How To Make A Functional and Stylish Room Furniture Arrangement

Why do you have to properly arrange furniture in your room? Putting all those furnishings in their right places ensures that the room space... thumbnail 1 summary

Why do you have to properly arrange furniture in your room? Putting all those furnishings in their right places ensures that the room space is effectively used. An ingenous furniture arrangement can also highlight your favorite piece of furnishing. Finding out the best possible arrangement to make a room functional, inviting and comfortable can also prove to be challenge. Don't despair though, with some thoughtful planning and doses of creativity it can be done easily and enjoyably.
First, decide what the focal point of the room is going to be. Once you have chosen, focus your creative efforts around this location or item. This should be done before you move any furnishing in the room. Your furniture arrangement should be used to emphasize your focal point. Your focal point could be anything, a wall painting, your envy-worthy home entertainment system, or a fireplace or even a window.

Some more tips on making a more functional room furniture arrangement.

  • Chairs must be placed within approximately eight feet of each other to make the arrangement more intimate and to encourage conversation.
  • Tables should be positioned in a way that is can be easily accessed from every chair.
  • Have a light fixture near the seating area.
  • A distance of about 14-18 inches from the sofa is needed for coffee tables.
  • If you have side tables, it should be at least as tall as the arm of your chairs or sofa making serving easy.
  • Small pieces can easily be lost among the the crowd so make sure you group them with larger pieces.
  • Make sure you leave enough space to move around the room. Do not overcrowd it with furniture with nowhere to walk around.

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite You!

Do you remember being scared of bed bugs as a kid? I do. Our nanny used to scare us about bed bugs so we go to bed earlier and she could wa... thumbnail 1 summary

Do you remember being scared of bed bugs as a kid? I do. Our nanny used to scare us about bed bugs so we go to bed earlier and she could watch her drama flicks. Little did I know that bed bugs really do bite and are scary.

Bed bugs usually live in mattresses hence their name. They are little bugs and are nocturnal and they feed on human blood. Though their bites is just eety beety painful, but they could also be annoying and could also cause skin irritation.

They are really good at hiding and since they are nocturnal its hard for us to know that we already have them inside our house. I'm sure you wouldn't want to be their dinner so if you have them in your house, then you need to get bed bug home treatment quick.

Furniture Finds: Three Piece Loft Bed

We're planning to add an additional room in our house for our daughter but the space is quite limited. So I've been searching out fo... thumbnail 1 summary
We're planning to add an additional room in our house for our daughter but the space is quite limited. So I've been searching out for loft bed designs which are compact, functional but it should look nice too.

I saw this Coaster Madison Three Piece Loft Bed and I just find it totally nice. I just want to have a different color though so I might need to have one customized. But I like the functionality these presents and also the storage spaces the design provides. It includes the top bunk, ladder, storage drawers and book shelves. Also features soft profile molding for all rounded corners, metal drawer glides and metal drawer pulls. Dimensions (inches) - 86" H x 44" W x 86" D.

Definitely a good furniture pick for kids who does have a lot of clutter and need a lot of storage and organized spaces. Another plus is its price - Only $440! Want to grab one now? Check it out @ Bedroom FurnitureNMore.

Tips for Saving Big on Cabinets

Of course, in a home, you need to have it. Cabinets are a must for storage and its one of the biggest investments you need to make particul... thumbnail 1 summary

Of course, in a home, you need to have it. Cabinets are a must for storage and its one of the biggest investments you need to make particularly for your kitchen area. So before jumping on and choosing a cabinets at random, plan thoroughly and then make your pick. Why should you take time with it? Cabinets can easily dominate a room and it will set the tone of your decor. Another thing is that it must be durable and functional enough for your needs.
  • Know what you want before going on a shopping trip or contracting someone to custom make your cabinets. There are a variety of designs, finishes and materials for cabinets and knowing what you want to have in your home would take a lot of thinking on your part. If you don't know where to start, you can visit local home furniture stores or browse magazines and online stores for ideas. Take note of the materials, finishes and styles, plus prices and keep in mind what best appeals to you.
  • Consider your budget. If you can splurge, well you can go ahead and hire a contractor and make your cabinets according to your specs. If you are in Orlando area, check out Orlando Cabinets
  • If the budget is a bit limited, you can still have your dream cabinet showcase, take the time out to browse online discount stores. Narrow down your searches to your area to make things easier (shipping...)
  • There are also furniture discount outlets in a lot of areas, so its worth checking out. Most of these sell items with very minimal factory defect but you'll be able to save a big chunk on your budget. They are mostly open seasonaly so be on the lookout for those stores.

Ladybug Minaudiere V08DY

This is just so fab I can't help but post it.. A glimmering minaudiere designed by Judith Leiber for their 45th anniversary. Fully bead... thumbnail 1 summary
This is just so fab I can't help but post it.. A glimmering minaudiere designed by Judith Leiber for their 45th anniversary.

Fully beaded with aurum (goldtone) Austrian crystals. Brass hardware. Interior "Leiber" logo plate. 5 1/2"H x 4"W x 2 1/2"D. And the price? $ 5,795.00. Want to have it, check it out at Neiman Marcus.

Remote PC? Wish I Could Have One!

I work online. I have several blogs and I'm earning more than extra from it. Things could get really hectic when you try to juggle and ... thumbnail 1 summary

I work online. I have several blogs and I'm earning more than extra from it. Things could get really hectic when you try to juggle and maintain several blogs and a family. Aside from that I am a full time mom who is always on the go, doing errands and stuff.

