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It's Getting Colder and Time For Wood to Heat The Shop

Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Gerry had to head out the other day for some wood . We are getting quite cold and nights are hitting in the minuses. We don't use wood in the house but Gerry uses it for his shop and spends a good part of his day tinkering in there.

Playing Poker- Online

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

When you think about poker, you might imagine dimly lit rooms with smoke all around. The poker tables are fixed with serious-looking people who are enjoying their game. But, times have changed drastically. Online poker has gained great popularity in the past few years. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced poker player, there is something out there for everyone. Here are some of the top reasons why NJ online poker is right for you.


Wide Range of Options at NJ Online Poker

Physical casinos have a limited number of casino games, and most of them always remain crowded. With online poker, you get a wide range of poker games to choose from. You can choose from Seven Card Stud, Texas Hold’em, and many more. You can choose from the high or low split, your pot-limit, and other variants of poker.





Easy Access to NJ Online Poker Rooms

Most people today are busy and can find little time to visit a local casino. Even then, there is a need for you to wait at the table. When you choose to play poker online, there is always a table available for you without any waiting.  Just click on the room, and you can start playing.


NJ Online Poker than Cheaper than Traditional Casino

Playing at a physical casino comes with a lot of overhead costs, such as the gas cost, dressing up, and more. But, with online poker, there are no overhead costs allowing you to invest your savings in the game itself. There are also numerous rewards and bonuses for the players that further lower the cost.


Play with Players from Around the World at NJ Online Poker

There are thousands of players online from around the world who love playing at online casinos. Since every player has their own style and tactics to play, you will be able to learn from them. Also, more players mean that you have the chance to earn even more through the game.


Excellent Way to Learn at NJ Online Poker

For beginners, online poker is an excellent way to learn as a number of NJ online poker sites allow players to play for free. It helps you hone your skills and ensure that you can learn useful tactics that will help you master the game over time. Once you are confident enough, you can deposit your money and then collect your winnings easily into your bank account.


Huge Offers at NJ Online Poker

Online poker players can enjoy a number of bonuses, VIP games, loyalty programs, and more. Even the new players can enjoy welcome packages that allow them to increase their winnings when they play with real money. When joining a poker site, make sure to understand their eligibility to take full advantage of these offers.


These are just a few of the benefits that you can enjoy by playing at online poker sites. Once you start playing at one of the NJ online poker sites, you will realize as to how many more benefits there are to it. Irrespective of your skill level, online poker is a great way to learn, develop your skills, and, most importantly, have lots of fun.

Staying Organized With Sterlite

Sunday, September 27, 2020

 


I love Sterlite ... 

For more than 75 years, Sterilite products have helped make everyday life a little easier and a lot more organized.

You may be surprised by how many of their products are at work in your home today. It may be one of their Locking Touch Top Garbage cans that lock to keep our pets or toddlers; or a basket to keep items contained on a counter top, or maybe it's one of their containers. Sterlite carries great at home helpers for your laundry room, kitchen, office, garage and more!






I love the quality of their products. Everything is so sturdy and well made! 

Sterlite is the  largest  plastic housewares company in North America, and I will say quality plastic too! From food storage containers and laundry / utility products to home storage and organization products in every shape, size and color; Sterilite helps you "keep it together" like no other.




Upcycling a $5 Tuffet


One person's trash is another's treasure! 

Bought this tuffet for $5 at a reuse it store- and daughter did a wonderful job refinishing it for resale.


My Journey as a Blogger – A Brief Insight

Friday, September 25, 2020


I started as a blogger to pen my ideas, experience, and thoughts in a meaningful way while sharing the same with the world. Blogging became a passion soon after I started because it helped me engage with the readers, get feedback, exchange ideas, and network with other bloggers and peers. When I started around 12 years or so back, my blog looked nothing like this, and I had no clue how to edit the posts, leave aside trying to make my blog look attractive or appealing to the target audience. However, I never compromised upon the message I want to deliver across to the readers. I blog to share my knowledge and experiences and provide value to the target audience. 

There is no doubt about the fact that I have improved drastically over the years. I have learned a few tricks of the trade on the way, which includes marketing my blog effectively, reaching out to a larger audience, creating social media marketing funnels, and using my authority on thrifty living to share instrumental financial and lifestyle tips with my audience. When I started as a blogger, it was more of a passion, and never knew it would take me this far. 

