Five Budget Friendly Ways to Beautify the Outside of Your Home

Its Spring! This is the time of the year where we all dust off the cobwebs, sweep the front porch and try to make the outside of our home appealing. I am always looking for budget friendly ways to brighten and spruce up the outside of my house. I hope you enjoy these as well!

Five Budget Friendly Ways to Beautify the Outside of Your Home

  1. Paint Your Front Door – My front door is currently black and I HATE it! I know, HATE is a strong word, but it is so dark and boring. I want to make the first impression of my home to be more appealing. I am currently deciding which color would be good for my front door. Here are some great suggestions:

    It is really easy to paint your front door. Make sure that you get the appropriate paint for your type of door (wood or metal) and that is is exterior paint. Wash down and door and make sure that it is clean and dry. You will need to remove all the hardware and fix any dings. Invest in a good foam roller like this one. I LOVE foam rollers. The paint goes on much smoother. You will also need a foam brush if you have a door with panels to get into the crevices. Follow this guide to know which part of the door to paint first:

  2. Spruce up Flower Beds – If you have flower bed in front of your house, now is a good time to shop around for some bright flowering plants. Take note of whether your flower beds are in full sunshine or shade and then head on over to your local nursery!
  3. Add a Garden Flag – A garden flag catches the eye! I love the flags at Flagology! Not only do they have great designs, but you can customize them as well. Add a picture of your dog, a monogram or name.

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    Flagology.com flags come in different sizes: Garden Flags are 12.5″ x 18″ and House Flags are 28″ x 40″. Change your flag according to the seasons or holiday. I love this Spring flag:

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    Plus you can purchase door mats and flag accessories too! I purchased a patriotic flag for my garden with our monogram on it and I love it. It definitely brightens up the front of my house.

  4. Make A Wreath for Your Front Door – There are so many great ideas and tutorials on Pinterest for making a wreath for your front door. This cute idea uses flip flops (which you can buy for $1 a pair at Walmart).

    Another of my favorite ideas is to buy a grapevine wreath, a few artificial flowers and some ribbon. Very easy to do and makes a cute wreath in your favorite color scheme.

  5. Potted Plants – I love to add color to my front door area by adding a few potted plants. If you can’t find the color pots you want, spray paint them! You can even find old pots at yard sales. Add some of your favorite plants and voilà!

  6. Lighting – Adding lighting to your front walk ways and landscaping is an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your outdoor spaces. These solar lights from Amazon are cute and reasonably priced! Add them in flower beds and along paths.

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    What is your favorite way to brighten an outdoor space?

What to Look for in a Green Cleaning Company

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What to Look for in a Green Cleaning Company

There are a number of green cleaners to choose from. While some focus on cleaning carpets like Green Choice Carpet Cleaning, others focus on whole house cleaning. They could even offer certified green cleansers and services for businesses. Regardless of the service type that you need, it’s important that you know what to look for in a green cleaning company.

How Does the Company Define Clean?

Good green cleaning is more than just making a building look good and using eco-friendly products. It’s also about cleaning for health. Before hiring a green company, ask them about their definition of clean. If they only talk about appearance, this is your first warning sign.

Does the Cleaning Company Have All of the Tools to Get the Job Done?

Cleaning isn’t just about using green cleaners. In fact, cleaning solutions only make up a small percentage of the tools needed to properly clean a building. Ask the cleaning provider which tools that they use to clean your home or office. Do they have a dual-chamber cleaning bucket? What about microfiber mops and cleaning cloths?

Does the Staff Clean Multiple Areas With the Same Mop?

Disease is spread throughout your home or office by cross-contamination. For example, this may happen when a cleaning company uses a rag or mop to clean surfaces after using it to clean the bathroom. It’s important to find out if the company has enough mops, cleaning cloths and other tools to clean multiple rooms without reusing the same tools.

Is the Cleaning Company Insured?

Studies show that janitors and other cleaning workers are the fifth most injured workforce in the United States as of 2016. This is why it’s important to protect yourself from lawsuits or being held legally responsible for any accidents that happen on your property. Make sure that the cleaning company you hire has insurance. Also make sure that it complies with all regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA requires all cleaning companies to have a Hazard Communication Plan, so keep this in mind when hiring a company.

Giving your home or office a good green cleaning is the best way to keep people healthy. It can also keep your home or office looking great. Using the information above, you can ensure that the green cleaning company you hire has your best interests at heart.

