Showing posts with label Home and Garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home and Garden. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Great Discounts Shopping for Home Decors With Groupon Coupons!

I  have been compensated for this post with either a sample product and/or payment. All opinions are mine.
 


Hello November! How are you guys? How was the Halloween celebration? I hope you had an enjoyable one. Wow, it seems that time is running so fast now. We are already in the second to the last month of 2016. In less than 60 days, Christmas will be here and I bet some of you are already starting to shop for holiday presents especially to your family, loveones, friends or even co-workers. If I am not mistaken, many are getting excited for the holiday season. Right folks?

Don't you know that there is a shopping site where you can save lots of money while doing online shopping? Whether you are searching for electronics, home decors, garden tools, women's accessories, children's apparel, men's clothing, travel gadgets, vacation packages or any of those products and services you need at home, Groupon can help you save money with their so-called Groupon Coupons.



As for me, I am actually searching for home decors. I found Bebe a perfect place to shop for all my home needs. I am currently building my second home and if this will be finished, I surely need some decorations to enhance the beauty of my abode. The good thing  when I will shop at Groupon, I can avail of the various discounts they offer from promo codes, coupon codes, special sales like Black Friday Sales, free shipping and more. I can also check Personal Creations for personalized items like gifts, discounts for email sign-up, and more promos and sales.

There is no other way to avail of great discounts but to shop and save at Groupon. I am loving this site more. Thank you for all the great deals!

If you want to save some bucks while shopping especially for the coming  holiday season, feel free to check Groupon!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Can't Wait for Spring and Do Gardening!

Hello lovely people in this universe! How have you been doing out there? I hope everything is doing great especially during the past two months of 2016. So far, I can't complain for now.  I seldom complain anyway because I  believed  life has been good to me,  living simply and happily. Thanks to my family and friends for all their inspirations. Above all, thanks be to God for everything!

Lovely yellow tulips in the backyard during spring season.


I am just  happy because I cannot wait for my favorite time of the year, the spring season. Last weekend,  when I visited the backyard, I found out that the first spring flowers like crocus are slowly blooming. Sad to say, it snowed last Monday and I hope  that they are not frozen. I need to see them again this weekend.

Various kinds of tulips in our backyard.  I am getting excited to see them again.


Last Tuesday, it was not snowing and today  the weather was friendlier. There was sunshine and  everytime when the sun is shining,  I felt happiness in between. I grew up in the tropics and there is always sunshine everyday.

I am getting excited for the spring time. I can't wait to do some gardening and see the first spring flowers like tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinths and daffodils. 

For now, let me share some  spring flowers to brighten your day. Cheers and all the best for the month  of March.  Take care folks!

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Challenge of Finding the Right Remodeling Contractor

The hardest part about doing a home remodel is not actually the remodeling work itself. Most homeowners would agree that the biggest challenge is getting a contractor who is reliable, competent, and who has a good reputation to do the job. Putting in new cabinets, removing a wall, or changing the tile in a bathroom, is child’s play when compared to finding a good contractor who can do the job well from the beginning to the end.



Unfortunately, there are enough stories out there about contractor disasters to fill up a library. Many of these revolve around contractors who started the job, but never finished it. These contractors may say that they need up to three times the amount of money they originally bid for the job in order to complete it properly.

Of course, even with the best contractor, doing a home renovation will involve stress, expense, and unwanted surprises. Yet, the right contractor can minimize the challenges involved, and increase the success of any job.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Laying It Down: Wood Floors

If it seems as if installing hardwood floors is something that should be left to the pros, you might be right. If you want to include complicated angles or a herringbone pattern, hiring installers could be your best bet. However, if you are doing a straightforward layout with interlocking planks, perhaps you could conquer the task yourself. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started on the project.

