Day: December 28, 2018

5 Alternatives to Bathroom Window Curtains

Although bathroom curtains will add a lovely finishing touch to a bathroom they are not essential for great bathroom decor as there are a number of window treatments that also look good. And in fact if you are looking for a minimalist look, rather than a romantic or country look, curtains will detract from the effect you want.

Here are 5 alternatives to decorating bathroom windows with curtains

1. Change the Glass

Replace the glass in your bathroom window with patterned glass which provides a degree of privacy. You can do this by replacing the glass itself or by adding a decorative film on top of plain glass. You can get different film to suit different themes – for example film made to look like etched glass would suit a Victorian style bathroom. If you want a special multi-colored effect replace the glass with a stained glass window – or simply add film made to look like it!

2. Use a Simple Fabric Blind or Roman Shade

Fabric roller blinds or roman shades add privacy and finish off the window nicely. They are available in many fabrics, colors and designs and with decorative edgings as required. If you think your window needs more add a valance along the top of the window.

3. Venetian Blinds

Silver colored metallic mini blinds have a space age look to a modern bathroom and go well with modern fittings and faucets in chrome and cool colors such as black, white, gray, bright pink and turquoise. Wooden venetian blinds on the other hand are great for a bathroom in warmer cream and natural tones.

4. Indoor Shutters

Indoor Shutters are yet another window treatment that looks great in bathrooms. Most can be painted (and untreated wood would need to be painted to protect it from the steamy atmosphere of the bathroom) and you can let your imagination run wild thinking about various color options for a window treatment with great impact.

5. Add Accessories

If you think you bathroom window will look a bit bare without curtains then you could add accessories to your window sill which will add interest and further enhance your bathroom. Colored vases, bottles of colored bath oils, candles and soaps can be arranged in an attractive display. Or how about filling your windows with tropical plants of various sizes and shapes of leaves for a jungle effect – great with wooden blinds or shutters. …

Spruce Up Your House by Gardening!

It's a good time to start thinking and planning ahead for your garden. A neat and tidy front yard can enhance a property, but a beautifully planned one can really make an ordinary house look special.

Some accessories that will make your yard look really good can be very inexpensive. Most of us are on a budget, especially these days when we never know how much it will cost to fill up our gas tank. Sometimes at this time of the year, you can find last year's garden accessories discounted. Benches or garden lights may be listed for sale before the new stock comes in.

There are some basic rules which apply to every garden. Before you start you should try and afford a soil test. This is quite inexpensive and either your local nursery or the Internet will tell you how to go about it. You can also buy do-it-yourself kits. The second thing is to dig compost into your garden, and now (winter) is a good time.

If you are having a soil test carried out, you will know from the results if you should add any other nutrition to your soil. A soil test will mean you will not be buying the 'wrong' shrubs, plants etc for your soil type.

There is one last thing that you should monitor: how long and where the sun shines on different parts of your garden. Plants can thrive without direct sunlight, but only if you plant a type that likes the shade. This can still include many bright, colorful plants (ie impatiens), so you can still brighten up dull areas.

Once you decide to buy, you do not want to waste your money by having the plants or shrubs die on you. The soil test will curb some of these mistakes. The other thing to do is to look up, on the Internet or from a book, your particular growing zone. If you live in an area where, for instance, you come into the 'Hardiness Zone', it will enable you to pick the type of plant that has the best chance of surviving in your type of climate.

Always put short and stocky plants in front of taller ones. Remember to check the expected height to know this information – do not decide by the height at purchase time. Remember that short and stocky plants are generally tougher and more tenant, so choose more of these.

Try to resist buying plants in bloom at the time of purchase. The ones that still have to bloom will probably be stronger for the transplant process. If you have more shady areas than you wish, think about drastically trimming a tree to get more sunlight onto certain patches. Remember that some plants like a lot of water, so group these together to make the watering less laborious for you.

