Getting Some Back Yard Inspiration

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I have been working on some DIY projects around the house for about a year now. We started by redoing all of the paneling on the walls in the living room. It was such a long process because we had to spackle each individual line in the paneling. And then it took so many coats of paint. It looks fantastic now but believe me it was a nightmare.

Working on the walls. Coat 2 down. At least 2 more to go before color. #DIY.

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Then we started working on the floors. We had the nastiest carpet. We have lived in this house for 12 years, and the carpet was here when we moved in. Thankfully I had some manual labor I could put to work for me. They were not much help putting in the new floor, but hey, I can’t have everything I want. 

Free labor #DIY #Remodel

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I have a lot of projects in the house that I want to work on, but as I have said before, I kind of bounce all over the place when I am working on projects, and I tend to have trouble staying in one area of the house for long.  So since the weather has started being so nice, I can not bare the idea of being inside the house any longer than I have to.  All I want to do is spend more time outside. That means that my projects have gone outside too.

I have this beautiful garden that I started last year, but I really want to expand on the way the yard looks. I have such big plans on how I want the landscaping to look. That means, I have been spending hours online searching different plants, different layouts and different deck designs.

During my searches, I have absolutely fallen in love with this flower landscape. I just love how it looks like I have walked into some fairy tale land.

And then of course I need somewhere to sit while I am enjoying such a gorgeous view. I can dream about being able to have something like this, somewhere among the flowers.

Once I am done all of my daydreaming, and my family rudely reminds me that I can’t really have a garden like that in my little yard, and that I do not have a gorgeous pond waiting for me, I start looking for some realistic options on what I can do in the yard. I am been thinking about adding a deck to the house. We always do the projects ourselves. I really enjoy DIY projects. It has 2 benefits for us. I can afford a diy deck much easier than paying for someone to build it for me, but I also feel accomplished once I get them finished.

I would love to be able to start on a deck at some point soon, but until then, my Pinterest boards will be filled with all kinds of inspiration ideas.  When you are looking at your yard, what kind of things are you daydreaming about adding?

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5 Best Life Hacks for Busy People

5 Best Life Hacks for Busy People

To me, the best life hacks are the ones that make each and every day easier on me. I’m a super busy person, so anything that will save me time and effort is always welcome. Since I know I’m not the only one out there running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, I’ve put together some of the best life hacks for making every day go smoothly.

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Top Things Your Teen Driver Should Know About Cars

Top Things Your Teen Driver Should Know About Cars

Well, your teenage son or daughter finally studied hard, practiced plenty, and earned his or her driver’s license. Now, all he can think about is getting his own car and driving off into the sunset. But does your teen know the basics of car ownership and maintenance. We’re not talking about rebuilding an engine here, we just mean basic car care in Greenville that will prevent your daughter being stranded on the side of the highway. Here are some of the basics every teen driver should know.

 

Keep an Eye on the Gauges

The main gauge parents want their teens to keep an eye on is the speedometer, though it may actually be the least likely to get their attention. Still, they should know what it looks like when the “check engine” light is on and if the engine temperature is getting too high. If there is a tachometer in the car, teach them what the red line means and how to tell if the engine is revving strangely. Of course, the gas gauge is of utmost importance, and you should let them know how to tell when it’s time to stop at the gas station.

 

Tire Treatment

The tires on any car or truck have their own set of requirements for car care in Greenville. Show your teen how to administer a “penny test” to measure the amount of tire tread remaining to make sure it is safe. If you notice the tread running thin, be sure to bring it to their attention. Also, tires should be routinely alternated to ensure even wear. It’s absolutely vital that your teen driver be able to change a tire on their vehicle. Show him or her how to do it once, then let them give it a shot.

 

Eye on Fluids

Be sure to pop the hood on the vehicle and get your child acquainted with what’s inside. He or she should know where the battery is, how to put water in the radiator, and how to measure and refill the engine oil receptacle. Speaking of oil, make sure your teen follows the proper schedule of getting the vehicle’s oil changed. He or she should take it to a reputable shop offering car care in Greenville, and the teen should stay with the car to make sure the service station changes the filters and adds new oil.

 

Cold Weather Care

Modern cars don’t really need to be warmed up on cold mornings any more, but teens should know it is much safer to allow the windshield to become completely clear before trying to drive. Not only will letting the car run for a few minutes warm up the heater and window defroster, it will get the fluids flowing in the engine. If your teen is likely to need to clear the windshield of snow or ice, make sure they use a scraper, not something that could scratch the window or hot water that could crack the window.

 

Having a teen driver in your family can be a bit nerve-racking, but it also is a good teaching opportunity. Take a few minutes to teach them basic car care in Greenville. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Best Travel Accessories for Techies

Best Travel Accessories for Techies

Best Travel Accessories for Techies

Are you a techie? Do you love to travel? Then you’ve come to the right place. Traveling is a blast, but it’s a regular atom bomb when you travel with your techie doodads and gizmos. That’s why I’ve put together some of the best travel accessories for techies around. I think it’s a nice combination of protective, productive, and fun.

