Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marine Vinyl: Bring New Life to Your Boat

Lara Buck is back on the blog to share some ideas on bringing some life back into your boat!
These are some really good tips for anyone who has a boat or has a goal to own a boat.
Thanks Lara!
A boat is usually a person’s most prized possession, and it involves a lot of time and energy as well as money in order to make it look good. Boat owners want their boat to look spic and span at all times. This not only relates to the painting of the boat but also its upholstery, flooring and interiors. However, your boat may be often subject to rough conditions and keeping it as good as you’d like to may not always be easy. A simple solution, though, lies in the use of marine vinyl that can protect your boat and make it look great.

Marine Vinyl Boat

Why Marine Vinyl?

As the name suggests, marine vinyl is tough and is made to withstand even the worst conditions. This fabric has a PVC coating and a mesh-like backing. It is fade resistant for around 500 hours in the sunlight its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it ideal even when you’re on the high seas. It is mildew resistant as well and it is sulfide stain resistant and is great for upholstery, headboards, pillows and more.

Marine vinyl fabrics are also used to make outdoor furniture and for upholstery of boats, for boat flooring, topping and to trim components. It comes in various colors, textures as well as in a variety of designs. The great part about this material is that it is easy to clean, does not get discolored or stained and resists abrasions, apart from being resistant to scuffing, burnishing and blocking. Even the most difficult stains can be removed with isopropyl alcohol.

Choosing Marine Vinyl for Your Boat

While marine vinyl will certainly be an excellent choice for your boat’s upholstery, you need to choose wisely so that you don’t get taken for a ride and so that you get good value for your money. Here are some tips that can help you in this regard.

  • The brand you choose from should have matching welting or else the welting cord has to be sewn into the material.
  • Choose marine vinyl that feels like leather and is soft.
  • Vinyl that looks shiny or which has a plastic feel to it is usually a cheaper variety, and not as durable or long lasting. These also crack more easily.
  • Look for a lined portion which is referred to as heat pressed lining. This comes in 2 inch separations but also is available in different designs. However, 2 inch seams are usually the standard of most marine vinyl.
  • Choose from a reputed brand and make sure that the marine vinyl you’re buying is not a cheap rip-off. The best way you can ensure this is to buy only from reputed sellers who are serious about their quality and standards.

Marine Vinyl

Keep Your Boat Looking Great with Proper Maintenance

Although marine vinyl is very easy to maintain, don’t leave maintenance to chance. Clean it every few weeks with a mild soap solution. Avoid harsh detergents or bleach as this could destroy vinyl. Use a soft cloth or a sponge and wipe off excess water with a dry cloth once you’re done cleaning it.

When your boat’s upholstery is well-maintained, it looks great and lasts for a long time without fading. Since marine vinyl is designed to withstand heavy rains, saline water, rough use, and much more, it is the ideal choice for anyone who loves their boat, loves life on the high seas and who simply loves an adventure without having to bother too much about struggling with maintenance. Make your choice wisely and you can get to give your boat a complete overhaul, while increasing its value, durability and versatility.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Several Essential Steps to Choose Good Plumbers in your area

Mary Mathis is Guesting on the blog today to share some ideas on how to choose a Good Plumber. So the next time you have a plumbing emergency or just need a bit of help. Remember these tips! 
Thanks, Mary


Plumbers are important to maintain a healthy environment in your house. They are basically and the professionals who install and maintain our drainage and sewage system, though their responsibilities depend on the actual need of the homeowner. The term plumber comes from the Latin world ‘plumbum’ which literally means lead. Plumbers are in charge of the drainage systems in commercial and residential buildings, plants for disposing and cleaning the water, factories and every other building. After the plumbers complete their job the various bathroom appliances like shower, tap, basin, dishwasher and water heaters are installed.


How to find the best plumbers
There are plumbers available in every nook and corner of your area, though the best ones are usually in very high demand and they are not available in time of the need. But choosing the best one is crucial. The several factors that should be checked before finalizing are explained below.

  • It is important to check whether the company has an original plumbing license. It would be better if you yourself check with the local licensing agency or ask the copy of your license before choosing the company.
  • Checking online reviews is mandatory. Their social network accounts and websites will give you a better picture of their interaction with their customers. It is better if you contact some of their customers before taking the final call. They will give you a better idea on the pros and cons about the organization.
  • Choosing companies that have been in this business for many years is better. Usually the ones that give the best services survive in the industry while the others may slowly fade away with time.
  • Checking the price structure and comparing with other companies is important to get a good deal. This will help you get clear picture of the things that the company would offer. It is advisable not to choose the company that assures to offer several services at an unbelievably low price range. You must clearly ask them how they provide the services at such a low price. This will then help you to take the right decision easily. The price usually depends on the number of technicians, their hourly rate, cost of the materials and mode of payment.
  • Checking their guarantee period beforehand is very essential. You must know what would happen if their service do not last long.
  • It is better to choose the one who tends to give all the details about their services and cost incurred before starting the job and sticks to that only. The plumbers who provide the quotes over the phones should preferably be avoided.
  • It is better to get the references of the plumbers from other technicians like electrician or AC repair technician. They would know the details better than other homemakers.