If there is a way for me to have remote access on my PC, well I would consider that a big blessing. I chanced upon a service RemotePC where you'll be enabled to securely and quickly access your home or office computer from any Internet-enabled computer. That would be very convenient particularly if one is always on the move. You'll then have complete access and control over your files and working on it remotely as if you are right at home or at the office.

This is definitely a service worth looking at. :)


What's You're Decorating Style?

Wanna know if your personality best suits a minimalist decor style or do you prefer country, rustic or traditional designs? Decorating your... thumbnail 1 summary

Wanna know if your personality best suits a minimalist decor style or do you prefer country, rustic or traditional designs? Decorating your home should really follow your personality and best of all, it should make you comfortable and happy with it.

I stumbled upon this iVillage quiz - What's You're Decorating Style? Pretty interesting.. And my decorating style - MODERNIST! And yes this is exactly my style..

As a modernist, you live by the motto that less is more. To you, interiors should be minimal and sparse, not embellished and cluttered. With a focus on color, texture and shape, the bones of a modern space evoke a neutral yet elegant environment. Timeless, white-lacquer walls, interesting woods like bamboo and gray oak, and fancy stones like polished limestone and carrara marble add contemporary sophistication. For warmth and interest, you’ve painted a few walls in bold accent colors or hung simple wallpapers made of grass cloth or metallic foils in intimate spaces such as the bedroom and bathroom. To further energize the room, you’ve added geometric touches in rugs and throw pillows and upholstered a few of your mid-century modern favorites in pop colors like indigo blue, apple red and canary yellow. Organic yet linear accessories such as trees (hold the fakes, please!), coral and orchids complete your design.
Plus you also get design tips and must haves, like these:

Must haves: A classic Arc floor lamp; a vessel sink; a platform bed; contemporary art; a mid-century modern classic Barcelona chair; geometrical patterns, a bold colored lacquered piece..

Design Tip: Reven in the unexpected by adding a few traditional elements, such as a Murano glass chandelier, a Biedermeier -style chest, and an Oriental rug. These proven classics work in all spaces and add warmth and interest without compromising the integrity of your design.



Mortgage Security for Your Dream Home

For average income earners, buying a house is not as easy as going to the mall and paying cash for whichever model you fancy. Thankfully, t... thumbnail 1 summary

For average income earners, buying a house is not as easy as going to the mall and paying cash for whichever model you fancy. Thankfully, there are also companies lets people buy properties without having immediate funds to pay for it. Of course, the house is the security for repayment of loans. This is what is commonly called mortgages.

I remember back home in the Philippines, mortgages are the most common way to buy a property. Just walk in the malls and you'd see countless real estate companies showcasing their properties for sale and most of these give you the option of buying it on installment basis. Most of these mortgages are financed by banks and other institutions like Pag-Ibig. The house would then be the guarantee that you would pay back the loan. If you fail to repay the loan, the lender may foreclose the property and put it on auction to recover the amount of loan.

These times are very tough though and with the current economic crisis, some people might be on the verge of losing their jobs or some might not be earning as much as before so there is the danger of not being able to fullfill the financial obligation. This is where insurance for mortgages would come in as very practical. In the simplest terms, this is an insurance that a lender obtains against non-repayment of mortgages. For borrowers, mortgage life insurance would be invaluable since this is the type of life insurance where any payout is enough to payoff an outstanding mortgage.

Getting insured is a really wise way of securing yourself and your loved ones financially. Be thorough though with your research and get an insurer that would deliver when the need arises.


Video: Landscape and Garden Ideas

I like the idea of growing herbs and food on your garden, it can save a lot plus you can choose to grow it organically.. Watch this video ... thumbnail 1 summary
I like the idea of growing herbs and food on your garden, it can save a lot plus you can choose to grow it organically..

Watch this video for some garden and landscape ideas..



Sexy Holloween Costumes..

I know Holloween is still a couple of months away so you might say what's this post about costumes and all. I happen to think getting co... thumbnail 1 summary
I know Holloween is still a couple of months away so you might say what's this post about costumes and all. I happen to think getting costumes or accessories for any occasion is still done best when its still a few months or week away. You can browse at leisure, plus prices are still low.

If you are looking for some sexy holloween costumes, here's one site I enjoyed browsing - Leg Avenue Halloween Costumes. I like the sexy bee costume, also check out the fairy blue glitter costume, love bug, scarecrow, pirate cutie, gretchen beer garden costumes.. There's more there so check it out..


Video: Choosing Your Wall Color

I've been browsing YouTube and chanced upon this video and I think this would be particularly helpful to those who want to decorate thei... thumbnail 1 summary
I've been browsing YouTube and chanced upon this video and I think this would be particularly helpful to those who want to decorate their rooms on their own. Provides some simple and very practical tips on choosing your wall colors.

Expert: Ann Myrick
Bio: Since 1997, Ann Myrick has been a professional decorator, house cleaner, home organizer and planner. She is the owner and operator of the Anntics Home Decorating Company in Nashville, Tenn.



Unique Garden Seats

Unique and Colorful garden seats by Designklein. The company Designklein is comprised of Sinisha and Sasha Klein. This piece of furniture is... thumbnail 1 summary
Unique and Colorful garden seats by Designklein. The company Designklein is comprised of Sinisha and Sasha Klein. This piece of furniture is complete with holes that allow people to enjoy the garden around them.

