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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Home Disasters: The Burst Pipe Survival Guide

Before I started my family and settled down, I thought being the head of the household would have been easy. How wrong I was! Aside from all the complications that come with family life, every now and then you’ll run into domestic crises which need dealing with. Burst pipes are just one thing you may need to face at home. Here are some tips for keeping the damage to a minimum.

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The first thing you need to do when you discover a burst pipe is to turn off the water supply to your home. If you’re reading this in preparation, then find out where your stopcock is immediately. In many homes, it will be under the main kitchen sink. However, it could be located anywhere where water enters your home. After a bit of dashing around and some unsavoury language, you should be able to find this and turn it off. This will prevent more water coming into your home, and causing even more damage.
The next thing you should do is turn off the electricity at the mains. This isn’t always necessary. However, if the leaking water could have reached any electricals, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you absolutely need to keep the mains on, then put on some rubber gloves and turn off anything in the immediate area of the leak. Even by doing this, you could be playing with fire (figuratively!) If you see any wires that could have gotten wet, avoid touching them at all costs. If there’s any doubt at all though, go for the mains. You should also think about turning your heating off. If a central heating system is left on without any water in it, it can cause serious damage.
Next up, assess the damage. This will not only help you get the adult tantrum out of the way faster, but may well save your life! The most important thing to check for is bulging in the ceiling. This can be caused by water pooling in a certain area. If you see any significant bulging, then make sure your whole family is kept well away from that area. If you’re sure it’s safe, pierce these areas and put out a container to collect the water.
Finally, consult some professionals to start dealing with the damage. Obviously, you’ll need a plumbing firm like Joseph Davidson Plumbing. It’s probably also a good idea to call an electrician like the ones from California Power and Light. When you’re on the phone and talking about the damage, make sure you have someone with you at all times. You don’t want to be injured by the damage to your home and your family to be completely oblivious. You may be stressed, but listen to what your plumber has to say. They may be able to help you prevent such disasters in the future.
I hope these tips have helped you deal with your burst pipe in a safe and effective way. When these things happen, keeping a cool head is essential.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring Bloom

Seeing  the crab apple tree bloom in our backyard is bitter sweet.  This will be our last year to stay in this house and I will miss my garden here terribly.  I will have to start all over again in the  new home since it doesn't have plants/flower in it.   The thing I will mostly is is the  vegetable garden here.  I got used to canning   tomato sauce  and I haven't buy any tomato  sauce ever since I started canning.
 I love when Spring comes because flowers just add colors to our surrounding.
 I am glad that there is also a crab apple tree in front of  the new house.
 When this tree blooms though, the kids don't want to be around it because a swarm of bumble  bees feast in it.
 I love when the flowers are starting to fall and there's wind, it looks like it's snowing in the backyard.  What I love about it most is the smell!
 The birds do enjoy it too.  I haven't put  bird's seed in the backyard yet but they hang around  in the backyard all day long.
I will dig out some butterfly bushes from my backyard and plant it in the new home.  We have to  put up a fence foirst before I can start gardening out there.

Creating Beauty to the Outside of Your Home with Stylish Add-Ons

Terraces and decks add beauty and dimension to any home. However, when you live in an area that experiences a lot of humidity and moisture or perhaps even deals with seasonal pest populations, you may not want those detriments to gain access to your home easily. With an elevated outdoor addition, you could keep away those elements while also adding the beauty and style you want to the outside of your home. You can learn more about additions like wood terraces, stone walkways, a bison deck, and other possibilities when you visit the company's website today.

Choosing the Most Scenic Material for Your Home

When you go online, you may be surprised at the number of materials available to customers like you. Terraces and patios can now be built with a wide array of materials that range from bison cubes to wood to cobblestone and more. When you want depth, dimension, and beauty, you may find that the multicolored decking suits your budget and style. These cubes come in contrasting colors that also blend together and complement each other. They range from an almost white wood-like material to darker tan and brown wood cubes.

If you want a terrace or walkway that blends well into the ground while also looking natural and rustic, you may find a wood or hydro paved addition to suit your needs and preferences. Like the cube materials, these choices likewise are natural in appearance; however, they also are upscale enough that they add the level of style and color that you may want for your home's exterior.

You can learn about the advantages of all of these choices online. The website gives a thorough description of what each material brings to your home and what advantages that it can have after your patio is added onto your house.

Self-Help and Contact

The website also has self-help options that allow you to install the walkway or terrace yourself. The videos can be found under the tutorial link at the top of the page.

You can also use the contact link if you have questions or concerns. The toll-free number is listed at the top of the site as well.

Elevated decks add dimension and style to your home. You can choose the best material for your addition by going online and learning more about them today.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekend Music at Senior LIving Place

We visited my father-in-law at Gables Care Center  last weekend.  This is the second home that he is staying at.  The first place where he stayed did not go so well.  He was not well-taken care of there so the  doctor who seen my FIL suggested this place for him.  I can say that it was a lot better, it's really a well-maintaned place and all the  nurses are really nice.  

