Thursday, August 28, 2014

House Cleaning and Curb Appeal

If only we can buy a magic wand and command it to tidy the mess in our house, we could have bought one right? In that case, we will have more free time to relax and lounge in our favorite couch and watch our favorite TV show. A wishful thinking, I know. So, back to reality now!

Home owners do beyond just house cleaning. Though the inside of our home is usually the main focus when we clean, landscaping is equally important and should not be ignored! The fa├žade of the property speaks volume and reflects the kind of people living in the property. It is important that we do something about the curb appeal of our property. Do it!

Backyard Chores

I can't believe that August is almost over and we live here in our new home for 3 months. I neglected the backyard for almost a month now so today, I decided to rake the leaves along the side of the house. I was able to load dry leaves to 7 of the 40 lb construction bags. Imagine that! It was a great exercise for me. Bending, squatting, pulling, pushing .... etcetera and etcetera LOL.

Oh my goodness, That's about 2% of the property and my backyard chores has just started! Anyway, I took a snap of these blooms by the poolside, gorgeous isn't it?

10 Tips to make your Website More Inviting

Your website dictates you. It gives you (and/or your business) a face and a personality. Having an attractive and inviting website will help maintain your audience and keep them clicking through your pages. Are you new to the whole website design thing? Not to worry, many companies, like The Print Group, specialize in website development. To get started on your own, however, below are 10 helpful tips to help make your website more inviting.

1. Pick a theme

The theme of a website can be of anything! Choose one theme and stick to it.

2. Choose an Appropriate Colour Scheme

Ensure that it suits your content, and is easy on the eyes.

3. Make the Website Easy to Navigate

Use simple and clear headers. If your website is confusing and people cannot easily find what they are looking for, they might get deterred and find the information elsewhere.

4. Choose interesting images and graphics

Using pictures to break up long sections of text gives the reader a rest. Pictures can also often provide a more detailed illustration of your point than a paragraph. Many Internet users need to see it in a picture to understand it. These images should also match the theme of the site.

5. Provide a Space for Success Stories or Testimonials

Customers love talking about their experiences and themselves; by posting success stories, you are showing evidence that backs up your claims and website content. Customers also love hearing what other people like them have to say.

6. Include Contact Information

Audiences can therefore provide feedback or ask questions. This allows your customers to get in touch with you on a more personal level and makes them feel as though their opinion counts.

7. Allow for Sharing to Social Media

Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter - A lot of times, users to a website find something of interest and want to tell their friends about it. Allowing for sharing across social media platforms creates more promotion opportunities for your website.

8. Provide links to external sites

These shouldn’t be just any old external sites. They should contain similar content, or further information of relevance. If your site has information on a subject, customers may easily navigate away from your page to find out more. By providing links that you endorse, you are servicing the customer, while also directing website traffic.

9. Post links to Relevant News Content for You/Your Business

Customers like to see where you, or the business has been before. News articles and media releases also showcase a level of credibility.

10. Be Personal

Audiences want to know that there is a person on the other end of the content, not just a computer; use a combination of formal and informal language to put the audience at ease and make them feel more comfortable.

Whether you are using your website for personal use, or for business needs, keeping it simple and clear is important. Audiences usually know what they are looking for and where to find content on websites. If your website is too confusing, it is likely that customers will not come back. Knowing what the customer wants to see will help to transform your website and make it more inviting.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Me : Early 40's

It's not #tbt but, I feel like posting these photos. These were taken this year. I am already in my early 40's and honestly, I don't feel old. I gain weight ... I am now 105 lbs hehehe . Come on, it is a big accomplishment for me. I was like size 0 and now, I am size 3 and I like it. I am trying to maintain less than 110 lbs but lately, I love eating cupcakes. What's with that craving?

Look at my hair, I did not go to the parlor since this photo was taken. Now, my hair is long and I think this week, I am ready to have it trim.

This was taken on my birthday. I am not a big fan of selfie but, the mirror was huge and the bathroom was cozy so; I did it anyway LOL. Early 40's is fun but, I don't know ... 50's is different. I am getting there in few years.

I don't feel old because I did not accomplish much. Hoping before I reach 50, I will be halfway done with my bucket list.
How about you? Do you think you accomplish a lot?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#KidsAcademy : Fun and Educational Kids App

In this generation of technology, our children learns faster through online. It is our job as parents to supply them with educational learning materials that will sharpen their cognitive skills as well as the affective skills. Well, by using their hand to manipulate the games is under psychomotor skills so; there goes the balance of learning. Of course, going out to the museum , to the parks and other physical activities are equally important too. For now, I will share with you the apps that I found helpful, fun and educational for children.

I was a school teacher and I know when an app is fun and educational for the little ones. This app is colorful which for sure kids will be drawn to the game easily. The voice used is very natural, enthusiastic, and engaging therefore, kids will be jolly to do the tasks in this game. I like the idea that this app promotes values of patience and the willingness to learn. Aiming to gather more fireflies will make the kids to do the task right and even try harder. Tracing is easy if it is done right. Once the kid trace the number correctly, there are praises at the end of every task which is a good motivation. I like the idea that it promotes a reward system. Do it right, more fireflies plus word of encouragement. I love this app.

