Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yes To Zen Garden

I have been doing a lot of research lately on different small garden designs that would best fit the space outside my dining area.  I purposely saved that space to be my future zen garden.  I wouldn't deny it, I have a great fascination for Zen inspired themes for home decors.  I don't know but there is always a kind of peacefulness within me every time I happen to look at any zen inspired garden.  I just love it's simplicity and elegance.  Well this is aside from the fact that this theme is not so common in the Philippines but probably is in other countries in South East Asia like of course Japan, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

I love the design on the first photo a lot because of the combination of zen inspired decors and bamboo plants. This makes the space even more relaxing and fresh.  I am not decided on what would be the final concept of my future zen garden yet but I one thing is for sure, it will be simple, elegant, fun and affordable!  I hope most part of it would be DIY's as I really love to bring out the creative side of me.  I am still zero as to where will I source the materials that I will put in the Zen garden but I am positive that I will be able to find one around the place where I live.  I don't want to travel far and spend more money on the process, so I am hoping that I could source all the materials nearby.

I am so excited for this future project and I can't wait to feature it here again, soon.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sourcing For The Best Air Conditioning and Heating Contractor

Summer is officially over and looking back, it was not really easy to live with the extreme heat especially in some areas where there is even an onset of El Nino.  Times like these, you really need to plan for your summer activities like spending time outdoors, swimming, camping, malling or you may just prefer to stay at home and rely on your own air conditioning units to beat the heat.  If your A/C units are in tip top shape, I guess there won't be much problem but sometimes, considering that your units are working for a long time, these may need to be subjected to preventive maintenance servicing (PMS). Not having much knowledge about this thing would put you on a difficult situation especially if you are having a tight budget. I have had a friend who ended up buying a new unit after being ripped off by an A/C technician whose workmanship cannot be trusted.  He was asked to pay a huge amount of money, work was delayed for several days only to find out in the end that he didn't have much choice but to buy a new one.  Well, I myself experienced it but I'm a bit luckier because I did not give in to his price quotation which I think is not well justified. Because of that, he was forced to do "on spot" checking  and diagnosed the faulty part which is just for replacement and things ended up with me paying just about half of his first quotation.

I've learned my lesson after that experience, sourcing for the best air and heating contractor requires a proper research and study.  I think it would be best if you read reviews made by previous clients and see if this contractor could very well deliver your needs.  Also, try to pick and compare. Obviously, the longer that contractor stays in the business, the better you can rely on their expertise. I guess, this is the reason why ac repair Glendale AZ is being chosen by many people when it comes to their air conditioning, heating and other HVAC needs.

When sourcing for a contractor to maintain your system, you have to look for companies that are up to date on the latest developments in this field. Better yet, you may ask for recommendations from previous clients, neighbors, friends and other people who have already availed of the company's services.  You have to be on a look out for some signs like if the company's team members are taking care of their customers needs like being able to respond quickly during emergencies, making a follow up to check if everything turned out right after having rendered the service. Whether they leave the work area clean and had communicated all the necessary information to the client is a good indication that the company is doing it's best to show their commitment in providing a quality service.

Before finally deciding on what company to choose, make sure you have researched and studied everything like the different maintenance packages a company is offering.  This is to ensure that you will be getting your money's worth. 

Understanding how important is your heating and cooling system at home should not be underestimated. Giving your system a regular inspection and tuning up is of utmost importance if you want to be assured of it's peak performance. After all, we all deserve a quality time at home and one surest way to ensure that is to maintain our heating and cooling system in excellent condition.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hobby Turned Into A Passion

Aside from cooking, baking and doing arts and crafts, gardening is another hobby of mine that was already turned into passion.  Obviously, I love nature, whenever I go outdoors I would always have a great time visiting parks and gardens aside from beaches, of course.  There is always something about nature that moves me.  The serenity that it brings me is beyond question.  Whenever, I am on deep thoughts, I would always tell myself that the gift of nature is something worth keeping and worth remembering. 

Since my busy time at home, being a domesticated Mom, and having my hands full with my freelance jobs prohibited me from exploring the outdoors, I am doing my best to bring the outdoors into my home.  I wanted my home to be full of greens.  This is also another reason why I prefer more outdoor rooms and lesser space inside the house.