But it has, and it has continued to open doors to newer possibilities and opportunities that I didn’t even know existed,  including affiliate partnerships and marketing. I shifted to a better platform, got my blog redesigned, gained authority on search engines in my target niche, and continue to witness a massive increase in traffic. Three things that have helped me on the way are patience, perseverance, and constantly upgrading my knowledge about blogging. Learning is a never-ending process and since it interests me, I never really felt worked up. It is why people say turn your passion into an occupation, and you never really have to work a day in your life. 



I saved money from my primary income initially to fuel my growth as a blogger. I didn’t spend extravagantly or unnecessarily on luxuries of life that many of my friends indulged in and often even had to compromise that movie-night or party-night. But, it is worth it when you notice a gradual increase in traffic to your blog day after day, and more clicks on the ads on your blog. It is not only financially rewarding but also provides a sense of satisfaction that is inexplicable in words. Undoubtedly, it takes time to achieve that sweet success, and though it might seem easy at the outset, there is a lot that continues to happen in the background that contributes to it. 

My blog has become one of the go-to blogs on lifestyle and finance niche, and I have become an influencer marketer blogger in the process. The journey as a blogger started as a passion but has now turned into a full-fledged day job that has allowed me to spend more time with my family while doing what I want to do. With that said, I don’t take my success for granted and continue to put in the equal effort or more today than I used to 12 years back. I continue to live within my means, prefer saving before spending, and make it a point to stay within my budget. I recommend the same to my audience as a blogger and influencer to prioritize needs before wants in life regarding finances. 


MicroGold® Dual-Action Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Tested and Proven Effective to Kill the COVID-19 Virus

Thursday, September 24, 2020

MicroGold® Dual-Action Disinfectant & Antimicrobial kills SARS-CoV-2 associated with COVID-19, according to independent lab testing reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 


Distributed by Granite Gold Inc. (GGI) and powered by MonoFoil, MicroGold® Dual-Action Disinfectant & Antimicrobial (EPA Reg. No. 90856-4-88653) met all EPA criteria following the mid-June conclusion of independent analysis at Microbac Laboratories Inc. Testing conducted on a live strain of SARS-CoV-2 was found to kill the virus in three minutes.

MicroGold® Dual-Action Disinfectant & Antimicrobial was brought to the consumer marketplace in spring 2020 at the onset of the pandemic by GGI to help retail partners who were experiencing depleted stocks and empty store shelves. Initially named MonoFoil D®, GGI recently rebranded the product under the new MicroGold® brand.

 



MicroGold® Dual-Action Disinfectant & Antimicrobial kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2 associated with COVID-19, human rotavirus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, salmonella enterica and staphylococcus aureus, when used as directed.

 




 



Available in 16-ounce and 24-ounce spray bottles and a 128-ounce refill, the solution is non-abrasive, has no hazy residue or phosphates, and is alcohol and bleach free. The Dual-Action Disinfectant & Antimicrobial is available nationwide at CVS, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, True Value Hardware, Do It Best Hardware and Menards; in the Northeast at Hannaford Supermarket; and in Southern California at Ralphs Supermarket. Suggested retail for the 24-ounce spray is $14-99; $9.99 for the 16-ounce spray; and $59.99 for the 128-ounce refill.

 

MicroGold is online at www.GetMicroGold.com.

Before and After Living Room Carpet Change

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 


Living room re-do! 

Removed the older carpet and selling as it's still in good shape . Just did a repaint on the walls as well, from beige to grey. 

Nice that Gerry is handy- as it saves in us having to hire anyone to do the work.

Went with a low pile, from the medium we had before.






Pumpkin Spice Makes All Things Nice- And So Does Apple Spice and Maple!



With Fall officially here, pumpkin spice, apple spice and maple flavors have all arrived!

Get ready for all things Fall flavored!


Be sure to check out Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. . A small artisan bakery that makes savory and sweet shortbread. Their shortbread has 5 clean and natural ingredients per recipe, with a 10 months shelf life on the savory and a 13 months shelf life on the sweet. They have a wide range of other flavors as well from Canadian Cheddar which has been the best seller for over 20 years to a wonderful Pumpkin Spice that warms you up on a nice fall day! Support local!

