Friday, May 12, 2017

Roof Replacement or Repairs For Your Home or Business

When you are faced with locating the best roof installation or replacement company or the best roof repair contractor, you want to find an expert and well-experienced company that is well established and well trusted to do a superior job for a cost that will fall within your proposed budget. You want to know there will be knowledge and efficiency and that each staff member that is involved will easily and efficiently do his or her tasks. Further, you want to have any questions answered and be assured that there will be a complete and careful follow-through in each phase as well as no damage to the building or landscaping and ending with a thorough cleanup which will leave the work area tidy and all construction debris picked up and removed. 

Replacing a roof is an expensive project that requires an honest assessment, a thorough and straightforward explanation of all materials and labor costs of the entire process, and a written estimate covering everything involved so that you can give an educated decision as to what is needed. It is even possible that a roof can be built to your individual specifications.

Regular upkeep, replacing shingles, repairing leaks, and doing routine maintenance is a sound investment to keep your home or business from being damaged and eventually requiring expensive fixes. 

A Crown Roofing is a locally owned and operated roofing company in Jacksonville, Florida, that specializes in commercial, residential, industrial, and government roofing in that surrounding area.

They have a unique way of expressing a roof as “A Crown for Your Home”, and they are proud of being one of only three percent of exceptionally proven roofers that are designated as a GAF Master Elite Contractor which has proven itself to be the best of the best with its use of the finest roofing materials and providing exceptional workmanship and a GAF Golden Pledge Warranty.  

A Crown Roofing has received numerous honors and awards from professional organizations along with face-to-face thank yous and written testimonials from their customers.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DIY Side Table

I have thought of transforming my terra cotta pot into a side table. I have not done pretty much thing except for painting it with my chosen shade of color and decorating the inside of the pot with some souvenir cash notes that were acquired from our trips abroad. We have placed some garden pebbles and painted twigs, too.

As for the top glass, I just went to a glass supply shop and have a piece of thick glass cut into my desired shape and size and voila! An instant side table.

This turned out nice as I placed it in the corner of our living room with a matching stand lamp beside it.  See that tiny blue tooth speaker on top of the side table? That was enough for me to sit, relax and chill beside that tiny table and listen to my favorite songs.  Who would need a grand hartke anyway? Lol.  

Well kidding aside, simple pleasures are always made possible with simple things. I am enjoying DIY projects recently that I am always scouting for more fun ideas to decorate my home and garden.

Until my next project!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ladder Organizer

I've been wanting to try the ladder storage solution as I've seen a lot of designs online and I find all of them so cute. It can be used for a lot of things too, not only for storage but also as interior decor. I guess it's not also very hard to do and you would not even spend too much to come up with one.  Best of all, it's space saving, too!

I've compiled some of the best designs that I really love and I am hoping that I could come up with  a piece or two.  The ladder storage design could keep a lot of your home stuff like bathroom essentials, towels, linens, shoes, books and some decorative pieces, too. I hope it could also hold the tube amp at and in case it can't, there's nothing to worry as you would never have enough of things you could store in your stylish ladder storage.

Here are some of the design inspiration:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa Throw Star Studded Baby Birthday Bash

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa threw a huge birthday bash for their son Sebastian recently, and it was a huge backyard blowout birthday party that included some big name guests on the list! Blac Chyna and Lamar Odom were on hand to celebrate with Wiz, Amber, and Sebastian in a superhero themed bash! Sebastian was turning four and the party looks like it was a blast!

The party looked like a ton of fun, however, there was no sign of Blac Chyna's on again/ off again love Rob Kardashian, as rumors swirl that the two, who have an infant daughter Dream together, have split for good this time. Also no sign of Val Chmerkovskiy, after he and Amber Rose split after five months of dating.

