Friday, July 12, 2019

When Do I Know It's Time for an Exterior Home Improvement

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Have you been living in your house for more than 5, 10, or even 15 years already? Do you feel like your house already needs a renovation, but you just keep telling yourself that maybe it’s not the right time yet because you just don’t have the free time yet for it or you don’t have the budget yet, or maybe your significant other says it’s too early yet?

First of all, for those who are confused on what home improvement means, according to Wikipedia, the concept of home improvement, home renovation, or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Home improvement can consist of projects that upgrade an existing home interior (such as electrical and plumbing), exterior (masonry, concrete, siding, roofing), or other improvements to the property (i.e. garden work or garage maintenance/additions).

Check The Roof

The roof is on fire! Just kidding! One of the most common exterior renovations that I see in our neighborhood is the roofing. Checking our roof once in a while is very important and it is advisable to check it especially before the rainy season. Because if you’re not careful, one rainy night, you might find some leaks on your ceiling which is unpleasant and inconvenient.

Before you call your friendly neighbor and ask him a favor to fix your roof, the first thing to look at is your documentation. Do you have all of the paperwork you need because maybe your roof still reaches the warranty period so you don't have to pay much. Do you have the names and contact numbers of the companies that have been involved with the roof’s installation such as previous inspectors, roofing contractors, architects, manufacturer technical services? You should have a copy of all the repair orders and the results of the repairs made. Finally, there should be a roof plan, drawn to scale, that not only shows all the equipment on the roof, but also the locations of any leaks and any repairs made. 

Aside from the roof, the walls and glazing should not be overlooked. Most often, leaks from wall, sealant and window failures are disguised as "roof" leaks. Look for cracks and water stains that may be symptomatic of problems in these areas. The worst offenders are pipes, conduit and other penetrations through the walls. Too often these are left unsealed, especially when they are installed as retrofits.

Check the Walls

Okay, I don’t want to focus on the roofing too much. Let’s talk about the exterior walls. Sometimes, it’s easier to spot imperfections on your exterior walls because they’re too obvious. But do we really have to wait and see for the imperfections such as cracks and stains before we can repaint our walls? How often do we have to repaint our walls? According to wow1day.com, there is no timeline for all, since every home is different. There are some rough guidelines you can follow, but there are several factors that can change the timing pretty drastically. For example, for wood siding, it’s every 3 to 7 years, or every 4 years if it’s stained. If the wood itself seems insecure, then it’s time to call the lumber company like the Decks & Docks Lumber Company and get some fresh new wood. 

Exterior painting is a pretty big job, so it’s always best to hire professional painters. I know it’s an expensive task, but if you can afford it, see it as an investment for  having a great home.  It’s the best way to ensure you’ll get a quality paint job that will last for years.

I think even a book is not enough to discuss things about home improvement so I’ll just end it here for now. If you have further questions/suggestions/comments, please leave them in the comments section below.

                                           

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wedding Dresses and More



A woman’s wedding is a very significant day to a woman’s life. It is the time when one person is about to share her life to someone special to her. That is why wedding ceremonies takes a long time to prepare. Most of the time, couples would hire a wedding coordinator because wedding arrangements could be really stressful; minding table arrangements, the food, the place,  the priest, and a whole lot more.

But one thing that a bride-to-be would take her time to choose and spend time with is choosing her wedding dress. Since it’s a very special occasion to her, choosing her special wedding dress is both fun and stressful at the same time. But once she finds the right dress, every time and money spent is worth it.

Since everything is online already, I did some canvassing about wedding dresses and one online shop that caught my attention is AW Bridal® USA. The website offers a vast variety of wedding dresses,  bridesmaid's gowns, and more - everything you need to a wedding (clothing-wise). Customers also left some positive feedback in the AW bridal review so it's really worth checking out.