The pumpkin spice is a true work of art that tastes like pumpkin pie in a cookie! It is not high in sugar but tastes amazing. With the fresh pumpkin and their secret blend of spices, this shortbread is now wonderful in all seasons! 


And watch this spot for more Fall flavored goodies!


Choosing The Best Technology For Your Home Business

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

When you start working from home, one of the things you’ll find yourself missing about working in an office or a large company is the resources. You didn’t really have to think about technology before, but now it’s all on you to make the right choice for the sake of your business.

But where do you even begin when it comes to choosing the right technology? This helpful guide can make sure you get exactly what you need.

Image Credit: Unsplash under Creative Commons

Think about what you need

Before you start rushing out to stores to buy the first items you see, you need to take a step back and think carefully about what you actually need for your business. A computer is going to be a given, but would you need a laptop for flexibility, or a desktop for more built-in storage?

You’ll also want to think about buying items such as a printer, a phone, and other items like a camera if they’re going to be relevant to your work. Spend time thinking about what you’re going to be doing, and what you’re going to need to do it to help you build up an equipment checklist.


Work out your budget

You’ll have a lot of initial business costs to fork out for when you first get started, and technology is likely to be the most significant. You’ll want to think about making a business budget as soon as possible to help you get started, and to make sure you don’t run into any financial difficulty at the beginning.

Once you’ve got a budget in place, you can work out how much money you can spend on your tech. Even if your budget is quite small, there will still be options available to you that can help you get the equipment you need.

Saving money on your tech

If you’re concerned about the cost of your tech, the good news is that there are plenty of ways you can save money. Some of the things you can do to get cheaper or more affordable tech include:

  • Buying used goods from other businesses or keeping an eye out on places like eBay and Craigslist.
  • Buying refurbished items which have been repaired or upgraded to make them as good as new, but without the hefty price tag.
  • You could lease your tech to help you afford your items short-term, as well as enjoy an upgrade to a newer model when your lease term is over.
  • Make the most of discount codes and online sales to help you get a bargain. Black Friday is an excellent time to pick up some technology deals.

Remember that purchases you make for your business can be tax deductible, so hold onto all of your receipts and reclaim those costs from your tax owed at the end of the year.

Apple vs. Windows?

The next decision you’ll be faced with is whether to choose an Apple or a Windows computer. Each has its own advantages, but depending on the work you’re doing, you’ll want to think about what meets your needs. Apples can be a great choice because they’re reliable and not very susceptible to viruses, but a Windows PC will be a lot more familiar to most people.

If you were thinking of following the Mac route, it’s worth remembering that you can do everything on an Apple computer that you can with a PC. It’s easy to Google questions like https://setapp.com/how-to/how-to-take-screenshot-record-on-mac to find out how to do things, and you’ll soon start learning where all the shortcuts live, etc. It’s worth going into a store to try out different machines to help you get exactly what you need.

Maintaining your kit

As well as purchasing your technology, you’re also now responsible for it. You might not have given it much thought before, but once something starts to breakdown or you’re faced with an error you can’t fix, you’ll realize the value of having some IT support to get the problem solved.

Do you need tech support for your business? The answer mostly depends on factors such as whether or not your business could be at serious risk through a failure or outage, and whether you feel comfortable tackling different issues. Many tech companies will have different plans available to suit all kinds of small business budgets, so it’s worth getting some quotes to see if this is a service you can afford.

As for general repairs and replacements, make sure you’ve got some insurance and savings in place to help you out if things go wrong.

Don’t forget security

When it comes to using any technology for your business, you’ll also want to seriously consider security. Data protection is paramount for businesses of all sizes, and if you don’t take the right precautions for you and your clients, you could end up losing business, or even face a lawsuit. You’ll find that there are several cybersecurity solutions for your business that can help you get the protection you need.

Meanwhile, give some careful thought to how you protect your data. You should have systems in place for storage, data retention and for purging anything you no longer need after a certain timeframe. Working with a cloud storage solution could be the answer if you want to save costs on storage, and be able to access your files anywhere, at any time.

Make securing your business a priority - you don’t want to get caught out by something that could have been avoided.


