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Friday, January 27, 2017

Violin Teacher

Prior to Christmas, one of my daughter's wishlist is to have her own violin.  I tried to find a good deal on a violin online but never really found one so we just bought our daughter's violin at a local store.  One good thing about it is that, we can  bring it back if  we  find a defect on it which  I doubt  but you never know.  We are not  expoert when it comes to this kind of music instrument so we don't really know.  We will find out when my daughter's violin teacher sees it.  He is still out of the country and my daughter can't wait to start.  I hope that he would be able to  teach her.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shopping at the Amish Store

roadtrip to Ohio won't be complete  if we don't shop at the Amish store called the Swiss Village.  It is a bulk store where you can buy  pretty much everything  that most  made by the Amish community.  One of the many things e we bought there that I love  is the pudding mix with coconut, it was really good.  I wish that there is an Amish community nearby so we could go there anytime but it's a long drive from where we are.
 The kids love  roaming around inside the store because there are food  in every corner for tasting purposes.
 I love to get their pasta and coconut  oil because they are not as expensive as the ones you find in the regular store.
 Here's an example of a tasting corner.  Their salsa are really good.
If you love cheese, you can try different kinds.

The cashier gave both of the kids this wooden token for them to enjoy some perks when we come back and shop. They were told that they can enjoy an ice cream cone when they visit.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

How To Decorate Your Kids Room So That It Grows With Them

Having a space that they can call their own is imperative for both the mental and physical well being of any child. Kids rooms need to be bright, cheerful and easily adaptable as interests change quickly, favourite cartoons come and go and even 'babyish' bedding can be rejected on the flimsiest pretext. The average kid's room will be fully redecorated at least three to four times during their childhood. You’ll start off with a brand new nursery, filled with teddies and trains with wicker rocking chairs, ideal for when they don’t settle in the middle of the night, and soft, cotton curtains. These will then be replaced by superhero wallpaper, car duvets, pink carpets and expensive flowery stencils for furniture at around the age of five.

By the time your kids turn ten their tastes and personalities may have changed so pink could be deemed too ‘girly’ and they’ll definitely want a more grown up, neutral and sophisticated space to entertain friends in by the time they hit their late teens. Kids also grow physically so you may need to purchase at least two new beds, mattresses and sheets because one size certainly does not fit all as most exasperated moms find out sooner or later.

You certainly don't want to be taking a paintbrush to the walls every couple of years, for one, the costs will soon mount up and secondly, decorating takes time which we're fairly sure you'll need for other home improvement projects along the way. Having too many paints, varnishes and chemicals open too often aren't good for our health but it's especially not good for our children's. So by relenting to their clamours of a ‘disney themed bedroom’ too early you may be doing them more harm than good. However, just by following a couple of rules, you can create a beautiful kids bedroom for both boys and girls. It’s be on-trend elegant, stylish but is also still incredibly kid-friendly and the room design  will last for at least five years if not much longer.

Think Carefully About Colour

Don't automatically feel like you need to go down the pink princess or blue ocean route just because you’re decorating a kids room. Think about non-gendered colours such as peach, yellow, green, purple or even red. As it's a kids room, unlike in predominantly adult spaces where neutral tones are much more welcome you can get away with brighter colours. But before you go ordering paint samples and comparing ‘periwinkle’ blue to lavender ‘delight’, it's worth considering where exactly you plan on using these colours and if a child of ten will think that those shades look great together.
Strong blanket coverage of a bright colour such as red will make any room look smaller and darker, instead use a secondary colour such a navy, or white and keep the red for accents. Pastels are great colours for playful kids rooms as they'll help space feel light and airy, but don't be afraid of going for a more muted colour, for example, a teal, if you're looking to lift it with say a bright yellow. When it comes to wallpaper or stencil designs why not go for a geometric? Striped? Or even a multi-dimensional 3D pattern? Picking the right colours, fabrics and patterns now means a stylish, expandable colour scheme that your child will still love later on.