The Dancing With The Stars pro revealed on social media that he still cares for Amber, despite the fact that the relationship did not work out the way that either had planned. Amber, for her part, also took to social media to clarify rumors that she and ex husband Wiz Khalifa are back together after they were seen kissing on the red carpet at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy party a few weeks ago. The gorgeous star revealed that she and Wiz are still very much divorced, but they are great friends, get along well for the sake of Sebastian and that the kiss was definitely “no big deal”. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My New Pantry Area

If there's one thing in the house that I would like to fix with a little work of art, that's my pantry area! I am a person who hates clutter and I am a big fan of  jars and almost all storage containers. Whenever I have a free time, I used to DIY some storage bins or containers out of recycable materials.  If not, I would normally visit dollar stores or thrift shops for some cute jars made of different materials.

We had the chance to do a "little make over" in our pantry area. We don't have a large space so we are only limited to installing open shelves just enough to hold some canned goods, snacks, baking and some gourmet ingredients.  Normally, when you want to improve a large space, you would have no limits as regards to your creativity, but challenge begins when you have a very limited space.

I have measured the area and requested our handyman to maximize all space available.  Open shelvings would be good for this small space, so that's what we did, however we've managed to have 2 additional shelves with doors at the bottom of the cabinet.  That's good enough for storing additional grocery items like sauces and dips that normally come in large bottles or containers.

I really love this chalkboard art which  we've personally made.  It's good to have artistic kids who could help me out with all the art works.

This is my humble project which we are able to pull off with just minimal expenses. I really love DIY projects, not only it could make your home uniquely presented, you could also save a lot on unnecessary expenses.

I heart DIY!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Home Maintenance: Improve your Curb Appeal

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or simply want to improve its exterior appearance, you will need to up your curb appeal game. Curb appeal is how your home looks from the street, which is the first impression visitors have of your home. Thankfully, improving your home’s curb appeal is don’t not a difficult task and the following tips will help you get started. 

Make It Pop

One of the easiest and least expensive way to improve the overall look of your home’s exterior is to paint the front door and shutters or time. Choose a bright and bold color to make the area stand out and draw the eye in. Just make sure to properly prepare the surface before painting.

Add Some Plants

The simple action of adding greenery – such as bushes or trees – and flowering plants is one of the most common ways that homeowners increase their curb appeal. When choosing plants, make sure to pick native species, which makes them easier to grow and care for in your area’s environment, and consider the size and affect it will have on your home.

Think Flower Boxes
To go along with the tip above, consider installing flower boxes as a way to add color to your home. The area below windows and on the railings of your front porch are the best locations for these nifty and inexpensive items. Just remember that, no matter where or what you plant, you must maintain them to keep your curb appeal up. Dead or dying plants only reduce the overall look of your home.

See to that Driveway

An asphalt driveway is a wonderful addition to your home, but it doesn’t come without its requirements. Unfortunately, too many people think that, one the driveway is installed, they can leave it and forget it. This isn’t true and any asphalt driveway will need regularly maintenance. If you find that your driveway is in the need of some TLC, consider hiring driveway pavers Arlington TX to get it looking its best. 

Upgrade the Exterior Lighting

Those old, weather-worn exterior lighting does nothing to help the look of your home. Because of this, you should consider upgrading the exterior lighting. Look for light fixtures that are both functional for your needs, which means they provide adequate amount of light, and compliment the style of your house.

A Sudden Transition Of Our Lanai

My creative mind and the overflowing ideas from my kids when it comes to home decorating resulted to the sudden transition of our lanai.  The time difference between the last one and the new one is just about 2 months I think...too soon, right?

Luckily, the first time, I just decorated it with lots of potted plants so giving up some of those plants does not really cause me a lot of pain.  Well, kidding aside, I just actually relocated most of the potted plants in the garage to give way to a tiny display shelf inspired by what we saw from one of the cafes that we have visited more than a month ago.

Actually, the sudden change was also due to our plan of fabricating open shelves for our pantry area. Since we are hiring someone to do this for us, we've decided to have the all the shelves done together for both the pantry area and the lanai.  I thought that that was a good idea, so without much thinking, we have the shelves done and the result was great.

Here are the photos of the lanai before and after.