Establishing a home business requires a lot of work at the beginning, but it’ll soon become the best choice you’ve ever made. Once you’ve taken care of the basics, like creating a work space and investing in the right tech and equipment, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. Look at how you can get more clients when working from home and turn your home business into the success you deserve.

Healthy and Tasty Snack? It's Gotta Be KIND

Saturday, September 19, 2020



When it's time for a snack break, it's always best if you grab a healthy snack for sure. Be it cheese, fruit, or KIND bars. I personally, have always liked to incorporate nuts, seeds, fruit, etc into what I grab when it's time for a snack. I have also been a fan of KIND bars for many years. 

Over the years the company has grown and expanded from just their bars, to the KIND minis, KIND Healthy Grains, KIND breakfast bars, Pressed by KIND and even Granola. Personally, our favorites have always been the original bars, and they have so many flavors.. Now am loving their KIND Plus+ bars..Bigger bar by 25% more and like the originals we love, they are made with premium whole ingredients, including 12 grams of plant protein per bar. Our personal favorite of the Plus line is their Almond Butter Dark Chocolate ... very addicting! They also have a Dark Chocolate Nut and Crunchy Peanut Butter in the Plus bar and with less than 8 grams of sugar or less, it's hands down a better choice over that chocolate bar your also thinking of reaching for!

KIND snacks are available at all major Canadian retailers and online.
KIND not only aims for healthier eating but healthier and kinder communities through THE KIND Foundation



Luggage Worth Bragging About! The Heys ECO Orbis

Friday, September 18, 2020

Review by: Ria




Heyyyyyyys!!  

Has anyone else noticed that your luggage never gets returned in the same condition it was in when you brought it to the airport?? After a 2 day/3 flight trip back to Canada from Roatan, I woke up the next morning to unpack my suitcase only to find that the zipper was busted; teeth were broken and pulled away from the fabric sides on one spot. Arrgghh. Heys to the rescue with a wonderful new suitcase called the ECO Orbis. 



 

I had only ever owned traditional style luggage before with the soft canvas body and flip-up zippered lid part. The ECO Orbis is a semi-hard shell, made out of 100% recycled plastic. It is fully lined and opens in half, with an interior divider that buckles closed on one side to keep your items secured. The other side of the suitcase features compression straps to make sure all your gear stays put when traveling. The suitcase features 360 swivel wheels, a telescoping handle, and is considered lightweight at 9.2 LBS. I love unique luggage that you can see immediately while it’s rotating around that airport conveyer belt so I chose the lilac/purple color but it also comes in teal, pewter, blue, and black.  The geometric circle pattern on the outside gives the solid color a trendy look. 




I was able to fit a TON of stuff inside this 26-inch suitcase! As you can see, I tend to stock up on beauty and food products that I cannot buy on my tiny Caribbean island! In case I need a bit more room, the suitcase is expandable by 20% with its zipper release expansion system. It comes with a TSA approved lock and a “piggyback strap”, allowing you to attach multiple pieces together and pull them all with just one hand.  

If you are wanted to purchase your own Heys suitcase, or are planning on gifting Heys luggage check out their website for not only a great selection of luggage but , packing cubes, backpacks, laptop cases, and other travel accessories. Expect solid construction, great warranties (5-10 years), bright colors – I HATE black luggage! - and many styles and sizes available. And stay tuned for my update on this post which will be written after I travel back to Roatan!  




Freshening Up The Yard With Limestone

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The front and back yard were starting to look a bit for wear. Needed a bit of freshening up.

What we did was order a truck load of limestone for $150 and Gerry borrowed a friend's front end loader to spread most of it. Looks nice don't you think?













How to Have an Excellent Online Casino Experience


Everyone has their views about what they contemplate to be excellent online casinos. A casino that is proper for one person may not be perfect for somebody else. Individuals have varying reasons as to the reasons they wish to enjoy in online casinos. Some people want to enjoy the original casino games they'd discover in an area based casino such as poker, blackjack, roulette, or slots. For these folks, an online casino that delivers each one of these games will be the one they want to join and enjoy from the ease of their own home. When you embark on the world of online gambling, you should realize that all online casinos will undoubtedly be competing for your business. Still, they'll have varying bonuses, games, and different fascinating facets to offer.