Materials
Gone are the days of the narrow oak plants you used to see in turn-of-the-century homes. These days, wider planks and larger pieces of wood in general are the norm. Fewer seams in a living space make the room seem bigger, it seems, so that’s the way manufacturers are leaning. Another trend in natural wood floors is unfinished planks; that is, wood that is sanded and waxed but not shined to the high gloss of finished floors. Even painted planks or unusual wood colors such as grey have risen in popularity in recent years.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Autumn is Here, Time to Turn On The Heater

The pellets oven  at home.
Hey folks! How are things going on out there in your part? I hope you are having a good start of the second BER months.  So far, so good for me and I am thankful about it.  How's the weather in your area right now? It is getting so cold in this part of the globe.  Now wonder October is here and this is the time of the year when fall or autumn starts, which also means  that the temperature is dropping from day to day.  This is also the time of the year when heaters are starting to be used. Indeed, winter season is inevitable and it is coming so soon.

This morning when I went outside to pick up some mint leaves (to mix for my green tea)  in the garden, I did not went out right away because it was really freezing cold.  I picked up and wore my jacket first, afraid of getting sick due to cold weather.

Since winter is almost approaching,  our heater is also slowly running. It is not so cold yet inside the house because since two weeks ago,  our heater is already turn-on during the night.  During day time, we turn it off to save heater bills. Besides nobody is home, unless I am free from work.

We are actually using two kinds of heaters during high winter season. One is an electric heater made of marble stones and the other one is a pellets oven.  There are actually electric heaters installed  in every room, from the dining room to the bedrooms, toilets, living room, working room  and the hallway.   The pellet over is located almost in the middle of the house and it is the only one that is running 24-hours a day during high winter season. For now, since it is not too cold inside the house, we only turn it on  during night  time.

The pellets oven  is really a good heating equipment since we started using it in 2009.  In fact, we already save some bucks every year since we use it. On the other hand, the electric heaters are only turn-on  when it is  really so cold inside the house.

I wish, I can  find  more time in sharing how we are trying to save for our heaters during winter season. That is all for now peeps. I wish everyone a wonderful and blessed month of October. Take care everyone!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Plants and Flowers in the Garden Needs Rain

Hello folks! How's everyone doing? I hope you are having a wonderful start of the seventh month of the year.  So far, so good for me and I am grateful about it.  There is only one thing I wish to pour down and it is rain.
Pink Roses look  great after the rain last month.  It was still not so hot during the first week up to the third  week of June.

The weather is really hot this week. It seems that Sahara loves to visit us and gives us  hot summer.  Temperature ranges  up to 39 degree Celsius  the past days in and around our place. I am really sad everytime I see some plants and flowers dying in the backyard.

Red Dianthus in the garden. I have other colors  also like pink and white.

I am watering it everyday but due to the tremendous heat, some plants are getting bad and are dying. The flowers that are currently blooming are also getting dry so fast. Usually some flowers takes for a week to remain in bloom but this heat  really is shorting its blooming for some days only.

Yellow Lilium flowers. Some are gone now.

I hope rain will pour soon to keep the  garden alive and kicking again.  Watering it everyday will not equal the amount of  water that is coming from the  rain. I am crossing my fingers..so help me God and send your rain please!

I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead and a great month of July. Take care folks and have a good time!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Brighten Up Your Home with a 3 Step Pressure Wash

Pressure washing your home should be on the to-do list of every homeowner. A good wash is essential to making sure that your paint will remain vibrant and beautiful as long as it should. But, pressure washing is not just an easy chore that you do in the afternoon. Instead, it requires skill and equipment to do it properly, and a good pressure washer is a powerful tool that requires practice before you use it. Most people think that setting up a pressure washer and giving their house a good wash is good enough. However, they don't realize that the one step process isn't enough to fully clean their home and protect their surfaces. A professional pressure washing company, like Renew Crew of Little Rock, knows that there is more than one step that should be considered when you want to make your home look brand new again.


Step 1: Pre-Soak

Just like surfaces in your home, pre-soaking your house can ensure that the dirt lifts right off of the surface when you pressure wash it. When you are considering the cleaner you will use for your pre-soak step, consider what kinds of chemicals are in it, too. Many of these soaps have chemicals in them, and if you are going to be spraying them all over your house, you want to make sure that children and pets are safe. To protect little ones and furry pets, opt for an eco-friendly or biodegradable option. These options clean just like the chemical solutions but without any of the hazards.