Treat Your Dog Right with Jet.com

This is Pepper.

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We think that she is Whitney Houston reincarnated. Why? Because she loves to sing along with one song, and one song only: “I Will Always Love You.” As soon as we start playing that song, she starts to sing, howl and make funny noises. We don’t know what it is, but we knows she loves it!

Pepper is a Cocker Spaniel – Shih Tzu mix. We got her as a puppy. She loves people and is a joy to be around. Except when her tummy is upset. In order to keep her in good health, we make sure that we feed her the same brand of dog food ALL THE TIME. Unfortunately, sometimes when we go to the store, they are out of her favorite.

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Fortunately, I found a solution to this problem – Jet.com. Jet.com is a an online store that offers groceries, household supplies, beauty and health items, pet supplies and so much more! Jet.com has a number of ways to save you money:

  • Add items with the tag once you have an item in your cart. These items can be shipped in your box without increasing the box size. And they will lower the price of items already in your cart. Adding small items, such as toothpaste, can potentially help you save on all items in your cart.
  • Opt out of free returns. If you promise you won’t return the item, the price will be lower.
  • Pay with a debit card. There aren’t any credit card fees on debit cards, so you get a lower price if you pay with a debit card.
  • Spend over $35 and you get free shipping! Plus, shipping takes only 2-5 days. Orders under $35 pay a $5.99 shipping fee. Large items may take longer to ship.
  • There are no membership fees. You won’t pay anything to shop at Jet.com. You just get great prices!
  • Save even more money by using Jet Anywhere. Jet Anywhere lists other retailers where you can earn JetCash for your purchase. JetCash can be used on the Jet.com site.

Jet.com also keeps track of your orders. It is so easy to just reorder items that you need to replenish – such as dog food! So, if you want an easy way to order grocery, household supplies and other necessities, make sure you check out Jet.com!

Right now you can save 50% off select Pet dental treats & chews with code PETDENTAL50. Max discount $30. Offer valid 2/6-3/17. Offer cannot be applied to previous orders.

Scrape-A-Round – Best Ice Scrapper for your Car Windows

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This morning I came out to find that winter has not yet gone away! My car windows were covered in ice! Just a few months ago, I received a Scrape-A-Round to test and I was sure glad that I had it now. The Scrape-A-Round is so easy to use and easy on the hands as well. It takes me half the time to clean off my car windows and it is much easier to use than a traditional scrapper. If you’re tired of scrapping your windows the old fashioned way, then join the Scrape-A-Round movement. You will secure your family’s safety, access new gift ideas and scrape your windows cleaner in half the time with the world’s best windshield ice scraper. View the Scrape-A-Round in action:

The Scrape-a-round is a brilliant feat of ice scraping engineering. The simple explanations why Scrape-A-Round is the best ice scraper is because of the softer plastic, allows the scraper to conform to the window curvature! Find out more information: http://www.scrapearound.com/

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Here are some great features of the Scrape-A-Round

  • 18″ of ice scraping surface.
  • The comfortable grasp provides relief for the arthritic or carpal syndrome sufferer.
  • Direct pressure to the window, no pressure lost through the ice scraper!
  • The circular rotational motion of ice scraper.
  • Double ice scraper action, leading edge and trailing edge.
  • Multi functional, remove the cap and it doubles as a funnel.
  • This scrapes windows frost and ice free in half the time!
  • Makes the perfect gift and is great for new drivers, experienced drivers, seniors and that hard to buy for person.

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3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights Makes Any Room Brighter!

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When I first saw the 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights I was impressed. Now that I have installed one in my son’s room, I am even more impressed. These lights are so cool and are great for a theme room or just to brighten up a bedroom, den, study or other living area. These are perfect for children of all ages and adults too. How cool would these look in a man cave or a dorm room?

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are also the perfect gift. What a great idea for a unique birthday party or other holiday gift! They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall. They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room. Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man’s cave or office! Find all of these amazing products here: http://bit.ly/TargetUSFamily

I can’t believe how realistic these lights look. They literally look like they are popping out of the wall. I love that they are battery operated so that there aren’t any cords showing and yet they do not warm up like other lights. Included is a crack sticker to stick to the wall for a great effect. These lights are available at Target or Target.com so they are super easy to buy!

The lights are very easy to install. First you apply the sticker, then you put two screws in the wall to hold the light (and make it easy to remove as well). In my son’s room I installed the Star Wars Millennial Falcon since my son is a huge Star Wars fan. He loves that the look of it and that it has a light in it as well.

