I just want to go back to the way things were

I miss the days where I had energy to last me the whole day. Where I could do whatever I wanted and not have to be forced to stop because of a headache or migraine. For the past year and a half I have been dealing with migraines and not just any ordinary migraine either. I am talking about the ones that make your vision blurry, make you want to throw up and are even worse with sunlight.

I haven’t had to deal with migraines since I was a teenager and for some reason they came back and with a vengeance. It sure doesn’t help that mother nature has been crazy and the weather changes drastically and makes it even worse. I feel for my son too who has been dealing with these awful migraines too. Luckily the medication prescribed to him seems to work but mine doesn’t. I just might have to give in and get the botox shots to help alleviate the migraines.

I am trying my hardest to get back into the swing of things. I miss doing product reviews and book reviews and just going back to my normal schedule of things. I am going to take it day by day and get back into the swing of things. Please be patient with me.





New Year, New start

I have to get back into the routine of writing again. The past year I dealt with horrible migraines that just made it difficult to want to do anything. I am determined this year to be in better health. Its a new year and a new beginning. I don’t want to set new years resolutions because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I am going to be writing this down though so I can make myself accountable for things. I have a planner and a TN that I plan to write in to help me.

One of my goals is to bring down our debt. We have accumulated a lot of debt and I just want to be able to lower those costs. As much as I like stationery I need to not buy every cute thing I see. I know that is going to be hard for me lol. What are your goals or things you want to work on this year ?





Product Review: Tech Armor Power Banks 6000mAh and 12000 mAh external portable charger

As a mother of 6, you know there is no way it’s going to be a quiet car ride when we travel unless they all have their tablets. Road trips are fine and dandy up until one of their tablets runs out of battery. If we are in the car it can easily be taken care of, but when we are at the doctor’s office or at a school function I do not want the twins having a meltdown. I need to make sure I always have a charger to charge their tablets and that is where this awesome Tech Armor Power Bank comes in. I got the opportunity to review two Tech Armor Power Banks and I seriously don’t know how I managed to live without these two chargers!

I absolutely love the quick charge it provides for my cellphone and even more so how quickly it charges my sons tablets. It is super easy to tell how much charge you have left with these power banks because it has 4 blue lights that are lit up when you have a full charge and as the charge depletes the lights go out so you can tell when you need to recharge the power bank.

I have owned other power banks and they did not fully charge my Samsung Galaxy S4, but the Tech Armor not only fully charges my cell phone it still has juice left to charge my child’s tablet. I have even charged my cellphone and my son’s tablet at the same time and the Tech Armor had both of our electronics charged and ready to go in no time.

The Tech Armor activepower 6,000 mAh external battery portable dual USB power bank is a little smaller than a can of soda and can very easily fit in your pant pocket or purse. The size of it makes it easy to carry around. The built in LED flashlight helps when you need to find something quickly. I like that there are no sharp edges to this charger and the soft feel to it makes it pleasant to carry around. I also find this power bank very easy to use that my kids have no problem hooking their tablets to it when needed.

The Tech Armor 12,000 mAh external battery portable dual USB power bank is just as great as the Tech Armor 6000 but with way better juice. This little baby right here kicks butt and does great charging my twins tablet and my cell and my oldest iphone before it needs to be charged again. This Tech Armor is about the size of a deck of cards but a little bit more wider. It can feel a little bit heavy since it weighs 8.5 oz but the power this baby packs makes it so worth it. My teenage girls love taking this one with them because they know this external battery will charge their iphones a few times before they need to go recharge it.

These two Tech Armor Power Banks blew through and surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend buying one of these power banks especially if you plan on making any trips. I know what I will be giving my technology obsessed family members for Christmas!!





4 Amazing Gift Ideas For The Man In Your Life

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We all have men in our lives who deserve to feel special and appreciated. They might be our fathers, brothers, nephews, or partners. But it can be difficult to know what to buy for males as so many small gifts, tokens, and vouchers seem to be specifically geared for women. Sometimes it’s good to get creative! With a little bit of thought and forward planning, you can find a gift to bring a big smile to any man’s face.

