Sunday, July 22, 2018

The importance of packing up your kitchen before a move

The kitchen contains the most fragile items you have in your home. From easily bendable and malleable silverware, cookware that can chip, and china as well as other dishes that can shatter on impact. Items in the kitchen present the most tedious and time consuming portion of packing by far, with the bedroom coming in at a close second. You also must consider that most moving companies will be tossing your boxes around without much care.

When should you pack things from the kitchen?
Let’s face it; the kitchen is likely the most used room in the house. Especially if you cook daily, everything in the kitchen gets used right up until moving day. This can create awkward timing for packing the kitchen, as you may be making meals right before, and even on, moving day. If you and your family are able, pack things from the kitchen roughly a week before moving day. Because of the way these items are going to be packed, you will want to spread out the time packing everything. Use only certain kitchen tools and cookware. Only keep as the dishes you need while packing the rest away. You do not want to spend the day before moving day packing everything in the kitchen.

How to pack things from the kitchen
As mentioned previously, nearly everything from the kitchen is fragile. Therefore, all of the “rules” regarding packing fragile things apply: wrap each individual piece, keep some semblance of padding in your boxes, seal the boxes tighter than normal with strong tape, and label the box accordingly. Draw an arrow to point which side of the box should be facing up when you do this as well.

A common question is this: Can I pack food? The answer is yes, so long as the food is not perishable. Packing canned or boxed goods can be done in a small-size moving carton. Packing already opened boxed goods, while possible, is not recommended as you would have to seal the box as you would any other container to prevent things from falling out. It is not worth the effort. Most food items are easily replaceable anyway.

If not packed properly, dishes can be shattered. Keep in mind that when you pack things into a moving truck, all the boxes in that truck will be bouncing around frequently. Because of this, it is extremely important to make sure dishes are packed properly. All dishes must be wrapped individually in wrapping paper. It is possible to wrap whole stacks of plates as long as there is paper in between. Place them on their edges in your box of choice. Do not stack plates flat, ever. Bowls and cups should also be wrapped accordingly, and placed upside down. Cookware should also follow the same protocol.

Appliances should be put in their own box. Like with everything else in the kitchen, place it in a box with a fair bit of paper surrounding it. Then label the box with the name of the appliance. This can also be done with electronics and other such belongings to stay organized.

Packing things in the kitchen during a move can be extremely time consuming. Further, it may not even be necessary. Do you really need those 20 plates you have been using for the last 25 years? Are they really that important? Most things in your kitchen can be replaced when you settle into your new home for cheap, and the things you currently use in your kitchen (especially food) can be donated. Consider this an option for the lazy if you want, but the option is available.

Author’s short bio:
North Dallas Moving and Storage (NDMS) is a moving company in DFW area. Since 1966, they have focused on providing superior service that has made them one of United Van Lines most respected moving companies in the Dallas area.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Easy Ways to Lux up Your Bedroom

Diana Smith is here today to share some easy ways to Lux up your Bedroom. I love when Diana is on the blog, she always has a fun and budget friendly way to redecorate. 

If you love your bedroom but often feel like it’s missing something, you might want to try these little tricks to add a touch of glamour to your space! You’ll spend only a few bucks but achieve great results. Let’s lux it up!
Don’t cheap out on throw pillows
If you’ve ever been in any Sydney 5-star hotel, you know that they take their pillows very seriously and for all the right reasons. There’s something very glamorous about beds overflowing with throw pillows! So, make sure to treat your bed with a few plush throws of different sizes and completely transform your space. Aim for pillows that are a bit on the overstuffed side—they always look more luxurious!

Declutter your nightstand
Most nightstands are a home to a bunch of items: books, smartphone chargers, hand creams, glasses, various tissues from your last cold and your eye drops. But, if you want your bedroom to look luxurious and elegant, you must remove that clutter. Hide it in your drawers and display a few pretty items on a tray.

Invest in a statement piece
Every well-designed room needs a wow element—think a unique bed frame, a gilded mirror or a glam velvet chair. These elements can serve as a centerpiece of the room and make it the focus of the space. However, don’t overdo it! One main focal point per room is all you need! This way, your piece will stand out and get all the attention it deserves.

