The House is Almost Ready

The place needed a little bit of work and that is what I have been doing since my father decided to move in with my sister. The simple things we took care of pretty quickly. I repainted the plantation shutters, which were not looking that great and aside from that the color did not match on all of them. I suppose that most people would not really notice, but when you put a place on the market it is the sort of detail you want to pay attention to. I spent a lot of time in the front yard, trimming the hedges and planting some new shrubs and flower beds. The idea is pretty simple, when the potential buyer pulls up you want to make a good first impression. Then I had the trim covered with vinyl siding which is a big deal if you are going to be taking care of the place.…

What Are the Top 6 Must Have, Most Popular Board Games?

Have you ever stopped in a toy store or gift shop to buy a present and been completely astounded by the aisles after piled up mountain high? With so many board games in existence, it is nearly impossible to find the perfect one with little time and cornered by the never-ending options. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the best of the best; The top 6 board games that are must-haves for any household. If you have been on the constant search to find a board game that is fun and enticing, then our list of the Top 6 Must Have, Most Popular Board Games is the ultimate resource to quench you board game needs!

The Top 6 Must Have, Most Popular Board Games:

O Monopoly- I'm sure that there are probably less than 10 people in the world that have not ever heard of the classic board game, Monopoly. Monopoly is the classic game of real estate and the banker. Players of young and old try to race around the board, buying as many properties as they can and collecting fines from others that land on their claimed properties, all while trying to earn as much money as possible. The player who has earned the most money by the end of the game is declared the winner of that match of Monopoly, but with the game being so addictive that title is usually quickly challenged in hours of follow-up games and re-matches! Monopoly is the perfect game for all types of people and can be enjoyed by both young and older generations, with the help of many different versions of the game, including 'Star Wars' versions, popular cartoon versions, special animal versions, deluxe versions, And much, much more for more hours of Monopoly fun!

O The Game of Life- What game is better than one about your own life? The Game of Life is a game in which you travel around the board in a tiny plastic car on the main road of your life. You literally experience all the stages of life right at your kitchen table! Players are given a job and a salary and try to maintain a high fortune after being put through all the joys and problems of life, such as having children and paying for their education. At the end of the game, each player is led to the retirement home of their choosing in order to count up all the money that they have accumulated through The Game of Life. The player who is the richest wins the game! This board game is perfect for any group of people, young or old, who would enjoy having a laugh out of this board predicates will occur through their lives!

O Scrabble- Enjoy using the English language to create long, exotic words out of random letters and scoring points for it? If so, than this game is perfect for you! In Scrabble, players gather around a game board and basically …

Home Remodeling Ideas for Your Home Improvement

Home Remodeling ideas:

Home Remodeling may take place anywhere in home from roof to foundation like adding a wall, cabinet fixing, Wall paintings, Replacements and sink repair, Bathroom renovation and many more. To improve the value of your home and for happy living hire a remodeling contractor or try yourself. The most important point is that ideas of remodeling are only limited by the uniqueness of the house owners. One of the best options to make a bore looking house into the latest modern and fresh looking home is possible by Remodeling and redesigning only.

Painting:

Home painting is very easiest and inexpensive watching for the exterior and interior of the house. Painting can provide a fresh look of our home by painting interior and exteriors. Most probably home owners are encourages to find out professional re-models that they supply suitable paints samples and references of their work. Actually Home painting is best option for updating rooms in our homes and by doing our self or hiring a professional and also it will save money and valuable time when time to paint a home or room along with getting better look and live with happy.

Replacement

Old faucets Replacement, programmable thermostats installing, benefit from new cost-effective lighting and insulate our house correctly to reap the benefits of green energy.

Sinks

One of the most important usability equipment inside a kitchen and bathroom are sinks. And if together with the use and utility, they provide charm, style and decor to your kitchen / bath room and enrich its appearance.

Bathroom Renovation:

The number one bathroom renovation rule is cleanliness. One of the first decisions you are going to have to make is whether to do the job yourself or hire a contractor to do the renovating. Think this out, thoroughly evaluate and weight the time, money and experience factors that will greatly affect your bath restoration project.

