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There's Some DIY Tips Everyone Should Know

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Your house is your haven, and it’s something you wouldn’t give up for the world. You can craft a truly personal space that has all kinds of furniture, decorations, and a bit of handy tech to make the place truly feel like a space you’d never want to leave! But all in all, there’s a lot that can go wrong, and you’re probably not that prepared to face them...

DIY is a skill that’s often in short supply around here, and there’s always at least one repair that needs doing! And in your quest to become a fully sustainable home owner, you’re going to need to know a couple of things to make sure the faucet never starts gushing water; here’s a quick shortlist of the best DIY tips everyone needs to have a grasp of.


Know the Basics

At the very least, you’re going to want to learn how to use a drill properly, without stripping any nail heads, and how to locate safe places in your walls and your floors to hammer in some nails without causing problems!

You’re also going to want to put a toolbox together, to make sure you’ve always got at least a basic set of equipment on hand in case of emergencies. You never know when one of these is going to crop up!

In the Living Room

It’s where we like to spend our free time, so we’ve probably dedicated a good few hours a day to this room. Let’s make sure we take care of it in return!

Keep your sofa away from the walls and try to keep a little bit of space between the bookcase and the wall behind it as well. This keeps condensation from overflowing your house, making it feel like you live in a bit of a flood, and helps the windows to stay strong too. And if you’ve just moved a bit of furniture, and found it’s left dents in the carpet that are just an eyesore, pop some ice cubes on the indented area and wait!

In the Bathroom

It’s one of the busiest parts of the house, and therefore you should know how to fix a problem here. You don't always have to visit https://www.mrrooter.ca/, although this sure wouldn’t go amiss, and with some DIY you can be super proud of yourself once you’re finished!

You can easily stop those bathroom pipes from creaking and sounding like they’re going to burst any minute by wrapping them in felt, preferably the adhesive backed kind from the hardware store. This keeps them from expanding too much. And you can also swap out any metal pipes under the sink for plastic ones fairly easily too; stops all that rust and limescale from building up!

DIY tips come in their thousands, so make sure you pay attention when someone has something to show you. You want to be as independent as possible, and this way you won’t be calling your dad out every time!

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Top of the morning to you lovelies! I hope you are having a great weekend. Little Miss Rora is with her Grandparents for the weekend. We did a little school supply shopping yesterday for the boys and have plans to go to lunch at a food cart in Portland that my husband's former colleague just opened.

We also are going to an information session to learn more about modeling for my oldest son Amari. We were approached by a modeling agent earlier this week. He seems interested, so let's see what happens.

Thanks for visiting us today. Until next time.

The Many Ways To Improve Yourself

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A lot of people are on a path of continual self-improvement. If you are such an individual, you are likely aware that there are many areas in which it is always possible to improve, and a number of ways to do so. Being able to conceal work on yourself is a part of what makes us human. But there are so many areas that you might be wanting to improve at any one time, and it's hard to say if any is more important than the other. It’s a good idea, instead, to try and work on as many of them as possible, so that you can become a much more rounded individual in general. In this article, we are going to look at some of the top things you might be keen to do to improve yourself. As long as you are working on these areas of yourself, you will certainly be moving in the right direction.

Appearance

Like it or not, your appearance is probably always going to matter to you at least in some respect. This is something which you can hardly change, although you might also find that you can somewhat alter how you approach such a thing mentally. Still, you will probably always be keen to keep looking as best as you can at all times, and it is definitely a good idea to make sure you're doing everything in your power to achieve that. As long as you do that, you should be able to ensure that you are going to keep improving your appearance as much as possible over time. When you do this, it’s important to remember that the only person you really need to please here is yourself. The gold standard should be whether you as an individual feel that you are looking as you would like to. The opinions of others is not what we are doing this for, although you might always have in the back of your mind the awareness of what others might think of your appearance as well, especially if you work on it a lot.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your appearance. The basics are also among the easiest routes to looking better: eating a healthy diet, exercising well, and looking after yourself in general. But if there is some kind of appearance issue you would like to fix permanently, then you might consider something more extreme like plastic surgery. Even for that, you have to know how to get healthy for surgery, so you will find that it allows you to look after yourself better anyway. However you do it, working on your appearance will certainly enable you to feel better about yourself, boost your confidence, and make sure that yo9u are always improving.