Boost the lighting
If you still have those outdated boob lights in your bedroom, it’s really time to ditch them for something more modern and elegant. Trendsetters from Australia are all about statement pendant lights or big glam chandeliers that will provide you with ample lighting and a lot of interest. And the best part is that you don’t even have to spend a fortune on your new lighting—there are great pieces for less than $150! Just find an experienced electrician from Sydney to handle the complicated part of installing your new illumination and you’ll be set! Don’t handle electricity if you don’t have previous experience!

Let some sunshine in
There are only a few things in life better than waking up on a Sunday in a cozy bedroom filled with sunlight. So, make sure to let plenty of natural light inside. Open up your windows and curtains! Make sure to replace your old curtains with something very light and airy for that beach house feeling. However, if you’re a night owl and thrive in dark environments, invest in a heavy, silk curtain that will elegantly pool on the floor and make your bedroom cozy and shaded!

Give your hardware a new life
If you can only afford a few tiny changes to your bedroom, make sure to set aside some money for new hardware. Your pulls and handles might be small details, but they can do big things to your bedroom. Ditch your cheap and worn out hardware and replace it with something more glamorous like copper, crystal or even gemstones!

Green up the space
Probably the quickest way to add some style to your bedroom is to add some greenery. A simple snake plant or a peace lily can turn your bedroom from average to classy in the blink of an eye. You can go large and fill up that empty corner with a big potted fern or get an array of local Aussie plants and place them on your dresser. Hanging greenery like spider plants also looks very beautiful and adds great interest to your space. Additionally, plants will also clean out your air and freshen up your space with clean oxygen!

These luxurious updates will not break your bank, but they will definitely break that boring and cheap look of your bedroom. So, get on with redecorating and keep these tricks in mind!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Are you the kind of person who likes to get creative with just about anything? Do you crave creativity so much you could go the extra mile to gratify your cravings? Are you looking to take your imagination into the way you look by trying out some easy, yet amazing, nail art designs? You don’t need to read some textbooks as we bring you some easy nail art design tips for beginners like yourself.
Before we proceed, it’s quite pertinent that you understand that, like the food we consume, not everything is good for the body. You need to be careful so you’ll choose a type of nail polish without toxic substances that may be harmful to your skin.
Now that you’ve acquired for yourself the perfect, non-toxic types of nail polish, we can quickly move on to our central topic of discussion today - easy nail art designs.
  • Polka Dots
Dots are the easiest of all nail art designs. The primary thing is to create a contrast between the color of your dots and the base coat color. Depending on how inventive you are, you can place white dots on a base coat of black, or dot the rainbow colors on a base coat of white. Then the sizes of your dots depend solely on how you like them; big or small, they usually come out cute.
  • Florals
Painting small flowers on a base coat of your choice never fails. To get an outstanding result, create a single contrasting color of different colors for your flowers and begin your design. To perfect your work, give it a glistening look by applying a glossy transparent nail polish which would also protect your work of art.
  • Spirals
Spirals are one of the designs a beginner would like to try on. You necessarily don’t have to look up any spiral design online, just paint. The lines would end up swirly anyway. But note that your color combo goes a long way in how your spirals turn out. Try out a sunshine yellow base with pristine white spirals and dark blue base with candy red spirals. Thank us later.
  • Abstract
You would never know how good you are if you don’t try. There are a few easy-to-do cool shapes nail art ideas you can try your hands on. Using a light color as a base coat would bring out the beauty of painting different shapes on individual nail. Circles, triangles, hearts, and stars amongst others are lovely shapes that would sit pretty on your nail.
  • Sparkles
If you find it hard to paint sparkles, you can just cut out mini stickers of stars or find glow-in-the-dark shape stickers and stick them on a base coat. However, there are many nail paint lacquer available with glitters in them. All you have to do is get yourself a few bottles and enjoy nail art.

Apart from the listed ideas, you can also try some other easy ideas. You can achieve a lot as long as you do things the right way.

Inventive Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

  Jasmine Anderson is guest hosting the next couple of weeks. Her first article is inventive ways to throw parties for adults. I love this topic and it is not discussed enough. Enjoy!