A Sky Package

If you share a home with a man in your life, it can be an extravagant treat to get some form of Sky package. It could be devoted to sports, movies, news or entertainment. Lots of people love to curl up in front of the television to relax. It can be a great way to unwind whether alone or with company. If you’re in time for a big sports event, why not secretly invite some of his friends for a surprise party to ring in the new channel? With a few snacks and beers it can be a fun and friendly way to make your loved one feel appreciated. One night can be quality time just for the two of you. With a movie or programme that you’ll both enjoy, grab some goodies and spend some time together. This works for almost any age!

A Room Makeover

If you have access to a room that he really loves, consider improving it for him. He might love to spend time in the garage or garden shed. His home office or study could be his sanctuary. Or maybe his bedroom could use a spruce up. Whatever your time frame and budget, you can make an impact. Even details like a fresh bed spread or darkening roller shades can change the appearance of a room. A new toolset for the garage or simply tidying up in there will be much appreciated. Why not leave something he’ll enjoy when he’s not expecting it? A bottle of beer or a favourite snack could be a lovely surprise.

A Magazine Subscription

Lots of people have a hobby or interest of some kind that they love to read around in their spare time. He might be into a particular sport like football or mountain biking. Film or gaming might be his thing. Perhaps he wants to develop a new skill like cookery or woodwork. A subscription to a magazine can be a great gift. People often appreciate having a magazine to regularly relax with but don’t often think to get it themselves. You never know, you might end up benefitting from their new hobby or skill. He might cook a delicious meal or take you on a bike ride!

Experience Days

For the man who has everything, an experience day can be a great gift as it becomes a great memory rather than an object. There are often experiences that you can do together too. Rally driving and abseiling might be for the adventurous, but spa days or trips to iconic sites can suit anyone. Not only will you be giving a thoughtful gift, you will be making memories together too.





8 Restful Seats for the Weary

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Picture the scene. A traffic jam in the city. Trains delayed again. Your commute to work took hours. You’ve had a bad day in the office. And now you’re home. At last.

When we’re tired, a place to rest is like an oasis in the desert. Designers and manufacturers have answered our weary prayers with a range of seating options to try.

Futon

This tidy space-saver is a handy household favourite. Japanese in origin, the ‘mattress’ is compressed into a concertinaed formation that unfurls easily into a bed. Commonly constructed from wooden slats, the base provides a sturdy foundation for sitting and lying down.

Chaise Longue

Sophisticated, chic and elegant. Its serpentine backrest is feminine. Its design is simply sublime! A chaise longue has an almost regal quality. Upholstered in rich fabrics, it is a royal centrepiece in any discerning boudoir or sitting room. Its name suggests its purpose is to lounge at leisure. And its firm structure allows a lady to recline languidly without compromising her poise or posture.

Rocking Chair

Rocking chairs are, by design, relaxing. They are equally at home in bedrooms, sitting rooms, and porches. Whether rocking an infant in your arms or working on a sewing project, rocking chairs are an adult’s version of a child’s rocking horse. Without the mane!

Stool

Stools come in all manner of guises. And are used in a variety of different ways. They are associated with work and leisure. The three-legged milking stool. The tall bar stool. The concerto’s piano stool. Or the lady’s footstool. A stool’s function and design are many and varied. The absence of a backrest or armrest categorise the humble stool as a place to perch rather than recline.

Bed

The bed often functions as a seat during the daytime. We use it to read, text a friend, or do some knitting. Indeed, it is the perfect recliner when tired but not ready for sleep. So whether night air beds are your ideal or a gently rocking waterbed, it’s a thumbs-up for relaxation.

Beanbag

The ultimate slouching seat! It’s ingenious in its simplicity. Can an oversized bag filled with nothing but lightweight beans work as a concept? Yes, it can! Perfect for gaming, watching TV or reclining with a paperback, the beanbag is here to stay. Brightly coloured designs are fun and casual seating additions to a child’s bedroom. (And an adult’s!)

