Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Little Halloween Accent For My Granny's Beloved Tree

Content submitted by: Barbara Weiner

My granny's condo community is very dark at night.  I had lived in the city all my life, so I'm still getting used to the darkness in the evening here in the suburb.  My granny is never into decorating for Halloween due to her religious belief.  But now that I am here, she indulges my desire to add a little  Halloween sparkle to her beloved "Christmas Tree".  I have no idea what's the proper name of her tree but it just looks like a Christmas tree to me, only it's a living tree and not my plastic one back in my apartment in the city.

I bought this string lights from Amazon for  $16.99. There are 40 little ghost lights in one string and about 10 feet long.  I really love this string lights because it's  powered by AAA batteries and it comes with a remote control that has several timer settings and effect control. Each option of setting is only 1 touch.  The cool feature about this string lights is, once I press the button for, let's say, 4 hours blinking effect, it automatically turns off 4 hours later and it automatically turns back on to blink at the exact same time every day as the time I first turned it on. How cool is that!  It's so low maintenance and I just turned it on once and it operated on its own for about 2.5 weeks before the need for a change in batteries. 

My granny is really impressed by the string lights. I'm going to buy another string so I can loop the entire tree.  One string of 40 isn't enough for one 6 feet tall tree.  I think 2 strings will be better.  

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Learn How To Repair Drywall - Step By Step Video

Many of us often have problems with our wall for one reason or another, such as misaligned wall switches, or unsightly nail holes,  and yet, we almost find it too painful to think about what to do in order to fix such eye sores.  Now, with this instructional video, we hopefully don't have to turn a blind eye to our ugly wall anymore?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

White And Natural Dining Room

A bright and airy French country style dining room can make meal times a lot more pleasant. This 6-pieces dining set is only $328.99 (free shipping) and can transform any dreary and old dining room into French Cottage Chic. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Narrow Bookcase Adds Flexibility To Apartment Living

We all want that big flat screen TV but for those of us who live in rental apartments, we don't want to buy wide and bulky furniture that will be difficulty to move to our next apartment, or that won't fit in the living room of our next apartment.  Narrow bookcase is the solution for our dilemma because it gives us the flexibility in assembling our entertainment center wherever we move to. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fleurette Mums Make My Little Pot Of Joy

Content submitted by: Barbara Weiner

My grandma has become ill recently.  Being her only blood relative who is in the same country with her, I had since left the city where I had lived my entire life and moved in her condo in the suburb.  I'm still getting to know the community and trying to figure out where to do grocery shopping.  It was then I discovered this little pot of beautiful Fleurette at $3.99 at Shop Rite.  I was never interested in buying flowers and bringing back to my apartment. It was because I was barely home and I always got flowers as gifts from my colleagues and friends on my birthdays.  The gifted flowers always died on me after a few days.  My boyfriend said I had black thumbs instead of green thumbs.  But now that I am spending a lot more time at my granny's home, I am beginning to develop a gloomy mood that when I saw this pretty little pot at the grocery store, it just brightened my day and made me feel that I had to take it back to granny's somewhat depressing home.  I love my granny and seeing her sick really affects me.  Yet every time when I go into the breakfast nook, the sight of these dainty flowers cheers me up.

I just love the plant's tightly packed clusters of luxurious little flowers that show off such a bright and vibrant yellow color.  I've been having this plant for more than 2 weeks now and I hadn't even watered at all. The little instructional tag says I am supposed to water it every 3 days.  But somehow I just totally didn't see the tag  until today. So I am going to water this plant for the first time in over 2 weeks, but the bloom still looks great despite my neglect.  This bloom of joy is really a good buy at $3.99.  

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Inspiring Rose Garden

The season for roses is over now but it's never too early to plan ahead for a beautiful rose garden for spring.  The rose garden in this video hopefully will give us lots of inspirations on creating a rose garden of our very own.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Flowers As Halloween Decor

For those of us who prefer to spook the Halloween with flowers, mums are our muses because they come with such beautiful colors that just go very well with the Halloween theme. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lovely Small White Bedroom With A Hint Of Lilac

8-Piece Fleurette Bedding Set $72.99 (Free Shipping)

Not everyone has the luxury to change the color of their white bedrooms.  Very often, many of us are stuck with a white bedroom because it seems it's the "color" of rental apartments and college dorms.  Most of the bedrooms in vacant homes for sale also have white walls that are waiting for the new homeowners to spend money painting over.  For homeowners who exhausted their funds on closing cost and other repairs, and for those who dread the hassle of a DIY paint job, they are also stuck with the white bedrooms like many of us, the renters.

But white bedrooms are actually a lot easier to re-decorate than rooms in other colors.  With a splash of color and a few decorative items, a dreary white bedroom presents countless possibilities for a beautiful makeover.   

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How To Grow Beautiful Mums For The Fall Garden

Just because the weather is getting cooler by the day, it doesn't mean that our gardens can't continue to display the vibrant colors like they did during the spring and summer. In this season, mums are some of our most favorite flowers.

The dainty Fleurette Mums are great decorations for the front porch.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Touring The Romantically Decorated Irish Castle

This is such an incredibly beautiful castle.  The family that owns it for 700 years is now selling it and its total 350 acres lot for only 6.5 million pounds. This is extremely cheap considering that a much smaller, tasteless and ugly mansion in Los Angeles typically costs much more than this.  We aren't Irish, but we feel  sad to think of the possibility that such a beautiful and historical castle will end up in the hands of non-Irish foreigners.  It will be a tremendous loss to Ireland if only this castle is remodeled in any way that it will be rid of its cultural heritage and historical artifacts.  Hopefully, the next owner of this castle will take great care in preserving the originality and historical heritage of this romantic castle. We would very much love to visit this castle whenever it becomes the next Irish museum or historical hotel. If we ever wins the Power Ball lottery, we will definitely buy this beautiful gem.