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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Backsplash Choice

Not too long ago I posted about how it makes me want to cry when I see our wall above the sink without backsplash.  Yeah, I am being dramatic about this whole thing, but my thought is we pay a whole lot of money for this house, then we need to keep this reliable, clean & beautiful.

Easier said than done because, let's face it, to achieve those three items, it cost money - they either come in small amount or large amount.  

Backsplashing is one of those home improvements that it is smarter to wait to really buy what you wanted, because it is an investment that increases the value of your home.

Finally we have purchased the backsplash that The Mr. and I both like.  We bought two boxes of this Allen + Roth Mosaic Wall Tile.  The picture below is kind of lighter than the actual colors.
This is actually the fourth on the list of my kitchen backsplash inspiration.
What I like about this backsplash is that it even with our white cabinets, it will add enough visual interest and lots of attention because of it its varying colors & sizes in the mosaic.

Now I cannot wait to install this!!♥  I am super excited!!♥

Until then...
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Monday, November 24, 2014

[Guest Post] Five Tips to Prep Your Home and Car for Winter

About the Author: Hi Everyone! As winter sets in, Rea was sweet enough to let me write about tips to preparing your home for winter. My name is Ali from Homey Improvements where I write about DIY projects, home advice, and healthy living. I was born and raised in Alaska so cold weather is no stranger to me. When the leaves started to change, it was always a big undertaking to get our house ready for winter. Trees had to be wrapped so moose couldn't eat them, heat tape had to be reapplied to the roof, and an ample supply of salt for ice and food for days we were stuck at home had to be stored. I hope my reminders below help you get ready for winter and stay warm. I would love to get to know you on Twitter or Google+!

Five Tips to Prep Your Home and Car for Winter

We’re in late fall with winter right around the corner. Are you prepared? If not then there’s no time quite like the present to prep your home and vehicle for winter weather.
Some individuals may spend a great deal time and even more money on such preparations. However, getting your car and home to be “weather-proof” doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some handy tips that will save your sanity (and wallet) when winter weather hits.

Insulate Yourself More So Than Your Home

Don’t make the mistake of focusing on heating up your home. It’s not your home that’s cold, it’s you that is feeling the chill. If you want to save hundreds of dollars in heating costs this winter, make sure that you are properly insulated while indoors. This can be as simple a solution as wearing long underwear under your clothes.

Check Your Tires

We spend a great deal of money on our cars, often as a result of failing to take necessary precautions. For instance, it’s important to check your tires from time to time. It is essential to do so before winter. If you live in an area where it tends to snow very badly, bald tires can be very dangerous. One simple method of checking the tread on your tires is to use the penny test.

Invest in a Space Heater

If much of your time is spent in one area of the home during winter months, you should consider buying a space heater. A ceramic space heater that uses fan-forced air is said to be the most common option for homeowners and among the safest choices. These products will allow you warm your home section by section and cut back on heating costs.

Stock and Restock Your Winter Food Supply

In the event of an emergency, you always want to be sure that you have food and water on hand. It’s a good idea to have items that are semi-perishable, canned goods, and bottled water saved. However, you shouldn’t buy these items and let them build up dust for years and years. Instead of buying emergency food items and leaving them at the back of your pantry indefinitely, try to rotate them. Replace items over a period of time so that should the worst happen, you will have fresh food supplies.

Stock up on Batteries and Flashlights

A supply of batteries should be near the top of your winter weather preparation checklist, as should a flashlight. Consider having one flashlight per member of your household, plus a spare. Should a winter storm knock out your power, you don’t want to be wandering around in the dark. Candles may be pretty, 
but they are an unnecessary fire hazard. Stick to modern, non-flammable methods of lighting during power outages.

These are just a few suggestions for avoiding headaches typically associated with winter. Whether it’s bad weather or heating costs, a few adjustments can help you stay safe and save money. Why wait for the worst to happen when you can be well prepared in advanced?
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Friday, November 21, 2014

[Fashion Friday] Winter Away

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