Cute isn't it? This also comes in different bright colors. Would definitely add a little more pizzazz to your garden.

Song Lyrics: Colors of the Wind

My daughter has been singing this song for the past few days, and it just strucked me how meaningful its lyrics is.. Colors of the Wind (Va... thumbnail 1 summary
My daughter has been singing this song for the past few days, and it just strucked me how meaningful its lyrics is..

Colors of the Wind (Vanessa Williams)

You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know ev'ry rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned ?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain ?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind ?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind ?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they're worth


The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
In a cirle, in a hoop that never ends

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or let the eagle tell you there he's been
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain ?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind ?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind ?

How high does the sycamore grow ?
If you cut it down, then you'll never know

And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper-skinned
We just sing with all the voices of the mountain
Need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the earth and still
All you'll own is earth until
You can paint with all colors of the wind

Here's the Pocahontas - Colors of the Wind MV with Vanessa Williams..


Landscaping Preparation for Your Front Yard

Of course, you'd like your front yard to look attractive and unique so take the time out to plan and think about how you want it to look... thumbnail 1 summary
Of course, you'd like your front yard to look attractive and unique so take the time out to plan and think about how you want it to look like. Landscaping work is not something that can be easily undone, so it has to be given the effort, time and money it deserves.
Your front yard would be the first to welcome your visitors so make sure its all set to impress. Here's some tips that would help you plan your landscaping work.

  • Make sure it matches the style of your house. Some landscape style are more ideal for a particular type of house. Like a woodland style landscape would be more suitable for rustic, log cabin types of houses. Do some research in this area before deciding anything else.
  • Utilize the features of what you already have in your front yard. Example if the front yard is uneven, with some parts high, consider having flowing water as your main attraction.
  • Magazines and garden/landscaping websites offer lots of ideas you can play around with.
  • Make sure you add some function to your frontyard, that way all those space is not wasted. Say, a shaded patio, or a swing for the kids..
  • If you decide to have it done by professionals, then its still best if you have a clearcut idea of what you want to done to avoid being disappointed and spending more. And do make sure you get everything in writing, including all specs. If you are in California are you might want to check out San Jose Landscaping.
There are more things you can incorporate in your front yard landscaping, just think about the features you want to have (like lighting, water features, play area etc..) , do extra research, and with a bit of your creativity, you can turn out a landscape work that could be the envy of your neighborhood.

In Style: Glowing Purses

Glowing Purse by Kawamura and Ganjavian..This could come in handy if you're in the dark and rummaging through your purse for your keys p... thumbnail 1 summary
Glowing Purse by Kawamura and Ganjavian..This could come in handy if you're in the dark and rummaging through your purse for your keys proves hard. This uses micro-LEDs, which are attached to the inner fabric of the purse. You can switch the lights on and off as you wish and, when the power dies off, just recharge it or get a new battery..



What do you think? Innovative, isn't it? Though I must say, I wish they had more styles or can this be installed in other kinds of purses?

The Circular Kitchen

Every now and then I'd come across really unique and interesting pieces of home furnishing like the Whimsical Wardrobe , the Vineyar... thumbnail 1 summary




Every now and then I'd come across really unique and interesting pieces of home furnishing like the Whimsical Wardrobe, the Vineyard-Insired Wine Holder..Here's another one - The Circular Kitchen by Alfred Averbeck. Its a revolving cyclinder that actually contains a REAL kitchen!


The inner core can rotate 180 degrees and is equipped with stainless steel sink with chrome single lever mixer, a garbage can and drawers. The upper shelf can rotate a full 360 degrees and can store plates, containers or your pots and pans. This small space saving invention actually contains the same amount of cupboards in a conventional kitchen and has it’s own lighting, electrical sockets water and waste disposal. You can also include all the necessary appliances - refrigerator, microwave dishwasher etc.

Awesome ideas especially since these days were all running out of extra spaces..

Online Furniture Shop: FurnitureFromHome

One of the websites I am always on the lookout for are those that specialize in home, office and garden furnishings. I've stumbled upon ... thumbnail 1 summary
One of the websites I am always on the lookout for are those that specialize in home, office and garden furnishings. I've stumbled upon fabulous sites and discovered furnishings that are unique and deals you can only find online.

Here's one again, Legends Furniture Online. They have a pretty impressive inventory and the website offer really easy navigation and great browsing experience. They have categorized products in a way that it is easy to go and find what you are looking for.. The only complaint I have is that each product page doesn't highlight the product image much, although you can click on it to zoom but I really believe online furniture shops should have their product image prominently displayed on the page instead of on the sidebars.

What particularly impressed me with this site is their fabulous collection of contemporary dinnettes, home office furniture, luxurious living room sets, canopy beds, and great home entertainment center displays.


If you are also on the lookout for four-poster beds, plus other kinds of bedroom furnishings and hard-to-find storage beds, this is one of places online that I'd recommed you take a look at.

I also like that they feature testimonials from previous customers in every product page. Plus they also have links to volume discount information for each product.Oh, and did I mention they I love the total look of the site? Do check them out..

I Heart This Dexter Paige Flower Sandals!