We firmly believe that a great number of grown up people felt a sting of envy when looking at kids’ birthday parties. The kids seem to have it all – the cake, the toys, the fun games, and theme parties while adults seem to have cocktails and brunches. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Well, if you’ve got an inner child that’s been looking forward to your birthday party or you have a friend who does, we give you a list of ideas you could implement in order to throw a fantastic birthday party for adults.

Beach vibes

It doesn’t matter how old you are, beach is the place where everyone can have a good time. Whether you enjoy playing beach volley, surfing, swimming, or simply sunbathing while sipping cocktails, a beach is the place to be. So, why not organize a beach birthday party for all your friends and ensure that everyone has a good time?! Bring some reliable speakers and play music from your phone, or you can even hire a DJ. Everyone can show up in their bathing suits, beach kaftans, and baggy tees, eat sandwiches, make barbecue, and feel comfortable. If the party lasts for a long time, you can even make a bonfire and bake some marshmallows just like you did when you were little.

Hippie heaven

If you have the means, why not turn your backyard into a hippie heaven and throw a birthday party everyone will talk about for days, or even weeks? You can organize a Kombi Van Hire, serve colorful cocktails in cut out pineapples, play music from the ‘60s, and even ask everyone to show up wearing retro clothes. Set up a photo booth, put pixie lights on trees, arrange lazy bags and soft cushions all over your lawn, and after everyone’s got a few drinks pull out a game of Twister for the ultimate fun.

Picnic time

As we grow older, the responsibilities on our shoulders also increase. We have to take care of our family, cope up with the big pressures of office and also be a part of various social circles. Between all this, we tend to have less and less time to actually sit down and enjoy the company of our family. This birthday, make sure that along with you, all your friends are also able to spend some really good time with their family, by inviting them over for a nice winter picnic party. Put up huge umbrellas in your garden and arrange for a nice picnic basket for every family. Plan nice picnic games which allow families to participate together as one unit, and besides birthday wishes, you would also get a lot of heartfelt wishes for this amazing birthday party idea.

Gorgeous gothic

Being Goth isn’t just about loving all things black. It’s about the music, the architecture, the style, and the elegance that surrounds this subculture. If you’re a gothic lover or you’re throwing a Goth-themed party, you should think outside the black box. Yes, all things black are welcome: black lemonade with activated charcoal, black napkins and tablecloths, and little paper bats as décor, but feel free to add a bit of red or purple to the mix. Red velvet cake, red roses, sugar skulls, and plenty of candles will do the trick. Don’t forget to use black invitations decorated with silvery spider webs and blood-red flowers to set the mood.

Masquerade ball

Who says it has to be Halloween for people to pull out their costumes and dress up as someone else? Masquerade balls are mature but still incredibly exciting and fun party ideas for adults. Print out invitations with a nice font, use shiny luxurious paper, and encourage your friends to show up wearing their tuxedos and most elegant gowns. If you want to take the things to the next level, ensure there’s enough room for couples to dance together with their partners. Music and masks are the most important things here, and if you do it right, your guests will feel like they’re in Venice at the carnival.

From time to time it’s good to give yourself the chance to become a child again, and birthday parties are probably the best time to do so. Depending on what you and your friends like, you could always turn your birthday into a carnival, a scavenger hunt, or a costume party and allow everyone to have a great time while celebrating your birthday.

Monday, July 9, 2018

6 Innovative Bathroom Tech Trends

Diana Smith is hosting today and sharing some bathroom ideas with some innovative ideas for decorating. Check out this great article.

The smart home idea is very popular – a few years after being announced, the technology that lives in our walls, refrigerators, ovens, security systems and garage doors has finally arrived and put the ‘smart’ into ‘home’. Bathrooms are no exception here; although the tech innovations here may be less popular than in the rest of the house, there is actually a ton of upgrading potential here. Here are some bathroom tech advancements to prove it.

Bathtub tech
Starting with the very root of the word ‘bathroom’, the standalone tub has been going through quite an increase in popularity as of recently. Bathtubs that sit in the middle of the room are slowly becoming a thing of standard. Of course, there are various styles when it comes to standalone tubs that range from Japanese soaking tubs to air baths. New materials and shapes have given the standalone bathtub a completely different vibe from your typical one.