Step 2: Pressure

Wash After you have pre-soaked your house, it is time to use a pressure washer. Getting all the dirt off your house should take considerably less time if it has been pre-soaked. Pressure washing your house does not damage it, but it does rinse away any of the dirt that has been trapped in the wood or the siding, which makes your house look clean again.

Step 3: Add a Sealant

 The third step to consider is a finish. Applying a finish can extend the life of wood surfaces by protecting it against weather damage and the sun. It can also seal pores and cracks so that dirt doesn't get into the siding and build up.

The exterior of your house shows it off to the world, and you should clean it as thoroughly as you would clean the inside of your home. Choosing a pressure washing company that understands the importance of keeping your home clean can help you keep your home protected well into the future.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Season is also the Start of Grill Season

Happy Monday everyone! Thanks goodness, the weather is slowly getting friendlier! During Easter week  especially during  Easter  weekend, it was still snowing. I am glad  starting this week, the weather really gets better. I can already go outside without wearing a thick winter jacket and snow boots.  Yesterday, I was even wearing a t'shirt outside  while planting some flowers at  the backyard.

Barbequing at the backyard is indeed fun.  Spring season is the perfect time to start it!
Indeed, spring Season is  here and it is also the  start of Grill season! It was a good decision buying some meats and vegetables for grilling when I went grocery shopping last Thursday. I bought some German sausages called bratwurst and some chicken and pork meat that were already marinated. I was really hoping for  a better weather last weekend and so thankful that it  really was  a nice  one.

The backyard is a perfect place for doing a barbeque or some grilling. It is not so small and not so big. Some spring flowers especially the tulips and hyacinths are flowering right now. Others are still growing. Thanks to my BFF who was a great grill master.  I did had yummy and sumptuous grilled foods yesterday.

For now, just enjoy  the yummy photo I got here. You can also fine some spring flowers in my garden at the image. Have  a lovely week to all! I am slowly hitting my sack! Goodnight.....until then...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Time is Gardening Time

Hey folks! How are things going on in there! I just look at the calendar and it seems that the month of March is almost over.  Yes, three more days to go and I am ready to face another month of the year. I can't wait for the weather to really be nice and friendly.  Today was  a gloomy and rainy weather.  It was raining the entire day and outside is  still  cold.  This is typical spring weather since Mother Nature needs rain and more rain.

I can't  wait to see these tulips in my garden again.
Since it is spring season now, I can't wait to hit the garden again and do some clean-up and gardening. Some flowers are  already blooming  in our garden especially the crocus.  The tulips are slowly growing too. In two or three weeks, I believed they will be in full bloom.

Lovely tulips from last year's spring.

Spring  is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  This season refers to the ideas of rebirth, resurrection and  regrowth.  This is the time to see lives and nature growing again. The plants and the trees start to bear flowers, leaves and branches. It is simply a season to rejoice for a new life and beginnings.

I can't wait  to see more flowers and green environment so soon again. This is the reason why  I so love spring  season. Most of all spring time is gardening time!

I wish everyone a wonderful spring season! Cheers and take care everyone!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Dust-Free Home

Cleaning the home and keeping it clean doesn’t have to be difficult. However, one of the most troublesome aspects of housecleaning is the dust that collects and clings everywhere. Nothing else is as troublesome as dust. Virtually everything else can be kept clean with minimal effort. Smooth surfaces stay virtually streak-free and other surfaces don’t become dirty unless they’re directly contaminated in some way. However, dust collects constantly as it is perpetually floating through the air. This is especially true for people who live in the desert. There are some ways to keep the home more dust-free and make cleaning easier to manage.

Knick-knacks and collectible items can attract a lot of dust. Instead of displaying them out in the open, it’s wise to place them inside of a collectible display case. Dust has a way of getting into all of the nooks and crannies. When people are cleaning off their items, they can miss this dust that has collected. This can potentially ruin collectible items. Placing them in a display case is an excellent way to keep them dust-free, but it also helps to showcase the brilliance of each item. Items that are kept in a display case have a way of reflecting light.

