Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Snap Jewelry From Shelly's Gifts Galore



Hey neighbors!!

Anyone hear ever heard of Snap Jewelry?  I have recently Purchased a lot of snaps from a friend who sells the Snap Jewelry to help fund a trip to Israel.  She presently has many types of bracelets, necklaces, sunglasses, keychains, etc.  And she has an abundance of snaps to choose from.  I LOVE mine.  Shelly is married to Dallas Rogers, who used to sing with the Inspirations and now has a solo music ministry.






I like the ability to trade out the snaps and totally change the look.  I have dressy snaps, casual snaps, and even really cute snaps.  I like to wear my Faith with a cross snap when we go to SG concerts.  When I am in a more casual mood, I like to wear my cute owl snaps.





There really are so many different designs to choose from.  My daughters purchased a few of the nautical ones to wear on the cruise.



The pictures in this post are just a small sampling of what Shelly actually has.  You can visit her page at: Shelly's Gifts Galore.  You will find some other kinds of gifts as well on her page, like bath bombs, rings, and pearls from oysters.  You can also send her a friend request and she has many Snaps listed on her personal page as well.




Her prices are very reasonable, and if you like her page, you will see that she occasionally runs GREAT specials.  Please take a moment to look and see what she has available.  You might just find that perfect gift you have been looking for.

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon!!



Deciding Which Jobs to DIY

There is no doubt that learning how to complete some DIY skills can save you a great deal of money and also gives you an enormous sense of satisfaction in having completed a job all by yourself. However, there are certain jobs that are simply too big and complicated to attempt on your own, and these are the ones that you will need to call in the professionals. Not only could you be risking causing further damage, you could also be putting your safety at risk. Working out where the line is between jobs that you can do yourself and jobs that are best left to the experts can be tricky. In this blog, we will talk about some of the main ways that you can work out how to do this.

Your Safety is Paramount



Right at the top of the list, your safety is obviously the most important thing to consider so take a look at https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/home-safety-tips/diy-safety-tips/view-all/ . You need to think about what is the worst possible scenario if the job you are trying to complete goes wrong. Some jobs such as roofing or electrical work could potentially result in death if they went wrong, so these are probably the ones that you want to rule out straight away unless you are completely confident that you know what you are doing. Other jobs, such as plumbing, may not put you directly in danger but they may put your property under threat if they go wrong. Another big warning sign is if you require some sort of permit to complete the task. If you are a novice, these jobs are going to be very difficult to do yourself.

Make Sure You Are Confident Before Starting

The internet has become an invaluable tool for potential DIYers, so you should make sure to do as much research as you can before embarking on a particular task. Online resources such as https://woodworkingfuel.com are extremely useful, and there are also many instructional videos out there that allow you to watch people completing the job before you attempt it yourself. Another way to brush up on your skills is to work alongside some friends and family on some of their projects so you can get some good first-hand experience. This way, you will be much more confident that you are able to complete jobs in your own home. Alternatively, you could volunteer on some home building projects which have the twin benefits of teaching you some valuable skills and allowing you to do some positive work in your own community.

Weigh Up the Pros and Cons



Now is the time to think about pros and cons. Completing a job yourself is the more affordable option and you can also do it in your own time rather than having to wait for a professional to come in and do it for you. If you do a job yourself, make sure that you take your time - particularly if this is the first time you have attempted it. However, one of the main advantages of hiring in an expert is that you will get someone who knows what they are doing - but make sure to get some recommendations or check out reviews online so you are confident that you aren’t hiring a cowboy! Remember that any mistakes that you make yourself could well be costly and end up hurting your home’s value.

The Time/Money Argument

We have already talked about this briefly, but you should figure out roughly the cost of completing the job yourself versus the cost of hiring a professional. You should also think about the amount of time it will take you to do yourself. So, the first thing that you can do is to price the professional job by getting some quotes from a couple of different sources. Next, you can figure out how much it will cost to do the job yourself including the price of the materials, tools and permits. Subtract this cost from the cost of the professional job so you can work out how much money you would be saving. The next job is a little tricky - you need to estimate roughly how long the job will take to complete yourself. Step-by-step guides often give you a time estimate depending on how experienced you are in DIY. Once you have made these calculations, you can work out your hourly wage and whether you think it is worthwhile doing the job or this price.

