Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Three Reasons to Choose Corporate Baskets This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping often leaves you feeling stressed, but you can change the way you feel this holiday season with corporate gift baskets. Suitable for the companies you work with every day, these baskets are also great for giving your employees something special or for rewarding new vendors you chose this year. Find out what makes these baskets so amazing.

Express Your Sentiments

When you buy a gift basket, you have the chance to put you own handwritten note inside. This lets you express your sentiments. You can thank your employees for a job well done, welcome new vendors to your company or pass along your thoughts to other companies.

Remain on Their Minds

Some of the top gift baskets now available come with items that the recipients can use for years to come. A holiday basket might come with a reusable tin that they can use for bring cookies and other treats to the office, while others come with a large wicker basket that is perfect for storing extra supplies around the office. Giving them something more permanent helps you remain on their minds.

Give Them Something Special

There are dozens of gift baskets that you can give out during the holiday season. Pass out baskets that come filled with crackers, different cheeses and a bottle of wine, or hand out baskets that feature multiple types of cookies and other treats. Find the perfect holiday corporate gift basket for each and every person on your holiday gift list this season.

Furniture for Living Room

A few days ago, I was looking for an apartment to rent for my friend who will arrive by next week from abroad. He will be staying here for three months only. Fortunately, I found an apartment near to our home, and I like it because it also has a big yard and a garage. This would be his first time to stay at the apartment, because every time he visited here in our place, he stayed in the hotel. Actually, there are fully-furnished apartment here, but he prefers an empty apartment because he wanted to buy his own furniture and appliances. He gave me the photos below. He wanted to buy a furniture like on the photos below. Well, I like this simple furniture for his living room since the living room is not so big. In addition to that, this is perfect for a male's home, isn't it?

Finding Facility Furniture

There are some pieces of furniture that are ideal for those who might be in a behavioral facility or a type of hospital. When you shop for furniture for people in these locations, you will see that the pieces are safe and that there is a wide range of furniture to choose from. Many correctional facilities purchase items that can be used by the inmates so that they have the necessities they need while serving their time. Some of the pieces that are used in correctional facilities include tables with chairs that are attached and booths so that visitors can easily talk to the inmate.

You can find furniture that is used in military bunkhouses as well as college dorm rooms. Some behavioral health furnishings have straps on them, especially the beds, so that the patient remains safe in the event there is an incident with a drug overdose or a thought of harming someone else of the patient. Those who work in a library will find that there are several kinds of bookcases and shelves that hold everything from books to computer equipment. Most pieces are of a plain design, but they are functional for various areas instead of only being used in one certain location.

Children's Play Room

These little slides are for toddlers only. This is the place where the small kids can play while the parents are attending the church service. The church is on the upper lever while the children's rooms from ten years old below are located at the lower ground. Kids who are already at school can have a short Bible study, and then they have educational games, while toddlers will just play on the other room. There are at least 2 to 3 persons who will take care of the small kids.

Top 3 Tips for Redoing Your Home’s Interior

The way the inside of your home looks plays a huge role in your day to day life. After all, you probably spend at least 8 hours per day in your home. That’s a significant portion of your waking hours.

However, when you’re not quite sure what to do with your d├ęcor anymore, it can be hard to feel comfortable and enjoy your own home. Use these top X tips to help you redo your home’s interior and make it look like you’ve always dreamed.

1. Try putting a fresh coat of paint up on the walls before you do anything else. A bit of fresh paint can make a huge difference in your space, especially if it’s just starting to feel a bit dull. Another option is to hang a favorite piece of art instead of painting the walls if that isn’t the real problem.

2. Replace large furniture items first. If something feels a bit outdated, chances are it could be bringing down your whole room. Items like beds and couches should be the first to go if they’re no longer serving their purpose and making your home look its best.

Before you hit the stores, try reputable online shops like AdobeInteriors.com to get an idea of what you might want to buy.

3. Consider adding a rug to your living space to spruce it up a bit and add some more color. Even a simple two or three-color rug can make a dramatic difference. Just make sure it’s the right size for your room.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Upholstered Furniture

Regular vacuuming is about the best way to keep upholstery looking fresh. But you may not be motivated to vacuum upholstered furniture often enough; dust isn’t as obvious on an armchair as it is on a tabletop. Unless upholstered furniture is vacuumed regularly, the material can become so dirty that drastic measures may become necessary.

A surprisingly large number of people take the most drastic measure of all-they just throw out the soiled furniture and place it with new furniture. According to a survey, that’s how a significant number of Consumer Reports subscribers dealt with the problem of soil buildup. Some took a less-drastic approach, opting for reupholstering or slipcovers. Still others chose heavy-duty, overall cleaning, a far more economical solution, if it works.

There are three ways to clean upholstered furniture. You can buy a cleaning product and apply it to the fabric by hand. You can buy or rent a machine that cleans carpets and upholstery. You can call a professional cleaning service, usually listed under “Carpet Cleaners” or “Upholstery Cleaners” in the Yellow Pages.

