Silk Hanging Plants

If you are not an interior designer, redesigning the inside of your house or your office is no easy task; But a way to liven up the room is to utilize the natural beauty of plants. The initial reaction for plant decorations to someone could have been the overwhelming responsibility that comes with having to maintain a balance of sunlight and water to these plants, or perhaps the threat of possible infestations from insects of different kind that might start inhabiting the plants. You may also think of the expense you might incur in having to replace the plants every time they start to wilt and die.

A solution to that apprehension is to use silk plants. Silk plants are artificially manufactured plants made of, as the name impressions, silk. These plants eliminate the responsibility of tedious and expensive maintenance. To keep these synthetic plants bright and beautiful, all you need to do is use a wet towel or a wet rag to wipe off the dust that they might occasionally catch. You can find different plants like ferns, cactus, floor plants, flowering plants and trees, greenery plants, greenery trees, hanging plants, outdoor plants, palm trees, topiaries, bonsais or wreaths, garlands, and swags.

Among the different silk plants mentioned, a particularly popular type is the artificial hanging silk plant. You can find Spider Plants, English Ivy Hanging Bush, Wandering Jew Hanging Bush, Mini Philodendron Hanging Bush, Mini Pothos Hanging Bush, Sage Ivy Hanging Bush, Purple Clematis Hanging Basket, Light Purple Wisteria Hanging Bush, Violet Wisteria Hanging Bush, Deluxe Bougainvillea Hanging Bush, and other different hanging plants.

Whichever type of silk plant you suits your taste and matches the decorations at your home or your office, you will find that silk plants are more affordable and less tedious to maintain as compared to the real thing. …

Tips for Finding the Right House Plan

Identify your outer style – what homes styles are you drawn too? French Country, Traditional, Spanish , Cape Cod, Colonial or Craftsman. When searching for the right house plan it is important to choose one that not only meets your individual needs but also keeps in mind the style of home that is most appealing to you.

Identify how your family lives -will you need formal spaces, recreational spaces, informal spaces, indoor-outdoor spaces, Determine if you prefer a one story or a two store home. Also determine the number of bedrooms and bathrooms will you need. This will help narrow your search for the right house plans. Keep in mind the lot characteristics including dimensions, natural landscaping and future marketability of the home. Your lifestyle is a key consideration in selecting a house plan. Do you entertain frequently? Consider a formal dinning room and traditional living room for large formal entertaining. Are you nearing retirement? Consider a one story to limit stair climbing. Are you starting a family? Be sure to include enough bedrooms to allow for your expanding family. Do you love to cook? Be sure you have ample room and amenities in the kitchen to accommodate.

Walkthroughs – Walk through houses under construction in your area to see what things you like and don’t like about each plan. During these walkthroughs take careful notes about what you like and don’t like about the features in each home. Request floor plan samples from the various builders. Attach your notes to each floor plan so you can quickly recall the features of each house plan that you liked. Check with your local homebuilders association for the location of new home builders in your area. Visit each builder, walk their models and review their available house plans.

Careful note taking – Make a folder of ideas and pictures from magazines that you like. This will help you identify your style and keep a record of the features that you might want to incorporate into your home plan. As you perform your walkthroughs, take a camera so you can take pictures of the various homes you visit and key features of each home that you want to remember.

Search through stock home plans – Research styles and plans on the Internet. You can also purchase house plans on the web or in books at your local new or used bookstore. You should be able to get hundreds of home plans through these sources for little or no money. These house plans can be modified to meet your needs. Also visit new home builders in your area to get great house plan ideas.

Can’t find that perfect home floor plan? – Find a reputable architect who can custom design the perfect house plan for you. Make sure to research the architects in your area and visit their work if at all possible. Using the notes, magazine clippings and photograph you’ve collected the architect should be able to design a home that is a …

Pest Control Advice (How to Kill Cockroaches)

If you live in a warm climate, you know that roaches can be everywhere and that they can enter your house at any time they want. And it is very disgusting to see cockroaches crawling on your wall, floor, and any part of your home. Cockroaches have been around longer than we have and so getting rid of them won’t be easy. You will need the assistance of a pest control professional in dealing this kind of problem.

