Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, my lovelies! Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy! 

Last year's Thanksgiving table for our family of three. 


Our simple Thanksgiving table set up.


The roasted chicken (turkey would be too much for our family).


Green bean casserole.


Mashed potatoes.


Store-bought pumpkin pie.

May your home be filled with laughter and happiness and may the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year. Most importantly, stay safe and stay well! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Four Avoidable Situations That Can Ruin Your Yard In Minutes!

This post is provided by Laura Bell.

Your yard speaks to those who pass by. A neat and tidy yard dresses up a plain house. Beds of flowers show that the owner cares about beauty. That is why you should keep an eagle eye out for the types of mistakes that can ruin your lawn in minutes. If you are forewarned, you can meet these challenges head on and save yourself a lot of grief.


Tree Cutting Crew

What a tree crew would not always tell you is that they will drive on your lawn. It may be a bucket truck or a pickup truck, but one thing is for sure. If they drive on your lawn, they will rip it up. There is one simple solution, but many tree cutters ignore it. They could use access mats. These used industrial mats keep the machinery from making ruts in your lawn.  

Plumbers, Electricians And The Ethernet Guy

Plumbers, electricians and others who may work around your house to repair or install wires or pipes can be extremely destructive. They may ruin plantings and tear up your turf. While you may not be able to prevent them from digging up part of your yard, you can get the plans in advance. Then you can work to protect plantings and demand that they use access mats to protect your grass.

Construction Crew

If you are renovating, your mind is on the new plans. It may not occur to you, until too late, what the effect of the construction crew’s trucks and equipment will be on the lawn. Before agreeing to the renovation, have the contractor walk around the yard with you. Discuss how his equipment will go and come from the street. Ask which valuable plantings are in the way and may need to be moved. Explain that access mats must be used to protect your yard. An ounce of prevention will be worth a pound of cure if your renovation leaves only beauty behind.

The Big Outdoor Party

When you are planning a big outdoor party, you need to consider what will happen to the yard if it is covered in party-goers. You may be able to rent access mats to protect the turf. This will have the added benefit of providing a level surface for walking. If people need to park on your lawn, the same access mats can be used as a pop-up parking lot. You will want to make sure your yard irrigation system is turned off or you will have a muddy mess. 

Keeping an eye out for preventable threats like these can save your lawn. Insisting on yard protection will also protect your wallet from having to pay for restoration and replanting.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Understanding Dental Benefits: A Few Key Snippets About Dental Insurance!

This post is provided by Luca Yates.

Dental insurance is extremely important if you wish to keep your oral health in good condition. This is largely due to the fact that dental treatment is also very expensive in the country, sometimes even rivaling the record-breaking dental expenses often seen around the world.

It is for this reason, that understanding one’s dental benefits is extremely important. Stay with us as we discuss a few important points and bring to light snippets about the average dental insurance policy that you might not be completely aware of.

Cosmetic Treatments Might Not Be Covered In Affordable Dental Insurance Plans

Cosmetic treatments may or may not be covered by a dental insurance plan, but the more affordable, universal plans most certainly will not include any procedure or treatment that might be considered as superfluous. Unfortunately, this extends to malocclusions as well, under normal circumstances.

For example, if you have a few crooked teeth and wish to correct them with clear braces, that may not be covered under the public dental insurance policy. This is of course not true for all cases, but it is a high possibility, as it might be considered a cosmetic treatment - something that is not included in affordable dental plans.

There is an alternative to affordably pay for clear braces, even if they do not have insurance coverage for the treatment. Read this post that is quite self-explanatory called 'All You Need To Know About Clear Braces' on the official ALIGNERCO website, and you will know exactly how to affordably straighten your teeth with easy monthly installments. The clear braces or aligners they offer are effective, affordable and almost invisible.

Understand Your Responsibilities As A Patient And Benefactor Of Dental Insurance

The responsibilities of a patient in need of dental care and willing to utilize his/her dental insurance policy are to themselves only. This means that the insurer and the authorities, if involved, will assume that you have read every detail of an insurance plan before signing up for it.

Your Dentist Can Help You Maximize Your Dental Insurance Policy

When you are about to claim benefits, it is not unlikely to receive a rude shock and realize that you have exceeded your coverage. As previously mentioned, the unexpected financial burden may also come in the form of finding out without notice that the treatment you just went through will not be covered by the insurer. Such instances can be avoided by simply talking with your dentist before undergoing a procedure.

They should be able to provide you with a cost-estimation and guide you in finding the most value from your policy. You will still need to confirm how much and what is covered by talking to your insurance agent though. Also, since not every dentist out there might have your best interests in mind, it is perhaps best to not let the professional dictate every term of your treatment. Consult more than one if you must, but do not let any dentist exploit your insurance claims.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!