The kids  decided to  play some tunes for their grandpa  and they ended uyp having some audience.  As it turned out, the old folks there love it when someone plays piano for them.  It's great that they  have a grand piano in the hall.  I wonder if they have a woodwind & brass wind traps drums a400 too?  Who knows, that was our first visit and we had fun spending quality time with Dad.  We are planing to visit again this weekend.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Photograph Your Products Like A Pro Using These Expert Tips And Tricks

Having attractive product photographs on social media or your website can work wonders for your business. They can add prestige, attract customers and help you push your business in a positive direction. One good image has the power to take you from a minor to major contender overnight. But despite its importance, many business owners are still failing to get their product photography right. Thankfully there are things you can do to make your photos look more professional and appealing. Read the following tips and tricks to find out how.

Invest in a tripod

If you want to start taking photos like a pro, you need the right equipment. One piece that every photographer needs in their arsenal is a tripod. You can attach your camera to the tripod for a more professional outcome. While there is nothing wrong with holding your camera with your hands, you’re more likely to move. This can result in blurred or out of focus shots that cannot be used. You may also find that you use awkward camera angles that don’t necessarily showcase the product effectively. The tripod offers straightforward angles and a sturdy frame to avoid this from happening. Plus it allows you to be hands-free during the photo shoot.

Always check the background

Checking the background is something you need to get into the habit of doing as it can significantly affect the outcome of your images. You want to avoid any distractions that could take the attention away from the product you are trying to sell and promote. So check the surrounding area to make sure it is the primary focus. This is particularly important if you are taking your photographs outside where rubbish and people can get into the shot. Even if you are using a white backdrop, there could be dirt, dust or tears you need to look out for. Choose a background that makes your product pop to boost its appeal with potential customers.

Be consistent

It’s vital that even if you are taking images of different products, that they have a consistent look and feel. This will make it easier for customers to associate your images with your brand when they are on social media. Look for inspiration for product photography in magazines and online that you can try to recreate in your own way. You’ll soon begin to develop your own style of photography that will be present throughout your marketing. Always shoot from the same angle and editing using the same filters to make your products look their best. For more online tips for artists and shop owners wanting to showcase their products, look at sites such as Pinterest.

So start taking photos of your products like a pro, no matter what they are. You don’t have to hire a photographer or use an expensive studio to create fabulous looking images. This could be the one thing that is stopping your business from getting the custom and recognition it deserves. So get practising and reap the benefits that professional product photos can bring to your business.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Design to Foster Relaxation and Comfort Especially During #SummerTime

If you would ask me twenty years ago, what  is the one thing I would have love to have  when I was in college, I would have told you that I wish I would have had this Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan.  This would have been a great addition  to the small boarding house that my  friends and I rented.  This oscillating fan has micro-blade noise reduction technology that  would have great when we were  reviewing for our tests.  Being from the tropics,  electric fans are very common in any household that can't afford to have an air condition system.  This is one things that college students  buy first when renting a  boarding house as the  owner does not  provide one.  
As some of you may recall, I dropped some hints from here and there  that we recently bought a new home.  My husband love it as it is a two-storey home with big rooms with the exception of the kitchen, that's the one thing I would miss with our first home as it has a big kitchen.  The backyard is also very small on that house so I lost my garden here too but in  order to have some things, we need to  sacrifice other things as well.
  Another  thing I am not fond of that house is that, it has no  central air, we will have to install an AC system there  to be comfortable especially during the summer time.  It is for  that specific  reason, I  got this fan from Ozeri.  This would help us out  while we don't have the AC yet.  This  Tower Fan oscillates at 60, 90, 120, or 360 degrees for partial to complete air circulation with 3 whisper quiet speed settings.  MY son have already claimed this fan to be his, so we will be putting this into his  own bedroom.  
This fan defines the latest in stylistic innovation with a sophisticated space-saving design that enhances room d├ęcor, and a multi-colored LCD that displays all fan functions and the room temperature.  I can't wait to  design  each room in that house  I will  be needing budget  though so hopefully, we could get the things we need.  For the meantime, we will have to sell this  house first in order to get comfortable with our finances.  
The extended range remote control and fan control buttons provide easy access to all features, including the 8-hour programmable timer.  This is a great feature because  you can set how long the fan you want it to be on and it will shuts off automatically, that way, it won't use electric  when it doesn't need to be on.
This also features 3 pre-programmed airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation and comfort with up to 360 degree whisper-quiet oscillation for optimal air circulation.  I mean, what is there not to like with this fan.  It is stylish and functional!

Aside from the great things mentioned  above, it also utilizes advanced cylindrical motion technology with over 200 staggered micro-blades to generate airflow at the lowest possible noise factor.  Now that, you can't beat because it is annoying when a fan is  noisy right. This is definitely a new addition to our new home.  Check this Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan, with Micro-Blade Noise Reduction Technology out on amazon.  It is on sale now for $70.34 from its original price of $119.95.