Deckchair

Synonymous with the seaside, the humble wooden deckchair has earned its place in history. As a construct, its design is simply a wooden frame supporting a taut fabric layer. It has the bonus of folding up neatly when not in use. The traditional striped fabric adds a splash of colour to beaches and gardens when the sun shines.

Bench

Wooden and wrought iron benches are a common site around the world. They are associated with outside spaces like parks, gardens and sidewalks. They are the weary traveller’s place of rest. Hardwearing and weatherproof, a bench is a friendly seat for people (and pigeons) the world over.

Put your feet up with your chair of choice and relax at leisure.





Wonderful Wintery Things For Your Family To Enjoy This Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to write a piece on some things you can do with your family. Here’s what I came up with:

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Go To Disneyland

This is something I’ve always wanted to do with my family, take them to Disneyland at Christmas. If you have young children, this will be like a dream come true for them! It will make their entire year, they’ll never stop going on about it. But, even if you have older children, it’s still a marvellous idea. Disneyland is a magical place, and it gets filled with Christmas cheer. Some say it’s impossible to go there and not have a smile on your face the entire time.

There are Disneylands all over the world in lots of different locations. So, you could even make a full blown holiday out of it and journey abroad! Either way, taking a Disney fuelled trip is the ultimate way to give your family a Christmas to remember.

Buy A Log Cabin

If you buy a log cabin for your family, it will open up a whole new world of possibilities. You can spend your Christmas in a peaceful location overlooking a frozen lake. Sitting in a log cabin with everyone around a burning fire, it’s the spirit of Christmas right there. You could buy a local cabin or one abroad, the choice is up to you. Plus, when you’re not using it during the year, you could rent it out and get some extra cash!

The important thing with log cabins is to buy one you can afford and buy one that’s good quality. You want it to be a special holiday place for your family; somewhere you can go every winter. Also, make sure you buy things like log cabin sealant and chinking to help take care of your cabin. You’ll need to ensure it remains in tip top shape for your family to enjoy!

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Take Part In A Charity Drive

This one is a little different to the others on this list. I feel like Christmas is a really special time of the year, it’s the season of giving. I also see it as a season of reflection and being grateful for what we have. While your family is having loads of Christmas fun, there are others that can’t enjoy this time of year. So, I think it would be cool if you and your family took part in a charity drive. There are usually lots happening around Christmas time, it won’t be hard to get involved. It gives you all the chance to give to others and make their Christmas a bit better.

Trust me, this will only make your holiday season feel better. You’ll have a lovely warm feeling inside as you know you’ve gone out and tried to make a difference. It can bring your family closer as you start to realise how lucky you are. Christmas is far more enjoyable when you’ve spread the Christmas cheer to those that are less fortunate to you. A wonderful family activity and something you should all try.





My Favourite Tools to Make Household DIY a Doddle

As someone who does a lot of DIY at home, I have built up knowledge over the years of the best tools to use. I now know the sorts of tasks I’ll be carrying out, and the best tools to use to complete these tasks. And this is a big part of embracing and perfecting the DIY process. Now I can enter into any project with confidence and determination.

So, I want to share with you some of my favourite tools that I like to use for DIY. Take a look at the tools I’ve listed here, and see how they compare to yours. Perhaps you need to consider using some of these for your DIY projects?

Torque Wrench

A torque wrench might not be a tool you’re particularly familiar with. But trust me on this; it’s a highly important piece of DIY equipment. It’s a particular type of wrench used to tighten a torque bolt. The bolts need to be tightened properly, so a torque wrench is the perfect way to ensure that this happens. Torque wrenches are one example of air tools that seem to be very popular these days. You can buy them online from a variety of different sources. Make this an essential addition to your tool collection.

Power Drill

There will no doubt come a time when you will need to do some drilling. This could be into the wall, a door, or even, the ceiling. When you’re doing drilling of any kind, it’s essential that you make sure you have a power drill. You need something that’s heavy duty and powerful. Something that will easily rip through a wall if you need it to. And that’s why a power drill is so important. Since the first time I used one, I’ve never looked back!