Plenty of people prefer online casinos that provide the ability to test the games for free. This is instead an attractive function as area based online casino help at betzest. When can you ever manage to head into a location-based casino in the first hours of the day to test some of the games for free so you will get some training before really paying any real money? This is never planning to happen as they only can't meet the trouble to do this. Their money is spent on spending for staff wages, developing preservation prices, and taxes for running an area-based business. Online casinos do not need each one of these expenses. Therefore, they can afford to dash out and offer their customers rewards such as offering them free games to enjoy for whatever period they hope to.

Some people are drawn to casinos on the internet since they know they have got an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. If that speaks for your requirements, you should check out the bonuses the casinos are providing and how difficult they are to succeed. You might want to choose a casino where the prizes are smaller, but you've got a higher chance of winning them instead of choosing one where the rewards are more extensive, but there is less probability of you winning them.


You can find online casinos that require you to obtain their application to manage to enjoy the casino games wherever, as, on others, you never have to do this. If you like not to have difficulty accessing the application, a more excellent option for you may be deciding on a non obtainable casino. Others may not mind adding a bit of application on computers and which means this wouldn't affect their choice.


In your search towards locating an excellent online casino experience with betzest, it's sensible to look at some online casino websites like betzest and understand as much as you can regarding the gaming sites. The more knowledge you've about online gambling and online casinos, the higher position you will undoubtedly be in as it pertains to determining one.


In conclusion, it is incredibly essential that you find out as much as possible about gaming online and online casinos before leaping in and signing up for one.


Practice is Worth Its Weight in Gold for Traders

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 


Are you new to trading and wondering about the best way to proceed? Do you feel overwhelmed with information about technical indicators, fundamental analysis, research, order placement, foreign exchange rates, account regulations, and other factors that typically occupy the mind of trading enthusiasts? If so, you are not alone. In fact, everyone goes through a period of uncertainty in the beginning. The answer is to persevere, have patience, and remember to use the tools on brokerage platforms for practice.

The better platforms offer simulators that allow new members to use a demonstration account, or a demo account, to learn the ropes of all kinds of skills like purchasing stocks, buying and selling bonds or options, and getting involved in Forex currency trading. For instance, foreign exchange enthusiasts are often baffled by the way pairs trading works, especially at first. The ideal remedy is practicing on a forex demo account. Of course, you can do the same with any other instrument, like stocks, cryptocurrency, bonds, or whatever you prefer. For the sake of example, we'll take a look at how people use foreign exchange demo accounts to hone the skills needed in the real world of pair trading.

Platform Uniqueness

It's important to remember that no two demo platforms are alike. Even if you've already become a Forex pro on another one, you'll still need to use this practice to learn the new platform's nuances. This is an especially important factor because your money will eventually be at stake. You want to be totally comfortable making purchases and sales of currencies, almost to the point that getting into and out of a position is second nature.

Tax Issues

Everyone's tax situation is different, but it's important to learn how your chosen platform records profits and losses so you'll be able to file an accurate tax return. After the first 50 or so demonstration trades, check your account's section labeled tax or something similar. Under that tab you should find a detailed list of each purchase and sale you made, your amount of profit or loss, and the exact date of the purchase and the sale, no matter how close or far apart they were in time. For tax filing, you'll need at least that much data, perhaps more. It's imperative to check out this function as you continue to make practice trades. Later on, revisit the taxation tab to see if all the information was recorded correctly. Also, find out if your account offers annual and/or quarterly tax statements that you can download easily into a printable format.

Order Placement

Perhaps the single most essential skill you'll gain from practicing is how to place and exit orders. Along with simply buying a fixed amount of a currency pair, you need to know about the different types of orders, how to set stop and gain loss points, and how to check on price changes from second to second. Finally, when you decide to pull the plug on an order, you should know how to exit (sell) on a moment's notice. When you delve into the world of real money, your money, making a fast exit when prices are going the wrong way can protect against potential losses.

Strategy Testing

Even after you feel confident with using your own capital, it's a good idea to return to the simulator whenever you decide to try out a new strategy. Even some of the world's most experienced Forex pros use fictitious money as a way to experiment with new ideas and approaches. It's an ideal way to build confidence and see whether a new theory has any merit or should be discarded.