I love sandals and flip-flops.. I lived all my life in tropical countries so this is understandable.. I have a crazy collection of cutesy sa... thumbnail 1 summary
I love sandals and flip-flops.. I lived all my life in tropical countries so this is understandable.. I have a crazy collection of cutesy sandals and I'm usually on the hunt for more..

Here one that I'm really drooling over..Dexter's Paige Flower Sandals available for $22.99 @ Payless ShoeSource ( - a great site by the way for those with shoe fetish..:P) Available also in black, pale yellow and white..



Mind-Boggling Street and House Numbers in Phnom Penh

Our place here in Phnom Penh is not located exactly by the main road. There still a small road from the main one with a distance of about 1... thumbnail 1 summary

Our place here in Phnom Penh is not located exactly by the main road. There still a small road from the main one with a distance of about 150 meters that you have to get into before reaching our place. People visiting our house would usually get lost especially since we haven't placed any address plaque or direction near the house.

The addressing system here in Cambodia further complicates that coz here streets and houses are named using numbers and they are not sequential to top that. Say for example, House # 111 E0, St. 432, Sangkat ____, Khan ____, Phnom Penh Cambodia where, #111 stands for the house number, E0, E1 etc indicates if the address is at the ground floor or what, Street number, Sangkat is like a group, Khan is for the district...Now isn't that confusing!!?? I usually say I really pity the post messengers and delivery guys here, its close to impossible to finding a place here easily. A lot of main business have address signs but most homes don't, so I know you can imagine how confusing things can really get.

As for our house for the meantime were putting up visible wall address plaques to make things easier for our visitors and those mail delivery people and also hubby and I have been talking about buying the lot in front of ours so we could get direct road access but the owners are hesitant about selling. Having that front lot means we could extend our house, have a small pocket garden and a parking space once we have a car.


Soba Noodles with Shrimp, Snow Peas, and Carrots

This looks absolutely delectable. Found this on Goodhousekeeping and I sure would like to try it. My family loves pasta and would surely li... thumbnail 1 summary

This looks absolutely delectable. Found this on Goodhousekeeping and I sure would like to try it. My family loves pasta and would surely like this..
Ingredients:
1/4 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoon(s) peeled grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoon(s) low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon(s) distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon(s) Asian sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper sauce
Salt
1 package(s) (8 ounces) soba noodles, (100% buckwheat)
1/2 bag(s) (10 ounces) shredded or matchstick carrots, (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 pound(s) large shrimp, shelled and deveined, with tail part of shell left on if you like
4 ounce(s) snow peas, strings removed
1/2 cup(s) (packed) fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus additional sprigs for garnish

Procedure:

  • In small bowl, place peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and cayenne pepper sauce; set aside.
  • Heat covered 5- to 6-quart saucepot of water and 1 teaspoon salt to boiling over high heat. Add noodles and cook 4 minutes. Add carrots and cook 1 minute. Add shrimp and snow peas and cook 2 minutes more. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain noodles, shrimp, and vegetables into large colander. Transfer noodle mixture to large bowl.
  • With whisk, beat reserved cooking water into peanut-butter mixture until well blended. Add peanut sauce and chopped cilantro leaves to noodle mixture in bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  • To serve, spoon into 4 large bowls; garnish each serving with a cilantro sprig.
Get more recipes like these on Goodhousekeeping..

What Custom Shirts Could Do For Your Brand..

Branding is very important when it comes to marketing and creating a brand image for a company, a team, a club, an organization etc. Market... thumbnail 1 summary
Branding is very important when it comes to marketing and creating a brand image for a company, a team, a club, an organization etc. Marketing and advertising is mainly there to make consumers and the general public aware of you company or your products. When you want to have a successful brand, you'd want to create familiarity between your audience or your consumers with your particular brand.

People usually associate an image with a brand. That's why companies have logos created to associate with their brand. This makes their product easily recognizable. Companies also have promotional items made to enhance their brands like calendars, office items, accessories, custom shirts and more.

For a small organization, having visibility means a lot so a custom shirt or a logo shirt can be a good choice since
screen printing is relatively inexpensive and at the same time, people using the shirt becomes "walking advertisers" for your brand.



Vincent Thomas Leman's Whimsical Furniture

Off-the-wall, quirky. I think that would best describe designer Vincent Thomas Leman's furniture creations. They are funky, with non-tra... thumbnail 1 summary
Off-the-wall, quirky. I think that would best describe designer Vincent Thomas Leman's furniture creations. They are funky, with non-traditional shapes guaranteed to bring fun, color to a room plus each is a definite conversation piece!




More of these @ Trendhunter/ThomasLeman

Tips on Buying Kitchen Sinks

One of the most prominent, most used fixtures in the kitchen are your kitchen sinks , therefore buying one should be given enough considera... thumbnail 1 summary
One of the most prominent, most used fixtures in the kitchen are your kitchen sinks, therefore buying one should be given enough consideration and price should not be the only factor. Your kitchen sink should be durable, functional and of course, it should also match the overall theme/look you want for your kitchen.

Here's some tips on how to choose the kitchen sink that would best suit you.