There are simple rules which you can follow in dealing with the cockroaches. First thing you should know about cockroaches is that they breathe through their skin. Cockroaches need oxygen and they cannot breathe if their shells are covered. An easy way of killing them is by putting oil to their skin. You can use olive oil or any kind of oil would do just fine. All you need to do is spray them with water mixed with the oil. This method will suffocate the cockroaches.

Another thing that many people recommend is vinegar. Spraying vinegar will suffocate the roaches as well, according to experienced home owners. Vinegar is known to work not just in cockroaches but in spiders as well. Rubbing alcohol is also another suggested cockroach killer. Mixing rubbing alcohol in water and spraying them with the roaches will be effective. Any way in which you can put a cover on them so they can’t breathe would be an effective strategy.

You really have to address the issue why these roaches are hard to find and look for ways to eliminate their food source, shelter, and other ways that they can survive. Seal any food source in your home properly. Make sure you clean the kitchen, the floors, and all areas which would be potential for roach infestation. Also make sure that there’s no water or moist area waiting for them.

These methods are very common and you can adopt them on a daily basis. But if you have tried all these tricks and still found roaches crawling in your house, then it would be high time to call your local pest control company for quality assistance.…

Free Classic Movies: Suddenly, DOA And Thirteenth Guest

[N.B.: All of the following movies are public domain movies – available online and free to watch.]

Suddenly (1954)

Tod Shaw (Sterling Hayden), the sheriff in the small town of Suddenly, has fallen in love with the beautiful widow Ellen Benson (Nancy Gates). Ellen lives with his only son Pidge (Kim Charney) and father-in-law Peter (James Gleason). Her husband was shot to death in Korea during World War Two. Tod Shaw hears that the U.S. president himself will be stopping by their small town for a visit. In the meantime, John Baron (Frank Sinatra), a psychopathic sniper, arrives in town with his two assistants. John is involved with a plot to assassinate the US president. He takes over Ellen’s house and holds the Benson family hostage. Thus it becomes a rush against time to stop the three hired hit men and save the president.

Main casts are Frank Sinatra, James Gleason, Kim Charney, Nancy Gates and Sterling Hayden. This film is also known as “Der Attentäter”.

More Info:

Director: Lewis Allen

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

Filming Location: Santa Clarita, California, USA

D.O.A. (1950)

California accountant Frank Bigelow (played by Edmond OBrien) goes to Los Angeles police station and tells them that he has been murdered. What actually happened is that he was poisoned by someone. Doctors have already informed him that he is living on borrowed time.

Someone switched his drink and gave him a fatal dose of luminous toxin while he was hanging out at a bar, The Fisherman. Frank is bewildered, furious, tired and sick. Yet he makes up his mind and strides off to find his killer.

Main casts of the film – Edmond OBrien, Beverly Garland, Luther Adler, Lynn Baggett and Pamela Britton. This film is also known as “Dead On Arrival”.

More Info:

Director: Rudolph Maté

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Young and lovely Marie Morgan (played by Ginger Rogers) is the daughter of a wealthy millionaire. Her father was killed by a mysterious person walking in the house during a dinner party. The Morgans then abandoned the house. On her twenty-first birthday Marie arrives at her family manor in order to get her inheritance. But she finds out that someone hired a woman to impersonate her. The family lawyer is later found murdered in the house. Captain Ryan and private detective Phil Winston try to solve the mystery. Thirteenth Guest is a low-budget movie but it is the puzzling mystery that makes it worth watching.

Main casts of the movie include Erville Alderson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lyle Talbot, Paul Hurst and Ginger Rogers. The filming locations include Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. This film is also known as “A Convidada”.

More Info:

Director: Albert Ray

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 9 min…

It's Time to Remodel Your Bathroom! Do You Know What to Do?

