Get Cash Back on Your Home Improvement Project

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You know there is a great way to get a amazing deal on the home projects you’re working on or gardening supplies you need for your next outdoor project. Right now you can get a 10% cashback when you purchase Lowe’s gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which is a site that gives you cash back when you buy gift cards to your favorite retailers.

The cash back is paid in the form of SB points on Swagbucks, which you can turn into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal. You can take advantage of this deal by clicking here, and if you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you can create one there so you get your SB points for your purchase!

This is a limited time offer that’s good through this Friday or until supplies run our, whichever happens first!

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Why I want to Invest in Real Estate

My dream since I was in my early 20’s was to own my own home, that grew as I continued threw collage, to me wanting to flip homes. At the time I had an idea of what house flipping was, but it was not as well known about as it is today.

One of my resolutions this year was to fix myself, I had lost track of my goals, my wants and my dreams. I had gotten use to not getting what I had hoped for and gave up. These last few months have led me on a journey of discovering my self again, realizing that my dreams could really happen, if I take action and do something to make them happen.

I have done some research and I still want to do a little more before jumping into flipping and investing in rental properties, I have time as currently I don’t have the income to fund it myself and I need to start networking to see who may be interested in helping me get started.

One thing I know that is very important to have is a why, why do I want to invest in real estate? My why and my end goal is to be able to help people who are like my mother, who because of no fault of their own they can not rent a home or apartment. They can not buy, and they are stuck living with family or in very low cost housing in bad areas.  This is my why, but not my start goal. I would not feel comfortable taking the risk these people do bring with someone else’s money, this why will have to wait until I myself own the homes.

Another reason I really want to invest in flipping homes is that I love design, that is my degree and my passion, but I have found that I would rather fix things based on my own ideas, then deal with others at this point in my life. For me this has to do with my anxiety, I may one day be able to do design work for others, but right now, it’s reserved for myself and friends and family.

The best part about me doing this research and hopefully soon getting into real-estate investing is that I can share my journey with you, my readers. I have some amazing ideas for post that I hope will inspire you and of course once I do get started I plan on showing you my progress with each home.

Have you invested in real estate or flipped homes? What tips do you have for me?

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Organize your home with Yocopia

The holidays are done and now it’s time to look at ourselves and our homes. The top new years resolutions are to lose weight, get healthy and get organized. We are already a week into the new year and it’s time to start working on that organization resolution! I have some amazing products to help you do just that.

I received a few products from Yocpia to review for you all. I’m really very happy with what I have received. I have been able to organize my home with ease and really make myself feel like I have control over something this new year.

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The first item I was excited to try out was the spice steps. It’s a simple step up product that allows you to see more of your spices in your cupboard. I was excited because I am currently living with my brother and our spices were all over the place. This helped us because we could put the spices we use the most up front and the ones that we don’t use as much in the back, but we could still see them, making not only cooking easier, but grocery shopping as well.

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The next item I received was a lid holder for your pots and pans. I have needed this in my life for a long time and I may buy another one when I get my own place so that my brother can keep this one. It’s amazing and really helps keep my pots and pans organized. I’m someone who can’t seem to ever stack the pots and pans with lids on them, one I don’t have a cupboard that is big enough to do that and two I’m lazy when I get home and don’t want to take the time to do that. The lid holder makes it so easy to store your lids and really who uses the lid every time they cook anyway!

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The last item I received is really very cool it’s a Drawer StoraStack and it helps keep your food containers organized, now I will say there is a downside to this one as my drawers are not big enough to put it in, but I have it sitting in my cupboard and it works well. It’s great for those that have gone out and bought container sets that fit into each other, if you randomly buy them though, this may not work as well for you, though I will say it’s great to hold lids for all those random pieces.

I hope you take a look at what else Yocopia has to offer. They have such great products and great prices that I really don’t see why you wouldn’t look at them, All of the pieces I received were of amazing quality. They were not flimsy, but very sturdy and I have yet to feel like they would break if I dropped them or put something in wrong. I have had all of these products for a few weeks and really have enjoyed using them and seeing how much they have helped me organize.

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Five Quick Tips For New Year Organization

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It’s the new year and now is the time to get into your home and organize it. You know it’s been crazy over the holidays and you were not worried about how things went as long as your home looked clean and ready for guest, now though as you enjoy the day after Christmas you may realize you need a bit of help in getting your home back to normal. Below I have a few tips to help quickly organize your home for the new year.