Avoid Anything Too Cartoony

One of the easiest ways to limit a room's shelf life is by tying it to a particular book, kids movie or even a popular toy. While the thought of an entirely Barbie-centric room for Anna is a fantastic idea now, in only a few short years she'll definitely be into something else or else her room will seem very dated. It's fine to have a few themed items such as a desk; it'll look very pink and pretty, or some curtains that can easily be replaced but try to avoid buying expensive bed sheets, duvets, rugs, wallpaper and even furniture that are too cartoony. For example, if your child really loves dolls then you could create a dollhouse inspired room with candy pink and white striped wallpaper, Lacy curtains, cream furniture and an elegant canopy bed. Finishing the room with a doll themed duvet cover and prints of fashion dolls on the walls.

Buy Adult Size Furniture

This may seem a strange idea as you may be currently thinking ‘but children are small so don't they need all mini versions of items’? Well, not necessarily, of course, you should buy them child a size bed  after they’ve outgrown their baby cot beds but hold off on ordering that mini armoire because you'll get a lot more use out of full-size furniture than a mini set. Firstly, just because they're kids doesn't mean they can't open a drawer low down, secondly just store items in lower drawers and on rails further down until they can reach higher up. Embrace the space and create storage options that suit your child, so if they love to read, they'll need lots of shelves, plus a small size bookshelf to store paperbacks, comics and school books. Skip the overpriced toy box and go for dual purpose plastic boxes that can easily be emptied and then refilled to store tech, games or make up when they're older.
Encourage Wider Interests

Your child might love space, rockets and exploring so why not pop some glow in-the-dark stars on their ceiling? Buy them a proper telescope? Or hang fun planet decorations on the walls. These, unlike movies and TV shows, are general interests and tend to last longer. Other things that kids love are animals, food and seeing new things so for an aspiring chef a dessert inspired bedroom might be quite cool, or wildlife lovers could have a painted mural of animals found in different parts of the world. Have fun and talk to your child about what they want in their room. If you really can't dissuade them from My Little Pony, instead of  expensive wallpaper go for something small like a lampshade or cushion they'll be ecstatic. You might as well let her display her horses everywhere as chances are it'll be all about Shopkins next week!  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Frigidaire Side By Side #Refrigerator

We bought this Samsung  french door refrigerator with dual ice maker  on May 2015 and it only lasted  for  1 year and 5 months and it went   downhill.  We started having  trouble with it since  September of last year so we contacted  Samsung since it was still under warranty.  Dealing with their   customer service is horrible!  We  had a scheduled, they cancelled on us for  several occasion which drove me crazy because I have wasted time waiting for them  at home only to be notified that they weren't coming.   They did this for three occasions.  We paid for diagnostics and service but they did not  fixed the  issue.  My husband finally had  with them and reported them to Better Business Bureau.  We  demanded a refund  but  they promised to fixed it for free.   
They sent a technician,  diagnosed what's wrong with it, replaced  the part that they said what's causing the problem but then the refrigerator stopped cooling down. We called them again, complained about it and Samsung promised that they are going to  fix it.  By this time I was already fed up with the situation since we did not have  refrigerator for a week  and food were getting bad.    The technician came and  told us that we have to pay the parts which would cost us another $357.  We have spent  over 300 bucks already for the diagnostics and  parts so I didn't want to  spend more for something that is  very defective.   I told my husband, I'd rather get a new refrigerator than dealing with this crappy one that just keep  having issues.    I can tell you this, I will never buy  Samsung appliances ever again because  #Samsung really sucks.   
On December the 14th, he went to Lowe's and purchase this side by side Frigidaire refrigerator for $1139.23.  I told him to just get a plain one, I don't even want the one with ice maker since this new home that we bought  does not have a hose to hook it up on.  He still got the one with  ice maker on it though, he said that he will hook it up sometimes (we will see).  
Those delivery guys was sure in a hurry, they left me a refrigerator with all the plastics and  shelves still unattached, sigh.  I attached them myself after realizing  it when they were already gone.  It was my fault though because I did not inspect  inside when they were done.   
This is a small refrigerator  but I am okay with it  since we have a big  chest freezer  at the basement in which we put all our  meat.  I hope that this would  last at least few years unlike the Samsung  that we had.  Prior to Samsung, we had a GE and it last for 10 years.  
My husband is very disappointed with the overall poor quality of most things today. Refrigerators don't last 20 to 30 years anymore. One is lucky to get 10 years these days. He believes that a company should back their product, especially for defects and/or poor quality. He thinks it is very sad that people feel they should have to purchase extended warranties and protection plans. As Americans, we need to push back and demand more. If we settle for garbage, they will keep selling us garbage.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Family Friendly Financial Foresight Fixes Festive Fuss

