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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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