Wedding veils by Mori Lee
If you already have a dress, but is missing a veil, AW Bridal Veils for dresses is also available. Designers like Mori Lee® has also placed their beautiful veils on the site. See? They really thought of everything. Some brides would use their mom or grandma's wedding dresses and sometimes the veil needs to be replaced already due to age, so you can browse at the said website for wedding veils or you can also search in Amazon

Aside from wedding dresses, the site also offers beautiful clothes for the mother of the bride, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses, and more. So if you're looking for a nice dress for a special occasion, do check it out and you might find something that you're looking for. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Best Software for Small Businesses



Small businesses have been booming worldwide most especially with housewives or stay-at-home moms. Gone are the days that the husband or the wife will stay at home to take of their child and wait for their significant other to give them their salary. Although I have to admit this is not totally gone, but it is encouraged that both husband and wife find a way to earn money to support each other and their family.

Platforms That Would Help you Sell Your Items/Services

Let’s start with a simple example. If I want to sell clothes online, I would want an application that would help me sell them by exposing me to a larger audience who’s also online. That’s where online apps like Facebook, Instagram, Lazada, and Shopee comes in. I personally have an experience selling my used clothes and items on Facebook and it really went well. I got to sell them in a week’s time. I also saw people who has an online business that sells clothes and bags, and they do a Facebook Live to sell their items, then whoever wants to buy the items they featured can comment on that video and say they’d like to buy it. It’s more like an interactive purchase because the seller can see your comments in real time and can talk on the video. A lot of people are doing this nowadays which I think really helps tremendously in selling. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I believe I will do it someday probably when I have lots of items to sell.

Accounting Time

Another subject to consider when you have a small business is accounting. Accounting never goes away because it is essential for a business to know if the business itself is earning money or losing money. Some people hire accountants and some people or business owners would enroll themselves to study basic accounting so they can do it themselves. Thanks to technology, there are also a lot of applications that can help you do your accounting. According to Hubspot.com, among the top accounting business software are the following :

Intuit QuickBooks Online
FreshBooks
Wave
Sage 50cloud
Xero
Zoho Books
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Kashoo

Most people would also use the enterprise version of the said software such as QuickBooks Enterprise to get the whole package which includes point-of-sale system, inventory, and more.

Customer Feedback 

Once you’ve set up your system and your business is up and running, what remains now is customer feedback. As a business owner, you definitely would want your customers to keep coming back so you have to earn user/customerloyalty.  Some customers would say upfront if they have a question or a negative comment about the product or service they got from you. Others would simply decide to stay quiet and never return. Then it leaves you wondering what happened or what have you done wrong that prevents them from coming back. Sometimes, customers would just say they don’t feel like it or they just don’t want to try your service anymore just because. Best way to bring out their thoughts in a more relaxed way is through surveys or simply give them your business’ email address so they can send it to you directly.

Got anything to add? Write them down on the comments below. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

What is Pest Control Software



As a mom myself who works from home, things aren’t easier for me compared to those who work from the office. I am still bombarded with work deadlines, household bills, grocery lists, and at the same time, I am also distracted by my kids who need my attention and help on their homework or their chores. Well, I really don’t mind helping my kids, but for the rest of my tasks, I wish someone or something can help me with them.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fashionable Summer Shoes, Sandals, and More


Shoes are important and very close to a woman’s (and probably man’s) heart. Especially with working women, shoes are an important factor to one’s overall style or one’s outfit of the day (OOTD).  There are times you have to change your outfit just because your shoes doesn’t look good with them or sometimes we have to change our bags because our shoes don’t look match the style or color.

Fashion Shoes

I have to say there are a lot of shoe stores around and even online, so sometimes I ask which shoe store is worth browsing to. I’ve also seen dozens and dozens of shoe selections online and for me, they all offer the same thing. One common problem I always find is whenever I see the shoes that I like, there are no available sizes for me. Oh, by the way, I happen to have a big shoe size. My shoe size is size 11 (US).  I really thought when you’re past 30 years old, your feet would stop getting bigger, but I was wrong. From size 10, my feet even became a size 11.