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Here are some of my favorite designs:

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Lamps Enhance Your Décor

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Lamps are wonderful accent pieces to make your home, cottage, or office stand out and be unique to the theme and ambiance that you are trying to create with your interior design motif. There are such a wide variety of ways to make your surroundings their own and to make them beautiful and attractive gathering places for family, visitors, customers or clients who will appreciate the efforts that you have gone to in order to make the spaces different and outstanding.

Cottage lamps are distinctive because the versatile bases are usually made out of natural materials such as glass, wood, wrought iron, rope, driftwood, antique unusual items, ceramics, bronze, porcelain, and others. The shades themselves may be made out of rattan, wicker, glass, fabric, etc.

The special cottage lighting creates quite a bit of “flavor” as any of its selections add to the decorative effect and meld delightfully into your design scheme.

A cottage lighting collection includes a large variety of table and floor lamps, chandeliers, and pendants. In addition to the innovative designs by experts at detailed craftsmanship, there are many different colors and finishes to give you great choice and flexibility to set the atmosphere and allure that you are looking for, whether that is bold or subdued, new or antique. Additionally, you can find the size, shape, and features that you can easily picture in your mind that will fit in perfectly.

Lamps and More would be happy to help you choose the right lamps for your interior décor and thus make those important decisions for any room to be distinguishable. For 25 years, they have offered an extensive selection of high-quality USA-made lighting at affordable prices that will fit into your individual personalized needs, style, and budget. Their fashion-forward products are at the cutting edge of home furnishings and are where beauty, design, and affordability mesh together.

Enjoy shopping at their online store from the comfort of your home or office. Additional benefits include quick turn-around time, free shipping, and 50 percent off a second item when you make a purchase from their fine products.

Luxury Home Interiors

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Interior design Miami gives you the opportunity to have high end interior designers create the dream home that you envision. There are so many styles, floor plans, types of furniture, unique ways to decorate and accessorize, and many more products that can be utilized when advised by experts when you voice what you are trying to accomplish.

Either in their showroom or in your own home, you can meet with professional designers and see actual samples that you can touch and feel as well as view three-dimensional renderings of how the custom designing will develop to an exciting conclusion. You get to visualize the project in 3D as you are able to “walk through” and experience the spaces that you help to design. The latest technology gives amazing examples of home automation systems, surveillance equipment, a multi-room music system with surround sound, electronic shades, lighting systems, and so much more.

The designers represent a large number of nationalities that enable specializations in different areas of every imaginable décor from classic to modern styles and all those in between. Those designers also work closely with a client’s architects, contractors, and builders to coordinate the plans. Additionally, the ability to custom build hand-carved furniture, custom cabinetry, and other interior products and accents is often accomplished in some of their own factories.

Maybe you want to incorporate something truly unusual into your home such as understairs storage, wine storage that is inside a built-in special refrigerator, perhaps a herb garden right inside the kitchen for quick access when cooking, bookcases in unique spots throughout the house, an office to your own specifications and needs, and other ideas that will enhance your life, interests, and hobbies.

Visit the Perla Lichi Design Showroom in Coral Springs, Florida, to find such a luxury interior decorating service that can inspire you with their unique furniture, specialty finishes, decorative accessories, and everything needed to create your individual desires using the latest trends. Perla Lichi Luxury has completed projects worldwide to earn the title of one of the most renowned interior designers in the world. Perla has published five interior design books, has introduced an elegant Bergere-style chair named “The Perla Lichi Chair”, and features hand-knit custom throws as another popular signature product.

Broken Zipper? Fix it with Fix N Zip #fixnzip

fixnzipOne thing that frustrates me? A broken zipper! It always happens when I am super rushed, ready to go out the door. Or it is on a product that I love and want to keep, but I can’t use it if the zipper is broken!

Fortunately, there is a SOLUTION! Fix N Zip is the perfect product for instantly fixing the zipper on a wide ranage of home, travel and fashion-based items (including luggage, dresses, pants, skirts, handbags, golf bags, sleeping bags, and jeep windows).

How Does it Work?

Fix N Zip slides over any broken zipper and instantly replaces it as a new zipper which makes it perfect for a wide range of broken zipper issues. This is a new, innovative way to effortlessly repair zipper without the use of needles, threads or other tools. Plus, Fix N Zip is REUSABLE! You can simply take it off one item and use it on another. The slider parts are made of nickel plated zinc die cast and the spring and thumbscrew of stainless steel.