My Five Quick Tips for New Year Organization

1. Get your Holiday decorations in order

There are many ways to store your holiday décor, but many people don’t know how to do it. It’s actually very easy and can be cheap. My tip here is to hit up the dollar store for storage and bubble wrap. You can also order great storage for your decorations on Amazon.com

2. Do one room at a time.

You are not going to be able to organize your home over the weekend. It’s going to take time and there is going to be a bit of a mess for a while.

Plan:

  • Get a piece of paper and create 2 columns.
  • Write down each room in your home, put the smaller rooms in one column and the bigger rooms in the next.
  • In the smaller room column circle every 2-3 rooms, each circle represents one week of time spent on those rooms.
  • The bigger room column should be one room each week. If you have an overly large kitchen then add another week.

Yes this is going to take a month or two, but you will appreciate the outcome when you are done.

3. Get rid of non-used clothing

  • I’m sure you have heard this tip before, but it’s easier said then done. Here is how I do it every year.
  • Go though all of your clothing, throw out or donate anything you hate, anything that is too big (exceptions are big sweaters but only one or two!) or too small.
  • Once that is done, do the hanger trick, place all of your hangers the opposite way you normally do. Then as you wear the clothing put the hangers the other way. In 6 months see what clothing you have worn and what you have not. Donate what you have not. (again, exceptions are formal wear and other special occasion things)
    4. Have your kids help with their rooms
    Many people think that mom or dad have to do all the organizing in the kids rooms, but if your children are old enough have them help. Let them pick out the storage and ask them questions about how they want their rooms to look. When a child has an input in what is going on they are more likely to take pride in their space and keep it looking good.
    5. Don’t Stress

Organizing takes time, but when you take the time to do it, the next time is so much easier. Lets start 2017 the right way and get things done. Don’t stress about the mess. Just go into another room, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine and think about how nice it will be when it’s all done. It will get done!

I hope these tips help you with organizing your New Year. Make sure to subscribe to my mailing list to get more tips on organizing your home this new year!

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Why a Career in the Art Industry?

A career in the art industry can mean many things to different people. For some, a successful career involves working at a design company. Others may prefer to work for an advertising agency. Still, you might be among the ones who desires to have your own art gallery. Owning your own business in this industry is even better when you want to use your talent and passion for art to create your own. While this sounds like a terrific idea, starting a business in any field can be stressful and fraught with difficulties. Nonetheless, overcoming the obstacles that an aspiring art business faces is very rewarding.

Understanding Basic Principles to Running a Business

One constant for most artists who decide to run their own business is admitting that selling art is not the hardest part. Many will tell you that the trick is to grasp the basic tenets of business. Things look different when you are at the steering wheel.Any independent venture requires more focus on the smallest thing that could lead to success or failure. The goal of every business is to make a profit. For this to occur, you need to accurately price your art so that it sells. Beyond the sales, you also need to know how to manage accounts payable and receivable, among other things that can help you keep the doors open.

Build a Network of Successful Art Business Owners

Any type of support system that you can maintain will help you during seemingly dark moments. Networking with other industry professionals who have overcome the challenges you will face can make a big difference. Their insights and warnings are invaluable. Why learn a lesson firsthand when you can avoid pitfalls learned from someone else’s mistakes?In addition to offering advice, networking may potentially increase your customer bases and brand exposure.Things can go wrong even if you have the best structure in place. However, having multiple art professionals with whom you can reach out to for support can make those challenges a little easier to bear.

Never Give Up on Yourself

No matter how much talent you bring to the business, starting from scratch can stretch you beyond certain limits. However, always remember what motivated you to start the art business. If you believed in yourself then, continue to believe that you will build a successful business. Your creativity in making this venture work will eventually pay off in positive dividends.

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Questions You Should Ask Your Contractor.

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Your contractor will be the person in charge of your home renovation project. He or she will tell all of the other workers what to do. Needless to say, your decision regarding which contractor to hire is a big one. You need to know the right questions to ask the contractors you are considering for the job. Getting the right info will help you to make a decision that you will not end up regretting at some point in the future. Here are the crucial questions that you should pose to all prospective contractors.

1. Do you have a current contractor’s license?

You should always avoid doing business with any contractors that are unlicensed. Some people disregard this detail and hire an unlicensed contractor because they are offered a very low quote. The homeowner thinks that he or she is getting a great deal. What the homeowner does not realize is that there is probably a very good reason why the contractor does not have a valid license. The money that the homeowner is saving by hiring a cheap contractor will be lost when a different contractor needs to be hired to repair the mistakes of the unlicensed one. A contractor with a license has passed all of the tests that are required by that particular state. This means that the contractor is very knowledgeable and less likely to make an expensive mistake. Always ask to see the contractor’s license.