We'll I''m happy with the final outcome as we get to put some of our unused stuff on display instead of just collecting dusts inside the cabinet. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Benefits Of A Good Ventilation

Good ventilation is crucial to having a comfortable home. With proper ventilation keeping air pollutants at bay, you can protect you and your family's health. Not only this, but the right airflow gets rid of unwanted smells that come from cooking and having pets. If this concerns you, consider looking into ventilation services Newport News VA to ensure the airflow is pure and uninterrupted.

Prevent Moisture from Lingering

One of the primary reasons ventilation is so important for your home is it will control the moisture that lingers. If there is adequate airflow throughout your home, including walls and floors, no moisture collects and everything stays dry.

Wood and drywall are prone to rot when exposed to moisture. When this occurs, you run the risk of destroying the integrity of the structure. Not only can this cause structural problems, but this could also lead to mold build up. A negative impact your family's health is likely after long-term exposure.

Ways to Provide Ventilation to Your Home

There are several ways to have proper ventilation. One is natural ventilation that comes from air entering your home. Open windows and doors as often as possible. Even the cracks and holes in walls can help bring in natural ventilation.

Another way to bring ventilation into your home is through spot airflow. This occurs when exhaust fans are used to push air in or out of your home. In most cases, this happens by turning on the exhaust fan in the bathroom or above your stove.

In addition, you can have air ducts professionally installed to provide airflow. Placing these throughout the home provides several ways of ensuring air flows safely and consistently. One part of the airflow system pushes air outside. Another part brings fresh air into the house. There is also a balance between the two where air moves in and out. Use of this system also requires keeping it maintained to avoid the lurking of pollutants.

Although you might not think too much about how well your home is ventilated, it does not change the fact that this could become a problem. Since most people spend a majority of time indoors, you should stay ahead of the situation.

Being exposed to poor air quality due to molds, allergens or even smells introduces harmful substances into your home. Too much accumulation from not having a good ventilation system presents health problems for you and your family. Avoid this by getting a quality system installed today.

My Favorite Comfort Food

When it comes to home cooking, I am very particular about the preparation and cooking time not to mention the cost of the ingredients.  My objective is to be able to prepare foods that are easy on the budget and could be done in less than  no time.  For a busy Mom who takes care of everything in the house and doing freelance works at the same time, it is rather helpful to have ready cooked meals in the fridge whenever you need it.  I am not a fan of instant noodles and although I used to eat canned foods once in a while, I am not keen to having these on a regular basis.  Aside from the fact that this is not healthy, I also crave for something fresh with all the natural ingredients and do you know what is my answer to all these requirements?  Pasta! 

I find that pasta are easy to cook and prepare and its not very hard to stock up on the ingredients. Best of all, you can have a lot of variation, too.  I used to prepare different kinds of pasta dishes...Spaghetti, Tuna pasta, Italian pasta, Pesto Pasta, Chicken and Garlic, Ham and Cheese, Shrimp Pasta, Carbonara, Alfredo, Pasta salad and even Baked Macaroni. I am good at experimenting and this led me to discover a lot of pasta dishes which would suit my taste, and budget of course. :)

Here are some of the pasta dishes I've made at home:

So whenever I do my grocery shopping, these ingredients are always on top of my list:

cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, parsley, tomato sauces (different kinds), hot sauce, soy sauce, canned Tuna, ground beef, cheese, ham, bacon, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, all purpose cream, milk and all available herbs that are available in the supermarket.

I hope to create more pasta dishes as this is my favorite comfort food, really. :)

5 Tips for a Better Fireplace

If you're anything like most homeowners, you don't even think about your fireplace until something is wrong with it. But why wait until it's damaged or outdated to pay attention? Why not give it a little extra love and transform it into the centerpiece of your den? Here are just a few tips for a cleaner, safer and more stylish fireplace.

1. Replace Your Screen

Did you know that fireplace screens can become less effective over time? They get bent out of shape, resulting in less protection from flying sparks and embers, and they accumulate rust and grime that turns them into a real eyesore. If you're serious about improving the safety and style of your fireplace, replace your screen every now and then.