Product highlights

  1. Zipper repair without tools or sewing
  2. Easy to apply
  3. Repairs tooth and coil, metal and plastic zippers
  4. Each fits a range of sizes
  5. Can be started anywhere on the zipper
  6. Comes in attractive bright nickel or black nickel finishes
  7. Non-corrosive surface
  8. Durable
  9. Promotes recycling and sustainability
  10. Can be re-used
  11. Full website and online instructional support
  12. Online store for ease of ordering
  13. Made in the USA
  14. Assembled and packaged by Exceed Enterprises, an employer of the disabled

The FixnZip comes in three sizes: small, medium and large. Its design enables each to fit a range of sizes as well as universally apply to teeth or coil zippers, metal or plastic. It can be used on open ended (such as a jacket) or closed ended zippers and can be started anywhere on the zipper. In the case of a zipper that may be missing some teeth, the FixnZip glides over these and realigns the remaining teeth thus restoring the functionality of the zipper.

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Here is a short video showing how easy it is to use the FixnZip:




Keep Your Family Safe with Super Grip Lock

Did you know that anyone can buy a key online that opens locked doors and then could walk right into your home anytime that they wanted? These keys are called Bump Keys and they are available online. Unless you have a high security lock, your home could be at risk! This news report illustrates just how easy it is to use a Bump Key.

The International Association of Police Chiefs fighting crime since 1893 understands the problem and they introduced Super Grip Lock to law enforcement in the Police Chief Magazine. However, the general public is still uninformed that bump keys allow anyone to open locked doors as shown by the ABC news reporter.

If you rent or stay in a hotel or motel you have another problem: Staff, housekeeping and maintenance all have access to keys or cards that also open guests locked doors.

This new invention, The Super Grip Lock, works by holding the deadbolt handle in the locked position so that no one can unlock the door. This portable device allows you to use it at home or away from home when you travel. This product is highly endorsed by Police and is industry tested. It is made with a durable self-locking hook and loop fabric and can work on almost any deadbolt (even double cylinder).

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I tried the Super Grip Lock on my own front door. The key is figuring out the direction that your deadbolt is locked. You want the Super Grip Lock to hold the deadbolt in the locked position. Not all locks are exactly the same, the illustration did not work the same way for my front door, but I was able to figure out how to keep the door locked and free from intruders!

The Super Grip Lock is only $10! Buy one for your home (or more if needed) and one for travel. It will definitely give you peace of mind!

Six Steps for Choosing the Right Mattress

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What Size Mattress Do I Really Need?

When you’re shopping for mattresses, you may find yourself dreaming of a California king bed, but do you really need that much sleeping space? Well, that depends on your home and your tastes. Here’s a guide to help you select your perfect mattress.

Questions You’ll Need to Answer First

Before you get started surfing for the right mattress at the right price, you’ll need to answer these questions:

• How much space do you have?
• How much sleeping space do you need?
• Will you be sleeping alone?

Believe it or not, space is the number one reason many people choose a full instead of a queen or a queen instead of a king.

The Tiny Twin and Its XL Brother

When you think of a twin bed, you probably think of your high school bedroom or your college dorm room. If you’re shopping for a youngster, a twin bed will do just fine and leave plenty of room for a desk or futon. However, these mattresses are only 74 inches long, so if you have a tall teen on your hands, go for the twin XL. The extra-long version gives you an additional six inches!

The Daily Double

If you want to have plenty of space to sleep without taking up your entire bedroom, a full or double bed will be perfect. If you and your partner are under 5’5”, a double might be enough room for the two of you. A few decades ago, double beds were the go-to size for young couples, but Americans were shorter then!

The Quintessential Queen

The queen bed is now the most popular size around, especially for couples. If one of you likes to toss and turn a bit, the other will still have plenty of breathing room. The queen mattress is 60” by 80”, which is pretty spacious for most couples.

The Kicking King

Now, the king bed is massive at 76” by 80”. Usually, couples go for queen beds simply because king mattresses are too big for their bedroom. However, if you have plenty of extra space, the king-sized bed will give you oceans of space between you and your partner’s snore.

If you still have any questions, you might want to go to a mattress store and bounce around a little. Imagining is one thing, but trying out a mattress makes all the difference. Plus, now you have to decide between soft and firm, which is a great excuse to pull a Goldilocks and try every mattress in the store!