There are many small accessories that will really make your yard stand out. Obviously a strategically placed bench -or chairs and small table- under …

Pictures Are Worth Thousand of Dollars When it Comes to Homeowner Damage Claims


Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, fire, theft or some other disaster that causes you to have to turn to your insurance company for help you need to do your part to insure you are treated fairly and get what you have paid for in premiums.


If a tornado, fire, hurricane or other disaster struck would you be able to sit down and list all the items you have accumulated over the years? And certainly you would not have the values, model numbers and other identifying details memorized. Keeping an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled accurately and quickly.

Start by making a list of your possessions, describing each item and not where you bought it and its make and model. Clip to your list any sales receipts, purchase contracts, and appraisals you have. For clothing, count the items you own by category – pants, coats, shoes, for example-making notes about those that are especially valuable. For major appliance and electronic equipment, record their serial numbers usually found on the back or bottom.

It's a big job – but you will be sorry if you do not do it.

As daunting as the task may be if you have had your household set up for some years, an incomplete inventory is better than none at all. If you are just starting out it is easier to get in the habit of updating your inventory with every major purchase or at least annually.

Take care of big ticket items

Items of value such as artwork, antiques, jewelry and collectibles may increase in value over time. Make sure you have itemized coverage on these items (antiques are just old furniture if not itemized). Check with your agent to insure you have up to date coverage.

Digitize Documentation

Use still pictures for important individual items. Make a note either on the back of a printed picture or in your computerized copy of the details of the item such as when and where you got it, the value and any identifying numbers or marks. Also take pictures of whole rooms and closets. Do not forget your kitchen cabinets. You may have thousands of dollars tied up in dishes, cutlery, pots, small appliances, etc.


Walk through your house or apartment videotaping and describing the contents.

Keep it on the Computer

There are several options for using your computer to keep track of your inventory. There are websites that have inventory programs as well as downloadable software to make your lists. Remember you do not want to have the only copy on your hard drive in the event of disaster. E-mail it to your work computer or to a family member or friend. You could also start a personal website – there are plenty of free ones – and keep all your pictures and inventory list there where they are easily retrievable from wherever you are. …

Finding Your Niche

What is a niche market anyhow? A niche market is a specialized market that has a limited and clearly defined range of products sold to a specific group of people. So when you are starting your own website or online business you want to have a specific niche to base your website around but you can’t seem to come up with anything? Well not to worry! I will show you a couple methods I have used and recommend for people just like you.

I must tell you when deciding what you are going to sell or what your website will be about, make sure it is something that you are passionate about. This is very important to the success of your website and to keep you motivated! Its much easier and fun spending time working on something that you can really wrap your arms around and get into versus going through the motions. While there are a number of different ways to make money online such as selling your own products, affiliate marketing and so on. I always suggest trying to come up with at least a couple products of your own but you can decide that later.

Here are a couple of easy methods to help you figure out what you’re niche market could be and how to narrow it down. Go to Google Keyword Search or AdWords. Now think about something or a topic that interests you, lets say for example “Gardening” type it in the space that says word or phrase.

Now also check the small box under that says “only show ideas closely related to my search terms” and do a search on it. This will give you a list of related topics or phrases generated for that one keyword. This search will then break down the related phrases and tell you how many times each one was searched per year and per month.

It will also tell you the level of competition for that word or phrase. Let’s say one of the phrases was “tips to a healthier garden” and the competition was listed as high. This means you are going to be competing potentially against several other websites on that particular phrase. Now let’s say another phrase was “how to grow a healthier garden” and the competition is listed as low or medium. This is narrowing down your niche and gives you a better chance at targeting a certain group of people and potentially lowering the competition.