Sander

I have wooden floors in my home, and I feel it’s important to keep them looking great. So, as well as a clean and polish, they also need a good sanding every now and then. That’s why I count a sander among my most valued and essential tools. It’s something I need to use intermittently, but it makes such a difference when I do use it. If you have wooden floors, I strongly urge you to make sure you get a sander. You’ll thank me for it later!

Strimmer

The garden is a key area of the home, and I like to get out in mine and do some work now and then. The grass, in particular, needs care and maintenance. But sometimes it’s not appropriate to use the lawn mower. For the finer and more complicated areas, I would suggest you make use of a strimmer. These are excellent for sculpting and trimming the grass and the surrounding flowerbeds. They have a little more elegance and finesse than a lawnmower.

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It’s important to take DIY seriously because it plays a huge role in your home life. I go to great lengths to make sure I do plenty of DIY each month. A lot of it is necessary, and some of it is just because I enjoy changes and improvements. These are just a few of my favourite tools that help make the DIY experience much easier!





My Plan For Upgrading Your Kitchen

As a mom, I know how important the kitchen is to a well a run home. That’s why I’m thinking about giving mine an upgrade. I’ve been searching online looking at different blogs, and I think it’s time that I brought my kitchen into the 21st century. I think it’s going to be a long process, and I might not even get started this year. But, I have come up with a plan of what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it. If you are thinking about upgrading your kitchen, you might want to use my strategy.

Plan A Budget

I’m not going to tell you what my budget is, but I will say it came in under ten thousand. I’ve been told that’s pretty good for a room renovation, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. To find out what my budget would be, I price compared all the upgrades I was interested in. I also figured out what were DIY jobs and when I would need professional expertise. Then I looked online for companies selling the materials and offering the surfaces that I wanted. After, that I had a number that I was more or less determined to stick to.

Clean It Up

This was the first thing that I did after I sorted out my budget. I cleaned the entire kitchen from top to bottom. I think I was hoping if I cleaned it up a lot I wouldn’t need such big improvements and could easily reduce the cost. No such luck, I’m afraid. Even after I had cleaned the entire room, the kitchen still left a lot to be desired. But, it was frankly a more pleasant place to be once it had been given a good clean. I also took this opportunity to remove some of the items that would get in the way during the renovation.

Upgrade The Flooring

I think this is where most of the expense is coming from. I found a building design company that installs heated, marble kitchen floors. Half of my kitchen is currently tiles, and the other half is carpet. It looks a mess, and I’m determined to give it the proper modern treatment. I’ve seen the pictures; it’s going to look terrific. But, if you want a cheaper price you can get an aesthetic marble that costs a lot less. You also don’t have to opt for the heated option. Let’s face it that’s going to add a lot to the energy bill at the end of the month.

Let There Be Light

The next upgrade I looked at was new light fixtures and a general improvement of the ceiling. I would like spotlights in my kitchen over each of the main areas. As well as this I want a line of lights over my breakfast island. This is quite a big job, but I’ve found the company who are willing to complete it for me. If you are interested in getting lights replaced in your kitchen, search Electicalconnection.org. There, you are sure to find some great options available to you.

Tech Upgrades

Finally, I plan on finishing the kitchen with some new tech. I’ve seen the smart fridges on sale, and I’m certain I’m going to buy one. They look modern, very stylish and will fit in perfectly with my new, improved room.

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Save Money on the Cost of a New Sofa Today!

Save Money on the Cost of a New Sofa Today!

Our favourite armchairs and settees become soiled by regular use. Hard-to-remove stains spoil the look and feel of fabric furnishings. This devalues their appearance and their second-hand price too. However careful we are, natural oils secreted from hair and pores leave their mark. Likewise, newspaper print, coffee stains and pen ink add to the messy melee.

Here are some of the reasons to treat your fabric furnishings, and how to go about doing so.

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Allergies

Dust particles that form in the atmosphere land on furniture at will. Although largely indiscernible to the naked eye, they reap havoc for allergy suffers. Dust allergies are adversely affected by dirty fabrics. So too bronchial conditions like asthma. Ease symptoms by regularly cleaning your upholstery.