Keeping Costs Down



Whether you want to undertake the job yourself or call in the professionals, you will want to keep costings down as much as possible. For professional jobs, you should think about the ones that add value to your home so it can be seen as an investment rather than a cost. Home extensions, loft conversions and kitchen and bathroom remodels are just some of the jobs where you will benefit from having a professional-standard job. Finding a good contractor is absolutely essential as you don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a job to be done professionally, only to find that they are not up to the job. You can also save some money by doing parts of the job yourself, even if it is just the cleaning up afterwards.

When it comes to DIY jobs, you can save money by being careful with the materials that you buy. One way of doing this is by visiting a reuse centre that sells used items for bargain prices. However, you should avoid skimping on items that are going to get a lot of use as you will end up having to replace them very quickly. You can then save money on tools by borrowing from friends or neighbours. Alternatively, there are websites out there that allow you to rent these particular pieces of equipment.

The choice between DIY and professionals is not one that just comes down to money, but safety, time, hassle and quality are all factors that will come into play as well.  

NEW #TravelTuesday Series!


Our family does a lot of traveling, be it day trips, weekenders, or extended trips. We visit so many places across the US (and once annually visit the Caribbean on a Southern Gospel cruise) that I thought it would be fun to start a new series where I will share about some of the places we visit, lodging we enjoyed, restaurants we'd recommend, or attractions to visit. In addition, we'll also be highlighting some great travel products and services in this series.

Starting next month, be looking for a #TravelTuesday feature every week! If you have any travel-related questions, tips, ideas, or maybe looking for a travel recommendation, feel free to leave a comment here or contact us on our Facebook page.


How Meshing Different Styles Can Form A Distinct Personality For Your Home

When you want to change the style of your home, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. No matter how many books you read, articles you browse, something just doesn’t feel right. If you’re unable to find the style you want, all your enthusiasm to change the look of your interior fades away over time. It’s a major event in your life to fully change the style of your home because our surroundings make us who we are. The subconscious impact decor, design and decorations have on the human psyche cannot be underestimated and are very difficult to overstate. A significant challenge many face is the selection and identification of styles to pick from. There are so many different variations of the same style that it gets blurry at times. This is understandable, after all, decor has evolved over centuries and pinning a category down is almost futile. However, your saving grace may be the fact that, you can combine existing elements of several different styles to create your ideal look. Why follow the crowd when you can be the one they follow?

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Modern chic

Some say it’s pompous; others say modern chic is a broad design of the most popular styles of the latter decades. However, the main narrative running through this particular design ethos is that it’s actually post-modern. Tables, intricate chairs, cabinet, drawers and sofas are all obsessed with straight lines. This is to maximise room and size as the human population grows ever larger and space becomes scarce. Large sectional sofas with crisp lines have a sense of simplicity yet an element of elegance. Modern, sleek, and an evolution of the family sofa, this style is adopted in many luxury apartments and homes.

Contemporary clash

It’s often said around home design circles that this style is loved more than the post-modern variation because it puts style above practicality. As human beings we love intricate shapes, and complex structures. The contemporary design is said to be the older, more refined cousin of modern design. Specialists, like certain home remodeling businesses, have a proven track record and astonishing portfolio of utilizing this particular design and can be the ones you turn to for help. Curvy chairs and a playful attitude with light along with a delicate juggling of different colors, this design is mostly seen in lounge areas. A curvy lounge chair, with a twist on the persall style, is a great way to relax after a long day. The smooth lines of a glass coffee table make for the ultimate coaster for your drinks when chatting with friends.

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Industrial

This style is minimalist in approach; great for those wanting to restyle on a budget. It’s a style for wanting to maximise the space you have and not clutter it up with extra decor either for show or to express your personality. Exposed brick walls, thick dark wooden tables and a mix of metal fixtures such as lamps, table frames and dangling lighting exonerate function from design. Although there’s not much visual stimulation, the style is inadvertently seen as abstract by artists. Taking a little inspiration from brutalist designs, the industrial style, in fact, celebrates mundanity.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is something that meets your needs, yet fits your personal sense of what a home should be.



Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting To Work On Your Own Workout Routine

When trying to get fit, many of us are guilty of turning to ready-made workout programs. They’re easy, ready to go, and often endorsed by our favorite celebs. Yet, we buy the DVDs and get started, only to find that the results are far from what we dreamed. Instead, we’ve wasted a fortune on a workout we could have done without any aids. Is it any wonder that we grow disheartened so fast?