Confidence

Once you come to realise that confidence is something that can be developed and built upon, you might well find yourself wanting to do that all the time. The truth is that confidence is something innate in all of us, and it is only life circumstances and experiences which makes it seem any other way. If you want to improve and increase your confidence, this is something you can do just as easily as anyone else in the world - and appreciating that fact is an important early place to begin if you are going to do so. Once you have decided that you would quite like to increase your confidence, they are a number of angles you can work from at the same time in order to make that happen.

Firstly, be aware that true confidence comes from respecting yourself in some way or another. You can't fake confidence as much as you like, and that alone has its benefits, but the real thing is deeper, goes through you in a more powerful and direct way, and is ultimately a better feeling to have within you. So learn to love yourself for who you are. Secondly, you need to drop an idea of what others think of you if you are to be more confident, and for most people this is the hardest one of all. The irony is that once you stop caring what people think of you, what they think of you actually tends to improve. You can also boost your confidence by focusing on the simple things like good posture, looking after yourself in other ways, looking people straight in the eyes, and being forward, direct and honest.


Skills

Whoever you are, you have some skills that not everyone has in the same way as you, and working on developing them is one of the best uses of your time that there is. But if you are not currently aware of what your skills are, then you might be in the position of having to try and discover them first, which might take time and could be frustrating at first if you are not sure quite what you are doing. Nonetheless, it will absolutely be worth it when you realize that by developing your skills, you will be doing nothing less than ensuring that you have more to do with your life, and that you can build your life around doing what you love rather than a weird sense of obligation to something or somebody else. Develop your skills in quietude and you will find that life is a lot easier to deal with.

Communication

Being able to communicate clearly and confidently with others is a huge part of ensuring that you are going to be happy in life and be able to be a part of any social situation. Truly, as long as you can communicate well, you will find the world falling into your lap, so this is something which you might want to consider if you think of yourself as shy or lacking in social skills. These might be true, but you can take classes, read books and generally practice, and you will find that you can almost certain improve your communication with others easily enough.

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Happy Friday friends. I hope you had a great week. I am still in shock on quickly August is going bye. I feel like I have a lot to do. I can't believe that we have one more full week until summer vacation comes to end. 

What are your plans for the weekend? I know I need to catch up on all the chores I neglected over the week, create a menu plan, and restock our pantry for back-to-school season. We might also take the kids to Wunderland.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting the blog today. Until next time mi amigos. 


Stay Gorgeous, Stay Healthy, Stay Financially Secure... It's Not Too Much To Have It All!

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We live in an era where we’re constantly bombarded with images of beauty and perfection. We’re conditioned from a young age to believe that beauty and youth are the only things in life worth having. Airbrushed Hollywood starlets smile down at us from atop their hallowed billboard perches and we can’t help but wilt a little under their scrutiny. How can we possibly hope to ever achieve that same level of ageless beauty? Well, the cosmetics industry would have us believe that if we spend enough on the right products that this beauty can be ours. But while beauty products may have their place, our skincare regimen is just one piece of the puzzle. Here we’ll look at how your diet, an active lifestyle and just a little know-how  can keep you looking gorgeous while staying healthy and still avoiding a fortune spent on pricey cosmetics.



You can be beautiful without compromising your health or your bank balance. It’s not too much to ask to have it all!

You can’t buy beauty

Though many believe youth lies within the secret concoctions of anti-aging facial creams and a decent dye job to mask those pesky greys, surely it would more beneficial to just embrace the grey? As our minds and bodies age they become less able to hold their own against the barrage of cosmetic chemicals that are found in products such as hair dyes, hairsprays and skincare products.