2. Can you provide examples of your previous work?

Ideally, you should always make a point to closely examine the previous work of any contractor who is in the running for your job. Seeing their work with your own eyes will give you a good sense of the level of skill that the contractor has. You must then ask yourself if you want this person to be in charge of the attic renovation in your home. Do not hire a contractor who is unwilling to show you his or her previous work.

3. How long will the project take?

You need to get a good sense of what the length of the project will be. You do not want to get yourself into a situation where you have no idea when the contractor will complete the work that needs to be done.

4. What materials will be needed?

It is important for you to know about the required materials because you might be able to save yourself some money. You would be wise to call the various construction supply companies in your area. You might be able to find the materials you need at a far lower price than the contractor would have charged you for them.

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Stretch Your Holiday Decorating Budget with Swagbucks

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Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of people are already getting started on decorating their homes for the season. If you’re in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here’s how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you’re not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you’ve joined through my link this month), you’ll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year.

I love using swagbucks as I am able to earn points for gift cards that allow me to decorate my home in amazing styles that I may not be able to afford without the program. It’s a great way to get those extra things you want, without feeling guilty about spending the money!

What would you buy for your home if you redeemed a $50 gift card with swagbucks?

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Do You Need A Garage Remodeling Contractor

The first room that most people think of when they are considering remodeling their home is usually the kitchen or the bathroom. The garage doesn’t usually come to mind immediately. In fact, it may even be the last place that people chose to remodel in their home. This shouldn’t be the case. There are actually a lot of different benefits than can come with remodeling a home.

Every homeowner uses their garage for different reasons. It is a multi-function room that can be used for just about whatever purpose a person needs. It is obviously most commonly used for car storage, or really just storage of any kind. Some people have turned their garages into workshops of some kind too. There is no limit to what you can do with a garage. If you are considering a remodel in your home you should consider including your garage in that process. Here are some great reasons why.

1. Value – This is the most obvious reasons to remodel any part of your home. Many renovations can pay for themselves or even create a profit with the increased value that they have versus the cost of doing the remodel. Garage remodels typically have a pretty good return on investment

2. Hang out spot – As your family gets bigger and takes up more space you are going to want somewhere that you can hang out. An air conditioned garage is perfect for that. Run the central air or install a wall unit in your garage to keep it cool. You can also get a card table or a fridge.

3. It’s not expensive – Because the garage is so bare bones to being with, it isn’t very expensive to add to it or change it. The materials that are used in the garage usually aren’t as expensive either. It can be a fairly low-cost way to add value to your quality of life.

4. More space – Maybe your kid got a new car? Maybe you and your spouse want to keep both of your cars in the garage. Increasing your garage to be a 2-car garage will add a great deal of value to your home and make it much more desirable if you decide to sell it.

Don’t look past your garage when you are considering remodeling, There is a lot of value in that room. You may not see it yet. That’s because you haven’t remodeled it! Contact a garage remodeling contractor near you for more information.

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Welcoming Fall: Six Tips for Fall Organizing

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Fall is finally on it’s way, The leaves are starting to change and soon the scenery around your home will be surrounded by beautiful reds and oranges. If you’re the type of person who loves to organize your bedroom every time a new season comes, welcoming fall is all about fall organizing and decorating your room for fall! By rearranging your room, cleaning out your closet, and bringing in some new tones, you don’t have to get bored with your room. Here are 6 fall organizing tips that will help you get rid of the summer feel in your room so you can welcome the back-to-school season in style:

#1: Get Your Space Ready for Back-to-School

If you’re a student or you have children, you’ll need to focus time on organizing for back-to-school. If you’re going to be studying in your own room, create a space where you can comfortably sit on your computer or do homework. Also, invest in a hook where you can hang backpacks and outfits you’ve picked out for the next day.

#2: Get Rid of the Summer Clutter

Summer is the perfect season for items to start cluttering up around your bedroom. If your sandals are scattered around your floor, your tank tops are spilling out of your drawers, and you’re cramped for space, it’s time to declutter so you can make room for all of the fall necessities. If it’s already starting to cool down and you won’t be wearing your shorts, tanks, sandals, and summer apparel, downsize. Keep the items you will want to wear next summer season, donate others, and put the keepers in storage. You can use plastic bins in the garage, put items in storage, or cleverly use foot stools and under-the-bed baskets.