This app is easy for the kids too. Parents will be there to guide their children. In this particular game, the puzzle is challenging but, parents should not underestimate the skills of their children. Kids learn fast. If the kids are attentive enough, this puzzle is easy to solve.

Learning the Alphabet should be fun and interesting. I like to see the eyes of my students lit up every time they learn, say, trace and write a letter. The excitement is a joy to my heart. It means that they are open to know more and their inquisitive minds are ready to strike. This game is not only fun but educational as well. The app uses common things that kids easily recognized such as the bee and bus in the letter B. I like the idea that the app also introduced the sound of the alphabet and phonics. Pre-school children can easily manipulate the game thus making the game enjoyable and fun.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kid's Academy. I only recommend products I used personally and believed will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Air Conditioning Repair

When we bought our house in Florida, there was no AC. It was probably the reason why the buyer before us backed out. We love the property and the location. Who doesn't want to live near NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the beach anyway? To make the story short, we bought it and flipped the house. We put in new AC unit and ductwork. The house was really great and it was a good buy for us. Anyway, if you find a property with AC problem, do not be afraid. Put in new AC or hire Durham air conditioning repair. It is totally worth the money to spend.

Monday, July 21, 2014

His Favorite Keyboard

My father and brother know how to play a keyboard such as akai midi to cv. Not me though. The only musical instrument that I know is the guitar. When I was in college, my father tried to sell his precious keyboard and because I do not want it gone from his possession, I bought it and keep it. I thought when the time comes; I will give it back to him as a gift.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Fun at #BahamaBreeze

This post brought to you by Bahama Breeze. All opinions are 100% mine.

Oh Summer time is always a fun time for me! We live just two streets away from the beach so; just imagine the exciting activities of summer that we have here. The famiy get-togeher, jetski rides, boating, crabbing, and swimming are just few of the many things we love to do.

My family loves great food, good music and cocktail drinks that taste heaven! Don't you love that idea? Let me tell you, if you do not live near the beach but you want to experience the coolest summer time event then, visit Bahama Breeze in your area. You will definitely enjoy great music, dilicious food and amazing drinks!
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The Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash is on going right now and this makes summer time even more exciting. This fun even started last June 23rd and will last up to August 3rd so; attend the event with your family and frends to celebrate summer fun.

The Summer Beach Bash is all about live music that they bring out to the patio and the unveiling of the new signature drinks, the Ultimate Pineapple. You must have tried the Ultimate Pina Colada so;  I am sure that the taste of the new Ultimate Pineapple will amazed you. Afterall, this frozen drink is a must have cocktail this summer. The #UltimatePineaple is served in a fresh cut pineapple so; this frozen drink will defnitely blow your mind especially if pinepple fruit is your favorite.

You should know that Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times where you got to enjoy live music, good food and amazing cocktails with your family and friends. Visit Bahama Breeze in your area and celebrate the good times!
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When you are enjoying your Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple drinks at Summer Beach Bash event, you can also participate in the Instagram Selfie Contest and you will get the chance to win a $25 gift card at Bahama Breeze. Just share an awesome selfie of you and your friends while having a good time at the Summer Beach Bash. Do not forget to use the hashtag #MBBSelfie and your selfie entry will be entered in the contest!  Fun and easy right?

Find the Bahama Breeze in your area from now up to August 3rd and atend the exciting Summer Beach Bash! Have fun!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Printing Shop in NYC

Are you having a second thought whether to use a second rate printing? If you are disappointed with the faded and crappy outcome of your decal prints then, it is time to check out the services from printing nyc . They not only have that but also service the following : banners, booklets, cut vinyl, calendars and flyers as well as other business communication services. It is worth checking out.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Buying a Property by the Gulf Coast is a Hassle

It's been awhile since you heard from me huh? Finally, we are back in the Gulf Coast. For those who knew me since 2008, you will again see me posting beach view, hotels, resort, sunset and sunrise, and places which serve good Southern food.

Moving from the Space Coast to this place was not hard; after all, we once lived here for more than a year. For sure, I will miss Disney World and Kennedy Space Center but since we own 2 condos in Orlando, going to Florida would be possible any time.

We arrived in Mississippi last May 11th and we stayed in the Palace Casino and Resort for a week. We moved to another hotel for another week hoping that the closing will be done soon but; we crossed too many hurdle.

We decided to go back to Florida and pick up our stuff in the storage. We flew via Delta Airlines and load our stuff using the U-Haul truck and head back to Mississippi the next day. Right now, our stuff is in the storage unit here while waiting for our closing date on Friday.

Hubby and I realized that buying a property in Florida is easier than buying a property by the Gulf coast area. In Florida, the wait time is faster especially for cash buyers (we are cash buyers) but, down here ... it doesn't matter. They took their sweet time here and I am not sure if it is the fault of the Realtor, the Listing Agent, the Bank, the Law Firm or the Title Company.
One thing we knew though; this house will be our first and last purchase down here. I hope in few years, the home buying processing will improved. I hope so.


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