Of course this depends on what kinds of products you’re purchasing, as some are more harmful than others. By the time we are aging to the point of grey, we’re aware what works for our bodies and may not. Which means that when your dyed hair begins to snap and break due to damage, you may wish you’d have embraced your silvery locks. So what is the solution to avoiding a cycle of endless hair dying and buying of expensive creams? Embrace the grey and ditch the creams for more natural treatments such as aloe vera and tea tree oils to keep your skin free of wrinkles, clean and healthy. Heck, with just a little knowhow you can even make your own treatments.

Ditch the western diet for a taste of the exotic

If your diet consists largely of meat and other animal proteins such as meat and dairy products you may actually be accelerating the aging process. The western diet has been linked not only to accelerated aging but to a range of serious health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. But cutting back on animal products and upping your intake of wholesome veggies needn’t be boring. Many Asian countries for whom meat is a scarcity have been doing it for centuries. Try a different Thai cuisine or a Japanese dish that combines predominantly vegetarian recipes with some fish and limited meat. Not only will you enjoy some much needed variety, you’ll also stay in shape, look great and enjoy robust health. If you eschew take out and restaurants for good old fashioned home cooking, you’ll also save a fortune.

Get off the treadmill and start pulling (and pushing) your weight

Finally, while we all assume that regular cardiovascular exercise is the best way to attain a slim and youthful physique, we shouldn’t neglect the benefits of strength training. Whatever your age or body type, hitting the weights can help to sculpt your body, improve posture and boost your metabolism ensuring that you lose body fat and keep it off.

You don’t even need to join an expensive gym to do this, you can do it from home using your own body weight to test your strength.  
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Happy Thursday friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. This week has been a long one for me. Coffee has been my best friend and have hardly had any time to execute any of my goals with the exception of finishing the boy's clothing shopping for the new school year. I hope you've had a much more successful week than me. 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting the blog today. I know that I am eager to change up my western diet to a more eastern friendly one in hopes to lose weight and feel better. 

Until next time. 

Don't Change Careers Until You Consider These Three Things!

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From time to time, everyone needs a change. Sometimes that change can be small like rearranging your home or changing your appearance. Other times, though, you need to make a more significant change. One of the biggest and most common changes people want to make is to change their career. Changing your career can be a seriously scary prospect. You might have put years of hard work into what you're currently doing and the idea of leaving that all behind can make it feel like a waste. But if you're looking at doing something new then there's a pretty good chance that you're not all the happy with what you're currently doing anyway. If you're really serious about making a change in your career, then make sure you think about these three important things.

The money problem

If you've decided to change careers then that might come with a chance that you're going to be moving down regarding your pay grade. This won't always happen, but it is something that you need to consider. If it looks like your career change will come with a drop in your salary, then you need to ask yourself if it's worth it. If you're changing careers to follow your passion, then you might well find yourself happy to make that sacrifice. If that's the case, then you need to make sure that you're in a position to do that. Make sure that you don't set yourself for any financial trouble. If you have a partner, make sure you discuss it with them. Uneven financial contributions can be a serious source of tension in a relationship.

Training

Depending on the type of career you're hoping to embark upon, you may well need to train for some time to actually get into that field. This is especially true for very specialized careers. If you’re looking to work with young people in some way the teacher training or studying for a masters in school counseling online      are going to be pretty essential Whatever you're going into then it's important that you understand the commitment that is involved in it. If you need to train to start a new career, then you need to be committed to seeing it through.

What are your transferable skills?

One of the things that put people off making a career change is the idea of having to develop and entirely new set of skills. Of course, there will always be new skills that you need to learn when you start any new career. But by the same token, you probably have a lot of skills that you can transfer to any new career regardless of what it is. Leadership, teamwork, organizational skills, meeting deadlines, customer service. All these skills will apply to just about any field of work. Make sure then when you're being interviewed for a new job that you highlight these transferable skills. This will do wonders for offsetting the hesitance employers might have about your potential lack of direct experience.


The reality of changing careers is that it can be incredibly difficult and it’s not something that you should, under any circumstances, take lightly. Make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you decide to walk out of the office for good. 

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A double update today. I hope you enjoy your Thursday. What are you looking forward to this weekend? Leave a comment below. 

Have a splendid day friend's.