Photo credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Happy Halloween, my lovelies! I hope you have a wonderful Halloween weekend! Due to the pandemic, we will be breaking our yearly tradition and will not be handing out treats and candies this year. 

I hope you have lots of fun no matter what plans you have in store today! Wishing you the happiest of Halloweens filled with luck, magic and charm. Most importantly, stay warm, stay well and stay safe!

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Bathroom Essentials That Every Home Needs!

This post is provided by Luca Yates.

Your bathroom is one of the most essential rooms in your home. It is perhaps the one room that we could not do without, or at least that we definitely would not want to do without. Our bathrooms keep us clean and hygienic. They help us to start our days refreshed and alert. But, they also offer us comfort when we need it. This simple room provides a lot, but because we only tend to spend a few minutes in them here and there, they are often neglected when it comes to furniture and décor. We make sure our bathrooms are functional and cover the basics, and then we focus on other areas of our home. Here is a look at some of the things that your bathroom absolutely needs to have. 

Practicality

First and foremost, your bathroom needs to offer all of the practicals that you need to be clean and hygienic. It should be well-stocked with the essentials such as soap, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper. Invest in a bathroom cabinet to store your medications and dental accessories, such as clear braces. Clear braces can be removed, so if you take yours out for any reason, you need somewhere safe to store them. A bathroom cabinet is the most sensible option. Clear braces from Alignerco can help to easily and painlessly straighten your teeth and also dealing with issues like overcrowding and overlapping and improving your oral hygiene and your smile. 

To be practical, your bathroom needs good, easy to access storage, and a sensible layout. It also needs towels, floor mats, a shower curtain, and a toilet brush. 

Pampering

Your bathroom should not just be where you use the toilet and take quick morning showers. It should also be your own home spa. You should be able to take long, hot bubble baths, relaxing with a face mask, a glass of wine, and a good book. Your bathroom should be your haven, where you can unwind and chill out, letting all of your worries go. 

To be able to pamper you, your bathroom needs a deep, comfortable bath, soft fluffy towels, luscious green plants, and plenty of soothing bubble bath and calming scented candles. 

Warmth

Whether you are looking to take a quick shower or a long relaxing bath, you will want to be warm. Your bathroom should at least have a radiator. But, you might also want to install a towel heater and underfloor heating for the ultimate home spa experience.

Ventilation

Without adequate ventilation, a well-used bathroom can quickly become damp, musty, and even moldy. Soon it can start to smell bad, and the air might feel heavy. Opening a window slightly while your shower can help, but an extractor fan is ideal.

A Touch of Glamor

The décor in your bathroom is just as important as the rest of your home. Add some personality with a stylish mirror, colorful towels, patterned rugs, and rose gold metalwork. Add plenty of color to your bathroom to turn it into a room that cheers you up.

The perfect home bathroom is one that manages to team cleanliness and functionality with style and relaxation. The good news is, this is not usually hard to achieve. Think about what you want from your bathroom and how you will use it and make sure it offers everything you need. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Five Cool And Contemporary Touches For Modern Gardens!

This post is provided by Joel.

Outdoors is the new indoors! In recent years, garden design trends have been leaning more and more towards creating a luxurious, welcoming feel on the lawn, deck or patio. A lot of people are now treating the garden as a sort of open-air second living room; accordingly, they want it to look just as good as their interiors do.

If you are thinking of revamping your outdoor space, here are 5 ideas to help you to achieve that cool, contemporary style you are going for:

1. Porcelain paving

Porcelain is an increasingly popular choice for paved areas. Because porcelain tiles are less porous than traditional stone pavers, they absorb far less moisture and therefore do not need to be sealed to prevent stains. These low-maintenance outdoor tiles are available in a huge variety of attractive designs, ranging from pristine white to bold, striking black; you can even get porcelain pavers that look just like stone or wood! 

2. Grey decking

Adding a deck to your garden is a great way to get more out of the space. Tropical hardwood boards are undeniably appealing, but they require regular maintenance, which can be a pain. If you are looking for an alternative decking material that is lower-maintenance, kinder to the environment, and generally a bit more modern, grey composite decking may be right up your street- contemporary grey boards look very stylish, and composite wood decking (also known as WPC decking) requires less upkeep than hardwood decking.

3. Glass balustrades

If you do decide to build a deck, you may want to add a rail around the edge to finish it off and reduce the risk of someone falling off the deck and injuring themselves. Glass balustrading is a fashionable, contemporary alternative to wooden railing systems- and, as a bonus, glass would not obstruct your view while you are sitting out on the deck!

