Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Travelling In Greece: Tips You Should Not Forget!

This post is provided by Sandy Chetz.

Greece is a popular holiday destination for tourists across the globe, since the country offers a great choice for holiday makers. Holidays to Greece can be quiet and laidback or bustling and vibrant because of the diverse tourist attractions that the country boasts of. Some may be looking for a holiday focusing on the cultural aspects of Greece, while others may just want to bathe in the sun and forget about everyday worries and troubles.

Fact is, Greece offers an unparalleled choice for holiday makers across the world, and there is absolutely a reason why it is known as the cradle of civilization. The country which gave birth to numerous philosophers and artists, to the principles of democracy and to much of the culture in the Mediterranean and the world offers an unparalleled experience for many travellers.

If you are thinking of travelling to Greece in the near future, yet do not know much about the country, you will find these tips useful particularly if you plan on moving around. Keep reading if you are at a loss on how to approach your Greek holiday.


Greece is generally cheap, particularly if you are planning on staying in the lesser known areas of the country. Cheap accommodation could go as low as £30, and dining and wining is even cheaper in some spots. Gyros still remain a widely consumed culinary delight by many tourists, and it is still quite cheap.

Travelling and transportation is also quite affordable, remaining as low as £20 to £30 for a day trip. This depends on where you are travelling but they are generally valid prices still. Trains in Athens could go as low as £1, while an average price for a bus is about £5 or so. Overall, when you are travelling, sleeping and eating you will be able to save up compared to some places in Northern Europe, for instance.

Cost saving tips.

1. Eat in the lesser expensive dining places, which are equally as delicious

2. Avoid busy tourist places like Mykonos, which are overly expensive.

3. Book everything early, from flights to ferries.

4. Do not stick to guided tours but explore more. Getting off the beaten path will prove to be fruitful and save you a bit of money.

Tips on which places to visit.

We can not provide detailed tips on which places to visit since Greece offers an absolutely amount of cultural spots which are must-see. It may be a good idea to start in places like the Acropolis, the Hellenic Festival in Athens, the ruins of Olympia and Meteora Monastery. The amounts of ruins and temples make this country absolutely breath-taking and historic landmarks are all an absolute must.

Lastly, you can also have a good time by the beach so it is not necessary to have a holiday which focuses on culture and history. Enjoy Greece in all its splendours.

Monday, April 21, 2014

BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac, the Best Handheld Vacuum!

Truth to be told, I hate cleaning! I mean who doesn't, right? If you have a family, live in an older home or have pet(s), expect to clean a lot more! In my case, I don't have any pets, so no pets' hair for me to clean but I live in an older home with my husband and a young son, so trust me when I say I have a lot of cleaning to do everyday. I am not greedy, I just want The Best Handheld Vacuum available in the market, is that too much to ask for?

I have always wanted a new handheld vacuum because I have ruined the old one a few years ago. Okay, I have to admit, I was having one of those "what was I thinking moment?" when I decided to vacuum some rice that my little one has dropped on the carpet once while he was eating by himself. It ruined the vacuum forever because of trapped liquid (from those itsy bitsy rice). Also, the odor that emits from the vacuum smells horrible so even if the vacuum works, trust me, you don't want to use it ever again. So take it from me my lovelies, even if you have the best handheld vacuum in the world, remember don't vacuum food that contains liquid ever!

So you can imagine my excitement when I receive my fabulous cordless, handheld BLACK+DECKER pivot vac!

The sleek and beautiful BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac!

Since receiving my cordless hand vac, I have been making it work hard around my house!

Case in point: If you live in an older home like me (my house is about 40 years old), you are likely to get dust very often. Our home constantly oozes an excessive amount of dust even though I just cleaned the floors a few days ago. I am not talking about a thin layer of dust but monster dust bunnies type of dust every other day. It just drives me nuts!

I hate dragging out our big old vacuum so I always pick them up with a few wet paper towels for quick clean-ups. No more wet paper towels to clean my dusty floors now, I will use my BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac to get rid of the dust balls in my house from now on.

Case in point: My 7-year-old likes to make art and a messy eater to boot so there is always shredded papers and food crumbs lying under the dining room table all the time. With my new handy handheld vacuumcleaning everyday house messes is not a chore anymore!

Case in point: Oh, did I mention that I have long, thick hair? It was a blessing until you need to pick them up on a constant basis. Now, with my new cordless hand vac, picking up hair from the floor is a breeze. 

So, what makes this nifty little appliance stands apart from other handheld vacs?

• Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up high, down low and even in tight spaces.

• Its high performance motor provides superior suction capability when compared to other BLACK+DECKER cordless hand vacs.

• The cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter keeping suction power strong.

• 3-stage filtration system with a pleated filter design offers the highest level of filtration to help prevent clogs and improve air exhaust.

• Wide mouth design scoops up large debris.

I just love its sleek and beautiful design!

Designed with an extendable nozzle to vacuum those hard to reach places.

 Comes with a handy little brush for upholstery cleaning, etc.

Easy on and off button, just slide forward to 1 to turn it on and slide back to position 0 to turn it off.

Mini icon to show where the pivot lock button is located.

 A closer look at the pivot lock button.

Just push the bowl release button to access the filter area.

Simply push the release button to empty dirt.

Slide out nozzle to reach those tight nooks and crannies. 

As I mentioned earlier, there is always shreds of papers (besides dust, food crumbs and hair) on our floors. I made a short video to show you how well my new cordless hand vac works!


See how effortless my husband maneuver the vac?

Overall, I am pleased with my wonderful new handheld vacuum! It's beautifully designed, lightweight and most importantly has strong suction power. I like that it is still going strong even after 20 minutes of vacuuming (I haven't tried beyond 20 minutes yet). Very user-friendly, convenient and powerful, what's not to love about this thoughtfully designed appliance?

