Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Simple and Effective Ways to Spice up Your Bedroom or Living Space

It doesn’t matter how many boxes your dream home ticked when you bought it, after living in it for a number of years, there will be some items that are less than ideal, charms that have since become annoying, or just a general disinterest in the living space. While the cost and energy required for a full DIY renovation can seem daunting, there are a number of small additions or changes you can make to brighten up your bedroom and living spaces.
 
Paint
Despite what you might think, giving a single room a fresh coat of paint is cost effective and an easy task that you can undertake over a weekend. In fact, the hardest task associated with giving your bedroom or living space a fresh coat of paint is choosing what color you want. When choosing the color, try to steer away from fashion colors that could look dated quickly.
 
Carpet
If you buy the end of a roll from a wholesaler then getting new carpet in your home is more affordable than you might think. Additionally, these sources often have an associated installing service that you can take advantage of. The reduction in cost comes from the fact that you are buying the end section of carpet, which likely isn’t enough to carpet a whole house. A win-win seems you’re only doing a room or two.

When choosing a carpet it is important to remember that you want it to last a long time. For this reason, and similar to the tip mentioned above regarding paint color choice, shy away from fashion colors that can date easily. The last thing that you want is for somebody to think you installed your carpet in the 80’s when you only recently had it replaced.

Rugs and Cushions
If you aren’t in the position to give a room a complete carpet makeover, rugs and cushions from the Groupon Coupons page for Ugg are a great way to make a room feel more modern and bring a new style into your shared living spaces.  If your couche is looking a little worse for wear, consider a throw rug that will cover your entire couch, giving you an updated sitting space.
 
While you are looking through the selection, don’t discount classic style poufs to add an extra level of comfort to your seating.

Paintings
No, I’m not really into art. This is often the response people have when they are suggested to buy some art pieces for their bedroom or living spaces. And while they may be right with the point that they aren’t into art, it doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from it. If you aren’t into art, hang it up anyway!  Head to your local store and pick up some cheap prints that strike your fancy. Remember, it’s about your living space, so whatever interests you, choose it! Don’t worry about if it would be considered art or not.



These are just four the great ways that you can quickly update the style in your bedroom or living space. If you are feeling like your home is looking at bit dated, give these ideas a try and look around your house for other creative ways that you can modernize your spaces!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Business Areas Around Industrial Scientific

Our  trip to my husband's work was a fun experience.  I truly enjoyed  looking at the nearby places around their  business building.  Industrial Scientific  is located on an elevated  place so you can see  pretty much  everything around the area.
We shop on this market district once in a while.  They have a great selection of fresh veggies.  We don't have a  Giant Eagle in our  place so  this one is the closest to us.

Even from afar, I thought this church looks beautiful.  Glad I brought my  long camera lens that day.

Hubby and I went to the rooftop and it was nice.  The employees  there probably think I am nuts  taking pictures of everything lol.

Industrial Scientific building has all glass windows so you can pretty much see outside.  It must be nice to work there and not feel trapped inside a huge building.  The disadvantage of  it is it can be a distraction.

I love looking at the driveway  from the top, it looks like one-eyed smiley.

I thanked my husband for  taking a day of absence when he took us there because it gave us a chance to  discover the place with him.  Kudos  to Industrial Scientific for hosting a "Take your Children to Work Day".

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tappan Lake - Ohio : Part One

During our road trip to Sugarcreek Ohio, we  stopped by at the rest stop  by Tappan Lake, the place is called the Seven Ranges.  It's a beautiful park to stop by,  rest a little , and enjoy the beautiful view.  When we stopped by on this place last year, it was clean but this time, there was  geese poop everywhere.

