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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Beauty of Fall

Despite the crappy weather we  been having, I still like Fall because of the beautiful colors outside.  Our burning bushes in the front yeard are so vibrant.  I can't wait for it to become bigger, it would be great.  
Rylie's cherry tree  is also very colorful with its  yellow leaves in full force.  
Then when you  walk a block away, the maple trees from the  school are so beautiful as well.  I just wish that they will stay for a lot longer.  The problem is when there is rain and wind, the leaves falls off the ground so quickly.
But nothing is permanent so I just try to enjoy  it while it lasts.
This is the reason why I love walking outdoor rather than using my treadmill.  At least outside, I get to enjoy  what mother nature has.  
 The burning bush has an orange fruits which is  perfect for  Fall and Halloween color.
 Here are some more beautiful colors.  I took these when we went on the school field and played volleyball.
 Of all the trees, this one is my favorite because   every leaves is in sync.
 A little bit of action from my energetic  kiddo.
I took this shot by the  road  last Sunday.  The burning bushes really stands out.

We only have few more weeks to enjoy the beauty of Fall.  Soon, trees will be bald again.  The effect of dead looking trees outside  makes me homesick.  I have been here in the US for ten years but I still feel homesick once in a while especially during the Winter times and around Christmas especially.  I miss my family and friends.  I don't have many friends here so most of the times, I talk to  friends online.  I miss the times when  my friends and I can talk for hours and enjoy catching up.  That's something I have to live with since I am away from home.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How Can I Make My Home Improvement Project More Cost-Effective?

Once you've decided to complete a home improvement project, one of the first things that comes to mind is how you can save money on the process. Luckily, there are a wide range of strategies you can implement to make your home improvement endeavors as cost-effective as possible. Here are three of them:
1. Shop Online.

One of the best ways to save money with your home improvement project is by shopping online. Shopping online is a great way to save time you would have otherwise spent standing in long lines and dealing with difficult traffic. This time equals money. With that idea in mind, you should go online now and do a keyword search for the type of furniture store that offers the home decor products you're interested in. If you're looking for wicker furniture, be sure to swing by the Wicker Paradise website. The company offers a wide range of excellent furniture products at affordable prices.

2. Host A Yard Sale.

As you start to put new furniture in your house, you'll likely need to get rid of your old furniture. One great way to do this is by hosting a yard sale. This way, you can make money on the old furniture that is no longer of use to you. The money you earn can then be used to buy new items. To get the most out of your yard sale, make sure that you advertise effectively so you can obtain a big turnout and maximize your profits.

3. Hire An Interior Decorator.

Oftentimes, homeowners avoid the process of getting professional help with their home improvement project because they believe it will cost too much money. However, hiring an interior decorator can save you money in the long run. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that the interior decorator can help you select durable, high quality furniture that doesn't need to be replaced as quickly as the bargain products you planned to purchase.

Don't Delay-Get Your Home In Great Shape Today!

 If you're serious about getting your house in great shape, completing a home improvement project is a good idea. To ensure that you can improve the appearance and functionality of your residential property without breaking the bank, try shopping online, hosting a yard sale, and investing in the services of a professional interior decorator!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pretty Liittle Things

I saw these cute  items at a friend's house.  Can't help not to take photos of them.  I love this decorative candle  holder.  I am a sucker for thisng like this, they are so unique!
 If I see one of this from the store, I would definitely get me one.
This decorative handsaw is also very pretty.  I love the country scenery they painted in it.  I think this is from Colorado as her family is from there.
This would be a cute s display to any man cave.  When we travel, one thing that I tend to collect is  magnet.  IT's a good reminder  of our memories from that place we've visited.  Shadow Shots

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I wish to Visit London Someday

Oh the weather today is crappy.  I wasn't able to do my morning walk  because it  wasn't worth getting wet and getting sick.  The bright side of a not-s-hood  of a weather is that, I get to sit in front of my desk and  enjoy bowsing    these beautiful London Apartments.  Why, you may ask?  Well, if there is one place I wish I could visit someday, it is London.  I know that  it would be  impossible but there's nothing wrong of  dreaming right? 