  • Decide what kind mounting you want for your kitchen sink. The choices are top mount or undermount sinks. Top mount sinks are self-rimmed so its easier to install but is less durable and a bit tougher to clean and maintain. Undermount sinks on the other hand, fit seamlessly on countertops so its easier to clean and much more durable. But consider that this only works well with concrete or solid countertops.
  • Kitchen sink material. There are ones made of porcelain, stainless steel, metal and other materials. If you are looking for durability, affordability, ease of installation, then consider kitchen sinks made of stainless steel.
  • Style. Sinks also comes in all manners of shapes, styles and sizes. The choice all depends on your lifestyle. Some kitchen sinks have single, double or triple bowls, some have deep bowls, apron fronts or some just one large bowl with dividers to make it flexible depending on use.
  • Make sure it matches the faucets you have or planning to have.
  • If you are opting for other non-metal kitchen sink then choose the color with care. Make sure it matches the overall theme of your kitchen.
  • Quality should come first in choosing your kitchen sink. Kitchen sinks are not fixtures that can be replaced frequently or on a whim. It would last for years so choose one that would really serve your needs well.

Vineyard Inspired Wine Holder

I found this wine-holder stunningly unique and would make a great centerpiece in a room. This custom design named the Tasting Bar, was des... thumbnail 1 summary

I found this wine-holder stunningly unique and would make a great centerpiece in a room.

This custom design named the Tasting Bar, was designed by Claire Danthois inspired by Newton Vineyards'Nature by Design philosophy. Newton's terraced vineyards and natural wines influenced Danthois'choice of materials and design.

Claire Danthois is a UK-based designer. Awesome, simply awesome. I'll be watching out for more from this designer..

Stemware Racks..

My mom and my sister has a good-sized collection of wine glasses and they are forever running out of wine glass racks to store them. Both ... thumbnail 1 summary

My mom and my sister has a good-sized collection of wine glasses and they are forever running out of wine glass racks to store them. Both of them share the passion for collecting kitchen knick knacks, with my mom favoring plates, silverwave, cookware sets and other glassware while my sister mostly goes for wine and stem glasses.

A couple of months ago, my mother had another bunch of kitchen cabinets custom-made including glass stemware rack, where most of their collection not on display can be stored safely.

It's just fortunate our kitchen is huge with lots of spaces to place storage areas but I'm sure after a few years they would run out of places again. I was suggesting they add a bar area with a hanging glass rack or a wall stemware rack to add a nice touch plus if they are entertaining, then the glassing can easily be within reach.

I was browsing online for some ideas on wall-mounted or hanging glassware racks and I came across the site GlassStemRacks.com and I found their inventory particularly impressive. Here are my picks..


Pretty Ladies Dresses Under $50

I'm having an asthma attack so I'm more or less confined to the house right now. With nothing much to I decided to do some browsing ... thumbnail 1 summary
I'm having an asthma attack so I'm more or less confined to the house right now. With nothing much to I decided to do some browsing on what's available and what's hot on the net right now when it comes to ladies dresses..I stumbled upon this cutesy online store - fredflare.com and I had some fun time browsing through their inventory. They don't carry too much products so looking for what you want won't be a pain plus they have great prices too..

Gives me the urge to shop again, huh?!! I picked out some really nice ladies dresses all going for less than $50! How I wish they could do international shipping soon...

Nice! Which one's your pick? I love the black one, the stripes and the last piece -red..



Hassle-Free Duty Free Shopping at Sydney Airport

Travellers going to or going back from Sydney, Australia can now take advantage of the airport's Duty Free website and its services. T... thumbnail 1 summary

Travellers going to or going back from Sydney, Australia can now take advantage of the airport's Duty Free website and its services. They now offer the added feature of having your items pre-ordered and picked up upon your arrival or departure from the airport. Now, isn't that an awesome feature?

A lot of time when we are travelling we tend to always be in a hurry and as for me, I would always end up not being able to browse duty free shops coz I always check-in at the last minute. This is indeed a great service as it'll save you time and gives you a convenient way to take advantage of our duty free priviliges and save a lot.

Why should you buy duty free? Duty free goods doesn't have any taxes and duties levied on it so compared to regular retail shopping you get a significant cut on your purchase price. Aside from that, there are also much wider variety of choices particularly when it comes to wines and spirits. I personally love to shop at duty free shops for cosmetics because they always have the latest and that is where you can find limited edition items.

Sydney Airport's Duty Free shops are also running a promo - if you purchase online for over $100 before June 30, 2009 you get $10 off. Simply enter the promo code: SAC105399 at the payment page of the SYD Airport Tax & Duty Free website.

6 Housekeeping Tips To Help You Save Time and Money

Just when you thought you can have a day or two off from work, then you're confronted with a pile of housework to be done. Then you end... thumbnail 1 summary

Just when you thought you can have a day or two off from work, then you're confronted with a pile of housework to be done. Then you end up just cleaning instead of doing something to de-stress.

House cleaning or housekeeping might seem to be a never-ending, time-consuming task but with some careful planning and some clever ideas you can reduce the time spent for housekeeping and have sometime to bond with your family, read a book that you've been wanting to read, or get a pedicure or a facial, and whatever else you want to do.

Tip #1. Don't strive to clean the whole house in just one go. Divide your time and say clean half the house or just the upper floor in one afternoon. Then the other half, the next morning or afternoon. If you have a basement, an attic or a garage, reserve a block of time for those spaces too. That way, you don't over exert yourself plus since you can focus on one area at a time, the job can be done more thoroughly.

Tip #2. Try using an old sock slipped over your hand as a dusting cloth. Saves you from dragging around that heavy vacuum cleaner and hooking up hoses and attachments.