The worst part is, we put our faith in those familiar faces, and they let us down. But, as this review from http://www.piyoreviews.com shows, there is an easy way around the disappointment issue. Instead of paying a fortune for someone else’s workout, you could create your own. Here’s how.

Take Inspiration From Methods You Know

To ensure the money you’ve spent doesn’t go to waste, use those workout DVDs to find inspiration. If you’ve never developed an exercise routine before, you won’t know where to start. Sit down with a pile of DVDs, a pen, and paper. Write down, not only how the workouts are put together, but also your favorite aspects of each. Every routine is sure to have at least one or two moves that you got along with. So, write down each of your favorites and see if you can make them work together. Inspiration like this is crucial. It’ll form the basis of your workout. It may also be worth heading online and making the most of the endless possibilities of Google. Search workout methods, and again, note the ones which most appeal. As you jot more down, you may start to notice recurring themes in the types of exercises which appeal to you. That leads us nicely onto…

Know Where To Focus

You’ll need to give your workout some focus. So, it’ll help to know what aspect of exercise is most important to you. Look at the exercises you’ve already jotted down. Do they all focus on a particular part of the body or a particular type of exercise? Think, too, about your primary motivations for working out. Someone who wants to build muscle will need to focus on exercises like those found at https://www.bodybuilding.com. Someone who wants to lose weight, however, should focus on methods such as jogging. To ensure you get the most out of your workout, keep this focus in mind. If any of the exercises you jotted down don’t fit, cross them out.

Develop A Routine

Once you know which exercises to include, you’ll need to develop a routine. And no, we’re not talking about exercising at the same time each day. We’re talking about the way in which you put your activities together to form a routine. Many of us prefer workout programs because they keep us going for the duration of the film. Working out for an hour or so is hard when you’re improvising, but when you’re following a guided routine, the time flies. So, make a routine for yourself. Then, make sure you stick to it!

Have fun and get creative. You could even form two different routines and trade back and forth.

The Importance of Educating Your Children About Money

When bringing up children we all want to teach them the right way to do things to make their lives as easy and carefree as possible from an early age. We start schooling them in vital  life lessons almost as soon as they can walk. The difference between right and wrong, manners, responsibility, the importance of sharing to name but a few. As parents, we like to lead by example, but there are circumstances when we have succumbed to common financial pitfalls, and it is up to us to make sure that they don’t do the same.

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In today’s economic climate it is never too early to start learning about money. Where it comes from, how to look after it and how to use it.

Unfortunately, by the time some of us are parents ourselves, we have already made our fair share of financial mistakes. Falling behind with the rent, late payments, foreclosures, and repossessions are all things that we may experience at some stage in our lives. Hopefully, most of us will have been sensible enough to enlist the help of credit repair services to help us rectify any resulting bad credit. Credit repair companies work to fix credit and remove any negative items to improve your credit score.

Such experience will probably have served as an important life lesson, and now it is time to pass our knowledge onto our children while they are young. These are just some of the ways we can prepare our little ones for their financial future.



Where does money come from?

Children need to understand exactly where money comes from. Try and explain the concept of going to work and earning money so that they don’t think that the local ATM is purely a source of free cash!

Money doesn’t grow on trees

Now is a good time to teach youngsters how to look after and respect their money and make sure that they understand that we put our hard earned cash in the bank to keep it safe.

Learn how to budget

The best way for a child to learn about money is to give them some. Even with a small allowance, a child is never too young to grasp the idea of budgeting. If there is a particular toy or comic that they want to buy this week, they learn that they will have to wait longer to be able to afford the latest action figure too. It is all about priorities!

Savings

Instill into your child that saving money is something to be proud of. Make sure that they understand that they don’t have to spend their pennies as soon as they receive them. Encourage children to save for something they really want. They will love going to buy that yearned for toy themselves.

Finally, teach your kids the importance of shopping around. We all like a bargain so make sure that they know how to get the most from their money. That way, they shouldn’t go far wrong when they have to make some of life’s bigger purchases.

Home Comforts: Ensuring Your Home Has a Perfect Atmosphere Year-Round

As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is. It’s the place that we come back to at the end of a long day to kick back and relax. Where we sleep. Where we eat. Where we revive ourselves. In short, it should be a tranquil haven where you feel comfortable and at ease at all times. So, how do you create this kind of atmosphere in your humble abode? The trick is a well-balanced mixture of aesthetically pleasing interior design, contemporary gadgets and the maintenance of general cleanliness and hygiene. So, if you want your home to be a special retreat, tucked away from the stresses of everyday life, read on for all the advice you could need.