It’s that time of year again when everyone embraces the festive merriment. Christmas is a wonderful time of having, giving, receiving and sharing. For helping those less fortunate, and enjoying what we have. And it’s important to have as wonderful a time as it’s possible to have. But this will mean that you need to spend money to achieve this as well.
So, you need to understand the sorts of costs you’re going to be facing at Christmas time. As a family, you may be facing an expensive time at Christmas. That's why it’s really important to keep on top of your finances and do as much as you can to make your money stretch further. The way to do this is to make sure you have a bit of financial foresight so that you will prevent problems as Christmas forays ever nearer. In this post, we are going to explore the ways in which you can make better financial decisions to help you over the festive period that little bit more.

How Are You Doing Christmas?

It’s important to think about how you are going to do Christmas this year. There are a lot of options you may have that will help you to reduce the cost and expense over the festive season. It’s just important to think about what you are planning for the festive season. Will you host, or are you going to some else’s house? Is it going to be a family affair, or would you rather spend it together just you guys? This is something you have to figure out first because it is going to dictate other costs. The best thing to do is to consider what you want to get out of this Christmas, and who you will be spending it with. Then you will be perfectly placed to be able to sort out a budget and get to grips with how much this is likely to cost you as a family.

Be Sensible About Presents

Yes, Christmas is a time for giving, and you want to get presents for the family. But you also need to be sensible about it. Don't be one of those parents who spends hundreds of dollars on presents for your kids every year and then wonder why you're struggling financially. Christmas doesn't have to cost the Earth, but a lot of that comes down to the approach you choose to take. Consider what the kids want for presents and then make decisions based on that. You don't have to get them everything on their list. In fact, you don't even have to get them anything that's on the list. It's more important to think about what will make good presents that are also affordable. You could even get creative and consider making presents to curb the costs, and you should certainly set a limit.

Money Saving Ideas

Money saving ideas are the best way of making sure you can enjoy an affordable family Christmas. So, let’s look at some of the ways in which you can save costs over the festive season. Well, for one thing, you should consider getting yourself an artificial tree. This is cost-effective as it can be resumed again and again, and will cost considerably less than a fresh one. The cleanup job will also be less intense and strenuous! You could make your own decorations for the tree as well, and this can turn into a fun family project for the kids. It’s a cost-effective way of personalizing the home a bit more and having the whole family involved too. You may also want to consider shopping the sales and going for bargains as much as you possibly can. Charity gifts are a good way of saving some money, and you also need to think harder about who you are giving gifts to. Regifting is always a clever way of saving money as well because it means you don't have to buy a new gift.

Saving

As well as making savings on your Christmas you also have to bear in mind that you need to start generating savings. And it’s important to do this now! You don't want to get bogged down in the financial problems that come with an expensive festive season. So, you need to make sure you are careful with your cash, and that you start to save up any disposable income. There are plenty of savings tips that you can apply to everyday life in general, but you also need to think about the Christmas period. Consider why it’s important to generate savings and have a financial safety net. In fact, you might actually have money saved up already, in which case you can choose what to do with it. It might be a good idea to give some of this away to charity or do something good with the money. Out, you could save it for a rainy day so you can start the new year off on the right sort of financial footing.
DIY a Lot of It

One of the best ideas you can employ to save money over the Christmas period is to DIY a lot of it. We've already talked a bit about making presents and decorations, but you could really make the most of this. It’s important that you consider the best ways to enjoy a DIY Christmas. Hopefully, you will have a lot of Christmas related bits and pieces at home already from previous years. It’s time to take out the tree, decorations and gift wrap and use them, as opposed to buying more. You could make a lot of the Christmas food or snacks from scratch. Decorating the home yourself and going for DIY presents and refreshments is always a great way of saving money. You might choose to make Christmas cards to hand out as well. A DIY Christmas might seem like quite a lot of work, but this financial foresight can really help the family have a stress free Christmas period.