  • You can ask the plumber about his experience with the company or the other projects where he worked earlier. This would help you to get an idea about how much the company cares about its employee and the market value of the company.
  • The plumbers usually tend to offer several services. Directing and making them understand your actual need is very essential. You must check the issue and categorize whether it is a common or exceptional issue and contact the plumber accordingly.
  • The companies that are members of the trade organization are usually updated with the latest technologies.
  • Along with the license the company should also have insurance that would cover all the cost in case any accident occurs to the technicians during their work.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Home Preparations for Overnight Guests

Zoe Clark is back to hosting on the blog and today she is sharing some really great ideas for those overnight holiday guests. Thank you Zoe for another amazing post. Happy Holidays.

If you’re expecting overnight guests this holiday season, you need to start with home preparations in order to make their stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Instead of starting a day before your guests arrive and worrying whether you did everything you were supposed to, you should take care of every detail before you hear that knock on your door. Preparing and cleaning room by room will help you stay more focused, and, therefore, more efficient, so here’s what you should keep in mind.

Start with the Living Room

Since all of you will probably spend most of the time socialising in the living room, you have to de-clutter this area so that you have enough space and don’t feel cramped. Therefore, throw away old magazines, organise your shelves and store the items that you don’t like or need in a box and out of sight. Once you’ve finished de-cluttering your living room, you should move on to holiday decoration; after all, they’re coming to spend Christmas with you, so don’t forget to create a festive atmosphere, especially if your guests have children. Next, consider rearranging furniture to create a seating arrangement that will enable all of you to see each other when spending time together. The best option is placing the sofas and armchairs in a semi-circle around a coffee table. Finally, if your guests have children, and you don’t have a kids’ area, then make one in the living room where they can play and find a decorative box where they can keep their toys.

Prepare the Bathroom Thoroughly

You should start with scrubbing the bathroom thoroughly – you don’t want mould to greet your guests. Afterwards, make sure to buy spare toothbrushes, in case your guests don’t bring theirs, toothpaste, shampoo, shower wash, toilet paper, and everything else that they might need. Don’t forget to add additional towels (where they can be easily found), and once your guests have arrived, make sure to wash the towels, sheets and their clothes regularly. Finally, clean out some drawers, throw away everything you don’t need and leave some empty shelves for your guests.

What About the Dining Area?

Whether you have a separate dining room, or a dining table in the kitchen, there are several items that you should take care of prior to your guests’ arrival. You should consider whether the dining table is big enough for all of you, and what you can do if it’s not. You can bring in a bigger one instead if you have it stored away in the attic, or add a smaller one, but make sure that you don’t feel cramped at table. Then, include some extra seating options – spare chairs are a viable solution, but if you don’t have them, you can opt for benches that can seat more people than chairs.

Consider the Sleeping Arrangements

If you have a guest bedroom, you should take some time to get it ready for the guests – open the windows to let fresh air in, dust the shelves, put clean sheets, bring in some additional blankets and pillows, and add some Christmas decoration to create a holiday mood. Check the lighting, place table lamps on the nightstands and make room in the closet where they can keep their clothes. However, if you don’t have a spare room, you need to consider alternative sleeping arrangements. A possible solution is setting up a sleeping area in the living room – just find the best mattress for the money and ensure a peaceful sleep. It won’t cost you much, it will easily solve your problem, and you won’t have to worry about sleeping arrangement the next time you have overnight guests.

There’s nothing better than spending Christmas with the people you love, so welcome your guests into your home with a smile. Get your house ready on time, and then enjoy the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Best deals on Groupon for the holidays

(this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own)

Tis' the Season to start shopping for Christmas gifts. I think the older I have gotten the harder it is to truly buy something unique for Christmas. That is why I really like using Groupon.

Groupon is more than just great deals on restaurants, salon's and massages.  It can be used for goods as well. Bed linens, Christmas lights, Garden lights and beautiful stuff from Charming Charlie's.

This is the place I go when I need a unique gift for the hard to shop for, I think everyone has a few of those on their naughty or nice list. Sometimes I just peruse the top Groupon suggestions and come up with some great ideas. Wall art, photo books and pots and pans. You can find it all at a great rate. When we were moving into our new house I used Groupon for some really great prices on Canvas prints and the quality was amazing. My husband needs workout flooring and guess what? They have that as well.

