Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lilla Rose Hair Accessories #Giveaway

Hey, y'all! It's been quite a while since we've had a giveaway on here, so I thought now would be a good time to combine a giveaway along with some news about my recent home business venture. I just became a stylist with Lilla Rose, makers of hair accessories (or hair jewelry as some people call them). My first encounter with Lilla Rose products was years ago, and lately I've been using their products quite frequently. I used to purchase hair clips and the like at our local department store, and then realized I was paying about as much for cheap hair clips that broke within a month or two as I would for the stylish, quality products from Lilla Rose!

One thing I immediately noticed was the quality and durability of these accessories. I have Lilla Rose clips that are 5 or 6 years old and they still look and work just as great as they did the day I bought them! I also love the variety of styles and designs they have. No matter what your interests are, there are so many beautiful designs for every occasion. They also come in multiple sizes for every hair length, type, and style. Just look - the four pictures below are styles I have personally done on myself or my sister with various Lilla Rose clips!

So, to get this started, I'm going to giveaway a $17.00 "Lilla Bucks" Gift Code! This will cover the cost of many items on the site, or you can choose one of the more expensive items and then just cover the price difference. Whatever you choose, I know you will love it! The entry options will be simple, so let's get this giveaway running!
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Friday, May 22, 2020

3 Best Ways To Prep Your Home for Sale

Ready to put your home up for sale? Not so fast, there are minor home improvements that should be done in order for your home to attract interest and sell for top dollar. Here are three great ways to prepare your home to hit the market!
1. Make Exterior Repairs
In order to give buyers a warm first impression from the start, you need to make sure your home’s exterior is in excellent condition. Repair any damaged screens or storm doors and give everything a fresh coat of paint for a brand-new look. In addition, pay attention to the condition of your gutters. Damaged or broken gutters signal to a buyer that a house isn’t receiving appropriate care. Consult a professional in gutter replacement St Louis to fix this important exterior element and provide a major boost to your home’s curb appeal.

2. Update Your Landscaping
As you prepare your home to hit the real estate market, don’t forget to address your landscaping. Keep bushes, trees and all areas of turf neat and tidy. It’s also a great idea to plant colorful flowers throughout your property. Updating your landscaping makes your home appear more cheerful, making buyers want to come inside instead of scaring them away.
3. Clean and Declutter
In order to give buyers a full picture of what it would feel like to live in your home, depersonalize your interior spaces by cleaning and decluttering every room. Since you want to be sure your home appears to have plenty of storage, it may be wise to rent a storage unit to temporarily hold your excess personal belongings. The easier a buyer is able to envision life in a space, the more likely they are to make an offer!
By following these tips, you’ll properly prepare your home to welcome potential buyers. You’ll sell your home in no time and be on to your next adventure!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

How To Upgrade Your Home's Backyard

A well-designed and attractive backyard can be an exceptional asset for your home. It's a place where you can relax and unwind, and it can also offer you an alternative to entertaining indoors. If your home's yard isn't inviting or conducive to a relaxing Saturday afternoon or dinner with friends, there are a few easy projects you can complete to significantly upgrade it.

1. Improve Privacy

One thing that can instantly diminish your desire to relax in your yard is the feeling that all your neighbors are watching you. Adding a high-quality fence can provide you with privacy and several additional benefits: increased home value, improved aesthetics, and upgraded security. There are several different materials you can use to build a fence, so you can choose one that fits the style of your home. You can learn about the available options from a fence company Salem OR.

2. Add Plants

An attractive backyard has more than just a nice, green lawn. Interesting bushes and flowering plants are both beautiful and helpful; some plants can provide support for dwindling honeybee populations and others can help deter unwanted insects, such as mosquitos. Choose plants that work well for the amount of shade in your yard and those that thrive in your local growing zone.

3. Create a Relaxing Environment

It's difficult to spend time in your yard reading a book or enjoying a meal with friends when you don't have enough comfortable seating. Chairs, tables, and swings are all excellent furniture options for outdoor entertaining spaces. You may want to create an outdoor dining area on your patio or deck and then add a comfy chair or bench to another part of your yard, such as under a shady tree.
Upgrading your backyard can turn it from a boring lawn to an enjoyable outdoor entertainment area. A good fence, comfortable outdoor furniture, and beautiful plants are all excellent additions to a backyard.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

