their parenting strategy. In the process, they realize how critical intentionality and focus are when shaping and molding young lives. FamilyLife’s first feature film explores the challenges and joys that come with raising children. Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the unmistakable power of family. Together, they learn that knowing and living by God’s Word is what brings transformation and hope to any family.

You can find out more HERE about the Family Life Ministries and their Art of Parenting.

Be sure to check out their social media pages and follow them.
Twitter: Here
Facebook: HERE

You can see the teaser trailer on their Facebook page.  I am sure you will enjoy this film, Like Arrows!!