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Storage

One of the main things that make a home feel stressful or uncomfortable is clutter. Think about it. If you want to sit down and relax, you want a nice, clear, breathable space. If there are toys, magazines, shoes, books, letters, coats and all other sorts of bits and bobs thrown about the place, you’re not going to be able to chill out. You’ll feel overwhelmed or even claustrophobic. The place will feel cluttered and you’ll be itching to hide everything away. But shoving things into the nearest cupboard or drawer will only result in further stress down the line, as you struggle to find where things are. This is where effective storage solutions come into play. If everything has its own, designated place then you can ensure that everything is put away properly after use. Have high ceiling bookshelves if you have a lot of books or paperwork lying around. Discreet shoe storage options will keep trainers and heels alike out of the way. Toy chests can hold teddies, dolls, hand held games consoles and, perhaps most importantly, prevent you from experiencing the temporary horrors of standing on loose Lego bricks. The result? Clear floors, clean work surfaces, clear seating spaces. Clear everything. You will be able to sit down, calm and relaxed without feeling the urge to shove bits and bobs away. They will already be out of sight and out of mind.

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Colour Schemes

The colour scheme of your home can make all the difference to the atmosphere inside. Think about it. Certain colours are connotative of certain emotions. Red is likely to incite anger (think of the matador’s red flag in front of the bull), deep blues can indicate sadness or melancholy, yellows are often vibrant and exciting. For a calm home, opt for more neutral or lighter tones. Shades of cream, mushroom, vanilla and off-white don’t have too many connotations and ensure that spaces feel fresh and clean. So, if your walls are too bold or bright, consider giving them a fresh lick of paint. Not only will these types of colours make spaces feel neutral, but they also make spaces feel bigger. Dark tones are notorious for making rooms feel cave-like or cramped. Lighter tones open up space instead. You will feel like you can breathe freely again.

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Lighting

The light in a room changes its atmosphere dramatically. Think of the way that restaurants use this to their advantage. During the day, most will attempt to bring in as much natural light as possible, making things feel lively and fresh. As the evening comes around, they will dim the lights, opting for candle light and dimmed bulbs instead. This creates a more cosy and homely feel. So use the same effects in your home. If you have large windows, make the most of them. Uncover them in the day, allowing as much light as possible to pour into your living spaces. Perhaps even open them, to let a refreshing breeze roll in. Just remember to ensure that all children are supervised when any window is left open. As night draws in, opt for low energy bulbs with warm tones. Strong, artificial, white lights can make spaces feel sterile and overbearing. They are reminiscent of buildings such as hospitals. Warm, yellow lighting, on the other hand, can make space feel snug and cosy. Perfect for watching TV on the sofa in the evenings.


Temperature

We all have personal preferences when it comes to preferred temperature in the home. Some of us want to remain cool at all times, while others prefer basking in the warmth of radiators turned up to the maximum power. Some of us are even pickier and want to be toasty and warm until we go to bed, where we can feel overwhelmed with the added warmth of the duvets and wish for a cool breeze to help us get to sleep. So how are we meant to cater to everyone’s needs and wishes? Not to worry, there are options to fix this. Check out ZoningSupply.com. This company’s products cater to people of all preferences at once. How? Well, products such as Smart Zone allow heating and cooling systems to connect to thermostats in different rooms around your house. The result? You can control the temperature of different rooms individually. What’s more? It’s environmentally friendly and can help to save you cash on bills, as it allows you to regulate the heating and cooling of rooms that are not in use. If nobody is using a certain room (perhaps someone has left for college or is travelling and won’t be back for a few months), you can save energy by not heating or cooling that particular, uninhabited space. Sounds perfect, right?

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Flooring

Different people favour different flooring options. But to maintain the new look and cleanliness of any floors within your home, it is essential to do your research and ensure that the type of flooring in each room of your home is appropriate. There’s a good chance that you’re going to have to alternate flooring types to ensure good hygiene and proper presentation throughout your home. For rooms where you are likely to have occasional spills, avoid carpets. This applies to kitchens and bathrooms in particular. Carpet that comes into regular contact with water is likely to start to discolour, smell and collect bacteria. For kitchens and bathrooms, opt for tiles. Tiling is perhaps the easiest type of flooring to clean effectively, as it can be bleached and spills can be mopped up relatively easily. For spaces with a lower chance of spillages, opt for laminate or wood flooring. This is great for dining rooms, as you are less likely to see huge splashes or leaks from faulty appliances in this space, but you will still be able to clean up minor spillages from drinks or food stuffs well. For food and beverage free rooms, you can opt for carpet. This creates a cosier atmosphere, which is softer underfoot and helps to retain heat in the winter months.