London Apartments are really  beautiful based from what I have seen online.   It would be really nice to have a vacation there even fopr ju0st a week!  It would be awesome to explore  its beauty and experience  other culture.  I told my husband that if we ever play lottery and win, traveling to Europe  would be on my list.  It's nice to know though that there are people that can help you to have a relaxing stay in London if you ever visit. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pressure Washed and Stained the Fence

nON October 7th, I dug out all the hibiscus bushes inside our backyard and  re-planted it  outside along the  back fence.  I decided to do it because my husband mentioned that our backyard is being over-crowded by flowering bushes, so I solved  his issue.  I am glad I did it too because three days later after that, our neighbor's son gave us a full bucket of wood stain.  He said that his wife did not like the stain he bought for their deck so he gave it to us.  The outside part of our fence is stained/painted with this color but the inside part isn't.  So it was a blessing that he gave  us that.
 So the next day, hubby and I pressured washed  the  fence.  Our neighbor Dpn lent us his pressure washer (I have  awesome neighbors!)  That's why even though my husband has been trying  for us to leave this house, I totally hate the idea because it is seldom you find good neighbors.
 So anyway, we got it all cleaned out.  The green stuff that was  growing in the fence are all gone and it looked like new again.
 It was hard to clean the bottom part because there are plants.
 Glad we had a sunny day that day, we were able to washed and let it dry.
 The next day, I started staining the fence.  My goal was to finish it before sundown because it was suppose to rain that night and it did.
 Here's how it looks like.  It's not the prettiest color that I would prefer  to choose but it will  protect the fence so I didn't mind it at all.
 It rained that  night after I stained the fence so I was worried that it washed away the stain but it seems that it was able to dry out before it rain so I am glad.
 I just wish that it did not rain that night but glad  that I got it all done.
 It looks better now.  Got all the green stuff out and  was able to treat  the wood.
 The stain was not enough to cover all the  panels so we have to do this next time, if we can find the right kind that he gave us.
Hopefully, the fence will hold up for more years.  I love having the fence around our house  because it provides privacy and it keeps our dogs inside our property.  Painting it  with plants around was hard especially the bottom part.  My body was painful after  a whole day work but it's worth it.

Capture the Moment Now and Make it Perfect with Adobe Photoshop Element #BestLifeEver #PSE

Capturing photos of my family is  my number one  hobby as a Mom.  If you are a regular visitor of my blogs, you can tell that I  love taking photos.  I post pictures straight from my camera without alteration because I just don't have the  knowledge for  technical stuff.  I am not really a techy-type of  person so I find it hard to use application such as adobe and other apps.  But I accepted the challenge to get this Adobe Photoshop Elements because I know that my daughter love to tweak on photos and videos so ithis would be perfect for her.  
Capture the moment now. Perfect the photo or video later. It’s easy with Elements.” That is what I plan to do.  It's great to have ut  because the Elements lineupis is all about simplicity and sharing with both your photos and  videos.    This is awesome for the non-professuional photographer like me or those just getting started who want an easy way to organize, edit, and share their photos and videos.
Transforming  your ordinary photos and  videos just like the photos  are just some of the neat and cool things you can do with Adobe.  You can make quick edits, add artistic touches and cool effects like a pro or transform your photos and videos to impress by your  friends and family. I always wanted to try to edit the imperfections in photos such as removing the  camera shakeand  clearing the haze from landscape shots with the touch of a button.

You can let the new Guided Edits take you through the process to create the ultimate photos and videos.  U haven't perfected it yet but I am starting to love this application hat we have in my PC.  I got so many photos that I want to  edit and I just need to find time to do that.  You can create and share   lasting memories in scrapbooks and cards that show your personal style. This makes sharing photos and video sharing easily via  Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and more. There are tons of cool things you can do with Elements 14 such as editing  and viewing high-res 4K movies for the ultimate cinematic experience.  You can also make a splash by easily adding animated titles and transitions.
Daughter  played with their photos and thought it was cute.
The best thing is to be able to find and organize your stuff fast.  Imagine  an easy access of every memory at your fingertips.  You can get this for $149.99  at  Best Buy.  This would be a good option to give as  Christmas gift this year.  Another thing that I love about this is, it would be easier to make  cards and calendars using your own personalized twist through the help of  Elements 14.