Man’s Best Friends

Dogs (and cats) leave muddy paw marks on your beloved upholstery. Dried in mud is hard to remove. Likewise, animal hairs clog up vacuum cleaners and remain steadfastly stuck to furniture. Animals attract other animals. Your dog may well be bringing uninvited houseguests with them in the form of tics and fleas.

Refresh Odours

As delicate fibre strands become clogged with dirt, the fabric reaches saturation point. Like rotting foodstuffs, odours begin emanating from the surface of the material. A thorough upholstery clean refreshes fabrics; allowing coverings to breathe freely again. And you can stop holding your breath each time you sit down too!

Off-the-Shelf

There are lots of products on the market promising a superior upholstery clean. These can be effective for removing light stains, or those newly created. Some marks are notoriously difficult to remove by hand. Concede that sometimes these products fail to beat their nemesis. No matter how many times you attempt to prove otherwise. So don’t waste time and money on a fruitless task.


Using a Washing Machine

It may be possible to refresh and clean cushions and seat covers in the washing machine. However, before you throw in your load with abandon, check the manufacturer’s instructions. Strong colours may run or fade. Fabrics may be liable to shrinkage. A dry clean or a steam clean is often the answer. So rather than taking a gung-ho approach, seek advice first.


Professional Upholsterers

Stubborn stains are no match for high-quality cleaning equipment. Professional cleaners have access to the strongest commercial cleaning products on the market. As such, professional upholstery cleaning can deftly tackle fibre woes with ease. Reinvigorate jaded furnishings and treat them with a professional touch. The cost of hiring an expert is money well spent if it saves you having to replace your furniture.

Cleaning Frequency

Industry professionals recommend that upholstery should be cleaned once a year. This will ensure dirt and grime don’t have time to build up. The longer it is left to fester, the more difficult it will be to remove. Allergy sufferers may benefit from a more regular fabric cleaning operation. Sensitive airways will respond negatively to even the slighted dust particles. Every six months, take your suite to task and rid the room of dust mites.

Reinvigorate your squashy sofa and relax in its clean embrace once more.





Super Tips For Increasing The Value Of Your Home

When it comes to our homes, most of us are pretty house-proud. We want our houses to look good. Lots of us love it when visitors comment on how clean and tidy and lovely our homes are. Of course, we work hard for it to be this way every day! But is a clean and tidy appearance enough to maintain the value of our homes in an unsettled market? And what can we do to make sure we’ve got the best house on the street?

If you’re thinking of selling your home soon, then you want to make sure you can command the top price for your property. That isn’t easy to do, especially if your neighbours have their properties on the market as well. Your property needs to have unique selling points that they cannot compete with. And your home needs to be better.

Improvements and updates are key to getting the best price possible for your home. Simple ideas like keeping on trend with your decor may not be enough. Your home needs to demonstrate all that is desirable in a property. That includes the facilities and features of your home. A new kitchen with all mod cons is expensive. But you could add one or two additional features to give your house the competitive edge.

Desirability is important. Perhaps you could install air conditioning to ensure your home is considered comfortable in all weather. Do you have a usable outdoor area? Lots of people enjoy dining and entertaining in their garden. It might be worth asking a landscaper to do some work to create an attractive outdoor area for your home.

Additional bathrooms are also highly desirable and can add real value to your home. If you have a house, consider a downstairs bathroom. A master ensuite can also be attractive to a potential buyer. You need to sell the lifestyle they desire. But of course, it all depends on the type of property you have.

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Speak to your real estate agent about the homes in your neighbourhood. There will be a ceiling price for the type of property you own and the neighbourhood it is in. Reaching this price is your goal. But if it costs more than you will make to improve your home, you might want to reconsider your options.

Decorating, cleaning and decluttering costs almost nothing so this is always the best place to start. Building an extension or outbuilding will cost a lot, so check with the agent that it would add sufficient value to the property. After all, this is an investment for somebody. You might also want to consider the time and trouble of installing something new if you’re not going to make good use of it yourself too.

Finally, you will need to consider the market. If now is not a good time to sell, then perhaps you ought to wait a while until the market picks up. You need to have a lot of buyers interested in your type of property to get the best price for it after all. Good luck with the move!





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