Secret Santa

A great gift idea for Christmas is to come up with a Secret Santa system. This may not be the right approach if you have young kids. But it works if your children are grown up, and it’s perfect between friends as well. You basically implement a Secret Santa approach to gifts. That way you don't have a scenario where each person has to buy something for everyone else. This can be problematic because people will often be stifling financially, and will feel obligated to buy a lot of presents. With Secret Santa, everyone will receive fewer gifts, but you will find that it is a fairer way of doing things, and more cost-effective. Using Secret Santa will save you a lot of money over Christmas, as well as making things much less stressful and intensive.

Give Something Back

A lot of people like to give back at Christmas time, and why not?! After all, it’s the time of goodwill and generosity, and a lot of people have it tough around Christmas. You may want to give something back, but you could feel as though you don't have the finances to do that. Well, with a bit of financial planning you could actually do some real good without spending a lot, or anything. One idea you might try to implement is a unique twist on the advent calendar. Rather than buying traditional chocolate calendars you instead get a box. And each advent day adds something to the box by way of food or clothing. Then at the end of the process, you can take it to a homeless shelter or food bank. The great thing about this approach is that it helps you to do some good without costing too much. You can select a lot of food and clothing from home to add to the advent box.

Do You Really Want to Take Out That Loan?

Many people make the decisions to take out loans to get them through the Christmas period. And this is something that might even have crossed your mind as well. If so then you need to think hard about whether it’s the right choice for you. As a family are you going to benefit from taking out this loan, or is it going to lead to further long-term problems. Many people find themselves falling foul of high interest rate debt as a result of taking out loans. So this is something that you need to consider carefully and with a great deal of caution as well. Loans can seem like a good idea, and a way out of trouble, but can often prove to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Make sure you think a hard about whether you really want to take out the loan.

You have to make a lot of important financial decisions over the festive period. And if you can plan in advance and be practical you will have no issues with your money. Hopefully, the ideas and advice on this post will work wonders for you. Christmas should be a time of year that everyone can enjoy and in order to do that you need to get your finances in order. So these are some of the most effective ways you can go about achieving that.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

4 Changes To Your Home As You Grow Older

As you get older, it is often not as easy to do certain tasks as it used to be. If you have had an injury or a surgical procedure that limits your abilities, then your inability to engage in various activities can often be enhanced. If you want to enjoy a safe and healthy life as you get older, then it helps to have some tools installed that make it easier for you to get around in your home and avoid the most common home injuries.

New Showers

The idea of a shower can be dangerous for people of any age, let alone elderly people who are limited in their mobility. There are plenty of elderly showers you can install in your home that allow you to enjoy the full benefits of a shower, but without the possibility of injury. Shower floors can be slippery and it can often be difficult for the elderly to stand in a shower for long periods of time. An elderly shower eliminates all of those issues and makes showering safe for everyone.

Wider Doors

It is not uncommon for people to require assistance walking as they get into their golden years. If you want to make it easier for you to get around in your own home as your get older, then consider having your doors widened. Wheelchairs, walkers and even canes are much easier to use when your doorways allow you to pass through without having to turn sideways. Wider doors in your home will make sure that you can navigate your home with no problem.

Chair Lift For Stairways

Many people insist on living in their family home even after they can no longer navigate their stairs. If you want to enjoy the home you raised your children in as you enjoy bring a grandparent, then have a chair lift installed on your stairways. With a chair lift, you can safely and easily go up and down your stairs whenever you want.

Sometimes life can become a bit more challenging as we get older, and that can make certain household activities difficult to do. Instead of having to move and alter your life as you get older, you can make some changes that will allow you to live safely and comfortably in the space that you have come to call home.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gift-Wrapping, Shopping, Sickness etc.

