Archive for May, 2016

A Day for Remembering

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What Works for this Sun Room and What Doesn’t

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This beautiful atrium style sun room has so much potential. Alternately it’s potential is not being utilized. Find out what works in this room and what could be improved upon to make this room live up to its full potential.

Architecture is the key element that the eye is drawn to. The overhead beams, with full of windows serving as the roof, almost makes the eye look past the furniture and flooring, right through the windows to the gorgeous view.

The biggest mistake is that the rhythm is thrown off by the floor material.  The pattern on the floor is distracting to the overall flow of the room, pulling the eyes down rather than allowing to viewer to gaze outside.  Being so close to nature, a nice tile or wood floor would be more appropriate for this space. Adding a warm area rug would pull the seating group together and designate a comfortable space for people to gather.

The table set into this space is a good choice for the room.  The table is long in order to seat at least four individuals, but it is also shallow.  A deeper table would block movement through the space.  

However, the right side of the room contains chairs that do not continue the theme of shallow furniture.  Creatively shallow chairs would be a better fit for the space. It would make it easier to navigate the space and it would feel free flowing.

Notice there is not a large amount of decor in the space, rather the pieces in the sunroom are essential to the space, but nothing further has been added.  This is a wonderful approach to keeping the airy, sunny view.  A crowded room would detract from the space and block the windows.   

Architecturally speaking this sun room is spectacular. Given the furnishings and the layout it feels like an airy space inviting the viewer to gaze outside and enjoy the light. The lesson here is try to carry some unity throughout a space. if it has strong architectural features, mirror them in a subtle way throughout the space.

How To Make Citronella Candles

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The time of year is upon us when bugs and mosquitoes are beginning to be overbearing. They’re a nuisance at parties and barbeques, they really annoying in the yard, and they cause a lot of grumbling when camping. And that’s before they bite! If one manages to get to you, then you have to deal with the irritation and itchiness that follows. Retailers know this and so they charge a pretty penny for any outdoor remedies. Did you know you can make your own citronella candles? It’s both easy and cheap!!! So much so that you’ll be able to make enough of them to completely protect the outdoor space you’re trying to enjoy.

Shopping List

  • Mason Jars
  • Citronella Torch Fuel
  • 1/8” Lamp Wicks (torch wick replacement or smaller, otherwise flame too big)
  • Nail punch and Nail
  • Hammer

How To

  1. Punch hole in the lid of the Mason jar. Do so through the bottom of the lid so the wick is easy to insert.
  2. Twist and insert wick through bottom of lid and leave 1/8” sticking out of the top.
  3. Fill jar with citronella torch fuel.
  4. Place the wick in the fuel and screw the lid onto the jar.

Because this is so very easy you could also make extras as gifts for the neighbors. Even better, have a candle making party and invite people over to join in on the project and the fun!

Good places to put them:

  • Kitchen window
  • Window Sills
  • Patios
  • Around a campfire
  • Around the entire yard if you’re having a party

Note: Over time you will have to occasionally replace the candles because the rubber ring around lid will eventually melt and make it difficult to reopen the jar.

The Basics for Making Homemade Granola Bars

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Do you need a way to keep children busy this summer?  What about snacks for them?  Here’s a recipe that is also a great activity with kids.  They will enjoy being able to eat what they made themselves!

Homemade granola bars are easy to make, require few ingredients and can be customized for your taste buds. Store bought granola is loaded with sugar. Making your own will give you the control to make a healthier version of a favorite snack.

What You Will Need:

5 Cups Oatmeal (do not use the quick serve kind)

1 Cup Honey

1 ½ Cup chocolate chips (this can be replaced with dry fruit if you prefer)

1 Cup of chopped nuts (this could be pecans, almonds or whatever kind of nut you prefer)

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl add the oatmeal. You may want to warm the honey up by placing it in a bowl of hot water for several minutes. The honey should be easy to mix and warm honey is much better than room temperature honey.

Add the honey to the oats and mix well with a spatula. Next add chocolate chips and nuts to the mixture.

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spoon mixture into a greased rectangular pan. Do not skip the step of greasing the pan.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Check the granola to make sure it is not burning at 15 minutes. Cook time is variable to certain ovens and the thickness of your bars.

Cut the granola into bars after cooling for 15 minutes.

 

Experiment with different nuts and dried fruits. This is a simple recipe that can be altered for different seasons or moods. Feel free to add cinnamon to the recipe for an added yummy flavor!

All About Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tile has been around since ancient times and has been used in interior and exterior applications. There is something special about a natural product that maintains beauty and strength for decades and even centuries. The durability is displayed in historic homes and structures, for that should be appreciated. Find out what you need to know about this fantastic natural product.

Yes ceramic tile is a natural product that is made from clay, minerals and water. Different glazes provides much variety that ceramic tile has to offer. The tile has a ceramic coating that enhances the tile with a certain color. This allows many different color ways available in the same tile patterns. The texture and pattern is innate in the particular tile itself.

This floor option is durable and easy to maintain. It is easily cared for by being swept and mopped. There is no other maintenance needed. Because of the ease and versatility, it is perfect in homes with pets and children.  Ceramic tile does not hold on to odor, allergens or bacteria and adds peace of mind. There are different grade options for the glaze that give the tile it’s added stability to be stain and scratch resistant.  Visit our website to find out what grade option is right for your home and family.