Home Remodeling is very hectic task but it is thrilling and enjoyable to live in our homes after remodeling. There are more companies providing with a high range of services from roof to foundation. …

What Kinds Of Showers Are Available For A Small Bathroom

You have a small bathroom and you want to install a shower in it but what options are there available in order for you to achieve this.

Whilst many people enjoy having a bath and being able on the odd occasion to lay in it and have along relaxing soak most people now opt for the quicker option of having a shower. Not only are they quick and refreshing but because they use less water than a bath they are more economical.

When considering having a shower installed in such a small bathroom many people are put off before they start as they think that they do not have enough space to play with in order to get the best possible out of such a confined space.

The first thing you consider is removing the bath and replace this with a shower stall instead. However, the problem with this choice is that you won’t be able to have a bath anymore. Although this might suit the kind of life you are leading now, you will need to think about what you might need in a few years time or should you decide to move home and sell your property. A lot of people when looking to buy a home would like to have the option of being able to have either a shower or a bath, plus not having a bath could actually cause the value of your property to drop.

However an option that more and more people look at doing when they have a small bathroom is to install a shower over the bath. Not only is this a much easier option if there is no other alternative for you to add a shower but it saves a lot on remodeling costs and this is something that should be considered. You will need to replace the taps on the bath with a set that has an integral showerhead and you will also need to include a shower curtain or splashguard in order to protect the area around the bath.

Another alternative is to have a wet room installed. But this is not only difficult but is quite an ambitious solution to having a shower installed in a small bathroom. Not only will you need to carry out extensive modifications to the bathroom but in all events it is quite an expensive option to choose. The benefit of this type of shower is that it enables you to place the shower almost anywhere you want even in the smallest of bathrooms as long as you have ample space. Unfortunately the downside to this type of shower is that everything within the room will get wet whenever you take a shower and this kind of shower should be thought about seriously prior to make any decisions on choosing this option.

The final type of shower you could install is a curved quadrant shower cubicle which allows you to get even the smallest shower cubicle into a confined space and is …

That Day I Learnt a Great Thing About House Call Doctors and That’s How It Started

20 years back when I was just an 8 year old girl whose only motive in life was to finish the homework and play with friends for hours at stretch I learnt a great lesson – that doctors have a great role in our lives and when the time comes they’ll do their best to save a life.

Today, I am a ‘house call doctor’ and extremely proud of who I am and what I do.

Now, this is how it started –

Just like any other day I finished my homework and ran to play, the only thing that looked different today was my mom not feeling good about her – she looked exhausted and not comfortable. But, these were not the things I could really understand, and because she couldn’t come with me to the park I decided to play in the house – that is so unlike me though.

In like another half an hour mom decided to just sit on the sofa in the room and watch me play; in like no time she collapsed – I heard the sound and ran towards her. Though I couldn’t manage to pick her up, I understood some water would do the difference – which did not that day. I remember I cried before I called my dad and he immediately called for the services of the house call doctor even before he had reached home (and I have to admit this was a great decision to make).

The doctors reached home – checked and studied her condition, give her an injection, wrote down her prescription and asked me to stop crying because mom would be okay. Mom suffered a heart attack and had I not called dad and had he not called for the house call doctors things could have simply slipped out of our hands.

Today – my mom turned 47 and we celebrated her birthday – in all high spirits.

… that day I learned a great thing about house call doctors – and that’s how it all started.

20 years and some months later I am practicing medicine and perform as a house call doctor in my location. Now, here’s how all the difference in life was ever made and I think house call doctors are the most brilliant people ever. Do you want to know why? Read further:

1. They reach the destination well in time

2. Any immediate assistance is always available and provided

3. They’ll be available even when your concerned general practitioner isn’t available

4. They’ll be available to provide you treatment for acute illnesses and chronic ailment

5. Some of the home call doctors even offer the bulk billing services

In all these years of being the house call doctor of my location, the only thing I ensure is that the fastest and the best service reaches the patients and that I am available for the service almost immediately.