How can you tell when the time is right to do a makeover on your bathroom? It's probably a job you've been putting off while, telling yourself that it really does not look all that bad. After all, the toilet works most of the time, and only a little of the grout is gone from between the tiles, and there's just a little rust that you can not get out of the bathtub, and … Wait a minute! I'd say it's time for a makeover. What do you think? Take a good look around and see what other little things you can find that are signaling you that now's the time:

Start by looking at all the little details you might have been ignoring. Are your porcelain fixtures looking a bit yellow? Maybe there's a ceiling tile missing from the renovation of 1974. If you have wallpaper, is it starting to curl up a bit on the edges? None of these problems in itself is a world-stopper, but they are still the clues you need to motivate you to get busy remodeling.

If your bathroom still looks like something out of the '70s, that's another clue. Look for the 1 "wall tiles, stained vinyl flooring, and the colors that will date your room on their own: harvest gold, avocado green, and bright oranges. If this is what you're seeing, it's definitely time you did something about It.

A good time to remodel is when you've decided to sell your house. A nice bathroom is a real selling point for most people and can even raise the value of your home. You know for yourself, from being in some yucky public restrooms that no one likes a crummy bathroom, so spruce yours up a bit, and you'll have a hit on your hands.

It may be that you do not want to completely remodel everything in the bathroom. Maybe you're only interested in making it look better without the effort and expense of an excessive makeover. One way to do this is by changing the accessories in the room. If your bathroom is too far gone, this will not work, but if the room is just looking tired and dreary, new accessories can make a world of difference. You might get new fixtures, some fluffy towels, soft cozy rugs, or bright shower and window curtains. By adding these new things, you'll probably be amazed at how much nicer your old bathroom looks.

For the major overhauls, you might want to hire a bathroom contractor. I know they cost money, but unless you're a better plumber than I am, you will find it money well spent. You do not have to hire a contractor to do the whole room, but it would be good for any plumbing and fixture installation you want to do. Have you ever lived a porcelain bathtub? Believe me, a contractor comes in mighty handy for that kind of work. Find someone who comes with a lot of …

How to Build Your Own Home – Lesson 3 – Your Plans – Draftsman/ Designer Vs Architect

1. The Draftsman/Designer

Draftsman/Designer’s have expertise with design of interiors, carpeting, furniture, paint, etc., in actuality; draftsmen follow the directions of an architect, engineer or designer to make (vs. create) the plans. They are not licensed, as an architect is, to stamp plans in order to receive city building permits – More on this later.

If you choose to hire a draftsman/designer, be sure to find one that has a good working knowledge of building. I knew a draftsman/designer that designed beautiful country homes but you could tell this designer was relatively new to the industry because some of her designs could not be built the way they were drawn. This is because designers often do not understand how the construction process works. This is a key difference between draftsman/designers and architects. Choose someone that has had experience creating drawings that have been successfully built from by homebuilders, and who comes highly recommended.

Another source for a qualified draftsman/designer is the American Institute of Building Design. You can locate member in your area by visiting their web site. If you see a home that you like, check with the owner to see if they know who designed it. If the home is fairly new, you could go to the building department and possibly see the plans on file, you can acquire the name of the designer from those plans.

2. The Architect

Architects have expertise in design but are especially helpful because of their knowledge of technology and structural aspects of how to put together a building. He or she has gone to school a long time and are licensed professionals who are qualified to offer clients a wide range of services. Working with an architect can give you someone to lean on from start to finish. He/she can help you with your site and landscape plans. He/she can help you select colors, furnishings, etc. as well. The architect can offer several other valuable services to help your construction plan go smoothly. For example, he/she can visit the site, monitoring and observing construction. The architect can be a valuable asset in reviewing contracts and helping you ultimately select a reputable contractor or subcontractor.

Another service the architect can provide is to walk through your plans with the city/county to expedite getting the necessary permits.

Keep in mind that an architect’s fees are going to be higher than those of a draftsman/designer, which makes sense considering all of the additional services and safeguards that you’ll get the benefit of. A good architect can charge anywhere from 7% to 10% of the final cost, or more. Fees may be negotiable, though. For example, I hire very qualified architects in the Atlanta area for less than a third of those figures, which, by the way, is a very cheap price to pay for someone that qualified to create your house, plans and see the job through to completion.