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Furniture

The furniture throughout your home should be seen as investment pieces. High-quality products don’t come cheap, but they will last a long time and be able to put up with plenty of wear. This is especially important for pieces such as sofas and beds, which will need to stand up to everyday use. Opt for strong, sturdy designs, especially if you have children, as they are likely to climb all over pieces or jump up and down on them as soon as you turn your back. Faux leather furniture is easier to wipe down, so may be a better option for families or people with pets. However, fabric designs are softer and will generally prove more comfortable to relax on. They also come in a wider array of colours, patterns and designs. So, if you have older children, this might prove to be a better option for your home.

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Creature Comforts

Added extras can make any space feel extra cosy. Add a few cushions or throws to any seating space. These are perfect for you and your friends or family to cuddle up and sit comfortably. Whether it’s for a chat, to watch a TV show or film, or simply to read a book. If you feel that these can look a little messy when not in use, not to worry! You can invest in blanket display racks where they can be stored in a presentable manner when not in use. Ensure that they fit in with your chosen colour scheme, or you can make a statement piece out of them, opting for bold colours and patterns that can add a splash of excitement to any living space, without proving overbearing. If you have opted for wooden floors throughout your home, you could also add a touch of softness to your living space with a thick, shag pile rug. This will add a softer touch to any room in your home. Just remember to ensure that you use an underlay that will stop it from slipping around the floor and resulting in any accidents. A final added extra for those who enjoy being extra cosy? Heated towel rails. These are a small investment but will make all the difference when stepping out of a toasty shower into the chilly cold of your bathroom. Wrapping up in a warm towel on a winter’s morning is hard to beat and makes the perfect start to anyone’s day.

Be sure to consider all your options. Have a few ideas? Please share them in the comments.

The Herd Mentality: Three Times When Following The Crowd Can't Help You

We’re all guilty of following the crowd at some point in our lives. We’re only human, and making up our minds isn’t always easy. In some ways, it makes sense that we would turn to what’s popular. After all, it’s got to be popular for a reason, right? Sometimes, this flock mentality pays off. A restaurant creating a buzz is probably doing so because it serves good food. So, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a visit there. There are good reasons why following the crowd has a bad reputation though. A lot of the time, it doesn’t pay off. For proof, we’re going to look at a few incidences where following the crowd is sure to let you down.


In Health

Let’s be honest; we’ve all jumped on the latest diet bandwagon. For the most part, though, such diets fade as soon as they appear. The buzz dies down, or a doctor reveals the damage they can do. Whatever the reason, we’re left out of pocket and none the thinner. Even exercise workouts fall foul to this curse. As can be seen by this review on http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com/, popular options often offer nothing more than their counterparts. Worse, they cost the earth. The popular route is almost always the most expensive.

But, surely the most popular healthy options are the best? Wrong. While the ‘popular is best’ mentality works in the cases mentioned above, it doesn’t apply here. Our bodies are all different. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution. You need to tailor your diet on what works for you, not what everyone else is doing!

In Personal Opinions

Following others could also let you down when you’re forming personal opinions. Opinions are a tricky thing, and we often repeat arguments we’ve heard others making and pass them off as our own. If a topic arises which you’re not informed about, it makes sense to fall back on what little knowledge you have. But, this method can backfire. If someone engages in an argument or debate because of something you’ve repeated, you won’t be able to back yourself. You’ll look more misinformed than you would have otherwise. The way around the issue? Take the time to inform yourself. Gather information from different sources, and use it to form an opinion you can back!

In Fashion

The area we’re most guilty of following others in is fashion. We all attempt to keep up in one way or another. As sites like http://www.gurl.com show, designers can bring the most ridiculous styles they fancy, and we lap it up because we saw other people wearing them. Worse, the most popular clothes are usually the most expensive.

At the end of the day, much like diets, our fashions are personal to us. They reflect who we are to the outside world. So, you can’t afford (literally and metaphorically) to opt for what’s popular. You owe yourself better than that.

Keep in mind, that there are times to follow the crowd, but even more important there are times to forge your own path.