I Still Believe Family Movie #IStillBelieve #BELIEVEL3

Hey, y'all! How many of you have heard of the new family faith movie called I Still Believe? This was one I had seen the trailer for and was excited about going to see in the theater, but obviously we weren't able to do that this Spring. However, this inspirational true story is now available for purchase on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital formats starting May 5th! Here's the trailer for those who haven't seen it yet. This looks like an uplifting romance, and it's based on a true story, so it's one the whole family will love!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The 28 "Little Dancers"

If you've ever visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you may have noticed a small and seemingly unimposing statue of a ballerina in the midst of the Impressionism section. This statuette was sculpted by Edgar Degas, one of the leading figures in the Impressionist movement, and is entitled The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. 
Chances are, if you've visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., you've probably noticed the same "little dancer," poised gracefully with her hands tucked neatly behind her back. Indeed, her bronzed likeness is displayed in 28 museums and galleries around the world.
But how is that possible? Are there multiples of every important work of art? What is so special about this "little dancer?"
In the last 1870s, Edgar Degas began his foray into sculpture, focusing his attention on sculpting the likeness of a young ballerina from the Paris Opera. When he unveiled his sculpture in Paris—then entitled Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans— it was met with disdain. The sculpture was passed over by art collectors and went on to gather dust in Degas's studio.
In 1917, when Degas passed away, over 150 sculptures were found in his studio, all made from wax and clay. In order to preserve these statues, sculpture conservation techniques were implemented and the statues were cast in bronze. In 1922, thirty copies of the "little dancer" were created and distributed to museums around the globe. The original wax figure resides in the National Gallery of Art, with her likenesses scattered between St. Louis and Copenhagen.
While little is know about the subject of the statue, an aspiring dancer named Marie Genevieve von Goethem, her face and figure will long be regarded as one of the most famous remainders from the Impressionist era.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Is Propane Right For Your Home?

When it comes to energy, what is one of the most accessible, economical, and versatile sources available? If you're thinking of propane, you're right. There are many good reasons to consider integrating propane into your home — here is some food for thought to get the process started.

Consider the Source

Did you know that just about 90% of the propane in the United States is domestically sourced? Keep this in mind should you have the choice for which energy source to use in your home. Because of its origin, you'll probably find the cost to be more manageable than other sources, such as oil — in turn lessening your dependence on foreign materials. And as always, buying American is a good thing!

Understand its Capabilities

If you've been considering switching over to propane but you're not sure where to start, you'll want to have your home assessed by a professional, such as propane services and sales Hudson FL. It's important to note that propane's use spans far beyond your gas grill. It's a really versatile source of energy for use all around the home. For instance, maybe you do a ton of laundry, and your electric bill is through the roof. Switching over to a propane dryer could lower your electrical bill significantly.

Improve Your Cooking

Many people will agree that propane is a kitchen rock star, and top chefs back that up with their reasons for favoring gas ranges. And one of the best things about switching to propane? You'll still be able to make dinner on the range during those times when the power goes out.
Researching your options and making changes and improvements to your home goes hand in hand with homeownership, and it's a never-ending process. Is switching over to propane next on your list?

Friday, April 10, 2020

Traveling The Arctic And Beyond

Many vacations like warm beaches or tropical paradises, but for people who prefer the cold lands closer to the poles, offer amazing adventures. All options provide remarkable beauty, diverse wildlife and culture, and a chance to view the magical northern lights.


If you want to stay in the United States, Alaska has wondrous sites to see. Only the northern part of Alaska is above the Arctic circle, but you can enjoy the whole country. You may want to do a cruise and see whales, or in the fishing season, Alaska fishing trips Ketchikan AK. There is also a lot of wildlife to see inland, including wolves, moose, and bears.


Scandinavia is in Northern Europe and consists of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. You can visit these countries to experience their rich cultures and landscapes. Tromso, in Norway, is one of the best places in Scandinavia to see the northern lights, and even some reindeer! Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is home to the Icebar, a permanent bar carved from 40 tons of ice. You can also visit the Ice Hotel in JukkasjÀrvi – 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.


If you want a more exotic experience, you may want to try Russia. For just over 15,000 dollars, you can do the Smithsonian Tour, "Arctic Explorer by Private Train." You tour the two most known cities of Russia, Moscow, and St. Petersberg. You'll also attend a choral concert in a historic church, cross the arctic circle, and enjoy a classic sleigh ride. This luxury train tour will educate you on Russian and Scandinavian history and culture and stun you with its countrysides.
Northern countries offer nature and beauty, similar to no other. Consider these lands when planning your next traveling schedule, and you will be astonished at the beauty.