Shower tech
The era of the simple shower is slowly giving way to sophisticated units with gadgets such as LCD panels that allow you to control the temperature, steam, water flow, chromotherapy and even music, electronically. In fact, even Bluetooth showerheads are a thing nowadays – they enable you to listen up to seven hours of audio, while taking a shower. This means that you no longer have to crank up the music in order to hear it over the water, but rather listen to it through the water.

Sink tech
The faucet is perhaps the most used water source in the typical household – you use it when you wash your hands and your face, when you brush your teeth, when you (or your significant other) shave, etc. Digital faucets are perhaps the greenest solution here – they allow for a reduced tap flow and have digital temperature-control settings, which help conserve water.
The infrared technology has finally made its way into the household bathroom, and the faucets that “read” when the user’s hands are there in order to turn the water flow on/off are no longer to be seen solely in government buildings, cafés and shopping malls.

Bidet tech
These hygienic devices aren’t widely used for some reason, but this is likely to change. A bidet, in itself, is quite convenient and enables the user to feel and be clean for many hours after using it. Alternatively, there is the remote bidet technology that is fitted with a small connection below the rim of the toilet that works pretty much like the standard bidet would. There is a vast array of bidet seats– the higher end ones come with a wider range of features, of course.

Toilet tech
The latest toilet technology is going to make the current, typical toilet seat look like a primitive contraption from the middle ages. Apparently, the new generation of toilets is aiming at making the use of toilet paper, water, and even hands completely obsolete. The latest generation of toilets will come equipped with toilet seat warmers, LED lights and self-cleaning technology.
Waterproof TVs
Installing a waterproof television set in your bathroom is an awesome thing to keep you entertained while you’re doing your business (whatever it might be). Instead of risking dropping your iPad or iPhone in the shower, kick back and relax with your favorite TV programs.

These six innovative tech trends are the pillars of bathroom luxury. From the bathroom and the shower, all the way to the sink, toilet seat, bidet and waterproof television, you are looking at incredibly progressive bathrooms.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

How to Boost the Selling Price of Your Home with Smart Improvements

Diana Smith is here today on the blog to share some ideas on how to boost your selling price for your home. Check out this great article! 

Selling a house is never as easy and simple as owners might think at first. It takes a lot of time, patience, and preparation for everything to be in order and for the house to be sold at a fair and reasonable price. Sadly, what old and new owners consider ‘a reasonable price’ isn’t always the same thing. If you want to get a good price for your home, you need to make a few smart improvements that will boost its market value first. In order to help you reach your goal, we give you a list of great home improvements to make your property more valuable.
Wall work
Often, it’s the smallest and simplest things that make a huge difference in the way potential buyers will see your home. The exterior of your home is the first thing they see and it’s important that they like it. Of course, your home should look good on the inside too, but you should also put in some effort so that the outside walls look great. A fresh coat of paint will make your house look more appealing and clean; as a property that’s been well taken care of. You might want to steer clear of bold shades such as bright pink or lime green even if you like them, because they will make your property look eccentric and it might put some of the buyers off.

A lux yard upgrade
If you have a big yard, you can think about different upgrades and improvements. On the other hand, you don’t want to go too far and build a granny flat, a swimming pool, and a garden shed, too. In hot countries such as Australia and California, people need to have a place to cool down, which is why luxurious real estate in Northern Beaches that have big swimming pools can reach a much better price than those without it. Still, when you decide to have a swimming pool, you need to be careful and maintain it regularly so it stays clean and safe in future, too.

Top and bottom
Even though potential buyers may fall in love with your home at first sight, once they come closer and notice it’s not in good condition they’ll lose interest. You have to understand that people who are serious about buying your home will do a thorough inspection to make sure everything’s in order. Call professionals to inspect your roof and foundation and see if there’s anything that should be replaced or repaired. While sometimes you can inspect your roof alone, when it comes to repairs there should definitely be a professional present.