Regular Practice

Make a commitment to yourself to spend time in the demo environment on a regular basis, perhaps for an hour each week. Even when you have all the mechanical skills of order placement under your belt, returning to the field of practice and rehearsal is a reliable way to rein in the urge to over trade. Simulators are not the real thing, and they don't replicate the actual conditions because people realize that it's fake money, after all. But even thought that is a valid criticism, there is no substitute for rehearsing. Actors do it in front of empty theater seats. It's not the real performance, but they gain so much from making the effort.

Starting to Use Real Money

There's no set, magic formula for easing into the use of real money. However, many people find that after they leave the protected world of the demo account, they gain solid confidence by making numerous small trades for a few days before upping the amount they put on the line.

How We Brought Back The "Glow" on our RV

Saturday, September 12, 2020




Last year while in Arizona, we were approached by a man, while we were parked in a parking lot, who had noticed that our RV had lost it's shine. At the time, it wasn't something that we thought much of. Plus being approached by a random person offering to shine it, wasn't something we felt comfortable with. But after thinking about it a bit more, we looked into connecting with a company called Poli Glow Products. The products they carry are a proven concept for boat or RV polish and not a wax. 



Applying Poly Glow very quickly changed our once dull RV into a shiny looking one that the neighbors soon took notice of.




In addition to a wonderful shine, the Poly Glow withstood a hailstorm we had, with no visible damage.



It was also applied to our headlight covers on the RV, with wonderful results.
This product has for us, proven to meet all expectations and we would not hesitate to suggest it to others who are looking to shine up their boats, RV's, etc..





Steps to using Poli Glow-

The ideal temperature to apply Poli Glow would be between 55 and 60 degrees, preferably on the warmer side.  When applying the Poli Glow, there are a few essential steps:

1.  Be sure to clean the surface thoroughly with Poli Prep.  Poli Glow is a water-based polymer and has no cleaning agents.  It will seal in whatever dirt or grime that you have on the surface of the RV.

2.  Be sure to apply a minimum of 4-6 coats of Poli Glow.  This is probably the most crucial step in the process.  As you are probably aware, fiberglass is very porous.  The first 2-3 coats of Poli Glow will embed into the pores and seal the surface, and the remaining 2-3 coats will protect and make the surface shine. 
3.  Work in small areas, 3-4 foot sections is good.  Complete that section and then move on to the next section.  Make sure Poli Glow dries entirely between coats; this is why the warmer temperature is so important.

4. Poli Glow will last for about a year, and then it is recommend a maintenance coat.  Possibly 2-3 coats reapplied to a clean surface.  Cleaning the RV will be much easier with Poli Glow on because the surface dirt will wipe right off.  Clean the surface with a mild dish soap.

5. Poli Glow can be removed with Poli Strip.  People worry that once they apply Poli Glow, they won't be able to remove it.  Poli Strip takes it right off!



Poly Glow Products has some great instructional videos as well: @ https://www.poliglowproducts.com/instructional-videos.html#/

Today's Surprise- Hail!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Luckily Gerry didn't get too far past the back gate and was able to quickly get back with Jake before this came down! And she came down hard!




Remember September 9/11



On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the National Day of Service we:

Thank our heroes 

Remember those lost including 24 Canadians.


Million-Dollar Design Tricks on The Cheap!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

By Sam DeBianchi



You’ve seen me on television moving some of South Florida’s most glamorous properties with all the bells and whistles. While these beautiful homes have it all, they’re generally out of the budget for most of us. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the million-dollar look for a fraction of the cost.

With most of us spending much more time at home these days, it's easy to get bored by our same old surroundings. In addition, with summer winding down and fall slowly creeping up on us, it's a great time to freshen things up with some new home decor. If money is tight like it is for a lot of us, I have good news: It’s easier than you think to do a beautiful home makeover on a limited budget.  


Here are 10 ways to affordably spice up your space:



Adding color is easy and inexpensive



New paint can immediately update the look, and the overall atmosphere of a room. Try a bold new color for your walls to liven up your living space. If redoing an entire room is overkill, consider painting just an accent wall for some stark contrast. When it comes to the colors you choose, keep in mind the “in” style today are light grays and off whites. When it comes to designing your own space, however, the reality is color is very personal and you should go with the colors that appeal most to you. Unsure of how bold you want to be? Try peel and stick color samples from places like Sherwin Williams. And for walls that need a bit more pop, wallpaper is very popular again and is another affordable way to add color and style to any space.

