Monday, September 10, 2018

Air Conditioner Installation

Hiring a Company to Install an Air Conditioner

Having a dependable air conditioner that works when you need it to is very important on days that are very hot. Have you finally decided to upgrade the air conditioner in your home? If this is the case, you will need to find a company to handle the installation of your new air conditioner when you buy it. This is something that needs to be done by a trained professional. You might make a mistake if you try to do it yourself. Here are some tips to help you track down a company that will be able to help you to install an air conditioner.

1. The Better Business Bureau is a great place to find the names of companies in your area that will install an air conditioner.
The BBB has been a reliable source of info for people who are looking to hire contractors to do various jobs for them. You can trust that all of the info on the BBB site to be totally current and accurate. Take a look to see what companies they have listed that specialize in AC replacement Fort Myers. You should then concentrate on contacting the companies that have received the best BBB ratings.

2. Talk to your friends to find out if any of them have had an air conditioner installed recently.
Maybe a few of your friends can recommend a company that can install an air conditioner for you. You have nothing to lose by asking. You might get lucky. Getting references from the people in your life who you trust the most is always a smart thing to do. You can believe what these people tell you. They will not have a vested interest to steer you towards a specific contractor.

3. What will the company charge you to install your air conditioner?
Do not make the mistake of thinking that the prices charged by air conditioner installation companies will basically be the same. That is far from reality. These companies can be very different in terms of their prices. That is why you need to call them and get a quote.

Friday, September 7, 2018

September Swago Board = Bonus Swag! #Swagbucks


The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their September Swago Board, which runs from September 10th through September 17th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
     
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
     
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, September 17th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
     
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, September 17th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of October, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Booking A Vacation Rental

What to Consider When Booking a Vacation Rental

Vacation rentals have many benefits over a standard hotel room, including give you more room for your family and providing you with more amenities. While you might get lucky and find a hotel room with a tiny kitchen, a rental property gives you a full kitchen and may even have a grill that you can use outside too. Before booking a vacation rental though, there are some things you should consider.

Number of Bedrooms and Bathroom

The very first thing you should consider is the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the house. If you want to book a romantic trip away from home, you only need one of each. Those who travel with family and friends though will want at least two bedrooms. When you book a rental with two or more bathrooms, you can avoid long lines in the morning and get into the shower faster.

Included Amenities

It's really important that you take a look at the included amenities too. Some rentals come with one or more private bedrooms and a sleeper sofa. Located in the living room, that sofa unfolds to create an extra bed that two people can use. Amenities may also include an outdoor kitchen will a grill and seating or a kitchen with major appliances that you can use for cooking. If you choose a rental with its own kitchen, you should look at whether it comes with cookware and utensils or if you must provide your own.

Location

When you decide to rent a vacation property, you probably already know where you want to visit. You may want to look closely at the location of each rental that grabs your attention though. Take for example North Carolina coast rentals. Some of these rentals are so close to the water that you can sit on the porch and watch your kids play in the water. Others are further away but still just a short walk from the water. As you look for rentals, make sure you consider the location, amenities and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sign Up For Swagbucks! #September #Swagbucks

All throughout September you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  



When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before October 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $290 in PayPal, Amazon and Starbucks gift cards!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Repairing Your Sewer Line

Title: Whose Responsibility Is It to Repair Your Sewer Line?

A Clogged Line
One of the worst experiences that you can have is a sudden backed up toilet. Not just the tedious and annoying plugged toilet either. This is the terrifying and disgusting moment when water and debris within your toilet start to rise like a scene out of Jaws. Eventually, the water seeps out of your toilet and you're stuck standing in unclean water. Considering that that water can sometimes be home to bacteria and disease, the last thing you want is it seeping into your carpet or floor.
While for some toilets, a simple plunging might fix the problem, for others, you may be facing a far larger problem. The sewer line that connects your toilet to the sewer could be injured or damaged. If that's the case, you may be confused as to whose responsibility it falls upon to have it fixed. Considering that the problem includes the sewer, you may believe that the county will send someone to fix up the problem. That is not the case.