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Single Control Bar Faucet

With all the houses that we viewed recently, nothing can top the size of of our current  kitchen.  Our kitchen mught be outdated but I like it because it  has a very  big size and I could have a  good size of  island in the middle if we would have to renovate.  We have been planning to renovate it but the budget is just feasible.  A contractor gave us a $40k+ estimate with made me cringe lol.
This photo isn't mine, it is from Pfister
But anyway, I  got one of these Ashfield collection serioes of  Single Control Bar Faucet from Pfister to review.  My husband just replaced our faucet last month si he didn't want t replace it just yet so I would have to update this review when he  finally  install this.  One of the   things that he  isn't fond of doing is plumbing jobs so that explained why he didn't want to  use this just yet.  
It has everything that you need for the installation.  The manual for instruction has a clear illustration which will be easier to follow.  The features of this single control bar faucet includes the  ceramic disc valve, all metal construction, and  offers a lifetime warranty which is really nice!
The box  contain the spout body, soiut mounting nut, control body mounting nut, control body, square washer, spout seal ring, round washer, and control body seal ring.  
This photo isn't mine, it is from Pfister
Since I can't show you our actual installation, I brrowed two photos from Pfister (which I indicated in the photo captions) website to show how this  faucet looks like when installed.    This would be perfect to use if we can afford to renovate our  kitchen next year.  I would really love to have an island and have new cabinets and flooring.  IT would make the value of our home  go up a lot more.   We are really considering to push that project if not next yearm in the years to come because  if we ever have to sell this home, the kitchen would be a great selling point.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Jotting Down my Thoughts

Writing is something that I developed ever since I was a kid. I used to make a journal from old notebooks and I write all of my thoughts there. I am not that good of a writer but I sure do love to write. With writing, I can freely express my thoughts and emotions without hesitation.  Even though I write on my blogs now,  I still do write on my planner and sort of  diary.  With that being said, I always lookd for some  great pens to use in writing.  I saw some good    usa pens at and I am thinking of ordering some.  We always  need pens at home because just like me, my kids love to write as well.  Aside from that, my husband also writes a lot with his  classes.  So it is always great to have them when we need them.  As what my husband always say, "It's good to have it and not not need  it than  not having it and need it."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Ins and Outs of Buying Your First Home

Last month  was a bit crazy for us.  We looked at   few houses  and  made a bid on one but  the owner of the house did not want to negotiate so we let it go.  Well, my husband  is still interested and  he is willing to five the owner what they wanted but I did not agree.  I mean I love the hige backyard that comes with it but the house is  tuny.  We are looking for a bigger house because the  current one that we are li-ving in is getting smaller for our family.  That's why I am kind of relieved that the owner of the house we bid on did not  accept our offer because it's not bigger than our current house.  It's funny too because  a few weeks later after the owner rejected our  offer, the real estate agent  contated us and said that the owner is willing to negotiate now lol.I still did not want to give them what they wanted and offered  the  amount we offered initially.  I guess they don't want  to sell it.

 I am okay  with our house now.  I think my husband is just tired that this house is old and we constantly have to ix things.  If I were to ask, I am fine where we at.  It's near the school and  other establishments so I am good especially that I hate driving.  But anyhow, if you are planning to buy a home, this inforgraphic  is a very helpful guide.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gardening in the Fall

I haven't been  active in my blogs for the past couple of weeks.  I was very busy  in my garden, removing  tomato vines, rearranging  flowers and  planting  new  fruit trees.  I  dug out all the  hibiscus trees inside the backyard and transferred it  at the back fence.  I am planning to  pressure wash the fence and  paint the inside so it would brighten up our  backyard.  That's one main reason why I removed the  hibiscus  plants that were leaning against the fence.  
 I bought four blueberries and planted it in the flower bed.  I remopved all the hostas  and replaced it with the fruit plants.  Hopefully, this will come back next year, fingers crossed.
 I will be putting some of the compost on this side of the yard to  make the  groud healthierfor the blueberries..
 Some of my carrots are blooming already.  U have never seen a carrot bloom so hopefully, I can germinate some seeds from this one.
 The kale are still doing great so I will leave this as long as the weather  won't let  it grow.  I  freeze four big bags of kale  which will be good for the winter.
 I have a lot of mums in the backyard, I wish I have the other colors though.  I only have this magenta-like  one.
 The grass clippins serves as the  fertelizer for these flowers.
 Tomato vines are out but I still have the okra standing in the garden.  I didn't pick this big okra because I want to  get some seeds out of it.  HOpefully, there's still time for it to mature.
 You see the  trash bags  at the ends.  They are full of tomato vines.  I was going to chop it but it has some cherry tomatoes on it  and I don't want the seeds to grow next year in the  flower bed where I would put the  cut vines.  So I  will dispose all of it to make sure there's none left.  I mean, I don't mind one  cherry tomatoes growing in my garden as they are good for salads but whern there's lots of them, it's not good.
 Here are the last tomatoes I  picked.  It looks like I will have to can  some more.  I originally planned to freeze  them but I have no space in the freezer.
Glad, I got all the gardening done before it gets so cold.

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