2. Clean Your Chimney

It may sound like a no-brainer, but this is another thing that homeowners tend to shrug and forget. Experts recommend cleaning your chimney at least 1-2 times a year to remove dirt, dust, cobwebs, bird nests and other animal infestations. Your smoke channel will be much safer without these roadblocks in the way.

3. Replace Your Fender

Fenders are the first things that your guests will see when they look at your fireplace. Make sure that they're attractive enough to merit the attention! An antique fireplace fender will look grand and sophisticated; a minimalist one will look sleek and modern; a crafty one will showcase your DIY skills.

4. Pick Better Wood

You don't have to spend a bundle on high-quality firewood, but you can also do better than the wet, weak branches that you scavenge from your backyard. Aim for a happy medium where your firewood burns bright and hot. You can also buy accelerating agents and special fluids that will give your wood a boost even if it isn't the best.

5. Build Better Fires

Last but certainly not least, a roaring fire will make all of your fireplace decoration worth it. But you'll need the right tricks to build it first! Look into things like andirons that can help you by circulating more air between your logs and improving the intensity of your blaze.

These are just a few tips for a better fireplace. With the right decoration and maintenance, it can become one of the biggest selling points of your home, so stop neglecting it! Take your time, give it a makeover and reap the benefits of a stylish interior design element.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wooden Shelving Inspirations

I am fascinated lately with wooden shelving especially those that come in natural wood color.  I have visited several cafes in our place and most of these cafes have incorporated the use of woods in their storage solutions as well as in their interior designs.  I think this is the trend now when it comes to decors and interior design.  As to the cost, I think if you know how to source for good materials and you will have these custom made with the aid of a skilled carpenter, then you will find that this is not really expensive.  You may even find some nice wood pallets that could be made into such cute shelves and those are even available on a dollar or thrift store

Proper lighting of course, would be another consideration as this will definitely add elegance to your finished design.

Photos above are some of the nice inspirations when you wish to custom built some for your homes.  the best thing about wood shelving is that, it could be very flexible and easy to do. It could be made to fit every corner in your house without wasting much space.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lanai's New Look

We've been hopping from one coffee shop to another since my son came from China last December. We both love coffees and we both love to try new things and on one of our cafe visits, we saw some nice wall decors and one thing that caught our attention is the open wooden shelves. We've thought that that would be a nice idea for our lanai and our pantry area, as well, so we immediately started with our weekend project.

The above photo is the final outcome of  the project, you will notice that we have incorporated some string lights for an added drama and effect.  As for the decors, we did not spend much on this as we just gathered everything that we have around the house. We have lots of cute little decors sitting inside the cabinets so we just made of these rather than purchasing new ones.  My son and daughter took turns in completing all the decors on the shelves and it was also a good bonding for the family.

Next will be our new pantry corner. :)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TLC for Your Refrigerator

A family refrigerator can hold hundreds of dollars of food at any given time. If this appliance fails, your food investment can spoil within hours. Avoiding any refrigerator failures is critical so try some tender-loving care provided by you and the professionals.

Wipe Down the Gaskets

Your refrigerator relies on door gaskets to seal in the cold air. If these gaskets become warped or damaged over time, cold air escapes and the motor must work harder to cool the appliance. Ideally, wipe down the gaskets once a month. Use a damp cloth with some mild detergent. Keeping the gaskets clean will encourage them to remain supple while maintaining their structure over the years.

Be Observant

Although most refrigerators seem to work without any issues for several years, you shouldn't ignore them entirely. Be observant about your appliance so that any small problems are caught early on. Look for condensation on the exterior of the unit or a build up of ice in the freezer. Contact professionals when the appliance seems to work differently than before.

Consult With Professionals

Once or twice a year, contact sub zero repair professionals for a basic checkup on your refrigerator. Any minor issues can be repaired with a small fee compared to major problems costing a lot of money. Professionals will normally clean off the coils in the back of the unit along with testing the electrical components. You can always contact the professionals between appointments if there's any issues that arise. In many cases, the appliance will last for a decade or longer when it has constant care.