The service part is what I most admire about my profession …

Interior Design Ideas – Conservatory Living

Can you imagine the joy of spending late autumn afternoons warmly lounging in the mid of your garden, of growing and harvesting your very tropical fruits and of twilight summer suppers that are guaranteed rainproof? No, this is not a description of life on a faraway tropical island, but a glimpse of the bliss to be had when you own a conservatory.

Yet another inspired Victorian concept that we are reviewing and appreciating anew, despite the disparity of lifestyles between then and now. A conservatory gives life a new dimension. It allows us to enjoy a garden year-round and stretches the living areas of our homes. All age groups can benefit: it provides an ideal space for a toddler to play in (the semi-outdoor finishes should stand up well), for an elderly person to relax in out of season, and for people of any age to enjoy atmospheric dinner parties.

Should you be on the brink of deciding to construct a conservatory, be sure to pin down your ideas well in advance;

How much do you want to spend? A finished conservatory may cost more than you imagine and such extras as heating, lighting, wall and floor finishes, furnishings and plants can add considerably to an initial estimate.

How will the finished conservatory look from outside? Do you wish its style to reflect the architecture of your home?

Which direction do you wish your conservatory to face? A southerly orientated conservatory will be full of sunshine, but without a good ventilation system it is installed and shade provided (by blinds or by painting the glass), it is likely to overheat in summer. A north-facing glass house will receive little sunshine and so will require an efficient heating system for cooler days.

To what purpose will you put your conservatory? Is it to be a place for indoor gardening, relaxing, dining, cooking or playing?

Do you wish your conservatory to become an integral part of an interior living area and / or to open up to and become one with your garden or territory? The larger your opening on to either or both of these areas, the more linked they will appear. Double, sliding or folding-back doors will help to achieve the connection you desire.

Because the conservatory represents a link between the house and its exterior, the most appropriate furnishings will be those reflect this connection. Well-designed garden furniture, softened with table cloths, cushions and upholstered seats, will help blur the line between inside and out, as will rattan, wicker or cane furniture.

A floor of flagstones, scrubbed wood planking or terracotta tiles will underscore the connection. Accessories can provide a similar link – garden statuary, urns, plants and terracotta pots are all particularly suitable.

The best window treatments are ones that do not detract from the view or interior planting. Tailored blinds or curtains of muslin or calico in a simple style are ideal.

When it comes to selecting a color scheme for your conservatory, the choice is yours …

Keep the Color Wheel Spinning While Refurbishing Your Interiors

Now that you have decided to reformulate your interior space, picking the right colors for specific rooms can come across as tedious. It does help to have a fair color sense, but there’s more to interior designing than choosing the right color.

Picture it this way: just like each person has a unique aura every room has its own aura as well. But the best part is that each room’s aura can be modified with a little bit of common sense and oodles of creativity. The color of a room speaks volumes about its aura.

We bring you some tips on how to choose the right color for different rooms of your house. Read on to find out…

The living room forms the major portion of most modern homes. Technically, this room is supposed to be the most important of rooms as this is where we receive guests and most of us spend quality time as a family. This presupposes the importance of getting the right color for this important part of the residence. Experts suggest that you should always go in for bright colors for the walls so that the sunlight gets reflected properly aiding in the proliferation of positive energy. Not too fond of bright colors? No problem, you always have the option of creating a focus wall with a brightly coloured hue and then painting the rest of the walls with a milder hue to create an alluring contrast.

When painting the kitchen, we suggest you use shades of medium undertones so that you can save yourself the embarrassment of showing stained walls to your guests. Also, medium toned colors ensure that there is a right balance of brightness and calmness that is required to cook something garnished with love.

The bedroom is the place where we unwind ourselves after a hectic day. So make sure this place makes use of the mildest shades possible to have a soothing effect. That said, make sure you don’t use an excess of blue shades as experts point to the increase of negative emotions tied to being in a room painted in blue.

