house bound

What does one do when their car breaks down, it’s the coldest week of the year and is stuck in the house? Stencil the bedroom wall, of course. I grew very tired of cleaning and organizing last week when I was housebound so I decided the bedroom wall needed some pizzazz. I grabbed my trusty Moroccan stencil and started chalking the outline. I decided I didn’t really want a standout design, I wanted something more subtle, yet metallic, so I used my mercury glaze instead of paint. The pics were taken when the paint was still wet so I’m hoping it will tone down a bit once dry.





market umbrella review

I was recently asked by the LA Shop to review a product from their many offerings. I was impressed at how many great items they had for both home and garden. It didn’t take me long to decide which product I’d like to review. As soon as I saw their 9′ market umbrella, I knew it would be a perfect addition to our new stone patio area.

My package arrived this week and I was extremely impressed by the quality and construction of the umbrella. I chose the umbrella in blue as an accent to all my brightly colored outdoor furniture.

IMG_4374The sturdy wooden ribs will certainly withstand wind and weather and the shaft is extremely substantial.

IMG_4375The umbrella has a manual rope and pulley system, which means no mechanical mechanism that could potentially wear out. I love the fact that there is a pin that holds the umbrella up so you have the option of several different heights.

IMG_4380 IMG_4382I absolutely love the way the umbrella looks on my patio. I would highly recommend LA Shop for their great prices and quality items!

I received this market umbrella free in turn for writing this review. The LA Shop has not provided any other compensation. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

home security that won’t break your budget

***Guest Editorial***

Far too many people decide not to opt for improved home security simply because they hear that more advanced security features and home alarms can be quite expensive. After all, as long as you keep your doors locked and maintain vigilance with regard to basic, common sense safety, you should be fairly secure most of the time. However, as you will discover if you do a bit of research on sites like Home Security Family, there are actually options well worth exploring, which shouldn’t cost you an inordinate amount of money. Here are a few words on some of the more important home security features that you could be adding to your house, and different packages offered by security companies.

The basic “Standard” ADT security package, for example, which so many people have had installed in their homes, costs $35.99 a month, and gives you a number of very important security features. To begin with, your home will be equipped with a basic home alarm, complete with a digital keypad, a keychain remote for the alarm system, and the high-pitched alarm itself (as well as the ability of your alarm to contact the authorities if necessary). In addition, your home will have a motion detector system, which basically serves as a backup to your alarm, and which is also pet sensitive, which helps you to avoid unnecessary alarms. And finally, you will also be given a yard sign and window stickers, all of which advertise the fact that you are protected by a home security system. This in itself can actually be a major deterrent against crime.

This of course is only one example of a security package, though the Standard ADT security package is quite popular among people who wish to upgrade the safety features in their homes. In ADT’s case, you can get a few extra benefits for $5 or $10 more per month, and you can also add additional features such as security cameras or even laser trip wires. As you can see, however, the basic system – which is really quite extensive and protective – is not an extremely large burden on your wallet, at $35 a month.

Of course, you can only benefit by researching a bit more, and making sure that you find the best possible deal. Getting the most value for your payments is always important. However, there is no overstating the importance of home security for you and your family. For a price as low as the $35/month deal discussed above, you may be ensuring the safety of your loved ones.




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