An Easy Solution
The sewer line itself is the responsibility of the homeowner. One of the best methods to fix a clogged or damaged sewer line is to undergo a sewer rodding. However, you don't want just anyone to perform the job for you. In the wrong hands, what was just a clogged line could end up being a leaking line if more damage is done to the line during the treatment. Because of this, you want to make sure you hire experienced and knowledgeable plumbers to do the job for you.
Courtesy Plumbing can be that plumber. They've worked on countless homes providing them all with healthy sewer lines. The fact that they've been featured on HGTV just goes to show that they are masters of their craft and a trusted company. Before your toilet tries to ruin your house, call Courtesy Plumbing to have them perform a thorough inspection of your sewer line.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Swagbucks Back-To-School Challenge!

It's that time of the year again! Swagbucks is holding a Back to School Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes and earn points towards free gift cards and PayPal cash! The challenge runs from Monday, August 6th to Friday, August 10th.  



Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. In addition to earning SB, you'll contribute to your team's total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Shop Bonus on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before September 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate!

August Swagbucks Sign-Up Bonus!

All throughout August you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  



When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before September 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $270 in Amazon and Starbucks gift cards!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Overland Trips Make a Great Vacation!

At one point, people loved to go to shopping malls and department stores. Now, many malls are shutting down. This is partly because Amazon has completely annihilated the competition. Online stores are putting a lot of brick-and-mortar stores out of business. However, statistics show that more people are interested in experiences instead of material goods. More people long to travel the world and enjoy amazing vacations. If you'd like to indulge in some unique travel experiences, consider the following tips for your travel excursions.

1. Lodging - For those that are looking to travel outside of the U.S., don't automatically opt for the four-star hotel. There are tons of vacation rental websites that showcase stunning private rentals. Enjoy exotic Italian vacation homes with stunning views. Some of these homes are easy to rent for less than $60 a night.

2. Transportation - If you've ever had a dream to go off-roading and would love to plow through the woods in a gigantic jeep, overland trips and similar options work perfectly. You'll be able to pick your ideal truck, try different tech tools and enjoy your off-roading dreams. Take a walk on the wild side and take this option instead of the typical economy rental car.

3. Food - Always make sure that you visit at least one popular restaurant that serves the local cuisine. Don't travel to another country and opt for burgers and fries. Expand your palate and try new dishes. Do some research to find out which restaurants are the hotspots in the area. Look at online reviews so that you'll know what you're walking into. Once you've experienced the menus of various restaurants, make sure that you return the favor and leave your personal reviews online.

4. Photos - No matter where you go, always have tons of pictures to savor the moment. It's also a great idea to document the trip through video footage. To take your footage to the next level, it's a nice idea to purchase a drone. Do a few test runs to learn how to operate it. As a vacation tradition, do a photo shoot with a local photographer. It's a great way to document your excursions around the world in a professional way.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Chimney Repair Help

As great as it is to have a wood-burning fireplace with a brick-and-mortar chimney in your home, you still have to keep an eye on your chimney to make sure it doesn't need to be repaired. A chimney is part of your home's roofing system, which means it's exposed to the elements at all times. Bricks can loosen, mortar can wear away, and creosote can build up and become a fire hazard. A chimney will last for decades if it is cared for, but you still need to know when to have it repaired. Here are just a couple of signs that will tell you that time has come.
Loose Bricks - First of all, take a look at your chimney from the outside of your house. If you notice that the mortar between the bricks has worn away or that the bricks themselves look loose or dislocated, you will need to have it repaired. Loose bricks are especially dangerous since they can cause a lot of damage if they break away from your chimney and fall. This is especially common in older homes that have older chimneys, so stay alert and have your chimney inspected at least once a year to make sure that this isn't a serious concern.
Too Much Creosote - Creosote is a substance that is produced whenever wood is burned. Naturally, it tends to build up on the inside of chimneys. Some of it will look like soft, feathery ash and can be removed without much trouble, but some of it will look like sticky tar. This is considerably harder to remove, but since it can be a fire hazard, you will need to call a professional to clean it out. If you notice a lot of creosote in your chimney, contact a company that specializes in chimney repair Washington DC to fix the problem before you use your fireplace this winter.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sign Up For Swagbucks to Earn Free Gift Cards! #Swagbucks

All throughout July you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  



When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before August 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned 250 dollars (in less than a year!) in Starbucks and Amazon gift cards and PayPal cash!

The July Swago Board Is Here! #Swago #Swagbucks

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their July Swago Board, which runs from July 9th through July 16th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. 



Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
     
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
     
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, July 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
     
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, July 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of August, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Finding a Wedding Cake Baker

Things to Consider During Your Wedding Cake Tasting Appointment

Before hiring a baker to make your wedding cake, you should schedule an appointment for a cake tasting. Not only does this give you the chance to sample different flavors and find one that you like, but it also lets you see how you feel about the baker and his or her shop. No matter how many samples you try, there are a few things to consider during your appointment.

Design and Style

The first thing you should consider is the overall design and style of the cake. Before meeting with the baker, take some time to walk around the shop and check out the styles on display. This gives you an idea of whether the shop can make your dream cake or if you should consider another shop. Many shops also have books available that show you the designs workers made in the past.

Baker Attitude

Would you hire someone who constantly screams at his or her staff and has such a negative attitude that you feel uncomfortable while sitting in the same room? When you get to your appointment a few minutes early, you can see how the baker acts around those working in the shop. You'll also want to keep an eye on his or her attitude as you sample different flavors and ask questions. Those who have a negative attitude and get upset easily and those who ignore your questions are bakers you'll want to avoid.

Total Cost

One of the best reasons to schedule a cake tasting with a custom bakery Chicago IL shop or a shop in another city is that you get to sample both traditional and unique flavors. You might want a simple chocolate cake or something unusual like a banana cake with a caramel filling. As you talk with the baker, find out how much the shop charges for the cake and the frosting and filling as well as any special decorations you want. Knowing what to consider and think about during your tasting will help you find the best baker for your wedding cake.

Fencing For Your Home

Getting The Fence You Want

When you look outside and see an open expanse of your yard, you might wonder why your pets tend to escape from your property or why your children don't always want to go outside. A fence can offer the protection that your family needs and can also increase the value of your home. If you don't have a lot of money in your budget, then consider installing a wooden fence, getting more information here about the recommended height for your yard as well as some of the extras that you might want to include.

A chain or a stainless steel fence often has small holes that people can see through. It can also look unsightly against your home. A wooden fence usually doesn't have the same types of holes and can be painted to match the exterior of your house. Since the slats of the fence can be kept as close together as possible, pets and children will have a difficult time escaping. You can also easily position the slats of the fence in concrete so that it doesn't move around.

After completing the fence, you need to treat the wood. If the wood is treated, then the fence will usually last longer than if you were to leave it left unattended. You should also look at the options you have when it comes to wood because some types of wood are softer than others and won't last as long. Spruce and cedar are common types of wood that are used when building a fence. There are usually more customization options with a wooden fence. You can easily add a gate in one area as well as decorations that you hang on the fence. There are also options for painting the wood that you won't have with metal or vinyl.

Benefits of Owning a Boat

Owning a Boat Adds Meaning to Your Life

It is wise for a person to consider the pros and cons of owning a boat before they make a purchase. It can be easy for a person to look at some of the cons and quickly dismiss the idea of purchasing a boat. When they think about the costs, maintenance, and insurance, they may quickly feel overwhelmed and decide not to buy visit that boat or yacht dealer. However, there are many good reasons to purchase a boat. Here are a few of them.

Boating can benefit you in a psychological way. Being out on the water will soothe your mind and help you deal with the stresses you face in daily life. The change of scene and being out in nature can contribute to your well-being. Many who have taken up boating no longer feel the need to engage in other activities that they used to pay for to help them relieve their stress.

It is true that owning a yacht is not the cheapest hobby you could have. However, you will potentially save a lot of money if you use it as an alternative to other recreational activities. Once you have all the necessary gear, you will be ready for travel, water-skiing, fishing, snorkeling, and a bunch of other enjoyable activities.

Owning a boat can be a great way for you to bond with your family. Spending time with your children and loved ones while cruising on the water for the afternoon or fishing is a great way to spend time together. It is a perfect alternative to video games and movies.

Many boating activities are a great way for the entire family to get exercise. Some have even given up their gym membership because of the exercise they get when water-skiing, snorkeling, or going on rigorous sailing voyages. Boat clean up and maintenance can be a great ways to get your body moving.

No one should rush into the decision to purchase a boat. However, after looking at the pros and cons, many find that owning a boat can be a truly rewarding experience.

Home Improvement To-Do List

When you think about possible home improvements to put on your to-do list, basement waterproofing may not immediately come to mind. Yet it can be a cost-effective update if you live in an area that's prone to flooding. Even if this isn't the case, there are other potential sources of water damage that could be less problematic in a waterproofed basement. Take a moment to consider specific benefits associated with PA basement waterproofing.