From mosaic to backsplash, wall or floor tile, ceramic tile offers an array of options. The colors, patterns and textures are abundant. This natural product is also fireproof because it doesn’t burn at any temperature and therefore will not fuel any fire. It is also water resistant and will not be damaged by water.

This material has proven it’s vigilance over time and should be celebrated for that. If you desire a natural product in your home that can stand up to the test of time and life than ceramic tile is the perfect option for you. Check out our website to view different colors, textures and even highly decorative tiles that can provide almost any look that you can dream up!

Burn More Calories During the Day

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There are some easy things you can do to burn more calories throughout the day. No matter if you are a stay at home mom, work from home or in an office, there are ways to increase your calorie burn throughout day to day life.

Dance while getting chores done. Play music in the back ground instead of TV. Listening to music will help you be more productive. It is easy to have the TV on in the background, but it usually means getting distracted. Listening to music also makes you want to move your body. Go with it and dance while you clean the kitchen or do laundry.

Do squats while you cook or stand at your desk. You can do this at the office and at home. Standing has been proven to increase productivity. Add doing squats and you will really get energized.

Lunge as you walk around. This is another exercise you can do daily at home, or in the work place (depending how easily you embarrass). Lunges burn calories and tone your lower body.

Take a brisk walk every day. After lunchtime is ideal. Generally this is the time of day where we feel sluggish. A five to ten minute brisk walk will burn calories, keep your metabolism going and make you more alert. If the weather doesn’t permit a walk, do jumping jacks instead.

Drink eight glasses of water a day. Water keeps your body running smoothly and helps maintain metabolism. The more water you drink, the less calorie packed drinks are consumed. Once you get used to drinking water, nothing else will be able to quench your thirst in the same way.

Drink green tea during the afternoon. It is thought that drinking three cups of green tea a day will help increase loss of belly fat. 

Help Your Daughter to Prepare for a Formal Dance Part 2

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Okay, so you’ve got everything covered so far because you followed our advice in Part 1. Three months ahead of time you did as much prep work as possible. Now it’s countdown time! Let’s take a look at all of the important consideration you need to make when the dance is just one month away.

1 month

  • Make a salon appointment for her hair and nails.
  • Arrange any alterations that the dress may need, and plan on more than one visit.

1 week

  • Help her and her friends pick a great place to take ‘before’ photos. Typically everyone, meaning all of the kids and parents, meet in one spot so capturing the moment is easily done as a group. Keep lighting in mind too! Outdoors in soft, natural, late afternoon light will provide the best photos.
  • If she’s going to wear heels have her walk around in them at home for a few days so she doesn’t feel like Bambi on the big night.
  • Do a trial run with her hair and makeup. This is a great way to prevent mental meltdowns on the day of the dance.

Day before

  • Take her for her manicure and pedicure. It’s best to wait until the day before because teenagers are active and distracted and there’s a good chance she’ll ruin it ahead of time.
  • Stock her evening bag. She’ll need enough cash for whatever may come up and this should include cab fare in case anything should happen to go wrong and she wants to come home. She’ll also need lipstick, a compact mirror, perfume, blotting papers, etc.
  • Purchase a corsage for her date.

Night before

  • Fully charge her phone because she will be LIVING on it the whole next day.
  • Make her go to bed early, no matter how excited she is.
  • Have her drink extra water so she looks her best on the big night.
  • Create a little itinerary for the next day so time doesn’t slip away too fast for her to be ready.

Day of

  • Keep her phone charging while she’s using it so it has full battery power when she heads out for the night.
  • Make it all come to life!

Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1 – Planning in advance

Help Your Daughter to Prepare for a Formal Dance

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We know family is important to all of our customers.  We have put together this information to help with this important time of the year.

There are few things as sacred and magical as a formal dance in high school. It is one of our most treasured and timeless traditions. While some girls could take or leave it, most are thrilled to pieces when the time finally comes to be part of something so special.

Their excitement is awesome and contagious, but it lacks one important thing. Practicality! While your daughter’s heart is dreaming of the prettiest night ever, her head is not thinking through the logistics.

This is your chance to be super-mom and prove to her exactly why she couldn’t possibly ever live without you. This will make you feel good too because in just a few short years she’ll leave the nest and need you a little less. Here’s your opportunity Mom! Follow this plan and help make it her best night ever!

3 months in advance

  • Purchase prom tickets and any photography packages that will be offered.
  • Purchase the dress! As well as the bag, shoes, and jewelry to go with it. By getting an early start you’ll have the very best selection.  You might also be able to get the best price because retailers aren’t yet trying to hone in on formal event demand, like they will when prom is right around the corner.
  • Make sure the bag is large enough to carry everything she’ll need that night. (See Part 2.) Function, then form.
  • Be the voice of reason when it comes to the shoes. She may love a pair of three inch high heels, but they may not be age appropriate. Worse, she’ll be totally miserable in them within thirty minutes on the night of the dance.
  • Where jewelry is concerned, let her have fun! It’s not something we get to go crazy with on a daily basis.
  • Have her decide what she’d like her hair, makeup, and nails to look like.
  • Set a transportation plan for the evening. Keep in mind that teenagers often consider a formal dance the ideal excuse to ride in a limo. If this is going to be the case, go ahead and book the limo because they will become scarce closer to the date of the dance.

Next read Part 2 – The countdown