#3: Create Space for Your Winter Jackets

If you love dressing warm, you’re more than excited that you can finally bulk up and wear that beautiful cardigan. Now that you’ve created space, it’s time to build your fall and winter wardrobe. You should have space in your closet with the room you’ve made by purging summer clothes. Create a section for your winter jackets, invest in pants hangers, and use dress space for your leggings and sweaters that can’t hang.

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#4: Bring in the Fall Colors Creatively

You don’t have to take up a lot of floor space by bringing in a sofa or other piece of furniture that adds color to your room. If you want to bring in the fall colors, turn your fall-colored clutter into a special personalized type of decor. Your old fall issues of magazines, books, and trays can all work as decor if they’re stacked properly.

#5: Choose Smarter Season Appropriate Furniture

Fall is a cozy season where you might just want to lay back on a loveseat and read a book. You’ll be spending more time indoors, and you should have a comfortable room that caters to you. If you don’t have space for a chair, make space. Get rid of the end tables and use your dressers as tables so that you have room for a comfy chair.

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#6: It’s All in the Bedding

Tie together your new fall-tastic look with the perfect bedspread that is decorative and keeps you warm. Select the best print that blends with your decor, and also invest in pillows and other blankets that make the bed a focal point.

Don’t start the back-to-school season unorganized. By setting aside time before your busy schedule to get organized, you can welcome fall the right way. From your organizing your wardrobe, to welcoming new pieces, it’s all in the details.

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Simple Carpet Preparation Tips for Homeowners

Modern carpet is an investment and should be treated as such. Extending the lifetime and preserving the quality of the materials is actually easier than you might imagine. Of course, it takes more than regular vacuuming. Annual professional carpet cleaning is an essential element of this care, but it’s important to prepare your home and family for this day-long event. So just how do you do that? The following tips should get you started.

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Clear the Carpet

Most people think simple decluttering is enough for carpet cleaning day. While moving magazine racks, end tables, and kid or pet toys is helpful, it’s nowhere near enough. Professional carpet cleaners are licensed and bonded to clean the carpet or other items agreed upon prior to the appointment. But they are not licensed to move your furniture. Everything from sectional sofas to the family computer must be carted off the carpet. So, love your great-aunt Milly’s antique buffet with 200 years worth of family wedding china? Then you better move it out of the way and package the contents or cover them appropriately to avoid chemical coating or potential breakage.

Protect and Pin

Steam and chemicals pose a potential threat to expensive draperies and wall coatings – especially considering the high temperatures used by carpet cleaning professionals. Flowing curtains that pool on the floor can be beautiful decorative elements, but they need to be pinned at least six inches off the floor for the workers to do their job. Light plastic sheeting or even painters tape work to avoid cord smudges on walls. And for furniture that cannot be moved – such as formal sofas or beds with specialty skirts, be sure to lift and pin the skirts up to avoid unnecessary damage or destruction. Don’t forget to pre-vacuum. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute http://www.carpet-rug.org/, the entire house should be vacuumed at least two days per week. Running the vacuum over the cleared area will help extend the life and look of your investment.

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Plan and Prepare for Family and Four-Legged Friends

Many types of household pets roam freely through their homes on typical days. But strangers tend to create stress and emotional hardships on the animals. Loud noises and unusual activity are bound to scare even the most territorial animal. Therefore, pets should be kept in crates, taken to a friend’s or kennel, or moved to another part of the house for the day. Due to truck-mounted systems, your front or access door may remain open for most of the cleaning time, so animals may attempt a quick escape. Human family members, on the other hand, are usually far too curious. This can lead to potential injury or re-soiling the carpet before it completely dries. Your newly cleaned carpet may need up to 12 consecutive hours of traffic-free post-care, so prepare accordingly. And ask your service about walking booties in the event foot traffic is inevitable.

Prepare the Outside of Your Home

This one often goes overlooked, but it’s an important step. Trucks and heavy equipment may be used to renew your carpet. Making sure there’s ample parking available helps expedite the service and shows the house owner means business. Hot water extractions will need to be performed, so spigot use is a must. Make sure you know where the closest outdoor spigots are and that they’re in working order.

Your Macomb, MI carpet cleaning day does not need to be a stressful event. Simply follow the above suggestions to ensure your appointment is a smooth success. The pros are ready and able to answer any questions to ensure satisfaction. After all, carpet completes a home. Why trust its care to just anyone?

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