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 the review but  opinions are my own.  Also, the photos I used are all stock photos and not my own.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tum Balalaika

  It's been a while since we   used our  karaoke mic at home.  I am  thinking maybe we can  use it   next weekend if we don't have an event to attend to but we will see.  Our  microphone is not a   shure cardioid type but I like it a lot.   Below is a short video of Rye Bean playing the Tum-Balalaika, I love this  song.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  

 Now that Dad is in the Nursing Home, I am thinking of asking my kids to play  music  there if they would allow them.  I think it would be  a good thing to do for the  old folks.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Flying Back from California

These were photos taken by our daughter when we were glying back from California.  Whenever we gly, the kids  always   wants to sit  by the window so  they could look out.  She told me that the sunset was beauiful so I asked her to take some photos since she was seated by the window and these are the shots she took.  Not bad for an 8 year old.  
It's been almost two years since we  attended the  Doodle4Google in Mountain View California.  It was a ffun   trip, a lot of learning activities for the kids.   Google  was  so graceous to include additional  two family members to attend the event.  Although, we have paid for our own travel fare but the experience was all worth it.
Traveling with our kids is fun.  They are well-traveled kids so we  never really have issues with them  when we  take  trips.  Ever since they were little, they were always good travelers. I guess they got used to it  since  my bhusband  was in the military and traveling is  necessary.

Best Ways to Find Cheap Airfare

It seems as if every time you blink an eye, the cost of airfare is going up significantly. Although it’s becoming harder and harder to find a cheap price, it’s not entirely impossible. Instead, you just need to know where exactly to look. Check out the following best ways to find cheap airfare and get to traveling without emptying your savings account.

Your Work
If you do a lot of traveling for work, consider asking if they offer travel rewards cards or any type of incentive or discount to help lower the cost of travel. Some companies are willing to allow their employees to collect their points or rewards and apply them however they want—work-related or not. Simply ask your company what they offer. You may find they have a credit card you can use to accumulate points, or you may find they have partnered with a certain airline to get you a discount. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and it could save you a decent amount.

Credit Cards
Travel rewards cards are a great way to cut back the cost of travel. These cards work differently, but in most cases, you either earn points to put toward a future flight, or you may earn cash back that you can use toward a flight. Either way, by simply charging the things that you normally charge, you can earn enough to take that vacation without paying for travel.

It may seem dated, but catalogs can provide a lot of information regarding great prices. Chartering planes has become popular over the years, and the cost has dropped making it more budget-friendly. An online private jet catalog can give you all the information you need to determine whether or not chartering is a better option for your travels and your bottom line.

Internet Sites
There are a variety of internet sites dedicated to travel, and most of these offer significant savings when it comes to airfare. Visit these sites and compare the cost of your trip with each other. You may just find one site that earns you cheaper airfare. However, just be wary of layovers as well as travel times, as you may end up traveling for a few days to get the price they offered.

Travel Agents
Most people think that travel agents are too costly, but that’s not the case. These professionals work with companies so regularly that they often have special discounts and incentives that aren’t available to the general public. It doesn’t cost anything for you to meet with a travel agent and go over the details. They’ll typically offer you a quote too without any money down, so there’s no harm in trying.

Even if airfare is going up, there’s always a way for you to cut it down a bit. Use these tips to find the best possible price for airfare, and you may just be happier when you arrive at the airport than you thought.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Cleaner Air Using FilterSnap Filters Saves Time for Family Time

When you're a Mom, weekend is just like ordinary days.  It's not a day off from work but  just a regular  day of work.  If you are a Mom, you will understand  what I am saying lol.  Anyway, my weekend was spent  cleaning, cooking,  and I was able to squeeze in a 4 mile walk in the treadmill while doing laundry.  I am just glad that I didn't have to  clean our furniture since we  put in a new filter  from FilterSnap.  My husband replaced the filter  5 days ago and  when I inspected our furniture today, there's no dust yet.  
 I didn't know the huge difference until we started  using Filter snap filters.  I used to dust our furniture twice a week when we were using a different filter but now, I don't have to.  It makes a huge difference to use   a good quality filter, it really clean the air that goes around the house.
 It is a little bit pricey compared to the  filter that we used to buy but it is worth it because it saves you time to do the  things that matters most.  Instead of  spending time  cleaning, I have extra time to work out, have a tea, and play with the family.
I even have time to paint my nails after everything  is done, yes!
 FilterSnap offers a subscription service for filters, they deliver  your order right through your doorsteps.  FilterSnap make sure that your satisfaction is guaranteed.  If you ordered the wrong size, they will send you the correct size with no shipping  charge.  If they mess up your order,  they’ll work extra hard to fix it.  If in case the filter is damaged in shipping,  they will send  you a replacement for free.  With this illustration, you can sum up why you need to try FilterSnap:
Thank you FilterSnap, we have cleaner air  and you definitely  saves us ample time to bond and have a precious family time.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the products mentioned  in exchange of my honest  opinion which may differ from yours.  

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