Keep it Full

A clever way to maintain a strong, refrigerator motor is by keeping the appliance full. Because there's less space in the appliance, the motor doesn't have to work hard to cool the interior. A nearly empty freezer or refrigerator requires more cooling action, which wears down the motor. To further reduce strain on the motor, only add room temperature or cold foods to the appliance's interior. Storing hot food only forces the appliance to cool the interior even more in response. 

With the exception of a basic hum, refrigerators shouldn't have any major noises emanating from them. If you notice a chronic sound coming from the kitchen, ask the professionals to look at it as soon as possible. These sounds may be easily fixed in their early stages. Waiting for them to subside will only cost the family more in time.

Celebrating Christmas In Our Home Sweetie Home

Just like last year, there are only 3 of us who celebrated Christmas in our home sweetie home.  Last year hubby was here but my son wasn't able to join us due to his job overseas.  This Christmas 2016, my son was here but my hubby wasn't around. It seemed like it's very hard for us to be complete on this very special day due to their commitment at work, nonetheless, we still managed to celebrate Christmas happily.  After all, this is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and remembering Him on this very special day and sharing the sweet moments with our loved ones is what matters most.

Our celebration was just plain and simple, we had just prepared a simple Christmas dinner at home and invited few relatives to come over to hand in their gifts especially the kids.  After that, we had our traditional exchange of gifts and just spent time together trying to catch up with each other especially with relatives whom we do not used to see at this time of the year.

As my kids love to take photos, we just spent the rest of our time taking our photos around the house. here are some of our happy moments last Christmas. 

I know this is quite late but I would like to wish each and everyone a blessed Christmas and a Happy New year.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How to Find a Roofing Contractor

Making sure the roof of your home is in good condition is essential for the safety of your family. The roof of a house must endure a lot of harsh weather conditions. Therefore, this wear and tear will require your roof to be repaired or replaced eventually. This is why it is essential that you hire a very experienced roofing contractor to oversee any repairs that you are going to be making to your roof. It goes without saying that a roof job that is not done properly could be very dangerous for the people living in the home. Unfortunately, not all roofing contractors have the same level of skill. This is why you need to be very careful when you are searching for the right man for the job. Here are a few tips that will allow you to hire the ideal roofing contractor.

Make sure that any roofing contractor you consider hiring has been doing that job for several years.

You should make experience the most important factor that you research when you start looking for contractors in MN. Some people are tempted to hire roofing contractors who do not have a lot of experience because these people charge less. However, doing this would be a huge mistake. Less experienced contractors are more likely to make a serious mistake that could lead to significant damage being caused to your house and injuries to your family members. The extra money that you will pay to an experienced contractor will be a worthwhile investment in the long run. You should never hire a roofing contractor with less than six years in the business.

Always verify that your roofing contractor is insured and has a valid license.

There are many people who assume that the contractor they hire has a license and insurance. However, this is not always the case. There are some people who work as contractors without any license. Why is it important for your contractor to have a license? It basically tells you that the person has received the necessary training required by your state to perform the type of construction project you will be hiring him for. There is no telling how much training an unlicensed contractor has received. Insurance is also crucial for a contractor to have. This is because damage could be caused to your house by the contractor or his workers. Therefore, you need to be sure the contractor has insurance that will cover the cost of any damage that is done.

Loft Living

We have officially started with our new project for 2017.  This has been in my goal list since last year and although it is not very easy to raise funds needed for this project, me and my family really worked hard to have this thing happen this 2017. We long wanted to convert our idle land into something that could provide us with an extra source of income, and so we came up with an idea of constructing a 2 units of small apartment.  Our budget is tight and we wanted to make full use of the small piece of extra land that we have, so we have decided that rental units will only be on the second floor and the empty space on the ground floor will be utilized for another project.  Because of this, we are challenged to come up with a design that would maximize the use of space, maybe something simple but complete and functional. Because of this, I thought of coming up with two one-bedroom units with loft for extra sleeping space so that each unit could cater for at least 3 to 4 people.