Change up the furniture

Rearranging furniture is another effective way to transform your home, and it won’t cost you anything. Try moving some items from one room to another, or swap the location of the bed and dresser, for example. Remember, a cluttered home can be an eyesore. Reorganize and utilize the space that you have. If something is taking up too much space and you're never going to use it again, get rid of it! Don’t be a hoarder. Simplicity is key to a clean-living space.

Furniture doesn’t have to cost a lot

Shopping from furniture stores can add up quickly, but you can often find reasonably priced items and even designer brands at other locations that you might least expect. Try your neighborhood Walmart or Target, for example. If you cringe when you hear that, think again. Both offer some beautiful options at great prices. Be sure to also check online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair, to find great deals on furniture and d├ęcor.

Save on labor

When purchasing budget furniture, a major downside is that it usually comes unassembled, and requires some do-it-yourself skills. If you're not particularly handy (like me!), finding skilled laborers can be pricey, but doesn't have to be. Checkout sites like Thumbtack and HomeAdvisor where you can find experienced professionals, bid on labor and save some money.

Little touches go a long way




Adding some inexpensive miscellaneous items is another way to enliven your space. Pick up some decorative pillows or maybe a new comforter. Consider adding some candles, a new lamp, or some other various knick-knacks. Try replacing some outdated picture frames or adding some new artwork. Checkout websites like Art.com and Etsy for some inspiration that won’t break the bank.

Go with secondhand items

It's not always necessary to buy expensive or brand-new items. Consider purchasing secondhand items for fabulous bargains. There's an endless selection on eBay to choose from. If you're looking for higher end merchandise, you can try sites such as West Elm, and search their "open box" deals for deep discounts. Secondhand doesn’t equal worn and used. Many times, rugs and chairs land here simply because someone didn’t like the color.

Wow them with the windows

A large window does more than just let light into a space. If done right, it can become the focal point of any room, and getting the window coverings right is essential. Installing some new curtains, shutters, or drapery can really enhance the appearance of a room. Besides that, they can provide extra functionality by blocking out light, heat and cold. This could help lower your monthly bills, which is also a welcome bonus.

Focus on flooring

Marble floors and hardwood are premium flooring choices. They look amazing but are very expensive. If completely redoing your carpet, tiles or wood flooring is out of reach due to budget constraints, consider buying a new area rug as a more affordable solution for a larger room. Adding accent rugs in smaller spaces can be effective in changing your home's look and making it feel luxurious. You can find any style you’re looking for and save money on websites like Overstock.com, Wayfair and Amazon.com. Don’t forget about laminate wood flooring which has come a long way in recent years, and in many cases, you can’t even tell the difference between it and real hardwood.

Go heavy on hardware

Maybe you’ve been dreaming of all new kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If that’s not an option right now, start by changing the hardware such as knobs and drawer pulls. This is a very practical, yet inexpensive way to update a look quickly. Try matching the finishes between doorknobs, hinges, knobs, pulls, and other hardware like faucets and towel bars for a nice coordinated look. Check your nearest Home Depot or Lowes locations or look for more custom pieces on sites like Etsy.

Incorporate nature



Another nice touch these days is to bring the outdoors inside by adding plants and flowers. Choosing the right greenery can visually transform any room. It can make your home feel welcoming and provide a sense of tranquility. In most cases, just a little water and sunlight is all you need for healthy and great looking indoor greenery. If that's too much work, you can also look to faux plants which provide all the beauty of real plants, with none of the maintenance.

The takeaway

Home transformations are a great way to bring a much-needed change to your space. They don’t have to be a lot of work or break the bank. In fact, redecorating can be a fun and exciting activity. Sometimes a little change is exactly what you need to feel inspired and fall in love all over again with your home. The most important thing is to be creative and have fun with it.




Sam DeBianchi is America’s housing expert and the founder of DeBianchi Real Estate in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She starred on Bravo’s hit TV show ‘Million Dollar Listing.’ She is regularly featured in the national media for her expertise in residential real estate and the housing market.  http://www.debianchi.com/ and http://www.SamDeBianchi.com
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