As always, when hiring someone, it is best to discuss the exact services …

Professional Mice Extermination Methods

Is your apartment located on the first floor or above the grocery store? Are you tired of waking up at night from the vile clutches of the stamping of the rat and in the morning to find unpleasant “surprises” in various places and kitchen corridor?

In addition, rats and mice can cause harm to not only food but also the electric cables, wires and even domestic buildings.

Rodents – These creatures find a loophole in the most remote places. In addition, sometimes struggle with rodents can become a real headache. You start to think that rats and mice become, day-by-day, more intelligent, uniquely avoid the mousetraps? Then you should consider purchasing a more efficient means to fight the hated rodents.

It is known that cats – good rat-catcher, and if t s presented in the house, than you do not have to be afraid of rodents. However, not everyone has the opportunity to have a cat, for example due to an allergy to wool, or due to lack of time to care for animals.

Traditional methods of struggle are also not always effective, and the use of poison to kill mice, rats, is very unsafe. In addition, mice are able to adapt to various poisons, and their rate of reproduction will quickly emerge new isolates resistant to your poison. Just rodents have very acute hearing and smell, which allows them to bypass a variety of lures. Therefore, the extermination of the rodents has to be approached professionally.

Apart from the fact that rodents cause discomfort, they also are carriers of various infectious diseases. Everyone knows that a rodent bite requires immediate medical attention to avoid serious consequences. Therefore, the destruction of rodents should be carried out immediately after their appearance.

Professional wrestling against mice and rats – this is professionals’ task. Qualified specialists offer sophisticated methods to eliminate these unpleasant creatures without risk to the health of the inhabitants of the apartment.

Destruction of rats and mice requires a preliminary assessment of the numbers of these rodents and complex sequential events – rodent. The drugs used by professional mice removers will not harm the apartment; do not leave marks on the interior, and the total time for the destruction will not exceed 30 minutes.

Rodent control requires two options for pest control – its preventative methods and complete annihilation.

Preventive methods protect food and water from the access of rodents, as well as blocking the ability of rats and mice to choose a good place to create nests. Prophylactic disinfestations treatment involves different kinds of holes and sealing them (out of communications, pipes and the like.), as well as the installation of metal grids in place of the holes.…

Bounce Houses Are Called Many Different Things

Bounce houses go by many names throughout the world and United States. They go by the names moonwalk, bouncers, bouncies, and brincas. Many times it depends on what part of the country you are in and what the people call the bouncers. There are even terms for them in different languages. That is where the term brinca comes from.

Brinca is the Spanish word for jumper. Many kids at birthday parties or events scream out, “Brinca brinca!” They see the jumper or brinca, as they call it and instantly get excited about bouncing on the brinca.

Bouncers are fun for every one, whatever you may call them. They come in many different colors, themes, shapes, and sizes. Almost every cartoon character has a bounce that is shaped after them on the market. Many kids love those bounce houses, but others still love the basic bounces. Once the kids get inside the bounce houses they don’t really care what is on the outside. They still call bounce houses all kinds of different terms like brincas.

Manufacturers of bounce houses even call them different terms. Some call the bouncers moonwalks. Some call them bouncers. Still others call them jumpers. Manufacturers pretty much make bounce houses in the same way though. They all make the basic square box bounce and vary them up based on color or theme. Not all make their inflatables up to the same standards however.

The language of fun is truly universal. No matter what you call a bounce house, kids love to bounce on them for their party.…

Bankruptcy – 5 Critical Facts

For years now people who find themselves in serious financial trouble can declare bankruptcy to rid themselves of overwhelming debt. Generally bankruptcy is viewed as a last resort mainly due to the stigma and shame associated with the idea of ​​filing for bankruptcy.

One of the challenges for anyone considering bankruptcy is getting the right information, there is plenty of misinformation circulating online and in the vicinity about bankruptcy but facts seem harder to come by. For those of you who may be considering bankruptcy I will just outline a few key facts so you can make an informed choice. Often one of the problems with bankruptcy advice is there is often more to the story than first meets the eye, so I will highlight a simple and well known fact then give you some additional insight behind that fact that will help you know more about it.