The following designs seemed to be attractive for me:

I am really a big fan of space saving ideas and when it comes to maximizing space, I always challenge myself to come up with something extra ordinary that would give me endless possibilities.

Investing in a Generator Is a Wise Decision

A generator is something that the vast majority of households do not have. However, it can definitely come in handy in a wide variety of situations. Unfortunately, most people do not begin to think about the advantages of owning a generator until it is too late. The trick is to be proactive and install a generator before an emergency happens. You might be on the fence about installing a generator. Perhaps you are not completely convinced that you need one of these machines. Here are some reasons that will prove the value of a generator beyond the shadow of a doubt.

1. The installation of a generator is an improvement that will increase your home's value.

It never hurts to do something that will make your home more valuable. The installation of a generator will definitely fall into that category. The value of your home will go up whenever you add a popular feature to your home. It always helps if this feature will be desired by potential buyers who might be willing to pay more because of it. Having a generator in your home will make it more desirable to potential buyers. A generator will eventually pay for itself on the back end when you eventually decide to sell your home.

2. Losing power because of a storm will not be a a traumatic experience in the future.

It goes without saying that the main reason you will be getting a generator installed in your home is to be better equipped to deal with power outages. Losing power for an extended period of time can be a huge inconvenience and ruin your quality of life. It can also cause all of the food in your fridge to become inedible. Having a company that sells Generac generators Houston come to your home to give you an installation estimate would be a smart move on your part.

3. The security of your home will be increased.

Having a generator installed will give you less of a reason to worry about the security of your home the next time you decide to leave on vacation. Criminals prefer dark places where they cannot be seen. This allows them to perform their criminal activities much more easily. However, a generator will be able to supply power to your lighting system during a neighborhood blackout to keep the burglars at bay.

Dream Vanity Dresser

We just had constructed a new room on the second floor of the house and I am now thinking of how would I design the interior of the room.  I want it to be minimalist with only the basic furniture and all must be functional rather decorative.  You you get older, you prefer more simple things. 

Meanwhile my daughter is requesting for a vanity dresser in her room, so while I am scouting for a design for her, I also tried to look one for myself.

I love the first two designs below, while the third and the fourth designs are the ones I am considering for my daughter's bedroom.  While I could settle for one without the lights around the mirror, my daughter was requesting for those lights.  Well, you know younger people are so vain now a days and a great fan of make up.  I am not a "make up" person.  I am good with just a powder and a bit of lipstick and eye brow liner.  So I don't need much of the drawers for such stuff. 

If I would be needing some shelves, maybe it would be intended for something else like colognes and perfumes and other facial cleansing products and lotions.   

My daughter would definitely love to dress up seeing her entire outfit in whole body size mirror, so I think the design below is a perfect choice for her.

This design is also nice although I find it having too many drawers which can be lessened in number, but I love the fact that it has some shelvings which would be good for "girly things". 

I need to find a good furniture maker who could come up with customized vanity dresser based on our specifications.  I am really excited to have one for myself and for my daughter's room, as well.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Qualifications to Look for in a Contractor

Renovating your home can be a great way to add value to the property and let you have the freedom to make your home reflect your style. The key to getting a good renovation project completed within budget and within the right time frame is to find the best general contractor for the job. Before you start the hiring process, it is important to know what a contractor does and how you can tell if you are hiring a good one. 

What a Contractor Does
The first thing you should do before any construction project on your property is to know what a contractor does to get the job done. A contractor is the person who takes your ideas and turns them into projects. They are responsible for acquiring the materials, labor and specialized experts to get the job done. The contractor oversees the whole project and lets you know if problems arise. 

What You Need to Know
Hiring a contractor is more than just finding a name and a phone number. It takes research to understand not only how they work, but whether they have the right right licensing and skills to do the job. Asking friends and family for referrals is a great way to get a few names to consider. Once you have that, you can begin looking into whether they have all the certifications, licenses and insurance to legally do the job. 