My next project is vegetable gardening but I am doing it in containers. I've been studying and researching about the possibility of growing vegetables in containers.  The idea suddenly popped out from my mind because I find it quite impossible for someone like me to have a steady supply of greens for my salad by buying these from the supermarket and storing the same in my ref.  Greens like lettuce, onion leeks, and other varieties of green leafy vegetables won't last in the refrigerator. Unless you have a luxury of time traveling back and forth to the supermarket, then that's the only time you can have your salad daily.  So, I thought that growing a few amount of these in containers would be substantial for my own requirement.  I am working on few projects now but I am very eager to start on this container gardening very soon. :)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Reorganization Projects Continue!

I'm dealing with my Sciatic pains lately but this does not stop me from my organization projects at home.  I am and will continue to declutter the house and get rid of unnecessary stuff.  I want a simple but elegant home and I know that it is not about how expensive your furniture and decor is but it is on how you arrange them, and to me that really matters. I have to say sorry to my daughter but I have to get rid of her never used stuff, as well. She has a guitar which is very seldom used.  I also have to say sorry but the best bass pedals she is eyeing for will not be a priority at the moment.  Good thing my kids are easy to deal with. They normally would understand at the first attempt of explanation (lol). 

As I am planning to change my living room set to a smaller but  more functional piece, I was also looking at having this Larosso Recreational Folding Chair.

I was having back issues and my doctor recommended me to have a comfortable chair at home where I could sit while resting or watching TV.  I saw this recreational chair at Lazada and I am tempted to buy this.

I need to rearrange my living room furniture in such a way that it would look more spacious but functional. I have this living room set which is so bulky and the arm rest are huge that these consume a lot of space.  It also doesn't fit the space allotted for, so I think it's about time to make a move. :)

Will be posting my newly rearranged living room once it's done. :) 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blinds or Curtains?

My daughter had installed blinds in her own bedroom a couple of months ago and I was impressed on how it transforms her bedroom into a more sophisticated look. She's been urging me to allow her install blinds in her room but I always discouraged her because I was thinking that blinds are more difficult to clean and maintain as compared to curtains.  Another reason why I am a bit skeptical about having blinds for window treatment is because unlike curtains, installation of blinds requires assistance from a professional.

When my son came home for his vacation, my daughter sought his approval for installing blinds in her room.  I was just surprised one day that she already bought some blinds using her own money. Since that time, I was planning to call our favorite handyman/repair man to do some minor jobs in the house, my son and daughter thought of having him fix the blinds at the same time.  I was glad that our handyman was able to install it easily.

After looking at the final outcome, I would admit, I admire it's sophisticated look. My daughter's bedroom looks more decent and elegant.  I was also pleased with it's functionality.  Using the string rod, controlling the lights coming from outside the window is so easy and the best part is that my daughter achieved what she wants, having the much needed privacy without sacrificing the need for natural light in the room.

Now I am thinking if I would do the same for our living room since, I am also looking at privacy issues since I noticed that our living room can be seen from outside especially at night time since the house is elevated from the street.  I am now looking into the issue of cleaning and maintenance and after I am convinced that it could be done in a bliss, maybe I would push through with my plans of installing blinds in the living room.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Clever Ways To Organize

If you are a busy person like me who juggles everyday tasks, chances are you're having a difficult time planning your "to do list".  I would admit, I have tried different ways to make this work..I came up with a daily "To do list" which didn't work well for me as I normally forget about the tasks or I suddenly get occupied`with something else to do.  I don't know but it's really hard to stick to your list, at times.  Blame it to social media and cell phones who will keep on luring you to check with them once in a while. Probably, I would opt to listen to loud music powered by roland synth as I would definitely get away with it in a matter of minutes which is not the case when it comes to peeking in my social media accounts.

I suddenly thought that sticking to your daily or weekly "to do list" would be a lot easier if you put this on display on the area where you normally pass every now and then.  This idea of using clothes pin is cute and simple.  Thanks to Vanessa Beaty for sharing this idea via Pinterest.

This goal list is very flexible, you can change the notes every week.  I guess this is nice to be hung on the kitchen area where Moms like me usually hang around.  I am tempted to make this one for myself.  I am guilty of missing out on a lot of tasks and this is not good for someone who always love to be productive like me.  

I would have to choose now which of one of these two ideas will be great for me! :)