4. Modern outdoor furniture

Flimsy plastic patio chairs are so last century. These days, you can find all sorts of high-quality outdoor products that are chic enough to rival even your indoor furnishings! Get searching and you will be amazed by what you see- curvaceous rattan seats, deluxe outdoor dining sets, hanging egg chairs, luxurious weatherproof sofas, and much more!

5. Built-in lighting

What is better than a garden that makes you want to spend all day outside? A garden you can continue to enjoy at night! As with seating, outdoor lighting comes in all kinds of amazing designs and configurations nowadays; you could have LED lights built into your deck, planters that light up after dark, or add a floor lamp to your patio to really amp up that living-room feel. Get creative!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Interior Design Trends That You Should Know!

This post is provided by Jenna Salter.

How we decorate our homes is becoming more and more of a thing of public knowledge. Our houses' insides are no longer just seen by those who come over to visit since we post so much of our lives online- it is like our homes are open to the public. That puts a lot of pressure into these spaces' interior design, which is why it may feel like trends change so quickly from year to year. If you are unsure what is expected in a modern home and want to keep up with what is in fashion, here are the top trends you should try to incorporate.


Use Plants For Decor And More


Plants are not a new invention, but they have been getting used in interior design more now than ever. Suitable for everything from bringing height into a room with low furniture to brightening up a corner that does not have much going on, a plant can change your room's whole look. When shopping for a green plant to take home, look for a plant that needs the amount of sunlight you can offer. If you make the mistake of over or underestimating how much sunlight you have, you could kill off a plant, which would be a waste of money.


Keep It Clean


2020 is the year we do not let dust or grime build up in our rooms! No more streaks on windows that never come off or dust bunnies hiding under our beds. Housekeeping is a top trend because we are spending far more time inside than we have before. Get ready to sweep, vacuum, and dust, as often as possible. This step will make your home and life look extraordinarily organized, regardless of what is happening just off-camera.


Colorful Lighting


Light bulbs are not just white or yellow light! There are bulbs for nearly every color, and each affects people's minds and emotions. If you need better sleep, go for warmer colored bulbs; if you are having trouble focusing, a bright white on might work best for you. It all depends on what you are comfortable seeing throughout the day. If you do not want to buy a new bulb for every mood, some light bulbs like the google smart bulb have built-in LEDs that allow them to swap to any color you could ever want.


Carry People's Gaze


When picking a layout for art and wall decor, a popular thing to do is create a journey for people's eyes. Instead of making pictures go straight across your wall, have them trail in a meandering pattern of different sizes and shapes. People's eyes travel over these; it relaxes them and makes people want to look at more of your pictures and design. You can lead their eyes wherever you want as long as you think before you put any frames up.


Bold And Brash


There has been a re-emergence of striking and bold color combinations. Although some may shy away from these looks since they can overwhelm meek people or small spaces, this design option can be an inexpensive way to add intrigue. Work so that you can ensure the bright or bold choice still works within your rooms, but have fun with it as well! Get a pop of color on a wall that would be empty otherwise, or outline areas of your room with a beautiful bold wallpaper.


It Is Not Just Looks


A massive push this year is that your home design can not be all beauty: it needs to have a heart too. Look for products that use eco-friendly materials so you can ensure that while your home is beautiful, it is also ethically put together. A lot of eco-friendly products can be beautiful and fit into any home design. Even though they are sometimes more expensive, these products often last longer and will look better than their non-ethical counterparts. You will be able to rest comfortably knowing nobody sent you hate comments for a simple picture of a table.


Not Everything Needs Frames


You do not have to frame every single piece of art you put on your walls. Sometimes unframed art can give off a nice feeling with its varied shapes and sizes of frames. It makes your home feel warmer, eclectic, and comfortable. Just be sure that you have a plan behind how you plot out your pictures. Otherwise, it could look messy and accidental.


Enjoy Textures


Have fun with more than just looks! A hot idea many homeowners are exploring is how touch plays into our daily lives. Get fluffy or velvet pillows, try a shaggy rug, get art with thick globs of paint you can see standing out from the canvas. By letting your other senses explore your belongings, you can give yourself a well rounded home. Going home will feel like going into a custom-designed space created for you to relax and unwind. Everyone deserves the sensation of being catered to or getting to enjoy ourselves. Just make sure you have some eye for where everything goes, and you will have a great time!


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Sponsor- Thank you!


Today, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my sponsor, Latest Bedding for supporting my blog.




Latest Bedding: Offering the latest, high quality bedding and home decor at the best prices.

Don't forget to stop by and check it out when you get a chance.