So my problem is where do I find the shoes that fits me. That’s where FSJ Shoes come in. They offer customized shoe service for their customers. They can make any kind of shoes from classic shoes, to summer sandals, to formal shoes, and more. Instructions on how to order your customized shoes are found on their website.

Since summer is not yet over here in our country and we’re set to go to the beach by the end of the month, I was browsing for their summer sandals and I found some good ones. Here are some my favorite designs:

Fashion Summer Sandals
Green Python Jeweled Thong Sandals Flat Clear Summer Beach Sandals
 I really love how the "gems" just glow on these sandals. I also like the mermaid-ish color. It's really a great summer pair to wear at the beach.
Sexy Summer Sandals
Black Velvet Women's Slide Sandals Summer Flat Rhinestone Slides Shoes
These sexy black sandals are great for casual or semi-casual occasions. I would love to have a pair of these because I'm sure I'd wear it during dates or other special occasions. 

Well, in the end, it doesn't matter what you wear, what matters is you're comfortable with your style and you're confident with what you have. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Tips for Driving Safe in the Rain

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One of the things that drivers detest most besides having to get the best speeding ticket lawyer to help them is adverse weather conditions while they are driving on the road.  When confronted with less than ideal weather conditions and your trip is not absolutely necessary, the safest choice you can make may be to cancel or delay your trip until conditions improve and the roads are safer. When you must drive in less than ideal weather conditions, there are a number of safety measures you should know how to execute. Your goal is to safely arrive at your destination.

Heavy rain is one of the most common adverse weather conditions that drivers face. From torrential downpours that result in flooded streets or heavy rain that blocks visibility, here are a few safety tips for driving in the rain.

Tips For Driving Safely In the Rain

Increase your following distance. 

Wet roads are slick surfaces that require special attention when driving on them. When the road is wet, it will take your vehicle a little bit more time to come to a complete stop. Practice safe driving by putting more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The average reaction time for drivers is 3⁄4 of a second. Allow yourself enough time to identify the hazard and a plan of avoidance. In the event a collision occurs because of wet road condition, stay calm. A police report needs to be made.When the storm has calmed, you may need to google for traffic lawyers near me to get a good traffic lawyer to help you.


Reduce your speed.

Speed limits are set for ideal weather conditions, not wet and slippery roadways. Speeding and over-confidence in adverse conditions can lead to accidents, sometimes fatal. If you do get into the inevitable situation of having your driving license suspended due to honest and careless mistakes, worry not and look for suspended license reinstatement ca for assistance.


Brake smoothly. 

You should never slam on the brakes, but this is especially true when driving on wet roads. Apply the brake slowly, smoothly and early. Try to avoid changing lanes abruptly.


Avoid standing water.

At night this can prove to be a bit more challenging to spot standing water clearly. A general rule of thumb is to scan ahead and anticipate where water might be accumulating.


Turn your headlights on
Day or night, keep your headlights on while driving in the rain.

Extra precautions might help ease the anxiety associated with driving in the rain, making it safer for everyone. If a crash does happen, make sure you know the steps to take after a crash.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Avoiding Addiction

Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of social status - rich, poor, man, woman, teen, or adult are very susceptible to it. It is also one of parents' greatest nightmares that might happen to their kids or in their family. 

In a study that compared the brains of cocaine addicts with the brains of their non-addicted siblings, researchers at Cambridge University found that both had abnormalities in a region of the brain that controls behavior, suggesting that some people are “hard-wired” for addiction.

Factors for Addiction

So does your biology mean you’re destined to become an addict? Not necessarily. In the Cambridge study, siblings who shared the same brain abnormalities turned out dramatically different. This is because biology is just one component of addiction. Like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, there is also a behavioral component to addiction. Thus, a genetic predisposition to addiction does not spell destiny. Your upbringing, personality, life experiences and other factors all contribute to your likelihood of becoming addicted.