Tip #3. Soak your toilet with a deep cleaning bowl cleanser a few minutes before cleaning. That way, stubborn dirt will be loosened and scrubbing won't take up too much time.

Tip #4. Vinegar and old newspapers works great for cleaning mirrors and windows. Recycling and saving money all in one. Mirror cleansers can be expensive but vinegar also does the same effective work.

Tip #5. Use baking soda when scrubbing clean the insides of your refrigerator. Baking soda is great for eliminating dirt and odor without damaging the appliance' fragile surfaces.

Tip #6. When cooking and while eating, have a sink of soapy water ready. Wash as you go and food won't have a chance to stick and harden on the dishes surface so washing can up be done faster and easier.


Going on a Vegas Trip?

Going on a Las Vegas trip? I'm envious of course. Las Vegas is one of the world's premier cities and you'll never run out of th... thumbnail 1 summary

Going on a Las Vegas trip? I'm envious of course. Las Vegas is one of the world's premier cities and you'll never run out of things to see and do. Las Vegas is well known for its casinos, wild night life, and some of the most spectacular shows and events.

Here, the world's best and famous entertainers gather around to give you dazzling shows that it's even said that "No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without seeing at least one show!". Go ahead, book yourself Las Vegas Show Tickets.

Show Las Vegas is one place on the net where you can browse for Las Vegas shows, description, even photos of these events to help you choose which one to watch. And not only that, Show Las Vegas also have exclusive rates therefore giving you the most competitive prices when it comes to Las Vegas show tickets. So, if you're going to Vegas, make sure to drop by ShowLasVegas.com, book a show ticket and of course, have a grand time.


Home Organizer Finds: Under the Bed Shoe Organizer

If you are short of space and looking for somewhere to put all your shoes, then you might keep in mind that there's plenty of unutilize... thumbnail 1 summary

If you are short of space and looking for somewhere to put all your shoes, then you might keep in mind that there's plenty of unutilized space under your bed. Here's one under the bed shoe organizer you might want to grab.


Keeping your cluttered shoes organized can be easier with this home organizer where you can keep up to 12 pairs of casual/dress shoes. It's neat, accessible, and it can keep your shoes protected and clean. It has a clear, zip-open cover plus its moisture and dust resistant. Size is about 30"x 24"x 6". Price is about $19.

Found this handy organizer @ ShopHomeTrends


How to Hire Quality Home Painting Contractors

You may be a "do-it-yourself" kind of person but if your home is too big or you're just too busy to do your house painting jo... thumbnail 1 summary

You may be a "do-it-yourself" kind of person but if your home is too big or you're just too busy to do your house painting job, then you might consider hiring yourself a house painter. The paint of your house could really make or break the total look of your house.

Choosing the right painting contractor is crucial and you should always for the quality of job the contractors can give you. What's the use of saving a couple of dollars if your house painting jobs turns out to be crumbly. When starting out, think of your home painting work as an investment. Building your home or remodelling it was surely costly so make sure you also get the right painting done to your house. Here's some tips on hiring the right painting contractors:

  • Know what you want to be done first so you and your contractor can easily manage expectations.
  • Get recommendations from people you know and trust. Check the contractors references and previous jobs done.
  • Have each contractor give you an estimate and a proposal. Consider the ones that would be able to meet your needs.
  • Think about warranty. Be sure to check also if the contractor is insured.
  • Ask about their painting process and preparation done and if it suits your specifics.
  • Check also the quality of the paint each contractor uses.
  • If you want the job done fast, the see if you are on the top priority or the contractor might have a hundred other clients and you end up on waiting lists.
  • Choose a contractor you can communicate well and listen to your needs and specs.
  • Make sure that everything is in writing including your specifics, payment procedures, warraty, etc.
Those guidelines can help you out in choosing the right painting contractor and if you are in Arvada Colorado area, check out Arvada Painting for quality painting jobs.


Food Inspired Seat

Can you imagine a chair that is both comfortable and looks tasty? This is the aim of Fossil Chaise Lounge created by Atelier Van Lieshout. ... thumbnail 1 summary
Can you imagine a chair that is both comfortable and looks tasty? This is the aim of Fossil Chaise Lounge created by Atelier Van Lieshout. I'm not sure though exactly what food it tries to emulate but it does makes an interesting piece.

The creator is based in Rotterdam with about 20 employees churning out unique pieces.


He is Passionate about Cars..

When it comes to cars, I'm your typical girl. I'm not so into cars but having a husband who is a bit obsessed about cars made me int... thumbnail 1 summary
When it comes to cars, I'm your typical girl. I'm not so into cars but having a husband who is a bit obsessed about cars made me interested in it. At times I don't really "get" it! What's all this fascination with accessories,even car washing is a pleasure for him.

I guess I'm beginning to understand all this. If women likes shopping for clothes, bags, shoes, then shopping for car accessories like power steering racks, getting the car prepped up with a turbo charger and all those stuff, that's the male equivalent for the female shopping/obsession syndrome..

Searching for the Best Credit Card Rates

Times are tough now and if there is a time when we need to be more frugal and cautious about our decisions it has to be now particularly ab... thumbnail 1 summary

Times are tough now and if there is a time when we need to be more frugal and cautious about our decisions it has to be now particularly about finances. A lot of people fall deep into debt because of unwise credit decisions.