Fact 1. Bankruptcy lasts 3 years.

While this is generally true, it's possible to have your bankruptcy extended to 5 years or even 8 years if the trustee does not get provided with the information that is required of you while you are in your first 3 years. There are potential 50 reasons your bankruptcy could have extended, and in some cases it's simply not filling in some required paperwork while you are bankrupt.

Fact 2. I will lose my assets when I file for bankruptcy.

You may lose some assets when you are bankrupt, but you will not lose your household furniture and general household items. You may lose your house if there is plenty of equity in the property, you may also lose your car if the car has an asset value over $ 7,700. Your business if you are self-employed may also be viewed as an asset. Put simply if you are not sure, then get some advice about your assets.

Fact 3. I will lose my business if I file for bankruptcy.

Remember the job of the bankruptcy trustee is to sell your assets and give the money to your creditors. What really matters in the case of a small business owner is the asset value of a particular business. For example if a plumber needs to file for bankruptcy, it's very likely his hand tools and old ute (that's worth less than $ 7,700) or has finance on it he will be able to keep and continue to run his business, because the real asset of The plumbing business is the plumber himself.

Naturally if the plumber was a company director then he would need to resign and trade as a sole trader moving forward into bankruptcy, but it's not automatic that you will lose your business if you file for bankruptcy.

Fact 4. I will lose my house when I go bankrupt.

Not necessarily, in fact often if there is little to no equity in the property then it's possible to keep the house as long as you keep making the mortgage payment for your bankruptcy …

Quick Window Cleaning Tips – Make Your Work Easier

Have your windows become so dirty that you can’t even look at them now? Here are some expert tips that will help you to do window cleaning at your home.

Some of the biggest challenges that you’ll be facing:

  • Dirty sills & frames
  • Grimy & dusty screens
  • Spotty & smeared glass

Brush Off The Dust – we realise that cleaning the glass with a solution is the most fulfilling part. However, before you press that switch of the spray bottle, open the window, remove the curtains or blinds, and investigate its ledge, frame, and tracks for grime and webs. Remove out trash by utilising a small handheld brush and a dustpan.

Remember, if you skip this step, then be prepared for the mess later, since the free soil can stick to your cleaning towel and smear the window pane. You can also use a screwdriver wrapped in a cloth for removing dead bugs or gunk.

You Need To Remove Grime From The Screens – If you neglect the cleaning of your screens for over a year, then it’s important that you do it now, otherwise all that dried-on soil will come inside the house whenever, you open your window for ventilation. You can also clean the screens without removing them, and all you need to do is simply run your vacuum over the side that faces inside.

Make the glass glimmer – It is extremely easy to wash both sides of the windows that tilt in. Splash your cleaner on the glass until it’s intensely clouded however does not become drippy. At that point, with a clean & spotless cloth, wipe the surface until it dries. Tilt the window the other side, repeat on the external sheets, yet this time wipe vertically because cleaning in inverse directions makes streaks clear and less demanding to clean.

For double hung windows that don’t open inside, slide the base pane up around 8 inches, so you can reach it. After cleaning is over, slide down the top board to clean it from above. Do you have windows at your house that crank out or don’t open by any means? First you need to clean the inner parts, and then wash the exterior with a hose. If you find all these tasks too daunting, then just hire expert window cleaners.

Have A Look At These Super Easy Window Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash surface with water from top to bottom.
  • Wash with gentle soap and water, and then wipe using brush or sponge with same pressure on the surface. Remember, you need to quickly wash and dry any rundown. Try not to allow cleaning solutions to accumulate or puddle on cracks, vinyl surfaces, cleft, and so on.
  • Quickly wash with clean water, wiping while at the same time rinsing might be useful, don’t enable the cleaning solution to dry on the vinyl or glass surface.
  • Wipe dry with clean cloth.
  • If required, then repeat the steps mentioned above.
  • Always dry window edge and ledge with separate