Nothing pleases the eye and the heart more than an aesthetically well-painted house. It only adds few feathers on your cap, but also instills a sense of holistic well- being to your family. So go ahead, let the colors run riot and steer your home towards a healthier living.…

DESTINATION: Au NatuRaw, An Organic Garden Eatery, Great Food in Good Places

When I heard there was a new vegetarian raw food restaurant opening up in the Artists Village of Downtown Orange County, Santa Ana, Ca., I literally had to book it right over there. The Santa Ana Artists Village has been one of my hangouts for several years, plus the fact that I am a vegetarian since high school, made it a must to visit “Au NatuRaw,” Organic Garden Eatery. I particularly wanted to learn how they presented healthy natural raw foods in a tastier way than I might prepare at home. Simply because raw can be very boring, just exactly how much raw broccoli can you eat? However, preparing food in a tasty, healthy and stylish way is exactly what the owner, Chef Marchell has achieved at her new downtown restaurant with dishes like Island Time Thai Coconut Soup and Coconut Key Lime Pie, delicious.

Chef Marchell commented, “My work in public education was cut in the downward economy of the last few years and my health was suffering.” This is a situation that so many talented people have experienced and all can relate to the stress in life that it creates. Fast forward quickly, Chef Marchell realized that this provided her the inspiration and perfect opportunity to share her passion for delicious raw foods, so she dug in and opened her natural foods restaurant. Chef Marcell stated, “I wanted others to know just how healthy and delicious raw food could be.” This vibrant, smart and intuitive woman really knows how to cook with some very unique and interesting raw food dishes. Many of the dishes are served hot, not cooked higher than 118 degrees. This is the official cut off for maintaining raw food and its nutrients.You will find hot soup, veggie burgers and many delicious dishes such as Pesto Pizza, Cucumber Wheels and Romaine Tacos. I particularly enjoyed the raw Classic Guacamole Burger with mega-healthy ingredients including nuts, hemp seeds, mushrooms, “grilled” onions, spices and kale. And it’s served with tasty sesame and herb natural crackers and freshly made salsa. The menu is culturally interesting with popular dishes such as Buddha Bowl, Pad Thai and Hole Mole Enchiladas. You will also find many fresh and tasty beverages including a Green Tropic Smoothie with spinach, orange juice and mango.

Au NatuRaw is unique in that they prepare hot DoMatcha green tea Japanese style. Complete with a tea bowl and bamboo whisk, they whip up a hot cup of tea or latte right at your table. Fresh, green and good, the hot frothy tea is an excellent way to finish a meal. I haven’t seen another place in Orange County, that prepares this special tea right at your table. Chef Marchell also adds the tea powder to desserts such as her key lime pie.

The environment is extremely pleasant and is located at 206-A North Broadway, Santa Ana, Ca. in the heart of the Artists Village downtown. With high ceilings, a hanging garden, art, natural colors, quaint tables and fresh …

Interior Design Considerations For Improving Office Productivity

Companies often look for ways in which they can assist employees do their jobs better to increase productivity and therefore the bottom line. However, one area which is not explored enough by businesses is the space in which the work is carried out – the architecture, furniture and interior design of an office can have a substantial effect on the people working within it.

One such example is the offices of Interpolis, a large insurance company, in Tilburg, Holland. By redesigning the 7000 square met space, productivity increased by 20 per cent and sick leave was reduced from nine per cent to just two and a half.

Although the cost of employing an interior design company is not as great as many may think, it is beyond some companies 'reach, especially to completely redesign such a large space like Interpolis' offices. Therefore, a leading European design house has here detailed two specific areas to consider when redecorating or remodeling your company's work space.

Consider the activities that are undertaken – by primarily focusing on the jobs that the work force do you may find that it's not necessary for an employee to sit at the same desk all day, every day. Offering an environment that is the most suitable for specific tasks helps to make the worker be more comfortable and will often enable them to do that job quicker and to a high standard. For example, sometimes collections work together on tasks, so is a set desk layout conductive to this type of collaborative work? Brainstorming sessions or meetings could be carried out in a space that is more relaxed, resulting in higher creativity levels, while for activities that require a lot of concentration that could have been better emphasized in an explicitly quiet zone.