Another thing I would suggest is go and do a couple searches on Google and a couple other search engines like Bing and Yahoo. Use the same method as far as using a keyword or phrase and search for websites that would be similar to what niche you are interested in. Take notice to the title of their website and the description. This is another useful method to see what some of the competition may be in that particular niche. One thing is for sure these days, …

Crinolines – How to Fold, Fluff and Store Net Petticoat Crinolines

What is a crinoline and how do you take care of them? A crinoline, also called a net slip or petticoat, is a woman’s undergarment meant to fluff out a skirt, and give more of a bell shape. It can be made from fabric or net ruffles and is closely associated with the popular 1950’s full circle skirt style. Whether it’s new or vintage these crinolines require some special help to keep them looking bouncy and bright.

Here are some ideas for how to properly fluff and shape your net crinoline, and how to remove wrinkles. Wrinkles will sometimes come out by themselves if you hang the crinoline up for a day or two. This is the first thing you should do with a crinoline. It is especially helpful to fluff and separate the net layers and gently pull the net into shape. Give it a few shakes as well. Note: It’s okay to hang it up for a day or two just to shape it, but crinolines should be stored rolled up in a bag, or else they will lose their puff from being pulled down by their own weight. You can also steam stubborn wrinkles with the steamer setting on your hand iron. Do this by first laying your crinoline over the ironing board so that only one layer of netting is exposed. Lay a pressing cloth over the crinoline. Set your iron on the “delicate” setting, and press the crinoline over the pressing cloth, so the netting does not get scorched. Any remaining wrinkles can be fluffed out by hanging the crinoline up, and gently blasting it with steam from the steamer function on your iron. Just remember — that steam is really hot! Do not to touch the iron to the crinoline, or you will burn the netting. If you are lucky enough to have a real clothing steamer, then hang up the crinoline, and steam the crinoline from the inside, facing out. The netting will instantly puff out. Don’t have access to an iron or steamer? Hang the crinoline in your bathroom. Turn the hot water on in the shower all the way. Close the door to the bathroom and let it steam. Go in every few minutes and smooth the netting out. Or, put it in the dryer on fluff cycle and run it for a few minutes, then hang it up and separate the layers gently, shaping the crinoline as you go.

Hanging crinolines in a closet is handy but it’s only good for temporary storage. Store your crinoline rolled up in a plastic, or travel/duffel bag. Actual “crinoline bags” can also be bought from square dancing costumes and supplies stores. You can roll up your crinoline without creating new wrinkles like this: Stand holding the crinoline in front of you with the waistband at chin height and the crinoline hanging down. Tuck the waistband under your chin and use your arms to gently fold the crinoline from the sides into the center …

House Warming Gifts: A Great Way to Say, "Welcome Home!"

Nothing is as exciting, or as exhausting as moving into a new home, and the perfect house warm gifts are the ones that allow the new movers to have a quiet moment of reflection. Many times, you want to give a house warm gift to someone moving in next door, or to someone you love who is moving away.

These are probably the toughest gifts to give, because you might not know the new movers, and you might not be in a position to visit your loved ones in their new home right away, if they are moving far away.

For house warm gifts for new additions into the neighborhood, consider collecting delivery menus from your favorite restaurants, buying coupons to your favorite cleaners, and create an address and telephone number book. Paste business cards, and create detailed lists (including directions) for emergency numbers, doctors 'offices, dentist' offices, mechanic's, the best butcher's, or grocer's, etc. Just make it a bit easier to find these places, and recommend the people you trust to the new neighbors.

For the perfect housewarming gift, add a basket with nice napkins, bagels, cream cheese, jelly, a set of nice coffee mugs, some nice tea bags, a jar of honey, or maybe a tin of imported ham, and a loaf of home -baked bread. Tuck the phone book into the basket, and your thought will be long remembered.

For a great house warm gift to give loved ones who have moved away, consider using an online service to deliver a nice prepared picnic lunch to their door the day they are moving in. They certainly will be tired from the trip, and will not have food in the house. If you make arrangements ahead of time, you can even use your home computer to make a video of the family, telling them you are with them in spirit. …