We went to the Tappan Lake Resort  sometime in Novemeber last year.  The resort was on the other side of the lake and it was a beautiful place3 with lots of things  for kids to do.
It would be fun  to have a boat  because you can   tour the whole lake  in no time.  We've seen a lot of people enjoying their boat ride.
Our kids are just happy to see the lake.   We have lakes nearby Weirton but not as big as the Tappan Lake.  My husband told us that  when he was a kid, his late brother used to have a boat and he would take him every summer time and ride along the Ohio rive and  it was a lot of fun!
I think if my kids have their swim suit with them, they might have tempted to  swim.
The main Tappan Lake Park is located between Cadiz and Uhrichsville, Ohio.   Tappan Lake is great for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.  There are over 500 campsites with swimming beach, concession stand, vacation cabins, camper cabins.  There is a free Wi-Fi internet access at the Activity Center and  Vacation Cabins.  There is also a  trail that  connects the park with the Tappan Wetlands, which has been designated as a watchable wildlife area
I love that the fee is only $5 per vehicle which is  pretty cheap.  Granted that it should be free since it is a state park but they do provide   life guards and other services so  five bucks is nothing.
These two did not want to leave.  They  enjoyed skipping rocks on the water and watched the wave hit the rocks.
We  stayed there for about ten to fifteen  minutes, it wasn't really enough for the kids to   get their full fix on the lake but we still have a long ways to drive back so we kind of forced them to  leave lol.
Just so the kids will remember our   trips and family bonding, pictures are always  a great way to preserve  memories so having photos  every time we got to do something  is a must for us.
Maybe next time when we  come back to this place, it is a bit cleaner so we won't be grossed out walking around.  Those geese really  leave  a lot of ,mess in parks.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Baby? Take Extra Care To Protect What’s In Your Wallet


To say that having a baby is expensive would be an understatement. New parents often don’t realize just how much their new bundle of joy is going to cost them until later on down the line, when they tally up everything they’ve spent and think, “how much??!”. However, while a baby will always have high costs involved, they don’t have to be quite as high as you might think. Take the time to think about your purchases, and you might find you have more money in your pocket.

Hand Me Downs

You’re most likely not a trailblazer when it comes to having a baby. Someone older than you, be it an older sibling or friend, will have had a baby. Whereas how fast babies outgrow their belongings can be annoying to new parents, it’s a good thing for those who have the next baby, because there’s usually plenty of surplus supplies just waiting to go to a new home. Before you buy the expensive stuff, ask around to see if anyone has any extras that you can have (or buy for a discounted price). When the time comes, you’ll hand down your baby things to the next people who need them.

Smart with the Clothing

It’s easy to get carried away with your baby’s clothing. You walk past a baby store, see something cute that they will look adorable in a few months, and go in to buy it. When the time comes, your baby skips past that stage of development pretty quickly, and they only ended up wearing the item a couple of times! To save money, you need to be smart with your baby’s clothes. Don’t buy too far in advance unless you think you’re getting a cracking deal. Also, while it can be fun for your baby to have one or two nice items of clothing, the majority can be fairly plain. There’s no reason for a baby to have Gucci clothing unless you’re absolutely certain you can afford it with ease.

Change the Entertainment

Baby’s can increase your entertainment costs in two ways. You can feel like you have to take them to new places all the time, which adds up. Then, when you want to do something really fun, you end up spending more money on something extravagant because you think you only have one opportunity to do so! Instead of leaving your baby with your parents and taking yourself off for an expensive night in a hotel, incorporate your fun into your everyday life. Load up a film on Netflix, buy a pizza using dominos.co.uk coupons, crack open a cheap bottle of wine, and cozy up for a night in. You’ll have spent next to nothing, and will still have had a great night!

Friends and Family

Sometimes it can feel like your friends and family are just as excited about your baby as you are, especially your family. They want to be involved, and will often buy your baby gifts as they’re out and about on the town. With your family, it’s not unreasonable to let them know some of the things your baby will actually need. This will save you some money, and avoid your home becoming a stockpile for a random assortment of baby goods. They really will be open to helping, so if they ask, “what should I get your new baby?”, be truthful and give them some items to choose from.

Second-Hand Goods

Some things you’ll have to buy new, but this won’t apply to everything. With many items you need for your baby, it doesn’t matter whether they’re brand new or they’ve been used before. Take a look at the second-hand item websites and see what you can pick up. It’s possible that you’ll be able to get an item that has barely been used for a fraction of its retail cost when it’s new. Of course, you’ll want to check for any defects, especially if it the item needs to be used safely, but if you ask the seller questions and determine that the product is in great condition, then go ahead and buy it. What do you have to gain by buying a brand new product?

Spend Wisely

You can’t try and save money on absolutely everything. In some cases, you’ll be better served by paying a little bit more to ensure you get a product that is just what you need. It makes a lot more sense to buy one item once rather than buying an inferior item multiple times. Also, the things that will greatly improve your enjoyment of parenthood will be a worthwhile investment.