No matter who you ask, they will tell you that bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a home, which is why a good bathroom upgrade will help raise the value of your home. Start with small things: a fresh coat of paint, a new shower curtain, and a new shower head will do the trick. If you want, you can take it a step further and replace the old tiles, cabinets, as well as change the tub. Since there are so many fixtures and fittings, you might think that everything has to be replaced, but it isn’t really the case. A few smart upgrades will make your bathroom look brand new and comfortable, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

The kitchen is often referred to as 'the heart of a home', and it’s one of the rooms where most activities happen. Because you will be cooking there as well as cleaning up afterwards, you should have a functional stove, a good fridge, a dishwasher, and a nice sink. Pretty much everything you decide to invest in the kitchen will pay off later on because people love having modern kitchens. If you want, you can get energy saving appliances, but also try to open the space up a bit more and turn it into a room where you not only prepare the food but entertain your guests, too.
Window treatments
Unless you have really high-end window treatments in your home, you might want to consider removing them completely when you put your house up for sale. Your taste in window treatments might not be something your potential buyers might share, so instead of risking them not liking the look of your window treatments, you can take them down and opt to show your house with uncovered windows instead. This way, your entire house will get more natural light and they will be able to imagine what it will look like with the blinds or curtains of their choice.
At some point in future, you’re probably going to start thinking about selling your home, and when that time comes it’s important that you be prepared. Sometimes your expectations won’t be met, but other times they will be exceeded, especially if you prepare well and plan ahead. Remember that real estate market is competitive and your home should not only be fully functional, but aesthetically attractive as well, so in order to make a lasting impression on potential buyers, you’re going to have to put in some effort.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Why to Hire Proficient Locksmith to Carry Out Car Key Cutting?

Zac Ferry is here today to share about Carry out car key Cutting, If this is something you need or are interested in, this is the article for you. Enjoy The read!
Losing and breaking car keys or home keys is a common scenario. It can happen at any point of time. If any such event takes place, you must look for professional locksmith. At times, we are so much preoccupied with other things that we keep the keys somewhere and then forget it there. The car keys may also break at any moment or your house keys may get worn out, in that case, you require the help of a professional locksmith for cheap car key cutting. Breaking the car keys or home keys is hassle prone and requires the services of professional locksmith to sort things out. Replacing the car keys or preparing fresh car key is the only solution you are left with.
Looking for cheap car key cutting service? You may check online for the service providers operating near to your place. Get free price quotes and compare the rates. There is no need to panic, if the car keys break or gets worn out. You can contact locksmith professional to prepare fresh keys. If you think clearly then the situation is not that difficult to handle. Replacing car keys will not cost you a lot of money. You may choose a local locksmith for cheap car key cutting service but make sure he offers high-quality service. Carry out your researches and then choose professional locksmith for the services. A professional locksmith must do his job well. Choose a professional company that offers key replacement service. The company should be trustworthy, reliable and professional. The companies that make duplicate keys can even find out the criminal intention, if any. Take time to find the best locksmith in your area. Finding the best locksmith is worth the effort you put in.

What Model of Car You Are Using?
Before taking any service from professional locksmith for key replacement, tell him about the brand and model of car you are using. The model of car you are using will impact the cost of key replacement. Get to know the kind of keys required for starting the car. What amount of money you can spend on the services must also be estimated. If you cannot afford to pay hefty amounts, you may look for cheap services. There are various kinds of keys for cars such as high security keys, transponder keys or even laser cut keys. Knowing the type of car keys required will make your task easier. It is difficult to make keys for newer models. You should not settle for dealership as that can prove to be expensive. In place of that, you can get duplicate copy of the keys from local locksmith as that is cheaper. Look for quality services offered at cheaper rates. Taking services of a local locksmith can help a lot.
Local Locksmith for Car Key Replacement
A proficient locksmith can offer key replacement service in a quick manner. It is not uncommon to approach locksmith for car key replacement service. Planning can help to save on the effort and time as well. It is better to make extra set of keys to safeguard yourself from emergency situations. In case, you accidentally drop the keys somewhere and need to access the property, call a professional locksmith for key replacement, immediately. Always have the contact details of the locksmith in your speed dial.

Professional Locksmith for Key Copying Service
Everyone should keep a set of duplicates keys for their house or cars. Most locksmiths offer such services at discounted rates. Key creation and key copying are important services offered by professional locksmiths.
So, the importance of services of professional locksmith is quite important. Car key cutting is one of the main services offered by a locksmith.