While screens cant indefinitely keep out dust, they can greatly prohibit a lot of it from entering the home. Place screens over the windows, and it’s wise to install screen doors on the outside of the home’s doors. It helps to wet each of the screens before the windows and doors are open. The dust is more likely to cling to the screens than enter the home.

Keeping a lush garden may be difficult, and it can take time to grow several plants. However, an outdoor garden helps to keep dust at a minimum. The roots of a plant helps to hold down the soil. There is dust in the air, but it can spring up from the ground when the wind catches it. Waiting for the grass and other vegetation to grow takes time. Ground covering takes very little time to grow, and it grows like weeds, which means that maintenance is minimal. This will help keep dust out of the home.

There are other ways to keep dust out of the home. Invest in a strong vacuum cleaner, and use water where possible to clean up items. Enjoy a more dust-free home.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Home Project Continues this March

slowly building a second home.
Goodbye February!  Hello March! I was not so feeling good when I woke-up this morning. I was having a headache and  good to know I am feeling very better now. I am not really a coffee drinker but I decided to drink a very strong coffee to ease the  pain in my head. I believed, caffeine really helps in getting rid of headache. I already tried it a lot of times and it works.

Just an hour ago, I was chatting with my family back home. The chat was especially about the home project that is going on in my home country. I guess, I am already slowly getting ready for my come back. Not really now, but in the years to come..when things get better and I already have the resources I need to be backed home for good.

The home project started last year in November. This is quite a big project. The construction of  another house was put into reality. Last year in summer, already I started working. I told myself, I want to build another  home near the city and with the salary I get, I want to see something from it.   This home project is not in a hurry. Hopefully in 3-5 years,  the house will be finished.

Thanks to the decision of buying a lot near Cebu City.   During that time, the price of the land was still  affordable. As of now, the location of the property is  getting more expensive because there are already a lot of houses, apartments and subdivision in the area.

Thanks to the trusted brother who is managing the construction. Without him, this will never be possible. Thanks also to the siblings from the USA, who are also helping especially with the finances.

Hopefully in the next vacation in the Philippines, we don't need anymore  to stay in a hotel in Cebu City.  This home project  might be partially finished. I hope, it  is  done when we go there for another holiday.

This time, I have to avoid shopping to invest more for this realty project. By doing it, I can have something for the future especially when I go home for good.

Cheers and I wish everyone a fruitful and wonderful month of March. God bless us all!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Keep Intruders at Bay: 5 Ways to Enhance Home Safety

Burglars are always on the prowl in search of new victims. In order for homeowners to avoid the wrath of an unwanted guest, they must take the necessary precautions. Here are five ways for residents to make their home safer.

Do not create hiding spots

In an effort to enhance their privacy, some homeowners opt to install a tall fence around the perimeter of their property. Unfortunately, dense trees and tall fences can create a potential hiding spot for sneaky criminals. When looking outside, the residents should be able to clearly see every section of the yard.

Install kick-proof doors
All of the exterior doors should be strong enough to withstand a powerful kick. Contrary to popular belief, wooden doors can be just as sturdy as steel doors. If the cost of a brand new door is a concern, homeowners can also install a reinforced metal strike plate on their existing door. This will help the door to resist a forceful impact.

Keep the exterior well-lit
Studies show that well-lit homes are less likely to be targeted by burglars. The bright lights will certainly help to enhance the effectiveness of a surveillance camera. Ideally, the lights should be installed near the roof of the home. Instead of leaving the exterior lights turned on for the entire night, consider using motion-activated light fixtures.

Monitor the security system
Security system monitoring services such as Alarm Relay offer around-the-clock surveillance. In the event that a burglar trips the security system, the alarm monitoring service will immediately contact the police. This helps families to rest at night with an extra degree of security. If desired, the monitoring service can also keep an eye on the home’s smoke detectors.