1. Protection for Your Investment

Any house you proudly call a home is a significant investment, especially if you've taken the time to make improvements over the years. By taking proactive action to waterproof your basement, you'll be greatly reducing the odds of unexpected damage that may affect irreplaceable belongings. You'll also be doing something that may add much-appreciated value to your home should you decide to sell it in the future.

2. Reduced Energy Expenses

Sealing up old or overlooked cracks can do more than just keep unwanted water out of your home. You'll also be preventing outside air from getting into you home via your basement. Water seepage can also create excess moisture and humidity in your basement around the area where your HVAC system is located, which could cause it to work harder to maintain indoor comfort.

3. More Usable Home Space

It's often the musty smell or the potential for mold and other moisture-related problems that limits how people use their basement. A basement that's fully waterproofed, however, can easily become a more inviting space. Knowing that moisture won't be problem can also provide an added incentive to turn your basement into an entertainment area or similar extension of your living spaces.

4. Fewer Long-Term Health Risks

You may think that minor issues with basement moisture aren't all that serious. Under the right conditions, however, mold can quickly grow and remain undetected for years. What it could lead to is reduced indoor air quality that may contribute to problems with allergies and a greater risk for respiratory conditions, especially for household members sensitive to airborne contaminants.

In addition to the benefits of basement waterproofing already mentioned, don't forget to consider added peace of mind. As a homeowner, you surely know the many thoughts that can run through your head when thunder rattles windows and heavy rain falls. But if you know your basement is securely waterproofed, you'll have one less thing to worry about, even as water accumulates outside.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Earn Free Gift Cards With #Swagbucks

All throughout June, you can earn large bonuses when you sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  



When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before July 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself and I've earned $240 in Amazon and Starbucks gift cards (in less than one year)!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Food Photography For Restaurants

Using Photography to Market Your Restaurant

Since the restaurant business is one of the most competitive industries out there, and owners are always looking for creative ways to attract and retain customers. Restaurant food photography is one way to market your business on the internet or in print advertising. Specially, these three types of restaurant photography can help you spread the word about the delicious cuisine offered in your restaurant.

Food
Whether your restaurant specializes in a particular cuisine such as sushi and ramen or you offer a broad menu, rest assured that pictures of your food is visually stimulating and can draw new customers in. Consider capturing some of your most colorful dishes. For those dishes that lack color, think about using a bright or contrasting background in order to add pizzazz to the photo.

Interior
Capturing and displaying the special vibe of your restaurant may be all it takes to attract more customers to your business. Typically, every restaurant has a main visual attraction somewhere in the seating area, foyer or kitchen. This can be something as obvious as a large aquarium or it could be something less tangible like a dimly lit bar area that seems soothing yet inviting. The idea is to allow your customers to visualize what it feels like to dine in your restaurant.

Party
What better way to increase business than to attract large groups for parties or small events. Capturing pictures of large groups of customers in your business lets new customers know that your restaurant is an option for any upcoming party or event that they may be planning. Be sure to ask your groups for permission before displaying their group’s pictures on your social media platforms.

Essentially, restaurant owners need to stay innovative with their marketing techniques in order to retain their existing customers and attract new patrons. One great way to do this is to use photography to provide a visual of what you have to offer. Specifically, consider using pictures of some of your most popular dishes as well as pictures or video of your interior space and large group parties and events.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Call Center Office Upgrades

Simple, Desirable Upgrades for a Call Center Office

Keeping the employees of a call center content with their jobs is vital to achieving the statistics and numbers that the company is looking for. There are dozens of minor upgrades that will truly excite the employees, while also being well within budget for most companies.

Lounge Room

During work breaks many employees retreat to the cafeteria, parking lot, or to the courtyard. Many times, during the shorter work breaks, employees long for a lounging area that is close to their workstations. A great lounge could have comfortable seating, tables, phone charging stations, televisions, and music. During a rough day, these lounging areas can help employees to self soothe and psychologically prepare to go back to their workstations after a tough call. This significantly improves contentment in the workplace.

Free Refreshments

For employees who work in a call center, a dry mouth is a fairly common issue. When one spends the entire shift working on a phone, he or she may become very thirsty quite frequently. Purchasing some water coolers Chicago for the office can help to keep employees hydrated and ready to accept their next call.