Before getting ahead, and grabbing yourself the most appealing, or a credit card that is heavily advertised, think again. It's still best to check it out and see what it really has for you. It could definitely pull you down if you get one with a lot of hidden charges and sky high rates. Do your research, ask around and compare different credit cards for the best credit card rates.

It pays to be wise when it comes to money and credit cards.

Microsoft's Windows 7 To Be Available in October

Software giant Microsoft recently announced that Windows 7, its new-generation personal computer operating system, which replaces Vista, wou... thumbnail 1 summary
Software giant Microsoft recently announced that Windows 7, its new-generation personal computer operating system, which replaces Vista, would be available ahead of schedule in October.

Hmm, interesting to see if it does manage to cure away Vista's "weaknesses". I'm using Vista and though I have my complaints about it, somehow I've managed to get used to it. :P..

Found this video on Youtube, a sneak preview of how Windows 7 experience would be like. Or you may also watch another video here. Do tell me what you think..




Microsoft has also released a version for testing known as Windows 7 Release Candidate, you may check it out here.


Be Safe At Home

Home security can range from simple ones to complicated, technologicaly advanced home security systems like the ADT home security system. ... thumbnail 1 summary
Home security can range from simple ones to complicated, technologicaly advanced home security systems like the ADT home security system.

Gone are the times when you can be complacent and just leave your home with the barest minimum of security. Houses now, most particularly those in cities and urban areas consider home security as a vital installation and it is essential to the peace of mind of home owners.

Advances in technology has made available amazing innovations to help us safeguard our homes and properties. There are even motion detectors now which sense movements, even in total darkness and triggers and alarm without the intruder knowing that the alarm has been triggered.

All these technological advancements means people are now placing utmost priority of safety and security. After all, our life and things that are products of all our hard work are worth keeping safe.

Tips on Shopping for Kids Bedroom Furnishing

Planning, decorating and furnishing a kids bedroom can be a lot of fun. There are some things you have to pay attention to when you are sho... thumbnail 1 summary

Planning, decorating and furnishing a kids bedroom can be a lot of fun. There are some things you have to pay attention to when you are shopping for home furnishing and decor.

If you have a child, you would know that a kids bedroom could get really out of control and full of clutter and mess. Make sure to include a clutter organizer boxes for their toys, a child's desk with drawers or a filing system for their school work in your list.

The height and the general size of childrens closet should also be taken into account. I'm sure you'd like to teach your child to be organized and responsible so make sure that the tools for organizing like their closets, clutter boxes, bookshelves they can easily reach.

A kiddie sized laundry bin would also come in handy if you don't want to see worn clothes stewn about the room or mixing with freshly washed clothes.

Give particular attention to choosing their mattresses. Child-safety and durability should come foremost in your mind when it comes to this. Some kids wet their beds so make sure your mattress could survive this. Beddings and linens for children should also be chosen with care. As I've mentioned before, kids rooms could get really messy. Make sure the beddings you choose does not easily stain and easy to wash too as you will be doing this quite frequently. Beddings and linen made of cotton is the best for kids and make sure to choose fun and colorful prints to give more fun and kiddie atmosphere to their room.


FightLaunch for Mixed Martial Arts Fighters

The internet is really such an amazing place. I guess you can find a blog, a forum, a community about anything and everything under the sun.... thumbnail 1 summary
The internet is really such an amazing place. I guess you can find a blog, a forum, a community about anything and everything under the sun. If you are looking for tutorials on something the net is one good place to look for it. If you have a particular interest or hobby and you'd like to connect with people with similar interest, again the net is the best place to network.

Just like FightLaunch.com where Mixed Martial Arts fighters all gather as a community. If you have an interest in mixed martial arts and would like to connect with the industry's best MMA promoters, training partners, and gyms or perhaps you are already a mixed martial arts practioner and would like check out the latest in the community or hook up with other MMA fighters and fans, then this is the community to visit.

Video: Home Decor Trends for the Living Room

Itching to style your living room? Watch this video for some tips on latest trends and styles for your living room decor. Personally, I love... thumbnail 1 summary
Itching to style your living room? Watch this video for some tips on latest trends and styles for your living room decor. Personally, I love the layering concept and those nice hidden organizing spaces..



JKAdams: Fab Racks and Wooden Kitchen Products

The kitchen is one of my favorite places in the house and I also love fixing it up and I am particularly passionate about kitchen and cookin... thumbnail 1 summary
The kitchen is one of my favorite places in the house and I also love fixing it up and I am particularly passionate about kitchen and cooking equipments, utensils and fixtures.

Hubby and I both like collecting wines and here in Phnom Penh, wines are really cheap (custom duties and taxes are lower :P) and there are a lot of wine emporiums around with good selection of wines. We have a number of wines already and I thinking of having a wine rack customized so I've been browsing the net for a good design and I came across jk adams website featuring fabulous kitchen equipments and fixtures and I'm particularly taken with this jk adams wine rack. Definitely striking and would make a wonderful addition to my kitchen..



I'm also learning to cook some Cambodian dishes and one thing I've noticed about this particular cuisine is the use of fresh and spices. Spices is one of the things you need to have to good really good Cambodian dishes and this jk adams spice rack would surely come in handy.




Now, I'm really drooling over these lovely kitchen items and I'm itching to go shopping..