Consider the psychology of color – because color travels in waves from the sun and the energy from light is absorbed through the eyes it stimulates certain glands, which in turn control some of the body's systems. Therefore, the color of an environment can affect mood and affect on the ability to undertake a task. Bright oranges, reds and pinks are stimulating colors that can increase ones heart rate so these would not be good colors to use if the task in hand requires calmness. Whilst yellow is a warm color, it is strenuous to the eye due the light it reflects and can create frustration; it may not be the right color for a collaborative space or one that employees would use for prolonged periods. Blue is often used in offices because it is serene and research has shown that people are more productive in rooms decorated in blue. Pink is calming for during initial exposure and greens can be stress relieving. …

Hand Tufted Rugs Add Beauty to Any Decor

The hand tufted rugs are also referred to as the full cut or latex rugs which look like the hand knotted rugs but there is a lot of difference between these two types of rugs as far as their production is concerned. The tufted oriental rugs are made using tufting gun that is a basically operating tool. The tufted rugs do not need any special skills in production but on the other hand, the knotted rugs require skill of tying knots properly and neatly.

Quality hand tufted rugs that make use of good quality dyes, wool as well as glue can prove to be a nice option for contemporary decorations as they offer a great variety of designs, styles and colors to choose from. These rugs require proper maintenance and cleaning at proper intervals. Vacuuming serves to be one of the common and widely used techniques to clean these rugs. But while doing so, it is imperative to ensure that you do not indulge in over vacuuming the carpets. It is wise to use medium power supply and do not rub against the rug. This will help in safeguarding the fibers from early deterioration. Also, daily washing of these rugs is advisable so that they can remain fresh and clean.

The hand tufted carpets are made without tying of knots into foundation but instead, through pushing of acrylic or wool yarn with the help of a main backing that creating the desired tuft. After that, latex glue is used in order to hold these tufts in proper place and then another foundation is applied which is followed by covering by the final cloth in order to safeguard your floor. The last level includes shearing tops of looped tufts in order to make a pile. The pile's height is known by the amount of cut off yarn and the amount to which the first loop was pushed.

Just like other types of rugs, the hand tufted ones can be destroyed due to growth of infestation. And so it is crucial to aerate not just the rooms where the rugs are placed, but even the rugs themselves. At times when such prevention steps do not work, it is better to use special products readily available in the markets to eliminate the infected areas.

It is also important to note that these rugs need to be kept away from direct sunlight. But as you can not do so all the time, it is better to use curtains while leaving home for extended time spans or when direct sunlight is coming on the rug. Moreover, it can be useful to rotate or change the direction of the rug at frequent intervals in order to protect its color from fading. This fading can be faced due to over exposure to sunlight. …

Antique Piano Bench: Guide to Models, Designs and Bench Styles

Since the inception and design of the pianoforte and the modern grand piano in the 19th century, seating for the piano has been a necessity. This article offers and overview of the antique piano bench and its various styles and models as well as where and how to source. Being able to identify antique benches will enable you to purchase the correct model for your specific piano and decor.

Round stools are some of the most common models of antique piano benches, being used primarily for upright pianos and pump organs they are usually nominally priced and offer a contrasting furniture piece, however they are rarely suitable for regular use since they are unstable. Another common bench used frequently in the late Victorian era is the padded piano chair, usually quite large and of an ornamental design they were standard equipment with many parlor grands. The condition of these benches can vary, some still suitable for regular usage, others more appropriate to only complement your decor.

A functional and useful antique piano bench is the traditional duet bench with music storage, these benches can be attained in many finished and styles as well as in new condition. The main advantage regarding design is the ample storage as well as roomy bench seat. This bench was sold originally with many American upright and grand pianos. While this model bench serves its function as a bench, it will also compliment your interior design as well. Buying a new model has many advantages, the most important being the overall useful condition, a sturdy bench being a necessity for any pianist.…