Sanitation Station

Call centers are well-known for having outbreaks of illness. This is due to having many employees working in close quarters with each other during peak seasons of illness. Many employees actively try to prevent Illness, but this can be hard if they do not have access to cleaners and sanitation equipment. By having several sanitation stations located throughout the office, employees can disinfect their hands, their desks, and shared work equipment frequently. This can help to promote health throughout the office and reduce the amount of absences due to illness. For employees who work in call centers, it is a big relief to know that their superiors are doing everything they can to provide a healthy, safe, and satisfactory workplace for all employees. As the employee's needs are met, the company will continue to see lots of improvements; especially whenever it comes to customer service, sales, and customer retention.

Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks!!

All throughout May you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before June 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $230 in Amazon, Starbucks and PayPal gift cards!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Idea! #CanvasPrint

How many of you out there have already started thinking about that perfect Mother's Day gift for your mom? I have actually been thinking and planning for a couple weeks now because while some people view Mother's Day as a not-so-big holiday, for me, my mom is someone I want to celebrate and let her know how much she means to me. Flowers and chocolate are nice, but I much prefer gifting something I know she will love, something special, and something tailored to her personal likes.


My mother is an incredible photographer, and she is always snapping shots of the family, landscapes, our pets, and anything else you can imagine. As you would probably guess, that means we have loads of pictures that would be perfect for a photo gift. Specifically, a canvas print made with some of her favorite shots! She has a few 8x10 prints she has ordered from a local photo printing shop, but I'm thinking a large canvas would be an awesome gift idea for her this year!

Another gift idea I love is a getaway trip. We have done this several times in the past and she always loves it. Sometimes a family getaway, sometimes just her and our dad, and sometimes we do a girls getaway with my sisters, myself, and our mom. Whether we plan it around an antique mall she'd like to visit, an upcoming Southern Gospel concert, or just a beautiful area to get into the country and relax, she always loves these trips! Sometimes we do just an overnight trip, but sometimes we plan for a few days where we book lodging, give her gift cards for restaurants we'll visit, and also give her a basket of goodies and snacks for the trip.


One more gift idea I've been pondering for her this year is some photography equipment. She has several "wishlist" items such as a new bag, straps, lenses, and more. Of course, we could put together a photography gift basket for her with some of the equipment she needs, and a couple canvas prints of her favorite pictures. Now there's a special Mother's Day gift she'd surely love!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Eclectic Home Decor Ideas

Make a Statement with Eclectic Décor

Eclectic décor is not a hodge-podge of mismatched items placed haphazardly in a room. In order for an eclectic décor to be visually appealing, it should adhere to a specific theme. The items you include in an eclectic room can come from diverse time periods and represent different cultures, but there needs to be a common thread unifying the items.  With the current trend being one that supports eco-friendly, organic and healthy living, a décor theme of eclectic organic could ideally represent your lifestyle choice as well as your décor preference.

Modern Simplicity

A modern décor or a rustic modern décor ideally support an eco-friendly lifestyle. Minimalistic decorating is a feature of modern design. Taking a decorating cue from nature and incorporating natural items in your décor is a good way to showcase your lifestyle preference. Furniture made from wood and metal is an excellent option for a modern, eclectic décor. Home decor stores oregon is an excellent resource for natural furniture that complements an eclectic décor.  Furniture that focuses on sustainability as well as function and beauty would be a great choice for an eclectic, natural décor.  Unique chairs and tables constructed from natural products, chemical-free upholstery and decorative accessories that showcase the beauty nature has to offer can give your home the personalized look you desire.

Eclectic Bedroom

Your bedroom can become an eclectic, personally unique oasis with the inclusion of furniture made with sustainability in mind and bedding that supports your eco-friendly lifestyle. When you’re focused on living a healthy lifestyle, acquiring the proper amount of sleep should be one of your priorities. An eco-friendly mattress and eco-friendly bedding is the ideal foundation for a good night’s sleep. Choosing wood or tile flooring can also help make your bedroom a healthier place.

Live plants in quirky containers can enhance your eclectic décor. Rugs and pillows made from natural material can help make a room feel cozy. Add eclectic elements to your décor that provide a glimpse of your personality or showcase your interests.






Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Earn Free Gift Cards With Swagbucks!!