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Family Time is Fun Time #WhenWeBake Sponsored

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This post was sponsored by Country Crock, however all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. 

Family Time is wherever you find it, but in our family we particularly enjoy baking. It’s a great way to encourage togetherness, and it’s just plain fun! When my family bakes together, we always enjoy one another, laughing, getting out hands full of flour, AND stealing a big bite of cookie dough or a cupcake.

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To celebrate family time and togetherness and Mother’s Day, Country Crock brought the fun to family time to the New York Tri-Sate area with a unique opportunity. Kids were able to create a special Mother’s Day cookie cutter on paper, which Country Crock will create via a 3-D printer. Families can use these cookie cutters to make Mother’s Day family time even more special!

To really round out your family time this Mother’s Day – and any time – visit Country Crock’s recipe page to discover all kinds of great baking recipes to make family time a truly memorable time. There’s no more greater family time experience than the one we share when we bake.

With the help of a friendly grocery store, Country Crock was able to share with unsuspecting families the good that happens, when we bake. All that was needed were a few colored pencils, the modern magic of a 3D printer, and the reminder that watching a child’s imagination come to life is one of the special joys of baking together. Don’t miss the original film in the #WhenWeBake series at WhenWeBake.com.

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Now you can have  a chance to win a fun kit like this one so that you can share in the #WhenWeBake fun, including your own 3D cookie cutter. To participate, all you have to do is post a personal memory or story about spending time as a family in the kitchen or around the table with the #WhenWeBake hashtag in the blog comments section.

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Traveling with your Dog

If you are like most dog owners, you always take your dog with you when you go out even when it is just a short trip. We, as dog owners, love our dogs and that makes us want to take them with us. And dog love to get in the car and go anywhere with you. While it is fun to take our puppies with us when we travel, there are some very important safety measures that should be taken to help keep your dog safe.

1. Never leave your dog in the car. You wouldn’t leave your kid in the car by themselves, you shouldn’t do it with your dog. Temperatures as low as 78 degrees can make the car feel like it is in triple digits. In those temperatures, even for just a few minutes, can cause serious harm, illness or even death to your dog.  In some states, it is even illegal to leave your dog unattended.

2. Your Pet Needs Identification. You never know when something will go wrong. Emergencies can happen anytime. Whether it is a car accident, your call breaks down or even your dog could jump out of the car, your dog could get away from you. Make sure that your dog has the proper identification. It is the only way that the authorities can get your dog back to you. Whether you go for a simple method, like dog tags, or a more high tech way, such as a microchip, it will help you get your dog returned.

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6 Best Apps That Take Care of Parenting Worries

6 Best Apps That Take Care of Parenting Worries

There is nothing in life more rewarding than becoming a parent. You are now in charge of the caretaking of another human being. That’s a tremendous amount of responsibility. Fortunately,  modern technology provides many safeguards for the protection of your child as well as some that lessen your daily burdens. Here are six apps that make the lives of parents easier.

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Great Road Trip Games

1. 20 Questions: Everyone knows 20 Questions. One person thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Then, everyone asks up to 20 questions to the player. The questions only be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Whoever guesses correctly becomes the next person to think of something.

2. The Alphabet Game: The games goes around in a circle. The players work through the alphabet looking for something that starts with a specific letter. For example: A might be apple tree or a word on a sign. Once a player finds an A word, the next player moves onto B. Another way to play is that each player works their way through the Alphabet and the first rider to work through the alphabet wins. Variation: Use only letters found on billboards, or letters on license plates.

3. The Animal Game: If you are in more rural areas try the animal game. Keep on the lookout for animals and when you see one be the first to make that animal’s sound. The first person to make the animal sound wins a point.

4. Radio Game 1: Hit the “scan” button on your radio until it stops on a song. The first person to guess the artist wins.

5. Radio Game 2: This game is a fun way to keep everyone from fighting over the music that is playing. The first person to take a turn goes through the dial until they find a song they like. Everyone needs to listen to the whole song. Then the next person picks a song. The only rule is that if you go all the way through the dial without finding a song you like then you need to listen to the last song you land on or lose a turn.

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Best House Plants for Travelers

Best House Plants for Travelers

If you travel frequently or are just generally on-the-go, keeping house plants alive can be a challenge. This list of the best house plants for travelers will help you enjoy your travel and also enjoy beautiful, healthy house plants.

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Quick and Easy Guide to a Beautiful Butterfly Garden

Beautiful Butterfly Garden

Your Quick and Easy Guide to a Beautiful Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are beautiful to watch fluttering through a garden. When choosing plants to attract the butterflies, be sure to pick flowers that are best hardy to your area by checking out a garden zone map. You can view your hardiness zones based on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map or Canada’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Follow these quick and easy guidelines to attract butterflies to your garden.

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