Cloth Nappies

Cloth nappies have suffered a bit from a negative reputation, as people think they’re outdated, but they’re worth giving another shot, especially if you’re planning on having more than one baby. When spread over multiple years, the savings versus conventional nappies can be significant. The start-up cost can be a bit hefty, but once you’ve paid, you’ll have them for as long as you need them.

Buy in Bulk

Some things you already know that you’ll need more or less for the next year. Because of this, it can be worth buying those things in bulk, if you have the space to store them without it cramped in your home, that is. It’ll also save time as you won’t need to head to the store as often; you’ll have the important things right there with you.

Think About What You Need

Ultimately, the key to saving money when you have a child is to actually think about what you need. It’s easy to get carried away and buy everything under the sun, but if you curb your impulse a little, you’ll find that you’re able to save a lot of money just by holding off from some expensive purchases. Only buy what you need - plus a few novelty items of course - and you’ll notice a healthier bank balance!


Monday, May 8, 2017

What Can an Elevated Deck System Do for Your Home's Resale Value?

Are you looking for ways to raise the resale value of your home? You may want to look into the possibility of adding an elevated deck to your home. There are many reasons why such a deck will add a sizable amount to the resale value of your property. It's a comfort and convenience that many potential home buyers in the area are bound to be looking for. It's a guaranteed value adder that gives the person who buys your home an excellent view of the surrounding area, as well as a great place to relax, sunbathe, or barbecue during a friendly social party. An elevated deck is a crowd pleasing item.
When It Comes to Adding Value to Your Home, You Don't Have to Spend Much

One of the biggest fears that prevents people from making additions to their home has to do with spending too much money on the job. Many people worry that the amount of money they invest in a project, such as the addition of an elevated deck to their home, will be too much to justify it. But this is false. You can add a brand new elevated deck to your property for pennies on the dollar of what such a project used to cost. This is partly because of several key technological breakthroughs, but mostly because of the rise of competition due to a slew of businesses being located on the world wide web.

There's No Reason to Put Off a Major Home Renovation Project

There is no valid reason to avoid getting started today on a major home renovation project. An elevated deck will beautify your home and add a sizable amount of resale value. This is a project that not only makes your own home more desirable, but also helps to increase the average amount of the asking price for other homes in your neighborhood.

It's Time for You to Think Big and Get Your Resale Value Up to Speed 

When it comes to raising the asking price of your home, you have right to be skeptical about supposedly "worry free" solutions. After all, a home is something that costs much more than a disposable item, such as a dress or key chain. When you are looking for info that can really help raise your resale value, it's wise to proceed with caution. However, there are plenty of legitimate resources on the web that can offer solid advice that you can make use of. Feel free to click here in order to learn more about what an elevated deck system can do for the resale value of your home. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The City of Bridges

Pittsburgh  is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States and has  a total population of 304,391, being the 63rd largest city in the United States.  Pittsburgh is  beautiful but a very busy city.  Driving around Pittsburgh is scary to me (well, I get scared even driving in our  small city, so, LOL).  It's hard to find a parking space  specially when you are  at the Strip district where a lot of vendors and shoppers are.
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Pittsburgh is well known as City of Bridges.  The Bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's transportation system. Without bridges, the Pittsburgh region would be a series of fragmented valleys, hillsides, river plains, and isolated communities.  According  to a study, Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, and with its proximity to three major rivers and countless hills and ravines.
We go to Pittsburgh when we want to buy some Asian  products.  We do not have an Asian store here in Weirton so we drive  there just to buy specific things that our local store here doesn't have.  Walmart has  some Asian products but not much.  They don't really have  Filipino goodies that  we normally want to have.
You have to know what's going on in Pittsburgh before driving there because if you get  stuck in  traffic, you are doomed, lol.  The worse time to drive  to Pittsburgh is when there is an event like a concert nearby because you will surely be in the middle of traffic.
My husband used to work in the federal building in Pittsburgh and he would always  leave for work early in the morning just so  he won't deal with the heavy traffic right around normal time when everybody drive to work.
My husband is a really good  driver, he is seasoned when it comes to it but just like me, his sense of direction is not that great so whenever we   would go  some place, we would always have our GPS.  We still get lost once in a while  even with GPS!  But it is always about the journey so we try to enjoy it as much as we can.
These photos aren't  beautiful but  all of these  were taken with a moving vehicle is  it kind of hard to  find a perfect shot.  I hope you enjoy some  parts of the City of Bridges.  Here are more  photos.