Photo not mine.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Electrical Safety in Your Garden

It may be funny to see someone take a shot of 110 volt electricity in the movies, but it can be a life-threatening situation in real life. It is not likely to curl your hair and make you laugh. It can stop your heart and cause death. You should always exercise caution when working with and around electricity. Safety is not something you want to scrimp and save a few pennies on and leave you or your family open to serious injury. Below are a few ways to protect both property and health when it comes to electricity in garden areas.

The Basics of Up and Down

When working in and around a garden you may find the need to trim trees or dig down to install posts. You need to be aware of all electrical lines both above your head and below your feet. You should always call to have electrical and other service lines that are buried marked clearly so that you know where to safely dig. You should hire a professional service to trim tree branches that are close to electrical lines. They will have the equipment and knowledge to do this job safely.

Electrical Equipment Safety

Using equipment for weed trimming and grass management that is electrical requires a few extra precautions. If you need to do gardening work near pools or outdoor ponds then you need to make sure that the cords and equipment stay well clear of the water. Inadvertent contact can mean electrocution injury. It can also be a danger of cutting into the cord if you are not always aware of where it is in proximity to the cutting blade of any equipment you are using. Tie a series of brightly colored cloth strips to the cord to help keep your attention focused on where the cord is resting at any given moment.

Wiring, Cords and Connections

How wiring is handled outdoors in garden areas depends on whether you are using a source for a temporary purpose, or you are needing a permanent source installed. You should keep all electrical wiring a safe distance from pools, ponds, sprinklers and water faucets. Permanent wires should be professionally installed by certified electricians. They will need to be an acceptable grade to handle the juice you are needing to pull through them. Plugs should be properly grounded and have covers to protect them from moisture.
If you are looking to place temporary lighting for seasonal entertaining then you may want to save some money and use extension cords. You need to make sure that they are designed for outdoor use and are capable of carrying the load demand that you need. Never use a series of extension cords attached to each other for a longer reach. Each connection that is exposed to the elements can become corroded from moisture and short out. Buy the proper length of high quality extension cord and run it through areas away from water and foot traffic. Never remove the third ground bar on the plug.

Proper Storage

You should remove seasonal lighting and cords when they will not be used for extended periods of time, such as the winter months. Inspect them for cracks and damage before putting them away in a dry area. Leaving extension cords out in cold weather can mean they get damaged sooner. The varying harsh temperatures of winter can make their surface brittle and crack easier. It is worth a little bit of extra work to put them up in winter.

A few simple steps and taking stock of your equipment and electrical sources can save you money and injury. Keep your garden area the safe and relaxing environment you have always meant for it to be.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

The best way to clean the toilet bowl is to brush it frequently with a liquid all-purpose cleaner. In-bowl toilet cleaners are for more serious stains. Scrubbing with an acidic powder or liquid is the one sure way to attack the mineral matter that causes most toilet bowl stains, particularly around the rim.

In-tank cleaners, blue-colored or bleaches, are easy to use, but don’t expect miracles. If you start with a spotless toilet, they may only slow the buildup of new stains and keep the bowl presentable between more thorough scrubbings. In-tank bleach cleaners should not be used in a toilet that is not flushed regularly. Enough chlorine may accumulate to damage parts inside the tank.

Finally, do not let any brand’s claim to disinfect sway you. At best, a disinfecting cleaner can only temporarily cut the population of some germs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

At Bluejaz Beach Resort

Oh! Oh! He is not my husband, not a boyfriend etihter, but a boy friend of mine. He is my friend's husband. A week ago, this couple visited me here in Davao. They actually live in Manila. They just came for a visit. I was so happy when Mely left a message on Facebook telling me that they're coming for a 4 days visit. Mely asked which place is the best for them to unwind, so I suggested Bluejaz Resort in Samal. So, on Sunday, we went to Samal Island. I was glad that they like the place, they enjoyed their short vacay here in Davao.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Three Ways a Kitchen Renovation Can Add to Home Value

In a buyer's market, homeowners are looking for ways to improve their homes while adding to their long-term investment. Kitchens and baths are considered the best ways to add value to a home and gain a return on the investment. Remodeling a kitchen is one of the best ways to make a home feel and look more modern. There are three major ways that a kitchen renovation can add to the value of a home.

One main idea to consider when remodeling a kitchen is the quality of the materials. Older homes generally have worn counters, cabinets, and especially flooring. By replacing these items with newer materials, homeowners reap the benefits of added durability to their kitchen. This can also translate into a greater home value as better materials mean that future homeowners will not have to replace them.

The second way that a kitchen re-design adds value to a home is that it improves the look and function of the cooking space. Many homes are built with a galley-style kitchen, or an uneven triangle that makes cooking more time-consuming and difficult. Homeowners that browse sites like Americancarpetinc.com can find design ideas that are both practical and stylish, enhancing the value of their investment.

Another aspect of a kitchen makeover is the ability to customize. Although it can seem costly to renovate, the average return is approximately 66 percent. Add in extra features that new homeowners prefer, such as an island or a built-in pantry, and the rates increase. This can increase the overall value of the house while still providing homeowners with a kitchen that exceeds their needs.