Never leave the windows or doors unlocked
Although locking the doors may seem like a simple concept, it is actually one of the best ways for residents to remain safe. Installing a security screen over the windows will provide even more protection.

These five strategies will definitely help to improve the safety of a home. A person's dwelling should be their personal sanctuary.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Some Plumbing Problems Need Professional Resolution

Slow or clogged drains are more than a nuisance. They can be indicators of much larger issues such as blocked ventilation pipes or cracked main drain pipes. This is beyond the scope of a DIY project; professional help is required to identify, locate and repair the problem. For houses with septic tanks, it is imperative that drain problems be repaired as quickly as possible.

Calgary drain cleaning companies have technicians who are skilled in investigating the problem and making repairs. They understand problems drains and pipes face in all types of weather conditions. The technician will ask questions about the problem such as the number of drains affected, substances poured into the drain and what DIY efforts have been made to correct the problem, if any.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting the Right Window for Your Home

A good window can provide comfort to those who live in a house, make it more attractive to potential tenants or make it more attractive to potential buyers. Modern windows tip out to make cleaning easier and may be more energy efficient. This can help regulate the temperature in a room and keep the amount of heating and cooling systems to a minimum.

Energy-efficient windows may qualify for a tax break for those who purchase them. If a discount is available, it may be possible to recoup the entire cost of the window through a combination of that tax break as well as a monthly reduction in energy usage. Over a period of several years, you may be able to profit from the transaction.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

4 Home Repairs to Make Today

Stop suffering from bad plumbing or a broken air conditioner. Kentucky humidity is bad enough without your house rebelling against you! Here are just four things to start fixing as soon as you notice a problem.

1: HVAC 
Your heating and cooling units are absolutely critical to avoiding seasonal illnesses. Problems within them also have a habit of building up and eventually avalanching into something truly disastrous. Don't take chances with your HVAC.

2: Drains 
When was the last time you cleaned your garbage disposal? How about the drainage traps connected to your dishwasher or bathroom sink? A few minutes of grimy work in the present can save you a lot of stress and repair costs in the future.

3: Pipes 
 The state of your pipes can be a serious issue in the hottest parts of a Kentucky summer. The last thing you want is a bad smell coming from your bathroom when it's 90 degrees outside! When your pipes start clogging or coughing, call for plumbers Lexington KY immediately.

4: Water Heaters 
Water heaters are essential to everything from your shower to your kitchen sink, yet many people try to DIY them instead of seeking professional advice. Don't make the same mistake, not when hundreds in water heating technology is on the line.

If you've noticed any of these problems around the house, don't wait for them to get worse. Contact whatever plumbing, electrical or HVAC repair Lexington that you need in order to get your home back in good working order.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Carpets And The Heat

Your home is a place where you spend time with family and friends, so the home is a place that should be kept clean. Calgary carpet cleaners can come to the home to clean carpets throughout the house. This is a benefit for those who don't have time to clean because of work or school. It can also help elderly individuals who aren't able to get around the house well enough to clean. Safe products are used through the home, and the deep cleaning will rid the carpet of dirt that may have been there for a while.

Another cleaning service that some companies provide is furnace cleaning. The furnace cleaning Airdrie company will examine the filter to make sure it is clean. Someone can replace the filter to ensure that the flow of air is proper. Vents can be cleaned to make sure that there is no debris restricting the air flow. Some companies will clean the outside of the vents in the home as well so that the most air possible can get through the house. This is something that can be done before the furnace is turned on for the first time or after the furnace is ran for a short time so that you can determine if any cleaning needs done.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Many Uses of Dependable Timber Mats

When it comes to matting solutions that are multi-faceted and extremely useful, there are seldom more useful mats than timber mats. Timber mats are exceptionally durable and designed to be used masterfully in a variety of different industries for a variety of different functions. Timber mats are widely used in the following industries:
  • Pipeline industry: Timber mats provide support for pipeline construction.
  • Shoring: Perfect for supporting unstable and dangerous structures.
  • Rescue: Can be used to stabilize objects during rescue operations, especially during natural disasters such as floods.
  • Trenches: Timber mats support trench walls while they’re being dug.
  • Storage: Timber mats are used in securely storing a variety of different objects, including other types of matting.
  • Construction: Timber mats are used in a variety of different construction jobs. They provide optimum support for building and construction that ensure your construction job is flawlessly and safely done.
The many uses of timber mats and the durability of their design makes them an investment that keeps on making your job easier and easier. Using the highest quality hardwoods, you can take solace in knowing you’re getting the highest quality mat around.