All throughout April, you can earn large bonuses when you sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $200 in Amazon gift cards and PayPal cash!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Furnishing Your Living Room

Tips for Furnishing a Living Room

When you shop for living room furniture and accessories, keep the purpose of the room forefront in your mind. Typically, this is a room where a lot of living will happen. It’s a room where family and friends will gather for fun, togetherness and much more. You want the furnishings you select to be compatible with your lifestyle and with the activity level of your family.

Make a General Plan

Before you buy your first piece of living room furniture, sketch out a plan depicting the final layout of the room. Measure the space where you plan to put seating, tables and the entertainment center. Be sure to leave plenty of room for easy traffic flow through the room. This is essential if you have young children who will be running and playing in the room. It’s good to have an unobstructed flow through the room whenever you entertain or when elderly family members with mobility issues visit.

Choose a Style

Browsing through living room furniture in Mesa is a good way to discover what types of furniture appeals to you. A small conversation area that leaves an open play area for the kids might be conducive to your lifestyle. A large sectional sofa with oversized ottoman might be ideal if you have children or teens that love lounging while watching television. Comfort is a key element in a living room where the family spends a lot of time.

Make Practical Choices

If you’re furnishing a living room that will be a place for kids, pets and adults to hang out, you’ll want to select furniture with upholstery that is stain-resistant and tough enough to withstand pet paws and energetic kids. Even if you’re not worried about the kids or pets staining the upholstery, there’s always a chance of spills occurring when you entertain guest. A lot of different activities may go on in the living room. Therefore, you might want to create some individualized spaces. Depending on your lifestyle, your living room might need a reading nook, an entertainment area and a space for adults to relax.

Furnish the living room so that it will be everyone’s favorite room in the house. Opt for durable and practical if you have small children. You can go for elegance after the kids grow up.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swago Spring Edition Is Here! #Swagbucks

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
     
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
     
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
     
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!



The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Sign Up For Swagbucks And Earn!! #SwagbucksMarch

Want some extra boost for your budget this month? 

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral in March. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 



When you sign up through me, you can earn an additional $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 4/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.  

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $140 in Amazon, eBay and Walmart gift cards, and even PayPal cash!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Win $10,000 On Monday! #Swagbucks

On Monday, February 26th, Swagbucks is putting up over $10,000 that you can win playing fun trivia games! SwagIQ (available for iPhone and. Android) is a live, multiplayer trivia game show you play from your phone! 


Each weekday, Swag IQ broadcasts a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. If you don't have a Swagbucks account, you can sign up for one here and then download the app!

In celebration of Swagbucks's 10th Birthday, they're going to broadcast 4 shows throughout the day and give away at least $10,000! It will likely be more since the more people who sign-up via SwagIQ prior to each game, the bigger the grand prize! 

1st Game Show: 1:00 PM Eastern Time/10:00 AM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $1500. 
2nd Game Show: 4:00 PM Eastern Time/1:00 PM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $2000. 
3rd Game Show: 7:00 PM Eastern Time/4:00 PM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $2500 
4th Game Show: 10:00 PM Eastern Time/7:00 PM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $4000 

To play SwagIQ, download the app to your iPhone and Android today.
 


It's really easy to play, too: 
The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one. Get it right; you get SB and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.   

Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have a bonus SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get those SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.  When you get to the end of the game, you can claim all of the SB that you've earned. 

You can use all the SB points you earn playing SwagIQ to get PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Earn Money While Playing Trivia! #Swagbucks

Want to earn money while answering fun trivia questions? SwagIQ (available for iPhone and. Android) is a live, multiplayer trivia game show you play from your phone!



Each weekday, Swag IQ broadcasts a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. If you don't have a Swagbucks account, you can sign up for one here and then download the app!

Our game show host will then ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one. Get it right; you get SB and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize. 





Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get those SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.

The first public game is today at 4PM Eastern Time/1PM Pacific Time. So, tune-in then win up to $1000 playing SwagIQ. The host will review how to play before the game starts!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Want an extra boost to your budget in February?? 

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral this month. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 
2. Earn 300 SB total before 3/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.  

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over $80 in Amazon and Walmart gift cards!

 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The First Swago 2018 Edition! #Swagbucks

Still recovering from all of your holiday shopping? The online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save when you spend.  
 


Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's
a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.  

Click here to get started!  
Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 300 SB - enough for your first $3 gift card.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, January 26th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus. 

    Also, if you sign up through me this month, you'll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the "Swag Ups" area of "My Account"