This year seems to pass rather quickly to me, I can't believe the 2016 is almost over.  For the past few weeks, I am so busy and occupied with husband and  children getting sick then trying to finish some DIY projects that we have been doing at home. I feel bad that my husband is still in pain caused by the Cervical Disk Disorder with Myelopathy that was recently diagnosed him with.  A condition that happens when a nerve in the neck is pinched or bruised by a slipped (herniated) disk or by arthritic changes in the bones of the cervical spine . The doctor told him that the pain is going to get worse as he get older.  The bad thing is there's nothing that can be done to  resolve the issue.  Now, other people told me that it can be addressed with certain therapy and another told me she had hers  resolved with acupuncture treatment.  
 On a lighter note, I was able to finally get to shop for gifts. I am bummed I wasn't able to take advantage of the Black Friday deals but still glad that I found some affordable gifts for the family. I got this At-A-Glance weekly-monthly calendar/planner  from Shoplet.  
 I decided to  give this to my daughter's teacher because she has been such a wonderful mentor  for her.  She always encourages   Rylie with everything.  I know this isn't much but I think she can use this for her next year's goals, appointments and  other things.  She is a cancer survivor so she could truly use this planner for her  schedules in schools and other things. The monthly tabs for reference and quick navigation.
  I love that it's a  larger size and the classic medallion design is given a twist by pairing it with the vibrant colors.The fun, die-cut durable poly cover is great for both work and home.
 I also love that it has  a holiday list at the back.  You can get this for $14.24 at Shoplet.
 I also bought this conceptum notebook for my son's teacher .  This can be a good one to put her notes for her class.
 I wrapped some gifts yesterday including the gifts for my children's teachers.
 A lot of times, I wish I could give more for the teachers because  they don't get paid a lot especially at my  children's school.  Their pay is not that much and  I don't think they get  benefits that public school teachers get.  I respect and admire them tremendously for  their dedication in molding our  children and for patiently honing their  skills.  
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Artistic Desktop Organizer #ShopletReviews

Having an organized desk is a must for me.  I can't seem to think straight when my  desk is piled up with things like papers and other things.  This is sometimes a big  issue when my kids are using my  desk because  they are so messy.  They are learning how to be organized now because I show them  the example of working easily without things laying around in the  working space/area.    "A cluttered space is a cluttered mind (at least for me)", I always  tell them.
I love this lift-top desk  pad that I got from Shoplet.  It has a non-glare  surface that reduces  reflection.  What I love the most is that, it has a protractor and inch and metric rules so  if you want to mark a paper that you want to cut it is easier.  Let us admit it, no matter  how we try to keep our things in our desk, kids tend to use it and  leave it somewhere ( that drives me crazy).  
This Artistic desktop organizer has a cushioned writing surface for comfort and the clear overlay keeps papers in view, as you can see, the photos are visible clear. I also love the fact that it has a durable and washable surface so maintaining it clean is not an issue.
The protractor feature  reminds me of my highschool days when I took my drafting classes.  This desktop organizer could have been helpful.  My  daughter is very intrigued with the protractor.  Anyway, you can buy this desktop organizer  through the link I have provided above.  
I don't have to worry about my  bills  getting lost as I  put them under the lift-top desk pad.  I wish I can win the lottery so I can pay off the mortgage and enjoy life without big bills such as this one.  
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sonatina

I am  so happy of the progress that our daughter has made  in the past few years with her piano skills.  She love playing and practices her songs without anyone telling her to do so.  However, she is the hard critique of herself, she wants to  play  every song right but  it is hard to do especially when she is just learning it.  She hets frustrated at time but  what I love about her is that, she nver gives up until she do it right.  Below is one of  the songs she practices at home lately.  No need for a fender rumble 200 just raw piano playing.  The title of the song is Sonatina.  She kind of messed it up at the very end but I thought she did well which of course she said, still needs some polishing to do.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mother of Pearl Furniture

The theme of our  family room is Asian so  when my husband saw these Mother of Pearl furniture at a flea market, he thought it would be perfect  there.  I love the details and it's in great condition. All of the three have claw foot legs that add to the sturdy construction of these functional pieces. We got the coffee table, endtable, and a cabinet.
We got all three  for $425 which isn't bad because  if you buy  the brand new coffee table alone, it is over $500.   I wasn't going to buy it for that much but my husband  told me it's a rare find around here so he convinced me lol.  Besides, it was free delivery so it's all good.
 Right now, we still need some sitting  furniture  in the family room whichwe won't be able to   buy until the sale of our  old house is finalized.  The set date for the closing is next month  and we still have things to do a there as requested by the buyer.  We were actually surprised that we got  an offer that is higher than we were hoping for so if this sale goes smoothly, we won't be hurting financially  anymore.  Paying two mortgages is no fun especially that only my husband has the  stable income.  My income fluctuates so it is  not reliable to sustain our finances.  
We still have a lot of project to do at this house but  we will do it slowly as  money  becomes available.  I told my husband that this is it, I don't want to move ever again lol.  But life is so unpredictable s we never kow what the future holds.  

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