Merging into this traffic is a tricky thing, if you aren't decisive enough, you will end up missing your  intended  route.  Glad our chauffeur is always ion high alert  and never missed it.
As beautiful and busy as Pittsburgh is, I still look forward to returning to our  quite  and small city of Weirton. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

3 Underrated Cities You Should Visit in Australia

One of the greatest perks in life is being able to go places. Traveling with your family or friends can make you happy and live life to the fullest. Everyone deserves to rest and take a break from time to time, so make sure to spend this time wisely.


Since there are a lot of destinations to choose where to spend your vacation, you can consider the stunning country of Australia. It offers plenty of amazing attractions and thrilling activities to all, which you will surely enjoy. Your visit in this huge country will be full of fun, especially when you are with your loved ones. Nothing compares having the time to bond with the people you love, thus, make the most out of your break.

Apparently, Australia has various cities you can visit, depending on where you want to go. Aside from the popular ones, such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, there are a number of underrated cities you can check out as well, including the following: 

Tasmania
In case you are looking for mountain ranges and natural landscapes, Tasmania is the perfect place for you. This city takes pride in its Cradle Mountain, which is one of the country's striking wilderness regions. Its capital, Hobart, offers world-class tourist spots and a combination of heritage charm and contemporary lifestyle. In fact, you can book a DriveNow car rental in Hobart and witness the exceptional beauty of the entire city without worrying anything about your transportation. You will have a great time exploring this piece of paradise at least once in your life.

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Darwin
This capital city of Australia's Northern Territory is an ideal hub for visitors who want a calm retreat from the busy city life. It features tropical breezes and numerous guided tours for nature, culture, as well as adventure. You can go to the Mindil Beach, Crocosaurus Cove, or any local rainforests to make your visit more fun and exciting. Definitely, you will have something to do while here and each of you will have a great time.

Cairns
Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has a lot to offer to visitors of all ages. It has a mild tropical weather and laid back atmosphere, which you can truly enjoy. If you are in search of outstanding food then head to the city's wide range of pubs, restaurants, and caf├ęs. Numerous pristine beaches are also present here for you to loosen up and bask in the sun. In addition, Cairns is a shopping haven, too. There are plenty of specialty stores and world-class shops around the city, where you can buy anything you want.

Ultimately, there is more to Australia than its famous cities and tourist attractions. These fringe places mentioned above will make your vacation more thrilling and one for the books as they are not known to many. Take these into consideration when planning your trip to Australia and it will absolutely be an adventure of a lifetime with your loved ones.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Water Can Cause Severe Damage to Your Home

Water damage is one of the worst types of damage a building can have. This is partly because the damage can be hidden for months and partly because water can seriously undermine the structure of the building. Whether it is from a leaky faucet, leaky roof or serious flooding, almost all excess water requires emergency water damage restoration.
Carpet damaged by water at Fort Magruder

Categories of Water

Water is divided into three main categories. Category One is potable, sanitary drinking water. Category Two is often called gray water and has a significant amount of contamination. Category Three is often called black water and is grossly unsanitary, usually with sewage and can cause serious illness. The reason all water damage requires emergency removal is that even Category One water can change into Category Three water if it stands for as little as 48 hours.

Mold

Mold is one of the worst side-effects of water damage. Even when the flooding recedes, the leak is repaired and the floor or walls dried, mold can still exist and grow. Water damage restoration is essential to detect hidden mold and remove it in such a way that it does not return. Professionals have the equipment to detect mold anywhere in your home or office, remove it and thoroughly dry the area. They can also restore your property if possible and discard any carpets or upholstery that cannot be cleaned.

The Process

Emergency services will arrive at your home within two hours of your call for help. If the flooding is from a leak, you should stop the water at the source and turn off or remove electrical devises from the area. The professionals will inspect the property, determine any safety issues with electric wires, quickly develop a drying plan and, if necessary, pump out the water. The area will be dried with equipment that extracts the moisture from deep in the floors, walls and ceilings. They may also check for mold growth, depending on how long the property has been wet.

Calling emergency damage restoration services for leaks and flooding is the most cost effective way to have a safe environment. When the dampness or flooding is removed as soon as it is discovered, there is a good chance you can avoid costly repairs and renovations. Whether it is an overflowing toilet or a flooded basement, water causes some of the most severe damage to a building. 

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