Wish I have Direct TV

Watching CNN or other news channel is a daily habit for me. Fortunately, cable TV here in Phnom Penh is affordable. The only complaint I'... thumbnail 1 summary
Watching CNN or other news channel is a daily habit for me. Fortunately, cable TV here in Phnom Penh is affordable. The only complaint I've got is the number of channels they have. Most cable TV providers offer some 60+ channels. They have CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Singapore's Channel News Asia but all the rest are channels I could barely understand. Mostly Chinese, Thai, and India channels.

I don't know if Direct TV is available here or not. I've been seeing a lot of satellite dish equipments for sale but I'm not sure what is that for. I also heard of a new company (D-TV Star?) that will soon offer Directv, I hope this is true and I'd like to see what are the channels included and if it's good and the price is right I might go for it.

Why am I gabbing about direct tv? Well, I've been hearing good review about this particular service. You get high-definition, clearer reception so the viewing experience is definitely good. You also get scores of channels to choose from and most say its more affordable. This service is now the trend and the popular choice for TV viewing in the US cities and states like Direct TV in New York, Texas, Florida, etc.

I'm hoping it'll soon be available here in Phnom Penh, and if it comes, I'll probably be one of the first in line to get a subscription.


Home Security Concerns

A couple of weeks ago we went to have a short weekend vacation in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Me, hubby and Chinks went and since it was just ... thumbnail 1 summary

A couple of weeks ago we went to have a short weekend vacation in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Me, hubby and Chinks went and since it was just for the weekend, we just locked the house and brought over our dog, Mai-Mai to my mother-in-law's house. The weekend was a great one, we got some time to relax, unwind and be away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh.

When we got back, we were quite alarmed coz all our neighbors dogs were dead, our dog was just lucky coz she was not at home at that time. The reason all these dogs died: poisoning. The police said there has been cases of robberies near our area where dogs are poisoned beforehand so these robbers can move about more freely.

It's alarming for us especially since most houses here don't have any home security system except for the regular bolts and locks.

We're now thinking of having a security system with a good technology like the ADT so at least we could have some peace of mind and feel safer. I feel all the more worried coz during daytime, my daughter goes off to school, hubby is busy at work so I'm usually left at working at home. Our neighbor's house too is empty during daytime and geez!

I'm really scared to be all alone in case robbers come. And the neighborhood is pretty quiet to top all that. Who would hear if I scream? If I could scream...Am I getting paranoid? Maybe. Maybe not. The thing is home security is really something we should not take for granted..


Tips on How To Get Your Family To Help in Home Organizing

Moms would know that getting organized, running around and accomplishing all the chores in the house can really be exhausting and time cons... thumbnail 1 summary

Moms would know that getting organized, running around and accomplishing all the chores in the house can really be exhausting and time consuming. I believe though that everyone in the family should be involved with the chores, particularly keeping their clutter and organizing their own stuff.

One of the best ways to motivate family members to become involved in the chores and in the process of home organizing. Keep in mind that each person is unique and so they would have different organizing methods and priorities. Approaching it from a coaching standpoint is the best way to get your family involved with home tasks.

Always consider that your family will get themselves to help for their own reasons, certainly not just to please you. The main point is to help each family member to identify their own reasons for wanting to get organized. It can be being more productive in school or at work or getting enough time to have fun and socialize.

Each person have their own organizing strength and weaknesses. Find out about each family member and emphasize it the positive. Offer praise, not criticism. Share your own strengths and tips and learn from one another.

Organizing isn't about throwing out things. Don't force a family member to get rid othe their things just because you think it is clutter. Organizing all about pinpointing what is important to you and finding a realiable and consistent place for them. Prioritize things that holds the most importances and focus your organizational objectives towards that.

Being organized is about being responsible and consistent. If your family member that taken great efforts to be organized and stay organized, acknowledge it and reward it. Lastly, you can help them stay organized by being a role model. Maintain your personal organization systems and find ways to improve and keep your house organized. Your family members would surely learn by your example.


On Starting Your Online Endeavors

I've been building websites and blogs since 2006 and along the way I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot too. When I started out, I... thumbnail 1 summary
I've been building websites and blogs since 2006 and along the way I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot too. When I started out, I used free web hosting and freeblogging platforms. It was well and good particularly for a web novice like me who hadno idea what html codes or css are. I got into it coz I thought it was a fun thing to do,I get to learn new skills, and I just wanted to build an online catalogue for my thenfashion accessory business, so I literally had no idea that I could actually earn from it.

Then I got curious about those ads running on sites I've visited and wondered if they are making money from it then I started reading and doing some research. I wasreally amazed that a lot of people are making really serious money out of the internetand I decided to give it a try.

I got myself the essentials - my own domains, a good web hosting provider, and some ingenuity,
creativity and persistence. Now, I'm earning some extra income from my blogs thru ads and review-writing and I'm also looking at doing affiliate marketing to supplementthe income I'm currently making.

For those thinking of making some online income, I'd say anything is possible but like everything else you'll only reap the rewards after a lot of hard work. A lot of people Iknow who get into this think the net is a way to "get-rich-quickly" and they end upbeing frustrated after just a few months of trying. Yes, there are schemes here andthere and people who really get rich quickly on the net, but those are exceptions. Thekey to enjoy success online is still hard work.

Don't let this dissuade you. If you know nothing about working online or you're not atechie person, just do the research and there is practically a guide on anything and everything you need online. Be patient, be persistent and remember to have fun tooand before long you'll be earning a good amount..


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