Finding the Best for the Job
Once you have all of your research completed, you will need to contact a few of the best contractors you have listed. They will then be able to talk to you about your project, look at the property to see what the job entails and provide you with an estimate. At this point, it is important to ask for a detailed estimate with itemized lists of costs, especially with the materials. If a contractor refuses or presents any other problems when you meet with them, they can be removed from your list. 

Hiring a contractor is an important decisions and shouldn't be made without the understanding of what you need from them. With the right research and asking plenty of questions, you will be able to find a contractor that best meets your needs. Then, you can get started on your renovation project to make your home better than it was before.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ways To Decorate With Terra Cotta Pots

I have this hobby of going to cheap shops (dollar store) selling assortment of terra cotta pots. I so love plants and I always find ways and means to decorate my home with potted plants of different varieties.  A house that is full of plants, to my opinion is always pleasing to the eyes and always bring a cool and fresh environment.  Even if the house is plain and simple, once you get it decorated with beautiful ornamental plants, the house will instantly transform into a haven. 

Here are some of the cool ideas using terra cotta pots as an excellent decorative piece:

Clay Pot Bird Bath

Claypot Light House

Minion Pots

Attractive Planters

Terra Cotta Table Top Fountain

Terra Cotta Lamp Holder

This is a very easy DIY project and could be an attractive way to decorate your garden, porches or backyard. Take your pick! :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Christmas Kris Kringle At Home

At my age, I am still very much excited with Kris Kringle which has been a tradition in our home every Christmas eve.  I still have the same excitement every time I shop for gifts and always looking forward to what my kids had prepared for me.  The only thing that had changed is my preference for gifts.  I think, as you get older, you are slowly changing your priorities.  I did not believe this last time but now I'm feeling exactly how I was told about this long before. Of course when you get older, that means you have already experienced long years of working and you have probably rewarded yourself many times with material gifts that you tried to justify because you are working too hard. 

Last Christmas, my daughter came up with an idea of coming up with a wish list wherein we have to list down at least 5 things that we want to receive for our traditional Kris Kringle.  Surprisingly, I did not list down any fancy thing, I have listed down something that will keep me stay healthy like a fruit basket and basket of fruit juices and salad dressings.  Well, my kids fulfilled my wish and I have gotten myself 2 pretty baskets exactly what I wished for.  Of course, the end result is "happiness". :)

Luckily my daughter did not ask for anything grand like a new electric guitar or amp 150.  I bought her a new and cute power bank instead.  I am supposed to give her a pair of nice doll shoes but she is very particular with the design of the shoes, so I don't want to end up giving her something that she wouldn't like.  I think a nice power bank is a good idea, and that is also one of her wishes.

We had fun during our Kris Kringle, we were so excited to give and receive our respective gifts to all the members of the family. This is one of the many traditions I wouldn't like to miss each year.

How about you? Did you have your Kris Kringle, too?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Perfect Way to Hide Garden Hose And Tools

I am proud to say that I am a very organized person, give me a messy space at home and I will surely freak out and feel stressed out in an instant. I hate clutter and as my kids would always describe me, I'm a bit perfectionist when it comes to cleanliness and orderliness. Most of the time, I would repeat cleaning an already cleaned area in the house if I still can see some flaws and because of that, my kids would always complain about my high standard in cleanliness. :)

I also do not know why I am like this.  Some of my friends say that I have a disorder, they say I have an over compulsive behavior.  Although, I acknowledge that this is a disorder, I still think that this is far better than being disorganized.  Not only you would benefit from this but the rest of the family members.  Who doesn't want a clean and organized home anyway?

Well, speaking of organization, I was so happy to get this idea of hiding your tools and garden hose by enclosing these in a customized cabinet.  This is very neat.  I always have problem storing back my garden hose after using it and this storage solution, I think, is worth doing. Not only you would hide your garden hose but the extra shelves can also be utilized to store other tools and garden accessories. Isn't it cool?

Now I have something for my next project. :)       `