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Transform Your Home for the Holidays in Three Easy Steps

Decorating for the holidays does not have to be a chore. In fact, it should be fun. The biggest mistake homeowners make during this special time of year is to think they must drape every inch of their house in Christmas finery. By focusing on only three areas within your house, your interior will look like it has been fully decorated by a professional.

The Tree

Decorating the tree used to mean hours of assembly followed by more hours spent on stringing the lights through it. By the time you got around to hanging ornaments, the fun was gone. Consider one of today’s modern trees. They are pre-lit, and they often have only two or three sections to put together. You can even find ones with enough berries and pinecones already attached that ornaments are not necessary.

The Dining Room Table

If you are like most people, you will have a steady flow of guests gathering around the dining room table throughout the holiday season. Dress your table with a red, green, or gold runner. Place a Christmas centerpiece on top, and finish the look off with holiday chargers, napkins, and glasses at each seat. Battery powered lights can be added to the centerpiece for some extra sparkle.

The Fireplace

As adults we admire an elegant fireplace during the holidays while children focus on this area as Santa’s big entrance. When decorating for children, hang coordinating stockings for each family member. Place a candy garland across the mantel, and hang a portrait of the big guy himself above. For a more grown-up look, use a pine garland and hang a matching wreath. Consider a decorative fire screen in place of stockings.

Once you have decorated the fireplace, your tree, and the dining room table, the entire house will look amazing. By having these three simple focal points ready for Christmas, your guests will think you have done a wonderful job decking the halls.

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One Of My Milestones

It has been a while that this blog has been in hiatus, I could not post anything because it reached to bandwidth level and causes it not to be active for a week. I was relieved when my hosting provider messaged me last night that it is now online. Perfect timing because I have something to post for this blog, one of my achievement in this house, at least it’s what I thought of.

Earlier this morning right after I sent Faith to school, I dropped by at Save More near their school. Supposedly, I only have to buy dog food but I spotted a computer table perfect for the little spot in the corner of our house. I had been looking for a computer table for quite a while already but I just can’t find the right style. And so I saw this, when I asked how many stocks they have yet, the sales force informed me that this is the only one available. I didn’t think twice I right away withdraw some money from my savings for this. I believe this is all worth it. I’ll just have to take back the money I withdrew when I have the budget. Yeah, definitely I can’t wait anymore to have this in the corner of our house.

One of my milestones this year!

 

Next project: Door!

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Add Extra Living Space Inexpensively

One of the most needed things around the home is extra space. Many people are finding their patio is one of the best areas to suit their needs. The patio can easily be used for dining, entertaining, as an area for children to play, and much more. Covering the patio is an excellent way to gain this extra space.

How do Covers Help Add Space?

When the patio is covered, it is protected from the UV rays of the sun as well as the wind and rain. Patio furniture is protected as well. A cover will keep the furniture and cushions from fading due to the sun. One example of a company offering patio covers west jordan is Elite Environmental Solutions.

Many people put outdoor kitchens in this area so they can be used for cooking on hot summer nights or for preparing meals for guests. A barbecue grill is an excellent idea for parties or for the family spending time together.

Fire pits can be added to a patio allowing it to be used even in cold weather. Some people even prefer to have a fireplace installed in this area for use when it is very cold. This is an area that can be privatized with tall plants. This is one of the easiest ways to get the privacy needed, particularly if close neighbors are an issue. A wall can be added to help with this as well.

Other Advantages to Patios

When you add extra space to your home with a patio, it can also increase the value. Rather than adding another room to the home, a patio can provide living and entertainment space inexpensively. This is one of the most popular and desired aspects of potential home buyers.

A covered patio provides an advantage that is not accomplished with many other improvements. Make sure the cover is chosen to enhance the look of the home. Add accent lighting or another type to allow the area to be used at night. A cover can help reduce maintenance needed for this area since it is not constantly subjected to the weather.

Years ago many homes were built with porches that served basically the same purpose that a covered patio does today. As a place to relax or a gathering space for neighbors, family, and friends, a patio is quite beneficial for extending the living space of the home.

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My New Organizer and My New Columnar For This Year

Since I have a husband working abroad, I’ll make sure that when he sends us some money for bills or allowance, it is always posted in my budget notebook. You might call this an organizer for your busy schedule but for me I call this my budget notebook.

Nevertheless, I post all my expenses on this notebook, and at the bottom part, at the reminder notes, I wrote their all the things I need to pay for the week, my grocery budget and my sister’s pay out since I pay her in exchange of the things she is doing at home, when I am out for work.

If I post all the bills I need to pay on the day that my husband will wired me money, with this organizer, I can do it in advance since the dates are all posted already. (Of course that’s how organizer does right?) Thus, I will be able to do the budget a month in advance, in that way I can also save some money since I have all the bills taken good care already before it is due.

 

I also bought a columnar, about 22 columns so for me to be aware how much did we incur each month. And if we have incurred too much for a certain month, I make sure that we will improve by next month. Believe it or not, I know how much we spend for each year.

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