Although science is a long way off from performing brain scans of every individual to determine their vulnerability to addiction, you can make a general assessment of your risk. Do you have a blood relative, such as a parent or sibling, who has struggled with addiction? Did you grow up with a parent who was addicted, abusive or uninvolved? Do you have depression, anxiety or other mental health issues?

Steps to Prevent Addiction

Here are a few precautions you can take to avoid a lifelong struggle with addiction:

1. Just Say No – Prevention is better than cure, so just say no. It may sound simple, but there are a lot of factors that a person may choose the other path. Such factors may 

2. Delay Alcohol Consumption – According to research, alcoholism is more prevalent among those who begin drinking at an early age. Delaying alcohol use until age 21 or later may reduce the risk of alcohol-related problems in adulthood.

3. Surround Yourself With Positive Influence – adolescents and adults are heavily influenced by their peers and their desire to fit in. Associating with people who abuse drugs or alcohol or who have accepting attitudes toward substance abuse increases the likelihood of drug abuse.

To know more steps on how to stop or prevent addiction, here are some helpful resources :

Sunday, January 6, 2019

No More Credit Cards For Me


I've been living for more than 5 years without using credit cards. I used to say to myself that I must have at least one credit card in case of emergencies. But what happened was the opposite; I used the card for "emergencies" like clothes and shoes that are on sale, items that are on "buy 1 take 1" deals, groceries, and things similar to that. I used to say to myself, "Oh, I can just pay my card when my salary comes." 

But when my salary arrives, other "needs" started pouring in like my daughter needed to buy new shoes for school, the bill for the gas or water had arrived, someone got sick and I need to buy medicines, etc.  As a result, I was not able to pay the credit card in full. I was only able to pay the minimum amount required. So the plan of having a credit card without a balance has turned into having another credit card that would pay for my other bills. 

So the pattern goes on and on, until I finally decided to save enough money to pay one credit card in full which amounted to P21,000 ( around $411). Once I paid in full, I told the bank to close my account permanently. I did the same to the other card after paying it in full. 

Vacations Should Have a Set Budget

So now, my husband and I don't have credit cards with us. We try to set our lifestyles within our budget. For example, if we wanted to have a staycation, we plan and save enough money to pay the vacation in cash. It's actually more worry-free for us because after the vacation, we forget about all the expenses incurred; no bills to haunt us for the rest of the year. 

For simply staycations, for example, on hotels, if you have a $200 budget for it, then you should simply look for hotels that offer $200 or below for a 3-day-2-night stay. Aside from board and lodging, you also have to consider your food and how many people are dining with you (e.g. your kids, relatives, etc.). 

Change Your Credit Card to Debit Cards

A lot of banks nowadays around in the world offer debit credit cards; cards that you need to fund in cash before using. For example, if you only have $200 debit in your card, then you can only use your card until your $200 , nothing more. It's like using cash, but in card form. Hotel reservations online, malls, restaurants, and others already accepts debit cards with Visa/Master card logo for your convenience.  

Shopping Online is Cheaper

Okay, this may be subjective, but in my experience, shopping online is cheaper. When I shop in a mall, I had to walk around, look for a cheap item. But after a few hours, I get hungry as well as my kids so I had to pay extra for food and my kids' playground time. I also had to pay for our transportation expenses. 

That's all I could think of that will help you save for 2019. Do you have any suggestions? List them down on the comments below and let's talk about it. 




Saturday, January 5, 2019

Elevator Shoes : Better Than High-Heeled Shoes



Height is one the best physical assets a person can have. Most people who are taller become basketball players, models, contestants in beauty pageants, security guards, military, and so on.

But what if you’re not blessed with the height that you wanted? Is there still a chance? Most people, especially women, would wear high-heeled shoes, but let's be honest, they're not really comfortable. Thankfully, there is a less painful way to increase your height instantly thanks to elevator shoes!
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