If you’re looking for the best manufacturer of dependable timber mats, choose the company that knows quality. Quality Mat Company is the finest producer of timber mats and other matting solutions that are used in a variety of different industries.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Pick the Right Railing for Your Exterior

When most people think of railings, they assume that they are for the interior of a house or building. However, railings are commonly installed on the exterior of houses and other landscapes to add beauty and detail to these areas. Since there are so many options in terms ofhandrails, ranging from aluminum, iron, and steel, it can be difficult to pick the right railing. Fortunately, the following guide will help you make the right decision.

Choose the Right Finish

Arguably the most important decision you will make when you are installing a railing outdoors is the type of material. Most people like to use durable finishes. These include the following:
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Iron
Although wood is less expensive, it can deteriorate faster. It also does not hold up as well during harsh weather conditions. For this reason, it is often best to extend the life of your railing by picking a finish that lasts.

Select Something That Coordinates With the Interior

When you are deciding between finishes and styles, it is important to consider the interior of your home. You want to be sure that the railing will coordinate well with the interior so that the outdoor space serves as an extension of your home. If you interior is extremely modern, then it makes sense to choose a railing that is simpler. You should look for something with a straighter design. However, if you have a country home, a detailed railing might be more appropriate.

Make Sure the Railing Coordinates With the Exterior

It is also important to choose a railing that coordinates well with the landscape and plants in your outdoor space. If you are considering a modern railing with minimal details, it might get lost in a setting with a lot of plants and flowers. You might need something that is a little bolder and more patterned. This might stand out a little more against the texture of your exterior.

Pick the Right Railing for the Length

Another important aspect to choosing railings is to consider the actual length of the railing. If the railing is long, then a larger pattern is appropriate. However, if the railing is shorter, this larger pattern doesn’t make that much sense in such a small amount of space. It might be better to pick something simpler or select a smaller design. This way, your eyes will not get overwhelmed or lost with the design.

Choose the Correct Height

Finally, make sure that you choose the correct height for your outdoor space. You do not want to pick something that is too high or too short. If it is too high, it will close off your space. If it is too low, it might defeat the purpose of a railing. When you are not sure what height looks best, try to look around for inspiration. Other exterior environments can help you select the best option for you.

Once you know what railing is right for your space, you can purchase the parts and install it in your space. You will be surprised how much this simple improvement can enhance your curb appeal. It will also make your indoor and outdoor spaces feel like they belong together.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Keeping Cool

As the heat of summer continues to smolder brilliantly, your need to find cool relief will increase. While going for a swim in a pool or pond can be an exhilarating dose of refreshment, nothing will keep you as cool and comfortable as an air conditioning system.

The only downside is that the cost of keeping an air conditioner running can be quite high, depending on where you live. Move houseplants outside (if you have any). While not nearly as effective as the air conditioner, plants are known to produce a lot of moisture. To lower energy costs, a lot of manufactures continue to develop more energy efficient machines that utilize less electricity to cycle air.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five Tools to Keep in Hand in the Workplace

You never know when you'll need to hang something in the office, but few people think of keeping a hammer in their supply closet. The good news is that it's easy to rectify this mistake. If you're serious about being prepared for all kinds of projects and minor emergencies, here are just five tools to keep on hand in the workplace.

1: Latches

Latches are what keep your doors closed. Without them, the doors won't stay attached to their frames and give you the privacy and insulation you need for a comfortable office. Make sure you always have a draw latch or two tucked away in case of breakage or wear.

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