The best part about Groupon is they have really great customer service and the site is easy to use. Did I mention it is also FREE. NO membership fees to worry about or expiration dates. Free. 

Don't stress any longer about the perfect thing to buy, stop at Groupon and take a look.

7 Tips for a Better Spring Clean: From Mould to Skip Bin Hire

Oliva is here today to talk about Skip Bin Hire - these are some really great ideas on Spring Cleaning.  So once the winter is over these ideas will really help. Thank you Olivia for your post.

Skip Bin Hire

Spring is all about renewal and rebirth. It is the time to give your house a thorough cleaning to get rid of mould, mildew as well as dust which has collected over time. It is also about adding freshness and making the indoors as pretty as the outdoors are getting as a result of spring.

Spring cleaning is a massive challenge regardless of the size of your home as it goes beyond the normal dusting, mopping, vacuuming or even scrubbing. As it is such a momentous undertaking it is good to start with a plan as to how it will be undertaken. You should list out each room and then list out the tasks to be undertaken in each of the rooms like cleaning of the walls, the treatment for windows, the baseboards, cleaning under and behind furniture, and much more. Consider skip bin hire services to dispose of waste effectively. To help you out further, here are 7 tips on handling spring cleaning:

  1. Make sure you have all the stuff needed including the different kinds of supplies well in advance, to avoid wasting time acquiring it later during the cleaning process. You will need more than all purpose cleaners. You will require specialized cleaners like those for polishing silver, wood oil, oven cleaners and more.  Microfiber cloths are the best when it comes to dusting. Mops which have a refillable head which is machine washable should be used. Coffee filters can be used for cleaning windows.
  2. This is a great time to de-clutter your home. You should set up different boxes or bags, one for articles that need to be kept, one for those that need to be thrown away, the third for those that need to be donated and the fourth that needs to be sold. However, giving them away or throwing them could take ages even after segregation. At such a juncture you could think of skip bin hire services. These services provide with pick up and drop delivery of skip bins hire at your convenient time. These bins are huge, sturdy and durable bins that could be used to dispose all your waste.
  3. You should consider getting help if you feel the task is too overwhelming. Have kids focus on their rooms and help out. If there are very young children, they can help you dust baseboards. If you offer your friends free food, they will help you with your cleaning as well. If you can afford it, you can get a maid service to assist you.

Bin Hire

  1. When spring cleaning, use the top down approach. You should start with the ceiling. Dust it and clean it, remove moulding and the light fixtures, then you need to wipe the walls, dust the pictures, clean the windows, sanitize the light switches and doors and then move to the furniture. The closets need to be cleaned before the floor.
  2. You should speed up spring cleaning by looking for shortcuts. You can spot clean carpets instead of the entire thing. You can use the hose to wash the outside of the windows and you can use a hand held steamer when you want to clean the curtains.
  3. When you are spring cleaning the pantry, don’t just wipe and put back jars, bottles and boxes. They need to be cleaned inside out thoroughly and whatever is expired or past it’s used by date should be tossed out. The same goes for the medicine cabinets as well as the bathroom storage areas. Cosmetics too need to be chucked out even though there are no expiration dates. Liquid based ones can even harbor bacteria and so they should be thrown out post 6 months. Usually make up should not be kept longer than 3 years.
  4. There are many appliances and maintenance stuff which needs to be taken care of as well. The roof needs inspection, the sidings need to be checked and the air conditioning and caulking of windows need to be seen too as well.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Best Electric Breast Pumps for Moms

     When expecting a little one there are 1000 things to check off the list. Cribs, bedding, diapers and travel systems. But one of the most important things that mom's have to check off the list is what type of electric breast pump they will choose.  The decisions they are plenty. So how do you choose the best electric breast pump for you and for your little one?

Medela is probably the most recognized brand. It is on the shelf at nearly all retailers. They have a 2 phase process that most closely mimics actual breast feeding. Medela also offers a wide arrange of choices and some retail items that add to the "look" of the breast pumps.  

Medela offers something for everyone and makes it easy for mom's to head back to work. Totes, shoulder bags, bottles and a car charger make it possible to tote everything you need. 

Spectra is another great manufacturer of breast pumps. They have easy to carry pumps in two colors (Blue and Pink of course) They even carry a line of bedazzled pumps that would make any Momma smile. With multiple sizes of flanges as well as totes, coolers and bottles they are another great option. 

And the best possible option for mom's is that the affordable care act is now covering double electric breast pumps. So where can you find lots of choices and someone to help you decide and get it paid for? EHCS (Edward's Health Care Services)

They will lead the way and help you find the Best Electric Breast Pump for you and your baby. They know everything there is to know and will let you know if you can get a pump for free! 


Tell Me Mom's what do you look for in a breast pump?

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