Stop cleaning, start living!

For more details and specifications regarding the fabulous BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac, please click here.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER but my love of the Pivot Vac is all my own.  

My lovelies, today is your lucky day because you will have a chance to win a BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac (valued at $79.99)!

This giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter:

1. Simply leave me a comment below and let me know how/ where you will use your BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac. Don't forget to leave me an email as well so I can contact you if you win. (Otherwise, another winner will be picked.)

Extra entries:

2. Mention this giveaway on your Facebook status (include a link back to this post and leave a separate comment.)

3. Tweet about this giveaway (include a link back to this post and leave a separate comment.)

You have a maximum of 3 entries.

The last day for entries is May 15, 2014. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on Friday, May 16, 2014. Good luck!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, my wonderful readers!

Photo credit: Yayo Ahumada

Wishing you and your family a fun and fabulous Easter celebration!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Home tour- A designer's stylish Bahamas vacation home!

Be inspired by this beautiful Bahamas vacation home designed by homeowner/designer Alessandra Branca below!

Photo credit: William Waldron

This gorgeous home exudes style, comfort and casual elegance. I love how the designer uses a restrained palette of red, blue and white color scheme throughout the house to achieve a sense of cohesiveness. The chinoiserie details are particularly my favorite. The room I am most drawn to is the stunning master bedroom with the charming four poster bed, I thought the room feels really fresh, bright and airy. I am truly inspired by each and every room in this wonderful home, what about you? Any favorite room(s)?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Favorite room of the week!

I have always been a huge fan of Emily Henderson. This living room (from her previous home) is a good example of her fabulous taste! It looks warm, collected, fluid and absolutely chic. I really love the vibrant, exotic vibe in this beautiful room. What are your thoughts? Are you in love with this space as much as I do?

Photo credit: Zeke Ruelas

Guest post- Spruce up your bedroom for spring!

This post is provided by Ella Mason.

Spring is a time for color and it is a perfect excuse to give your bedroom a makeover (you could also do a bit of spring cleaning in the process). Here are some tips for sprucing up your bedroom for spring.

New bed

One way to completely change the look for your bedroom is to get a new bed. You might be moving onto something more modern or you might want to simply update your current style. Take a look at divancentre.co.uk to get an idea of what is available to you.

Fresh flowers

Flowers can inject a little bit of spring into any room. You do not have to go all out and buy expensive bouquets every week but a small bunch of daffodils would go down a treat. A beautiful vase filled with flowers not only brightens a room but it can instantly make you feel more cheerful too.

Daffodils are perfect for Easter and spring as they represent re-birth. Tulips are also a great spring flower to have in your home as they last a long time and symbolize true love, happiness and affection.

Fresh bedroom linen

A bed takes up a lot of space and it can make a room look disorganized if the sheets are not in keeping with the rest of the look. Treat yourself to new bed sheets, perhaps even more than one set, and make sure they are neutral in color or match the look of your bedroom.

Refreshing the space

If there is space, consider rearranging your room. Take into account things like Feng Shui or just move things around and see how you feel about it. A new room layout can take some getting used to but give it some time and you might find that the extra space will feel much better. 

Look through interiors magazines and websites to get some bedroom layout inspiration.

Modernize furniture the easy way

If you have bedroom furniture that needs updating but you can not afford to buy new items, consider just changing the hardware on drawers and cupboard doors. This can really reinvent your room and bring everything together. It might not be as good as replacing worn out furniture but it can certainly make a difference in the interim. 

Decorative accessories

Find yourself some bright ornaments and accessories to bring life to your bedroom. These might be cushions, a vase, a pretty ornament or a throw. Not everything has to match; play with colors and patterns.

Get it all covered with a rug

If you have a worn out carpet but do not have the time to redo it, you can spruce up your bedroom with a rug. These look great in the main walk way between the door and the bed. If you have a large bedroom, you can put them at the end of the bed for added visual interest.

Color is completely up to you. You could go modern and either stick to something in a color block or monochrome, or you could go for something bright and patterned.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creative and beautiful Easter eggs and Easter centerpiece ideas!

My lovelies, Easter is only a few days away. If you are not feeling inspired, fear not. I have compiled some beautiful Easter egg decorations and Easter centerpiece ideas to help you get started. Be ready to wow your kids and guests this coming Easter!

Such fresh and whimsical Easter inspirations! Which is your favorite idea? Do you decorate for Easter? Any Easter decoration tips to share? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

I turned 34 years old today. In the beginning of this year, life has been challenging for me. It's hard to believe but most of the challenges have been blog-related (one crazy obstacle after another, some technical issues and some financial ones) and it made me almost want to quite blogging altogether. Honestly, I was quite depressed for many, many weeks.

Fortunately, my sadness subsided and I am feeling happier recently. We have some exciting plans ahead, a few wonderful things I definitely look forward to! We are supposed to have an early celebration last Saturday but something came up at the very last minute so our celebration is postponed to this Saturday instead.

My plans? It's simple. This Saturday, I am planing to go to Chicago and have dim sum in Chinatown for brunch, then shop for a desk chair (it will be a birthday present from hubby) and have the best roast duck in town (according to Yelp reviews) for dinner! This is the desk chair I have in mind.

I like how it looks but I will need to take a test drive to make sure it works for me. Do you have this West Elm chair? What do you think about it, comfort-wise? Ideally, I would love to have this desk chair from Jonathan Adler but it was out of our price range.

This chair is gorgeous isn't it? But for $695 (before tax), it is quite expensive for us. Maybe one day! A girl can dream....

How do you celebrate your birthday, my lovelies? Do you have quiet celebrations with your loved ones or throw big parties to celebrate the special occasion? Do you wish to receive home goods for your birthdays as well?